Carter's Proposal

AUTHOR: Melissa Larkin
CATEGORY: Romance (John Carter & Susan Lewis)
DISCLAIMER: I don't own Susan or Carter! :)
AUTHOR'S NOTES: I don't own Susan, Lydia, Haleh, Carter or any ER characters, nor do I own the song "I Could Not Ask For More." I just happen to like that song! :)
SUMMARY: Carter proposes to Susan! :)

It was a warm, sunny night in Chicago. John Carter and Susan Lewis walked hand-in-hand as they left a romantic dinner at their favorite restaurant, the Lakeview Inn. Carter, as he was called by his friends, looked over at Susan and smiled. Susan caught him staring at her and grinned.

"What is it?" she asked softly. Carter shook his head.

"I still can't believe that you came back to Chicago," he began, "and that we fell in love. What did I ever do to become so lucky?" Susan leaned in and kissed Carter.

"I'm the lucky one," she said. "I love you." Carter stopped in the middle of the street and kissed Susan passionately.

"I love you, too," he replied. "But I'm not telling you what the surprise is until we get to my place." Susan frowned.

"Not even a little hint?" she pleaded. Carter put his arm around Susan and they began walking again.

"Susan, we'll be at my apartment soon enough," Carter snuggled Susan closer to him. "I love having my own place now." Susan looked up at Carter.

"Me, too," she replied and kissed Carter. "It's wonderful to wake up in your arms every morning." Carter looked at Susan again as they walked down the street and thought about how his life had changed in the past year. He had had a crush on Susan from the moment they'd first met in 1994, and he'd even tried to kiss her that same Christmas, but Susan had backed away. Afterwards, Carter fought his feelings for Susan. He'd had many girlfriends since then, but he had never felt the intense love for anyone that he did for Susan Lewis.

Susan watched Carter as they walked along. When they had met years earlier, she never thought they would fall in love one day. Carter was a young medical student, she a resident when they first met. Susan often thought of the night when Carter tried to kiss her, and many times, in her fantasies, she had returned his emotions. When she had left Arizona to return to Chicago, the one person who had been on her mind a lot was Carter. This surprised her, but when Susan saw Carter again, the old feelings returned. Now they were more in love than ever. Susan secretly hoped that she and Carter would have a future together. They had talked a couple of times about moving in together and getting married, but so far, Carter had yet to propose.

Carter and Susan reached his townhouse. Carter opened the door and he and Susan entered. As Carter turned the lights on, he heard Susan gasp in surprise.

"Carter, this is beautiful!" she exclaimed, looking around the room. Roses filled every corner of the living room. On the coffee table sat a large box wrapped with a red bow. Carter led Susan to the sofa and they sat down.

"I wanted this night to be perfect," Carter began. He handed the box to Susan and she opened it. Inside was a beautiful jewelry box. Susan opened the jewelry box and found a small black box inside. Tears filling her eyes, she looked at Carter.

"Is this what I think it is?" she whispered. Carter took the small black box from Susan's hands and got down on his knee. He took Susan's hand and looked into her eyes.

"Susan Lewis, I love you. You have made my life better in so many ways. You've made me a better person. Will you please do me the honor of becoming my wife?" Tears fell down Susan's face as she leaned in and kissed Carter.

"Yes," she replied. "Yes, I would love to be your wife!" She and Carter kissed and Carter slipped the ring onto her finger.

"Susan Lewis Carter," Carter said. "I love the sound of that."

"So do I," Susan replied. The happy couple kissed again, dreaming of their future together.

~~~~The End~~~~

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