We arrived at the ruins of an old ancestral house; the posts and floorings are the only ones left, but it's not the house that we came here for, it's the lake. When I was younger, I used to put daisies on the water and watch them as they float. 

"This place looks great." he said watching the fireflies dancing on a not so far distance. 

The wind blowed just right, slightly blowing his curls to the side. The moon was shinning so bright, as the lake glistened upon its reflection. It was like a perfect place, perfect time, and a perfect.. boyfriend to be?

"So, this is your special place?" he said, looking at me. The moon shined perfectly on his face, making his eyes even more captivating as it slightly glowed.

"Yup. Before this fame thing, I used to stay here and throw pebbles into the water whenever I'm mad." I looked back at him. His eyes were glued into mine. "This is where I used to practice singing." I smiled at him. 

"Then you probably spent most of the day in here."

"Day.. And night."

"Wow. Well, look at you now."

I sighed. "When the time comes, I want to live here with my future husband and kids. I think that would be awesome."

He was still staring at me when I looked back at him, followed by minutes of silence. Oh great, what if he thought that I was referring to him? My heart was drumming rapidly inside my chest; what is he thinking about? Is he going to say: 'Hey, I told you that I love you but I never said that I'll marry you'. 

In my peripheral vision, he was staring at the lake. His face was emotionless.

"The idea of having a wife and kids haven't crossed my mind yet.." I looked down on my toes as I gently kicked some small rocks. 

"..until I met you." My body stiffened from where I was standing, did I heard it right? I lifted my gaze and looked at him in confusion. 

"You probably think I'm joking." he smiled as he continued. I really don't care if he's joking right now. All I know, is that it felt so good to hear what he just said. 

"Andria, I know we've been seeing each other.. like its a part of our daily routine. Being with you just makes my day, and it hurts to think that you're scared to trust me." he cupped my cheeks with his hands as he looked deep into my eyes. "But I'm willing to wait until you're ready."

I smiled at him as I slipped my arms on his waist and pulled him into a tight hug. I love him and it's all that matters now, I don't have to be scared. 

I could hear his heart beating as I rested my head on his chest. Mine was beating fast as well. "Well today's the perfect time." he said as I looked up at him. 

"Perfect time for what?" I asked. 

He reached into his pocket and pulled out a small box. "I just bought it this morning before I went to see you." he smiled as he opened the box and took a bracelet out of it. 

My eyes widened as a smile spreads across my face. "Michael, you didn't have to--"

"Shhhhh." he sticked his finger on my lips. "I want you to have this." he took my hand and placed the bracelet around my arms. "I want you to wear it all the time. It's a reminder, that I will always be here for you no matter what. And in case I'm not around, think of this as my representative." he grinned. "So if ever they asked you to undergo breast augmentation again, this will remind you that you don't need even just a tiny bit of enhancement." he chuckled.

"It's beautiful." I traced my finger on a heart shaped jewel in the middle, as tears of joy filled my eyes. "Thank you so much."

"The word 'here' was carved in the middle of the bracelet."

"I love it Michael." I said as I pulled him into a tight hug. We stayed in that position for a while. Just feeling his warmth against my body.

We stood there, just loving the moment like our life was dependant on each others arms. "We can't go on dancing without a song." he muttered against my ear, sending goosebumps all over me. It was then that I realized that we were slightly swaying. "Wait." he pulled out from our hug and pulled out his phone. Then suddenly, a song started being played. 

-- Baby....I....dancing in the dark with you between my arms
Barefoot on the grass, we're listenin' to our favorite song
When you said you looked a mess, I whispered underneath my breath
But you heard it, darling, you look Perfect tonight

"I love this song & Ed sheeran!" I exclaimed.

"I know." he took my hands and placed it around his neck. "Too bad I can't dance as good as Ed." he sayid after putting his arms around my waist as he drew me close.

"We can ask him to teach us someday." I glanced up as I respond, and found Michaek's face only inches from mine. And there goes my heart again, pounding so hard against my chest. 

"You're so beautiful." he whispered. 

The song continued....

--Well, I found a woman, stronger than anyone I know
She shares my dreams, I hope that someday I'll share her home
I found a love, to carry more than just my secrets
To carry love,…to carry children of our own

We are still kids, but we're so in love
Fightin' against all odds
I know we'll be alright this time
Darling, just hold my hand
Be my girl, I'll be your man
I see my future in your eyes

Baby, I'm dancing in the dark, with you between my arms
Barefoot on the grass, listenin' to our favorite song
When I saw you in that dress, looking so beautiful
I don't deserve this, darling, you look perfect tonight...


"I love you Andria." he whispered against my ear.

I smiled, "I love you too Michael."

I could felt his breath fanned on my neck as I heard him sigh in relief as his arms around me tightened. 

----Baby, I'm dancing in the dark, with you between my arms
Barefoot on the grass, we're listenin' to our favorite song
I have faith in what I see
Now I know I have met an angel in person
And she looks perfect
No, I don't deserve this
You look perfect tonight...

"I love this song, it kind of reminds me how I feel about you." he glanced back down at me, pushing some hair at the back of my ear. 

"The moment that I saw you on TV, even in your first music video; I fell inlove with you instantly. Like this love will last forever. Sounds crazy right? But that's how it is."

I couldn't find any words to say, so I just stood there.. feeling his warmth and internalizing every words he said. 

 

"Michael, I'm not scared anymore."

He pulled out of our embrace and faced me. "Does that mean--"

"Yes, I'm your girlfriend from now on. Whether you like it or not." I giggled. 

He smiled. "I love it." he said lifting my chin with his hand and gently presses his lips against mine, making the butterflies in my stomach go wild. 

--I found a love for me
Darling, just dive right in
And follow my lead
Well, I found a girl, beautiful and sweet
I never knew you were the someone waiting for me...
.

Yes, this song described our feelings perfectly. And even if we endef up broken someday, I won't regret it. 

All ends well with Ed's song always. But we were surprised by the sudden movement on the side of the house. .....

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