|It's Always Today
Author: heartskippedaabeat PM
Achele Fiction RPF . This story is about the journey of two girls in a harsh world and their mesmerizing connection that began in 2009. It's about their desire to achieve impossible things and their decision to live in the here and now no matter what because it's always today. DISCONTINUEDRated: Fiction M - English - Romance/Angst - Rachel B. & Quinn F. - Chapters: 25 - Words: 170,540 - Reviews: 176 - Favs: 107 - Follows: 194 - Updated: 04-27-13 - Published: 06-08-12 - Status: Complete - id: 8196424
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Dianna woke up with the first rays of the sun coming through the window and smiled seeing that Lea was still asleep in her arms. She watched the petite brunette and started to feel warm all over. The blonde listened to her breathing, examined her beautiful face that seems to smile even in her sleep, she inhaled her scent. Dianna didn't want to move and so she decided to stay there a little while longer, enjoying the warmth that the embrace offered.
Last night had been pleasant. With Lea everything was easier and the two of them shared more things in common than expected.
Dianna knew that Lea had planned to look for a new apartment and so she wanted to wait for the right moment to make her an offer; she wanted to make her the proposal to live with her and she already loved that idea.
The apartment was big enough for both of them. She had a spare room which she only used as a dressing room and converting it into Lea's room and having the brunette closer all the time sounded a lot better.
After a while of just lying there, Dianna disentangled herself from Lea's arms, smoothly, to make sure not to wake her up and headed to the kitchen to start cooking.
Breakfast was ready and already placed on the table even if Lea was still sleeping. Dianna didn't want to wake her but she had plans and so she needed Lea to get up.
"Good morning, sleepyhead" Dianna hummed sweetly as she sat next to Lea flicking a lock of hair from her face.
Lea opened her eyes a little and couldn't understand what was happening. Fingers brushing her cheek, a sweet 'good morning' tangled into a beautiful melody, prettier than she could remember ever hearing, and those mesmerizing hazel orbs that where focused on her.
"Hey..." she mumbled. "Um, what time is it?" Lea began to wake up slowly and stretched on the couch. Her body was definitely paying for sleeping on the couch in a weird position. But the pain was so worth the awesome feeling of sleeping next to her again.
"I didn´t want to wake you but if you keep sleeping you will be missing a beautiful day. Plus, breakfast is ready!" Dianna said excitedly as she took Lea's hand to pull her off the couch.
Lea was dragged to the table and then froze in her place. "Dianna, is anyone else coming for breakfast?" she asked, her eyes opened widely as she examined the table which was full of food that could easily feed ten people. "I need to take a shower and I have no clothes here!"
Dianna giggled satisfied. "Much as I know, you are my one and only guest… but lately there had been some surprise visits so… Anyway, I don´t know what you like besides black coffee, so you have some options" she finished with sheepish smile.
Lea averted her gaze from the table to Dianna and smile back at her. "This is really sweet. Thank you, Di!"
They sat down at the table and enjoyed the meal in silence but after an inner fight Lea broke this silence. "Can I ask you a favor?" she raised her humbly looking eyes seeking for eye contact.
"Whatever you want… What do you need?" Dianna grinned, finally she was receiving a request from the New Yorker.
"Well, living in a hotel is by far one of the most depressing things that could exist and I would rather move as soon as possible, so I need to find an apartment. Can you help me to look at a couple of them today?" she looked up at Dianna and was relieved to see her grinning.
"Of course I will, but…" Dianna made a pause and Lea gabbled on.
"No, it's okay if you can´t. I will talk to Jenna, I don't want to bother you"
"No, silly!" Dianna smiled widely. "What I was going to say was that I think you won't have to spend too much time on it. I believe that I know the right place, and you'll love it!" The blonde didn't need to reconsider. This was the right opportunity to offer her to be roommates.
"Yeah? Which place?" Lea was already excited about her suggestion.
"You will see for yourself. I will take you there this afternoon if that's okay for you?"
"Yes! It's perfect!"
"Do you have plans for this sunny morning?" 'Tell me you don´t, tell me no, tell me no!'
"Umm…Not that I know. For now I need to go back to the hotel, take a shower and put on clean clothes". 'Even if all I want is to stay here with you'
"It's a beautiful day. How about going for a walk? I want to go outside and take some photos, and with company it's always better" the blonde finished, looking at her expectantly.
"I would love that, but I need to go shower and change!" 'Wait. What? Why did I say this? Of course I want to go with you! No one has ever died just because he didn't shower. What is happening? Hey my subconscious mind, what do you want? This is so fucking unfair. I'm completely and undeniably frustrated"
"You can shower here, and borrow something from my closet. I think that we can find something that is not too Agron!" She said with wry smile.
"You don´t mind? If that is okay, I'd love to go with you and be your assistant for the day!" 'Yes! Way to go Lea! In your face, stupid subconscious! There's no better plan than spending the day with her!'
"Nonsense. Now finish this here quickly and go take a shower" Dianna ordered laughing at the mommy tone in her voice. Lea joined the laughter, finished her coffee and went to Dianna's bathroom where the blonde had already left towels and a pile of clothes for Lea to choose from.
"Dianna, a t-shirt and a pair of jeans are fine! What is all this?" Lea smirked shaking her head.
"Well, I don´t know! I can't imagine that a Broadway star hits the streets just with that!" she mocked her laughing harder.
After a while they left. Dianna drove to the park where they parked to start their walk from there.
Lea loved the idea of seeing the blonde in her natural habitat, doing something that roused her passion and in which she was obviously really good.
They walked through the park without being aware of the time, just walking, teasing, laughing, fighting (which was becoming a constant between the two of them).
Lea listened carefully to what Dianna told her about photography, cameras, skills and her interests. Every once in a while, when Dianna was taking picture, Lea watched her being completely mesmerized by her ability to find beauty everywhere. There were many things about Dianna that fascinated Lea, but this ability enchanted her.
Dianna found beauty in objects and situations that were just ordinary for most people, common, unseen, not worth it. Almost in the same way as Lea was amazed and enthralled by Dianna's gestures, graceful moves, and other behaviors that most people won't even notice.
At one point Lea received a call from Jonathan and so she walked away because she didn't want to disturb Dianna. The blonde was aware of that and began to move her lens in the brunette's direction, portraying the New Yorker who wasn´t aware of her being the object of the photos. Dianna looked at the screen and couldn't believe it. One photo was better than the other, so natural, radiating warmth and beauty.
Dianna realized that Lea had ended the call but she was still looking at the horizon and so she immediately returned to take photos of her.
"Di?" somebody said behind her and she turned.
"Hey! Dave! How are you? What are you doing here?" Dianna jumped up and hugged the young man that was in front of her.
"I'm visiting James, and I have some meetings. Wow, you are beautiful, it's been a while, huh?"
Dianna blushed, dropping her gaze to the ground. "Thanks, but… it hasn´t been too long"
"How are things? Any new projects?" he asked removing the awkward moment.
"I'm going to start shooting a series for FOX called 'Glee'. I'm the mean cheerleader and the enemy and counterpart of the lead" she laughed more relaxed.
"That's great, congrats. I'm really pleased to hear that!"
"Yeah, thanks! I'm really excited and I want to start right away!"
"It was so nice talking to you but I have to go to meet James who is waiting to have lunch. But what do you think of having dinner or something soon? Like friends…"
"Yeah, sounds good. I'll give you my new number" she said. The blonde took his phone out of his hands and began to save her number.
A few feet away, Lea had been watching the peaceful landscape. The morning was really beautiful and Dianna always had the best ideas. She turned around to see where she was and to her surprise found her happily hugging a guy.
'Who is that guy? Why was Dianna hugging him? And what about her smile? Dianna hasn't mentioned having a boyfriend, so who was this guy?' Lea stayed in the same place just watching the blonde with that boy.
'Well, at least there wasn´t a goodbye kiss. That's good!' thought Lea and watched the young man walk away while Dianna was immersed in her phone.
"Hey, there you are!" Dianna said as she closed the distance between them and once she was next to her she intertwined her arm with Lea's. "How about leaving and finding a place to have lunch?"
"Di, at some point I need to go back to my hotel! It's kind of my house for now, you know". 'There you go again, you evil subconscious mind! There's no need to go back to the hotel if I could stay with her and grab lunch with the best company in the whole world. Geez!'
"Come on Lea! It's such a beautiful day, you are not going to the hotel, I forbid it!" she declared dragging Lea with her towards her car.
"What?" Dianna was flabbergasted by her reaction.
"You were taking pictures all morning of every little thing you saw. Now I want a picture, too!" she sounded childishly whimsical, a little pout forming on her face.
Dianna laughed relived. "Fine… so, show me your best smile. But you should know that I don´t like those staged photos, it has to be all natural and spontaneous" However, she took her camera and pointed the lens at the brunette.
Dianna didn't understand her reaction and so she looked at her, raising her eyebrow as a way of asking what was wrong. Lea came to her, grabbing her arm as she stood right next to her.
"The two of us, I want… I want a picture of us" She answered shyly and her blushing cheeks made it even more obvious.
Dianna beamed stretching her arm for a self-portrait and felt how Lea leaned her head on her shoulder. So she slid her arms around her removing any kind of personal space between them.
Dianna had used her camera a thousand times that day, but in that moment she knew this would be her favorite shot.
Half an hour later they were sitting on a terrace of a small but elegant restaurant.
"Do you like it?" Dianna took a look around the place.
"I love it, it's a wonderful place. Do you come here often?"
"Um, not as much as I would like" she replied already looking at the menu. "Have you already chosen?"
"No, you decide for me. I trust your good taste… gastronomical at least" Lea teased her with a mischievous smile.
Dianna nodded and waited for the waiter to take their orders.
"Good morning ladies. What would you like to order?" The waiter was a young guy who couldn't help but ogle the blonde, an action that caught Lea's attention.
Dianna smiled and concentrated on the menu again before ordering. "Umm, Fresh Citrus Kale Salad and then... a California Risotto"
"Excellent, the same for both of you?"
"Yes. And to drink … 2007 Coteaux du Languedoc Chateau Veronique" she finished closing the menu and smiling at the waiter who was already leaving with the order.
Lea couldn't believe the effect that Dianna had upon her. The blonde was just ordering food but in her voice there was something special, something that was different, plus Lea had already been fascinated by her speaking other languages.
"It was a very boring morning for you, wasn't it? Sorry if our walk took way longer than you expected" she said settling the napkin on her lap.
"No, actually if I'm honest I really enjoyed. I like watching you… taking photos"
"If it's okay with you then we could go to your hotel when we are finished and you show me your luxurious room"
"Are you serious? Do you really want to see my hotel room?"
"Well, you live there. I'd like to see the Sarfati touch you added to it. And after that we could go to what I assume will become your new home"
"Well, if that's what you want, I can´t refuse it. Even if this means that I have to hang out with you all day long" Lea faked a frustrated frown but loved the idea of being attached to the blonde all day long.
"Oh…I'm sorry!" Dianna stuttered blushing a little. "No, it's fine. We could do it another day, don't worry!"
Lea laughed at Dianna's shyness. "You are never going to understand my humor, aren't you? I love having someone here and I hate being alone in a city that I don´t know. I love the idea of you seeing my…hotel room" Lea paused and then chuckled.
The waiter brought the food and Dianna secretly hoped that Lea would like it.
"Mmm, gosh Dianna… this is delicious!" Lea spoke with her mouth full.
The blonde beamed at her and melted at the adorable image of Lea speaking with her mouth full but didn't say anything; she didn't want to not embarrass her.
Dianna raised her gaze and nodded, so she kept talking.
"Who was the guy that greeted you in the park?" Lea looked bashfully on her plate as her face turned red.
"It was my ex-boyfriend; we broke up a few months ago but we still love each other and I'm on good terms with him" she replied without making a big deal of it.
The truth was that she still had feelings for him. They were together for more than a year and they had just broken up because they had difficulties synchronizing their lives right now and they barely saw each other.
Lea felt an inexplicable feeling in her stomach. The word boyfriend from Dianna's lips felt like a stab in her heart, but she tried to hide that weird feeling.
"Oh, I'm sorry to hear." she said coyly. The response was short because she needed to suppress the odd sensation rising in her. 'Jealous? Of a friend? Come on!'
"It's okay. I still have feeling for him but our split-up was for our own good. We weren´t on the same page and he kind of started to grow and he needed to travel around for his new projects as well"
The words enraged Lea somehow. 'Ex-boyfriend, feelings involved, good relationship, this is fucking bad. Ok, it's not that I'd picture something happening between us; neither do I want it, don´t I?' The truth was that visualizing her in somebody else's arms, kissing another person, hurt her in every corner of her body.
"He is an actor? What is his name?"
Dianna took a breath. "Dave Franco, maybe you…" Dianna couldn't finish because Lea interrupted her.
"Franco as in James Franco?"
"Yeah, that's his brother" she confirmed, blushing heavily and trying to focus her eyes on a neutral point.
"Oh, okay" Lea mumbled and fell quiet.
'How can I compete with that? Brother of a huge Hollywood actor, a boy with a promising future, apparently she still has feelings for him and on top, he is handsome. Ok, slow down… Compete, Lea? In what sense do you want to compete with him?'
After a moment of silence they both continued chatting again and once they were finished with it, they headed to the hotel, as Dianna had proposed.
"Wow Lea!" she said exaggerating her expression of surprise a little just to upset Lea. "I was kidding when I said luxurious room but this is incredible. You called this room depressing?" she asked still making fun of her.
"Don´t you dare speak unless you know something about living in hotels! It's horrible. And…"
Dianna cut in just hearing that. "I'm not allowed to comment unless I know something about living in such a place?" She blurted a loud laughter. "Dear Lea Michele Sarfati, I have to tell you then that I lived in a hotel for a long time! So I can assure you that I know perfectly well what you are talking about. I was just kidding before" Dianna shook her head and kept smiling as she remembered some moments of her childhood; good and bad moments that living in a hotel had brought along.
"How? When? When you came to LA?" Lea had the urge to collect all the bits and pieces of information that Dianna told her, because that was a good way to get to know her.
"No, when I was a child. My dad is… was a general manager of Hyatt hotels. So… when we moved from Savannah to San Francisco, we got to live in the hotel. I was around 8 and that was until I graduated and moved here!" Dianna took a seat on the bed facing Lea, crossing one leg under her body while the other hung down lifelessly.
"I didn´t know that. But it's great! Room service, you don´t have to do anything… I would have liked that!"
"Really? Do you actually listen to yourself? Because until two seconds ago, you didn't fancy living here with room service and everything at all." she smirked at her. "Anyway the important thing is that my mother always tried to make our lives as normal as possible. So we were in a flat with a kitchen and she cooked for us. My brother and I had to make our beds… I don't know, it was almost like having a house inside the hotel" Dianna shrugged her shoulders.
"I think that our mothers would get along very well. Someday you have to introduce me to her!"
"She is thinking about visiting next month, so if you are going to be here, maybe you could meet her"
"Cool! Okay, back to our earlier conversation. You said you knew a place that I would like?"
"Yup, I said that but that was before I knew you were staying at Le Montrose Hotel … I changed my mind; I don't think you would like the place I was talking about. No, you are not gonna like it at all!" Dianna didn't hide her disappointment.
"DIANNA!" Lea said sharply.
"Tell me one thing… Do you really believe that diva thing? I got lucky with some plays on Broadway and I think it's funny that Jenna or Jgroff make fun of that but it's not true! And I don't want you to get the wrong impression about me" Lea meant each and every word. Dianna could see the hint of sadness in her eyes which made her a little uncomfortable.
"Hey, no… I'm so sorry!" Dianna apologized, instinctively taking Lea's hand in hers, trying to make her feel good and to emphasize her words. "I'm such an idiot. It's not right to torture you with that. And it's definitely not the image that I have of you, please believe me!"
"Really?" Lea asked shyly letting her eyes land on Dianna's hazel ones. "So you are still showing me the place that you were talking about?"
"Yes, but there is one thing that you said and I'm not okay with it"
"What thing?" Lea frowned.
"That you got lucky with your plays. You are one of the most talented people that I have ever met and have the pleasure to work with. Never say that again" She was blushing a little but still maintained her glance, and noticed that Lea was blushing, too.
'What am I doing? Oh screw everything, this feels so good, and she seems to be cool with it!' Lea thought as she melted into Dianna's body. After hearing that, she couldn't help it but hug her with an intense embrace. Dianna held her tightly and beamed, her face lit up immediately.
"Okay, so this afternoon I would like to show you the place. It's an option, if you don´t like it, we could look for more places tomorrow. All right?" said Dianna as they broke apart, but she was still holding Lea's hand firmly.
"We?" she said playfully arching an eyebrow and smirked mischievously.
"Well, I mean… I help you find one or you could go with Jenna if you want!"
Lea giggled at her. "Jenna is busy with her boyfriend. I'm sure she doesn't care if I ask you"
Dianna smiled and turned her body so that she lay on the bed resting her head on a pile of pillows and looked for the remote control.
"Are you going to watch TV?" Lea asked her with a puzzled look.
"I'm also planning to stay and sleep. This bed is really comfy" 'Yeah, I said that and the most frightening thing is that I really want to do it'
"What?" Lea asked suddenly a little nervous.
Seeing Dianna lying on her bed was an open door for thousands of images in her mind that Lea was not even prepared to see.
"Chill out, I was kidding. I promise you to let you sleep alone tonight, in your own bed without no one bothering you"
Lea forced a smile and remained silent. She didn't like the idea of sleeping alone at all. Not after sleeping in Dianna's arms and waking up the next morning to the sound of her sweet voice. But she was still paying for her room, at least the production was, so she needed to use it once in a while.
"Well, it's time for me to go and let you enjoy my absence!" Dianna jumped of the bed with a big grin on her face.
"Where are you going? You promised me that…" Lea began to pout in protest but Dianna silenced her.
"Relax, Sarfati. I have some things to do. Is it okay if I pick you up at 6:30 PM?"
"What? Where is this apartment?" She was visibly disappointed about Dianna leaving, and also confused for what she was saying.
"I promise you that it will be available. Do you trust me?"
"Yes, DIANNA!" Lea replied sharply, crossing her arms on her chest.
"I really don't like your tone right now. Hope that in the next hours you could think about it and do something to change it!" The blonde leaned down and kissed Lea on the cheek before walking away to the door.
"In the next 6 hours I can improve it … to the worse, DIAAANAAA!" she shouted as she watched her leave.
A second later the door was closed, and Lea placed her palm on the still warm spot on her cheek.
Dianna got in the car, took a moment to picture the plan in her mid. She wanted to surprise Lea with a habitable room and for that she needed to do a little shopping and only had a couple of hours.
She could do it, she could prepare something pretty for Lea, making her feel comfortable and that way she would accept the offer.
The first stop was a Camera store. After dealing sweetly with the man behind the desk she finally got him to promise her that he would have the prints done by the time she requested. She was always at that place, so being a regular client and her charming smile let her have what she wanted.
After that she went to a store looking for curtains, sheets, duvets, cushions. She couldn't spend a lot of money but she could use a bit to make the room look perfect for Lea, and in the worst case Lea could remodel it for herself later.
Dianna put everything she had bought in her car and headed to the Camera store.
"Miss Agron, just in time!" the old men smiled at her as she entered the store.
Dianna smiled back and went to the desk, grinning at him as she saw that her stuff was ready. "This is perfect, thank you so much! Just one more thing, I need one of those frames" she said pointing to her left. "And your help to get it to the car" she finished with a disarming smile and drifted her eyes from the men to the bags in her hands.
"Of course, Miss"
Dianna paid and headed to the car with the man helping her carry the frame. At her apartment she needed to make a couple of trips to get everything she bought in the room.
She checked the time and saw that she only got two hours left before meeting Lea.
"I can do this, I can do it!" she mumbled taking a deep breath as her eyes traveled over the place. There were clothes all over it, and she decided to put them all together and move everything to her room to take care of that the next day.
The first thing was to clean up the room, and after that she started to arrange everything , made the bed, and placed the objects in the correct spots: a beautiful vase with flowers, a pretty lamp, and some candles of different colors and sizes that gave the room a nice touch.
The room was almost finished; Dianna sat cross-legged on the floor looking at all the prints and began to put the copies in the right place into the multi prints frame. She was used to do that, most of the frames in her apartment were like that.
Dianna placed the pictures carefully, all were beautiful shots from that morning. Dianna knew Lea would like it. Finally, after a little inner struggle she also included the picture of both of them together in the park.
She finished the frame with all the pictures and wrapped it in black paper, then hid it under the bed.
She stood up, looked around and smiled. She was amazed and satisfied about how much she had accomplished in so little time. The place had come alive again, was habitable and she couldn't stop smiling triumphantly at her improvised master piece.
'She will like it, right? I can´t believe that I'm doing this! Not just remodeling the room in 3 hours! I can't wait to live with someone I have only shared maybe 50 hours maximum. I hope nobody asks me for an explanation, because I don't have one. God, I think I'm going crazy, I love this feeling when she is around. I'm so anxious to have a roommate again-"
She checked the time and notice that she was behind schedule. She needed to shower before picking up Lea so she grabbed her phone and texted her.
I'm running a LITTLE late, don't kill me… :)
Dianna, I hate people who make me wait and if you dawdle away your time and mine as well, I'll never going to see the apartment! I already doubt it even exists.
Lea groaned and threw her phone on the bed. She hated people making her wait and she hated Dianna being away from her even if they had spent most of the day together. She just missed her.
Her phone rang and she jumped up to get it thinking it was Dianna, but she was wrong.
Hi, Lea! How r u? U got plans 4 2night? Theo
She was really disappointed that it was Theo and not Dianna, but Lea texted him back out of common decency because he was a friend of Jonathan.
Hello, Theo. I'm back in LA. Hope everything is going well there. X
Lea grabbed her stuff and went down to the bar to wait for the blonde who arrived 40 minutes later.
I am in front of the door, hurry up :)
"Hurry up? You make me wait for 41 minutes and now you rush me?" Lea said shaking her head in disbelief as she got in the car and put on her seat belt.
Dianna chuckled at the adorableness next to her. "You are cute. You missed me so much that you counted the minutes?" the blonde teased her.
Lea huffed but she was actually really happy to see her again; she really missed her.
They continued their drive in silence and Lea looked out of the window and relaxed when she suddenly recognized the surrounding. "Where are we going?"
"Wait and see!" chirped Dianna still not looking at her.
"But… this is the way to your apartment, is it near the place we are heading to?"
"Maybe or maybe not… let's say, kind of!" Dianna observed her from the corners of her eyes and grinned.
Lea crossed her arms and pouted, tired of Dianna being so mysterious, and she stayed silent until Dianna parked the car.
"Come with me?" She said turning her head to face Lea, an expectant smile taking over her face.
"Are you kidding me?" Lea snapped at her a little upset. "You promised me that you were taking me to the new apartment and now we end up in your building? I really need to find a place, it's not a joke!" she finished but just pretended being upset, but Dianna didn't catch the fake frustration.
"Pretty please, Lee?" she begged landing her eyes on Lea, who got out of the car before she losing the control over her body.
In the elevator Lea noticed that Dianna was sort of fidgety and didn't understand why she was suddenly nervous and even jitterier when they entered the apartment.
"Umm…" Dianna lifted her eyes to meet Lea's, and she steadied her nerves. "I promised you something and I need to fulfill that now"
She bit her bottom lip, broke eye contact and started to walk towards the door next to her bedroom. Lea just followed her silently stopping when Dianna did it.
"I know that this is not a room in Le Montrose Hotel, but I thought that maybe…you could… consider… um" Dianna was a nervous wreck, bouncing in the place from one foot to another. "You could consider… moving in with me?" she mumbled the last words, blushing intensely and opened the door in front to an astounded Lea.
The petite brunette let her eyes roam the room, she was speechless and her face was a rock. That's why Dianna began to panic and her eyes went all dewy.
"Look, I know that we hardly know each other! But in this little time that we spent together, I have really enjoyed your company. Maybe you want to live by yourself, in your own place and I'd fully understand it! And if you still want my company to go and look at other places, it would be my pleasure. But, I don't know… I just have this spare room, and the apartment is kind of big enough and it would be helpful to split the bills. I don't know, I just thought that it was a good idea." She was vomiting word after word. She ignored the urge to breath and kept talking to fill the silence. "But don´t worry, tomorrow we could start looking for a good place! There's a real estate agent a couple of blocks from here and I'm sure we can get you a pretty nice place where you feel like at home. Plus…" Her lungs were burning and desperately asking for some air when Lea cut in.
"Di…" she said with a quiet voice and tears welled up in her eyes.
"Oh my god, Lea! I'm so sorry. I shouldn´t have said anything. Don´t feel bad, it doesn´t bother me at all if you look for another place! Really you don´t need to feel bad for me. It was just a stupid suggestion, just an idea because we spend time together and it was fun and I liked the idea of having a roommate but…" Dianna was drowning in her own words again as Lea interrupted her for the second time.
"It's…perfect! Really beautiful!" Lea reassured her shyly, her face turning red and a rebellious tear ran down her cheek.
"Really? You mean it? You would consider…" Dianna bit her bottom lip, facing her with an uneasy feeling in her stomach. "Living here?" she finished drifting her gaze to Lea's brown orbs.
"Consider it? No!" Lea replied, her facial expression not giving away too much information.
"Oh…" Dianna gasped, blushing furiously and dropping her gaze to the floor.
"There is nothing to consider. I have loved your apartment from the first time I saw it. It's impossible to find a place where I could be more comfortable than here!" Lea stopped and waited for Dianna's eyes to land on her. She beamed seeing how Dianna's face lit up hearing her. "And the room… wow! Di, you didn't have to do all of this! I saw this room before and it was an incredible mess, nothing similar to what I'm seeing now!" she ended with a smile, gesturing to the room in front of them.
Lea took a step closer and melted her body into Dianna's. Wrapping her arms around her shoulders tightly she buried her face in the blonde's neck. Dianna reacted instinctively by wrapping her arms around the petite brunette waist and burying her face in her hair, inhaling a fresh scent of the shampoo which added a pinch to the sensation of the intimate embrace and all of that was sending goose bumps all over her body.
Dianna could feel a wet tear dripping on her own skin and wasn't able to understand it. "Lea, are you okay? If there's something that you don't like, we could change it!" she said without breaking apart, and feeling how Leas arms embraced her even tighter as if she didn't want to let her go.
"I'm fine, it's just… what you did for me it's something really beautiful. When I left New York, the only thing I thought about was not having Jgroff with me anymore, not having anyone who cares for me and now I see this and… I don't know, I am at a loss of words here! I don't know what I can do to show you how grateful I am!"
Dianna tightened her embrace around her waist, holding her for a little while before breaking apart to kiss her forehead. The warmth of her lips made Lea shiver and she also felt something extremely weird but powerful when Dianna's lips touched her.
"There is a welcome gift for you and I can't wait for you to move in!" she confessed walking into the room under Lea's anxious gaze. She reached for the gift which was under the bed and then turned around to face the New Yorker again. "This is for you" she said handing her the present.
Lea smiled and ripped the paper wrapping off her gift revealing a big white frame with some pictures in it. She beamed as she looked Dianna straight in the eye. "It's lovely! But, when… when did you do it?" she finished dropping her gaze back to the frame, paying special attention to each and every photo that was in there and all of them were from that morning.
"Do you like them? I took those when you were talking to Jonathan and those when you were lost in thoughts just looking at the horizon. I told you that I like natural-looking pictures, entirely unforeseen because that makes them special! I like candid shots and I think these came out perfect." Her radiant eyes put Lea under her charm. She was completely mesmerized by Dianna's powerful green-brown eyes which sparkle like the golden sun and igniting a fire in Lea.
"This is definitely my favorite!" Lea pointed at the photo with the two of them that Dianna had taken a couple of hours ago. "It's beautiful. Thank you, thank you so so much!" Lea said hugging her again.
"Um… Di?" She wasn't able to move away from the blonde and enjoyed every bit of this warm embrace.
"Yeah?" The blonde replied with her arms still wrapped around her waist.
"When did you do all this? Today? I saw this room and it looked totally different a couple of days ago plus the photos…" she said making a pause to take a breath and realization hit her. "The frame! If I hadn't said yes, would you still have given it to me?" Lea finished, changing her tone and smiling playfully.
Dianna laughed aloud at the sudden change of the topic. "I guess I never considered the option of you saying no" she could feel Lea's arms tighten her grip around her even with the frame in her hands. 'Can we stay here like this forever? I don't know what is going on! I don't want to think about it either because doing it generates a terrible fear but… god you make me happy, I love having you around and whatever my future will bring, I can't imagine it away from you' Dianna sighed about the frightening thoughts that assaulted her mind. But she focused again on the moment, a moment so perfect, so wonderful.
'Crap! I can't fall for you, I can't do it! I can already see it that moving in with her will only complicate things further but… that's where I want to be, that's what I want to have, this here with her'
Lea's mind was racing as well, but they agreed individually and internally on leaving all that stuff locked in their minds. She smiled just enjoying the moment, just letting it flow and both of them were filled with this feeling of total contentment and happiness.
Home by Edward Sharpe & The Magnetic Zeros
IMoats and boats and waterfalls, alley-ways and pay phone calls…I've been everywhere with you. We laugh until we think we'll die, barefoot on a summer night, nothing new is sweeter than with you…
Home, let me go home. Home is whenever I'm with you!...