Dakota let out a little sigh. "I'm kind of surprised you want me here after I've practically strung you along."
"Don't be silly, I told you I'm a patient man. I love you, Dakota, you're my everything. I want you here when you're ready to be here." He pressed a kiss to Dakota's forehead. "You don't have to be scared."
"I know, it's stupid feeling this way. You've done nothing but take care of me. You didn't have to ask me to work for you or fall in love with me."
"That's not true, I absolutely had to fall in love with you. There is no one else in the universe that can make me feel the way you do." He held up his hand before Dakota could say anything else and went over to the wooden box he had sitting on top of his chest of drawers. He pulled it open, took something out, and came back, taking a seat next to him. "I bought this ring back when I was just starting out, it's the second thing I bought for myself, the first was food. I want you to have it. So will you please marry me?" He lifted Dakota's hand and slipped it on his finger. "I know it's simple but..."
"Shut up, you idiot." Dakota reached up and wiped at his face. "It's perfect so just stop. I'll marry you alright and I'll move in."
"Dakota, don't cry." He wrapped him in a hug, pressing another kiss to his forehead and then pulling back to kiss his lips. "I love you, I'll always love you, forever."
"My mom is going to blow my eardrums out." He said with a happy smile. He was scared, but he knew it was alright to take a leap of faith when it came to Rais. "I love you so much, thank you for everything." Rais gave him another kiss then went and grabbed his own plate. They both felt so content as they sat there, Dakota most of all, his heart further mended by the wonderful man sitting next to him.