Waking up to the sun in her face, Dolly rolled back over and flung her arm across the bed, hoping it would land on the comforting body of AJ. But this morning, he wasn't there, just like how he hadn't been there for the past six nights. The giant bed felt empty since she had no one to share it with, and she fell back into the habit of not rooming or interacting with anybody since her run in with Austin; Candy was the only person that would come visit her.
Ordering a quick breakfast from room service, she got dressed to go to the gym, throwing on her favourite pair of track pants and a tank top. While she walked down the hallway, her eyes were focused on her feet and anyone's that walked by her, not bothering to look up until she reached the elevator. The person beside her placed a hand on her shoulder and offered a small smile. "Hey," he whispered, stepping into the small shaft with her. "Things are going to be OK between you and AJ."
Dolly looked up, rolling her eyes at their gesture. "Thanks Alex," she whispered, staring at the ground. "But I highly doubt he'll even want to talk to me again."
"Why do you say that?"
She shrugged her shoulders, stuffing her hands into the pockets of her pants. "Oh, I don't know. Possibly because I lied to him for eight months about never having a serious relationship before. Oh, and the whole me having a kid thing that I never told him about? Yeah, that might possibly make him angry."
"Dolly, have you even talked to him?" Alex asked, raising his eyebrows. "I hate to be the one to tell you this, but he isn't just mad at you. This whole situation didn't invovle just you, Doll face. He's mad at me for not telling him, he's mad at Candy for not telling him, he kept in contact with Austin this whole time, and he didn't even mention him and Libby are together. Dolly, this is affecting more than just you..." The elevator came to a stop and the doors opened up to the gym, allowing her to leave.
When she laid down on a bench to do her presses, she wasn't aware of the guy that stood above her, spotting her on her last few reps. Struggling to put the weights back on the rack, Petey took the weights from her hands and helped her stand up. "Hungry?" he asked, handing her the towel that was on the chair next to the bench.
Dolly smiled as she wiped the sweat off of her head, "yeah," she agreed, nodding her head. "I could go for a bite." He helped her stand up, offering his hand which she gladly accepted, and together they walked out of the gym in silence in a search for Petey's Mustang.
The car ride, much like their first, was silent. Top 40 radio was playing to fill the void that sat between them, but this time the roles were reversed: Petey had all the questions and was hoping Dolly would be able to answer all of them.
Handing her the frosty, she unbuckled her seatbelt and leaned against the door, reaching over to take her snack. "OK," she said, letting out a breath. "You ask, I'll answer."
"How long?" Petey questioned. "You and AJ...that'd been happening for a while, hasn't it?"
Nodding her head, Dolly agreed. "Eight months. The night when we all went bowling and supposedly you were buying drinks for everyone...AJ and I, we just left. I got into a confrontation with Alex, so Joe took me outside to cool off and AJ and Daniels showed up. We stood outside for a while, just talking and then...AJ and I left. We went driving, we danced...Petey, you have to understand, he isn't like that anymore. He hasn't laid a hand on me, he's never hurt me, and I'm so happy when I'm with him. He makes me smile a lot." She put her frosty down in a cup holder and shrugged her shoulders, "I love him. Before, the whole concept of love totally scared me, but I was so young when I first expierenced it..."
"What about Austin?" he asked, taking a spoonful of frosty to his mouth. "Why would you leave him like that? Annalynn was only four months old...you know what? Don't answer. You seem happy with AJ and if you're happy..." he sighed as he put his frosty down, "then I'll be happy for you."
"No, Dolly. I understand that AJ is a big step for you, and to see you grin so much...that's great. If you're happy, then I'm happy." Dolly sat up and leaned over, wrapping him up in a hug.
"So, big brother," she whispered as they continued their hug. "Do I have your approval?"
Petey pulled back, only to put his hand on the back of her head and giving her a quick kiss on her forehead, "sure sis," he played along. "It doesn't mean I like him though."
"You don't have to," she whispered, taking a spoonful of frosty from his cup.
They returned to the hotel two hours later, just in time to get changed for the evenings events. Dolly grinned when she saw Joe standing in front of AJ's door. "Hey big guy," she greeted him, giving him a little bump to the hip. "What are you doing tonight?"
"Bachelor party for Alex!" He exclaimed, exchanging a high-five with the smaller blonde. "But uh...yeah...what are you up to?"
"I was hoping I could maybe talk to AJ before you guys left..." With a smile, Joe stepped back from the door, motioning for Dolly to take the lead.
"Just tell him we're at Viper in the VIP lounge. He's got his pass with him," Joe responded as he left.
Knocking on the door, she jammed her thumbs into the waist band of her shorts, playing with the drawstring at the front. When he didn't answer, she knocked again as she moved closer to the door. "AJ," she called quietly, sucking her bottom lip, "baby, it's me..."
The door opened slowly as he appeared from behind, his eyebrows raised, "yes?" he asked, not letting her in.
"Can we talk?" she whispered, not taking her stare off the ground. When she saw his feet shuffle over to the side, she let the right side of her mouth turn to a smile as she allowed herself in.
AJ watched, clad in only a pair of boxers, as Dolly made her way over to the bed and sat down on it, placing her hands in her lap. "I uh..."
"Were you ever going to tell me?" he cut her off, closing the door and leaning against the wood. "How could you hide something like that? Well, it was kind of odd that you didn't know the story...but it turns out you know it better than anyone. And here I was, the loyal, quiet boyfriend, not picking up on any of the signs. Alex though...how did Alex know?"
Dolly shrugged her shoulders with a sigh, "him and Austin were roommates when Austin and I were seeing each other. Alex didn't know until I was pregnant...no one knew until I was pregnant..."
"Surprise," he said with a chuckle, hands shoved inside his jean pockets. "You were going to do it again, weren't you? Find a guy, reel him in, have him love you, spoil you, treat you will, sleep with him, and leave. You were going to do that, but with me, weren't you?" he challenged as he stood in front of her. "You didn't want anyone to know about us, because you were just going to leave anyways..."
"That's not true," she whispered. "AJ, everything I've told you has been true. Every story, every feeling, every touch has been true, AJ. All of it! Anything I have ever told you is the truth baby, I promise." She kneeled up so she was on her knees, her hands on his waist. "I promise," she whispered again, feeling his arms wrap around her. "AJ, everything is true. I enjoy spending my time with you, and how you make me feel...you make me so happy...and at night, when you come lay next to me...I hear you," she admitted, placing a kiss on his collar bone. "I hear you slide into bed, and feel your kisses..." His eyes fell to the top
of her head as she snuggled to his chest, her arms tightening around his waist.
AJ's hands linked through hers so her grip would loosen around him and he laid on the bed beside her as his own arm wrapped around her tiny waist and brought her to him; he could feel her breathe her shakey breaths because she was holding back tears. "It's just..." he sighed as he ran his free hand through his hair and closed his eyes, "how do I know you won't leave me?"
Dolly cuped his face with her hand and placed her lips against his, silencing his question. He knew what she was doing, taking the attention off of her and putting it on him so she could forget about his question and not have to worry about her answer, that part was obvious was when she somehow managed to stradle his hips and make his hands lay on the top of her thighs. Her lips trailed across his chin and to his ear while her hands fumbled with the waistband to his boxers. "You'll just have to trust me," she whispered, watching him laugh at her attempt to take off his boxers
She laughed with him before she allowed him to roll her over so he was on top. Bending her kness so her heels were at his hips, Dolly slid off the boxers that covered him as she continued to kiss his neck, her hands playing with the hairs on the back of his head. While his lips covered hers, tasting the strawberry lip gloss that adored her lips, his hands gave in and began to slide the shorts off that she was currently wearing, allowing his fingers to trace down her thighs. A moan escaped her lips when the tips of his fingers began to play with her folds, causing her body to raise off the bed and suck in a deep breath.
When her shirt was discarded to the floor, AJ stopped and looked down at the naked body beneth him before taking her legs in his hands and seperating them gently, position himself just before him. Looking forward to see her green eyes, hesitent, yet needy, he watched as she sucked her bottom lip into her mouth with that coy smile on her face and gave him a small nod. He continued to watch her eyes, watched as they closed in pain when he first entered and watched when they opened again as her body tried to adjust to him.
Dolly laid there, motionless with her eyes closed as he hovered over her, his movements slow as he used his hand to brush away a strand of hair that laid on her face. She turned her head over to the side and brought a finger to her mouth, biting down so she wouldn't squeal as he hit the right spot. As his thrusts accerlerated, their breathing became more shallow and harder for them to catch, but just as she could feel her body get the unfamilar warm feeling of antcipation, her name was called out in a gasp and his body fell in a heap to the side. Disapointed, Dolly opened her eyes to look at AJ, who was smiling and looking back at her.
"Hey," he whispered, reaching over to link their hands together.
"You should start getting ready," she mumbled, "the boys are going to wonder where you are." Rolling over to place a kiss on her lips, AJ reached over and grabbed his boxers, leaving the bed to have a shower.
Getting under the covers, Dolly cuddled up close to the blankets, absently turning on the TV. Her mind was empty and her body was unsatisifed, but deep down in her knot filled stomach, she felt guilty.
Tucking a strand of hair behind her ear, she listened to the water running in the shower for the four and a half minutes it takes AJ to shower, not paying attention to the TV. Even when he sat down beside her in his half dry state, her attention was focused elsewhere, and it wasn't on anything in the room.
"Doll face?" AJ asked, laying down beside her with an arm around her waist, "what's on your mind?"
Turning over, she wrapped an arm around his neck, "nothing baby, go have fun," she answered. Placing her chin on top of his thumb, he kissed her on the lips, ignoring the half attempt she put in while she kissed back.
"I love you," he told her, giving her another kiss. When her response was closing his eyes, AJ gave up. Picking out a pair of jeans and a button shirt, he got dressed and found his wallet, taking out a lone credit card and his pass for the club, tossing the wallet on the bed. "I don't know when I'll be back," he admitted. "But you're going back to your room anyways, aren't you?"
She pursed her lips together as she nodded her head, sitting up against the headboard with the blankets up to her chest. "I got somethings to take care of still," she said, watching as he buttoned up his shirt. With a final smile, he started for the door. "Hey!" she called out, just as his hand was turning the door knob. "Can I get another kiss?" He took his hand off of the door and turned on his heel, flopping down on the bed to where she was to give her a kiss. She cupped his face in her hands as their lips met, letting the action linger longer than it should've. When he final pulled away, she blew him a kiss when he left and grinned to herself when she saw his wallet laying on the bed. Opening the leather, she took out every single bill he had left in there and counted: $265 American dollars.
With the smile still on her face, Dolly put her shorts and shirt back on and shoved the bills in her pocket. When she opened the door and entered the hallway, she took one last glance at the number on the door: 8. Eight months they had been together, long enough for him to realize that it was love, and long enough for her to realize that he was another mistake.
Turning on her heel, she shoved her hands in her pockets and turned, leaving the eight months behind her.
LegendSpeaking: I was sooo hesitent to put up this chapter...I don't want the story to end! lol. Ah, what a rollar coaster it's been, but I'll save the big speech for the next chapter...the last chapter, which I think you'll enjoy. I'll warn you now though, it's lengthy. But good. I think it is anyways, I'm sure you all have your own opinions, which I would love to read...when you review this story.