A/N: This is a continuation of Maybe Someday. So you'll probably want to read that before you read this one. It's not super necessary, but it'll probably help.
Again, I'm only 65 pages into Blood Promise (book 4) so everything I write is basically an AU. Also, please no spoilers in reviews, for example, don't tell me what happens to any of these guys after page 65 of Blood Promise =)
I;m obsessed with Lissa's comment where she said that she thought it would be a happy family of her Christian, Rose and Dimitri, so this may or may not become that.
Oh, and as always, all mistakes are mine.
Read on and enjoy =)
"Auntie Rose is here!" I shouted, bursting into Lissa and Christian's front hall.
I could hear Dimitri snort behind me as he took position by the door. I flipped him off as Lissa came running down the hall, her six-month-old daughter held tightly in her arms.
"Rose! We missed you!" she exclaimed, pulling me into a one armed hug.
"We were only gone for three days!" I laughed, but it felt nice to be missed.
"Well, three days is a long time without your best friend," Lissa said, bouncing Alexandra on her hip.
I made goofy faces at my niece, "Ooh this chubby cheeked monster! Give her to me!"
Lissa laughed, passing her over, "She really missed her Aunt Rose."
I hugged her tight, "I missed her too."
There was a painful tug at my heart when I remembered the conversation Dimitri and I had had two months ago. I brushed the thought away and focused on the blonde baby in my arms.
"She's going to be beautiful, Lis," I said, maybe just a little sad.
Lissa reached out and touched my arm, "Are you okay, Rose? Do you want to talk about it?"
I looked back at Dimitri, but he was pretending to ignore me. I sighed heavily, "Um, maybe later, Lis. Not up for it right now."
Lissa smiled brightly, but I could feel her confusion and worry for me, "Okay! Let's go inside anyway. Christian is cooking and you're on near guard."
I put on a fake smile, and followed Lissa into her kitchen.
Christian was, in fact, stirring something on the stove.
"Well, hello, Betty Crocker," I grinned.
Christian turned on me and narrowed his eyes, "You are so not getting any breakfast."
"Don't worry about feeding me, Sandra Lee," I giggled to myself.
Lissa chewed her lip, but I could feel the laughter bubbling inside her.
I took a seat at the island, resting Alexandra on my lap. She tugged at my shirt, drooling and cooing happily.
"How was Starkov's trial?" Lissa asked, blowing on a mug of hot chocolate.
I crinkled my nose, "Awful. Starkov's a dick and his lawyer was so slimy, I'm surprised he didn't have people drilling for oil in his head."
"Hey!" Christian shouted, "Hathaway, watch your mouth around my daughter!"
Lissa and I shared a look. I could feel the motherly love coming off of her in waves, followed by a strong desire for Christian. Ack!
"You got it, Ozera. Besides, it's Belikova now. Has been for almost a year. You forget?" I said, laughing and playing with Alexandra's hands.
Christian scoffed, "How could I forget? You were the biggest bridezilla ever."
Lissa laughed, "He's right, Rosie. You were terrible."
I frowned, "Do you hear this, Alex? Your mommy and daddy are beating up on Auntie Rose!"
I peppered kisses to her chubby cheeks, enjoying the baby giggles coming from her.
"So do you want to talk now?" Lissa asked, leaning towards me on the counter.
Christian's ears perked up, "Talk about what?"
I scowled at Lissa and she apologized through the bond.
"It's nothing," I said, playing with the hem of Alex's pink dress before looking out the windows, "Just a thing with Dimitri."
"Oh! Did you two fight?" Lissa asked, her concern obvious even without the bond.
"No, not a fight. Not really, anyway. Just a difference of opinion," I said, taking a sip of the chai tea Christian had made for me.
Lissa raised her eyebrows and I could feel her curiosity. She didn't say anything though; she wanted to respect my space.
Christian, however, didn't care about my space.
"What opinion? Did he want you to stop being so moody?" he asked, smirk forming on his face.
"Ha ha ha. You're hysterical," I dead panned, "No, it was...um...he doesn't want to adopt a baby like I do."
Lissa gasped, "Oh, Rose! I didn't even know you wanted to be a mom! And maybe Dimitri will come around."
I could hear Dimitri clearing his throat from the hallway, "I can hear all of you. You did know that, right?"
Lissa, Christian and I shared a look before laughing.
"I'm sorry, comrade. I forget that you like to eavesdrop," I laughed.
Dimitri stuck his head into the kitchen, "What my wife forgot to mention is the fact that we came to an agreement of possibly adopting a baby someday."
I gave a sheepish smile, "That may possibly be true."
Dimitri shot me a wink and returned to his post in the hallway.
I could feel the happiness coming off of Lissa, so I turned to her and asked, "What?"
"You're just so happy, Rose! After the whole, um, thing with Dimitri, I didn't think you'd ever be happy again!"
Lissa was referring to the period of time where Dimitri had been a Strigoi-a bad vampire. I tried not to think about it too much, he had been saved, but I didn't like thinking about him as anything other than a guardian and my Dimitri.
"Yeah, I guess I am. It feels really nice, Lis," I admitted.
"Good!" Lissa exclaimed, taking a bottle from Christian and giving it to me so I could feed Alex.
Suddenly, I felt a wave of nausea rise up.
Oh shit! No, not now.
I jumped up, and passed Alex to Lissa.
"Dimitri! Buria!" I shouted.
"I got it!" He shouted back, "Protect them."
Lissa looked around worriedly, "Rose? What's happening?"
"Strigoi," I growled, "I don't know how many. Christian?"
"I'm staying to fight," he answered my unasked question.
"Good," I nodded, "Lis, you have to take Alex and hide. Understand?"
She nodded. I could feel the fear coming off of her, but even more than that I could feel her determination to protect Alex.
She hurried upstairs and Christian and I joined Dimitri in the front.
There was already one Strigoi down, and Dimitri was fighting off two.
A worried pang hit me, the same one that happened every time Dimitri fought Strigoi.
But I shook it off and whipped out my silver stake.
Christian and I worked in tandem to kill four more Strigoi while Dimitri finished off his two.
"Rose?" Dimitri shouted from across the lawn, concern lacing his voice.
"I'm okay! You? Christian?" I called back.
They both shouted affirmative answers.
"What are we going to do with all of these bodies?" Christian asked, extinguishing the fire coming from his hands.
"I don't know," I answered, my breathing ragged.
Dimitri put a hand on my back, "Incinerate them. And look at that, you two will get more molnija marks."
Christian hid his pleased smile. He would never admit it, but he loved the marks that had previously only been given to dhampir guardians. Lissa once told me that they made him feel like a badass.
"Someone had better check on Lis and the baby," I said, watching Christian take off as the same thought came to him.
Dimitri and I watched him go. Another wave of nausea hit me.
"Dimitri! There's at least one more coming," I said, straightening up, my stake in hand.
His eyes widened almost imperceptibly and he spun around, looking for the Strigoi.
I screamed as I was lifted from behind and thrown across the yard.
I smacked into the side of the garage, my head making a thudding noise.
Dimitri sticking his silver stake into the Strigoi's chest was the last thing I saw before my vision went dark.