A proposal is on the cards in Suzanne Ross Jones’s thoughtful complete story.
hurtling off the road and towards a tree.
His last thought before impact was that black ice was a devil . . .
HER ex-husband, Dr Brian Porter, had little effect on Rachel these days. She was only worried about Jack. “How is he?” she asked Brian tearfully. “He’s had a bit of a knock to the head, I’m afraid.” She took a deep breath. “Is he going to die?” Brian was silent for a moment; the longest minutes of Rachel’s life.
“We anticipate he’ll make a full recovery, though he’ll no doubt have a headache when he wakes up.”
She smiled, grateful for what Brian had done for Jack. “Thank you,” she said. But Brian was no longer listening. A pretty nurse was walking past and his attention was diverted.
Rachel sat in a chair beside Jack’s bed, waiting for him to wake up.
She couldn’t imagine life without him. That was what it boiled down to. Life without Brian had been better – their marriage had been bad for both of them. But life without Jack? That was a horror she refused to contemplate.
“Hey, why the tears? What’s wrong?” a voice whispered.
She squeezed his hand. Even as he was lying in a hospital bed his thoughts were for her – worrying if she was OK.
Jack reached out and wiped the tears from her face and she smiled.
“I was wondering, Jack Matthews.” She took a breath. “If you’d marry me, please?”
Because, when you loved someone, standing up before family and friends and declaring your feelings was the only sensible thing to do.