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"So I have a surprise."  (He looks as excited as a little kid.)

"You do?  What's the surprise?"

"If I told you what the surprise was, it wouldn't-"

"I know, I know, it wouldn't be a surprise.  So when do I get to see it?"

"Well it's at my place."

"At. Your. Place."


"I should tell you.  I really like you Elliot.  You're a great guy and I am so glad we've been spending time together..."

"Heather.  I am not trying to lure you back to my house to get you in bed."

"Of course you're not..."

"No.  Unless you'd go for that?"  (those merry blue eyes twinkling at me.)

"Uh, no.  In all seriousness," (I finger a small silver cross I wear around my neck, and gulp) "I know we're not kids and we've both been married...but this isn't just jewelry to me.  It's not a fashion statement.  It's who I am.  If what you want is a relationship that is going there, well, I'm not going there..." (If I'm going to lose him, I'd rather it be now.  You are such a dork Heather!  Why?  Why did you have to go there?  Why won't the floor ever open up and swallow you when you want it to?) 

"Well that's not what I want.  Ok, I can't say it's not what I want, but I told you, I have a strong faith too.  I think too much of you to think that you would agree to  (flustered) I can't even believe we are talking like this.  But since we are... does that mean...well, never?"

"Let's put it this way, not until there's a ring on my finger."

"Ok, let's go, if we leave right now, we can probably make it..."

"To where?  Your place?"

"No.  The jewelry store."

"Very clever.  Ha! Hilarious. What would you do if I'd said, 'Great let's go!'?"

"I'd say I was pretty lucky.  But I don't think we're quite there yet..."

"Ah. No.  But it would serve you right.  Well.  Heh. This has been awkward.  But I'm glad we got that out of the way.  (desperately attempting to change subject) I almost forgot!  What's my surprise?!"

"Come on over and find out."

(We go to a neighborhood not too far from work and into one of those nice condo areas, with a pool, work out area, club house, etc.  He opens his door and lets me in and I enter what can only be described as a stereotypical man-cave: big screen tv, black leather furniture, a fire place with floor to ceiling book shelves on either side absolutely crammed with books.  It's very neat, not much clutter, and a kitchen anyone would covet: stainless steel side-by-side refrigerator, a marble kitchen island, nice ceramic cook top, a built in butcher block cutting board.  I am surprised by nice little touches like some bright throw pillows and some photographs of him surrounded by a bunch of little kids from some other country, all smiles and hugging him.  Decide to ask him about that later.)

"The surprise is in here!"  (He calls from the kitchen.  There on the counters, looking brand-new, are a Vitamix, an Excalibur dehydrator, a 12 cup Cuisinart food processor, and a Juiceman Juicer.)

"Wow!  You got some toys!  Awesome!"

"Yes.  I was hoping, maybe you could show me some stuff to do with them?"

"Sure.  That would be fun.   I get most of my ideas from Youtube videos..." (I can't tell him about RFR or he might find this blog!)

"Can we start now?"

"Well we can but it may take a little prep."

"I want some to make those almond-carrot crackers you brought me..."

"Ok, cool.  But first you need to soak your nuts."

(Pause.) "Is that some health practice like the dry brushing you were telling me about?" (he looks truly concerned.)

(Laughing my head off.)  "Um no, you need to soak the ALMONDS.  Like, literally soak your nuts."

"Ok, good.  You had me worried.  Say, pre "rings and vows" is kissing allowed?"

"Kissing is definitely allowed."

"And generalized snuggling?"

"Is encouraged.  Now, go soak your nuts."

(To be continued...)

(Wonder what you missed?  Part 1, Part 2, Part 3, and Part 4.)

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Comment by Supermom on March 8, 2012 at 10:11am

So much fun to read! You captivate my imagination!

Comment by L. on March 8, 2012 at 9:51am

Aw, Heather, good for you for speaking up about your faith...Thought that was really beautiful and courageous.  I am loving these so much.  Hope all goes well :)  Enjoy it!!!!  You deserve it beautiful!

Comment by Healthy Kiwi on March 7, 2012 at 12:08am

I'm loving this guy - he's so open to trying something new! Keep on keeping on, we're loving it.

Comment by angela usher on March 6, 2012 at 5:21pm

Sigh....can't wait for the next instalment : )

Comment by Deborah Grissam on March 6, 2012 at 12:56pm


Comment by Janet Carol Ryan on March 6, 2012 at 11:10am

 this is pure seduction

There on the counters, looking brand-new, are a Vitamix, an Excalibur dehydrator, a 12 cup Cuisinart food processor, and a Juiceman Juicer.)

my eyes are tearing, seriously! 
Comment by Heather L.O.V.E. on March 6, 2012 at 10:05am

@Penni, it has been 42 days since the first meeting at the bike rack.  Not that I counted.

Comment by Penni on March 6, 2012 at 8:47am

I am echoing what Silmiriel just said..... I am totally a HOPEFUL romantic down to the core.  I am wondering it these installments are in real time or if this was happening weeks ago.... so many questions!  I'll just shut my pie hole and enjoy : )

Comment by Silmiriel on March 6, 2012 at 8:37am

Heather, I've been riveted to your story the last few days... Elliot sounds like a charmer and a true gentleman.  I'm a hopeless, or should I say HOPEFUL romantic, and I'm enjoying your love story a lot!  So sweet!  :)

Comment by Heather L.O.V.E. on March 6, 2012 at 7:55am

@Jane, he just moved into a fancy condo that already had the nice kitchen.  Ironically, he doesn't cook much! 

@Susan, he said he hates having his picture taken and has caught me the few times I have tried to nab one with my cell phone without him noticing.  Is that all men?!  Joe hates having his picture taken too!  Of course he has me for a mom, so he has no choice. heh.

@Bette he's real.  I don't write about the not-so-good stuff, because that is not what I want to remember, or share with people.  He's not perfect, and neither am I.  We are both adorkable, I think. lol I just know how much I love to read about the beginning of a relationship so I wanted to share that with friends.  We have to be on the down-low at work since we work the same place, and I can't talk to my co-workers who are my good friends.

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