Chapter 7: Cotton Candy

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Hulllo Keepers!
Are you ready for some pure Sophitz??
Are you ready to completely toss aside the plot for a bit and focus on our two favorite characters?
Well I sure hope you are because I didn't feel like writing all technical and stuff...so here we are!
Hope you enjoy this and just an fyi; the first sentence has to do with the ending of the 6th chapter.
Read on!

Biana's squeals still echoed in Sophie's head.

After everyone had left Havenfield, Fitz's parents decided to stay and discuss technicalities with Edaline and Grady.
Sophie decided she was done thinking about the Neverseen, and dragged Fitz out to Calla's Panakes tree.
There they sat, watching the blossoms fall through the air around them as the sky shifted from blue to pink.
"Cotton candy," Sophie murmured, remembering the sweet human candy made purely from spun sugar.
"Hmm?"
Sophie glanced at Fitz. "The sky. It looks like a human candy Amy used to love."
Fitz nodded.
It was several moments later when he turned to face her. "Sophie?"
She hummed in response.
"Are you --" he hesitated. "Are you happy here?"
Sophie shifted her position so she was facing him. She hadn't realized he was worried about that. She had no idea it was among his concerns.
She raised her eyebrow quizzically, silently asking him what was on his mind.
Fitz swallowed. "The human world was such a big part of your life. And we...I just took it all away from you in the blink of an eye. And when Amy was here - you looked as if you wanted to stay in that moment forever. You had such a perfect life, and without giving you a choice, it was pulled out of your grasp. I - I want you to be happy, so if --"
Sophie put a finger to his lips, cutting him off.
Teal met brown, and Fitz searched her eyes for an answer. Pleading for him to be wrong.
Sophie sighed. "Fitz listen to me." She intertwined her fingers with his. "Bringing me here, to the place where I belong, was the best decision you stubborn elves could've ever made. To put it simply, my life as a human...it sucked. I was bullied. And nothing made sense. I was so...alone." Her eyes moistened at the memory. "The moment you took my hand, the instant my world turned upside down, I knew there was more. I knew that something was missing. Sure, it's difficult to adjust. And, yes, I was overjoyed when Amy remembered me. But Amy - and the rest of my human family - are the only things I want to remember from my horrid life as a human." She took a deep, shaky breath. "It was hard, Fitz. I was scared."
Fitz caressed her knuckles. She cursed herself for crying as she wiped a rebellious tear off her face.
"But then you came. And even with the Neverseen at every corner, and the pressure to fit in...Fitzroy Avery Vacker, I couldn't be happier with you at my side."
Fitz was quiet for a moment. He reached up and tucked a stray piece of Sophie's honey blonde hair behind her ear, wiping a tear off her face as his hand retreated.
Tingles spread on her face where Fitz had made contact. Sophie wasn't sure what was going through his mind.
"Fitz?"
Sophie didn't expect him to embrace her with a tight hug. She felt him shake a bit, indicating he was crying. Whoa. Fitz rarely cried.
"Why are you crying?" she whispered, wrapping her arms around him.
Fitz seemed like he was stifling sobs.
"Sophie. You're so brave. And you always focus on the positive. You're so quick to take care of everyone else as if what you've got to deal with isn't enough." He pulled away, no longer crying.
"I guess what I'm getting at is, how do you do it? You don't deserve to have people picking on you. You don't deserve to be lonely. You shouldn't have to be scared in a place where you belong. I take you away from the bullying and loneliness only to replace it with murderers and judgy noble stuck-ups." He paused. "I just want you to be happy," he whispered.
Sophie wiped at her eyes. Tears threatened to spill over. No one had ever said something like that to her before.
Her heart swelled with gratefulness as she looked into his eyes.
She couldn't help it. She started to cry. Heavily.
"Oh, Soph." Fitz appeared startled at her sudden outburst. She leaned into him and he let her cry into his shoulder.
Sophie sniffled. "No one's ever said something like that to me."
Fitz resumed caressing her knuckles. "Well, they should have. You're so much more than you think you are, Sophie."
She sighed. "Well isn't this fun. I come out here to get away from it all and end up crying buckets."
Fitz chuckled. "You can cry whenever you want to, Sophie. Just give me a call."
She laughed. "You're the best."
"That where you're wrong. You're the best."
"Oh yeah. Me with my freaky eyes and --"
Fitz cut her off. "Your eyes are gorgeous."
Sophie blushed immensely. "I'd be happy to trade."
She leaned on his shoulder and stared into the sunset.
"And I don't think I've ever told you this before, and I apologize, but...you are beautiful. I mean it."
"Are you trying to make me look like a tomato?" She attempted to brush the compliment off, but it had really struck something in her.
She was beautiful.
"Tomato?"
"You've never had one?"
"Maybe. But I don't remember," he replied sheepishly.
"Oh. Well they're red."
Fitz laughed.
One of Sophie's favorite sounds.

"The sky is so pretty," she commented subtly.
"Like cotton candy," he smiled.
"Yeah. Like that."
Sophie fell asleep to the soft tickles of Fitz absentmindedly playing with her hair.

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Knock! Knock! Knock!
Sophie heard the faint noise from inside her bedroom.
It had been a day since the night she had gotten everyone to agree to the plan. So much had already been done in preparation in that short time.
"Sophie?" Mr. Forkle asked, his voice muffled from her imparter.
"Sorry. Someone's at the door."
"Oh. I'll let you go now, as long as you understand everything we've discussed."
"Of course. It sounds perfect. I think this might work," she stated hopefully.
"I hope so." Mr. Forkle's face blinked out of view and the screen went black.
Sophie ran down the stairs. "Coming!"
Edaline and Grady were out. They were working with the Vacker's to help prepare the elves who were willing to fight.
She stopped in front of the door and smoothed her dress. She ran her fingers through her hair while wondering who could be on the other side of the door. She hadn't been expecting anybody.
She swung it open and grinned when she saw who it was. Fitz.
"Hey, Soph."
"Fitz!" She rushed forward and pulled him into a hug.
He laughed at her enthusiasm.
Sophie pulled away. "Why are you here?"
Fitz mocked offense. "Do you not want me here?"
Sophie giggled. "Depends. What's behind your back?"
Fitz held his hands firmly and obviously behind him.
"Something for you." He looked behind her. "Are you here alone?" he asked suddenly, worried.
"Sandor's just over there." She pointed with her shoulder into the kitchen. "And Grizel?"
Fitz shrugged. "Somewhere around here."
"The others are stationed around the house."
Fitz nodded.
They stood for a few moments of silence staring into each other's eyes.
Fitz blinked. "Oh right." He handed her an overstuffed bag. "For you." He smiled excitedly.
Sophie looked closer at the pale pink bag. Only, it wasn't pink. It was clear.
She blinked. She couldn't believe it.
Cotton candy.
"Wha -- how -- you...I can't believe it!"
Fitz's smile only grew.
"Fitz! How did you get this?" Sophie nearly started dancing with joy.
"I may have had to break some rules. Grizel knows. As long as we keep this between you and me..."
Sophie understood. She gave him a quick kiss on the cheek before pulling him out to the Panakes tree.
They sat together, snacking on the sweet sugary candy and savoring the light texture that melted when in contact with their tongues.
"Fitz?"
"Hmm?"
"I love you."

Chapter 7 for you folks!
Please inform me if I've spelled any of the original kotlc words incorrectly, because I would love to know.
Also, should I delete the previous A/N thing? Let me know asap because I want to keep my non-chapters to a minimum.
Hope you got at least a few feels from this, and I'll try to update soon. Usually I don't take more than five days, and I'm already trying to minimize that.
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~ Grace

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