Move- Chapter 27

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Previously on Move– Read Chapter 26 HERE

Catch up from the beginning HERE

Liam makes his way around the gala, glancing at the stunning visuals around him. His eyes sparkling, his hands in his pockets. As his glance falls on Aria and Gertrude chatting with some people. Aria and Gertrude share a laugh as Liam smiles, letting out a small sigh of relief.

“You always were a sucker for the abstract?” a female voice says from behind him.

Liam turns and is met with that same leggy blonde Gertrude had secretly signaled from earlier.

“Laura Lynn Jones,” Liam says slightly confused by her presence, but remaining his usual polite self.

“Hey handsome,” she says with a flirty smile. “It’s been a while.”

“Yea, it’s been a while,” he says his eyes scanning the room for Aria.

Laura Lynn notices, and grabs his hand in hers, “Liam, could we have a chat, please, I just hate the way we left things the last time we spoke.”

“Laura Lynn it’s all water under the bridge,” he says pulling his hand from hers, “now if you’ll excuse me I need to go find my date,” he says walking off to find Aria.

Laura Lynn’s eyes follow, as she huffs.

Liam strolls effortlessly over to where Aria and Gertrude stand, “Hello, good evening all,” he says extending his hand to each of the fellow high profile buyers. “Good to see you,” he says nodding, “If you’ll excuse us, I would like to just steal a dance with my date here,” he says taking Aria’s hand.

“Excuse us, so nice to meet you all,” Aria says with a smile.

Liam smiles simply as he wraps his arms around her waist.

“Hi, miss me?” she says smiling up at him, as her arms circle around his neck.

“Desperately,” he says placing a sweet kiss on her forehead.

Gertrude’s beady eyes glare at them as she stalks over to the leggy blonde who watches from the bar.

“What happened? You were supposed to get him alone, while I distracted the girl,” Gertrude says annoyed.

“He didn’t give me the time of day, someone’s still sour about our breakup,” Laura Lynn says rolling her eyes and crossing her arms.

“Well do something. Quick. I will not have my son, parading around with a girl like that,” she says walking off in a huff.

***

Laura Lynn let’s out a sigh as she struts over to the bar where Liam stands grabbing a few drinks.

“That’s quite a girl you’ve got there,” she says whispering in his ear as her chest grazes his shoulder. Any closer and she’d be in his lap.

“Yes, her name is Aria, she’s the love of my life,” he says looking at her with clear intent as he shifts over and away from her.

Aria saunters out of the Ladies room in time to catch the exchange.

She watches and smiles as Liam puts distance between them while he waits for their drinks.

She smiles to herself as she walks over to him, she places herself in between the blonde and Liam, “Hi baby,” she says kissing him.

“Hey love,” he says smiling at her as he kisses her once more.

“Oh, hi,” Aria says pretending like she’s just now noticing Laura Lynn, “Where are my manners, I’m Aria, Liam’s girlfriend,” she says extending her hand with confidence.

“Hi, Laura Lynn, charmed,” Laura Lynn says shaking her hand gingerly. A fake smile planted on her lips.

“So uh, how do you two know each other?” Aria says smiling, her eyes challenging Laura Lynn, as she drapes an arm around Liam’s broad shoulders. His arm sliding around her waist, pulling her in closer to him.

Laura Lynn notices and decides to get even, “Oh I’m sure Liam mentioned it. We were engaged. Oh but that was years ago,” she says with a fake little laugh.

Aria freezes, as her face falls, and her body tenses against Liam’s. Her arm falling from his shoulders.

“That’s not exactly the whole truth,” Liam says with a sigh as he turns to Aria.

“Oh, I’m so sorry, I didn’t mean to cause any trouble. I just assumed that was something a couple discussed. I’ll leave you two alone,” she says turning on her heel, and walking away, a smile of vindication on her lips.

“Aria, love, please just listen to me,” he says carefully as he reaches for her.

“I just, um,” she holds a hand up, “I just need a minute,” she says turning and walking away.

Liam sighs as he throws back his drink.

***

Liam stands off in the side patio of the first floor. Drink in hand as he gazes out at the green garden lands.

Aria walks up behind him.

“Hey,” she says.

Liam turns slowly and faces her, “Hey,” he says cautiously.

“I’m sorry, a lot was running through my mind and I didn’t want to do react impulsively.”

“No that’s ok, you needed a minute to process and I understand, fully. I just hope that you’ll let me tell you the full story Aria. Because baby, you really don’t know what happened.” He says nervously as he walks toward her.

“I want to hear it all. Because Liam, I have to be honest my first instinct was to storm right out of those doors. Because I couldn’t understand how you wouldn’t tell me something as big as you being engaged.”

“I know- love- but if you just-”

Aria holds up her hand, “I’m not done.” Liam stops talking.

“Look, I want to hear you out. And I will. But not here. I know this night is a big deal for you and well, from the looks of it, Laura Lynn obviously had an agenda. So I’m going to be the bigger person and not let it get to me. Let’s just enjoy the rest of the night and the amazing art, and talk when we get home.”

“When we get home, huh?” he says with a cheeky little smile.

“Yea, why are you kicking me out already?” she says placing her hands on her hips, with sass and a flirty smirk.

“Not in the slightest, love,” he says shaking his head slightly as he reaches for her hand.

“Ok, then, good,” she says smiling up at him as he pulls her toward him, her arms falling onto his biceps.

“God, I love you,” he says smirking down at her.

Aria smiles up at him, as he leans in, kissing her.

Gertrude and Laura Lynn exchange aggravated glances as they watch from across the ballroom.

Liam deepens their kiss, as he groans against her lips.

Aria laughs, “Mmm mm naughty boy, not again,” she says pushing him away.

“Ugh, but you make it so hard not to want you,” he says pulling her back toward him.

“Hey, hey,” she says laughing and pulling his hands from her butt, “Let’s go buy some art,” Aria says grabbing his hand and pulling him back toward the ballroom.

“I’m already looking at the finest piece of art here,” he says smirking at her, his eyes flickering that knowing glare.

She turns toward him, and purses her lips at him, “Nice one,” she says with a chuckle.

Liam laughs as she leads them toward the nearest art display.

“They are laughing and acting all lovey dovey. Clearly what you did, didn’t work!” Gertrude says stalking away from Laura Lynn with a sour expression.

Laura Lynn sighs in defeat.

TO BE CONTINUED…

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Move- Chapter 25

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Previously on Move– Read Chapter 24 HERE

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Liam and Aria stand in front of his childhood home. It’s grand. A mansion to say the least. Based on Liam’s sleek yet chill apartment you would never know he grew up here.

“Are you sure I shouldn’t have worn that other dress? I suddenly feel like my boobs are very much on display in this,” she says nervously as she looks down at her slight cleavage.

“Well love, for me they are always on display, no matter what you wear” he says wagging his eyebrows.

Aria smirks slightly as she rolls her eyes. He can tell the idea of seeing Gertrude Whitmore again is getting to her.

“You look beautiful,” he says sweetly as he places a kiss on her cheek.

Liam presses the bell.

***

Aria laughs at something Liam says, as he smirks, he takes her hand bringing it to his lips he places a kiss on it.

It doesn’t go unnoticed by Gertrude’s beady little black eyes.

“So Aria, I’m so happy you decided to come. It means the world to me that you’ve accepted my apology and that we can have a fresh start.”

“Well, I thought it best we bury the hatchet, you know now that things are moving forward with Liam and I. I realize first impressions aren’t everything. And I know how protective family can be,” she says with a bright smile.

Nothing could take away how happy Liam makes her, even the possible disapproval of his mother. Her nerves had subsided once the initial apology was offered up. It seemed genuine enough. Aria loves Liam and that alone is enough for her to give this dinner her very best effort.

“Moving forward?” Gertrude says curiously.

“Yes mum, Aria and I are moving in together,” he says placing his hand on her knee, as she smiles she places her hand over his and squeezes it slightly. Liam smiles as he places a quick peck on Aria’s lips.

He’s come such a long way in such a short time. Telling her. Not asking for permission. Aria’s heart was soaring. What a man. And some PDA in front of her. Whoa. Hello New Liam.

Gertrude chokes on her brandy.

“Oh, wow!” she says clearing her throat quickly. “My apologies that just went down wrong. That’s so exciting. I’m so happy for you son. For both of you. Let’s have a toast, shall we?” she says holding up a finger to her butler as he nods darting off to retrieve a bottle of Whitmore’s finest and some glasses.

***

Aria and Liam sit back home, her shoes tossed to the floor, his tie off and sleeves rolled up, jacket tossed over the arm chair. The fire place glistening.

“That went incredibly well,” Liam says beaming.

“Yea it kinda did, didn’t it?” she says happily.

“Thank you for that, I know that couldn’t have been easy. I know it wasn’t easy for me.”

“I told you, I’m in this for the long haul Liam,” she says caressing his cheek softly.

“So am I. And I’m never letting you go, love,” he says leaning in and kissing her passionately.

Things start to get heated as usual.

Liam presses his forehead against hers, as he stares into her chocolate caramel eyes, “When are you gonna bring all your stuff over,” he sighs into her lips as he teases her with the possibility of another kiss.

Aria groans at his mean little trick, as she catches his bottom lip between her teeth. She bites down slightly causing Liam to groan as he deepens their connection.

“I told you, after the showcase. Ok? I just want to have one last fun girl’s night in with my cousins and my friends. I need that. I want to close that chapter of my life the right way.” She whispers against his lips.

“I understand. I do. I get it. And I want that for you. I just- I have a really hard time sleeping when you’re not next to me.”

“Trust me, I know the feeling.” She says her hands gliding across his chest as she sighs “But the showcase is this weekend and it’ll fly by,” She says running her hands through his sandy brown waves.

“I have a surprise for you?” He says with a smile as he places a peck on her lips.

“Really?” she says wiggling beneath him, her curiosity peaked.

“Not that kind of surprise,” he says with a smirk as he stands up.

Aria groans with frustration as she watches him go over to his briefcase and take out two tickets.

“What is this?” she says with a smile as she looks down at the tickets.

“Sky’s hosting this wine and paint party tomorrow night at her place, if you’re interested we can go. She wants us to go. Bring all the girls, I want to spend more time with them. I want them to know how serious I am about you. That you’re in good hands.”

“You had me at wine. But all that romantic, sweet stuff was just the icing on the cake,” she says smiling brightly as she intertwines her fingers in his. “Such good hands,” she says raising an eyebrow up at him.

Liam laughs.

“So you wanna go?”

“Yea I’d love to. And I’m sure the girls will love to join too. I’ll call them. Aw, babe I’m so excited. We’re like a real couple!” she says doing a little cute dance.

Liam shakes his head with a chuckle.

“Yea. We are,” he says kissing her. “Besides I figured it’d be a good way to relax before the showcase. I know you’ve been working so hard with trying to balance work at the gym and your rehearsal time. Let alone a social life,” he says smiling.

“You are wonderful, you know that?” she says beaming.

“I try, love,” he says shrugging his shoulders.

“You don’t have to try. Really. You are just, ugh, you make me so happy!” she says cupping his face with her hands as she places a big sweet, smooch on his lips.

Liam looks at her in adoration, “If you’re happy, I’m happy,” he says simply. His love for her growing with each second he spends with her.

***

Aria and Liam walk into Sky’s funky SoHo apartment that she shares with her bandmates. Aria’s girl gang in tote.

“AHHHHH!” Sky screams the minute she sees Aria and Liam.

Liam laughs as Sky rushes over to them.

“Look at you two, holding hands, looking adorable! I love it!” she says clapping.

“Thank you Ev,” he says giving her a hug.

“Your place is amazing! So funky!” Aria says hugging her.

“Thanks. Just like me!” she says laughing. “Oh I’m so happy you all made it, come come pick a paint station!” she says pulling Aria by the hand.

Liam smiles as he lets the girls walk in before him.

“Yolanda, Layla,” he says stopping them both, “Aria told me how supportive you both were about everything. I just want to say thank you. I know things are moving quickly for us, but I believe when you know you just know.” He says with a smile.

Yolanda looks at him, her heart beating against her chest at the sudden realization. Something just clicks inside her.

“Yea well, it took me a minute, but we do realize how happy you make her. And she really deserves that,” Layla says with a smile.

“I’m sorry, I have to go,” Yolanda says.

Liam looks at her worriedly.

“It’s not because of you, please, don’t misunderstand. I just, I have something I need to do. Tell everyone I’ll be back,” she says rushing off.

“Yoyo,” Layla calls after her.

“I’m ok, don’t worry. I’ll call you,” she says blowing her a kiss and rushing out the door.

***

Yolanda rushes through the silver sliding doors of the hospital. Catching her brief reflection through the glass, a woman determined. She rushes over to the surgery board scanning it for Dr. Matthew Greene’s name. Nothing. Her cute pumps digging into the backs of her ankles.

“Hey Claire, is Dr Greene on call today?” she asks urgently, ignoring her discomfort.

“Um, he was. But he just finished his shift. If you hurry you might be able to catch him in the parking lot. He just left,” she says noticing her distress.

“Thanks,” Yolanda says rushing off.

She bursts through the garage door as her eyes scan the parking lot for his toned, tall body.

She sees him, and suddenly her legs halt. What if she makes a fool of herself?

She turns on her heel and starts to walk away quickly, and then Liam’s words echo in her mind- “when you know you just know.”

She stops and turns swiftly walking toward him as he opens his car door to get in.

It’s now or never, Yolanda.

“Dr. Greene?” She says. He sees her and halts, his smile bright as always.

“Yolanda, Hi. I didn’t know you were working today,” he says.

“Hi, I’m not actually. Um…I came to talk to you. Do you have a second?”

“Of course, step into my office,” he says with a funny head tilt as he gestures toward the back of his minivan. The trunk opens creating a nice little seating area for them.

Yolanda smiles as she follows him and takes a seat.

“So what’s up?” he asks calmly.

“Ok, um, I don’t really know where to start. I-”

“If this is about the Leighton case, I read your notes. Great job.”

Yolanda shakes her head. “I like you. A lot,” she blurts out.

“Oh,” Matthew says surprised.

“Look over the past few years that we’ve been working together I feel like we’ve always had this underlying connection. We work really well together. I think you are a wonderful doctor and boss and all around just a really wonderful man. And I have felt like you’ve sort of hinted at possibly being interested maybe once or twice but I was never fully sure. And I worried what people might think, and how it could affect our professional relationship. But I-”

“Yolanda,” he says taking her hand in his. “You thought right. I have always had very deep feelings for you. I just wasn’t sure you ever noticed.”

Yolanda sighs as her heart beat slows down, and her mind becomes clearer.

“Yea?” she asks her eyes meeting his, seeing him for the first real time.

“Yea,” Matthew nods with a sweet smile as he cups her cheek with his hand, leaning in he places a sweet kiss on her lips.

Yolanda’s heart pounding against her chest and in that moment she knew, Matthew was unlike any other man that came before.

***

Aria and Liam sit side by side. A continuous pouring of wine into clear crystal glasses as paint brushes stroke blank canvases. Aria’s girl gang laughing amongst themselves as she smiles at the very bubbly hostess Sky.

Aria leans over to sneak a peek at Liam’s piece and it is already an image.

“Wow,” she says stunned, her jaw dropping.

“What?” he says with a sweet chuckle.

“Liam, you are seriously talented!” Aria says.

“Oh…thank you love,” he says sending her a sexy wink.

Sky walks over, “Ah so you’ve finally seen his artistic brilliance come to life?”

Liam rolls his eyes.

“Yes! I have! Liam I mean, you really should be doing this for a living, you don’t belong in a stuffy old corporate office,” Aria says her hand laying on his knee.

“I’ve been telling him that…for years,” Sky says with a knowing sister look.

Aria looks over at Liam in awe as his brush glides across the canvas.

***

“Sky, thank you so much, this was really great!” Aria says smiling.

“Of course I’m so glad you all came!”

“Bye Ev,” Liam says giving his sister a hug.

“Goodnight, we’ll have to plan something again soon!” she says smiling as she waves to the group as they exit.

Aria and Liam head down the city sidewalk, hand in hand.

“Hey Lay?” Aria says as she turns to Layla. “Has Yoyo called you yet?”

Layla checks her phone for the hundredth time that night, “No,” she says with a huff, “See now I’m starting to get a little worried.”

“Yea me too. This is so unlike her.” Aria says concern etched on her face.

***

Yolanda’s eyes flutter open as she is met with a ray of sunshine peeking through the luxurious cream lace curtains. And then she smiles remembering her night in snippets.

The hospital garage. Dr. Matthew Greene at his car. Her confession. His confession. Their kiss.

The wine. Lots of it. The local church. Rings. Vows. And sex in the most beautiful hotel room. Sex. Lots of it. Whispered I love yous. And calling him Matthew for the first few times. Screaming it a few dozen times.

Yolanda smiles as she turns toward the warm body curled up beside her. His muscular arm draped over her waist. A sweet smirk resting on his beautiful face.

Yolanda smiles as she looks at the ring on her left hand. She leans over and places a kiss on Matthew’s lips.

He starts to kiss her back, before he even opens his eyes. Fluttering open they meet hers.

He chuckles, as he pulls her closer to him.

“Good Morning Mrs. Greene?” he says smiling brightly.

Yolanda covers her face with her hands as she shakes her head in disbelief.

“Did we really get married last night?” she asks with a giggle.

“Oh we did.” He says smiling.

“It’s kind of crazy don’t you think though? I mean we haven’t even been on a first date,” Yolanda says baffled at this turn of events.

“Well maybe not,” he says lacing their fingers together, “but we’re not exactly strangers Yolanda. We’ve known each other for years. I respect you, I admire your character, and I see how caring you are and how strong you are. And I mean you are absolutely stunning. I’ve waited so long for you to accept this connection between us. Once you finally did, there was no way I was going to just date you. I’ve wanted you for so long. I’ve been in love with you for as long as I can remember,” he says looking into her eyes.

“You’re incredible, I’ve loved you for a long time too. I was just so scared. I haven’t exactly had the best luck with men,” she says.

“Well that’s all in the past now, I promise you and I will always be a team” he says pulling her into a kiss.

Yolanda smiles as she wraps her arms around his neck, as Matthew shifts them lower on the bed so they are laying down.

“Mmm mmm, wait,” she says pushing him gently away from her just when things were getting heated.

“More waiting?” Matthew says with a joking tone as he stops looking at her.

“What are we going to do about work…it’s not professional for me to have married my boss. Especially when no one even saw us as a couple in the first place,” she says worried

“Hey, don’t worry about that now, it’s our honeymoon,” he says smiling.

Yolanda laughs, “I’m serious Matt,” she says still worried.

Matthew looks at her, “God I love hearing you call me that.”

“Well that is your name?” Yolanda says laughing.

“Yea, but do you realize in all these years we’ve worked together, you have not once called me by my first name,” he says with a smirk.

“Well I think I certainly made up for that last night,” she says coyly.

“Oh, Mrs. Greene. You naughty thing,” he says laughing as he kisses her.

Yolanda laughs. But soon her laugh turns to gasps as Matthew works his way down her body, her mind losing all worry. Her hands gripping at sheets.

***

“Yolanda! I have called you like 100 times! Where are you? This is not ok! Call me back,” Layla screams into her phone as she paces her apartment floor.

Aria tries the hospital again, “Hi, sorry to bother you again, has anyone heard from Nurse Yolanda Lenz today, did she come into work?” she says her nerves bubbling as she paces alongside her cousin.

Layla looks on hopefully as Aria shakes her head no luck.

Layla sighs heavily, “that’s it I’m calling the cops!”

Liam looks on confused, “I hate to play devil’s advocate during a time like this but…”

“Then don’t Liam,” Aria says as she glares.

“Ok, hey, love, I know you’re nervous but think about it. You said she was going to find Dr. Greene and tell him how she feels right?”

“Yea?” Layla and Aria say in unison.

“So…maybe things…went well.” He says with a cheeky smirk.

“What are you getting at Liam?” Layla asks confused.

“I’m saying what if the feelings were mutual and things escalated…” Liam says insinuating.

“My sister would never just go home with some guy!” Layla says annoyed.

“But from what I’ve heard… he’s not just some guy. I mean haven’t they known each other for years? I mean Aria, love, think about us, I mean we were extremely invested really quickly and we barely knew each other. Think about years of pent up feelings, and attraction, I mean Yolanda could be…”

“Married.” Yolanda says, standing at the doorway. Dr. Greene standing beside her. Both wearing goofy grins.

Aria, Layla and Liam’s eyes all fall on the couple.

“I’m sorry, did you just say MARRIED?” Layla says in pure shock.

“Yes, I did,” Yolanda says happily as she holds up her left hand.

“I- I-I” Layla says stammering.

“What?” Aria blurts out.

“I realize this may come as a shock,” Yolanda says walking in cautiously. Matthew following suit.

“Yea, ya think?” Layla and Aria both say in unison.

Liam extends his hand, “Good to see you again, Dr. Greene.”

“Likewise, Mr. Whitmore,” Matthew says shaking his hand with a firm professional grip.

“How the hell did this happen, not judging, just so confused!” Aria says her eyes darting between the newlyweds.

“Ok, that’s understandable, why don’t we sit and Matt and I will tell you everything.”

“Well maybe not…everything Hun,” Matt says with a shy smirk.

“Oh my god, have you two already had sex?” Layla blurts out.

“Layla, I would very much appreciate your discretion,” Matt says, his cheeks turning red.

“Oh you think she’s not going to tell us all about it, oh you’re so cute!” Aria says smiling as she slaps Matt’s shoulder playfully.

“Wait…what?” Liam says worried as he turns to Aria, “Do you talk about us…” he whispers.

“Bravo, Liam,” Layla says her eyebrows wagging.

Liam blushes.

“OK!” Yolanda says standing up sternly. “Ladies, my bedroom please,” she says pointing forcefully in that direction.

Liam and Matt exchange confused glances as the girls walk off.

***

Yolanda closes the door behind.

“I can’t believe you’re married!” Aria whispers loudly.

“Seriously Yoyo, how was the sex?” Layla says excitedly.

“Layla!” Yolanda says her cheeks blushing.

“No come on, you have to tell us! This is huge!” Aria says excitedly.

“It was…” she rolls her eyes at the notion of sharing, “incredible,” she says laughing.

“Ah!” Aria says clapping happily.

“Oh I knew it. He looks like he’d be good in bed,” Layla says doing a little sexy dance move.

“Ew, Layla. He’s my husband.” Yolanda says annoyed.

They all halt as Yolanda smiles brightly, her hands cupping her face. “I have a husband,” she says happily.

“You do! I can’t believe it!” Aria says.

“Me neither, you have to tell us everything!” Layla says pulling the two of them to the floor as she sits cross legged.

“Well I went to the hospital to find Matt, and finally tell him how I feel. And he was in the parking lot just about to get in his car. I asked him if we could talk and I just told him. And he then said he felt the same way. And then he kissed me. And it was in that moment that I knew he was not just a guy. He was the guy. My guy. And it was like this mutual agreement that we both felt. Like just dating wasn’t enough. All these years were just such a preamble. Marriage was the only logical thing. And believe me, I know how bizarre and unlike me this all sounds. But I just, I knew it felt right when we kissed. And Liam said something that stuck with me, in fact it’s what made me leave and rush over to the hospital- he said, “when you know you just know.” And I knew.” Yolanda says shrugging.

“My Liam, said that?” Aria says emotionally grabbing her chest.

“Yea, and it was like everything just kind of clicked and I knew I had to see Matt.” Yolanda nods with a smile.

“You guys are seriously adorable!” Aria says smiling.

“So much is changing!” Layla says her eyes starting to fill with water.

“Aw Lay, don’t cry,” Yolanda says as she pulls her into a sisterly hug.

Aria rubs her cousin’s back gently, trying to soothe her.

“I can’t help it. You and Liam are moving in together, you’re married! Don’t get me started on how sad I am that I wasn’t there!” Layla says.

“I know, I’m sorry. Of course I missed having my girls by my side. But Matt and I said we wanna plan a big wedding sometime in the future and of course you both will be my maid of honors!”

“Aw, of course!” Aria says smiling and clapping.

“So much is changing. Where does that leave me? I’m going to have to move out.” Layla says moving away and sitting on the nearby bed as she wipes a few fallen tears.

“Hey, no you do not! I would never do that to you!” Yolanda says her eyes beginning to water too.

“You’re married now. I highly doubt Matthew is going to want his wife’s sister hanging around.”

“Ok, well maybe we haven’t gotten to discuss living arrangements yet, but I will never not be here for you,” Yolanda says sitting down next to her sister and taking her hand.

“Yea and same goes for me too, Liam understands how important both of you are to me, you two are truly my sisters.” Aria says as she extends a hand to each of them.

The three girls sit there, in silence, holding hands, and taking in their last few moments with just the three of them.

“You know what, how about, Aria and I tell our guys that it’s just gonna be us three girls tonight?” Yolanda says with a smile.

“I can’t ask you guys to do that. I don’t want to be rude.”

“No you’re not, I think that’s a fantastic idea. Besides my showcase is coming up and I could really use some family time,” Aria says smiling.

“Really?” Layla says looking between her sister and her cousin.

They both nod as their tears dry and their smiles widen.

Layla smiles brightly, “Aw thank you both,” she says pulling them both into a bear hug.

***

“Ok…so….what do we wanna do first?” Aria says coming over with a bottle of wine and three glasses and joining the girls on the floor fort full of blankets and pillows.

“Definitely order food!” Layla says as Yolanda nods along.

“Mexican, Italian, Greek, Chinese?” Aria says flipping through a bunch of menus.

“Yes,” Layla and Yolanda say in unison.

“A little bit of everything?” Aria asks with a big flirty smile, “A smorgasbord of deliciousness if you will?”

They all laugh as they clink their wine glasses.

***

“Oh my god, I am stuffed,” Layla says lying motionless on the floor, arms spread out at her sides.

“Ugh, me too!” Yolanda says holding her stomach.

“Oh so, I’m the only one who is going to enjoy this insane chocolate cake we ordered?” Aria says holding the cake up in front of them. “Fine, more for me.”

“How can you eat like you do, and look like that? I’m a nurse and I still don’t get how she does it.” Yolanda says shaking her head and looking toward her Layla with a smirk.

“Hey, it all just goes to my ass, and Liam loves it,” Aria says laughing as she sticks her tongue out as they each grab a fork and dig into the cake.

“I really am happy for you Ari, and you too Yoyo. I’m just gonna miss this,” Layla says smiling with a shrug of her shoulders.

“Hey, no no, do not get emotional on us again, ok? Tonight is our night!” Yolanda says.

“Yea, so what next, facials, mani/pedis, dance party, chick flick?” Aria says smiling.

“Yea let’s do it all, in that order,” Layla says smiling brightly as she claps her hands.

“Great I’ll get the spa basket,” Aria says popping up.

“I’ll scan Netflix for our favorite rom coms,” Yolanda says grabbing the remote.

“I’ve got our kickass playlist ready,” Layla says waving her cell phone.

***

Aria, Layla and Yolanda have what feelings like a montage of the perfect girls night in, slumber party. Checking all their plans off their list. As they snap silly green faced selfies, and take turns painting each other’s nails. They dance around their apartment as they each sway to the music, their wine glasses half full and swishing around. Ending the night with a feel good rom com. They lay together amongst the blankets and pillows as the credits roll. Yolanda shuts the TV, they sit there in silence and darkness, as the night creeps in.

“I love you guys,” Layla says sitting between them.

“Love you,” they both say in unison as they all hug each other tightly.

TO BE CONTINUED…

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Move- Chapter 24

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Previously on Move– Read Chapter 23 HERE

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Aria sways to the music as she practices her routine in the bright light of the rehearsal space. The mirrors reflecting her every move.

Her mind not over thinking it. Her body instinctively knowing which move is next. Each movement connected to the beat like a note to a key. Like a moth to a flame. Like a paintbrush to a canvas. Her mind filling with her recent intimate moments with Liam. Embracing her sexual and feminine sides with each swirl of her lips, body roll and so on. She closes her eyes as she moves, her heart feeling the music.

After so many years of hard work, and dreaming of this opportunity, Aria felt more ready than ever.

She finishes her routine, her final stance strong. Beads of sweat pouring down her back and chest. Her breathing heavy, her spirits lifted. In just a few short days, her dream may just become a reality.

Aria smiles to herself.

Breaking her out of her sweet, dreamy state, Allie comes rushing in, her blonde hair bouncing upon her shoulders, as she holds her fedora like hat in place, her cheeks flushed as she fights to catch her breath.

“Hey Al! What’s up?” Aria says with a slight laugh as she takes a sip of water.

“What’s up? Don’t what’s up me! I just ran all the way over here! How do you say something like “I think I’m engaged,” and then just hang up on a girl? You don’t! That’s how. You just don’t do that!” Allie says bending over, “Ah leg cramp, leg cramp,” she says rubbing her leg.

“I’m sorry, I had to rehearse.” Aria says smiling.

“Yea well still…you can’t just drop that bomb on me without an explanation.”

“I’m sorry, here sit down,” she says gesturing to the side bench at the front of the room. Aria smiles and hands Allie her water bottle.

Taking a sip, and a seat, Allie starts to return back to the present moment, “So…explain, now please.” She says waiting.

“Ok so look, it’s all a little murky.”

“What’s murky?”

“The proposal.” Aria says wincing at her anxious, frazzled friend.

“What does that mean?” Allie says her brow furrowing.

“Well see he kind of asked while we were in the middle of ya know….” Aria says her eyes widening.

“Wait he asked you during sex?” Allie says confused. “That’s so Un-Liam of him.”

“Well I mean it was just really emotional for both of us. And I think we were just both right there, feeling all sorts of connected and he asked and I said yes. I think. But I feel like…I don’t know- does it count? I mean we haven’t spoken about it sense-”

“Wow…I mean normally I would say things like that don’t count for regular guys, but Liam seems a bit different. I’m not exactly sure what it means in his case. Why don’t you just ask him?”

“Because I feel like it will ruin things. Trying to dissect things always gets me into trouble!” Aria says in a whiney huff.

“Aria you can’t walk around not knowing if you are engaged or not, just talk to him. That’s how a good relationship grows. Communication. Learn it, live it, love it.”

“Ugh, why do you always have to be so smart….and right?” Aria says in mock frustration.

“Because I’m fabulous! Now let’s get you outta here so you can talk to Liam. You wanna share a cab?”

“Yea definitely,” Aria says, picking up her dance bag.

Allie loops an arm around her shoulders, “So…how’s the routine coming….”

“Really great, it’s done. I’m ready.” She says with a big smile.

“That’s fantastic, I’m so proud of you, so excited for you!” Allie exclaims as she and Aria walk into the city hustle, both their hands flying up in the air to hail a cab.

***

Dr. Greene’s car comes to a halt in front of Yolanda’s apartment.

“Yup, this is me,” she says with a smile. “Thanks so much for the ride, Dr. Greene, I really appreciate it,” she says turning to open the car door.

“Yolanda, we’ve worked together for quite a while, don’t you think it’s time you called me Matthew?”

“Um…oh well, I guess I never really thought about it.”

Lies, she thinks. There were many nights where Yolanda Lenz had dreamt of calling Dr. Greene by his first name. None that she would ever admit to.

“I see, well if you wanted to, you could. I just figured we don’t always have to be so formal.”

Yolanda looks at him as his eyes flicker a slight gleam, a small nervous smirk creeps onto his face.

“Yolanda…”

“I should get inside, my sister and cousin are probably waiting up for me, thanks again” she says opening the door and rushing out.

Dr. Greene looks after her longingly as he lets out a sigh.

***

Aria walks into Liam’s apartment, to find the lights dimmed, and candles lit everywhere.

Her heart immediately jumps to her throat. Liam walks into the living area dressed in a casual pair of black slacks and a nice open collared black dress shirt.

“Hey love,” he greets her with a 10 watt smile.

“Hi,” she smiles while he takes her hands in his, placing a kiss on her cheek.

“I was going to come pick you up,” he says pouting.

“Oh well I ran into Allie so we just shared a cab, no big deal,” she says with a smile, “What’s with all this?” she asks looking around.

“Well I figured you and I had plans to pick up where we left off, so I thought why not set the mood,” he says with a sexy smirk.

“Oh I like the way you think,” she says as she reaches up and goes to kiss him, she halts.

“What?” he asks confused yet disappointed.

“I’m disgustingly sweaty, let me go shower first,” she says making a face.

“Honestly, I think you look sexy as hell, you always do,” he smirks pulling her to him as his lips find hers.

“Hmm, well you know, I know you look all freshly cleaned already, but say we got a little dirty, maybe you’d need another shower?” Aria says looking up at him with a sexy, sly smirk.

“Hmm, I thought you’d never ask,” he says his voice showcasing a hint of a growl, as he scoops her up in his arms. Aria squeals at his un-expectant nature as he rushes them to his bathroom.

***

Aria let’s out a loud moan, as she moves with Liam, her hands in his hair.

Liam groans, his hand leaving prints in the steam on the glass shower door as his other holds Aria up onto him. Quickening movements and screams of passion and pleasure.

Aria looks up at him, her heart turning to mush. “My god, where have you been, my whole life?” she sighs cupping his face, as he smiles, she pulls him in and kisses him feverishly. Her hands gliding across his chest as the beads of water and sweat trail down the lines of his abs.

Liam gasps against her lips, his body aching towards hers.

“I want you, now,” she whispers.

“Again?” he says his muscles tensing up trying to stay in control of his desire for her.

“Yes,” she says biting her lip as she stares at him. “You know you don’t always have to be such a gentleman,” she says coyly as her hands slide over his back, pushing him closer to her.

“God, Aria, you leave me breathless,” he says lifting her up again.

***

Aria throws on one of Liam’s thin robes, as she ties it loosely in front of her. Liam, steps out of the shower, wrapping a towel around his waist.

Aria grabs a brush and begins to brush her hair out, as she wipes her hand across the mirror getting rid of the steam.

Liam comes up behind her, wrapping his arms around her waist. “That was one steamy shower,” he whispers in her ear.

Aria laughs, as he starts to kiss her neck, she let’s out a moan, as her hands reach up and slide around his neck, causing her robe to shift. Liam notices, with a playful smirk on his lips, he reaches and unties it, as it falls open.

Aria inhales sharply as a breeze glides across her body. Liam’s hands reach for her, sliding down the length of her torso.

Aria’s body falls against his, as she gasps.

“Don’t tease me, if you aren’t ready for the next round,” she laughs against his lips.

Liam laughs, “You my love, have no idea what you’ve gotten yourself into,” he says smirking.

“Oh really…do tell?”

“I’d rather show you,” he says his eyes flickering that usual heat as he stares at her reflection in the mirror counter.

Aria spins around quickly, “Show me now,” she says.

“With pleasure, my love,” he says smirking as he hikes her up onto the sink countertop.

Aria loosens his towel as they fall into each other once again.

*** A few hours later-

Aria and Liam gasp as they both fall onto a side of the couch.

“Is it me, or does that just get better each time we do it?” Liam says out of breath. Sweat covering his chest.

“No yea it definitely does,” Aria says running her hand through her now sweaty hair, trying to catch her breath.

“I think I have an idea…” Liam says smirking at her.

“What’s that?” she says climbing on top of him, so that she is straddling his waist. A small throw blanket tossed across them.

“Why don’t we do a bit of a christening of my apartment,” he says.

“I’d say, bathroom check, bedroom check, living room check…we’re off to a great start.” She says laughing as Liam laughs his hands sliding up the back of his oversized t-shirt she had draped on at some point.

“Kitchen?” he says raising his eyebrows.

“Oh absolutely,” Aria says as she pulls him by the waist band of his boxers toward that direction. “Where do you want me?” Aria says in sexy tone as she does a little cha cha step.

Liam laughs, “Everywhere, love, I want you in every inch of this apartment.” He says backing her toward a corner.

Aria’s heart flips, “Yes, please,” she smiles brightly. As he lifts her up onto the counter top, his lips finding hers in urgency, he lifts the shirt off her body.

***

Aria hangs her head over the bottom of the bed her hands tussled in her hair, as she lets out a scream of pleasure.

Liam follows as he falls beside her, clearly exhausted.

“I think we just made up for all those times we weren’t having sex,” Aria says laughing as her chest heaves up and down, a sweet pink flush creeping upon her cheeks.

“Are you blushing, love? Liam says smiling as he covers her up with a blanket so she doesn’t catch a chill.

“Yes! I just. I feel so…”

“What?” he says his eyes turning to pure blue pools of romance, as his hand reaches up and tucks a strand of hair behind her ear.

“I don’t know. It’s hard to explain. I just feel so much for you. It’s almost like it’s more than love.” She says looking up at him.

Liam’s eyes start to water, as she pouts, pulling him by his chin, into a sweet kiss.

Liam pulls away to stare into her eyes, “Aria, I know exactly what you mean. I felt that way the minute we met. And this whole time, I’ve been trying to make sense of it or justify us for moving so quickly.”

“I love you. I do. But sometimes I worry that we’re both so attracted to each other that what if this is all just lust. What if it fades? How can we be sure it won’t?”

“Because Aria, my love, I have never felt like this about anyone. Lust is easy. You can lust over anyone, for anything. But what we have, God how you feel in my arms, that’s so much more.”

“You know last night when we were together for the first time, you kind of asked me something and I-” she says nervously as she looks away.

“I was wondering if that was ever going to come up.” he says with a sweet chuckle.

“So you do remember?” Aria asks

“Of course I do,” he says placing a kiss on her lips as he cups her face.

“So, was that just a sex casualty? Or…”

“Well if you’re asking me if I meant it, then yes I did. Did you mean it when you said yes, or was that just you enjoying yourself?” he says with a sexy smirk.

“Both.” She says with a wince, “Is that ok?”

“Of course it’s ok. Did I get caught up in you and your body and the way that you make me feel, yes. Absolutely. But in that moment it wasn’t just about good sex for me, it was about wanting you and I to be forever. I meant it when I asked it. But in hindsight, I’m thinking it wasn’t the most romantic proposal. It’s not exactly a proposal story you can tell people.” He says with a small laugh.

“Right,” Aria says with a laugh, “I do however disagree with you, I think it was an incredibly romantic moment. It was beautiful, and intense and made me feel things I didn’t know I could feel.”

Liam smiles as if his heart is turning to mush. He reaches over and kisses her passionately.

“I love you so much, and if I’m being honest this is all happening quicker than I was ready for.”

Liam nods in understanding, but Aria could see the flash of disappointment in his eyes.

“I’m not saying no. I’m just saying maybe not right now. You know there are so many things we are still learning about each other.”

“No I get it. I completely understand. I don’t want to scare you away. It just kind of happened in the moment and I couldn’t help it. I love you so much. But I also didn’t want to bring it up and cause you any stress right before your showcase.”

“You are so wonderful,” Aria says running her hand through his hair.

“Mmm, so are you my love,” he says leaning in and kissing her.

Aria deepens the kiss.

“Mmm, I have to go,” Aria says pulling away from him.

“Hmm, no stay!” he says reaching for her as he pulls her on top of him.

“I can’t, I’m sorry. I have some stuff to get ready before the showcase,” she says straddling him as she intertwines her fingers with his.

“Say no more, your showcase comes first,” he says kissing her cheek as he lets her hands free.

“I mean, you know that I wish I could stay though right, it’s just that all my stuff is there and you know…”

“It’s ok love, I get it. It’s just too bad, all your stuff wasn’t here,” he says with a little chuckle. As their eyes lock.

Liam sits up as he just realizes what he said, Aria’s eyes widen with intrigue, as she slides off his lap.

“I um, couldn’t ask you to…I mean it’d be too soon….right?” he says slowly and unsurely, trying to feel her out.

“Absolutely too soon. I mean we would be crazy to do that…” Aria says her voice trailing off.

“Right of course,” he says starting to get dressed.

Aria shrugs on her clothes too.

“I should really get going,” she says frazzled as she grabs her dance bag and purse. “I will call you tomorrow,” she says placing a quick peck on his lips because anything else would get them into trouble.

“Bye, love” he says with an awkward wave as she rushes out of his bedroom holding her shoes in her hand.

Liam sighs as he covers his face, in frustration, “What did you just do?” he says scolding himself. He starts to rush after her, as Aria rushes back through the apartment door.

“Liam” “Aria” they both say in unison.

“I’m sorry, love. I’m not trying to pressure you. God I just can’t seem to keep my mouth shut.”

“Liam. Is it weird that I don’t wanna leave? Like the actual thought of not having you next to me in bed tonight is literally breaking my heart. And I know that’s not normal, but we’re not normal. Nothing has been normal about our relationship. So really why should be start trying to be normal now?” she says with a shrug.

“Are you saying what I think your saying? Are you saying yes?” he says holding his breath in.

“If you are asking me to move in with you…than yes, I’m saying yes.”

“Oh my god, Aria,” he says breathlessly, as he rushes to wrap her in his arms, placing a kiss on her lips.

Aria laughs as he swings her around.

“I love you, and I never wanted you to leave either,” he says with a big grin.

“Well now I won’t have to,” she says shrugging.

“You’re really gonna move in?” he asks his eyes watering again.

“If you’ll have me?” she says shrugging as she places a hand gently on his cheek.

“Always, always my love,” he says pulling her into a passionate kiss, as he walks her toward his bedroom.

Aria stops them, “You know where we haven’t done it yet?” she says her voice a whisper.

Liam’s eyebrows raise, “the balcony?” he asks confused.

“Ding Ding Ding,” she says with a smile.

“Aria…babe…really…out in the open like that?” he says with a smirk.

“Liam Whitmore, you are way less conservative than everyone thinks…wayyyyy, less,” she says sliding her hands down his chest. Liam growls, as he lifts her up and walks them toward the balcony doors. Aria let’s out a laugh.

***

“I’m sorry… what did you just say?” Allie says sitting across from her best friend as they sip lattes in their favorite coffee shop.

Aria winces. Out of all people who could understand the power of being in love, she would think Allie would get it.

“You think I’m crazy?” Aria asks her eyebrows raising, expectantly.

“I do. I mean it’s all very quick. But you look so happy. Are you happy?”

“I am. Happier than I’ve ever been. I just…I um, I just keep waiting for something to ruin it. Like he’s just too good to be true.”

“Ah, well don’t go down that road girl. You’ve been there before. Do you want the universe to prove you right?” Allie asks with a slick tilt of her head.

“Ok in all fairness, Liam just needed a little push in the right direction the first time. I won’t hold him wanting to keep his family together, against him. He really is a good man, and he loves me.”

“As long as you’re happy?” Allie says

“I am.”

“Ok then, I support that,” Allie says with a smile as she raises her coffee up in a cheers to Aria.

“Thank you, because I really need you to help me figure out how the hell I’m going to tell Yolanda and Layla.”

“Oh you’re on your own there,” Allie says with a smirk and a wink.

Aria laughs as she rolls her eyes.

***

Yolanda walks into the kitchen, a big yawn on her lips. As Layla sits at the kitchen nook, studying for her criminal justice exam and sipping on some tea.

Aria places a plate of food in front of her as Layla smiles her thanks, still absorbed in her books and scribbling down notes.

“Good morning sleepy head. You must have hand a busy few days, I feel like you never sleep this late?” Aria says.

“Yea. It’s been crazy at the hospital lately.” She says as she scans the kitchen countertops in awe. “This is some spread,” Yolanda says. Aria set out plates of mini muffins, pancakes, bacon, eggs, fresh fruit and freshly squeezed orange juice.

“Yea I just figured I’d do something nice for my two favorite roommates,” Aria says with a smile.

“Hmm well that’s sweet of you, Thank you” Yolanda says as Aria hands her a plate with everything on it.

Aria makes her own plate and joins her cousins.

Aria watches as Yolanda and Layla take their last few bites of breakfast. Fists resting under her chin, waiting for her moment to break the news.

Yolanda notices her direct focus on them, “What’s up?” she asks.

“Yea, you look like you have something you’re dying to say?” Layla says suddenly catching on and looking up from her notes.

“Ok, so there is something that I have to tell you both…” she says her voice trailing off as she tries to find the perfect words.

She and her cousins have grown so close in a matter of a few years. They are the only family she has left. As much as she loves Liam and wants to start this new chapter with him, a part of her can’t help but mourn the ending of an incredible chapter with two of her favorite girls.

“Are you pregnant?” Layla blurts out. Yolanda’s eyes widen as they dart from Layla back to Aria.

“No!” Aria says taken aback by her sudden accusation and commentary on her possible lack of responsible action. She and Liam are always careful.

“Oh thank god,” Yolanda says clutching her chest, “I mean look obviously if you were, we would support you and we would have made it work, but this apartment is small.” She says with a laugh.

“Um…actually it’s about to get a little bigger,” Aria says fidgeting with her hands awkwardly.

Yolanda and Layla exchange glances.

“Wait…are you trying to tell us that you’re moving out?” Layla asks shocked.

“Yes, and in with Liam.” Aria says cautiously her eyes trying to get a read on them.

“That’s insane!” Layla says as she stands up angrily.

“I know that this is all happening really quick. And I am so sorry to spring this on you. But I really want this. Ok? Liam and I are in love and I’m really happy. I just can’t explain it, I know this is right. I really think this is it for me. I mean we’ve even spoken about getting married in the future,” she says cleaning up the actual story a bit for her family’s sake.

“You don’t even know him that long, and here you are talking about love, and marriage and moving in with him?” Layla says judgmentally.

“Layla like I said I know it’s quick, and I’m sorry but I want this. I hope you can find some way to be supportive.”

Layla crosses her arms and huffs, “I can’t believe you.”

“That’s not fair Lay. You and all the girls were constantly telling me to give Liam a chance and have sex and enjoy myself and now that I am…”

“Yea enjoy yourself, have a fling, don’t suddenly jump into moving in and marrying the guy!” Layla says.

“I said we’ve spoken about it. I’m not marrying him tomorrow,” Aria says rolling her eyes.

“Oh please, he’s probably already proposed,” Layla says.

Aria winces and looks away.

“He has hasn’t he? Oh my god, what were you just never gonna tell us?” she says getting more worked up.

Aria then realizes Yolanda hasn’t said a word. In fact it would have been easier to predict that she would be the one giving Aria hell. But no, she’s just standing there looking off into space.

“Yolanda…what do you think?” Aria asks, her nerves building in the pit of her stomach.

Yolanda’s eyes float toward her, calmly, coolly and collectively she answers, “If this is what you want to do, then I support you.”

Aria’s jaw drops and so does Layla’s.

“What? Since when are you this cool about things? I would swear you would be having my exact reaction,” Layla says in protest.

“Honestly same here,” Aria says, confused as ever.

“Look, do I 100% agree with your choice? No. But I have seen how happy you’ve been with Liam. I think he’s good for you. And you deserve to be with someone who doesn’t fear his feelings. We all deserve that.” Yolanda says looking down at her nearly empty plate as she pushes around a few muffin crumbs with her finger.

“Oh I get it…so this has more to do with you projecting your personal regrets of not being honest with Dr. Hottie onto Aria and her relationship with Liam? You do know they are not the same thing right?” Layla asks obviously annoyed.

Aria looks at Layla and then at Yolanda, “Is that true Yoyo? Is that what you’re doing?”

“I’m not trying to project. I just understand what you’re going through. Having all these unexplainable feelings that you don’t know what to do with and being afraid to act on them, or worse not act on them. I just wish I was that brave,” Yolanda says getting up and clearing her dish.

“Yolanda you are incredibly brave. You’re a nurse! Why are you always selling yourself so short?” Aria says softly.

“Yes, I’m a nurse. When it comes to medical cases I’m golden, when it comes to love. I cower in fear of feeling something real. But like I said this is not about me,” she says turning back toward her cousin, “I am happy for you and Liam, I want this to work out for you, honest. And by some chance if it doesn’t, which I hope is not the case, you know you are always welcome here. This will always be your home.”

Layla wipes away a fallen tear, “Damn it, Yoyo, you had to just go and make me cry!”

“Ugh, me too,” Aria fans herself, wiping at her own tears, “I love you guys,” Aria says waving them both over, “Group hug.” She says as they all hold onto each other for what seems like forever.

***

Aria lays on her bed in a thin silk, mauve lingerie gown. Twisting her damp hair around her finger, phone to her ear waiting.

“Hello?” Liam’s voice sounds, instantly making her heart flutter.

“Hey you,” she says her smile widening.

“Hey gorgeous…so how’d it go with your cousins? Did you tell them yet?” he asks a smile of his own creeping onto his lips.

“I did.”

“And?” he says trying to contain himself.

“They were surprisingly supportive. Layla was a little angry at first but she came around.”

“Layla, that’s your younger cousin right? The law student?” he asks confused.

“Yea. I’m guessing from your knowledge of Yolanda you thought she’d be the one to freak out right?”

“Well…yea, I’m sorry, love.” He says sheepishly.

“No it’s ok, honestly we all felt the same way when we spoke about it. Yolanda is turning over a new leave. She’s really happy for us.”

“Well that’s amazing. I’m so glad, love.”

“So…what are you doing?” she asks her eyes reflecting a certain sexy look.

“Nothing much, just watching a movie,” he says lying as he sits in front of his half painted canvas in his hidden art corner, brush in hand.

“Hmm. I miss you. I wish we were watching a movie together right now.”

“If you were here right now Love, we wouldn’t be watching a movie,” he says his voice husky, a smirk on his lips.

Aria smirks, knowing she’s got him right where she wants him, “Really? What would we be doing?”

Liam chuckles, “you know exactly what we’d be doing.”

“What room would we be gracing our presence with this time?”

“The bedroom, that’s where I do my best work,” he says letting out a laugh.

“Oh honey, trust me, it’s all your best work.” She says in a sexy tone.

“What are you doing?” he says laughing as he starts to paint.

“Nothing much, just laying on my bed, I just got out of the shower,” she says seductively, as she wiggles her body in anticipation.

Liam’s eyes shoot up from his painting, even more intrigued now.

“Really? (He clears his throat) What are you wearing?” he asks putting his brush down and sitting back on the stool behind him.

“Not much. Something thin, silk, and short.” She says teasing him.

“I’m cursing the miles between us love,” he says his eyes flickering a sensual want.

“Hmm me too,” she says her voice breathy.

“You know what I’d do to you if I were there?”

“Tell me…” she says her legs sliding along each other as she waits to hear all the dirty things he’d do to her.

“Well first, I’d kiss those perfect lips of yours for a few dozen minutes…”

“That’s a good start,” Aria says stroking her bottom lip.

“Well love, that’s just it, it would be just the start. Once we were done, you wouldn’t be able to breathe much, let alone move.”

A moan escapes Aria’s lips. Liam smirks.

“How does that sound?” He asks walking into his bedroom and laying back on the bed.

“It sounds like you should keep talking, tell me everything, in detail. And don’t leave anything out,” Aria says her blood boiling.

Liam chuckles as he continues their sexy conversation.

***

Later that night Aria is on her way back from getting a drink of water, she walks back toward Yolanda’s room, she knocks on the door and peeks her head in.

“Hey,” Yolanda says as she sits up reading a book.

“Hey, are you ok? You seemed a little sad earlier. What happened between you and Dr. Greene?”

“Not much, and that’s my fault. I’m so fearful of how getting involved with him might interfere with my work, and how people will talk that I’ve lost all chances of telling him how I really feel. I’m sure he’s over it by now, and moved on. I mean a guy like him…he won’t stay single for long.”

“Yoyo, from what you’ve told us, he obviously likes you. You just have to show him that you’re interested. Guys need some encouragement too sometimes. It’s hard for them to put themselves out there too. Just talk to him. Otherwise you’ll always regret it. And if anyone deserves true love…it’s you.”

“Thank you, I love you,” Yolanda says hugging her.

“I love you more,” Aria says hugging her tightly as a tear springs to her eye.

Yolanda pulls away as she notices, “Ugh stop it, don’t start.”

“I can’t help it. I’m gonna miss you!” Aria says.

“I’m gonna miss you too!” she says her eyes tearing up.

“Ugh damn it,” Aria says letting the tears fall, pulling her cousin into another hug.

“Ok, stop crying. Go!” she says lightheartedly pushing her toward the door.

Aria laughs, “Yes ma’am,” she says wiping her tears and standing up.

She blows Yolanda a kiss, Yolanda blows one back in return.

“Good night,” Aria says in a sing song voice and with a cute little shuffle.

“Night,” Yolanda says with a laugh.

TO BE CONTINUED…

*I do not take credit for the images used in my edits or otherwise.*

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Move- Chapter 23

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Previously on Move– Read Chapter 22 HERE

Catch up from the beginning HERE

Liam stands up pulling on his clothes as he sits down on the edge of the bed to put his socks and shoes on. Aria wraps the sheet around her body and kneels behind him. She notices the red marks all over his back. Her finger traces a few of them.

“Oh babe, I’m sorry,” she says leaning down and kissing his back. Liam smiles, looking over his shoulder.

“I’m not,” he says wagging his eyebrows up and down.

“No, I’m serious. Do they hurt?”

Liam looks at her lovingly as he kisses her swiftly.

“It’s a very small price to pay for incredible sex,” he says smirking.

“It really was incredible,” she says smiling as she inches closer to him. Her lips touching his, just enough for a teasing taste.

“Aria…” he groans “You have to go get dressed, my love,” he says getting up and opening his closet to grab a clean shirt.

Aria flops back on the bed. “No,” she pouts.

“Come on, you’ll thank me later,” he says pulling on a plain black t-shirt.

He takes her hands and pulls her up off the bed.

“Ugh, fine. I will go. BUT- when I am done with my rehearsal, I am coming back here and we are gonna keep doing it,” she says forcefully as she starts to grab her clothes.

Liam laughs, “If we must,” he says rolling his eyes in fake frustration, a smirk growing on his lips.

Aria giggles as she leans up kissing him. Liam deepens the kiss. Aria lets the blanket fall causing Liam to moan against her lips.

“Go, just go get dressed, please,” he says laughing as she moves away. “I’m serious put some clothes on love, you are too damn sexy for me to resist,” he says smirking as he walks out of his bedroom.

Aria beams with Joy as she falls back onto his bed. Snuggled by all the sheets, she covers her face and kicks her legs about happily. She grabs her things and heads into his bathroom. She opens her cellphone and dials.

“Hello?”

“Hey Allie, it’s me. Guess what?”

“What?”

“Liam and I just had sex!”

“Yes!” Allie screams as her boyfriend stirs from his slumber by her side on the couch as a romantic comedy plays on the TV screen.

“Oh sorry babe,” she says as she gets up carefully and quietly heading over to her terrace.

“So… how was it?” Allie asks closing her terrace door behind her.

“Allie, honestly I never knew it could feel like that. I mean I thought I’d enjoyed it with other guys- but this was like next level. It was the best I have ever had,” she whispers.

“Did you…ya know?” Allie asks.

“Every. Single. Time.” Aria says smiling as she admires her post sex glow in his perfectly lit mirror.

“Wait how many times did you guys do it?” Allie says laughing.

“3…or was it 4?” Aria says pondering.

“Ah ha, oh la la,” Allie says laughing, “I am happy you’re happy girl. Liam seems wonderful.”

“He really is,” Aria says smiling as she has a flash of their prior declaration of love and commitment. “Allie…can you keep a secret?”

“Of course,” she whispers.

“I think I’m engaged.”

“What?” Allie says stunned.

TO BE CONTINUED…

*I do not take credit for the images used in my edits or otherwise.*

-<3-

Move- Chapter 22

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Previously on Move– Read Chapter 21 HERE

Catch up from the beginning HERE

Yolanda walks through the hospital emergency room entrance, with the young brunette girl on a gurney. Yolanda’s EMT friends wheeling the girl in.

“Hey take her to cubicle 3. I’ll let the nurse on call know. Thanks guys,” she says. They nod in compliance wheeling her toward the cubicle.

Dr. Greene walks in through the sliding hospital doors. His eyes land on a busy Yolanda taking lead at the nurse’s station.

“Hey there, long time no see,” he says greeting her with a handsome grin.

“Dr. Greene, hi,” Yolanda says in slight shock.

“What do we have?” he says throwing on his white coat.

“Um…I’m sorry that your night was cut short,” she says with a small smile.

“Same to you,” he says nodding.

“Yea that was quite a rushed exit,” Yolanda says with a small laugh. She hands him a patient’s chart, and her stomach tightens as their hands brush slightly.

***

Aria lies beneath Liam’s toned, muscular body as he hovers over her. Cupping his face, Aria pulls him into a heated kiss.

“God, I love you so much,” Liam whispers against her lips, his hands roaming the curves of her body.

“I love you,” she says her hands kneading their way through his hair.

“Are you sure, love?” Liam says looking down at her. “I don’t want to move too fast.”

“I’m positive. I can’t wait another minute Liam,” she says her voice breathy and full of want as she inches her body towards his.

“Neither can I, love,” he says as he closes the last bit of distance between the two.

Aria let’s out a heavy gasp, her head tilting back. Her hands gripping at his sheets, and clawing at his back with each movement. Their bodies finding a perfect rhythm.

The more Aria seems to vocalize her pleasure, the more groaning escapes his throat as he sighs into her lips. Their mouths meeting in urgency.

Liam’s hands sliding up her thighs, his lips finding that special nook in her neck. Dancing across her skin. Gripping her hips, he spins her on top of him. Aria gasps as she grips the headboard behind him for support, moving with his body. Their breaths quickening. Their body heat elevating. Minds hazy.

“Aria…Aria marry me?” he says his voice raspy and full of urgency as they both still. Their bodies unraveling around each other.

“Yes!” Aria says letting out a loud scream as she flops down beside him. Both of them clearly exhausted.

Liam glances over at her.

“That was um…” he says, his chest rising and falling heavily.

“Mind blowing,” Aria says glancing over at him, trying to catch her breath.

“Yes,” he says closing his eyes, as he takes a deep breath in and then lets it out.

“Are you ok?” Aria says turning on her side.

“Yea…I just… (He breathes heavily) I need a second to catch my breath,” he says with a chuckle as his eyes flutter up to the ceiling.

“Well, Mr. Whitmore, I think maybe I might have to find another lover that can keep up with me,” she says rather dramatically.

Liam’s eyes jolt over to Aria as she smiles widely, he grins and grabs her, pulling her toward him.

“Get over here,” he says climbing back on top of her as she lets out a laugh, his lips cover hers.

As Liam places kisses, making his way down her body, Aria thinks to herself- Are we not going to talk about the fact that I’m pretty sure he just proposed marriage. And I’m also pretty sure I said yes. Sure it was on the brink of orgasm, but still. Her mind begins spinning with questions. As Liam’s lips and hands continue to discover her body. She is jolted back into her body as her breath catches in her throat. She gasps. Screw the overthinking. This feels good. It feels right. Aria thinks as she wraps arms around his neck, her lips finding his as they both move with each other. Aria feeling Liam’s heart beating out of his chest, as he deepens each kiss.

***

Yolanda walks out of a patient’s room, removing her gloves and tossing them in the trash. Her once sexy party girl outfit now more appropriate with some nurse essentials from her locker- a cardigan to disguise any cleavage, her hair pulled pack and her plain white nurse skips replacing her heels. The night and the drinks, catching up to her. She yawns as she checks another patient chart.

“Yolanda, Hun, go home. You weren’t on duty tonight anyway,” a fellow nurse and friend says with a smile.

“No I’m good. I just need a cup of coffee,” she says waving her hand dismissively.

“You know she’s right Yolanda. You look like you could really use some sleep,” Dr. Greene says walking over with a smile. He lets out a yawn himself.

“Ah I could say the same for you, Dr.” Yolanda says with an unintended “Happy Birthday Mr. President,” sexual undertone.

Dr. Greene smirks, clearly amused. Yolanda notices.

“You know I think we are leaving these patients in good hands. What about I give you a ride home. It’s late.” He says with a gentle yet sexy grin.

Yolanda’s eyes meet his while she ponders what accepting this ride could lead to. But before she could even stop herself a, “Yes, that’d be great. Thank you,” escapes her mouth.

Dr. Greene smiles, happily caught off guard that she agreed. “Ok then great. My car is in the parking lot. Shall we?” he asks gesturing for her to exit first.

Yolanda smiles brightly as she waves to the other nurses. Her friend arching a slight eyebrow at her with extra intrigue. Yolanda glares at her, shutting it down before Dr. Greene has a chance to notice.

“Good night,” Dr. Greene says nodding to the other nurses and following Yolanda towards the exit.

***

Aria lays on top of Liam, as her hand strokes his sweaty chest.

“Hmm, I could lay like this all day,” Liam says his voice a sexy raspy purr. His arms tighten around her as he places a sweet kiss on top of her head.

“Mmm, I could certainly be persuaded,” she says moaning into his mouth as her lips cover his. Their tongues sliding into each other’s mouths.

Liam chuckles as Aria rolls him on top of her once more.

“Mmm,” he mumbles as his excitement begins to show. Aria’s eyes flutter open, as she moves her lower half closer to his. Her legs wrapping around his waist, pulling him into her.

“Well, someone’s ready for round 3,” she says flirtatiously.

Liam moans against her lips.

“Aria, Love…as much as I want to stay here in this bed and make love to you every minute of every hour- all day… you have a rehearsal to get to.”

“Ugh! Why did you have to remind me?” she says covering her face. “I want you…again…now,” she whispers as he sighs pulling her into a passionate kiss. His hands cupping her face lovingly.

“I want you,” he whispers back as her hands slide down his back. Her nails digging into his skin.

“But-” he says pulling away, “I promised you that I wouldn’t interfere with your rehearsal time. I know how much this showcase means to you.”

“I love you, but I hate you right now,” she says frustrated.

He laughs.

“I’m serious Liam, how do you expect me to focus on my routine, when I am feeling this…excited,” she finishes as her eyebrows raise on cue.

Liam matches her expression as a smirk plays on his lips.

“Ok one more time, but then I’m having my driver take you to rehearsal. No ifs, ands, or buts.” He says inches from her lips.

“Yes Sir,” she says smiling as she reaches up pulling him into a kiss.

TO BE CONTINUED…

*I do not take credit for the images used in my edits or otherwise.*

-<3-

Move- Chapter 21

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Previously on Move– Read Chapter 20 HERE

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Aria laughs as Liam leads her into the nearest stall of the bathroom.

“Come here,” he growls as his hands grip her waist.

Aria smiles up at him as her arms wrap around his neck, closing the distance between them. Her lips find his in the dim lighting of the bathroom stall.

Aria starts to unbutton his shirt as Liam starts to undo his pants, their lips not parting. Liam hikes Aria up against the wall, sliding his hands up her slip dress.

Aria’s hands fist into his perfectly gelled hair as her body heats up at the feel of his touch.

Liam stills, as he lets out a frustrated sigh before things go any further.

“Damn it, I don’t have protection, love,” he says setting her legs back down.

“Wha- Are you kidding me?” she says sighing as her body slides down his, her feet touching the speckled printed floor.

“I’m so sorry love. I don’t think it’d be too wise to continue without-”

“No of course not,” Aria says as Liam steps away from her. Her body still aching for him.

Liam zips up his pants as Aria fixes her dress, letting out a sigh of frustration.

They both look at each other.

“Wanna just make out like a couple, teenagers?” Aria says shrugging.

“Hell yes, love,” he says with a chuckle, grabbing Aria into a passionate kiss.

Aria laughs against his lips, her hands roaming over his toned back.

Each kiss deeper than the last.

Just then this loud sound of a fire alarm begins to blare from the speakers just above them, and Aria caught between pleasure and sudden fear looks up at the ceiling for an answer, the water spout pops open as it rains down upon them. Liam looks up.

“We should probably go,” he says grabbing her hand as Aria staggers behind him trying to manage to put one foot in front of the other and shake off the public bathroom tryst she just had in a bar named Wild Wonderland with Mr. Billionaire Bachelor Liam Whitmore.

Aria fixes herself as they rush toward the exit to find the rest of the gang. Water pouring from the ceiling, alarms blaring, people rushing out as staff try to keep things calm.

“Aria!” Yolanda says waving her arms in the air, near the exit as the rest of the girls nervously wait in the crowd trying to exit.

Aria points and pulls Liam toward the exit.

“What the hell is going on?” Aria says as they all usher out of the club, her hand firmly in Liam’s as his grip on her tightens in a protective way.

“I’m gonna go find one of my co-workers and ask them what happened, I’ll be back,” Molly says making her way through the crowd to see if she knew anyone.

Aria stands shivering, her silky, short, slip dress soaked and clinging to her, leaving even less to the imagination than before.

Liam notices as his eyes widen, he quickly takes off his button down shirt and drapes it over her shoulders, tugging it closed at the front.

Aria smiles her thanks, as she slips her arms into the armholes.

“Of course love, don’t need you to catch a cold,” he says reaching down and buttoning a few of the top buttons.

“Funny, I thought it might have been because you don’t want anyone else seeing too much of your woman,” she says looking up at him knowingly.

Liam smirks down at her, “Yea, well that too,” he says wrapping his arms around her waist as he leans down to place a kiss on her lips.

Standing there soaked, Liam Whitmore is being seen in public wearing nothing but a pair of slacks and a white muscle tank. Not something you see every day.

Molly rushes over to the gang, “Ok so there was a minor issue in the kitchen and the sprinkler system was activated.

“But is everyone ok?” Yolanda says her eyes scanning the crowd for anyone who may be injured during that stampede of an exit.

“I think so, the chef said the fire is under control.”

Yolanda’s eyes land on a young brunette girl nearby, wearing a tiara with a 21 written on it, she is limping as her friend, tries to steady her.

“Hey there,” Yolanda says walking over, “Are you hurt?”

The two girls look up at her confused at her sudden interest.

“I’m a nurse, I can help you,” she says with a kind smile, her sober side shining through.

“I think I sprained my ankle rushing out of there,” the girl replies.

“Ok let me take a look, let’s sit you down over there on that bench,” she says helping the young girl hobble over.

Yolanda kneels to examine the girl’s ankle, upon moving it slightly, the girl winces in pain, “Ow, yea, that hurts, a lot,” she says.

“Hmm, yea you definitely twisted it pretty good, I can tell it’s starting to bruise. Can you move it by yourself?”

The girl tries and is successful, “It does still hurt though.”

“Ok so I don’t think it’s broken, but I think I should send you for an x-ray just in case,” Yolanda says as an ambulance and fire truck begin to pull up, sirens blaring.

“Everyone! Hi, my name is Kathy Wilks, I am the manager here at Wild Wonderland,” she says yelling over the nervous crowd. “I am terribly sorry for all of this. We had a bit of a small fire in the kitchen but it has been put out and the fire department will check to be sure. If anyone is hurt please come speak to an EMT. And please look out for a voucher in your email to comp you for tonight. We apologize and hope this doesn’t sway you from visiting our establishment in the future.”

“Come on the EMT’s happen to be some friends of mine. I’ll walk you over,” Yolanda says as she helps the girl toward the ambulance as the EMTs wave over at her.

***

Aria and Liam walk into Liam’s apartment.

“Well that was…quite the night,” Liam says laughing as he grabs two fluffy charcoal colored towels from his linen closet, and hands one to Aria.

“Yes…very eventful…” Aria says drying her face.

“Let me get you some dry clothes,” he says walking toward his bedroom. Aria grabs his hand, “Hey thank you for coming out with us tonight, I know it probably wasn’t your usual scene, but it meant a lot to me to have you there.”

“Of course, I mean I know how much you love those girls and I love you, so it was a pretty easy choice for me to make,” he says smiling down at her.

Aria freezes.

“What? Do I have something on my face, love?” he says confused as he wipes each side of his face.

“No. It’s just- You just told me you love me,” Aria says her heart fluttering.

Liam looks at her and then he realizes, “Oh my god, I did. I have been holding that in for so long. And I didn’t mean to blurt it out like that. I was waiting for the right time, because I know we have been moving way too fast, and I didn’t mean to-”

“No no, shhh, it’s ok,” Aria says placing a finger on his lips as she covers his with her lips within seconds.

Liam responds rather quickly holding her tightly against his toned body.

She pulls away from him ever so slightly as her eyes look up at him through heavy lashes.

“I love you too,” she whispers.

Liam sighs as he pulls her into a kiss.

“Please tell me you have-” Aria starts to say.

“They’re in my bed room,” he says an urgency in his voice as he lifts her into his arms.

Aria squeals as Liam jets off toward his bed room.

His house phone starts to ring.

“Ignore it, please,” Aria says cupping his face into a kiss as he lowers her onto his bed.

Liam reaches for the hem of his tank top as he pulls it off, Aria runs her hands along his abs, their eyes locking in an escalated heat.

“Trust me I don’t intend to get that, love,” he says kissing her as he lowers his body onto hers, her legs wrapping around his waist.

The phone still ringing in the distance.

Liam moves to Aria’s neck, she inhales a sharp breath, he places small kisses along her jawline, making his way back towards her lips.

“Liam, get it, now” she says reaching between their torsos for his belt buckle. Liam nods in agreement. His eyes burning into hers as his hands slide up her dress.

Liam laughs against her lips as he pulls away, reaching toward his night stand.

Aria smiles leaning back as she removes his button down she had on from earlier.

Liam rips open the gold foil packet as he turns to Aria, he walks over to her. She makes her way up on her knees in front of him, as things begin to escalate, his voicemail picks up.

“Liam, its mum. Remember me?”

Liam and Aria freeze in horror.

Aria buries her face into his chest, in embarrassment.

“Oh my god,” Aria says laughing.

Liam wraps his arms around her, “Yea that’s a definite mood killer,” he says matter of factly as he places a kiss on the top of her head.

“I’m so sorry love,” he says looking at her clearly mortified.

Gertrude’s voice cutting in once again… “Liam, please. We can talk this out. I know we can. This is too long to go without speaking.”

“And she’s still going,” Liam says with a huff as he reluctantly let’s Aria go, he walks into his living space where his landline sits on the living room end table.

“Liam. I am sorry. You know I’m just protective over you. I want you to be happy. And if you tell me that Aria makes you happy, then I accept it.”

Aria follows Liam. Her heart softens.

“I’m so sorry Aria, I’m hanging up on her-” he says reaching for the button.

“Liam, no. Don’t. She’s trying to mend things. The least you can do is meet her and hear her out. She is your mother.”

“Aria, my mother can be very manipulative. This is all probably part of some scheme she’s cooked up,” he says shaking his head.

“Maybe so, but I couldn’t live with myself if I was the reason why your family broke apart,” she says walking over to him as she picks up the phone handing it to him, “Answer it,” she says with a gentle smile.

“You are extraordinary, you know that,” he says with a dumbfounded smile as he takes the phone from her hand, “but none of this is your fault.”

Aria smiles, “Answer it,” she whispers as Liam rolls his eyes, and clicks a button, “Hello mother,” holding the receiver to his ear as Aria starts to walks away, he catches her hand, pulling her into a quick, kiss. Aria smirks as she walks off, Liam taps her butt gently. Aria laughs silently as he sends her a sexy smirk and a wink.

“Oh Liam. Thank goodness you answered. My boy, I am sorry. I feel just awful.”

“Well you should mother,” he says his expression changing upon hearing her shrill voice.

“Liam my boy, I do apologize for how I reacted. I just worry for you. You are so naïve at times, you believe the best in people and you can easily be taken for a fool that way. I just worry.”

“Mother, you don’t know Aria ok? Not even in the slightest. For you to judge her from a mere glance, you not only hurt her. You hurt me.”

“Liam, I am sorry son. Please give your dear old mum, one more chance. Bring her to the house for dinner sometime. I want to apologize in person.”

“Mother, I don’t think that’s the best idea.”

“I will be on my best behavior I promise you,” she says a careful grin upon her face as she sits on the other side of the phone call lounged in a patio chair in her lavish backyard near the pool. Gertrude is wearing a large black sun hat and a light periwinkle, tailored pant suit her beady eyes, focused. Determined.

“I can’t promise you anything, I will have to discuss it with Aria,” he says making his allegiance clear.

“Okay then my son, let me know. I do hope you’ll both come.”

“Well mother, I appreciate the offer. But if Aria feels uncomfortable coming, neither of us will be there.”

“Liam. Oh Liam, please don’t say such things. You do accept my apology don’t you?”

“Only if Aria will. I must be going now mother, goodnight.” He says hanging up before she could say anything else.

Gertrude huffs as she slams her phone on the patio table nearby.

Liam tosses his phone on his coffee table and walks back into his bedroom.

He finds Aria sitting in some oversized clothes from his dresser, as she lays on his bed flipping through the many TV channels his large flat screen holds.

Liam smiles at seeing Aria make herself at home.

“Hey, how’d it go?” Aria says looking up, and shutting the TV.

“She apologized…not sure that’s worth much when it comes to her,” he says rolling his eyes.

“Well I mean it’s a start right?” Aria says moving across the dark charcoal gray sheets towards him, her hands reaching for his.

“Yea well here’s the zinger…” he says raising an eyebrow.

“Oh boy…what?” Aria says as he pauses her eyes widening with curiosity.

“She invited you and I to dinner…says she wants to apologize in person,” he says his breath catching in his throat. Worrying about her reaction.

Aria pauses, she stays silent for a beat, her gaze passing him, lingering off and away. Pondering.

“Please…say something love…” he says staring at her nervously. “We don’t have to go if you don’t want to,” he says lifting her hand and placing a sweet kiss on it. “I’m not even really sure I’d want to go,” he says.

Aria smiles simply. “Let’s do it,” she says casually.

Liam looks at her, a shocked expression flashes across his face.

“You sure?” he asks confused.

“Yes,” Aria says with a nod.

“Why would you want to?”

“Because, whether you want to admit it or not, I know that your relationship with your mom still means something to you. Family is important. She is making an effort, so I will too,” she says shrugging her shoulders slightly. “Because if there’s one thing in this world she and I have in common is that we both love you,” she says cupping his face.

Liam’s heart melts as he sighs before pulling her into a deep kiss.

“I love you too,” he whispers against her lips. Their former flame suddenly reigniting quickly. “So um…” Liam says his eyes staring into hers. He licks his lips, coughing nervously.

“Where were we?” Aria asks knowing that he’s too shy to ask.

“Oh thank god,” Liam says swiftly pulling her toward him. His lips instantly on hers like a magnetic force. His hand reaching for the open gold foil packet.

Aria’s heart beats rapidly. Her hands roam across his torso, pulling at his clothes. Liam hooks his hands behind the backs of her legs, causing her to fall back on the bed as she squeals, he laughs climbing on top of her as she wraps her arms and legs around him.

TO BE CONTINUED…

*I do not take credit for the images used in my edits or otherwise.*

-<3-

Move- Chapter 20

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Previously on Move– Read Chapter 19 HERE

Catch up from the beginning HERE

Aria stands at the back of the gym as class-goers exit, faces red, but smiles wide.

“Great class again, Aria!”

“Thanks Jill, glad you enjoyed!” she says smiling at everyone as she dries her face with a towel.

Allie and the rest of Aria’s girl gang hang out in the back waiting until the last person exits.

“Hey guys, you wanna grab a drink?” Aria says walking over to them.

“Don’t you have plans with Manhattan’s Favorite Bachelor?” Allie says holding up the Tabloid.

“Oh gosh, shut up!” Aria says swatting it away with a laugh.

“I have to say, you guys do look pretty sexy,” Yolanda says.

Aria and Layla exchange gasps.

“Look who’s joining Team Liam,” Layla says smiling as she pulls her sister into a hug.

“I’m not printing out the t-shirts just yet. But I can see how happy he makes you,” Yolanda says smiling at Aria.

“Thanks Yoyo,” Aria says smiling as she pulls her cousin into a hug.

“SO did you guys reschedule your sex date yet?” Molly asks taking a sip of her water and cutting into the sweet family bonding moment.

“No, we haven’t. But I think that’s ok. You know it shouldn’t be planned, ya know? That just puts too much pressure on it. I want it to just happen naturally.”

“So you’re really not seeing him tonight?” Layla asks surprised.

“Um, no. He had a bunch of work to do.”

“Does that guy ever take a break?” Allie asks.

“No, not often. And I can see it’s really effecting him. I feel bad, I wish there was something I could do to help him relax.”

All the ladies give her scandalous looks.

“Not that!” she says rolling her eyes. “I just mean that he works too much, he needs to just have some carefree, stupid, fun.”

“Carefree, stupid, fun…hmmm, I know just the place.” Molly says raising her eyebrows, “Ladies, let’s go get our sexy on, I have a plan.”

The girls just look around and laugh as they rush out of the gym.

****

Aria and her girl squad all rush around her apartment getting ready. Clothes thrown everywhere. Every mirror being occupied. Hair being curled, Makeup being done.

“I don’t know you guys, he said he’s really busy. I don’t think it’s worth asking him,” Aria says finishing her lipstick.

“That’s why you don’t ask, you just show up, looking like that, and tell him it’s time he has some real fun,” Allie says smirking.

“Ok, let’s do this,” Aria says smiling brightly as she saunters her way toward her door, being extra sassy about it as she rocks her champagne colored silky, slip dress with a scoop neck line and a low back and some gold heels, her hair in a high pony and some big gold hoop earrings.

The girls all follow as they laugh in unison.

***

Aria knocks on Liam’s office door, peeking her head in.

Liam looks up, a smile spreading across his tired face.

“Hey you,” he says.

“Hi,” she says walking in, as his eyes glance her over, a smirk forming on his face.

“Hi,” he says again, clearly frazzled.

“You said that already,” Aria says laughing as she sits on the edge of his desk, her tan, oiled legs right in his view.

Liam laughs, as his eyes shoot up to meet hers, he stands up.

“What are you doing here? Trying to show me, what I’ll be missing again tonight?” he asks tucking a stray piece of hair behind her ear.

“No not exactly, I came to steal you away. You work too damn hard. Come out, me and the girls have a really fun plan for tonight. I think you’ll enjoy it!” she says smiling as she takes his hands, lacing her fingers through his.

“Aria, baby, I would love to but I really am swamped here, love.” he says looking over at the pile of papers on his desk.

“Come on, baby. You stay late every night. The entire building has gone home. It’s like Zombieland out there. All of this crap will be here Monday morning. Just come on, take the weekend. Have fun with me. You deserve it. We deserve it.” She says pouting up at him.

Liam looks down at her, his eyebrow raises.

“What?” she says looking at him confused.

“Are you not wearing a bra?” he whispers in a sexy tone.

“With this dress…what do you think?” she says pushing him away as she spins to show off the back.

Liam smirks, “Well I mean you really shouldn’t be going out looking like that without me, I mean guys might get the wrong idea and think that you’re single.”

“I mean it is a possibility. It’d be better if you just came. This way I don’t have to constantly keep turning them away.”

“I mean if you think you’ll feel better having me there…” he says walking toward her.

“I would.” she says smiling as she takes his hands.

Liam smirks as she reaches up to give him a kiss.

Liam deepens the kiss, and lifts her up onto his desk as her legs wrap around him, their hands roaming around each other’s bodies.

Aria pulls away slightly, putting Liam at arm’s length, letting out a breath as Liam does the same.

“We should probably go, my friends are all waiting downstairs,” Aria says out of breath.

“Yes of course,” he says breathing heavy as she slides off the desk, their bodies gliding against each other ever so slightly.

Liam coughs nervously.

“But before we go, lose the jacket and the tie,” Aria says loosening his tie, her eyes gleaming into his. The sexual tension thick.

Liam smirks, “Yes Ma’am” he says pulling at his tie as Aria laughs and grabs his hand pulling him toward the elevators.

***

“Liam, you remember these are all my girls, Yolanda, Layla, Allie, and the planner of this evening, Molly.” Aria says as they all walk down the city sidewalk.

“Yes, nice to see you ladies again,” Liam says with a sweet grin.

“Hi Liam!” they all yell in unison.

Liam laughs.

“We may have pre-gamed a little while we were getting ready,” Aria whispers.

“I can see that,” he says laughing, kissing her cheek, placing a hand on her lower back as they walk toward their destination.

***

Aria walks into a bar with Liam’s hand in hers, and her friends close behind. The bar is not your typical bar. In fact it is colorful, and neon with strobe lights going. Music blaring loudly. A club like atmosphere but not as packed.

“Ladies and Gentleman,” Molly says with a laugh, “Welcome to my latest form of employment, Bartending at this fine establishment- Wild Wonderland,” she says holding her arms out in a very ta da like reveal.

“Girl, since when?” Allie says looking around in awe.

“I just started last weekend, and I have off tonight, so I can get a deal on drinks!”

“Yes,” Layla says with a smile as the rest of the girls look around with happy grins.

“Come on follow me, I had my coworker save me the Unicorn Booth. The furniture is literally covered in glitter. It’s amazing for pictures.”

Aria smiles as she looks over at Liam, who appears to feel very out of his element.

He smiles simply at her as she tightens her grip on his hand, leading him through the small, exclusive crowd.

***

Aria laughs as she and her friends dance in the cosmic colored Unicorn booth. Liam sitting off to the side, watching.

She walks over, taking his hands and pulling him up.

“Baby, come on, dance with me,” she says smiling.

“No, Aria I’m not really a dancer,” he says being pulled to his feet.

“Well that is literally what I am. I can teach you. Besides something tells me that you don’t have a problem with keeping a steady rhythm,” Aria says looking up at him, a sexy smirk forming on her lips.

Liam chokes on the drink he just sipped, as his eyes lock onto hers, “That was dirty,” he says with a cute smirk, as he laughs.

“I know,” Aria says smiling as she leans in, he sighs as their lips meet in a heated lip lock, Liam’s hand sliding to his favorite place on her backside.

Aria pulls away slightly, “Why Liam Whitmore…you are quite the butt loving guy.” she says with a little raspy giggle against his lips.

“Just yours love,” he whispers, his voice nearly a groan.

Aria’s heart flips as her body inches toward him.

Liam pulls her into a heated kiss that lasts for what feels like forever. Aria’s arms drape over his shoulders as she holds her drink in one hand and the other finds its place in his soft sandy hair.

Molly’s jaw drops as she nudges the rest of the crew to look over.

“Damn, he can really let loose when he wants to, huh?” Yolanda says her eyebrows raising.

“It’s really unfair how hot he is,” Layla says in a dreamy tone, “Aria is a goner,” she says laughing.

Aria pulls away breathlessly, as Liam looks at her confused, “I think we are gathering an audience,” she says blushing as she looks away.

Liam isn’t even phased, “I don’t even see anyone else in the room, love.” He says pulling her into another kiss.

“Mmm, quick question,” Aria says in between kisses as her eyes flutter open to meet Liam’s. “Are you totally opposed to doing it in a public restroom?” she says smirking up at him.

Liam smirks, as he takes her drink and sets his and hers on one of the glittered end tables. He grabs her hand, pulling her toward the staircase leading from the Unicorn Booth to the ground level.

Aria squeals as she turns excitedly waving bye to her friends.

They all gasp as they wave her away.

“Lucky bitch,” Layla says with a giggle.

“Cheers to Aria having countless O’s in a public restroom!” Molly says as they all raise their glasses.

“Or supply closet!” Yolanda says as they all laugh. Layla smiles proudly at her older sister, who is finally enjoying her youth.

“Yolanda?”

Yolanda turns and looks up to see Dr. Greene standing behind her. In casual clothing and a drink in his hands, as two other fellow Doctors wave from the side lines.

“Dr. Greene? Hi,” Yolanda says silently praying that her boss didn’t just here her cheers-ing to the big O.

Layla’s face falls as her eyes nearly spring out of her head.

“Hi, I thought that was you,” he says with a warm, sexy smile.

“Yes, it’s me. Um Dr. Greene I’m just here with my sister Layla and our friends, Allie and Molly,” she says looking over at the ladies as they each wave.

“Nice to meet you ladies,” Dr. Greene says smiling.

“You too, a pleasure,” Layla says extending her hand quickly, he smiles and shakes it. 

“I didn’t know you came here?” He says with a smile as his eyes flutter back to Yolanda.

“Oh- it’s actually our first time here, Molly here, just started working here a short while ago.”

Molly smiles, “This place has a great vibe, doesn’t it?”

“It certainly does,” he says smiling.

Layla’s eyes dart between Yolanda and Dr. Greene. The attraction between the two evident enough to anyone with a pulse.

“Well, I won’t keep you,” he says with a small smirk.

“Ok, nice running into you Dr. Greene,” She says nodding, as she waves over at her other colleagues.

“Yolanda we’ve been working together for over 2 years now, I think you can call me Matthew,” he says.

“Um, I guess it’s a form of habit,” Yolanda says with a laugh.

“Nice seeing you Yolanda, enjoy your night,” he says smirking as he turns to join his friends.

Layla, Allie and Molly stare at Yolanda who nonchalantly takes a sip of her drink.

“YOYO, what the hell was that?” Layla says her mouth dropping.

“Ok relax, he’s my boss, he was just being polite, and saying hi,” Yolanda says trying to hide the fact that her stomach is doing somersaults and her heart is fluttering.

“Yolanda, I love you. You are the smartest woman I know, but when it comes to flirting you are seriously challenged. That man wants you.” Layla says pointing toward Dr. Greene’s long since retreated figure.

“Stop it, Layla. We just work together, that’s all.”

“I mean hey…he is gorgeous, smart and kind, you could do worse girl,” Allie says smirking as she throws back a shot of tequila.

“It’s not wise to get involved with someone you work with, especially when it’s your boss” Yolanda says.

“So you’ve thought about it?” Layla asks smiling widely.

Yolanda looks away from their intense glares as she downs the rest of her drink.

“Ah that face says it all!” Molly says laughing and pointing.

“Yes see! She has thought about taking a ride on that hot boss body,” Layla says smiling and clapping.

“Ok…fine…yes…maybe I have entertained the thought, once or twice,” Yolanda says as she smiles, a natural blush creeping onto her cheeks.

“Yes girl!” Allie yells, “I’d say go for it, he’s interested. And hot as hell.” She says raising her drink in the air.

“I will drink to that,” Yolanda says as they all click their glasses and take a sip.

Matthew stands from the ground level just on the other side of the Unicorn Booth, a smile on his face. His ears listening. His co-workers join him a few moments later handing him another drink.

“Hey Matt, here ya go. Sorry we took so long, they line at the bar was endless.”

“Don’t worry I was kept entertained,” he says smirking as he takes a sip of his drink.

TO BE CONTINUED…

*I do not take credit for the images used in my edits or otherwise.*

-<3-

Move- Chapter 19

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Previously on Move– Read Chapter 18 HERE

Catch up from the beginning HERE

Liam steps into his office a bright smile across his face. His phone sounds a text.

Picking it up he smirks, seeing Aria sent him a picture of her Gatorade with a message that read, “Rehydrating for tonight. ;)”

Liam coughs nervously as he loosens his tie.

He types back, “Are you saying what I think you’re saying?”

She smirks as she types back, “Tonight, my love. Your place?”

Liam smirks. “Yes. Yes. And Yes. I’ll pick you up at 8?”

Aria smiles excitedly as she answers, “Perfect, I can’t wait!”

“Me either love, you have no idea,” he replies.

“Here’s something to hold you over…”she types back as she sends him a seductive photo of her in her black lingerie.

“I’ll see you on my lunch break. ;)” he responds, laughing to himself.

Aria smirks, “Don’t mess with me! You know you’re probably planning on working through lunch.” she types back.

“Am I that predictable, love?” he types with a chuckle.

Aria laughs as she sends, a “;)”

Liam smirks as he goes to answer back but gets rudely interrupted by his office door bursting open.  Startled, Liam looks up to find his mother Gertrude standing before him, as Anne stands nearby, “My apologies, Mr. Whitmore, I tried to tell her you were busy. But-“

“That’s alright Anne, I know how persistently hostile she can be,” he says glaring at his mother as he stalks past her shutting the door. Anne sits back at her desk as she and Marco exchange worried looks.

“She! She! I am your mother. I will not be demoted to a simple pronoun. You have been ignoring my calls, my emails, and my texts….all because of THIS! HER!” she says throwing a magazine into his hands.

Liam looks down and sees the headline, “Manhattan’s Favorite Bachelor Finds Himself in a Steamy Foreign Exchange.” As two pictures of him and Aria in a heated make-out session are displayed.

He sighs, feeling violated.

“This is none of your business, mother. Aria and I are none of your business.”

“None of my business. Liam, you are a Whitmore. And Whitmores do not settle. We do not marry beneath us. You cannot be serious about this girl. You haven’t brought a girl home in years but THIS is who you end up going after. She is NOT suitable for you.”

“Not suitable for me? Mother listen to yourself. I am 32 years old, I think I have the right to make my own choices concerning my own love life.”

“You clearly need help…because you are acting like a boy! It’s time you grew up and finally take your responsibilities seriously. This company is yours! Your father’s family built it from the ground up. All with the intentions that one day you would take it on as your own.”

“And I have mother. I have taken it on for my entire adult life. But I was never asked if I wanted to. Have you ever considered that maybe, just maybe this isn’t what I wanted? That maybe I have other dreams?”

“Like what? Those little drawings you used to do?”

“They were paintings. I love painting mother, and I’ve been told that I’m pretty good. Considering I’ve been around art my whole life, I kind of have a decent handle on it.”

“Liam. I appreciate your honesty. But think logically.”

“I finally am, mother. Logically speaking, I am finally realizing it doesn’t help me live a life worth living if I’m just feeding into someone else’s dream for me. Your dream for me.”

“And where has this new realization come from…this Aria girl?”

“Partly yes, but I have to be honest with you mother, it’s always been there. I was just so afraid of letting you down that I kept up this charade. Especially, after dad passed, it became like a sealed fate. I knew with you and Sky at odds, I knew I was all you had. But seeing Sky go after her dream and watching her pave her own path, I just realized she is the bravest person I’ve ever known. She shouldn’t be punished for that. For loving music, and for being good at it! And I shouldn’t be punished for loving creating art either. Our whole lives you’ve pushed us to be people we’re not. I can’t do it anymore. I’m not trying to hurt you mother. I don’t like fighting with you. I’m just finally speaking my truth.”

Gertrude’s face falls, the wrinkles in her face evident. Bags under her eyes. Her stern steady and cold. She lets out a sarcastic laugh.

“How quickly you selfish children forget.”

“Excuse me?”

“All those years your father and I spent, putting you in the best schools, giving you anything and EVERYTHING you could have possibly wanted. Expensive cars, vacations, parties with the elite and THIS is how you both repay us. Me. Your father is probably rolling in his grave right now.”

Liam stares at his mother in disbelief, “When did you get this bitter mother,” he says his tone low, dark, laced with pain and anger.

Gertrude turns on her heel and walks to the door, she turns back to hit him with one last carefully planted cruel remark, “I hope this girl is worth ruining your life over.” As she stalks out of the room, her head held high, her heels clicking against the black and white tiled office floor. Everyone around her scurrying away.

Liam let’s out a heavy breath as he slinks into his office chair.

Anne cautiously eases her way into his office as she closes the door behind her.

“Mr. Whitmore…I’m so sorry-“

“Anne, it is not even close to being your fault,” he says sighing and shaking his head.

“Are you, alright? Can I get you anything?” she asks.

“How about a bottle of whiskey,” he says with a slight chuckle.

“Bottom right draw,” Anne says with a small smile as she leaves his office, closing the door behind her.

Liam opens it, and laughs, and he grabs it, taking a swig, he makes a wincing face.

****

Aria finishes her routine as her song ends. She laughs with a sigh of relief.

“Finally. I’ve got a real routine. Thank you GOD!” she says throwing her hands up and doing a little dance.

She walks over to the radio to shut it off and checks her phone.

6:45.

“Oh my god, I have to hurry, Liam is picking me up soon!” she says to herself as she rushes out of the rehearsal space.

Aria looks in the mirror dressed in a black lacey lingerie set. She turns checking herself out. She smiles as she sprays some perfume on her chest and steps into a pair of high black heels. Fluffing her lightly curled locks, she touches up her red lipstick. Aria grabs her trusty little black dress and pulls it on.

8:15

Aria sits in her apartment, checking her phone constantly. Nothing from Liam.

“Ok. Don’t freak out Aria. He’s probably just running late. He’ll be here,” she says trying to calm her insecurities.

8:30…8:45

“Ok now, I’m getting worried, what if something happened.” she says to herself as she grabs her phone to dial Liam’s number.

His phone goes to voicemail after a few short rings.

9:00

“This guy thinks he is standing me up! Think again” she says angrily as she stands up and storms out of her apartment.

Aria storms into Liam’s office with more fury then a woman scorned.

But her anger is brought to a crashing halt when she sees him passed out on his desk, an opened bottle of whiskey sitting on his desk.

She sighs as she walks over to him, she shakes him gently.

“Liam?” she says. Liam doesn’t move.

“Liam!” she whispers forcefully in his ear.

“Ah, no please, not too loud, my brain is pounding,” he says grabbing his head.

“Yea I bet,” she says leaning against his desk, as she folds her arms. Her glare in place.

Liam looks up once he hears her voice, “Aria, love. Oh my god! What time is it?” he says looking around, confused.

Aria takes his wrist and shows him his watch- 10:45.

“Oh love, I am so sorry.”

“Yea, me too,” she says shaking her head.

“I didn’t mean to miss our date, love…”

“Liam, what happened?” she says confused.

“My mother stopped by-“

“Wow. Ok, so this is how you deal with that. Getting wasted at work?” she says rolling her eyes, “Good to know,” she says starting to walk to the door.

“Would you just wait? You never let me explain. You just make your own conclusion and you run.”

“Quite frankly, I am tired of your explanations.”

“Ok, fine. Leave. Everybody does,” he says grabbing the bottle of whiskey and chugging it again.

Aria watches him as her face softens, she walks back over to him, taking the bottle from his hands.

Liam looks up at her, confused yet broken.

“What happened Liam?” she asks concerned.

“You don’t have to pretend to care, the door is right there love,” he says standing unsteadily.

Aria catches him as he loses his footing.

“Ok, you know what -let’s get you home.” she says grabbing his briefcase and his phone.

Aria and Liam exit the building, Liam’s sleek black car parked right outside. His driver rushes out to give her a hand.

“What happened?” he asks worried.

“Your guess is as good as mine,” she says.

“I was just about to check on him, he usually works late but not this late!” his driver says.

“So this is not a regular occurrence then?” Aria asks as they get Liam into the back seat of the car.

“No. Mr. Whitmore is more of a social drinker. Never drinks on the job.”

Aria nods.

“Can we drop you somewhere on the way?” he asks kindly.

“Um actually I think I’m going to stay with him. Just to make sure he’s ok.” Aria says climbing in after Liam.

***

Liam wakes up on his couch, his head pounding, his apartment dark and silent. He goes to get up, and grabs his head, wincing.

Finally his eyes adjust to the darkness as he sees Aria sleeping in his nearby love seat.

He smiles slightly and quietly walks over to her, kneeling down he strokes her legs softly with his hands, “Aria,” he whispers.

Her eyes flutter open, as she sees him kneeled before her, “Hey,” she says cupping his face.  “How are you feeling?” she says her eyes focusing on him, her face worried.

“Not great. What happened?” he says confused.

“You really don’t remember anything?” she says.

“I assume alcohol was involved, but I’m not much of a drinker so I’m kind of…yea details are a little hazy,” he says confused.

“Well…” she says getting up and taking his hand leading them to a seat on the couch as she clicks on a lamp.

“We were supposed to have our…special….sexy….night…”

“That I remember,” he says smirking.

“Well that didn’t really happen.”

“I missed it?” he says sadly.

“Oh yea,” she says her eyes widening. “You were supposed to pick me up for 8 and time just kept slipping by and you never showed. At first I just figured you were running late at work, then I was worried something happened, but then I got in my head and decided that maybe you were standing me up.”

“I wouldn’t do that,” he says taking her hand in his.

“I don’t know, I just got so mad at you and I went to your office, and there you were passed out with a bottle of whiskey.”

“Oh lord, yes, that um, that sounds vaguely familiar,” he says stroking his scruffy chin, as he winces in embarrassment.

“Do you remember why you all of the sudden decided to drink?” she asks.

“My mother stopped by.” he says rolling his eyes.

“You did mention that,” she says. “What did she want?”

“She came to discuss her disappointment in me. How I should be falling in line and doing what is expected of me.” Liam says looking away.

“Oh Liam-” she says cupping his face.

“She also came to show me…this,” he says reaching into his briefcase and pulling out the magazine.

Aria takes it and reads the headline.

“Wow!” she says her eyes wide, “we look hot,” she says smiling up at him.

Liam looks at her confused, “Wait you’re not mad? I thought you’d be offended. I know I was. And I’m used to having my picture in the papers.”

“I mean look, I’m not thrilled to have my private life plastered across the cover of a cheap tabloid. But I mean it was bound to happen. You are part of rich elite society. And the headline, at least it’s clever, right? You have to give them credit for trying.” she says shrugging and tossing the magazine on his coffee table.

Liam laughs as he lets out a sigh.

“Did you really think I would hold this against you? I mean it’s not your fault.”

“I just didn’t know how you’d take it? I didn’t know if you’d feel like it was too much to deal with and walk away.”

Aria looks down, suddenly ashamed. She exhales, annoyed.

“What?” he says worried.

“I completely understand why you felt that way. I run. A lot. When it comes to feeling anything even remotely romantic, I run. It’s sad that you already know that about me. I mean even last night after finding you like that, I just wrote the end of the story myself and decided you were an alcoholic who couldn’t be trusted and almost didn’t let you explain.”

“Wow. Ok, well I’m not an alcoholic. Just to clarify. I just had a bad day, and drank on an empty stomach. But I can see how it would look bad. But I’m glad you stuck around. Even though I don’t exactly remember how I got you to stay.” he says smirking.

“You showed me a little vulnerability,” she says shrugging.

“What does that mean?” he asks starring into her eyes, as he strokes her cheek, she leans in placing a kiss on his lips.

“In the midst of calling me out for always running off, you sort of implied that you’ve been left by a lot of people. And just the way you said it, it broke my heart. I knew I couldn’t leave you that way.”

Liam nods, clearing his throat, he looks away, his hands pulling away from her as he stands up.

“Well um, thank you again, love. I appreciate it. And I am so sorry about missing our night. I will make it up to you,” he says looking at her.

“I know you will.” she says smiling as she stands up, she kisses him.

 “You look ravishing by the way,” whispers against her lips, before kissing her again, his hands pulling her waist toward him.

Aria laughs, “You should see what I’m wearing underneath this,” she says raising an eyebrow as Liam sighs, he kisses her again.

“Trust me, if this hangover wasn’t punishment enough already, I am now mentally kicking myself for not being able to get you out of that dress,” he whispers in his husky, sexy, voice.

Aria laughs, “Aw, well don’t do that. We’ll get our night soon.” she says kissing him. “I should get going. My cousins are probably freaking out, it’s like 4 am.”

“Ok, well let me call Will, so he can give you a ride-“

“It’s ok, I’m fine-“

“Aria, love, its 4 am, shut up. You’re taking the ride,” he says placing a kiss on her shocked face.

“I’m sorry love, it’s just that you protest so much. I just want you to be safe.” he says with as sweet smirk.

“Nice save,” she says smirking as she pulls him into a kiss.

Liam laughs as he wraps his arms around her waist.

“Bye,” she says smiling up at him.

“Bye love, Thank you again,” he says smirking.

“Anytime,” she says blowing him a kiss as she leaves.

TO BE CONTINUED…

*I do not take credit for the images used in my edits or otherwise.*

-<3-

Move- Chapter 18

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Previously on Move– Read Chapter 17 HERE

Catch up from the beginning HERE

Liam and Aria stand in front of her apartment building as she digs in her purse for her keys.

“I um…I’d invite you up, but-” Aria begins to say as she looks down at her keys, fiddling in her hands.

“But that may not be the best of ideas?” Liam asks smirking.

“No, probably not,” she says smiling.

“You know that’s not all it’s about for me, right? I mean I won’t deny that I want you, but I want to get to know you first. Before anything else escalates between us. I know we can get wrapped up in each other, and lose ourselves. But I will make more of an effort to keep myself in check.”

“Thank you. But I mean, it’s not just you. I know I can be rather forward. And I will work on that too.”

“I must admit I am usually far greater at exercising self-control. But being around you, I find it rather difficult.”

“I um… (clears her throat) I know what you mean,” she says with a flirtatious smile as she looks up at him.

Liam smirks at her as their eyes lock in intensity.

“Screw it,” Aria says pulling him into a kiss as they push through her building door, his hands sliding up and down her figure.

***

Aria and Liam crash into her apartment.

“My bedroom is back this way,” she says pulling him by his collar.

Liam kisses her passionately as he follows her lead, “Aria, love, are you trying to kill me?” he whispers as he lets out a husky laugh against her lips.

“I think it’s safe to say no,” she whispers as she kisses him with more urgency than before, wrapping her arms around his neck as he lifts her legs up around his waist.

“You really think we’re ready for this? I mean we just said-“

“I know what I said, just kiss me,” she says as his lips crash over hers. He walks them into her bedroom.

Liam places her gently on her bed, as she rips open his shirt, stroking his chest.

He leans into a kiss as he cups her face, his other hand slides the zipper of her dress down.

“Aria,” he whispers nervously as his eyes lock onto hers.

“Close the door,” she whispers.

Liam looks at her, he kisses her passionately and then walks over to the door closing it.

***

Aria let’s out a scream as Liam laughs lightly, the two wrapped up in each other’s arms, clothing scattered, but Aria and Liam still in their under garments.

“So you are ticklish, aren’t you love?” Liam says tickling her sides, placing a kiss on her lips as he slides his hands along her body.

“I guess a little,” she says laughing as she kisses him her arms wrapped around his shoulders.

Liam chuckles, deepening their kiss. Flipping them, as his lips work their way down to her neck.

“Liam…” she whispers, her body moving closer to him.

“Hmm?” he whispers against her skin.

“What are we doing?” she asks with a laugh as she looks down at their entangled bodies.

“If it’s not obvious, I’m seriously going to have to rethink my powers of seduction,” he says with a laugh as he kisses her.

“I’m serious? Why are we still wearing clothes, get these off,” she says reaching for the waistline of his boxers.

“Alright! Ok!” he says laughing as he stops her hands.

“What?” she says sadly.

“Aria, I want you. Trust me. I do. I am fighting everything in me right now. You are making it very hard for me to think straight. But I promised you I would.”

“We can change our minds, can’t we?” she says stroking her hands up and down his chest.

“I have to admit your kind of giving me whiplash here. One minute I’m moving too fast for you and distracting you from your dream, then the next you’re trying to take my clothes off. I don’t know what you want from me, love.”

“I’m sorry, I know! Ugh! What is wrong with me?” she says covering her face.

“Nothing,” he says cupping her face as he pouts.

“I just, when we’re alone. I just- I can’t stop thinking about what it would be like to be with you. It’s like logic falls out of my head and I can’t think straight. I don’t want to.”

“That’s all well and good love. I know how you feel, because I feel the same way. And the truth is we can have sex. We’re both adults, we both want to. But I want it to be the right time. I don’t want you to regret it.”

“I honestly don’t think I could ever regret being with you,” she says raising her eyebrows as her hands slide along his toned abs.

“I think that’s just your hormones talking,” he says smirking as a chuckle escapes his lips.

“Maybe. But I don’t think that has to be a bad thing,” Aria says kissing his neck.

“You know, (clears his throat) there are other things we could do,” he says lowering himself on the mattress.

“Really?” she says flirtatiously. “Do tell?” she says opening her legs as her back arches her body closer to him.

“I’d prefer to show you,” he whispers his eyes peering up at her, intensely yet sparkling blue.

Aria leans back as she grabs a poll on her headboard.

“So just to be clear, we’re going to do everything, but have sex?” Aria asks confused.

“Let’s start here, and see how much you can handle,” Liam smirks as he ducks beneath her sheets.

Aria let’s out a breathy moan as her other hand claws at the sheets.

***

The next morning Aria peeks out of her bed room door.

“Coast is clear, come on, hurry!” she says pulling him by the hand.

“Are you ashamed of me, love?” he asks with a chuckle as she pulls him to the front door.

“No I am saving you from having to answer to my most likely very cranky, and sleep deprived roommates,” Aria says standing up on her tippy toes, placing a kiss on his lips.

“You were quite loud, love.” he says smirking

Aria gasps as she hints him in the chest.

“We didn’t even get to the main event,” he says his eyes flickering as he reaches for the hem of her oversized t-shirt.

“Hey!” she says slapping his hands away with a laugh, “It’s not my fault you had my head spinning,” she says laughing as her cheeks begin to blush.

“Oh love, you have no idea, that was nothing,” he whispers pulling her into him as he kisses her passionately.

“Hmm,” she says smiling up at him, as she kisses him again her hands sliding down his bare chest, his white collared shirt hangs open. “Cover this sexy body up, please. I’d like to not have my man displayed for all the world to see,” she whispers against his lips as he laughs.

“Yes ma’am,” he smirks as he starts to button his shirt.

Aria smiles brightly at him as she hands him his suit jacket.

“Hmm, I like being your man. Yea. That works,” he says leaning in and placing a kiss on her lips.

“Yea?” she asks scrunching her nose, as she looks up at him.

“Yea,” he says nodding, his heart melting as he kisses her again.

“Call me?” she asks.

“Of course,” he smirks, “bye love,” he whispers kissing her once more before leaving.

Aria closes her door and leans up against it. She grabs her chest, “Oh my god!” she whispers to herself. Closing her eyes replaying last night’s events.

Opening her eyes she’s met with two very frazzled cousins.

“There better be coffee,” Yolanda says walking into the kitchen.

Layla groans in agreement as she drags her feet over to a seat at the island.

“Did I wake you…last night?” Aria says wincing.

“Ya think? I swear if you both didn’t have jobs he would have spent all afternoon here too!” Layla says.

“You’re probably right about that.” Aria says smiling coyly.

Yolanda and Layla both give her a look.

“I’m sorry, I didn’t mean to be so vocal about it…” Aria says as she grabs a water from the fridge and then doubles back and switches it for a Gatorade.

“So I take it things went well with Liam. Gatorade good huh?” Layla says pointing to her drink of choice.

“Um…yes, but we uh didn’t actually have sex…”

“So then what was with all the “Oh Liam!” “Oh my god, Liam!”” Layla and Yolanda yell making fun of her.

“Hey, you know there are other things you can do…” Aria says shrugging her shoulders.

“Oh yes ok. I am aware. But really that’s all you did… And he just offered?” Yolanda asked.

“Yup,” Aria says smiling as she grabs a banana from the fruit bowl on the kitchen island.

“Wow, that’s…” Yolanda begins.

“Hot,” Layla finishes.

“Very,” Aria says raising an eyebrow. “But trust me, I definitely returned the favor,” she says smirking.

Layla and Yolanda burst out laughing.

“Oh my god! You dirty bird.” Layla says.

“I’m just really happy,” Aria says smiling brightly.

“Good,” Yolanda says smiling.

“You deserve it,” Layla agrees.

TO BE CONTINUED…

*I do not take credit for the images used in my edits or otherwise.*

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Move- Chapter 17

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Previously on Move– Read Chapter 16  HERE

Catch up from the beginning HERE

 

Liam sits in his office staring at a mound of paperwork in front of him. As his phone rings for the third time, the name “Mum” flashing across it. He scoffs ignoring it as he picks it up and tosses it in his side draw.

Liam sets to making calls and answering emails as time passes him by. Anne comes in.

“Mr. Whitmore, it’s 8:30, I’m going to head out.”

“Oh, I must have completely lost track of time. My apologies Anne, please have a good night. Thank you for staying so late, I will certainly make sure you are compensated for your time.”

“Thank you sir. If I may suggest…you really should go home yourself. You seem exhausted. This will all be here tomorrow.”

Liam’s face falls.

“I’ve overstepped, I’m so sorry sir.”

“Oh no, no it’s not that Anne. Come on you and I are a team, you could never offend me. You know me better than that. I just know that you’re right, is all.”

“Oh, ok.” Anne says with a smile. “Try to take some time to relax, you deserve it.”

“Thank you Anne, I appreciate you saying that,” Liam says with a nod.

“Good night sir,” Anne says with a smile.

“Good night,” Liam says as she leaves.

Liam sits at his desk as he sighs, his phone buzzing in his draw.

He stands up looking out at the skyline. The sun had long set into a hue of colors that you couldn’t recreate if you tried.

There’s a knock on his door as it creaks open, “Hi,” Aria says.

Liam freezes, knowing her voice well.

He turns, their eyes meeting instantly.

“I tried calling you first but-“

His phone buzzes in his desk.

“I’m sorry, I was getting an insane amount of calls from my mum, so I just kind of shoved it in a draw. Out of sight, out of mind.”

“I tried the office phone too…”

“Anne transfers the calls to voicemail before she leaves.”

“Ah.” Aria says nodding as her eyes fall to her fidgeting hands.

“You must have really wanted to talk to me. I mean it just seems like you went through a lot of trouble to find me.”

“Yea I just um- I felt bad, about what I said. I shouldn’t have been so harsh.”

“No, its ok, you were right.”

“Still, it was out of line. I mean we don’t know each other long enough or well enough for me to judge your choices. So I just wanted to say, that I’m sorry.”

“Apology accepted. It was unnecessary, but I do appreciate it.”

Aria looks up at him as she nods.

“Is that all you came to tell me?”

“I don’t know, I guess that depends.” she says shrugging.

“Depends on what?” he asks loosening his tie a bit as his heart begins to beat quicker. He coughs, nervously.

“On whether or not your explanation is worth a second chance. It occurred to me that my cousins and I may have been making some of our own judgements about you too. And I don’t think that’s fair. So if you still want a chance to explain, I’m all ears.” she says with a small smile.

Liam let’s out a sigh of relief as he walks over to her, cupping her face, he places a kiss on her lips.

Aria responds quicker than she would have liked, her arms wrapping around his neck, his hands cupping under her thighs as he lifts her up onto his desk.

Things get rather heated as Liam slides his hands up her legs, landing under her dress on her thighs.

Just then, the office door swings open, the janitor walks in, startling them.

“Oh, Edgar. Hello.” Liam says straitening his tie as Aria jumps down from the desk, fixing her dress.

“My apologies sir, I thought you had left, please, as you were.” he says smiling as he exits he gives Liam a thumbs up.

Liam closes his eyes and shakes his head, clearly embarrassed.

Aria laughs as Liam joins in.

“Dirty old man, that Edgar.” Aria says looking after his retreating figure as he puts his headphones on, whistling to his current playlist.

“The worst,” Liam says laughing as he reaches for Aria, placing his hands on her waist and squeezing her sides as his eyes flicker a certain heat.

“Although I do think that might have been a sign that we are moving too quick, too soon, once again. I did say IF your explanation was good enough. And I have yet to actually hear one,” Aria says raising her eyebrows in expectation, as she smiles.

“I am terribly sorry love, I didn’t mean to be disrespectful. I just saw you and I couldn’t help myself,” he says in a sexy whisper, as his hands slide down over her backside.

“Clearly,” she says removing his hands as he laughs.

“Shall we go for a walk, I’m not good in confined spaces around you,” he says looking at her with a smirk.

“Yes, a walk is good,” she says nodding, a small smile creeping onto her lips.

“Lead the way,” he says holding his hand out.

Aria smiles as she begins to walk away, his eyes glance her over. She turns quickly back toward him, and notices. “Excuse you? I saw that,” she says with a gasp.

Liam blushes. “Can you blame me?”

Aria narrows her eyes at him, as she reaches past him, she grazes him with her chest accidently, and he freezes, he inhales sharply. Trying to fight all impulse.

“I forgot my bag,” she says waving it, as she strings it onto her shoulder and exits the room.

Liam lets out a chuckle as he follows after her sauntering curvy figure, a smirk on his lips.

They get on the elevator and Liam looks at her.

“Stop it.” she says a smirk hiding under her stern face.

“What, love?” he asks innocently.

“Stop looking at me like that, and hands where I can see them,” she says pointing as he holds up both hands with a fake serious face.

The elevator doors close.

***

Aria and Liam walk along as they pass city street vendors and people hustling about.

Liam eyes her discreetly, he gently takes her hand, lacing his fingers through hers.

Aria looks down, slightly shocked.

“Why Liam Whitmore I do believe we’re in public,” she says in a playful, yet condescending tone.

Liam pulls her to him, “I do believe we’ve already almost had very public sex, this is nothing,” he says kissing her passionately.

A bystander snaps a picture that goes unnoticed by the doting new “couple.”

Aria feels her knees going, as she forces herself to pull away.

“Liam,” she says her voice low and uncertain.

“I’m sorry, love,” he whispers giving her some distance.

“Maybe we should go get something to eat, ya know put a table between us.” she says with a little laugh.

“We could always just end up sitting on the same side of the table, you know love?”

“We could. But we won’t. Because I still haven’t heard any kind of explanation from you.”

“Right,” he says sullenly.

Aria smirks as she points to a small restaurant nearby.

Liam sits across from Aria in silence. His eyes downcast.

Aria looks at him confused.

“I’m sorry. I don’t understand you Liam. You say you want a chance to explain and here I am giving you one. Your last one, by the way. And you still have nothing to say?”

“Aria, my family is complicated…”

“No. Ok. That’s not what I wanna hear. I don’t want to hear about your mom or the business and what they want from you. I want to hear about what you want.”

“It’s difficult. I guess I’ve never really been asked that question,” Liam says his eye brows scrunching together.

“Well I’m asking. Try. Think.”

“Aria I-” he says at a loss for words.

“You know what, this was a mistake,” she says getting up.

“No Aria, wait, please,” he says grabbing her hand.

Aria instantly feels a spark.

She looks at him and walks around and sits next to him.

“Look. It was very clear to me, very early on, that I was attracted to you. When we are together, it is extremely overwhelming. You make me feel…a lot of things,” she says with a small sexy laugh. “I know that if we were to just base this thing on physical attraction and sexual desires, we’d score 10/10. Do you agree?”

“Absolutely,” he says his eyes glistening the same familiar heat.

“But-that’s not enough for me. I need to know that the man that I’m with can talk to me and can listen and hear me too. I get that you were raised a certain way. But in order for this to work I need you to talk to me. And be honest about what you want. From life, from me. Because I’m telling you right now, if I’m just some experiment to you…”

“You are not an experiment. I swear to you, Aria. I care for you…deeply,” he says starring into her eyes as he cups her face.

“I care for you too,” she says with a small smile.

Liam sighs as he goes to lean in, and then stops.

“May I kiss you?” he asks.

Aria laughs, rolling her eyes, “Shut up,” she says pulling him into a kiss. “You really don’t know how relationships work, do you?” she asks with a laugh, her lips still grazing his.

“Clearly not.” he shakes his head as he laughs.

“What do you want?” she whispers.

“You.” he whispers back, pulling her into a kiss, “All of you, your heart, your mind.”

Aria looks up at him as she waits for the next, she arches her eyebrow, “my body?” she asks with sass.

“When the time is right, yes, your body too. Hell yes,” he says with a smirk as she laughs and leans into his lips again.

“And what about your mother…what do we do about her?” Aria asks.

“She doesn’t get a say in who I spend my time with, not anymore.”

“Are you going to tell her that?”

“I mean I think my mum is starting to gather that from the hundreds of unanswered phone calls and me calling her a monster at the ball.”

“You called her a monster?” Aria says her eyes wide.

“Well she is, I’m just so sorry that it took her hurting you for me to realize that.”

“So you did…stick up for me?” Aria says pouting as she cups his face, placing a kiss on his lips.

“Well I tried to, but she’s a shark and wanted me to still fall in line and smile for pictures. Which I did. And I’m sorry for that Aria. I know I should have done more, I should have fought harder. But I want you to know that from now on I will. Even if it means never talking to her again.”

“Liam. You could never do that.”

“Yes I could. For you.  For us. I could. I will.” he says grabbing her hand and lifting it to his lips as he places a kiss on it.

“I would never want you to,” Aria says her voice low, her eyes soft.

Liam looks at her confused.

“You fighting with your mother is not what I want. I just want you to stand up for yourself. Tell her what you want. She obviously loves you, eventually she’ll come around.”

“I don’t know about that, she and my sister, haven’t spoken in years.”

“That’s your fear isn’t it? That you’re the only glue still holding your family together?”

Liam looks down at their hands. He falls silent.

“Hey…talk to me,” She says tightening her grip on his hand as she strokes his chest with her other, trying to comfort him.

“You really just get in there, don’t you, love? Right into people’s souls?”

“What can I say, it’s a gift.” she smiles draping an arm around his shoulders as she cups his neck with her hand.

“I want to talk to you. But it’s not exactly easy for me, Aria. I mean I haven’t said these words out loud. Ever.” he says looking at her.

“Ok, I can understand that. And given the fact that we don’t know each other that well yet, I can see you being hesitant about telling me all your deepest darkest secrets.”

“It’s not that. It’s not you. In fact, you are the only person I feel has ever actually asked me what I want. And I am so grateful to you for that. I just, I guess I just worry that once I admit these truths to you, I will finally have to admit them to myself.”

“Is that such a bad thing, though? I mean when we run from things, and we don’t take the time to deal with them and work through them, we just end up living half a life. We just keep running. I don’t want that for you. Or for us.”

“You are something special, aren’t you?” he says leaning into kiss her.

Aria smiles as she wipes lipstick from his lips.

“How about I start…” Aria says. Liam nods.

“I feel like you and I really have something here. But I’m scared. Because right now, I am supposed to be spending ever free second I have working towards my dream. And ever since I met you, I have been easily distracted. And I’m not blaming you. I want to be with you. But I also fear that you could easily walk away at any point and you’d be fine. But I could lose everything. This is my last shot. And I was risking that to figure out what we are, because I believe you’re worth it. I want it all. A career, a partner, a life of love. But I do worry that what if things change. What if this thing fizzles out as quickly as it started?”

Liam looks at her, and his eyes fill.

“Aria, I-” he stops looking down as he sighs.

Aria smiles simply up at him as she takes his hands in hers.

“Take your time, I’m not going anywhere,” she says softly.

“I can’t make you believe me. I can only tell you my truth. And the truth is…I’ve never felt this way about anyone. Ever. My heart explodes every time I see you or hear your voice. I just want to be with you, (he says pulling her into a sweet kiss), every minute. I don’t know what the future holds, I can’t promise you everything will be perfect. But I can promise you, that I will do whatever I can to make this- us, work. I just want us to have the time to see how we’d be together. I promise to always fight for you, to be more open and tell you what I want and how I feel. I promise to be honest. And I promise to fall crazy, head over heels in love with you.” he says smiling down at her.

Aria smiles brightly as she pulls him into a kiss. Liam wrapping his arms tightly around her waist as he sighs into her lips.

He pulls away for a minute, “I want you to know. I will respect your dream. When you need to rehearse, I will not get in your way. I can tell how much this showcase means to you. I would never want to jeopardize that for you.”

Aria looks up at him “Thank you,” she says stroking his face gently, before kissing him sweetly.

Liam looks at her, “Thank you, love.” he says cupping her face and leaning into another kiss.

A bystander snaps a picture, unknown to the new couple.

 

TO BE CONTINUED…

*I do not take credit for the images used in my edits or otherwise.*

-<3-