AN: This chapter was definitely harder to write than the first two and I'm pretty sure the next couple will be sort of difficult also, so I can't promise updates will be fast. I know this one took forever. Sorry, but hopefully it's good enough to make up for the huge gap in updates even though it is kind of short.
Disclaimer: If I didn't own Totally Spies the first chapter, how would I own it now?
Chapter 3: Slowly Falling
She stared into his sea-foam eyes and couldn't help but feel betrayed. She had trusted him without question, unlike Alex and Clover. Her feelings for him had completely blinded her judgment and now, here she stood, surrounded. Even in the circumstances she looked to him for help, the help she had been misled into believing would come from him. The smirk on his features caused her to flinch.
"What wrong, Sammie? Did you actually start to trust me?"
Sam's eyes snapped open. It was just a dream. She looked around and realized she had fallen back asleep on the couch. She sighed; maybe she was still a little hesitant towards Tim. The haunting smirk and taunting words from her dream felt too real. Sam picked up the magazine she had dropped on the floor and began flipping through it again as she waited for Alex and Clover to get ready. She looked up as Alex walked into the room, still in her pajamas.
"Hey Sam," she said yawning. "I just woke up and I'm pretty sure Clover is still sleeping, I think she has a hangover from last night. You should just go grab breakfast if you're hungry. We'll order room service."
"Are you sure? I could wait," she said, although she was pretty hungry.
"Yeah it's fine, we'll catch up with you before we go to meet up with Scam, I mean Tim."
"Okay, I'll see you in a bit, then," Sam replied heading for the door.
As Sam walked down the stairs her dream kept creeping back into her mind. She became frustrated with it. She knew Tim was on their side now, technically he always was. She couldn't put the mission in jeopardy. Alex and Clover already didn't fully trust him and they all had to work together to make this mission successful. She took a deep breath and inhaled the smell of the enticing food in the room and pushed the dream to the back of her mind. She got into the buffet line and took a little bit of everything, hoping the food tasted as good as it looked. She didn't have the best experiences with hotel food, but she'd never been to a five star hotel before. Her eyes scanned the room for a free seat and she saw Tim seated by a window.
"Hi, can I sit with you?" she asked.
He looked up, seeming almost surprised to see her there, but smiled. "Of course."
"Thanks," Sam said, grateful that there wasn't any awkwardness.
"Where are Clover and Sam?" he asked.
"Well, Alex is getting ready and Clover is, um, still recovering from last night," Sam replied, trying not to laugh.
"She drank more than she could handle didn't she?"
"Pretty much," Sam said, laughing openly now.
"I guess it's easy to do that when you're in that kind of atmosphere."
Sam snorted, "I don't think Clover even needs the right atmosphere or even a reason, just the drink," she replied.
Tim laughed and Sam found the sound a highly enjoyable one, even more so because she'd never heard it before. After talking for a few more minutes, Tim started to get up. "I should go lay out the floor plans so we can start planning the rest of this mission. Bring Sam and Clover when you're ready."
"Okay, see you in a couple of minutes."
He smiled, "Bye, Sam."
Sam walked up the stairs to the suite in a daze. Tim was so sweet. She then realized what she was doing. I have to stay professional! My feelings cannot get in the way. He's just trying to be nice and I can't read too far into it. She entered the suite to see Alex and Clover finishing up their breakfast.
"We should go see Tim in a few minutes. He's setting up the floor plans. We have to start planning the mission today," Sam announced.
"How do you know that?" Alex asked.
"I ate breakfast with him," Sam replied, trying to sound nonchalant.
"You ate breakfast with him? Willingly?" Clover said, astounded.
"He's not a bad guy, Clover. He's on our side remember?"
"Yeah, and you apparently still have a huge crush on him," Clover responded.
"I do not have a crush on him, Clover. I'm just trying to be nice since I'm the one who has to do all the talking." Sam replied, trying to remain calm, knowing that it was more Clover's hangover talking than Clover.
Sensing the atmosphere was becoming slightly tense, Alex cut in. "We should probably go now. You have the room key, right Sam?"
Sam only nodded before walking out the door leaving Alex and Clover to follow. Once she reached the room, Sam swiped the card and slowly pushed open the door.
"Tim?" she called. He looked up from where he was sitting, examining the floor plans.
"Hello, Sam, Alex, Clover," he said.
The three girls walked over to where he was sitting and sat on the opposite couch.
"So, where do we start?" Sam asked.
"Well, first there are some secret entrances that only the members of L.A.M.O.S. know about, or so they think. They will be left unguarded, so it would be easiest to go in through one of them," Tim stated.
"That makes sense," Alex said, "How exactly are we going to destroy the headquarters though?"
"Terrance has a main control center that I could rewire so that the headquarters would self destruct. I would need some time and help to do that," Tim replied.
"I could help you," Sam offered.
"And Clover and I could cause a distraction to keep the other guards busy," Alex said, looking to Clover who simply nodded in response.
"Okay, so all we have to do is make sure we capture Terrance and his gang before we blow up their headquarters," Tim said.
"Sounds easy enough," Sam replied.
They talked for a few more minutes, working out little details in their plan before they all decided that they had covered everything and their plan was as foolproof as it could get. As long as they stuck to the plan it should all go smoothly.
"I think we can relax for today and set out tomorrow. Jerry gave us way more time than we need," Tim said.
"Well that gives us more time to enjoy the luxury of the hotel!" Clover exclaimed.
Sam rolled her eyes at Clover's enthusiasm. "We should head to the beach nearby. It's a great day to swim," Alex stated.
"I agree, Alex. Let's go!" Clover replied, pulling Alex out the door of Tim's suite.
Once they were out the door, Sam turned to Tim, "Would you like to join us?" she asked.
"I don't know, maybe."
"It'll be fun, you should come if you feel like it," Sam said, walking out the door.
Sam made sure she packed everything she would need in her beach bag before she went into the bathroom to put on her bathing suit. She was excited to wear it, as she had just bought the lavender and blue colored bikini. After pulling on her cover up, she went out to meet Clover and Alex.
"Alright, let's go. I need to introduce Alex to some cute guys." Clover said.
"Really Clover, you're turning into my mother!" Alex complained.
"Hey, there is nothing wrong with wanting your best friend to have a sweet, loving boyfriend."
Sam simply shook her head at their banter, secretly grateful that Clover hadn't decided to find her a boyfriend. Upon arriving at the beach Sam found a secluded spot and laid out her towel, ready to relax and read, knowing that Clover would keep Alex busy. Just as she pulled out her book, someone came and sat next to her. She looked up to see Tim.
She smiled, "So you decided to come after all?"
"I didn't have anything better to do and you have been without your friends recently, so I figured I'd keep you company." He replied.
Sam laughed, "Well, I'm honored. Tim Scam is keeping me company."
"You'll find once you get to know me better that it's not out of the ordinary for me to keep my friends company. Now are you going to stay here the whole time or go swim?"
"Well, now that you asked, I guess I could go out and swim," she answered, getting up.
She slipped out of her cover up and turned to look at Tim, only to find him watching her. She blushed under his gaze. "Should we go then?"
"Yeah, let's go."
She ran ahead of him and into the surprisingly warm water. When she turned to look back, she saw that Tim had discarded the shirt he had previously been wearing. Sam stared for a moment at his muscled chest then looked away before she could be caught staring. They spent majority of the rest of the day on the beach. Sam knew before long that she was falling in love with Tim, but she also knew she couldn't do anything about it.
So I'm not totally happy with the ending and some parts of this chapter, but I really wanted to finish it. It's three in the morning, so I figured I should end it before the chapter gets worse due to my tiredness. I know there isn't a lot of romance yet, but it'll get there. I think I'll be able to put more romance into the actual mission portion of the story than I can here. Anyway, review? Let me know if you liked it.