Opal had the guards carry us back to the room that we had previously been in. I was thrown in first. For a moment I thought that Holly wasn’t coming in, but then they threw her in next to me, literally. She went flying threw the air into me, sending us both flying backwards. Luckily, the cot was behind us and we landed on it.
“Jerks,” she muttered. I shook my head. “Did you have to make them mad?”
“He deserved it,” she growled. “I guarantee his eye will be black by morning.”
I couldn’t hold back a laugh at that. I curled my arms around her and pulled her in, holding her tight to my chest. She didn’t resist. I leaned backwards, laying her down on the bed beside me. She laid her head down on my chest. I leaned forward, aiming to kiss her on the forehead, but she lifted her head and it turned it into a kiss on the mouth. Holly was surprised, she hasn’t realized what I was doing and was just going to ask me a question when suddenly my lips were pressing into hers. I was surprised myself because I hadn’t expected her to lift her head up.
Not that the surprise really meant anything, as neither of us pulled back. In fact, I think it was what kept us from pulling back as long as we did.
When we finally did pull back, Holly looked up at me, a slight smile on her face. “Why did you do that?”
I leaned in, my lips gracing her neck as I worked my way down. “Do I need a reason?”
“A reason would be nice.”
“Because I wanted to. Is that reason enough?”
“No,” she said. “But I suppose I’ll take it anyways.”
“Hmm…” I said against her skin. “Good.” I worked my way back up her neck and across her jawline, finally making my way back to her mouth. I moved up and kissed her temples, her forehead, and the tip of her nose. I kissed her one last time on the lips, then sighed and pulled her into my chest. “Go to bed,” I whispered. “We’ll need all our strength to get through whatever Opal has planned for us tomorrow.”
She nodded. “Okay, Artemis.” Then she leaned in closer and buried her face in my neck, using my shoulder as a pillow. Soon after, she was breathing deeply and I knew she was sleeping.
Now it’s about time I take my own advice, I thought. Then I sighed, laid my head back and closed my eyes.