Elyse and Kevin

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How We Met

We met at our friends, Amber and Kyle’s house in Westland, Michigan. Kevin is Kyle’s bf from high school, and Amber is my bf from high school. It was Friday, November 18, 2016. I was living with these friends, and he was at their house when I finished a shift at my second job. After reconnecting at Amber and Kyle’s gender reveal party in mid-October 2018, we started chatting over Messenger. Two weeks later, we began dating on October 27, 2018, at our friends, Heather and Andrew’s Halloween party.

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How They Asked

This past July (2022) Kevin, my then-boyfriend and now fiance, and I took a trip to the UP or Upper Peninsula of Michigan for a vacation. It was my first time visiting the UP though I am a Michigan native. One night, after having a delicious dinner at sunset by Lake Huron, we decided to look for the Northern Lights. From our hotel room, we could see lights in the sky off in the distance. I was sure they were storm clouds, but Kevin was convinced it was the Aurora Boreholes. We spent the last hours of Friday and the midnight hours of Saturday searching the dark for a sign of the Northern Lights. I’m anxious as we drive, worried we might hit something or get stranded. I express my concerns to Kevin until he relents. Finally, we go to The Headlands International Dark Sky Park to see if we have any luck.

At night the park only allows red lights since it’s less polluting. After slapping some red tape over our flashlights, we head in. My eyes are met with some of the most beautiful sights I’ve ever seen. The clouds have cleared to reveal a sky speckled with so many stars it’s magical. An arm of the Milky Way Galaxy touches the horizon and reflects itself onto the still waters off the beach on our left. We’re just in time to spot the beginnings of the Aurora Boreholes to our right. Both firsts for me.

As we made our way in the dark, I was counting my steps to prevent a fall when I just made out the form of Kevin as he missed a step. He falls hard on his left knee. I check to see if he’s okay and pick his things off the ground. He stays down there and convinces me to join. The view is breathtaking, but all I can think about are ants, spiders, and other bugs crawling around us. That is not to mention bird poop that we might be unaware of because of the darkness.

After only a few minutes, I got up. Kevin attempts to get up and tries to get up on his hurt knee. As I watch him kneeling, I do not understand what is happening. I’m worried and ask if he needs help. Kevin assures me he’s fine before saying, “So apparently you’re afraid of the dark now.” I was still worried about Kevin’s knee, so when he continued with, “And you’re afraid of falling, but are you afraid of falling in love with me?” I answer with a question, “No.” When he pulled out the ring nested in a box with a red light in it, I gasped and brought my hand to my mouth as tears came to my eyes. I almost missed his next words. “Then will you marry me?”

I hoarsely said, ” Yes.” I don’t think I’ve cried so many happy tears in my entire life. Under my breath, I said something to the effect of, “Dang it, you made me cry.”

I wait for him to put the ring on me when he closes the box, and I look at him confused.”Babe, aren’t you going to put it on me?” I ask with a tearful laugh as he gets up.

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“Oh, is that what I’m supposed to do?” He genuinely asked.

I answer in the affirmative before he opens the box and places the engagement ring on my finger. I looked from him to the ring and back before saying, “I imagined this so many times, I planned to cry.”

He smiled as he leaned down to kiss me. A few moments later, we saw a shooting star, my first ever, and made a wish. Minutes pass, and we spot two more shooting stars and make two more wishes. It was a perfect start to the day and the rest of our lives together.

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(For context I need to explain a few things. First, although I am (mostly) not afraid of the dark, I am afraid of the deep woods kind of dark. The dark was so dense that you can’t see the stars above the treetops or the things that might jump in front of your car kind of dark. I may be a little afraid of that kind of darkness. Second, I have a fear of falling, not heights. I like being up high but I hate the feeling I might fall. Third, one of our favorite movies to watch together is Meet in St. Louis. Also, by the way, the fall was not a part of his plan, but everything else was and I was certain I wasn’t going to cry. I lost that bet.)

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