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She came home to a dark house, which was unusual because Jake usually tried to beat her home – he knew that she didn’t like to be alone at night.
Checking her phone, she saw a message saying that he was running behind. She smiled and texted him back, telling him to drive safely.
Walking up to the front door, Amanda inserted her key and turned the lock. Pushing the heavy oak door open, she stepped inside … and saw a room lit up by candles. They were everywhere – on the table, on the floor, on the counters – and they lit the air with a soft, warm glow, some of them flickering in the slight breeze from the open front door.
In the middle of the open living area was a picnic blanket, adorned with an assortment of cushions and food. Jake knelt on that blanket, facing her with a small open box in his hands.
Hands clasped in front of her mouth, Amanda unfroze and pushed the front door shut behind her before making her way towards the centre of the room. She followed the runway of lights created by the candles.
Jake looked up at her, love shining in his eyes. No other words needed to be said – except “Yes,” she uttered.