midnight, I turned to her and popped the question, box in hand.
she took the box and stared at it dumbly, then at me, with the weirdest look on her face.
There was a long, uncomfortable silence.
She knew the box was empty; she thought I was pulling her leg. (She'd idly inspected the box earlier and seen there was nothing in it. I'd slipped a box in a box into the box when she wasn't watching.)
When she realized I wasn't being mean, that I was earnest and true, her eyes simply sparkled. :)