"Will you now tell me where we we are going?", I ask umpteenth time.

"Heather", Cooper says amused "You've asked me this question a million times and I've already told you that I'm not telling. It's a surprise."

"But I hate surprises. Please", I plead "The curiosity is killing me."

"Not a chance", he grins. I pout at that. He chuckles and bends to kiss my nose tip "You're too cute"

"But I'm still not telling" he adds. I cross my arms and huff at that. Just when I'm about to open my mouth to counter that he stops the car and says "We're here."

Like the gentleman that he is he opens my door while I'm still fumbling with my seatbelt. He holds my hands and helps me I can make out my surroundings he grabs my waist and presses me against the car."Have I told you that the color blue looks really good on you", he says kissing just below my ear.

"No", I mumble as he moves further down

"Hmm.. you look good in blue" he says against my neck "It brings out the color of your eyes."

"Thank you", I say blushing slightly. I don't understand why, but he can still make me blush a schoolgirl "Where are we?"

"You'll soon find out", he says "Do you trust me?"

"More than anything else"

"Then close your eyes", he says. When I start to protest he adds "its part of the surprise"

I close my eyes grudgingly. I feel one last kiss on my temple and then he leads to me to whatever unknown destination he has in mind.

He stops suddenly making me lose my balance. He steadies me and whispers in my ears "You can open your eyes now."

I open my eyes slowly adjusting to the light. I notice that we're standing in a dimly lit patio and the love of my life crouched on his knees. I gasp loudly. Before I can form any coherent sentences he takes my hands and squeezes them lightly. "I don't know the right thing to say here" he says and I realize that he's nervous "You know I can't say any of the cheesy stuff but I do want you to know that that you're the most beautiful and the most wonderful girl that I've ever met. I love you… more than anything else in the world. You gave me the most beautiful gift a man can hope for and I want to spend the rest of my life with you. "

"You're asking me to marry you?" is all I can choke out.

"Err… yes" he say looking at me worriedly.

I can barely believe that this is happening. I mean we have been living together for almost a month, so it's not like this is unexpected. But to me it is. He'd been acting oddly the whole day but I hadn't really paid much attention. It dawns on me suddenly that the kids were onto this, remembering the stares and whispers I've been getting all day.

I realize belatedly that he's waiting for an answer. I give him a broad smile and say "Yes."

He grins back at me and gets up to hug me. "Oh shit"

"What?" I ask worried.

"I forgot to give you the ring" he says, pulling out a blue box and opens it to reveal a stunning diamond cut in platinum with a gorgeous emerald in the centre. (Pic in profile) He slips the ring in my finger. "Do you like it?"

"Love it" I say kissing his cheek.

"Is that what I get after proposing? A kiss on the cheek?"

"Learn to be contented with what you get", I say playfully.

"No way" he says before hauling me in for a kiss.

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