Aspasia observing Kassandra and Phoibe one night– taken aback by how sweet and parental Kassandra is to the young girl?
Small bonding between aspasia and phoibe, especially when kassandra becomes the topic of conversation
“Kassandra?” Phoibe asked, her voice as full of curiosity as ever.
“Do you love anyone?” Kassandra glanced up from the book she was reading at the young girl who sat on a stool opposite her - legs swinging. She got up from her lounging position on the bed to sit cross legged.
“Well…” She said, pretending to think. “I love you.” She admitted playfully and Phoibe laughed.
“Of course you do!” She said and jumped onto the bed next to Kassandra, crossing her legs and sitting in the exact same position as the misthios. “No but I mean like, parents love each other.” She pushed and Kassandra clenched her teeth.
“Phoibe I - that’s a very difficult type of love to have.” She struggled to find the words. Phoibe frowned at her slightly. “No, not difficult its just it’s a very complicated - no that’s the same thing…” She trailed off scratching her head, unsure why she felt so awkward.
“What about Aspasia?” Phoibe queried and Kassandra felt her heart skip a beat and bright flush spread up her neck onto her cheeks.
“Why would you think I love her?” She said - louder and more brash than intended. Phoibe pondered for a moment - poking Kassandra’s red cheeks.
“Because she is nice, and very pretty.” Kassandra couldn’t help but smile as she swatted the girls hand away. “She also lets us live in her big house! And let’s you even stay in her room sometimes.” Phoibe said matter of factly. Kassandra’s face went even redder momentarily before she shot a mock glare at the girl.
“You little spy.” She muttered and tackled Phoibe backwards onto the bed and began tickling her. “You shouldn’t go sneaking about life that - especially around here.”
“Stop! Stop!” Phoibe gasped through the hysterical laughing.
“Promise you won’t go sneaking around people rooms.” She commanded, still tickling. “Promise!”
“Okay okay!” Phoibe managed to gasp out through the laughing. Kassandra stopped tickling, glaring down seriously at the young girl.
“Promise.” Phoibe wiped tears from her eyes and sighed.
“I promise I won’t sneak around anymore.” She said in a defeated voice.
“Good.” Kassandra kissed her forehead quickly and let the girl jump up again.
“You didn’t answer my question.” Phoibe pressed and Kassandra fell backward onto her bed with a sigh, staring up at the roof.
“Maybe, little one. Maybe I do.” Phoibe curled up next to Kassandra, wrapping her small arms around her torso and snuggled in. The misthios pulled her in securely with one arm, stroking her head with the other. “She is very pretty. But she can be very scary too.” Kassandra pulled a scary face at Phoibe with a laugh. “But she can also be very kind.” Phoibe hummed in agreement, snuggling in closer.
“I like her. She lets me live here and I don’t have to do much work.” She murmured sleepily. “I don’t think she’s scary. I think she is sad and lonely.”
“Hmm?” Kassandra glanced down curiously at the girl who’s eyes were closed and her breathing slowing.
“She is always surrounded by people but she always looks sad and lonely. I don’t think she likes them.” She let out a tired sigh. “But she smiles when you are with her. She looks happy. I think you two…” She trailed off as she fell asleep. Kassandra gave her another kiss on the forehead, her own eyes getting droopy from the feeling comfort and warmth from the girl.
“You might be right little one.” She murmured into her hair before letting sleep take her.
Aspasia strode up to Kassandra’s door and raised her hand to knock on the open doorframe.
“Kass-” She quickly shut her mouth mid word as she spotted the misthios splayed on her back with Phoibe clinging to her side, both of them snoring slightly. She quietly walked over to the bed and gently sat on the edge, making sure not to disturb them. She reached forward and moved a piece of hair that was over Kassandra’s eyes with a small smile.
“I think she loves you.” Aspasia startled slightly at the sleepy whisper from Phoibe who sat up rubbing her eyes. Aspasia smiled at her gently.
“Why do you say that?” She whispered. Phoibe yawned and rested her head on Aspasia’s knee.
“Because she didn’t answer my question.” She murmured sleepily again as Aspasia stroked her hair as Kassandra was doing earlier. “I asked her if she loved you. She didn’t answer but she went bright red.” She giggled and Aspasia held a finger to her lips to shush her as Kassandra stirred in her sleep slightly.
“Is that so?” She murmured, knowing she’d get no reply from the girl who was already fast asleep. She looked over at Kassandra who sighed in her sleep and bent forward giving her a chaste kiss on the lips, careful not to disturb the sleeping girl on her lap. Kassandra opened her eyes slowly, and gasped slightly.
“Aspasia!” She said, shocked and Aspasia held her finger up and nodded at Phoibe.
“Don’t wake her.” She whispered. Kassandra sat up and leaned forward to kiss Aspasia with a sleepy smile.
“I was dreaming about you.” She admitted and stroked Phoibes head. “Both of you actually.” Aspasia watched her for a moment, feeling her heart skipping slightly.
“I’m not surprised.” She replied in a hushed playful tone. “Phoibe told me you were talking about me.” She probed and watched as Kassandra’s face turned red and she smiled sheepishly.
“Just how scary you are.” She said jokingly and Phoibe stirred. “I better take her to her room.” Aspasia nodded and shifted slightly so that Kassandra could pick the small girl up. Phoibe groaned slightly and wrapped her arms around Kassandra’s neck, snuggled into her arms. The misthios bent down and kissed Aspasia. “Wait for me here?” She whispered.
“Of course.” Aspasia said, watching them leave. She heard Kassandra murmur something to Phoibe and sighed, staring down at her hands, watching the shadows move over them as she waited for the misthios to return. She hadn’t expected to see such a tender side to her, nor to get so attached to the little girl.
Kassandra comes across someone asking for money (like those missions where they just ask for cash lol) and she gives it to them and aspasia realizes that kassandra is actually fucking loaded haha and she always assumed she was like a hobo.
Aspasia sighed as they trundled through the marketplace, Kassandra grinning at the merchants who offered her all manner of objects.
“If there is something in particular you would like I could just have it made.” Aspasia grumbled as Kassandra leant over to study a carved clay pot. The misthios rolled her eyes over her shoulder at the other woman. She had a hood pulled low and a robe covering her well made clothing.
“That defeats the purpose of looking in the market.” Kassandra said picking the pot up and turning it over. Aspasia spotted the worried expression on the merchants face as she rolled the merchandise around in her hands and subtly bumped into Kass as she walked past, smiling to herself as the misthios fumbled slightly and the merchant reached out. Kassandra shot her a look over the shoulder and Aspasia smiled sweetly back, her eyes shadowed by the hood. Kassandra put the pot down and thanked the merchant before grabbing Aspasia’s arm and dragging her away from the stalls angrily. “What is your problem?” Kassandra snapped angrily and Aspasia frowned slightly at the anger she was not expecting,
“I was just trying to have a little fun.” She murmured, slightly ashamed. “I knew you wouldn’t drop it.” Kassandra narrowed her eyes at the woman who rolled hers in return. “I am sorry. I will try to be more respectful, I do understand why we are shopping here.” Aspasia said, placing a hand gently on Kassandra’s arm who looked confused.
“What do you mean by that?” She questioned and this time Aspasia returned the look of confusion.
“Well I am aware that you don’t have a lot of -”
“Excuse me misthios.” A soft voice interrupted the two of them as a young boy - no older than 5 or 6 tugged Kassandra’s skirt. She crouched in front of him with a smile.
“Yes little one?” She said sweetly. Aspasia smiled and laid a hand on the woman’s shoulder. The boy glanced between them shyly then pointed to a woman lying on her side on a dirty mat off the side of the road. Both she and the boy were stick thin and dirty.
“My mater is hungry.” He said sadly. “She says I have to be strong when she dies but I don’t want her to die.” He scuffed his foot against the ground. “She said you are a misthios and maybe you could help us.” Kassandra smiled gently at him and glanced up at Aspasia who nodded.
“I will give you some drachmae for food.” Aspasia said, pulling a pouch out but stopped as she watched Kassandra tip a pile drachmae into the boys hands from seemingly nowhere. He smiled and nodded in thanks before running back to his mother. Kassandra stood up and gave her companion a quick kiss on the cheek.
“I hope that is enough for them.” She said worriedly. Aspasia frowned slightly.
“That was a lot of Drachmae.” She noted. “Are you sure you are able to give that much?” Kassandra frowned at her.
“Of course. They need it more than me.” She said defensively. Aspasia looked at her for a moment with affection, leaning up to give her a long kiss on the lips. “You are acting very strangely, Aspasia.” Kassandra whispered. Aspasia smiled slightly.
“Let us hurry and we will get what you needed.” The aristocrat demanded and Kassandra sighed. She was still as bossy as ever. She grabbed her hand and begun leading her through the crowds to the blacksmith who looked up and beamed at them.
“Ah Kassandra! You have returned at last!” He bellowed and clapped Kassandra’s hand in a rough handshake. “Your bow is all fixed and upgraded for you. I added a little extra to help it IGNITE-” The blacksmith raised his voice and made an explosive gesture with his hands “-Your arrows.” Aspasia frowned slightly, knowing just how much blacksmiths changed for upgrades. Kassandra looked at the bow with glowing eyes - a wide grin showing her excitement. She gripped the bow and held it up studying it.
“This would have to be your finest work yet!” She exclaimed. “How much do i owe you?” She said and Aspasia quickly grabbed out her pouch. She knew Kassandra would not be able to afford such an upgrade.
“$8000 drachmae misthios.” The blacksmith said. Kassandra and Aspasia’s jaws both dropped slightly.
“Surely you can lower-”
“Is that all?” Both women spoke at the same time - Aspasia stopping mid sentence and Kassandra throwing her a look. The blacksmith glanced between the two of them. “Aspasia, that is a very, very reasonable price for what i requested.” She said quietly, frowning slightly as she pulled out a pouch that was tied in under her spear. It was a large and bulging with coins. Aspasia felt her eyes widen in astonishment as Kassandra poured the pouch onto the blacksmiths table and pushed it toward him.
“Ah misthios - overpaying as usual! Truly you feed my family with your generosity.” The blacksmith said, scraping the thousands worth of Drachmae into his own bag.
“I will be back tomorrow for my sword and new greaves as well.” She said as she turned and walked off. Aspasia followed quickly and grabbed her arm stopping her. Kassandra shrugged it off and turned around in slight frustration.
“Aspasia, you are truly acting strange today. If you really do not want to be here then you are free to go anytime.” She snapped.
“How much Drachmae do you have?” Aspasia asked, unable to keep her astonishment out of her voice. Kassandra frowned.
“I don’t know why that matters?” She said and glanced up for a moment, seemingly counting in her head for a few moments. Aspasia was in shock during the silence. “After today’s expense i would estimate about 50.” She said. Aspasia let out a laugh in relief, before her face turned to concern.
“But how will you pay for your greaves and sword tomorrow with only 50 drachmae?” She queried. Kassandra bent down and waved her hand in front of Aspasia’s eyes as if to see if she was vacant.
“50 THOUSAND Drachmae, Aspasia.” She corrected before laughing. “You thought I only had 50 drachmae??” Aspasia stared in shock for a moment before walking away and sitting down on the closest bench. Kassandra followed, still laughing.
“I thought you were perhaps hard pressed for drachmae.” Aspasia admitted quietly. “Given your background.” She could feel her face going slightly red in embarrassment. Kassandra stopped laughing and tilted her chin up, trying to catch the other woman’s avoiding gaze.
“Is that why you were trying to be so understanding of me coming to the market?” She asked gently. Aspasia gave her a cold look.
“Yes.” She snapped. “Now I feel like an idiot for thinking this entire time that you were a poor misthios. Perhaps I should rescind my offer for you to stay at my villa when you could obviously afford your own accommodation.” She said coldly. Kassandra could tell Aspasia felt embarrassed and ashamed and something else… threatened? She moved her face closer teasing Aspasia lips with a very light brush of her lips.
“But then you would not get to enjoy my company every night.” She murmured. Aspasia smiled coldly, caressing her cheek.
“I am surprised you haven’t offered to pay me for my services, misthios.” She replied and Kassandra felt the ice shard to her chest and frowned.
“I did not realise my money posed such a big threat to you, Aspasia.” She murmured, leaning away slightly. “I personally prefer not to pay for my company but if all of this was simply a charity gift then I don’t wish for it at all.” She stood up and began walking away. Aspasia regretted her harsh words the moment they had come out. She hadn’t understood herself at that moment why she felt so upset by the reveal.
“Kassandra, wait!” She called out and leapt forward, wrapping her arms around the misthios waist and pressed her forehead into the woman’s back. They stood that way in silence for a moment. “It’s not the money that I am upset about.” She murmured. “It was that you didn’t tell me.” Kassandra turned around to face her, moving Aspasias arms so they stayed wrapped around her waist.
“It was not a topic that ever came up. I did not think it was important.” She responded. “Besides, when we are together we do not end up talking much.” She muttered. Aspsaia glanced up at her. The misthios face was slightly red and she seemed nervous.
“Perhaps we should talk more then.” She ventured and Kassandra leant down to kiss her lightly.
“I think it would be good for us.” She murmured. Aspasia felt her heart skip slightly at the word “us”, feeling both dread and excitement.
Since kassandra x kyra might be the most popular ship, I'd wonder about what would happen to kasspasia if she was to reappear
Could you write about Aspasia being jealous of one of Kassandra’s past lover (maybe Kyra) because she realizes that it wasn’t just a fling but that her misthios did love that person.
Kassandra gripped the edge of the railing tightly as the ship pulled into the dock and took a deep breath trying to calm her nerves. Aspasia glanced at her with curiosity, noticing the sweaty hand prints left behind on the bannister.
“Welcome back to the Silver Islands!” Barnabas yelled and Kassandra flinched, glancing at Asapasia almost guiltily before heading onto the dock. Aspasia glided over to Barnabas and crossed her arms, following Kassandra darting around nervously with her eyes.
“Did something big happen here?” She inquired and Barnabas let out a hearty laugh.
“Aye, these islands were islands of love for both Kassandra and I!” He exclaimed loudly, clasping his hand to his heart in exaggeration. Aspasia narrowed her eyes slightly, feeling the jealousy already beginning to bubble. “Would you like to hear the tale?” He asked, completely oblivious to the rage radiating off of Aspasia. She smiled coldly at him.
“I would love to, but perhaps another time.” She said coolly and walked away as Barnabas began telling the nearest crew member that would listen. She caught the names “Kyra” and “Iola” as she left the ship and searched out for Kassandra who had disappeared into the thronging crowds.
Kassandra’s eyes glanced around nervously. She wanted to be off this island as fast as possible. It had been years since she had seen Kyra and she did not want to see her now. Glancing back at the ship and felt her stomach drop slightly at the absence of Aspasia on the bridge.
“Kassandra?” A familiar voice turned Kassandra’s blood cold and disbelief flooded through her. This soon? She turned slowly, trying to mask her expression, but felt her heart rate speed up slightly. Kyra stood, a mixture of shock and joy on her face. She had barely changed over the years.
“Kyra I-” Kassandra started but let out a gasp as the other woman threw herself at her in a tight hug, her arms squeezed tightly around her neck.
“By the gods, I never thought I would see you again.” Kyra almost sobbed into her neck. Kassandra awkwardly patted her back before pushing her back.
“It has been awhile Kyra. But I am here for business.” She said, trying to keep her voice steady. Kyra frowned slightly.
“Surely you have some time to reminisce with me?” She said, the hurt plain in her voice. Kassandra clenched her teeth together, glancing away from the hurt look.
“Kyra, the thing is -”
“So this must be the Kyra that Barnabas mentioned.” Kassandra froze, swallowing heavily at the cold but familiar drawl behind her. She felt Aspasias fingers trace along her lower back, making her erupt in goosebumps. Her lover stood beside her, one arm crossed and the other gripping Kassandras bicep. Kyra glanced between the two of them and flushed slightly. The misthios took a deep breath before exhaling loudly - already exhausted by the situation.
“Aspasia, this is Kyra, Kyra, Aspasia.” She introduced, waving to each as she said their name.
“It is always a pleasure to meet the people Kassandra met in her travels.” Aspasia responded, though her tone was cold and Kassandra glanced down to see a familiar dark glare through narrowed dark eyes. Kyra laughed in disbelief.
“Aspasia?” She exclaimed. “As in, Aspasia wife of Perikles the ex-Athenian leader?!” She said with a laugh. “You are joking, surely?” She tried to play it lighthearted but Kassandra heard her voice crack slightly.
“It is not what -” She started but Kyra shook her head angrily, and Kassandra shrunk back slightly.
“Well, my dear misthios. It really is what it seems.” Aspasia butted in coldly. Kassandra glared at her and shook her off her arm. Aspasia frowned up at her in shock. “Kassandra?”
“You leave me here, after I lost my pater and Thaletas, after promising me so many things and that life and fate is not cruel but the first time you return to me is with the fucking leader of Athens.” Kyra spat angrily, backing away slightly. Kassandra reached forward but Kyra cringed away and the misthios dropped her hand to her side in defeat. “We left on good terms, and I prayed to the gods that perhaps someday we could meet again in different circumstances but I suppose that is a fate too good for me.” Kyra sobbed out and turned away from the two of them. “Hopefully the whore of Athens gives you what you need.” Aspasia let out a gasp and took a step forward angrily.
“Kyra, I am sorry. I did plan on returning to you.” Kassandra muttered to the womans back, grabbing Aspasia’s hand tightly and pulling her back. “I had every intention. You were someone that meant a lot to me in a time that I needed it.” Aspasia glared at Kyra, knowing they were both acting like petty children. “I wanted to stay. But I needed to stop the cult, and find my family. It was the priority above all.” She let out a small laugh. “And I did. I succeeded in every way that I could. I saved the family that I could, including Aspasia.” Both women turned quickly to look at Kassandra who gave Aspasia’s hand a squeeze. “I did love you Kyra, and I possibly still do. But I AM in love with Aspasia, and I always will be. She is a part of my family now, she is my life, regardless of who she was or came from. I’m sorry that I have hurt you and that we were not able to rekindle what we had. I hope that is enough for you to understand, even if you still hate me.” Aspasia glanced Kyra, her expression smug and Kyra looked between the two of them, quickly wiping the tears off her face.
“I don’t hate you Kassandra. I can understand, but I do not think I can forgive it. We fought against Athens together and yet you take an Athenian leader to your bed at night.” She muttered, although the malice was gone from her tone. “I really thought being a Spartan you would be wiser. Goodbye, Kassandra.” She said, glaring defiantly between the two of them. “I do hope your happiness lasts.” She said as an afterthought before turning on her heel and walking away. Kassandra stood still as a statue watching her leave, her jaw working as she ground her teeth.
“Kassandra…” Aspasia said quietly.
“Are you really that scared I don’t love you?” Kassandra said stiffly, her hand still tightly holding Aspasias. “You seem to feel the need to compete with every woman I speak to or have had a history with.” She finally looked down at her lover, her eyes red with unshod tears. Aspasia glared at Kassandra defensively.
“Well, clearly I need too - you loved that woman. Who is to say you won’t retrun to her.” She said coldly. Kassandra laughed without humour.
“I say that I won’t!” She snapped, using her free hand to cup Aspasia’s cheek tightly. “I love you. I have no intention of ever leaving you. At this point there is nothing you could do that would drive me away. I don’t even think a dagger to my stomach from you would drive me away. This jealousy you harbour is unnecessary and it hurts me that you think I would toss you away so easily.” She kissed Aspasia gently, her thumb stroking her cheek. Aspasia felt guilt taking over the anger and jealousy.
“I am sorry Kassandra. I just, I know how much you are loved by everyone. It is an irrational fear.” She said quietly, her cheeks flushing slightly. “I will work harder on controlling it.” Her shame was evident in her words and Kassandra smiled, tilting her head up.
“In the right circumstances I do enjoy the attention I get from you as a result. But I do not intentionally mean to put you in situations that would hurt you,” She explained. “But for now, can we please get this job done with so we can get off this island.” Aspasia nodded.
“Perhaps tonight… you could tell me the story of what happened here?” She ventured. “Despite my jealously, I do enjoy listening to your stories.” Kassandra bit her lip before nodded slowly.
“Maybe another day. I do not wish to think about that at this time.” Aspasia could tell that Kassandra was hurt by her interactions with Kyra and swallowed down the jealously that flared up again and nodded, squeezing her lovers hand. Kassandras sexual exploits she could handle the jealously, but the love Kassandra had obviously harboured for this woman would be harder to deal with.