The Red Dahlia

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Chapter 20-A Successful Night-


Ryer's words had me all flustered and blushing like a lunatic. And here I was, thinking that my blush would have gone unnoticed. But no. Of course he would see it.

He definitely knew the effect he had on me, just by noticing my body reactions. His hands still remained on my waist refusing to let go. I didn't know how to react or what to say. I was unable to utter words.

Why was he suddenly like this? He was way more confident than usual. I was flustered as hell. I have never felt this way before. Not even with Jake.

"Rayna, are you alright love? You're being unusually quiet. Am I making you nervous?" he suddenly whispered in my ear once again. Huskily.

No words could leave my mouth.

His hot breath against my skin, with his grip on me tightening more with every minute. My breath hitching rapidly.

"N-nervous? Me? No. You just caught me by surprise." I manage to utter. I didn't dare to face him though. If I did, I am positive my legs would have given up on me.

There was a brief pause before I heard him release a small chuckle.

"You know Ray, stuttering is just proof that this position is making you nervous. You know you can't hide that from me. Also, it was my intention to leave you surprised." he said and I could feel him smirking.

"What do you mean?" I asked slightly worried for his answer.

Needless to say, his actions were only making me fall deeper for him.

"There is something intended for you to be aware, but it can wait because right now, I want to have fun with you on this dancefloor. By dancing of course." he whispered.

That was when he turned me around to face him. Arms on my hips and his perfect face only inches away from mine.

"May I have another dance with you darling?" he asked eyes boring into mine. Darling. Fuck. Only if he knew how that makes me feel.

Without having a chance to reply back, he gripped my hips tightly turning me again, so that my back was facing his front.

"Sorry love, but you won't be able to keep the eye contact active. If there is one word that would describe you perfectly, that would be flustered." he spoke in a deep voice.

What in the world?

Although my anxiety level was at its peak, I decided to let it go and try to enjoy the rest of my night. Besides, that's what Ryer suggested too.

There's nothing to worry about, right?

Tyler had just put his favorite playlist and was signaling for me to finally attempt a move. Only that there was one huge obstacle. I wasn't in position to do anything, and the sooner he realized it the better.

A couple hours had passed and to my surprise, I found myself totally relaxed and unwounded. Like, my little chat with Ryer never happened.

I was dancing freely, moving my body to the rhythm, without a care in the world. I was officially back to Rayna, the bοld and independent mafia leader.

Ryer must have noticed the sudden change in demeanor, because he dropped his playful acting and returned to the teasing, soft blonde.

"Guys, come join us! We missed you!" I heard Alexa shout from behind us. She was currently dancing with Jason, both looking like they were having the time of their lives.

"On our way babe!" I yelled back over the loud music.

"Wanna go join them Hamilton?" I asked Ryer from behind me.

"Whatever my leader wants." he said back. I swear I could feel his wink even without facing him.

And with that, we made our way towards Alexa.

"Hey guys, what's going on here?" I asked once we got close enough to them.

"I was about to ask you the same thing Ray. Seems like you and Ryer had your fun too." she winked.

"Oh shut up. We just danced, that's all." I replied rolling my eyes.

"Uh huh, sure. Whatever helps you sleep at night." she remarked with a devious smirk.

"Lex, I'm serious! Nothing happened." I sighed.

"Okay, okay easy tigress. I was just messing with you." she chuckled. "I know I'm messing with you, but did something actually happen? Because you do look a little flushed." she claimed with a serious face.

Great. So much for trying to hide my flushed and reddened face.

"Ugh, yes something happened, but you need to promise it will stay between us. At least, until I find a way to tell the others." I sighed in defeat. Besides, we both knew that I wouldn't be able to keep it a secret for long.

"Hey, you have my word. I won't say anything, unless you give me permission." she nodded.

"Okay well, as I mentioned earlier, Ryer was acting weird. He was way more confident than usual and he was being a little touchy. In a good way. I mean when we were dancing, he just came up behind me and guided my body to the rhythm with his arms. Not to mention that he was being flirty." I explained to her with a slightly red face.

Damn it!

To my own surprise though, Alexa didn't look the slightest bit surprised with what she heard. In fact, she was smiling like she was expecting the turn of events.

"Why aren't you saying anything Lex?" I asked her worried and annoyed at the same time.

She just gave me a sly look in response.

"Ray, what do you want me to say? I can't lie and say that I didn't see this coming, because honestly I did. I mean come on babe, it's obvious that the guy likes you, or dare I say is smitten. So no, I'm not surprised at all with his actions towards you." she spoke with honesty and flashed me a smile.

Was she right though? Could Ryer's behavior be so obvious and I so oblivious to it?

"Ray, you okay? You kind of zoned out for a moment. Is everything alright?" Alexa asked me with a worried face.

"What? Oh yeah, I'm fine I guess I got lost in my thoughts for a moment." I replied quietly.

"You sure? You know you can tell me anything right? I just want you to be happy babe." Alexa questioned me with an unconvinced look.

"I promise I'm fine babe. It's just that, after my break up with Jake, I'm not used to this kind of affection, since Jake was the only one providing me with it. And now this with Ryer, my head is all over the place." I claimed with a sigh.

Alexa looked at me for a second, before speaking.

"Ray, it's okay I totally get it. Anyone in your position would feel the same. Overwhelmed, confused and most importantly, out of place. No one is blaming you hun. But just know, that me, the girls, River and the boys are here for you forever and ever. It's our pact. We made a promise back then, and we will keep it." she smiled warmly at me, before pulling into a loving embrace.

Just then, Ryer and Jason arrived and we all started talking and dancing together. Tyler's amazing playlist was blasting throughout the whole club, giving it an suitable mood setting. Red and blue lights flashing and our bodies moving, was the perfect way to forget about everything.

Hours and hours passed, us having the time of our lives and so the rest of Lux people, which was very pleasant for me and River to see that our club was in a good place.

The time was around 2am when we decided to break it off and head home. I might be the leader, but I still had business to attend the next morning.

Soon enough, the guys took River's car and me and the girls took my car back to the mansion. Once we arrived, everyone rushed to their rooms due to the exhaustion of the night.

Since I was the last to walk inside, I made sure to lock the door and then headed to my room in the 2nd floor along with River and Ryer's.

I walked in, closing the door behind me and turning on my bedside table light on. Placing my purse and coat on my bed, I headed to my bathroom for a quick shower. Ten minutes later, I was all cleaned up and ready to pass out on my bed. Styling my hair in a messy bun, I changed into my silky dark green pajamas and hopped under my covers, pulling the duvet all the way up, due to the chill of the night.

Although tired, I fell asleep with a smile on my face, knowing that this night went well.

Dear readers and supporters, I deeply thank you for giving my story a chance. I really appreciate you one by one. I'm deeply sorry for leaving you without an update for so long. I was on vacation and now I'm extremely busy with school and extra studies. Anyway, chapter 20 is finally out and I really hope you like it.

Till next time take care and be safe. Love you xx

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