Stellan stood at the edge of a small pond, staring into the crystalline water. A small waterfall bubbled, spilling fresh water over slick rocks. Spurts of mist painted the blades of grass a glossy green.
It was the perfect day to propose.
Still, he was beyond nervous. He wiped his clammy palms on his trousers and took a deep breath. He closed his eyes and inhaled deeply, trying to let the sounds of the waterfall soothe him. Stellan had already met with her father and mother and asked for their daughter’s hand in marriage. It was tradition, and he was grateful that they approved, but he knew the real answer he wanted was from the woman herself.
Little did Stellan know, she was watching him. Simcess had collected the raven-haired girl and smiled knowingly before a team of stylists fussed over her. She was giddy with excitement – this was the moment she had been dreaming of for months. From the first meeting with Stellan to the hometown where he charmed much of her family, she had only dreamed of marrying him.
She shook her head to clear her thoughts. She wanted to be present, to remember this day for the rest of her life. There would be time for reflection later.
But for now, it was time she got engaged.
At the sound of soft footsteps on the grass, Stellan turned slowly. His one love was walking towards him. An uninhibited smile broke out on his face as he met her halfway.
“Stellan,” She choked out.
Stellan wrapped her in a loving embrace. “Lyric.”
The two stared at each other in complete, beautiful silence, letting the birds chirp and water rumble create a soundtrack for their love.
“I’m so glad you could make it.”
Lyric threw her head back and laughed. “I wouldn’t miss it.”
Stellan shook his head, laughing at himself. “That was such a stupid thing to say. I’m usually much more articulate, you know.”
Lyric smiled generously. “I know.”
Stellan took a deep breath and grabbed Lyric’s dainty hands in his own.
“Lyric Rhys, I’ve never met a woman more wonderful than you. My mother used to say to me, ‘a woman who is as beautiful on the inside as she is on the outside is one you should never let go’. I never really knew what she meant until we met. The moment you walked into my life, it was changed forever in the best possible way. And now that you’re here, I can’t let you leave without telling you how I feel.”
Lyric shrugged daintily. “I’m not going anywhere, Stellan. I want to be by your side for the rest of my life and all the other lives I’ll live after this one. When I play the piano, the keys all tell a story, and I used to be content with that. But now that I know you, no music could ever compare to our story.”
“We’ve really come full circle, haven’t we?” Stellan said, gazing at the woman he loved.
Lyric nodded and blinked back tears. “But this isn’t where it ends.”
Stellan shook his head. “Never.”
And then, he took a deep breath. The princess-cut diamond ring had been tucked away inside a small pocket within his jacket, pressing into his chest. He reached in and grabbed the ring before looking back at Lyric. She had a hand over her mouth and a stray tear had escaped, now racing down her cheek. He brushed a gentle thumb over the tear, wiping it away. There would be many more tears to be shed, more trials to undergo, but none of that meant anything if he could be with Lyric.
Stellan knelt down on the ground and looked up, holding the ring. It’s brilliant diamonds sparkled under the afternoon sun, blindingly bright – but still not as stunning as Lyric.
“Lyric Rhys, will you do me the honor of marrying me?”
Lyric froze. She knew this was coming, but to have a prince on his knees in front of her was an entirely different thing to truly experience.
Stellan’s voice snapped her out of her thoughts. She beamed. “Yes!”
Stellan slipped the ring on her finger and kissed her knuckles. She helped him stand and gave him a big kiss before leaping into his arms.
“Looks like we’ve got a wedding to plan, my lovely finaceé,” Stellan said, kissing her nose.
“So it seems,” Lyric said, snuggling closer to her finacé.
And they sealed the deal with a kiss.