Disclaimer: They are not mine... I wish they were, but you can't always get what you want... you can't always get what you want... you can't always get what you want... but if you try sometime... you might find... you get what you need... aww, yeah..

A/N: Okay, so my disclaimer was random... my apologies. This one is a little on the short side, but it will be followed by something good next week- I promise.

A/N2: I have no idea when season nine supposedly ended... no clue what month... just assume this story takes place in the future... October 2004... I'll get them through their first Thanksgiving and Christmas together... then there will be a January wedding..

A/N3: So yeah, this story might be one of those long, drawn out things.. I'm not sure. I might just write it and post it all at once.. It depends on what happens on the show I guess... If I have to, I'll write and write and write to escape what DPB is throwing at us. Do you guys want this all at once, or do you want this story's timeline to match real life? Someone let me know... feel free to email me at: with any questions/suggestions.

QUESTION: ANYONE OUT THERE GOT A BIRTHDAY IN JANUARY? If so, I'll make the wedding your birthday present...

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Through Thick and Thin

Part Fourteen

At Moe's Southwestern Grill, we place our orders.

"I'm starving." Mattie says, sliding into the booth next to me.

"You and me both." I say, my stomach growling. Harm laughs and shakes his head.

"I don't know how you guys eat so much... both of you are always hungry.." He says, laughing at us still.

"This is when I pull out the 'I'm still growing' card and you leave me alone about eating so much." Mattie says to Harm. She leans up against me and I put my arm around her.

"Leave the growing child alone, Harm.. I mean it." I say, jokingly.

"Two against one, huh? I see how it is... Every man for himself... I can live with that." He says, rolling his eyes.

Mattie smiles at me and says, "Food in five, four, three, two.."

The waiter arrives carrying drinks on one tray and our food on another.

We eat in silence at first, then Mattie starts up the conversation.

"So, details, details... You guys said that you'd spill it over food, so yeah... get to it!" She says, starting in on her second enchilada.

"I'm... eating... you talk, I'll nod." I manage in between bites. Harm smiles a big flyboy smile and I continue eating.

"We've been together for almost two weeks now...last night I asked her to marry me, she said yes, and we're working on setting a date..." Harm says, picking at his salad with his fork. Mattie and I are shaking our heads at him. "What?" He asks, laughing.

"Well, Harm, you finally got your head outta your six." Mattie says, laughing and smiling at me.

Harm laughs and I reach over and grab his diet coke and finish it off.

"I wasn't finished with that." He says, rolling his eyes playfully.

"Oh." I say, sliding the empty glass towards him with a smile. "Then, you can have it back."

"Are you going to eat that?" Mattie asks me, pointing at half of a chili, cheese, and bean burrito with her fork.

"Help yourself." I say, sliding my plate towards her with a smile. Until I met Mattie, I had never met anyone who eats as much as I do...

"Will it be a winter wedding or are you guys going to wait until spring?" Mattie asks, starting in on my burrito.

This question is mine to answer...

"Snow on the ground would be nice... I'm not big on flowers and all things green... January or February would be nice." I suggest, studying Harm. He is smiling a smile that is so damn big...

"The sooner the better." He says, winking at me.

I smile. January is not so far away... October, November, December...

That gives us this month, next month, and the month after that..

After we all finished eating, we decide to go see a movie. After the movie, we go bowling. Mattie won, I finished second, and Harm... well, my flyboy isn't much of a bowler... but watching him was nice... watching him from behind was very nice..

After dropping Mattie off, we carry on casual conversation on the way back to my place.

Outside of my apartment door, I mention waking up cold and alone this afternoon to him and he smiles.

"I promised to make that up to you didn't I?" He asks, smiling still.

"You promised to make it up to me all night long..." I remind him.

"And I am a man of my word..." He says, leading me out of the living room and into the bedroom..