I'll Never Stop (2/6) Title: I'll Never Stop (2/6) Author:blue_siofra Rating: PG-13 Characters: Lance Bass/Ofc, Jc/Ofc, Rest of *N Sync Summary: Lance meets a woman and everything changes.
I turned and looked at Lance.
“It’s lovely. Thank you.” I said, giving him a peck on the cheek and sat down. Lance sat across from me.
“Before we eat, I just wanted to say something.” I looked into his handsome face.
“Ever since I met you, I’ve felt this connection thing, and when we’re apart, I feel like I’m going to go crazy. I know it’s so soon, but I think I’m falling in love with you.” he said quietly.
“It may sound crazy, but I feel the same way. I love you.” I said. Lance leaned across the blanket and gently kissed me.
“Go ahead and open the basket.” he said. I gave him a funny look but opened the basket. Inside was a piece of clothing. I lifted it up and let it fall open in my arms. It was the dress I had tried on at Wal-mart.
“Lance, you didn’t!” I said. I put the dress in my lap and looked at him. He was watching my face.
“You said that it was perfect. I thought that someone as perfect as you should have the perfect dress. That’s not all anyways.” he said, looking back at the basket. I looked in the basket and pulled out a pair of shoes that looked like they would go great with the dress. And they were in my size.
“They’re in my size! How?…”
“I paid attention when we were trying on shoes at the mall. When you weren’t looking, I found those and bought them.” Lance explained. I shook my head at how attentive he was of things.
Under the clothes was dinner. We sat on the blanket and ate as the sunset and then watched the stars come out over the water. When it started to get cold, we packed up and headed back to his car. He drove me home and saw that Jc was still there, cuddling with Lita on the couch watching a movie. I put my fingers to my lips and pulled Lance upstairs to my bedroom. Once there, I fell into bed and fell asleep immediately.
I came downstairs the next morning to find JC sleeping on the couch. Lance laughed when he saw this.
“That man can fall asleep anywhere.” he said. I shook my head and went into the kitchen. I got out some bread, eggs, milk and sugar and made some French toast.
“My favorite.” Lance said as he wandered in and wrapped his arms around my waist. I pushed him away.
“Go sit down and I might give you some.” I said. He went and sat down and was starting to dig into the plate of toast I gave him when Lita walked in.
“Whoa…I never heard you come in last night, Bethany.” she said, looking from me to Lance. I shot her a look that told her that nothing happened, and she sat down across from Lance and took some French toast from the plate in the middle.
“So when did JC fall asleep on you last night?” Lance asked her between mouthfuls.
“Not sure. I just looked at him at some point and he was sleeping. He looked too peaceful to wake him up, so I just covered him with a blanket and handed him a pillow. I see that it never made it under his head.” she said. I hid a laugh. Jc was lying on the couch with the blanket practically only on his head, and the pillow was across the room. When I made enough for me, I sat down next to Lance and had a conversation with Lita with our eyes while I ate. I finished eating and got up.
“I’m going to go shower.” I left the room and when I got to my room, I saw that Lance had followed me.
“Mind if I join you?” he asked. I thought for a moment.
“No, I don’t.”
We got in the shower together and I let Lance wash my long hair. We quickly got out and dried off, and headed back downstairs to find the Jc had woken up at last and was eating a bowl of cereal. As he ate, I rinsed off the breakfast dishes and sang as I put them in the dishwasher. Lance joined me in the chore and the singing. When we finished, we turned to see Lita standing in the doorway of the dining room, Jc right behind her, both looking at us.
“Did you guys know you could do that?” Lita asked.
“Do what? Clean dishes? Yeah, we did.” Lance said, trying to hold back a smile.
“No, not that. Did you know you could harmonize like that?” Jc said from behind her.
“Yeah. We kinda found out yesterday. Why?” I said.
“It just sounded so nice.” Lita said.
“Nice? That was freakin’ beautiful. They’re perfect for each other vocally.” Jc said. I looked at Lance and saw that he was blushing.
“So what are we doing today?” I asked Lance.
“Well, Jc told me that he planned on taking Amelita out, so how about we just hang around here? Is that alright with you?”
We bummed around my house all morning and had a small lunch of sandwiches and settled in to watch a TV movie. I must have been tired, because I fell asleep during the movie and awoke to find Lance had left, but he left a note.
Bethany, Sorry I wasn’t here to see you wake up. I had a few errands to run, I will be back around 4:30, I’ll make dinner tonight. Lance
I looked at the clock. 4:15. I went upstairs to my bedroom and stretched out on the bed and read the book I had been working on.
“Hey baby.” Lance’s deep voice says from the doorway. I look up to see him standing there.
“Hey.” I said, closing my book.
“Dinner will be at 6. Dress will be dressy casual.” He said. I smiled.
“Alright. Need any help?”
“Nah. I’ll get it done.” He disappeared from the doorway. I went back to my book. At five thirty, I put my book down and got dressed in the dress and shoes he bought me. At six, I headed to the stairs and saw Lance standing at the foot, looking up at me and smiling. I smiled back at him as I descended down the stairs.
“You look beautiful. Like an angel.” he said.
“You clean up well yourself, Lance.” I said as he took my arm and handed me a single red rose. He lead me to the dining room.
When he opened the door, I couldn’t believe my eyes. He had transformed it. There were rose petals of every shade imaginable all over the place, a bouquet of what looked like 11 red roses in the center. There were two pink and two white taper candles between the roses and the plates, one of each on either side.
Lance leads me to my seat and pulled it out for me. I put the rose in the vase and sat down. I put the napkin on my lap as Lance disappeared to the kitchen. He brought in the dinner, and we ate in a comfortable silence. Just before dessert, Lance broke the silence.
“I need to ask you something, but first let me say something. Bethany, I have fallen in love with you. I can’t believe how fast this has all happened, but I know that you’re the one I’m meant to be with. Will you marry me?”
“Will you marry me?” Lance repeated after he had gotten down on one knee next to me, looking into my eyes. I couldn’t speak, I was stunned. I looked into his beautiful green eyes.
“Yes.” I somehow manage to whisper. Lance breaks into a huge grin and gets a box out of his pocket and opens it. He pulls out a diamond solitaire ring and takes my left hand and puts it on my ring finger. He adjusts himself so that his face is even with mine and he kisses me.
“You just made my dream come true. I love you.” he whispered before he got up. He went into the kitchen and brought back a bottle of champagne and two glasses. He pops the champagne open and pours us each a glass and hands mine to me. I take it.
“To the future Mrs. Bass.” Lance said, clinking his glass with mine. We took a sip.
“To our union.” I said and we clinked glasses again. He looked at me over his glass.
“I feel a bit tired, do you?” he said as low as he possibly could. I grinned back.
“Yeah, you know, I do feel a bit tired.” I said. I stood up and grabbed the champagne bottle and headed for the stairs. I turned slightly and heard Lance following me. I headed up to my bedroom and put the champagne bottle on the nightstand and turned into Lance’s arms and kissed him.
The next thing I can remember was morning. I woke up with a bad headache and when I looked down, I saw that I was wearing a shirt and Lance was next to me, covered as far as I could tell, by only the blanket.
“OH MY GOD!” I said a bit loudly. Lance jumped awake.
“Whazz matter?” he asked sleepily.
“We slept together!” I said, jumping out of bed and grabbing some clothes. After I threw on my clothes I headed downstairs. Lita was in the kitchen.
“I called you off from work today. You looked like you needed it. How was your night?” she asked and I got some coffee.
“It was unbelievable.” I said. I sat down at the table and rubbed my face with my hands.
“Um, Bethany?” Lita asked.
“Where did you get that ring?” I brought my hands down and looked at my ring.
“Lance.” I said. Lita looked at me closely.
“You’ve known him for what, four days? And he’s buying you jewelry like that already?”
“Lita, you can be so thick headed sometimes. Lance asked me to marry him last night and I said yes.”
“Wha?” she asked. I sighed.
“I’m engaged. You know, ready to get married?” I asked. I knew she understood me, it was just taking time to sink in. I just wasn’t in the mood to play around like this. I had a huge headache and I was still upset about what happened the night before. At that moment, Lance stumbled into the kitchen, shielding his eyes from the sunlight.
“Congrats.” Lita said, watching him pour himself some coffee. I knew then that she was happy for me, even though she was still shocked.
Lance and I decided that the wedding would be in six months. We had told the guys and my closest friends, but we were still figuring out how to tell our families. My friends were as shocked as the guys were. Jc asked Lita to be his steady girlfriend. We thought it was adorable that he thought to ask. Amelita was going to be my maid of honor, and I was figuring out who would be the bridesmaids. I asked Becky and Nicole, but Becky had to turn it down because she had to be in Maine for work when we were going to have the ceremony, so I decided to place a call in to Savannah and see if she would do it.
“Lance, have you decided on the best man yet?” I asked him one night in bed. He was moving in the next day. He was having troubles deciding who should be his best man, but he was down to either Joey or Jc.
“Not yet. I have some time though, don’t I?” he asked. He was right, he did have time, but I urged him again to keep thinking about it. Savannah had agreed to be a bridesmaid, and it would be nice to have everyone in the wedding figured out.
* * *
“Bethany, I think you should see a doctor about this. It’s been going on for more than a month.” Lance said as he sat down next to me, having just found me with my head stuck halfway down the toilet again. I pull up my head just enough to see him.
“Fu-” I manage to say before I started retching again. I felt his hand on my back, rubbing circles onto it. I managed to look up a bit this round and Lance pulled my hair back from my face and redid my loose ponytail. I looked over at him, still shaking and feeling weak.
“You’re not suggesting what I think you’re suggesting, are you?” I asked, looking into his worried green eyes. He just searched my eyes with his.