Zelda flipped on the light as she and Dobie walked into her house that night. Gwen and Jack had gone to dinner with his family and she had loaned them her car, so Dobie offered to drive her home. "This has been some night," she said as she put her purse on the table and sat down in the living room. "I can't believe Gwen is coming home. Finally…"
"Me neither," Dobie said as he walked past her. "I'm going up to use the bathroom," he walked slowly up the stairs, but turned in the bedroom instead of the bathroom. He walked over to the dresser and pulled out Zelda's jewelry box. He rummaged through the earrings and necklaces until he found what he was looking for in the bottom. Her wedding and engagement rings had been welded together years before, and as he pulled the ring out of the box he wondered if she missed wearing it. He walked back downstairs and sat next to her.
"We can start moving the old furniture out this weekend," Zelda suggested. "That way Gwen and Jack can move in as soon as they get things taken care of in L.A. Maybe Georgie and the girls can help."
"Sure," Dobie agreed.
"And then we can start the painting," Zelda suggested. "I'll ask what colors they'd like in the rooms and pick up the paint this week…Oh Dobie…this is so exciting."
He smiled, "Zelda…I want to talk about what happened earlier…"
"We are talking about it," she seemed confused. "Our Gwendolyn is coming home…she's opening her own law firm…"
"I don't mean that," he said seriously. "I mean what happened before Gwen and Jack came to the apartment…about you and me."
Zelda nodded slowly, "Oh…"
"I've been thinking a lot the past couple of days," Dobie said truthfully. "About us…about why I fell in love with you…and about why we decided to get divorced."
"I guess I've been thinking about it too," Zelda replied.
"We were never one of those couples who agreed on everything…" Dobie said seriously. "And I think as the years went on, the disagreements seemed to outweigh the good times. After a while, we kind of started to forget why we were together in the first place."
Zelda nodded, "It was just different once the kids were out of the house. Do you realize from the time we got married until Georgie graduated from college, it was never just the two of us? We always had someone else to depend on us. We forgot how to depend on one another."
"And it didn't help that I started spending all my time focusing on the store," Dobie added. "I've been trying to keep that place afloat for more than a decade. I know that wasn't easy on you."
"Well, I could have tried harder," Zelda admitted.
"I know we've had problems…lot's of problems," Dobie sighed. "But I never fell out of love with you, Zelda…I've always loved you."
She felt the tears stinging her eyes, "I love you too," she said softly. "You've given me the biggest gifts of my life. I don't know what I'd do without you."
"Then what have we been doing the last five years?" Dobie asked. "Pretending to be happier apart than we were together? I hate living over the store…"
Zelda laughed a little, "I hate this big empty house."
Dobie smiled and pulled her ring out of his pocket, "Will you marry me?" he asked. "Again…"
Zelda gasped when she saw the ring in his hand and then she put her arms around his neck and kissed him, "Of course…" she smiled. "I thought you'd never ask."
He slipped the ring on her finger, "I was thinking maybe we could get remarried on our anniversary. It's only a month away."
"That'd be nice," Zelda agreed. Then she stood up and took his hand in hers. They walked upstairs together, "Happy Valentine's Day, Dobie," she said as she kissed him once more.
Dobie smiled, "You will always be my valentine."