High Gloss Finish
He didn’t preen them. In a string of long nights, it had been an especially long night, and I couldn’t remember a moment when I hadn’t been standing over a badly wounded patient. I wasn’t recharging well, hadn’t properly tasted any of the fuel I drank in orns…not exactly breaking, but fraying around the edges. And that’s when Breakdown did something he’d never done before.
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He hugged me.
Just hugged me, slow enough to let me back out — which I didn’t. And when I showed no inclination to budge, because he was as warm and sturdy as I’d been so desperately needing, he didn’t stop hugging me. And then…he just rubbed my wings. Down near the base.
I probably should have objected, but it never even crossed my mind. And while he didn’t carry on it with for very long, it wound me down to a place where I could recharge almost peacefully. 
Hardly sensual on the surface, but it must have been the catalyst for all the things that had been percolating between us.
Less than a decacycle later, we were waking up together.

He didn’t preen them. In a string of long nights, it had been an especially long night, and I couldn’t remember a moment when I hadn’t been standing over a badly wounded patient. I wasn’t recharging well, hadn’t properly tasted any of the fuel I drank in orns…not exactly breaking, but fraying around the edges. And that’s when Breakdown did something he’d never done before.

He hugged me.

Just hugged me, slow enough to let me back out — which I didn’t. And when I showed no inclination to budge, because he was as warm and sturdy as I’d been so desperately needing, he didn’t stop hugging me. And then…he just rubbed my wings. Down near the base.

I probably should have objected, but it never even crossed my mind. And while he didn’t carry on it with for very long, it wound me down to a place where I could recharge almost peacefully. 

Hardly sensual on the surface, but it must have been the catalyst for all the things that had been percolating between us.

Less than a decacycle later, we were waking up together.

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