An Almost Impossible Task

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Status: Finished  |  Genre: Romance  |  House: Booksie Classic
Maybe not the best time or place for it?

Submitted: August 14, 2017

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An Almost Impossible Task

Daniel looked at Emily, thinking he could just about become the luckiest man alive. She stood there looking out to sea, a smile on her face as the wind tossed her brown wavy hair back from her face. She was the most beautiful woman in the world to him and he loved her so much. Today he would ask her if she would be his wife.

Emily.....” It almost seemed a shame to break her concentration on the waves but if he did not ask today, right now, he might never find the courage to ask at all. “I’ve got something to ask you.”

Emily turned instantly towards him, smiling .“Go on then, Dan. Ask away!”

Did he dare? Was it worth the risk of ruining everything? He fingered the small box in his pocket. Should he just try and take it back to the shop and get his money back rather than take that chance?

No! He’d made a decision and he’d stick with it. “Emily,” he said. “I want to spend the rest of my life with you. Will you marry me?” He felt like he should be looking her in the eyes when he asked, but he couldn’t quite bring himself to meet her gaze.

Oh, Daniel, of course I will! I thought you’d never ask.” Emily smiled, reached up and put her arms around him.

Hang on, then, Em. I’ve got something for you.” Daniel fumbled in his pocket, opened the little box and held out a sapphire and diamond ring.

Emily gasped, it really did look beautiful with the sea reflected in it. She held out her hand towards Daniel, he went to put it on her finger and....dropped it.

He looked down, sure it was just a case of bending down and picking it up, then saw to his horror the pebbles. Thousands of them. All different shapes and shades, all different sizes. However were they going to find the ring amongst all that.

Oh, Dan. I’m sorry. But don’t worry, we’ll find it.” Emily bent and started to search in the pebbles too.

Daniel felt a kind of panic building when he realized that the tide was turning, that the waves were starting to make their way further and further up the beach. It was going to take him the next couple of months to finish paying for it – there was no way he could afford to get a replacement. All his carefully constructed plans had been ruined by his timing.

Both he and Emily started to scrabble more quickly through the tiny stones. The tide had turned quickly and the waves were licking their way up the sand towards their feet.

When the waves touched on the side of Daniel’s sneaker he resigned himself to failure. Too many pebbles and too little time had conspired against him. He stood, hoping his despair did not show – this was supposed to be one of the happiest days of his life, after all.

And then Emily pointed, reached out a hand, her fingers gripping the ring just before it was pulled out to sea by the receding water.

Daniel let out a sigh of relief, grabbed hold of Emily with one arm, and together they ran away from the sea. Once they had made it on to dry sand, she opened her hand and passed the ring back to Daniel who quickly slipped it on to her finger where it was safe and now belonged.

He was right to propose and she was right to accept – hadn’t they proved that just then with that almost impossible task.



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