Archie has finally apologized for the gambling he's been doing recently and I finally found it in my heart to forgive him. It wasn't easy though. It feels nice to make up with him, though I wasn't sure I could this time. He lied and that feels horrible. I still can't believe I actually slapped him, though. That is so uncharacteristic for me. I think it woke Archie up though. The making up was the best part and did we ever make up! It's one of the things that Archie does best. I better go I hear Archie calling. He must have just gotten home.
"Welcome home, Archie." I say sweetly as I come down the stairs and go over to him and kiss him on the cheek. He doesn't always like me doing this, but he hasn't seemed to mind recently. In fact, usually he pushes me away.
"You came from upstairs. Does that mean that dinner ain't ready yet?" Archie asks suspiciously. He hates to have to wait for his dinner. He likes everything to be just so.
"Not at all, Archie. Gloria said she'd cook tonight. I thought I'd let her. Don't worry, she knows all my recipes anyway. She's been cooking with me since she was a little girl." I say noting the concern on his face.
"Does that mean we have a minute just the two of us?" Archie asks looking around for a moment. If he's ever expressing romantic emotions he likes it to be just the two of us.
"Yeah. Is something wrong, Archie? You seem awfully secretive." I say as I take him by the hand and lead him over to sit in his chair before I sit down. I hate not knowing what's going on.
"I feel bad about betraying your trust, Edith. The one thing we've always had is trust and I feel rotten that you can't trust me, but I hope that this goes towards fixing that trust. Go on, open it up." Archie says handing me a package. "I'm trying to make amends."
I carefully unwrap the box and then open it and am shocked at how thoughtful Archie has been. "Oh, Archie! This is the necklace I admired in the window of that jewellery store. You didn't have to do this!" I lean over and kiss his cheek. I know he probably had to save up a long time to buy this. With any luck he got rid of all his gambling money buying this.
"I had to do something. I betrayed the person that means the most to me in the whole world even if I don't always say that." Archie takes the box from me, slips the necklace out of the box, and clasps the necklace on me. "Go have a look in the mirror."
As I stand in front of the mirror in the front room I feel Archie's hands on my shoulders. "You look beautiful. I mean it. I don't say it enough." He turns me around and kisses me. It's nice when he can actually express himself this way to me even if it's rare.