Author's Note: Konichiwa everyone! I'm so glad that you all like this story so much! :-) So cookies to all of you wonderful readers! I'm hoping this chapter will do you guys justice. Enjoy!
Disclaimer: Ivory Tears does not own Yu-Gi-Oh! or anything else that may be contained within this work of fiction, such as Late Night Alumni's 'Sunrise Comes Too Soon'. You guys should listen to that song!!!
"Oh Mai, I'm so nervous!" Serenity bit her lip.
Mai looked up and saw Serenity pacing the floor.
She laughed, "Why? It's your anniversary. What's to be nervous about?"
Serenity threw her hands up in the air, "What's to be nervous about!? First of all, what am I going to wear? What about my hair!"
She flung herself on the couch and covered her eyes with the crook of her elbow.
Mai sat down next to her, "For real Serenity, what's bothering you?"
She raised up, "I.. I just.. I've never been with anyone for this long. It's kind of daunting."
"Don't worry, everything will be fine. I promise. And besides, what do you think Kaiba feels like? I'm sure he's twice as nervous as you."
"You really think so? Even if he is, he always acts so cool and nonchalant," she sighed, "I envy that sometimes."
Mai smiled, "Well he may act that way, but I bet you money he's nothing except a bundle of nerves."
"I sure hope so, it would make it a lot easier," laughed Serenity.
"See? Now don't you feel a little better?" Elbowed Mai.
"I suppose so," she smiled.
"Good, now let's get you all dolled up."
The little shop's bell rang as he left. Glancing around he noticed not a lot of people were out. He mentally shrugged and started to walk back home. He didn't know what spurred him to walk instead of drive, but it was nice to be out.
Seto was bundled in his trench coat against the unusual chill in the air. He pulled the velvet box out of his pocket and smiled to himself. One whole year.
As he continued down the sidewalk he thought back on the past twelve months. It's been too good to be true. Of course every relationship has it's up and downs, even with this one, yet.. Seto thought to himself. She's all laughter and hazel eyes.. and love. Yes love. He smiled again and pocketed the velvet box.
The day sped by at an alarming speed, and Serenity found herself staring at the clock face all too soon. He'll be here any minute. She was so nervous she caught herself chewing her nails. A loud knock on the door caused her to jump. She answered it and saw Seto standing there with a bouquet of roses.
"I hope pink is alright, they were completely out of red. Odd considering it's a flower shop that primarily sells roses," he grinned and held them out.
"Oh yes. They're lovely," she brought them to her face and inhaled their scent, "let me put them in water."
She dashed off to the kitchen and in a few minutes met him back at the door.
"Are you ready?"
She smiled, "Only if you are."
He held his arm out, "Then let us be off."
Seto glanced at Serenity and felt himself becoming giddy in anticipation with the surprise he had in mind. He brushed a strand of hair behind her ear. She turned and smiled. He dipped his head and kissed her cheek.
"I hope tonight exceeds your expectations."
She laughed, "With you I never know what to expect."
He grinned, "Good."
She rolled her eyes and let him help her into his car. He slid into the driver's side and the two were off. They talked of work, school, and family. Serenity kept randomly asking what her gift was and Seto would only laugh and say 'a secret'. They arrived at a lovely seaside restaurant.
"It's so pretty here," Serenity said, gazing at the surrounding landscape.
Seto held her hand and led her up the steps, "I thought you would like it. I passed by it on the way to pick up Mokuba one day, and it caught my attention.'
"I can see how," she smiled.
He led her inside to a table, hidden in a little niche away from the main dining room, so as to afford them privacy. It was seated in front of a bay window overlooking the coast. There was even a door that led to a small path leading to the waterfront.
"This is wonderful, Seto."
He smiled, "This isn't even the best part."
A waiter appeared and took their orders. As he was leaving Serenity heard violin music. She gazed around and saw a little stage with a couple of live musicians. The music was soothing and fitted the atmosphere nicely. It kind of had a jazz feel to it. Serenity faced Seto and met his intense gaze.
"Would you like for me to give you or gift now or later?"
Her eyebrows furrowed, then she grinned, "Later. What about you, do you want yours now or later?"
"I didn't realize you had bought me a gift."
She gave him a 'for real' look.
"You really didn't have to get me anything, but I pick later as well."
She smiled, "Good."
The waiter brought their food over and the conversation lapsed for a bit. After they had finished, the music changed a little as a couple of more musicians joined them. A woman walked up onto the stage. A soft melody started with the violin and acoustic guitar.
The woman started to sing into the microphone, "Sunrise following the goodbyes, following the night like you disappear too soon. But it stays here in the morning rays, spinning from the night with you underneath the half moon."
Seto held out his hand, "Would you like to dance?"
She laughed, "Oh I'm not very good, you know that."
He shrugged, "Nobody can see us from this corner, c'mon it will be nice."
She bit her lip and then smiled, "What the hey."
Seto pulled her to her feet and started a simple slow dance.
"Close my eyes and you'll still be here with me. Close my eyes. The sunrise comes too soon. So I leave lounging through an endless day, dreaming of tonight with you, everything we do. It's just time from moving to the sublime, from waiting for tonight with you underneath the half moon. Close my eyes and you'll still be here. Close my eyes," the female vocalist crooned.
Serenity laid her head on Seto's chest.
"This song is so very lovely," she sighed in contentment.
"The sunrise comes so soon. Sunrise comes soon. Well I might come over to just tide me over, cause the waiting might kill me if I don't come over. Why does time move slowly when I'm not with you?
And the sunrise comes too soon. Well I might come over to just tide me over, cause the waiting might kill me if I don't come over. Why does time move slowly when I'm not with you? And the sunrise comes too soon."
The song ended as softly as it had started. The group bowed and took a short intermission. Seto led Serenity back over to their seats.
"This has been beyond my wildest dreams, thank you."
Seto smiled, "You're welcome."
He reached out and held her hand. Serenity blushed then her eyes brightened. She reached into her purse and pulled out a gift-wrapped box.
She held it out and he took it, "What is it?"
She laughed, "Open it silly."
He gently pulled off the wrapping paper and his eyes widened. He looked back at her laughing eyes and sweet smile.
"I know you've always wanted it. I passed by an antique shop and decided to go in, and there it was underneath a bunch of hats," she giggled, "such a weird place for it."
Seto held up the sheet music for Liebestraume Notturno III in awe, "I've looked everywhere for this."
Serenity's smiled widened, "Even better."
He placed it gingerly back into the box. He stood up and took her hand.
"Come, let us walk together."
They took the small door near the table, and walked the small path down to the beach. As they were walking, Serenity took off her shoes.
"I've always liked the feel of sand between my toes," she grinned at him.
Seto bent down and started un-lacing his shoes.
"What're you doing?"
"Joining you of course," he smirked.
He finished that, then rolled his pants up so as they wouldn't drag along the ground.
Serenity giggled and grabbed his hand. As they walked along the shore, the tide came in and washed away their footprints. Seto stopped walking and threw his shoes further up onto the beach. He grabbed Serenity's and did the same.
"What in the world are you doing?"
He grinned and pulled her into the ocean.
She squealed, "Are you crazy?"
"About you," he said as he picked her up bridal style.
She laughed, "Seto put me down."
"If you insist."
He placed her in the water. It only met their calves.
She splashed him, "Meanie."
He grinned, "Really?"
She laughed, "Don't you dare," she turned to run.
He grabbed her waist and spun her around. They were pressed flush against each other.
"Serenity Wheeler I believe I'm in love with you," he whispered as he pressed his nose to hers.
"Good thing Seto Kaiba. I'm in love with you too," she whispered back.
He kissed her gently and led her back to the shore. Seto reached into his pocket and felt the little velvet box. Before they left the shallowness of the tide, he spun around.
He knelt down, mindless of the wet sand dirtying his pants.
Serenity blushed, "Yes?"
He pulled out the box and flipped it open, "Would you do the honor of marrying me?"
She gasped, "Oh Seto," her hands flew to her mouth.
"You mean the world to me. I know how cliché that sounds, but you do. You have made me so very happy. More than you could know, and I wouldn't trade that for anything. I think about you constantly, and I.. I need you," Seto blushed.
"I love you Serenity."
Serenity wrapped her arms around him in a hug, "I love you too, so very much. Yes Seto, I will marry you."
He kissed her passionately and placed the ring onto her finger. She helped him up all the while covering him with kisses and "I love you's". The two picked up their shoes and walked back to the restaurant. Seto paid the tab, gathered their things, and escorted Serenity back to the car.
Serenity gazed at the ring in the fading twilight. It was beautiful and not to gaudy, just what she liked. He knew her so well. She gazed over at him, fussing over the valet not being quick enough. She laughed and he looked over at her.
She smiled, "Nothing, I'm just so happy."
"Me too," he squeezed her hand.
As they drove off in the direction of the setting sun, Serenity's eye caught two stars twinkling madly in the darkening sky. It seems I'm not the only one with a starry eyed surprise.
Author's Note: So yes, this chapter was a bit touch and go. I think it turned out okay, or at least I'm hoping so! ^^' The song in this chapter is all I listened to, so as to get my mojo going. (lol)
Anyhow, as sad as this is to say, this is the last chapter. I hoped all of you liked this half as much as I liked writing it. ^_^ I'm going to try and write another story really soon. Lotsa love you guys!! (throws confetti)
Shout out to all my reviewers, alerters, and favoriters: (And yes I know those aren't real words ;-P )
I hope I didn't forget anyone and if I did, sorry!! Holla atchas lata! ^^