A/N Third story in the Hilary Duff Snickers trilogy! If you haven't already read part one, Underneath This Smile, and part two, Shine, you should probably go back and read those first. It will make more sense if you do. ;)

Category: Angst/Romance

Summary: Sara's thoughts during a very important moment.

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Disclaimer: I own nothing CSI. Nor do I own the song Where Did I Go Right by Hilary Duff.

--Where Did I Go Right--

Sara sat opposite Nick at the fancy hotel restaurant. She was in a drop-dead gorgeous red dress, and Nick was looking oh, so handsome in his suit and tie. But Sara's mind was only half on what they were doing. Somehow or another , she always wound up picking the wrong men. She had had that immature crush on Grissom that had wound up embarassing both of them. And Hank, of course. But she didn't want to think about him or the fact that on top of everything else, he had been cheating on her.

I'm always too late

I see the train leaving

I'm always laughing

When it's not cool to smile

She and Nick had been going out for two months, and Sara knew that it was the best thing that had ever happened to her. Although they had done things opposite the traditional way, declaring their love before they even started dating, Sara knew that they had made the right choice. These last two months had been heaven, but one side of Sara kept wondering how long it was going to last. From her previous experience, she knew nothing this good ever lasted forever. However, she had never felt for anyone before what she felt for Nick.

I'm always aiming

But somehow keep missing

So how did you get here

Something is wrong

They had finished their main course and were waiting for their dessert when Nick slid off the seat suddenly. He kneeled before her on one knee, and opened the expensive-looking jewelry box. The diamond sparkled brightly.

Where did I go right

How did I get you

How come all this blue sky is around me

And you found me

Where did I go right

How did I get you

I don't know how I did

But Somehow now I do

"I love you, Sara. Will you marry me?"

Sara just sat there, staring at him. Inside, she was jumping for joy, but it seemed that every bit of her except her mind was completely parylized. Yes, she knew that Nick loved her, but this had been the last thing she had expected. One moment she had been sitting there thinking about somehow she always messed up. And the next, there he was, kneeling there in front of her as Sara stared at him. She could see his nervousness reflected in his eyes, but she seemed unable to move.

I'm always driving

Forget where I'm going

Should have turned left

But I was singing some song

And I, I am arriving

As everyone's leaving

But there you are waiting

Something is wrong

Her head somehow started obeying her brain, and she shook it up and down slowly. Tears filled her eyes, but she still couldn't speak. She heard him let out a breath, and he reached for her hand. She met him half-way, her hand shaking visibly.

Where did I go right

How did I get you

How come all this blue sky is around me

And you found me

Where did I go right

How did I get you

I don't know how I did

But somehow now I do

Looking deep into his eyes, Sara knew that she had made the right decision. He got up off of his knees and gave her lips a feather-light kiss that left her wanting more. Sara gazed back at him lovingly as he took his seat again. She felt the tears in her eyes, but did not allow them to fall.

Makes no sense to me

No it isn't clear

But somehow you're standing here

Something gets to me

It's that nothing is wrong

Her voice suddenly decided to work.

"I love you, Nick."

He reached across the table, and clasped her hand in his. The waiter came, bringing champagne.

Nick never even broke their gaze as the waiter discreetly poured the champagne and disappeared. Sara knew that Nick meant what he had said. She was so happy, her heart felt like it was going to explode. Sitting there, outside on the balcony, Sara looked up at the beautiful night sky as Nick poured their drinks.

Where did I go right

How did I get you

How come all this blue sky is around me

And you found me

Where did I go right

How did I get you

I don't know how I did

But somehow now I do

Sara recalled her thoughts of earlier that evening. She remembered thinking that nothing this good ever lasted forever. But Sara looked down at the sparkling diamond on her left hand, and then back at Nick. And at that moment, Sara knew that she had been wrong.

Somehow now I do

Yeah

Somehow now I do

TBC...

A/N Okay. I know you were expecting it to say The End right there. But it is not. Now I know I said this was going to be a trilogy, but there is one more I have to do. I wasn't going to do it originally, but I figured out a really good place to put it. But that will be the end, I promise! ;)

Summary part four, Anywhere But Here: (happy, despite how the title sounds) Sara's thoughts on her and Nick's wedding day.