Two waiters quickly came to his aid and took him into the rest room to clean up. She noticed that everyone in the room seemed to be sympathetic towards him. She couldn’t handle the betrayal she felt within, tears dropped from her eyes. Her fingers vibrated so much. A much older woman came to her and touched her shoulders,
“its okay honey, its obvious it’s you he loves”.
“I feel so hurt”, Crystal couldn’t contain how she felt, she was visibly shaken and sobbed audibly.
“don’t feel so bad my dear, wipe your eyes and look around”, Crystal looked up without wiping her teary eyes. What she saw confused her. Everyone in the restaurant were all standing and smiling some of them held huge and white plague cards with bold inscriptions written on each of them. She stood up and looked around her. The elderly woman held her hand.
“don’t just stand and stare, read what is written on each card”. Crystal obeyed and read. She started with the one closest to her.
I FELL IN LOVE WITH YOU, NOT FOR HOW YOU LOOK, BUT FOR WHO YOU ARE, LET’S SPEND THE REST OF OUR LIVES TOGETHER, I WANT TO GROW OLD WITH YOU, I CAN’T IMAGINE A LIFE WITHOUT YOU, HAVING YOU BY MY SIDE IS WHAT COMPLETES ME, BEFORE I FELL IN LOVE WITH YOU I NEVER KNEW HOW INCOMPLETE I WAS, I NOW KNOW THAT YOU AND I ARE TRULY MEANT TO BE TOGETHER Crystal turned to the elderly woman,
“what does this mean?”, the woman smiled with so much delight.
“come, there is more outside”. She followed her outside with so much confusion written all over her face. As soon as they got out, she saw a row of people facing themselves, immediately she saw them they created a path for her to pass through. Each of them carried similar huge plague cards which read
“EASTON LOVES CRYSTAL” .
She could see him at the end of the row. The elderly woman who was standing beside her vanished. The crowd urged her to walk through. She could hear a familiar music playing out,
“Can’t stop this thing we started” by Bryan Adams. By this time she was already overwhelmed. All the anger she felt towards him melted. The crowd kept urging her to walk through. She took the first step, then the next, then she found herself walking through.
As she walked, they threw white roses on the ground. She could see Easton beaming as he waited for her. Everything was perfect, the tears that flowed from her eyes as she walked were no longer tears of hurt but of love for him.
Finally the walk that seemed to take forever ended. She stood in front of him. She wanted to say something, but words got stuck in her throat. Easton knelt down on one knee and held a single red rose up to her.
“By the moon I kneel to seek your glory, the red rose I give to you now creates a new story between us Seasons are many, their reasons are few What will remain is my love for you” She took the rose from him and touched his face,
“ I love you so much Easton, get up”
“I won’t, not yet”.
He took out the small case from his pocket and opened it to reveal a blue diamond ring by Bvlgari, it was guarded by brilliant cut diamonds and baguette cut diamonds along the sides of the ring. She gasped and placed her hand on her mouth, by this time tears flowed freely from her eyes.
“will you do me the favor of becoming my wife, will you make me the happiest man alive”. Her legs became weak. In her younger days she had fantasized about so many kinds of proposals but not something as beautiful and real as this. She was totally swept of her feet. She looked at with so much love and adoration. The crowd started chanting
“Say Yes”, phones were up all over taking the most beautiful moment. She stretched forth her left hand, with so much relief he slides the ring on her finger. He got up and sealed her acceptance with a long kiss on her lips. The crowd roared with excitement and applauds. Easton hugged her so tight as if he was scared to loose her,
“thank you for accepting, I love you so much”. Crystal felt a consistent tap on her back, she slowly pulled away to see who it was. When she turned to see, she saw the lady who poured the bottle of wine on his head, his supposed girlfriend. She turned to Easton.
“explain this”, Easton and the lady laughed,
“ Crystal meet Belinda” he said. Belinda hugged Crystal who didn’t return her hug
“Easton I’m confused”
“I hired her to play her part”
“oh my God”, Crystal said with realization. “What about the elderly woman who brought me outside. Easton pointed to a direction, she saw the woman waving and smiling as she mouthed
“congratulations”. Phones were still up videoing, everybody trying to get the last scene.
“now let’s go somewhere we can be alone, away from this crowd”
“okay”. He held her hand and walked to where he parked the car as the crowd waved goodbye to the newly engaged.
They arrived at a garden. He got out of the car and opened the door for her and held her hand as she got out. He led her through a narrow path. The narrow path led to an open space. She saw a picnic mat with four roses on it. He drew her towards the mat and pointed to the roses.
“these roses represents four letters”
“and what are they?” she asked
“they are L O V E”. She smiled and placed her head on his chest, he kissed her forehead. They sat down under the full moon and talked about anything that came to their minds. If Crystal was asked what her most beautiful moment was, she would always refer to this day. With fingers interlocked they talked into the night.