Weeks of planning.
Keeping secrets from Lex.
Lying. You’re a lying bastard.
Fuck my life. I am. Because she straight up asked me last week what I was up to, and I lied to her. I told her I was helping Declan plan his proposal to Kendall – which is going to happen any day now I think – but really, I was planning my proposal.
It’s our one-year anniversary. I can’t believe how fast the last year has flown by. We’ve been a little busy, as have our friends, but still. It feels like just yesterday Lex was lying naked in our tent, giving me to herself for one night only, and now here we are.
Three hundred sixty-five days later.
And I’m about ready to ask her to marry me. To give herself to me every night for the rest of her life.
The man I was before I met Lex would be baffled by the idea. Hell, I couldn’t even imagine being with the same woman for more than one night let alone the rest of my life.
All that changed the moment I touched Alexis. And I don’t have any intentions of looking back. Of becoming that version of myself ever again.
He was hollow on the inside. Looking to fill the void with meaningless sex.
And now my heart is full of love for one woman. She’s the only one that holds the key to that love and she has it locked up. Safe and secure.
“Are you going to tell me where we’re going or do you expect me to guess?” she asks from beside me, interrupting my thoughts.
“You haven’t figured it out yet?” I joke.
“You blindfolded me, asshole,” she laughs. “I can’t see anything and we’ve been driving for close to an hour.”
More like ninety minutes. I’ve been driving in circles to make sure she didn’t catch on but now I’m getting impatient to reveal my surprise so I take one final turn and head toward our destination.
“We’re almost there. Five more minutes,” I promise.
Little does she know I spent an hour here earlier getting everything set up before I picked her up from her new apartment. She and Piper took over Kendall and Lo’s place a few months ago. With Max moving out, Willow moved in. But since they are obviously sharing a bedroom, Kendall and Declan took over Max’s room.
I can only imagine they have contests to see who can be the loudest at night.
I tried to get Lex to move in with me, but she didn’t want to abandon Piper. Plus, this is her first time living on her own. Though, the next time she moves, she promised it would be in with me. I’m guessing that will be when she graduates next year. She’s planning on going on to get her master’s degree which means she won’t be leaving LSU and since I have one more year, I’m already working on my convincing speech to get to share my apartment. Though, after tonight, I’m hoping she’ll be more than willing to live with her fiancé.
Lex is practically bouncing in her seat when I pull the car to a stop and cut the engine. She reaches for her blindfold, but I place my hands on top of hers.
“Wait. Just another minute. I want to set the scene for you.”
“That sounds… romantic. What are you up to Micah?”
Clearing my throat, I pray I don’t screw this up. I’ve been practicing for this moment all week. Declan even listened without laughing at me which I took as a sign I got it right since he has nothing but ‘constructive criticism’ when it comes to me most of the time.
“One year ago today, my life changed.”
“Awe, babe.” Lex blindly reaches for me and I take her hand in mine, giving it a squeeze.
“Let me say this before I screw it up.” Lex’s smile brightens but she nods her head in agreement. “One year ago today, my life changed. It started out a little rocky. I was really turned on, which pissed me off. Horny as hell. And confused about why I was feeling that way about a girl.”
The memory of how our weekend started causes Lex to giggle.
“But then, I came back to my tent one night and found that same gorgeous girl, the one that was causing me to act like a fool, naked. Which caused me to start thinking with the wrong head, especially when she made me a proposition.”
“One night,” Lex whispers.
“Who’s telling the story?” I grunt before continuing. “I agreed to her demands because I had to have her. I felt like I was going to die if I didn’t. And then after, I knew if I didn’t have her again, death was certain. So I stalked her, like a crazy person, and begged her for a chance. Just one. For me to show her that we could be good together. That I was ready to give up my manwhoring ways to be with her.”
“Is that even a word?”
“Are you going to keep interrupting? Because if so, you’re never going to get your surprise.”
“Fine,” she huffs.
“I finally wore her down and now my life is complete. Because that same girl, you,” I emphasize as I give her hand another squeeze, “are by my side. Everyday. Most nights. And even when we’re apart, I know you can feel my love, the same way I can feel yours.”
This is it. If I don’t do it now, the moment is going to be ruined. But I don’t want to propose to her in the car. That’s not the plan.
Releasing her hand, I open my door, fully expecting Lex to protest. When she doesn’t, I walk around, open her door, and help her out. Lacing our fingers together, I walk her to the edge of the tent before sweeping her into my arms and carefully kneeling down.
A shiver runs up her spine as I unzip the tent but she remains silent.
Once we’re situated inside, seated facing each other, I reach up and remove her blindfold. She blinks twice, allowing her eyes to adjust to the dim light coming from the lantern I set up earlier.
“You brought me back to where it all started,” she says with a genuine smile.
“I did. This place is where I first fell for you. I didn’t know it then, but I was in love with you before that weekend was over. And I’ve loved you every moment since. Even when you tried to push me away. My heart beats for you and it always will.”
Reaching into my back pocket, I watch as Lex’s lips curl into a smirk.
“If you want to make this authentic, you should really let me-“
Oh, she thinks I’m reaching for a condom. So we can reenact that first night. Nope. Sorry, love.
Lex’s voice catches in her throat when she spots the rings I have pinched between my fingers.
“Alexis Peterson, will you do make me the happiest man in the world and be my wife? Walk with me through every adventure our future holds?”
“Are you serious?” she asks, her eyes bulging out of her head as she continues to stare at the ring.
Piper helped me pick it out and right now I’m wondering if we made the right choice. Lex is a simple girl. She wouldn’t have wanted something extravagant or flashy. We settled on a platinum gold band with three small diamonds.
Right now it doesn’t feel like enough.
“Lex, I love you. Of course, I’m serious. I want to spend the rest of my life with you and I thought-“
She’s pressing her lips against mine to silence me, moving so fast I’m unable to brace myself for impact. My body topples over backward and Lex follows.
“I love you, Micah. So fucking much!”
“You know I love it when you talk dirty. It turns me on. And you’re straddling me. But before we move on to the next surprise of the night, I’m going to need an answer, love.”
“Yes, Micah. I would love to be your wife.”
Rolling us so I’m on top of her, I slide the ring on Alexis’ finger as I press my lips to her. As soon as the ring is in place, she starts stripping me of my clothes and I let her. Because I’m hers and she can do whatever she wants to me.
Now and forever.
Micah and Lex will always be one of my favorite couples from this series. There’s just something about their love that makes me feel all warm and fuzzy inside. That’s not to say that I don’t love each couple and next up, it’s Piper’s turn to fall in love in Wicked Little Promise. She doesn’t have to look far to find the one for her in this workplace, close proximity romance. Snag your copy today!