A/N: Okay, sorry for not updating sooner. College starts soon and I had my driving lessons. So yeah. I hate handling a manual car…Anyway, here's another chapter for you guys.
Chapter 20: Feelings
Ben honestly couldn't believe how much Gwen had grown through the span of 5 years.
He had to admit, she was beautiful even for a 10 year old back then, but now…wow.
Ben couldn't help but smile rather sheepishly at Gwen's sleeping face. She looked absolutely adorable when she dozed off. He couldn't help but just lean over a little more and kiss her.
Groaning, the still-asleep Gwen turned around and muttered some incoherent words. Ben tried his best to stifle his chuckle, and it came out as a short snort.
Admiring the way the moonlight shone on her rich auburn hair, Ben then proceeded to stroke it down its length and then gave her neck a soft kiss. He would have tasted the familiar scent of her bare skin, but her pajama collar hindered Ben's motives.
He chuckled to himself as he realized this was the first time they actually slept on the same bed with clothes onfor a change.
Both the Tennyson families were on a vacation to the nearby ski resort of Fairwell, and the parents specifically booked 2 separate rooms for the cousins. Maybe they as well ought to have placed a cardboard wall between them instead. They were both just as futile.
"You know I love you so much, right?" Ben whispered into her ear. Mumbling a rather low-key "Mm-hmm," Gwen then turned to face Ben, but she was apparently still asleep.
"Mmm…." She moaned, yawning. As soon as her mouth closed, Ben snuck a quick kiss to her soft sweet lips, making her nose twitch.
"I love the taste of strawberries," she mumbled happily as she then shifted a bit more in her sleep. Apparently she was sleep-talking.
Holding back another laugh, Ben then wrapped one arm around her as he felt his eyelids were becoming heavier with each breath he took.
Gosh I love this!" Gwen said happily as she threw herself down on the snow, making snow angels as Ben stood back and watched.
"I haven't seen you having this much fun since we last came here 2 years ago," Ben said with a small grin, walking over to stroke the few stray strands of her fine locks from her face.
Giving Ben one very misleading smirk, the girl then pounced Ben on the snow, easily towering over him.
"H-Hey!" was all Ben could say as the sudden coldness of the snow numbed his back in no time, even with all the layers of extra clothing he wore.
"Oh I've had loads of fun this year as well, Ben. And all of them have been with you," Gwen grinned before giving him a soft kiss. It was the only warm thing Ben could feel right now as the rest of his body laid still in the cool snow.
Ben honestly loved it whenever Gwen took control of the situation. It added a little…excitement into the relationship.
"Hmm?" was all Gwen said as she laid to rest her head on Ben's chest.
"Not that I'm not enjoying this…but I can't feel my body anymore," Ben said sheepishly, Gwen muttering a faint "Oh!" before getting off him, pulling him up in the process.
"I'm so sorry, Ben. I totally forgot about that," she said with a gentle laugh at the end, Ben raising an eyebrow at her.
"Gimme a hug, Gwen," he suddenly said, opening his arms to welcome her.
Tilting her head curiously, Gwen then said "Oookay…" before slowly embracing Ben, expecting some form of trick to turn up. All doubts then disappeared into the cool winter air as Ben wrapped his arms around her.
"Felt the sudden urge to give me a lil' lovin'?" Gwen asked with a little tinkle in her voice.
Ben only laughed as he brushed his nose against hers. An Eskimo kiss.
"Not really. I just need to thaw out," he replied, Gwen frowning at him before batting Ben playfully on the arm.
"What was that for?" he asked, Gwen leaving her pout in place. "Nothing," she said before disappearing her face into Ben's shoulder.
"Aww, Gwen Tennyson, you're just too cute to comprehend," Ben said before lifting her chin to lock his green eyes with her own.
"I have my ways," Gwen replied with a wink, her frown disappearing before she kissed Ben squarely on the lips again.
No matter how many times Ben has tasted her lips, he knew he could never get bored of it. Nothing in the world was as soft or sweet as the feeling of Gwendolyn Tennyson's lips.
Running a soft hand through her hair, Ben then kissed her forehead. "Flawless. Absolutely flawless," Ben muttered.
"What? Me entirely, or just my forehead?" Gwen asked cheekily, earning a playful pinch to her rear by Ben.
Squealing at the sudden intimate grope, Gwen giggled girlishly as she pressed her body closer to Ben's –if that was humanly possible.
"Ben! Not in public!" Gwen said, half-laughing as Ben wrapped his arms around her back.
"What? Butt-squeezing isn't something new. Now if I were to say…fondle your breasts here or take off your pants and started licking you…" Ben said with such an evil grin etched on his face.
"B-Ben!" Gwen said as her face surpassed scarlet, looking at him reproachfully.
The brown-haired boy then burst out into laughter as he motioned Gwen back into the ski resort's main building.
"I'm sorry, Gwen. I just love our little games," he admitted as he once again kissed her forehead, wrapping one arm around her waist as they walked.
"Y'know what?" Gwen asked, not looking at him.
"I love our little games too. From the innocent ones we had back then to the horny ones we have now," Gwen said with a devilish grin of her own.
"Oh yeah? 'Cause I think you love our horny games a little too much, don't you think?" Ben asked, raising an eyebrow at her.
Looking at him with the trademark pout that only Gwendolyn Tennyson could provide, she then looked away and muttered something she hasn't used in awhile.
Laughing heartily again, Ben then ruffled her hair, much to her chagrin.
"That's my girl," he said, Gwen then looking up to him with a curious expression.
"Now and forever?" she plainly asked.
Catching Ben off-guard, he then smiled at her before replying.
"Yeah. Now and forever."
A bearded man watched as the 2 cousins walked into the ski resort's building hand-in-hand. He couldn't help but let a smile curl up his lips as he witnessed those 2. It was so nostalgic.
"Hey," a voice called out to him. Turning around, he saw a pony-tailed woman running up to him, catching her breath.
"Found them yet?" the auburn-haired woman asked the brow-haired man.
"Yup. They just went inside the villa," the man replied, the woman then sighing audibly.
"Oh man, I missed them," she said, frowning.
"Hey, no worries. I only saw then for about 3 seconds before they disappeared in."
Knowing the man was only trying to comfort her, the woman then got up to wrap her arms around him.
"H-Hey! What's with the sudden attack?" the man said with a faint laugh, his green eyes gazing into her emerald ones.
"There's a reason why I wanted to come back here. Remember what you promised me back then? When we were gonna go in that building?" the woman asked, a smile working up her luscious lips.
"Now and forever, Gwen?" the man asked, wrapping his arms around her waist as the man pulled her into a kiss.
After breaking it off, the woman then caught her breath as she replied with a serene smile this time.
"Now and forever, Ben," she said, and then let go of him.
"C'mon! We better get back before the kids find out we've been gone too long!" the much older Gwen Tennyson said, running ahead of the man.
"But…aren't you able to send us back to the second we left?" Ben Tennyson asked as he caught up with her.
Her eyes widening, Gwen then nodded as she broke into her laugh.
"Oh yeah! Thanks for reminding me, Ben," she said as she kissed him on the cheeks.
"Well, that proves you can't live without me, right? I mean, to forget the simplest things about you Anodian powers…" Ben chuckled as Gwen gave him a pout as she constructed the portal.
"Dweeb," she plainly said before entering it, leaving a chuckling Ben behind her.
"Haha, that never gets old," Ben said as he too got into the portal as it began to close.
It had been almost 20 years ago, and Ben still remembered every happy moment he and Gwen had since the time Gwen called him a dweeb back on the snowy mountain.
All was well.
A/N: Okay! That's it! The ending to A Dream No Longer! I feel so torn to let this one go but I promise you there'll be another BenXGwen novel coming out soon from me.
Thank you so much to all of you who supported and reviewed this novel and pushed me forward to making better chapters throughout out these few months. Hope to see your patronage with my next novel too. =)
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Cheers, and till the next time!