Here is the final chapter in Living Through it. Will Rose finally be able to love again?

Enjoy SK

Chapter 21 The night it all changed

I was walking through the mall, trying to decide what type of dress I wanted. My phone started going ringing; I rooted through my purse and looked at the display. Unknown caller, normally I don't answer those calls but something told me I should.

"Hello?"

"Hello Little Dhampir" Adrian I should of known. I laughed ironically he was the only one still talking to Dimitri.

"What do you want Adrian?" I snapped, usually these calls where to inform me of what was going on in Dimitri and Tasha's lives. Like I give a shit, and I had told him last time I didn't want to hear about it anymore.

"Wow calm down Rose!" I sighed "Look I just called to wish you a Happy Birthday" I snorted, today's not my birthday.

"Adrian it's not my birthday". I laughed is he really that drunk that he thinks it is July. Wow delusional much! I heard him laugh.

"What's so funny?" I was getting annoyed; first he calls to wish me Happy Birthday when it isn't even my birthday, now he is laughing at me. WTF????

"Rose are you really that caught up in Marcus, that you forgot it was your own Birthday?" WHAT! Caught up in Marcus!

"Adrian what I do in my life has nothing to do with you. Even if I was caught up in Marcus, which I am not it, is none of your business. And for the last time it is not my BIRTHDAY!" I shouted and snapped the phone closed. I gazed around the mall, realizing that people were staring at me. OOOPS!

God Adrian what an idiot, like I would forget my own birthday. What is with him? I mean he has a girlfriend now. I haven't met her, but Lissa and Christian adore her. What business is it if I am interested in Marcus? "I am not" I said out loud, oh good more stares. Right Rose keep it up and soon you'll be in the coconut college. I giggled cos really that was funny. I was so caught up in my thoughts that I ran right into the something. Well not something someone I realized as I jerked my head up.

"Oh shit, sorry I really need to open my eyes" I mumbled when the guy turned around. He was tall, had long blond hair and blue eyes. He was toned, but not like Marcus. Wait now I am comparing guys to Marcus! STOP IT!

"It's ok, you can bump into my anytime" brought me back to reality. I laughed, that is the cheesiest line every. Right up there with did it hurt when you feel from heaven?

I rolled my eyes. "Please that was lame" He chuckled, but extended his hand.

"Names Wyatt and you are?" I looked at his hand, and sighed taking it to shake it.

"Nice to meet you Wyatt, I am Rose". I looked down and realized that he was still holding my hand, I pulled it back. "I still need that". I chuckled.

"So how come a pretty girl like you is out on your own anyway? You know someone could take advantage of you?" I laughed, I mean really laughed. Is this guy retarded?

"First of all, it's the middle of the morning, second of all I can take care of myself, and thirdly don't hit on me it's rude" He scoffed, and reached for my arm. I shook my head warning him. He obviously is retarded because he grabbed my arm and tried to pull me closer to him. Ok enough of this crap; I swung back and punched him in the face. He released my arm and stumbled back. I grinned; yep I'm still bad ass.

I turned to walk away and a hand caught my arm. I spun around and punched again.

"Ouch Rose, what the fuck?" Oh shit, not good.

"Oh, Marcus I am so sorry, I thought you were that retarded guy he was hitting on me and tried to pull me closer to him..."

"I know" he cut me off "I saw the whole thing; I was trying to get to you." Awww how sweet my knight in shining armour...OMG stop it! You like him admit it.

"I DO NOT" I yelled, and Marcus looked at me like I had three heads. I tried to laugh, but it came out sounding like a hysterical squeal.

"Rose are you ok?" No I am having an inner battle, or maybe going crazy. But no 'Ok' I am not.

"Yes" I lied. Marcus took my hand a lead me to a table. I sat down, and waited for his words of wisdom. Ha I thought with no more Dimitri, I would of gotten out of Zen Life Lessons...yeah not so much.

"Rose...I"

"Don't" I cut him off. "Don't treat me like I am crazy, because I'm not. I just thought I heard you say something and obviously I didn't" I winced, thinking he will never fall for that. He sighed, and nodded. Hmm guess he did, that was new.

"So you haven't found anything yet?"

"Well no, but I haven't really had a chance to look either" He snickered. Standing up and smiling at me.

"Ok well let's see what we can find for you". I shook my head.

"No way, you are NOT coming with me. I want it to be a surprise" I did, huh nice to know. I smirked. He narrowed his eyes.

"Why?" Well shit, I don't know!

"I just do, besides I am really picky and it usually takes me forever to find the right thing" I added. He rolled his eyes and shook his head.

"Yeah I should of known that, it takes you two hours to grocery shop. And that's just food" He chuckled. Ha ha funny smart ass. I glared at him, which only made him laugh. I scowled and he laughed harder.

"Ok well I am leaving before you fall on the floor laughing at me" I stood up "It's not nice you know" I tried to scold him, but his laughing made it hard not to smile. He has a great smile, and a gorgeous laugh. OMG ROSE WTF!!! TIME TO GO NOW!

"I gotta go" and I took off down the mall, not looking back.

I walked into a store not really paying attention to the name. I slowly walked through the store, scanning for a dress. I froze, my eyes locked on the perfect dress. It was black satin, form fitting, halter style top. I walked over and pulled my size down, this was the dress I knew it. Walking back to the fitting rooms, I closed the door and slipped out of my clothes. I slid into the dress and in fit perfect. Hugging all my curves, I opened the door and slipped out to look in the full length mirror. The dress was perfect, the neckline was the showed the perfect amount of skin and the hem stopped about 2 inches from my knees.

"Wow, that dress was made for you" I jerked my head up and saw an Asian guy standing behind me practically drooling. I smiled.

"Thanks, but you don't think it's too much? I am going out clubbing tonight with some friends." He cocked his head to the side.

"Well that depends, where are you going?" Oh what was the name..

"The Black Iris I think it's called" He smiled.

"Then no, it's perfect" I smiled with relief. "You know what stay right there I have the perfect shoes for that dress". A few minutes later he came back and handed me a box. I lifted the lid and gasped, they were perfect. They were black with red lining, sole and heel. Peep toe style with a small red bow on the toe.

"Well try them on" I squealed with delight as I slid them on. Not only did they look good, but god they felt good too. I looked up at him and he had this big goofy grin on his face. Yeah I looked hot, his face told me to.

"I will take it all, but do you have accessories?" He nodded.

"Get changed and we will find you some" I smiled and went back into my changing room. Once I was back in my regular clothes I gathered the dress and shoes and smiled down at them. Tonight is going to be so much fun. I walked out and found the associate that was helping me. I searched his chest for a name tag. Chad, woot Chad is my hero!

"Ok, so now that we have the dress and shoes it's time for some accessories" I followed him to the back of the store and gasped everything looked gorgeous.

"Ahh this one is perfect" He turned and handed me a beautiful necklace. It was silver and had some kind of red tear drop shaped stone. I put it on and he smiled, handing me a hand mirror. Yep this is it.

"It's Silver Swarvoski with a Red Ruby stone" I smiled I knew I knew that stone. "Cool, that's my birthstone" "Oh well then your birthday must be close" Ok now I am confused, its May my birthday is in July. What is wrong with people. I just laughed and paid for my stuff rushing off to drop the dress at the dry cleaners. The lady said I could come back for it in an hour so I decided to get something to eat while I waited. I got some chicken tacos and ate them slowly wasting time. Soon it was time to get the dress, I picked it up and took off home. I expected Marcus to be home, so I made sure the zipper was done up on the garment bag before I pulled into the drive way. I frowned when I didn't see his car. Getting out of the car I heard my phone beep, letting me know I have a new message. I dug through my purse and pulled out my phone, flipping it open and laughed. (Bold is Rose Italic is Marcus) Not fair you know I hate surprises *pout* Well too bad! *smirk* Did you find one? I giggled. Maybe *smile* Tease *wink* You love it *smiles seductively* ha I would love to see his face Are u at home? Just got here why? I looked up when I heard his car pull in the drive way. He had a big grin on his face. I grabbed my bags and bolted for the door, unlocking it and flinging it open. I raced for my room, and locked the door. I heard Marcus come running down the hallway and heard him trying to open the door. "No way Marcus, you CAN not see my stuff" "Come on Rose, I hate surprises Please" I laughed he is pleading with me. "No Marcus, I don't have time I have to get ready for work" He laughed. "You don't start until 1:30, and its only 12 you have lots of time". While he talked I hung my dress up and hid the bad containing my shoes and necklace under some stuff on the bottom of my closet. "I'm still no showing you" He sighed loudly. I took off my shirt and slid my jeans down, I figured I might as well get ready for work. I was standing in the middle of my room in my back matching bra and thong Victoria secret set (yeah I have a weakness for sexy lingerie so what) when the door flew open. My head snapped towards the door, standing in the door way was Marcus. Just staring at me, WTF oh right I have no clothes on. I blushed, but tried to make it not a big deal. "Marcus, close your mouth your drooling on the carpet" I said turning to go to my dresser. I pulled my work out clothes out and turned to see if he was still standing there. He was, eye's wide and mouth hanging open. OMG stare much, not that I minded..Wait What! "Marcus?" I walked closer to him (um brain now would be a good time to remind me I have NO CLOTHES ON!). I stopped right in front of him, and looked up into his gorgeous green eyes. "Marcus, are you alright?" He just closed his mouth and looked at me. "Come on Marcus say something, your scaring me" I started to panic, the look on his face was blank like he was having a stroke or something. I smacked his arm, a little harder than I meant to and his eyes widened. "Ouch! Rose, what the hell was that for" he said rubbing his arm. I laughed faker. "Maybe cos you were staring at me like a pervert" I scoffed. "I...I...I was not" He stammered out. Wait Marcus stammering, that's new. "Marcus it's not a big deal, I mean I saw more of you that day in the shower" he laughed obviously remembering it. "Yeah what was it that you said oh yeah 'I've heard so much about your chest, I mean your abs, then you said you would wait for me on the bed. You know I was very disappointed when you weren't." I laughed shaking my head. I reached out to smack his arm for laughing, but he grabbed it and pulled me to his chest. I looked up into his eyes and say that they mirrored mine..desire. His other hand brushed my cheek and tilted my head further up, slowly he bent and brushed his lips on mine. It was barely a kiss but my body felt like fire ripped through it. His eyes widened and I heard his breath catch. Could he of felt the same. Well whatever happened, what he did next answered any questions I had. He bent down again and gently brushed my lips again. Again fire ripped through my body, my hand snapped up and grabbed the collar of his shirt pulling him closer to me, I stepped forward forcing him to step back. I head his back hit the door and I leaned up and very lightly touched his lips to mine, I felt his arm snake around my naked waist as he held me closer to him. I looked into his eyes and I saw something there that made me beam, desire, lust, longing and love? His other hand cupped my chin, as he slowly brought his lips closer to mine. I lost it when they touched and deepened the kiss. My hands wound around his neck, his arms encircled my waist. His tongue traced my lips, asking for permission that I eagerly granted. I playfully bit his lip and he moaned. Leaving my lips kissing down my jaw line and down my neck. I couldn't help it and let out a moan of my own. He pulled back and I whimpered. He smiled. "Are you ok with this?" He asked, so sweet he wasn't pushing. I looked into his eyes and saw everything that I saw before. I felt the same, and it scared me. I took a deep breath and sighed. FUCK what is wrong with me. I felt his arms loosen around my waist, he kissed my forehead and let me go. "Marcus I...I.." I what, I think I am in love with you, and that scares the shit out me. Yeah that would go over well. "Rose" he sighed, and opened the door "It's ok, and look I'm sorry. I just thought, that maybe you felt the same". Oh great, he is totally taking this the wrong way. He thinks I am rejecting him, way to go Rose! "Marcus no.." "Really it's ok" he cut me off, standing in the now open door way with his back to me "Don't worry I won't try it again" He said sadly and walked away. I sighed and sat down on the edge of the bed. I am such a idiot, I should of told him he was wrong. I should of told him that I felt the same way. I should have told him that I wanted him as much as he wanted me. I should of, but I didn't and now I wreaked it all. I pushed him away, all because I was too weak to admit it. Well weak was actually a pretty loose term for how I felt. Scared shitless, let's face it I had love Dimitri for so long and he hurt me bad. I was over Dimitri, I could care less what he did and who he did it with. I mean I should be able to love someone again right? I wanted to, but what my heart wanted and what my brain did where two different things. Sighing again I looked at the clock, holly shit 1 already I threw my clothes on and tied my hair back. I reached for the door knob and stopped, what if he won't forgive me. Pfff shut up Rose he will. Yeah but rejection hurts. But you aren't rejecting him, you just need time. OK SHUT UP! My inner battle was giving me a headache. I turned the knob and walked out of my room, down the hallway and through the kitchen. "You better hurry up, or you'll be late" I jumped. "Christ Marcus make some noise or something. You scared the shit out of me" "Oh!" He scoffed "Sorry" I shook my head and headed for the door. "Rose..I" "I'll see you tonight ok? Ten you said right?" "Yeah" His voice sounded so sad. I wanted to run to him and kiss him and tell him I loved him. Instead I opened the door and walked out. Getting in my car, I reached over and cranked the radio. The song started and I listened closely as I drove to work. My best friend gave me the best advice
He said each day's a gift and not a given right
Leave no stone unturned, leave your fears behind
And try to take the path less traveled by
That first step you take is the longest stride

If today was your last day and tomorrow was too late
Could you say goodbye to yesterday?
Would you live each moment like your last
Leave old pictures in the past?
Donate every dime you had, if today was your last day?
What if, what if, if today was your last day?

Against the grain should be a way of life
What's worth the price is always worth the fight
Every second counts 'cause there's no second try
So live like you're never living twice
Don't take the free ride in your own life

If today was your last day and tomorrow was too late
Could you say goodbye to yesterday?
Would you live each moment like your last?
Leave old pictures in the past?
Donate every dime you had?

And would you call those friends you never see?
Reminisce old memories?
Would you forgive your enemies?
And would you find that one you're dreaming of?
Swear up and down to God above
That you'd finally fall in love if today was your last day?

If today was your last day
Would you make your mark by mending a broken heart?
You know it's never too late to shoot for the stars
Regardless of who you are

So do whatever it takes
'Cause you can't rewind a moment in this life
Let nothing stand in your way
'Cause the hands of time are never on your side

If today was your last day and tomorrow was too late
Could you say goodbye to yesterday?
Would you live each moment like your last?
Leave old pictures in the past?
Donate every dime you had?

And would you call those friends you never see?
Reminisce old memories?
Would you forgive your enemies?
And would you find that one you're dreaming of
Swear up and down to God above
That you'd finally fall in love if today was your last day?
I gaped, seriously was this guy talking to me. The dj on the radio said the song was called It Today Was Your Last Day by Nickelback. I pulled into the parking lot of the Do Jo and smiled, I knew what I was going to do. Getting out of the car and running inside. Now if time fly's I can go have some fun. My classes flew by, and I finished my work out at 8:30. I raced home and showered, blow drying my hair leaving it down, added some mascara, tinted raspberry lip gloss then put my dress and shoes on. I stepped to the floor length mirror and smiled. "Well it's now or never" I said as I reached for my black lace clutch and threw my lip gloss in. I grabbed my keys and ran out the door. It was 9:30pm so I would be about 15 minutes early. Good that way I could talk to Marcus. I smiled when I thought of his name. I arrived at the club and parked the car. Gaping I saw the line up, hell this is going to take forever. I got out of the car, and walked across the street. "ROSE?" I looked up to see who called my name, it was the bouncer. "Seth? What are you doing here?" He laughed "Working" yeah hmm imagine that. "Wow pretty busy tonight hey?" He smiled and gestured for me to go in. I hugged him and kissed his cheek. I walked down three steps and walked through the open door. I could feel the music vibrating through the floor. I walked about ten feet through another entrance way onto a catwalk. To the left was a spiral staircase that lead to the dance floor, bar and tables. It was a pretty cool club, the bar was made of solid oak, painted black, and the booths were red Swede with black tables. I scanned the room looking for Marcus. "Rose?" I turned to see a smiling face. Shit what is this guy's name again. Umm...oh yeah. "Hey Blake, how are you?" I smiled, when I saw his eye's scanning my body. "I...um..I..I am good" He stammered. Ha, yes I still got it! "Have you seen Marcus, I am supposed to meet him here. I don't see him though". Blake nodded and gestured for me to follow him. We walked beside the bar, towards a set of 5 stairs, the turned right and stopped in front of a door. "MARCUS IS IN HERE!" I frowned, did he have to yell! "Thanks" I said and opened the door. Then frowned again, because it was pitch dark in the room. My hand scanned the wall and found the switch. "SURPRISE!!!!" I almost fell backwards. What the hell is going on? I must of opened the door, I turned to give Blake shit, but he was gone. I looked back into the room and scanned the people. Lissa, Christian, Nicola, Natalya, Alana, Luka, Andrea... what the hell. "Wha...What is going on?" I asked really confused. "Oh Rose, you didn't think we would miss your birthday did you?" Again with the birthday thing, Lissa should know that my birthday is in JULY! "Ok guys ha ha funny, my birthday is in July. Someone got something screwed up." Christian started laughing, no howling. I glared at him. "Rose it is July, July 11 to be exact. Today is your birthday." I frowned, no it couldn't be. If he was right I had lost almost 2 months somewhere. I tried to laugh, but nothing came out. "Rose are you ok" Nicola asked, I shrugged and nodded deciding to just go with the flow. "Lissa I am seriously going to kick your ass, you know I hate surprises" I said walking to her and Christian. She shook her head, I frowned. "No way I am not taking the blame for this one" she laughed. Well if she didn't do it who did. MARCUS, oh he is so dead! I scanned the room, but frowned he wasn't here. "Well where is he?" Lissa laughed and told me on the dance floor. So I went to find him. I walked out to the main floor and spotted him, but heart sank when I saw the girl all over him. They were dancing very close and her hands were all over him, his hands were on her hips. Jealousy flushed through me. As if on cue his head shot up and our eye's met. I turned my head before I could see his reaction, heading for the bar. "Hey Gorgeous what can I get for you" I smiled. "Umm, how about a shot of tequila please" Just then Lissa came up beside me. I felt shock through the bond. "Rose what are you doing?" I turned and smiled at her, her face showed disapproval. "It's my birthday, so I am having fun" "It's your Birthday?" I turned to see a smiling bartender. "Yes today I am 24!" I said trying to sound excited when I really wanted to go home. "Well, you don't look a day over 19" I blushed "This one is on me Happy Birthday, by the way I am Cameron, what's your name?" I smiled and did my shot. Feeling it run warmly down my throat. "Rose, and Cameron" "Yes Rose?" "Keep them coming" He smiled and filled my shot glass again. "Rose, what's going on?" Lissa knew there was something wrong I NEVER drink anymore. "Look Lissa I just want to have fun ok? It's my birthday so I want to let loose". I saw her look behind me and I turned to see who it was. Big mistake, it was Marcus and he was headed straight for me. I turned to back to the bar and did my shot, the dug out a $20 and handed it to him. Smiling seductively "See you around Cameron". I grabbed Lissa's arm and pulled her to the bathroom. It was empty surprisingly. Lissa grabbed my arm and swung me around. She was pissed that I wouldn't tell her what was wrong. "Rose tell me or I am leaving!" She shouted at me. "Look Marcus and I sorta...um kissed today, he asked me if I was ok with it and I didn't answer him. He took it the wrong was, and I screwed it up. I came here tonight to tell him I love him." I paused and Lissa's eyes went wide, then she smiled. " When I went to look for him, he was dancing with some girl. Hands all over each other. Guess I lost my chance. So now I feel like an idiot and to be honest I just want to go. This club is so not my scene, and I don't think I can handle watching him with anyone else". She sighed and hugged me. "Why don't you tell him how you feel" I scoffed "Well I think he has made it obvious that his feelings have changed. Grrr why can't anything in my life work out. First Dimitri and now Marcus". I was mad... mad at myself. He wanted me, and I pretty much slapped him in the face. Now when I realized that I wanted him, it was too late. "Ok Rose, you want to leave we will leave" I smiled "Where do you want to go then?" "I know just the place, we will go to Cook County. It's really cool there and they have Karaoke". With that we walked out, and headed to the party room. "I'll be right back, you get everyone together I gotta pay for our drinks". I nodded and we parted ways. We were all ready to go, and I thought about finding Marcus to tell him where we were going but changed my mind. He was having fun, and shouldn't have to leave because of me. Lissa returned and we left. We arrived at Cook County at around 10:30 and the line up was around the corner. I heard Natalya groan. I smiled, and led everyone up to the bounce. "Well look what the cat dragged in" I heard a husky voice say. I smiled and leaped into his arms. I felt through the bond shock and worry. "Kevin, where have you been all my life?" He chuckled. "At the back of the very long line of guys waiting for their chance at heaven with the lovely Rose Hathaway". I rolled my eyes and kissed his cheek. He gestured for us to go in. We stepped inside and right away I felt at home. I had been coming here to sing Karaoke for the past 3 months. Some of the girls from work would come. "Well you have finally decided to grace us with your presents on this lovely day of your birth" I swung around and smiled. Two big arms encircled my waist and I giggled. "Eduardo, how's Curtis?" Yes Eduardo is gay, but the sweetest ever. "He's good hunni, who have you brought here?" I tuned and pointed out everyone out, after introductions Eduardo showed us to a booth. "I am expecting at least 2 songs out of you tonight you lady" I giggled and he left. "Rose this place is wicked, but what is Eduardo talking about?' Natalya was bouncing in her seat. I opened my mouth to tell her when I was cut off. "Ladies and gentlemen we have a surprise for you." I groaned. " The very talented Rose Hathaway is here" The bar erupted in cheers. I blushed. "What do you say we get her up here to sing for us" Another eruption, I sighed and stood up. I am so gonna kill Eduardo. I walked up to the DJ and told him I was going to sing Wanted by Jessie James he nodded and I walked to the stage. "Good Evening all, hope your having fun!" They all cheered when the music started. Hoo, hoo, hoo
Hoo, hoo, hoo
Hoo, hoo, hoo
Hoo, hoo, hoo

Hoo, hoo, hoo
Hoo, hoo, hoo
Hoo, hoo, hoo
Hoo, hoo, hoo

I wanna lie in my bed
And do nothing
I don't care what anyone says
I got you on my mind
Thinking about one thing
Gonna show you how I do it best

Put my lips on your mouth
Keep you comin around
Cause I like it
Put your hands on my hips
Take me down
Sink this ship
Boy I can't resist

I wanna wear my hair up in a mess
Cut off jeans, can you get with that?
Give you something like you've never had
Cause I only wanna be wanted by you
I wanna tease you till you're begging me
And you're on your knees
And its hard to breathe
And every other time is just a memory
Cause I only wanna be wanted by you

Those other guys when they call
I might answer
But you're the one I'm thinking bout
So baby don't disappoint
Just move faster
And show me what you're feeling now

Put your lips on my mouth
Keep you comin around
Cause I like it
Nothing's wrong
It's so right
Got permission from me tonight
So turn off the lights

I wanna wear my hair up in a mess
Cut off jeans, can you get with that?
Give you something like you've never had
Cause I only wanna be wanted by you
I wanna tease you till you're begging me
And you're on your knees
And it's hard to breathe
And every other time is just a memory
Cause I only wanna be wanted by you

Now I'm going crazy
I'm tired of waiting
My lips are on fire
I just want you to know
I'm losing my patience
For the time that you've wasted

Put your lips on my mouth
Put your lips on my mouth
Put your lips on my…

I wanna wear my hair up in a mess
Cut off jeans, can you get with that?
Give you something like you've never had
Cause I only wanna be wanted by you
I wanna tease you till you're begging me
And you're on your knees
And it's hard to breathe
And every other time is just a memory
Cause I only wanna be wanted by you

I wanna wear my hair up in a mess
Cut off jeans, can you get with that?
Give you something like you've never had
Cause I only wanna be wanted by you
I wanna tease you till you're begging me
And you're on your knees
And it's hard to breathe
And every other time is just a memory
Cause I only wanna be wanted by you
As the song ended the whole bar erupted with cheers and clapping and I bowed and stepped back to my table. I was just about to slip back into my seat when someone grabbed my arm and started pulling me out to the dance floor. "This song goes out to Rose from Marcus" I gasped and turned to look at who was pulling me. It was Marcus with a big smile. The song started it was one of my favourites Keith Urban Making Memories of Us. He spun me, then caught me in his arms and we danced swaying to the music. I said nothing and avoided his eyes. What is he doing here? "Rose, say something please" "Where's your girlfriend" I blurted out. I saw hurt flash in his eyes. "Rose come on, she isn't my girlfriend and you know it" I snorted. "Well you could of fooled me, the way you were hanging all over each other" He scoffed and frowned. 'Look Rose, I care about you... a lot. You hurt me, I wanted to make you jealous." Yeah well it worked. "Why should I care?" I felt him stiffen, and I sighed. Looking up into his beautiful eyes. "I want to tell you something, I should of said it earlier but I was scared. I know you don't necessarily feel the same, but I can't help how I feel". "Tell me" He whispered. I locked eyes with him, and sucked in a big breath preparing myself for the blow that was sure to follow. "I...I...I am in love with you" I waited but all he did was smile. It was then that I realized that is what he longed for me to say. He leaned down and kissed me passionately. When we finally broke apart I heard Lissa giggle. His being here was her doing, god I love that girl. He cupped my chin in his hand " That is good, because I am in love with you too" I smiled, a big smile. I took his hand and led him back to the table. He pulled me back into his chest and wrapped his arms around my waist. "Did I mention how Sexy you look?" He whispered in my ear. I shook my head. "You look stunning, absolutely hands down the most beautiful woman in the world." With that I turned my head and kissed him. Yeah its true I was scared, but if I didn't take the leap I would never know if I could fall again. The love I felt for Marcus was very different from the love I felt with Dimitri. With Dimitri it was a want. With Marcus it was a need, I needed him like I needed to breath. So Marcus and Rose are together. They are happy and so is everyone else. Rose has let her heart out again, was it smart? It's only 6 months until the championships and this time she will face someone no one including herself, thinks she can beat. Can she prove to everyone else and to herself that she is strong enough? Find out in the Sequel titled Starting New. Review Review Review! Hope you enjoyed this story, and hope you check out the sequel. There will be some very interesting twists and new characters too. SK