Leanne was stunned for a moment at the brilliant clarity of the diamond before she realized that David was anxiously awaiting her response. "Yes! Oh, yes!" She let him slip diamond ring on her finger before she threw her arms about his neck and kissed him passionately as she murmured "I love you!" over and over.
"I love you, too." He said when they both came up for air. "Do you like it?"
"I do. It's so wonderful and ... large. Honey, I hope you didn't spend too much on it."
"You're worth it. You totally deserve it."
She looked around at the rose petals. "How long have you been planning this?"
"About six weeks. I had to get the ring resized. My previous wife had larger fingers than you."
Leanne paused in her admiration of her new ring as the words registered. "Previous wife? You were married before?"
"Twice. But don't worry I've talked to both of them, Sarah and Tanya, and they both like you. They both approve of wearing their rings." He hugged her. "I made sure first."
"You got permission from your ex-wives to give me their engagement rings?" She didn't try to keep the frost out of her voice. For her, this dream proposal was turning into a nightmare.
"Oh...no. You misunderstand me. They aren't my ex-wives they're my dead wives." He gave her that puppy dog look of his. "They both died in car accidents. In each case, there wasn't enough of them left for a proper burial. So, I turned them into LifeGems. It was Tanya's idea for Sarah. They were best friends and Sarah always wanted to be beautiful and an object of adoration. Making her LifeGem into an engagement ring was perfect. Tanya always said that she felt like Sarah was watching over her."
"Oh my God, this ring is made from your dead wife?!" Leanne looked at the ring on her finger in horror.
"The engagement ring is Sarah and the wedding band diamonds are Tonya." He produced another ring from his front pocket and showed it do her before putting it on her finger. "I figured you'd want to see them." The two smaller diamonds fit perfectly around the large center diamond. Together, the two rings were a beautiful set. "See? They fit your perfectly. They will always be there to watch over us and our marriage because a diamond, like marriage, is forever."