*An Hour Later*
"Today was really fun," I lean back up against the back of the lift.
"Same here," Dan comes to stand in front of me. "Can we do it again soon?"
"Of course we can, Daniel. I'd love to."
Then, before I can comprehend what's going on, Dan's lips are on mine. I'm too shocked to do anything, so I just let him kiss me. It's not a long kiss; only about 10 seconds. Though, I love every second of it.
Dan pulls away as the lift doors open. His cheeks are a light red; most likely mirroring mine. He's become so shy, or maybe I do this to him. Maybe he's just this way around me.
I'm frozen by what just happened, so Dan has to pull me out of the lift into the hallway.
"Chloe, Earth to Chloe," Dan puts his hands on my shoulders and gives me a slight shake.
I snap out of my trance and look Dan in the eyes. "Why did you kiss me?"
"Because I really wanted to and couldn't wait any longer."
"Oh, it was nice."
"Amazing. I'd forgotten your kisses. I'm still not your girlfriend."
He frowns, "Soon."
I smile, "Sure. If I think we are back to normal, I'll give you the signal."
"And then you'll be my girlfriend?"
"Yes. Then I'll be danisnotonfire's girlfriend."
He smiles hi hot half-smile, "Sounds fine. Since it's going to be really soon." Then he starts pulling me to the flat.
"So you think, Howell. So you think."
*Late That Night*
I jolt up in bed; a cold sweat all over my body. A nightmare that felt so real. He beat me again and again. Stupid ex. I didn't end it with him soon enough.
I let out a breath and quietly get out of bed. Then, just as quietly, I exit my bed and head to the kitchen. The last time I had a terrible nightmare like that one was a month or so ago. Just when I think they're gone; they come back. It's like they'll never go away.
I get into the cupboard and get out a cup. Then I fill it with water and start taking little sips. Focusing on the water and trying to calm myself down.
"Chloe?" come's a very tired, very sexy, very concerned voice of the one who's yet to see me broken.
I look up at him. My Dan-yes, my Dan-is wearing some shorts and that's it. "Sorry, did I wake you?"
"Not really, but that's not important. Why are you up?" he starts rubbing on eye.
"I, um, had a nightmare."
"May I ask what it was about?"
I finish off my water and put my cup in the sink. Then I walk over to Dan. "It was of me and my ex-boyfriend. He used to," my voice breaks. "Beat me," I whisper.
"Fuck no. Any reason?"
"I'm not sure," a tear escapes my eye. "The nightmares are so real. It's too much."
He brings me into a hug. "I'll protect you, Buttercup. You can sleep with me, if you want."
"Lead the way then, Daniel. I hope you can fight off the nightmares."
He lightly tugs me towards his room, "I'll try my very hardest."
We reach his room and he hops in bed first. Quickly getting under the covers. Then I follow; getting under the covers to become warm again.
Dan pulls me close and gives me a quick kiss on the lips. His lips are as soft and sweet as I remember. "Goodnight Chloe."
"Night Dan. Thanks for everything."
He mumbles something, but it's too late. I'm already drifting into sleep. A sleep where I know I won't be pestered by nightmares because I'm in Dan's arms.