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“What’d you say?” Olivia stared down at Randall, a silly, unstoppable grin spreading across her face.
“Don’t tell me you’re going to make me say it again.” He made laughing, puppy dog eyes at her. That same look had gotten her into this fix—out on a date with him, into bed with him, and now...
“No, don’t you dare! If you say it again I’ll have to smack you.” She hoped her smile took the sting out of her words. “We talked about this, remember?”
“You talked, but you didn’t make any sense. This makes sense.”
“What kind of sense? You could have anyone. Someone who can give you what you want. What you need. I told you from day one.”
“Trying to scare me off. Told you it wouldn’t work—from day one.”
She saw the determination in the set of his jaw. He was different, this man. She’d always known it, which was why she’d been honest with him from the start. He was different and wonderful, and he deserved better than her. But the thought of giving him up gave her an ache in the pit of her stomach.
“So…you don’t care?” She whispered.
“Course I care. About you. About the future we’re going to have. The family we’re going to have.”
Her breath caught. “But I told you—“
“I know, baby. I know. I remember every word. I had to look some of them up in a medical dictionary, but I remember. There’s a word you left out, though.”
She bit her lip and looked down at the rose in his hand. Of course she hadn’t mentioned adoption. Most men she dated didn’t want to hear about that kind of stuff.
“There’s another word too. Love. I love you, Olivia, and that’s it. End of story. The rest is details. Nothing we can’t work out.”
Her eyes filled with tears.
“Now are you going to say yes before my knees dig holes in this floor?”
Her smile held all the “yes” he could ever want.
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