Harry’s lasagna turns out spectacularly, even with store-bought marinara. The spicy Italian sausage added at the last minute is an especially inspired touch, and with a little rosemary chipped on top and a shaving or two of parmigiano reggiano …
‘I do believe we’re getting somewhere,’ Harry says to himself, his spirits soaring. ‘Sam would love this!’
Before he knows it, he is racing madly down 15th Street in search of a cab, oven mitts on hands, a platter of steaming pasta weaving precariously before him. Startled pedestrians leap aside. Embassy guards speak urgently into two-way radios.
The taxi driver doesn’t much want to take the fare, but he’s a kindly man. A refugee from the Republic of Georgia, a land of deep grandeur and greater sorrow, he knows true love when he sees it.
And very soon, here’s Harry, big as life, knocking at Sam’s Rock Creek door with dinner and apologies.
Glad of heart, she takes him in.
Love is back, the night is young, and, truly, the Lasagna with Italian Sausage is a big success.
Previously on The Rocky Road of Love… Episode 1: One Fine Day. Episode 2: Fate and Chèvre. Episode 3: The Rocky Road Ahead. Episode 4: Could This Be Lunch? Episode 5: I Only Have Eyes for Stew. Episode 6: Harry in Love. Episode 7: Dinner for Two. Episode 8: Sam, Line 2. Episode 9: Romance at Home. Episode 10: Barbecue, Beans, and Slow-Pitch Softball. Episode 11: Play Ball! Episode 12: How ‘Bout Them Dawgs! Episode 13: Mercy! Episode 14: Harry Gets Mad! Episode 15: Harry and the Hopelessly Inadequate Ballet Buffet. Episode 16: And Now Sam’s Mad! Episode 17: The Last Goodbye. Episode 18: The Big Breakup. Episode 19: Chocolate on Her Mind. Episode 20: Life without Harry. Episode 21: Life without Sam. Episode 22: Of Rice and Men.
New this week … Episode 24: Together Again!
Coming next Monday … Episode 25: Black Velvet.