Not even a second.
“Yes,” she said, nodding, & before I could get the ring on her finger, she sprung forward, wrapping her arms around my neck I rocked back, folding my arms around her, and I lost my balance, landing on my ass with her latched onto me, the top of her red head buried against my chest.
Someone in the room shouted and clapped.
I could hear my mom crying I reached beside us, gently lifting her cheek.
“Shortcake…” My voice trembled, & I didn’t care.
“You’re going to let me get this ring on you?” Avery half laughed, half hiccuped as she pulled back, swiping at her cheeks with her palm.
“Yes. Sorry.” She extended her left arm, all but shoving her hand at me, and I laughed.
Yeah, my vision was blurring.
On went the ring.
She clasped my cheeks as she leaned in, resting her forehead against mine.
“I love you, Cam. I love you so very much.” My eyes drifted shut and I held her tight.
So close I could feel her heart beating as fast as mine.
Waiting for Avery was the best thing I’d ever done & now we had the rest of our lives together.