Drabble Challenge - Prompt 84 - “Show me what’s behind your back.” Filled for @novemberhush
Thank You, Dee, I hope you enjoy reading it. xx
They had been living together for nearly a year now, and in that time Mike had noticed one place that Harvey seemed to hold sacred in his walk-in wardrobe; a drawer that contained his ties. Every morning as he lazed about in their bed, he would watch Harvey spend way too much time standing in front of it before he chose a tie. Harvey was particular about and took pride in his image, but even for him, the daily selection was taking too long.
It drove him crazy, but he resisted the urge to sneak a peek for forty-nine weeks, two days, seven hours, thirty-one minutes and seven seconds.
He arrived home early that afternoon and figured he could get away with just a quick peek, in and out, no harm in that, right?
He slid the draw open, observing the neat lines of silk ties, most of them hues of grey or blue, and a few purple ones at the back. If you weren’t looking, the two subtle little pieces of ribbon on either side of the drawers could easily be missed. Mike clasped them and gave a gentle tug, and the layer of ties pulled up and slid easily back atop the back half of the drawer. Below are an array of neatly organised items; a picture of his niece and nephew, some very expensive looking cuff links, a journal, some other important looking papers, and a ring box.
He’s come this far; he may as well examine the contents thoroughly; he reasons picking up the navy velour box.
He expects to find some old family heirloom, maybe from Harvey’s grandmother who as Harvey tells it, always had a soft spot for him. Instead, he finds a beautiful plain gold band with two platinum lines weaved around it, crossing over one another. He is stunned, and his breath hiccups in his throat as he gawks at the beautiful ring. Removing it carefully from the box, he twirls it around in his fingers, before reading the inscription.
His heart flutters, and a warm wave of emotion swept through his body as tears build in the corners of his eyes. Harvey wanted to marry him.
He slipped the ring on, it was a tight fit, but that was probably because his heart was racing. He held out his hand to examine how it looked. Of course, Harvey chose perfectly, the width and style were elegant and understated he thought gushing. Then the guilt set in. Harvey deserved to see his face when he saw the ring for the first time. He glared at himself crossly in the mirror, of course, he had gotten carried away.
The front entrance door banged shut, and Mike immediately began to panic, yanking at his finger to pull the ring off but it wouldn’t budge. The more he pulled in his panic, the redder and more swollen the area became, and the less likely it was that it was coming off. Shit.
“Are you here, Mike?” Harvey called from the kitchen.
“Ahh … Ahem yep, in the bedroom,” he replied, cursing under his breath.
He slid the robe’s door closed and tried to look casual standing in the middle of the bedroom with his right hand on his hip and his left hand hanging loosely behind his leg.
When Harvey walked in, he noticed Mike looking akin to a Macy’s mannequin, except for his face which looked very guilty. In total, it took the best closer in New York ten seconds to work out that something was awry. He narrowed his eyes and stalked forward, giving Mike an inquisitive look. Mike instinctively took a step back and hid his hand up his shirt.
“Mike?” He urged, “Show me what’s behind your back.”
Mike’s head dropped in shame, and he mentally beat himself up for ruining this moment for them.
“I’m sorry,” he mumbled to the floor as he revealed his hidden left hand and held it out for inspection, then waited for Harvey to speak.
Unexpectedly, Harvey chuckled, “Maybe the inscription should have read, ‘My Puppy, Snoopy’.”
Mike smiled despite wanting the ground to swallow him up.
“Are you mad?” Mike asked hesitantly and lifted his eyes from the floor.
Twelve pearly white teeth, ten laughter lines, two dimples, and eight crow’s feet made up the beautiful face of the man standing before him now, with tears shining in his eyes.
“I will be if you say no!” Harvey hinted, clearly amused.
Harvey dropped to his knee and kissed Mike’s swollen ring finger, looking hopefully up at him.
“Marry me?” Harvey asked, his voice soft and with a slight quaver to it.
“Fuck yes!” Mike cried and tackled him onto the plush carpet to kiss his amazing fiancé stupid.
Authors note: Awww, they love each other. 😍 Thanks for reading. This is fic number 3, out of 8. You can find the others on AO3 here - Millie’s Mini Marvey Musings