Gabriel nodded slowly. "Okay..." He took a long moment before looking at her. "So do you need a place to stay until you can remember how to get home?" He could guess the answer, but he asked anyway. He'd gladly allow her to stay there with him as long as she needed.
Mason's lips curved up into a smile. "That would be excellent thank you." she said. Her shyness had gone away and she looked at Gabriel with no problem now. "I will be needing some fresh fruit or vegetables though. It's all I eat." she told him as she stood up. "And I'll wear shirts from now on. Sorry about that." Mason's cheeks went a delicate pink but she refused to look away from Gabriel; she didn't want herself to feel or develop too much around the mortal.
Gabriel grimaced. "I'll get you some fruits and vegetables. And I'll get some clothes that might fit you better. I'm sure I can find some cheap t-shirts at the thrift store. And some pants and stuff. Er, do you wear bras?" He asked, unsure of everything he'd need to provide her.
Amusement showed up in Mason's expression. She laughed quietly. "Yes I do. I have one though so don't worry." Her laugh was like wind chimes; so inviting and desirable. "Thank you very much Gabriel. I'll try not to be here for very long. I don't want to be of inconveince or take you away from your daily duties."
Mason knew she'd need to monitor her feelings for Gabriel because she knew when she did leave this world she'd have to erase his memory. He wouldn't be able to remember anything she'd told him including her. The thought already was starting to bring an ache to her heart.
Gabriel shrugged. "Mason, it's not that much trouble. I have extra money anyway that usually goes to waste out drinking with friends and on top of that I'm usually quite lonely. I don't mind keeping you for a while." He sighed. "The only issue is adjusting back once your gone." He muttered, barely audible.
"I..." Mason swallowed feeling a weird sensation run through her body. It was like she couldn't really speak correctly because her throat was too dry. And her palms felt oddly moist. "I'm sorry." she finally got out keeping her eyes on Gabriel. She heard everything he said because her senses were heightened but Mason couldn't bring herself to tell him what would happen in the end. "Well maybe I can stay for a little while... If you really don't mind." The truth was that Mason often felt loneliness creep in on her too. "But um it's getting a little late. Might I rest?" she questioned seeing that the sun was setting outside.
"The sun's just now going down." Gabriel quirked a brow at her. "You consider that late?" He shook his head before she could answer. "Never mind. You can have my bed. I'll sleep on the couch. This means I can stay up like usual without disturbing you by moving through the apartment."
Mason was going to argue about taking Gabriel's bed but when he talked of disturbing her she just nodded. "Okay thank you for the consideration." she smiled and stood up. "It's late for me so I think I'll go rest."
Mason's bottom was peeking out from under the shirt she wore. It wasn't as long as the one she ripped and if you looked Mason wasn't wearing panties. "Gabriel? Could I have a different blanket?" she called once she found her way to Gabriel's bedroom. The blanket that was in there made her skin feel a little itchy.
Gabriel tried and partly failed to keep from staring at her exposed skin. He sighed. "Yeah, just give me a minute." He searched his apartment and came up with a softer blanket, bringing it to her. "Will this do?" He asked, quite obviously keeping his eyes anywhere but on her. He just couldn't help it. The affect she had on him was too strong.
Mason was standing with her back to the door until Gabriel came in. She reached out to feel the fabric and smiled. "It's perfect. Thank you yet again." she said as she grabbed the blanket. One of her hands touched Gabriel's and she quickly pulled it away. "Oh I'm sorry." she whispered. Mason looked up at the male her heart beat quickening. 'How can someone affect me so much? And someone I just met?' she thought to herself.
Gabriel's cheeks turned crimson and he quickly looked away after glancing at her face. "It's nothing. And don't worry about it..." He sighed. "Goodnight Mason. Sleep well. If you need anything, don't worry about bothering me. I'm fine with helping you."
"Alright." Mason whispered. She stared at Gabriel for another short moment. Then Mason took the blanket and laid down in Gabriel's bed, covering up. Mason tried to fall asleep but was having some trouble. She tossed and turned until she finally fell into a fitful sleep.
Gabriel didn't get to bed or fall asleep until well after midnight. He spent the time until then finishing the job of tidying things up and eating dinner. He made a quick trip to the store and had a drink. He laid on the couch for quite some time before finally sleep set in and dreams came in.
Mason could hear Gabriel moving around until she fell asleep. Once she was asleep though the nightmares started in. "No... No please..." the slender faery began crying and whimpering with grief. It didn't take long for Mason's cries to escalate into sobs and soon she was screaming at the top of her lungs. Her body was heated up and she was trembling in her sleep. It was around four in the morning by this time.
Gabriel jerked awake and rusheed to his room, thinking she must be in real trouble. "Mason!" He realized she was just having nightmares. He carefully sat on the edge of the bed and reached over, grasping her shoulder. He shook her gently. "Mason! Wake up!"
Upon feeling Gabriel's touch Mason's eyes flew open. They hazel hues were filled with fright and sadness. "What? huh?" she was panting as if she'd just been running. It took a few seconds for her confusion to subside and she sat up. "Goodness I'm sorry." she whispered still trembling from the dreams. Mason looked up again to Gabriel's face. "Did I wake you?"
"Yes, but it's fine." Gabriel hugged her on instinct. "What's wrong? Do you need anything?" He wanted her to be comfortable. He wanted to take care of her. He looked at her with worried eyes, disliking the idea of her being frightened.
Mason's large eyes went even larger when she was hugged. She wasn't used to that sort of attention and didn't particularly know how to act. "No... I um... Bad dream." she whispered. Mason found herself enjoying the warmth Gabriel provided. Her thin arms hesitated before wrapping around Gabriel's torso. "Will you... Could you..." she wasn't sure how to ask a stranger to stay with her. It seemed absurd even to the faery. But somehow Gabriel's arms soothed Mason and she didn't want him to let go yet. So she found her voice and asked in a whisper. "Would you please stay here with me? I don't want to be alone."
Gabriel grimaced. He sort of understood, considering she was away from home under these cicumstances, in a strange place, and had suffered a nightmare which appeared to have left her shaken. He gave her a gentle squeeze. "Of course I'll stay, if that's what you want." He told her.
Mason laid her head against Gabriel's chest for a moment. She could hear his heart beat and it was a wonderful sound. Mason had a heart beat but not one that could be heard by her nor anyone else. She could only feel it when the situation called. "I just want to... Stay here." she whispered already falling asleep to the sound of Gabriel's heart. If someone were to check Mason for a pulse they wouldn't be able to feel it. For some reason the only one who could feel a heart beat from a faery was the faery itself.