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MacKenzie Saves the World
The next morning MacKenzie stretched, trying to remember why her muscles were so sore, and how her bed had gotten so soft. Her hands and feet both hit barriers before she opened her eyes and recognized Josh’s living room.
And the man himself, fast asleep in his chair across from where she lay on his couch.
She smiled at how peaceful he looked. The past month had been so busy, but they’d made time for each other and she’d gotten to know him – not just what he liked and how he thought though they’d certainly spent plenty of time talking about…everything, but she knew his expressions, his habits, every line and crease on his face. And everything she knew about him just made him that much more dear to her. She couldn’t imagine life without this amazing, resilient man.
Careful to be quiet, she moved the blanket aside and stood, unable to resist just one more stretch up high overhead. When her heels finally touched down and she looked over at Josh, he was looking at her, something in his eyes that she couldn’t quite decipher.
“You’re beautiful,” he said, setting his own blanket aside. She rolled her eyes at him as he rose and came toward her.
“My hair’s a mess, this dress is trashed, and I’m sure my makeup’s all over my face. But thank you.”
He leaned down for a kiss and she met him half-way, surprised when he released her quickly.
He nodded, reaching into his pocket. “Better than okay.” He pointed to the ottoman. “Can you sit down for a minute?”
Kenzie sat, her stomach flipping in anticipation. And when he knelt in front of her, she could barely focus for the pounding in her chest. He held out a small black box, still closed on the palm of one hand, and grasped her hand with the other.
“You know I love you, MacKenzie. And I can’t imagine my life without you. Will you marry me? Please?”
She couldn’t have held back a wide smile if she’d tried.
“Of course I’ll marry you. I love you so much.” She threw her arms around his neck and kissed him, throwing them both off balance. When they were both laughing on the floor, he rolled to his side and held up the box, a teasing glint in his eye.
“Do you want to see your ring now?” The way he said it, the look on his face made her curious.
“Absolutely.” She reached for the box, but he pulled it back out of reach. Laughing, he opened it where she couldn’t see it, and then slowly lowered it down to eye level.
Kenzie looked at the dark, almost black titanium band inlaid with two lighter bands top and bottom. A pink oval diamond was set deep in the center, the top flush with the band so it wouldn’t get caught on things. She stared for a long moment, not sure whether to laugh or cry as Josh took it out of the box and slid it on the ring finger of her left hand. she wiggled her finger, watching the light flash through the stone.
“I can’t believe it,” she breathed, unable to take her eyes off it. “You had Charade’s ring made. How did you do it?”
Josh reached for her hand, bringing it to his lips for a kiss.
“I had Kevin get me your sketches, and took them to a jeweler I know. One of his designers made it happen. You like it?”
MacKenzie shook her head. “No, I love it. You are amazing.” She pulled him down for a kiss, needing him close.
“Superhero amazing?” he murmured against her lips, rubbing his nose against hers. She giggled.
“My own personal superhero, without a doubt.”
Thanks for reading – I hope you enjoyed MacKenzie’s story! The edited, final version will be out in print and ebook on November 14th.