The rest of the semester flew by quickly. Meredith, Alex, Cristina, and Izzie couldn't believe they survived their first year of medical school and they were glad it was over.

Lance . . . Lance left the second Alex, Derek, and Mark got to him on Friday. They threatened not only his life, but exposing him to the entire racing world and he couldn't have that. Lance would never come around again, the three of them made sure of that. It wasn't actually hard to intimidate him, they were pretty sure he was pissing in his pants the second he saw all three of them approaching him at the track. Thankfully, some of his pit couldn't stand him and gave free information to them that could definitely ruin him in more ways than just racing.

Cristina told Meredith a few nights after The Temple that she had been living with one of their professors, Dr. Marlowe. Meredith was not surprised in the least little bit, she knew something was going on. Actually, Meredith and Derek were the only one's that knew and had actually been over to have dinner with them a few times. At times, it was strange, but Cristina was her person and would always be.

Bryant was finally back out into the world of dating with his daughter also thinking it was time for her to date. Marissa was hitting her teenager years and Bryant knew it would be some long years, but he knew he would always have his family to help him. Meredith was always committed to doing things with her as well as Carrie and Izzie. Meredith didn't miss a Wednesday with her unless something really big came up.

Alex and Carrie . . . well, the only thing to be said about them is they really were perfect for each other, more so than any of them ever imagined. Carrie definitely could take care of herself and Alex; he was happy to . . . bow down to her. If truth be told, they adored each other and would do anything for each other. Marriage . . . possibly one day, but right now, they were happy with were they were at.

"I can't believe you are really going to do this." Mark said looking at Derek in the car.

"I can't believe you are actually considering doing this soonish." Derek replied back.

"Well, it has to happen sometime you know. I can't stay a manwhore my whole life." Mark laughed.

"You finally admit to being a manwhore." Derek laughed nervously trying to not think about what he is about to do. She had to say yes . . . marriage had come up a few times but, it was still . . . nerve racking a little bit because he had tried not to give her any clues.

"Don't worry man; she is going to say yes, Grey loves you. Sometimes I don't know why, but she does. And for the record, I am a recovering manwhore."

"I am hot, that is why she loves me." He raised his eyebrows at Mark.

"I hope it is more than that because one day, you will be old, wrinkly, and the hair . . . will not be so dreamy."

"You just wish you had hair like mine and it is more than that Mark and you know it. Just like you and Izzie." Derek smiled knowing . . . they both had something amazing.

"Man, that woman. I do love her. I will be in this same spot as you, just not yet." Mark shook his head; the thought of marriage really did scare the hell out of him.

"What if she would have been really pregnant last month?" Derek asked curiously.

"Shep, I am going to be honest with you. I was so damn scared, but I was so excited. I couldn't help but think about . . . how much I wanted a family with her. But, marriage, Shep, a year ago . . . I never thought I would ever want to get married."

"It is amazing isn't it? I can't wait for the minute Mer gets pregnant. She will be beautiful . . . fat and pregnant." Derek smiled crazily thinking about her.

"Fat and pregnant, don't let her hear that shit. I am quite sure you would be in some shit, but, I hear the pregnancy hormones are . . . amazing." Mark smirked.

"She will be beautiful pregnant and well, we still have a lot of time until children come along. We have . . . some busy times ahead of us."

"Yes, we do, we all do."

"So, Izzie and Mer are there, right?" Derek asked. Derek and Mark had gotten the girls a day of pampering at the spa in Sedona as a celebration for the end of the semester.

"Izzie just messaged me to tell me they are at the base of the trail in Sedona and about to give her the envelope." Mark knew Derek was really nervous; he had everything planned out and had for a few weeks now. The envelope was just a card telling her what to do and he would be joining her when she got up to the spot.

"Ok . . . I think everything is set up on the trail by the lake . . . where she told me the first time . . . that she loved me." Derek said not able to help feeling all the emotions of what was about to happen.

"You are pathetic. I think I will just ask Izzie at the spur of the moment."

"Romantic Mark . . . you have to be romantic once in a while." Derek laughed.

"I am plenty romantic when Izzie is screaming my name." He laughed.

"I needed that visual, thank you." Derek rolled his eyes.

They rode a few minutes when they saw a sign that said a mile to the bottom of the trail they are going to in Sedona. Derek took a deep breath and could feel himself getting nervous. "The ring, it is still there right?"

"Damn it, it is in the same place it was 15 minutes ago and when we left. It is in the cup holder so you made sure you had it." Mark rolled his eyes.

"Ok, good."

"Ah, Izzie looks amazing. A day at the spa and she looks damn hot . . . although she always does." Mark smiled seeing Izzie waiting for them. Izzie and Mark were going to stay in Sedona for the night, but were going to go in Izzie's car as Meredith and Derek would be in Derek's.

They parked the car and immediately got out. Mark went to Izzie and kissed her hard telling her how beautiful she was after her day at the spa.

"Hello Izzie." Derek smiled happily. He wanted to give them time, but he was also anxious to get up to Meredith.

"She started up about 10 minutes ago. I really can't believe you have little stops and notes along the way that is just so romantic and you have people stationed to make sure she is ok too as she makes her way up. Perfect Derek." Izzie hugged him, beaming from ear to ear.

Mark went to hug him and said in his ear, "Thanks Shep, now I am going to have to plan some romantic shit. You are going to have to help me."

Derek smiled, "I will . . . thank you Mark for everything."

"Go get her." Mark said pulling away, patting him on the shoulder.

"Thanks guys for everything. See you guys soon." Derek said starting his way up in his suit that he decided to wear. He knew Meredith had her choice of sun-type dresses at the spa and couldn't wait to see her. He also made sure she had comfortable shoes to choose from as well.

As he went up to the lake, he had to keep from running as the adrenaline was pumping through his veins. It was only about a ten minute walk to where the clearing is, but it seemed like an eternity. He knew they were ready, but it still didn't make him any less nervous.

He came around the last bend, and could see the clearing knowing Meredith was sitting in the middle at the table that was set up with a margarita waiting. He talked with the people at the spa and they were able to help him in getting people to set up on the trail exactly at the spot . . . that she told him . . . she loved him for the first time. There was plans for a dinner table, food, and music.

He stopped the second he saw her, the sunlight was shining behind her and was radiating around her. She couldn't look more beautiful.

At the moment she looked up, she saw Derek beaming at her . . . he took her breath away immediately. He was looking straight into her soul and they both knew it.

"Hello, you look . . . beautiful." Derek said the second he was within earshot of her, immediately leaning down to kiss her.

"You look pretty handsome yourself. We clean up nice." She smiled at him.

"We really do. Did you enjoy your morning at the spa?"

"It was amazing. Thank you. You are amazing. You didn't have to do all of this."

"I did." He was bursting to come out and just ask her, but he wanted to wait. Derek kissed her one more time and took the seat across from her that was set up near the small river that is running through. The music was softly playing that he requested.

Right on cue, the first course came out, a cucumber salad.

"Seriously Derek." Meredith smirked at him.

Derek laughed knowing she would love this. "I thought it would be fun . . . you know, I will never look at them the same."

"Me neither." They ate stealing glances and making casual conversation.

They continued dinner in the same way, having the two people who Derek had hired from the restaurant serving them. Dinner was done and he knew the time was coming and he was . . . nervous and anxious, but most of all he was excited. He knew they were ready. It had come up a few times in the last few months, but, he was pretty sure she had no clue. She just assumed this was all in celebration to the end of another successful semester of medical school and the end of the first full year for her.

There was soft music that he had arranged to be playing from an ipod and he heard the song start . . . the one he had picked out for this perfect moment.

She's a yellow pair of running shoes

A holey pair of jeans

She looks great in cheap sunglasses

She looks great in anything

She's I want a piece of chocolate

Take me to a movie

She's I can't find a thing to wear

Now and then she's moody

The song started and Derek watched Meredith, she was talking about how great the early evening was with the sun starting to go down a little. He couldn't help but look at her . . . mesmerized by how amazing she is and how he couldn't wait to take her as his wife. He chuckled a little bit thinking about the song . . . The song was exactly how he felt about Meredith.

"Derek, you are looking at me, laughing, and not saying much. I am sorry I am rambling on and on." Meredith laughed at him. She stopped just a second and listened intently at the song playing. For the first time she realized what this . . . evening could actually be about.

She's a Saturn with a sunroof

With her brown hair a-blowin

She's a soft place to land

And a good feeling knowing

She's a warm conversation

That I wouldn't miss for nothing

She's a fighter when she's mad

And she's a lover when she's loving

Derek cleared his throat because if he didn't know better, he would have swore it was closing up a little, not from nervousness, but from all the love he had . . . wanting to come out at once, "I am looking at you and I love your rambling. I love all of you." He also noticed the seriously look Meredith had gotten on her face.

"Derek . . . I am . . . I am really happy you know. You make me happy." She smiled at him feeling strangely nervous in this minute. They both sat in silence for a second, letting their eyes do the dance of love while listening to the words of the song.

And she's everything I ever wanted

And everything I need

I talk about her, I go on and on and on

Because she is everything to me

He couldn't believe she said this. He knew he was doing the right thing. He had no doubts. "You . . . are perfect for me in everyway. Since the day you walked into my life, I knew . . . you, Meredith Grey were . . . someone I wanted to know, someone I wanted to love. I wasn't sure how it would happen at the time, but I knew Meredith . . . I had to get to know you." He got out of his chair, took a step over to her, and knelt down in front of her.

"Derek." She whispered out knowing tears were pooling, but in this moment she didn't care . . . this was it and she was ready.

She's a Saturday out on the town

And a church girl on Sunday

She's a cross around her neck

And a cuss word 'cause its Monday

She's a bubble bath and candles

Baby come and kiss me

She's a one glass of wine

And she's feeling kinda tipsy

"Meredith, we have been through . . . a lot together, some good . . . some bad . . . terrible even." He paused and looked at her, knowing tears were about to start flowing from his eyes as well. He saw a single tear drop down her face and lovingly took his hand up to cup her chin and wipes the tear with his thumb while they looked at each other with so much love in their eyes.

"But, all of it has brought us to this point of knowing . . . I can't live without you and we can get through anything. There may be hard times, but Meredith, we can do it. We have proven we can get through it." He was saying in just a whisper with a few tears starting to flow down both faces.

She's the giver I wish I could be

And the stealer of the covers

She's a picture in my wallet

Of my unborn children's mother

She's the hand that I'm holding

When I'm on my knees and praying

She's the answer to my prayer

And she's the song that I'm playing

After hearing this part of the song, he couldn't help but say this because the joy he felt in his heart . . . was overwhelming whenever he thought of it, "I can't wait for the day that you are . . . carrying our unborn children. I want to go through life with you . . . side by side."

iAnd she's everything I ever wanted

And everything I need

I talk about her, I go on and on and on

Because she is everything to me

He took a deep breath knowing this was the moment . . . he had waited for since the second he laid eyes on her.

She took a deep breath, knowing what was coming next, she couldn't wait for it all . . . with him.

"Meredith Grey, will you marry me . . . will you become my wife, my lover, the mother of my children. Will you walk through life with me forever?"

She's the voice I love to hear

Someday when I'm ninety

She's the wooden rocking chair

I want rocking right beside me

Everyday that passes

I only love her more

Yeah, she's the one

That I'd lay down my own life for

"Derek Shepherd, I want nothing more than to become your wife . . . your lover, the mother of . . . your children. I want it all. Yes, I will marry you."

They both had more than a few tears falling. He quickly stood and grabbed her on the way up, kissing her passionately; emitting all the love he had for her . . . that they had for each other.

And she's everything I ever wanted

And everything I need

She's everything to me

Yeah, she's everything to me

"I love you Derek . . . forever and ever.

"Forever and ever . . ."

Everthing I ever wanted

And everything I need

She's everything to me

Yeah she's everything to me

Everything to me

Thank you to everyone reading and enjoying this story. It was sooooo much fun to write. I will be writing a sequel to this eventually, maybe this summer. With 2 other stories going, there is no way I can do it now, but I have some people who are really on me about it - so it will come. I will post here as well as the board I am an admin for. Thank you again and hope you enjoyed it!! Maggie