Miranda says yes.

Page 25 in the series Before the Pirates Came*

Miranda was exhausted, cold, and needed to find a ladies room after a long and difficult journey. She made it to her exit and was deeply grateful for the help of her trucker friends (who were not jerks after all). But she was afraid to go any further. Even with the plow trucks keeping the roads open, the town of Providence was snowed in. She stopped at a gas station and used the pay phone to call him. Brian told her to stay put, lock the doors, and wait for him to come get her.

When Miranda hung up and walked back to her car, she slipped on an icy patch and fell. Her new wool suit was split open in the back and soaked with gray slush and road salt. When she tried to stand up she saw that her hand was bleeding. She was too tired to cry, cried anyway.  There was nothing Miranda could do but wait to be rescued. Finally, Brian came and scooped her up in his arms, pretended not to notice her wardrobe malfunction, then took her home. They could pick up her car in the morning.

He gave her a pair of his extra-large sweatpants and a t-shirt with the name of his alma mater. She took a hot bath and washed away the day’s drama from her mascara stained face. Brian cancelled their dinner reservations and prepared his bachelor’s special:  Mrs. Paul’s Fish Sticks, Tater Tots, and milk. Miranda was starving and ate it anyway. They sat in his rustic family room by the fire, laughing about his cooking skills and her courageous drive, sipping scotch late into the night. She got drunk, blacked out, and woke up in the guest room, safe and warm, waiting to see what the day would bring.

*        *        *

She smelled bacon frying. If Brian Parker Hall was trying to impress her, he was doing a real good job. Once dressed in a subtle but sexy warm outfit (Guess jeans, tall boots, flattering sweater) Brian warmed up the car and suggested they go for a ride.

He took Miranda on a driving tour of the nicest sites in town. New schools, a snowy white park, and shops on the square. There were restaurants dressed up for Christmas, a publishing company, street lamps with wreaths and red bows.  Providence was charming indeed.  With pride and a grin Brian drove her past his office– proper and traditional, a picture of success.

Outside of town the sprawling countryside was covered with snow, but promised a sea of velvety grass in the spring.  Miranda looked forward to it.  He drove her through a neighborhood of grand estate homes, a clubhouse with the walks already shoveled, and a sign marking the spot where the residents played croquet.  He gestured and indicated that this is where the Brian Parker Hall family would live someday.  A family man without a family… 

That night Brian got down on one knee and proposed.  Miranda acted surprised and said yes, watching while he slipped the ring on her hand.   Brian Parker Hall was not surprised by her answer– and neither was she.  It was their third date.

*This story is based on some true events, however, has been fictionalized and all persons appearing in this work are fictitious. Any resemblance to real people, living or dead, is entirely coincidental.

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19 Responses to Miranda says yes.

  1. “It was their third date….”

    I was engaged on my second date, but then again, I was older. (True story.)

    • Linda says:

      Second date? Old high school sweetheart? Internet romance? Arranged marriage according to South Asian heritage?

      Do tell, ’cause I can’t wait to hear this…

  2. Debbie says:

    I love how you left this one. . . it was their third date. And they are getting married. I imagine Miranda was happy and Brian too! :) Only one person mentioned that I was perhaps getting married too soon. (We’d dated for 6 months prior to our wedding.) A few people thought I had to get married. It’s good to keep them guessing, I guess. Nine years later, we had our first daughter.
    God bless you, lovely Linda, and this fantastic series.

    • Linda says:

      Nine years, too funny! I’ve known some couples where the baby comes in nine months, and yes, they are always scrutinized. But I would not have thought that about you. : )

      Miranda and Brian were on cloud nine… you’re right about that. But if you marry someone you barely know? Hmmm… complications lie ahead. : )

  3. Theresa says:

    I can’t wait to read the next post! :)

  4. Elvirah says:

    Miranda’s life is going exactly the way she expected and dreamed in her dreams of a fairy tale. Her fantasy is going to come true, she wanted it to make it work and it is happening now for her. I must say third date is quite quick and fast enough, few people don’t seem to get through and end up in marriage even after years of dating. I am just loving the story the way it is going and would be looking forward with anxiousness to your next post.

    I have also started a new blog which is a ficticnal love story of a girl named Susan…so i’d be glad if you could have a look at my story as well. Here is the link:

    • Linda says:

      Thanks for reading, Elvirah! ; )

      The answer to the third date question is coming up next. Sounds a bit strange to me, too…

      I can’t wait to read about Susan and her story. The only fiction blog I’ve read so far is about monsters and vampires. Something romantic sounds much nicer. : )

  5. Jan says:

    Now that’s a fast piece of work! Forgive me for being cynical, but…what’s the catch?

  6. .endtransmission. says:

    Wait, what?? She said yes after 3 dates? My chin just hit the floor. Okay, spill it, what’s next?

  7. ann says:

    Thanks, Linda :-)

    Ohhhh…. Now I have to wait again :-) I love the direction the story is taking. “First comes love, then comes marriage …” lol Baby carriage? ;-)


    • Linda says:

      That might have been God’s will for Miranda, even though in those days she was oblivious to her need for Him. She practiced self will vs. God’s will (and therefore no Scripture verses were included to guide her back then). Only time will tell… : )

  8. Ferd says:

    Sounds like a Lithium deficiency! ;-)

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