Haze sat in her bedroom fussing over Elmo who lapped it up. As she scratched his chin she thought about finding some clothes for Chromium as he was bound to revert back to Tanis. She didn't really have any clothing for men since she never really had any over for the night. She swallowed, she hoped he didn't mind sleeping on the sofa bed, she really wasn't ready to have him in her own bed.
Haze left Elmo while she rummaged through her chest of drawers. She came across a large pair of tracksuit pants she sometime wore to bed. They were oversized as she liked to sleep in loose clothing, they were also a men's size. Next she found a large shirt she'd been given for free at a show, it had swamped her when she wore it so she assumed it'd fit Tanis okay.
She scratched Elmo under the chin before returning to the lounge room with the clothes in her hand. "I couldn't find much for you to wear, but this should be okay to sleep in." She said as she approached him, then she noticed that he had already reverted back to Tanis. "Do you want to have a shower?" She asked.
"I never thought you'd ask," Tanis said with a smile. He stood and Haze noticed that he was careful to keep his cloak in place, she smiled slightly. She handed him the clothes. "Thanks, now where's the bathroom?" he asked.
Haze guided him down the hall and showed him the bathroom. While he was in the shower she went to the spare bedroom and set up the sofa bed. Elmo helped by jumping under the sheet as she tried to tuck it in place. "You're a wonderful help," she told Elmo as he sat purring under the sheet.
Tanis walked into the room, his hair wet but brushed back. "I hope you don't mind but I used your comb."
"No sweat," Haze said as she looked down at Elmo's bump under the sheet with her hands on her hips. "Looks like you're going to have to share the bed."
Tanis chuckled, "Well there's one person I wouldn't mind sharing with but it's not Elmo."
Haze laughed but was suddenly nervous again, Tanis seemed to pick up on it. "Elmo can stay," he said.
She looked up and smiled at him, "I don't really think he's going to move."
Tanis sat down on the side of the sofa bed and patted Elmo through the sheet. "Nope he's definitely not moving," he turned to look at Haze. "So have you thought anymore about your parents?"
Haze sighed and sat down beside him. "Yeah, I'm not sure what to do. I feel really uncomfortable."
Tanis took her hand and held it in his lap. "Take all the time you need. But it sounds like they want you back in their lives."
Haze nodded and shifted closer to Tanis. "I guess I'm worried about being hurt again."
Tanis lifted her chin with a touch of his finger, "At least they're alive. Mine are gone. Don't take too long to make up your mind."
Haze nodded as she thought about it.
It was like thousands of voices cried out for a sequel and were suddenly silenced...