Richard pulls the car quietly into the drive and as he climbs out of the car he sees Hyacinth climb out of the car on her side. Normally Hyacinth waits for Richard to come over and open the door for her, but something has changed and Hyacinth is certainly more independent. Richard smiles at her over the roof of the car and then goes and unlocks the front door. Hyacinth trails just behind her husband. She goes into the house and begins to pour the two of them a drink. Richard slips his arms around her waist and turns her around in his arms. He pulls her quite close to his chest and just holds her for a moment. "Richard what is it? You've been awfully emotional tonight."
Richard sighs deeply. He loves having Hyacinth in his arms again. "You've been awfully emotional tonight as well. I just never thought we'd be like this again. So many things changed when we became parents. It feels wonderful to hold you like this again. You've made me very happy tonight. Thank you for admitting the truth to yourself. You've changed our future."
"I haven't been emotionally present in this relationship for a long time and I apologize. You deserve more than I've been willing to give and you deserve better treatment from your wife. I can't believe how horrible I've been to you. I'm surprised you're still here actually. If I was you I'd have been gone a long time ago. I'm lucky you're so loyal." Hyacinth says as she begins to cry.
"It's not loyalty, Hyacinth, it's love. I stayed with you because I love you. I always have and I always will. I would have liked more attention from you and I would have liked to have more than one child, but things are the way they are. Nothing changes how much I love you, but I am very happy that you have gotten your emotions back into this relationship." Richard says as he takes his handkerchief out of his inside pocket and wipes Hyacinth's eyes and cheeks with it.
"Here's your drink, darling. I hope it's okay. It's been a while since I've mixed this drink for you." Hyacinth says as she passes him his glass with a napkin under it.
"I'm sure it's fine. Come and sit with me. I need a cuddle." Richard says as he sits on the couch.
"You haven't used the phrase I need a cuddle for a long time. It takes me back. You're too sweet." Hyacinth says sitting quite close to Richard and putting one arm over his waist.
Richard coughs a moment later and Hyacinth looks up at him slightly surprised. "Is your drink too strong?" she asks gently.
"Just slightly. It's good though. It'll put hair on my chest." Richard says smiling down at his wife.
"Like you need more hair on your chest." Hyacinth says teasing her husband.
"Oh, you're so mean! I can't help the amount of hair I have. That's all genetic." Richard says pretending to be upset.
"I'm kidding. I happen to think you're very handsome, Richard. I know I don't tell you, but I really should. I don't tell you how much I appreciate you, but I'm going to start. You deserve more praise." Hyacinth says cuddling closer to Richard and running her nails over his chest.
"God, you're beautiful. Oh, don't tease." Richard begs his wife. It's been so long since they've been intimate that he swears sometimes that he's forgotten what his wife looks like without clothes on.
"I'm not teasing. When was the last time I teased you? I'm a serious person, Richard, and I'm certainly being serious right now. I've missed you that way." Hyacinth says pressing herself into Richard's side.
"Well then why on earth are we still sitting in the living room? Let's go upstairs." Richard says as he stands up and sweeps Hyacinth up into his arms.
"Oh, Richard, you're so gallant and romantic! It's been too long since we've been this way with each other." Hyacinth says as she puts her arms around Richard's neck and he walks upstairs with her in his arms.
"You don't have to do this you know. I can wait until you're certain. I don't want to push you into anything." Richard says as he tries to open the door to the bedroom.
"I want to do this. I want to show you how much I love you. You can put me down if you need to." Hyacinth says sweetly kissing Richard's cheek.
"I'm just going to put you down for a moment." Richard carefully drops Hyacinth's feet to the floor and turns the doorknob on the bedroom door. After he opens the door he sweeps Hyacinth back up into his arms and kisses her. "I love you," he whispers in her ear.
"I love you too. I'm sorry I didn't tell you often enough." Hyacinth says as she begins to unbutton Richard's dress shirt.
"That doesn't matter now. What matters now is that we're telling each other the truth when it really counts. Something had to give and I'm just glad that this didn't end in divorce." Richard says touching Hyacinth's hair.
"Were you considering divorce?" Hyacinth asks. "I wouldn't have let you leave you know. I couldn't have let you leave; it would have broken my heart. You mean more to me than any of the things I obsess about. You are my life and I'm sorry I forgot that."
"It's easy to muddle up your priorities when your sisters and your son are as needy as they are. I should have said something a long time ago. I allowed this to happen as much as you did. I certainly haven't helped. I pulled away. I didn't fight for you the way I could have. We were close and I let you pull away. I did nothing to stop it and I just got bitter about your behaviour rather than telling you something needed to change. I bottled everything up and you assumed everything was okay. I misled you and I'm terribly sorry." Richard says as he pulls his jacket off and loosens his tie.
"The truth is I am smart enough to realize my behaviour wasn't solving anything between us and was, in fact, making everything worse. I don't want to be the reason we don't get along anymore." Hyacinth says sadly.