Chapter 5

Disclaimer: I don't own Arrow. I'm just borrowing. Only the story is mine.

Note: Previously, in "Twist of Fate," Oliver proposes to Felicity.

Hey, guys! I thought I'd update this little tale. No spoilers, just keep reading.

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The Following Evening…

Felicity smiled at Oliver as they rode to the restaurant. Although he looked like he was calm on the outside, on the inside, he was a bundle of nerves. They were going to be announcing their engagement tonight, and he wanted everything to go smoothly for them. She gently took his hand and squeezed it.

"If it makes you feel any better, I'm nervous too."

He returned her smile. "Thanks, Felicity. I know that this is supposed to be a happy occasion that we're going to be sharing with our family and friends, and yet, it feels like my last visit to the dentist. You know, the time I got a root canal? That shit was painful."

"Well, this is nothing like that," said Felicity. "And I'll be right there with you, so you're not going to be making this announcement alone."

Oliver chuckled. "I know, and I appreciate it." He sighed. "And you want to know the irony of this whole thing? I'm not usually this worked up. When I make speeches in front of colleagues at the office, I'm calm, cool, and collected. And yet, something like this makes me want to vomit."

Felicity listened to what he was saying and then got an idea. "You know, that's not a bad idea."

"What's not a bad idea?"

"You just said that when you speak to your colleagues at work, you're calm, right?" said Felicity. "Well, why not pretend that this is a big business meeting and you won't be so nervous when you announce our engagement? It might not be the same thing, but it'll help you relax."

Oliver said nothing at first, just considered what she was telling him. Then, after a few minutes, another smile appeared on his face. "Felicity, you are an absolute genius! I'm going to treat this announcement as one of my business speeches. That way, I won't feel like I'm a condemned prisoner on the way to the death chamber."

"Glad I could help," said Felicity. "I don't want my future husband to stumble on his words as he addresses the guests."

Later…

Oliver looked out at the people in attendance, which included John, Lyla, Thea, Roy, and Donna. For the most part, everyone was having a good time, which was a good thing. He didn't want to make his announcement to people who weren't having a good time. Clearing his throat, he grabbed his fork and tapped the side of the glass to get everyone's attention. It seemed to work because they looked straight at him.

"Firstly, I'd like to thank you each and every one of you for being part of this. Tonight means everything to me and having you here makes it twice as special. Now, before I go off on a tangent, I'll get to the reason why we're all here tonight." He took Felicity's hand and helped her up. "Most of you are aware that Felicity and I are going to be parents thanks in part to my new business partner, Bruce Wayne. Bruce couldn't be here tonight because of a 'function' he needed to attend, but I'm sure he'll find out in the Gotham Gazette." He sighed. "I'm sure you're wondering where I'm going with this, so I'll just say it." He smiled at Felicity, earning a smile in return. "The reason we're here tonight is because Felicity has just agreed to marry me and we wanted to announce it to our dearest friends and family."

Upon finishing his speech, he took Felicity in his arms and kissed her as everyone applauded. Donna took out her camera and snapped a few pictures of her daughter and future son-in-law in that position, but the couple was too caught up in their moment to notice.

A few minutes passed before Oliver and Felicity finished kissing and looked over at Donna, who was still taking pictures. Oliver smiled at his future mother-in-law, knowing that she couldn't resist. That and she'd definitely be taking pictures of the baby when he or she was born.

One thing's for sure, this kid is going to have one hell of a life, he thought. Not only will he or she be loved by me and Felicity, but also by Thea and Donna, as well as John and Lyla.

Felicity rolled her eyes at her mother's enthusiasm. "Mom, I think that's enough pictures. Save some for the wedding and for when your grandchild is born."

"Sorry, honey, I wanted to commemorate the occasion," said Donna. "Besides, you and Oliver look great together."

"Thank you, Donna," said Oliver before Felicity could respond to her mother's comment. "I feel the same way you do." He grabbed a glass of wine that just been poured. "I think this occasion deserves a toast."

Everyone raised their glass as he said, "To new beginnings."

To which everyone said, "To new beginnings."

Much Later…

Felicity yawned as she and Oliver entered the apartment. It had been a lovely evening that was shared with everyone who loved and supported them. It made her look forward to even more in the months ahead, because she knew full well that there would be a bridal shower and a baby shower.

"Did you have fun this evening?"

Oliver's question brought her back to reality and she nodded. "Oh, definitely. Everyone was happy that we're getting married, my mom especially. I think she must have taken a thousand pictures tonight."

"A thousand?" said Oliver. "I thought maybe it was more like a million?"

Felicity laughed. "I think that's pushing it a bit." The second she finished speaking, she felt some nausea coming on. "Excuse me."

She hurried to the bathroom and closed the door. Oliver cringed as he heard her throwing up. I guess I'm going to have to get used to that. Pregnancy isn't without its challenges, and morning and evening sickness is one of them. That and the weird cravings.

After about five minutes, he heard the toilet flush and Felicity emerged from the bathroom. "I'm sorry about that."

Oliver approached her and hugged her. "Don't be sorry. You're just experiencing what every mother experiences, and that's nothing to apologize for. You're going to be a great mother, Felicity, I promise you. And I'm going to be a damn good father."

Note: Yeah, this chapter was kicking my ass, hence the delay. Anyway, here it is, for your patience, Chapter 5.

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