“I really must learn to get used to these roads,” said Joshua. He was driving from Washington D.C. to Pennsylvania at the time. “Or perhaps going from desert sand to American snow is truly the problem here.”
“Thank you, Joshua, for coming to the area for Christmas this week,” replied Jlanda.
“I’m on call, Jlanda,” replied Joshua. “If anything gets too dangerous in Rhukashlavia, I will have to leave.”
“”Maybe they’ll be celebrating Christmas, too,” she replied.
“That is correct,” replied Joshua. “By the way, Jlanda, what time do you prefer me to leave my hotel room to come and visit you on Christmas morning?”
“My family wakes up at six,” she replied with a smile.
“What am I going to do for an hour before then?” he said jokingly to Jlanda.
“Just because you wake up early for the palace life doesn’t mean you’ll be bored here,” said Jlanda. Then she thought about it. “Oh, yeah, you’re a workaholic. Right.”
“We are coming upon a small town, Jlanda,” said Joshua. “Do any restaurants appeal to you?”
“Maybe that one right there,” she said pointing to the nearest one.
“Alright,” he said as he turned into the nearest parking spot.
They both got out of the car.
“It looks a bit worn down,” said Joshua. “Are you absolutely sure this is the place you’d like to go to, Jlanda?”
“Yeah,” she replied. “I’ve been here once. The food is good.”
“Alright then,” he replied.
They walked into the restaurant.
“Hi, how may I help you?” said the lady at the cash register.
“We’d like two menus, please,” said Jlanda.
“Alright,” the lady replied. She handed them the menus.
“What do you recommend?” asked Joshua to the lady.
“Well, look at that,” replied the lady. “We don’t get many Englishmen around here.”
“I, well, travel very much, ma’am,” replied Joshua.
“Would you like our fish and chips?” asked the lady.
“Um, that sounds a bit too… fried,” replied Joshua. “What are your healthiest choices here?”
“You could have our most popular salad,” she replied.
“Sure, we’ll go with that,” replied Joshua. “And perhaps a turkey sandwich would be good, too.”
“Would you like anything to drink, sir?” she asked.
“Coffee would be fine, thank you,” he replied.
“And what would you like, miss?” asked the lady.
“Lemonade,” replied Jlanda. “And we’re splitting the meal.”
“Alright,” replied the lady.
Joshua then paid for the meal. Jlanda and Joshua soon went their seats.
“Why did you make that decision for me?” asked Joshua feeling somewhat annoyed.
“Josh,” began Jlanda. “They have really big portions here. You don’t live in America. You can’t eat it all.”
“Jlanda, I do believe that you are underestimating me,” he replied. “Why do you always do this?”
“Why do you choose work over me?”
“Jlanda, I didn’t,” replied Joshua. “I’m here right now, and work is demanding. I do work in a high position to not only protect an entire country but also to keep international relations between America and Rhukashlavia as smoothly running as possible. This is no minor job. Do you understand that? I explained it to you when we first began dating, remember?”
“I almost forgot,” replied Jlanda sadly. “And I’m sorry for taking over the meal. I just… I don’t know.”
“You’re not insisting that we break up, are you?” replied Joshua sadly.
“I don’t know,” she replied. “We just don’t always get along or understand each other. I love you with all my heart, Joshua. I really do.”
The lady who rang them up brought their food and drinks to them.
“I couldn’t help but hear,” said the lady. “Can I put in my personal advice?”
“Sure,” said Jlanda sadly.
“You don’t have to think the same about everything to stay together, and you don’t need to feel like you love each other all the time either,” said the lady. “You just have to stay committed and be sure that you’re both in it for the right reasons. Distance shouldn’t stop it if it’s the real thing.” The lady started to walk away. “Merry Christmas, you two. Enjoy your meal!”
“I love you, too, Jlanda,” replied Joshua. “I don’t want to date anyone else. I know that work… well, it always comes first in my life. I was going to wait for this, because I know you’ll be done with school in six months.” He went down on one knee and pulled a ring out of his pocket. “Jlanda, will you marry this foreign English Californian?”
Her eyes welled up with happy tears.
“Yes,” she said as he put the ring on her finger. She gave him a hug. “Yes, I’ll marry you!”
“Merry Christmas, Jlanda,” said Joshua.
“Merry Christmas,” replied Jlanda.