Few people knew how intelligent Santana was. She wasn't a nerd, and she wasn't studying all the time, she didn't ever rub that particular trait in anyone's faces, and she never ever raised her hand in class, but she was very, very smart. High school came effortlessly to her, and she graduated with perfect grades. So, most people were surprised when she got accepted to Duke. She wasn't though. She knew she had the grades, and her dad had gone there. So, it was the only university she applied to. She didn't know what she would have done if she had been rejected, but fortunately she applied early and got the news that she had been accepted early. She had been a bit wild, but she wanted to make her parents, especially her dad, proud, and she knew going to Duke would do that.

She was excited to go, and looking forward to living in North Carolina and starting fresh, until she fell in love with Finn Hudson. She never ever saw that coming, but it happened, and it happened fast. They'd both gotten drunk at that awful Zizes-Puckerman wedding, the sex was amazing, and to their surprise, they both still wanted to be together when they sobered up. They soon became inseparable and by the time she had to leave for college, they were both head-over-heels, and very sad about the prospect of her leaving. Fortunately, her dad was the Chief of Surgery at Lima Memorial Hospital, which meant he was pretty loaded, and his only daughter got to fly back home as often as she wanted. She spent most of that time with Finn, but as hard as her dad worked, it was okay. Her parents still got to see her sometimes. Finn also turned out to be a great mechanic, and by the time he was 21, Burt promoted him to assistant manager at the auto shop, so, he was able to afford fairly frequent trips down to Durham. The way it worked out, Finn and Santana got to spend at least one weekend a month together while she was in college, and every break was spent together, so it hadn't been too bad.

During her junior year, he suggested they go to the Outer Banks for spring break. They were both 21 now, and could finally legally drink, so she was hoping they'd go somewhere like New Orleans, or Panama City, or even Vegas. Her family had vacationed on the Outer Banks frequently while she was growing up, and while it was very nice, it wasn't the most exciting place. Still, she trusted Finn, and all that she cared about was that she was with him. Their week had been wonderful, they'd barely left their motel room, but Santana certainly didn't mind that. She had convinced him to fuck her on the beach. The first time they did it was in the middle of the night, but the second time, they did it in broad daylight. He only briefly worried about people seeing them, but Santana gave him a look that he couldn't refuse, and his worries were quickly forgotten. Considering he never got past second base with his two previous girlfriends, it was a huge step.

Their last full day was perfect. Santana had noticed that Finn seemed a little anxious, but she just figured he was sad that they both had to go back to their everyday-lives , and wouldn't see each other again until school got out for summer the next month. They'd slept in, and stayed in bed even longer, then spent a few hours on the beach before they headed back to the motel to shower. Finn was taking her to the nicest restaurant around, Santana didn't really know why. They were young and had eaten at cheap little hole-in-the-wall type places the entire time, and she was fine with that. It should have dawned on her when he took her back down to the beach at sunset, and there was a heart drawn in the sand, and candles all around, but it didn't. She thought they were for someone else. She also should have noticed the way he was looking at her, but she didn't. He'd always looked at her like she was the most beautiful girl, now woman, around. Even when they were in high school, and he was dating Rachel, or Quinn, he still noticed Santana, and turned his head whenever she walked by. She noticed then, so looking back, she didn't know why she was so oblivious that day, but she figured it was because she was dreading going back to school without him. It didn't even occur to her when he lead her inside the heart in the sand, and got down on one knee. He had always been clumsy, and she thought he had tripped.

"Finn, are you okay?" She said, laughing, and offering her hand out to help him up.

"I'm fine," he assured her, "better than fine, actually." But she wasn't convinced. He sure was acting funny, and now that she thought about it, looking at her funny too.

"You are so beautiful," he smiled, still staring at her and taking her hands. "I love you, more than I ever thought possible, and you've made the the happiest man in the world."

It wasn't until he reached in his pocket and pulled out a simple but beautiful diamond ring, that she realized what was going on. He was the one that had drawn the heart in the sand, and lit all these candles, and he had planned this all out.

"Will you marry me?" He asked. He's fighting back the tears, and she's laughing, and at first he's not sure if she hasn't answered or if he somehow missed it.

"When did you have time to do this?" She asked.

"While you were doing your hair," he explains. "You take forever to get ready. The results are totally worth it though," he adds when she playfully smacks him.

He's looking at her expectantly and then she realizes that in the midst of her laughing and trying to fight back her own tears that she forgot to give him an answer.

"Oh! Yes, of course I'll marry you," she says, grabbing the ring out of his hands and placing it on her finger.

"That's my job," he says, taking the ring off of her finger, and then promptly putting it back on, pretending to be offended.

"You are such a dork."

"You love it though."

"Yes, yes I do. I love you," she smiles. She leans in to kiss him, and now the tears are falling freely. "Ugh, you made me mess up my make-up!"

She wastes no time pulling out her cell phone. "I can't wait to tell my mom, and Brittany, but ugh, how am I gonna tell my dad?"

"One step ahead of you babe, he already knows."

Santana gives him a puzzled look.

"You don't actually think I'd do this without his blessing, do you? Well actually, I might because I love you so much, but your dad is scary! No offense," he explains. "He actually seemed pleased when I asked him, and he insisted on paying for dinner tonight. So order whatever you want."

Dr. and Mrs. Lopez actually loved Finn. They weren't completely thrilled at first when their daughter was going off to Duke and she'd fallen for a guy who was "just" a mechanic, but he'd proven himself over the years. He was responsible, and mature, and kind, and he treated their daughter so well. He'd changed her for the better too. She was truly happy for the first time in her life, and it had made her softer, kinder, and more patient. They couldn't ask for anything better.

Santana looked down at the ring on her hand and smiled. It was beautiful, and Finn was a keeper. Best Spring Break EVER!

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