Sorry it's been a few days. Reviews would help, if you want faster updates. This one is kind of bland, it's mostly dialogue and action. Thoughts, though?


"Hey," she greeted through a yawn.

"Are you okay?"

She pushed herself off the wall she was leaning against and nodded. "Just tired. Here are the outfits for tonight," she pushed three racks of clothes towards him. "I'll put them in the dressing rooms, okay?"

He nodded but took the handles of Shane's and Jason's clothing racks from her. "I'll take them. Sit down, Ella."

"But Nate, you have to get ready."

He lightly pushed her onto the couch. "Sit, Ells. I'll only be a minute."

When he came back less than five minutes later she was half asleep on the couch in his dressing room. He grinned and went to sit by her. "Ella?"


His hand went to her hair, running through it and playing with the ends. "How late did you stay up last night?"

"Until four," she mumbled. "I had to finish a design…" her voice trailed off and he chuckled.

"Get some sleep, okay? I'll come get you after the show."

"Hm." She turned to lay her head on him and he bit back a wide smile. "Promise you won't forget about me?" she whispered.

He pressed a gentle kiss to her hairline. "I promise. I have to come in here to shower, anyway."

She didn't respond, fast asleep on his chest.

He made to get up but she whined in protest. "Nate…"

He kissed her hand and laid it down lightly. "I'll come get you after the show. I promise."

After the show Nate quietly made his way into his dressing room, the only noise being his heavy breathing as he gathered things to shower.

After a shower he came out and grinned at Ella, still asleep on the couch. He considered waking her up but decided against it and simply scooped her up in his arms and carried her to the bus. "Nate?" she mumbled as he laid her down.

"Hey sleepy head."

She smiled weakly at him and tugged on his arm. "Stay with me."

He glanced over his shoulder at where Shane and Jason where planning to leave to go to a party.

She saw where he was looking and her face faltered slightly. "Oh, nevermind. Go have fun."

He looked at her, seeing her making herself comfortable on her bed on the bus, by herself. "Where are Mitchie and Caitlyn?" he asked, desperately trying to rid himself of the guilt of leaving her by herself on the bus.

"They're going with Shane and Jason, I suppose. I'll be okay. I'm too tired. Go have fun."

He sighed and hesitated a bit longer.

"I wouldn't be any fun anyway, Nate. Go to the party with them."

Shane nodded for him to come on, but when he spotted Ella he nodded in understanding before shooting him a questioning look. Are you coming?

He looked between Ella and Shane once more before shaking his head at Shane and closing the door to the bus and sitting down next to Ella.

She looked surprised he was still there after the door closed. "You're going to stay?"

He nodded and motioned for her to scoot over. She did so and he laid down next to her on the small bed. "Get some more sleep, Ells."

She turned to bury her face in his shoulder. "I don't know, I think I'd rather take advantage of my alone time with the famous Nate Gray," she told him teasingly.

He chuckled, wrapping an arm around her and pulling her tight to his side. "Oh really? Take advantage of it how?"

She turned so her face was in the crook of his neck and he shivered at her breathing on his skin. "I don't know. Maybe tease him a little." She kissed his neck softly before pressing harder and nipping slightly.

He was silent for a few minutes and she pulled away to look at him. "I'm sorry. Was that too much?"

He shook his head. "No," he finally responded. "I just didn't know how to respond."

He smiled and she smiled back. "You could take it up a notch," she challenged, bringing her lips near his. "Maybe."

He smirked and breathed on her lips softly. "Could I? Really?"

She nodded, trailing her hand to his neck to play with the hairs on the back lightly. "If you wanted."

He pressed his lips to hers feverishly, slowly pushing her to roll over so he was practically lying on top of her.

"Nate," she called after a few minutes of kissing.

"Hm?" he asked, dropping his lips to her neck and leaving butterfly kisses to her collar bone and back.

"I have a question."

He pulled away enough to look at her but still keep her in his arms. "Okay. Shoot."

"Nate…" she took a shaky breath. "I love you. Do you-"

Before she could ask he kissed her passionately but quickly.

"I love you, Ella," he breathed. "I love you a lot. Does that answer your question? I want you to be mine."

She beamed at him and pecked his lips. "Yes. That does answer my question."

Bad? Boring? Crappy?