Hey guys I'm so sorry for the late update. I've been extremely busy. I've been trying to work on the story as much as I can. I will try to update as much as I can. I have to find time between my softball practices, but I will try to the best of my abilities! Please enjoy this chapter.

I awoke the next morning in Darien's warm embrace. It was the best night's sleep I've ever had. It was nice to not wake up feeling like I was alone with nobody to be with. I rolled over to face Darien, and I saw the most beautiful sight I have ever seen. He was fast asleep, but he looked like a dark God. I lay there and watched him as he slept. As he slept I felt the urge to brush his soft curls out of his eyes, and when I did he awoke slowly.

"Mmm good morning my love." Darien said sleepily as he slowly yawned.

"Morning." I said with a smile. "Hmm I'm hungry."

"Serena you're always hungry." He said with a hearty laugh.

"It's the morning of course I'm going to be hungry!" I giggled along with him. I started to get up, but Darien gently pushed me back down.

"I'll make you breakfast. Stay right here and I'll be back in a few." He gave me a quick peck on the cheek and darted out of the room. When he left, a huge genuine grin appeared on my face. I loved the feeling of being cared for. I haven't been cared for by anyone very much.

I rose up out of my bed and took a nice long stretch. I was feeling stiff so I decided to go in the shower. The water felt so nice flowing over my body washing away yesterday's grime. As the water washed away yesterday's pain, I thought of Darien's word from last night. He wanted to be with me ever since the day we met. The pain that I had since then was gone, and in its place was pure happiness. Even though I know Darien loves me, I still have fears about Raye. What will she do when finds out? I won't let her take away this feeling I have inside, and I won't let her get in between me and Darien. I know we belong together, we've been through so much. How could we not? As all of these thoughts were running through my head, I heard Darien's voice pull me out.

"Serena? Where'd you go?"

"I'm in the shower," I called out to him. "I'll be out in a minute!" I finally notice that the water turned cold and goose bumps were raised on my skin. I hopped quickly out of the shower, and dried myself off. I slipped on a sky blue sundress and grabbed a brush on my way out of the bathroom.

When I entered the room I was surprised with a tray on my neatly made bed. It had delicious looking crepes with strawberries on them and powdered sugar, along with a glass of orange juice. But a single rose lying on the tray was what hit my heart the most. I looked up with a huge grin on my face and found a sly smiling Darien leaning against the wall watching my reaction.

"Oh I love crepes and how did you know strawberries are one of my favorite kinds?!" I ran over to him and planned a kiss on his cheek. He wrapped his arms around me holding me to him. It felt so right to have this with him. Darien kissed my forehead and released me.

"Go eat your breakfast. We're going to have a long day today."

"Long day? What do you mean?" I asked curiously. "You know I have school right?"

"That is why you are going to call in sick after you eat." Darien said with a smirk.

"Oh so big college boy is telling me to skip school? Aren't you supposed to be encouraging me to school?" I said with a soft smile.

"Psh don't worry I think missing one more day of school won't kill you." Darien teased. "It's good to take a mental break every once in awhile. Now eat your breakfast before it cools." He ushered me to the bed and had me sit down. As Darien sat behind me he took the brush from my hands and began to brush my hair.

"Oh Darien you don't have to do that. I can do that after." I turned to take the brush from him, but he pulled it out of my reach as he pointed to the food with his other hand.

"Eat. I'll brush, I don't mind. Your hair is so beautiful and I'm having the urge to have an excuse to touch it."

"Fine, if it makes you happy." I giggled. I took a bite of the crepes and my mouth was in heaven. "Oh my goodness! These are so good! Where did you learn how to cook this amazingly?" I gushed.

"I've had lots and lots of practice." He said as he brushed my hair. "I was on my own a lot since my parents weren't around much."

"I know what you mean," I said sadly. "Why weren't your parents around much?"

"They're both doctors, and they were always at the hospital. So I cared for myself the majority of the time. What about you?"

"My father left when I was born, so I have no idea who he is and what he looks like. My mother owns a pretty large business company. She's always gone adding more branches. I only see her maybe once every few weeks."

"Oh I'm sorry. At least I got to see my parents for a short amount of time. Every time they were home I got to talk to them for a few minutes before they went to bed." Darien said quietly as he wrapped his arms around my waist and rested his chin on my shoulder.

"Its fine, I've been use to it."

"If it makes you feel better, I was orphaned as a child and I don't have any recollection of my early childhood. So the parents I have are actually my adoptive parents."

I turned around to face him and saw how sad he looked. "Oh Darien, I'm so sorry. That's terrible. I couldn't imagine not having my memory from my childhood." I place my hand against his cheek sympathetically."

"I actually don't feel any lost over it. Its kind of hard to be sad if I don't know what I should be sad about. But enough of this sad talk, we have a date to start!" He said with high energy.

"Okay let me call in sick." As I called in, Darien left to put the dishes in the sink. When I was done calling in put my hair into its usual pigtails and bounded down the stairs right into Darien's arms.

"Hey there," Darien laughed as he caught me. "Let's not hurt ourselves now."

"Oops, I didn't see you there." I giggled. "So where are we going?"

"Now that's for me to know and you to find out my dear." Darien smiled secretly.

"That's no fair Darien!" I squealed as I playfully pushed his shoulder.

We walked out of the house hand in hand and headed for the subway to get to the center of town. While we sat and rode it, we talked about pretty much anything that was on our minds. We talked about school, previous pets, funny situations and even friends. I was telling him a story from when Mina and I were little.

"Mina was always the one stood up for me no matter what. Like this one time a girl was picking on me about how my pigtails look like meat-balls. Mina went up and got in her face and started telling her that she shouldn't be picking on me because she has a pig nose. Then she started to oink and she kept doing it until the girl got so freaked out she ran." Darien laughed as I told him the story. I liked the sound of his laugh. It was deep and chimed like bells.

"She really did that?" He said still laughing.

"Yeah, that was the day we became best friends and have been inseparable since."

"I can tell, she seems like a very good friend."

"She is, she really is." I said quietly.

"Town Center exit to the left." A robotic voice chimed throughout the subway.

"That's our stop, let's get a move on!" Darien pulled me out. The town center was amazing as always. It was large and had buildings of all different sizes and colors. It was like a rainbow rained over the city, and left a beautiful landscape in its wake. The sunlight reflected of the buildings and added spots of glowing dots on the buildings making the city seem like it was glowing.

As I stood there taking in the city's beauty. I basked in the sunlight that left a pleasant feeling on my exposed skin. There was a light breeze that blew softly. It was an absolutely perfect day to spend with Darien.

"It's so beautiful today! So are you still not going to tell me what we're going to do today?" I said with a small smile.

"Well the first thing we're going to do is going shopping. I want to buy you a gift of your choosing."

"Oh Darien you really don't have to do that."

"No no. We're going and that's final. I love you and I want to spoil you today." He wrapped his arms around me and pulled me close. His lips were so close to mine, I yearned to touch them.

"I love you too." I told him with a small smile and closed the space between our lips. It felt so right to kiss him. We were like two pieces of a puzzle that fit perfectly together in harmony.

"Okay okay no more kissy faces, we need to stay on schedule." Darien said as he started pulling me towards the closest store.

"Schedule? When did you have a schedule?"

"Since I thought of it last night while you were sleeping." He stated. "Now let's get shopping!"

We went from store to store. I looked at shirts to dresses. Pants to skirts. We spent a long time looking but I couldn't find anything that appealed to me. "I don't think I'm going to find anything." I said for the millionth time.

"Okay I think I got an idea. Wait right here on the bench, I'll be back in a few." Darien quickly walked away. Which made me curious, but I stayed put. I sat there for awhile before a smiling Darien came back with an excited hop to his step.

"Excited?" I giggled. I noticed that he was holding a velvet box. "What's in the box?"

"Your present, I saw it a few days and thought of you. I was actually hoping that you didn't find anything you like so I could buy it for you." He said shyly. With that he handed me the box. The box felt so soft and smooth. I was so nervous to open it. My hands shook nervously as I opened the box. When I opened it I released a gasp when I saw what lay inside, a beautiful golden crescent moon necklace.

"Oh my goodness Darien. It's so beautiful." I was so awestricken. I've never seen anything so beautiful. "Thank you so much!"

"There's an engraving on the back. that's why it took me so long."

I flipped it over and read the tiny words, "My Moon Goddess. My Love." My heart was going to burst. In those five words I could feel the emotion, there was no way I could deserve a guy like Darien. In those words I could tell how much he loved me and I knew I loved him just as much.

"Darien this is the best present I've ever received. What made you think of the engraving?" I jumped off the bench and into his warm embrace.

"I've noticed that whenever you become really happy you seem to have a glow to your skin. That glow reminds me of the moon's glow." He placed a warm palm against my cheek. "You're my Moon Goddess, and I love you."

"I love you too." I stood on my tip toes and mashed my lips against his. I wrapped my arms around his neck to pull him closer, trying to meld into his body and become one. He was all I ever wanted; with him I knew I'd never be alone. Darien pulled away with a content smile.

"Now we have one more thing to do."

"Oh and that is?" I asked questioningly.

"A lovely dinner for a lovely girl." He said sweetly.

"Oh that would be great! I'm starving!"

"Typical Serena always thinking with her stomach and not her brain." He said with a laugh.

"Oh be quiet you butt." I giggled as I placed my hand in his. "So where is this lovely dinner going to take place?"

"In a very fancy restaurant. Let's go so we can make it in time for our reservation."

We arrived in the restaurant and the sweet aroma of food entered my nose. My mouth began to water along with my stomach growling profusely. "Oh gosh I'm so hungry!" I squealed.

"Serena you're always thinking about food." Darien laughed heartily.

"Well I'm hungry." I pouted.

We finally were able to get seated, and we both ordered our food. Darien ordered spaghetti and I ordered the same thing too.

"But on my order could you please add extra meatballs?"

"Sure no problem." The waiter replied.

"Extra meatballs for the Meatball-Head?" Darien teased when the waiter left.

"Oh shush, I just like meatballs." I smirked.

"I can tell." He laughed.

Our food arrived awhile later. "Oh this is really fast service!" I said as I took a bite of food, "and has really good food!"

"You're right, this food is really good."

We ate and talked about anything and everything. It felt like hours but really it wasn't even that. I was starting to dread the moment when this dream would end and I would wake up and everything I had with Darien would be gone. There would be nothing left, but the painful emptiness knowing what could have been would leave. But this wasn't a dream. I've pinched myself throughout the day, and felt it. This is real and true.

"So are you ready to go?" Darien pulled me out of my deep thought.

"Oh yeah, I guess I am." I said sadly.

"Are you okay?"

"Yeah, I just don't want this night to be over." I looked up at his eyes, they were so beautiful, and they looked like an endless ocean of changing emotions.

"Don't worry. If you don't want it to end it doesn't have to." Darien said with a smile. With that we walked to the subway. It was quiet on the subway, it was so quiet that I fell asleep right on Darien's shoulder.

I dreamed of Darien and I. I dreamed of us having a life together when we were older. We were happy, and still completely in love as if we were still young. We were playing in lush field with a little girl with light pink hair. I think she's our daughter. I could feel the love we had for her and each other. It felt so real, and I wanted it to be real so bad. I wanted that love. The dream came to an end all too soon.

"Serena? Wake up." Darien said quietly, gently shaking my shoulder.


"Its our stop." He lifted me up into his arms and cradled me. I nuzzled my face into his shoulder inhaling his sweet smell of roses.

"You can let me walk on my own you know." I mumbled into his shoulder.

"I don't mind carrying you. You look tired anyways." He said as he placed a kiss on my head. We arrive to the house quickly after. Darien set me on my feet, but kept his arms wrapped around my waist.

"Could you please stay again? Please? I don't want this day to end." I pleaded with Darien.

"Sweetheart I told you. This night doesn't have to end until you want it." He said with a smile as he pulled closer. He dropped his head down and pressed his lips against mine. The force of the kiss pushed me against the door. I could feel his hands all over my body, in my hair, feeling me as if he wanted to commit it to memory. He tugged my hair out of its pigtails and let it flow all around. I wrapped my arms around his neck pulling him closer, as close as I possibly could.

Darien pulled away first. He placed a hand on either side of my head against the door. He leaned his forehead against mine. We breathed in time with each other. Our eyes met and we both had the same thought. We wanted to be together. To be together in any way possible.

I turned around and unlocked the door. As soon as I entered the house, Darien spun me around and pulled me into another deep kiss. I heard him shut the door behind him at the same time. I ran my hands into his hair pulling him closer. We were still moving, walking towards my room while still locked in our kiss. Bumping into the walls, tables and chairs. I tugged his jacket off and tossed it. I peeled his shirt off, we pulled apart as his shirt passed between our lips. We pressed our lips together again, and I began to run my hands over his chest. He was so muscular. It was so hard to imagine that he was since he was so gentle.

We were at the bottom of the stairs when he began to pull the straps of my dress off my shoulders. All of a sudden an angry voice rang out, making us both jump apart. "SERENA TSUKINO! WHAT IN THE HELL ARE YOU DOING!"

I turned around slowly to where the voice was coming from, but I knew who it was before I even saw her face.

"Hi mother."

That's it for now:) I hope that makes up for the long wait! I'm thinking about wrapping up this story pretty soon. But we'll see if I want to continue it or not. Please keep being awesome readers! ~ Nerine:3