Two years after Where She Went:
"Adam, we need to go…now!" I yelled down the hallway to the bedroom. Adam came bustling out holding his tie in one hand.
"Do I really need to wear this?" Adam asked. I rolled my eyes and snatched it out of his hand, pulling it around his neck and tying it. When I was done, I reached up and gave him a kiss on the cheek.
"It's only for a couple of hours," Adam just sighed and grabbed my cello. "I'll make it worth it!"
"Oh you better," Adam smirked and went out the door. I followed quickly, picking up my white dress to keep it from dragging on the floor. I glanced down at my left hand, the diamond ring glittering in the setting sun coming through the hallway window in our apartment building. Everything was finally falling into place.
Two days earlier:
The music was beautiful, filling the whole apartment as I moved my bow across the strings. I hadn't done a recital in a couple of months and my return needed to be the best show I've ever put on. I'd been practicing for three hours straight now and it was around two that Adam left, saying he needed to run an errand and that he would be back soon. I wondered where he was when I heard the door open and close. Adam came into view and I looked up, my hands still making music.
"You're still practicing?" he asked. I nodded and looked back down, ignoring his looks of disbelief. We'd been living together now for almost two years and yet he still found my practicing schedule strange and a little over the top. I finished the song and put down my bow, cracking my fingers before shaking out my hands.
"What did you go out for?" I asked. I noticed he didn't have any bags or anything. His eyes began darting around the room and he looked nervous.
"Oh, just to look at some guitars," Adam said.
"Adam, the closest music shop is like, forty blocks away," I said, my eyebrows rising. Adam shrugged and looked around nervously.
"Um, I'm going to get a shower." Adam said, dashing out of the room. I looked after him with a confused expression on my face until I heard the shower turn on. Then, I picked up my bow and began to practice some more.
"Adam?" I asked, peeking into the office room where Adam kept his instruments. He looked up as I came in. His hair was still wet, spiked up and in all different directions. He was leaning back on the couch with his guitar, strumming away. He looked up at me and smiled, putting his guitar down.
"Hey, babe," he reached out for me and pulled me into his lap. "What's up?"
"It's been bugging me. Where did you go earlier?" I asked. Adam sighed and looked away. "Why can't you tell me?"
"Because I can't," he snapped.
"Why can't you just tell me?" I yelled, getting angry. What was his problem? Why was it such a big secret? What could he possibly not want to...? "Oh my God."
"What?" Adam asked, his eyebrows knitting together in confusion.
"How did I not figure it out before? How could I have been so stupid?" I yelled, jumping up.
"Mia, what the hell are you freaking out about?" Adam asked. Tears stung my eyes and I pushed Adam away as he stood up and made his way over to me.
"You're cheating on me!" I screamed. Adam froze and his eyes widened. "Oh my God, I can't believe this. After all we've been through; you go and cheat on me!"
"Mia, are you fucking crazy?" Adam yelled. I was full on sobbing now and then I was running from the room and into the bathroom. Adam was banging on the door and asking me to come out and that he loved me and that he would never cheat on me. Of course I didn't believe him because a guy never admits it when he's been caught. I ignored his knocks and pleas and hopped in the shower to get the gross feeling off of my skin.
The whole time I was in the shower, I cried and wondered what I could have done wrong. Well, of course I hadn't done anything wrong! We were happy, perfect together like we used to be in high school. When I got out, I prayed that Adam wasn't going to be home, that maybe he had gotten up and left. But no, he was sitting on the couch, waiting for me.
"Mia, we need to—" Adam started but I shook my head.
"No, Adam, not right now." I said angrily, sitting down next to my cello and picking it up. Adam said something else but I was too busy playing, drowning out every sound around me. As I played, an annoying reflection was getting in my eyes. I ignored it at first but every time I moved my bow, the sun would reflect off of something and hit my eyes. I stopped playing and threw my bow down.
"This is ridiculous! First, I find out my boyfriend is cheating on me and next thing; I have some annoying light shining in my eyes. I have a fucking concert to rehearse for! Why can't something juts go right for a change?" I screamed. My voice bounced off of the walls and echoed around in the silence of the living room. Adam simply stood and picked up my bow, handing it to me. I decided to ignore the shining and to keep playing just so that I didn't have to talk, look or listen to Adam. I couldn't deal with him right now.
I sat down again and started where I left off. The shining was still getting in my eyes and I waited to finish the song before I examined my bow, Adam watching me intently. I started at the top, strumming the hairs with my thumb and working my way down…nothing on the bow. I examined my cello, starting at the bottom and looking on the strings and the bridge. There was nothing on the tailpiece or the endpin. I finally looked at the tuning pegs and sure enough there was something wrapped around the lowest peg on the left.
I moved my cello to get a better look and whatever it was, it was silver. I reached for it and it was cold in my fingers. I twisted it around and gasped. Around the peg was a diamond ring. It was gorgeous, a plain square diamond in the middle and smaller diamonds on the side. I was completely awe struck, words failing me.
"I…" I tried but nothing else came to mind. Adam smiled and stood, walking over to me and getting down on one knee next to me. I looked at him in disbelief and I couldn't believe this was happening. Adam was seriously proposing?
"Mia, I want to be with you for the rest of my life. We've been through so much and I love you. Would you do me the honor of being my wife?" He asked. I screamed and jumped out of my chair, into his arms and sending us flailing onto the floor.
"Of course, yes!" I cried and pulled him in for a kiss. I pulled away, curiosity covering my face. "How did you get the ring on the peg?"
Sorry, it's been awhile since I've updated anything. I'm working on a lot of different things but it may take awhile for me to upload them. Review please