“Bon huit Kristopher.”
“Bon huit Nicolette,” he kissed her cheek and let go f her small hand before they went their separate ways to their bedrooms. He stripped down to his boxers before crawling into bed. He turned the lamp off and attempted to fall asleep, but he felt as if something was missing. Staring off at the ceiling he thought of how much he loved the girl who was across the hall. He wanted to have her in his arms, to kiss her lips again. He had dreamt about them being together for so long and now that they were together he couldn’t believe it, he needed time for it to sink in.
Nikki was feeling the same way, she wished that Kris had said something sooner, but all that mattered was they were together now. She also lie in bed staring at the ceiling, wishing that she was in Kris’ arms. She didn’t want to push anything, but after twenty minutes she knew that it was worth a try, it was the only way that she was going to fall asleep. Rolling out of bed she walked to Kris’ room across the hall and quietly opened the door. “Kristopher,” she said quietly.
“This may be weird, but can I sleep in here with you?” She asked weakly.
“Oui,” a smile appeared as he said this. Nikki stood in the doorway a moment more, unsure if she had heard him correctly. “Nicolette?”
“Je regret, I wasn’t sure if I heard you correctly.” She stepped into the room and closed the door before getting into bed next to him, awkwardly.
A few seconds passed before they moved closer and Kris wrapped his arm around her. “I love you Nicolette,” he said and kissed her cheek.
“I love you too,” she smiled and soon they were both fast asleep.
The next morning Nikki opened her eyes, unsure of where she was. She didn’t recognize the room but when she felt that there was a set of arms holding her close she knew exactly where she was. “Good morning Nicolette,” Kris whispered, his breath tickled her ear. His accent sent a chill down her spine. “You okay?” He pulled her closer.
“I’m fine; it’s just your accent.”
“Ah, is it okay if we just lay here for a while?”
“Mhm,” she ran her hand along his Kris’ arm until she found his hand and laced her fingers with his.
Sleep soon found both of them again and when they awoke for the second time that morning Nikki turned to face Kris and stared into his chocolate brown eyes. “I love you,” he said before placing a kiss on the tip of her nose.
“I love you too Kristopher, how long have you liked me?”
“How long have you liked me?”
“I asked you first,” she smiled.
“I’ve liked you since we met in the Marriott. Luc kept telling me to ask you out because he knew how much I liked you, but I didn’t want to risk messing up our friendship.”
“Aw. I’ve liked you since I saw you at training camp but that was just, ‘wow he’s really attractive’. After we met and started talking, well you know what I mean.”
He said nothing more; he only stared into her ice blue eyes and smiled. They sat in silence for a while but the moment was ruined when Nikki’s stomach growled. “Hungry babe?”
“Mhm, is my amazingly talented boyfriend going to make me something to eat?”
“Of course I will,” he tried to loosen his grip on her but Nikki wouldn’t let go of his hand. “I have to get out of bed to make breakfast sweetheart.”
“I don’t want you to though.”
Kris smiled, placed a kiss on her lips and when he pulled away he rolled out of bed. “Stay here and I’ll be back soon.” One last kiss was placed on Nikki’s cheek before Kris threw on a t-shirt and left for the kitchen.
Nikki sat up in bed for a few seconds before falling back against the pillows. She took in Kris’ scent and smiled, the fact that this wasn’t all a dream made Nikki incredibly happy. When she had woken up that morning she had thought that she was still in Pittsburgh. Kris had given her the perfect birthday present. Already this trip was better than she had imagined it could be. Soon she was pulled from her thoughts when the smell of pancakes seeped into the bedroom. It drew her from the bed and led her to the kitchen. She walked up behind Kris and couldn’t help but stare, she was so in love with him.
“I thought I told you to stay in bed,” he said without turning to face her.
“Sorry it just, well the food smelt so good.”
“It’s okay baby, what do you want to do today?”
“Doesn’t matter as long as I’m with you,” she smiled. Kris still hadn’t turned to face her but she could tell that he was smiling. “What do you want to do?”
“Hold you in my arms,” at this he finally turned towards her. “Is that okay?”
“Sounds perfect,” a crocked smile appeared, this only happened when she was truly happy about something.
After breakfast Kris threw on a pair of shorts and Nikki changed into a pair of shorts of her own and another Pens tee. While she was changing there was a knock on the door. “Oui?”
“Can I come in?”
“Oui.” The door knob turned and Kris walked in wearing black soccer shorts, a tight red t-shirt that accented his toned body, and black flip flops. Nikki couldn’t help but stare at the man she loved. “What’s up?”
“Would you want to go swimming? You brought a bathing suit, right?”
“Yes and yes,” she smiled. “Any excuse to see my man shirtless.”
Kris smiled, “Okay I’ll get a few things ready and we’ll spend the day at the pool.”