By: Tamara Black

“I love you,” he said before kissing me.

“Mmm,” I moaned. “I love you.”

While we did not need to say the words anymore, both of us enjoyed hearing them because our union   would last forever and ever.

Epilogue - Tony


The timer on our brand new stainless steel oven went off. I turned and grabbed an oven mitt before opening the door.

“That smells good,” Tanesha said, walking into our brand new kitchen.

“It’s that new recipe I was telling you about.”

“Great. Are Michael and Destiny here yet?”

“Another couple days. They decided to stay on campus to protest something or other. Crazy kids.”

“I’ll pour some wine.”

“Good idea. This needs to cool for a few minutes.”

I pulled the pizza stone out of the oven and admired my handiwork. For the last fifteen years, all my creativity and efforts had gone into Slices, our pizza empire, which continued to grow. We had stores in five states in the West and were about to open up our first franchises in the Midwest. Our professional could get no better.

I smiled as I set the pizza on the ornate table for two in our kitchen.

“I can’t wait to try it,” she said.

“Let’s give it a few more minutes.”

I pulled the jewelry box out of the front pocket of my Dockers.

She shook her head. “You didn’t.”

“We can afford it now, and I know you loved it.”

I opened the lid and presented it to her.

“We had to sacrifice a lot when we first got married, but now that we’ve made it, I want to give you the ring you deserve. Just know that no stone on the entire planet could symbolize the love I have for you, Tanesha.”

Her hands moved to her mouth, covering it as tears came out of her eyes and streamed down her cheeks.

“I love you, Tony,” she said, standing up.

We hugged for a good solid minute. I never wanted to let her go. She made my life worth living.

“Let’s eat,” she said. “I’m starving.”

The pizza didn’t come out as good as I had imagined with tiny chocolate chips and pineapple on it, but she didn’t complain. It was just one of the many reasons I loved her.

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