A week after our talk, and with Henry’s help, I organized a housewarming party for Leah and me in our new place. It was a small gathering of friends, family and few work colleagues. Along with Henry and Karen, Craig and Niall were attendance, as well as my board members, and Leah’s study group.
“Do you suppose there’s anyone happier than me?” Leah asked as she stood next to me looking over the room filled with our guests.
“There’s me.” I leaned over and kissed her.
She grinned up at me. “Thank you for this Sebastian.”
I took her hand. “How about we thank our guests?”
She nodded, and I called out to get everyone’s attention.
“Leah and I want to thank you for coming to our housewarming. It means so much to us to have wonderful people in our lives.” I looked at Leah for a moment in total awe at the love and light she’d brought into my life. “On a more personal note, I wanted to thank Henry Hammond who five years ago propped me up after a tragedy and helped me learn about family.” I pulled Leah’s hand to my lips and kissed her knuckles. “Then Leah Hammond walked into my office and bewitched me. She has chased away the clouds and brought the sun into my life. She has shown me the true meaning of love. The power and magic of it and how it can transform you.” I inhaled a deep breath as I turned to her. “You have given me life and love, and I’m in complete awe of you.”
There was an audible sigh from many of the women.
I reached into my pocket and then dropped to one knee, the sigh turning into a gasp. Leah’s eyes flashed with surprise, but then that beautiful full smile spread on her face.
“Leah, my love, will you marry me?”
“Yes… Sebastian, yes…omg… a million times yes!”
I slipped the diamond surrounded by sapphires to match Leah’s eyes on her finger and then stood. Leah threw her arms around me, and held me so tight, I knew she’d never let go.
I leaned my head toward her, kissing her, and then whispering. “Later we’ll consummate this to seal the deal.”
She laughed. “Thank God because I’m so wet for you right now.”
I groaned, but then turned back to our guests. “Leah has just made me the happiest man alive.”
Our guests clapped and several of the women rushed forward to look at Leah’s ring.
“Just remember, Sebastian,” Henry said as he shook my hand. “You hurt her—”
“You’ll kill me with a butter knife.”
He nodded. “But if you make her happy, you’ll be my son for life.”
I sat at the kitchen table across from Sebastian, watching as he talked to our three-month-old son, Henry, cradled in his arms. My heart was filled with so much love for the two of them I wasn’t sure how my chest could contain it.
Sebastian looked at his watch. “I’ve got to get to the office.” He stood and carried Henry over to me. “Mrs. Lassiter will be here today, right?” He asked about the woman who helped around the apartment and would watch Henry while I worked.
“Why don’t you come to the office for lunch? It will give us a little time alone.”
I quirked a brow at him wondering what he was up to. “Okay.”
He kissed me and then Henry’s head. “I’ll see you around noon.”
I watched as my handsome powerful man walked out of the kitchen. “What do you suppose he’s up to?” I asked Henry.
Mrs. Lassiter arrived a few minutes later, and with Henry under her watch at the moment, I went to my home office to take care of some work. I loved my job, which was made infinitely better because I was able to do it from home, where Henry was always nearby.
Just before noon, I kissed a napping Henry, and headed out to see Sebastian. When I got to his office, his secretary waved me in.
“Are you ready for lunch?” I asked.
He lifted his head and smiled. Even after all this time, the way he smiled at me made my heart do a dance in my chest.
“Come in.” He stood, and came toward me, pushing the door shut behind me and then giving me a kiss.
“Are we having lunch in?” I began to suspect this wasn’t going to be a typical lunch.
His arms wrapped around me and pulled me to him. “We’re going to celebrate our anniversary.”
I frowned. We married a couple of months after we got engaged. I’d wanted to run out right away to the justice of the peace, but Sebastian said that was too impersonal, too much like a business deal. Instead, he used his money and influence to organize the perfect wedding in a matter of weeks, and three months ago, in February, my beautiful boy was born.