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“Patience… is not something I’m known for.”

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G’raha woke slowly, his entire body encased in a warmth that was both overwhelming and the coziest he had felt in his entire life. But despite not wanting to move, his bladder screamed at him to rise. Opening one eye, G’raha only saw darkness. Confusion rang through him until he realized that the covers were pulled over nearly his entire head, and all other light was blocked by the chest he was snuggled up to. Another person was flush against his back, strong arms around-

G’raha froze. A person in front of him. Someone else behind him. Confusion and panic began to stir before he remembered Aurion’s offer. Shifting around to free his head, G’raha looked down at Aurion’s sleeping face, realizing that he’d likely moved towards him during the night. Looking slightly behind him, he could see that Xhaira had joined them at some point, leaving G’raha snug between the men. 

Blushing slightly but extremely happy with his predicament, G’raha went about trying to loosen Xhaira’s grip and leave the bed without waking either of them. Unfortunately, Aurion was a light sleeper and woke during his first attempt. 

“My apologies, I didn’t mean to wake you.” G’raha looked at him with uncertainty. Just because the healer hadn’t pushed him away during slumber didn’t mean that he would continue to tolerate his closeness once he was awake. But to his surprise (and absolute pleasure), Aurion reached up to stroke G’raha’s ears for a moment and make a rough, yet not unkind, grumbling noise as he woke. 

“Mmmm….it’s fine. Do you have somewhere you need to be this early?” Aurion frowned as he sat up.

G’raha smiled sheepishly. “Just to the washroom. I relieve myself.”

Aurion made a small noise of agreement and reached over to move the arms trapping G’raha in the bed. “Xhaira. Let go so he can pee.” G’raha could feel his ears and face heat up more as Aurion inadvertently placed himself nearly on top of G’raha to force his mate to loosen his grip. 

They’d been in this relationship for just over a month and although it was initially agreed upon that both G’raha and Aurion were attached to Xhaira, G’raha had found his eyes and thoughts wandering to the stoic healer more often than not. He’d already considered Aurion a friend before this, and enjoyed what little time he’d spent with him during briefings and after meetings. But now that he’d experienced Xhaira’s mate in a more domestic setting, and spent more leisure time with him, G’raha found himself wanting more from him. But Aurion had never given any indication of being interested, and G’raha didn’t want to make the relationship awkward so he never voiced his thoughts. 

Xhaira mumbled something unintelligible and then let go of G’raha as he rolled to his back. Aurion moved to lie back down. Grateful for the ability to move, G’raha crawled out of the covers and down to the end of the bed to go to the washroom. G’raha stepped back into the room after relieving himself to find that Xhaira was very awake . He was practically dry-humping Aurion’s leg as he kissed and bit at the healer’s neck. Aurion was certainly enjoying the attention, his head turned to give Xhaira full access to him, and his eyes closed. 

G’raha stood in the middle of the floor, embarrassed at how much he was enjoying the act, and wondered if he should quietly don his robes and head back to the Crystal Tower to give them privacy. Before he had the opportunity to make a decision Aurion’s eyes opened and bore into him. 

“You comin’ back to bed, ‘Raha?” Aurion kept his gaze steady as he asked the question. Xhaira took that moment to pull back from his mate’s neck and turn to look at G’raha. 

“Is this okay, ‘Raha? If you’re uncomfortable, we can stop and just go back to sleep.” Xhaira added, a bit of sleep still in the rasp of his voice, but his body filled with slight tension as he waited for G’raha to provide an answer.

G’raha swallowed and hesitated for a moment, but then took a step forward. Then another, and another, until he was standing at the end of the bed. Aurion and Xhaira continued to look at him, but didn’t seek to rush him. G’raha placed one knee on the mattress but didn’t move any further.

“Are you sure? I don’t mind going back to the Tower if you’d like to spend time with each other.” He wrung his hands in a nervous gesture.

Xhaira frowned but it was Aurion who spoke up first. “Only if you want to. But you’re not intruding, ‘Raha.” Aurion stretched out a hand to him. “If you’re not ready for anything else from either of us, then just say so. Patience… is not something I’m known for, when it comes to being apart from those that I love.” G’raha’s breath hitched at the casual confession, the implication that Aurion loved him . “But both Xhaira and I will be patient with your boundaries. And if you decide that you’d rather not be involved with me, there will be no hard feelings between us.”

G’raha could hardly believe what Aurion was saying. A brief glance at Xhaira was met with a smile and nod, a means of encouragement and confirmation of his mate’s words.

G’raha climbed back into the bed and into their arms.