Chapter 1.32

As if we didn’t have enough to do already, the day after Victor’s party we had a Snowflake Day party.  Mollie insisted that we have a party since she would be leaving soon.  We decided to invite only Kia and Garrett and just keep the event small and easy.

Victor and I were taking this quiet time to catch up on some news.  Then Garrett arrived before the party while Mollie was out getting some supplies.

“Mr. and Mrs. Lox?”

I knew deep down why he was there early.  Conveniently when he knew Mollie wouldn’t be around.

“Come on in, kiddo.”

I had to wipe away a tear before I could speak.

“I will leave you two alone to chat.”

“By the way, Garrett.  It’s ok with me.”

“Mr. Lox.  I love Mollie.  Very much.  Since I met her as a toddler.  I remember it perfectly.”

“She’s the most wonderful woman I’ve ever met.  She was beautiful as a ghost and she’s beautiful as a human.”

“What are you trying to say, Garrett?”

“Please, please, please, Mr. Lox…can I marry her?”

“Of course you can!  Now, sit.  We have to talk about some things.”

“Are you sure?”

“Sit.”

“Yes, sir.”

“What about college?  You two need an education.”

“Yes, we are still going to go.  We have planned our schedules and where we will live.”

“How are you going to pay?  We will pay for the wedding but what about school.  I’m not made of money, son.  I still have another child to think of here.”

“She re-took her entrance exams.  She got a perfect score and a full ride scholarship.  I got a pretty good score too so it will only cost me $1000 a year.”

“Well in that case, consider your education paid for.”

“Excuse me, sir?”

“My daughter deserves the best.  Which means she deserves the best in her future husband and your lives together.  You getting an education will help with that.”

“Er…thank you, sir.”

“Don’t mess it up.  I might be 50 but I will still kick your ass.”

“Yes, sir.  Erm…No, sir.  Uh…thank you?”

Victor didn’t get a chance to answer because Ollie broke in.

“Hurry up!  I want to open my presents!”

So we all opened our gifts.  Ollie was thrilled with his new teddy bear and a new video game.

We got Mollie some new stuff for college.  She would be leaving in just a few days.

Once the party ended, Garrett decided to act.

“Mollie?  You know I will do anything to protect you, right?”

“Uhh…yes.  Are you okay, Garrett?  You’re sweating.”

“And I love you now and I always have and always will.”

“Garrett.  What are you doing.  You are delirious.”

“Mollie Lox…”

“Garrett…oh my God…what are you doing?!”

“Mollie Annette Lox, will you make me the happiest man ever?”

“OH SHIT!”

My daughter has a way with words…

“Is that a yes?”

“YES!”

I can’t believe how far we’ve all come.  I’m a wife, a mother of two, my husband and I are at the top of our careers.  And now I’m going to have a son-in-law.  He’s the son of my best friend and I’ve know the guy since he was a toddler.

I need a break.

Time for my Christmas present.  With Mollie leaving for college and getting married we decided to use Victor’s Christmas bonus to remodel Mollie’s bathroom.  She was not pleased that she will not get to use this wonderful retreat.

She’s an adult now.  Momma needs a break after raising her.  I earned this.  She will too, one day.

Chapter 1.4

The week dragged on after the pregnancy scare.  Victor was really disappointed.  I really wasn’t so it was difficult for me to know where he was coming from.  That’s probably why we didn’t talk much.

My garden was coming along really well and I was grateful for that.  It gave me something else to deal with instead of Victor.  I was weeding the garden when Victor called me upstairs.  If he has another stupid love charm to throw at me I am gonna turn him into a frog.

“Liddy…look.  You have a hundred or more years ahead of you.  I get that you don’t want to get married yet.  I understand why you don’t want to have kids.  But…well Liddy I am going to die 50, 60, maybe even 70 years before you.  And damnit I want to marry you.  I want to have kids with you.  I’m not going to live as long as you.  I want to do this now.  With you.”

“Victor…you knew how I felt all those years ago.  Why now?  Why me?  Why?  Ok…well I will play you for it.  Rock, paper, scissors.  Best two out of three.  Winner take all.  You win, you propose.  I win, we wait.”

“Deal.”

I know Victor better than I know myself.  I can’t believe he agreed to this…it’s a bet he can’t win.

But…he did.

“Lydia Catherine Aglovale…will you FINALLY be my wife?”

“Oh get up, Vic…of course I will marry you.  How the hell did you win that?  I knew what you were going to do.”

“I know you did, which is how I won.  Liddy…I know you better than you know yourself.  Just like you know me better than anyone.  How could I not win when the stakes were so high.  Lydia…you don’t have to marry me if you don’t want…are you sure this is what you really want to do?”

“Oh, Victor!  Of course I want to marry you.  I’ve never wanted anything more!”