Episode 31: Battenburg Lace

It is true.

Harry is beside himself with joy. With perfect simultaneity, he abandons his plate and gathers her into his arms.

‘Is that a “yes”?’ asks Sam, after a few moments, coming up for air. She picks up the last fritter and snuggles in sweetly next to Harry on the pillows.

‘You see,’ she explains, licking a daub of grease off a finger, ‘it’s like this. Last week I found this great slip dress in the Spiegal Catalogue—Battenburg lace, seed pearl straps, mid-calf, handkerchief-point hem line—and there’s this recipe for chocolate fruitcake with burnt orange icing that keeps turning up in the most unexpected places, and yesterday, for no apparent reason, your mother e-mailed me the formula for a tea-based bourbon punch she swears single-handedly lifted the siege of Vicksburg.

‘Now I’m no clairvoyant, but there seems to me to be a certain music in the spheres. What do you say we rustle up a priest, stuff a few game hens with wild rice and truffles, and invite in all our friends?’

Harry, who for once in his life is not speechless, agrees post haste.

It is, indeed, the most glorious of days.

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. Episode 23: Lasagna to the Rescue! Episode 24: Together Again! Episode 25: Black Velvet! Episode 26: Romance on the Town! Episode 27: Dancing! Episode 28: At Long Last Breakfast! Episode 29: Paradise! Episode 30: A Vision in Sausage and Pink Chenille!

Up next … Episode 32: A Wedding Most Glorious!

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