He didn’t lose that loving feeling

“How are you young lady?” Opie leaned over the bar to try to get a peek at Jed’s screen.
I just smiled in return because I had cramps and the only thing that would come out of my mouth was a high-pitched scream that chars eyebrows.

“You married yet?” he asked.
I shook my head as I bent down into the cooler to fetch the Bud Light and the Genuine.
“Why not?”
I shrugged, and got Holy Roller Bob’s three beers.
“You wanna elope?” He asked as I popped tops.

I laughed, and HRB laughed even louder. “That’s romantic.”
“So you wanna elope?” he asked again.
I cocked my head to one side, and pondered the magical question. “Uhhhh, No.”
“Ha!” HRB coughed.
“No thank you,” I amended.
“I thought we could do it for the tax break,” he said.
“Now that’s tempting,” I said. “But I still don’t think so.”
“Well, I had to ask,” he said.

A few frames later he was back.
“Do you wanna elope?” he asked.
“No,” I said.
“How about now?”
“Nope.”
“Will you drink a beer with me?” he asked.
“I don’t like the beer here,” I said.
“Come on one beer,” he said.
“What’s going on?” Kent asked.
“I asked her to marry me and she said no,” Opie said. “Now I’m try to get her to drink a beer with me.”
“Did you get down on one knee?” Kent asked.
“No.”
“Dude you gotta do the romance and the flowers and the knee.”
“I’ll remember that next time,” Opie said.

Before Friday night, I was beginning to think I’d lost my touch or maybe that after seven years, Opie had lost that loving feeling. Every year for as long as I’ve worked at the bowling alley, Opie has proposed to me in some manner. I think in the beginning he might have just asked me out, but after my first few refusals he decided to skip the silly stuff and jump right into the commitment.

Usually this happens at the very beginning of the bowling season, when I’m all shiny and new. When it hadn’t come by Thanksgiving, I figured I had totally lost any sort of sex appeal might have once had. I mean if I couldn’t even get Opie to propose, I might as well get thee to a nunnery post haste.

But the proposal has come and now everything is going to be okay.

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