The proposal

The proposal episode 3 – finale

The Proposal
Episode 3
Thankful to Jennifer’s friends, they were able to cheer her out of depression and were sure by her side at those trying times. Gradually, Jennifer started giving up on Love and harbouring the mentality that maybe she wasn’t meant to get married after all. Gradually, all her proposal and wedding fantasies and dreams started vanishing. It got to the point where Jennifer stopped giving anyone access to her life at all. She was approaching 30 years and her walls became even thicker and h-rder to penetrate. She had already given up on herself, Love, and all the fantasies she used to live with for many years. The reality of her predicament made those dreams and fantasies look like a myth to her.
Well, you know that sweet thing they say about the best things of life showing up unexpected and at a time all hope have been given up. Something beautiful happened in Jennifer’s life that turned everything around.
One causal evening, Jennifer decided to go for a walk around her neighbourhood. That evening, there was a party ongoing at one of her distant neighbour’s house. While strolling, she passed in front of the house the party was ongoing and a particular guy sighted her from the balcony. “Chizzy, who’s this lady?” the guy asked his friend that owned the house, “I don’t know, but I see her pass most times with her car or by foot” Chizzy replied.
Without hesitating, the guy in question who’s name was Michael, went downstairs and camped in front of his car that was parked outside the compound; waiting for Jennifer to pass by again.
After about a hour of waiting outside, Michael finally s₱0tted Jennifer coming back from wherever she went to. He leaned a bit on his car bonnet as he waited for her to come closer.
“Hello, please can I talk to you for just one second?” Michael politely asked. One look at the neat handsome gentleman and Jennifer’s attention was stolen. “How can I help you?” she asked with a straight face, “You can help me in so many ways by giving me just a little of your attention or letting me walk with you” he politely said with a smile on his face. Due to the calm manner at which he spoke, she agreed for him to walk with her.
As they strolled down towards Jennifer’s house, a conversation started. “By the way, my name is Michael and you?” he asked, “Jennifer” she replied, “Nice name I must confess” he said and she thanked him afterwards. Michael was bound on knowing her well so he probed further; “I saw you initially when you passed and knew that I just had to talk to you. Has anyone ever told you how graceful and peaceful your presence is? Because I would be truly disappointed if no one ever did” he said and she smiled faintly, “actually, no one has told me anything like that” she replied. Michael looked into her eyes and calmly asked “Who are you around all day?”.
The cuteness Michael exhibited was just too much for Jennifer to contain. She blushed all through their remaining conversation till they got to her apartment. “Can I see you again? I really want to see you again?” he asked, “why do you think it’s necessary to see me again?” she inquired, “Because I like how I feel now I am with you and would love to feel this way again” he said.
There was just no way Jennifer would deliberately let go of the first man that ever looked into her eyes and told her how amazing and special she was. Matter of fact, she liked his vibes and wanted him around too. After much thought, she gave her number to him and they bid each other ‘Goodbye’. It felt too soon to be excited or expectant of anything so she instantly killed any expectation or excitement that tried to spring up.
First thing the next day, Michael called to check up on Jennifer and also inquire if she was OK. That was the first time a man had ever been so concerned about her than she was concerned about herself. Later that day, he came around her neighbourhood in the evening and called her to come out. Thankfully, she was back from work by then and happily strolled down to where he was parked.
“Surprise visit indeed, thanks for stopping by” Jennifer said when she entered his car, “I should be the one telling you thanks for coming out to see me in such short notice” Michael said. They smiled and laughed at every little thing they said or did, that one would think they were siblings. Michael was a Pilot by profession and was hærdly ever around and that was why he made good use of every little opportunity he had to see the people he cared about. When his occupation was disclosed, Jennifer also told him everything he wanted to know about her.
As they conversed, Michael informed Jennifer that he would be flying the next day and she was a bit sad and jokingly made a frown face. He cheered her up and asked what she wanted when he comes back in 3 days time; “Just bring yourself back safe and sound” she replied and he smiled warmly. Their little car meeting came to an end and he dropped her off in front of her house before zooming out.
There was just something about Michael that felt so good. For the first time in Jennifer’s life, she was genuinely happy to be around someone. He never flirted with her, he was articulated and considerate, he listened whenever she spoke and also cared about her with actions.
Suddenly, Jennifer started finding every lost emotions and feelings that vanished due to all she has been through in the past. She kept everything about Michael to herself and didn’t want to tell her friends too soon. For everyday Michael was away, he called her at least once and never missed a day.
The time scheduled for Michael to return drew nearer and Jennifer felt like a little kid on Christmas day who couldn’t wait to open her presents. Everything about him just felt right with her and despite the fact that she was taking things slow, the emotional rush was just beyond her.
Finally, that beautiful long anticipated day came and Jennifer held her phone all through, waiting for Michael to call and inform her that he was back home. She waited all morning till evening but no call was coming forth. Disappointed and heart broken, she gave up all hope of seeing him that day and started attending to other things.
At around 7pm, Jennifer’s phone rang and it was an unknown number. She felt disappointed that it wasn’t Michael and sadly picked up the call. “Hello” she sadly said, “Why do I sense sadness in that voice, I guess I have the perfect medicine to cheer you up. I’m outside your house, come out” the unknown voice said and without a name revelation, Jennifer scre-med “Michael, is it you?” and he happily said ‘Yes’.
Without thinking twice, Jennifer ran outside her house and there was Michael; standing in front of his car like a piece of snack. She happily ran and gave him a hug and they both held each other for long. “I missed you” Michael said while still holding her tightly and she reciprocated by saying “I miss you too”.
It was such a beautiful moment for two people who only just began to know themselves. It goes far to prove the saying that when you find that right person for you, there wouldn’t be second guesses or double minds, you will just know deep down that that person completes you in a way no one else can.
After the display of affection, they talked for a while to catch up on what had been happening in each other lives before Michael finally asked her out. “I want you in my life and I’m willing to try and see where this goes” he said. Jennifer was dumbfounded and didn’t know what reply to give. After much consideration, she accepted his relationsh¡p request and they officially became an item from that day henceforth.
With the new ‘Taken’ status, Jennifer decided to let her friends in on what was happening in her life. They were so happy that she had found love again and wished it would be her last bus-stop.
Days passed, same with weeks and months and their relationsh¡p grow stronger and eventually got to the point where they realised that they couldn’t do without each other. Jennifer had flown twice to an all expense paid trip with her beau. It was so refreshing dating a man that was out of the norm she was used to. She started exploring life to its fullest and began to glow.
As time went by, Michael began to feel it was time he settled down once and for all with this lady he liked dearly; which was Jennifer. The funny thing was that she never mentioned married to him not even for one day but still was at peace because she knew deep down that her heart was in the hands of the right person she had waited so many years for.
Unknown to Jennifer, her man had already started making plans to pop the Big question. Michael wanted a simple but yet memorable proposal and that was the kind of fantasy Jennifer also had too. It took him over a month to plan the Big day but it was all worth it at the end.
It turns out that Michael was a personal pilot to a Wealthy man that owned a private jet. He told the man about his proposal and what he wanted to do with the jet and without hesitation, the man permitted him to use it. With the help of some decorators, he was able to decorate it slightly with roses and “Will you marry me” balloons.
There were two glasses and a bottle of wine waiting to be popped. Michael made reservation at a nice resort in another state, far away from the one they resided in. It was the perfect time to surprise Jennifer on her 30th birthday.
On the morning of that same day, Jennifer woke up with a heavy heart and cried her eyes out for still being unmarried with no kids. Despite the fact that she had Michael, there was no much guarantee in her heart that he wouldn’t change one day and walk away. After crying all morning, she cleaned her face and pretended to be happy as loved ones and well wishers poured in their ‘Happy Birthday’ messages. Michael pretended as though he had an urgent travel to make and wouldn’t be available to celebrate with her. He sent her a Big cake as camouflage so she wouldn’t suspect what he had under his sleeves.
The day went on fine as Jennifer received birthday wishes from every angle. It was on a Saturday and she was glad that there was no going to the office. Few friends came around during the day and they celebrated with her. Everything was going on as usual till Jennifer got a text from Michael, requesting that she dress up for a birthday date and that his travel plans were cancelled. She was extremely happy that she gets to spend that day with the man she loved and not just her friends. She wore a breathtaking red gown and waited for him to come pick her up.
Shortly afterwards, Michael arrived and they headed to an undisclosed destination. When they arrived at the airport, Jennifer was wondering if he forgot something and came to pick it up. “Did you forget anything?” she curiously asked, “Yes I did, please follow me to go get it so we can be back sooner and leave to where we are going” he lied and they both alighted and headed towards the area the plane was parked. “I forgot something important in,side the plane, take the lead” he instructed and she gently climbed the private jet stairs.
Immediately Jennifer entered completely and saw the “Will you marry me?” balloons at one side of the plane, she held her heart and quickly turned back to ask Michael what was going on but found him on his knees with a ring in his hands saying “Will you?”.
Oh my! It was as though the world should come to an instant end because Jennifer was about to go crazy. At that moment, she couldn’t talk nor breathe but just had her mouth wide opened. “Will you? Michael asked the second time and she burst into tears.
“Baby, what’s.. what’s… going on?” Jennifer asked with tears in her eyes and Michael didn’t even know when tears fell off his own eyes too. “I’m still waiting for your answer babe, will you?” he asked and she shouted ‘Yes’ with tears falling uncontrollably from her eyes. He ins**ted the ring in her finger, got up afterwards and plated a soft k-ss on her l-ips of which she reciprocated. He looked into her eyes and said; “This is forever baby” and she nodded ‘Yes’ with tears still in her eyes.
Before the atmosphere explored with emotions, the pilot door opened and a co-pilot was seated on the seat, as one ready to fly. Surprised and confused, Jennifer asked; “Babe please tell me there are no more surprises”.
Michael smiled and replied; “I saved the best for the last, we are actually on our way for a weekend getaway and if you will excuse me now, I have a plane to fly”.
Jennifer almost died blushing and couldn’t contain the joy and happiness that flowed through her heart. She sat down on the plane, opened the wine and dialed one of her friend’s line.
“Hello Jenny” her friend greeted. She smiled and said; “Guess who just got snatched from the market? Your girl is finally Taken!”. Her friend joyfully scre-med “Ayeeee!”.
End of story! 😉
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Written by Sonia Okehie

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