INT. MAXWELL LIVING ROOM - EVENING
November 15, 1971
The house is decorated for a party. The furniture has been
pushed to the sides to create a dance floor. There are
several couples dancing, including David and Emily.
It's hot in here, stuffy. A
birthday party for twins makes
for quite a houseful of guests.
Do you want to go outside for a
few minutes? It's mild today,
above freezing. It's not snowing
for the first time in a week. I
think we should take advantage of
Sure, I'd like that. We haven't
had a second to ourselves since
you got here. I really miss you,
David. With you on a different
shift every other week, and me
going into semester finals, I
hardly get to see you at all!
They stop at the back door just long enough to get on coats
and boots. They go outside.
Let's go to the arbour at the end
of your back yard. The pines look
so nice with the snow on them.
Like christmas trees. We can sit
and talk for a bit, catch up on
all the news from school and
home.I see there's a path to the
arbour. we won't have to wade
through the snow.
They walk off the patio into a path that has been dug
through two feet of snow.
I've been helping mom and Judy get
ready for the party all day.Dad
and Kyle must have dug this out
some time this afternoon. I
Actually, Kyle and I dug this path
today. I aked him to help me,
because I needed a quiet private
place to talk to you tonight. I
know you've always loved the
It's true, I have always.loved it,
no matter what the season.
They walk down the path and enter the arbour through a
lattice archway intertwined with thick vines that are now
without leaves or blossoms. There is a long wide marble
bench with a spruce hedge directly behind it.
Why is the duvet cover from your
bed on the bench? Does your mom
know about this?
Mom doesn't know, but I don't
think she'll mind. The marble is
freezing to sit on. I want you be
comfortable when I talk to you.
It's really important, and I
don't want you distracted by a
Okay, I'm really intrigued now.
What are you up to?
You'll see, have a seat.
David kneels on one knee on a fresh bed of pine needles that
have been recently spread in front of the bench. He takes
both of her hands in his, and gazes lovingly up into her
Emily, I love you. I have always
loved you, and I will always love
you. Past, present and future. My
love for you is embedded in my
heart and soul forever. It would
make me the happiest man alive if
you would marry me.
Stunned, Emily stares at him, speechless for a moment. Tears
of joy roll down her face. she leans forward as he turns his
face up to hers.
Yes yes yes yes yes yes yes!!! I
love you I love you I love you I
They kiss long and passionately. He is still kneeling, she
leans forward from the bench. He takes a tiny satin covered
jewel box from his pocket.
I love you Em. More every day.
He opens it to reaveal a gold ring with a yellow topaz and
opal in the middle, surrounded by diamonds. Her birthstone
for November, and his birthstone for October. He puts the
ring on her finger. It's perfect. He gets up off the ground
and they snuggle and kiss for awhile.
I've never seen anything so
beautiful! Did you design it?
I knew I wanted both our birth
stones, but mom suggested the
heart shape of diamonds around
them. It turned out pretty well.
Kyle borrowed one of your rings
from your jewellery box for the
So only your parents and Kyle
knew, that's good. At least I get
to surprise somebody about it.
uuuhh... your parents know too. I
asked them for their blessing to
I'm assuming you got it.
Oh yeah, they were thrilled. Your
mom hugged me and cried. Your dad
shook my hand and then hugged me.
That was weird. I've never been
hugged by any man but my dad.
Emily throws her arms around him and they kiss some more.
Suddenly they heard some loud whistling coming down the
newly dug path. The whistling stops several feet away
Come out come out wherever you are. Emily, if you don't come
in soon, Joanie's going to cut the cake without you!
David and Emily stood up and straightened their clothing as
best they could and walked out of the arbour through the