Joshua hugged her tight. "I did it, baby! I got in!"
"I've been wanting to do that since 7th grade," she gloated.
Tyler was surprised. Veronica had never shown any interest in him before. But, wow! She could kiss!
Sauntering over, she looked him up and down. "Must be hard work streaking around in nothing," she teased.
"Hey, it's harder than it looks." He said, then checked her out. "You should try it some time. Just make sure you give me a call."
"And there's not datable guys in the dorm!" Ellen added.
"Amen to that, sister!" Veronica pouted.
Susie blushed. "I don't know about that. Gunnar's pretty handsome."
Ellen & Veronica made eye contact and then looked the other way. Susie must not have known the score if she thought Gunnar was marriage material.
Ellen reached across the table, "Listen, Susie. Gunnar... well... he isn't going to settle down."
Veronica snorted. "Been there, done that!"
Susie glanced down quickly. "Yeah, I knew that. Of course!"
He just smiled kindly. "I'm happy to help." Glancing around the busy computer room. "Do you think there might be somewhere we could talk a little bit more privately?"
Ellen shrugged. "Sure, we can go in my room."
Veronica waved away Gunnar's concerns. "Hah, you think just because he hit junior year he's going to go all Family sim on me? No, that pleasure-seeking Tyler I know is still in there! But, I do like the look of you, too..."
"No sweat, sugar." She ambled away.
The matchmaker sniffed. "You want pretty girl, you give me pretty money."
"Fine. Here!" Gunnar shoved the money at her and waited impatiently.
Gunnar was surprised and did a double-take. "Did you just say this is my 50th date?" For a moment he felt proud, but then he just felt empty. All those girls... he didn't even remember their names.. no happy memories of them.
"Shut up! We're trying to watch the movie!"
"Oh! Forgive me! I'm sorry to interrupt. Is this a date?"
Tyler just laughed and reached for Veronica's hand.
She turned around and hissed, "Gunnar! Beat it! I'm serious!"
"Hey! I'm just dancing with a pretty lady!"
Veronica rolled her eyes. "Try to keep up, bad boy!"
"Of course!" Dana gushed. "I'm so excited! Wait until I tell my mom!"
Tyler was a good man, dependable, smart, kind. He'd back her up no matter what she decided to do with her life. But, she knew he wouldn't tolerate her catting around. He'd caught him Mom with a lover the day before he came to college & she knew he was dreading going home.
And Gunnar. There was so much she didn't know about him. He'd always been so secretive and closed off. He was a just a good time personified.
She just needed a little bit more time to think about it...
Ellen blinked. "What do you mean?"
The Professor just smiled. "I was kind of hoping you'd take me home with you..."
"Oh my God," Veronica said. Make him stand up, make him stand up, she fervently wished. Please don't say it!
"...Will you marry me?"
Veronica stared at the ring like a deer in the headlights. Perfect analogy, she thought. She felt like she'd just been hit by a two-ton truck.
Nervously, Tyler held the ring out for her to look at. Maybe he should've done this when no one else was around.
"... Yes... "
Tyler jumped up. "Yes? You'll marry me!" Turning to the group of large, he cheered, "She said YES!"
Veronica looked back and met Gunnar's eyes. She winced as he just shrugged and went inside.