Proposal in Paradise (Part 2): Aaron

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Aaron:


"Shut up, man. I'm doing it."

"It's pointless to stop him, Ethan."

"But he's gone nuts!"

"He's been thinking about this since high school graduation."

Through the screen of my phone, Ethan's jaw dropped.

"High school?" he said, clearly shocked. "That's like forever years ago! I didn't know you've been that whipped then."

"She's the love of my life," I stated. "There's no one I'd rather spend my life with. You can say whatever the hell you want. I won't change my mind."

Ethan groaned and put both his hands on his head. "Oh, man. Aaron's getting hitched. Aaron's getting fucking hitched. I feel so old."

I would've laughed if my nerves weren't all over the place.

"We're adults, Ethan. We're supposed to make decisions like that."

"No, we're supposed to be enjoying life and living it to the fullest."

Luke chuckled quietly.

"I wanna live it with her," I admitted. "As my wife."

Ethan shook his head and put his hands up in defeat. "Fine. Whatever."

I heard some shuffling behind me, making me glance at Dakota on the bed. She was a deep sleeper so I doubt she heard our conversation.

"Look, I gotta go," I told my best buddies, looking back on my phone. "Just wanted to give y'all a heads up."

Luke nodded. "Good luck."

"I hope you know what you're doing," said Ethan.

Taking a deep breath, I replied, "I do."

"Don't worry, Aaron," smiled Luke. "She'll say yes."

I managed to nod.

God, I hope so.

As soon as I hung up, I heard a soft knock on the door. I stood up and went to open it. A beaming Viria greeted me.

"Jason is setting up the camera," she informed me. "You ready?"

"Yeah, you go ahead. We'll be right down."

Viria grinned wickedly. "She's so gonna hate waking up this early."

I grinned. "I know."

"Good luck, then." She gave me a two thumbs up and disappeared down the hall.

I took a deep breath to get rid of the nerves and went back to bed to wake up Dakota. Over the years, I managed to learn a new trick. One that forces her to wake up with a smile.

I crawled near the edge of the bed and slowly pushed up the sheets. I lowered my head to kiss her calf. I made my way up, showering her bare skin with light kisses while I watched her face for any sign of waking up.

When I reached her thigh, I caught the corner of her lips twitch. With a smirk, I switched to her hand, up to her arm, going to her shoulder, then the nape of her neck. By now, there was a full blown smile on her face.

"Good morning, D," I whispered in her ear.

She moaned. "I hate it when you do that. It's not fair."

"Come on, sleepyhead," I chuckled. "I wanna show you something." I kissed her cheek, then sat up to pull her off the bed.

"I want to go back to sleep. Can't you show me later?"

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