Nas was asleep within seconds. Her eyelashes fluttered and she whimpered occasionally. Her black hair fell over her shoulders. I sighed and looked up at the ceiling. There was an arboreal set-up that stretched right across the room. The little snake twined around the branches.
My phone rang and I hurriedly answered it, not wanting to wake Nas. It was Darran. Whoops; I forgot to call him.
"Where the hell are you?" he shouted down the line.
"Yeah, long story... I'm at council," I muttered.
He sighed exasperatedly. "We'll be there in a minute."
I hung up and put my phone on the small table. Nas was awake, her eyes half-open. Her lips curved into a small smile.
"Hi," she whispered.
"Hey," I replied softly.
"Thank you for coming."
"Not a problem."
She sighed. "I never acted like this when I was a prostitute."
"It's not exactly the same scenario though, is it?"
She laughed once. "Still..." She smiled. "Remember the last time we were in here?"
"How could I forget?" I asked.
"Everything's changed now, hasn't it?"
"Yeah... Are you happy?" I asked her.
"Not really the best time to ask me that," she pointed out.
"Cameron will be dealt with," I told her.
Her eyebrows pulled together. "You got Her involved in this?"
"She got involved. Darran and Riley should be here in a minute."
"Better inform my girls then."
"You know Riley doesn't go for the girls who throw themselves at him," I said.
"What about you? What kind of girls do you go for?"
"You know the answer to that."
"Yeah, I do," she smiled. Nas pulled herself into a sitting position and sighed.
"Are you happy, Nas? Tell me the truth," I whispered.
She shrugged. "I don't know. I'm just glad you haven't left me altogether."
"If I recall, you were the one who left."
"Sorry about that."
"Doesn't matter. We've still got each other, just not in exactly the same way."
"You know, I haven't had anyone since you," she mumbled.
She blushed and nodded. "Yeah."
"But... I thought..." I trailed off.
"I love you, Ace. I always have, I've just never said it."
I didn't know what to say that. I just stared at her. Her blush deepened and she looked away.
"Sorry, I shouldn't have said anything," she muttered.
"No, it's... it's okay. I just wish you'd told me sooner. Why didn't you tell me?"
"I didn't know how. I wanted to, I really did."
I sat beside her on the bed.
"Where's Zoe gone?" she asked.
"I don't know."
I brushed the hair out of her face. She took my hand and held it to her chest. I shuffled closer to her. Before I could even form another thought, I kissed her. Her fingers trailed along my arm. I pulled away from her.
"That shouldn't have happened," I whispered.
"No, it shouldn't have."
That didn't stop me from kissing her again. Memories flooded my head, memories of all the past times we'd been together.
"Ace?" someone shouted. It was Riley.
I automatically pulled away again and jumped up. I left the room quickly.
"Hey," I said to Darran and Riley.