I am not a professional author and therefore there maybe repeats of phrases, please be kind!

I'm also from Australia so my English may be different to yours and I will probably vary between American and Australian spelling!

Chapter 14: RPOV

I woke to someone tapping on my arm very irritatingly.

"Rose, Rose, Rose"

"RAAAHHHHH" I yelled completely paralyzing Lissa with fear and almost making her wet herself.

"That wasn't funny", she huffed and pointed her nose to the ceiling.

"Well it was for me" I giggled, yes I giggled, I do act like a girl… sometimes. "Now what do I owe the displeasure of my sleep in being disturbed" I questioned.

She rolled her eyes at me. "It's time to get ready for the dance" She beamed.

"Of course how could I forget? how long do we have until the dance starts?" I asked sitting up yawning.

"Three hours, just enough time to get ready for the dance, and be fashionably late" she winked at me when she said the last part.

"So I bought us some robe to wear while we get ready and you know even when aren't" I handed Lissa a light Jade silk pajama set which consisted of a spaghetti strapped singlet, booty shorts and a robe to match with V on the left side of the chest on both the singlet, robe and left side of the shorts. She put them on and they matched her skin tone perfectly. My pajama set was the same but in black.

"Wow Rose, they are so beautiful. Thank you so much". She came over and gave me a big hug. I changed into my set and we started on our makeup, as we did we got talking. "Ivan told me that Dimitri and Adrian are half-brothers" my jaw dropped and I looked over at Lissa eyes widened. "They have the same Dad".

"Dimitri told me his Dad beat his Mum up and then he beat his Dad up, he was only thirteen" I said sadly.

"That's insane, poor Dimitri, I had no idea". I nodded my head and agreed, it is insane and I did feel sad for him. I hope his growing up was still good. Changing the topic of conversation I said "so the other night I was walking to the gym because I wanted to clear my mind, you know I was upset. I was about to enter when I heard Dimitri repeating this phrase or something do not deflower the Rose until you beat the Victor and claim the victory, what do you think it means? I queried.

"Do you think it has anything to do with you?"

I shrugged, "I really don't know" I responded looking down at my hands. "It has my name, and all I can think is what if it's to do with the thing that we were running away from when we were out there" I gestured with my hand and waved it, referring to outside the academy walls. She nodded and grabbed my hands.

"Rose, if it's about you, he will come to you or go to Ivan, Ivan will tell me and I will tell you, no matter what I say, I can't ease your mind and I know that me saying try not to let it bother you won't do anything, but just try okay babes, and you know that I'm here for you, always." She whispered to me. I squeezed her hands in response. Lissa started rummaging through her bag.

"Here I got this for you" She said shoving a box into my hands, I took it and was observing the box, Lissa pulled me out of my reverie. "It's not going to bite you" she joked with a little laugh.

"I know, I was just musing over how pretty the packaging is, and how special this is because you got it for me" I said elated. I opened the package and inside was the most beautiful Tigers eye Crystal choker I have ever seen, I looked up at Lissa and was about to say something.

"Here, let me help you put it on" I handed her the necklace and turned around. She put it on so delicately, the Crystal sat right in-between my collar bones at the base of my neck; I reached my hand to touch the Crystal and turned around to face her.

"Lissa, it is so beautiful you so much" I hugged her; I can't believe I have someone as amazing as Lissa in my life, so selfless, caring, understanding. I vow to never let someone hurt her, ever. She kissed the top of my head, kind of like a parent would do to their child. Family forever. We finished our makeup and moved onto hair, I straightened her hair and she curled mine and pinned it up. I looked at her and I voiced. "I'm going to wear the black dress"

She gasped in surprised, "The black dress, the one with the open back?"

"Yep, it's about time I stop being scared of what people say", even though I will still be scared of what people say, I can't hide them forever, right?

Lissa chose a dress that matched her pajamas, Jade green. Spaghetti straps, low V cleavage, floor length and with a high slit on the left leg going up to her hip. I chose I black floor length dress with low black, long sleeves, skin tight and frilled out at the knees. (Pictures on my profile) We both chose to wear black heels and use black clutches. "Are you ready to go Lissa?" I asked. She nodded grabbed my hand and we walked out of my dorm together laughing and talking, excited for a good night. We didn't even make it out of the dorm before we passed out.