Author's Note: This is a new modern twist on our beloved story. It is going to be intertwining Persuasion and Pride & Prejudice, while including some twists and turns of my own. I hope you join me for the ride and that you enjoy the story!
"Too Little, Too Late"
Ch. 1: The News:
"Lizzie—will you marry me?" said David Collins, bending down on one knee. The sea breeze was brushing against her face. She softly brushed some of her hair back with her hand and stood in utter disbelief.
"I…" muttered Lizzie, swallowing hard. The moment was perfect. She had always imagined getting engaged by the pier nearby her house. There was something about the water that had always attracted her and a proposal on the beach was her ultimate dream. The timing was perfect. He was the ultimate catch. A Doctor, in his Residency, great family, wealthy, sweet, and most importantly, he absolutely adored her. But at that moment, when the scenario was perfect, only one thought came to her mind: Darcy.
"I…" she continued, not knowing what to say. "I'm so surprised!" she muttered, raising her hand to her lips.
"A happy surprise?" asked David Collins hesitantly, standing up and taking a step towards her.
"A very happy surprise" she answered, biting her lip nervously. He reached for her hands and held them closely. The sun was setting behind them—creating a picture-perfect-moment.
"Is that a yes then…?" probed David Collins, unsure of Lizzie's response.
"Yes!" she said finally, with a big smile. "Yes!" she said again, wrapping her arms around his neck. He lifted her up and twirled her around, planting kisses on her neck.
"I'm so happy Lizzie" he whispered. She shut her eyes and all she could see what his face. With a tear falling from her eye, she whispered back, "me too".
"Let me see the ring!" said Mrs. Bennet, grabbing her daughter's hand. "This is beautiful David! Wow!" she said, melting over the details on the ring. David's eyes were focused on Lizzie. He was effusively happy. A wide smile escaped his lips every so often, always in the direction of Lizzie.
"Congratulations" said Mr. Bennet, shaking David's hand. "Welcome to the family" he said earnestly, while patting him on the back. Dr. and Mrs. Collin were also there, toasting to their son's engagement. They had always hoped that he would marry someone from their social and economic status but after meeting Lizzie, they realized why their son had fallen in love with her. She was truly golden and no money could ever compare with natural grace and intelligence. All material things were ephemeral, while her intrinsic worth was everlasting.
"Thank you!" said Lizzie, hugging her future in-laws warmly. They looked at her fondly as they handed her a bracelet, which had belonged to Mrs. Collins's mother.
"My mother would be honored to have you wear this family heirloom. Not only is David fortunate, but we are so lucky to have you as part of the family" said Mrs. Collins, squeezing Lizzie's hand lightly.
"Thank you" she whispered, looking fondly at them and then at David. Lydia walked into the room with a bottle of champagne and a few cups dangling in her hands.
"Who wants to celebrate?" she asked, waving the glasses around. Everyone got some champagne and made a toast for the future Dr. and Mrs. Collins.
"Will!" called Mrs. Darcy through the intercom.
"Yes mom?" asked Will, coming down the stairs. His parents were holding a letter in their hands, eagerly waiting for him to open it. Will's eyes almost bolted as he reached for the letter nervously.
"Dear Mr. William Darcy,
We are honored to offer you a spot in Harvard Medical School for the Fall of 2012…."
"Oh my…" said William, covering his mouth with his hand. His parents shrieked and hugged him tightly. Mrs. Darcy hugged her son and kissed him on the cheek—tears pouring out of her eyes.
"I need to call Lizzie" whispered William, as he reached for his Blackberry.
"Who?" asked his mom, intrigued at the mention of a girl's name.
"The girl he did "research" with last year" peeped in Georgiana, as she walked into the kitchen.
"While you were dating Caroline?" asked Mrs. Darcy, surprised that her son had never mentioned her before.
"Yeah…I…we became good friends" muttered William, "I'll be right back". He dialed her number, eagerly waiting for her to answer the phone.
"Hello?" said Lizzie.
"I have the best of news" Will answered eagerly. "I got in!"
"Oh my, wow! Great news, congratulations!" said Lizzie, genuinely excited for him. "You deserve this, I'm honestly so proud and happy for you!"
"Thank you! I just found out, but I had to call you" he said, making Lizzie blush. She raised her hand to her cheek and the shine from her ring went in her eye.
"I have to go, I'm sorry" said Lizzie, staring at ring.
"What's all the noise? Where are you?"
"My engagement party. David proposed today…" answered Lizzie.
"Oh" said Darcy curtly, "Congratulations! I guess it's a lucky day" he added in a low voice.
"Yeah, we'll be in touch" she said, hanging up the phone.
"Bye" whispered Darcy, not believing what he had just heard.
"Yo, Will, mom and dad want to know if you want to go that fancy shmancy restaurant to celebrate" said Georgiana, popping her face in the living room. "Are you okay?" she asked, noticing his long face.
"Yeah, I am great" said William in a monotone. "I guess we can go out"
"What did Lizzie say?" said Georgiana, sitting on the couch. William followed her and sank his shoulders in the comfortable seats.
"She just got engaged" said Will, in complete disbelief. To someone other than me, he thought to himself.
"Who was that?" asked David, touching her shoulder softly. "Your friends found out already?" he asked in disbelief.
"No, a friend called to share some good news" whispered Lizzie.
"You okay?" said David, raising her chin with his fingers. He lightly kissed her lips, cupping her face with his hands.
"I am now" said Lizzie, smiling widely after his kiss.
"Good" said David, reaching for her hand. "Ready to go back to the cacophony we call family?"
"Yeah" whispered Lizzie, forcing another smile.
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