Pretend It's Love(76)

By: Stefanie London

“If it means anything, I never wanted to fall in love with you,” she said with a cheeky smile. She touched her hand to his chest and pulled him closer.

“I’m not sure how that is supposed to make me feel better.”

“What I mean is, nothing could have stopped me falling in love with you. Not logic, not reason, not my stupid ideas about what love means.”

“Nor mine.”

She smiled. “I don’t want you to push me away or clam up when things get tough. That’s how we’re going to stay together.”

“I promise.” He nodded, a calm washing over him and soothing the pains of the past. “We should celebrate.”

“To love?” she asked.

He reached over to the bar and handed her the cocktail. “To marriage.”

The ring caught the light, and her mouth dropped open.

“I don’t think I’ve ever seen you speechless before.” He held the ring carefully and unthreaded it from the cocktail stick. “Hold out your hand, I want to do this properly.”

Her hand shaking, she clasped the drink in her right hand and held out her left. He slipped the ring onto her finger, twirling it so that it shone in the light.

“Libby Harris, will you marry me?” He held her hand. “For real this time.”

“Yes,” she said, her eyes shining. “On one condition.”

“What’s that?”

“Don’t ever stop calling me Tiger.”

“Anything for you.”

“I guess this means I can stop looking for a new place to live.” She smiled, pressing her cheek against his chest.

The crowd erupted in a raucous cheer as he brought his mouth down to hers and kissed her deeply, but in that moment it was like they were the only two people in all the world. The orange and champagne danced on his tongue as he tasted her, clasping her hand in his, relishing the feel of the ring on her finger.

“There’s half a bed with your name on it, Tiger, and I can’t wait to wake up beside you.”

“I’m all yours.” She grinned and wrapped her hands around his neck, dragging his lips back to hers. “Forever and ever.”

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I would not be where I am today without the love and support of my husband. He has backed me from day one and is always the first person to tell me I can do something, no matter how big and scary the task may be.

Thank you to Mum, Dad, Sami, and Albie for always checking in on me and for making me feel loved even if we are in different hemispheres.

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