Ink Hearts - Kaimelia
I had no plan for this fic and didn’t know where it was going to end or anything so yeah, I hope you like this slightly incoherent 3AM fic…enjoy…
“Oh my god!” Amelia gasped, surprised that the coffees she was holding didn’t fall to the floor as she stared at Kai in shock. They were sitting in the lab, just where Amelia knew they’d be at this time of night and although they’d turned to greet Amelia, she couldn’t focus on anything but the tight white cast that their right leg was plastered it “What happened? When did that happen? Are you okay? How did you-”
“You ask a lot of questions” Kai cut Amelia off, an amused smile playing on their lips as they spoke. Amelia simply blinked at them in response and a silence fell between them as she wondered if Kai was going to answer a single one of the questions she’d just asked. Amelia had never been a fan of silences, it allowed one’s thought to wander to the darkest of places, but with Kai it was different, it was comfortable. Just like everything else seemingly was.
Amelia frowned as she took a step forward so she could hand Kai their coffee, she really couldn’t believe that they weren’t making a big deal of the fact they were hurt “You should’ve told me, I know it’s been a while since I’ve been here and I’m sorry-”
“You shouldn’t apologise, you’re sister needed you. I couldn’t take you away from her” Kai interrupted her and Amelia fixed them with a sharp glare, a sheepish expression immediately took over Kai’s expression “Sorry, I know you hate when I cut you off like that”
“It’s okay” Amelia reassured them, taking a moment to appreciate how quick Kai was to apologize, Amelia couldn’t think of anyone else in her life who would even realize what they’d done, so fast let alone apologize for it. Kai truly wasn’t like anyone else she’d met before “You should’ve told me you were hurt Kai, I know I was with Maggie but I could’ve been here for you too”
“Unless you know something about cloning that I don’t, there was no way you could’ve been here as well as in Seattle” Kai commented, unsurprised when Amelia laughed. The sound of her laughter was like music to Kai’s ears and they couldn’t help but grin, the laugh sounded so much better in person than it did over the phone or a lagging Facetime call “I didn’t want to bother you”
“You’re not a bother Kai, you couldn’t ever be a bother” Amelia replied, her voice firm as she propped herself up on the countertop. Kai’s leg was resting in the chair tt she’d usually be in and there was no way she was going to let them move it. “So are you going to tell me how it happened or is this yet another guessing game?”
“I’d rather not tell you” Kai admitted “I’m not particularly in the mood for a lecture on why motorcycles are basically death machines”
“I still stand by that point” Amelia commented, resisting the urge to tell Kai that she’d told them so. It wouldn’t be fair at a moment like this but maybe she could let them know before she had to return to Seattle “I’m glad you’re okay, I don’t know what I’d do if you…”
“Do you want to sign my cast?” Kai asked when Amelia trailed off, knowing that this time they weren’t cutting her off, sensing that Amelia needed to be distracted from her own thoughts of what she’d do if Kai had been hurt even worse. This thing between them had started off as a form of stress relief, a hook-up in a hotel room or a lab after a long day, but slowly it was transforming into something more, something better.
Although neither of them would say it yet, they both knew that it was transforming into something that felt a lot like love.
“Yeah” Amelia nodded, not caring that she’d had just gotten comfortably positioned, as she hopped off the counter. She quickly grabbed a sharpie from Kai’s collection and wondered for a moment what she should write on the blank canvas of the cast. Half of her was yelling to draw something scandalous but it was drowned out by the yelling of the other half of her that was encouraging her to do something sweet.
Kai watched with great interest as Amelia drew an ink heart and their cast, followed by another and another. Something about the way the woman guided the sharpie around with such ease, the movement of her hand as captivating to Kai as it was whenever they had watched the woman practice in the skills lab back when they were a mere resident.
Even back then Kai had been infatuated with the whirlwind that was Amelia Shepherd but never in their wildest dreams could they have imagined that the other woman would nervously write “A+K” on their cast in small almost illegible writing amongst a scattering of ink hearts. Amelia blushed when she finally finished her artwork, realizing Kai had been watching her all the time “Do you like it?”
“I love it” Kai answered, stopping themselves just before the words “I love you” fell from their mouth. It might have been true but Kai knew Amelia, they knew it was too soon to say it aloud “It’s funny, I’ve scowled at the cast every time I’ve looked at it since getting it but now? I think I’ll only be able to smile when I see it because now I’ll think of you every single time…”