Tony pulled into the driveway and turned off his jeep. This is it he told himself. You and Angela are going out on your first official romantic date. He glanced at the bouquet of pink roses that he bought for her. He couldn't wait to see her face when she saw them. Anything he could say or do to bring a smile to her face he would happily do. He grabbed the roses and exited the jeep and walked up to the front door. Taking a deep breath he rang the doorbell...

Angela glanced at herself once again in her full length mirror. Mona and Sam had really done an amazing job. But, she still couldn't stop herself from being nervous. Her heart was pounding so hard she was sure that it was going to burst out of her chest. She went to her jewelry box and selected a silver and amethyst bracelet with matching tear drop earrings. After putting them on she got a shawl out of her closet and draped it over her arm. She slipped on a pair of silver and lavender pumps and completed the outfit with a silver beaded handbag. After one more quick look she left her bedroom closing the door behind her. The house was quiet. Jonathon was in his room studying for his math test , Sam had gone to a movie with Bonnie, and Mona had decided to go to The Down Beat. She glanced over at Tony's room and discovered that his door was slightly opened. Curious she went over and gently pushed it open. She was surprised to see it empty but then realized he must have gone downstairs to wait for her. Closing his door she started down the stairs when she heard the doorbell ring.

*Who can that be?* she wondered. She really hoped that it was some one she could get rid of because all she could think about was her date with placed her shawl and purse on the bench and opened the door. There he was. The man she loved more than anything. Her breath stopped when she saw him. He really was the most handsomest and sexiest man she had ever seen and tonight she had never seen him look better. He was dressed in a black suit with a light blue dress shirt and a gray and blue striped tie. She was so focused on him it took her a few moments to notice the pink roses that he held in his hands.

Tony too was struck breathless when she opened the door. Her hair. Her dress. She looked beautiful. Absolutely beautiful. He had a whole speech prepared but after seeing her he forgot all about it. He was quite literally speechless.

For a few minutes they just stared at each other. Each drinking in each other. Each memorizing every detail of each other as if it were the first time they had ever laid eyes on the other. Finally he broke the silence.

"Angela, you look beautiful."

Her whole face lit up in the smile that always made his heart skip a beat. He smiled back and handed her the roses.

She took them and put them up to her nose so she could breathe in their sweet scent.

"Thank you Tony. They're beautiful. And you look very handsome yourself."

"What this old thing?" he grinned.

She laughed and motioned him inside. He closed the door behind him and turned to her.

"You know Angela. I had this whole speech prepared. I had this whole plan of coming to our front door and dazzling you with the words I had planned to say. But, after seeing you I just couldn't. I mean you're so beautiful that sometimes I forget what I want to say or do." He lifted his hand and gently caressed her cheek. "Angela, saying I love you doesn't seem to be enough. Because what I feel for you is so amazing and so intense that I don't think there are words that could ever begin to describe how I feel about you."

A tear trickled down her cheek and he wiped it away with the pad of his thumb.

"Well, for someone who forgot what he was going to say you really did a good job." she smiled at him.

"What can I say? Your beauty inspires me." he said quietly looking at her so intensely she swore he could see right into her soul. Without a moments hesitation she planted a soft kiss on his lips. He put his arm around her waist to deepen the kiss her sweet scent mixing with the fragrance of the roses. After a few moments he reluctantly broke their kiss.

"I would love to stay here and kiss you all night but we do have reservations." he smiled at her.

"Okay, just let me get a vase for these flowers."

"I got just the one." he winked at her. He left the room and went into the kitchen. After a few moments he came back out with the crystal vase filled 1/2 way with water he had given her for Christmas a few years back.

"That was just the one I was thinking about." she smiled at him gently placing the roses into it. He set the vase down on the table behind the couch and walked over to the bench where she had placed her shawl and purse. He slipped the shawl over her shoulders and handed her her purse.

"Well Ms Bower are you ready?"

"Why yes I am Mr Micelli."

He offered her his arm and said, "Well then my love your chariot awaits."

She slipped her arm in his and together they walked out into the night.