She pulled away after a few seconds. “I’d like to point out we’re in the middle of a car park,” she whispered, gazing up at him.
“Oh well,” he murmured, kissing her again.
Beth pulled away again and shook her head in disbelief but unable to help her grin. She grabbed his hand and led him into the hospital. After being directed to her mother’s room, her nervous feeling only grew stronger. Robert squeezed her hand as they stopped outside the room.
“Do you want me to stay out here?” he asked.
“No,” she said immediately. “I want you to come in with me.”
He nodded and smiled, giving her hand another squeeze. She took a deep breath and knocked on the door.
“Come in,” she heard her mother’s voice say.
After a brief pause, she opened the door.
“Oh, Beth,” her mother whispered, her eyes tearing up as she spread her arms out.
Beth ran to her immediately, letting her mother envelope her in a hug. She began to cry too. She didn’t stop her tears from falling.
“Oh, Beth, I’m so sorry,” her mother choked.
“It’s okay, Mum, don’t worry.”
Beth noticed that Robert didn’t move and didn’t say anything. She also noticed that Jack was glancing between them. Or, rather, glancing between him and her ring. So he’d realised.
Her mum gripped her hands tightly and frowned a little. Clearly she’d felt the ring pressing against her skin. She held up Beth’s hand up in front of her.
“You got something to tell me?” she asked with a teasing tone. There wasn’t a hint of hatred or despise in her face and Beth immediately relaxed.
She smiled shyly. “Robert and I are getting married,” she murmured.
Mum grinned. “When?”
She turned to look at Robert.
“That is something we have yet to discuss,” he said, a small smile on his face, though his eyes filled with... something Beth couldn’t describe.
He glanced at the clock on the wall. “I need to go; Mark’s called a meeting and I need to know why.”
She frowned. “Tell everyone I say hello.”
He nodded. “I will. Oh, car keys; I don’t know when you want to go home but if you’re still here by the time we’re finished, I’ll come and get you.”
He passed her the keys.
“I love you,” she said, leaning up to kiss him quickly.
“I love you too.”
Then he turned and was gone. Beth frowned again as she watched the door swing shut.
“Does he often disappear at a moment’s notice?” Mum asked curiously.
“Not usually. Not unless something’s wrong. I’ll ask him later,” she replied with a dismissive shrug.
“So, marriage?” Mum asked after a little while.
“Yeah,” she nodded.
“Are you sure?”
Beth couldn’t help her grin. “I am.”
“I can’t say I particularly approve of your choice, but...” she said before finishing quietly, “I’m glad you’re happy.”
“I really am happy, Mum. I love him.”
“I can see that,” she smiled before growing serious. “But if he doesn’t treat you properly, we’re coming after him.”