Out on the water, one of the best things to do is have a nice dinner, so, when I decided to propose to my Sweets, that's what I decided to do.
So on our 다음 interaction with civilization, I dropped 의해 a gourmet 음식 place, picked up some amazing 연어 fillets, Tony Chachres seasoning, which I had always loved, and some fresh 시금치 leaves, tomatoes, garlic, and gouda cheese. The other stop I made was to a jewelery store.
When I explained that the girl I loved wasn't much of a ring wearer(wink), he showed me a 목걸이 on a thin gold chain. The pendant was a white gold 심장 with a large, two-caret, heart-shaped diamond placement. I got that upgraded with a thicker chain, and I was set. It's never a good idea to disclose the price of an engagement piece of jewelery, so I won't do that...
Sweets, Jenna, and Kodiak had stayed on the 보트 while I had ventured ashore, so they knew not of my plans.
After hiding the 목걸이 in an undisclosed location in the master stateroom that Sweets couldn't even reach, I brought the groceries into the galley and fired up the grill on the aft deck. Soon, the forty five foot fishing boat, named The Following Sea, was filled with the aromas of grilling salmon, baking garlic bread, and the tart tang of balsamic vinaigrette.
At about seven thirty our time, 공식 만찬, 저녁 식사 was served and Sweets, Kodiak, Jenna, and I sat down to eat at the 표, 테이블 on the transom.
The water was as flat as I had ever seen it. Maybe the gods wanted me to marry her as much as I did.
After the 샐러드 and garlic bread, which I had slightly scorched, I served the 연어 main course. The Tonys spices gave the 물고기 a decent kick of heat, and rosemary and cilantro added that perfect hint of sweetness to a recipe that my father had taught me.
Everyone finished their meal in time, and we all fell to small talk, including but not limited to, me, Sweets, me and Sweets, Kodi, food, movies, and music.
At an appropriate lull in the conversation, I snuck away from the 표, 테이블 and retrieved the necklace. When I got back, I sat down as if nothing was going on, then abruptly started stroking Sweets' paw, which was lying on the table. My mouth went dry when she looked over at me, a smile on her face from the wonderful night that was about to get way better in her eyes.
Around my cotton-mouth, I said, "Sweets?"
She locked eyes with me, liquid pools of blue that drew me in.
"Yeah?" she said inquisitively, her eyes exploring my expression.
I 사랑 you. The expression that I was feeling at that moment.
"I 사랑 you, Sweets," I said tenderly.
"Aww! I 사랑 당신 too!" she beamed.
I took her paw in my hands and said it again.
"Sweets, I 사랑 you. I 사랑 당신 like-like... I can't even find an expression that fits!"
She looked at me funny, like she expected me to just up and start dancing.
I did get up, but it wasn't for that.
"Sweets, 당신 are the kindest, sweetest, most gentle 늑대 I've ever laid eyes on. You're smart, and funny, and a gem to have around."
Her tail started thumping against the chair back.
"You're a gem to have around as a friend, but I'd like to be 더 많이 than that," I said, reaching into my pocket.
Her blue eyes followed my hand as it gripped something.
I brought the small blue velvet box out of my pocket and opened it, revealing the necklace.
"Sweets?" I asked, swallowing.
"Yeah?" she said uncertainly.
"Will 당신 do me the honor of marrying me?"
A moment of stunned silence followed these words. Out of the corner of my eye, I saw Jenna make a discreet gesture of approval.
"Yes! Yes, I will marry you!" she exclaimed, launching herself off her chair and colliding with my chest. I fell over and she wound up sitting on me. I took the chain out of the box and she turned so I could put it on her. After I had fastened the clasp, she turned around. The expression on her face at that moment is one moment that will stay with my life forever, a look of pure happiness.
While the two of us hugged, Kodiak and Jenna howled happily at the moon, commemorating this moment.
At my request, the two canines went inside, leaving me and Sweets out on the transom.
We didn't say 또는 do much that night. Every time I looked at her, I saw the moonlight glinting off the 목걸이 and the words just died in my throat.
We sat there that night for god knows how long, just enjoying each others company.