“What are you doing?” I ask with tears. The dancers kneel behind him with their arms up, and as the song descends into the final chords, he brings me into the center.
“You look so beautiful,” he mouths. “I love you.”
Then he drops to one knee, and my heart stops.
Both hands cover my face as I tremble; my entire body won’t stop shaking as the music fades and all I hear are cheers from the crowd.
“Savannah, baby,” he begins and reaches into his pocket, revealing a black velvet box. “I hope you know how much I love you. I hope you know that my world starts and ends with you every damn day. I hope you know you’re the most important person in my entire life, and if you’d give me the chance, I’d prove that to you every single day for the rest of our lives. Will you marry me and be my wife?”
Hayden pops open the box, and even though my vision is hazy with tears, I already know it’s the most stunning ring I’ve ever seen.
I nod frantically, trying to swallow down the lump that’s lodged in my throat and finally get the words out. “Yes! Yes, of course!”
Donny shouts behind him, “She said yes!” I didn’t even realize he was there, but as cheers from the huge crowd erupt, Hayden wraps me in his arms, and it’s just the two of us as we promise to love each other the rest of our lives.
I throw myself at my future husband, bawling and laughing as he spins me around. When he finally sets me on my feet, he grabs my left hand and slides on the ring. Cupping his cheeks, I pull his lips to mine and give him a heart-stopping kiss.
“I can’t believe you did that,” I tell him as people walk around us. Some stop to mutter congratulations as others stroll by. “I thought you were in Sacramento!”
Hayden smirks then flashes me a wink. “I wanted to surprise you.”
“You more than surprised me,” I tell him, pressing my mouth to his again.
Donny appears and quickly steals me away for a hug.
“You jerk!” I playfully swat at his chest. “All those ‘rehearsals’ huh?”
“Teaching your man to dance was no easy feat, so you’re welcome,” he says smugly, causing me to burst into laughter. “You two. I don’t even know what to say.”
I glance down at the ring and finally look at the diamond Hayden picked out for me. “You never cease to amaze me, Hayden Manning.”
He grabs my hand, then presses a kiss to my knuckle. “Get used to it, babe. You just signed up for a whole lifetime worth.”
“Sounds like the best deal of my life.”
Hayden cradles my face and kisses all the oxygen out of my lungs. “I think we should spend the rest of the weekend celebrating.”
“You know I’m still here, right?” Donny asks with fake annoyance.
I chuckle against Hayden’s lips. “Bye, Donny!” We wave him off as Hayden deepens our kiss, not caring where we are or who’s watching because at this moment, it’s just me and him.