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The diamond sparkled as much as the lights on the Christmas tree, but less than lights in his eyes. “Marry me,” he murmured, pressing his lips against her shoulder.
She held her breath, then closed her eyes so as not to see the hurt in his. “I’m sorry. I can’t.”
He had expected this answer, but would not accept it. “There is a way to make this work!”
She moved away, not wanting him to see any chance of hope in her face. She knew it could not be. But she also knew him. He would not give up!