Excerpt from Meant to Be Mine by Becky Wade
Ty Porter liked her -- her! -- which made her the luckiest girl in Vegas. Their very good fortune during the past two hours at the craps table hardly compared.
Celia picked up the dice and gave them a shake. The group of players gathered around the table focused their attention on her. Some called out encouragement.
"If you roll a seven," Ty said, "I vote we get married."
"If you roll a seven, sweet one, I'll take it as a sign, we'll get hitched tonight, and you'll be stuck with me for life." He placed all his chips on the pass line.
"I've just proposed to this little lady here," he announced to the table. "If she rolls a seven we're going to make it official."
The players hooted and hollered.
"He's just joking," Celia informed them.
Their excitement drowned out her rationality. Several players raised glasses. Others added additional chips to their bets. All heartily approved of Ty's plan. Apparently, the decision to hang a lifetime commitment on the roll of two dice made perfect sense to sloshed tourists in Vegas.
Celia tossed the dice. They flew to the opposite end of the oblong table, bounced off the bumper and skittered to a stop. A '3' and a '4'. Seven.
The table broke into an uproar.
Celia stood amid the clamor. The sight of the dice, an unmistakable three and an unmistakable four, branded into her brain.
The dealers reached forward to dole out chips to all the players.
"You just doubled my money," Ty drawled. "Thank you kindly, Mrs. Porter."
"I'm not Mrs. Porter." Teasing tinged her voice. She didn't want to be too hard on him, not when the notion of him wanting to marry her was so outrageously flattering.
"Determined to wait until after the ceremony, huh?" He tipped the dealers and requested a tray so that he could pack up his chips. "You coming?"
"Definitely." She didn't want to tell him this, at the risk of seeming pathetic. But she'd follow him anywhere.
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