Tales from the Finchbottom Vale – (46) Love is a Many-Splendored Thing (Part 08)
“I need you to get something for me” Dennis said to Wendy
“I’m not a thief” she said defensively knowing he was an ex policeman
“I know you’re not honey” he said
“Look I love Gwen very much”
“So do I” Wendy retorted
“I know you do” he said “Which is why I asked you to help me”
“So what do you want me to do?” she asked but still kept him on the doorstep
“I just need you to look at her passport and tell me when it expires” Dennis said
“Oh I can do that” she replied “I know where that is, Oooh are you taking her somewhere? No don’t tell me I’ll just blab”
Once she knew that he wanted her help to do something nice for Gwen she let him in and then went and found Gwen’s passport.
Dennis took the passport from her hand and looked inside then he smiled and handed it back.
“Thanks Wendy you are a star” he said “Now I have work to do”
Wendy was so excited but as the weeks went by and nothing happened she began to have doubts about Dennis’s intentions.
But she needn’t have worried.
Dennis had everything in place but he didn’t know the best time to spring it on her.
Ideally he would have done it at the last possible moment and then whisked her away, but in reality he knew she would want a bit more notice than that.
There would be shopping to do and hairdressers and nail bars and numerous other missions to be completed and he couldn’t deny her those.
He didn’t want to do it at Christmas because it wasn’t a Christmas Present it was an “I love you” present and a “you deserve to be spoilt” present.
So he settled on the 18th of December a week away from Christmas but more than three weeks before departure day.
By Christmas Day the big surprise would have sunken in by the time Christmas arrived and he could surprise her all over again with the ring he had bought her.
On the 18th of December Dennis took her to an exclusive restaurant in Sharpington called The Diamond in the Rough.
“This is very nice” she said “I’ve never eaten here before”
“I had to book six weeks ago” he said
“Really?” Gwen said “Well it was worth it”
“That was a wonderful meal” Gwen said after the meal and when they were sitting drinking coffee and liqueurs Dennis reached into his pocket and took out an envelope and said
“Well I hope you like this as much”
“Oooh what’s this?” she asked and then opened the envelope and after she read the contents she was speechless.
“Don’t you like it?” he asked with concern
“Like it? I love it” she said “It’s the best present I’ve ever had”
“You really like it?”
“I’ve always wanted to go to the Caribbean” she said and she reread the card again.
An 8 nights cruise on the Ocean Splendour sailing from Miami via Cozumel, Belize City, Mahogany Bay, Isla Roatan, Grand Cayman, Cayman Islands and back to Miami.
“You’re spoiling me” she said with tears welling up in her eyes
“You deserve to be spoilt” Dennis replied and took hold of her hand
“I love you Dennis” she said