Ryan gently twirled a strand of Ella's strawberry blonde hair. "It's a beautiful day," He murmured. "The last one we're going to get for a while."
Ella sighed softly. "Don't remind me." She sunk back against the thick oak tree, staring out across the park. She longed to be like the others couples, who never feared being pulled apart. Coincidentally, Ryan and Ella would ship out on the same day.
"Hey, you're my Navy squid. You'll have a whole boat full of computers to write me emails."
"Oh, you think being a Navy officer is easy?"
Ryan grinned teasingly. "Easier than being an army grunt."
Ella punched his arm playfully. "Is that why they give you a little rifle and me an entire ship full of guns?"
A leaf fluttered down from above, briefly landing on Ella's freckled nose before sliding into her lap. Ryan reached for the leaf, studying its sunny yellow coloring. "Yellow is your favorite color, isn't it Ella?"
"It's a pretty color alright. All the foliage is gorgeous this time of year."
Ryan pulled away from her, rummaging through his pockets. Cupped between his tan hands was a fragile, black velvet box. He popped open the lid and beamed. "Well, it's not yellow, but I hope a clear diamond is good enough."
In science we're studying the cell, and one of my friends passed me a note. It said "The Leaf", and she asked if I could write a story revolving around that title. This is what I wrote; I happened to be wearing my Navy uniform today, so that's why I threw in the little spin about them being in the military.