"What happened out there? We could hear you all the way in here." Rose asks when Hyacinth re-enters the kitchen.
"Richard wasn't going to let me come back in here to cook. He wanted me to stay. He's being so sweet!" Hyacinth says with a beaming smile.
"His personality has changed so much since he heard your secret." Daisy says honestly.
"My personality has changed since I found out Richard had heard my secret. I think we'll be a lot closer now that he knows the truth. It makes me appreciate him so much more now." Hyacinth says as a tear trickles down her face.
"Oh, Hyacinth! This reminds of how you looked the first time you told us you'd finally discovered you'd fallen in love with Richard. You were so emotional. Do you remember?" Violet asks as the sisters sit at the kitchen table.
"I'll never forget that moment. I was so emotional. I'd never felt that strongly about another person in my life. I didn't know how to tell you the truth about how we felt about each other. I had enough trouble telling all of you about our first kiss. Richard was so nervous at that moment. I couldn't believe how nervous I was either. I remember every moment of our relationship. Every moment is special between the two of us. I forgot that over the course of the last 30 years. He is the most important person in my life now that Sheridan doesn't live at home anymore." Hyacinth smiles as she thinks back on the days when she was dating Richard.
"You know the moment I remember the most is the first time you told me you loved me." Richard says as he enters the kitchen. "Sorry to interrupt ladies, but the gentlemen wanted to have some more beer. I was asked to come in and get it. I seem to have interrupted my second sisterly moment of the day."
"Do you really remember the first moment I told you I loved you?" Hyacinth asks as she watches her husband pull beer out of her sister's fridge.
"Of course I do. I will never forget that moment walking through the park with the snow falling around us. It must have been just after you told your sisters that you'd realized how you felt about me. I will never as long as I live forget the look on your face when you told me you loved me. I couldn't believe I'd gotten so lucky as to have you fall in love with me." Richard says running his fingers down Hyacinth's cheek.
"I love that story. I didn't know you remembered that moment. You let me borrow your gloves because I didn't bring mine. It was so romantic and I felt so in love with you. You made me feel so loved and I had to tell you what my feelings for you were." Hyacinth whispers.
"I remember that you nearly slipped and fell because you were wearing heels. I had a tight grip on your waist so you wouldn't fall. I was so in love and you looked so gorgeous with the soft, white snowflakes dusting your dark hair and I was enthralled by you." Richard says quietly as he strokes Hyacinth's hair.
Hyacinth blushes and avoids Richard's eye contact for a moment. "You should get those beers into the boys before they get warm and the boys get suspicious.
"I'll be back to talk to you in a minute." Richard says as he picks up the beers.
"Just let me get this pork tenderloin in the oven and then we'll talk until the vegetables need to be cooked." Hyacinth smiles. She has a spring in her step as she moves around the kitchen mixing and heating the marinade for the pork. Richard re-enters the kitchen and sits on a stool to watch his wife. She is so wonderful in the kitchen and Richard loves to watch her. She moves around the kitchen so naturally pulling out pans and seasoning and putting the pork in the pan. He watches as she carefully removes her rings before she plunges her hands into the marinade and spreads it over the pork tenderloin. Hyacinth smiles at Richard as she holds her sticky hands up and carefully turns on the tap to rinse her hands off. She dries her hands and ensures that she puts her wedding rings back on. She hops up on the stool next to Richard and puts her hand on Richard's thigh.
Richard covers Hyacinth's hand with his own. "Why don't we go find somewhere quiet to talk?"
"Alright, we can do that." Hyacinth says quietly. She then turns to her sisters. "Just give me a call when the veggies need to go on. The pork should go on now as 325°F for about 3 hours."
"We'll call you when we need some help. Go have a talk with your husband." Violet says kindly. A roar goes up from the other men in the sitting room. Hyacinth and Richard leave the kitchen hand in hand. "Alright, listen up you two, unless there's a problem in this kitchen we are not interrupting Hyacinth and Richard. They've finally started to communicate and I'm not going to stand in the way of that."
"No, I certainly don't want to interrupt them. They're happy for the first time in many years. It's nice to see." Daisy says agreeing with her younger sister.