February 28, 2015

In Which Rina Is Not Fortunate

September 3, 1189

"You wanted to see me?" Severin kissed Rina on the cheek, taking her hand as he stepped back. "I hope I'm not in trouble."

"Of course not. I just wanted to..." Well, she didn't want to. But she had to. Didn't she owe him a chance? "...talk."

"Talk." He got that. "Uh-oh."

"Yes, well... I just wanted to make sure you were clear on the situation." Rina grimaced, some vain attempt to make him smile. "I mean, I know that you know, but maybe it was a bit selfish of me not to bring it up again when I'd asked if you'd marry me."

A frown. He got that too. "You mean--"

"Yes, that. I just wanted to make sure you understood that, well... Ardyath wasn't hopeful about my chances of ever having a baby."

"I know."

"Well..." She swallowed. God, how it hurt! But she had to. It was only fair.

"Are you really all right with that?"

Yes, no, I'll think on it... she didn't know what she expected him to say. But she didn't expect that he'd put her hand to his lips and kiss each knuckle, never afraid to linger. "Absolutely."

"You're sure?"

He chuckled. "Rina... I hate children."

She pulled back her hand. Hadn't expected that either. "What?"

"Well... maybe not 'hate', but I'm not fond of them. Even of my nieces and nephews, only Thetis is really old enough to be bearable now."


"Don't get me wrong--I care about my nieces and nephews. I'm just glad I'm not the one who has to parent them. I never wanted kids of my own."

What? "Is... is that why you're marrying me?"

"What?" He cringed. At least she'd jabbed him to her level of shock and insult. "No! I loved you long before you ever told me about that. It's just a... a fortunate coincidence."

"Fortunate? You think what happened to me is fortunate?"

"Of course not! I--"

"Tell me: if by some miracle I did get pregnant, how would you feel about that?"

Clever as he prided himself on being, he was less than automatic. "Uh..."

"Wrong answer!"



He fought back whatever vitriol he had and sighed. "What do you want me to say?"

Why the hell was it her job to tell him? "Get out!"



Van said...

I hate sore throats. :(

Anonymous said...

Is there a person alive in this world that likes sore throats? xD

Hmmm, while I can sympathise with Rina about her predicament - and it is clear that Severin put his foot in his mouth with this answer -, but I think she might have overreacted a bit. ._.'
Not to say that she doesn't have the right to be upset, but...
Eh, maybe I should shut up before I say something wrong.

Van said...


Well... in a time when a lot of women were married solely for having babies, I guess Rina was unsurprised at the idea that Severin would have to have some other ulterior motive for marrying her. :(

Andavri said...

Rina, Rina, Rina! Severin went all the way to Dovia to get your horse back from your very mean father that no one who knew him dared openly cross, (not knowing anything about your possible not baby problem.) armed only with the knowledge that he had a very small dick and no one to protect him if said very mean father decided to lash out at him.

Sweetie, he was dead gone on you way before you told him you couldn't have kids. Just how many guys do you truly think would do that for you. Not that I don't think you're loveable or that you aren't worthy of someone good. But Severin spent his entire childhood with his head shoved up a book or anywhere that would get him out of interacting with people, knowing that you should know that he's not good with people, and you (and maybe his mother) are the only people he wants to even try to be good with.

Please get your head out before you lose probably the best thing that'll ever happen to you...

(See, I told you I still lurk, Van.)

Van said...

Nothing wrong with lurking! XD

Yeah, once she gets over the initial anger, I think Rina will realize that that can't possibly be Severin's motivation. That said, "fortunate coincidence" was a poor choice of wording on his part.

But if anyone can fix this, my money would be on Mama Thetis...

Ekho said...

I think I know how she feels, at one stage she probably liked the idea of raising her own babies and having that chance taken away... I'm sure she's come to terms with it now but Severin didn't think before he spoke!

Honestly I may be wrong but I think if Severin ever did have his very own baby... Holding a newborn in his arms... Especially if Rina was the mother... He would fall in love with that kid and nothing would get in his way of protecting and loving that child. At least, that's how imagine him :S

Van said...

She did grow up expecting to have children. Having that change so suddenly was disorienting, to say the least. And even if Rina hadn't wanted children, I think she's the type who'd prefer to not have them on her own terms. She's recovering, but comments like that aren't helpful.

Severin is pretty Rina-sexual at this point, so I don't know if he'd get himself in a position to have kids with anyone else. I don't know if he'd instantly take to fatherhood if it happened, but he'd figure out a way to make it work.