*silently watches him from the doorway, smiling*
*whirls around, sensing a presence, and pulls her into his arms* Katherine!!! *hugs her tightly*
*breath hitches* David?
*swallows thickly* Katherine Rivers, you… I don’t even know where to begin.
When I first saw you dancing on that stage, you looked like an angel. You were graceful, and breathtaking, and I think that was the second that you had my heart. And then, of course, you told me off for watching you. *chuckles, taking her hands*
Then, by some miracle, you actually agreed to go out with me. I actually didn’t know if you were joking or not at first. You were just so… So much better than anything I deserved. And dating you those first few months made me happier than I’d ever been.
That night of the party, though… *closes his eyes* God, Katherine, I’m so, so sorry about everything. When I woke up and they told me you hadn’t, I broke. I know we were young then- I know we’re still young. But the thought of having to go through life without you tore me apart. As I sat in the hospital holding your hand and praying to God you’d wake up, I figured it out. That everyone has that person that they write love songs about, that inspires them to better themselves. The one that makes their hearts pound and their words come out in jumbled messes. The one that makes the person stop and wonder “What did I ever do to deserve someone this wonderful in my life?” For me, you’re the one.
You saved me. If I hadn’t met you, I know I would have caved under all the pressure and gotten into bad things. You made me stronger and braver and willing to take a stand. You made me respect myself and helped me get past all the bad influences and destructive behavior. And you helped me see that sometimes it’s okay to lean on someone else. That I shouldn’t try to deal with everything by myself. And for over five years now, you’ve been that someone. Even when you’re in the hospital. *swallows* Even when you’re going through a relapse. You’re always there for me.
*sinks down onto one knee, pulling a small velvety box out of his pocket* I’ve had this planned for a while now, but every time I wanted to ask you, the words just wouldn’t come out right. But seeing you smile at me just a few minutes ago made me realize that I could try to plan this moment for all of my life, but some moments shouldn’t be planned. It had to feel like the right moment, and nothing has ever felt more right to me than this. I love you so much, Katherine, and I never want to lose you.
So Katherine Rivers… *opens the box and smiles up at her* Will you marry me?
*is in tears by the middle of the speech* O-Oh my God. David… Yes! *smiles through her tears* Yes yes yes yes yes yes yes!!!! *lunges forward into his arms and kisses him, heart pounding*