AN: Well, here is my next chapter with more Sydrian goodness. As I said before, I feel that I have kept this at a "T" level as far as the romance is concerned, but I am pre-warning everyone that there is sex in this chapter. As always, I do not own Vampire Academy/Bloodlines or the characters, Richelle Mead does.
"What are sisters for?" I said as I hugged her back unable to contain my excitement as well.
As Jill and I sat around the breakfast table with everyone, we started to put our plan into motion. Giving Eddie her famous puppy-eyed look, Jill said, "You don't mind if me, Angeline, and Sydney have some girl time before the New Year's celebration, do you?"
I had to look away to keep the smirk off my face from the way Eddie melted to Jill's request. "Of course not," he said sweetly. "So, do I have to endure more hair and nails?"
Jill was prepared for him to think that he was coming and replied, "Not this time. I just want it to be just us girls."
Eddie started to get protective. "I know we're in a really secure resort and all, but I don't think it is a good idea for you to go around without a guardian."
"But I am going with a guardian," Jill said putting on a pouting face. "Angeline will be there." I watched Angeline as Jill spoke. I knew she wouldn't want to do girlie stuff, but she remained silent watching the situation unfold.
"I know she is a guardian, but I would still feel better if I was there," he said and that was all it took to drag Angeline onto our side.
"You don't think I can protect her," Angeline scoffed at Eddie. I knew that it wouldn't matter what kind of girlie stuff we had planned, there would be no way that Angeline would let Eddie go in her place. It was a matter of pride.
"I didn't say that," he said.
"Well, then there shouldn't be a problem if I go with her and you don't," Angeline said, holding his gaze as if daring him to argue.
So far, Adrian and Martin had been silent just watching the conversation, but then Adrian stepped in and said to Eddie, "I think if I were you, I would let this one go."
Shaking his head slightly, Eddie looked back over at Jill. She still wore a pouting look on her face. Sighing, he conceded defeat. "Fine." Jill squealed with delight and gave him a quick hug that seemed to lift his spirits.
Again, I had to look away, so that no one would notice the smile on my lips. Out of the corner of my eye, I saw Adrian studying me. Leaning towards me, he whispered, "I'm not sure what you guys are up to, but your auras show that you are up to no good."
I looked over at him, smiling sweetly and whispered, "It's just some girl time. What could be so bad about that?"
Before he could answer, Jill jumped up. "Come on girls, let's get this show on the road." Coming around the table, she grabbed a hold of Angeline and me. Now, as long as Angeline kept her mouth shut about what we were really up to, everything was going to work out perfectly.
As we walked towards the stairs going down to the sub floors, Angeline asked, "So, what unbearable girlie activities do you have in mind?" I couldn't help but chuckle at her question.
"Just some shopping," Jill replied casually.
Now it was Angeline's turn to laugh. "I wasn't born yesterday. If it was just some shopping, you would have let Eddie come with you."
"Okay. Well, maybe it's not something we would want to shop for with him," I offered.
Narrowing her eyes as we walked past some shops, she said, "So, what exactly are we shopping for then? I had a feeling you two were up to something when you started this whole 'girl time' thing, but it better not be anything that is going to get me in trouble."
"It's not," I said rolling my eyes. "We just have some personal items we would like to buy without the boys present."
"And dresses," Jill added. I looked over at her questioningly. That had not been part of our plan.
"I just had an idea of how we could…um…conceal what we wanted to get until later," she said blushing.
Nodding, I realized what she meant. It would definitely be easier to buy lingerie that would go under a dress, than something we would have to change into later from our jeans.
Angeline watched our exchange suspiciously. "No one told me this was a formal luncheon. I thought we were just having lunch in Sonya and Mikhail's suite and then watching the fireworks on their balcony."
"We are," Jill replied, "but it is still a holiday, so it wouldn't hurt if we dressed up a little."
"Whatever," Angeline said as she shook her head.
Jill walked us down to a very exclusive looking women's clothing store that had everything you would need for a wardrobe. As soon as the sales women descended on us, Jill explained that we each needed a complete ensemble for a casual luncheon from undergarments, to dresses and shoes. Surprisingly, the request didn't even faze them. It apparently was common for Moroi women to request such things.
As we were each whisked away by our own personal sales woman, I saw Jill give me a wink over her shoulder. Jill and I had already talked about getting something lacy or silky to wear for later, so I was already prepared to request that type of lingerie when asked.
After a little while, I had been fitted with a black lace chemise and thong under a black dress with a large floral rose print. The dress was a satiny flowing fabric that came to just above the knee. To finish it off, the sales woman insisted that I needed strappy two-inch heels.
Jill ended up in a sky blue tiered dress that came to just above her knee as well. She had cute little matching ballet flats to go with it. I could tell from the satisfied look on her face that she had probably been successful in acquiring the lingerie that she had wanted for later.
When Angeline appeared from the fitting room, my eyes widened in shock. She was wearing a full-length close fitting silky dress in a light yellow and pale purple watercolor print. She also had on heels.
Noticing the looks that Jill and I were giving her, she simply shrugged and walked over to a mirror to admire herself. When we continued to watch her, she turned and bluntly asked, "What?"
Jill was first to recover her voice. "You look really nice," she said trying to hide her surprise.
Looking back in the mirror at herself Angeline said, "I'm not as oblivious as you may think. I get the fact that Martin is more than just a friend and if I have to wear a dress I might as well try to look nice doing it."
Turning back to us she added, "So, are we ready to go?"
"Almost," Jill said just as surprised by Angeline's response as I was. Turning towards the sales women she said, "Do you think we could get mini makeovers from your cosmetics department?" The women began tripping over themselves to accommodate Jill.
Once our makeovers were complete, we had our old clothes sent up to our rooms and left the store in our newly purchased dresses. Our girl time had taken a good bit of the morning and it was almost time to head to Sonya and Mikhail's.
As we walked towards the stairs we came to a little convenience type store. Stopping Jill and Angeline, I said, "Let me just run in here to grab something and I will be right back." Jill nodded knowing what I was going in for and silently stood with Angeline outside of the store as I went in.
I moved down the aisles until I found the birth control section. As I looked over all of the choices, I started to blush realizing that I had no idea what I should be buying. There were so many choices. It must have taken me a while, because before I knew it Angeline had come to find me.
"What are you doing?" she asked rather loudly. My cheeks heated more as she noticed what I was staring at on the shelf. "Oh for goodness sakes," she said exasperatedly. Reaching across me, she grabbed a box of condoms at random and went to the register.
I followed behind her discreetly as she put them on the counter and paid for them. The cashier eyed Angeline with a look of contempt, but rang the purchase up without a word.
Back outside with Jill, Angeline turned thrusting the bag out at us. "Is this what all of this has been about?" she asked annoyed.
Blushing, Jill stammered, "Part of it, yes. It's not as if I can exactly go in there and buy them being a princess and all." Turning towards me she asked, "What happened?"
It was my turn to blush. "I don't know. There were just so many choices and I guess I just…" I shrugged, not sure how to finish my statement. Looking at Angeline I asked, "Didn't it bother you to do that?"
Angeline had a humorous smile on her face. "It's not the first time I've had to buy something like that for someone. I did come from a pretty big family and believe it or not, not all Keepers want to have kids."
"But, the way that cashier looked at you," I stammered.
"Yeah, so. He probably thinks I'm just another blood whore. Do you really think I care what people think about me?" It was definitely a rhetorical question, so I took the bag from her.
Turning from us Angeline said, "I'm going to head to Sonya's now. If I were you, I would hurry up, hide those wherever you planned to, and get up there as well. I'm sure you won't have long before Eddie comes looking for you when he realizes I left you alone." We watched as she walked away.
Glancing at Jill, we decided to quickly make our way up to the rooms. Luckily, we didn't run into anyone on the way, considering we were all meeting just a few doors down in Sonya and Mikhail's suite.
Dashing into her room, Jill grabbed a small cream-colored clutch that would match her dress. Then, once inside my suite, we opened the box of condoms. I figured that anything that would happen between Adrian and me would happen in my room, so I took my half of the box and put it in the drawer of the bedside table. Since Jill would most likely end up in Eddie's room, she figured that she would need to keep her half of the box on her, so she stashed them in her clutch.
Just as I had disposed of the box in the trash in my bathroom, someone knocked at my door. Jill and I shared a glance figuring that it was the guys looking for us.
When I answered the door, Eddie was standing there with Adrian beside him. Both of them were nicely dressed. Eddie was in khakis and a striped polo. Adrian wore black slacks and a burgundy button down shirt similar to the one that he had worn when I had taken him out job-hunting months ago.
"Angeline came back without you guys, so we were hoping we would find you here," Eddie said to us, but his eyes were only on Jill. She smiled slightly at him.
I realized that Adrian had been checking me out while I was busy looking over what he was wearing. As his eyes made their way back up to mine he said, "You guys ready to go?"
Remembering to grab my key this time, I replied, "Yes," and ushered everyone out of my suite.
Over in Sonya and Mikhail's suite there were trays of sandwiches, fruits, and veggies for us to dine on. Sonya and Mikhail kept casual conversation up asking about all of the activities that we had been enjoying. We really had not seen much of them on the trip, but I was sure it was because they were trying to have some time alone together to enjoy their engagement.
Just as the clock was about to strike midnight, or noon for us, we filed out onto the balcony. You could hear the noise of other guests out on the surrounding balconies of the resort waiting for the fireworks to start as well.
Adrian pulled me off to the side, wrapping his arms around my waist. You could hear the echoes of people counting down the New Year from ten. Gazing into his gorgeous eyes, I smiled. "You look simply beautiful," he said as he leaned closer to me.
"You're not so bad yourself," I said as his lips came closer.
As soon as the countdown reached one, Adrian whispered, "Happy New Year," and then gently pressed his lips to mine. Running my fingers through his hair, I pulled him closer, deepening the kiss.
As we broke apart, I seductively said, "Happy New Year to you too." I could tell he was surprised by the way that I had kissed him, but he just grinned down at me.
Turning in his embrace, so that my back was pressed against his chest we watched the fireworks erupt into the sky. Glancing over, I watched as everyone else seemed to be enjoying the fireworks as well.
Once the fireworks were finished, we could hear loud music of various kinds coming from several balconies. Looking over at everyone, Jill said, "Why don't we go dancing? I heard that one of the lounges was going to be set up for it."
Glancing at Mikhail, Sonya said wistfully, "That sounds lovely. We haven't been dancing in forever." Mikhail gave Sonya a sweet kiss on her cheek in response. Unanimously, we decided to head down to the lounge.
As we entered the lounge, I took in my surroundings. The lighting was dimmed with several laser lights casting various colors across the room. The dance floor was packed with people dancing to club type music. I had been to clubs before, but I'd never actually gone out on the dance floor.
Everyone else immediately moved into the crowd of dancers, but I hung back with Adrian feeling a little leery. This wasn't just a club of human dancers. This was a dance floor filled with vampires that were packed-in extremely close.
Leaning down to my ear, so that I would be able to hear him, Adrian asked, "Are you sure you want to do this?" I could tell that he knew I was uncomfortable with the crowded room, but I rather liked the idea of being able to dance closely with Adrian in a provocative way.
He had kept his face beside mine after he spoke, so I turned to his ear and said, "Maybe we could just stand back for a little bit and watch." I thought if I stalled long enough, I might get up the courage to go out on the dance floor.
Pulling me off to the side, Adrian wrapped his arms around me holding me against his chest. I tried to relax, breathing in his scent and watching the dancers move around us. As I watched the way the others danced, I held Adrian closer wishing I had been brave enough to do that with him.
Eventually, a slower song came on and I could feel Adrian swaying us gently to the music. He took his hand cupping my chin to lift my face to his. When his lips met mine, I could almost taste his desire. I had a feeling that he was just as interested in going out on the dance floor and dancing up against me as I was. Tilting my head back more, he deepened the kiss and for a moment, I almost forgot we were in public.
I pulled away from the kiss, breathing heavy. "Let's get out of here," I said roughly.
He was looking at me with lust-filled eyes. "Dinner?" he asked huskily.
I simply said, "Room service," and grabbed his hand dragging him towards the exit. He didn't argue, just merely let me lead him away.
As we made our way back to my room, I wasn't sure we could get there fast enough. Every time we looked at each other, our lips seemed to have to meet. By the time we shut the door behind us, Adrian had crashed his lips against mine again.
As Adrian tried to make our way to the couch while he ravaged my lips, I mumbled, "The bed," against them. That got his attention as he pulled back from my lips with his eyes widening. "Sage," he said raggedly. Trying not to lose my nerve, I grabbed his hand and pulled him past the couch and towards the bed.
Standing by the bed, I slowly unbuttoned his shirt as he watched me through hungry eyes. Once I had slid his shirt to the floor, I moved closer placing soft kisses along his chest. With one arm around my waist and the other hand tangled in my hair, he tipped my face up to his and kissed me passionately.
While our tongues danced, I slid my hands to the waist of his slacks and traced my fingers along the edge. I could feel him gasp in my mouth from the way I was touching him. His reaction gave me the confidence I needed to start unbuttoning his pants.
He broke away from my lips and I was afraid for a second that he would stop me, but he didn't. He kicked his shoes off moving closer to me as he ran a finger along my cheek and down my neck. I shivered at his touch, but kept my eyes locked on his.
Once his pants had slid to the floor, he kicked them off as well. My eyes drifted down to the black silk boxers he was wearing. I decided that I ought to even the playing field. Bending down slightly, I slipped my heels off. As I stood back up, I reached behind my back to pull my zipper down.
Adrian took hold of my hand, stopping me and moved it back to his waist. Pulling me closer to him, he started placing kisses against my neck. "Allow me," I heard him say against my skin as my body shivered under his touch.
I felt his hands move to my back, slowly unzipping my dress. He continued to place kisses down my neck and along my shoulder nudging the edge of the dress off as he went, until it slipped to the floor.
Pulling back from me, his eyes grazed over the black lace chemise that was just barely long enough to cover the matching thong. With a sexy smile he said, "Was someone planning to seduce me tonight?"
I felt my cheeks heat with a blush as I turned away saying, "Maybe."
Cupping my cheek, he turned me back to him. I could see the thrill of passion in his eyes as he brought his lips to mine again. Pulling me tight against him as his mouth hungrily moved against mine, I could feel him gripping the lace of the chemise. My nails dug into his back as I tried to press myself closer to him needing more.
I could feel his hands slide under the lace, moving against my skin. Frustrated with the barriers between us, I slipped from his embrace and lifted the chemise up and over my head, tossing it aside.
Adrian stood there for a moment, his eyes wandering over my body. "You are so beautiful," he breathed as he pulled me back towards him. Picking me up in his arms, he gently laid me down on the bed. Lying down beside me, he continued kissing me as his hands roamed over my body. The only barriers left between us were his boxers and my thong. Everywhere our skin touched, my body warmed in response.
We had to break the kiss eventually to come up for air, but he kept his face close with his forehead pressed to mine. Gazing deep into his gorgeous emerald eyes, I whispered, "Make love to me."
He moved back further from me, gazing down at my body. I could see that he wanted me, but I knew that he was battling with doing the right thing. I reached over towards my bedside table getting a condom out of the drawer. I watched his eyes follow my movements and darken with desire when he saw what I had retrieved.
Pulling him back down to me, I placed the wrapper in his hand as I kissed along his neck and collarbone. Coming back to his lips, I brushed mine against them and said, "Please."
He didn't seem to need anymore encouragement as his lips crashed to mine and his hands slid down my body. As he slowly removed my thong, my body felt like it was on fire. I slid my hands down to his boxers to remove the last barrier between us, but before I could, he stopped me.
Gazing into my eyes intensely he asked, "Are you sure?" Biting down on my lower lip, I nodded. Quickly he removed his boxers and put on the condom before pulling me back into his embrace.
I'm not sure what I had been expecting when it came to having sex, but I knew that there could have been no way that it would have been better with anyone else. Adrian's movements were slow and gentle and his kisses soft and sweet. As he made love to me, he whispered how beautiful I was and how much he loved me in my ear. The way he caressed me, spoke legends as to how he felt about me. By the end, he had me crying out his name in pleasure as I gripped him closer to me.
Afterwards, he held me against his chest and traced swirls along my back with his fingertips. I closed my eyes as I listened to his heartbeat, relaxing under his touch. "I love you, Sydney," he said as he pressed a kiss to the top of my head. Placing a kiss against his chest, I said, "I love you too, Adrian."
Well, there it was. I hope that I stayed within the "T" rating, but to be honest, I know that I have read more graphic scenes than that in YA novels, so I think I'm okay. Please read and review to let me know what you thought. :)