Title: Ticking Clock (7/7) Author: Daphne Email: srtaborradora84@yahoo.com Spoiler: Anything up to and including "Standards of Conduct" Disclaimer: Don't own them Category: H/M Romance Rating: PG-13 (for now, may change is other parts) Summary: Picks up where "Standards of Conduct" left off. What happens when Harm decides he wants to move up the 5-year deal? Author Note: Okay, so this is my very first attempt ever at writing fanfiction. Feedback is welcome but please by gentle. ((Gentle by good, lol))

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Valentine's Day Rose Garden of the White House

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He gives me his flyboy grin.

"Harm how did you do this?" I look at the small table set up with candles and champagne glasses. I bottle of sparking grape juice chilling. My eyes mist over as I listen to the soft music playing in the background.

//I'm so scared that you will see All the weakness inside of me I'm so scared of letting go That the pain I've hid will show I know you want to hear me speak But I'm afraid that if I start to I'll never stop

I want you to know you belong in my life I love the hope I see in your eyes For you I would fly at least I would try For you I'll take the last flight out

I'm afraid that you will leave as my secrets have been revealed In my dreams you'll always stay every breathing moment from now I know you want to hear me speak But I'm afraid that if I start to I'll never stop

I want you to know you belong in my life I love the hope I see in your eyes For you I would fly at least I would try For you I'll take the last flight out

I cannot hold back the truth no more I let you wait too long Although it's hard and scares me so A life without you scares me more The last flight out... for you I would fly At least I would try For you I'll take the last flight out

I want you to know you belong in my life I love the hope I see in your eyes For you in would fly at least I would try For you I'll take...the last flight out//

I try frantically to blink back tears. "How did you do this?"

"Let's just say.I pulled in a lot of favors.and owe people a lot of favors in the future. And it's good to have a friend in the CIA."

"I.don't know what to say, Harm."

"I couldn't imagine any other place to start the next part of our life together, than in the same place where we met seven years ago. That day changed my life, Sarah. For the better.

"Mine too."

"I've never felt like this about anyone else. You mean everything to me, Sarah. Without you.I'm nothing. I can't imagine my life without you, nor do I want to. You're my best friend.my partner.and the love of my life."

He leads me over to sit down and turns of the stereo. He picks up his guitar. Then he pulls his chair over in front of mine and sits. He starts strumming and soon his soft voice fills the air.

"I like blue eyes, yours are brown.. Not like the women of my dreams, And your hair's not a quite as long as I had planned. Five foot eight is quite tall You're not the girl I'd pictured at all. In those paint by number Fantasies I've had.

So it took my by complete surprise, When my heart got lost in those deep brown eyes. You're not at all what I was looking for, you're more

No, it wasn't at first sight, But the moment I looked twice. I saw the women I was born the love. Your laughter fills my soul, When I hold you I don't wanna let go When it comes to you, I can't get enough

So it took me by complete surprise When my heart got lost in those deep brown eyes. You're not at all what I was looking for, you're more.

More than I dreamed of More than any man deserves.. And I couldn't ask for a more than a love like yours

So it took me by complete surprise When my heart got lost in those deep brown eyes. You're not at all what I was looking for, you're more"

By now, tears are streaming down my cheeks. "Those aren't exactly the words.." I say lightly.

"For me they are." He sets his guitar aside and gently wipes away my tears as he's done so many times in the past. But this time, there is so much more behind his touch and the way he's looking at me. He takes my hands gently in his. "There is no one else that I can imagine spending the rest of my life with than you, Sarah Catherine Mackenzie. You're my world.You make me a better person.I was lost before I met you. But you found me.you pulled me out of the darkness and back into the light.your light. You were there for me when no one else was and were so without question. I've almost lost you more times than I'd like to think about because of my stupidity. When I was in the ocean after my crash, all I could think about is that I'd never be able to tell you that I love you.never hear those words coming from your mouth.never know what it was like to fall asleep with you in my arms and have you there we I wake up in the morning.never know what it was like to see you holding our children.to grow old with you.Mac.I love everything about you. I love your smile and your laughter, which is like music to my ears. I love how you don't judge people and you forgive their flaws. I love your passion.your intensity and fire.your honesty.your mind.your flaws and mistakes.your strength.the way you try to be strong but break when you're with me.you let me see the real you. I love your sense of humor.your intelligence.the way you finish my sentences.."

I interrupt. "No..you start mine."

He laughs. "I love the way you have a comeback for everything.I love the gung ho, semper fi, kickass jarhead side of you.I love the vulnerable, loving, scared Sarah side of you. I love everything about you.I even love how you get on my nerves. No one has ever gotten inside of my like you have. You're under my skin.I can't lie to you even if I wanted to. You know me more than I know myself. I thank God every day for you. And I know that this comes out of the blue.but I'm going to ask you again. And I understand if you still can't say yes, but I have to take that chance." He kneels down in front of me and takes out the ring box from his suit jacket. "Sarah Catherine Mackenzie.will you make me the happiest man in the world and do me the honor of becoming my wife?"

"How could a girl say no to a proposal like that?" I smile, the tears still flowing from my eyes.

He grins like I've never seen him grin before.everything about him seems to light up and his eyes twinkle. "That means.yes?"

I smile and nod. "Yes.I'll marry you, Harmon David Rabb, Jr."

He stands bringing me up with him as he does and picks me up, spinning us around.

I laugh and he finally sets me back down and slides the ring onto my finger. "Thank you.."

"No thanks necessary." I smile and kiss him softly, sealing our promise.

**So where does that leave us?"

"I don't know, At the end, I guess."

"How about back at the beginning?"

Stay tuned for chapter 2.**