Harm quickly changed into his jeans and light long sleeved shirt and pulled on a pair of sneakers.
"I can't believe you dunked the Colonel in the lake. She drove all this way to bring you lunch!" Sergei said chuckling.
"I didn't mean too. . ." Harm put up his hands in defense.
"In his defense, he did jump in and save me . . ." Mac said trotting down the stairs. "Harm, I didn't bring a light sweater, can I borrow one?"
"Sure." Harm got himself up from the porch and brushed off his jeans. He smiled at her; he loved watching her as crossed her arms in an effort to keep herself warm. He hugged her. "I thank God that you are alright."
"It was a bump on the head Harm. Don't go making something of it that it's not."
"But I love you Mac." The words stopped him dead in his tracks.
"I think it was you that got the bump on the head."
"No, I didn't get a bump on the head, I love you Mac, and I will continue saying it until I die." He took off his sweatshirt and placed it over her shoulders. He smiled at her and kissed Mac on the nose. She watched him jump off of the porch and run out into the cow pastures. "I love Sarah Mackenzie!" He screamed at the top of his lungs over and over again.
Sergei looked at his brother running around in the pastures, and glanced over at Mac, "I think my brother has been bitten by love."
"I have been for years for him."
She ran out into the fields after him. "I love Harmon Rabb!" She screamed. He turned and looked at her and swept her up into a hug. She whispered in his ear, "I love you Harm."
"I love the way your breath tickles my ear Ninja girl. I love the feel of your arms around my neck. I love the way my sweater looks on you. I love the way you brought me lunch that is waiting in the docks. I love the way your stomach is growling!"
"I love the way you love me, and don't expect for me to be anything more than what I am. But, Harm, we are rushing a bit." She told him as they walked to the barn.
"We will slow it down. I just wanted the world to know that I loved you." He said taking her hand and helping her onto a horse with him. "But, lets eat the fabulous lunch you brought us, and just enjoy the lunch."
"Okay." She replied. She held on to him as he started the horse into a gallop to the lake. "Harm, don't you feel so free out here?" She squealed.
Feeling content with her arms wrapped around his waist, Harm knew that this was how he was supposed to spend the rest of his life - - - in the arms of Sarah Mackenzie. They rode out to the lake and gazed into the water. Mac came up behind him after putting their picnic basket into the rowboat.
"What are you thinking about Navy?"
"About the future Sarah." He said. The sound of her given name sent shivers down her spine. He wrapped his hand around her waist and walked them over to the rowboat. Settling her into the boat he strapped a lifejacket around her.
"I don't need one of these."
"Humor me, I almost lost you in the lake today, and I just don't want to take any chances."
She smiled and watched him tighten the straps. He started rowing up with his strong arms, and when they got to one of the little islands that had formed in the middle of the lake, he docked it.
AN - Sorry so short, but it is a chapter . . . their picnic is to come.