Two weeks later.

               Eight young men in brand new police uniforms stand beside
               the podium on a raised stage in the auditorium.The Police
               Commissioner of Ontario gives an inspirational speech, and
               leads the cadets in swearing to the police oath, "To Serve
               and Protect." David and Kyle are among them.

               The Larsons and the Maxwells sit at the front with the
               families of the other recruits.

                              David and Kyle look so handsome in
                              their new uniforms. They are now
                              Ontario Police employees,
                              classified as cadets-in-training.

                              It will be another year before
                              they finish all the courses and
                              examinations at the Police
                              College in Aylmer. They'll be
                              getting on the job training from
                              an experienced police coach at
                              the same time. They won't get
                              their official badges and guns
                              until then.

               Estelle lifts Mark's hand and kisses it.

                              I am so proud of both of my men!
                              David is well on his way to
                              realizing his dream, and you have
                              all but fully recovered from your
                              heart attack.

               The ceremony over, the police band plays the Canadian
               National anthem, and God save the Queen as everyone in the
               auditorium sings along. The new recruits file off the

                              Are you and David all over you
                              tiff now, Em?

                              I guess so, but he still hasn't
                              asked me out. I think he's afraid
                              that I'll jump his bones at the
                              first opportunity I get.

                              That is a distinct possibility. I
                              can see his point, though. As a
                              cop, he can't indulge in illegal
                              activities. Even if you're
                              definitely willing, sex at
                              sixteen is still statutory rape.

               Emily folds her arms and sulks.

                              The whole situation sucks! I love
                              him, and I think he's at least
                              headed in that direction with me.
                              Why can't we be together? We're
                              consenting adults.

                              David is eighteen, he's an adult.
                              You're not. You'll just have to
                              ignore your raging hormones for
                              another couple of years, at least
                              where David is concerned.

The End

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