Wow, so ridiculously sorry for not updating over the holidays but, what can I say, life got hectic. So this chapter gets a little heated, just saying, they are teenagers after all. So here goes.
And... I don't own Romeo and Juliet, but you already know that.
Yet I should kill thee with much cherishing.
Good night, good night! parting is such sweet sorrow,
That I shall say good night till it be morrow.
The young couple held tight to each other as they splashed into the water. Juliet could feel Romeo's arms around as her hands let go of his shoulders and moved up his neck to stop on his jaw. They couldn't see each other in the black water but she couldn't resist the magnetic pull towards, him even now. She pulled herself towards him and pressed her lips once again against his. They kissed there still submerged in the lake, cloaked by the darkness of the night. It started out softly and grew more passionate. They were so caught up in their need for each other that they had forgotten that they needed to breathe. When they broke the surface they both found themselves gasping for air. Juliet felt lightheaded but she wasn't sure if it was from the lack of oxygen or from the heady feeling of kissing her love. Probably both she figured as she gazed at him, loving the way that he looked with his hair plastered to his head dripping rivulets of water across his cheeks and lips. Those lips... she pulled closer to kiss him again when she was reminded of why they had jumped into the lake in the first place.
"JULIET!? Where in god's name are you!?" sounded Nora's voice.
Panic hit Juliet then. She had to protect him. "Hide under the dock till she's gone!" she whispered and then in a louder voice "Over here! I'm in the lake!"
Nora came into view merely three seconds later. "What in the world Juliet? Here I am worried sick about you and you decide to go for a swim by yourself in the middle of the night. You know that there could be a dangerous boy our here on the property" she scolded as she walked in fast clipped steps down the dock just as Juliet climbed up the ladder on the side of it.
"Sorry, the cabin was so stuffy and I needed to clear my head" Juliet tried to explain innocently. It wasn't really a lie. They cabin had felt stuffy and she really had come out here to try and clear here thought, but so much had happened between then and now. Everything had changed when Romeo had appeared. They had declared their love for each other and she was now an engaged woman! She hoped that the darkness hid the flush that probably stained her cheeks.
"It's okay, I was just worried for you" Nora said. Juliet glanced up at her and could see Nora softening. It was strange when she could almost see the moment when Nora would switch from the role of director to that of her friend. "So why are you swimming in your clothes?" she asked Juliet curiously.
"Oh, I wasn't planning on swimming but the water was just too tempting" Juliet said with a smirk on her face as she imagined the way the water trailed down Romeo's face.
Nora grabbed her hand and pulled her to the edge of the dock. "Come sit with me" Nora was obviously in the mood for a little girl talk and she began asking Juliet about all kinds of things, including what she thought of the young investor that had been here earlier. Juliet tried to answer her questions and respond appropriately when prompted but she kept getting distracted by the feel of Romeo's finger tips tracing patterns down the back of her calves teasingly. Every touch brought tingles to her skin. "You seem distracted" Nora pointed out at one point.
"Sorry, like I said my head is all jumbled right now and I was trying to clear it out." Juliet floundered for an excuse.
"It's okay." Nora said as she got up and brushed off her shorts. "By the way, I'm sorry that I've been trying to push the investor on you. You obviously aren't interested in him and it's making you uncomfortable. I just don't know what to do. We are desperate for a financial backer right now and I figured that since he had shown interest in you that you might reciprocate and then he wouldn't be able to say no to our cause. I realize that my efforts have been driving us apart, though, and I'll stop if you want. Just know that you can talk to me if you ever need to, okay?"
Her words were so thoughtful and honest that Juliet felt her eyes pricking in response. She was so tempted in that moment to tell Nora everything. She wanted to share her happy news about her and Romeo but she knew that she couldn't. She knew that Nora wouldn't approve and so she swallowed the lump in her throat and simply nodded.
"Take your time, I'll see you back at the cabin in a little bit" Nora said before she turned and walked away.
After a minute of Nora being gone Romeo swam out from under the dock and treaded there in in front of her, gazing up at her from below. She was, again, transfixed by his gaze. He was so amazing to behold and she couldn't believe that he was hers. She was still plagued by her desire to tell Nora everything but it was pushed to the back of her mind as she stared at Romeo. He was like a narcotic to her, nothing else mattered when he was there and she couldn't get enough of him. He eclipsed everything else in her world. A slow smirk spread across his face as he swam closer and wrapped his fingers around her ankles while she regarded him. "Hold your breath" he said mimicking what she had said before when she had pushed him in the water. He pulled in one quick jerk on her ankles and she splashed down into the lake with him once again. Before she even had a chance to resurface she felt his strong arms wrap around her and pull her up against him. She came to the surface with a huge smile on her face and blinked the water out of her eyes. They hovered there grinning at each other as they stared into each other's eyes. Slowly their smiles were replaced with longing stares and they drew together again, this time more passionately. Romeo pressed forward against Juliet so that she was supported between him and the dock. He used one hand to hold them up as the other began to explore along Juliet's side down to her hip. In turn Juliet wrapped her legs around Romeo's waist trying to pull herself closer as her hands splayed across his chest. They were both ravenous trying to get as close as possible to each other as they kissed hungrily. It was Romeo that pulled away suddenly, breathing heavily, repeating her name. "Juliet. Juliet, wait. We need to slow down." The sudden stop left her reeling as she focused on his face again. "I love you so much Juliet that I have to do right by you. We need to wait until we are married to go any farther" he said while trying to compose himself.
Juliet found the gesture so incredibly sweet, but she was still so overcome by then sensations still coursing through her. "Then we must marry tomorrow" she said "because I can't stand to not be with you any longer".
His eyes sparkled "I'll make the arrangements in the morning and let you know where we should meet. It will be the happiest day of my life!" He said pressing his forehead against hers.
"And mine" she tilted her chin up to give him a chaste kiss. They dared not stir themselves back into a frenzy or else this time they might not be able to stop. "I supposed it's time to go in but I don't want to leave. I could stay here with you all night, never tiring."
"But then we would be shriveled up like prunes" he teased, grabbing her hand and pulling her fingertips to his lips kissing each one of them gently.
"You would certainly be the most dashing looking prune I've ever seen" she teased back as they began to swim to the ladder to climb out.
"And you the most beautiful. If prunes looked like you I would eat prunes at every meal" he joked back as she climbed up the ladder in front of him. She could tell by the insinuation in his voice that he was admiring the view. She stepped onto the dock and then turned and looked down at him.
"I'll have you know that I'm engaged woman now and shouldn't be talked to so crudely sir" she said in a haughty voice wagging her finger at him but she couldn't hide the smile on her face.
He pulled himself quickly up the ladder and looked down at her "Your fiancé is certainly the luckiest man in the world" he said, suddenly serious, and he pulled her to him for another kiss as she wrapped her arms around his neck. The atmosphere began to grown in intensity again and once again they struggled to pull themselves away from each other before it could escalate any further. "I really must go in now. I can't take this much longer or I might explode" she said honestly.
"I agree. I will let you know as soon as possible when and where she will meet. Until then I shall be thinking of you every second" said Romeo.
"And I shall wait eagerly for your word" she said back. I will see you again in my dreams tonight, my Romeo" she said standing on her toes for another kiss that she couldn't get enough of.
"I think that I would be content to stand here saying goodnight to you until the sunrises and its tomorrow" Romeo whispered against Juliet's lips. "Now go, or we shall never leave" he said pulling up and away.
"Goodnight, I love you Romeo" Juliet said as she backed away.
"Goodnight, my Juliet, my true love" he said as he watched her turn and slip away into the night.