**This was posted on Monday by accident, I had scheduled it for later in the day and forgot it needed some editing and pictures. It was meant to be posted for today- New Year’s Eve. My apologies. Hope you enjoy! And if you’ve already read it by some chance, there’s some new scenes added, so I’m just saying…you may want to glance over it again! 😉
A follow-up to last year’s “Kiss Me At Midnight” short story
READ this before you read this new chapter…
What Are You Doing New Year’s Eve?
A short story
Soundtrack: LISTEN as you read 😉
***Although I will just say it is a bit more on the adult scale than the previous chapter. Nothing too crazy, but definitely a little bit of a sassier dialogue. I think you guys can handle it. 😉
They were friends for years, as he pined over her watching her date guy after guy. Until a pact between the two formed a new spark. Follow Aidan & Chloe’s New Year’s Eve journey, ONE YEAR LATER…where are they now? Are they in love and happy, or are they better off as friends?
A vanity full of beauty supplies; eye shadows, lip sticks, glitter, perfumes, the list is endless.
Chloe’s reflection is displayed in the mirror, a silk robe and her hair up in a messy bun, fresh out of the shower.
Ok let’s go this, she thinks as she sets to getting ready for a big night.
Her stomach full of anxious butterflies.
A little ways later, Chloe’s hair is done in a chic short messy style as she’s finishing up her makeup, with one final touch. She applies her lipstick, then smacks her lips together and smiles at herself.
She then walks over to her closet to pick out her outfit. Chloe pulls out two outfits- a short black dress and a silver sparkly romper. Chloe stands in front of her mirror taking turns holding each in front of her to judge- trying to make a decision.
Chloe hangs the silver one back in her closet and sets the black dress out on her bed. She then walks over to her dresser and pulls out some silver bangles, a pair of big dangly silver earrings, a big silver diamond fashion ring and a sparkly silver shawl.
Chloe throws on her outfit and walks over to her full length mirror again. She smiles as she turns to look at her outfit from all angles.
Chloe walks back over to her vanity, reaching for her perfume, out of the many, she reaches for his favorite, which by extension has become her favorite too.
She sprays some on her neck area and notices her ring sparkle on her right hand through the reflection in the mirror.
Chloe looks and removing it she puts it on her left hand ring finger.
She smiles at her hand looking at it, just then her cellphone rings.
She looks and smiles seeing the phone display the words “my love” on her screen.
Her heart flutters as she hears that special ringtone playing.
It never gets old, she thinks.
“Hi babe,” Chloe says in that sweet sexy voice she only reserves for him.
“Are you down stairs?”
“Ok I’m coming down right now.”
Chloe hangs up, and grabs a purse throwing her phone, keys, wallet, and lipstick into it. As she goes to leave, she stops and puts her ring back on her right hand, as she laughs and heads out.
As Chloe leaves her bedroom a frame of photos of she and Aidan come into focus…
BEVERLY HILLS, CA – NOVEMBER 18: Actor Andrew Garfield attends the “Band of Outsiders” dinner party hosted by Dewars at the Band of Outsiders Loft on November 18, 2010 in Beverly Hills, California. (Photo by Michael Buckner/Getty Images for Dewars)
Chloe opens her front door, to find a man in a suit waiting in front of her door, his back to her.
“Hey you,” Chloe says.
Aidan turns around with a bright smile, he’s holding white roses in his hands.
“Hey babe,” he says.
Aidan watches Chloe as she steps down from her front door walking toward him. His eyes take her in, registering her beauty.
“You. Look. Gorgeous. Even after all these years, you still take my breath away,” Aidan says with a sheepish smile.
“Yea?” she smiles shrugging.
“I mean I can’t wait to see what kind of sexy little number you’re rocking under that later, but uh, yea you look gorgeous,” he says smirking.
Chloe looks at him, narrowing her eyes at him, with a stern face.
He mimics her.
Her lips circle into a smile as she laughs.
Aidan looks at her lovingly.
“Well I may or may not be wearing your favorite set,” Chloe says sauntering up to him.
Aidan’s eyebrows raise, “The black lacey one?”
“Maybe.” Chloe says nodding yes.
Aidan smiles as he pulls her waist to him, he kisses her.
“Happy New Year to me,” he whispers as she laughs kissing him again.
“Are these for me?” she smiles looking at the roses.
“Nah, they’re for my other girlfriend,” Aidan says in a serious tone.
Chloe hits him in the chest, he smiles handing her the roses, she tip toes to meet him in another kiss, her arms circling around the nape of his neck.
“Thank you,” Chloe says smiling up at him.
“Thank you for making 2015 the best year of my life,” Aidan says looking at Chloe with admiration.
“Let’s hope 2016 is just as great,” Chloe says smiling. “Although I gotta say, 2015 is gonna be hard to top. It’s not everyday you get to fall in love with your best friend and live an amazing life with him.”
“Oh trust me babe I fall in love with you everyday over and over again.”
“Even when…we fight?” she asks curiously.
“Especially when we fight,” Aidan smirks.
“And why’s that?” She questions pursing her lips at him and narrowing her eyes in a knowing way.
“You know exactly why. There is nothing sexier then when you look like you hate my guts, like you want to rip my head off, but you just can’t seem to stop loving me. You do this thing where you can be yelling at me and then you just stop and you take a breath and you just look at me with understanding. And the fight’s over.”
Chloe looks at Aidan lovingly as her eyes sparkle softly.
“And then there’s the make up sex- yea that’s pretty fantastic,” he says smirking and chuckling knowingly.
Chloe gasps as her boyfriend’s response went straight from sappy romantic to typical guy. She smacks him in the arm.
“Shh. Someone’s gonna hear you,” Chloe laughs looking around and up at her building for any nosey neighbors.
“What? There’s nothing wrong with it,” he says shaking his head no, and smiling at a blushing Chloe. “My girlfriend is sexy as hell,” he reiterates starring at her.
“Ok. Stop.” Chloe says laughing and covering her face, burying it into Aidan’s chest.
“No. I’m not gonna stop. I’m gonna tell you how beautiful, sexy, smart, kind and talented you are everyday. Because you’re amazing and sometimes it’s like you don’t even know it. But don’t worry that’s why I’m here.” he smiles, holding her close.
Chloe smiles up at him.
“You’re the amazing one, I have never felt so safe, and so happy in my entire life,” she says cupping his face.
“I’ve had to watch guy after guy hurt you in the past. You deserve to be loved every minute of every day. And that’s what I’m gonna do. 2016 is going to be an amazing year for us,” Aidan says taking her hand and leading her to his car parked in front.
“Oh really, well you sound pretty sure of yourself,” Chloe says following him as she looks up at him curiously.
“Oh I am. I have big things planned for you this year.” Aidan says opening the passengers door for Chloe.
“Do you now?” Chloe says leaning against the car, challenging him.
Aidan leans closer to her “Oh yea,” Aidan says his eyes sparkling.
She goes to kiss him, but he instead grabs her left hand and kisses her ring finger.
“Stay tuned,” he says, winking at her as she looks at him slightly speechless.
Chloe smiles and gets into the car, as he closes the door, and walks to the other side of the car, Chloe begins to fidget. She begins to feel her heart race.
She looks down at her hand, biting her lip, she nearly squeals out loud.
Aidan opens his door, as Chloe tries to calm herself down and play it cool, while looking out the window.
Aidan sits, starting the car, he looks over at her with a smile. He pulls the car out of its parking spot. Heading off to their destination.
Soon enough their car pulls up in front of a hotel.
Chloe looks at Aidan, confused.
“Where are we? I thought you said your old college buddy was throwing a party?”
“Oh he is, we’re just not going,” he says smiling, and shutting the car off as he gets out.
Aidan opens the door for Chloe, as he reaches for her hand.
They walk toward the hotel doors, as Aidan beeps his car alarm, and Chloe holds onto the dozen of long stemmed white roses.
Aidan stops in front of the door, and turns to Chloe.
“Ok so, this is the thing- I need you to put this on before we go any further.” Aidan says holding up a black silk blindfold.
“Okay, Aidan, what is this?” Chloe says really confused.
“Well the way I see it is we’ve been best friends forever, but our first kiss happened last New Year’s Eve right?”
“Well then tonight isn’t just any other New Year’s Eve, it’s our one year anniversary.”
“And I think we’re worth celebrating- in style.” Aidan gestures to the fancy hotel behind him. “Will you put on the blindfold, please?” Aidan asks, with puppy dog eyes.
“I hate feeling like I’m not in control Aidan, you know that. If I can’t see, I’m going to feel all kinds of anxious,” Chloe says rattling off.
“I’ve got you. I’m not gonna let anything happen to you,” he laughs.
Chloe gives him a look.
“Is that supposed to intimidate me? Because I gotta be honest it’s kind of a turn on,” Aidan says with a slight cock of his head, looking at her, he smiles.
“You are shameless,” she says shaking her head with a laugh “I swear all our years of friendships and you never not once tossed out these sexually charged one liners.”
***Blast from the past…simpler times when all Aidan could muster up was a goofy grin. ;)***
“Hey all that pent up sexual tension has been building up, I gotta let it out,” he says smiling at her. “Just put on the blindfold, so we can move this night along.”
Chloe sighs. Debating.
“Do you trust me?” he asks taking her free hand in his.
“With my life,” she says smiling.
“Good answer,” Aidan ties the blindfold around her head, and kisses her cheek.
“Come on you,” he says taking her hand and leading her through the doors and into the lobby elevator.
Aidan presses the number for the 25th floor.
With just the two of them accompanying the elevator floor after floor, Aidan looks at Chloe. He smiles, pulling her and meeting her lips with a kiss. Aidan deepens it as he walks Chloe back into the corner of the elevator, her free hand cupping his face, as his hands circle around her waist. Working their way to the corner of the elevator, as their hands grip the railing on the wall of the elevator behind Chloe for support. Aidan moves closer to Chloe, leaving no space between them.
Chloe pushes Aidan away softly.
“Aidan,” she says with a giggle and slightly out of breath.
“Don’t worry no one’s in here,” he says kissing her again.
Just then the elevator dings, and the doors open.
Aidan gives Chloe one last quick peck on the lips, and taking her hand, leads her out of the elevator, down a long carpeted, dimly lit hallway.
Aidan stops when he reaches the end of the hallway, taking out a room key, he guides Chloe to stand in front of him, as he wraps his arms around her. From behind, leaning over her he unlocks the room door. Slowly guiding her into the darkened room.
“Ok we’re almost there, you okay?” Aidan whispers into her ear, nuzzling into her neck.
“Yea. I’m good,” Chloe says smiling. Her mind running a mile a minute.
“Ok just wait here, love,” Aidan whispers in her ear, suddenly vanishing from her side.
Chloe hears Aidan shuffling around the room.
He comes over to take the flowers from her.
A few minutes later she hears silence.
“Aidan, where’d you go?”
“Still blindfolded over here.”
Just then Chloe hears…
Maybe it’s much too early in the game
Aah, but I thought I’d ask you just the same
What are you doing New Year’s
New Year’s Eve?
Wonder whose arms will hold you good and tight
When it’s exactly twelve o’clock that night
Welcoming in the New Year
New Year’s Eve
The lyrics filling the room.
Aidan comes around behind her, untying the blindfold, revealing a romantic candlelit hotel suite.
Silver, gold, and cream hues fill the room. Balloons dance on the ceiling as white rose petals kiss the paisley bed.
Chocolate covered strawberries and a bottle of champagne- two glasses already filled, sit on the coffee table as the fireplace crackles nearby.
An assortment of appetizers lay on the kitchen island, her white roses stand nearby dressing up the spread.
“Aidan this is so perfect,” she says walking further into the suite and looking around in awe.
Aidan smiles, as he walks over to a nearby small table which holds a bunch of festive New Years hats, crowns, poppers, and noise makers. He takes out a silver and gold 2016 crown and a 2016 hat. Putting the hat on his own head, he walks over to Chloe handing her the crown, as she smiles and puts it on. He takes the two glasses of champagne over to her, handing her one.
“I know you enjoy a good party. And that you’re a people person. But when I’m in a crowded room, all I see is you. And no one else matters. I guess selfishly I just wanted you all to myself tonight. No interruptions. Is that okay?”
Chloe looks at him, her eyes sparkling.
“Yes, that’s okay. There’s no where else I’d rather be.”
Aidan smiles, pulling her into him.
“Happy Anniversary, my love,” he says clinking his glass with hers.
“Happy Anniversary,” Chloe kisses him, wrapping her arms around his neck.
As they continue to kiss, the song is still playing throughout the room…
Aah, but in case I stand one little chance
Here comes the jackpot question in advance
What are you doing New Year’s
New Year’s Eve?
…as Aidan begins to sway with Chloe in his arms.
As the song finishes, Aidan walks over to turn the tv on. The countdown to midnight is rolling: 1 hour left.
“Are you hungry, we’ve got an hour?” Aidan turns toward Chloe.
“No, not really, you?” Chloe asks a smile playing on her lips.
“Nope.” Aidan says noticing the look she’s giving him.
“Well then I mean- what can we possibly do to pass the time?” She asks playing coy.
“I have a few ideas,” he says walking over to her.
“Yea?” Chloe says smirking.
Aidan nods as he pulls her into a slow, deep, kiss.
His hands reach around to her back, unzipping her black dress as it falls to her feet.
Aidan steps back admiring his favorite lingerie on Chloe.
Chloe smiles pulling him to her by his suit jacket and kissing him, as she begins to undress him.
They walk towards the bed as clothes scatter the floor.
“Oh now we’re definitely gonna miss it,” Chloe says in between kisses. “And you bought all those poppers and noise makers.”
“I have a feeling we’re gonna be making enough noise all on our own, don’t worry,” Aidan says kissing her as they fall onto the bed.
Soon enough the count down begins as the crowd is heard on tv
10, 9, 8…
As Chloe and Aidan lay in each other’s arms, blissfully happy. Chloe snuggled into his side, wearing his button down shirt, her eyes resting.
7 ,6 ,5…
Aidan kisses Chloe’s forehead, as she smiles. He leans over to the end table and pulls the draw open reaching in for something.
Chloe opens her eyes, gasping.
2 ,1…”Happy New Year” Aidan says as he gets up to a kneeling position beside her in bed. “Will you marry me?”
Chloe just stares blankly as she watches the stunning diamond being slid onto her ring finger.
Aidan looks at her, waiting for her answer anxiously.
“I know it’s quick, and we’ve only been together for a year. But I figured we’ve been best friends forever, and it’s enough for me to know Chloe. I love you so much. You’re my everything. You’re it,” he says smiling.
“Yes.” Chloe blurts out, breaking her trance.
Chloe nods happily, kneeling in front of him, reaching for Aidan, she cups his face as she kisses him.
A little while later the two of them sit on the floor in front of the fireplace, clearly in afterglow yet again as they pick at the appetizers and drink champagne.
Aidan watches Chloe as she takes a sip of Champagne her ring sparkling on her finger.
“That ring looks sexy on you,” he says leaning towards her for a kiss.
Chloe smiles and kisses him softly, as he pulls her onto his lap.
“I love you,” she says in between kisses. “And this ring-” Chloe holds her hand out admiring it in awe.
“You like it?” Aidan says holding her waist as she sits on his lap.
“It’s breathtaking,” she says still in a fog.
“Fitting, for a girl like you,” he smiles as she leans down to kiss him.
“I love you,” Aidan says deepening their kiss as he leans them back they fall onto the floor. He continues to kiss his future wife, her ring glistening on her hand as it circles around his bare back. The shine complimenting the glistening from the fireplace.
“I still can’t believe this. We’re engaged!” she smiles, as he looks down at her ring.
“Well believe it, babe. Because unlike the idiot guys that came before me, I know what I have. And I am never letting you go. We’re gonna be celebrating New Year’s Eve together for the rest of our lives.”
“Kiss me at midnight?” Chloe says holding her pinky up.
“Always,” Aidan says linking his pinky with hers as he kisses her.
As people all throughout the hotel and city streets scream and holler into the night, seemingly having the time of their lives. Aidan and Chloe were having their own quiet private party, VIP only.
HAPPY NEW YEAR!
I hope 2016 is full of happy and healhy memories for all of us!
* I do not take any credit for images or gifs used in my edits or otherwise.*
*the “photo frame” scene pics are not my edits, I do not own them.*
*the blast from the past gifs are not mine, I do not own them.*
(I guess I’m not the only one out here in cyberspace that thinks these two would make a great pair on screen together! Thanks internet!)