Chapter 8:
A.N. Here's you second offering especially for starfish7111984 who I hope has a great birthday today :)

I wake up emotionally exhausted about what happened last night and I feel a bruise on the cheek where Dev hit me. I look down and see Derek slowly waking up and the sun shining on his face.

"Are you alright love?" "I'd be lying if I said no. I just can't believe he would do something like that." "Me either and I promise I will never let that happen to you ever again. Now can I at least know what happened between you 2?" "Dev cheated on me with his co-worker then came to Boston and slept with Ivy after I rejected his marriage proposal." "I'm sorry." "It's ok it was bound to happen." I lie down beside him and feel like were the only two people in the world. "You know we should try this." "This?" he wonders "You know between us. I know it's only been 3 days but I can see it in your eyes that you don't want this as a phase of "show business"…and neither do I." "You read my mind darling, and I hope this doesn't turn down spiraled either." Looks like I learned Derek's mind reading skills muwa ha ha .We both smile at each other and realize this odd Broadway story can have a happy ending. "Hey I was thinking we could go out to dinner again treat since you have been so good to me." I say as my fingers stroke his bare arm. "Can you afford it?" I'm completely shocked at his response and give a little scoff. Then he pulls out his famous womanizing smile that made me sick from the start and laughs "I'm joking darling I would love to." And he gives me a soft kiss.

We both agree to this as our little secret and it goes off without a hitch. When were at work we are just an actor and director. Some days we go out for dinner and either split up at night with a kiss or I end up falling asleep in his room (we haven't had sex yet) which doesn't bother Sue at all and pleases Derek the most. The whole cast and crew (Including Derek after hours of convincing on my part.) visit an ill Ivy in the hospital and is said she will make a full recovery. We spend a few minutes alone at her request and she tells me how sorry she is I'm not sure if she's acting but I say it's ok and she tells me she's going to take a Broadway break and try to kick her habit. I'm always getting questions from my friends about what's going on between me and Derek and being honest I say "Yes we have a personal level but we try not to let it be exploited." As for ghost Marilyn I see her a few times and still have pinched myself a few times and begin to wonder is she going to follow me back or if my mind is acting up and is she even real? Turns out previews are an extra week which is exciting because I don't want to go back to New York which means more ghostly Marilyn in my dressing room. Until I get a text from Dev saying that he's moved to Washington for another press secretary job and he's moved out of the apartment and apologized for the incident. Our last night in Boston which means the last show there is a success and while the cast gets a head start for their early morning hangovers I stay with Derek and stay up cuddling with our backs against the headboard of the bed in our pajamas my head resting on his shoulder and talking into the wee hours of the night.

"What's going to happen when we head back?" I ask. "Broadway love, long rehearsals, changes, stress and a whole lot more hell coming." "I'm up for it all." "That's why I picked you." I can't help but giggle and we lean into each other for a kiss. "And with us?" I ask as I look down at him kissing my hand repeatedly. "I guess the same as it was here professional in front of others but once the day is done you're all mine." And he begins to repeatedly kiss my neck as he says. "Now that Dev is in Washington I won't have to worry about that scum laying eyes on you." "Yep you're the only one who eyes on me and only you Mr. Bodyguard." I reply and then let out a soft moan as he kisses the one sensitive spot on my neck. He just looks up at me and smiles at me and stares at the roses that are dead he got me about 6 or 7 weeks ago when our little relationship began.

"I love you darling." He says as if it were a whisper. OMFG Derek just said he loved me. After all that happened with him and me from me singing him "Happy Birthday" all the way to dancing alone in an empty theatre to "Our day will come" we formed a special bond that was love even though we do keep this as our little secret and we had what were not the most friendliest times. I reply with no hesitation this time "I love you…the director you, (squeeze in a kiss) the you when I'm with you, (and another) the crazy you (and again) and above all just plain Derek Wills."

He cups my cheeks and puts his head against mine and the edges of our noses touching. "Our day will come." I sing under my breath "And we'll have everything .We'll share the joy falling in love can bring. No one can tell me that I'm too young to know. I love you so and you love me. " I finish the song for him and look up to see his sweet green eyes glued to mine. I feel tears streaming down my face and his hand reaching the back of my neck and pulling me in for a kiss. The kiss itself confesses our love for each other as we lean back into the bed. I let go of the kiss for a breath and look at him smiling back at me the sweetest smile not the cat ate the canary kind he has on his face all the time.

We are ready for this step to show our love in a "different" way. My hands reach and mess his hair up even more as our kiss turns into a make out. I un button his shirt as he reaches for my back and one thing leads to another and the layers get smaller and smaller. That night was the best night I had in a long time and being intimate with Derek was ten times better than what happened with Dev and me in and out of the sheets. But the best thing about it was when I see us entwined and exposed I fall asleep cuddling to the man I love.

A.N. And that's the end of the two for one deal today! What did you guys think rate & review good, bad and advice. I will try to make updates as soon as possible so you can keep on reading! Once again Happy Birthday Starfish7111984!