Alexandria turned around to face him and kissed his soft lips.
“This is the most romantic place you could have taken me to, and I love the fact that we can finally be alone together.”
Cash smiled and leaned over for another slow kiss.
“Are you hungry?” he asked.
“Yes.” She waited in anticipation to see what he’d packed for them, when he reached into the basket and fed her a chocolate-covered strawberry. “Mmm, this is good,” she moaned. She reached in and fed one to him. They stared at each other and then he covered her mouth with another kiss. She put her hand on his face and felt sweat on his forehead. “You seem nervous. Is everything okay?” she asked.
“Oh yeah, I’m cool.” He smiled and looked straight ahead. Alexandria turned back around and stared at the sky. After a few minutes, Cash nervously stood up and planted his feet in front of her, and got down on one knee. He had a beautiful diamond ring in his hand.
“Huh!” Alexandria gasped.
“Alexandria, I love you so much. You literally saved my life, and I don’t know what I would be without you. When I first saw you, my whole world changed from unbearable to worth living. So I’m asking you, my blue-eyed beauty…will you marry me?”
Alexandria was shaking with nervousness. “Yes! I will marry you!” Cash rose up with a huge grin. He held out his hand to help her up and hugged her. As he slid the ring onto her finger, they shared another passionate kiss.
“We are going to be so happy.” He twirled a strand of her hair through his fingers and watched the ring sparkle.
“Cash, this is so beautiful. When did you get it?” She tried to contain herself because she really wanted to rip his shirt off and push him onto the soft grass.
He kissed her hand. “A few days ago.”
“Hey, by the way, what were you and my father talking about? You left the room and closed the door. I hope he wasn’t giving you a hard time,” she said.
“Your father was actually pretty cool. He just told me what most fathers say. To take care of you and that he wants to meet me before we get married. He said he has to make sure I’m not ugly because he doesn’t want any ugly grandkids,” he laughed.
“Before we get married? Did he know you were going to propose?”
“Yes. I asked him for his blessing and he gave it to me. He told me that he trusts you and I must be alright if you love me.”
She wrapped her arms around his waist. “That’s because he knows I would pick a good man. Plus, he doesn’t want to lose me as a daughter.”
For the rest of the evening, Alexandria couldn’t help staring at her ring in amazement. She was so happy yet dumbfounded about the way her life was turning out. There she was lying underneath the stars with Cash, and it was okay with her parents? Even though she was living it, she had to give her brain time to adjust to her new life. It was a perfect evening, and Lord knew they both deserved every minute of it. She held onto him as tight as she could to assure herself that she could finally breathe and enjoy life, without being told how to live.