Jay was coming home! He’d only been in the hospital a couple of days, but he’d made an amazing recovery so the doctors had agreed to let him come home. The sooner he was in familiar surroundings, the better. I hadn’t been at home much, but when I was, it was weird without him there. He made the place brighter and without him there it didn’t feel like home to me. We’d parted ways with Hollie and Nathan when we’d left the hospital, they needed some time alone after finding out that Hollie was definitely pregnant. Even though she had Nathan, I knew she’d need help, and whatever she needed I’d be there no matter what. Hollie and I had gone to the same high school. We hadn’t talked much, but we’d known each other. I knew she was in a relationship with someone famous, but she’d never told anyone who. We’d all figured that he had to be famous after limos would pick her up from school in the summer. It was only after I’d begun seeing Jay and I was introduced to all the girlfriends that I found out it was Nathan. Ever since then we’ve become such close friends. I guess I felt I was able to talk to her because I’d known her previously. I really regretted not getting to know her in school, she’s amazing! I’d be lost without her. I smile crept across my face and I heard Jay behind me. ‘Umm, Soph? We just gonna stand out here or what?’ I unlocked the door to our apartment and let Jay go in first. ‘This is my place?’ He asked. ‘It’s our place, we live together JayJay.’ ‘Oh cool! So uhh, we share a bed?’ I laughed, ‘Yeah, but I’ll sleep on the sofa so don’t worry.’ He looked at me like I was out of my mind. ‘Soph don’t be silly! I’m not kicking you out of your own bed! We’ll share as always.’ ‘Are you sure? I don’t want it to be weird for you.’ If Jay couldn’t remember me much, sleeping in the same bed would be weird, really weird. And not just for him. ‘It’s okay, really. A lot of my memory is coming back. It’s almost nice having forgotten everything, when it comes back I get to be there all over again, like our weekend in France!’ ‘Jay! Oh my God you remember France!’ I dropped my bag and jumped on him, holding him tight. A tear fell down my cheek as we stood there just holding each other. France had been such a special time for me and I couldn’t express in words how happy I was that Jay had remembered it. It was nearly two months ago now. Hollie and I had had a bit of a rough time with journalists publishing stories claiming we were cheating on the boys. They’d found a picture of us and a couple friends from school and span a ridiculous story in the paper. Nathan and Jay were completely understanding about it all and took us away to France to take our minds off everything. It had been a total surprise to us both and we were even more excited when we were told we were going by ferry! Growing up by the sea, Hollie and I had grown to love it, but living in London had taken us away from the beaches. The journey there had been amazing and we’d re-enacted Titanic when Jack and Rose were on the front of the ship, much to the amusement of the other passengers. When the ferry had docked, we got off and the boys had arranged to have a hire car waiting for us. They’d even booked us into an adorable cottage right on the beach. It was surrounded by trees and really private so no one would bother us. Jay and Nath wouldn’t let us do anything, we offered to make them lunch but they told us no, we were to sit on the beach and relax. A half hour later and the boys called us in and led us down a little track by the side of the cottage. There was a small clearing at the end and in the middle was a large blanket and a picnic! I remember Hollie and I looking at each other with grins on our faces before running towards it, leaving the boys behind us. The picnic was packed with new, amazing looking foods and a bottle of wine. We were over the moon and so thankful that they were being so good to us. We had an unforgettable lunch and maybe got slightly tipsy! Hollie and I had tried to sleep it off and I hadn’t quite fallen asleep when I heard Nathan ask ‘How are you two then mate? It’s been like 6 months hasn’t it?’ ‘Nearer 7, but yeah, we’re doing really well. We’re actually moving in together next week!’ Nathan laughed to himself, ‘Mate you’re gonna love it. Living with Hollie is amazing; we have such a laugh all the time! Neither of us are very good cooks though.’ Now it was Jays turn to laugh. ‘Soph’s an amazing cook! When we’ve got the apartment set up, you guys should all come over for dinner.’ ‘Yeah that’d be good, cheers Jay.’ After a while, Nathan finally said ‘I’ve never seen you this happy mate, you really love her don’t you?’ I felt Jay stroke my hair, ‘Nath, I’m gonna marry her.’
In the evening, Hollie went out for dinner with Nathan and Jay had taken me somewhere else. France was such a beautiful place and after walking through the village for a while, we’d found an adorable little restaurant in an alleyway. Dinner was gorgeous and Jay was the perfect gentleman. On the way home I told Jay I was tired and he proceeded to pick me up and carry me the entire way home. As I draped my arms around his neck, I kissed him on the nose and reminded myself I had to tell Hollie my amazing news.
I woke up as the sun was setting, it was so beautiful. Nathan told me he was going to take us out for dinner in a little diner in the village, Sophie and Jay had already gone off to find a restaurant and it was nice to have some time with Nath. We held hands and walked along a little rocky pavement next to a river, I couldn’t ask for anything better. As we got closer to the village we saw a little well with little children running around it and I gasped ‘Nathan I haven’t seen one of these in years!’ I grinned and felt like I was a child all over again, I ran over and grabbed a euro out of my pocket, turned my back to the well and closed my eyes. I concentrated and… couldn’t think of anything to wish for? ‘Nathan’ ‘Yeah?’ ‘This is ridiculous, I can’t think of anything’ I opened my eyes and he was just standing there with a confused expression on his face. ‘My life is perfect at the moment, I have you and that’s all I ever want’. Nathan told me I was being silly and came over and cuddled me. ‘Ewww’ we turned around and saw all the little kids making disgusted faces at us and pointing. ‘Ewww cuddles!’ Nathan shouted and ran to them arms wide open, bless- their little screams were incredibly cute. I grabbed my camera out of my back pocket and got pictures of him doing his monster impressions. Yes, I fell in love with that. He jogged back towards me and I showed him the photos, he took the camera and aimed it at us both. ‘Smile!’ I grinned to my hearts content and he took the photo. ‘Aww’ we both held hands again and walked into the village.
He took me to a little restaurant called ‘le dîner peu’. It was on the corner of a little street and nearly empty, there were candles around the place and it had beautiful live music. We had our meals and Nathan said we had to go straight home. Apparently Sophie told Nathan she had news to tell me? I wasn’t sure whether to be excited or worried, so I just felt a little bit of both. We were nearly home when we popped into a little shop to get a couple bottles of wine since there weren’t any at home, along with some crisps and chocolate. French chocolate, is amazing. We walked up a little path and I saw the cottage. ‘How on earth did you manage to even find this place?’ I said to Nathan. ‘Well, that doesn’t matter does it?’ he turned and smiled at me and I just agreed, not sure whether I actually wanted to know when I thought about it. I knocked on the door and Sophie answered literally grabbing me and ran me off down a little hall. ‘Its fine! Yeah! See you later then!’ I heard Nathan shouting. ‘Women’. I turned around and laughed then looked back to Sophie. She had brought me to a little room at the end of the hall and closed the door. ‘1. Where’s Jay, 2. What the hell are you doing?!’ I flicked her on the head and waited for an answer. ‘1. He’s in the shower. 2. We’re getting married’. ‘WHAT’ ‘But he doesn’t know it yet’ ‘Come again?’ ‘You know when we were sleeping? Well I hadn’t quite drifted off when I heard Jay telling Nathan he’s going to marry me’ ‘Oh my god’ ‘I know’ ‘Oh.. My god’ I squealed slightly and hugged her tight. ‘This is amazing Sophie!’ ‘Yeah but I know, when I shouldn’t, I’m not meant to know and I do, that ruins it, I should have been asleep and I heard it, I’m marrying him, wow’ ‘You always talk too much when you’re excited, come on its going to be amazing so calm down! I can’t believe it, you’re going to be Sophie McGuiness’ ‘Don’t say it so loud!’ She grinned and jumped up and down a little. ‘Come on, it will be amazing no matter what happens, Nath and I got a couple drinks on the way home, lets just casually have a drink with them whilst secretly celebrating’ She laughed ‘Oh go on then’. We walked out of the small room and we saw Nathan and Jay standing at the end of the hall. ‘Have a nice mothers meeting?’ Jay called still wrapped up in a towel. ‘Oh it was brilliant Jay!’ I shouted as we walked towards them and started laughing. ‘What were you both talking about?!’ Nathan asked. ‘That’s for us to know, and for you to never find out’.
Funnily enough, a couple hours later everyone was tipsy. Sophie had her camera out and was taking mug shots of everyone and I was too tired to even care. In fact, I didn’t have a care in the world right now! I was with the people I loved and was having a great time, I was so happy. Sophie and Jay were sat in front of each other with a couple shots left and were discussing something I really thought I shouldn’t be listening to, so I got up to see what Nath was doing. I walked through into the kitchen and saw him pouring another glass of wine. ‘Babe you’ve got a beer in there?’ ‘This is for you, ya wally’ ‘Oh! Thank you’ I laughed, I was such an idiot. As we walked back into the room I walked over to the music, it wasn’t loud enough. I turned it up and started joking around with Nathan, our dance moves were amazing. Or so we thought. Sophie and Jay were laughing at us but joined in. Sophie hates dancing, but if Jay wanted her to dance, she would. He cuddled her and moved her hands as they laughed and span around, Jay tripped over his own foot and landed on the Sofa. ‘Jay!’ Sophie fell on the floor almost crying with laughter. She stumbled over to him and they were sat there in hysterics. They needed to go to bed, we all know what a hazard Jay is when he is tipsy. I smiled at Soph and pointed upstairs, but she violently shook her head. ‘Come on Soph, we’re here for a couple more days’ Yeah, she didn’t budge. I rolled my eyes and told Jay to go to bed because there were some skittles there, have I ever seen him run so fast? No. Sophie skipped along behind him and they went to bed. Nath was chuckling to himself on the sofa so I sat next to him. ‘Nath, what are you doing?’ ‘Do you ever get that feeling when you get a feeling’ … ‘What?’ ‘You know, when like, tea!’ I laughed so hard, he was gone. ‘Nathan why am I so sober?’ He passed me my glass of wine and poured vodka in it, oh god. He literally held it to my mouth and waited for me to chug it, what else could I do? And, the next bits, were a bit fuzzy. I remember kissing him, he span me around whilst holding me from under my knees and arms and he carried me to our bedroom downstairs. I stretched my arm down and opened the door for him before kissing him on the forehead. He laughed and opened the door.
-‘OH MY GOD’ I jumped up and looked at the time, 3.30am, I was back at mine and Nathan’s flat in London. I was dreaming?! But I remembered everything, I remembered what happened and how and- “NATHAN” I turned over and saw Nathan sleeping next to me. ‘If you don’t wake up now I will smack you’ He turned over and wiped his eyes. ‘Whats wrong babe?’ ‘I remember France, it was France’ He looked confused. I couldn’t wait, I dialled Sophie’s number and prayed she would pick up.