You are viewing this site in an old browser or Internet Explorer compatiblity mode.
You can continue to use our site but it may not work properly or display correctly.
add to basket
Successfully added to your bag
Sign up for exclusive offers, news and more!
JOIN

Made to Measure

Written by Joan Elliott Pickart

Chapter twenty

Mary-Clair's eyes widened and her heart began to beat in a wild tempo as she drank in the sight of Connor O'Shea.

"Connor?" she said, not totally convinced he was actually standing there.

"Yes, Mary-Clair," he said, no readable expression on his face. "It's me. It has taken me this long to have all these stools custom-made to my specifications after I carefully measured distances from your height to the top cupboard in a kitchen, a closet shelf, the overhead storage compartment in an airplane, and on the list goes."

Jessica and Esther eased into Jessica's office and closed the door...almost...leaving a two-inch gap.

"But why?" Mary-Clair said, sweeping her confused gaze over the stools.

"Just to make things easier for you if you want to use them," he said. "It doesn't diminish who you are as a woman, it's simply a thoughtful gesture on my part. And this stool?" He gestured to the bright yellow one at his feet. "It will bring you eye-level with me, make you my equal physically as you already are emotionally and intellectually. This stool is for when you want to kiss me, Mary-Clair. You can use it at the altar when we get married if you choose to."

"I..." Mary-Clair started.

"Oh, Mary-Clair," Connor said, his voice husky, "don't you see? I love and respect you. You. The woman. My love for you has nothing to do with how tall, or short, you might be. Please marry me, be my wife and the mother of our children. Don't allow the pain you suffered in the past because of insensitive men rob us of our happiness now, of our future together."

Mary-Clair drew a shuddering breath, her mind whirling.

"Listen to me," Connor went on. "I shot up to six-foot-three when I was only 14 years old. From then on everyone expected more from me than I was capable of giving. They thought I should be more mature, more intelligent, more proficient at sports, just because I was tall.

"I would have given anything back then to be the same size as my friends. I understand what you've been saying, believe me, I do. We've walked the same path in the past, which gives us an edge as we travel into the future...together."

"Connor, I..."

"Ah, Mary-Clair," he said, a catch in his voice, "please. Marry me." He extended his arms toward her. "Ti voglio bene."

"Oh, Connor," Mary-Clair said, smiling through her tears, "I love you, too, and...and yes, yes, yes, I'll marry you."

Mary-Clair ran across the room, up the steps of the pretty yellow stool and flung herself into Connor's embrace.

Just as Jessica and Esther peeked out the doorway of Jessica's office, then exchanged satisfied smiles, Connor captured Mary-Clair's lips in a kiss of commitment, a kiss that spoke of their future together, of love that would last...forever.

The End

Like this? Why not share it

About the author

I’m a single mom, with three grown daughters and two fantastic l...

Read more
Joan Elliott Pickart

Discover more free stories

View all

The Cowboy’s Twins

Written by Linda Warren

All Jess McQuire wants is to be a champion tie-down roper. He loves the thrill of the rodeo circuit, even though his marriage didn’t survive it. That ended four years ago. Now back in Horseshoe, Texas, Jess encounters his past—his former wife, Abby…and three-year-old twins he didn’t know he had!

Abby’s world tilts the day Jess comes knocking. Learning he’s a father is tough for him, but so was raising their children alone for years. Forced to grow up fast and put the twins first, Abby doesn’t think she can stand further heartbreak if Jess chooses the rodeo over her. Again…

Copyright © 2017 by Linda Warren

The Wedding Secret

Written by Kianna Alexander

Discovering her fiancé’s public and utterly embarrassing infidelity, florist Renata McPherson is left dateless to her beloved client’s nuptials. But meaningful eye contact with one devastatingly handsome groomsman leaves Renata unexpectedly breathless…

As a contractor, Amir Robertson has quite the knack for design. Though he has no plans for rebuilding the gorgeous shop owner’s heart…at first. Their no-strings-attached arrangement could soon fail when a secret that joins them forever is revealed.

statushh