Have another chapter since you've been deprived. Just a little FYI, my house flooded because of a dam explosion 2 blocks away and I'm charity casing it at a friend's house since Wednesday. Than god they have WiFi.


Chapter XLVII Pleasant Surprises

"What in the name of the Spirits is going on?" Kahlan asked. The three met Cara, Benjamin and Berdine at the entrance to Aria's room.

"That's what we'd like to know." Cara grumbled, turning an icy glare towards her sisters.

"Don't look at me like that." Berdine scolded. "Just wait." She raised a hand and knocked on the door. Seconds later, Aria opened it and smiled. Cara and Kahlan immediately shot pass Raina and Berdine and made their way to the girl.

"What is it? What's happened?" Cara asked as she stared at the girl.

"You've been crying." Kahlan deduced. Aria nodded and held up a hand, stopping any further inquiries. Out of the corner of her eye, Cara saw two figures sulking in the shadows of the room. One she recognized as Hayden, the other a stranger.

"What have you done to her?" she shouted at the boy. He stepped forward and ignored her question as he wrapped his arms around Aria.

"Cara, calm down. Hayden didn't do anything to me." Aria assured her sister. The other man stepped into view and neither Cara nor Kahlan recognized him. "Let us explain." Aria led the women by the hand and sat them on her bed. The two stared at one another and then at Aria.

"Well?" Kahlan urged. Ben and Richard had made their way into the already crowded room along with Berdine and Raina.

"I confessed Hayden." Aria stated matter-of-factly. Cara's eyes widened as she shot up. "Wait, just listen." The girl placed a hand on her shoulders and eased her back down. "Explain." She turned to the stranger in the room. He lowered his head as he approached the group.

"My name is Jameson. I am an assassin. I was sent here to kill Confessor Aria." The dark haired man sighed.

"Who sent you?" Richard asked the man in white. He turned to Aria for permission and she nodded.

"His name is Torren."

"Why?"

"To kill her."

"Yes, I understand that but why does he want her dead?"

"He wants all of them dead." Jameson shuddered, clearly distraught at the idea of his Mistress dead.

"The Mord'Sith?" Kahlan asked. The man nodded.

"Why?"

"He believes they are a plague upon this world. A menace. I don't know why, I am only a foot soldier." Jameson admitted. "Forgive me Mistress." He fell to his knees in front of Aria. She looked to Kahlan for help; she didn't know how to handle victims of confession. Everyone she had ever confessed died either instantly or very soon after.

"Get up." Aria commanded and in a second the man was on his feet again.

"How did you confess Hayden if you had already confessed him?" Cara asked. Aria turned to Hayden and the boy spoke for the first time.

"I touched her. When she was confessing him, I touched her."

"Why?" Ben and Cara asked at the same time.

"Because I knew it wouldn't work. I figured it out." The boy cast a sidelong glance at Richard and Kahlan. The two blushed as Aria turned to face them.

"You knew?" she stammered. "You knew it wouldn't work?"

"There was no way to be certain." Richard tried to explain.

"But you assumed it wouldn't." Surprisingly enough, Aria did not seem hurt that the two had tried to keep the news from her. There had to be a logical explanation.

"We can explain…later." Kahlan glanced around the room at the audience, signaling to Aria that the others could not hear the reason.

"So let me get this straight." Cara crossed her arms across her chest as she frowned. "You two," she signaled the Richard and Hayden, "are immune to confession?"

"No." the four replied together.

"I am immune to Kahlan's touch." Richard said.

"And I'm immune to Aria's." Hayden told her.

"But Aria can confess you" Cara pointed at Richard. "And Kahlan can confess you." She moved her finger towards Hayden. Both women visibly shuddered.

"Yes." they replied.

"Hm." Cara's frowned deepened. "Clearly there is a lot to this magical business that is far too…"

"Complicated for you?" Hayden joked, earning him a glare from the blonde.

"Secretive." Cara completed her sentence. "But either way," she strode over to Aria and placed her hands on the girl's shoulders. "I'm happy for you." She smiled and received one in return. Aria giggled and wrapped her arms around the woman, catching her by surprise. After a few seconds, Cara returned the embrace and smiled against the girl's cheek. After releasing her, Cara turned to Ben. "I'm going back to bed. You're welcome to join me." The last part was said quietly but loud enough for the room to hear. Richard shook his head and blushed, Kahlan pinched the bridge of her nose and chuckled, the Mord'Sith shared a look that said 'I'll explain later' and Aria and Hayden giggled openly. Ben was out of the room before their chain of reactions was completed.

"As much as we'd love to share a midnight snack," Berdine began urging Raina out the door. "I think it's time we get some sleep." A look of disappointment flashed across Raina's face at the word 'sleep' but was extinguished when Berdine winked at her.

"Seems like everyone's in a bit of a …mood tonight." Hayden managed between chuckles. Richard joined him in laughter soon followed by Kahlan. Aria stood expressionless as a thought just crossed her mind.

"Kahlan?" Aria whispered. The woman turned and her laugh caught in her throat at the girl's expression. "Can I talk to you for a second?"

"Of course." Kahlan motioned towards the door. "Give us a minute?"

"Sure." Richard said. Clearly, he needed to have a talk with Hayden as well. Jameson went to follow the women but was stopped by Kahlan.

"We'll be right back. Don't worry, your Mistress is save here." She assured the man with a smile. Reluctantly he backed away and remained in the room with Richard and Hayden. Kahlan closed the door behind her and stared at Aria's back. Berdine and Raina's footsteps were still audible as they headed towards their quarters. "Aria?" the girl turned slowly and faced her.

"I never thought…" she stopped midway, unable to complete her sentence. Kahlan smiled and drew her in for a hug. She stroked her sister's hair as she admired its length.

"I know. I know." She told the girl in her arms.

"I know this should be the last thing I'm thinking of, especially with what's been happening and now with-"

"Aria. Your happiness should always be a concern of yours." Kahlan drew back and stared at the girl's beautiful pale green eyes. "Are you happy?" She nodded. "That's definitely important. Now, what is it what you want to talk about?" Kahlan knew full well the conversation that was about to commence and dreaded it. Surely Cara would be more equipped to handle such discussions. Then again, she didn't want Aria tying Hayden up somewhere and leaving him black and blue. Poor Ben had no idea what he was getting into. Kahlan held back a chuckle.

"I don't…I don't know if I should…" Aria's cheeks reddened.

"You don't have to do anything you don't want to. I'm sure Hayden will understand." Kahlan assured the girl. Aria shook her head.

"No, that's not it Kahlan. It's not that I don't want to, I do, it's just that…" Aria picked at her fingernails and Kahlan chuckled, knowing full well what the teen was trying to say.

"Aria listen to me," Kahlan said. "Stop worrying. This is the most…natural thing in the world and there's nothing to fret. If you chose to do this, and I'm sure that decision was made a long time ago, then just know that nothing you do, or don't do, will ruin it. Trust me." Kahlan flashed a toothy smile at the girl.

"I suppose you do know more than…others." Aria chuckled at Kahlan's reaction.

"What's that supposed to mean?" the woman crossed her arms. Aria shrugged and continued to smile. "I'll have you know that-"

"No! Don't tell me, I don't want to know!" Aria shook her head, covered her ears with her hands and shut her eyes tightly. Kahlan smiled at the childish response. When Aria removed her hands and opened her eyes again, Kahlan told the girl,

"Just do whatever feels right." Aria raised an eyebrow as Kahlan realized how sensual that sounded. She scoffed and slapped the girl's shoulder. "You know what I mean."

"Yes, I most definitely do." Aria nodded. The door to her bedroom opened and Richard emerged followed by Jameson and Hayden.

"Shall we head back to bed?" Richard offered his arm to Kahlan. Hayden and Aria chuckled. "We were actually sleeping, unlike some others."

"Yea, okay." Hayden mumbled as Kahlan took Richard's arm and departed. Aria turned to Jameson, unsure of what to tell the man to do.

"Uh, Jameson?"

"Yes Mistress, how may I serve you?" he asked. Aria hesitated and glanced at Hayden. He shrugged.

"Find a guard, tell him I sent you and ask him to give you a room." Aria ordered, ignoring the hurt look the assassin gave her. Apparently he was under the impression he would be staying with her.

"Yes, Confessor." Jameson bowed deeply and sped off in search for a Palace guard. All too aware of the fact that Aria was finally left alone with Hayden, she blushed.

"Why would you do something like that?" Aria asked him without looking up. "What if it worked? What if you were wrong?"

"Then nothing would change. Don't you understand Aria?" Hayden lifted her chin until her gaze fell upon his. "Your touch has no affect on me because I'm already yours to command. There is nothing you could ask me to do that I wouldn't. And there is nothing you could do to make me love you anymore than I already do." Aria sighed as she pressed herself against him in a warm embrace.

"Nothing?" she asked into his chest.

"Nothing." He confirmed. She eased her way out of his arms and stood in front of him.

"Kiss me." She whispered. He complied, closing the little space in between them and crashing his lips against hers. She groaned at the pressure and inhaled his scent deeply. Just like the rain, she thought. Once more, they backed themselves into the door and Hayden fumbled for the handle. Once opened, the two made their way towards the bed, this time with renewed interest.

"Wait." Aria struggled to get out.

"I'm sorry, I didn't mean to-" Hayden began apologizing but Aria stopped him with a peck on the lips. She smiled.

"Not what I meant." She strolled around the room, checking behind curtains and under the bed. Realizing what she was doing, Hayden laughed wholeheartedly and helped her investigate. Once the room had been cleared, he turned his gaze on her and said,

"Seems like we have the room to ourselves. For once." Aria slowly made her way to him and allowed his arms to snake themselves around her waist once more. She played at the buttons of his tunic and smiled.

"About time." Her voice husky as she stared into his eyes. Simultaneously, the two reached for one another. Lips attached, tongues mingling, hands roaming; the two continued their assault on each other until Aria found herself lying on the bed with Hayden on top of her. Already, she could feel his hardness against her thigh and she grabbed his neck and brought him down on her. His lips met her neck as he nibbled across her collarbone and chest. Aria managed to raise her arms and remove his shirt, marveling at his perfection. She ran her hands along his sculpted chest as he began removing the meddlesome dress. Seconds later, Aria found herself in only her corset. Hayden looked down, drinking in the sight of her body. His eyes glazed with lust, he resumed his assault on her neck. The lower he went, the more Aria wanted to cry out. His hands were on her torso, undoing the lace that held her corset together. Finally, she felt the fabric leave her body and a chill ran up her spine. Hayden looked at her again and sighed.

"I love you Samaria Stone." He felt the need to reassure her. She smiled and said,

"And I love you Hayden Strong." Before she could complete her sentence, Hayden brought his lips against hers once more. Her hands trembled as they made their way to the buckle of Hayden's trousers and his caressed every part of her. Aria felt the urge to roll him over and she did. Straddling his thighs, she coincidentally gave Hayden a perfect visual of her body. No part of her was embarrassed and neither was he. He smiled at her again and shimmied out of the remaining clothing. Before the night was over, Aria had lost count of how many times her eyes had rolled behind her skull or how many times she had cried Hayden's name. The only thought that passed through Hayden's mind was that there was no way a person could be this happy, there was no way it was legal, but he didn't care. As he held onto Aria and heard his name leave her lips once more, he didn't care about anything except one thing: pleasing her. And that's exactly what the two spent the remaining hours of the day doing.