"In his eyes!" by Dakota (email@example.com) (c) October 1998,
Thanks Deb, Dee and Leigh... You three are the greatest!
IN HIS EYES!
Alex gazed at the diamond ring on
her finger. The ring that
Over and over again, her mind repeated...He proposed to me!
The roller coaster of events that had started about a week ago and that had proved almost fatal for her, were finally over. What had started out as a joyful day, then had gone so horribly wrong, had come full circle now. It had ended up turning into today; the happiest day in her life.
Brushing away her tears, the pretty
blonde let her mind wander back to Kim and Phil's
wedding day. She didn't want to relive the terror, or the fear she had
She thought first about the look
She could remember her breath catching.
He had said it so casually but she hadn't missed the gleam in his eyes. She could still see his teasing look as he told her she had to wait until after the wedding to find out what it was. Then he'd flashed her that special smile, the one he saved for her alone, the smile that made her heart skip a beat. He'd then lowered his head to place a soft gentle kiss upon her waiting lips.
She'd had a hard time concentrating
on the wedding ceremony after that. "
There had been so much confusion and it all had happened so fast. Alex could once again feel the fear she had experienced, as she had tried to keep Walker in her line of vision, needing to see for herself that he was alright. But it had been useless, she had lost sight of him almost immediately in all the turmoil. The explosion of the gazebo. The people being thrown in the air. The sounds of gun fire. The fighting. The cries of pain. The screams of terror.
And then, just as quickly, it was over. The suspects were being rounded up and hand cuffed. The guests were picking each other up making sure everyone was alright. Anxious voices calling out and then hugs of relief being exchanged as loved ones found each other well and unhurt.
Finally she saw him.
"Thank God," she remembered thinking. The flood of release at this discovery was reflected in the beating of her heart and the smile that brightened her face. She had moved to get to him as quickly as she could. Walker had started towards her also, relief also evident in his eyes. Alex could remember wanting to run to him and throw herself into his arms. She wanted to tell him so many things. But she hadn't. She had held back. She'd wanted to be in his arms so badly, aching to feel them around her. Telling her it was over. Protecting her. Calming her.
And then the sound that came from out of nowhere, shattering the moment. A single gunshot. So loud. So unexpected. It sprang forth in the air, breaking into the joyous sounds once again
But she couldn't. It was already to late.
She had been frozen where she stood. At first she had thought it was
from the shock of the unexpected sound. But all too soon, she felt it.
The pain.. The warmth of the
blood beginning to stream down her back. The blackness that grew
rapidly, beginning to consume her very being. The fear. By the time
Even now Alex trembled violently as she relived the memory.
She'd felt she had to tell
The last thing she remembered
seeing was his eyes as the realization of what was going on hit him full
Alex tried to slow her breathing as she brought herself back to the present. She was shaking with the emotions that rolled over her in giant waves. Taking slow deep breaths, she willed herself to relax.
She remembered she had been so
scared. How she'd really thought she would never see
Alex once again looked at the ring on her left hand. It gave her the strength to go on with her memories. The memories she had to deal with to lay them to rest. Forever.
The next thing Alex remembered was the day she had almost let go. She could sense her life slipping away. Slowly at first, she felt herself being pulled towards eternity. She fought it. She had fought it hard. She didn't want to die. But she couldn't stop it.
She'd heard C.D. crying.
It had torn into her very soul. She wanted to reach out to him and comfort
him, but she couldn't. She didn't want to leave the people that she loved
so dearly. Jimmy,
The thing that hurt her the most
was that he wouldn't know. He wouldn't know because she had never told
him. Alex had never told him what he meant
to her. She had never told him that she loved him. She LOVED him. She
always had. And always would. She had fought so hard for days now, but
still she felt herself drifting slowly away. It was doing her no good.
The fight was all in vain. She couldn't get back to
Then it happened. Just when she thought she had no more fight left in her, she could feel a powerful spirit.
"Alex. Don't leave me."
His voice sounded so far away. So out of reach. So sad. So helpless. So tired. He was reaching out to her. Trying to pull her back. Back to life. Back to him.
He laid his head beside hers. Alex felt tears.
Alex’s' spirit gathered strength from him and began to fight once more.
"NO! I can't give up. I can't
Her spirit and
Alex snuggled deeper into her pillow as the demons of what had happened were finally put to rest. It was over now. Storm had been stopped. It was time to move on. Now she could enjoy the things that occurred after she had awoke. "Yes", she smiled to herself, "on to the happy memories now. In his eyes..."
The nurses had been nice enough to help her make herself a little more presentable before they would let C.D. back in the room with her. Alex knew they had done a good job, when C.D. walked through the door, telling her she was as pretty as a fresh peach, as he placed a kiss on her cheek. The smile on his face meant the world to her, she loved this man like a father.
C.D. filled her in on what had happened
while she had been in the hospital. She tried to keep her end of the
conversation up, but all she could really think of was
He looked so tired. Worn out. But in his eyes Alex could see the relief, and more.
She was suddenly aware that Jimmy was handing her a plant. She
accepted it as she kissed his cheek. Then he moved away, leaving a path
to her for
Walker had moved forward so slowly. Time seemed to stand still. No one else existed. It was just the two of them. Alex could tell by looking in his eyes he was having a hard time keeping his emotions inside. His low throaty "Hi", and the fact she could see the tears of happiness in his eyes, brought mist to her own eyes then and even now.
"Walker is such a strong man", she remembered thinking, but in that instant, Alex knew that he was as vulnerable as everyone else. Maybe even more so, because he did try to hide his feelings from everyone’s view. He couldn't though. Not this time. Not anymore. And never again. Alex could read it all in his eyes.
Walker had taken her left hand in his, caressing the back of it with his thumb. "I missed you" he had whispered, in his low sexy voice. And then Alex's dream came true. Walker proposed to her. He had gently slipped the ring on her finger as he looked deeply into her eyes and simply stated, "Would you marry me?"
So simple. Nothing fancy. Just four little words. But in his eyes... His eyes were what spoke volumes. In his eyes Alex could see the depth of his love for her. He didn't say "I love you." He didn't have to say anything. It was there. In his eyes. Alex pulled him to her as she cried and softly whispered "Yes....Yes." and then slowly their lips touched, sealing their vow of commitment to each other.
Alex didn't know how long they had stayed that way. Wrapped in each others arms. They would pull back long enough to look into each others eyes before kissing again, and again they would continue to hold each other tightly. They didn't speak. There was no need to. Everything they had to say, they said with their eyes. And then Jimmy and C.D. had poked their heads back into her room.
Alex laughed as she remembered the looks on their faces when Walker had told them that he had proposed to her and that she had accepted. It had been priceless. They had stood there a few seconds, stunned, their mouths hanging wide open. Then they had grabbed each other and started dancing around the room. They had all laughed and after Jimmy and C.D. both had congratulated them, C.D. had immediately started planning a big engagement party for them as soon as she felt up to it.
The nurse had finally informed them that now that Alex was awake and out of danger that they would all have to leave so she could get some rest. Jimmy and C.D. had said their goodbyes, leaving Walker behind "So he could have some privacy to say goodbye to his fiancée" they had teased on their way out the door.
As they had closed the door behind them Walker had once again moved to sit on the bed beside her. He picked her hand, holding it gently as he gazed at her.
"I Love you Alex", he had whispered in his deep throaty voice.
Tears sprang to her eyes as he had lowered his lips to once again claim hers. It had been a kiss like none she had ever experienced before, and it had taken her breath away. As he pulled back Alex could remember seeing the love...the happiness...the promise...the commitment...the future to come...right there..."In his EYES."
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