Epilogue

Two years had passed. I was closing in on twenty-one. Jase and I were still together. Things had gotten a little shaky the first time I had a problem with his blunt honesty, but we made it through.

My photography business had expanded and I had my own studio near the lodge. I still worked at the lodge, but I had other customers beyond the lodge.

I had given myself to Jase about six months and things had completely changed. I wasn't sure if it was for the better or worse. I was in love with him, but after six months of having sex, things seemed to be different.

It was a normal night at our house. I was sitting on my computer making sure that my latest customers were getting what they paid for. Jase was in the kitchen making a simple dinner that we were going to take out into the woods.

I wasn't really in the mood to go out and get dirty, but he really wanted to go. It seemed as if he had something special planned.

I stretched and looked out into the mall as Jase walked past the door. I sighed as he reappeared, "Ready, Charlie?"

I nodded and stood up, "What are we doing?"

He shook his head and pulled me close for a kiss, "I told you that it's a surprise."

I sighed, "Okay."

He pulled back, "What's wrong, Charlie?"

I shrugged, "Nothing."

"Charlie," his clear blue eyes were hard, "You're a horrible liar. Do you not want to go out tonight?"

I sighed, "Not really."

He nodded, "Why didn't you tell me before I went to all the trouble.?"

"Because I'm still willing to go. I don't want to ruin your night."

Jase rolled his eyes, "Do you want to go?"

I shook my head, "But I will go."

"That's not what I'm asking. Charlie, do you want to go or do you want to stay here."

I took a deep breath, "Stay here."

He nodded, "Why is it so hard for you to answer those types of questions?"

I shrugged, "Because I'm not used to having people care about what I think."

He nodded again, "You have to remember that I care," he took a deep breath and went down on one knee, "I had this planned a little more romantically, but this will have to do," he looked up into my eyes as he pulled a little jewelry box out of his pocket, "Charlie, I've spent the last two years with you. Everday has been a joy and I want to have many more with you," he opened the little box to expose a small ring, "Do you want to marry me?"

My eyes began to water. There was nothing that I wanted more. I nodded and he grabbed my left hand. He slipped the ring on my finger as I finally found my voice, "Yes."

He smiled as he stood up, "Thank you."

I wrapped my arms around his neck and pulled him into a kiss, "Thank you."