Kale and Kaila
Author's note: I definitely love Alan Rickman!
The QuestionThe next week went by and Luke was still in town.
“I’ve really missed you and mom, Kaila.” He told me.
“I can honestly say we’ve missed you too!” I told him.
“Well, it looks to me like you’ve been pretty distracted.” He teased.
“Eh. Not really.” I said at first, “Okay, a little.”
We both laughed.
“He seems decent.” Luke said.
“I love him Luke. He really loves me.” I said honestly.
“I can tell.” He said.
“The way you two look at each other. He looks like he would really die for you.” Luke said.
Suddenly, Kale knocked on the open door.
“You’re on crutches now!” I said happily.
“Yeah, I begged them to let me out of the wheel chair. I hated that thing!” He said chuckling.
I pat the side of the bed for him to come and sit by me. So he did.
“I think they are letting me go home tomorrow. They said the surgery went really well and I’m recovering great.” He said hopefully.
“That’s great!” I said. Great, I was going to be stuck in the hospital alone…
“I’m not leaving you though.” He said firmly.
“Kale, someone’s going to have to get my assignments and help me.” I told him smiling.
Luke stood up and said, “I’ll let you two talk.” Then, he left the room.
“I love you Kaila.” He told me.
“I love you too Kale.” I told him simply. Because that’s what it was. Simple. I simply loved him.
“Are you sure you want me to go back to school?” He asked me.
“Kale, there’s only two weeks of school left. It’s fine. We need to get caught up!” I told him.
“I guess you’re right. Then again, you usually are.” He told me smiling.
“You have such a radiant smile.” I told him, remembering when he told me this the first day we met in the school library which really felt like years ago instead of months.
He remembered too, I could tell. We both laughed.
“I’ll go back Monday. Thank goodness it’s only Saturday.” He told me, looking out the window.
“I’m so glad school is almost over. Summers in California are the best.” I told him smiling.
“Not if you’re in the hospital all summer…” He said miserably.
I knew he still took the blame for the truck driver’s mistake. I told him every time he apologized, which was quite often, that it wasn’t his fault. I couldn’t get him to believe it wasn’t his fault.
“I love you.” I told him.
“I love you too.” Kale told me.
“I’ll be right back, I need to go get a drink. Do you want anything?” He asked.
“I’m fine thank you.” I told him.
He kissed my hand and walked out the door on the crutches. Five minutes later, Alan walked into the doorway.
“How are you feeling?” He asked me.
“Fine. The medicine kicked in about forty-five minutes ago.” I told him.
“That’s good.” He said.
“Yeah…” I said awkwardly.
“I have a question.” He said.
“I’m sure I have an answer.” I told him smiling. I gestured for him to sit in the chair.
“You and Kale really love each other.” He said.
I thought that was the question and I said “Of course.”
“Oh that wasn’t the question.” He said laughing.
“Oh, I’m sorry.” I said embarrassed.
“It’s alright. See, I haven’t seen Kale this happy in a long time. I see the way he looks at you and it makes me think of his mother when I first met her. I don’t want either of you to come out broken-hearted. I really have come to care for you as my own daughter. So, my question is… Do you plan on marrying him one day?” He finished.
I had thought about this question quite a few times.
“Alan, I don’t think any girl could love your son more than I do. I would love to marry Kale.” I told him honestly.
“I thought so.” He said thoughtfully.
“The first day I met Kale, something amazing happened. I fell in love. It really was love at first sight-for me at least. But, I want to spend the rest of my life with Kale. It means so much that you accept me. I love him. I don’t know what I would’ve done if you hadn’t of accepted me. Thank you.” I told him.
“I know for a fact that he wants to marry you Kaila.” Alan told me.
I could tell he was telling the truth. I smiled at the thought of being Kaila Rickman.
“I do believe that Kale and Kaila Rickman has a nice ring to it, don’t you?” He asked.
“You read my mind.” I laughed.
“I better be going.” He said checking his watch.
“Okay… oh and Alan?” I said.
“Yes?” He asked.
“Thank you.” I said.
“Anytime.” He told me and left.
That night, Kale sat on the edge of the bed talking to me.
“Kale?” I asked.
“Yes?” He replied.
“Do you plan on marrying me one day?” I asked curiously, a little nervous he’d say no.
“Yes.” He admitted confidently.
I felt like I could’ve jumped up with glee.
“You have no idea how happy I am to hear that!” I told him smiling.
“Kaila, I know you and my dad talked.” He said smiling.
“Oh.” I said blushing.
“You do realize you are the only girl I could ever love, right? I don’t see anyone else. Just you.” He told me happily.
“I don’t have a ring or anything…” He started, as he got down on one knee and held my hand, “but, will you marry me?”
Tears welled up in my eyes and I said “Yes!”
He got back up and kissed me. “I love you Kaila.” He told me.
“Thank you.” Was all I could say.
“Kaila, you are the only one for me.” He told me while looking me in the eyes.
“I know that now.” I smiled.
He smiled at me and I realized he really was the most handsome guy I had ever laid eyes on, which made me a little self-conscious. But, he loved me for me and that was all I could ever ask for.