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Title: The Borrowed Cloak Pt. 1
Author: blustersquall
Game: Dragon Age: Inquisition
characters/pairing: Commander x Nevena Trevelyan
Disclaimer: Dragon Age: Inquisition is the property of Bioware, as is Cullen and any other characters mentioned within this piece. Nevena Trevelyan is my creation, under the Dragon Age: Inquisition player character, Trevelyan.

Cullen paused on the climb to the Inquisitor's chamber, resting his hand against the wall and reconsidering for perhaps then twelfth time whether or not he should be visiting her in her private rooms. After all, they were hers and she had never invited him to visit her there. Not to mention, if any of their companions or the soldiers had seen him visit... there would be talk.

They were worse gossips than a gaggle of fish wives.

On the other hand, he reasoned, he and Nevena got on well enough, and his reason for visiting was innocent and about business. He was her advisor as well as Commander, and their time together was often so brief, he couldn't always discuss with her all the matters that needed attention. At least in her chambers it was secluded and quiet, and there would be no interruptions.

Steeling himself and taking a deep breath, Cullen squared his shoulders and continued the short climb up the stairs.

Unlike his own rooms, everything necessary in Nevena's were on the same level. No ladders to climb up. She had a bathing area in one corner blocked off by a folding partition, several large windows which gave a view out onto the courtyard and landscape beyond. Her bed was the centre piece of the room, spacious and tucked along the back wall. She also had a desk and a few bookshelves along the walls near the fireplace and in the corner either side of her bed, wardrobes.

None of the rooms or living chambers of Skyhold were particularly lavish, everything was sparsely decorated but the Inquisitor's room was probably the most richly made up.

He found Nevena at her desk, not pouring over books as perhaps he imagined she would have been. Rather she was sprawled over them, fast asleep snoring gently. Her blonde hair splayed around her in loose waves across her shoulders and on the open pages of the books around her. Her arms were folded, her cheek laying on her hands creating some kind of pillow, though not a comfortable one.

Immediately he turned to go, not wanting to disturb her. He would have no discussion with her tonight and he wasn't entirely surprised to find her asleep. She had been running herself ragged the past few days trying to accommodate everyone and deal with the various issues that had arisen and required her attention. He paused when something caught his eyes though and he stopped in his tracks.

The cover of a book, he noted the leather bound object was decorated with a rook and knight from chess and he lifted it away from the corner of the desk. He thumbed through the pages and took note of a few marks in the margins she had made.

His lips quirked in a small smile. They had played chess a few times and she had lost each time. He had no idea she had taken it upon herself to brush up on the game and he found that thought endearing. That she had been thinking of him was unexpected but in no way unwanted attention.

His curiosity piqued, Cullen perused a few of the other books within easy reach.

'Mixed Unit Tactics.' A book about mixing different fighting units and utilising them appropriate to turn the tide of battle.

'Histories Sudden Victories.' Detailed various battles and wars throughout history where the victor had used unusual or daring methods to change fights or wars to their advantage.

'Basic Field Tactics.' Spoke about the hazards of the battle field and what to do should a fighter find themselves alone or in enemy territory.

Other books were out of his reach, either covered by her torso or her hair was on them and he didn't want to risk waking her. He replaced the books he had looked at where he had found them, smiling to himself.

One of the shutters to the windows slammed back against the wall, startling Cullen and causing Nevena to jerk in her sleep. He waited for a few seconds to see if she would awaken fully from the noise. When he was certain it was safe, he crossed to the windows and quickly closed and locked them securely to block out the wind and cold from outside. Skyhold was an impressive place, but it was not warm, especially at night when the winds were high, even with fires blazing.

He looked vaguely around for a blanket, something to wrap around Nevena's shoulders. She needed to keep warm and sitting in her loose clothing at the desk wasn't going to cut it in the long term, if she stayed there all night. The only object he could consider covering her with was the duvet from her bed. He had the option of rifling through her wardrobes to find something, a cloak perhaps, to cover her with, but the mere thought of that caused his stomach to plummet to his feet, and a warmth to rise on his cheeks. That would be invading her privacy, something he had no intention of doing.

Being in the room with her as she slept was awkward enough.

He decided to use what he had and quietly shrugged out of his maroon and gold cloak, the fur pauldrons ruffling against his skin as he pulled his arms from the holes. His own body heat had warmed the cloth and would at keep her at least a little warmer for now.

He hoped so, at least, as he draped the cloak around her, the pauldrons practically covering her face. She was almost dwarfed by the size of his own clothing.        She was small, not much taller than Sera slight in build; his clothing on her only seemed to make it more apparent.

Though, he had to admit, she looked endearing in his cloak. A sight he wouldn't mind seeing all the time. Nevena, draped in the long coat with the pauldrons around her slim shoulders.

And nothing else.

The thought came upon him unbidden and without provocation, and Cullen was glad no one else was around to see the heat bloom on his cheeks at it. He left swiftly, trying to banish any further thoughts of the Inquisitor naked in his clothing from his mind.

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The following morning, Cullen paced across the courtyard towards the training dummies and the recruits who were to take up sword that day. Cassandra and Blackwall were already there, putting them through their paces, warming them all up against the cold.

He had not yet seen Nevena, though it wasn't unusual for him to only catch glimpses of her through the day and only truly see her when they were together in the war room, she was often busy elsewhere, dealing with other things and other people. Still, he carried with him a book that he wanted to give her at some point that day, something that he hoped she would find useful to her learning.

"Commander," Cassandra greeted him with a curt nod, always polite and professional in front of recruits.

He returned her greeting and stood away, always taking time to observe recruits before joining in with the training. Something he had picked up from his sword master when he had been a Templar recruit. It was good to observe, to see what they had retained from the day before.

As he circled the small group, his eyes trained and fixed on any issues or sloppiness that needed to be addressed, his gaze faltered when he spotted the familiar colours of gold and maroon flapping against the wind.

He had expected his cloak returned by hand, but to see Nevena wearing it cinched in around her small waist with a leather belt was beyond his imagination. If she had looked endearing when she had been draped in it, wearing it she looked stunning. Stealing the very breath from his lungs as she walked across the yard with Varric, her blonde hair loose and the pauldrons tucked up around her cheeks.

She spoke easily with the dwarf, but when her eyes met his across the open space, she said something to him and he disappeared towards the Keep.

As she approached, Cullen left the recruits for a minute. He could have sworn she walked with more confidence in her gait with his clothing around her. She looked more self-assured too, her tips curved into an almost teasing smile when she stopped in front of him.

"Inquisitor," he greeted, his voice too husky for his liking. He cleared his throat, hoping she would put the rose in his cheeks down to the cold morning.

"Good morning, Commander." Her smile increased, "you look different today."

"Do I?" He replied. She put him at ease immediately with the lilt in her voice and the clear game she intended to play.

"Mhm, something is missing." She tilted her head, perched her chin on a hand and looked him up and down very deliberately. "I can't put my finger on what it is though..."

He chuckled, "am I looking thinner? My mother always said I sometimes looked too thin."

"No," Nevena rocked back on her heels, "not that. You're definitely missing some fuzz around your cheeks though." She licked her lips, dampening them against the chill of the air, "thank you for the loan of your coat."

Cullen's smile increased and he hoped he didn't look as foolish as he felt, grinning like a love struck school boy. "You're very welcome, my Lady." He watched her beginning to unbuckle the belt which held the fabric to her waist.

Maker, he wanted to replace her fingers with his. Fumble with the leather, with the buckles, have her pushed up against the wall and his hands snaking under her shirt against her soft skin. Glide his fingers across the expanse of her abdomen and ribcage. His mouth on hers, hot and breathless and demanding.

He wanted her shirt gone, pulled roughly over her head and discarded on the floor. He wanted her breeches anywhere else but on her legs. He wanted her trembling, and the sound of her uneven breaths in his ear. He wanted the knowledge that every moan and each sound of pleasure she made was because of him. He wanted her naked, and blushing and begging him to take her.

She eased the pauldrons off her shoulders and down her arms with - he was certain - deliberate slowness. His clothing suited her that was clear, but his cloak would suit her so much more in his chamber with nothing underneath it.

"Here," she handed the item back to him and Cullen swallowed hard at the lump that had risen in his throat. "I admit, I was surprised to wake up with it around me. Did you visit me for something specific?"

Cullen cleared his throat, trying to see beyond the visions his imagination had conjured. "Just to discuss tactics, my Lady. Nothing urgent." He remembered the book in his hands and almost let it slip from his grasp as he groped for it, "you might find this useful. I couldn't help but notice your reading material last night." He handed it to her.

Their fingers brushed as she took it from him and he couldn't deny the tingle of electricity he felt. She turned the book over in her hands and read the title. "Thank you," she smiled at him, "I'll add this to my growing reading list."

"You're welcome." Pulling his cloak on, Cullen could feel her warmth still in the fabric, and her scent wafted around him. Lavender and roses, a fragrance from her soap or from what she used to wash her hair. There was something else too, something with a deeper scent, like worn leather, that complimented the floral tones well.

"I slept in it, I hope you don't mind." Nevena suddenly blurted out, looking surprised at her own admission. Cullen paused in the buckling of his belt around the clothing. "That sounded better and less strange in my head." Nevena added, rubbing her fingers across her temple, "what I meant was that I woke up too tired to change completely and just... curled up in your cloak in bed. It's a lot warmer than I would have thought. I'm not surprised you wear it so much."

"I..." Cullen blinked several times trying to process her words and think of how best to respond. He was also trying to understand the meaning of 'too tired to change completely'. Did that mean she slept in her clothes and his cloak or... had she managed to change out of her clothes but not into her night things and consequently slept in his cloak and nothing else?

He couldn't very well ask her to clarify and his mind was immediately racing with imagery that would have made even the most passionate of men blush.

"Well... that's... I'm glad you made use of it." He said slowly, trying to push the thoughts of the blonde woman rolling around naked in his clothes to the back of his mind.

Her lips quirked into a small, embarrassed grin. "Well, now that I have suitably made an arse of myself - Maker, how you are always the one to witness my ineptitude, I will never know - I'm going to go and... do something Inquisitor-y. I'm sure you have things to do."

"Yes," Cullen laughed a little at her sudden uneasiness, as if the removal of his clothing had taken away the veneer of confidence she had worn too. "Perhaps you should come by later, if you're not busy. We can have a game of chess and I can discuss with you what I meant to last night."

His offer seemed to put her at ease her a little, and her shoulders visibly relaxed. "That would... I would enjoy that, thank you." The smile she gave him caused his insides to squirm pleasurably, and his knees went a little weak. "Commander."

Cullen snatched her hand as she turned to go stopping her in her tracks. He pressed his lips to her skin gently for a few seconds. Her cheeks were red and her eyes wide when he lifted his head and gazed at her fervently for several seconds too long, brushing his thumb across her knuckles. "My Lady." He turned quickly, wanting to get the last word in and returned to the recruits.

He saw her still there a few seconds later when he glanced over, still breathless and a little dazed. Only when a voice from inside the Keep called her, did her senses return and she disappeared from his sight.
Title: The Borrowed Cloak Pt. 1
Author: blustersquall
Game: Dragon Age: Inquisition
characters/pairing: Commander x Nevena Trevelyan
Disclaimer: Dragon Age: Inquisition is the property of Bioware, as is Cullen and any other characters mentioned within this piece. Nevena Trevelyan is my creation, under the Dragon Age: Inquisition player character, Trevelyan.

Something I wrote a while ago and uploaded on to my tumblr: blustersquall.tumblr.com/post/…

Part one is before Cullen and Nevena commit to a relationship. Part two which I will upload soon is after they enter a relationship. :B
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bexielea93 Featured By Owner Jul 7, 2016
Rage YESSSSSHeart  I absolutely love this!! x
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SKYEHORROR Featured By Owner Jan 6, 2016  Hobbyist General Artist
I am a bit late to the Cullen loving game lol... meaning I barely bought and finished the game very recently. Anyhow, I loved this! Very well written :) Cullen makes me swoon, I tell you. 
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bluster-squall Featured By Owner Jan 7, 2016  Hobbyist Artist
You're never too late to love Cullen. XD Welcome to Cullen hell! :D
And thank you! Glad you enjoyed it! He is very swoon worthy! :>
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ElleNite Featured By Owner Nov 9, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
Oh, sweet Maker.
What did I just read, my mind can't process.
Now I know what the game was missing, proper romance. I'm pretty sure every Cullen-FanGirl has wanted to steal his cloak.
Wow, no words but wow. ^_^

To quote Sebastian in DA2 - "I think I need to pray, a lot."
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bluster-squall Featured By Owner Jan 7, 2016  Hobbyist Artist
Super late reply, but thank you so much! 
Oh man, I could go on and on about what Cullen's romance was missing, but I have to remind myself that its an RPG, not a romance simulator game so, can't have everything. However, a scene with the Inquisitor borrowing his cloak, would have been every fangirl's DREAM. XD
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09Alice1 Featured By Owner May 13, 2015
Cullen's such a tease!! ^^
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bluster-squall Featured By Owner Jun 29, 2015  Hobbyist Artist
Yeah. He really, really is. I know he can be a but flustered when he's flirted with in game. But him initiating the flirting,the man is smooth and a tease. I love him. :D
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canamaus Featured By Owner Jan 21, 2015
omg i have read the 2. part before the 1...
naah i don't care.
Cullen is such a sweetheart it's just wonderfull.
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bluster-squall Featured By Owner Jan 30, 2015  Hobbyist Artist
He is a sweetie, I agree. A sweetie who is totally tortured by his feelings for Nevena to begin with, but a sweetie none-the-less. XD
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Krookidz Featured By Owner Jan 15, 2015
This. <3 eeeeee~!
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bluster-squall Featured By Owner Jan 16, 2015  Hobbyist Artist
Haha, good to know you liked it! Thanks for reading and commenting! C:
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Krookidz Featured By Owner Jan 17, 2015
Of course, I am excited for the next part! :) 
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Mandajo15 Featured By Owner Jan 13, 2015  Hobbyist Photographer
Wow. That was awesome! I hope you keep writing you're very talented. I loved hearing Cullen's point of view and it was very true to what I felt and saw in DAI.
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kaland21 Featured By Owner Jan 19, 2015
Agreed!!!
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bluster-squall Featured By Owner Jan 16, 2015  Hobbyist Artist
I do keep writing, all the time in fact. It keeps me sane, so I do have what I call my 'days off' where i give myself a rest. Writing is a passion of mine, and I just... won't stop. Ever. I think.
I do enjoy writing from Cullen's POV. I don't follow the camp of he's an innocent virginal baby lamb who needs protecting. He's head of the Inquisition forces and rises up quickly through the Templar ranks. You need confidence to do that and while he may have never commited to a relationship before, there are signs behind some of the things he says and how he acts that kind of... hint at experience.
So. Thats... kind of the Cullen I write from. Experienced, but a little wary and uncertain, especially when it comes to  my Quizzy, because she's a mage.
Eh, this turned long. Apologies! X.x
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ThePhoenixKing Featured By Owner Jan 10, 2015
A very good start, looking forward to seeing how this progresses. Well done!
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bluster-squall Featured By Owner Jan 16, 2015  Hobbyist Artist
Thanks~ There is a second part if you haven't read it, same name, just Part 2. n.n
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janaynaylovesdrgon Featured By Owner Jan 5, 2015  Student General Artist
OMG i read this and started laughing a few times and well i must say i have never read a fanfiction as good as this one!  Cullen is adorable when he gets nervous. :D
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bluster-squall Featured By Owner Jan 16, 2015  Hobbyist Artist
Laughter is good. Laughter is a positive response! Thanks for coming along and reading, I appreciate you taking the time to do so, and that you commented! :3
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janaynaylovesdrgon Featured By Owner Jan 16, 2015  Student General Artist
Well when i see the good stuff i just have to say just how good it is!
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blubaloooo Featured By Owner Dec 23, 2014
I loved it soooo much! I adore Cullen... And your pièce is really well written!
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bluster-squall Featured By Owner Dec 23, 2014  Hobbyist Artist
Aw thank you!  <3
Who doesn't adore Cullen! That nerd needs all the love!
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ElCapitan18 Featured By Owner Dec 20, 2014  Hobbyist Writer
Bah!
This was wonderful!!!
Cullen is so freaking adorable and Nevena is just... I love her!
You're a talented writer and have a gift for story telling.
Cullen's POV was spot on, and for that I applaud you!
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bluster-squall Featured By Owner Dec 23, 2014  Hobbyist Artist
Much appreciated!
I'm really glad when people say they like or enjoy Nevena! I do try to make her interesting! :D
And yay! I really enjoy writing from his POV, so the fact you think it spot on is such a compliment! Thank you! <3
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Sahilee Featured By Owner Dec 16, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
That's so lovely written! Nevena and Cullen are so adorable together :)
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bluster-squall Featured By Owner Dec 23, 2014  Hobbyist Artist
Thank you so much! I'm glad you like them together! They make my heart happy! ^^
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b3t0n4l1c3 Featured By Owner Dec 14, 2014  Professional Interface Designer
Very lovely. ^_^ I'm happy to see tasteful romance for this series being written here. I eagerly await part two.
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bluster-squall Featured By Owner Dec 23, 2014  Hobbyist Artist
I'm glad you see it as tasteful!
I... do try and keep things... tasteful, even the smut. >.>
Thanks so much for commenting! Part 2 is now up, if you were curious about it!
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b3t0n4l1c3 Featured By Owner Dec 25, 2014  Professional Interface Designer
I found it already, and enjoyed it immensely. Thank you so much! :)
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elwinne Featured By Owner Dec 12, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
<3<3 love it soooo cute ^^
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bluster-squall Featured By Owner Dec 13, 2014  Hobbyist Artist
Thanks a lot! Hopefully you'll like the second part, it's a bit... steamier. >.>;
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elwinne Featured By Owner Dec 14, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
I cant wait ^^
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Natty5605 Featured By Owner Dec 12, 2014
Heart Love They are so cute!! Very nice storyline. 
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bluster-squall Featured By Owner Dec 13, 2014  Hobbyist Artist
Thanks very much! I try!
I love the ida of Cullen lending that cloak to the Inquisitor, just doing it automatically after a while if he sees her shiver or something. It looks so warm and he's nothing if not a gentleman. In my head at least.
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ChaosFay Featured By Owner Dec 11, 2014  Professional General Artist
OMG this had me giggling like a teenage girl!  That and blushing, which is rare so congratulations on that achievement. Nawesome writing!
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bluster-squall Featured By Owner Dec 13, 2014  Hobbyist Artist
Haha, glad it got such a reaction! I'm pretty sure I was giggling like a moron while writing it, because early courtship and everyone else in Skyhold is sooo aware of the attraction these two have and they're like: NO. MUST MAINTAIN PROFESSIONALISM. *___*
Thanks a lot! Hopefully you'll stop by and read the secind part once its uploaded. :]
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zyxst Featured By Owner Dec 11, 2014
Oh my. Look forward to the next part.
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bluster-squall Featured By Owner Dec 13, 2014  Hobbyist Artist
Thankies much! Glad you enjoyed! Hopefully the next part will be up soon. :]
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