Back at the hotel, Cyrus had put the food Mia had got them on the table in the room. He turned to look at her when he was rushed with her arms wrapping around his waist.
He laughed pulling her into him to a hug. “What’s this?”
“Thank you! Thank you! Thank you!” She hugged him tightly, grinning from ear-to-ear.
He pulled her back to look her in the eyes, “You did this, not me. That was you on that stage tonight. I just showed my best friend your videos and it snowballed from there. It was Gage’s idea to have you join IWX. The whole new storyline was his and my brother's idea. All I did was agree.”
“Why are you being so nice to me? I’m a nobody. I’m just an average woman. There is nothing special about me,” she asked.
“Honey, you... you are everything. You’re not average. You're a star. As far as me being nice, I have my own selfish reasons for this. I am starting to really care about you. I can’t explain all this. I just know, to me, you’re special.” He rubbed the back of his hand down the side of her face and she felt herself leaning into his caress feeling his warm skin on her, letting her eyes close taking it all in.
After talking over the plans, they grabbed the food and found a movie on the TV to watch. Cyrus had gone to the restroom and removed his suit and got into a t-shirt and gym shorts. Mia removed her shoes and sat on the bed watching X-Men and eating. As he came back he stood and watched her for a moment. She was everything he ever wanted and to make her happy made him swell with pride.
Once done with the meal, Cyrus took their food and threw away the containers. He noticed Mia shivering and he went over and pulled down the bed, climbing in.
“Get in here, sweetie.” He motioned for her to join him.
“Cyrus... I… we just met.” She so looked nervous.
“I’m not going to try anything. You’re cold, aren’t you? I want to snuggle. Is that okay? We talked about wanting someone to snuggle with on chat and now we actually can. You won’t let me? I’ll be good. I promise,” he pouted.
“I’m sure you are. That’s beside the point” She giggled.
A sigh of peacefulness escaped her as she snuggled into him, wrapping her arm over his abs. Instinctively, her fingers started to trail lazy circles over his abs making Cyrus smile at the peaceful nature of having her in his arms.
They sat watching the movie and she looked up at him with a smile.“This is so much better than when we chatted online watching movies together. I honestly pictured that I was really talking to you the whole time. I’m glad you came for me.”
“No. This was better. Now maybe you see the real me. I’m not some gold digger. I honestly like you. I don’t care if you’re Cyrus the big IWX star. I’m a fan but now I know that it was the real, you’re so much more to me.” She traced her hand across Cyrus’ chest feeling his hard body flex under her touch.
“I’m scared. About, tomorrow. Being on the show. I’m not as good as you and Wraith. I don’t want to make you look bad. I know you’re being nice but be honest. If I need work, I am willing to do what I need to do. I look up to you and your family. I want to make you proud of me. I don’t want this average girl from Indiana ruining what you have with your brother,” Mia sighed.
“I am proud of you. You were amazing tonight. It was like you belong on that stage. I just wish you could see what I see. A strong beautiful woman. You are not average. Please, don’t say that anymore,” Cyrus assured her.
“I like cats.”
“I suddenly think I need to get a cat.”
“Are you trying to impress me? With cute cats?”
“Someone like you? Someone who I have talked about my personal life, good and bad, and you still don’t judge me. You listen to me when I need someone to vent to. You really listen. Not just pretend to. For the past few weeks, I have felt more compassion from you than anyone I have ever known. I may have the world at my fingertips, but that doesn’t mean I don’t feel lonely at times too. As you said, everyone needs someone to talk to. You became my friend first. Along the way, I needed more. That’s why I came. Your heart is bigger than anyone I know. I want to know you. I want to show you that you are worthy of so much more than you let yourself see.” Cyrus looked down to see her response.
“What do you want from me?” She asked.
“You. Just you. And a chance to prove that. I’m not letting go of my flower now that I have you in my arms.” He raised her head to meet his gaze.
“Do you want me? I mean, can you see yourself with me? In a real relationship?”
“Yes, and the sooner the better, I hope.” Cyrus smiled.
“Even though it won’t be sexual at first? I can’t deny I want you in that way. I think about it all the time. I can’t let myself do that. I promised myself I won't rush into that and I am sticking to it. I want to wait. I hope that it will be you but I’m not changing my mind.”
“I’m willing to wait for however long it takes.”
“I told you a lot about my sexual desires regarding you. You told me stuff too. I thought it was a guy that we were just friends talking in general terms. I didn’t think I was confessing my true feelings and sexual desires to the man of my dreams.” She was afraid of his answer.
“I don’t need to have sex with you to be intimate. Just holding you tonight is enough for me for now. I can wait. I admire that you for this. If and when it comes to that, I would love to be the one to share the experience with you. I can’t lie. I am so sexually attracted to you that I think I could explode. Tonight turned me on seeing you on that stage. Last night at dinner, I wanted to take you back to your apartment and have my way with you. I think a lot of you and used restraint. If this means waiting, I will.” His eyes were telling her he was being real.
“Other guys have said they were okay with it too. After a few weeks or even days, they change their mind. If you do, I’ll understand.” She looked away trying to hold back her emotion.
“I’m not going to change my mind. I do want to ask you something. Tonight… sleep with me. No sex. Just let me hold you. I’ve waited to have you in my arms for weeks now. Let me have tonight,” Cyrus pleaded.
Mia sighed, “Okay. Tonight. I’ve never even slept over with a guy. So please understand, I don’t do this.”
After the movie, Cyrus turned off the TV looking down seeing Mia had already fallen asleep. He had given her a t-shirt to sleep in, earlier in the evening. She looked so peaceful in his arms. He wanted her to be his. He never had to wait for a woman until now. Something about it seemed so perfect. Women threw themselves at him before his wife. Regardless of the scars, he never had a problem in that department.
Here was this girl he knew wanted him and she was holding back because she was willing to wait for true love. For him, that meant no pressure and they could really get to know each other. He never knew how it felt to want someone so much and be willing to wait for it. Until now.