John and Evangeline walked side by side, hand in hand, silent for a few moments.

“Well, that was interesting, wasn’t it?” he asked Evangeline as they got to his Firebird. He opened the door for her.

“Yeah, to say the least,” Evangeline began. “It’s funny. Even though Natalie swears she loves Paul, I really think she’s still in love with you, John.”

“She could be. But I’m in love with you,” John said kissing Evangeline lightly on her lips and shutting her door.

John walked back around to the driver’s side. As he walked, Evangeline reached across the seat and opened his door for him. John got in, put on his seatbelt, and started the car.

“And I’m in love with you,” Evangeline responded running her fingers back through his hair. She never doubted John’s love for her, but after the incident with Natalie it was nice to be reassured.

“I mean, really Babe,” John began as he placed his right hand on Evangeline’s left thigh. “Can you blame Nat for falling in love with me?” he asked with a playful smile.

“Come again Lieutenant?” Evangeline questioned accepting the bait.

“Well, I’ve been told that every woman in Llanview and Pine Valley wants me.”

“Is that a fact, Lieutenant?”

“Yeah, I guess every woman I come in contact with just finds me irresistible. Must be the luck o’ the Irish,” John said very teasingly, eying Evangeline, and then giving her a wink.

“Well if that’s the case, then lucky me,” Evangeline replied with a smile, playing along.

John sat silent for a minute in thought. “No, actually I’m the lucky one,” he began as his playful tone became more serious.

He took Evangeline’s left hand in his right and kissed it. “Evangeline, I’m so lucky to know you, and to have you in my life, not only as my friend, but as my girlfriend. I’ve been through so much in my life, we both have, but I really feel like I’m doing this right this time. I have you to thank for that. I love you.”

“John, I love you too. You know we’re a team. From professional to personal, it’s you and me,” Evangeline began. “I just hope all the women of Llanview and Pine Valley can accept the fact that you’re taken!” she said lightheartedly, intentionally lightening the mood.

They both laughed and looked forward to their night ahead where all of their bedroom wishes would be granted.