………………. I took a deep breath and put the I-pod back in my pocket and started to work on warm ups with half of the girls while coach took the other half. I sent them on a lap while I grabbed a bag of balls and set them out and got the girls to practice firing them into the back of the net.
“Katie inside of the foot gives you more power” I said walking round “Sarah lose the gum if you swallow it while you’re on the field you might choke and playing soccer is more important than giving you the Heimlich” I smiled .
“Tess” I looked round to the coach “I have some paper work to do will you run the rest of the session” I sighed.
“Will I get more pay” I smirked knowing I could get away with giving him more hassle than I could when I was playing he smiled and shook his head as he walked away.
“You know what sucks the most is that if we do as well this season as we did last year when you played he’ll get all the credit” one of the girls said to me as shepicked up the ball.
“Yeah well I know it sucks but I can’t really see them giving me his job he’s already a member of staff” I shrugged “Okay guys break into the same teams as yesterday and we’ll do two 15 minute halves I want to see the passing like we worked on last week and some good shots” I blew the whistle I had the girls broke into the two teams with me serving as a referee.
Finally practice was almost over the girls were working on a cool down set of exercises I was filling in some time sheets I put the I-pod back on as I saw coach come back over for the last 10 minutes of the session I set it so “I’d come for you” played first, making me smile think about the day I was held and gagged on the beach while Ben made me listen to the song as his way of saying sorry and telling me how he felt it gave me the warm fuzzy feeling inside I looked down at my ring and spun it round on my finger as “Never gonna be alone” started I couldn’t wait till Monday so I could have him back even if it was just for a short time. I closed the folder and walked out to the field again as coach started giving the girls a talk about how from the next practice the girls and the boys would be working together I pulled out the earphones so I could listen as well I looked out towards the ocean the storm clouds were rolling in I just wanted to get home and curl up and watch a movie without having to do any studyingI pulled the band from my hair as coach waffled on about fundraising stuff that was happening I put one of the earphones back in and hit play again I looked round at the girls who were smirking and beginning to whisper amongst themselves as coach was talking to one of the parents that had come over to ask him something.
“Hey I think we’re done guys” I smiled glancing at coach “and from tomorrow I’ll be bringing the hot chocolate to every practice” they smiledand started to giggle “What’s gotten in to all of you” I asked “I didn’t think you’d get this excited about having to practice with the guys”.
“It’s not the guys we’re smiling at” Sarah shrugged “I know we’re all used to seeing guys in uniform around here but Damn when they look as hot as he does then we have to smile” she nodded towards the parking lot I turned round to see a guy walking across the field in full blues the wind whipped my hair across my face I grabbed it and put the band back in and looked back to the guy.
“O.M.G. Ben” I said I took off running at himhe stood still and held out his arms lifting me off the ground and hugging me.
“Hey you” he grinned before planting a kiss on my lips “I had to lie about the date so you could concentrate on your exam” he said putting my feet on the ground.
“I missed you” I smiled “and what are you doing in your blues, not that I’m complaining” I laughed as the team moved a little closer to us.
“Well you know when we were in Minnesota and I gave all the guys the whiskey and Rylan the candy”
“Oh I forgot to tell you he got 3 cavities” I smirked Ben smiled “Sorry you were saying about the whiskey”
“You know the night we got caught in the lake” I nodded and grinned “And your Dad and the others got me drinking with them”.
‘Yeah you all slept under the gazebo”.
“Well Toby mention something about how they could be bribed with a bottle of that awful stuff they drink to celebrate” he shuddered a little “So I bribed them a little to allow me to do this:
Ben dropped down on to one knee in front of me to the sound of gasps and squeals of delight from the team.
“What are you doing” I said looking at him.
“I’m, asking the girl I’m in love with and have loved to death ever since meeting her in Japan” he took a deep breath and swallowed hard “Tess will you marry me and make a new Marine a very happy one”.
“Wow” was all I managed to get out so I just nodded as he stood up and pulled a box from his pocket and opened it, inside was a diamond solitaire set in white gold he slipped off my promise ring and took the engagement ring from the box and put it on to my finger and looked at me.
“I loveyou” he smiled I put my arms round his neck and kissed him as if we were alone my hands on each side of his face holding his lips to minebe for e pulling back and resting my head against his.
“I love you so much” I sniffed as tears started to escape from my eyes. “I love the ring”.
“Well I had a little bit of help with that I couldn’t really get out to order it so they helped” he pointed to where Adam and Chelsea were standing with Mom and Dad and everyone else “I got to sneak in to Adam’s office and use his computer and then had Chelsea go pick it up”. He laughed “So I take it thatwhen you nodded you actually meant to say yes”. I looked back at him.
“Oh yes” I smiled “today has to be the best day ever”…………………………