Disclaimer: If I owned them, I wouldn't be posting these here.
A/N: I am coming back to this story after a serious bout of Writer's Block. Funny thing was, I only had Writer's Block for this story. I was able to write, just not on this. It was very frustrating, as I'm sure you can imagine. Since it's been so long since my last update, I was really tempted to start at the beginning and rewrite it. But I really don't have the time for that, and I'm sure most of you would prefer I just add on to what I have. So I am. And please don't be too alarmed if the writing style has changed. I know it has and it's just how I write now. It shouldn't be too drastic though. Please, enjoy your story!
Serena woke up reluctantly, her legs tangled in the sheets of an unfamiliar bed. She yawned before turning over to find Darian still sleeping. She smiled at him, moving a stray lock of hair out of his face. She sighed and just let the warmth of the sunlight fliltering in warm her back as she stared at the one she loved.
And that's when the phone rang. Now, several things occurred at this point. First off was Darian's eyes flew open. Second was him darting up out of the bed to answer the phone. And third, Serena promptly fell off the bed. And neither of those, she realized as she rubbed her bum, were what she'd envisioned her morning to be like.
Darian gave her a rather amused look as he walked back in wearing absolutely nothing and handed her the phone. She glared at him before putting the phone up to her ear.
"Hello?" she said quietly, this being the first time she'd used her voice this morning.
"WHERE THE HELL WERE YOU?" demanded a slightly agitated Rei. "I WAITED UP FOR YOU AT HOME ALL BY MYSELF, WORRIED YOU'D BEEN HURT OR KILLED AND YOU WERE OFF CAROUSING WITH DARIAN!"
Serena raised an eyebrow at her friend, althought the raven haired girl couldn't see it. "Alone?" she asked.
"Well," Rei stammered. "Alone until Jedite came over."
"Don't you 'uh huh' me. I expect you home in half an hour!"
"You heard me, NOW GET MOVING!" At that, Rei hung up the phone on Serena, leaving the blond slack jawed and a bit peeved.
Grumbling under her breath Serena finally got off the floor and stood up with the sheets still tangeld around her body. She looked over at a rather amused Darian and resisted the urge to stick her tongue out at him.
"Trouble with the misses?" he asked.
Serena's response was a pillow in his face.
Serena opened the door to her apartment, wishing she were still in bed at Darian's. She walked in to almost trip over...a bra?
"REI?" she called as she picked the red laced garment off the floor.
Rei practically bounced into the living room, grinning from ear to ear.
"Oh Serena, you wouldn't beleive my night!"
"You made me get out of bed, out of Darian's bed, that I very much wanted to stay in for at least another few hours, to tell me about your night?" Serena demanded, slightly annoyed.
"Uh huh," Rei said, her grin not fading one bit.
Serena just sighed and tossed the bra over to Rei who caught it quickly, not looking at all abashed.
"The next time you do that," Serena said quickly. "I'm gonna kick you straight in the ass."
"Sorry, I'll be a little less hasty with the clothes next time."
"I meant getting me out of Darian's bed," Serena grumbled. "Wait! NEXT TIME?"
For the next hour Serena proceeded to half listen to Rei as she gushed about every little detail about her night with Jedite. All she had to do was interject the occassional 'uh huh', 'wow', and 'awesome' to keep Rei happy.
Serena also took this opportunity to clean up the rest of Rei's clothes flung about random places in her living room and kitchen. The last was Rei's shirt that was on top of the refrigerator. And every time Serena would hand her an article Rei would take it, mutter a quick 'thank you' and pick up exactly where she left off.
"Rei," Serena interjected. "I know you're happy, I know how good in bed he is, but do I really need to know THAT much?" Rei had begun talking about Jedite's size, and the things he likes to do in bed.
Rei pouted for only a second before the smile was replaced on her face again. "I guess not. Wouldn't want you to leave Darian and go after my man."
Serena gave her a rather pointed look, reminding Rei a lot of Ami. Rei just rolled her eyes and bounced, yes bounced, into the living room and flopped onto the couch, tossing the shirt into the bedroom.
Rei sighed. "Serena, I think I'm in love."
"Pfft, you're in lust, now get your shoes OFF my couch!"
As the sun was beginning to set, Serena heard a knock on her door. She stalked over to it, determined to knock the hell out of Jedite if it was him. Rei had simply gushed about her night the entire day, leaving Serena a tid bit annoyed with her and the subject.
She was pleasantly surprised to find Darian standing behind her door instead of Jedite. She smiled up at him and proceeded to fling her arms around his neck before kissing him.
"I've been wanting to do that all day," she told him after their lips parted.
"You did that this morning," he said before bringing his lips back to hers. After pulling away again he smiled down at her. "Doing anything tonight?" he asked.
"I think Jedite's coming over later and I promised Rei we'd have a 3some...maybe I can get you an invite too..." she trailed off. She looked up and laughed at the look on Darian's face. "I was just kidding. I think if I saw Jedite right now I'd punch him."
"What did he do this time?"
"According to Rei, everything right. Including her bra at my door, her shirt on top of my refrigerator, and her skirt on my ceiling fan."
Darian laughed out loud.
"It's really not funny. I had to spend the entire day drowning her out as she talked about every little thing he did, and I mean EVERY little thing he did."
"Well, seeing as you're busy, I'll just go then."
Serena grabbed Darian's arm. "If you leave me here with her, I'll kill you next."
Darian laughed as Serena stuck her head back in to the apartment.
"Rei! I'm leaving! Don't wait up!"
Serena then grabbed Darian's hand and ran down the hall to the elevator. Just as the elevator doors closed she saw Rei run out, intent on tracking Serena down.
Serena's hand was entwined in Darian's as they walked along the side of a creek. Neither said a word, and neither had to. It was a comfortable silence that fell around them, interrupted only by the churning of the water beside them.
Serena's heart raced and she couldn't hide the smile on her face. She was actually happy, and she wasn't going to let herself get in the way this time. She looked up at Darian, quickly meeting his eyes and smiling bigger.
A breeze picked up and swirled around them, blowing Serena's hair right into her face. She reached up to move it, but Darian beat her to it.
He had stopped walking and was now facing her. He slowly moved her hair out of her face, caressing her cheek in the process.
"You're so beautiful," he said quietly.
Serena actually felt herself blush at this. Slightly embarassed, she tried to look away, but Darian's grabbed her chin.
"I mean it. I also mean it when I say I lvoe you."
Serena's heart jumped into her throat and she tried to find her voice. It took her a moment, but she finally did. "I love you too," she whispered.
The wind picked back up and swirled around the couple as their lips met in a searing kiss. Serena wrapped her arms around his neck as he picked her up by the waist and spun her around. As their lips broke apart, she threw her head back and laughed as he spun her.
All too soon he set her back down and she leaned in to him, burying her face in his chest.
Darian took a step back and looked down at a confused looking Serena before he smiled at her. That's all it took to make her smile again.
"Marry me?" he asked.
She punched him playfully on the arm as she laughed. Darian looked down at her, his smile gone and a serious look taking over.
"Oh my God, you're serious!" she said, finally noticing his face.
Darian nodded at her. Serena just stood there, staring up at him, the world spinning around her. She felt like she would lose her balance at any moment. Her heart was pounding in her chest, her breathing was becoming heavier and her palms were starting to sweat. Was this what she wanted? Was this the person she was supposed to spend the rest of her life with? Serena searched his eyes, finding his love for her very easily. It was then she knew all the answers were yes. She daintily reached up and cupped his cheek with one hand.
"Yes," she whispered into the wind. She had never felt more happy in her life.
I had to end it there. Sorry, but it's been too long and continuing would be a disaster for this story. So, I've decided that if I get enough requests, I will make a sequel, where the writing style won't clash so badly.