It had been a month. A hard month of not blurting out her plan. Callie just got the go from Owen which truthfully, was the final step. Everything else was already in motion. Of course, she wasn't going to let Owen know that she didn't wait for his okay before she made the arrangements for a two week long getaway of two of his lead surgeons/board members.
All she had to do was wait one more month, and take Arizona on a surprise so called "slightly early one year anniversary trip."
By the time they were to be towards the end of their trip, it'd be a year since Arizona kissed her in that bathroom.
'At least it was the bathroom of a fancy restaurant this time,' Callie thought, 'it means we're getting classier.' She smiled at the thought and figured that her plan was also kind of classy.
She couldn't wait to execute it. 'This is how it should feel,' she thought. 'I'm going to marry her again and I can't wait. Finally, I can't freaking wait.'
She was humming cheerfully as she took the turn onto their street and was surprised to see their house completely darkened. She texted Arizona when she left the hospital, and Arizona replied with a "hurry back X". This made no sense. A surge of panic only a mother and a girlfriend can experience ran through her veins as she broke her own rule, parked her car quickly on the street, and hurried down the path and through her own door.
When she finally walked in, she saw that the house wasn't completely darkened. The living room was bathed in soft candle light, and Arizona was standing there, wearing a red dress and everything.
"I owe you a rain check from months ago and I'm not gonna fall asleep this time," Arizona promised.
"Arizona?" Callie asked, a warm feeling spreading in her stomach, "what is all this?"
"Here," Arizona said and gave Callie the flower she was holding. It was a beautiful white calla lily and Callie realized the whole living room was full of them.
"I wanted to give you a flower that had to do with music, like your name," Arizona explained, "but did you know that the flower that symbolizes music is oats?"
"Well, that's not good, nor pretty, nor is it a flower, really" Callie said and smiled, checking Arizona out top to bottom.
"Exactly! So I had no choice but being a cliché and get you a flower that symbolizes beauty, but I couldn't be that much of a cliché so I didn't want a rose. Not today. So I got you the Calla."
"In plural, I'd say. What's today?" Callie asked.
"Come here, sit with me," Arizona requested and they both sat on the couch. The candle light fell on Arizona's face perfectly and Callie found her to be breathtaking.
Arizona took Callie's hands in hers and leaned in to kiss her softly. Callie hummed into the kiss until they finally broke away.
"You make me feel great, again," Arizona stated.
"Remember what you said to me? Years ago? About us not making each other feel great anymore?"
"Oh," Callie said in sad understanding. She remembered that day very well. She ended them that day.
"You make me feel great again, Calliope. You make me feel amazing," Arizona said in teary eyes.
"You make me feel amazing, too," Callie admitted and moved a lock of Arizona's hair behind her ear.
"I'm falling more and more in love with you every day. I mean, I'm falling in love with you all over again. Do you know how incredible that feels?" Arizona asked.
"I do," Callie said and felt the tears forming in her eyes as well. She knew where this was headed and while it made her very happy, she also cursed Arizona for her horrible timing.
"You know, when I asked you to marry me a couple of months ago… I mean, we were sitting at the nursery and you were feeding Tam Tam, and I thought 'god, I never want her to leave'".
Arizona saw Callie tense at the mention of this dependency, so she put a gentle hand on Callie's arm and started drawing soothing patterns on it.
"Not like when years ago I told you that life without you terrifies me. It wasn't like that. I'm not afraid of being without you. I already know that I can manage. I just don't want to," Arizona explained quickly. "You were sitting there, and I just knew that I wanted to share everything with you. I wasn't scared of the thought of you leaving, I was saddened by it. I think that before, when we were together but towards the end, we were happy occasionally, and got most of our happiness somewhere else. But now, I'm mostly happy when I'm with you. I love that I get to come home to you, and god, I never wanna go anywhere that is somewhere else."
"We are different people now, Arizona," Callie reminded, she wasn't objecting anything, but she wanted Arizona to be one hundred percent sure.
"We are," Arizona agreed with a smile.
"And that's a good thing," Callie said, mirroring her girlfriend's smile, happy that they were on the same page.
"Yes, it is, because we're also better partners," Arizona added. "You didn't want to say yes, because you wanted to have an option of a way out, even if you didn't realize it."
"It doesn't matter. It doesn't hurt me anymore, and it doesn't scare me. All that matters to me, is that you don't feel like you need a way out anymore. I can see it in your eyes every single day."
"I don't," Callie confirmed, "I was probably gonna say yes the first time."
"And now, you are definitely gonna say yes. Now, you're mine."
"I think we already established that long ago," Callie said. Arizona gave her a dazzling smile and leaned in to kiss her with passion. Callie was just about to unzip Arizona's dress when the other woman broke the kiss off.
"No, not yet. I'm not done, and the girls are with Meredith for tonight so I get to do this right."
"Oh no…" Callie said.
"Calliope Torres, I know that this isn't some crazy beach proposal or a Good Year zeppelin proposal or anything…"
"Arizona…" Callie tried desperately to stop the other woman.
"But this is our home. Where we were a family even before we got back together. And where we did get back together and where our girls spent most of their lives. This place has our essence," Arizona explained. "I want another memorable moment here and so I really hope that's enough."
"It is. It's more than enough Arizona but…"
"And this time I'm not just blurting it out. I swear. I planned the whole evening, wait 'till you see what I did with our bedroom. I got flavored body paint."
"You did?! Wait, no, you can't…"
"So now," Arizona said, her nerves making her completely oblivious to Callie's objections, "will you marry me? Legally and all? By the time we get married Sof and Tam Tam can walk hand in hand as flower girls! Just imagine how adorable!" Arizona said excitedly, missing the mortified look on Callie face. "Oh, wow, getting so ahead of myself and totally messing this up. Wait…" she said and took a ring box out. "I never did the whole getting down on one knee thing with this leg, let me see," she tried, succeeded, and when she opened the box to show a beautiful engagement ring, Callie groaned. "Once again, Calliope Torres, will you marry me?"
"Nooo! Arizona!" Callie whined.
"Wait, are you actually saying no again? We just had a conversation about this! You are very misleading!"
"What? God, no! I'm saying yes!" Callie clarified quickly.
"I'm saying – yes, Arizona, of course I'm gonna marry you but no, Arizona, why did you have to propose again when I was planning an amazing proposal!"
"You were?" Arizona asked, smiling widely.
"Vacation in Spain with the girls kind of amazing."
"I always wanted to go to Spain," Arizona said.
"I know," Callie smiled softly.
"I wanted to go to Spain with you when I didn't want kids," Arizona remembered sadly. Callie leaned in and kissed her on the forehead.
"And now we're all gonna go together," Callie said. "I cleared our schedules and everything, so thanks a lot for stealing my thunder," she teased.
"Hmm… I thought I was clear about proposing to you again, what with the word temporarily that you like ignoring so much," Arizona defended. "If anything, I prevented you from stealing my already established thunder."
"Whatever you say, moron."
"So that's a yes?"
"Do you really have to ask?"
"I did, actually, twice."
"How about this, I'm saying yes, tentatively, and then you let me ask you on some beautiful balcony with sangrias in our hands when we get to Spain. Deal?"
"You are so on!" Arizona said, and put the ring on Callie's finger. It touched her beyond words that Callie remembered her long forgotten dream. Callie was granting her an upgraded version of it. The one that included all three loves of her life. She pulled Callie in for a kiss again and they both poured every bit of their emotions into that kiss.
"God, I wanna feel you everywhere," Arizona said but then Callie started laughing. "What?" Arizona asked in confusion.
"No, no, it's nothing, I'm sorry, we're having a moment," Callie said and tried to swallow her laughter.
"What is it, Calliope," Arizona asked, seeming more amused than upset.
"It's just… so this is gonna be what? The third talk we need to have with Sofia?" Callie asked and Arizona smiled in realization.
"Hey, Sof," Arizona played along, "remember how we told you mommy and mama will live in the same house again, but won't share a bedroom and aren't as a matter of fact a couple and the whole thing is temporary?" she asked hypothetically.
"And then remember when we told you that mommy and mama aren't exactly as together as before but are still gonna share a bedroom and mommy might stay a while longer than expected?" Callie continued the thought.
"So now mommy and mama are actually totally back together, for good, so if you could just entirely ignore the last four years and those two previous conversations and not be entirely damaged by it all, that'd be swell!" Arizona finished and they both burst into laughter.
"I really don't know the meaning of neither temporarily or temporary, do I?" Callie joked. "Maybe we should start with the 'we're going to Spain!' part," she offered.
"I always liked the way you think, Torres," Arizona added. "Now, I believe you said something about it being established that you're mine? Show me." She said and got up, offering her hand to Callie.
"With pleasure," Callie said and took the offered hand.
"And body paint," Arizona added before they disappeared into the bedroom.
"So we have two research projects, two daughters, one of whom is a newborn, therapy, and actual work. How hard is it gonna be to also plan a wedding?" Callie offered.
"Yay!" was the only thing Arizona could say before they burst into laughter for the umpteenth time that evening.
They lay in bed, naked under the covers, wrapped around each other after hours of sex. They were on the floor at some point, on white sheets Arizona got especially for the artistic occasion. But that was hours and many rounds ago.
"Should we fold these sheets and put them with all of Sofia's arts and crafts?" Callie teased as she gestured to the floor.
"I thought about it, too. It's abstract, and very colorful, but still, I'm not entirely sure how we're going to explain this one."
They laughed lightly, and Callie leaned in to kiss Arizona.
"Always tell me when something isn't okay?" she pleaded, looking into her fiancé's eyes.
"Always. Do you believe me?" Arizona asked.
"You know the answer to that," Callie said immediately. After all, for them that question meant more than a promise. It was a vow.
"I do, but it doesn't mean you don't have to say it."
"I believe you, and I promise you the same," Callie said and kissed Arizona again.
"You know we are not in a rush, right?" Arizona asked when they broke the kiss, "with the wedding I mean."
"Arizona Robbins, just like yourself, I'm not a woman who likes waiting," Callie flirted.
"Except when it's a good idea to wait," Arizona reminded.
"Yes. Is this the case?" Callie asked and Arizona snorted.
"Absolutely not," she stated.
They smiled at each other quietly, enjoying the intimacy.
"I'm really happy right now," Arizona said genuinely. She needed Callie to see, to understand.
"Me too," Callie replied, "oh so happy."
"Good," Arizona said, and hesitated for a moment before speaking again. "I want you to be happy enough to dance in your underwear with me," she admitted.
"That's random, yet you keep bringing it up occasionally," Callie observed, but smiled.
"Right, yeah, totally random," Arizona said as seriously as she could.
"It's something you've secretly wanted for a while, isn't it?" Callie asked in realization.
"Oh, you know, not for a long time. Just since you've told me about it for the first time. Like… six years ago?"
"Arizona…" Callie said softly.
"I just want you to feel free enough around me to do anything you want, but if it's too much I unders…"
But before she had a chance to finish the sentence, Callie stopped her with a kiss that took her breath away.
"We're gonna have an underwear dance party in Spain," Callie finally assured. "I promised you that night in the nursery, remember? I'll pick something special for the occasion and the girls can join."
"Not the sexy dance party I was thinking about," Arizona admitted, "but maybe, in the future?"
"Oh, abso-freaking-lutely," Callie confirmed.
"When are we going, by the way?" Arizona finally asked.
"In about a month. We're going for two weeks," Callie said victoriously.
"But that's… the date…"
"I love you so ridiculously much," Arizona said in a near whisper.
"We are getting married."