“Come on,” he said, holding out his hand.
She took it without hesitation and let him pull her up. He held her against him for a moment, his hand against the small of her back. He kissed her gently and then led her out of the room.
Pulling her down the stairs and out of the front door, he sat her in the car. He got in the other side and started to drive. He reached across and held her hand, rubbing his thumb over the back off her hand.
“When exactly did you decide to propose?” she asked, looking up at him.
“The second before I did,” he replied.
“Yeah. Aari and I went to have a look the other day while you were in school. I didn’t buy it until about three o’clock this morning though. Aari picked it up on her way to pick up Ellie.” He shrugged.
“You’re incredibly spontaneous,” she muttered, more to herself than to him.
“I know,” he grinned.
She shook her head but couldn’t help her smile.
“What’s Jay like?” she asked, for no reason other than she was curious.
Robert thought for a moment. “He has a major authority complex. Except with Isabella, but there’s a long and complicated history behind that,” he murmured.
“We have time,” she said.
“Not enough for that,” he said, shaking his head. “Jay is Aaralyn’s twin brother. Onyx met her through him. We all call him Hollywood because, well, you saw Aaralyn; they’re identical.”
“But, isn’t that impossible?” Beth asked with a frown.
“Not when you know who their father is,” he said quietly.
“Who is he?”
“He’s a god, quite literally. I’ll introduce you to him one day.”
“You know him?”
“He’s Daniel’s older brother. Ellie is Daniel’s niece.”
“Oh, wow,” was all she could manage to say. “That’s... interesting.”
Robert smiled and the rest of the drive passed in silence.
When Robert pulled into the hospital car park, Beth felt a sharp pang of nervousness; she was going to see her family with a ring on her finger.
“Take it off if you want,” Robert said, glancing over at her as he reversed into the space.
“No,” she said, shaking her head. “I want them to know, I just don’t know how they’re going to react.”
“Isn’t that every bride’s first worry?” Robert asked with a smile. “I know it was Aari’s, and Isabella’s when she told me.”
“Isabella’s married?” Beth asked, unable to keep the shock out of her voice.
“In the loosest form of the word, yes. Well, she is promised, it’s different.”
Beth nodded dazedly, in shock. Robert got out of the car and came around to help her out. After he’d shut the door, he pressed her against the side of the car and kissed her.