AN: LAST CHAPTER! Figured I'd better post it before I go off to become an adult at college. Thank you SO MUCH for all support/encouragement, ChandaK562. You're the best.
"You are looking," Caro said happily, "At a fully registered nurse." She smirked.
"You're an RN?" Noah asked, beaming at her.
"That's what I said," she said, slapping him with her paperback.
"Congratulations, Caro," Valerie Biggs said, holding tiny Jessamine Biggs and smiling. They were at the team's gathering to get to know one-month-old Jessie, and Caro had figured that it was as good a place as any to drop the bombshell. After Jessie got her spotlight, of course.
"Well done, young lady," Sam said, and Caro glowed. It was high praise from him.
Cath just gave her a hug, as did 'Vannah.
"You just did it in case Noah gets himself into a jam again, didn'tcha Caro?" Cosmo said jokingly.
"Gotta keep him out of the hospital somehow," Caro said lightly.
It had become something of a running joke with the team, now that almost a year had come and gone from the horrible incident that had left Noah dangling within a hair's breadth of life and death. He was glad that they could crack jokes about it now –for such a long time they had tried to coddle him, and it had taken weeks to convince everybody that he wasn't having any of it.
He was going to do his job, just like the rest of them.
And it wasn't like he had a propensity for getting shot, was it? That was Sam's area of expertise. Noah voiced such an opinion now.
"Newman, I have quite a bit more mileage than you," Sam said. "It's expected of me."
Cath was heard to mumble something along the lines of, "no it's not, you stubborn idiot" into her glass. But then the conversation drifted onwards to more baby-like material, and the girls went with Valerie to see the nursery and coo over all the adorable baby things, and the men left to go to the garage and talk about cars.
Noah was able to catch Caro before she went upstairs.
"I really am proud of you, you know," he said.
"I know," Caro said, smirking.
"So, Miss RN, what are you going to do now?"
"Go look for a nursing position," Caro said, laughing, "and quit that horrible office job. Why?"
"Well, I was just thinking that… well, change is good, you know?"
"Yeah," she said, wrapping her arms around him. "Change got me you."
The look of honest love in her eyes gave him the confidence to pull the black box out of his pocket and hold it out to her. "Well… seeing that you like being an RN so much… would you consider becoming a CN, too?"
She took the box with an open mouth and shaky hands, and stared at the simple diamond in shock. "Noah?" she asked, her voice cracking.
"CN. Caroline Newman."
"Yeah, got that bit," she said, half crying, half laughing.
He hugged her. "I love you, Caro. Will you marry me?"
"Yes," she said, nodding as he put the ring on her finger. "Oh, yes. I love you to pieces, Noah Newman."
She proceeded to kiss the breath out of him.
They didn't notice all the smiling faces peeking over the stairs and around the doors.