Janet lay on her back at the foot of their Christmas tree, watching the lights dance amongst glass ornaments. They were of delicate reds, blues, and greens. She inhaled the sweet scent of pine and smiled, remembering the many Christmases she had spent as a child with her parents. She heard Daniel approach, with the flavorful smell of eggnog following close behind him. "Here, it's all warmed up, just the way you like it." Janet turned her gaze upward to her handsome companion, and gestured for him to join her. He did so eagerly and sat her mug on top of one of the presents. "What are we doing down here?"
"Watching," was her reply as she gazed back up into the full green branches. "Isn't it lovely?"
Daniel took her right hand in his own and watched the blinking lights. "I wish I could have figured out how to make them stop doing that."
"It's okay honey, I like it this way." He kissed her palm and she continued. "I love laying and watching. It's so soothing. I don't think there's ever been a year that I didn't get a tree."
Daniel reached over her and brushed a stray strand of hair from her eyes. "You're really pretty laying down here too. Just like a little present wrapped up and waiting for someone to claim."
She squeezed his hand and gazed into his eyes, amazed by how blue they were in the light of their Christmas tree. He wasn't wearing his glasses, so she could get extra close to his handsome face. "Merry Christmas Daniel."
Daniel leaned over and gave her a light kiss on the lips, effectively knocking a few ornaments loose with the movement. They rained down over Janet; one effectively catching her in the eye. "Oh, god! I'm sorry, honey!"
Janet smiled and squinted. "It's alright, I'm not blind and we can fix them back up later.."
But instead of continuing, Daniel pulled her out from beneath the tree and to her feet, carefully resting his hands on her hips. He looked incredibly serious.
"What is it honey?" Janet asked worried. "It was just a few ornaments, and my eye is fine..."
"It's not that." He said with a nervous smile. "I just needed you standing for this next part."
"What part?" She asked, utterly confused. Had she missed something?
Still smiling and watching her with his brilliant blue eyes, he knelt down on one knee.
Janet felt her heart skip a beat. "D-Daniel?"
"I've spent the best days of my life with you. You've helped me get through so much and for that I'm eternally grateful. Watching you beneath the tree reminded me of just how perfect you are and of how I want to be with you the rest of my life." Tears ran freely down his face as well as Janet's, but he forged ahead, trying to remember the words he'd been practicing. "I know I don't have much to offer you besides a life with constant worry, but I'll love you forever no matter what happens. So Janet," He took a deep breath. "Will you marry me?" Janet sobbed - completely broke down. The words she wanted to say fell away and she sunk to her knees in front of him. "Janet?" Daniel's smile faltered. "Are you okay?" and she hit him. Hard. "OW!"
"Of course I am!" She wept. "I'm just really happy, that's all!"
"Really?" He wondered, still rubbing his arm.
"Of course!" She wrapped her arms around his neck and touched foreheads. "You're the best thing that ever happened to me, Doctor Jackson. You have so much to offer me - right here." She patted his back for emphasis. "So don't think otherwise. I'm the luckiest girl alive!"
"So..." He looked into her red puffy eyes hopefully. "That means..."
"It means yes!" She sang, pulling him into the strongest hug she could muster. She kissed him, then nuzzled, cried into his shoulder, and kissed him again. What more could a girl ask for? "Oh Daniel, I love you so much!"
"I love you too." He chuckled.
They both turned to look at the Christmas tree.
"You think Cassie will be happy?" Daniel wondered.
"Yes. She loves you too."
"Good." Daniel broke away to scoop the mug up and presented it to Janet. "Thirsty?"
She took it and eyed the upside down candy cane sticking out of it. "Cute, honey."
"Take it out." He suggested with a playful grin.
Janet did as told and again felt her heart flutter. A beautiful ring was looped on the end of it. She was so shocked she could just stare at the small wet diamond that quite literally glowed under the soft hues of the Christmas lights.
"Here." Daniel took it off the cane, gave it a good lick, and neatly slipped it onto Janet's ring finger. "Now it's official."
"You really planned this out." Janet said softly, then gave him a soft kiss on the cheek. "You're the best present I've ever gotten."
"Likewise." He replied.
Together, they lay back down beneath the tree and snuggled close together, enjoying the warmth, light, and each other's company.
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