I DO NOT own Vampire Academy, or the characters in it. They are all creations by the very talented Richelle Mead. I am merely borrowing them for entertainment purposes. Thanks!

This story is set after Last Sacrifice. Rose is Queen Lissa's guardian, Dimitri is Christian's guardian. It's been a year since Lissa became queen. Dimitri and Rose, share a town home connected to Lissa's and Christians' home, their love has only grown stronger over to past year. There have been no attacks against Lissa or Christian, so life is about as normal as could it could be for them, until today. This story takes place from Rose's POV, mostly.

Chapter 1

I woke up early that morning; Dimitri lay next to me still sleeping. I rolled over and lay on my stomach and traced a heart over Dimitri's chest. His eye's fluttered open, a smile creeping across his face. I snuggled in closer to the warmth of his body. He wrapped his arms around me, pulling me onto his chest. "Roza." Was all he said, but the way he said it, still gave me goose bumps all over. He moved his hands through my silky dark brown hair. I lay my head down listening to his steady heart beat against his bare chest. My own heart burned with passion. I knew soon we would have to get up and begin our day, but for these few moments he was all mine, and I was his.

"I love you, you know that right?" I said touching his cheek lightly

He laughed his warm welcoming laugh that had once been so rare around me. When he was my mentor he had always watched the way he acted around me. But now he was free to be himself, when he was off duty of course. And I lived for that laugh, and those smiles.

"I know Roza." He said his voice smooth.

He parted my hair at the back of my neck so that he could see my tattoos. My marks of pride, as most called them. He traced each one. I could tell his mind was filled with the memories. And mine was too. We lay there, both of our minds consumed with the past, our past.

"I wish I could have been there." He said longingly

"Hmm?" I wasn't sure what he was talking about

He traced my promise mark with his finger. "When you got your promise mark, and at the trials, I would have been so proud. I am so proud." He smiled

I kissed him, loving every minute of these mornings.

I looked over at the clock, and regretfully rolled over onto my back, and slid out of the warm comfort of the bed. So did Dimitri, I began to walk to the bathroom to take a shower, but he caught my hand, and pulled me close, holding me tightly against his body. He leaned down and kissed me so lightly. Our eyes both closed, feeling the firey passion of our love pass through one another, he broke away.

"You better go get ready." He said the smile still on his face.

"Yeah, I should." I spun around, but called over my shoulder "Don't forget about tonight, do you have your suit ready?" Tonight was Lissa's Formal Dinner to celebrate her first full year of being Queen of the Mori people. Anyone who was anyone was attending, and although guardians, male or female, would not usually dress up as much for the occasion, Lissa had insisted.

"Yes, it's hanging in my closet." He called back as I shut the door to the bathroom.

I took a quick shower, and put on a touch of makeup. Still wrapped in my towel, I opened the door to our bedroom; Dimitri had already left, because Christian always got up earlier than Lissa. But a note lay on the bedside table.

Rose,

Christian has some business he needs to take care of in town this morning. Don't tell Lissa, but he said he is shopping for her gift. We will meet you two for lunch at the Italian restaurant. Love you darling, have a good morning. Don't get killed or anything.

~Dimitri

I couldn't help but smile as I walked to my closet and slipped the note into my box, it was filled with all of his notes he left me over the past year. I set this one on top, and then shoved it back up on the top shelf. I looked through my clothes, decided on a pair of jeans, and a white tee. It was an early autumn, but the here it hadn't began to cool yet. So even the jeans seemed like an unwise choice. Considering this again, I grabbed a pair of jean shorts that cut off at the knee. I was much less formal than most guardians with my choice of clothing, but that was because I spent my day with my best friend, my sister practically, and as long as I could fight in it, no one really seemed to object.

I laced my tennis shoes on, and pulled my now dry, hair, into a high ponytail, then made my way to Lissa. She sat at her kitchen counter reading a book, her blonde locks where curled, and gleamed in the late evening sun. She was eating a stack of French crepes with whipped cream and strawberries piled on top of it. I stood there studying her for a second. I still couldn't believe that less than 2 years ago, I hadn't even known who Dimitri was, and she hadn't been dating Christian, or anything like this. She noticed me starring, she smiled. "What?" she asked happily. "Nothing" I said, gliding towards her, and pulling up a stool next to her.

"So whatcha got planned for us day?" Grabbing a crepe for myself.

This is only the begging, it's about to get really interesting in the next couple of chapters. Review away! I posted chapter 2 and 3 right after this, so go check them out to!