I was joking, Reinette. I wouldn’t think you’d name him after my newest son. That’s a great name though. It does fit him perfectly. He’ll be great, like all my little siblings are.
I had heard you had another child. I am so pleased for you! I am only sorry that we have not had much of an opportunity to speak. I should love to know you better than I do already.
Thank you. And congratulatons! I know, ‘fraid we haven’t had the chance too. Been busy though. Both been pregnant and all that. And I’m actually pregnant again with my fifth. Only hope that she’ll be the last for a while. I would love to know you much better too. After what Dad’s told me about you, I would assume that we’d become friends.
Koschei smiled again as more tears filled his amber eyes when Rhioa touched his cheek and spoke the sweet words to him. When she removed her hand he kissed the top of her head and reached down for her hand. “Yeah, me too, my sweet little Time Tot, let’s get in there and sit on the comfortable settee and just relax for the rest of the evening.”
He laughed and pulled her gently into the Video Room and then moved them toward the settee in the middle. He helped her to sit down and then grabbed the pink and purple blanket form the back of the settee, covering her before he moved to sit beside her. he reached over and found himself a red blanket and then quickly switched on the telly. He didn’t really channel surf, just kept on some murder mystery, and he wasn’t even sure what it was. He didn’t really care about that, he just wrapped his arm around her shoulder and pulled her close to him.
“There we are now, Rhi, nice and cozy beneath our blankets, and you can have the remote if you want, doll,” Koschei said, as he placed it on top of her lap on the blanket and settled in more comfortably beside her. He had left his boots in the Gallifreyan Garden, but he didn’t need them now and would retrieve them later or tomorrow. For now, he just enjoyed the relaxing time with his step-daughter, watching telly and being together.
Rhioa shook her head a bit, laying her head on his shoulder. “This is fine.” She said softly, watching the mystery. She tried to keep herself awake for as long as possible, not wanting to fall back asleep on him. She seemed to be doing that a lot lately. But she had been busy and easily worn out from having to take care of her children, being pregnant, and saving the universe.
Near the end of the mystery, she start to let herself give in. She did hope that she’d be able to see who did it, but she felt her eyes close as she fell asleep peacefully.
“I do want the company, and I would love for you to join me, darling. I just thought you were sleepy it would be good to be in your bed,” Koschei said, as he bopped her on her nose and helped her to stand up and frowned when she yawned.
“You see, you can barely keep your Time Tot eyes open, Rhioa. If you think you would be comfortable on any settee, maybe we should go to the Video Room and watch telly for a bit,” he teased her and took her hand in his as he led them toward the door, but glanced once more into the beautiful Gallifreyan Garden. Before he pushed open the door and led them down the corridor to the Video Room. “That way, if you do fall asleep, you’ll have some comfortable blankets and pillows to snuggle with, yeah?”
Rhioa smiled tiredly up at him, following him. “That’s fine I suppose. But if you don’t want to, I’m happy with going to my room if you wanna read.” She said, yawning again. “But snuggling sounds pretty nice too.”
Koschei sighed loudly and gently released her hand before they entered the room and rubbed his eyes with the heels of his hands and then stared at her with tears in his eyes. “Rhioa, I don’t want to be alone, that’s just it, I’m tired of being alone. I can’t stand the thought of it…”
His words trailed off as he stared down at the floor and breathed deeply a few times before he looked up at her. He smiled warmly and brightly at her and grabbed her hands gently in his. “I’m sorry, I’m being selfish again, doll. Why don’t we go inside the Video Room now and watch some telly. I’ll cover you in the blankets and you can sleep against me, all right?”
Rhioa looked up at him, gently touching his cheek. “I don’t like it any more then you do. But we’ve got each other.” She said, smiling faintly before she removed her hand. “Come on. I need my snuggle buddy.”