By Luke Kenton
This doting boyfriend asked his ‘coasterphobic’ girlfriend to marry him in a hilarious way, popping the question right as they’re launched 360 feet in the air.
During a fun-filled weekend away in Orlando, Florida, USA, Michael Garcia was determined to get his girlfriend of two-and-a-half years, Fallow Worth, over her crippling fear of rollercoasters – and he had a very special surprise in store to sweeten the deal.
Stepping onto to Magical Midway’s landmark feature, a 360ft ‘Slingshot’, on October 14, Fallon instantly panics as she’s locking into the menacing ride, reiterating over and over again that she ‘doesn’t want to do this’.
Anticipating his partner’s panic, Michael attempts to ease Fallon’s worries with a romantic monologue, confessing her to be the ‘love of his life’ – but it falls on deaf ears, as her panic continues to ensue, with Michael imploring Fallon to ‘listen to me, baby’.
Setting up his all-important question with, ‘I want to spend the rest of my life with you’, still Fallon fails to hear Michael’s speech as she grips mercilessly onto the handle bar of her seat in sheer panic.
After waving the ring in front of her face several times, finally Fallon realises what Michael is attempting to ask, but just as she can comprehend the situation, the slingshot fires the pair into the air, leaving the bride-to-be screaming out, “YES!”, as she spins around in the air hundreds of feet off the ground.
A relieved Michael, from New Port, Florida, said: “Fallon is absolutely terrified of any sort of ride.
“I managed to force her to go ziplining with me a few years ago, and she ended up loving it afterwards, so I hoped this would have the same effect.
“We’ve been travelling to Orlando fairly recently to visit family, so for the last month I’ve been giving her an addition reason as to why I wanted her to go on the ride with me.
“Really, I just wanted her on the ride so I could pop the question, but it was all part of the plan.
“It took so much to get her on the ride, and while she stalled in the bathroom, I liaised with the staff operating the ride, telling them of my plan to propose.
“I was so worried she was going to back out at the last second, but it was when we sat down that the fear really set in.
“I didn’t expect her to freak out as badly as she did – I almost felt bad, and she wasn’t actually hearing a word I was saying.
“I wasn’t afraid of her saying no – maybe punching me in the face after ride; but I knew she’d say yes.
“When we got off of the ride, I got down on one knee and officially asked her to marry me.
“She couldn’t have been happier – not only to be engaged, but to also be alive and safely back on the ground.
“I asked her if she wanted to go back on the ride and she instantly said ‘No’.
“We’ll be getting married on October 14th, 2018, exactly a year after the proposal, and we can’t wait to spend the rest of our lives together.”