Victoria laughed when they finally found cover from the rain. She wiped her eyes of the water, but raindrops still dripped onto their faces. Vincent gave a disapproving frown and tried to wipe the offending tears, until Victoria slapped his hand away.
"Don't do that," she said with a smirk, tucking her hair behind her ear. "You'll ruin my makeup."
"As if the rain hadn't already done that," Vincent replied, making her chuckle softly. Victoria sat down in the veranda and ushered for him to sit next to her. He happily obliged. His clothes crumpled uncomfortably in the rain and mud, but for some reason, it didn't seem to bother him as much. "You'll catch a cold at this rate."
Victoria's lips quirked into a strange smile, as she said, "You forget that I'm already dead."
"No," he replied, smiling as well. "You're very much alive. At least, to me you are."
Her eyes softened as she looked down and slowly grazed his fingertips with her own. Their conversation was tame yet surprisingly intimate, as if they both realized something that they were too afraid to say aloud. The rain didn't cease its downpour, but to Vincent it was as if the raindrops had slowed down to a quiet pitter-patter. Warmth grew to the tips of his ears as he watched her tilt her neck, seemingly unsure of whether to stare into his eyes or at the blue haze around them.
"Vincent," she said with a finality that said so much more than what his name could bear. Victoria parted her lips to say more, but he said it before her.
"I love you," he said, so very softly, as he heard his heart beating loudly in his ears. The priest continued to stare intently at his companion, but Victoria stubbornly refused to match his gaze. Her shoulders shook with silent laughter as she shook her head, staring out into the rain.
"You're such a fool," she whispered. He said nothing as Victoria continued to have her fingers dance around his palms, feeling a spread of warmth at each place they touched. Vincent didn't ask whether she felt the same. The woman was always a bit of a coward for these things.
Besides, it was obvious that she loved him too.