Ashleigh Anpilova


A sequel to Heaven And Hell.

Ducky does believe in magic; he just doesn't believe he'll ever experience it.

An established relationship story.

Written: July 2008. Word count: 300.



He covered the distance between his house and Ducky's in his fastest time ever.


Locking the car door, he checked the box was still in his pocket and jogged towards the front door.


"Good evening, my dear Jethro," Ducky said, taking Jethro's hand and tugging him inside.


As he slammed the door shut and gathered Ducky into his embrace, he knew he had been correct about what 'heaven' was.


Heaven was Ducky.


But it was more than that; being with Ducky was magical.


He was tempted to go on just holding Ducky, embracing Ducky, kissing Ducky, letting his hands caress Ducky's back, making love Ducky in the way they so often did. But that wasn't enough; he'd come here to do more than that.


Thus after another few minutes of sheer magic, he gently pushed Ducky away. He wasn't surprised when he saw a faint frown crease Ducky's forehead; gently he kissed the lines away.


"Duck," he said, holding Ducky with one hand, while his other dug into his pocket.


"Jethro?" Ducky said, his tone quizzical.


"I'm not good with words. I'm not a romantic. But I love you and it's time I showed you just how much."


"Jethro, I "


"Sssh." He pulled out the box, opened it and took out a gold band. "Donald Mallard, will you marry me?" As proposals went it wasn't romantic or eloquent, but none of that mattered. The intent was what mattered.



Several hours later as he lay in Jethro's arms in what was now 'their' bed, Ducky again looked at the ring that adorned the third finger of his left hand; he sighed in completely contentment.


As he finally allowed his heavy eyelids to close, he smiled. Finally he knew what he had always believed, but feared he'd never experienced: magic did exist.



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