Chapter 1: A Chance Meeting

Halloween – 1994 – The Brady Pub's Annual Halloween Bash..

I am sitting at a table with my mom Dr. Marlena Brady Black, my dad John Black, and my baby brother Brady. My older sister Carrie is handing out treats to the little kids. My twin brother Eric is in the kitchen mixing up a fresh batch of my grandma Carolina's special Halloween punch. (Caroline and Shaun Brady adopted my mom when she was 4 years old, because her parents could no longer afford to raise her the way they wanted to.)

I got up to change Brady's diaper; I wanted to give my parents some time alone as well. As I stood up I just happened to look at the door and that was when I saw him. He was the most handsome man I have ever seen in my life. He was wearing all black. He reminds me of "The Man in Black" himself, Johnny Cash.

Because Grandma assigned me the job of greeting people as they walk in, I walked up to the handsome stranger and introduced myself.

"Hello I'm Sami and this is my baby brother Brady, and welcome to the Annual Brady Pub Halloween Bash."

"I'm Rafe and thank you for the warm welcome."

Within minutes we were talking, telling each other our life stories. Before we know it the party is over and my grandma is telling us that she is ready to close up for the night.

Sadly we say our good-byes but promised we would meet in the park the next morning. He leaves and I go back inside to help Grandma clean up.

Even though we have just met I believe that I found the person I am meant to spend my life with. I can't wait to see what the future has in store for us.