My Daughter Gives Me Something From Her Daddy is the eighty-eighth chapter of Zak Saturday's Immortal Love Life. It was first published on March 28, 2016.
It was the beginning of summer.
Well, not yet. The summer solstice wasn’t for another few weeks.
Both mine and Zak’s family were all together at our house, hanging out and listening to music, mostly mine, at our house. The reason we were all here was because Zak called us together. Why? I don’t know. But we all were about to find out.
Jasmine was a little too preoccupied with her new aunt, Whitney, who was born almost a year ago. Jasmine liked her and, as always, was trying to help Drew with her, but she wasn’t being too much help. She seemed to actually be annoying Drew instead. I had Emily help her out.
“Ok, Zak,” I said. “What’s up?”
“What do you mean?” he asked.
“Why did you call us all together all of a sudden?”
“Do I really need a reason? It’s been a while since we’ve had a reunion.”
“Ok. But why so quickly? And with a cake that you won’t let us eat yet?”
He tried to say something else, but gave up and sighed. “Ok. Everybody, gather around.”
“Is it time for the finale, Daddy?” Jasmine asked.
“It’s not a finale. And, yes. Go get it.”
She ran off down the hall.
“Go get what?” I asked.
Zak smiled. “You’ll see. Come on.”
He grabbed my hand and we sat down on our little love seat together. Everyone else sat around us.
Jasmine came back a moment later with her hands enclosed in something small.
She handed it to Zak. “Here you go, Daddy.”
“Give it to Mommy,” he said.
“Ok.” She sat down between us and handed her enclosed hands to me. “Here you go, Mommy.”
“Uh, ok,” I said.
I held my hand out and she put whatever-was-in-her-hands on top of mine.
It was a small black box.
She opened the lid and I couldn’t believe what was inside.
Zak grabbed my other hand and got down on one knee.
“Sarah, I’ve loved you for a very long time,” he said. “We even have a daughter together that’s just as great as you are, and I want us to become a more permanent family. Will you marry me?”
I smiled. “Yes.”
I took off my promise ring.
“Can I put it on?” Jasmine asked.
“Sure,” Zak replied.
Jasmine took the diamond ring out of the box and put it on my ring finger. Then Zak and I kissed, sealing the deal. Both of our families clapped for us. But not all of them were too happy about it.
“It’s like we really are identical twins,” Zack said.
“What do you mean?” I asked.
In response to my question, Selena held up her hand and we noticed a diamond ring sparkling on her finger.
“Oh my gosh. When?”
“Last night,” she replied.
“Yeah,” Zack said. “But nice touch on having Jasmine give it to her, Zak. I did it after Peter went to bed.”
“She wanted to give it to Sarah,” Zak said.
“Yep,” she agreed.
“Oh, great, use your child to give it to her,” Mom said sarcastically. “That doesn’t make a proposal worse than it already is.”
“Raylee,” Dad scolded.
“I know. But I can’t help it. Zak, I thought when you called us all over here that you two were going to announce your engagement, not actually do the proposal.”
“I’m sorry?” he said, though it sounded more like a question than an answer.
“Mom, what are you talking about?” I asked. “Did you know he was going to propose?”
“She was the only other person I told besides Jasmine,” Zak said.
“Yes,” Mom agreed. “Zak actually asked me if he could, like, ‘pass down’, my engagement ring onto you, and I said yes.”
“Ok,” I said. “But which ring is this? The one Dad gave you or the one Nick gave you?”
“Zak had Jasmine choose between the two, and she chose the one your dad gave me.”
“There are more diamonds on it,” she said.
“Ok,” I said. “But why didn’t you like Zak proposing to be now?”
“Because a proposal is suppose to be a personal thing just between the person that’s proposing and the person he’s proposing to,” Mom said. “You shouldn’t do it in front of a lot of people, especially both of your families. That puts a lot of pressure on the person receiving the proposal and it can be a forced yes to avoid the humiliation of both the people involved if the answer is really no. And that would be entirely the person who’s proposing fault.”
“Ok. But I wasn’t pressured at all.”
“I can tell you weren’t. I would be, and still say yes, whether I truly meant that or not to avoid that. But, Zak, you still shouldn’t have done that.”
“Mom, do you think I would of said no?”
“No. Not unless you weren’t ready.”
“Well, I am.”
“Grandma,” Jasmine interrupted. “Shut up.”
“Jasmine,” I scolded.
Mom laughed. “No, she’s right.”
“I know. But she didn’t have to say it.”
“Well, somebody had to. It was kind of cute. And she’s right. You guys do your own thing, and congratulations to you both and to you two as well, Zack and Selena.”
“Thank you, Mom. But you kind of ruined the moment a little bit.”
“Well, let’s fix it with some cake and ice cream, shall we?”
“Yeah,” Jasmine, Peter, and Emily agreed.
We had plenty of that to go around for us people and the animals. Zak and I even did a little practice by feeding each other the cake. It was a mess.
Hopefully, it won’t be when we do it on our wedding day.
Aww. I thought it was so cute to have Jasmine give Sarah the ring and Zak take over from there.
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