-A Few Days Later-
The door to the apartment opened as Leo and Aeris stepped inside. Leo flinched, half expecting the door to shut in his face, but it didn't. They walked into the kitchen together.
"Another long day of working for the man."
"The man? You mean Dennis? You do understand that Dennis gave us almost the same hours and has been incredibly nice to you, right?"
"I don't mean Dennis. I'm talking about the establishment."
"You need to stop watching so much TV. I doubt you even know what you're talking about."
"Shows what you know."
Leo sat on the couch and Aeris joined him a minute later. The news came on, nothing new. Still cold, still Toronto.
Leo and Aeris had been dating for a few days now. The only real difference from before was more time together and cuddling on the couch. Although, Leo had disappeared for a little while the day before. Aeris had no idea where he went and Leo wouldn't tell.
"You know how I went out for a while yesterday?"
"Yea, what was that about?"
"Well, I had to go to the convention center and pick up a couple of these babies." He pulls out two red tickets. "There's a Valentines' Day dance coming up. Do you want to go with me?"
"Wow, I didn't see that coming, especially from you. And Valentines' Day is in four days. Do you even know how to dance?"
"Well… no. I figured I would solve that problem when I came to it."
"So let me get this straight. You're asking me out to a dance when you have absolutely no idea how to dance. OK, I'll make a deal with you. I'll teach you how to dance and go with you, if… you give me one slow dance. And I mean the whole song."
"You drive a tough bargain, but deal. When do my lessons start?"
"Right now." Aeris stood up, pulling Leo with her. "OK, at a dance like this you'll see two kinds of dances. The first doesn't have a name that I know of. You just move to the music. I know it's cliché, but it's true. I'll show you what I mean." She turned the radio on and put in some random CD. 'Love Comes Again' by Tiesto came on. "These songs will be a bit faster, so you just keep moving to the beat. It's fun." Aeris took his hands and began to dance with Leo following awkwardly. Eventually he began to pick up on the moves.
"That's not too bad. I've got to say I've never even heard of this song before."
"You don't listen to love songs. A dance like this won't have any hard rock or video game themes."
"What? Then why are we even going?" (Sarcasm, for those of you who didn't pick up on that.)
"Just be quiet." She turned the song off. "You've got faster songs down well enough that you won't embarrass me. So that means we're on lesson two now: The Slow Dance. This is crucial. During the slow dance I will determine a few things, one of which being whether or not we have a chance."
"You find that out from one dance?"
"Yup, like I said, it's a crucial moment."
"So are you going to teach me to dance or just talk about it?"
"Hey, don't rush it. You have to ease into the moment."
Leo gave her a funny look and took a step towards the radio. This time he chose the song. He moved back to Aeris just as Aerosmith began to play.
"Don't want to miss a thing. I wouldn't have guessed that to be one of your choices."
"It's a good band and I know it's a love song."
"Fair enough. Now do exactly as I say."
Leo made a perverted smile and she responded with a dirty look. Aeris then took his hands and placed them on her waist. He pulled her closer as she laid her arms around his neck. Her face turned a bright red color.
"What are you doing?"
"Well last I checked a slow dance was supposed to be close and intimate. I just want to get the most from this practice."
Her voice became soft as it faded with that last word. They started into each other's eyes.
I wasn't kidding when I said the slow dance was crucial. Though, I guess I won't need to wait for the one at the dance. Right here, right now… I've never felt this way before. Not around him, not around any guy. This feeling… it's amazing. It's still too early though. I can't be sure how I feel yet. No, I need to see how he reacts to this. I need to see how he handles a relationship. I've been with guys who are scared to commit and guys who try jump into bed too fast. Before this goes anywhere I need to find out exactly how Leo feels about all of this. To put it bluntly, what he says over the next few days will determine everything…
"Hey Aeris, why don't you sleep in my room tonight?"
She instantly snapped out of her moment and back into the real world. "W…Wait… what?"
"Why don't you sleep with me tonight? Not on me, but with me."
"uhhh…ummmm…" She had been caught completely off guard. Never had she thought Leo could make a move like that. Hold on one second. Where did this come from? Had he planned to make a move like that from the start? Either Leo is one smooth and clever guy or he's the world's greatest improviser. OK, pull yourself together Aeris. He's waiting for an answer…
"You don't need to answer right away, you can think about this if you want."
"No, it's ok. Ummm… Yes…" She moved forward and kissed him on the lips. "I think that's a great idea to be honest."
"Good. I have to admit I was even more scared saying that than when I was first asking you out."
"What, did I make it too easy for you?"
"No, not at all"
"I'm glad to hear it. But don't do anything stupid, ok."
"I have no idea what you're talking about."
"Sure you don't Leo, sure you don't." He smiled in response. "That's what I thought."
"What time is it?"
"About 5:30, why?"
"Because I'm hungry. How does dinner and a movie sound? "
"Sure, where and what movie?"
"Well I'm a little short on money, so… pizza… and for the movie, how about that one about those guys whose plane crash in Alaska and they have to survive."
"I guess I'm up for just about anything right now. Let me just grab my coat."
"No problem, I'll wait."
"Ummm Leo, you have to let go of me."
He blushed as he realized that his hands were still around Aeris' waist.
"Oh, sorry. I'll wait by the door."
"I'll be just a sec."
She left and came back with her coat. Together they walked to the Toronto House of Pizza. They split a pizza then went to the theatre. During 'The Grey' (movie that Leo described earlier) they held hands and Aeris put her head on Leo's shoulder. After the movie ended the two went home. It was about 9:30.
"Well I'm tired as hell, so I'm going to my room for some sleep. You can join me whenever you want."
"I'll be in after I change."
"Don't keep my waiting."
"You do know that you aren't waiting for anything. Tonight we're just sleeping."
"Yea yea, I know. Just seemed like something that would make sense to say."
"Nice try, but no."
She walked away and into her room. Leo followed and stood outside her door. Wow, she's amazing. And now I'm even going to sleep with her. Last week I wouldn't have even thought this possible. Well, off to bed with me. He entered his room, changed for bed, and climbed in. After a moment of silence the door opened. Aeris walked in wearing a pink night gown. Without a single word she climbed into bed and snuggled close to Leo, burying her head deep in his chest.
He's so warm and so happy…
What a happy couple.
This was a bit of a shorter chapter but it contained a ton of story. I hope you all like it as much as I do. Sooooooo… Read, Review, and I love you all.
Your over affectionate writer,
P.S. And I've been deciding whether or not to end this story and despite my best judgment I'm going to keep writing it, so tough luck.