The Bell Tolls

I mingled when then band stopped playing. Dev was caught up with the band and people talking to them. Sage was with Adam and they looked to be in deep conversation. Dee was dancing with Ant. But she didn’t look happy. I should rescue her from him, but before I could step out on to our make shift dance floor a small hand touched my arm and I looked to see Jin standing behind me. “It’s almost midnight. Do you want to say anything?”

My eye brow raised and I shook my head. “Do I have to?”

Jin’s smile slipped a little, “You should.”

“I didn’t ask you that.”

She shook her head. “No. Should I ask Sage or Dev?”

I shrugged. “Let DJ know and he’ll count down. I’m not going to do the whole I’m leader thing with my family and friends.”

Jin sighed, “You do realize that it’s more than family and friends.”

I nodded. “Yes, but I’m going with the illusion it’s just family and friends and I’m not leader of anything real or imagined. Right now I’m Nox. Not Ascendant, or Regnans or any other title someone wants to bestow on me. I’m going to go save my girlfriend and find my boyfriends so we can at least see the New Year in together. And then I have a three year old to see off to bed.”

Jin nodded. There was no sigh of disappointment – she’d since gotten used to my nature. She obliged me on occasion – like now, but she didn’t let me say no when it really mattered. That’s what I liked about her.

I wove my way through the crowd on the dance floor and took Dee’s hand. She looked at me with a frown, and Ant just grinned at me as I dragged her off the dance floor in the direction of Sage.

I pressed a kiss to his cheek and took his hand. “I’m stealing him for a little while.” I told Adam as I leaned into his space. “You can have him back later.”

Sage was giving me this look like what are you doing? but he didn’t say anything. He just came with me as I took his hand. Dev was standing by a wall watching me, he’d extricated himself from conversations when I started gathering up everyone else. He was grinning at me when I stopped in front of him with our little group, one hand in each of mine.

“Midnight?”

I nodded. Sage and Dee both lost their frowns and let go of my hand and slide their arms around my waist. There was a moment of panic. That quick blip of fear that coursed through my body at their touch, but Dev pushed his hands around the others and we were interlocked together. There was nothing but the four of us. None of us cared if we were being stared at. And from Sage’s blush I knew he could see at least some one was watching us intently. I could only imagine it was Adam or someone who he cared what thought about him.

Dating had proven to be difficult. Living together was easy in comparison. And having our own space made that so much simpler. We shared a room, but had our own place to escape. It worked for us. It may not work for someone else, but it worked for us. Sage had his own private library full of computers and book shelves. Books he’d started buying when he didn’t have to pay bills anymore.

Dev’s was his own music collection. He had his guitars but mostly it was a sound proof room that he could blast whatever music he wanted in with the high end stereo system he had installed.

Dee’s was a large closet. She had more clothes than what we had room for in the shared room, but she had dress up clothes, and other fun play things hanging. It wasn’t red room of pain in visage, but she wasn’t shy about having her swing or the straps hanging. I hadn’t ventured into her little dungeon yet. Dee scared me. We hadn’t been alone together in bed yet. Not for Dee’s trying but something always came up.

My thoughts had drifted and the count down had started. Dev was looking at me with curiosity but the other two were staring into each other’s eyes. Sage and Dee got on really well. Their sex life was full of exploration. Mostly because Dee could manipulate Sage with ease. Dev and I took a lot more work to wrangle into the things she wanted to do. Sage not so much.

3… 2… 1… I leaned over and kissed Sage first, Dev kissing Dee. First loves. First kiss… not really but it made things easier. It all felt rather staged and I knew people were watching as we all shared a kiss. Sage pulled away with Dee’s hand and they went off to dance. I stayed with Dev at least for now. He spun me around so my back was to the wall and we stood there facing each other. All I really wanted to do was curl up in his arms. Dev chuckled at my thoughts, “You’re back will be exposed.”

I shrugged. “No more than it already has been.”

Dev smiled at me and leaned against the wall pulling me against him and wrapped his arms around me. He suggested, “We could go dance?”

I shook my head and pressed into him, “Nope. This is perfect.”

He laughed and pulled me tighter against him. “People are staring.”

“Let them.” I said. I didn’t really care. It was a New Year. I had a new job, a new family and a a new life. I didn’t care what anyone else thought as long as my family was happy.

New Apartment (12/8/2017)
Clothing Debacle (12/9/2017)
Making Up (12/10/2017)
The Band (12/11/2017)
The Bell Tolls (12/12/2017)