Nicole rolled her eyes. "I came to the party. Get over it!"
"No! I will not get over it! You're not welcome here!" River watched as tears pooled in Nicole's eyes.
"But... River... can't we still be friends?"
River was so angry, it felt like no words would come. He just pointed to the sidewalk.
Nicole hung her head and strolled away. He'd actually felt bad that he might've hurt her feelings, until she glanced over her shoulder and glared.
God, what had he ever seen in her, anyways?
"What's going on, everyone?"
"Um, no. I'm new to town. My name's Yvette St. Julien. I knew your mother. We all miss her at the station. She was something else."
River grieved for the loss of his Mom. They'd lost her so suddenly, sometimes it didn't feel like she was really gone.
"Um. No thanks. I'm just not looking for something complicated right now."
"Maybe a dance?"
Yvette rolled her eyes. She didn't think this guy was going to give up so easily. Maybe a dance wouldn't hurt...
"Just one dance," she said firmly, opening her arms.
"Watch it, buddy," Yvette said, annoyed.
Yvette narrowed her eyes. "See that it doesn't!"
Casey sighed, "I've seen you with her, River. You joke around an awful lot. Maybe you need to show her that you're serious about her, instead of just having a good time."
"How do I do that?" River wondered.
"That's something you need to figure out, I would say."
Regan grinned. "Girl, look at me! I didn't think I could either, but Alan convinced me! I think you have to follow your heart. The rest will fall into place..."
"I just wish I knew how to tell him..." Yvette wondered aloud.
Regan winked & nodded behind Yvette. "Maybe you won't have to..."
"Long enough." Dropping to his knee, he pulled out a ring and slipped it on her finger. "Yvette, marry me. I've come to know you & can't imagine one second without you in it."