“You’re a star,” I tell Joani, putting a sticker on her collar.
“You’re a star!” I tell Steven, putting one on his leather vest.
Artie watches, bemused, as I tell Francis, “You’re a star!” and press a sticker to the front of each his shirt. I turn to Artie and and smile back at him. “And you,” I say, putting a sticker on his shirt, “are my world.” I kiss his cheek.
“Awww, Katherine,” he says, hugging me.
“Oh! By the way… I wanted to show you this.” I look around to make sure no one else is watching, and pull a jewelry box from my pocket. “What do you think?”
He peers inside to see a gold band and a large “M” glittering with diamonds. “Oh, Katherine! It’s beautiful!”
Francis’ eyes widen. He comes closer and whispers, “Is that what I think it is?” I nod. “Wow! Congratulations!” He shakes my hand.
“Thanks,” I say, smiling from ear to ear. “I haven’t asked her yet, but… tonight. At dinner.”