Matt sat back on the bench listening to the whistle of the wind and the sounds of kids. The park was theirs, he was just waiting, finding a nice place to sit and enjoy a cold day away from the bustle of the city. The park didn't block out the city but it was far enough and loud enough to drown out enough. Too much quiet could be just as bad as too much noise. His hand twirled in his pocket brushing all of it's contents ideally.
The sharp smack on his head forced his eyes open and his lips to smile. Hanging over his head was another, this one framed in blond hair, bright and shining against the darker overcast clouds above.
"Well this is rude." The woman said with a smirk. "I come out here to see you and here you are sleeping on the job."
"Technically, I'm not working, and I'm napping, not sleeping there is a difference." Matt corrected giving his own smirk.
"Shut up." She sighed leaning down and planting her lips tenderly over his. Matt couldn't help but suck in a gust of air. No matter how many times they did it, a simple kiss still made him feel like a king. After a moment she broke it off winding her way around the bench and sitting down next to him.
He wrapped his arm around her shoulder pulling her closer so her head rested next to his. She gave a content sigh as she settled in place.
"Don't fall asleep baby, I didn't ask you to come here so you could sleep on me." Matt said brushing her with his shoulder to keep her awake. He knew Shay was tired after her shift but sleeping on the bench could wait.
"Oh come on," Shay moaned settling her head back into his neck. "I'm tired, why did you ask me to come here? I wanna go home." She pouted like a child making Matt chuckle.
"In a little while. I'll take ya home, make you some good dinner too, how about some of my pasta?"
"Your pasta or that instant stuff? Cause I think the instant stuff is better." She said with a smile creeping over her lips.
Matt put a hand to his chest and gave a sigh. "Oh, I am hurt that you would say such thing." He said dramatically turning his head away from her. Shay laughed and hugged him tightly pecking him on the cheek. Matt smiled and hugged her snuggly to his side.
The two sat in silence the sounds of distant voices, passing cars and chirping birds forming a chorus around them that nearly lulled Shay asleep. Only Matt's light shaking kept her from drifting away. He couldn't help but laugh at how tired she was and the way her eyes kept flickering closed and darting open fighting fatigue. Matt couldn't let her fall asleep, he still had plans for the day.
With a light chuckle, he shook her again rousing her from her slumber. "Come one, let's get up, take a walk." He said pushing her to sit up. She whimpered and sat up standing up with Matt. He pulled her next to him and kissed her lightly on the head. He walked on, pulling her next to him and walking down the path. She leaned against him making him grin and wrap his arm around her shoulder.
The path wound under the trees that circled the playground. Matt pulled her along looking to the playground at the children and their parents. It was loud, but it was a soothing loud. He glanced around at the other people, the fluffy clouds above blocked the sun, dimming the world to a cool hue. The sun was out but behind the clouds it only kept the world warm, not blinding the kids or their observing parents with the light.
Matt walked along, aiming towards the lake as he slipped off the path through the trees towards the cool air of the pond. The trees hung low so he pulled Shay under his arm as they ducked around them. The branches parted and they walked past the heavy trunks, standing on the edge of the lake, clear blue water washing over the edge of the pool. Mat stopped and without a word dropped down pulling Shay on top of him.
She squealed and started laughing over Matt. He smiled up and pulled her lips to his, rolling her over to lie next to him.
"I don't think this is home." She said looking up to the trees.
"Yeah, but it's nice." He said pulling her closer to him. "I love this place too much."
"You nostalgic weirdo." She said grinning. "You know you don't have to do this, take me out here. Dinner is just fine."
"Yeah maybe." He said sitting up. Shay sat up alongside, looking out over the water.
"I love this place so much." She said tilting her head back. Matt looked to his side, looking at her face as her eyes closed. He let a content smile cross his lips. It was nice seeing her like this, happy, smiling just enjoying the sounds and sensations. He looked away as she opened her eyes, feeling suddenly awkward about staring.
"How long's it been Shay?" He asked looking at the story. "How long since you said yes to me?"
Shay looked from the water to Matt. "Years. Four years now." She laughed and looked away. "You were such a klutz. Had no tact."
"No tact?" He said looking to her with an open mouth. "Come one, I got you to agree to go out with me. Took some work, some clever words and the line of, 'come on you could always punch me if you don't like it.' but I got you to say yes."
She slowly sighed and grinned at the clouds. "Yeah you did. Persistent, so freaking persistent."
"Four years ago I had to work so hard just to get a yes out of you." Matt turned to her and waited till she turned to see him. "I hope it's not as hard this time."
She tilted her head blinking. Matt smiled and held up his hand, a tiny blue velvet box in his hand. Her eyes and mouth shot open in a silent gasp. She tried to speak but her words didn't seem to get out.
"Four years we've seen each other. Been the best damn years of my life. I've got my job, our house, I'm happy. The only thing that would make me happier," he gently tilted back the lid of the box letting the light sunlight brush the diamond on the silver band. "Is for you to my wife, make a family with me." He smiled, laughed, and coughed trying to hold back the water in his eyes. "I'm really hoping for a yes here Shay. Will you marry me?"
Shay smiled so fiercely Matt feared for the safety of her face, like it was going to tear apart. Her eyes wet and glistening but not tears, like her mind and body were unsure if tears should be used or not.
"Yes!" She squealed lunging at Matt and tackling him to the ground pressing her head into the crook of his neck. "Yes!" She sobbed.
Matt laughed and cried with her holding tight to the box in his hand wrapping his arms around her and holding her close. The two laid in the grass, clenched in each other's arms by the cool water, blocked from the world by the pond, the trees and the cool clouds.
"That was easy."