[ FANFIC ] A Wildebrams Proposal (alt version)
The following is an alternate version of a Wildebrams proposal written for Dreams Come True back in late 2015/early 2016. Unfortunately it will not make it into the story in this form, but I loved it so I am publishing it here for you to read anyway. Enjoy!
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==> WMHS Astronomy Classroom – Fall 2020
Artie and Kitty had been walking around their old high school. It had been five years since they had said their goodbyes to that chapter in their lives and were back for a very special dedication ceremony, so naturally they decided to explore and relive some past memories. They had already visited their respective lockers and the choir room and decided that they had to check out the old astronomy classroom on their way to the ceremony.
“Here it is,” Artie said, rolling into the room. “This is where it all started.”
“As I recall,” he said, “it all started right over there.” He gestured to the table in the back row. “That is where I stole my first kiss from you.”
“Whatever,” she said, taking her usual seat in the table, “I so totally engineered that myself.”
He gave her a confused look.
“Trust me buddy,” she told him, “If I didn’t want you to kiss me, you wouldn’t have gotten anywhere near close enough to me to do so.”
“Really?” He asked in mock surprise. “And I thought it was my charming personality that finally won over your embarrassment-”
“Artie,” she told him seriously, taking his hands in hers and looking him in the eye to emphasize what she was saying, “I want to make one thing very, very, clear. I was NEVER, not once embarrassed or ashamed to be with you. Yes I was more than a little too concerned about what other people thought, and I think I tended to say things like that to kind of deflect the comments that others made or I thought might make, but you were and will always be one of the most important people in my life. I knew that pretty early on, it just took me some time to be comfortable with other people knowing it. My evil bitch reputation was my armor and I didn’t want others to see a chink in it.
“But I don’t care anymore. The way you make me feel inside is more than worth any discomfort I might feel from others, and it’s been years since I’ve cared what anyone else though. These last few months that we’ve been apart, when I wasn’t focusing on work I was just miserable, and I never want to feel that way again.”
“Funny you should say that,” he responded, pulling a small box out of his pocket.
Kitty covered her mouth with her hands, in shock of what she realized what was happening.
“Kitty,” Artie said, “I’ve been in love with you since pretty close to when we first met, though it took me a long time to get up the courage to show you how I felt. To be honest you kind of intimidate me.”
She chuckled under her breath.
“But when you helped me get the courage to accept my destiny and go to film school in New York, I realized that my hunch, and what I secretly hoped, were right, and you really did cared about me.
“Since then, we’ve had our ups and downs, broken up and gotten back together three times. But I never want to go through that again. I want us to go through our lives together, and I am willing to make any compromises or sacrifices that I have to in order to make that happen, because that’s what couples do.
“You’re the true love of my life, and I can’t stand the thought of not having you at my side for one moment longer, Katherine Rebecca Wilde,” he concluded, opening the box revealing a modest but nice diamond ring, “Will you do me the honor of becoming my wife?”
Kitty just sat there stunned, attempting to keep the tears that were forming in her eyes at bay.
“On one condition,” she said, removing her hands from her face, sniffing as she reached into her own pocket and pulling out a similar box. “There’s no way that I’m topping that speech, but Arthur James Abrams, will you make me feel like he most special woman in the world by becoming my husband?”
They shared a grin as she open the box revealing a simple gold engagement band.
“Yes, of course,” he answered, beaming from ear to ear.
“Then yes, I will,” Kitty answered, sliding off of the table onto his lap. He placed his arms around her and the two of them shared a passionate kiss.
When they broke the kiss she looked him in the eye and asked, ”Did we just decide to propose to each other simultaneously?”
“Yeah,” he answered and the two of them put the rings on each other’s fingers.
They kissed again and then she lay her head on his shoulder and basked in the glow of their love until it was time to leave for the ceremony.
[ Teaser Disclaimer: Scenes published as teasers are considered DRAFT, and while they are entertaining in their own right, they will vary (sometimes significantly) from the version in the finished story. ]