----------------------------------------------------------------

Our lips joined in a tender kiss and her arms went to my neck. She parted her lips and allowed me to deepen the kiss, my tongue tasting her with hunger. I felt in heaven, I lost track of place or time, all I knew was that I was kissing Francoise, and that she was kissing me back.

I drew her closer to me, my arms around her waist, our kisses deepening more and more. I started kissing the line of her jaw and her ear when she suddenly separated from me, but I still had her by the waist.

"Joe, what are we doing?"

It was not that she didn't want me, I could see the desire in her eyes, but I had to agree that this was not a good way to start a relationship, if that was what we were doing. I had so little in life, and I longed for her so much, I needed her. I decided to say it.

"Francoise, I think I am in love with you."

She smiled like I had never seen her smile before and hugged me.

"I think I love you too Joe."

We stayed like that for a long time, I couldn't say how much, but I didn't want it to end. I knew we had finally given a very important step. I took Francoise's face between my hands again and rested my forehead against hers.

"I am sorry that you can't have babies, I'd give anything to make it alright for you."

"It's ok, I think I will be able to go through this after all, if you are by my side."

"I will be, I will," I said and then I gave her a little kiss on the tip of her nose.

"I thinkā€¦ we should go back to our rooms," She suggested.

"Ok," I said and hugged her once again, smelling her scent, fascinated at the fact that from now on, I'd get the chance to be like this with her more often.

We separated and started walking to our rooms, I saw her open her door, and caught her hand before she entered. "Promise me we will not pretend that it was a dream, in a couple of hours when I see you again. I mean it Fran, I want to be here for you."

She smiled. God, I loved her smile. "I promise Joe."

She turned and closed the door softly. I just stayed there, looking at the closed door, as if looking hard enough I could suddenly develop X-ray vision and see her again. That thought reminded me that Francoise did have x-ray vision and that she was probably looking at me looking at her door. I blushed again, smiled and went to my own room.

The clock marked 3:38 a.m. already. I took of the shirt and lied down, closing my eyes. I couldn't believe what had happened, it was like a dream, I felt more alive than I had felt in a long time.

Suddenly there was a soft click. I sat up and saw Francoise at the entrance of my room, she was biting her lower lip and playing nervously with her robe.

"I... I was wondering if I could stay with you tonight... I mean, I don't want to do anything, I just want to sleep in your arms, if... if that is ok with you."

I moved to the side of my bed and patted the recently liberated space, indicating her that it was more than available. She closed the door and came near slowly, I could see her trembling a little. I was nervous as well, I won't deny it.

She took off her robe and slid into bed next to me, I offered my arm and she lied putting her head on my bare chest, I embraced her then and pulled the sheets over our bodies. Francoise gave a deep sigh and cuddled. I felt my heart melting.

"Is this weird for you?" She asked.

"A little, but I could get used to it very easy, and you?"

"A little... but I like it, the sound of your heart is so soothing."

I extended my hand and programmed the clock alarm to sound at 7:30 a.m. so she could go back to her room unnoticed. Who knows what would happen if some one, let's say 002 saw Francoise getting out of my room in plain morning?

Francoise's breath became more and more spaced and, In minutes she was already asleep. I stayed awake for another hour at least, watching her sleep, caressing her soft hair. God, I was truly in love, and nothing else would happen to this beautiful angel as long as I was alive, that I swore to myself.

I started to fall asleep too, and with that last promise I let myself rest, with my beloved treasure in my arms and a new reason to keep on fighting. I was happy.

Fin

-----------------------------------------------------------------

So what do you think? You love now? You want to kill me? That's alright, but Please let me know. Review.