Needless to say, the hybrid was surprised by the redheads sudden wish for conversation, and, smiling nervously, he nodded, “S-sure Inez…what did you want to talk about?””Oh yes.. Yes everything is quite alright,” the grim reaper piped up with some surprise, though, she offered a small smile in an attempt to comfort his clear concern that was plastered over the young man’s face ; no doubt predicting something foul. “I wouldn’t take you for a walk if something horrid had happened.”
Beginning this walk which she had proposed, she kept the pace slow but steady, perfect for casual motion but not at all enough to break any sort of sweat even if they spent an hour in motion. As she did, her mind reeled with memories not unlike the cinematic records she viewed near daily, but this was her own and it seemed like so long ago since she dared to venture back to the days of Gwendal’s early childhood. The lovely feeling of two children nestled into her then only one which soon turned to none as she wished for him only safety, a plan which did not involve her.
Then, there were nights where not only Gwendal but a small friend at times sneaked into her bed for a variety of reasons ; storms, loneliness, nightmares. And in their anxiety was her comfort, and in her comfort came their’s. The familiar feeling of two.. Inez cast a sideways glance at Ince with a sigh escaping through her nostrils.
When Ince and her son had become more intimate.. It all had changed horribly, A tiny tot had turned into a fiend hellbent on ruining her son and a selfish ambition she had shoved onto the redhead with the excuse of ‘I want better for you than I got’. But it was more than time to make amends for her assumptions, and Inez was becoming painfully aware that she was unfashionably late to that realization.
”I just want to talk with you and say a few things..” She trailed off briefly before continuing, “What.. What sort of future do you want? With Gwen, I mean.”
Shoulders visibly relaxing as the older woman reassured him that nothing was amiss, and that no bad news would be shared on their little walk, the hybrid breathed a small sight of relief, “Good.” he said softly, flashing a small smile at the other, though it still held the nervousness that always seemed to be present.
As they began their walk, Ince easily fell into match the older woman;s stride, keeping himself barely a pace behind, gladly allowing her to lead. His gaze remained fixed to the pavement as they casually moved through the streets, force of habit leaving him to fidget with the edges of his sleeves. A moment of silence had fallen between them, though strangely, it was not uncomfortable as it might have been on days previous to this, and Ince, though anxiety caused his heart to flutter in his chest, might even say he was enjoying it.
How long had it been since the two had shared any sort of pleasant moment, the kind that was not interrupted by deathly glares of snide remarks- surely not since the days when he’d been small, back Inez’s presence had been as comforting as that of a mothers.
Her voice quickly brought back Ince’s thoughts from the warm memories that still swelled within his mind, large blue eyes turning, finally, up from the pavement to briefly meet her gaze. The question caught the halfbreed off guard, and as brows knitted together, Ince again averted his gaze, though this time in thought. “I…I’m not really sure.” he said after a moment.
Strangely enough, it was a question Ince had rarely considered, though not because he could not imagine a future with his most beloved, but rather, there was no future he could ever imagine in which Gwendal would not be there.
"I mean…Of course I want us to be happy…I want to provide for Gwen, to protect and take care of him." he continued after a few quiet moments, "But…that almost makes it sound like I only want to be with Gwendal when things are good..and that’s not true….In the end, so long as we’re together the future doesn’t matter, because I know that whatever happens…be it good or bad, we can make it work." he said, voice holding an uncharacteristic bit of confidence, his absolute, undying love for the reapers son perhaps the only thing the halfbreed had ever considering something to be proud of. "I just want to be with him, no matter what."