A Troubling Proposal

Serena seeks a way to leave the mundane life she has fallen into. However, she gets more than she bargains for when a science experiment goes wrong...

“I’ve been working on something that could change your life.”

Promising words, though coming from Daniel, they didn’t paint a comforting image of the future.

“Change...my life? I’m pretty sure it’s fine...”

“Wait until you see. Just wait.”

“Uh huh.” Waiting had never been a strongpoint of mine. All through Sixth Form, I had yearned for the experience of a university course, but when it had come to it, I couldn’t hold down one subject in the way I used to as a child. Hence the farmer's son boyfriend, who contented himself with studying the blues and reds in trees effected by autumn’s coax.

I was in the middle of some nowhere, letting a scruffy man take hold of my hand. It was hardly the city-slicker lifestyle I had imagined!

As he led me out into a field, I looked to the sky, praying that he wasn’t going to do what I had an inkling he might. Daniel had his predictable elements, but I could always hope that he might have a better trick up his sleeve.

Due to the angle of the midday sun, I construed, crystals of light seemed to tumble through the gaps in trees; it was a typical illusion of the land, but I had grown to appreciate the shapes of leaves as part of a whole. Daniel was beginning to convert me- and I knew the final stage was just out here, where nobody could interrupt his musings this time. I was trapped where there were no ex-boyfriends, no parents calling, no vulture-faced lecturers.

“Really, Daniel, this isn’t necessary.”

“Oh, it is for me,” he affirmed.

“Seriously, you don’t have to do anything to prove your love.”

We stopped walking together when Daniel saw it fit, letting go of my hand at possibly the most central point of the field. Anticipation increased when the man cleared his throat.

“Serena, I’ve been thinking- as I do, a lot of thinking- and we’ve been together for a long time now-”

“Five months.”

“Please don’t interrupt.” Daniel attempted a weak smile to show his easy forgiveness. “We’ve been together for a long time now, where both our prospects have changed. Look around you. What do you see? A field. It’s going to be mine in a couple of months, when I turn twenty-five. Isn’t that wonderful? I have been given the chance to take over Dad’s farm, to prosper in the life I grew up with. I’m so happy, and I want you to share in my happiness. And, as the saying goes-”

At that point, my fears were confirmed as he began to drop to one knee.

“-the farmer needs a wife. So, Serena, will you marry me?”

“Eee!” A pigeon descended out of nowhere, and I took the opportunity to run.

The End

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