© R. Biscuit
Hey, everything I need is right in front of me.
Here I go, here's my burst of emotion.
Here I go, now I'm telling you.
-Read My Mind Alex Goot feat. Tay Jardine
It's been a month after the incident, and Alex was released by the hospital a couple of weeks ago. I haven't seen him out of the hospital yet but that was because he went straight back to work and because of all the issues the Glass Company has with the Stephenson, he had to work it out fast.
It was a long day, and it's been difficult since Delaney had quit. The cashier spot hasn't been occupied yet and I was apparently the replacement. Most of the workers have gone home and I've been busying myself trying to store some pastries to the refrigerator.
The front door chimed signaling a customer. I quickly turned around to see a figure wearing a hood over his hat. He slid the order slip and I smiled at him. I made my way and took the box of chocolate fudge birthday cake from the cooler. I slid it on the countertop and taped a candle on the box.
The man then ripped the candle off and the box open. The icing on the cake read, 'Happy Birthday, Leigh!' in cursive. My eyes widened, I completely forgot. The candle was on the cake now and it was lit up. I looked up to the shadowed face of the man but the sparkle of those lime green eyes couldn't be mistaken as anyone else.
I reached out and flipped his hood off and took his cap in my hands. Alexander Glass was smiling at me. I ran to the other side of the counter and took him in my arms. I'm glad he was okay even with the bags under his eyes; I knew he was all right.
"Happy birthday, Leighton." He whispered in my ears and kissed my cheek.
I blew the candle and looked back at him.
"What did you wish for?" He asked.
I smiled brightly at him. "I didn't. I've got everything I want."
He playfully scowled and looked unimpressed by what I said but quickly smiled wickedly at me. "I'll be taking your wish then." He had his eyes closed for a moment and quickly opened to look at me with a smirk on his face.
My eyes narrowed at him, "What are you wishing for then?"
He then let go of me and one of his hand slid to hold mine. He knelt down on one knee and said, "I wish to be with the girl I love for the rest of our lives." He took out the ring I once saw in his room. It felt like it was ages ago but here it was. The ring I thought that would never land on my finger but not it was making its way there. "Will you marry me, Leighton?"
My heart was pounding and my head was debating if this was really happening. "Yes. Yes!"
He slid the ring on my finger and stood up, wrapping his arms around my waist, lifting my feet off the ground, spinning me around. My lips landed on his and the moment could never be more perfect.
A low whistle brought us back and our heads swiftly followed the sound only for our eyes to land on Lawrence. "Surprise?" He said lamely.
Riley rolled her eyes at him only the snag me in her arms and out of Alex's. The bakery workers were there along with Delaney. Jane Glass and Rodney Glass, her husband was also there.
"I think it was us who were surprised. Way to ruin everything, Alex." Lawrence's voice was filled with sarcasm but nonetheless hugged me and yet again made me the filling to their sandwich.
"I didn't know you guys were planning anything and please just make sure the my fiancée can breathe." He sighed but this time, didn't try to pull me out of the embrace I was held in.
My breath hitched by his words, his fiancée. I smiled and reached out for him and out of Riley and Lawrence's arms.
"Happy birthday and congratulations, big sister." Delaney smiled at me as some workers tackled her with Theo who also greeted us.
"Glad you finally have that happy ending we've been hoping for you, boss." Theo whispered as he was being pulled away.
Jane and Rodney came closer and gave us their own congratulations. "See, honey, I knew they'd end up with each other." Jane pointed out.
Rodney playfully rolled his eyes at his wife. "Only because if they didn't meet then you would've done what you've agreed with Sarah?"
"Agreement with my mother?" I quipped in hearing my mother's name.
"They used to joke that they'd have to have their children have an arranged marriage. Every woman's fantasy with their children." He sighed.
Jane chuckled as she nudged her husband. "It's a good thing I didn't have to, right?"
I looked up at Alex only to have a freaked out expression on his face. He then pulled me out to the bakery's kitchen. He then pressed be up to the island and he rested his forehead on mine. "I told them not to do this you know." He said.
"Wow, that's the sweetest thing I've ever heard." My voice oozed sarcasm.
"No, what I meant was that I just want you for myself. Especially since this is the night I proposed." He explained with a defeated tone.
"Well, now that you have me until someone goes in the kitchen…" My voice lingered for him to continue whatever he was planning.
His lips touched my ear and it felt like feathers caressing me as he spoke, "I was actually planning to just have you somewhere else more private other that here." He hinted with a glint in his eyes. "But it would be rude for the guests if you'd have to disappear in the beginning of the party."
"I have no idea what you're talking about." I teased as I pushed myself against him trying to get him out of the way.
He stayed put. "I guess I'll just have you all to myself later. I've waited long enough anyway, I can wait again. But this can't wait." He then pressed his lips on mine. "I love you so much." He muttered out in between the kisses.
"I love you." I stated not as a reply but something much stronger. It wasn't only something to say back because my feelings were stronger than that. It's because I didn't have any other bullshit to use to deny it. I didn't have to linger on it anymore.
I finally took my chance and all this time, I thought it was life that was pushing me on a choice but all this time, I had a choice that I could choose anytime but the choice I was going to take was always an obvious road, I chose Alexander Glass. I had to fully let go of the past and at the same time, take my chance that popped out.
Finally! Got something done!
Hiya! Victory dancing right now! I'm so happy and so appreciative for everyone who went through this journey with me from start to end. And also I'm so giddy for those who are continuing this with me with Exits And Entrances!
-The story is in medias res and the flashbacks are really meant for the readers to know what Alex Glass is actually remembering at that time.
-This story is inspired by a tumblr post!
-Alexander Glass's name is inspired by Alex Gaskarth. I was so tempted to use William as his middle name but it's too bleh and I really don't want to come off of as a fangirl. No, Leighton's name is not inspired by Leighton Meester.
-Leighton is afraid of driving cars. If you actually realized it was never her who was driving the car or she just takes the bus. This is because she's actually afraid of killing someone with her own hands with what killed her mother.
-At first, Marissa Stephenson was never part of the picture. It's just so uneventful for my initial ending so I had to put some action in it.
-When I decided to put in Marissa, Delaney was not the step-sister that I planned to put in. The initial sister was some rebel high school drop-out who ran away from her mom's house and will eventually love Leigh but I thought that it's smarter and more relevant to have Delaney be the sister instead.
-Scenes from the three-day wedding celebration actually included having David make Alex jealous but I just placed it earlier.
To everyone who reviewed, favorite-d, and followed this story, thank you so much! Couldn't have done it with you!
Until next time,
- R. Biscuit