"Trust Syl to throw the biggest party in the whole of Los
Copper took a sip of her drink, leaning up against the doorpost as she
surveyed the busy party scene before her. "I swear she's invited everyone
on the planet to come."
"Well, that pretty much sums it up." Nancy, at her side laughed, nodding.
"But I suppose it is a twenty first."
"Are you feeling okay? You usually hate things like this." Copper looked
"Well, aside from a run in with some snooty cow called Melanie, I'm enjoying
myself." Nancy admitted. "Maybe I'm losing my touch."
"Melanie? Isn't that the chick who's dating the guy Syl was after?"
"Dunno, don't care." Nancy shrugged. "Whoever she is, she has an attitude
problem. She pretty much shoved her way through the queue to get a drink
and then was really rude to Cynthia about something or other - I didn't hear
what. I wish I'd heard Cynthia's reply though, it struck her silent."
"It really is all go tonight." Copper grinned, setting her drink down.
"I wonder how many hangovers there'll be tomorrow morning?"
"Cameron and Topaz have already vanished somewhere." Nancy said wryly.
"I don't know where - it's not one of those things you ask. But since he
arrived in LA a week ago, they've been closer than ever, so I guess she
was worrying about nothing."
"Guess so." Copper shrugged. "I'm glad. You know me. Sucker for a happy
"Next thing we know they'll be getting married and there'll be a ton of
little Topazes and Camerons running around." Nancy laughed. "That's a scary
"What, Topaz producing clones of herself or them being old enough to marry?"
Copper asked. Nancy shrugged.
"Either, both." She replied.
"Hey, girls." At that moment Aaron emerged from the melee, casting his
sister and his girlfriend a warm grin. "Busy night, huh?"
"Syl's party...nuff said." Nancy observed. Aaron laughed.
"Yeah, I'd noticed." He agreed. "Hey, Copper...come for a walk with me
in the garden? It's kinda crazy in here and I want to talk to you."
"Talk to me?" Copper looked startled, and she shot Nancy a confused glance.
"Don't look at me." She replied. "Just because I share his genes doesn't
mean I know what goes on in his brain."
"Cheeky." Aaron rolled his eyes. "Copper?"
"Okay, I'm coming." Copper nodded, scooping up her drink and following
her companion towards the patio doors. "But why all the secrecy? What's
so special that you have to drag me outside to talk to me about it?"
"Well, you'll see." Aaron told her, leading her to a secluded spot, and
sitting down on the bench, indicating for her to follow suit. "And it is mad
in there. Can hardly hear yourself above the music."
"True." Copper conceded.
Aaron paused, glancing at her.
"You know, you look so pretty tonight." He murmured. "I can't believe you're
"You're embarrassing me." She scolded, though her brown eyes sparkled with
pleasure. "And you don't look so bad yourself."
"Glad you think so." Aaron grinned. "Copper..." he paused, then, "Do you
ever think about where we're going?"
"Excuse me?" Copper looked blank. "Where we're going? In what sense? Far
as I'm aware we're sitting on a bench."
"No, silly." Aaron looked amused. "I mean, in life. Jewel are really big
news these days."
"Yeah, I guess we are." Copper nodded. "It's so totally different from
what I expected life to be when I was younger. The whole law school idea
isn't so appealing now. I wouldn't swap this life for anything."
"I'm glad to hear it." Aaron squeezed her hand, kissing her gently on the
cheek. "Because I'd miss you a whole lot, you know."
"I'd miss you too." Copper told him with a smile. "But I don't see what
Jewel has to do with us sitting out here like this."
"Nothing, really." Aaron admitted. "I suppose I should get to the point,
"Well, it'd be nice." Copper teased him gently. "Assuming you have one,
and you didn't just bring me out here to seduce me without witnesses."
"Chance'd be a fine thing." Aaron grinned. "But no. Something else is on
my mind, Copper."
"Then spill." Copper spread her hands. "I'm all ears."
"I hope you're not, you wouldn't be half so pretty if you were." Aaron
quipped. Then he looked sheepish. "Sorry. I'll quit it with the humour now,
"You're acting kinda weird, you know." Copper looked confused. "What's
all this about, Aaron?"
Aaron looked at her for a moment, as if gathering his courage. Then, taking
her hand gently in his, he slipped off the bench and down onto one knee,
oblivious to the stunned expression on his companion's face. Fumbling in
his pocket, he produced the ring, flipping the box open.
"Elizabeth Santiago," he began, "Will you marry me?"