I dived through the cool blue water, feeling it pull gently against my skin, like satin does. I held my breath for as long as I could, aiming for the opposite wall, and surfaced next to it. Sam looked up from her book and smiled.
"It's lovely. Why don't you come and join me?" I said slyly, spreading my hands across the surface of the water.
"I might take you up on that offer."
"Please do. I'd be happy to give you a few lessons."
"I can swim."
"Not what I meant." I giggled and disappeared in to the pool again, opening my eyes to stare round at the colours of the tiles through the film of water that threatened my eyes. A loud splash and a scurry of air bubbles drew my attention, and I saw Sam appear, wearing a black bikini. She swam towards me under the water, and I laughed, letting out my breath, and rising to the surface. She followed and appeared in front of me, grinning and wiping her hair from her face.
"Hey." She smiled fondly, kissing me.
"Hey." I murmered back against her skin, resting my head against her and sighing in contented happiness.
"Lots of things to sigh happily about. But you are definitely the most important."
"Am I now?"
"Yes. Without a doubt."
"Good to know."
"Mmm, it is." An idea flew in to my head and I laughed.
"What?" I gripped her shoulders and dunked her under the water, and she came up spluttering moments later. "You! You're dead." She grinned and I squealed, kicking away as she came towards me. She chased me through the water until I couldn't swim anymore, and then she caught me in her arms.
"Please don't dunk me!" I begged, laughing.
"I'm not going to." She grinned, her arms wrapped around me.
"Oh thank god!" I laughed, kissing her. As soon as our lips parted she pushed me under the water and I came up spluttering and shocked.
"Ha, gotcha!" She grinned.
"You lied!" I cried, pretending to be affronted.
"Sorry." She bit her lip. "But you asked for it."
"Don't act all innocent." She continued to bite her lip and pull puppy dog eyes. "I'll bite your lip for you." I muttered, staring at the way her teeth pulled on the skin. She released her lip and blushed.
"I will." I grinned. "But not now. Now, we have to go and get ready for our arty evening."
"Whatever you say." She grinned and I led her from the pool.
"You look beautiful." She muttered in to my neck as I checked myself in the mirror.
"Thank you." I turned around and surveyed her. "Not looking too bad yourself gorgeous."
"Why thank you. May I escort you to the car?" She asked mockingly and I laughed.
"You may." I slipped my arm through hers and we left, chuckling to ourselves. The drive to the gallery didn't take long, and we were soon being confronted by bright colours and glasses of champagne and wine. "Thank you." I said as someone took my coat.
"Come on, this way. I have a few people I have to talk to, and then we can browse freely."
Sam was in her element. She went from person to person, introducing me each time and then getting caught up in the art world. I excused myself and went to get another glass of wine. My phone buzzed and I saw I had an email. I opened it and found a message from Anna. Reading it made me smile, and I replied.
Good, now take care of yourself! Talk to Liam and Ali, you can't live on your own. And I'll definitely be showing off my tan. Italy is beautiful, and I'm having so much fun. See you when I get back.
Then I went to rejoin Sam and passed her another glass, receiving a gentle kiss on the cheek as I did.