I know! I know! It's been forever. I'm sorry. I lost inspiration and had a lot of things going on! If it helps, I'm doing this instead of a plethora of make-up homework from where I missed for my headaches, sooo…yeah ;) I thought it was time for an update!

Unfortunately, this chapter isn't very long ;( But it had a good ending point and I hope to maybe write more soon…I hope XD But I guess we'll see how the homework goes for. The grading period ends tomorrow so I have to finish all my Human Genetics stuff and Pre-Calculus homework. Sigh. Oh and I have to write a stupid essay . But that's okay because I have two periods in the library tomorrow ;) So I can mostly do it then.

Anyway, sorry for the rant…and the wait! Hope this chapter makes up for it?

Onward!

(THERE IS A BREAK HERE, THERE IS A BREAK HERE)

Chapter Nine: Hotel Time

"I have a keycard," Ashton said, holding it out for Wrynn to see. He waited until Wrynn's eyes latched onto it before he pulled it away and pocketed it safely. "I can get in. Don't open the door for anyone. Not even room service. Do you hear me?"

Wrynn sighed. "Yes, Ashton. Me plus door equals no."

"Make sure the windows are locked and the blinds are closed. If you hear something at them, lock yourself in the bathroom. Got it? And for God's sake, burn your way out of here if you have to." Ashton narrowed his eyes at the dragon.

"Sheesh, okay," Wrynn said, scowling at him. "I will sit quietly on my bed and make no unnecessary movements unless I have to hide in the bathroom. Okay? Now go."

Ashton paced the length of his bed, combing his brain for any other thoughts about what he could say. He needed Wrynn to be as prepared as possible before he left. "Don't leave the room," he said, snapping his gaze toward Wrynn.

"Ashton…I know you mean well, but you're seriously starting to sound like my parents," Wrynn sighed, shaking his head. "I can take care of myself. Now would you just go? I know you're thirsty. I'll be fine."

Ashton bit down on his lower lip. He knew Wrynn was right - he was worrying too much, but he couldn't help it. He felt this overwhelming need within him, a need that Wrynn would be okay while he was gone, would continue to be okay. He needed to make sure the dragon was safe. A part of him demanded it.

"Go," Wrynn said sternly, gesturing toward the door. "I won't leave the room."

Ashton sighed heavily and nodded before he stepped forward and lightly kissed Wrynn on the forehead, allowing his lips to brush across his scalp briefly before he pulled away and turned on his heel. "I won't be long," he promised, because he vowed to make this quick. He opened the door and glanced back at the dragon, who was still just sitting on his bed, watching him.

"Go," Wrynn told him. "Have fun. Drink. Live a little." He snickered.

Ashton rolled his eyes and ducked out of the room. He shut the door behind him with a soft click and took in an unneeded breath before he walked down the hallway, toward the elevator.

Five minutes later found him walking along a sidewalk. He needed to get far enough away from the hotel to find a dark alley in which to find a victim. He never killed his victims, merely knocked them into a trance and took some blood. He didn't like feeding on humans as questions could be asked, but he was in the middle of a town and didn't want to travel far away from Wrynn at the moment. He felt edgy enough as it was, just being this far away and he hadn't even been gone very long yet.

What was this he was feeling? He was definitely falling hard for the dragon, he knew. Had anyone told him he would one day fall for and want to protect the source of the sweetest tasting blood, he would have laughed in their face. Now it just seemed so simple, so logical and right, and he wouldn't change it for anything.

There was just something about Wrynn that appealed to him. Something about him which made Ashton want to be with him, be near him whenever possible.

Ashton sighed and sniffed the air. A slow smirk spread across his face when he caught whiff of a nearby bar. Bars were good for picking his prey because most of the people were drunk and wouldn't think to notice a mark on their body. Or if they did notice it the next day, they'd just think they had done something wild the night before. Yes, bars were good for vampires.

He picked up his speed, eager to return to the hotel. Within moments, the bar came into view and he smirked, noticing a side alley.

He shifted into the alley and settled in to wait for his prey to stagger out in a drunken haze.

(THERE IS A BREAK HERE, THERE IS A BREAK HERE)

Wrynn yawned and stretched out on the bed after Ashton left. Sheesh, it had taken forever to convince Ashton to leave despite the fact the vampire had agreed to it earlier. He shook his head and turned on the TV, making sure to keep the volume low as per Ashton's wishes. He couldn't believe he was doing this, giving into Ashton's paranoid thoughts. However, he didn't want the vampire to worry. He didn't like it when he worried. It didn't suit him.

There didn't seem to be much on TV, Wrynn decided after flipping through several channels. He dropped the remote on the bed next to him and scrubbed a hand over his face. He debated about taking a quick shower but thought better of it, as he'd told Ashton he would remain where he was unless he had to hide in the bathroom.

But that was crazy. What if he had to go to the bathroom?

Wrynn scowled. Ashton was paranoid. There was nothing on TV and Wrynn decided he might as well get his shower out of the way.

So he flipped off the TV and climbed off the bed, heading into the bathroom. He stripped quickly and made sure his robe was nearby, along with a clean T-shirt and sweatpants, courtesy of Ashton and his money. He really wished the vampire would stop spending so much on him. He really wasn't worth it and he had no idea how he was going to pay the vampire back. He appreciated it, he really did, he just didn't know how to repay him.

He kept his shower quick but warm. The water felt great, rushing against his skin. He soaked it in and then sighed, rinsing himself off completely before he stepped out and began toweling himself dry. He changed into his clean clothes and wrapped his robe around him, combing his fingers through his hair as he exited the bathroom to return to his bed.

It wasn't but five minutes later when the door to the room suddenly flew open. He snapped his gaze toward it to see Ashton walking through. The vampire's gaze caught hold of his as Ashton pocketed the keycard and kicked the door closed behind him.

"Are you okay?" the vampire asked.

"Duh," Wrynn sighed.

Ashton wrinkled his nose. "You showered."

Wrynn blinked at him. "Most would think that a good thing," he pointed out.

"I thought you weren't going to leave the bed."

"I'm not grounded," Wrynn told him. "I wanted to shower. I showered." He shrugged. "I'm fine." He flashed the vampire a wide smile and held his arms out to show how he was unscathed. "See? Perfectly fine. You worry way too much."

Ashton scowled and approached him. Wrynn put his arms down.

"That was fast," he noted.

"Yeah," the vampire grunted.

"Did you eat?" Wrynn eyed him shrewdly.

"Yes, I ate. I happened upon a bar not far from here." Ashton shrugged and sat next to him on his bed even though the vampire's bed was completely made and empty. "Are you hungry?"

Now that Ashton mentioned it, Wrynn could feel his stomach growl. He nodded. "Yeah, a little."

Ashton nodded. "Alright, I'll order room service."

Wrynn groaned. "That's so expensive."

"What do you care? You're not paying." Ashton reached for the phone.

Wrynn sighed. "You don't have to do this, Ash."

The vampire just gave him a harsh look before he put the phone to his ear and waited. He ordered them some food - whatever the special was tonight, he'd said - and then hung up.

Wrynn sat on the bed and shook his head, sitting Indian style. "You're going to run out of money," he cautioned the vampire.

Ashton snorted. "I don't think I will, but it's not your problem to worry about."

Wrynn just sighed and threw his hands up in defeat. "When you go broke," he said, "don't come crawling to me."

"Ah, so I can come crawling to you now, is that it?" Ashton slid closer and wrapped his arms around Wrynn's waist in one fluid motion, drawing the half-dragon toward him.

Wrynn felt his face heat up as he sent the vampire a glare. Why was Ashton always doing stuff like this? Wrynn didn't know how to act or react or anything. It wasn't like he'd ever really had a relationship. He hadn't been allowed to back home. He was supposed to save everything - kisses, touching, conversation outside the family, etc. - until he was sold and they could do all of those things if they so desired. Well, he'd gone a date when he was a little younger…but it had been in secret and the girl he'd gone with was probably already sold by now…

It was a flawed system in his opinion, but it was the way it had been for centuries.

It wasn't like he could do anything about it.

Except run away, which he had done. Already his family had found him and made sure he didn't have any money.

What was their plan? To force him to come home lest he starve or something?

"Wrynn?"

The voice was a soft question and Wrynn blinked, breaking free of his wandering thoughts to focus on Ashton, who was watching him with a frown. "What?" he asked.

"Are you okay?" the vampire questioned.

"I'm fine."

"Are you sure?"

"Of course I'm sure."

Ashton didn't look convinced. Wrynn almost groaned because he knew there was going to be more questions and he didn't really want to talk about it. At all.

But to his surprise, Ashton just shrugged and pulled his arms away. "The food should be here soon," the vampire told him.

Wrynn was grateful Ashton had given up the fight. So he smiled and said, "How soon?"

"Dunno, but if they take too long I'm going to complain, and then I won't have to pay for the room service." Ashton winked at him.

Wrynn shook his head.

Ashton the troublemaker.

Yeah, that sounded like him.

(THERE IS A BREAK HERE, THERE IS A BREAK HERE)

A new hotel. New town. New clothes.

Ashton smirked at the half dragon as he plopped down on the second bed in their new hotel room. They'd finally left the other hotel after Wrynn had insisted it was too expensive to keep staying there, despite the fact Ashton was paying for everything and he hadn't even told Wrynn how much it cost.

"They have a pool here," Ashton said with a grin.

"Good for them." Wrynn paused. "Wait, why are you bringing it up?"

"Oh, I could think of a few reasons."

Wrynn narrowed his eyes at him. "I'm not swimming."

"You don't have to swim."

Now the half dragon looked puzzled. "I don't?"

"No. We could just sneak in after hours and relax in the water. Clothes are completely not required. Nor," Ashton said with a wide grin, "are swim shorts."

Now Wrynn just stared at him, his mouth open slightly like he didn't know what to say in response. Then he shook his head. "Clothes are completely required, vampire."

"Not really, my little dragon," he said, mostly to see Wrynn's obvious and anticipated reaction - the averted gaze, the blush on those cheeks. "Why cover up everything we're born with? It's downright sinister if you ask me."

"I didn't," the half dragon mumbled.

"But you did."

"I most certainly did not."

"You thought it."

"The hell? There's no way you could possibly prove that, and I didn't." Wrynn folded his arms across his chest, giving him a stubborn, narrowed eyed look.

"I think you did."

"Why are we - you know what, we're not having this conversation. It's ridiculous."

"Says who?" Ashton asked with a raised brow. He loved messing with Wrynn. It had become his favorite pastime.

Well, maybe not. But his other favorite pastime Wrynn wouldn't always let him do, so this would have to do instead.

"Says me," Wrynn told him. He got to his feet and walked toward his duffle bag. "I'm going to take a shower."

"Sounds like a good idea. I could use one too." He stood and followed Wrynn into the bathroom. Wrynn stopped and turned to face him.

"What the hell are you doing?"

"Taking a shower of course! I thought you might need my assistance."

Wrynn stared. "I've been washing myself just fine, thank you."

"You need my company. Those tubs get slippery. And of course we can't have you falling, now can we?" Ashton smirked as Wrynn stammered for a minute. Wrynn hated stammering and he hated it when Ashton caused him to do it, but the vampire just thought it was cute.

"I'm not talking about this. I'm taking my shower." Wrynn snapped the door closed in his face.

Ashton laughed.

(THERE IS A BREAK HERE, THERE IS A BREAK HERE)

So, how's it? Hope it's okay and I'm sorry for the wait! I will try to write more soon but no promises ;) Thanks for reading and being patient, you guys! And please continue to review ;) You know how I love them.

~Averick~