When I woke up the next morning, my entire body ached. I rolled over to find Dimitri still sound asleep. It was strange, because he was always awake before me, but regardless I smiled at his sleeping figure. I knew what he meant about watching me sleep now. He was so beautiful; it was hard to believe he was real. I sat up, and started to ease my way out of bed, when he murmured my name. I knew for sure I'd woken him, but when I turned back around, he was still sleeping.

"Roza…" He murmured, his voice trailing off. I raised an eyebrow. He didn't say anything, but he shifted. I smiled when I realized he was dreaming of me. My name fell from his lips a few more times, so it wasn't hard to guess what exactly he was dreaming about. Of course, me being Rose Hathaway, I couldn't let it go. I leaned over, and pressed my lips to his, careful not to apply to much pressure and wake him. I pulled away, and giggled as I saw a smile spread across his face. I started to get out of the bed, when he said my name again, this time louder. When I turned around, he was awake this time. The moment he met my gaze, I started laughing. He raised an eyebrow, obviously confused.

"What's funny?" He asked, looking at himself, trying to find something wrong with him. I smirked.

"What were you dreaming about, Comrade?" I watched as his face turned completely red.

"How did you-?" He stopped.

"It was kind of hard not to notice when you were all but moaning my name." I told him. His face got redder. I laughed, and shook my head. "I know I'm irresistible and all, but you need to learn to control yourself, Dimitri." I teased. He grabbed me and pulled me back into the bed, rolling on top of me. I growled. He leaned down and pressed his lips to mine. I reached up and ran my hands through his hair. When he pulled away, he grinned.

"You are right about one thing… you are pretty irresistible." He murmured, his voice with that accent was enough to send me over the edge.

"I know, I know." I told him. He chuckled as he brought his mouth back to mine. He ran his hand over the bare skin on my stomach and my chest, causing goosebumps to rise. He pulled away from me, and smirked as he continued to run his hands over my body. I ran my hands down his body, and stopped at the string on his athletic shorts, when there was a knock at the door. I groaned and threw my head back.

"You've got to be kidding me." I muttered. He laughed.

"It happens. We'll continue this later." He promised, giving me a look that made me want to slam and lock my bedroom door and hold him prisoner here forever. He crawled off of me, allowing me to go to the door. I threw one last look at him before opening the door. When I opened it, Lissa smiled.


"Hey there." I said, trying to keep my cool.

"How are you guys?" She asked, as I opened my door wider to let her in.

"We're good." I told her, as Dimitri walked out of the bedroom. She smiled.

"Hey… I'm glad to see you awake. Every time someone came back to the throne room, they'd told me he was still out." She said.

"I was wondering if he was ever going to wake up too." I told her, as he walked over to us.

"I just needed to rest, that's all." He promised. She smiled.

"We knew you were strong enough to pull through it. I'm sorry I didn't come by. Tatiana was killing me. She had me adding up all the guardians lost. It took everything I had not to throw the book at her and cry." I nodded.

"There was a lot?"

"Between both days, there were sixty." She told me. I frowned. I was just glad Eddie, Dimitri, or myself wasn't added to that list.

"What about Moroi? Any of those killed?"

"Nope. A few had minor injuries, and such, but nothing too bad, nothing they couldn't recover from." She explained. I nodded. Atleast we had that much. "So, Christian and I are going out for dinner tonight. Would you guys like to join us?" I looked at Dimitri and I know his mind was in the same place mine was.

"Of course, we'd love too." He answered.

"Great… We'll meet you in the lobby at eight." She told us. We nodded. She hugged Dimitri and I before disappearing. The moment the door was closed and locked, I turned to him and glared.

"Really?" I demanded. He smiled innocently.


"We'll finish this later, and then you tell her we'll go to dinner with them? What the hell is that? You get my hopes up and then stomp on them right in front of me." He laughed, causing me to smile.

"You wanna know why I agreed to that tonight?" He asked me. All I knew was that his reason better be damn good.

"Why?" I demanded, stomping me foot. He chuckled.

"Because I didn't plan on waiting till tonight." He ran to me, and swept me up into his arms, carrying me back into the bedroom and kicking the door closed behind him. He laid me down on the bed, crawling back over me.

"Good point." I told him, bringing his mouth to mine. When he pulled away, he met my eyes and chuckled.

"I thought you might think so." He murmured, before bringing his mouth back to mine. I ran my hands back down his chest to the tie on his shorts, and pulled the string. When he freed my mouth of his own to trail kisses down my neck and collar bone, I giggled.

"Now, where were we?" I teased.

"Ooh. I remember." He said. I maneuvered his athletic shorts down, and tossed them onto the floor. He pulled me up into a sitting position, and pulled my sports bra off, tossing it with his shorts on the floor. He let his hands roam down my body, exploring it like it was the first time he'd ever seen me undressed. That was the one good thing about Dimitri and my love life… he treated every time as if it was our first, like it was some new experience to him. I sighed as he pressed kisses from my belly button all the way up my body, finally working his way back to my lips. He gently bit my upper lip, being a tease like he so after did. I growled at him, causing him to smile against my lips. I ran my hands down his chest and sides to the waistband of his boxer. I slid a finger inside and maneuvered them down slightly. I had to stop, getting too caught up in our kisses to finish the task. He obviously sensed that, and finished the job, throwing them off the bed as well. I maneuvered my shorts off, leaving him undressed and me in nothing but lace panties. It wasn't long before he got fed up with me not being undressed, and took care of those. This time, it didn't move quickly. We reveled in just being in each other's arms, being pressed skin to skin with him was the most beautiful thing in the world. We weren't in any rush for this to be over, so we took our time, exploring plains of each other's bodies that no one else knew existed. The feel of his finger tips on my skin left sparks in their paths as the maneuvered down my body. Finally, I couldn't take it anymore. I needed him. He pressed into me, and once again, no one would have been able to tell where he ended, and I began. Each brushing of finger tips, each whisper in each other's ear, it conveyed nothing but love. It was the most beautiful experience I'd ever had. We'd had sex, yeah, and the first time it happened, I'd thought that was the real definition of love making, but no… I'd been wrong. This was love making. He didn't take it fast, or too slow, and each movement of our bodies was magical, and took me to a high not even strigoi endorphins could reach. It was in moments like this that I knew that there wasn't anyone else out there in this world that could do to me what he did. There wasn't anyone in this world that could make me feel the way he did. I could never be with anyone else, because when I imagined someone whispering dirty things in my ear, he always had a deep Russian accent, that one no one could ever imitate. When it was over, regardless of how slow it had gone, my body was tired. I laid in his arms, both of our bodies covered in sweat. He pressed a kiss to my forehead and smiled.

"I love you, Roza."

"I know." I murmured. I looked up to meet his beautiful chocolate brown eyes, and smiled. "I love you too… so much." I laid my head back on his chest, and listened to his heart beat as my body came down from its ultimate high. I didn't know if my body would ever stop humming from what I'd just experienced. He looked at the clock, and smiled.

"We should probably shower, so we can be ready to meet Lissa and Christian."

"Do we have too?" I asked. He chuckled.

"Yes, Roza." He told me. I smiled and got up, grabbing a change of clothes. He grabbed one too as we both got into the shower. It was hard to concentrate on actually taking a shower when my body was still having a hard time focusing on anything else other than him. I think he sensed it too, and he loved it. It was probably the most distracted shower I'd ever taken. When we got out, I made him leave the bathroom, so I could focus on getting dressed. He found humor in how hard it was too concentrated when he was naked around me. I got dressed and did my make-up and hair before heading into the bedroom. He was pulling his shirt on as I walked into the room. I smiled at him.

"You look beautiful."

"Don't I always?" I teased.

"Of course." He said. I smirked. I reached up on my tip toes to kiss him before walking into the living room. I opened the closet and grabbed a pair of heels out of it, before sitting down in one of the bar stools. A few minutes later, he walked out, smiling at me. I knew this was going to be one hell of a dinner trying to concentrate. "You okay?" He asked.

"Perfect." I assured him. He nodded and walked over to me, wrapping his arms around my waist, and placing his mouth by my ear.

"Me too." He muttered all too seductively. I growled.

"You don't play fair." I snapped.

"I know. It's fun though." I rolled my eyes.

"We should go now."

"But we'll be ten minutes early." He complained.

"If we don't go now, we won't be going at all." I said, giving him a look. He chuckled.

"Okay." He said. We walked out and down to the lobby, hand in hand. When they showed up, we went out to a van, and headed to whatever restaurant Christian was taking Lissa too. When we got to the restaurant, Christian ordered a bottle of wine, and we all ordered our food. Dimitri and Christian spoke about… guy stuff as Lissa and I carried on conversations about all the stuff the queen had her doing, and how much of a royal bitch she was… figuratively and literally. When I voiced this opinion, it had everyone laughing. We actually had a genuinely good time, not that I expected anything less. One time I got up to go to the bathroom, and when I came back, Christian and Lissa were looking at me funny.

"What?" I asked, confused.

"Nothing, just admiring your beauty." Christian said.

"I call bullshit." I told him. He chuckled. I rolled my eyes at him. We paid the check, and headed back to the van. Something was going on, and I hated being out of the loop. It was annoying, not knowing something everyone else did. I searched Lissa's head, but I think she knew I'd resort to that, because she was blocking me, and doing a very good job. Bitch. When we got back to court, Dimitri and I hugged Lissa and Christian and thanked them for the invite. Lissa smiled at me.

"I'll talk to you later." She said. I just nodded. Dimitri took my hand as we headed back to our room, but instead of going back to our room, he took a detour to the back deck. When he shut the door behind us, I gave him a look.

"Alright, I don't know what's going on, but I want to know. Why are Lissa and Christian acting weird?" I demanded. He chuckled.

"Because they suck at keeping their cool under pressure." He explained. I raised an eyebrow.

"Why were they under pressure?" I asked. He chuckled. "You know I hate being out of the loop, and surprises, so just tell me." I said. He reached into his pocket, and was very obviously toying around with something in there. He was being a tease.

"You're quite adorable when you're squirming." He said. I growled.

"Don't make me take you down. I will." I threatened.

"I love you, Roza."

"Dimitri… you're killing me." I said. He smirked.

"Fine." He pulled a small black box out of his pocket, and my heart stopped. He chuckled at my expression. He dropped down onto one knee and looked up at me. Tears were threatening to escape, but I blinked them back. "Roza, I love you. I've loved you since the moment I met you on that street. I never knew you'd impact my life the way you have, but I wouldn't take it back for anything in the world. We've been through so much together, some of it has been great, and some of it not so great… But you traveled to the end of the world and back to save my life, and you've done it time and time again. I would do the same for you. I know that if we can get through me being a part of the undead, and going through my 'I can't love anyone' phase, that we can conquer anything. I promise to love you every single moment that I'm walking on this earth. Would you do me the extraordinary honor of becoming my wife?" I stared at him like I was some kind mental patient. I couldn't help the stray tears that fought their way from my eyes. I met his gaze, and nodded.

"Yes!" I murmured. He smiled and put the ring on my finger, before picking me up and spinning me around.

"I was scared you were going to say no."

"After this afternoon, how the hell did you expect me to say no?" I asked him, looking down at the beautiful diamond ring he'd just placed on my finger. He chuckled.

"I knew I told you how much I loved you all the time, but I figured it was about time I really showed you." He said, his face turning a slight shade of pink. I grinned, and reached up on my tip toes to kiss him.

"Thank you." I whispered.

"For what?"

"For being you, for being a part of my life, for loving me." I said. He smirked.

"It's hardly a job and even if it was…. I wouldn't trade it for anything in the world." I reached up and wrapped my arms around his neck pressing my lips to his. There on that deck, in the moonlight, I'd given my word to him that I'd always be his and no one else's. In that moment, I knew for a fact that love never walked away, that people do, and if it was really love to begin with… they'll always find their way back.

A/N: Alright guys, that's it. I hope you enjoyed reading this as much as I enjoyed writing it. I love working with Dimitri and Rose as characters, because they're both amazing. I thought about going on and writing their wedding and honeymoon and everything, but I felt I sort of already did that stuff with them on Secrets, Love, & Lies, and I didn't want it to be the same, because I really don't know how I would do it where it wouldn't be the same thing over again, so I'm stopping here. I might do an epilogue a little ways down the road, but we'll see. Depends on how I feel. Don't forget to review, and check back to my page to look out for my next story.