The Day After Tomorrow

Chapter 1 - A Moment In the Fire - Laura's POV

My skin was burning hot. My throat was sore and my leg winced with pain. I cut it a few days ago, but considering the current situation on the planet, I kept silent about it. I could feel cold sweat beading on my forehead but I was in a restless sleep, unable to wake myself. That is, until someone was caressing my face.

"Hey. Hey are you alright? You look like you have a fever or something." Sam Hall asked ever so sweetly. Just the sight of him, or the sound of his voice made my knees weak and my heart beat fast. But, he doesn't know it.

"I'm fine." I lied, "I just can't sleep." Sam sat down on a chair across from me. Maybe tonight I could tell him how I feel… "My mind.. Keeps going over all those worthless Decathalon facts. It's pretty stupid, huh?" I asked quietly, as not to awake the others.

"No, it's alright. I guess you just haven't had any time to adjust yet." Adjust… Adjust to what? I guess I almost forgot that everything was changing. What was happening to the world outside of the library? Adjust to the fact that New York had become one with the Atlantic Ocean. Adjust to knowing that not everyone was alive and well…

"How am I supposed to adjust, Sam? Everything I've ever cared about, everything I've ever worked for… has all been preparation for a future that no longer exists." Education, family, my house, my possessions didn't seen to matter any more. I was more concerned with staying warm, getting some food, and surviving. I cared too much about the Decathelon anyways. Everyone thought that, even Sam thought that, "I know you always thought I took the completion too seriously. You were right. It was all for nothing." I trailed off.

"No…" He sighed, "No, I just -- I just said that to avoid admitting the truth."

"The truth about what?" What could he be talking about? What truth could he not be telling me? I looked at him quizzically.

"About w-why I joined the team." I still didn't get it. Sam was smart, he joined the team because he was smart. I knew that. But what else could he be hiding? "I joined it because of you." He looked at me seriously, glaring deep into my eyes. Sam looked away, and looked back, I could tell he was wondering what I would say. Truth be told, it was the sweetest thing anyone's ever said to me. I smiled sweetly. I knew what I had to do. I sat up, coming closer and closer to his face.

"Hey." I grabbed his coat, and kissed him tenderly. I pulled back for a moment and kissed him again, passionately. He touched my neck, and ran his tongue across my lips. I played with his hair as he bent down and slowly kissed my neck. He brought his head back up to stare at me. I smiled, loving every minute of this. Sam began to lean back to sit down but I stopped him.

"Wait." I brought his face back to mine and kissed him with all the energy and passion left inside of me. My tongue dove into his mouth, as he continued to kiss me. His tongue gently caressed mine as I gasped lightly into his lips. We mutually ended the kiss, smiling up at each other.

"I love you." Sam said gently. My breath caught in my throat. No one had ever said that to me before. I could tell he was wondering if I would respond.

"I love you so much, Sam." He beamed at me, his beautiful face glowing with happiness. I touched his cheek with my hands.

"Come 'ere." I laughed as he pulled me on top of him. "I'll keep you warm." I laughed quietly. His body heat warmed me up. My breathing slowed, as I fell asleep, Sam's arms around me. I fell asleep to his voice whispering in my ear. "I love you, Laura."