"Lilly? Don't you have to get back to your hotel?"
Miley's face swims in an out of her consciousness along with the words she was speaking, or had spoken, or that Lilly imagined she spoke. She was faintly aware of a comfortable
weight resting on her chest and a faint fruity smell. She also unclearly feels a pressure placed on the corner of her mouth, which makes her smile and whisper Miley's name before she drifts off again.
Lilly's eyes slowly open to almost darkness. Her first thought is that it is still early morning and she should go back to sleep, but then she notices the blankets above her and last night, and she realises that since the curtains are closed it could be any time of the day. She looks at her watch quickly panicking that she would be late for the farewell lunch for the team before they go separate ways before the Olympics, but to her relief it's only 8:30. She relaxes back down against the couch, and pulls the body next to her closer. That's when it registers; she just spent the night with Miley Stewart. While it was completely innocent she is still floored by that fact. She sees that Miley is still asleep on her shoulder and clutching at the material over Lilly's stomach, she looks peaceful.
That's the last thought Lilly remembers having before she is woken again by a voice calling her name.
"Lilly? Is that your phone?" Comes the groggy voice, and Lilly opens her eyes and searches for the device.
"Hello?" She answers sitting up and readjusting her position with Miley.
"Lils! Hey, are you coming back soon, gotta get dressed you know, where'd you go last night?"
"Yea I'll be back in an hour or so. I fell asleep, I honestly meant to come back to the hotel," She said as she untangled herself from Miley to get up.
"Ooh, wild night?"
"What?! No, we watched movies and fell asleep on the couch," Lilly answered in a hushed tone assuming Miley would be going back to sleep.
"Whatever Casanova, I'm going to get packed I leave tonight, see you in a bit yea?"
"Yea, bye Joan," Lilly said hanging up the phone and going to find the bathroom to freshen up, not feeling very good after spending the night on the floor.
When she returned Lilly found Miley crawling out of the fort; eyes blurry and hair a little skewed, the phone was ringing but Miley was ignoring it.
"Hey," Lilly said voice breaking, clearing her throat she tried again, "hey."
"Morning," Miley smiled, "I thought you'd left," she admitted walking over to where Lilly stood. Lilly just smiled and shook her head.
"Not without saying goodbye," Lilly assured and Miley smiled. The phone started ringing again, "Not going to get that?"
"No, its probably my wake up call, but I'm up and I think that, well... Lilly I need to talk to you about something," Miley started a serious note to her voice, Lilly nodded for her to continue, "I think you felt it too- I mean last night we were- And I think we almost- In my bedroom- I mean..." she trailed off heaving a sigh and running a frustrated hand through her hair, and moving her eyes around the room landing on anything but Lilly. Lilly smiled, she was only guessing what Miley was talking about but she ha always been a pretty good guesser, she started to close the distance between them with a few steps. Miley's eyes were downcast to the floor but Lilly's proximity caused her to look up.
"Yea," Lilly started her voice a low whisper, her hand found Miley's, "I felt it, when we almost... And before that," she smiled. Miley swallowed and cleared her throat.
"Good! I mean that's good," she said in an oddly formal way, and she couldn't believe how much of a spaz she was being. "So then I guess from here we-" Miley never finished that sentence as suddenly her door was broken down and a large black woman holding a cellphone broke down the door and was pinning Lilly to the floor screaming at her. "Roxy! Roxy get off her!" Miley was yelling but the woman wasn't paying her any mind.
"Who are you working for? Why wouldn't you let Miley answer the phone? Did you think you could hold her for ransom in her own hotel room? Roxy don't think so!" The lady yelled and Lilly had no idea what was going on, "Yes mister Stewart I found her," the lady was talking into the phone now but gave Lilly a shove to know she wasn't forgotten, "He wants to talk to you Miley baby," She said in a sickly sweet way, "I'll take care of this dirtbag!" Miley's yelling stopped but her tone on the phone was still panicked.
"Daddy! I wasn't in danger! I thought it was the hotel! Tell her to let her go- wait how did she even get here? Oh I see. Well she's- She's-" Miley's tone changed, "Yes I-I've heard about the pictures Daddy, yes it's her," Miley's eyes went to Lilly on the floor who had figured out that of she didn't struggle it hurt less, still hurt, but maybe she would still be able to play soccer after this if he behaved she mused, "Tell her Daddy, please!" Miley thrust the phone back at Roxy who said a few 'uhuh' s before getting off of Lilly, who rubbed her shoulders as soon as her arms were free, then he said good he and hung up the phone.
"Miley baby, your dad is getting you an early flight home, start packing," She said as she headed to the door, just before she closed it she made a signal with her hands and looked straight at Lilly, "Roxy like a puma!" before click and she was gone.
Lilly was stunned, what the hell just happened?
"What the hell just happened?" Lilly asked no anger just confusion in her voice. Miley was starring off into the distance but was snapped out of it at Lilly's words.
"Oh uh, that was Roxy my body guard," Miley said spinning on her heel and walking into the bedroom.
"And she only listens to your Dad?" Lilly said following Miley into the room to see her throwing her things into her suitcase.
"Um, well no," Miley answered lamely, pulling her charger from the wall and checking her phone, now seeing her fathers missed calls.
"Why wasn't she listening then?" Lilly was getting frustrated by Miley's reluctance to answer.
"She listens to me... except when her and Daddy feel like I don't know what's good for me or not," Miley answered still cryptically.
"I think you'd know if I was trying to kidnap you," Lilly joked.
"Yea, I'm sure I would, thats not why she was attacking you," Miley answered.
"Now I'm just confused if I wasn't actually a threat why was I pinned to the floor?"
"I've only ever seen her do that once before, the boy left so fast he dropped the roses he planned to give me," Miley stopped packing briefly and smiled at the memory before resuming.
"Wait why would he- Oh!" It all clicked into place, "She only doesn't listen to you when she is scaring away a potential date?" Lilly asked nervously. Miley nodded not making eye contact and continuing to pack, "Miley?" Lilly tried gently, the girl kept packing. Lilly sighed and walked toward the girls back that was turned toward her, "Are you scared?" This made Miley stop, but still not face her. She drew in a shaky breath before answering.
"Everyone in the country saw those pictures, my Daddy saw those pictures," Miley tries as a way of explanation, finally turning around.
"I'm guessing he isn't one of my fans then?" Lilly tried to lighten the mood, a defence mechanism she reasoned, because this was going no where good.
"Lilly," Miley all but sighed, "Last night was amazing, you were perfect; and after seeing you play I promise I will watch all of your games in July. And who knows, if no one found out where this could have gone," she stops here and has a far off look in her eyes and for a moment Lilly isn't sure she is coming back but she does, clearing her throat, "But I think our friendship will be best as just that," she finished with a unconvincing smile.
"Yea, that's cool," Lilly feigns indifference with a shoulder shrug but feels her chest tighten with every breath, and she can't meet Miley's eyes anymore.
"Look Lilly please understand," Miley says coming over to the soccer star, "I'd have only hurt you eventually anyway," Miley reasons more with herself than anything.
"Would've loved the memories and moments in between though," Lilly laughs humourlessly and Miley can feel the pain in her chest worsen at the words, Lilly notices her body language and decides to do something that may just keep her sane, "Give me your hand?" She asks not wanting to force the girl. Miley does so without hesitation and if circumstances were different she may have smiled at it. She takes her hand and for a moment she just revels in the feel of her skin, then from her pocket she retrieves a small sharpie, that a fan had left in her hand the day before and begins writing on the back of Miley's palm.
She writes slowly, making sure each character is perfectly legible, or maybe just to draw out the intimate contact. When she finishes she caps the pen and looks down at her handiwork with a smile before meeting Miley's confused look.
"It's my Skype account name, there are a few fakes out there, and a few other legitimate Lilly Truscotts," Miley still looks confused, "I'll be just your friend Miley, if that is what you want, but I don't think I can not see you, and with you on the other side of the country in Nashville and me in Malibu and eventually London, it'll be hard, but that," She gestured to her hand, "Will make it a lot easier on me," she finished with a light smile.
"Roxy will be back soon," Miley said slightly off topic and Lilly noticed the beginning of tears in her eyes.
"I had best make myself scarce then," Lilly said walking back to the lounge room and pulling on her sneakers. Standing up she did the three tap check, and grabbed her jacket from where it ha been hung over the side of the table when they had come in. Miley ghosted behind her all the while, silently dreading the moment she would leave.
"I'm sorry," she whispered just as Lilly went to grab the door handle. Instead she turned and looked at Miley with a sad smile.
"I'm not," she pushed off the door and kissed Miley softly, her lips covering the corner of her mouth. Eyes closed and savouring the moment Miley sighed, this was as close as she'd ever get. All too quickly it was over and Lilly looked at Miley with a smile, "A kiss on the doorstep, the only way to end a date," Lilly mused, "don't be a stranger Miley, use that," She gestured once again to her hand as she spoke softly. Miley nodded not trusting her voice. And like that Lilly was gone through the door leaving Miley to numbly finished packing.
"Lilly! Have you got your thermal underwear?!"
"Yes Mum, you know it is Summer there right?" Lilly called back whilst pulling the door closed over her bag.
"Yes, but we live in California out summers and their summers are a little different sweetheart," Her mother explained climbing into the passenger seat.
"I'm sure I'll survive," Lilly told her backing out of the driveway carefully before taking off toward the airport.
"Oh! This song!" Her mother yelled in delight finally settling on a station. Lilly rubbed her ear trying to rid the ringing from her mothers shriek, she stopped her motions however when she heard a familiar voice smoothly crooning from the radio. She smiled.
"It's so beautiful this song, sounds like she really wants more than she can have," her mother reasoned, "Do you know the story Lilly, you two talk all the time?"
"I know a little bit," Lilly said cryptically with a smile.
"Okay," Her mother didn't ask anymore about it and Lilly was thankful to just let Miley's voice fill the silence and then the song after that and so on until they reached their destination.
"I'll see you soon," Lilly said giving her mother a hug goodbye before she headed to her gate.
"I'll see you sooner," her mum smiled. They shared another hug before they went their separate ways.
As Lilly walked to her gate she heard a familiar song on the speakers. Smiling she pulled out her phone.
Your song is stalking me :P - Lilly
She didn't have to wait long for a reply.
As if you're complaining. You love my music. - Miley
True. But I'm getting worried... Is this some elaborate scheme? - Lilly
No crazy. Are you at the airport? - Miley
Yep. Just checked my bag - Lilly
Have a safe flight okay? I want to get to see you again. - Miley
I will get written assurance from the pilot for you okay? :P - Lilly
That would just about set my mind at ease. Ready for training after your break? - Miley
So ready. I've missed it too much - Lilly
There was a lengthy break between Lilly's message and Miley's response.
I've missed you 3 - Miley
I've missed you too. I need to turn off my phone now. Skype you soon? - Lilly
Sure. Have a safe flight x - Miley
Will do. Next stop London! X - Lilly