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Friday, July 5, 2013

MILKSOP Chapter 37


Moving Day was Ahead
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Marcy and Archie thoroughly enjoyed the weekend and were out late on Sunday night. They both looked tired when they arrived at work.

After giving it quite a bit of thought Archie came to the conclusion that they had better slow down what was happening, what ever that was.

So far he had not figured out how to approach the subject without it seeming to be rejecting her, which wasn't what he wanted to do.

He had never enjoyed anyone's company any more than hers, but he was sure they were going too fast.

As it turned out the problem was solved by him having to put in long hours getting ready to make the move to Huston.

There were a thousand things to do.  The next hours were spent discussing all of the particulars with one or more of the partners.

Thankfully the real estate was secured; but staff needed to be interviewed, whether to rent or buy equipment, base salary's to be decided on.  Finally all of the business licenses had to be purchased.

By now Archie was spending a lot of time between New York and Huston.

Part of the time he had one or more of the partners with him, especially when big money was involved.

He and Marcy took advantage of what time they could have together except a good amount of the time was spent discussing the business at hand.

Finally Marcy came out and said, “If I'm going to work when we go out, then I wish to be paid overtime.”  Archie got the message and replied, “From now on the work stays at the firm, and we are free to enjoy one another.”

Things were moving slow, but Archie had progressed to kissing her good night, but it stopped right there.

Archie felt he was too involved in the business at hand to think clearly about a relationship although he began to suspect Marcy was getting a little anxious about how slow things were moving.

The more he thought about it the more he began to worry.

She had a right to know if their relationship was to be more than just business with an occasional dinner or if he wanted to make it a permanent thing with a wedding and a ring.

The setup in Huston was ready for the staff to move to the new offices and they were to move in the coming week.  There were only ten people moving to Huston, but that was enough to put everything in place over the next two months.

Archie decided to find out how serious Marcy was about a future with him as a wife instead of an employee, so he told her they would be taking the afternoon off to take care of some business external to the firm's business.

She never questioned him, for he was always running here and there.

He took her out to lunch and presented her with some flowers which seemed strange to her but she went along with it by saying. “Are these for me or am I holding them for someone else?”

He said, “No, they are most assuredly for you.”  

After lunch they took a stroll down the street and stopped in front of a jewelry store and looked at the wedding sets in the window.  Archie said do you see anything you like?

She eyed him suspiciously and said, “Over there, off to the side is a friendship ring that looks nice.”

This frustrated Archie a bit for he was ready to ask her to marry him and she upset the moment. 

Somewhat curtly he said, “C'mon let's go inside and look around.”
  
It was a large store and they had jewelry for every occasion. Archie maneuvered her back around to the wedding sets and asked her again do you see anything you like?

Once again she started to look over at some other kinds of rings.

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The strain of asking her to marry him and the difficultly of getting to it was wearing on Archie and he somewhat exasperated blurted out, “Marcy will you marry me?”

She said, “Yes, why didn't you just come out and ask me instead of going through all of this rigmarole?”

He said, “I don't know why.  I never asked someone to marry me before.”

Marcy said, “You were married once before weren't you?”

Yes he said, “But she just told me we were getting married, and we did.”

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Marcy said, “Let's go over here, because I have seen the set I want, and if it fits we can take it with us.”

It wasn't cheap but Archie paid for the set, and put the engagement ring on her finger, and the wedding band in his pocket.

To be Continued

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