So, I know that it's been awhile since I last updated and I'm really sorry :( My life has been really busy lately, but now that it's summer, I'll be able to update more frequently :)


Chapter Two

"Come on, let's go," Megan said, grabbing my arm and almost pulled me off the bed if it hadn't been for Al holding me on his lap.

"What about the rest of the presents? And the cake?" I asked, worry in my voice. "If we leave now, then Nicky will eat all the cake!"

"Fine! We'll leave after we eat cake," she huffed.

"Cake for breakfast!" Nick yelled. "And I would not eat all the cake," he said as he and everyone else left the room.

"Yeah, he would," I muttered. Al laughed at me and petted Tanya. "Isn't she pretty?"

"Not as pretty as you," he said, kissing my cheek.

"You are just so..so..cheesy," I said, laughing at him. I held Tanya as I got off his lap. He followed me out of my room and into the kitchen. They were setting up the candles on the cake and lighting them. They began to sing off-key and I tried not to laugh. I blew out the candles in one breath. Tess cut the cake and gave everyone a piece. Al and I went and sat on the couch with Tanya following us. "Wait, I need to go get her dog food."

"Already got it," Al said, motioning towards the door where a giant bag sat. I nodded my head and took a bite of the cake.

"Okay, you ate cake, now come on," Megan said, dragging me off the couch and back into my room. She went towards the closet and took out sweatpants and a shirt and threw them at me. "Change."

"Aren't you going to leave?"

"No, now we're wasting too much time," and she shut the door so nobody would see. I rolled my eyes. I quickly changed and she once again dragged me, but this time it was to the front door. "Bye!"

"Wait! What about makeup, or my hair, or teeth?"

"You look fine," she drawled and she shut the door. We took the elevator down to the lobby of the apartments and out the door to her car. She didn't have her brother's SUV, so I knew she didn't want to do some serious shopping.

"So, what exactly are we getting?"

"You'll see," she smirked.


We have been walking around the mall for at least an hour and we haven't bought anything. We've been into almost every store and every time I picked something up she said it wasn't the right thing.

"Go into that store," Meg commanded. I sighed and went in. She immediately started looking at dresses once again and pulled out a red one. "Here go try it on," she said, throwing it at me.

I walked towards the dressing rooms and went into an empty one. I took off my shirt and sweatpants and put on the dress. It was a snug fit and went about an inch or two above my knees. I walked out of the room to show Megan.

"It's perfect!" She squealed and made me turn around. "Now, silver or black heels? If we try to do red, then the color might not match with the dress."

"Why do I need a dress?"

"You'll see, don't worry about it," she said dismissively. "I think black heels. What about you?"

"Black," I agreed and I went to change back into my clothes.

Megan paid for the dress and then we went shoe hunting.


After we got the 'most perfect shoes' according to Megan, we went to her house. She didn't want to risk the chance that Al might see me. Her dad isn't home because he's in the Army and her mom is on a business trip.

"Hmmm, I wonder where Derrick is," She wondered. She shook her head and took my bags out of her car. We walked up to her room where she locked the door. She turned around and looked at me. "Make over time!"


By the time she was actually done with me it was dark outside.

"Well, don't you look more gorgeous than usual," she said. "I think I did a good job."

I looked in the mirror and she was right; she did do a good job. My hair was curled and my makeup was amazing.

"Now, let's go to the museum."

"Why did I have to get all dolled up if I'm just going to the museum?" She didn't answer, but instead gave me another look that said 'You'll see' which seemed to her favorite phrase of the day. We headed towards the garage where her car was and saw Derrick.

"Well, well, well, look at Charlotte," he said, looking me up and down. "Where are you going dressed like that?"

"To see her boyfriend for her birthday," Megan answered, pulling me to her car.

"Happy birthday Charlotte," he said.

"Thank you," I replied as I got into the passenger seat.

"Just ignore him, he can be such a womanizer after someone breaks up with him," she rolled her eyes.

"He and Sarah broke up?" I asked.

"Mmhhmm, apparently, he isn't ready for a commitment." I nodded my head and we headed towards the museum.

!Megan parked her car and unlocked her door.

"Wait right here. I need to check something," and she left me in the car. She ran up towards the entrance and inside. A few minutes later she came back out. "Okay, we're good," and she fastened her seat belt. We drove off again and this time towards a restaurant and it was a fancy one. She parked the car and unlocked our doors.

"Come on, let's go." I got out of the car and so did she. "Wait!" She exclaimed, pulling me in front of her. "Okay, everything still looks great!"

I smiled at her and we walked inside the restaurant. There was soft classical music playing and I saw Al. He had his back towards us and he was wearing his normal suit. We walked up to him and I tapped him on the shoulder. He turned around and his eyes went wide.

"You look fantastic," he said.

"Take care of her and make sure she is home by midnight. Also, be safe and don't get carried away," Meg said, and I laughed at her. "Since Larry isn't here, I have to take his spot. Now, goodbye and have fun!" And she walked back towards the entrance.

"So," I said, putting my hands on Al's chest, "why is it that I had to get dressed up?"

He smiled down at me and drew me closer. He took one of my hands and led me to a table. He pulled out my chair for me and then he went to his chair.

"You had to get all dressed up because of something that is going to happen," he replied.

"What's going to happen?"

"You'll see," he smirked. "Now, pick out anything you want from the menu. It's your birthday dinner."

"Is this the only time I'll get treated to this?" I asked, picking up my menu.

"Of course not," Al answered, picking up his. I looked through the menu and looked for something not messy. Al has taken me out before, but not to a place this nice. We've mostly gone to fast food places because of his schedule and mine.

"Would you like anything to drink, Miss?" A waiter asked.

"Water, please," I replied. He nodded his head and mention he'll come back in a few minutes to take our orders. "What are you going to get?"

"The filet. What about you?"

"The house salad."

"You know you can get anything."

"I know." The waiter came back and gave me my water.

"Are you ready to order?" Al gave him his order and handed him his menu. "And you?"

"The house salad, please," I said, smiling and handing him my menu. He smiled back at me and walked away.

"I don't like the way he was looking at you," Al commented.

"Stop being so possessive," I said, frowning. "I'm with you, not him. So stop."

"Yes, Charlotte," he sighed and then he smiled at me. "You do look great tonight." And I smiled at him. We continued to talk until the food arrived. The first few minutes of our meal were in silence. "Are you sure you don't want any?"

"I'm sure," I answered and continued to eat my wonderful salad.


After we ate and Al paid for it, we went outside and there was Meg, waiting for us. He opened up the back seat door for me and he slid in after me.

"Where to?" Meg asked.

"The park," and she drove off.

"Why the park?"

"You'll see," he smirked again. I rolled my eyes at him and looked out the window. When we arrived, Al got out and almost dragged me out. "It'll only be a few minutes," and he closed the door.

He started to walk and I followed him. We sat on a park bench. The night sky was beautiful, but it was a little cool outside which caused me to shiver. Al noticed and gave me his jacket.

"So, the reason why we're here is kind of important," he began, rubbing his hands together nervously. "Around this time last year, we met and after you had that tumble when you tried to escape, I think that's when I began to love you. It's been about a year since then and I was wondering if you could do me a favor?"

"And what is that favor?"

He reached into his pocket and pulled out a small black box. He opened it and it contained the most beautiful ring. "It's a promise ring and I was hoping that maybe in the future you'll want to marry me. The band is white gold and the stones on the heart are diamonds…" but I didn't really hear him after he said marry. I cut off his rambling by kissing him. He froze before responding, making the kiss deeper.

"So, you really want to marry me?" I asked, as he slipped the ring onto my third finger on my right hand.

"Yeah," he smiled. Suddenly, he got up and offered me his hand. "We need to get you back home and so you girls can talk."

"You think we're gonna talk about you?"

"I know you will." I scowled at him and he laughed. I took his hand and we walked back to Meg's car. She didn't say anything when we got in, but I know that as soon as Al is dropped off at his apartment she'll begin to bombard me with questions.


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