Well, hello there, reader. I must inform you that this is my first fanfiction ever, and I would really appreciate any criticism, whether it is positive or not. Thanks so much! And I hope you enjoy this.

DISCLAIMER: considering the fact that this is fanfiction, I believe that it is safe to assume the following, but, just in case… I don't own The Nine Lives of Chloe King or any of the characters. Although I wish I did. Alek and Chloe need to get together, already!

"Sweetie, I'm so sorry for leaving you so abruptly. This conference literally came out of nowhere," Chloe's mother was speaking with her in a hurried tone as she rushed around the first floor of their humble San Francisco abode, making sure that she didn't forget anything before she left.

"Mom, don't worry about me. I'm 16, remember? I'll be fine. I promise," Chloe assured her mother, watching her run around frantically.

"I know, I know, it's just… Oh, Chloe. It's just this is the first time I've left you all alone without anyone," by now, her mother had stopped fretting to look at her little girl that was no longer that little.

"Don't worry, mom. I'll be fine, I promise. I'll be safe and sound at home. It's like this house comes with its own personal watch system," she smiled to herself, knowing that a certain someone on her roof would hear her and understand the little joke that her mother wouldn't.

"Alright, alright. I trust you to not do anything, right?" Chloe hummed a 'yes' in response. "And no wild parties, included?" Her mother lifted her eyebrow along with her expectant tone.

"Oh, no promises on that one. Amy, Paul and I might just completely tear this place to shreds," a smile accompanied her sarcastic tone, once again reassuring her mother that she was not planning on straying from her status as the "angelic daughter" any time soon.

"Alrighty, then. Well, you know the house rules." A nod. "You know where everything is that you need." Another nod. "You know where I put the money for you for this weekend." Another nod. "You know where the extra money is, just in case." Another nod. "You know all of the emergency numbers." Another nod. "You know the name of my hotel, and my number, and…"

"Mom! Calm down, I'll be fine, I promise. I know the drill. Now, go, before you miss your train!" Chloe started to practically shove her mother out of the door with a smile, "Have a good time! And good luck!"

"I'll call when I get to the hotel. Even though it'll probably be around one or two in the morning. But it's fine. Tomorrow's a Saturday and you'll probably be up anyways."

The taxi that had been waiting there for a while now honked, trying to help Chloe pry her mother from the house.

"You know me too well, mom. Now go!"

"Love you! " Her mom cried as she raced down the stairs with her suitcase.

"Implied!" Chloe cried back. She then watched her mother climb into the taxi and drive off. Once the car was out of sight, Chloe walked back into the house and decided to turn off all of the lights except for some of the ones in the kitchen. She then plopped down on her couch and turn on the television.

Conveniently enough, as Chloe surfed through the channels, she fell upon a soccer game. They were showing some match between Manchester United and Tottenham Hotspur. Tottenham didn't stand a chance in that game.

Recently, Chloe had taken a liking to English Premier League Soccer. It might have had something to do with a certain boy who was currently watching over her from the roof. Or the one that was currently walking down the stairs to join her in the living room.

Wait, what?

"Alek?" Chloe sat up from the couch.

"The one and only," oh, that damn British accent and his… sneakiness.. Gah! " Oh, and, no need to get so excited about my presence. I'm just a normal guy, really." His sarcastic cockiness was amusing, to be honest, but simultaneously irritating.

He was wearing the same clothes that he wore when she threw the basketball into the trash bin all the way across the hall. Damn him and his blonde hair that's always tousled ever so perfectly and his love of tight shirt that showed off his perfect biceps and his pants that he always wore just a little bit too low, making any sane girl curious…

"What are you doing, Alek?" Chloe inquired, snapping out of her trance as Alek made himself comfortable on the other side of the couch so that their legs were touching. Chloe tried to curl herself up a bit, but Alek's legs were too long to avoid any physical contact on the couch.

"What do you think I'm doing, silly? I'm protecting you, like always," although the majority of his voice was filled with humor, there was a kind of seriousness in the air of his words.

"Right, but don't you usually do that from my roof top? And not from my living room? And you know that this is called breaking and entering, right?" Chloe stared at him quizzically.

"True, but it's not breaking and entering if a certain someone left their window open. You know, I could have been an assassin waiting to get you alone and kill you."

"You could have been. But I know that you're always watching me."

A silence struck them as they both stared that the screen, slightly paying attention to the commentators, but they were both a bit too distracted by the other's presence to really hear what they were saying.

"So, I ask again, why are you in my living room and not on my roof? You usually 'protect' me from there…"

"Ah, yes, but, you see, right now, I'm not only protecting you from the Order."

"Oh, really, now?" Chloe readjusted herself so that she was facing him head on, feigning curiosity. Although she was, after all, interested what in the world brought her protector into her home, when he usually remained taunting her on her roof.

Not that she was complaining about the fact that he came into her house. She actually was developing some… romantic feelings toward the blonde. In all honesty, she just kept Brian around for the sake of making Alek jealous, or to at least hear him show some concern for her well-being outside of the whole Mai/ Uniter situation. However, if anyone were to ask about the truth of that statement, she would instantly deny, deny, deny.

"Tonight, I am saving you from having a boring evening all by your lonely self."

Chloe's eyes widened, reading a bit too far into that sentence.

"No, no, no, no, no, no. No parties, absolutely not. This house is a no partying zone. Absolutely out of the-" Alek stopped her in the middle of her ramble.

"Relax. I'm merely gracing you with my presence tonight, that's all. No parties. Scout's honor."

Chloe settled deeper into the couch, grumbling absolute nonsense to herself. Alek thought her heard her say something along the lines of "I bet you weren't even a scout" to which he just chuckled to himself and let her be.

"Oh, and, Jasmine had to take care of something, so you've gotten lucky. No training and an entire evening with me? Do have any idea how many girls would leap at this oppurtunity?" Chloe couldn't help but let a chuckle escape her lips. Amy is going to flip when she tells her about this.

The silence continued as the two Mai stared at the screen in front of them.

"Is this the match where Man U kicks Tottenham Hotspur's butt?" He just received a nod in response. Had he known that Chloe like English soccer, or football, to use the proper name, he might have slipped in here much sooner and used that as an excuse to spend an evening with her.

Chloe and Alek sat on the couch watching the match in silence. Words were exchanged between each other while they laughed at the stupidity of one of the commentators or while they scolded the referees after a stupid call. Other than that, they were mostly focused on the presence of the other in silence. They both occasionally stole glances at one another, Alek a little more often. Never simultaneously, however, so there wasn't much blushing and looking away being done. Although Chloe could sometimes feel Alek's gaze lingering on her.

Halftime came around in the match, and both figures relaxed a bit, not realizing that they had tensed up while watching the game.

"So, do you want anything to drink? Or eat?" Chloe asked, turning to face him fully for the first time in a while.

"Uh, sure. What do you have?" Chloe got off of the couch and went to the kitchen with Alek following in suit, his footsteps never heard, as always.

"We've got…" Chloe trailed off as she scanned through the items in her fridge. "We've got a two-liter bottle of Coke, if that interests you!"

Alek leaned on the island in the middle of the kitchen, eying the bottle up and down as Chloe placed it on the counter, waiting for an approval.

"I dare you to chug some Coke from the bottle," Alek suddenly proposed, surprising Chloe, to say the least.

After contemplating the proposition, she looked at Alek. For once, it was she who was wearing the smug smile on her face.

"I don't need you to dare me for that to happen."

Chloe kept eye contact with Alek as she twisted the cap off of the bottle and got a better grip on it. She then tilted her head back as she covered the neck of the bottle with her lips and started drinking.

Alek had never seen anything so… sexy. The way Chloe's neck stretched out as she drank the liquid. The way her hair hung behind her, slipping even lower down her back than it usually did. Her eyes were closed as she drank. The entire image was so mesmerizing. And this side of her was certainly not one he had ever seen before.

After a while, Chloe put down the bottle and gasped for air. Alek listened as she breathed in and out, in and out, regaining her composure and equilibrium of breath.

Alek regained his own composure and looked at the bottle. A solid amount of the liquid had disappeared.

"Impressive."

"Aren't I always?" she smiled at him. And, either Alek was going insane, or Chloe added a little bit of flirtation to her smile.

She turned away from him and started looking through some of the drawers and cupboards until she came upon something in a package. Alek couldn't tell what it was until Chloe looked at him with it in hand.

"Chocolate?" she swayed back and forth as she waited for him to answer.

"Oh, Chloe, as if you even need to ask," Alek flashed her a grin that usually made the girls at school swoon and giggle, but seemed to have no effect on the girl in front of him.

Chloe broke off two chunks of chocolate from the bar and gave Alek one of them. He moved closer to her so that, while she was still leaning on the counter that ran against the wall, he was leaning on the island right across the aisle from her, no counter space keeping them apart.

They ate the chocolate in silence, Alek watching Chloe as she ate her piece as if she was in her own little realm. The effect she had on him from drinking the coke was still there, and watching her eat the chocolate wasn't exactly helping it subside.

While Alek was in his thoughts, Chloe was smiling inwardly, knowing exactly what kind of an effect she had on him with her shenanigans. She could see that, while she was seducing him, he was trying really hard to seduce her right back. Or to at least not be affected by it.

It's not like she planned on seducing him. The opportunity just so happened to present itself by chance. It's not like she expected him to pop into her living room once her mom left. You'd think after their run in with the boss would have made him stay away from the inside of her house while her mother was away (she hadn't been gone that long, after all. She could be on her way back because she'd forget something. And, whoops, look who's on our couch, mom!). It's not like she was planning to have their legs practically tangled up on the couch. It's not like she planned on being in such close proximity with him all night. Not that she was complaining.

The chocolate in her hands was ending, but it was also melting onto her fingers. And the opportunities continue to present themselves, she thought.

Making sure that Alek was watching her, she finished off her chocolate and glanced at her fingers to see how much chocolate was left. Her thumb, index and middle fingers were covered in it.

She first slowly put her middle finger into her mouth. She could see from the corner of her eye Alek straightened up, attentive and alert, as always. She finished licking off the chocolate and took her finger out of her mouth.

"That was some good chocolate, wasn't it, Alek?" She turned to him, eyes wide open feigning obliviousness.

"Uh, um," he cleared his throat as he straightened up a bit more against the counter, "yeah, milk chocolate is my favorite."

Chloe smiled at him, chuckling a bit, before she proceeded with her finger licking. She sucked off the chocolate from her index finger and her thumb. As she finished licking her thumb, she moaned quietly from the goodness of the chocolate.

And that was Alek's undoing.

Chloe was honestly not expecting what had happened next. This, she was not planning for.

Alek practically pounced on Chloe, pressing her back up against the counter. She didn't have time to respond to that before his lips came crashing down on hers.

Chloe moaned as she wrapped her arms around Alek's neck, trying to push them closer together. She responded to the kiss just as ferociously as Alek had initiated it. He wrapped his arms around her small waist, pulling her off of her feet and upwards, giving him better access to her lips by shrinking the height gap. Chloe fit so perfectly in his arms, as if they had been molded for each other at birth. Alek could hold her like this forever.

Oh dear goodness, she'd been dreaming of this moment since her pressed her back up against the wall in hallway. Well, this was certainly déjà vu.

Chloe let her left hand sneak up and tangle her fingers in his hair. God, it was so soft and full. And there was so much to grab onto. Alek continued to tighten his grasp on Chloe's waist and pulled her up so that she was sitting on the edge of the counter. He pushed her legs apart to get even closer to her, if that was even possible at this point. One of his arms snaked up her spine to her neck and his fingers tangled themselves in her long locks. His other hand remained on her back, but tugged her shirt up a little bit, so that he could rest his cold hand on her hot skin on the small of her back.

His touch sent shivers up Chloe's spine. Simultaneously, Alek and Chloe needed to pull away to replenish themselves with oxygen.

As their lips detached, they looked into each other's eyes with such fire that it took every ounce of Alek's will power not to pounce on Chloe again, even though he knew that neither of them could afford it at the momen, being just a bit too out of breath. Other than that, nothing in their positions had changed. They were still extremely close to each other in practically all aspects possible.

Their cat-like hearing abilities helped them hear the rapid heartbeat of the other. They listened to one another as the speed began to slowly diminish.

"Subtle," Chloe whispered to Alek, repeating her words from that encounter in the hallway where he almost kissed her for the first time.

"I wasn't trying to be," Alek winked at her, stressing his point and mocking himself a little bit in the process.

Chloe threw her head back in laughter, pulling herself away from Alek, but still remaining in pretty close contact. Her hands slid from out of his hair and onto his shoulders.

"Unbelievable!" Chloe continued to laugh, until Alek couldn't help but quietly join in.

"Come on. Half time is about to end and Man U has yet to kick ass," Alek placed a gentle kiss on Chloe's lips, lingering for a moment, before backing away and letting Chloe hop off of the counter. As Chloe put the coke and the chocolate back to their designated places, Alek settled back onto the couch and turned up the volume. Chloe soon joined him on the couch. Just before she was about to sit down into the positions they were in at the beginning of the evening, she felt a pair of strong and warm arms snake around her waist and pull her down into a muscular chest.

"Did you really think you were going to get away that easily?" Alek inquired.

Instead of satisfying him with a reply, Chloe simply gave him a 'Pft… I'm totally innocent, what are you talking about?' smile and made herself comfortable in Alek's arms, placing her head right in the crook of his neck.

"Mmm…" Alek inhaled Chloe's scent once she was still, "you smell very good."

Chloe looked up at him quizzically.

"Do you have some sort of script you follow and use for every girl you meet?" she challenged.

"I guess you'll just have to wait and found out for yourself," Alek finished with a smirk as he placed his attention back to the match.

"Oh, and, Chloe," she looked up to see his face very close to hers. Him and his close talking… "Something tells me we're going to be very good friends."

"Alek!"

Her giggles were silenced quickly by Alek's lips.

Well, that's that! I really hope you liked it! I did try really hard to get rid of all grammar mistakes and plot mistakes, but if I missed something, please let me know! And please review! They're always appreciated!

Also, I'm not sure if I should continue this story, making it like a series of vignettes or a plot-story where each chapter can stand on its own, so, if you think I should, let me know! Thanks

For anyone who was wondering, the soccer match that I was referring to was a match between Manchester United and Tottenham Hotspur on April 25th, 2009, where Man U won 5-2, scoring all of their goals in the second half.