Sydney P.O.V

Adrian flawed it and we were off, now it all started to set in. Oh god, I'm running from the people who practically raised me, who taught me everything I believe in. I start to shake and take short breaths, great yet another panic attack. Adrian notices and puts a comforting hand on my leg, it helps a little. Eventually when I am calm enough I ask where we were going...

"We're going to a secret Moroi location that only the queen and a few royals know about"

"Oh, is that going to be ok?" I didn't want to intrude or have someone tell them where I am.

"Yes, don't worry you'll be safe there, but it'll only be good for a few days. Otherwise we'll be putting too much pressure on Lissa to lie to the Alchemists."

"Why is the queen helping me?" Adrian quickly glances at me before looking back to the road. His thumb makes small soft circles on my leg, making butterflies appear in my stomach.

"Because of everything that you have done for Jill, for everyone." I smile softly.

We ride in silence only making light conversation, until the sun begins to set. Adrian parks the car in a cheap motel.

"We're going to stay here for the night" Adrian said as he climbed out of the car and grabbed the bags. I followed quickly scrambling along and trying to keep my hands from shaking. I tried to distract myself as Adrian spoke to the clerk. I began to wonder what they thought of us, an attractive young man booking a room for himself and a girl. Adrian paid the clerk and we walk to our room. The walls are a horrible cream colour; a few paintings hang on them. The kitchen and living room is joined together, one small room contained the bathroom while the other held a plain double bed.

Adrian places our bags in the bedroom then looks at me, his emerald green eyes stare into mine. "Sage you look tired, take the bed, I'll sleep on the couch. I'll wake you up when we're going to leave." He smiles at me as I nod. He turns around; I reach for his hand and lightly touch it. He turns back to me.

"Thank you" I whisper and reach up on my tippy toes and kiss him on the cheek. A blush burns my cheeks. Adrian stares at me intently before a smile creeps up his face and he brushes his hand against his cheek, cradling it. Doubt flashes through his eyes, he turns away and go's and gets a blanket before settling on the couch. I stood there silently and stared. I shake my head to release me from my trance and go into the bedroom closing the door slightly. I climb into the lumpy bed, sleep soon consumes me.

Adrian P.O.V

I lay there staring at the ceiling, so much had happened in such a short time. The kiss, what was that about? Why would she kiss me? I touched my cheek still feeling the tingles. Is she starting to share my feelings? No she couldn't be, she's too good for me. I look over at the slightly agape door, what would happen if I went in and joined her, I just wanted to be close and hold her in my arms. Then I hear an ear piercing scream coming from behind the door. I jump up at lightning speed and run into the bedroom.

"What? What happened?" my breath's rushed, and then I realise she's asleep. I shake her shoulders and I notice tears slipping down her cheeks.

"Sage wake up, please! Sage..." I shake her again and she bolts straight up almost hitting me. Her breaths come out short and irregular. I pull her against my chest and rub small circles on her back trying to calm her down.

"Are you alright?" I whisper to her.

She struggles to get enough oxygen into her lungs to reply "I...I'm...scared...what...going to... happen to me?" she said between shaky breaths.

"Nothing is going to happen to you; I won't let them take you away from me." I pull her into my arms and kiss the top of her head. It didn't take long before her breaths even out and her eyelids begin to droop. I lie her down and go to leave; she catches my arm and tugs me back.

"Please... stay with me?" she whispers looking up at me with pleading eyes. I nod and slide into the bed with her. Sydney snuggles closer to me as I rap my arms around her waist. She puts her head on my chest and I let out a sigh. I had to keep my emotions in control, last time a fell for a girl I got crushed.

Sydney POV

I wake up; it takes me a minute to get my bearings. When I was less dazed I notice Adrian's arms around me, one of his hands rested on my boob. I took a startled breath and jumped out of bed and run into the bathroom locking the door behind me. Memories from last night flood my brain, nightmare, Adrian, hug, obis of sleep. I slump against the door. I have to get my head together. I have to get out of this mess before I can even consider being with Adrian and yet nothing felt better than being in his arms.

"Sydney you ok?" His silky voice pierces through the door. I hide my head in my hands trying to shake my insane thoughts of me and him.

"Y...Yeah I'm fine." Once I have my mind back in control I open the door.

"We need to get going." Adrian says grim faced, whether it was from stress or feeling rejected I couldn't tell. I just nod silently and pick up my things and wait near the door.

Adrian hands me the keys, "You go to the car, I'm just going to give the key back."

I walk over to the car and open the boot. I throw my bag in the back and go around to the passenger side door when I notice something, or possibly someone...