CHAPTER EIGHT

Dimitri's lips were stained with wet salty tears. It wasn't until I began to taste them and pull away that I realised I was crying. My hormones were currently raging. As he pulled away, he frowned and his hand came up to caress my cheek while his thumb traced my cheek bone, gently wiping my shed tears away.

"I'll see you soon, okay?" I whispered and sniffled loudly. I wasn't normally this emotional when leaving Dimitri. In fact, I never was. Yes, it saddened me to be leaving him behind for a few months, but now the thought was almost unbearable. In a way, it was sort of funny because Dimitri had no idea what to do when my hormones sent me into raging fumes or tearful sobs. I think it scared him out of his mind. He had never seen me so emotional or weak, not even when I had been shadow-kissed and the darkness had been slowly consuming me.

"I'll see you soon." He replied and reluctantly I drew away and followed Lissa onto the plane which would take us to LeHigh.

Time at LeHigh passed slowly. I woke many mornings with morning sickness, the tablets not doing a whole lot for me, and Lissa would come in at whatever ungodly hour of the morning and hold my hair back while I puked. Every night I fell asleep in an empty, cold bed, longing for the feel of Dimitri's arms. I spent my days, following Lissa around the college hallways and watching as her baby belly began to expand.

We stayed at LeHigh for a month. Lissa had wanted to go back home on weekends but her work allocations had grown until she had to substitute. My stomach began to grow as well, finally developing from a flat belly to one where I could see my baby growing. While, Lissa was now five months pregnant, I was only four.

Aside from the morning sickness, I loved pregnancy. It scared me to no end when I thought that I had a baby inside of me that required protecting and looking after. Most of the time it made me want to cry because I didn't believe that I could actually do this, actually raise a baby. I was a dhampir, a guardian of moroi. I wasn't going to be able to take off a lot of time to raise a child, not when I had to protect Lissa and now her unborn child from harm. Finally I was beginning to understand why my mother hadn't paid me much attention, why she hadn't raised me herself. I never wanted to do that to my child though, I wanted to watch my child grow up, I wanted to watch as it grew tendrils of hair, as it lost its first tooth or took its first step and then began to run. And I knew, with Dimitri at my side, that maybe I could do all of those things while still being the kick-ass dhampir I was. But even still, the thought always loomed over my head, clouding my thoughts.

"Rose, come here, quickly!" I heard someone exclaim, breaking me out of my thoughts. Today was the day that we were heading home and currently, we were waiting for the plane. Lissa stood to my right, her hand clutching her small belly and her face an open expression of shock.

Instantly, I was alarmed. "Lissa? Are you okay?"

She clutched my hand in hers and dragged it over to her stomach. It was incredible, I had never felt anything like it before. The baby was kicking for the very first time. It was an incredible feeling and had to feel even more amazing to Lissa. I couldn't wait until the time mine started to kick and I could imagine the expression on Dimitri's face when he felt a small foot thumping away beneath the palm of his hand. The image almost made me smile right there and then.

"I just wish Christian was here to feel it…" I felt sorry for her. Of course she would want Christian to feel it. It was the moment that their baby was finally beginning to kick, the moment that made it all so much more real.

"He can tonight. Thank goodness I can no longer view your sex life…"

She slapped me playfully on the arm and grinned. "You're right."

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There he was, looking as beautiful as ever. His long, silky brown hair was tied back into a pony tail, a few strands escaping to lie softly on his cheeks. His brown eyes that I had lost myself in countless of times, immediately found mine and instantly he broke into a grin. Christian and Lissa were already embracing each other and leaving to do god knows what in the bedroom.

Dimitri immediately wrapped his arms around my waist when I approached and I buried my face into his chest, breathing in the scent that always made me feel safe and like I was home. "I missed you." He breathed and I nodded my head against him, indicating that I had missed him too.

He pulled back slightly and glanced down at my belly. "Wow," He murmured and placed a hand over it, mine following it shortly after. "It's really grown."

I could tell that if he were alone at that moment, Dimitri would be down on his knees in front of me, caressing my stomach, kissing it with butterfly kisses, and talking sweet nothings. So, I clutched his hand in mine and began to lead him away to our apartment.

Our kisses were feverish the moment we stepped through the door, our hands roaming over each other's bodies. Vaguely I was aware of my feet leaving the ground and my legs wrapping securely around his waist while he carried me over to the bed. The mattress caressed my body, the sheets tracing a map of my figure. Dimitri hovered over me, supporting himself on his elbows, his lips still capturing mine. I reached down to the hem of his shirt and he sat up, discarding the shirt on the floor.

That was as far as we went before he decided to start talking to our baby. He planted another kiss on my lips before trailing dotted kisses right down to my belly. He settled down on his side and caressed the swelling skin of my belly. Gently, he lifted my shirt up to just underneath my breasts so that he could pop a kiss right over my belly button.

"Hello, baby." Dimitri murmured, his thumb stroking small circles. I laid back into the pillows, watching the way strands of hair fell onto his cheek as he leaned forward. As he chatted, I ran a hand through his long, dark hair. "You're going to be the best guardian ever. You are going to be so strong and we can fight together. You'll love it." As Dimitri continued to talk to the baby that grew within me, my stomach grumbled loudly. I grinned; this baby was already thinking along the right lines. Dimitri met my eyes and chuckled. "Are you hungry, baby?"

I shrugged. "I've taught it well." I hated to break up the happy moment that we were having but I was absolutely ravenous!

Dimitri chuckled and came up to me, pressing his lips to mine. "Should I get you both some food?"

I nodded vigorously, I was eager for some food. "Yes, you should. Now go before we starve to death." He rolled his eyes at my dramatic phrase but left to go get me some food goodness. While he was gone I decided to hop in the shower. While I waited for the water to heat up, I stared at my body in the mirror. Shower time was one of my favourite times of the day ever since I had gotten pregnant. It meant that I had some time where I could marvel over how the baby was changing my body. My stomach had really grown since I had last been on the court grounds and now, I often found my hands naturally slipping down to the swollen skin and cupping it.

Finally once the steam had fogged up the mirror, I stepped in, allowing the warm water to rain down over my skin, releasing any tension I had in my muscles. When I emerged into our bedroom, dressed in pyjamas, Dimitri had food galore set out on our dining table. I felt my mouth water up at the sight of food; I felt like I hadn't eaten in one hundred years.

"This all looks amazing, Dimitri. I feel like I could eat it all!"

He chuckled and as usual, I bathed in the sound of his laugh. "Well you can eat most of it. You just have to leave some for me." He winked.

"Of course, of course! Can't have my baby daddy dying of starvation now, can we?" I grinned.

Dimitri stared at me with a surprised expression. "Baby daddy?" He questioned and began eating as he saw that I had.

I chewed a mouthful of spaghetti and swallowed, grinning and shrugging. "Thought I would give it a try. No good?"

"I think I can get used to it."

That night, for the first time in a month, I fell asleep in Dimitri's arms and had one of the best sleeps. He held me in his arms as I began to fall unconscious, and murmured in my ear about how much he loved me and our baby.

The last thing I heard him say was goodnight and that he would see me in the morning.

But something told me that I wasn't so sure about that.

A/N Hi guys, so normally I don't do Author's Notes, I've never had much interest in doing them. However, my views on them are beginning to change and I'm finding myself doing more and more. I've begun to come to the idea that they are a great way to communicate with readers and allows readers to know more about the authors behind the fanfictions. In my mind, I see the fanfictions as being a mask for the person who sits behind a computer screen and types out word after word. I just wanted to say a huge thank you to those who had read, followed/favourited, and reviewed. You have no idea what it means to me, it always brings a smile to my face. I think Author's Notes are going to become a regular occurrence from now on. Don't forget to review! 3