My eyes are glued to the ring; it’s absolutely perfect. I feel myself being turned, but my eyes are locked on the design of the ring—three diamonds, and two smaller stones in-between. I don’t really notice the change in position until Cash is kneeling in front of me.
“Lil, I need you to look at me.” I shake my head before taking my eyes off the ring and meeting his. “I kept telling myself that when the time was right, I would know it, and this is the moment.” I watch him take a breath, his hand grabbing mine. “This is the moment I have been waiting for. This is the moment we start our forever. This is the moment you tell me you will marry me and make me the luckiest f**king man on this planet.”
“Yes.” I cover my mouth and drop to my knees in front of him, burying my face in his chest. I start to cry immediately. If someone would have told me a year ago that I would be with Cash at my favorite place in the world, with him on his knee asking me to marry him, I would have laughed in their face. I never would have believed that this was a possibility for me.
“Baby, you’re freaking me the f**k out right now.” His arms are wrapped tightly around me, his mouth close to my ear.
“I…I’m…s-so…h-happy,” I say on a sob, and laugh because I sound like an idiot.
“I would feel like you are telling me the truth if my shirt wasn’t soaked with your tears, baby.”
“Sorry.” I take a deep breath and pull my face back so I can look at him. His hands go to the hair at the side of my head, pulling it away from my face.
“What do you say we see how the ring fits?” His eyes search my face and I smile, looking at his hand. He leans forward and places a light kiss on my lips before taking his right hand away from my face, pulling the ring off his finger, and pulling my hand towards him. I feel the cool metal slide along my finger and over my knuckle. The fit is just right.
“It’s perfect.” I put my hand against his chest, looking at the ring there.
“I had it made to represent our family, and all of us coming together as one.”
“I love you,” I say, looking up from the ring on my hand and into his handsome face.
“You are my world, baby. I never thought I would be this happy again. Now, having you back, and having Ashlyn and Jax, I have surpassed happiness.” He smiles, showing off both dimples.
“I feel the same. I didn’t think I would ever feel like this again.” I wrap my arms around his waist, laying my head against his chest. We’re turned to the side so that we can both look out at the glacier. “Thank you for giving this to me.”
“There isn’t anything I wouldn’t do for you.” His arms give me a squeeze. “There is no way for you to know what you have given me,” he says softly, kissing the top of my head. I don’t say anything, just hold him a little tighter. I know what I have given him, because he has given me the same thing.
“We’re getting married,” I blurt after a few minutes. I feel Cash shaking with laughter. I know it’s dumb, but the realization that he just proposed to me and what that means hits me hard.
“Yeah, baby, that’s usually what happens when someone asks someone else to marry them.”
“Whatever.” I roll my eyes, even though he can’t see me do it. We stand there watching as a large piece of ice falls off the glacier, crashing into the water below, the sound echoing around us sounding like thunder.
“Where is everyone?” he asks, looking around. The whole area is completely empty.
“There are guided trips out here a couple times a week, but for the most part, the only people who come out here are residents.” I shrug. “It’s a long drive, and not too many people want to make the trip.”
“I can see why you like it out here.” His hand reaches around his back, grabbing mine and bringing it between us. “I like this.” He smiles.
“I love it.”
“No, I like knowing that people will see this and know that you’re taken.”
“You’re an idiot.” I laugh. “Will you wear a ring?” I ask. I know a lot of men don’t; my dad doesn’t, and he is more in love with my mom than the day they met.
“Yes,” he says in a way that I know he really likes the idea.
“I wonder what the kids will say.”
“They’ll be happy. I thought about involving them in asking you, but I knew that the minute I told them, they wouldn’t be able to keep the secret.
“This has been the best day ever.”
“Even with the moose attack?” I laugh, shaking my head.
“Well, that was scary, but what happened afterwards made it well worth it.”
“True.” He smiles and kisses my forehead. “What do you say we go back to your parents and share the good news?”
“Yeah,” I agree, and we walk back to the truck. The whole way home, we talk about our future, and when we get to my parents’ house, we are greeted with two very excited kids, and my parents are beyond happy for us. It really is the best day ever. I am sad to be going back to Tennessee, but also excited to be starting a new chapter with Cash when we get there.
“It’s a sign,” Cash says, and I almost laugh, but I can tell he is being completely serious.
“It’s not a sign; it’s bad weather and a lack of available hotels,” I reply, looking out the window of our hotel room in Las Vegas. We were supposed to have a short layover in Vegas, but the weather changed, and tornados have been touching down all over the south. So they canceled all flights, leaving us to spend the day and night in Vegas.
“No, that is a sign,” he says, pointing down at The Little Chapel of Love that is across the street from where were we’re staying for the night.
“We’re not getting married here.” I laugh.
“Oh yes, we are. It’s meant to be.”
“You just asked me to marry you the day before yesterday. I haven’t even gotten used to the idea that I’m your fiancée.”
“Good, then it won’t be difficult for you to get used to the idea of being my wife.”
“No, I’m a genius.”
“Lil, I love you. You love me. Our kids are here. It’s perfect.”
“I don’t even have anything to wear,” I tell him. I have no idea why I’m even considering this; I must be just as crazy as he is.