Warnings and Disclaimer: See Chapter 1

Roses Are A Headache
By CaramelAriana
Chapter 2

Yamato sat back in his seat as he waited for his boyfriend to finish work. It was five 'til, so he didn't have long to wait. He turned up the radio and tried to relax. This would be one of the most important nights of his life. He patted the pocket of his jacket to make sure the ring was still there.

He had made dinner reservations at Taichi's favorite restaurant. It wasn't the type of place Yamato would choose for a proposal, but tonight would be all about Tai. Besides, they didn't eat there often, so Tai would be pleasantly surprised.

He turned at a sudden movement out of the corner of his eye. Tai was walking out of the building with his bouquet of roses. Yamato felt his mouth go dry. Up until now he had really been all that nervous. His only concern was that everything went smoothly. Now he had his doubts. What if Tai said no?

Yamato really didn't have time to contemplate the possibility as he soon had an armful of Tai and roses. "I take it you liked the flowers?" He earned a kiss for his troubles.

"Loved them! They made my day. You wouldn't believe the day I've had!"

"You can tell me about it over dinner."

"Where are we going?" asked Tai, as Yamato started the car.

"It's a surprise." He winked at the brunette.

"Aw, come on Yama. Tell me!" whined Taichi, but the blonde wouldn't give in. "Well, I hope I'm dressed right at least."

Yamato glanced at him. "You're fine. It's nothing too fancy."

The drive wasn't long and soon they pulled up to the restaurant. Tai gaped and turned to Yamato. "No way. I love this place!"

"I know," answered Yamato, turning off the car.

"But Yama, it's Friday. This place is gonna be packed!"

Yamato grinned. "I think we can manage the wait."

"Hey I'm not arguing. Do you think I should leave the flowers in the car?"

Yamato shrugged as he climbed out the car. "It's your choice."

"You don't think they'd die, do you?"

"It's not that warm, I'm sure they'll be fine. I can leave the windows cracked if you're that worried."

"Okay."

After getting Taichi's roses situated they walked into the restaurant. Yamato once again patted his pocket to make sure the ring was there. They walked to the hostess and Yamato informed them he had made a reservation. As the two followed the hostess Taichi playfully hit Yamato's arm. "You sneaky bastard, making reservations." He paused. "We never make reservations. What are you up to?"

Yamato just smiled and shrugged. They sat down and Yamato rubbed his hands against his pants. His nerves were starting to get worse. In all honesty he wasn't too sure of getting down on one knee in front of all these people. But he knew that Taichi loved to be in the spotlight and had often hinted at a public proposal. Though Yamato suspected Taichi always thought he'd be the one asking. Well, if anything at least Yamato would finally have one up on Taichi.

To say dinner was uneventful would be an understatement. After mixing up their orders three times, Taichi and Yamato finally got to eat their food. By that time they had filled up on bread and drinks, so that even Taichi could only finish half his dinner.

"I think I'm going to need a box," sighed Taichi after he couldn't eat anymore.

Yamato chuckled. "This is a first. Taichi Yagami getting a take-home box? I hope someone is documenting this moment."

Taichi threw a piece of bread. "Shut up."

"Dessert?" Yamato asked.

Taichi looked at him pathetically. "I think I'm going to have to pass."

Yamato looked at him in shock. "This really is an occasion. I think hell just froze over!" Tai gave him a withering look. On the inside Yamato's heart was racing. Without dessert, he couldn't put this moment off any longer.

He cleared his throat. "Well, before we leave, I have one more thing to take care of." He stood up and moved over to Taichi. He bent down on one knee.

"Yama, what are you doing?" asked Taichi bewilderedly.

They were both aware of silence spreading around them as people began paying attention to them. Yamato swallowed hard and pulled out the box he'd been safe-guarding all day. He opened it and displayed the ring to his boyfriend. "Taichi Yagami, I love you more than I could possibly put into words. Would you do me the honor of spending the rest of your life with me?" He studied Tai's face. "Will you marry me?"

The entire restaurant seemed to hold its breath as Taichi watched Yamato in shock. Slowly his face broke into a grin. "Yama," he breathed. "You…I can't…yes! Yes! Of course I'll marry you!" He threw himself into Yamato's arms and kissed his boyfriend—no, his fiancé.

Yamato slipped the ring on Taichi's finger as the restaurant exploded into applause. Several waiters came by to congratulate the two of them. Of course it took them fifteen minutes to get boxes and another ten for their checks. When they went to pay the bill, Yamato discovered that they had charged him for all the mistakes their waiter had made. They wanted him to pay for six dinners!

By the time everything had been worked out, Yamato's headache was back in full force. As they walked out of the restaurant Taichi examined his ring and grinned at Yamato. "I can't believe it. We're engaged!" He laughed.

And suddenly the headache was well worth it.


A/N: Aw, writing this brought tears to my eyes. Well this has been two years in the making. Okay, so it's not a lot to show for it but I'm proud. I'll be really really happy if you leave a review. Please.