The trip wasn't far and I could smell the sea air, the crisp fresh scent that I had grown up knowing. I smiled as the truck came to a stop and he quickly moved to open my door. I giggled as he helped me out and walked me cautiously up the stairs and into the restaurant. I smiled to myself as the hostess greeted us.
"Welcome to Blue at Topaz, how may I help you?"
Rick grasped my hand a little tigher. "Yes reservation under Spencer."
"Yes, sir table for two on the balcony that overlooks the ocean. Right this way sir." He slowly guided me through the tables and mazes of people. I clung tightly to him afraid that at any time someone would pull out their chair and trip me. He never let go of me and I was so happy about that. As we reached the table he pulled my chiar and slowly guided me to it. I sat down and nodded to him. I heard his chair pulled out and giggled as he scooted it noisily towards the table.
"Your server will be with you momentarily. Thank you for choosing Blue at Topaz." I heard the retreat of her heels and smiled.
"You know for all the years I have lived here, I have never been here. I would have loved to have seen it."
He sighed. "The walls are a deep sea blue color with reflected lights off them making them look like light reflections under the water. There are gold, silver and green accents everywhere, but it all pales in comparison to you my love."
I blushed scarlet as he grasped my hand. The meal had come and we ate and talked about everything and anything that came to mind no matter how weird it was. I felt myself let go of the fear that I had bottled inside and smiled.
"Rick, I have to confess something. I know I have said it already, but I want you to understand that I am serious. I want to live with you, to be with you always."
He quickl pushed his chair back. I smiled as I heard him move around, until everything around us went silent. I got worried about him and called out "Rick" to him.
"Here love, there is something I want to tell you." His voice was a little off and I wondered aobut it.
"Tell me, you mean ask me?" I was franic that I had read him all wrong.
"That will come my dear, but first there is something that I have wanted to tell you for a while. You are frustrating, stubborn and pigheaded."
I thought I was going to cry right then and there, but I felt him grasp my hand and I heard a laugh in his voice. "But I wouldn't love you if you were any other way. Mara, the first time I met you I was so afraid that you would be as stuck us as you were beautiful. I was so glad that you weren't and you are such a beautiful, down to earth, kind and caring woman. I couldn't imagine my life without you Mara. I want to ask you Mara Hodges will you do me the honor of being my wife and making me complete?"
I smiled as the tears fell down my face. "Yes Rick, I will. More than anything I would love to." I felt him put a ring on my finger. It felt heavy in weight but I smiled and got up as he straightened and kissed him passionately. It was the happiest moment in my life.