I hope you're having a lovely week. I've got another little teaser from All Cried Out for you. I hope it brightens your day a little. <3
"We want to get married here," Savannah announces at dinner that evening. Everyone freezes immediately, turning to face her. When all eyes are on her, she flushes and then says it again.
Lexi looks around the table at everyone and then shrugs. "Okay," she says.
When Kit and Maddi both nod, a relieved smile washes across Savannah's face. I squeeze her hand in mine and grin at her. We originally planned to marry at the Botanical Gardens, where I took her on our first date, but since we've moved the wedding date up, there's no way to make that happen. After talking about it today, she confessed she wants to marry me here. I told her the girls would be happy to let us get married on the property.
It'll give everyone something else to focus on, and we can keep the media out. Plus, all of our firsts happened on this property – our first kiss, the first time I made love to her, and the first time she said she loved me. It seems only fitting that we tie the knot here, too.
"Have you thought about where?" Lexi asks, cutting a piece of the steak Parker and I grilled.
"Under the oak tree outside the guest house," Savannah says instantly.
"Why there?" Kit asks her, genuine curiosity in her question.
"Um...." Savannah's eyes dart to me and then away, a blush staining her cheeks. "It's probably stupid," she mutters.
"I doubt that," Lexi says, smiling encouragingly at my girl. "Spill it."
Savannah's blush deepens. She folds her hands in her lap and then looks at me. "When I first came back here after... everything, when I needed to think, I'd sit out on the porch. Jared would come over to talk to me, and every time I saw him beneath that tree, no matter how bad things were at the time, he made me feel like everything would be okay. The first time I saw him out there, for the first time in a long time, I felt safe."
"I never knew that," I whisper, swallowing past the lump in my throat. "You never told me."
She gives me a small smile, looking at me from beneath her lashes. "Even when you confused me, just seeing you made me feel better, stronger. I want to marry you beneath that tree because that's where you always appeared when I needed you the most. I didn't have to say anything, you just knew, and you came for me."
I don't think anyone has ever said anything that means as much to me as the words she just gave me. My mouth is so dry, I have to lick my lips several times before I'm able to form words. Pushing my chair away from the table, I lift her from hers and place her in my lap. "Christ, I love you," I whisper, burying my face in her hair. My heart is pounding, my hands shaking. I close my eyes and breathe her in, letting that vanilla and sex scent work its way through me.
"I love you, too."
No one says anything for a long time, letting us have this moment to ourselves. And then I clear my throat and look up to find everyone watching us. Kit and Lexi have tears in their eyes. Maddi has a big grin on her face, and Parker's smiling.
"I guess we're getting married under the oak tree," I say, grinning widely.