Here is the last chapter. Sorry for the long wait. I was out of town then completing a big project at work and then I just needed a break/had no internet. SO here it is . I want to thank all of you who read and reviewed. You have no idea how much your reviews have meant to me. It kept me writing when I didn't want to. It made me do my best because your reviews showed that you actually cared. Again a big thank you to you all and I hope you enjoy this last one.
Olivia slid the last piece of chocolate cake into her mouth and looked up to see Elliot staring at her intently.
Tonight had been perfect. It had gone exactly how he wanted. Maureen had shown up on time to watch Kayla. He had found parking and they didn't miss their reservation. Their food was delicious. They had played the perfect song for them to dance to, and they had romantically shared a delicious slice of chocolate cake, and now this was his moment. He didn't understand why he was so nervous. She'd already said yes, but he wanted to do more for her than just a spontaneous proposal in bed. She deserved more. She deserved the dinner and dancing and him down on one knee. She deserved romance. So he was going to give it to her.
He felt his left side of his breast pocket to make sure the ring was where he had left it after their dance. He had bought a new suit for the occasion. He had never owned many, only the one his father had given him to wear on the day he married Kathy. He could never really afford another and he still had it, but he couldn't wear that when he was about to propose to another woman. So he had went out and gotten a new one. Charcoal. Simple. With a crisp white shirt underneath and a black and silver striped tie to match. A new suit for a new beginning to a new life.
"Elliot, you ok?"
She arched an eyebrow at him and he saw concern on her face. Probably because he had been gripping his chest all night to make sure the ring was still safe and secure, which made him think that he should have found a better place.
"Have I told you how beautiful you look tonight?"
She wore a crème silk cocktail dress that seemed to shimmer in the dim romantic lighting of the restaurant. It clung to her curves and had a sweet heart kiss top that showed the perfect amount of cleavage, enticing, but not overly revealing. It stopped at her thighs and she was all leg, which he believed couldn't be sexier. He hardened at thought of those legs wrapped securely around his waist. Her makeup was impeccably done, and while he preferred and believed she looked perfectly fine without it, he couldn't deny the fact that she looked gorgeous with it on.
She grinned. "Yes. Several times in fact. What's with you tonight?"
It was now or never.
He stood slowly and moved towards her then got down on one knee before her, and easily pulled out the ring. It was made of white gold and covered in diamonds. His grandmother's. His oldest brother had gotten the house. His older sister, the china and crystal. His baby brother had gotten his grandfather's Cadillac and his twin sister had inherited his grandmother's pearl jewelry set. He had gotten her ring. The one that had been passed down from his great-great-grandmother, to his great-grandmother, to his grandmother and now to him. He would have given it to Kathy if it had not been for the fact that on his wedding day, seconds before he was to walk down the aisle his mother had pulled her own from her finger and shoved it into his hand. He had never been more grateful to her for that selfless act in his favor.
He pulled the ring from the box checking to make sure that the ring had been properly inscribed. It read
My Angel. My heart. My love. Till Death Do Us Part.
He had added the first term of endearment. Following the tradition of those before him, and it seemed right. She had always been his angel. She had saved him from himself so many times before, had been there when he needed her most, had loved him most when he thought no one else did, and without her by his side he would not be where or who he was at that moment. The ring was made for her, and represented them. The diamonds were in the right place, representing their past, present, and future – representing forever, which was exactly how he hoped they would always be. Together. Forever.
"I know that I'm not perfect, and you probably deserve so much better than what I can give you, but I love you and I want you by my side forever. My partner for life. So will you do me the honor of becoming my wife?"
Her eyes glimmered with tears and she allowed them to fall unchecked. He waited for her answer for what felt like forever, but it had barely been seconds. "Yes," she answered with a nod.
He slid it onto her finger and it fit her perfectly. Sizing would not be needed. He kissed her quickly then pulled her into his arms while the room erupted in applause. "You have always been what I wanted and all I ever needed," she whispered into his ear and held him close. "I love you."
The room faded into the background and it was just them. Together. Forever…
A big thank you for reading. Also here is a bit of foreshadowing for the next one. :D
The First Year…They say the first year of marriage is the hardest…;)