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The Boss’s Proposal(9)

By:Amanda Horton



“I don’t need to see it. I know that I want it. I’ll be there tomorrow to close.” Said Alec to the realtor.

“Sir…”

“No, make it happen.”

Alec slammed the phone on the receiver. His hand quaked as he pulled it back. He was a man of strength, and yet his hand shook. He had spent so many years wishing that Lily was back in his life, and now she was. He was on the verge of losing her once more, and the thought shook him to the bone.

He leaned back in his chair as he looked up toward the ceiling. He wanted, no, he needed this to work.





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“I can’t believe someone already bought the store.” Holly marveled as she helped Lily pack the books that remained from the sale she had put on.

“Yep.” Lily said curtly.

This was killing her. She was aching so deeply within herself, she felt as though she had fallen into a pit.

“I thought this is what you wanted.” Holly said, reading her like one of the books she held.

“I did. I do.”

Holly didn’t know what to say. The only sound in the store was the shuffling of paper.

A knock came at the front door, bringing both women’s attention to the door.

“Lily, what’s he doing here?” Holly asked as Alec stood in the doorway.

“I have no idea.” Lily muttered as she walked to the door.

The sight of Alec was welcomed but also resented. Deep down inside, Lily wanted to run to him and jump in his arms just the way that she always had. Another part of her was angry, angry that he seemed able to achieve his desires and she was not.

He stood before her “Hey, I thought all the books came with the sale.”

“What are you talking about?”

“I’m sure that when I bought it that the realtor said the books were included.” Alec wore a sly smile as he looked at Lily.

“You’re the one that bought the store?” Lily asked, her voice timid.

“Yeah. You know, after all those years of you talking about it, I thought it sounded amazing.”

“It was.”

“Lily, I want you to have the store.”

Lily turned on her heel.

“Alec, I failed. I can’t run a store.”

“Maybe not alone, but I don’t see why you couldn’t do it, with say a business savvy man by your side.”

Lily dropped her head as she smiled.

“Alec, I need to apologize for being so mean to you earlier”

Alec interrupted Lily just as she had begun speaking with a wave of his hand.

“No Lil, you were right then, and you’re right now. It’s just hard for me to decide what I want in the future because it allows for so much disappointment.”

After all the years the two of them had spent together; she had never heard Alec speak like this. She wasn’t one to open up too often. She immediately craved more.

“What do you mean?”

“My mother, she wanted so much out of life. She wanted the husband, the kids, and the perfect job.”

Lily knew how that story had ended. After his mother had fallen pregnant with him, his father left her without a dime to her name. She worked two full time jobs as well as babysat for the local kids, all the while looking after her son. Her life was miserable until she met her second husband and Alec’s stepfather.

“I understand Alec, and I am sorry I expected so much from you even after all those years”

“Lily, I bought this store we can start off to a new beginning. I love you”

“I…like you too Alec, but we just think very differently. And in any case I can just keep this store. I am sure you will be able to put it to better sure than I have.”

The cold and crisp air bit at their exposed necks and chilled them as they spoke. Still, they held their gaze.

“ What if it could be our store?” his comment left Lily confused. Was he proposing a partnership? She was not business savvy to understand hints like that.

Alec put his hand in the right pocket of his black tweed coat and pulled out a small box. He opened it to produce a beautiful platinum and solitaire ring that glistened under the sun. Looking straight Lily’s eyes, he posed the question. “ Lily, I love you so much, and I want to spend the rest of my life with you. Will you marry me? ”

Lily was surprised to say the least. Tears filled her eyes, as she was overwhelmed with emotion. The boy she fell in love with and made plans of marriage with 15 years back was standing in front of her asking her to marry him. She covered her mouth with both her hands and looked straight into his eyes. All she could see there was love for her. She knew Alec, she knew how much he loved her, and he knew how much she loved him.

This was a decision she did not want to regret. She nodded positively, overwhelmed in emotion, unable to speak.

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