Elizabeth woke up in tears, taking deep breaths to steady her nerves. She was about to reach over for her fiance when she found that she was alone. Confusion setting in, Elizabeth reached for the lamp and turned it on, touching the bed beside her to find that it was cool to the touch. Throwing her legs over the side of the bed, she was about to stand up when she spotted a thermos on the side table with a small note attached to it. Smiling to herself, Elizabeth removed the note and unfolded it.
"Hot cocoa, the way you like it." Elizabeth read, picking up the thermos in her hand. "Stay in bed. Love, Jason."
Laughing softly, Elizabeth set the note down on the side table before unscrewing the cover and taking a drink of the hot cocoa her fiance so generously left for her. She had to admit that she wasn't expecting it, but was glad that he did it. In that simple gesture, the hurt seemed to dull and happier feelings took its place. By the time she finished drinking the hot cocoa, she was calm enough to fall back to sleep. Turning out the lights, Elizabeth snuggled into the comforter before falling back into a peaceful slumber.
"Just put it over there." Jason gestures to the coffee table. "Is everything set?"
"Exactly how you wanted it." Johnny assures. "Anything else?"
"No. That's it." Jason lights the candle on the table. "Thanks for getting up early to do this."
"No sweat." Johnny assured before walking back out of the penthouse.
With everything set for their day, Jason made his way up to their bedroom to find her fast asleep. Smiling to himself, he walked over to sit beside her, running his fingers through her hair. Today was going to be about the two of them. As her eyes slowly opened, Jason placed a soft kiss on her temple.
"Hi." Jason whispers, a small smile touching his lips.
"Hi." Elizabeth takes a deep breath before sitting up. "Thank you."
"You're beautiful." Jason says, overlooking her thank you. "You hungry?"
"I can eat." Elizabeth smiles as he helps her out of bed.
"Wash up and I'll be downstairs waiting for you."
Jason kisses her softly before walking out of the room. She was truly curious about what he was up to, but went to wash up regardless. When she was finished and returned to their bedroom, Elizabeth found a set of clothes laid out for her. Shaking her head, she walked over and put them on, tying her hair into a loose ponytail. What waited for her in the living room was truly a surprise. The coffee table was set up like a dining table, cushions on the floor for them to sit on.
"Wow." Elizabeth comments, walking over to him. "What is all this?"
"Breakfast." Jason says simply, helping her sit on the cushion.
Not questioning it further, Elizabeth ate the food that he prepared for her. Though she thought that breakfast was more than enough, Jason was just getting started. With breakfast out of the way, Jason took her down to the bike where they straddled it and took off. For hours they just drove, taking in the feel of the open road and the bike beneath them. Elizabeth held tight to him as they took the winding road all the way to Vista Point. The whole place was decorated so beautifully with flowers and slow music playing.
"Its so beautiful." Elizabeth glances around at the scene before her.
"Would you like to dance?" Jason repeats the words from there somewhat first date.
"I'd love to." Elizabeth melts into his embrace as they sway to the music. She doesn't know what's come over him, but she doesn't mind it at all.
They dance for a few songs, holding each other close, all that could be heard is the music playing. Elizabeth's eyes close as she listens to his heartbeat beneath her ear and she feels the happiest she's felt in the last few weeks. As the fifth song comes to an end, Jason pulls away to guide her to the table that he had Johnny set up. There, beneath the table, was a picnic for two.
"Not that I don't love this, but what else are we doing today?" Elizabeth questions as he pulls out her chair for her.
"You'll just have to wait and see." Jason counters, kissing the top of her head once she's seated. "Today's all about relaxing and having fun."
"I like the sound of that." Elizabeth admits, putting a napkin on her lap. "Nothing but being happy."
"That's the idea." Jason smiles slightly. "For today, there's no talk of stresses or losses. Today is about us being together and only us."
Lunch went by much like breakfast. They ate in silence, just enjoying the other's presence, not really needing words to fill the silence. Before they knew it, they were back on the bike, riding off for hours to come. Elizabeth would apologize to Maxie later for not following through with their plans, but for now she'll just live in the moment. She's truly happy and that's all that mattered right then. After the month she has just had, she needed this more than anything.
"Guess its just us." Maxie plops down onto Carly's couch. "Apparently, Jason and Elizabeth are off on some stress relief getaway."
"They called you?" Carly was slightly miffed. "I've been calling them all day."
"Chill. They didn't call me." Maxie shakes her head, laying out the binders. "I wrangled it out of Johnny earlier."
"Okay." Carly relaxed at that. "So what do you have left?"
"Elizabeth and I made all the basic decisions, we'll have to confirm the reservations and orders in a couple days." Maxie flipped through her to-do list. "Right now we just have to focus on decorating the church and the reception."
"I've got the basic idea of how the reception is going to look." Carly pulled out her collage that she put together. "It needs a little finishing touches, but you get the idea."
"This can work." Maxie looked it over. "A little tweaking here and there and we'll be set."
"Now for the church." Carly pulls over the binder. "I had a few ideas on how it should look."
Hey everyone! I'm sorry its taken me this long to update my stories. I'm kind of rusty, but I'm trying to get back in the groove of things. I just want to say that I truly appreciate all your condolences and well wishes, it truly means a lot to have that kind of support. I hope you liked the update and I'll try to put more up soon.