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Derek and Claire - CINDERELLA, 2 BOTHERS, AND MY 2ND CHANCE!
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Derek and Claire - CINDERELLA, 2 BOTHERS,  AND MY  2ND CHANCE!


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THIS QUAINT LITTLE FAIRY TALE ALL BEGINS, IN A SMALL VILLAGE, 20 YEARS AGO, WHEN THERE WAS THIS PRETTY YOUNG GIRL NAME D CLAIRE! CLAIRE WAS OUR LOCAL PAPER CARRIER WHO ON A DILAY BASIS WOULD DELIEVER OUR LOCAL NEWSPAPER, NOW EVERYDAY KNOWING HER FROM BEING THE GIRL WHO LIVED 2 DOORS DOWN AND THE YOUNGER SISTER OF DAN AND BILLY, I USED TO TEASE HER BECAUSE SHE WAS QUITE SHY AND EASILY TO MAKE BLUSH! ALTHOUGH SOME MIGHT SAY THIS IS FLIRTING SOME MAY SAY NOT, ALTHOUGH YOU HAVE TO KEEP IN MIND I WAS ONLY AROUND 13- 15YEARS OLD MYSELF! SHE ALWAYS DID HAVE A SWEET SHINNY TWINKLE IN HER EYS THAT ALWAYS CAUGHT MY ATTENTION EVEN AS A YOUNG CHILD!

MANY YEARS HAD PAST AND BOTH CLAIRE AND I HAD LIVED SEPARATE LIVES UNTIL ONE DAY WHILE A MUTUAL FRIENDS PLACE WE STARTED TALKING, AND PLAYING AROUND IN A FLIRTTING MANOR. CLAIRE NOW BEING 18 YRS OLD AND MYSELF 24 YRS OLD OUR FRIENDLY FLIRTING RELATIONSHIP BEGAN TO GROW. WE WOULD SECRETELY MEET AND HANG OUT AND GO PLACES, WHEN WE STARTED GETTING MORE ROMANTICALLY WITH EACHOTHER. THINGS GOT HOT AND HEATED, TO THE POINT WHERE I HAD TO MAKE A DECISSION AS TO WHAT AND WHO I WANTED IN MY LIFE! I TOSSED AND PLAYED THE IDEA OF COMMITING TO HER BUT I HAD MANY THOUGHTS AND REASONS KEEPING ME FROM HER.

I WAS GOOD FRIENDS WITH HER OLDER BROTHERS AND ESPECIALLY HER MIDDLE AGED BROTHER BILLY WHOM I HAPPENED TO SPEND QUITE A BIT OF TIME WITH AT BARS AND CLUBS, IT WAS BECOMING HARDER AND HARDER FOR CLAIRE AND I TO REMAIN IN A SECRET AFFAIR! AS I WAS IN A UN STABLE RELATIONSHIP WITH A CHILD WHICH MADE IT HARDER FOR ME TO CHOOSE BETWEEN THE 2, EVEN THOUGH I KNEW CLAIRE WAS A MIUCH BETTER WOMEN TO BE WITH BUT ITS HARD TO LET GO OF THE ONE FAMILY, ONE FATHER TRADITIONAL WAYS! TO TOP IT OFF IT BECAME EVEN HARDER GOING OUT TO THE BAR WITH HER BROTHER BILLY BECAUSE IT SOON CAME TO A POINT WHERE EVERYTIME WE WENT OUT ALL WAS SAID WAS "YOUR DATING MY SISTER I KNOW YOU ARE" IN AN ANGRY TONE PROTECTING HIS YOUNGER SISTER, IT WAS EVEN SAID THAT WE ALL KNOW MY DAD AND DAN KNOW "NOW ARE YOU DATING MY SISTER?" OF COURSE NOT WANTING TO UPSET THEM I LIED AND DENIED IT TILL I WAS BLUE IN THE FACE, THUS MAKING IT THAT MUCH HARDER TO MAKE A DECISSION TO BE THE GIRL I WANTED TO BE WITH! SO I DID THE COWARDLY THING TO GET OUT OF THE RELATIONSHIP WITH HER AND RATHER THEN BLAME ANYONE FOR MY DECISSIONS, I WENT A STRAY! I WENT A STRAY WHERE I KNEEW SHE WOULD FIND OUT ABOUT IT, I NEVER WANTED TO HURT HER BUT I NEEDED A WAY OUT! AT THE TIME IN MY LIFE THIS WAS THE EASIEST WAY WITHOUT BEING HONEST AND WITHOU BEING A MAN, WHICH IS WHAT BRINGS ME TO WRIITING THIS!

SO MANY, MANY YEARS PAST BY WITHOUT EITHER 1 OF US TALKING CLAIRE AND I OR EVEN AS MUCH HER BROTHERS ESPECIALLY BILLY WHO WE REGUALRLY WENT OUT TOGETHER! UNTIL ONE DAY IN JANUARY OF 2009 WHEN I NOTICED HER ON FACEBOOK AS PEOPLE YOU MAY KNOW, I WANTED TO SEND A FRIEND REQUEST BUT KNOWING HOW THINGS ENEDE MAYBE BEST IF I DON'T, UNTIL ONE DAY WHEN I RECEIVED A FRIEND REQUEST FROM CLAIRE, WOW I THOUGHT IM NOT GONNA TURN THIS DOWN SO I ACCEPTED THE REQUEST, AS IT TURNS OUT CLAIRE CONTEMPLATED MANY, MANY TIMES ABOUT CONTACTING ME, WHEN FINALLY HER FRIEND CHRISTA HIT SEND ON HER, AND SINCE THAT DAY WE HAVE BEEN TALKING WND OUR RELATIONSHIP GREW STRONGER, CLAIRE QUIT HER JOPB AND MOVED TO SAULT ST MARIE TO BE WITH ME, AND WE HAVE SINCE MOVED BACK DOWN SOUTH DUE TO WORK. WE LIVE TOGETHER AND OUR EXPECTING OUR FIRST CHILD (SON) SO I FINALLY DECIED THIS IS THE GIRL I WANT TO MARRY!

SO I BOUGHT HER ENGAGEMENT RING AND NEEDED TO COME UP WITH A BEATIFUL ROMANTIC IDEA, I BRAIN STORMED MANY PROPOSAL IDEAS IE: HOT AIR BALLON RIDE, HELICOPTER RIDE, BOAT RIDE, BUT BEING PREGNANT ITS HARD TO GET SOMEONE WHOS INSURANCE WILL COVER THEM TO TAKE SUCH A PASSENGER! SO I WENT AND GOT THE APPROVAL OF BOTH BROTHERS (and yes Billy now knows the truth) HER MOM AND DUE TO HER FATHER LIVING OUT OF COUNTRY I WAS UNABLE TO GET HIS PERMISSION, SO IM STILL AWAITING HIS APPROVAL BUT FOR THE REST OF THE FAMILY THEY NOW ALL KNOW THE TRUTH AND THEY ALL GIVE THE APPROVAL FOR OUR MARRIAGE. SO I STILL HAD TO COME UP WITH SOMETHING GOOD , I HAD MENTIONED THE PREVIOUS IDEAS WITH HER MOM AND SHE, DIDN'T SEEM TO LIKE THEM ATLEAST THAT'S THE IMPRESSION I GOT FROM OUR CONVERSATION, AND SHE WAS RIGHT! A LITTLE MORE THOUGHT AND A LITTLE HARDER WORK IS WHAT I NEEDED TO DO TO COME UP WITH CLAIRES SPECIAL DAY! SO I RESEARCHED UP COMING EVENTS AND THINGS TO DO IN AND AROUND THE CITY AND CAME A CROSS CINDERELLA OPERA IN TORONTO, THAT'S IT I HAD IT, IT CAME TOGETHER JUST WELL SO I PURCHASED TICKETS TO SEE THE SHOW AND PURCHASED A NUMBER OF CINDERELLLA ITEMS OFF THE INTERNET! THE ITEMS I BOUGHT HER A NEW PAIR OF SANDALS IN HER SIZE AS IT WORKS OUT SHE NEEDED NEW ONES ANYWAYS BECAUSE OUR PUPPY MOOSE (8MOS OLD) HAS BEEN EATING EVERY SHOE CLAIRE OWNS. LOL AND A HORSE AND CARRIAGE CANDLE HOLDER, AND SET OF SIX CINDERELLA SLIPPER KEY CHAINS, A WHITE SILK FANCY BAG AND A HUGE FAKE DIAMOND INSCRIPTED WILL YOU MARRY ME CLAIRE MAY 22 2011

I ENFORMED HER FRIENDS AND OUR ENGAGEMENT PLAYED OUT LIKE THIS ON FRIDAY MAY 13 2011 CLAIRE AND I HAD BEEN IN A LITTLE DISAGREEMENT OVER ME PURCHASING TOOLS (CHIAN SAW AND GRASS TRIMMER) AND NOT AN ENGAGEMENT RING SO I BOUGHT HER A CARD AND IN IT SAID I LOVE YOU WITH ALL MY HEART AND WANT TO REAMIN FOREVER YOURS, I PRINTED A CINDERELLA PICUTRE FROM THE INTERNET A DISNEY PICTURE OF CINDERELLA LEAVING THE BALL AND LOSING HER SLIPPER, AND I FOLDED THE TEMPORARY PRITNED TICKETS INSIDE AND GAVE IT TO CLAIRE! IN VITING HER TO THE SHOW, SHE WAS VERY EXCITED HAVING NEVER BEEN O AN OPERA BEFORE SHE TOLD HER FRIENDS AND WAS WORRIED ABOUT WORKING THAT DAY WHEN I TOLD HER YOU HAVE THE DAY OFF AS I AKSED LAURA TO BOOK IT OFF FOR HER!

FRIDAY MAY 20 2011 CLAIRES BEST FRIEND HELPED OUT BY PICKING UP THE ITEMS FOR THE PROPOSAL THAT I ORDERED AND BROUGHT THEM TO OUR HOUSE AND LEFT THEM IN THE BBQ, GOOD THING AS CLAIRE LEFT WORK EARLY THAT DAY AND NIKKI JUST MISSED HER THANKFULLY.

SATURDAY MAY 21 CLAIRE HAD BEEN COMPLAINING ABOUT NOT HAVING SHOES TO WEAR TO THE SHOW AND SHE WAS TRYING TO FIGURE OUT HER OUTFIT HAVING NEVER GONE TO AN OPERA BEFORE, SO I PRESENTED HER WITH THE SHOES AND IT SO HAPPENS THAT SHE IS THE ONLY WOMEN IN MY LIFE WHO FITS THOSE SHOES.

ON SUNDAY MAY 22 2011 WE LEFT EALRY TO CATCH THE GO BUS INTO THE CITY TO SEE THE OPERA CLAIRE LOOKING STUNNING AS ALWAYS IN HER NEW SANDALS. DURING THE INTERMISSION WE WENT OUTSIDE FOR SOME FREASH AIR WHEN I SAT HER DOWN ON THE LEDGE OF THE KNEE WALL, WHEN I STARTED THE CAMERA RECORDING AND GRAB SOME COMPLETE STRANGER AND ASK THIS LADY IF SHE COULD HOLD THE CAMER FOR ME, SO I PULLED OUT THE WHITE BAG AND OPENED IT AND I PULLED OUT A RING BOX AND OPENED IT, CLAIRE REACHING FOR IT DESPERATELY OUT OF EXCITEMNET, I SAID HOLD ON OPENED THE BOX AND PULLED OUT THE KEY CHAIN AND SAID " I GOT YOU THIS KEY CHAIN OF CINDERELLAS MAGICAL SLIPPER HOPING IT WILL BRING US A MAGICAL MOMENT HERE TODAY", THEN I GAVE IT TO HER.

I REACHED IN THE BAG AND PULLED OUT THE LARGE RING BOX CONTAININING THE HUGE FAKE DIAMOND OPENED IT AND HANDED IT TO HER AND SAID " I WANTED TO GET YOU THE BIGGEST DIAMOND IN THE WORLD, WHICH IS A BASEBALL DIAMOND, BUT UNFORTUNATELY THE ROGERS CENTER WASN'T FOR SALE" I HANDED THE DIAMOND TO CLAIRE SO SHE COULD READ THE ENGRAVING ON IT AND WHILE SHE WAS DOING , I GOT ON 1 KNEE AND OPENED THE REAL RING BOX AND SAID "CLAIRE WILL YOU MARRY ME" HALF IN TEARS MYSELF AS I LOOKED AT HER IN ALMOST TEARS MAKING ME CRY TOO WELL FOLKS SHE SAID YES! THE LADY HOLDING THE CAMERA HANDED THE CAMERA BACK AND STORMED OFF IN TEARS HERSELF AND IM SORRY FOR DOING THIS TO HER, IT WAS JUST HARD TO WORK ALL THIS OUT IN ADVANCE, ESPECIALLY WORKING ON A BUDGET! SO I TOLD CLAIRE THAT I HAD THE REST OF OUR DAY PLANNED OUT AND AS IT TURNS OUT WE DECIED NOT TO CONTINUE WITH THE SHOW BUT TO GO AND HAVE LUCNH AND A WAIT FOR OUR LIMO TO PICK US UP. SO WE DECIDED TO CALL EVEYONE AND LET THEM KNOW HOW THINGS WENT AND HAVE SOMETHING TO EAT AND REVIEW THE TAPE BUT UNFORTUNATELY WE GOT SOME IT RECORDED BUT MISSED OUT ON THE FINAL PART BUT ITS FOREVER IN OUR MEMORIES!

OUR LIMO ARRIVED ON TIME AND WE WERE ON OUR WAY NORTH TO BLUEMOUNTAIN WHERE OUR HORSE AND CARRIAGE AWAITED MY PRINCESS TO RIDE INTO THE SUNSET FOR THE EVEINING! THE LIMO RIDE WAS LONG BUT BEING NEWLY ENGAGED WE WERE ABLE TO USE THE RIDE WISELY AND GET TO KNOW EACHOTHER MORE! THANKFULLY THE WEATHER HELD BACK THAT DAY AS JUST BEFORE WE GOT TO THE FARM THE SKY WAS BLACK AND THE FARM OWNER HAD SAID "YOU MUST HAVE SOMETHING SPIRITUAL ABOUT YOU THE DOPPLER WAS GOING CRAZY WHEN YOU GUYS PULLED IN AND THEN THE SKY BRIGHTEN RIGHT UP AGAIN AND WAS SUNNY FOR US TO ENJOY THE RIDE AROUND THE MOUNTAIN, INTO THE EVENING SUNSET. WHEN ON OUR WAY BACK THE LIGHTNING LIT UP THE SKY AND THE RAIN HELD OFF EXACTELY UNTIL THE CARRIAGE WAS IN THE BARN, I MEAN EXACTLY UNTIL WE WERE INSIDE! (PRAYORS DO GO ALONG WAY)

I HAD CLAIRES FRIEND LAURA FROM WORK MEET US THERE AND GIVE US A RIDE BACK HOME WHERE I HAD HER FRIEND CHRISTA, WHO REALLY IS THE REASON THIS ALL EXISTS (BY HITTING ENTER ON FACEBOOK) LIGHT CANDLES AND SET UP A COUPLE OF BOUQUETS OF FLOWERS FOR CLAIRE WHEN SHE GOT HOME AFTER A LONG ROMANTIC DAY BEING MY CINDERELLA!

WITH THE KEY CHAINS I GAVE THEM TO ALL THE WOMEN INVOLVED IN THIS PROPOSAL AS A KEEP SAKE AND THE HOSRE AND CARRIAGE CANDLE HOLDER AS A KEEPSAKE FOR OUR DAY!

Derek Joseph Ehard and Claire Elizabeth Duncan May 22nd 2011
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