‘Huddle against your lover when ever the cold weather seeps through the old bones.’
The fire long since simmered down as the night was upon. The moon which on Echo and Rex had forced to make an emergency landing, had gotten colder now that the previously visible and slightly warming star had disappeared behind the horizon. Rendering the temperature to plummet further to below freezing degrees. The moon certainly had a unique meteorological climate, the weather changing quickly and drastically too in a matter of hours.
Luckily though, Echo had managed to tinker on some of the ship’s systems. And, by salvaging components from other areas of the hardly functional vessel, he had managed to get the life support system up and running with some heat included inside the cockpit area of the ship. It wasn’t much but certainly beating the option of freezing to death. As despite the tacky sweaters the couple had donned on since Echo finding the gift of their new trading friends, they were both getting colder each passing moment.
Rex and Echo were inside of the vessel, having sealed off the cockpit and making themselves as comfortable as possible. Having hauled whatever they thought they could use for both warmth and food in there as well. Just in case Echo’s bandaid of a repair job would not last until the rescuers would reach them. As it was, even during the day, it had been cold outside despite the roaring fire. But it was also safer for them to remain inside of the ship. As not even their tacky sweaters could protect them from the freezing cold temperature and nature’s wildlife on the outside.
The surroundings of the moon around the ship were now completely consumed by the descended darkness. Not even starlight visible to the ground where the ship had made its crash landing. Luckily, they had managed to manoeuvre the craft to a sandy clearing and close to a forest area having provided at least the fire wood needed and perhaps some cover until the outside had become too cold to remain in.
Echo had managed to find a burner used during the war in the stores of the ship. It was good enough for preparing a quick meal. Something which Echo had concocted out of the ration bars and a few ingredients obtained from the locals of the planet they had visited. It did not look like much, but the smell of it drew Rex closer to have a curious peek over his partner’s shoulder to see what he was doing.
“Whatcha cooking there sweetie? Smells rather good.”
Rex sounded surprised as he had half expected the two of them to live on the stale rations for the few days allotted before their people would come to get them.
Echo let out a soft chuckle, with Rex breathing down his neck while looking over the shoulder.
“I found the burner in the closet on the back of the ship while I was looking for parts to fix the systems with. I though we could use a hot meal instead of those bland bars we have been chewing on.”
Rex placed his arms around Echo’s waist leaning in closer and nuzzling his neck.
“You do spoil me sweetheart. No matter where we are or what the circumstances just might be, you always seem to come up with solutions and things like this to cheer me up.”
Rex wasn’t exaggerating either. Echo had always been an excellent tactician during the war, coming up with solutions others could not during impossible situations. That had most likely been the reason for his capture by the Techno Union as well. Them seeing the endless potential in the Arc Trooper.
But right now, Echo was putting his skills to use for the benefit of their own cause and in this particular case, for Rex. The sweaters, the repairs on the ship and now, preparing a meal from practically nothing for the two of them too. Well, Echo really was something else.
“For you my dear, I will try anything.”
Echo stirred the small pot to make sure the soupy concoction would not burn before he turned to face Rex. Locking their eyes, Echo leaned into Rex, pressing his lips on his lover’s. It was a soft, warm and lingering one. Breaking the kiss off way too soon than Rex would have liked.
“I love you Rex, with all that I am.”
Echo paused for a moment, never letting his gaze from Rex’s.
“And in a way, I am glad we got stranded here, just the two of us. Just for a moment.”
Echo admitted as much.
Rex stared back at his partner’s eyes for a long moment. He wasn’t disagreeing though. Even if their circumstances were far from ideal. His lips curling to a small smirk.
“As am I. Although I would have preferred a sandy beach somewhere warm.”
Rex was still holding Echo in his embrace.
Echo let out a small laugh too. The smirk on his lips turning to a deliciously coy one.
“Well, I can think of a few things to make you feel warm after we have our dinner.”