Amanda's hand began to shake, and Jonathan's fingers tightened around hers

Amanda's hand began to shake, and Jonathan's fingers tightened around hers. She wanted to deny what had just happened because she couldn't believe it had just happened. She could not deny it though. He still knelt before her, his expression telling her that this was for real.

"Are you for once actually speechless?" He asked, swallowing against the lump that had formed in his throat. He hadn't expected the fear that was suddenly clawing at his gut.

"I can speak." Amanda said faintly. "I think. This has never happened to me before."

"I can honestly say it hasn't happened to me either." Jonathan replied with a grin. She hadn't refused him. His confidence began to build, pushing down the fear that had began to rise. "What do you say, luv? Are you willing to take me on?"

Evy and Rebecca had their ears pressed to the door. Anyone passing by would have thought them ridiculous, crouching outside Amanda's front door. Jonathan hadn't fooled them for a moment. Neither one planned to go anywhere until they had heard the outcome of his latest adventure.

"I've lied to you from the moment I've met you. Why would you want me?" Amanda asked, bewildered.

"I lie to everyone." Jonathan said, remembering he'd once said that to Evy. "You're the first person I've ever been completely honest with from day one. You bring out the best in me, at least most of the time."

"I'm going to remember you said that." Amanda said, her eyes filling as she smiled down at him. "I'll be sure to remind you that you said that after we have our first fight as a married couple."

Jonathan brought her hand to his lips and brushed a tender kiss across her knuckles. He released her hand long enough to remove the ring from its box and slip it onto her finger. He rose, framing her face in his hands as he did what he'd wanted to do the moment he walked into the room. He kissed her, long and hard. When it was finished he buried his face in her hair, taking a moment to recover from the surprising weakness he felt in his knees. Amanda wrapped her arms around him, the ring on her finger glinting in the light. She was for once able to ignore the glitter of gold, and concentrated instead on the man she held in her arms.

"This doesn't mean we can't still go looking for gold." Jonathan murmured against her ear.

"It wouldn't be the same if we did not." Amanda said with a grin, pulling back so she could look up at him.

A muffled giggle from the door alerted them to Evy and Rebecca's presence…

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So….I hope everyone liked this story. It didn't turn out the way I intended it to. I'm not sure if the Sands series will continue, though I will admit I have an idea forming. I've got a picture in my head of what Alex may look like, as he gets older. Hmm…