Calibane had become a close friend of N'kili's, but in the time to follow since the pyriterider rescued her from her sorrows, N'kili had begun to feel other emotions and sensations at work, emotions and sensations she swore reflected in Calibane as well. However, her friend was a difficult one to read, enough for N'kili to sometimes doubt what she saw in the woman. But then a moment might happen, one that lasted a mere breath when fingers brushed together and eyes met in that telling glance enough to make the heart cease.
It was after such a moment that N'kili asked the forbidden, voicing the idea of whether Calibane would like to join her to the gather. The nature of her proposal remained vague, if only to spare N'kili the possible rejection if she outright asked Calibane with romantic intentions, yet when the pyriterider said yes, N'kili could not help but smile.
But was her attempt misplaced? N'kili tried not to think of such things the day she dressed for the Turns End gather. As she pinned her hair up, however, she thought back on all previous failures of romantic pursuits, and worried such an attempt might cause her to lose a friend. Darker thoughts entered into her mind, the worry that N'kili truly was misinterpreting the woman. As she smoothed out the last of her blue and gold gown, she began to fear that Calibane would recognise her attempts and reject her... at least until her mind got the better of her.
Callie knows me, and she knows where I stand in matters of... romance. But she said yes, even though she must know this is my attempt to court her...
Duke offered a trill of support while Omiimiith pressed back upon her rider.
Eyes closed, and for a moment, N'kili thought about what Omiimiith said, and allowed her thoughts to wander over visions of the future, where the two of them enjoyed an evening of laughter, up to the moment when N'kili found the courage to ask Calibane to dance with her. The very dream of feeling Calibane so close, the gestures ones of intimacy and love rather than of simply friendship, was enough to make her bubble and warm with excitement before she calmed herself. And what if... no... N'kili would not dare think of such a thing, even if she quietly admitted if Calibane kissed her, she would not say no. A creature of touch, N'kili was always won over by the very feel of intimacy, even if at times she had let it get the better of her. Perhaps this time would be different.
With a final brush of her dress, N'kili slipped out of her apartment and made her way for Omiimiith, and as patiently as she could manage, she waited for Calibane and Arieth to appear.