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Temeraire fiddled with the sleeves on his Changshan, trying to keep them out of the way while he worked on a meal outside his cave. It was much easier to cook when one wasn't so huge and he wanted to do something nice for Brienne. She had been such a wonderful rider after all and deserved nice things.

Date: 2013-08-21 04:47 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] homely-sonja.livejournal.com
Brienne of course has no idea, so when she sees a stranger setting camp (and making use of her camp!), her hackles go up. And where is Temeraire?

"This space is taken," she informs the stranger.

Date: 2013-08-22 04:33 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] ao-ji.livejournal.com
Temeraire straightens up and smiles at her. Human smiles were something he'd been practicing, since he had no ruff to express his emotions, and it was a warm and friendly one.

"Yes, it is. I was cooking for you." While the voice doesn't have the deep resonance of the dragon, the accent and tone are the same as the Celestial.

Date: 2013-08-22 06:24 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] homely-sonja.livejournal.com
Brienne is so confused right now.

".... For me? Did Temeraire tell you who I was? Do you know him?"

Date: 2013-08-22 07:44 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] ao-ji.livejournal.com
Now the dragon is a bit confused.

"I know you and I know Temeraire. I am Temeraire."

Date: 2013-08-23 04:37 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] homely-sonja.livejournal.com
And this is when Brienne says the most blatantly confused things she's ever said.

"... you can't be Temeraire. He's... he's much larger."

Yup, she said that aloud.

Also: that's a very good looking Temeraire, if there ever was one.

Date: 2013-09-03 12:31 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] ao-ji.livejournal.com
"Yes, that is true. But I am not larger now... I thought that perhaps this might be ... nicer? For you? If we were more equal and could share a meal together."

He is hopeful, but he will take the dragon's shape once more if she doesn't like it.

Date: 2013-09-03 02:50 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] homely-sonja.livejournal.com
It takes a moment to sink in, and then....

And then Brienne smiles like she's never smiled before, as she did when she was a girl, before she was told she was not beautiful.

And Temeraire is going to get hugged, if he allows it.

"I'm so happy!" She's grinning stupidly. "I'm so glad!"

Date: 2013-09-03 02:56 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] ao-ji.livejournal.com
Oh! A hug! Temeraire sort of freezes for a moment, unsure, before moving to hug her back. "Then this is alright? You don't mind?"

And the dragon thinks she's very beautiful and would have eaten anybody that said otherwise.

Date: 2013-09-03 03:40 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] homely-sonja.livejournal.com
She's still grinning when she pulls out of the hug.

"If I don't mind? Oh, Temeraire, I'm so glad for you! For us! Now we can do so many fun things together..."

Pause.

"... though I also love your... true form," she hastens to add. "But I'm happy if you're happy."

Date: 2013-09-03 04:04 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] ao-ji.livejournal.com
"I am always happy with you," Temeraire says, smiling. "And I want to do many things with you! I am glad you approve."

Date: 2013-09-04 11:37 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] homely-sonja.livejournal.com
Brienne blushes inexplicably, and smiles, and might be trying to find something to say.

Perhaps this will be interrupted by dinner burning a little?

Date: 2013-09-07 04:00 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] ao-ji.livejournal.com
Just a little and Temeraire will quickly run over to try and save it. "Oh! Sorry. I am sorry. I am still not used to this..."

Date: 2013-09-07 04:07 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] homely-sonja.livejournal.com
"--- it's alright," Brienne replies, perhaps a little too fast.

She's looking at the human, amazed, still.

"... do you need help with anything?"

Date: 2013-09-07 04:09 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] ao-ji.livejournal.com
"Oh no. Sit! Please?" The dragon turned human is fumbling a bit but has managed to save dinner and will now be trying to serve it up correctly.

"You always do such kind things for me, I wished to return the gesture."

Date: 2013-09-07 06:27 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] homely-sonja.livejournal.com
Brienne blinks. "I do?"

She can't recall - she always feels like the dragon is the one doing all the wonderful things.

Date: 2013-09-09 12:33 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] ao-ji.livejournal.com
"Of course! You keep me company, and you are very kind to me, and you are wonderful." Temeraire sets a bowl in front of her with a cup of tea (he might have had help with some of this). "It is beef and rice and vegetables."

The dragon's made Brienne Kung Pao Beef. Chinese Takeaway, only less modern.

Date: 2013-09-09 04:51 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] homely-sonja.livejournal.com
And Brienne is amazed and curious - she's never had Kung Pao Beef, or rice, for that matter.

"... this smells delicious," she says, "Is that from your homeland?"

She's overwhelmed. Completely overwhelmed.

Date: 2013-09-09 05:01 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] ao-ji.livejournal.com
Termeraire nods happily. "It is called Kung Pao Nio Zow. It is beef and rice. I thought you might like it."

He tenses up slightly. "If not, we can get something else."

Date: 2013-09-09 06:19 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] homely-sonja.livejournal.com
"No, no," Brienne protests, and she purposely takes two healthy bites to reassure him. "I was just curious. I've never had," pause, hesitation, "rice, before. And I'm so honored that you would cook for me, this delicious food..."

Date: 2013-09-09 07:50 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] ao-ji.livejournal.com
Temeraire visibly relaxes and takes a bite of his own meal. He would have offered chopsticks, as he'd seen others use before, but he'd never practiced with them and didn't want to embarrass himself.

"I am glad."

After a moment, he shifts and glances up at Brienne. "I had a secondary motive though, in cooking for you."

Date: 2013-09-09 10:40 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] homely-sonja.livejournal.com
Brienne's first thought is that he wants to tell her he's going away, or moving to the Mansion, or something that somehow involves their separation, which suddenly terrifies her.

"... you did?"

She's half-way through her meal, and is already paling.

Date: 2013-09-09 10:42 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] ao-ji.livejournal.com
Temeraire is a bit preoccupied with poking at his food and doesn't notice the distress.

"I will admit, I am not familiar with human courting practices," he says quickly. "But I thought that showing you I am able to ... provide something or offer a gift was a fine start...?"

Date: 2013-09-10 02:54 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] homely-sonja.livejournal.com
Brienne gapes for a moment, because while she's always had feelings for her dragon, he's, well, a dragon, and that's a brand of interspecies romance even Asato and Benjen might have trouble envisioning.

But of course, now...

"Oh, Temeraire, I had no idea.."

Date: 2013-09-10 02:58 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] ao-ji.livejournal.com
"So... So this is alright?" Temeraire looks up, hopeful. "I mean, it was easier to do this, than find a way for you to be a dragon. Not that you would not be a beautiful dragon, but ... I find you lovely as you are."

Date: 2013-09-11 12:51 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] homely-sonja.livejournal.com
Brienne would think anyone else is jesting, but she knows Temeraire, and blushes.

"... thank you," she says.

A beat.

"You're beautiful, in all your shapes." But, er, "... how did you...?"

Date: 2013-09-11 01:02 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] ao-ji.livejournal.com
"This place has magic, and I have been studying and working with someone to help me in my goal of ... of courting you properly."

Date: 2013-09-11 04:59 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] homely-sonja.livejournal.com
Oh, Temeraire.

"I... I had no idea, I...."

She's overwhelmed.

"... I feel the same."

Date: 2013-09-13 05:46 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] ao-ji.livejournal.com
Temeraire brightens instantly and leans forward to extend a hand for one of her own.

"I am so happy you say that."

Date: 2013-09-14 11:27 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] homely-sonja.livejournal.com
Brienne's large hand is slipped in Temeraire's, and she's surprised, and pleased, at how natural the gesture feels.

"I'm happy too," she says.

Despite the clarity of the situation, she's still shy.

Date: 2013-09-19 02:06 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] ao-ji.livejournal.com
"Perhaps," Temeraire begins, shy himself. "Now that there is less of a size hindrance, I might ... kiss you?"

Date: 2013-09-23 11:12 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] homely-sonja.livejournal.com
Brienne almost says something wry about her own size, but she bites it down and sets the food aside.

"Aye," she breathes, awed.

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