Chapter Thirty

"This isn't going to be another six hour trip is it?" Harper asked, looking over at Liam in the dim light of the car as he drove towards the edge of town.

He grinned and took a right, turning onto a dirt road that started to slope upward, "No, but would you complain if it was?" He took another turn once they made it into some trees and pulled up in front of a small cabin, "Don't answer that. We're here."

Harper looked around as he put the car in park and jumped out to come open her door. There was a small cabin no bigger than two bedrooms with the town sprawling out below and behind it. There was no light but as Liam helped her out of the car she realized they wouldn't need any because the moon was so bright.

"Where are we?" She asked as he grabbed her hand and started walking towards the cabin.

"Just a little airbnb I found. Do you like it?" He asked as they walked up.

Harper paused and took in its soft brown color and pretty flowers hanging from the small front porch, "It's adorable…but what are we doing here?"

Liam gave her a heated look and before she could take a step back he bent down and scooped her up into his arms, "Liam!" Harper cried out and threw her head back and laughed as he pushed open the door with his hip and carried her over the threshold.

The cabin had a small kitchen to the right, combined with a seating area and the bedroom to the left, in a studio type set up. A large window was next to the bed letting you see the view of the town and all the lights, "Oh…I do love it." Harper said softly as he sat her down and brought her over to the window.

His mouth twitched as he gazed out with his hands in his pockets, "I thought so."

Harper stood in silence with him for a moment and when he still didn't say anything or move she looked over at him. His profile was lit by the moonlight coming in through the window and she ran her eyes over his jawline and up to his eyes. He looked thoughtful, "What is it?" Harper asked softly and he glanced over at her and then back to the view.

"I was thinking about the night we had when we drove up to my parent's place when I rented this spot. It seemed the closest thing to what we had there. A cabin, secluded, our own spot." Harper stayed silent as he kept talking, "I don't think I ever told you how absolutely stunning you looked that night on the dock…moonlight kind of like this on you." Harper swallowed as he glanced over at her.

"I also don't think I told you that even though things have been absolutely fucking insane ever since I met you that I also haven't ever felt like this before."

Harper's nerves went into overdrive but she clasped her hands in front of her and gazed at him, letting him say whatever it was he needed to say.

"You told me you thought you were falling in love with me that morning at my place and then somehow didn't fall and hurt yourself as you ran away wet and naked." He laughed softly and Harper couldn't help but blush; she was still embarrassed.

"I asked you to just let things be simple, why rush it you know?" He said more to himself than to her and she turned and gazed out the window again, mimicking his stance.

"And then more things happened, we stole these little moments here and there, you come to my office and tell me you do love me with tears already streaming down your face, not even letting me turn around…then you almost get yourself killed…" She saw him shake his head out of the corner of her eye and she turned to him.

"I'm sorry." She said, pain in her voice, feeling guilty for putting him through all of this.

Her turned and pulled her into him and looked down at her, "Don't feel bad, that's not what I want…that's not what this is."

"But I have been – "He put his hand over her mouth and smiled.

"Will you be quiet for just a minute until I'm done?" He still had his hand over her mouth as she nodded.

"What I'm trying to tell you, but you're too god damn sweet to let me, is that I'm an idiot to think that what we have can go slow. I'm an idiot to think that when I have someone like you, who would rather hide than say hello to a stranger, but protects and loves those close to her to the point I want to knock some sense into you…that I wouldn't fall in love with her."

He finally dropped his hand away from her mouth and Harper just stared at him, "Is this even possible?" She said on a whisper and Liam looked at her funny.

"What do you mean?"

Harper didn't know if she should cry, or laugh, or just close her eyes and pray this wasn't a dream, "I just…I never dreamed someone like you would be in my life…and then…" She trailed off and he pulled her into his arms and held her tightly as he buried his face in her hair. She breathed him in and wrapped her arms around him.

"I can't promise I won't piss you off like my idiot brother and friend did tonight, but I can promise that I'll love you through whatever life throws at us." He mumbled, "But let's hope we get a little break from all the crazy that you brought into my life okay?"

She smiled through her happy tears and leaned back and gazed up at him, "I think I can manage that."

He wiped her cheek and kissed her softly, "You sure about that? Drama seems to find you wherever you go."

"What if we never have any drama ever again and you get bored with me?" Harper said, suddenly realizing that their relationship had had more happen in a few weeks than most had in years. What if that was all they knew how to be?

Liam saw the worry on her face and grabbed her neck and kissed her firmly, "Hey, none of that."

"But – "She said, and he cut her off.

"No buts. You forget we sat and watched a movie in your living room and took a walk through the forest just for the hell of it. That I realized I liked you over a muffin at a coffee shop." He smiled, "I like you in whatever form. And I'm damn well going to like you if all we ever do is extremely normal relationship things for the rest of my life."

Harper went to say something again but he beat her to it and silenced her with a kiss. It turned into more quickly and Harper pushed his jacket off his shoulders as he untied the bow at her neck and pulled her halter up and off. He gazed at what he'd uncovered and Harper was taken with how handsome he looked as his hair fell into his face and his hooded eyes watched her as she unbuttoned his shirt.

"Did I ever tell you I like when you wear green?" Harper said, slowly moving from one button to the next.

"I don't think so." His hand undid the button at her waist and she pushed his shirt open as she made it to the last button. She ran her hands down his chest and watched as abs tensed at her touch. She glanced up at him through her lashes and smiled, "I think my heart stops every time you walk in with it on. Your eyes and your hair…I could barely breathe that morning at the coffee shop."

He pushed her hair back and pulled her into him, "I was wearing green that day?"

She pushed into his touch like a kitten as he ran his hands over her neck and shoulders, "I could barely string a sentence together and it just made it even worse."

"And look at you now. After running away from me that day and leaving me feeling confused you're here and I have to make you be quiet sometimes."

Harper opened her eyes and looked around the room and gave him a sly smile, "You brought me here to get me alone…I'd think you wouldn't want me to be quiet."

Liam threw back his head and laughed as Harper squealed as he scooped her up and fell onto the bed with her. She gazed up at him as he chuckled and grinned, "I love you Liam…and thank you."

He grabbed her hand and kissed her palm as he settled on top of her, "For what?"

"For making me feel comfortable, for never letting me hide when I'm with you, for making it where I don't want to." Harper's throat got tight but she needed to say this to him, probably to herself too, "I've felt trapped for so long while I was with Daren." She shook her head when he went to stop her, "No, it's okay, just listen. I was so unhappy with him for such a long time and I couldn't be myself. And then you just fall in to my life and the first moment I met you it's like you instantly knew how to behave with me to help me feel more confident. You helped me more than just stepping in and trying to protect me. I want you to know that."

"Harper." Liam said, rolling over and bringing her onto his chest, "What the hell am I supposed to say to that?"

Harper smiled down at him and pushed her hair behind her ear, "You don't have to say anything. I just wanted you to know."

She could see the love in his eyes as he looked up at her and she decided she'd save him from trying to come up with something to say because she could also see his brain working on overdrive, "But I think…" She trailed off.

"Think what?" He asked, curious.

"That when you decide to bring me to a place like this and declare your love for me…that you should really be more efficient at getting the rest of your clothes off." She flicked at the collar of his shirt he still had on and smiled as he laughed.

"Well pardon me ma'am." He slid her off of him and sat up next to her as he stripped it off and threw it to the side. He gazed down at her and she held her hand out to him, "One more thing Liam."

"That's enough talking woman." He said as he grabbed her hand and came down next to her.

Harper grabbed him and kissed him. She could tell him she loved him again later. He'd brought her here, he already knew, and they had plenty of time.