Writer's block prevented me from updating yesterday, sorry. Thanks so much for all the kind words!
I had bought it six months ago. We had only been together for four months, and I knew I needed to wait. If I was being honest with myself, I had caught myself pausing in front of jewelry stores long before I finally made the plunge and walked inside.
Crazy as it seems, I would have married Andy after the first month. I had spent six months undercover (and maybe even before that) falling for her before we even got together. I was careful to move slowly with us in the beginning, especially with everything that happened with Swarek.
I knew that Andy would need some time, so I bit my tongue whenever the urge to tell her "I love you" came up. The first time I let the words slip out, we had been together for about six weeks. It was an amazing moment born out of a moment of utter fear.
A suspect had held Andy at gunpoint while we were on what should have been a routine noise complaint. A million things ran through my mind as I stood with my gun raised towards the man threatening the love of my life. Memories of a time when I was the one holding the gun in front of her face, praying that I was right about the gun not being loaded. Remembering how much I had wished that I had just manned up and told her how I felt before it was too late. I was struck with the horrifying realization that I still hadn't told her what she meant to me.
"If you hurt her in any way, it will be the last thing you ever do." I stared hard at the man who had my entire future in his hands.
Andy was trying her hardest to stay calm, but I knew her well enough to see the subtle shaking of her hands and the tears she was fighting to keep away. "Nick…"
The suspect was becoming flustered, and the moment he took his focus off Andy to wipe the sweat off his forehead I rushed him. Before I could even register what I had done, I could hear Andy pleading with me to stop. I looked down to see the man covered in blood after several punches to his face.
I immediately got off him as backup came in and handcuffed him. I rushed towards Andy and wrapped her in a tight hug, whispering, "It's okay baby, I'm sorry."
I could feel her tears on the side of my neck as she whispered in my ear, "It's okay, Nick. I'm okay."
I pulled back and rested my forehead against hers, breathing her in. "I love you, Andy. I don't know what I would have done if anything had happened to you."
She grabbed my face with both hands and her watery brown eyes stared into mine. "I love you, too."
It was so quiet, I couldn't be sure I had heard her correctly. Not wanting to push the subject, I just pulled her into a fierce kiss.
It wasn't until weeks later that I heard those three words loud and clear. It was amazing and totally random, just like Andy. We were in the middle of the grocery store, stocking up on junk food for our movie night. She was in the middle of debating the merits of gummy bears versus gummy worms.
"I mean the bears are cute, but you get more bang for your buck with the worms." Andy held up the two different bags, weighing them back and forth.
I laughed, shaking my head at my crazy girlfriend as I teased, "Let's hope you don't discover the sour ones. That will really throw you into turmoil."
"Joke all you want Collins, but you're the one who just spent five minutes picking out an avocado."
I wrapped my arm around her waist and pulled her towards me. "Hey, I am just being a good boyfriend and making a certain someone guacamole, because they just had to have it."
I was in the middle of kissing the side of her neck when she sighed and said, "You really are a good boyfriend. I love you, you know."
I abruptly stopped my ministrations and twirled her around to face me. "What did you just say?"
She smiled shyly and repeated, "I love you."
A huge smile spread across my face and I kissed her far too passionately for the middle of the candy aisle. An elderly man cleared his throat behind us, and we pulled away from each other and smiled sheepishly. The man continued on his way as Andy and I laughed hysterically.
I watched as she threw both the worms and the bears into the cart and started towards the next aisle. Shaking my head as I followed, I laughingly said, "You did not just tell me you loved me in the candy aisle."
Andy flicked a smile over her shoulder and said, "What, you would have preferred the floral department? That way I could give you a rose along with it?"
I looked at this beautiful, kind, and goofy girl and just felt this overwhelming happiness. "You're crazy, but I love it. I love you, Andy."
She just smiled and grabbed my hand, leading me through the rest of the store with her interesting commentary along the way.
Okay, so the proposal was going to be this chapter, and then I got carried away with the I Love You stories. Sorry bout that, but it will happen! Who's excited for a new episode tomorrow? This girl! Oh and I have realized that I almost always write from Nick's perspective. I just find myself wanting to tell the stories from his eyes, I'm not sure why. Let me know if this bugs you… I will try to be better about switching up the POVs.