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Illingworth House: Chance Child - Part One: 46 - A Ring For Helen

...While they were chatting, John quietly pulled out a ring box from his pocket. He timed it precisely and asked her to close her eyes and stretch out her hand. Before she knew it, he had slipped a beautiful diamond ring on her wedding finger...

John Illingworth formally proposes to Helen.

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After their meal, they retired to the lounge for coffee. The windows in the corner where they sat overlooked the bay silvered by a full moon, which filled the sky and sea. Gulls mewed outside and, beyond the sea-front, the tide moaned as it tore again and again at the shingle. A seaplane flew across the moon and Helen shivered. She had developed a fear of planes. Of late, there had been a spate of accidents, and though she never told him when he took her to his flying-club, Helen hated his wild aerobatics with Sydney Goldstein.

"You cold, darling?" he asked, putting his arm around her. She snuggled closer and they spoke about his forthcoming trip to Australia. He mentioned he was glad Simon Grimstone was going with him for he was good company, and would bring some relief from the tedious business they had to deal with. John's heart had never been in the family business and but for his father, he would have left it years ago. Helen would have preferred someone else as his travelling companion, someone like Sydney Goldstein, with whom she got on well and who was to marry Sarah the following week. But she couldn't stand Grimstone and his oiliness. He gave her the creeps.

While they were chatting, John quietly pulled out a ring box from his pocket. He timed it precisely and asked her to close her eyes and stretch out her hand. Before she knew it, he had slipped a beautiful diamond ring on her wedding finger.

"John!" she gasped, turning it to catch the light.

"You will marry me, Helen, won't you?" he said simply, smiling as he saw her face light up. "I suppose I should have gone down on one knee, but it's rather public here." Then he became serious. "We'll marry as soon as I return from Australia, darling. I couldn't bear to be away from you without knowing we'll be married when I get back."

He had proposed before but she had waited till she was sure of his love. This time, she knew beyond all doubt that he loved her and she leaned across and kissed him passionately. Then she kissed the ring on her finger and held it out again to see it twinkle, her whole face aglow with pleasure.

John's putting the ring on her finger had taken her by surprise, and she wasn't the only one. When Sir Abe heard about it, he was dumbfounded, and his face didn't register pleasure.

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