Author's Note: READ- I am going to apologize now because I know that I won't update this story for a while. Something came up at home & it will probably keep me from updating. If I do update it will probably be short one shots. This is my last chapter for this story & I regret saying so, please forgive me. I will HOPEFULLY finish it in a few days, weeks, or months, I don't know. I am sorry.
It was eight months, a year and 3 months that they'd been dating, since the baby talk when John finally decided he was going to propose. He had it all planned out, it was just a matter of getting Ben to go along with it. He had gone to the Chief of Police and asked him to pull him off his shift an hour early so he could get home, change and get ready. The Chief surprisingly agreed, only after finding out the reasoning though.
"Congrats Cooper," The Chief had said before Cooper walked out for the day. Hell, when he had first started working with Ben he didn't think he would be here at this point in time asking his boss for a few hours off so he could propose to his former boot. The thought brought a smile to his face as John stepped out of the shower at 4:15. Ben should be getting home in about 45 minutes, Cooper thought, drying himself off with a clean towel. He stepped in front of the mirror and took a deep breath, exhaling slowly. His nerves were finally kicking into overdrive and he was even more nervous than he had thought he would be. John Cooper wasn't a man to get nervous about many things, but when he did it was for a good and maybe bad reason, this was definitely a really good reason. Cooper looked himself over in the mirror with observing eyes. He was brooding, tall and not muscular, but not really fat. He had lines running over his forehead, wrinkles spreading under his eyes and bite marks on his bottom lip. What the hell did Ben see in him? Shaking the thought out of his head, Cooper wrapped the towel around his waist and walked into their bedroom. Going to the closet, he picked out a gray button down, a white t shirt to go under it, a pair of clean jeans and his black boots. Pulling on the jeans, John grabbed a black leather belt and pulled it through the loops. He grabbed the rest of his clothes and made his way towards the bathroom. He blow dried his hair, wanting it to look decent, and ran a brush through it. It swerved a little to the right, but John shrugged, grabbing a stick of deodorant and putting it on. He checked the time on his phone and it read in thick bold letters 4:45. He had fifteen minutes before Ben would get home and become suspicious of his actions. Taking another deep breath, John buttoned up his shirt and looked himself over in the mirror once more. He actually cleaned up pretty good; John was impressed with his attire and overall look. He had just pulled on black socks when Ben walked through the door.
"Hey," he called and Cooper immediately stood up, greeting his boyfriend as he walked into the bedroom.
"Hi," Cooper said and felt himself tense up, suddenly nervous. Ben pulled off his uniform shirt and started undoing his vest, his eyes never leaving Cooper's.
"What's wrong?" Ben asked and Cooper slowly walked over to him, wrapping his arms around his waist.
"Coop," Ben stated unsure of his boyfriend's actions "what's going on?" Cooper didn't respond, he just leaned down and kissed Ben on the nose, cheek and then his lips. Ben smiled into the kiss and pulled Cooper closer, tugging at his pant loops.
"Go shower," Cooper said as he pulled away abruptly, taking a few steps away from Ben.
"Not until you tell me what's going on," Ben said and made a slow walk towards Cooper, trying to be intimidating despite the fact that Cooper was almost a head taller than him. Cooper raised his eyebrows in return because he wasn't even standing at his full height.
"Don't play this game with me Ben," Cooper said in a low voice "I'm going to take you out to dinner, if you must know." Ben smiled in satisfaction and made his way towards the bathroom, shutting the door softly. Cooper waited a second before he made his way towards his nightstand and pulled out a black velvet box, in it sat two identical golden bands. Cooper swallowed and tucked the box into his coat that lay on the bed. Was he really ready for this? Before he could answer it himself, his phone rang loudly on the bed where he had left it.
"Cooper," he said in a slightly rough tone. There was a slight chuckle on the other end of the phone.
"Chill Coop," Sargent Jessica Tang replied with a soft giggle. Cooper sighed in relief, glad not to hear a male coworker.
"What's up Jess?" Cooper asked as his cop instincts kicked in slightly as another soft laugh came through the receiver.
"I just wanted to say congrats on your engagement," Jessica replied in giddiness. Cooper rolled his eyes because he wasn't surprised that it was already hitting the department.
"I didn't," Cooper replied softly "not yet anyway." There was a long pause on the other end of the line before Jessica cleared her throat.
"Are you going to tonight?" It was Cooper's turn to laugh at the comment; he couldn't help but grin at her question.
"Yes ma'am," Cooper replied and heard the bathroom door click open, Ben walking out with a towel wrapped around his waist.
"You two are adorable together," Jessica replied and Cooper could feel her smiling through the phone. He smiled too because he had to agree; he loved Ben to much not to agree.
"Uh hey, I gotta go Ben just got out of the shower and we're going to head out soon." Cooper said and Jessica took a deep breath.
"Good luck and have fun tonight," she replied and hung up the phone without another word. Cooper shook his head and tucked his phone into his pocket. Ben had grabbed some clothes and was heading into the bathroom, the towel already coming off.
"Close the door," Cooper said with a slightly husky voice as he watched the towel droop lower. Ben threw a seductive smirk his way and pushed to door shut. This boy is going to the death of me, Cooper thought and ran a hand through his hair, laying back on the bed. Minutes had passed and Ben finally came out looking as radiant as ever.
"Ready?" Cooper asked and grabbed his jacket, hopping off the bed. Ben nodded and grabbed his leather jacket he had thrown on the floor. It took almost a half an hour to get to the restaurant and Cooper could tell Ben was getting antsy. They pulled up to a restaurant with some French name that Cooper couldn't pronounce, but heard they had excellent food. As they walked in, Cooper went up to the waitress that was managing the whole thing.
"I have a reservation under Cooper," John said and watched the girl look him over and nod.
"Yes, please follow me," she replied and grabbed two menus, leading them to a private room. The room was elegant, the walls decorated in red velvet, the drapes made of gold silk, lights strung around the window, the table cloth a red silk, the dishes crystal and the silverware real silver.
"Cooper," Ben breathed as he sat in a red plush comfy chair. Cooper could tell he was awestruck at the way his eyes twinkled in excitement. To be honest, Cooper was pretty fascinated himself at all the elegance that surrounded them. Cooper didn't have much time to dwindle on the thought because a waitress appeared before them.
"Hi, my name is Amy and I will be serving you today. May I start you off with something to drink?" The girl, probably about 25 with striking red hair, asked.
"Just two champagnes please," Cooper replied before Ben could even get the words out of his mouth.
"Alright and do you need some time to look over the menu or are you ready?" Cooper looked over at Ben who shrugged.
"I think we can order now," Cooper replied hesitantly as Ben nodded.
"I'll just have New York Strip steak cooked medium well with a side of mixed veggies and mashed potatoes." Ben said and Cooper smiled at him as he ordered, he is so adorable.
"I suppose I'll have the same," Cooper replied as he collected their menus and handing them to waitress. She thanked them and walked off to place their orders.
"So, why are at such a nice place?" Ben asked and furrowed his eyebrows at Cooper. He just smiled at his boyfriend, a smile that was caring and mesmerizing all at once.
"You'll find out afterwards," Cooper replied and grasped Ben's hand across the table, intertwining their fingers. Ben just shook his head and watched outside the window until their drinks were placed in front of them. Cooper nodded their thanks at the waitress and waited till Ben took a drink of his to take one himself. Cooper studied Ben and realized how young he actually looked. He barely had any wrinkles to line his face, no stress marks, no scars, nothing. Cooper lingered his gaze on him for a second longer before looking away. He must've spaced out because next thing he knew, their food was in front of them. Cooper carefully cut into his steak and popped a piece into his mouth, the meat bursting with flavor. Tang was right, this place is good, Cooper thought as he gobbled down his meal. In a matter of minutes both were done and finishing off their wine.
"How was it?" Cooper asked and Ben turned to face him with a questioning look on his face.
"Good, really good, but why are we here?" Cooper decided that now was the time to answer all his boyfriend's questioning glances and looks. He gently grabbed the velvet box from his jacket, took a deep breath and got down on one knee.
"Ben," Cooper said and watched Ben's eyes widen. Cooper swallowed once more and locked his eyes with Ben's.
"Ben, I know that I was a complete ass the first time we met. The truth is though that I was in love with you the first time I laid my eyes on you. You helped me through thick and thin. I've hurt you so many times before and I'll never forgive myself for it. If you give me a chance I promise I will never intentionally hurt you, I'll cherish you and love you like you've never been before. Ben Sherman, will you marry me?" There was a long pause, it seemed as if it went on for forever, but John knew it was only a few seconds. Ben slowly got up out of his seat and squatted down to be eye level with Cooper.
"Yes," Ben said softly and took a deep breath before repeating himself "yes." Cooper grabbed Ben and pulled him in, their lips mashing together in pure passion. Cooper felt like he was flying, he was on cloud nine.
"I love you," Cooper whispered and pulled the ring out of the box, sliding it on Ben's ring finger. Ben grabbed the other ring and slid it onto John's finger. Ben leaned up and brushed his lips against John's.
"I love you too."