"Its not like I'm saying NO." Ellie looked at him as she sat there in the pew after everyone else had gone on their merry way to the reception.
"Really?" His smile got to her. She smiled too.
"Its like I'm on this adventure with you," Ellie said as she rested her head on his shoulder.
"You know, I really want us to be married a while before we have kids, anyway." He sighed. "Charlie is more than enough for now."
"Yeah, he's plenty." She agreed. "So how do you think your parents really feel about him?"
"It doesn't matter." He shook his head. "I mean, I always felt being here was more of a burden than anything. And well, I kind of think Dad has what he wants right now. He's got Lonnie, close by. And I'm far enough away that, you know, we don't have to see each other all that often. Kind of the way he likes it."
"That doesn't bother you?"
"No, no it doesn't." He smiled. "Sometimes, you feel closer to family when you're far away instead of right next door because that can really drive you crazy. Or maybe I just drive him crazy."
"But they love you. They do. Your step-mom is completely in love with Charlie." Ellie was sure of that.
"No," he shook his head. "They love you." He messed with her hair a bit. "We'd have to get married here."
"But my Mom would want me to get married, you know, back home." She sighed.
"We better get married three times just to make sure its a charmed life, you know." He laughed.
"I am expecting you to get down on one knee, you know. Or its not a done deal." She slightly smirked.
He got up then and turned around taking a little black velvet box out of his coat pocket. "Alright."
Ellie looked up at him. He was serious. She just smiled when he got down on one knee and said those magic words.