Chapter 1: The Morning Of

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The sound of the circus music played as everyone talked around the campfire. The circus was on its way to Gotham City and was taking a rest stop for the night. You pulled Jerome to dance. He's not much of a dancer but he can't say no to you. You giggled as Jerome spun you around. The night was simple and relaxing.

Eventually, Jerome and you made your way back to your trailer to have some alone time. He kissed you just as you closed the door. You smiled and pushed him off. "Easy there tiger, let's eat first".

"Oh but then I'll be too tired to continue". He tried to kiss you again, but you dodged him. You went over to your fridge and grabbed a small cake. Turning to him, you smirked. "It's our two-year anniversary. Let's celebrate with food then move on to the bed".

He let out a chuckle. Jerome kissed your forehead and wrapped his arms around you. You smiled and pecked his lips. Just as the two of you were getting comfortable, the door opened. Lilia walked in, a bottle of alcohol in one of her hands. "Oh, good you're still up".

She noticed the cake and how the two of you were still in each other's arms. "What's going on here?"

Jerome rolled his eyes. You noticed how he was already getting annoyed with Lilia. You unwrapped yourself from Jerome's hands and stood in front of him. "Jerome and I are celebrating our two-year anniversary".

"Oh, you're still dating?" She made herself at home by cutting a piece of the cake for herself. "I thought you would move on by now".

"Mom" Jerome glared. His tone of voice changed and became deeper with all of his anger.

"What?" She stared at him, then at you. "I mean, (y/n), we're snake dancers. We work in the art of seduction. There's no need for you to stay tied down to one man all your life".

Before Jerome could even open his mouth, you stepped in. "Thank you for your advice, Lilia, but Jerome and I are very happy with each other. I love your son with all of my heart. And I'm sure he loves me too".

"I do". He stood next to you and held your hand. You smiled at him.

"Yes, well then I'm glad the two of you found each other". Lilia took a sip of her alcohol. You noticed the look in her eye. She seemed happy but mainly lonesome. Maybe she actually wanted to love her like the way you love Jerome. You felt bad for her. "Anyway, I came here because I wanted to tell you something, (y/n)".

"What is it?" You let go of Jerome's hand and put your hands in your pocket.

"I think it's time for your first solo". A smile grew on your face. "I got everything prepared for you. Your outfit is done and Haly said that you could perform when we reach Gotham".

"Really! My god, thank you!" You gave her a hug. "Wait, but what about you?"

"Oh, please". She waved her hand. "I'm getting quite old now and look at you! You've grown to become a beautiful woman. Your chemistry with Shiba is amazing. Your routines are flawless and even without them, you're one amazing dancer. But most of all, that wonderful gaze of yours is both seductive and dangerous to men and women".

She caressed your face. "Of course I think we're going to have to lose the pigtails and let your hair loose".

You couldn't help but giggle. You hugged her one more time. "Thank you".

"Anytime". She made her way out. "I can't wait to see you steal the audience's breath with your skills".

She closed the door and you turned to Jerome. You tackled him into a hug. "I can't believe it! I'm finally going on there by myself!"

"I'm so proud of you". Jerome kissed your forehead. "I know you'll be great".

The morning the circus reached Gotham, you went and knocked on the Velaska's trailer. Lilia opened it, smiling at the sight of you. "Are you excited for tonight?"

"I can't wait". You giggled. Jerome appeared and you turned to him. "Ready to go to the library?"

"Yeah..." He scratched the back of his neck. "You go on ahead, I still need to get ready".

He was in a white tank top and pajama pants. His red hair was a mess and you could tell that he just woke up. You chuckled at the sight. "Alright then, but don't be surprised if I didn't save you a seat next to mine".

"I doubt it". He grinned and went to get himself ready. "You're too socially awkward to let a stranger sit next to you".

"Eh". You shrugged. "True".

Lilia looked at the two of you, confused about what you were talking about. "Why the hell are you going to the library so early in the morning?"

"An author that Jerome and I love is having a book signing along with a speech". You explained. "We're planning to get there early".

"I see". She nodded. "Have fun".

"Oh, we will, if only Jerome wouldn't leave his poor girlfriend out in the cold by herself!" You called out to him.

"I thought I told you to go ahead!" You heard him yell. You chuckled again.

"See ya, Lilia". You smiled and made your way to town. Lilia waved and closed the door

You felt excited about the day. You were going to see one of your favorite authors with your boyfriend. Afterward, the two of you would get to go on a proper date to celebrate your anniversary. The two of you haven't had a proper date in so long, so it felt nice to go out into town. Plus, tonight you will be performing alone in front of a huge crowd. You felt that today is going to be a good day.

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