Beep, beep, beep.

I awoke to the annoying sound of my alarm screeching, searching for the machine that was causing my distress my hand finally found its target. Grinning evilly through my pillow, I used all the strength I could muster up, still half asleep, I ripped that annoying machine right out of the wall and threw it across the room.


I smiled in satisfaction, and snuggled back in the covers to return to the blissfulness of sleep.

"Angel, that's the fourth one this month." My fiance said exasperated.

I lifted my head and peered at my fiance. Dominic Alder. Even gazing at him through my tangled mess of dark hair and bleary eyes, I was able to see how truly beautiful he was. I continued to lay there marvelling him. His Sandy blond hair, beautiful sun kissed skin, strong jaw line, defined cheekbones, luscious soft lips, a long lean body. And lastly his beautiful charcoal blue eyes, ones that made me feel like I was staring out into the open sea. I could get lost in those eyes.

He also has a very pronounced German accent.

What can I say? I like foreign boys.

"Good morning to you too." I mumbled, planting fake hurt into my voice.

"Oh Angel, please don't be like that. I brought you donuts." Dominic said smiling breathtakingly and holding up a brown paper bag in one hand, and a medium sized coffee cup in the other.


My head snapped up at this. "What?...Gimme, gimme, gimme!" I exclaimed flailing my arms like a wild animal trying to snatch the bag out of his grasp. He chuckled.

During my futile attempts at getting my chocolate glazed doughnuts, I ended up jumping out of bed, naked. Thanks to my fiance and I activities the previous night. I was too preoccupied by the food to notice, though Dominic definitely did. He stopped laughing immediately and I watched as his eyes went from a light blue, to dark with hunger and lust in an instant. His irises were completely engulfed.

He visibly swallowed. "Angel, you have no idea what you do to me. Do you?" I smiled at this. Dominic stood there gazing at me, his look was so piercing it conveyed everything his eyes were telling me. The message that said he truly believed I was the most beautiful woman in the world.

In one swift motion one of his hands cupped my face while the other went to rest on the small of my back, pulling my naked body closer to his freshly showered and clothed one. When our lips met I felt a bolt of electricity tingle throughout my whole body. I felt his rock hard chest and abs against my bare stomach. I moaned. This man turned me on to no avail. We continued to kiss passionately for some time until we broke apart gasping for air. His lips never left my body though, he continued to trail feather light kisses along my jaw, my neck, my collarbone...

"Ich liebe dich mein Engel" Dominic said in his native tongue, German.

"Ich liebe dich auch mein Teufel" I replied with a wink.

He smiled.

As we stood there gazing into each others eyes, the memory of the first day we met flashed into my mind.


First time Dominic and Rose met 3 years earlier.

I kept running. I didn't have a destination. Maybe I was running away from my problems. Who knows? All I knew is that I had to get away from him. My whole world came crashing down. I kept replaying those word in my head. Love fades, mine has. And each time I did it opened up a whole new fresh wound in my chest.

Recently running has been like therapy for me. It made me feel like I was flying. It made me feel like I was in control. Like I was free. It was this simple exercise that allowed me to let go of my problems and forget about them for a small amount of time. No matter how small that part was. I was in control.

I was running so fast that everything was a blur. I felt rather than saw myself crashing into something rock hard. We both went falling and hit the wet grass with a thump.

"Watch where you're going!" I snapped without looking at who I ran into.

"Whoa there Angel, Calm down. What's wrong?" the man asked with a heavy accent I couldn't put my finger on. But damn did it sound sexy.

I couldn't take it anymore. I felt tears well up in my eyes.

I didn't care that I was crying in front of someone I didn't know. That was the least of my problems right now.

When I did look up. I was surprised at how hot the man in front of me was. The stranger looked into my pain-filled eyes and without another word he wrapped his arms around me in an comforting embrace. It didn't matter that I had no clue who this guy was, I just desperately needed the comfort of another human being.

The stranger continued to hold me in his embrace while I softly sobbed. He whispered soothing words in a language I didn't understand. It wasn't Russian, thank god, that would be too painful right now. I believe it was German, yes, definitely German.

"Whats your name?" I asked him and rubbed my swollen eyes.

"Dominic, Dominic Alder. I'm Christian Ozeras new sanctioned guardian." He replied with a small smile.

"You must be Rose Hathaway, Princess Vasilisas Guardian." he stated more than asked.

"The one and only." I replied.

"Well, it looks like we're partners now Angel."

I just met Dominic Alder. But I felt strangely comfortable around him. And I felt I could trust him. Maybe, just maybe, there was some little ray of hope to getting over Dimitri after all. Maybe my life wasn't as doomed as I believed it to be.

"Donuts please!" I whined, now in the present.

Dominic chuckled and the sound wrapped around me like silk. "Sometimes, I feel like the only reason you love me is because I bring you food every morning."

I nodded. "That is part of the reason why I love you. A pretty big part actually."

He playfully growled and handed me the bag and the now cold hot-chocolate. I quickly scarfed down the three chocolate doughnuts and downed the hot chocolate while Dominic watched in amusement. I felt much better now that my hunger was satisfied.

"Okay now that you're done inhaling your food Angel" Dominic said playfully, ignoring the death glare I was sending him. "You need to shower and get dressed, unless you want to be late for work again." He finished.

"Yes, Guardian Alden!" I saluted him. I heard him groan in frustration. Supposedly, when I call him by his professional name, it really turns him on. At least that's what he told me.

"What time is it?" I asked.

"a quarter to 8."

Oh shit.

"What!" I shrieked, while letting out a string of obscenities an hurrying to our bathroom. Nearly falling over one of our many unpacked boxes in the process. Dominic sat on our king-sized bed shaking his head disapprovingly. He absolutely hated it when I swore.

I didn't get in as much trouble for being late as I used to. Being the queens best friend and head of her guards had its perks. I have more freedom, more time off, and of course getting away with little things other guardians wouldn't.

I ran to our bathroom and hurriedly turned on the shower and jumped in. I yelped. Big mistake. The water was beyond ice cold.

"Fireboy!" I screamed, my teeth chattering.

Christian Ozera is a royal Moroi and fire user. Whom I might add, is very skilled in his element. He is able to do various things such as incinerate whole Strigoi, heat up the temperature in a room, create fire balls. And in my case right now, able to take all the heat away from an object. That's why my water temperature is beyond freezing right now, even though the knob is turned all the way on hot.

I heard Dominic and Christian howling with laughter in the hallway outside of our room. Fuck.

I was pissed, I could feel my anger boiling.

After my very unpleasant shower, I changed for work, I slipped on a pair of jeans and a white button up blouse. Like I said, being the Queens best friend had its perks. This way I didn't have to wear that god awful guardian attire. After applying some moisturizer and my favorite lip gloss I was ready to head out the door.

I took one last look in the mirror and was taken aback at my reflection.

The woman looking back was beautiful, no doubt about that. Her waist length hair was such a deep brown it sometimes looked black, her defined facial features, cupids bow lips, and hour glass figure made her a knock out. But it was her eyes that caught my attention, they were a beautiful shade of chestnut, but they held such a haunted and pain filled look. Her eyes were so guarded. You could practically see the pain emanating from them even after all these years. Pain caused from all the loss and pain she has endured, and caused. The many tears she shead, especially for the love of her life Dimitri.

That name caused a sharp pain so excrucating to shoot straight through her heart. It hurt so much to even think about him. After everything she's been through, Dimitri brought back the most painful and regretful memory.

Snapping back into reality I took a deep breath an exhaled.

I had to keep reminding myself that it was his choice to leave. This was just one thing that wasn't meant to be. One thing I could never have. Time after time fate and destiny showed me events that Dimitri and I just weren't meant to be. I loved him enough to let him go. I know one day I'll be able to look back on what we had and smile, but now remembering are complicated short-lived romance only brought back a gaping agonizing hole to my chest. It literally felt like someone ripped my heart right out of its ribcage.

I have Dominic now. And he's one of the best damn things that has ever happened to me. Dominic is like my own personal band-aid. Always there to wrap me up and keep me together.

Walking out of the room, I saw Christian sitting on the leather couch watching some sports game.

My anger began to rise again as I remember the little stunt he pulled earlier.

I stomped my over to where he sat, but mid-way there his eyes flicked to me and he took in my angered expression. Immediately he extended his hands and made ten little fire balls appear at each of his finger tip.

"Stay where you are Rosie, or I'll fry your ass." He threatened.

I ignored him and kept stomping towards him.

In one quick session, he flicked the fireballs one after another aiming at me. All ten of his fireballs connected with the bare skin of my forearm and it stung like a bitch. I flinched as each one hit me. "Ouch, ouch, ouch, ouch!"

That didn't stop me though.

I tackled christian to the ground.

"Not so brave now are we?" I yelled to Sparky who was struggling to get out of my grip. Without success. He was no match for me, I didn't have 17 Molnija marks and 2 battle stars for nothing.

"Rose!" Lissa shrieked wabbling into the kitchen with her swollen belly.

Liss was now Queen, a fantastic one, she has been for the last four years. Lissa has changed so many rights for Dhampirs it is unbelievable. Guardians are now able to get married so long as they are not assigned to the same charge. And if they are, arrangements can be made. This is why me and Dominic got engaged almost a year ago. What is surprising is that Guardian relationships are not as uncommon as we thought. Many couples have gotten married, and there is quite a few Dhampir/Moroi relationships.

I looked over to Lissa and mumbled out an apology.

"This isn't over." I whispered into Christians ear.

I climbed off of him and extended a hand to him. He ignored.

I found that rude.

So once he stood up and began walking towards his wife I shot out my foot so quickly he didn't have time to react, even with Moroi reflexes. I watched in slow motion as he fell face first to the ground with a loud oomph.

I couldn't help it, I burst out in hysterics. I was leaned over, hands on knees laughing with tears in my eyes. Christian just scowled at me from where he lay on the ground. A huge red mark on his forehead. This made me laugh even harder. Once I was able to compose myself I was out of breath and my sides hurt.

Lissa was kneeling over christian making sure he was alright. "Rosemarie, what the hell what that for?" she shouted looking furious.

I had to admit even if Lissa was six months pregnant and had the face of an angel, she looked pretty damn scary right now. I guess you don't mess with mama bear and her cubs. Christian wasn't one of her cubs, but he sure did act like one, and she treated him like one. I'm not even going to mention her pregnancy hormones.

"That was for making my shower colder than the Antarctic ocean, I'd sleep with one eye open tonight If I were you." I said pointing my finger in Christians face.

"And you..." I said now pointing my finger in Dominic's direction. He had been sitting on the couch watching the whole scene unfold. He was smirking now.

That smirk quickly faded with my next words.

"You're not getting any for a month!" I shouted.

His blue eyes soon turned horror stricken ones and his beautifully tanned face paled a couple of shades. Hmmm. I guess he takes my threats seriously. I had every intention of keeping that promise too.

I was distantly aware of Lissa and Christian laughing at our ramble from the kitchen. Our earlier argument completely forgotten.

And then in true Rose Hathaway form, I opened the front door turned my back, gave them all the finger and without another glance back, I shut the door and sauntered off to work.