Disclaimer: Don't own Rick or Evelyn or Jonathan or Alex. I love them, but they aren't mine!
Summary: Just like the title. Precious moments of Rick and Evelyn's relationship~after TM and before TMR
Rating: PG~just to be safe, I'm not sure what some people would consider PG material.
Status: Finished, for now. If you want me to add more, let me know and I will!!

PS: Thank you so much for the wonderful reviews of my first story, "A Second Chance"!!! They were so uplifting to me that it inspired me to write more!

Precious Moments

Part 1: The Proposal

It had been a month since the disastrous Hamunaptra expedition. Rick O'Connell sat nervously in Evelyn's living room, waiting for her to get ready for their date. He was taking her to one of the nicest restaurants in Cairo. But this wasn't just any date. He had a BIG question to ask.....

When she came down the stairs, she took his breath away. She was a wearing a simple lavender dress, the kind with the empire waist. She has left her hair down, the way Rick loved it. She was the most beautiful creature he had ever seen.
"Shall we?" he asked, offering her his arm.
"Of course!" Evelyn said happily. She sighed blissfully.

At the restaurant, Rick fidgeted with his silverware. What if she said no? What if she thought it was too soon? What if, what if, what if.....then someone jerked him away from his thoughts.

"What's the matter, Rick?" Evie asked, somewhat concerned.
"Huh? Oh, nothing. I guess I just got lost in my own thoughts."
Evie smiled and said, "I'll pay you a penny for them."

'OK,' Rick thought. 'It's now or never.....'
Rick cleared his throat to begin the speech that he had wanted to say for a month now. Evelyn looked at him attentively.

"Uh, well, uh, Evie, I was just thinking, I mean, I" ARGH!! Why did she always manage to do that to him? He could never speak! That was why he loved her, obviously. He tried to continue.

"OK. Sorry." Rick took a deep breath. "Well, the thing is, Evie, the past month has been the best of my life. I feel so lucky to have found you. Even Jonathan, he's like a brother to me--well, most of the time. And when I first met you, I knew there was something about you. But I didn't realize that I had fallen for you until the night our camp was attacked--do you remember??"
Evie nodded. How could she forget how Rick had spoken to her with such concern and held her with such gentleness and care? Tears started to form in her eyes, she guessed what was about to come.
"I knew then and there that you were the only person I was meant to hold that way for my entire life. I wanted to protect you from anything and everything that could hurt you. I want to protect you for the rest of my life. And with that said...." He trailed off, and got to his feet.
Evelyn was confused. Wasn't he supposed to get down on a knee? But then he pulled her to her feet as well. Then he kneeled and pulled out the most gorgeous diamond ring she had ever seen. It almost took her breath away. Then she couldn't help it. Her tears started to flow, quietly.
"Evelyn, I love you more than life itself. Will you marry me?"
'Please say yes, please say yes, please say yes...'Rick was thinking.
Evelyn looked at him, tears in her eyes, and he expected the worst. But then the biggest smile crossed her face as she cried
"Yes, Rick O'Connell, I will marry you!!!!"
'Oh well, I guess it was worth a shot, you know. But I guess I----wait. She said yes? She said YES!!' Rick jumped up, and gave her a big bear hug and a kiss on her lips. They were engaged!!!!

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Part 2: The Wedding

Evelyn looked into the three-way mirror of her dressing room and smiled. She was almost ready to become Mrs. Evelyn O'Connell. She really liked the sound of that. It had a nice ring to it. All she had to do was find her veil. When she did, she put it on and let the soft material fall in front of her face. She sighed blissfully.
"Ready, Old Mum?" Jonathan peeked his head in. Then he gasped. "Oh, Evie, you look wonderful....."
Evie blushed and thanked him. She was ready to go, but there was one thing she had to do first.
"Jonathan, I, well, I'm not very good at this, so bear with me, please. You are such a wonderful brother to me. I know that you have made mistakes, but you have always been there for me, looked out for me. I know what is going through your mind right now, and I just want to say that you will always be a part of my life, if I have a husband or not. I love you, so much. I am so grateful to you." She started to cry.
"Oh, Evie, you can't cry~you'll smudge your makeup." Jonathan said, trying to lighten the mood. But tears were welling up in his eyes as well. "Come on, let's go get you married."
Evie nodded. 'Here I go...' she thought.
The church was beautiful, and she was glowing as she walked down the aisle to her husband-to-be, who was grinning from ear to ear. They exchanged their vows, as well as their rings. The rings were beautiful, on the inside of each the words
R+E, Forever and Always
were inscribed. Then, it was time to kiss the bride. Evelyn looked into Rick's eyes, feeling so lucky that she had found him. And then she kissed him with all of the love she had for him.
"Ladies and gentlemen," the pastor said. "I now present to you Mr. and Mrs. Rick O'Connell. Evelyn sighed. She had never been happier.

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Part 3: The Baby

Rick paced his office floor, impatiently awaiting the work bell to ring so he could go home. Evie had had to go to the doctor today because she had been so sick. She had been fainting and couldn't keep any food down. Rick, always one to jump to conclusions, was horrified that she had some deadly foreign disease. Suddenly, the bell rang and he grabbed his coat and headed home.
When he drove up, he could see that Evie was there. He rushed up to house and saw his wife of two months sitting in his easy chair, looking at her hands. And was there a tear in her eye?
"Evie, what's wrong?? Are you OK??" he asked, unable to hide his fear.
She looked up at him and smiled faintly. Then took a deep breath. Rick almost lost it, but waited on her to tell him in her own sweet time.
'Please don't be fatal, please don't be fatal, don't take her away from me....' Rick's thoughts were out of control.
"I'm pregnant, darling." Evie finally said. She looked at him for a reaction.
'Please don't be--what?--what had she said? Pregnant?' He looked in her eyes, too surprised to speak. He hadn't even thought of that being the problem!
"You--you are?? Evie, that's GREAT!! I-I-how far along are you??" He jumped up, overjoyed.
"So, you're not mad? You're okay with this?" She asked hesitantly.
The question caught Rick off guard. How could he not be happy?
"Why would I not be happy? This is wonderful!!" he cried.
"Well, we didn't exactly plan it, so I was afraid you would be upset." But when she looked into his blue eyes and all her doubts disappeared. He was genuinely happy.
"No, no, no, no, no! I have never been happier!" He pulled her into his arms and gave her a big hug. "I'm going to be a father! A father!" 'A father,' Rick thought. 'I'm going to have a child with the most perfect woman in the world.....'

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Part 4: The Birth

Evelyn was having trouble sleeping. For the, oh, 56th night in a row. Not that she had been counting. But her belly had grown so unbelievably large in the past nine months that she couldn't sleep on her stomach like she liked to. She looked over at Rick, who was sleeping like a baby.
'Ugh,' She thought. 'Well, at least someone is getting sleep around here.' Suddenly, a sharp pain pierced her stomach. Uh oh.....time to go. NOW.
"Rick.....Rick wake up....." she whispered. He just grunted and muttered an inaudible reply. "Rick..." she said louder. She started to shake him. "Rick, we need to go...." She was starting to get desperate when he finally awoke with a start.
"Imhotep, don't you dare touch her or I'll--Wha? Oh. Just a dream." Rick looked over at Evie to see what was wrong.
"You dream about dead guys?" Evie asked with a sarcastic smile. He had insulted her once about that and she hadn't forgotten.
Rick smiled back just as sarcastically and asked what was wrong just as another pain came. Oh. Rick didn't need an answer now; he jumped up and ran to change clothes.
At the hospital, Evie was rushed right into delivery. Rick joined Evie inside the room after he changed into scrubs. By then, she was in full-time labor.
"OOOOOWWWWWW!!!!" she screamed. Rick grimaced at the high pitch. "AAAAGGGHHH!!! I HATE YOU, RICK O'CONNELL--WHY DID YOU DO THIS TO ME?!?!?!?!" Ouch! That one hurt! Rick looked at the doctor, confused.
The doctor just nodded his head reassuringly.
"They always say that son, don't worry. When it's over she will love you so much again her words will be forgotten."
Rick nodded his head. Then he looked at Evie and kissed her sweaty forehead. She had never looked more beautiful to him. She screamed again as the time came for her to push. This was it.
The rest of the delivery went very smoothly--Evie announced that she hated Rick, he nodded and just smiled and held her hand until she squeezed it so hard his fingers turned blue. When did she get that strong?
Finally, the baby was out. It was a gorgeous, strong, healthy baby boy. Earlier that month Rick and Evie had decided on names. His son---THEIR son--was to be named Alexander Jonathan O'Connell. He smiled. He had a son. They had a son.
"Rick?" Evie asked, exhausted.
"Yes, honey?" He asked, as he turned his attention on his wife.
"I love you so much." She managed a weak smile.
"I love you too...." he said, kissing her forehead gently. He sat with her as she drifted off to a well deserved sleep. On her stomach.

That's all for now....If any of you think of any more special moments that may have happened, please let me know!