Previously on Move– Read Chapter 9 HERE
Aria and Liam burst into Liam’s place, kissing, as they bump into a nearby potted plant, knocking it over. It shatters, but doesn’t make them miss a beat.
Liam’s hands cupping her face, deepening each kiss as Aria pushes the door shut.
Reaching for his jacket, she maneuvers it off as it falls to the floor. Liam’s hands circle her waist, but stay put as Aria reaches for his tie- loosening it and tossing it off.
“Aria?” he whispers.
“Shh, we’ve had this date with each other from the beginning,” she says smiling as she covers his lips with hers again, starting to unbutton his crisp white shirt.
Hitting a tough button, Aria breaks their kiss. Sighing in frustration, she rips the shirt open, buttons flying everywhere.
“Oh my gosh, I’m so sorry, this was probably so expensive,” she says looking around on the floor.
Liam pulls her back to him, “Do I look upset,” he says kissing her.
She laughs against his lips as her hands stroke his chest.
Aria pulls away to look up at him, for a beat, his kind eyes stare back waiting for her move.
She smiles, as she un-clips her black wrap around dress letting it fall open.
Liam’s eyes glance over her toned figure, as her lacey black lingerie set hugs her curves perfectly.
He lets out the breath he’s been holding in since he met her, “Wow,” he says coughing shyly looking away, as Aria looks after him with a small shy laugh.
Liam pulls her to him, placing a sweet, yet intense kiss on her lips, but soon pulling away he cups her face, staring at her.
“As much as I want to do this love, I don’t think it’s the best order of events.”
Aria looks up at him, confused, stepping back, and away from him.
“Please don’t miss understand. I like you. I really really like you. And I want this. I want you, so much that I don’t want to jeopardize it by moving too fast too quick. So before we let this go this far, I’d like to at least take you to dinner first,” he says smiling.
Aria sighs and starts laughing as she closes her dress and refastens it.
“Oh, right. Of course, that makes sense,” she says smiling. “I’m sorry I was pretty aggressive there,” she says with a laugh. “I’m sorry if I came on too strong.”
“Trust me love, I didn’t mind,” he says grinning down at her. “I was quite unprofessional with you from the start,” he smirks sheepishly.
“I wouldn’t say that,” Aria looks at him as they make their way to the kitchen.
“What would you say?”
“I would say that…we both probably….maybe…sort of…knew there was a spark there when we first met and then the universe kind of just kept throwing us together- it was hard to deny it.”
Liam looks at her and laughs.
“I may have orchestrated a few of those run-ins we had.”
Aria looks up at him in shock.
“I may have kept tabs on you.”
Aria gasps, “Wait…Did you Facebook stalk me?”
“More than I’d like to admit,” he says avoiding her eyes, as he grabs a few things from the fridge. Aria sits across from him at his kitchen island.
“Oh my gosh, well, now I’m flattered,” she says laughing as her cheeks blush.
“Really your not creeped out?” he says laughing as he begins chopping some vegetables.
“Well…that depends,” she says smiling.
“On how many of these run-ins you actually orchestrated?”
“All of them?”
“Which ones, come on, I need specifics here.”
“And let you think that we are anything but fate in human form, no thank you love.” he says smirking.
Aria walks over to him, coming up behind him, she circles her arms around him, her hands on his chest.
“Please,” she says kissing his shoulder.
Liam turns in her arms and cups her face, “You fight dirty,” he says smirking.
Aria laughs, reaching up to kiss him, he accepts it with a smile.
“Fine, don’t tell me,” she laughs, kissing him once more, she walks away from him. “I really should be going, anyway.”
Liam looks after her, “Aria.”
Aria turns, “Would you like to join me for dinner?”
She smiles at him, “I would love to but I have a class to teach tonight and then I really need to get to the studio and work on my routine.”
Liam nods his understanding, but she can tell the sadness on his face.
“What about lunch tomorrow? I can come by the office.”
Liam smiles, “That would be perfect.”
“Ok I will see you tomorrow, then,” she leans over and gives him a kiss. “Bye,” she smiles and begins walking toward the door.
“Don’t worry I’ll tell Marco you say bye,” he says walking after her with a smirk playing on his lips.
Aria turns around, “Oh, ok,” she says laughing, “So your the jealous type?”
Liam walks over to her, his arms circling her waist.
“Only when it comes to you,” he says looking at her deeply.
Aria pulls him into a long kiss.
“Stay,” he whispers pleading with her.
“I can’t,” she says frowning, “I’ll see you tomorrow,” she places a quick peck on his lips and walks away.
Liam grabs her hand pulling her back to him, as he kisses her again, his feelings for her pouring out of him.
Aria looks up at him, her head in a fog for a beat.
“My driver is downstairs, let him take you.”
“No that’s really ok, I-“
Liam kisses her again, as Aria’s response is cut short.
“Ok,” she says looking up at him with a laugh.
He laughs, and opens up the door for her.
Grabbing her bag she walks out, and turns to face him.
“I had a really nice time,” she says smiling at him.
“Me too, love,” he says smiling brightly.
Aria waves and walks off.
Liam shuts the door, starring at it for a beat. He smiles to himself as he exhales deeply, running his hand through his hair. He walks back to his kitchen to continue making dinner.
Aria steps out of Liam’s black sleek car, and walks into the Gym.
Upon entering the locker room, she’s bombarded by questions from her girl squad.
“Where the hell have you been?” Yolanda says quickly with worry.
“Yoyo, I’m fine. I’m sorry, I got caught up.”
Molly and Allie exchange looks.
“Your still in your work clothes…” Molly says.
“I know, I have to change,” she says grabbing her work out clothes from her gym bag and un-doing her dress.
“Well well isn’t that set a little sexy for the work place, were you looking for a certain someone to see it?” Molly says coyly.
Aria laughs as she pulls on her clothes.
“Let’s just say I didn’t have to hope at all, it kind of just happened,” she smirks throws her stuff into her locker and closes it, walking off.
The four girls all look at each other, their mouths open as they rush after her into the gym.
The gym is already full of excited ladies ready to work out.
“I’m sorry WHAT?” Allie says excitedly.
“Did you guys have sex? Oh my gosh was it amazing? Is he like ya know…?” Molly says rambling.
“Oh ew,” Layla says her younger age showing.
Yolanda looks worried, “Please tell me you were safe?”
“Of course we were,” Aria says spinning around.
The girls all freeze.
“Because we didn’t have sex.”
Yolanda sighs of relief, “So where were you?”
“Aw, let down,” Molly says under her breath.
“I was with Liam and don’t get me wrong, we were well on our way to…but then he put the brakes on.”
“Wait I’m sorry HE stopped you?” Allie says.
“Yea, he said that he didn’t want to rush things.”
“Is he some kind of male robot, or something, because I feel like that never happens. If a guy gets a girl willing to have sex with him, he’s having sex with her. Case closed,” Molly says.
“Ok not every guy is like that,” Allie says.
“Oh please your only saying that cause your boyfriend Colin is as perfect as they come.”
“Maybe,” Allie says smiling.
“Liam is different too, I can tell. He’s a man, not a guy, not a boy. He’s a man, he knows what he wants.”
“And apparently, that’s you,” Molly says smiling.
“Oh so it’s back to Liam now,” Layla says laughing.
“Well considering I don’t work for him anymore…yea,” she says smiling.
“Wait when you text us to meet you here, I just assumed you were filling in again, did they offer you a full time position?” Allie asks excitedly.
“Wooo! Yes girl! Congrats!” she says hugging her as all the girls join in.
“Ok, I really gotta get this class started, full details later” she says smiling, standing at the front of the class, pressing play on the radio.
As the music bursts through the room, bouncing off the walls, Aria begins doing the moves and calling them out as her class follows enthusiastically.
Liam finishes loading his dish washer and closes it, looks down at his floor and sees all the buttons scattered. He has a flashback of he and Aria during their intense moment and lets out a laugh, grabbing a broom, he begins to sweep them up.
Aria exits the gym, girls in tote.
“Guys, I really have to get to the studio to practice,” she says walking to the street and holding up her hand to hail a cab.
“Um hello you promised us details,” Allie says.
“And you will get them, just not now,” she says laughing.
“Your gonna make us wait?” Molly says whining.
“I will call you later and fill you all in, I promise,” she says walking over to give each of them a hug as a cab pulls up.
Aria gets to Yolanda and sees the worry etched in her facial features.
“Yoyo I’m fine. Nothing happened. And even if it would have happened, I know what I have to do to keep myself safe, ok. You don’t have to worry about me.”
“Ugh yes I do,” she says hugging her. “Don’t make it too late.”
“I won’t, bye girls,” she says getting in the cab.
Aria’s body is sweating as she finishes her routine she looks in the mirror and smiles.
“We’re getting there,” she says to herself.
Her phone lights up and she walks over to check it, taking a sip of water.
She opens her Facebook app and sees Molly tagged her in a picture, the caption reading… “Work it girl.” #BESTZumbaInstructorAround #TakeHerClass #FullTimeInstructor
Aria looks at the picture, her body shining, fierce expression and a perfect view of her curves.
Aria smiles as she screen shots it and types out a message.
Liam stands at his canvas painting, his cell phone goes off. He smirks when he sees the message is from Aria- the same post from Molly with an added message that reads- “Just in case you didn’t see it on Facebook, here’s how my class went.”
He smirks looks over the picture, and sends a text back that reads-
That’s one hell of a view, love.
Aria reads it and blushes, responding-
I miss you. Is that weird to say?
Liam smiles, responding-
Well if it is, then I guess we’re both weirdos.
Aria smiles and dials Liam’s number.
He smiles seeing her name flash across his screen.
“Is that your way of saying you miss me too.”
“Well, nothing gets by you, love.”
“How’s the rehearsing going?”
“Good, I should be wrapping up and heading home soon. I think I’m actually making some progress.”
“That’s fantastic.” (he pauses, thinking)
“Liam are you still there?”
“What?” she says confused.
“My driver can be there to get you in 15 minutes, come back here, spend the night with me.”
“I thought we agreed that maybe we were moving too fast.”
“We don’t have to do anything. I just- I’d really like to spend more time with you. It’d be nice to fall asleep with you in my arms.”
Aria sighs, her smile bright.
“15 minutes, huh?”
“I’ll see you soon, love.” he says smiling as he hangs up.
Aria looks at her phone, her heart beating quickly.
She dials another number.
“Yoyo, I have to tell you something. And you can’t freak out.”
“I’m spending the night at Liam’s.”
“I said not to freak out!”
“I’m not freaking out, I just feel like you say one thing and do another. You barely know this guy.”
“I know that. But it doesn’t feel that way. I feel like he’s been meant for me my whole life. We just fit. It just feels natural.”
“Aria are you sure about this?”
“I’m positive, I feel safe with him,”
“Fine. Your a grown woman, but you keep your phone on, and you let me know when you get there and you come home early tomorrow morning. I’m talking sun up, so are you. Please can you do that and save my sanity?”
“Yes of course. I love you yoyo.”
“I love you too, you pain in my ass. Please please please BE SAFE.”
“Nothings going to happen. I’m just going to spend time with him.”
“I’m serious. He’s not like that.”
“I hope your right, because if I don’t hear from you, I’m calling the cops on his ass!”
“Deal.” Aria says laughing. “And yo, can you just do me one favor…”
“Oh you are pushing it now, babe.”
“I’m sorry. I know.”
“What is it?” Yolanda says sighing and rolling her eyes as she stands folding clothes at home.
“Just please tell the girls, I’ll have to explain everything tomorrow.”
“Fine, but you owe us.”
“Dinner on me,” she says smiling and hanging up, a text from Liam pops up-
Car’s outside. Can’t wait to see you.
Aria smiles brightly rushing out.
Aria steps onto Liam’s penthouse floor and sees him waiting at the door with a bright smile on his face.
“Hi,” she says kissing him. “I’m sorry I’m a sweaty mess, I must look gross,” she says laughing.
“You could never,” he says cupping her face and kissing her again.
He takes her hand and leads her in.
“I’m really glad your here.” he says smiling at her.
“Are you hungry?”
“I’m starving,” she laughs
“Let me heat you up some leftovers.” he says walking to the kitchen.
“Um, do you mind if I take a quick shower?”
“No of course not, do you need any clothes to change into?”
“Um no I keep some extras with me at the gym so just point me toward the bathroom and I’m good.”
Liam smiles and leads the way.
Aria walks into his crisp white porcelain bathroom, the shower is huge and it just glistens with cleanliness.
“Now this is a bathroom!” she says seeing it.
“Towels are in the cabinet over there, and soap and everything is in that one.”
“Thank you,” she says smiling, “I’ll be quick.”
“Take your time, I’ll go heat up that food.”
“Thank you,” she whispers, standing on her tippy toes and kissing him.
Liam walks out as Aria closes the door, she reaches for her cellphone-
“Hello? Hey Yoyo I’m here, I’m alive. Don’t worry. Ok? (she laughs) I love you, good night.”
Liam overhears and laughs.
Aria emerges from the bathroom all clean and cozy in a long sleeved thin hoodie and leggings, her hair long and damp.
Liam smiles as he places a plate of food on the table for her.
“Wow this looks amazing, I didn’t know you cook, but of course you cook,” she says shaking her head with a smile.
Why are you so perfect, she thinks.
“Taste it first” he says with a laugh.
Aria takes a bite, “Oh my god,” she says closing her eyes. “This is amazing.”
“So good, what is it?”
“It’s grilled chicken in a red wine sauce, my sister makes it even better.”
“Mmm, how is Sky, I didn’t see her at the gym tonight,” Aria says taking another bite.
“She’s good, she had a gig with her band. But I did tell her how you are teaching Zumba full time, it enlisted quite the squeal. I’d say she’s looking forward to it.” he says smiling as he leans across from her.
Aria laughs, “She’s a really sweet girl, I’m happy I got to meet her.”
“Me too, she’s probably the only sane person in my family.”
“Oh boy!” Aria says laughing.
“Do you want a glass of wine with that?” Liam asks.
“Sure, thank you.”
Liam walks to the cabinet pulling two glasses and sets to pouring the wine. He hands her a glass, with the company of a big smile.
“What?” Aria asks.
“Cheers to us,” he says clinking his glass into hers.
“Cheers to us,” she repeats taking a sip, a smile playing on her lips.
Liam and Aria sit on the couch, his arm draped over her and her body snuggled into his as the tv hums in the background.
Liam looks over at her, and she notices.
“I just can’t believe your here,” he says sheepishly, his arm pulling her tighter into him.
“Aw,” she says smiling as she nuzzles closer to him. “There’s no where else I’d rather be,” she says kissing his cheek.
Liam looks at her lovingly, cups her face, and places a sweet kiss on her lips.
The two part and stare at each other for a beat, before simultaneously diving into another, more heated kiss.
Aria leans back on the couch, pulling Liam with her, and they continue to kiss, her legs and arms wrapping around him.
“I thought we said we wouldn’t do this,” he says in between kisses, his voice breathy.
“We’re not, we’re just kissing, that’s allowed right?” she says before placing another kiss on his lips.
“I like the way you think,” he says kissing her back.
“Yea, I can kiss you all night.”
Aria smiles pulling him back to her lips as one of his hands cradle her head and one circles her waist, their lips barely parting for long.
TO BE CONTINUED…
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