"I got a heart shaped diamond to match your pendant." He watched her, unable to breathe. The thought of her saying no has not crossed his mind until now.
"It's beautiful," she said breathlessly.
Finally able to tear her eyes away from the ring, she looked up at him, expecting him to say 'just kidding!'
"I'm serious Elizabeth. My life makes no sense, unless you're by my side. Please say yes."
"Oh Jason, of course 'yes!' She wrapped her arms around his neck, hugging him tightly. She giggled at the thought of marriage, of spending the rest of her life with Jason. "Yes," she whispered into his ear.
He smiled as he kissed her, and made a promise to himself.
They stayed at the island a couple more days, content to be with each other, not ready to share the engagement with anyone yet.
When they touched down at the airport, Liz slipped the ring from her finger, keeping it under wraps until they could have a small party and tell everyone at once.
They both wanted a simple ceremony. Preferably on the beach, where Elizabeth had first confessed her feelings. It was a special memory for them, and they wanted to share it.
Chloe offered to design the dress for Elizabeth, not taking no for an answer. Elizabeth reciprocated the favor by asking Chloe to be her maid of honor. Emily would have been her first choice, but sadly, her and Zander had not kept in touch, so no one knew where they were.
Jason, of course, asked Sonny to be his best man. Carly would be there of course, but that was it. The five of them, and the minister. That was all Elizabeth and Jason needed, or wanted.
There was one request that Elizabeth made of Jason, but there was no way he would say no to her, so he agreed to write his own vows, and she would write hers.
"What am I getting myself into?" he jokingly asked himself aloud.
"Me," Liz had replied.
Everybody flew down to the island together. It would be a mini vacation for them all. Chloe needed it after trying valiantly to reunite Alexis and Ned. Carly and Sonny, on the other hand, were leaving the day after the wedding for Martinique to renew their own wedding vows.
As for Liz's and Jason's honeymoon, she had no idea where they were going. Jason had asked to plan the whole thing, to surprise her, and she agreed.
Jason rolled over in the bed, reaching for Elizabeth. His eyes flew open when he couldn't feel her. "Elizabeth!" he called, jumping out of bed. He spotted her sketch pad propped up against the window. Picking it up, he barely glanced at the sketch, anxious only to read the note:
I know you don't believe in superstitions,
but it's bad luck for us to see each other
on our wedding day, so Chloe, Carly, and I
have set up shop elsewhere. I'll see you soon
Taking a moment to let his heart beat return to normal, his attention was drawn back to the sketch. It was his left hand, outstretched, reaching for something. But he noticed a ring on the fourth finger. He glanced at his hand, and realized she had added his wedding band into the drawing. He smiled, knowing the next hours would drag on forever.
She had wanted to give him something to satiate him until that evening.
"Elizabeth?" Chloe asked, noticing her friend's glazed look.
"Hmm?" Elizabeth turned to Chloe, "I'm sorry, did you say something?" She smiled sheepishly.
"Thinking about him, huh?"
"Chloe it's a dream come true."
"What's a dream come true?" Carly asked as she made her way to the breakfast table.
Carly nodded, feeling the same way about Sonny. "We may not have gotten along in the beginning Liz, but even I can see how happy you make him. And that's all I've ever really wanted for him."
"Ok, good. So what are we going to do with the last few hours of your single life?"
"Sonny, I owe this all to you."
"Well, if you hadn't asked Elizabeth to come to the island when I was hurt, this might not be happening."
Sonny shrugged, "It may have taken a little longer, but it would've happened."
"Yeah," he said softly. "She makes me happy, you know?"
"Yeah, I know." He thought about Carly, pregnant with his baby. "You make her happy, too."
"I hope so."
There was a knock on the door.
"I'll get it!" Chloe jumped up, "just in case it's Jason."
She opened the door, "Jason! You have to go. I'm sorry but that's the way it is."
He laughed at her, knowing he was breaking a rule, but there was something he had to do.
"I just need to talk to Elizabeth for a minute. I promise I won't look at her, she can keep the door between us, ok?"
Chloe thought about it for a moment, finally relenting, "Ok, but just a couple of minutes. Carly and I will be right back," she said, dragging a protesting Carly out the door with her.
Elizabeth went to the door, carefully making sure Jason didn't see her.
She leaned against the door, "Yes?"
He smiled, picturing her in his mind, "I know there's a whole 'something borrowed, something blue, something new' thing that you're supposed to follow, so I got you the 'something new.'"
She watched his hand slip through the crack in the door. Taking the jewelry box from his hand, she opened it. "Oh Jason! They're beautiful!"
"I wanted earrings to match your necklace," he said simply.
She took a moment to put them in, "Close your eyes."
As he closed them, he felt the door open slightly as she leaned out to kiss him.
He laughed at her, "You're breaking the rule," he teased.
"The rule is the groom can't see the bride. There's nothing that says the bride can't see the groom."
He groaned at her, "And how is that fair?"
She smiled, missing him as much as he was missing her, "It's not. But I'm not complaining."
"Just one more-"
Chloe interrupted him, "Ok! Time's up!"
Jason shook his head as he made his way to the beach to wait for the ceremony to begin.
Elizabeth looked herself over in the mirror. The dress Chloe designed was perfect, simple but perfect. The whole thing was white, with pearl embroidering on the bodice. The skirt flared out slightly, stopping just above her ankles. Becuase the dress was strapless, it only served to highlight the necklace Jason had given her. Carly and Chloe stopped at a local floral shop, picking out tiny white and yellow rose buds to stick in Elizabeth's hair. They had all decided that shoes would be unnecessary for the beach.
Elizabeth took a deep breath "This is it," she whispered.
The minister looked up just as Carly made her way across the beach.
"We're ready," she stated, taking her place.
Jason watched as Chloe emerged from the villa, Elizabeth a pace behind her. He smiled at her as he took her hand.
"Ladies and gentlemen," the priest began, "We are gathered here today to join this man and this woman in holy matrimony. If anyone has just cause to why these too should not be married, speak now, or forever hold their peace." The priest knew this was a moot point, but said it anyway.
"Very well. At this time, I would normally give the vows, but Elizabeth and Jason have choose to say their own. Elizabeth?"
She turned to Jason, taking both his hands in hers. "Jason, I know our friendship took everyone by surprise, me most of all. You helped me without even trying, and that means more to me than you'll ever know. Even when you were gone, you were still in my heart, only I didn't know it, didn't realize it until it was almost too late. We have proven that we can beat the unbeatable, and grow stronger because of it. Jason, I want you in my life, now and forever." She smiled at him, wiping away the tears on her cheeks.
"Jason?" the priest turned to him.
Jason sighed, "Elizabeth, I can't say that I didn't know how to love before I met you, because I did. I just never loved someone so completely. I couldn't because there was something someone always expected from me. You're not like that. The only thing you expect of me is to be there when you wake up in the morning, and at night when you go to bed. You know all of my faults, and love me all the more for them. I know our time together has been slightly less than perfect," he chuckled, "actually, way less than perfect, but you're still here, and for that I will always be grateful. I want you in my life, always, to laugh with me, cry with me, grow old with me. I love you now, I'll love you forever." He brought his hand up to her face to wipe away the second round of tears.
The priest continued, "May I have the rings?" Holding his hand out, Sonny and Chloe give him the rings. He hands Jason the first ring, "Repeat after me. I give this ring as a sign of my love and commitment in the name of the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit."
Taking Liz's hand, he slips the ring on her finger, "I give this ring as a sign of my love and commitment in the name of the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit."
Holding out his hand to Elizabeth, "Repeat after me. I give this ring as a sign of my love and commitment in the name of the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit."
Taking the ring, she slowly puts it on Jason's finger as she speaks, "I give this ring as a sign of my love and commitment in the name of the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit."
Holding up his hand above the couple, the priest continues, "What God has joined together in faith, let no man put asunder. In the name of the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit. I now pronounce you man and wife." He smiled as he watched Liz and Jason jump ahead of him and kiss.
At a hotel somewhere in Italy...
"Where do we go from here?"
Wrapping his arms around her, he kissed her shoulder, "As long as I'm with you, I don't care."
She kissed his arm, "Yeah, me too," she whispered.