(A few days later... Seattle Washington, Space Needle observation deck)
"This is so romantic." Betsy sighed as she leaned against her husband while
looking out onto the city. "It's so peaceful up here, don't you think?"
"It certainly is." Dennis said kissing her cheek as he wrapped his arms around
her. "And as long as I don't look down, I'm perfectly content with being this
high off the ground."
"That's right. I'd forgotten about your fear of heights." Betsy said. "If it makes
you so afraid, why'd you want to take an elevator up to the observation deck?
The tour guide said it's 520 feet high."
"Oh..." Dennis said, suddenly feeling dizzy. "Well, you said you'd always
wanted to come here, so..."
"I can't believe you did all this for me. That wonderful restaurant last night,
the cruise on the harbor... You're amazing." Betsy said.
"I believe you hold that title, not I." Dennis said, pulling her toward him for a
"Isn't there anything I can do for you? I mean, you've given me more than I
ever dreamed, in just one day. I don't know how I can ever repay you." Betsy
"No need..." Dennis said. "As long as you love me, that's all I care about."
They kissed again before staring out at the Washington State Ferries that
were coming in and out of Puget Sound.
"They look like miniature boats!" Betsy said; her laughter music to Dennis'
"Actually... There is something I'd like to do." Dennis said. "That is if you don't
She turned to him in surprise.
"Of course, Dennis! I'll do anything for you. Just name it." Betsy said.
"It won't take long. I promise." He said.
She kissed him and touched her forehead to his. "As long as I'm with you, it
doesn't matter how long it takes."
"All right." Dennis said taking her hand. "Shall we go?"
"Whatever you say, Mr. Reed." Betsy said.
(A little while later)
Dennis pulled the rental car into a narrow parking space and turned off the
"Where are we?" Betsy asked, as Dennis helped her out of the car.
"You'll see." He said with a smile.
He took her hand and led her down the dock until they came to a grey
houseboat. Dennis reached into his pocket and pulled out a piece of paper,
glancing at it before folding it in half.
"This is the right place." He said with a smile.
"The right place? Dennis, what are you up to?" Betsy asked.
"You trust me, don't you?" he asked.
She smiled and kissed him tenderly. "Of course I do...with all my heart."
He stepped onto the front deck and stood at the front door. "Wow... I didn't
realize I'd be so nervous." He said.
His hand shook as he knocked on the door.
When the door was opened, he found himself looking down at a young boy.
"Well hello there!" Dennis said. "Your last name wouldn't be Baldwin would it?"
The little boy scrunched up his face in confusion. "Yeah... Why?"
"Just as I thought. This is the right place."
"Wait... what are you talking about?" Jonah asked.
"Well it's so nice to finally meet you!" Dennis said, extending his hand.
Slowly Jonah backed away.
"DAD!" He yelled.
A few seconds later a man came to the door. "What's going on?"
"This guy seems to know us. It's kind of creepy." Jonah said.
"Can I help you?" The man asked Dennis.
"I'm so sorry. I didn't mean to frighten the boy. I just wanted to-."
"Dennis! Oh my God, what are you doing here?"
His sister Annie rushed past the man and into her brother's arms giving him a
huge bear hug.
"Oh, well I just wanted to surprise-."
"Betsy!" Annie exclaimed, pulling out of Dennis' arms and rushing to hug her
"Sam, this is my brother Dennis and his wife Betsy." Annie explained to the
"It's so nice to finally meet you." Dennis said, shaking Sam's hand.
"Same here." Sam said. "Listen, I'm sorry if my son hurt your feelings. He's
pretty protective of Annie and I."
"I can't say that I blame him. I'm pretty protective of my kid sister myself,
although it looks like she's in good hands." Dennis said with a smile. "I'm sorry
I scared you, Jonah."
"It's okay." Jonah said.
"I'm Dennis; Annie's older brother and this is my wife Betsy."
"Pleased to meet you, Jonah." Betsy said.
"Won't you come in?" Sam asked.
They stepped inside the houseboat and looked around in awe. "This is a
beautiful home you have here, Sam." Dennis said.
"Yes, it really is." Betsy said.
"Have a seat and I'll fix you a drink." Sam said.
"Thanks. Listen, I'm sorry for intruding like this, but I just wanted to surprise
Betsy. This is her first time in Seattle." Dennis said.
"I remember my first time in Seattle." Annie said with a dreamy look in her
Sam smiled and took her hand. "So do I... You looked so beautiful standing
there in the street."
Annie leaned over and kissed him before resting her head on his shoulder. "If
Jonah hadn't left his backpack on the observation deck..."
Jonah rolled his eyes. "How many times are you going to tell that story?"
Annie smiled and rose from the sofa to hug Jonah tightly. "As many times as I
want. Because if it weren't for you..."
"Yeah, yeah... you guys would have never fallen in love." Jonah finished.
"Best thing that ever happened to me." Sam said. "Well, since Maggie and all."
"Oh yes. Annie told me about that. I'm so sorry about your wife."
"Thank you." Sam said.
"It's nice to see you two so happy." Dennis said.
"Well look at you guys!" Annie said. "Boy the last time I saw you two... when
was that, Christmas Eve? You didn't look nearly as happy as you do now."
Dennis and Betsy leaned toward each other and kissed, causing Jonah to
"Ahhh.. I see we're making Jonah uncomfortable." Dennis said.
"Jonah, why don't you show Betsy and Dennis around the house while I make
us something to eat?" Sam asked.
"Sure. No problem." Jonah said. "Come on Betsy. Come on Dennis. My room is
so cool. You've gotta see it!"
Betsy rose and walked over to the stairs. "You coming , Dennis?"
"I'll be there in a minute." Dennis said. He turned to Annie. "Can I talk to you?"
" What's on your mind?" Annie asked.
"Let's go outside,okay?" Dennis asked.
"Okay." Annie said, following her brother out onto the back deck.
"My, this really is beautiful." Dennis said as they stood on the deck looking out
onto Lake Union.
"I just love it here." Annie said. "Best decision I ever made, although I still
regret hurting Walter the way I did."
"Don't be." Dennis said. "You did the right thing."
She looked at him in amazement. "I can't believe what I'm hearing. My brother,
the one who's always so practical is saying I did the right thing by leaving the
man that I was engaged to?For a man I'd never even met? "
"Well, about that." Dennis said. "Annie, I'm afraid that when you asked me
about Sam before, I didn't give you the best advice."
"What do you mean?"
"You asked if my relationship with Betsy was fated?"
"You don't believe in fate." Annie said.
"Yeah, about that." Dennis said. "I was wrong."
"Dennis, are you saying..."
"Betsy and I were brought together by destiny, just like you and Sam. And I
firmly believe that." Dennis said.
"If you hadn't heard Sam on the radio and if I'd been paying more attention in
class... Well... let's just say that I'm very grateful to my college roommate for
perusing me to go on a date with a woman I'd never seen before."
"What woman is that?" Betsy asked walking out onto the deck.
"I'll leave you two alone." Annie said, touching her brother's shoulder.
As they stood out on the deck, Betsy slid her arms around her husband's \
waist. "What's this about another woman?"
"Oh... I was just telling Annie about this incredible woman I met in college."
Dennis said, kissing her.
"Tell me about her." Betsy said.
"Okay. Well, she's beautiful, smart and incredibly sexy." Dennis said. "In fact I
fell in love with her the moment I saw her. And even though it took me a while
to ask, I'll never forget how happy I was when she agreed to be my wife."
Betsy's eyes filled with tears. "Dennis..."
"And I was just thinking that the minute we get home, I'm going to call Mark
and thank him for giving me the greatest gift I could have ever imagined."
"What's that?" Betsy asked.
Dennis pulled her into his arms, and brushed a tear from her cheek.
"You" he said as they kissed again and again.