The Proposal

A/N: I don't own anything. If I did, this would be what would happen :]

It was around 1:30 in the afternoon when Mac walked in to Stella's office.

"Hey, Stell. Do you want to go out for dinner tonight? My treat."

"Yeah, of course. That sounds great, Mac," Stella replied with a smile.

They had been dating for 7 months and 12 days. It's not like Stella remembered the day Mac asked her out or anything.

"Hey, Stella. Umm there's this case that I just got called to, and I was wondering if you wanted to come with me."

"Yeah, no problem. Where is it?"

"I think it's like 30 minutes away from here. Maybe we could catch dinner after that?" Mac asked hopefully. He decided that tonight would be the night that he finally asked her out. They had been best friends for over 10 years, and he just needed to tell her how he really felt. Regardless of how she felt, Mac needed to put his feelings out in the open.

"That sounds perfect," Stella answered. They often went out to dinner after a long day at work, so she didn't read anything in to it.

Once they had processed the scene and given the evidence to Hawkes to take back to the lab, Mac and Stella headed to the restaurant. They had just finished ordering dessert when Mac finally pulled up the courage to tell Stella how he felt.
"Stell, you're my best friend, and I'm so glad you're in my life."

"I feel the same way about you too, Mac," Stella said while patting his hand.
"But," Mac started, "I've been thinking lately, and I feel that we're more than friends. I love you Stella, with all my heart. I would put my life on the line for you. I know this may be a lot for you to process right now, but I was hoping we could take the next step in our relationship and actually consider ourselves a real couple." He was so nervous at what she was going to say. She was just staring at him until she finally said something.

"I love you too, Mac, and I really feel the same way. Let's take that leap in our relationship. Granted, I've had my fair share of bad relationships, but I trust you."

With that, Mac leaned over the table and kissed her on the lips. Stella couldn't help but smile because this was the first time that hadn't just given each other a friendly kiss on the cheek. It was more than that. It was the start of something new, and she had to admit: she loved the idea of starting this journey with Mac. She felt like this relationship was going to be completely different than her previous ones.

Stella finally snapped out of her daydream once Lindsay had walked in to her office to give her a heads up on the case they had been working on. Stella simply took the information from Lindsay, and she walked out of Stella's office. She couldn't wait until tonight rolled around. She just felt that something was different with Mac, and that was always a good thing.

They arrived at the restaurant promptly at 8:30. It was their favorite Italian place, and they had both gotten the chance to dress up a little bit for the evening. They were chatting a little bit, talking about their respective days and how their cases were turning out. They were simply enjoying each other's company. Right when they were finished with dessert, Mac started thinking about how he wanted to phrase his question. He loved Stella so much, and he just wanted to make this moment so special.

"Stell, you know I love you right?"

"Of course I do Mac. I love you too."

"And we've been dating for quite a while, and I love where we are. Work is great, friends are great, and we're great."

"I completely agree with you," Stella reassured him.

"But for some reason, I still want more." It was then that he got up from his chair and stood right in front of Stella. Everybody in the quaint restaurant was starting to stare, but they all had smiles on their faces. He knelt down on his knee, pulled out a blue velvet box, and stared right into her green eyes. "Stella Bonasera, will you marry me?"

Stella immediately started to tear up, and she was at a loss for words. This man who had been her best friend and the person that she ran to when she needed someone to talk to was finally asking her to marry him. Stella could honestly say that she had never seen the day when Mac Taylor would be professing his love for her in a charming little Italian restaurant. She bent forward, and slowly kissed him. "Yes, absolutely," she answered with a smile on her face.

Everybody started clapping and cheering for them. It was not every day that you got to witness a proposal in New York City. Mac had chosen the small, personal type of proposal because that was the type of couple that they were. They never boasted their relationship to anyone, even though at times they felt like they couldn't contain their love for each other. Mac quickly paid for the bill, and they left the restaurant hand in hand.

"So when are we going to tell the team? I'm sure they'll be ecstatic!" Stella asked.

"Whenever you want to. It's completely up to you." Mac smiled.

"Ok. I'll think about it," Stella pondered. She didn't know exactly how she wanted to tell the team, or when for that matter, but she knew it had to be soon. She wouldn't be able to keep all of this excitement to herself!

"I love you so much, you know that, right Mac?" Stella asked, breaking him out of his own thoughts.

"Of course I do. Or else you wouldn't have said yes!" Mac laughed.

She smacked him lightly on the shoulder.

"Don't start with me, Mrs. Taylor!" Mac started.

"Mrs. Taylor. I could get used to that," Stella said.

Mac pulled her into a warm embrace and kissed her on her forehead. He was ready to start his new life with Stella, because he knew they were meant to be together forever.

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