Chapter 17 Settling Down

Except for the fact that Ari now played for the Apple Springs Llamas semi-professional football team, nothing had changed. The old-fashioned little house where they lived was exactly the same. Marisol was playing musical instruments for her jazz band, as usual. And they were still very much in love. Ordinary Morning

One Tuesday night, Ari took Marisol out for a surprise date. Marisol was excited, thinking that perhaps this was the night when Ari would propose. But to her disappointment, he took her to The Barn – a real barn out in the country, which had been converted into an arcade and bowling alley. Settling Down (2) Settling Down (7) Settling Down (5)Still, they had a great time together, bowling and playing pool. After a couple of beers and a lot of laughing, Ari led Marisol to a quiet spot outside the barn. Settling Down (3)

“Want to watch the stars together?” he asked, pulling Marisol close.

Marisol giggled. “The sky is overcast. We can’t see any stars.”

“Oh. Well, in that case…” Ari dropped to one knee and pulled out a glittering diamond ring. “Want to spend the rest of our lives together?” Marisol squealed with surprise and accepted his proposal. Settling Down (1) Settling Down (6) Settling Down (4)

They were married the next spring, in a tiny Universalist Unitarian church on the outskirts of town. Settling Down (9) Settling Down (11) Settling Down (10)They only invited a few neighbors and friends from work, as well as Marisol’s parents. It was a beautiful, perfect ceremony, and their first night together as husband and wife (although not their first time together) was beautiful and perfect, too. Settling Down (13) Settling Down (14) Settling Down (15) Settling Down (12)

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