Chapter 16.

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Dominic arrived home an hour after I fell asleep. He woke me up by kissing the top of my head. I sighed and wrapped my fingers around his wrist. His skin was rough and warm and made me feel safe.

"Can we bake now?" I asked sleepily. I was going to make chocolate chip cookies, I needed to weigh out the ingredients and make the batter and actually bake them. Excitement had me opening my eyes and sitting up.

"Yes, I told you could bake today didn't I?" He said. He tucked a piece of hair behind my ear and pecked my lips. I smiled into the kiss and squealed when he pulled back.

"Yay! I can't wait." I jumped out of bed and walked quickly to the stairs. Before I could take a step, an arm snaked around my waist and pulled me back.

"Careful, mate. I don't want you injuring yourself." Dominics deep voice warned I patted his arm and assured him I wouldn't injure myself. I tried to step forward but his arms stayed where they were with an iron grip, I waited patiently for him to release his hold. He didn't.

He just moved so he was standing next to me and then helped to walk carefully down the staircase.I gritted my teeth but didn't say anything, I didn't want him losing his shit at me. The house was silent, as usual. I never really noticed it before but now that I did, it was all I could think about. Maybe we should get some pets. I love animals (obviously) and the sound of their paws as they trot around the house would really help to add warmth to the house.

I already had a few pet names in my head by the time we reached the kitchen. I told Dominic the ingredients and he gathered them for me. Some of the shelves were a little too high up and he refused to allow me to stand on a ladder or a chair.

"I think, you're going to love these." I said confidently. I hadn't cooked in a while but I had made the recipe enough times that I knew it off by heart. Dominic leaned against the wall, his ankles and arms were crossed. His deep chuckle caused me to shiver.

"I am prepared to be surprised, kitten." He said. I could hear the smile in his voice and I smiled too.

"Good." I weighed the ingredients and started to mix them all.

"So," I said, he could be so silent sometimes, just staring at me "how was work?" I asked casually. I've gotten used to his abnormal quietness but baking in front of him while he stood and watched me was unnerving. He had the type of eyes that said he knew what you were thinking. Even if he wasn't reading your mind.

"Good." Came his short reply. I sighed and turned to face him, my hand mixing in the flour.

"Let's converse, tell me about your day. Look, I'll tell you about mine first. I woke up, had the breakfast, didn't like the vegan yoghurt but will try another flavour. Afterwards, I dressed myself, washed my face and teeth and slept. Now your turn." I paused. "Oh and I wrote and stuff."

I stopped mixing to look at him. His eyes never wavered from my own, he wasn't going to give in. I pouted and looked at him with hopeful eyes. Still nothing. I widened my eyes a bit more until he sighed.

I grinned at him and he shook his head, a smile inching its way to his face.

"Fine, I called packs and I dealt with rebels. That was all." He said bluntly. I nodded not wanting to push him further and not wanting to know what he meant by 'dealt with rebels. I finished mixing the batter and then scooped them onto baking trays to cook them. I started to wash the dishes but large hands stopped me and gently turned me around.

His head bent down and his lips kissed the top of my head. He inhaled my scent and sighed.

"I missed you today." He murmured into my hair. I wrapped my arms around him and snuggled into his chest.

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