When I Fell

Falling in love is tricky. There are so many movies and books that make it seem so easy and passionate and right but in the real word it's confusing and exciting and fun and frustrating and in the real world, things get in the way.

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23. XXIII

Ruby's point of view

We get back from the beach at about three in the morning and after many kisses goodnight (he wouldn't let me go which sounds sweet but it gets just a little bit annoying in the middle of the night when I want to go to bed) we part to our separate rooms. I towel dry my hair and then decide that it's too hot for pyamas and just go to bed without them.

And I mean completely naked. I think it's a good idea seeing as that's what always happens in films and it's meant to be refreshing and stuff and it feels that way until I feel the bed next to me dip as I'm falling asleep. I yelp and yank the covers completely away from Chris who's snuck into my bed and pull them fully in front of me before turning the lamp on. He's laughing.

"Did I make you jump?" he asks, still laughing.

"Shhh, you'll wake someone!" I hiss and then nod. "And yes you did."

He chuckles, grabbing my hand and pulling me towards him. "Come here."

I yank my hand away and make sure the covers are still... well, covering. He frowns. 

"No." I say, my face heating up. This wasn't refreshing or nice at all. 

"What's up with you?" he asks, his eyes narrowed.

"I..." I try to think of an excuse then give up. "Chris, I'm naked."

His eyes widen and the corner of his mouth turns up. "You're what?" 

"I'm naked. Like literally, butt naked." I say again and then feel a smile on my face. This is so embarrassing I just have to laugh. 

He grins, still amused. "Sorry, didn't hear you there, say it again please?" 

"Don't be a dick." I chuck a pillow at him with my free arm but I'm grinning too. 

He splutters and then laughs for a whole two minutes straight, muffling the noise with his pillow. I just sit there with the covers wrapped around me, trying to look nonchalant but I'm laughing as well, my cheeks glowing red. When he finally breathes again, he looks at me.

"Why are you naked?" he asks, not really over laughing. 

"Because it's warm!" I say, defensively. "I've heard it's refreshing!"

"Oh my god." he splutters again and I smack him around the head, lightly. 

"Stop it!" I groan but I'm laughing as well.

He doesn't stop laughing but he turns on his side to face the door, away from me, and puts a pillow over his head. 

"Okay, get changed then." he says. I can still hear the amusement in his voice. 

I look at him warily, even though he isn't looking at me at all. "Don't look."

"Oh yeah sorry, let me turn off the eyes in the back of my head with their x-ray vision, Ruby, sure."

"Shut up." I say and he chuckles. 

When I have my pyjamas on, I climb back into bed beside him, put the covers over both of us and take the pillow from on top of his head and put it under mine. He turns back over to face me and smiles at me.

"You clothed?" he asks. 

"Yes." I say and we both laugh, quietly. 

"You're a funny one." he drapes his arm over my waist.

"What are you doing in here anyway?" I murmur, resisting the urge to just touch his face because I feel like that would be kind of weird in such a casual moment. "We need to get some sleep, it'll be suspicious if we're the only two tired ones tomorrow."

"We will get sleep." he says. "I'm just getting mine here as well."

"What if someone finds out?" 

"I'll set an alarm."

I can't argue with that. We lie there with our own thoughts for a little while before a thought occurs to me.

"Chris?" I ask. 

"Mhm?" he turns his face towards me more, his lips resting on my forehead. 

"I just thought about something. It's kinda... forward."

"What is it?" he asks, softly. 

I hesitate before realising it'd be best to just say it. I'm glad I'm can't really look him in the eye right now.

"I think people expect us to have sex on this trip."

I feel him tense. "Who?"

"Oh, no, not anyone, I haven't told anybody." I say and he relaxes. "I just think they would, you know? I mean, even I kind of expect it. We never get time together to even just hang out really, it's like this is our chance, right?" 

"Yeah, you're right." I feel him nod and then he kisses my forehead before softly adding "What's bothering you, Ruby?" 

"I just feel weird about it."

"Then we don't do it, it's no problem." 

"It's not necessarily a bad weird." I tell him, shrugging. "I don't know. I know we haven't been together for very long at all but I don't think it's something you have to wait to do, you know?" 

"I agree."

"I mean, if you're ready then I'm ready but I don't want to do it just because we can. I don't know if I'm making any sense-"

"Ruby." he says warmly, sliding down in the bed so my head is on the pillow instead of his shoulder and he's looking at me. "I know exactly what you mean. I think that if it happens on this trip then that's fine and if it doesn't then that's fine as well. Just don't panic, if you're worried about anything then talk to me. Don't worry."

I nod. "Okay."

"You alright?" he asks in that ever so quiet voice.

I nod, smiling at him. "Yeah."

He smiles back, kissing my nose. "Okay. Get some sleep."

"Night." I kiss him and put my head on his shoulder where it always goes. 

"Night, Ruby." he whispers.

I almost tell him I love him. I feel like I'm in love with him. I don't know if it's too soon to think that or feel that way, but I think I am. It feels like I am.

 

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