Erinn smiled and laughed at the comment. "He really did that?"
Xav nodded and took a sip of wine. "Yep. Unbelievable, right?"
Shaking her head, Erinn also took a swig. "Sneaking into the girl's dorm…" She sighed. "Seriously… Are we in high school?"
They both laughed. The little flames sat contently atop their respective candles, dancing gently in the light breeze. Starlight shimmered on the translucent fabric of Erinn's dress, making it look like the rays were weaved in the thread itself.
"You really didn't have to do all of this just for me, Xav," she said, a small smirk stretching across her lips.
Xav shrugged, looking sheepish. "It was a long mission," he replied coolly, "you deserve a break every once in a while."
Smiling, Erinn set down her wine glass and propped her elbows on the table, resting her chin on her hands. "You even combed your hair!" she exclaimed in a mock surprised tone, getting a laugh from him in reply.
"Are you saying I look good?" Xav inquired, striking a pose.
Erinn blinked, surprised by the question. "Like… 'good' as in professional good? Or 'good' as in attractive good…?"
Raising an eyebrow, Xav replied, "Whichever you choose."
"Oh… Well… Uhm…" Erinn stumbled over the words, blushing slightly.
"Go on…." Ushered Xav.
Erinn fiddled with her napkin. "I guess you kind of do look a bit attractive, maybe."
A grin found it's way onto Xav's face. The flames of the candles glinted off the lenses of his glasses, adding on to the effect. "I was hoping you would say that."
Glancing up, it was Erinn's turn to raise her eyebrow. "What do you mean?"
Xav's index finger gently brushed against hers, and to his satisfaction, she didn't recoil. He took her hand in his and caressed the top with his thumb. Erinn's heart rate sped up at his touch.
"Erinn…" he began, "There's been something I've wanted to tell you… I've never really gotten a good chance, with us always being on the field and everything… It's one of the reasons I invited you here…"
Erinn furrowed her brow at Xav's words. "I still don't understand what you are implying…"
He sighed and stood, still keeping hold of her hand. Walking around the table, Xav stood in front of Erinn. She noticed he looked rather nervous, and a little nauseous. But why? Xav took a deep breath and exhaled slowly.
"Erinn, I… I…"
Erinn looked at him expectantly. "You…?"
Xav finally just came out and said it. Rather, he kind of shouted it so quickly that it took Erinn a second to decipher what he had said. "Iloveyou!"
She blinked, absolutely astonished. Xav…. loved her? But…
"Xav, I… I'm very flattered, but—" She was cut off.
"Erinn, please, let me explain… You were chosen to go on that mission in Italy. The mission that was a whole year long. You weren't allowed contact with anyone besides the leader."
Erinn, still shocked by his proclamation, nodded. "Yes, but Xav—"
"When you left… I didn't think anything of it. I figured it would be just like any other mission you've gone on. But this one was different. It finally hit me that you were going to a place where your kind are shunned, and hunted, that I wouldn't get to talk to you for an entire year." He paused. "Where you might never come back from…" Another pause. "It finally hit me that I had feelings about you, and that I might not get the chance to tell you."
Xav pulled Erinn into a standing position, and stared deeply into her light blue eyes. "I want you to understand…" His voice was nothing but a whisper as he gently planted a kiss on her cheek. "… how much I've missed you…" His lips moved to her neck. "How much I've longed for you…"
Erinn swore her heart would beat itself right out of her chest. So many thoughts raced through her head at once. She felt a light blush play across her face as Xav ever so lightly nibbled at the sensitive skin near her collar bone, extracting a quiet moan. He continued to whisper, his warm breath on her neck sending a shiver down her back.
"How much… I've wanted you, Erinn…"
Before she had time to reply, Xav's lips collided with hers. Blood rushed through her veins, and she suddenly felt dizzy. Closing her eyes, she tried to stop the spinning sensation. She felt a wall against her back, and Xav's body pressing closer to hers.
"…nnnn…." Was the only word Erinn could squeeze in between kisses.
Suddenly, she felt the zipper of her dress going down, down, down. The warmth of Xav's hands on the bare skin of her stomach startled her a bit, sending goose bumps all over. The hands seemed to be everywhere at once; First her stomach, then her back, then her chest.
Not exactly ready for this kind of contact, Erinn placed both of her hands on Xav's chest, and pushed slightly. There was no response from him. She pushed harder, getting him to move away for only a second.
"Xav…" Erinn spoke, trying to get his attention.
However, his brain seemed to be somewhere else as his hands began to explore even further. She was more stern this time, shoving him so they were her arm's length apart.
"Xav," she repeated, "I don't want to do this with you. Not yet. I…. don't have the same feelings for you that you have for me…" Pulling her dress back over her chest, she sighed. "I'm sorry, but I think I should leave…"
Taking a step towards the door, she suddenly got a bad feeling in her gut. All of a sudden, something wasn't right; The aura of the room had changed drastically. She glanced over at Xav, and saw he didn't look like himself at all. By instinct, she bolted towards the door, but her wrist was caught in Xav's hand. He yanked her back towards him and held her close.
"I didn't think we were finished yet, Erinn," he whispered, his voice dark malevolent.
He shoved her against the wall again, this time pinning her wrists down with one of his hands above her head. Using his free hand, he picked up right where he left off, grabbing at the loosened dress eagerly. Erinn struggled against his grip and opened her mouth to yell, but was interrupted by his lips smashing against hers again. The kiss wasn't as innocent now. It was rushed, aggressive and full of pure lust. Suddenly it hit her. It wasn't Erinn he wanted, it was her body.
Erinn kicked blindly, hoping to hit something, and took her chance when she felt her knee collide with Xav's groin. He yelped in pain, his grip on her wrists loosening. Bringing one fist down onto his head, she aimed a hard punch into his stomach, causing him to keel over. Not taking the time to ponder on what to do, Erinn bolted out of the room, struggling to pull her dress back up.
She didn't care where she was going, she just had to get away. Her intent was to never grace Xav with her presence again, and for her to never have to endure seeing him again. Ever.