The fight with Kypher, his mutt and the all around Choas of the last two days had finally settled down, but Ben still didn't get a single word out of Rook during their drive back to Bellwood.
Finally Rook just stopped the car, turning to Ben with a saddened expression on his face, causing Ben ton inhale sharply.
"So, I may have screwed up." Ben looks up at him confused. "I promised Never to leave you and....I left you....in undertown....where Kypher got you."
Ben sighs, realizing this was Rook doing his "My Great Shame" speech.
"Rook, you didn't break your promise to me! Reaches out to pull his boyfriend into a tight hug, resting his chin on Rook's shoulder as his thumb rubbed the nape of Rook's neck. "Gwen's always saying how stuck-up, arrogant or ignorant of people's feelings I am...and your leaving me behind, was just the bucket of water I needed to clean up my act."
He pulls away to stare softly in Rook's eyes, taking in his markings and others features in deeply.
"I know now I NEVER want to put you into that sorta position. Where I hurt you bad enough to force you to leave and...I DEFINITLY don't want my bad experience with HIM mar me to sabotage our relationship."
He reaches up to cup Rook's cheek. "I love you, Rook. I realized when I was about to be HACKED into tiny pieces, that YOUR the best thing for me or ever WILL be. "Reaches up to place small kiss to Rook's lips. "So, no more taking Credit or bragging...if ANY thing is accomplished, it's because the Two of Us worked together."
"Still, my Mother would've thrown herself off the Cliff's of Zandere in Shame, for me abandoning my Flame-Sharer like that...." Sighed Rook.
Ben smiled ruefully, leaning to nuzzle his nose against Rook, surprising him, but warmed by this straneg affectionate act.
"Then we don't tell her and we show everyone how we're even BETTER then before, as partners and Lovers."
Rook smiled coyly, wrappign arms around Ben's waist to pull him closer.
"Hopefully, someday, when your ready we can make that Final plunge into Full Lovers, My Flame-shru." Ben hummed pleased, pulling Rook into another kiss.