Chapter 6

1 Year Later

"I can't believe it's our 25th date already," Ziva smiled as Tony turned a corner.

"As well as our first anniversary," he added, "I'm so glad I asked you out."

"I'm so glad I accepted."

"I'm a lucky man to have you as a girlfriend."

"Yes. Yes you are," Ziva replied in a joking tone. Tony grinned before turning again, this time a little more sharply.

"Honey, you're going to wrong way. The cinema's to the left, not to the right."

"I know," Tony replied in a sing-song voice, "I've got a special surprise for you."

"What kind of surprise?" Ziva raised her eyebrows. Tony's surprises usually involved him claiming to be injured, forcing her to cook tea. She knew he only did it because he liked her food.

"A very special one," he replied simply, stopping in a car park, "Here we are." He rushed out of the door at a quickened pace, opening Ziva's door for her.

He extended a hand and she accepted it most graciously.

"We're going to the lake, unless you guessed already," Tony took her hand, "Just don't fall in."

"I won't."

"I might push you."

"Do that and you will be on the receiving end of #17 of the paperclip collection."

Tony tightened his grip on Ziva's hand and led her towards the edge of the water, which had some kind of romantic element surrounding it.

"So what are we doing here?" Ziva asked as Tony tucked a stray strand of her hair behind her left ear.

She was answered with a kiss.

"I love you so much."

"I love you too," Ziva gave a satisfied smile.

"But I don't want to be your boyfriend anymore," Tony finished, looking at her with a serious expression.

"What?" the Israeli looked at him in shock, tears foaming in her lids, dropping down her face.

"I want to be your fiancé."

'WHAAAAAAAAAAAAAAA?' Ziva felt like yelling across the world as Tony got down on one knee, taking a velvet box from the pocket of his jacket.

"Like I said, I love you so much. I want to be with you for the rest of my life. This isn't just an engagement ring, this is a promise. A promise that I will always love you and will never hurt you- physically, emotionally or mentally. Will you marry me?"

"Yes," Ziva released the hands that were clamped on her mouth in shock, "I love you too."

Tony smiled broadly, before leaping up and placing the ring on his now-fiancée's finger. She grinned and jumped into his arms as they passionately kissed.

"Cinema?" Tony asked as Ziva cuddled into his warm chest.

"It's a date," she replied as they walked hand-in-hand away from the sunset.

So, it's over. I hope you enjoyed it and thank you for all your reviews, even the critical ones!

Peace be with you xxx