CHAPTER 19

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Sue woke, finding herself tangled in Jack's body. She rolled away from the warmth of his chest, lifting her head enough to see the clock. It showed 2:24. A smile graced her lips as she thought, 'ahh 4 more hours of sleep.' She smiled as she lay her head back on the pillow. The little movement woke Jack from his slumber.

"Hi." He whispered.

"I'm sorry, did my tossing wake you?" She asked softly.

"No, not really." He said smiling at her, kissing her sweetly.

"Can't sleep?" She asked.

"How could I with a temptress sleeping next to me?" Jack teased.

"See, I knew my tossing woke you." She teased back.

Jack smiled, but then became rather solemn.

"You ok?" Sue asked. Jack smiled a half smile nodding his head yes.

"Just thinking." He answered.

"About?" Sue asked.

"Your answer earlier." He answered.

"My answer?" Sue said.

"Rocking chairs." Jack clarified.

"Oh?" Sue asked.

"Hmm..." He began. "Before we left my parents house, my mom gave me something." He continued. He reached over to the night stand, and brushed his fingers under lamp. Sue stretched her neck to see what he was doing, but he blocked her view. "This gift from my mother means everything in the world to me. It's more special than I can ever explain. And, I want to give it to you." Jack said, finally looking up into Sue's eyes. As their eyes met, Jack lifted his hand so she could see his fingers. Between his forefinger and thumb he held a ring with a small diamond. "This was my grandmother's ring, her engagement ring." He said, looking her deep in the eye.

"Sue, I love you. I want to spend the rest of my life with you. Will you do me the honor of marrying me?" Jack asked with a innocent smile on his lips.

"Jack!" Sue gasped, there was a long pause while Sue regained her composure. Tears began to fall onto her cheeks. "Yes. Yes, I'll marry you." Sue finally answered, leaning into his kiss. Jack slipped the simple diamond onto her finger.

The End