He was just staring at me in anticipation, waiting for an answer. Married? Aiden wanted to get married, in a couple months. I opened my mouth and closed it again, unable to say anything. “You… You want to…?” I trailed off in shock.
He smiled and nodded slowly. “Get married now, yes. Well, not now, now. December, now.”
“But.” I shook my head. “Aiden, we’re not even living in the same state. I’m still at high school.”
“And the sky’s blue, so what.”
I frowned. “Huh?” Where the heck did that come from? It didn’t even make any sense. Was he high or something?
Aiden sighed. “Look, Bailey, I love you. I want to get married and I don’t want to wait. It’s up to you though. If you want to wait until we’re both in New York we will.”
“Just back up a minute. Why now?”
“Because I love you. It doesn’t matter if we won’t be living together. There are millions of married couples around the world that don’t see each other every day. A wedding ring doesn’t mean you live together, it means you love each other. When I come home for Christmas break I want to go back a married man.”
“Why Christmas time though? Why not right now?”
He smirked. “Because you’ll be eighteen by then.”
“Ah, no parental permission.” My eyes widened. Holy crap, Dad! He was going to freak.
“Don’t,” he said, shaking his head. “Don’t think about anyone else. Forget everyone and everything. Will you marry me?”
This was one of those life defining moments. Getting married was a big deal, and doing it at eighteen was even bigger. Still, my decision was easy. “Yes,” I whispered. Aiden broke out in the most breath taking smile that made my heart swell. Oh God, we were getting married!
He pulled the ring out of the box and slipped it on my finger, and then he got up and kneeled in front of me. “I love you, Bailey.” His lips pressed down on mine and he kissed me so tenderly that I wanted to cry.
My heart was beating like crazy. “I love you too.” Inside my head I was screaming I’m getting married!
He sat back down but kept hold of my hand, playing with the ring on my finger. “Well, this one didn’t last long,” I joked, flashing his promise ring at him.
He shrugged and tapped the engagement ring. “Neither will this one.”
That was true. We didn’t have long. “Oh, God, where are we going to get married? How can we even do it with hardly any time?” I started to panic. There was so much to organise.
“Shh, don’t worry about all that tonight. We’ll figure it out over the next few days.”
“I go home tomorrow, Aiden.”
“Err, yeah, so do I.”
“What? You didn’t get kicked out of college did you?” Oh, crap, what had he done! He shook his head. “What then?”
“I knew we would need to tell our parents and I didn’t want you to do it alone. I don’t have practice until Wednesday anyway, I’ll just come back Tuesday night.”
“Give my dad one and a half days to murder you.” How badly would he react? It scared me. I didn’t want Dad to be disappointed or angry with me. “What if he’s dead against it?” Could I get married without Dad there? No, I don’t think I could.
“You don’t worry about that. Getting Ashton on board is my job.”
“We’re getting married,” I whispered, almost to myself. I was going to be Bailey Peters.
Aiden smiled. “Yep, I can’t wait.”
The ridiculously pretty waitress stopped at our table. “Are you ready to order?”
Oh, food. That was why we were here. I wasn’t that hungry anymore. “Are you ready, Bailey?” Aiden asked me. I nodded. “Usual?” I nodded again. Aiden gave our order to the waitress and handed the menus back to her. I suddenly gasped and looked around. No one was looking at us. Thank God. “What is it?”
“Do you think anyone saw?” I asked him, hiding my left hand under the table. Aiden frowned, hurt. “No, sorry, I didn’t mean it like that. We just can’t let anyone find out. If anyone saw it would be all over the news, magazines, Facebook and twitter in minutes. They can’t find out like that.”
He visibly relaxed. “Yeah, you’re right. I hate that I can’t show my fiancée off to my friends.”
My tummy did a flip at him calling me his fiancée. “You still can. You just can’t tell them.” My head was swimming with wedding plans. Where could we get married at such short notice? What date? What colour would the bridesmaids wear? What dress did I want? “When?”
|Alexandra Chando||as Bailey|
|Chace Crawford||as Aiden|
|Bella Thorne||as Marsie|
|Hayden Christensen||as Jackson|
|Xavier Samuel||as Brody|
|Jensen Ackles||as Ashton|
|Rachel Bilson||as Anna|
|Taylor Kinney||as Cameron|
|Chris Evans||as Nate|
|Ashley Greene||as Rosie|
|Jason Behr||as DJ|
|Scarlett Johansson||as Eve|
|Ryan Newman||as Ella|
|Blake Woodruff||as Austin|
|Scott Bailey||as Jake|