Time Changes Everything – Chapter 6

Alex leaned forward and captured her lips between his again. This time, the reality of the situation made her react to the kiss and she eagerly parted her lips when she felt the tip of his tongue asking for entrance. A lack of air eventually let them break apart; His hand still delicately placed on her cheeks, Alex softly rested his forehead against her. "That enough of an answer, cowgirl?"

Stevie's expression turned into a big smile, "Yes!" she almost yelled out and threw her arms around his neck, embracing him in a big hug.

Alex had to laugh at her reaction, "I thought you'd never make up your mind," he told her with a smirk.

Stevie pulled back a bit, so that she was able to look into his eyes. "Wait... you knew?" She asked him stunned.

"Well, I didn't exactly know, I just ... had a feeling."

"Why didn't you say something, then?"

Alex gently put a stray of her red curls, which had fallen into her face, behind her ear. "I guess, we both needed some time to sort out our feelings first," he replied, his expression turning more serious now, when he thought back to the events before their talk that night.

"Yeah," she nodded. "I guess, you're right about that," Stevie agreed, thinking back to the chaos with Kane.

"Main thing is, we know how we feel now." Alex stated.

"True. I guess that's the main thing," Stevie smiled at him and leaned forward for another kiss.

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Tess, Kate and Jodi where standing in the kitchen preparing dinner.

"Is Alex still up there? Should we bring them something up to eat?" Kate wanted to know.

"Nah, they'll be right. They'll come down if they get hungry, Stevie knows when dinner is on. They need to figure some things out first." Tess told the other girls.

Jodi immediately stopped chopping the carrots in front of her and took a step closer to Tess lowering her voice. "Why do you know something? Is something going on between them?"

Jodi's question also made Kate step closer but Tess just shrugged her shoulders. "All I know is that they had a fight before the accident and still need to sort things out. But that's none of our business," Tess told them with a look that did not allow further questions.

Kate and Jodi looked a little disappointed at each other before going back to their tasks.

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Stevie and Alex had made themselves a bit more comfortable on Stevie's bed by now. Stevie was resting against Alex's side, her head comfortably placed on his chest, while Alex was gently brushing his fingertips up and down her arm.

"Steves?" Alex broke their comfortable silence.

"Mhmm," Steve only murmured into his chest, her eyes still closed.

"When did you... you know... how long have you... uhm...".

"How long have I known?" Stevie finished his question, looking up into his eyes.

"Yeah."

She moved up a bit, leaning back on her arm so that she was able to face him and placed her other hand on his chest. "I don't know. I mean, something felt different after our... you know..."

Now it was Alex, who finished her sentence for her, a small smile playing in the corner of his lips. "After our kiss."

"Yeah," Stevie smiled up at him. "But I guess I didn't want to admit it to myself back then. And then when you went bush a few weeks back... I was so scared that ... that I was gonna loose you. That something bad had happened to you..." Stevie lowered her head when a few tears started to form in her eyes thinking back to that time.

"Hey," Alex softly touched her cheek making her look up into his gentle eyes. "It's okay. I'm here now." He told her and brushed away a single tear. To underline his words he placed a soft kiss on her lips.

"Yes, you are." Stevie replied through her tears, returning the kiss.

"Alex, what are you gonna do now?" She asked him pulling back a little.

Alex just looked at her questioningly.

"What , uhm, what are your plans now? Are you gonna go to the city?" she wanted to know of him, silently praying that he would say no.

Alex let out a deep sigh. "Uhm, I don't know, to be honest. I could really use a bit of time off, you know?"

Stevie swallowed hard. "Yeah, sure. If that's what you need to do." She couldn't exactly hide her disappointment.

"Hey... I promise I won't be gone for long, okay? I just need to clear my head a bit." He told her with a gentle smile.

Stevie tried to smile back at him but her disappointment about him leaving after she had just spilled out her feelings to him did not exactly give her much reason to smile.

"Yeah, alright." Stevie replied, realising that he had already made up her mind, and maybe this would give her some time to think as well. Within the last half hour her life had made a significant turn and she still needed to wrap her head around that a bit.

Alex suddenly got up of the bed and pulled Stevie up with him.

"You're leaving now?" she asked him surprised.

"The sooner I leave, the sooner I'll be back." He told her bending down to kiss her shortly.

Stevie was still a bit perplexed about his sudden actions, almost seeming to her as if he couldn't get away fast enough now.

"Well, I guess I'll see you to your car then, hey?"

"Yeah, thanks," and with that Alex took her hand and pulled her out of her room and down the stairs.

At the bottom of the stairs they were greeted by Tess who was bringing the last plate of food into the dining room.

"Hey, you two. Didn't expect to see you down here for a while. Are you gonna have dinner with the rest of us?"

"Ah, no thanks," Alex denied. "I'm gonna head off for a while. I'll see you soon, okay?"

"Yeah sure," Tess replied looking at Stevie who just shrugged her shoulders at her friend's questioningly look and then followed Alex outside to his car.

"Alex, could you just wait for a second?" she yelled after him, making him stop and turn a few feet away from his car.

"What's going on here?" She asked him utterly confused about his behaviour. "You haven't changed your mind have you?" she wanted to know hardly getting out the words, not daring to look into his eyes.

Alex saw her sad look and took a step closer to her wrapping her arms around her body. He bent his knees a bit so that he was able to look into her eyes when she didn't look up at him. Placing his hand gently on her cheek Alex made her to look at him, "Listen, if there is one thing I'm sure about, it's my feelings for you. You have to believe me about that Stevie. Okay? I want us to be together, really, I do. You mean the world to me cowgirl!" He told her sincerely, making a smile form on her lips by calling her that.

To emphasize his words even more Alex captured her lips in a long and sensual kiss, making her legs go weak under her body. When they eventually had to come up for air Alex pulled her into a tight hug and whispered into her ear, "see ya soon, cowgirl."

Stevie looked into his eyes and gently placed her hand on his right cheek. "See you soon, Cowboy," she smiled at him and placed another soft kiss on his lips.

With that Alex turned around and opened the door of his car.

"Alex?" Stevie stopped him, making him turn around again. She hesitated for a moment before she continued, "hurry back."

Alex put on his trademark smile, making her smile at him in return, "I will." And so he got into his car and drove out of the driveway towards the front gate.

Stevie watched his car for a while and nearly jumped when Tess suddenly stood beside her. "Sorry, didn't mean to scare you. Everything okay, Steves?"

To be continued...

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