"What are you looking at?" Harris asks, smiling as he just enjoys looking at her. For weeks now he and Alex had returned to being lovers, and it was as if nothing had ever gone wrong between them. Still, every moment they were together he made sure to cherish. Apparently she was doing the same.
"The time." She seems annoyed, but not from his words. "I wish I could stay but this isn't my home, and your daughter will be home from school soon. It isn't right for me to over stay my welcome here so soon after Gwen left you both behind."
"Gwen leaving before we'd agreed was one of the best things to ever happen to me." He responds. "And Judith practically worships the ground you walk on. She made us watch your big debut film, Modern Amazons four times when I told her we were together. She won't mind if you want to stay for dinner-"
"-Or the night." He continues, moving to lean over her, pushing her back onto the bed slowly.
"Harris I really shouldn't..."
"I thought you said you loved me."
"That's not fair. I do love you, but this isn't right."
"What about this isn't right?" He asks, honestly confused as he pulls away from her. "I love you, and I can't image my life without you."
Her response is said in almost a deadpan. "We had a child out of wedlock, you tried to ruin every man in this city because you thought I'd slept with one of them, you have anger issues, your ex-wife only just left you, and now we've been screwing on the same bed you two used to share together."
He can't hide his grin. "The only thing I regret is not just grabbing you and riding off into the sunset together the first time I saw you in the film studio."
She has no idea how to respond to that because honestly that would have saved them both so much heartache and trouble. Instead: "I'm sorry, Harris but I really have to go. Still need to help Mel plan Serena's big birthday party."
He lets her get dressed before coming up behind her and pulling her close. "Melody has her husband back, she doesn't need you to babysit her anymore, Liam is full grown, and James is off at boarding school. What's really holding you back from me?"
She hesitates, but answers him anyway. "I'm scared you're going to break my heart."
He pulls away, as if insulted before reaching out to stroke her cheek, his eyes shining from his held back tears. "I deserved that, but I could never in my life betray you like you fear I will. After you hurt me I slept with other women, yes, but I never loved them, I could never even look at them without seeing your face and missing you. I've never felt that way about anyone before, especially not Gwen."
Alex can't hide her smile. "What are you saying?"
"I'm saying you're my soul mate, and I want to spend the rest of my life with you. And only you." Reaching into the desk behind him he returns with a small box, getting down on one knee in front of her.
"You're my soulmate." He repeats. "And if you don't say yes I don't know what I'll do."
"I wouldn't dream of saying anything but yes." She smiles, holding back her tears as he slowly slides the engagement ring onto her finger with shaking hands.
For once, Harris feels like he just made a really smart decision. Everything is going right, and he'll do whatever it takes to give Alexandra her happily ever after.