Sunday came around sooner than I expected. Before I knew it, I was in front of three dresses, deciding which one was worthy for the occasion. One was short, just above the knee, and a baby blue color. It was a little tight, showcasing my curves. Another was a vibrant yellow with spaghetti straps. It came down to my shins and was very plainly decorated. I finally decided on a black one. It went down right to my knees, and wasn't too tight, allowing me room to move. Around the waist was a silver ribbon. Perfection.
After putting my dress on and doing my makeup and hair, I got Emily ready, dressing her in a pink dress. At around five we were all ready, and we left, the destination almost forty five minutes away.
While we were driving to the country club, Emily fell asleep, her faint snores being the only thing that sounded through the small range rover.
The ride to dinner was calming, the picturesque city appearing before me. I didn't often visit the city, my work being settled on the outskirts. When I did happen to pass by though, I usually got lost in its amazement. I always wanted to live in the city but it was no place to raise a child.
Before I could officially absorb the feeling, I arrived at the country club. It was a two story brown bricked building, the entryway like a canopy stabilized by huge brown pillars. It was at that moment it me. This building is oddly familiar. It's where I met Niall.
I parked the car, woke up Emily, and went inside happily, the memory of me and Niall's first time meeting appearing in my mind. It was such a lovely day.
"Annalise!" Niall called from a long wooden table in the corner of the room. He was dressed in a tux, as well as the rest of his mates. I smiled and sat down in between him and Emily. I pecked his lips and greeted the other four boys. Luckily, Harry still seemed oblivious to who I was.
"How have you been Anna?" Louis asked leaning his face on his palm.
"Great." I responded blandly. He looked back down at his menu, obviously done with the conversation.
"Where do you work?" Zayn asked, running his hands through his ebony hair.
"I work at a music shop on the edge of the city. I work as an employee and give instrument and vocal lessons on the side."
"Sounds really fun." He states, clearly impressed. I have him a smile and looked through the selections for dinner.
I felt hair tickle the side of my face and a soft voice whispered, "You look extremely sexy in that dress." I felt my cheeks turn red as I looked back down at my menu.
"Attention." Niall said loudly, tapping his knife on his water glass. Everyone in the room looked over at us. Some of them were totally surprised while others seemed a bit dazed and confused. "On this day, exactly two years ago, I came to this place and met the most amazing girl. She was sitting at this exact table with her friends when I spotted her. She was, by far the most beautiful woman I have ever seen." He looked down at at my red face and watery eyes.
"I was fortune enough to actually talk to her, and let me just say, I felt like the luckiest man in the world. I remember saying to myself, 'Don't say something stupid.' over and over again. It didn't exactly work because I ended up saying how lovely her chair was."
The people laughed but all I did was state at him through blurry tears.
"Luckily though, my looks and personality evened out my peoples skills, and we got a drink at the bar and talked all night. I even walked away with her number. That was the best day of my life."
Niall cleared his throat and looked down at me as he spoke softly.
"This place represents new beginnings. Our new beginning. That's why I chose here."
He bent down on one knee and popped out a ring. The whole room gasped and awed. The tears that were forming in my eyes poured down and I tried to stop myself but failed miserably.
"Annalise, I love you. And I want to spend every day for the rest of my life with you. Will you marry me?"
I cried harder as people around us awed in harmony.
"Of course!" I finally said. Everyone cheered as Niall slipped the diamond on my finger. I kissed him passionately as he wrapped his arms around me.
"I'm glad you said yes," he said breaking the kiss. "that would've been pretty embarrassing." I chuckled and threw my arms around him, hugging him tighter than I ever have before.