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A Place All Their Own: OneShot

Title: A Place All Their Own
Author: jlyncss
Characters/Pairings: Richard/Kahlan
Rating: PG
Word Count: 1,130



Written for legendland challenge.  Picture prompts.  I choose the wooden bridge:


   





Begin

Kahlan tested her footing, the worn, derelict rungs of the footbridge looking far too frail for her liking.  What remnants remained were caked with moss and creeping vine.  With waning confidence she curled her fingers tightly around the rope rail.  Maybe she could hold on long enough for rescue when the treads gave way. “Are you sure there isn’t another way around?” she asked, her voice uneasy.

Richard beckoned from the other side.  She had adamantly refused to cross unless his weight was fully off the decrepit passage.  “I promise you’ll be okay – you’re almost here.”  He stretched out his arm in invitation.  Still she didn’t move.  “Trust me, it’s sturdy enough for the both of us.  Do you want me to come an—?”

“No!  Stay where you are.  Just give me a minute.”  Kahlan gave a nervous glance down the sheer granite walls to the landscape far below, the Myak river all but invisible at the bottom of the deep gorge.  Banelings she could handle.  Plunging through the abyss to certain death was another story.  She felt the sway of the feeble span and closed her eyes.  Just a little bit farther she assured herself.  Delicately, she stepped over the gaping hole of missing planks, a strangle hold on the rope as her foot found purchase.  It creaked, but it held.  Kahlan breathed a sigh of relief, a small smile of accomplishment touching her lips.  She’d made it through the hardest part. 

As she neared the other side, she reached for Richard’s outstretched hand, grateful for his firm hold.  Once she was on solid ground, Kahlan threw her arms around his neck, relishing the feel of his strong arms as they wrapped her up tight.  Richard chuckled at her enthusiasm and pulled her from the footpath, keeping her secure against his frame, her feet barely touching the ground.  He looked down into her eyes.  “You’re safe now,” he said softly.

Kahlan blushed at his double meaning and at that moment she didn’t care what his reasons for coming here, it was worth it just for this. 

All too soon Richard gently loosened his hold, setting her feet to the ground and taking her hand in his.  “Come on, this is what I wanted you to see, ” he said, guiding her through the trees.  They traveled along the edge of the gorge, cautiously making their way over a scrabble of rock and dirt, finally emerging to an expanse of panoramic vistas stretched as far as the eye could see.  A patchwork of valleys and streams, brooks and rivers dotted the scenery.  And there, set atop a huge rise in the valley below, right in the center of it all – a breathtaking view of Aydindril.  From here they could see the walls of the city reflecting endless shades of vermillion in the waning sun.  A whirl of wind swept the clearing at the edge of the cliff, swirling Kahlan’s hair and dress.  She held the errant strands behind her ear, keeping her vision clear.  Richard thought she’d never looked so beautiful in his life; happy and vibrant – delighted with what she saw.  “It’s beautiful!” she exclaimed.  “How did yo—”

“Hunting” he answered before she could finish.  “With Cara.”  He couldn’t keep the smile from his face, seeing her so pleased.  “We saw the bridge while tracking some deer.” 

Her eyes danced.  “And you just had to explore,” she said, smiling.  Richard’s heart leapt in his chest.  She was even more beautiful than just a moment ago.  His laugh came easy; it made him feel good that she knew him so well.

Kahlan turned again to the vast landscape.  From this high perch it seemed she could see forever.  Lush forest carpeted the mountains below, patches of vibrant green fields and colorful meadows scattered the countryside.  As she took it all in, realization suddenly dawned on her.  She scanned diligently to the west of her home city.  It would surely be visible from here – if she could only pinpoint its location.  Her gaze flickered from peak to peak, following every hollow between.  At long last he eyes landed on what she sought.  She stretched out her arm, pointing to the distant cascade of falls and the gathering pool of water below, crimson with the hues setting of the sun.  “The Falls of Aldermont.”

Richard’s gaze followed her arm.  He remembered her telling him how the waters, shimmering red with the shades of the sun, were said to be the glow of hearts of all the lover’s who’d kissed there.  Kahlan had told him it was the most romantic place in all the Midlands. 

Looking intently into Kahlan’s eyes, Richard’s expression softened.  They never seemed to have time to do the things they wished to do.   “I’m sorry I never got to take you there.”  There was so much more he wanted to say but he couldn’t find the words.

Seeing the wistful longing in his eyes, Kahlan pushed aside the caution in her head, taking his other hand in hers so she held them both.  She looked up at him from under thick lashes, hoping – knowing – the effect it would have on him. “It doesn’t matter where I am, Richard, as long as I’m with you.”

He pulled her near, circling her in his arms, glad that – at least for today – she was willing to allow it.  He leaned in close, “Then I shall always be with you,” he whispered, leaning in to kiss her.  Soft and warm his mouth moved over hers, Kahlan’s pliant lips more permissible than ever.  And when her finger’s knotted into his hair, Richard held to her tight, kissing her like he would never stop.  For a few brief moments, Kahlan returned his kiss just as eagerly before gently pulling away, her eyes conveying what words could not.

Richard smiled softly, brushing a thumb over her cheek.  He understood.  For that she was grateful. 

They watched the day come to a quiet end, holding each other close, feeling each other’s warmth.  Kahlan stayed quiet a long time, not wanting to break the magical spell that seemed to hold them in a soft embrace.  Not until twinkling stars began to dot the sky did she finally whisper shyly to him.  “Thank you for bringing me to the most romantic place in all the Midlands.”

Richard caressed her cheek with his thumb.  “Almost anyway…we didn’t quite make it.”

“Yes we did” she said softly and she smiled her special smile.  He should have known she’d feel the same as he...  The Falls of Aldermont might be the place of countless lovers, but this ridge, high above the lands, accessible only by a fading, narrow footbridge – this was the place forever their own.

End



Comments

( 17 comments — Leave a comment )
evelyngrace87
May. 21st, 2012 12:54 pm (UTC)
This was so sweet, bb!! Loved it! Richard and Kahlan are so cute in this!

"Once she was on firm ground, Kahlan threw her arms around his neck, relishing the feel of his strong arms as they wrapped her up tight. Richard chuckled at her enthusiasm and pulled her from the footpath, keeping her secure against his frame, her feet barely touching the ground. He looked down into her eyes. “You’re safe now,” he said softly."

Awesome, ficlet, sister!!
jlyncss
May. 21st, 2012 03:07 pm (UTC)

Thank you!! I really had no idea where I was going with this at first, LOL.

Thanks for commenting! :D
rosedean
May. 21st, 2012 03:16 pm (UTC)
Oh What! This is going straight to my e-reader.Been waiting for another story from you for tooooo long! Back with comments as soon as my feet touch the ground after the con! :o)
jlyncss
May. 22nd, 2012 09:54 am (UTC)

Haha, thank you, and sorry to keep you waiting so long. It's been hard writing lately. This was just a quickie for a LL challenge.

I hope you like it!!

Thanks as always for your support bb!! <333

lotslovercss
May. 21st, 2012 08:37 pm (UTC)
Oh, bb!!! *cries*

This was so beautiful!! I have missed your writing SO MUCH!!! You seriously have no idea!!

LOVED THIS:

Richard chuckled at her enthusiasm and pulled her from the footpath, keeping her secure against his frame, her feet barely touching the ground. He looked down into her eyes. “You’re safe now,” he said softly.

AND THIS:

“Then I shall always be with you,” he whispered, leaning in to kiss her.

So sweet and squeeish!! Thanks for helping keep R+K's love alive for us! *hugs*


Edited at 2012-05-22 12:37 am (UTC)
jlyncss
May. 22nd, 2012 09:52 am (UTC)

Aww...thanks bb!! I'm glad you enjoyed it! :D

I promise to be trying to write more... it's been a difficult time lately but I AM working on one. Just gotta find the flow.

*HUGS* Luv you!!

lotslovercss
May. 22nd, 2012 06:43 pm (UTC)
I always enjoy your writing!!

I'm sorry you're having such a hard time getting your flow going, bb! I'm hear if you ever need help!

I personally think you're flow is great! This was so sweet!
rosedean
May. 22nd, 2012 11:09 am (UTC)
Oh I do miss Richard and Kahlan together. Thank you for this story, I just love them so much, they make the most beautiful couple! Awwww!
jlyncss
May. 22nd, 2012 12:54 pm (UTC)

I miss them too!! I've been stalled on a chapter fic for some time now and it's driving me crazy! I want to be writing R/K!!

Thanks bb!!

mcc2040
May. 23rd, 2012 05:35 pm (UTC)
Gah, this was insanely beautiful. ALL MY FEELS, JUST TAKE THEM ;_;
jlyncss
May. 24th, 2012 02:27 pm (UTC)

Aww..thanks for reading bb! I'm glad you enjoyed it! <33



(Anonymous)
May. 24th, 2012 09:34 pm (UTC)
So perfect!!! I loved it from start to finish.
laurilee59
May. 24th, 2012 09:36 pm (UTC)
sorry that was me above, the beauty of pain pills.
jlyncss
May. 25th, 2012 11:30 am (UTC)

Aww...You've had a rough week - I appreciate you taking time to read and comment.

Hope you're doing better soon! :)

foreverrk
Jun. 30th, 2012 02:35 pm (UTC)
Finally getting the chance to read this.
sorry for the late comment. :P

Richie is just the sweetest Boyfriend EVER!!!!
We fangirls just have to love him heehee :D


"Seeing the wistful longing in his eyes,
Kahlan pushed aside the caution in her
head, taking his other hand in hers so
she held them both. She looked up at
him from under thick lashes, hoping –
knowing – the effect it would have on
him. “It doesn’t matter where I am,
Richard, as long as I’m with you.”

GAH THIS WAS SOO SQUUUISHY ME LOVES I WAS
MELTING BY THIS POINT HEEHEE



"He pulled her near, circling her in his
arms, glad that – at least for today –
she was willing to allow it. He leaned
in close, “Then I shall always be with
you,” he whispered, leaning in to kiss
her. Soft and warm his mouth moved over
hers, Kahlan’s pliant lips more permissible than ever. And when her finger’s knotted
into his hair, Richard held to her tight, kissing her like he would never stop. For
a few brief moments, Kahlan returned his
kiss just as eagerly before gently pulling away, her eyes conveying what words could
not"



THIS WAS MY FAVORITE!!! I loved whenever KK in
the show gave into Richard kisses heeeheee.

Awsome One Shot Jlyn i really missed seeing
fics from you.. keep it up :D
jlyncss
Jul. 5th, 2012 01:33 pm (UTC)

Awww...Thanks Ruthy!! And I missed seeing spamming from you, LOL!! <333

Nice to see your around again and glad you enjoyed it!
foreverrk
Jul. 6th, 2012 12:31 pm (UTC)
Thanks. Glad to be back. Been so long LOL
was starting to think i last my touch
heehee :D
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