I am so so so sorry for taking so long to update, but I hope you like this chapter!
"Han, how's everything going with the party planning?" Spencer asked as she looked around the cafeteria, waiting to see if Emily was walking over to them yet.
"Aria and I got that all squared away this weekend while you two were shacked up in your house." Hanna smirked knowingly.
"Don't smirk at me, Marin." Spencer joked, "Besides, we haven't gone that far yet." She admitted softly.
"Are you serious?"
"Do I look like I'm super physically able yet?" Spencer asked rhetorically.
"Good point." The blonde nodded.
"But I was hoping some time soon. I've been doing my exercises from the physical therapist and everything is going well. I'm getting stronger every day, and I should be getting a walking cast soon."
"So you want to wait until you're completely healed?"
"Yeah, I'll take her to a nice dinner, walk around Philly a bit, walk, not crutch. And then go back to my house and just see what happens."
"Way to go, Hastings!" Hanna said, proudly.
"Well it probably won't happen for another 2 weeks at the earliest. We'll see how it goes though."
"Hey, what are you two talking about?" Aria asked as she came and sat down next to Hanna.
"Em's party. Thank you so much for helping Hanna set it up." Spencer said as Aria smiled and rolled her eyes.
"If by help set up, you mean get bossed around by a party crazy blonde, then, you're welcome! It was no trouble at all. Emily is going to love it!"
"I hope so." Spencer added quietly as Emily strode towards them with a smile on her face.
"Hey guys." She smiled brightly as reached the table.
"So Em, are you super excited? Your birthday is tomorrow!" Hanna asked excitedly before Emily could get another word in.
"Yeah, I am. It should be fun!" She admitted happily.
"Well you don't seem super stoked about it. You're going to be a year older, that's always fun!" Hanna argued.
"I am excited, it just never feels like my birthday until the day's almost over, so I'm not super excited yet, but give me some time and I'll get there." She smiled back at Hanna as Aria and Spencer chuckled at them.
The next morning, Emily's birthday, the brunette slowly walked down Hanna's staircase, smiling as soon as she saw her girlfriend standing at the stove, apparently cooking her breakfast.
"Spence, you didn't have to do this!" She said as she watched her girlfriend look up and smile shyly.
"Yes I did, I wanted to be the first person to see you and wish you a happy birthday."
"Aww, Spence. Thank you!" The swimmer leaned in and kissed Spencer on the cheek. "I love you."
"I love you, too." Spencer replied before she turned back to the stove, smiling as Emily stayed there and wrapped an arm around her shoulders, watching her cook.
"Em! Happy birthday!" Aria and Hanna both screeched as soon as Emily sat down for lunch, followed by Spencer.
"So what is our girl, Spence, doing for your birthday tonight?" Hanna asked as Spencer looked down at her tray and smiled.
"I'm not completely sure, she won't tell me! I tried to beat it out of her on the way to school, but no luck."
"Really, Em? Beating the cripple?" Hanna said, joking.
"It's an expression, Han, but good to know that you have her back."
"Come on Spence, spill it." Aria said as she looked up at Spencer.
"Not a chance. The goal is to surprise Emily, and I am intent on doing just that."
"That is fine with me, I'm sure it'll be amazing, whatever it is." Emily said as she squeezed Spencer's thigh under the table.
"Alright, kids. Hands on the table, no more lovey dovey groping going on in the school cafeteria. Class is all the rage now, have some." Hanna said, all while she picked at her salad.
"Yeah, right. Like you haven't done way worse here with Caleb." Spencer said snorted before she went on to change the subject.
Emily decided the night before that she would be going to practice, so it gave Spencer just enough time to get everything done that she had wanted to before Emily showed up at her house.
Lucky for them, they had the Hastings house all to themselves, which was nice, but not shocking.
Spencer was busy cooking dinner when Emily managed to sneak in and hug her girlfriend from behind, causing Spencer to jump slightly.
"I'm sorry, it's just me!" Emily whispered as she placed a kiss behind Spencer's ear, smiling as the brunette relaxed immediately after hearing that.
"Hey, come sit down with me on the couch while dinner is in the oven." Spencer said as she turned around, staying in Emily's arms.
"Alright, let me just grab your crutches." The swimmer said, turning around to where they would normally be. "Where are you crutches, Spence?"
"I don't need them anymore!" She said, gesturing down to her foot, which now had a walking boot on it.
"Are you serious?"
"Completely! About a month of a walking boot, then some intense physical therapy."
"Spencer, that's great!" Emily gathered Spencer in her arms and squeezed tightly.
"Yeah. Anyways, I want to give you my present before dinner."
"Spence, you got me something else? You shouldn't have. Your love and Riley was enough."
"Well I saw this and just knew I had to get it for you. Granted I did go to the store specifically for this purpose, but that doesn't matter." She said quietly, trying not to make Emily feel bad that she spent so much money on her.
As Spencer and Emily sat on the couch, Emily looked at her girlfriend expectantly, causing Spencer to start off on her speech.
"I've loved you for a long time, Emily. And I should've told you that sooner, so we could have more time together, but I was too scared, and I was afraid that you wouldn't feel the same way. But when I did finally tell you, I got the best surprise and gift of my life, you. I know we're young, but I don't care, I want you forever. Sure we'll both make mistakes, get into fights, get angry, disagree, and whatever else. But that's just what couples do, and I want to be able to do that with you until the day I stop breathing. I know this might seem really fast, since we've only been dating for a few months, but it just feels right."
Spencer continued to look into Emily's eyes, which now had unshed tears in them, as she took out the Tiffany's box and opened it.
"If you accept this ring, it will stand as a promise that one day I will call you my wife and the mother of my children, and I will continue to call you the love of my life and my soul mate. I love you so much Emily, every single thing about you, and I don't want to ever be apart from you. So what do you say? Will you accept my promise to you?" Spencer asked nervously, finally breaking eye contact to look down at her hands, one that held the ring, and the other, intertwined with Emily's hand.
"Of course I will." Emily finally managed to spit out once some of the happy tears passed.
Spencer slipped the gorgeous ring onto Emily's finger before she brought her in to a lip-searing kiss.
"I love you." Emily said to her girlfriend before she went in for another kiss.
A few minutes later, once they had decided to take another breather, they both heard rustling and squealing coming from upstairs.
"Was that-" Emily started to ask.
"Apparently Mr. Riley Fields is over being ignored." Spencer said, smiling even brighter once Emily started crying again.
"He's here?" She asked hopefully.
"Of course! He's upstairs in my room, I'll go grab him. You wait here." The brunette hurriedly got up, kissed Emily on the forehead, and then walked as fast as she could up the stairs.
Less than a minute later, Spencer walked downstairs holding an adorable yellow lab puppy, and had the biggest grin on her face as soon as she placed him in Emily's arms.
"Hi buddy, your name is going to be Riley, okay?" Emily's voice suddenly became higher and more playful once the puppy was in her arms.
After getting enough licks from him, she stood up and wrapped her non-puppy holding arm around her girlfriend.
"I honestly cannot thank you enough for everything you've given me this year. You spoil me way too much, but I love you."
"You deserve it all. I love you too, more than you'll ever know." Spencer replied, leaning in for a soft kiss.
After watching her girlfriend cuddle with her new puppy for a few more minutes, she returned to the kitchen to check on everything in the oven.
Minutes later, while she was setting the table, she felt arms wrap around her waist and pull her in, she immediately melted into the swimmer's grasp once Emily started leaving soft kisses on the brunette's neck.
"So I take it you like your gifts?" Spencer asked in between a moan.
"I love my gifts, and I am so crazily in love with you." She added, spinning Spencer around and kissing her softly on the mouth.
"I'm glad." Spencer added as she took a short breather while Emily started sucking on her neck.
"What do you say we eat our dinner and then resume this?"
"Sounds perfect." Emily kissed her girlfriends lips one more time before grabbing her hand and leading her to the table.
"Where's Mr. Riley?" Spencer asked once they both sat down at the table.
"I put him back upstairs in the crate I'm assuming belongs to him."
"Oh, great. Everything that belongs to him is in your room at Hanna's, except for his crate and him, obviously."
"How did you manage to get him today? I thought it was supposed to be Saturday?"
"Well I may have fibbed a little, only so it would be a surprise and a great birthday."
"Hey, any birthday I get to spend with you is automatically a great birthday." She added as she looked up into her girlfriend's chocolate brown eyes and reached her hand across the table to squeeze Spencer's.
Spencer quietly stood up and walked around the table to Emily, never dropping her hand. The brunette leaned down and lightly brushed her lips against Emily's, whispering an 'I love you' along the way before turning to sit back down in her own seat.
Thanks so much for reading and reviewing! And again, I'm so sorry that it took me so long to write a new chapter!