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English Knight, Brazilian Days
Traveling to Rio, we stayed with Jasper for the remaining time Edward had in Brazil. Alice was a doll, even when she was bitching about how "pregnant" she was. We spoiled her nonstop.
She, on the other hand, did everything within her power to make us feel better about what had happened back home. We did all we could to convince her it was all right, but in reality, it wasn't. Edward was about to leave for good, and I was stuck in Brazil with nothing to look forward to.
My mom's heart was crushed and we knew she was facing a battle with Dad every day: him for not forgiving me, or her for not telling him or trying to stop me from seeing Edward. I felt so sorry for her. She'd lost a son, and had a marriage wrecked by me.
Trying not to feel guilty since I knew my dad was the one in the wrong in this whole thing, I did what I could to soothe my mother's heart, e-mailing her, and calling her anytime possible.
Edward had gotten attached to her, and had been calling her Mom ever since she drove us to the airport. He had asked her if he could call her that, making her break into tears while holding him.
He was always in touch with her and I knew the two of them were up to something.
Mom came to Rio for Christmas, surprising me, because apparently everybody else knew she was coming. Dad went to Paraná with Tânia to spend it with his family.
In Brazil, Christmas is celebrated on Christmas Eve, having supper after midnight, when we finally open our presents.
After supper, Alice called us closer to the tree to start giving out our presents. Mom was so emotional that it made me suspect something wasn't right. She gave us our gifts and mine was a really heavy overcoat. I really didn't understand that at all. We were in Rio, where the temperature is always above 24 degrees Celsius. Turning around, I saw Edward standing behind me kneeling down on one knee. I looked around and everybody had a smile on their face.
Alice was clapping her hands excitedly, her belly shaking up and down. It took me a while to get a hold of the situation. Looking down at the most beautiful smile lighting Edward's face, I saw him opening a little black box, revealing its contents. Two beautiful white gold rings. Beaming with a huge smile, I looked into his eyes to hear him say,
"Riley, I don't want to scare you away but I want to have you to myself forever, and this is the right way to do it. Will you marry me?" He finished, biting on his bottom lip anxiously, still not sure if I'd accept it.
Kneeling down in front of him, I pulled his face between my hands, looked him in the eye and said, "Do you always have to be so proper?" and I kissed him like there was no tomorrow, because he knew I loved that about him. He kissed me back with abandon and suddenly we seemed to forget we were surrounded by family.
Pulling away from the kiss, he rested his forehead on mine and asked with hopeful glistening eyes, "Was that a yes?"
I couldn't stop smiling. I felt my chest swelling with happiness, the dark cloud hovering above us dissipating in a heartbeat.
"Yes! That was a yes!" Kissing him one more time, trusting everyone around us would understand, we just couldn't refrain from touching each other that way in a moment like that.
Edward kept me in his embrace after our lips parted and said, "We don't have to rush and get married right away, but I needed us to be committed for the next part of my proposal."
"There's more?" I asked, raising my eyebrows while he nodded enthusiastically, his smile still the same, his eyes sparkling and his hands never stopping circling around my back.
"I want you to come with me to England. I don't want to be parted from you… not even for a day."
I held him and I could hardly believe what was happening. I felt my eyes watering and soon the tears inevitably ran down my face.
"I'll take care of you—I promise," he continued. "I promised your mom, too." He made me laugh, knowing that was what they were up to. Mom knew and was here because she wanted to be with us when he proposed to me. "She gave us her blessing," he told me.
"There's nothing I want more than go with you. I don't think I have ever been this happy in my entire life. Thank you, Luv. " I couldn't make myself leave his arms, so Mom knelt down by us and held us both. Soon, Jazz and Alice were joining the group hug.
The wave of love surrounding us was consuming. I had everyone who loved me wrapping me in their warmth and joy.
Our flight was called again; we were supposed to be boarding right now.
Edward had been in England getting everything settled for my arrival before coming back to take me with him. His parents were expecting us at the airport. Edward said they were thrilled to have another son join them.
Mom's death grip softened when she heard the metallic voice announcing the last call to our flight. Jasper and Alice were there saying goodbye to Edward and I knew Jasper said something he shouldn't in his ear, because Edward's face was flushed and Alice was slapping Jazz's arm with a naughty smirk on her face.
Jesus, Edward was beautiful. His flushed face with a shy smile, looking at me through his lashes, made me weak in the knees. He walked to me, hooking his arm around my back, pulling me close to whisper in my ear, "I love you, Rile… Thanks for coming home with me."
Finishing our goodbyes, we headed to the boarding gate, but before we took the final steps, Edward took me in his arms for all to see and kissed me with abandon. Breathless, we broke away and walked towards the plane and a new life.
Perhaps we'd join the mile high club on the way.
It's hard saying goodbye to these boys, but it's time now! Hope you enjoyed the story, please let me know what you thought.