It was September two thousand and fourteen in a small town called Acworth which is in the lower part of New Hampshire. It had the population of eight hundred and ninety-one with a total area a little more than thirty-nine square miles. It is so beautiful here and sat just outside of Claremont, New Hampshire. It was almost time for fall and the leaves turning pretty reds, oranges, and yellows. Being September you could smell the scent of fall in the air. The thought of the holidays coming, families getting together, pumpkin pies cooling in the kitchen, and the busiest time of the year for most restaurants.
The biggest restaurant in the town had a waitress named Emily who was twenty-eight years old, single, about five foot seven, with blonde wavy hair and green eyes. She was their best waitress and made the most in tips. You couldn’t beat that bubbly personality she carried and was always polite and respectful to the customers. She had been saving up her money to get out of her sister’s house and into her own place. She worked long hours and made quite a few friends with the customers. The restaurant had a lot of regulars who always came in and sat in Emily’s section of the restaurant. If they had a bad day Emily was always their to cheer them up and make them smile. She warmed everyone’s heart and melted the most hardened men who came in.
Emily was a great waitress and on this one particular night she was unaware that she would meet her one true love. The one she has been waiting for all her life. Sure Emily has had a couple of boyfriends here and there but none tickled her fancy or was even into the types of things she was. Emily loved hiking, drawing, sunsets, picnics, and her dog Stubborn. That was his name due to him being so hardheaded that he had to have things his way and didn’t care for a lot of her boyfriends. He was a five-year old yellow Labrador and he was her baby.
Emily came to work that night and while she was tending tables she noticed a gentleman walk into the restaurant. He was tall and a bit muscular, had dark brown hair and amazingly blue eyes. She noticed he was clean-shaven except for his goatee which was dark and well-trimmed. He was wearing a nice gray suit which made him look very distinguishing. Emily was captivated by him and noticed he was being seated in the section next to hers.
She started questioning the waitress who ran that section that night, asking what she knew about him. The waitress looked at her and knew right away that Emily was infatuated with him. She told Emily she would at least get his name. After taking him his coffee and chatting a bit with him, the waitress came back over and told Emily his name was Stephen. Emily smiled and started lightly muttering his name over and over again and lost track of her work. She couldn’t keep her eyes off of him and noticed he would catch a glimpse of her as well.
By the time Emily finished her tables and looked over to the next section, she noticed he was gone. She rushed over to the waitress and asked where he went. She told her that he left for the evening but did ask for Emily’s name. The waitress had told him her name and Emily disappointed by his leaving sulked for rest of the night. It isn’t often that a nicely dressed man in a suit dines in her restaurant and she thought she would never see him again.
A couple of nights later when it was pretty slow in the restaurant, Emily was in the back doing some cleaning when she heard her named called from out front. As she entered the dining area she looked over and noticed Stephen sitting in her section. She politely went over and offered her services to him. Stephen smiled and asked if she would join him for some coffee. Emily feeling flushed agreed to get him some coffee but with her being on the clock she couldn’t join him. She did however let him know that when she took her break she would come sit with him then. He agreed and patiently waited for her to take her break.
While Emily worked she kept noticing him staring at her and made sure he had a full cup of coffee until her break. Once she clocked out and took her break, Emily walked over with a soda in hand and gently sat down with him at his table. They struck up quite a good conversation and telling each other about their hobbies and interests. They both had similar interests and Emily even told him about Stubborn.
At the end of Emily’s break he quickly asked her what time she got off and if it would be okay if he met her after work. She agreed to meet up with him and told him to be there at eleven o’clock. After that he finished his coffee and got up to leave. Standing up and fixing his suit he walked over to the door and looked back at Emily smiling. When she went over to clean his table she noticed he left her a twenty-dollar tip and a note on the napkin thanking her for her conversation during her break. Emily put the money into her apron pocket and placed the napkin against her heart and smiled. She felt so appreciated that night.
Emily rushed through her duties so that when eleven o’clock came she would be ready to leave. She cleaned all of her tables, washed up the dishes, and restocked all the condiments when she looked up and noticed it was eleven o’clock exactly. She went in the back and clocked out and headed for the door. When she got outside she looked around but never saw Stephen waiting for her. Her heart dropped and there was nearly a tear in her eye when a black Chrysler three hundred pulled up in front of her. The window started down until Emily could see it was Stephen. He looked at her and smiled while her heart melted that he showed up.
She got into the car and they drove around for a little bit talking and laughing. Emily had not had so much fun until that night. They parked somewhere secluded and Stephen turned off the ignition. Emily asked if he was alright and Stephen just smiled. He stated that he was tired of driving and just wanted his full attention on her conversation. He was very intrigued by Emily. They sat for what seemed to be hours talking, laughing, and getting to know one another until she remembered Stubborn was at home and probably needed to go out.
Emily asked Stephen if he could take her home so she could tend to Stubborn. He politely said of course and started the car. He drove her home and Emily invited him to come in but he politely rejected the offer stating that it was too soon to invade on her privacy. She agreed and thanked him for the conversation and for taking her home. Emily walked up to the steps and looked back watching Stephen drive off before being met at the door by Stubborn.
Emily couldn’t get into the door and grab his leash before Stubborn ran out the front door almost knocking her over. She grabbed his leash and ran after him to find him hiking his leg on her rose bushes. She attached him to his leash and he started to run pulling her with him as he made his way around the yard pacing back and forth looking for a place to do his business. Once he was done doing his business he made his way back to the front door and inside before Emily released the leash from her hand. She waited until he got settled before attempting to take off his leash.
Emily went into the kitchen and grabbed a scoop of his favorite dog food and placed it in his dish. Stubborn heard the rattling of the dog food bag and came running, sliding across the floor and passing up his dish before stopping to return to it. She watched smiling as her faithful dog mauled his food before retiring to her room where she got changed for bed. Emily climbed into bed and covered up before Stubborn came in and jumped on the bed laying next to her. She fell asleep smiling with the thought of Stephen in her mind and petting her lovable dog.
The next morning. Emily woke up and went to the front porch to pick up her newspaper where she found a dozen, long-stemmed red roses with a note thanking her for last night. She picked them up and put them to her nose smelling the aromatic scent that reminded her of her time spent with Stephen the night before. She nonchalantly walked back inside and carefully put them in a vase that was given to her by her mother who passed away a few years back. Arranging them, Emily placed the vase of red roses in the middle of her dining room table where she could look upon them as she had her coffee and read the newspaper.
Soon it was time to take Stubborn for his walk before Emily had to get ready for work. She grabbed the leash and here came Stubborn running and almost pouncing on her excited to go for his walk. She attached the leash and they headed out the door heading for his favorite park. You could say that they walked to the park but really Stubborn pretty much drug her to the park. Once there, they walked around and he hiked his leg to almost everything and did his business a few times before it was time to go. Stubborn didn’t want to leave when a couple of female dogs entered the park. Emily did all she could to pull him from the park and head home.
Once getting home and inside, Emily unleashed Stubborn and went to her bedroom to get changed for work. She was still smiling and feeling flushed with the thoughts of Stephen in her mind. She jumped into the shower and got herself clean before putting her waitress uniform on. Then, noticing the time, she hurried to put her shoes on, kissed Stubborn, and out the door she went.She only lived a few streets over from the restaurant, but it seemed to take forever to get there on some days.
Upon arriving at the restaurant, Emily noticed that business was booming this evening. She hurried inside and clocked in to find Stephen sitting in her section reading the menu. One of the waitresses came over to Emily and told her that he specifically requested to be seated in Emily’s section. Emily checked her hair and grabbed a pad and walked over to him asking if he was ready to order. He looked up at her with those blue eyes and smiled while placing his order. Emily thanked him for the roses while taking his order to the cook.
After taking his order to him and asking him if he needed anything else, Stephen asked her again if she was free after work. Emily looked at him almost confused when he stated that he wanted to get to know her better since he enjoyed her conversation so much the night before. Emily was flattered and agreed to meet him again after work.
After doing her cleaning and restocking, Emily sat down to count her tips when she looked up to see Stephen standing at the door. She grabbed her money and stuffed it into her pockets including another twenty-dollar tip from Stephen. She got up and walked over to the door and told him she will be right there. Emily turned around and headed for the back of the restaurant where she clocked out and got her coat. She met Stephen outside and this time he suggested they go for a walk to which Emily agreed.
As they walked Emily could feel the chill of the night air. Stephen noticing and taking off his jacket and wrapping it around her. They came across an all night movie theater where they decided to get in from the cold night and watch a movie. After the movie and two buckets of popcorn, Stephen decided to walk Emily home. He walked her to the door at the top of the steps and noticed this Labrador staring out the window, it was Stubborn. Emily knew she had to get him out to do his business so she asked Stephen to stay on the porch and out-of-the-way of the door.
Emily walked in and grabbed Stubborn’s leash and was able to get it on him before he shot out the front door. Stephen watched as the dog took Emily for a walk hiking his leg to almost everything he came into contact with before running towards Stephen. Emily announced that he was coming and for Stephen to brace himself. Stubborn ran right up to Stephen and did the most odd thing to Emily. Stubborn actually sat down and let Stephen pet him and he gave a few licks to Stephen’s face. At that moment he was this lovable dog to a man and Emily had never seen this in him. Stubborn hated all men no matter who they were, even the pizza man got knocked down delivering my pizza. There it was Stephen and Stubborn getting along with each other which brought tears to Emily’s eyes. From that moment on Emily knew that this was the man she needed to be with.
After spending some time with Stubborn outside, Emily asked Stephen again if he would like to come in. To her surprise he agreed to come in. They walked in and into the living room with Stubborn right behind them. Stephen sat down on the couch as Emily went to make some hot tea for the two of them. When she returned there was Stephen on the couch with Stubborn laying across his lap. Emily just chuckled a little and then apologized for his behavior. Stephen told her it was alright that he loved dogs, but just didn’t have one of his own. Emily was amazed how everything was going. It was as if she hung on to every word Stephen spoke. Their eyes gazing at each other and the little whimsical laughs. To Emily this was everything she could have possibly wanted in a man.
After hours of talking, laughing, and playing with Stubborn, it was getting late so Stephen bid hid goodbye and placed a kiss on Emily’s cheek. She walked him to the door and after a soft goodbye from her lips, they met his. His hands caressing the sides of her face while kissing her soft lips. Emily felt chills run down her spine that made her tremble. As his lips parted hers their eyes met and for the first time in Emily’s life she exhaled slowly from his kiss. This was the night for Emily to remember always. Stephen slowly walked out the door and bid her a good night.
The next morning, Emily’s sister Carly came into the kitchen for coffee and noticed that Emily was in a daze. She asked Emily if she was okay and Emily just shook her head smiling. Carly was now intrigued with what was up with Emily. They sat down together and over coffee Emily told her of Stephen. Carly was now on the edge of her chair with excitement of who this man could be that puts Emily in such a flutter. Emily knew in her heart this was the man she should spend her life with.
Later that day, which was Emily’s day off, the telephone rang and Carly answered it. She heard this man on the line who politely asked to speak to her sister Emily. Carly wanted to ask some questions but knew that it wasn’t her place to pry into Emily’s love life, so she called for Emily announcing that she had a phone call. Emily was just stepping out of a hot shower and wrapped in a towel to go answer the phone. When she answered and heard his voice, Emily felt those same chills that made her tremble. Stephen was asking her out yet again. Now Emily was wondering what the catch was that this man wanted to see her almost every night, so she agreed to go out with him.
This time Carly made herself available to meet this mystery man who wants to date her sister. Emily was getting ready upstairs when the doorbell rang. Carly got up to answer the door but Stubborn beat her to it. As she opened the door Stubborn was trying to get outside to meet his new friend. Once opened there was Stephen kneeling down to greet Stubborn with a few good pats asking where his mommy was. As Stephen stood up Carly met his entrancing blue eyes and told him Emily would be down in a few minutes. She asked him inside and told him to make himself to home while waiting for Emily to get ready.
Stephen went over to the couch with Stubborn on his heels. He sat down and Stubborn jumped up on the couch and sat right beside Stephen. He could feel the hot sweaty breath of Stubborn who sat panting in his ear, so he wrapped his arm around Stubborn and started petting him profusely. While Stephen was hanging out with Stephen, Emily was met at the base of the stairs by Carly. Carly looked her deep into her eyes and told her that Stephen was a keeper and to hold onto him. Emily just smiled as she walked into the room where Stephen and Stubborn were sharing some quality time together.
Stephen stood up and kissed Emily’s cheek as he grabbed her hand. He knelt down onto one knee and brought out this extravagant one carat diamond ring. He looked up at her and stated that they have only known each other a few days but that he believed in love at first sight. Emily was awe-struck by the ring and the fact that Stephen was proposing to her after only a few dates. Stephen stated that he loved her and couldn’t stop thinking about her. He was willing to share his whole life with her if she was willing to give him a chance. Emily was in shock and Carly standing right behind her nudging her to go for it. Emily melted, smiled, and said yes to Stephen’s proposal.
That made Stephen a very happy man, so happy that he swooped her up into his arms and planted the most sensual kiss on her lips. She wrapped her arms around his neck and kissed him right back. Carly standing there with Stubborn in tears of joy that her baby sister was getting married. After putting Emily back onto her feet, she turned and met Carly with tears and a big hug. Once she stopped crying for a minute, Emily told her that she had to help her start planning a wedding, but Stephen intervened by saying that he wanted to get married right away so they could begin their lives together. Emily agreed and made arrangements to go to the courthouse and get married in front of the justice of the peace.
Once the girls were dressed and ready to go, they both followed Stephen out the door and down to his car which was parked out front. Stephen then opened the doors for both ladies because he was such a gentleman and then helped them inside. He ran around to the other side and opened the door to get in. He started the car and they were off to see the justice of the peace.
Once at the courthouse, both girls went into the bathroom to check their hair and makeup before proceeding. They met Stephen at the door of the justice of the peace and proceeded to enter together. There they were in love and wanting to make it official. Carly stood next to her sister in tears of joy for the happy couple. Once the ceremony was finished and the justice of the peace announced you may kiss your bride, Stephen turned to Emily and told her thank you for making him the happiest man on earth before sensually kissing her lips.
They had finally done it and were very happy with their decision. Stephen escorted both ladies back to his car and drove back to Emily’s house to get a change of clothing and to drop off Emily’s sister Carly. Once Emily was ready with a suitcase in hand, the two then proceeded to walk out the door and back to Stephen’s car to start their new life together. Emily turned back to Carly and asked her to please take care of Stubborn for her until she returns which Carly happily agreed too.
Stephen and Emily were off to start their life together and first it would be a short but romantic honeymoon. They went to Claremont, New Hampshire to a nice hotel and got a room. Stephen went inside, paid for their room, and then came back out to swoop up his bride and carried Emily to their room. Once inside, Stephen pulled Emily close to him and kissed her ever so gently. His hands caressing her body as his lips adored hers. Emily then said she needed to get a shower and cleaned up for their romantic night. Stephen decided to take advantage of her shower by going to a nearby store to get some snacks and refreshments, so he kissed his new bride and told her he would be back soon as he walked out of the door.
Emily had taken a long hot shower while admiring her wedding ring. She couldn’t believe it, she finally got married. She was so happy that she began to cry tears of joy again. When she composed herself, she stepped out of the shower to towel off and get dressed. She noticed that Stephen had been gone a lot longer than expected and started to worry a bit. After putting her clothes on she went and stood by the window watching for Stephen to appear. Emily wasn’t standing there long when she heard the sirens of police cars and an ambulance about a block away. She couldn’t see anything but was still worried about Stephen.
After about fifteen minutes and still no Stephen, she went outside to occupy her mind to see what had happened a block away. As she got to the street, she saw a couple of police cars and not one but two ambulances. She noticed that there had been a car accident and noticed how one of the cars looked like Stephens. She started to panic and wander closer to the scene. There he was, laying on the ground with a blanket covering his body and paramedics on their way over to him.
Emily started screaming and panicking while running over to her new husband. The police officers had stopped her trying to get to him so the paramedics could help him. She looked over their shoulders crying out to him while they held her back. She watched as they picked him up on a stretcher and took him to one of the nearby ambulances. She followed them while looking over to the other person who was driving the other car. He seemed to be intoxicated but showed no remorse for what he caused.
The police officers had told Emily that her husband was struck by another car with a driver who was highly intoxicated and they needed to rush him to the hospital. The paramedics allowed her to ride with her husband to the hospital. Once at the hospital, they took Stephen into the trauma bay where Emily wasn’t allowed to go. As Emily cried she made it to a phone to call Carly to meet her at the hospital. Carly was on her way to be at her sister’s side.
Emily still in shock as she paced back and forth down the hallway when Carly rushed in. Emily collapsed into Carly’s arms crying out that Stephen can’t die. Carly held her and kept telling her it was going to be alright. Stephen would pull through Carly kept saying while staring through the door window where they worked on Stephen’s injuries.
After hours of waiting and crying, a doctor finally came out to the girls and informed Emily that her husband had slipped into a coma. Emily then collapsed once more to the floor crying for her husband. Carly right there with her for comfort. The two girls could not believe what had happened and the doctor informed them that they were moving him to a private room where they could sit with him.
Carly helped Emily to her feet as they followed the nurse to his room where she immediately went to his bedside and clutched his hand inside hers. The tears fell down her cheeks as she looked down upon her husband’s lifeless body. Emily looked at Carly and asked why did this have to happen. Carly had no answers for her. They had not even been married for twenty-four hours before he ended up in a coma. Life support was the only thing keeping him alive. His body was giving up on him from enduring so much trauma.
Day after day, night after night, Emily sat at his bedside reading and talking to him. Emily holds up a picture of Stubborn and tells Stephen that Stubborn misses him and wants him to wake up and come home. Stephen lays their lifeless and still. Emily stays by his side and holds his hand every waking moment just to be with him. The doctor informed Emily that it is good to talk to him and that he could possibly hear her voice. She never gave up on him and believed with her whole heart that he will come back and open his eyes. Carly would bring her sister food because she refused to leave his side even to eat. Carly was starting to worry for her sister.
Fourteen days had passed and the doctors informed Emily she would have to make the decision to take him off life support. Stephen was at the point where he now had no brain activity and was virtually brain-dead. With this news Emily collapsed again crying and grabbing his hand harder, but she knew it would not help him anymore. Emily would have to accept the fact that Stephen was not coming back to her. She turned to Carly asking for her help in making this decision. Carly told Emily it was for the best to let him go in peace.
Emily refused for days to give up on Stephen but finally came to the realization that he was in fact already gone and would not return. She called the doctors in and told them she was ready to sign the papers. The nurse brought them in and handed them to Emily who was crying tears all over the paperwork. Finally she signed her name on the dotted line taking her husband off life support.
After about fifteen minutes the nurses came in to turn off the machines with Emily holding her husband’s hand crying. They turned off the machines and pulled the breathing tube from his mouth and Emily heard his heart beating on its own. She leaned down to kiss his lips and felt his lips twitch as if kissing her back before the noise of his heart flat lining. Stephen was gone and Carly there to take her sister home.
The funeral was sweet and Emily did not know how well liked Stephen was or how many friends he had until that day. She put his body into the ground with Stubborn leashed and at her side. Tears running down both girls faces as they say their last goodbye. Emily went home and refused to see anyone or go to work because of her mourning and grief. Carly started to worry about her as Emily would not even speak to her own sister for days on end.
A few days after the funeral, a knock came to the door. It was a man in a brown suit with a black briefcase looking for Emily. Carly went upstairs to get Emily and bring her back down. They sat on the couch and the gentleman asked Emily to sign some papers. When Emily asked what this was all about, the gentleman answered her saying that Stephen had signed over his estate, belongings, and an insurance policy of one million dollars. When Emily asked how this could happen when he was in a coma the day we were married. The gentleman answered her by saying that this was all taken care of that morning of his marriage proposal to which he was already aware of. Emily looked at Carly and then back down to the papers where she was now worth four and a half million dollars. Carly was excited for her sister but Emily wasn’t as excited. She looked at her sister and stated that all the money in the world would not amount to that last kiss.