Marriage is Forever - Or just until you say something I don't like.
Okay I'll admit as far as the title goes "wrong" wasn't the first word that came to mind. But I decided to avoid swearing in my first, maybe only soapbox so that's how I will be describing Lucas - as wrong.
I am a Leyton fan, occasionally a Jeyton fan, depending on my anger for Lucas from episode to episode. But this soapbox isn't about how great Leyton were/are. It is about the one scene/event in One Tree Hill - when Lucas walked out on Peyton after she said "someday" to his proposal.
For a start you need to really think deeply about what Lucas was asking of Peyton, and himself, by asking her to marry him. Marriage, as I understand it is supposed to be something special and ETERNAL. When you ask someone to marry you - you are saying that you want to be with them for the rest of your life, through EVERYTHING. The good and the BAD. What's more you are essentially stating you believe that as a couple the two of you can make it through anything, and that no matter the disagreements or problems the two of you might have, that you can and will, ALWAYS work it out and find a way to stay together.
You see the problem. Lucas told Peyton - by asking her to marry him - that he was ready to face anything together and that no matter what problems they might have he was willing to do whatever it took to work them out, because that is what marriage is about. So when Peyton says that she's not ready, that she feels THEY aren't ready for marriage and that she wants them to wait a year before they get married Lucas should have at the very least agreed to try.
But he didn't. With no warning at all he just walked out on her and didn't try and speak to her again for two years. If he wasn't ready to face problems they might have in their present relationship - Peyton wanting to wait a year - how on earth did he believe that he was ready to commit the rest of his life to Peyton facing all of their future problems together.
If you feel you are far enough into a relationship to propose you should be far enough into the relationship to except "no" as an answer and still stay together. Only her answer wasn't even "no" it was "someday" - she was only 19 and she wanted one year - and Lucas left. To me this means which ever way you look at it, Lucas is in the wrong. Because either A) he left because the relationship wasn't strong enough to survive a "no" for example he realised he didn't love Peyton as much as he thought he did - which means he shouldn't have proposed in the first place OR B) his pride was hurt and he wasn't mature enough to cope with the answer he didn't want - which means he certainly wasn't ready for something as serious as marriage.
He was really cruel and immature to walk out on Peyton like that and he was completely in the wrong. It annoys me that other characters in "One Tree Hill" (Haley) defend Lucas and try to make it sound as if Peyton was the one who broke Lucas's heart when that just isn't true. He broke it himself.
Lucas + Peyton "True Love Always"