Friday, February 15, 2008

An Engaging Story - Read Film Noir Style

It was a warm Tuesday afternoon when I walked into my apartment. It was dark, too dark. I walked to the back of the apartment and to the half-closed door of my room. I cautiously pushed the door ajar, and there, on my bedroom floor, were balloons. Pink and white, everywhere. (Except you can't tell that they're pink and white, 'cause you obviously see in black and white right now.) On a chair, pulled into the middle of the room, is a sealed manila envelope. I tear open the seal and pull out the contents: candid photographs of a handsome culprit, a disc, and a list of instructions. I popped the disc in and found a transmission from Agent A to me. I was to find one Michael Watkins, who was armed and extremely dangerous.

This should be interesting.

I prepared for the mission I had been given. The list of instructions told me to be dressed sharply, so I put on a white skirt, red top, and red stiletto heels - some say they're not practical, but they've never had to stab anyone with a heel before. I didn't know what to expect.

At precisely the given time, I left to the given place and found in the cabinet a clue! I pulled the bridal magazine from the shelf and red the next clue, "Go to apartment 209. There you will find a Vinni and a Fingers." I left immediately. I had heard of Vinni and his hitman Fingers before. They were not to be left waiting. 
I walked into the darkened apartment, and there they were, sitting at a table playing cards oh so cooly. 

"We've been expecting you."
"Sorry. Traffic kept me."
"Fingahs, show the lady some manners. Vacate your seat."
"Sorry, Bwoss." 
"Please, Miss, take a seat."

I sat in Finger's place, after being thoroughly checked with a tongue depressor. Vinnie and I chatted for a while, and played a quick game of blackjack - Vinnie loves cards, it's a good way to win him over. After we were done with the pleasantries, we got down to business. 

"We have an informant who you might be interested in listening to," said Vinnie, pronouncing every syllable. They handed me a rose with a clue on the package. I would have to go to the Hinckley building, but I wasn't allowed to see. They blindfolded me, wrapped a coat around my shoulders, and lead me outside, down the stairs, across the snowy parking lot, and stuffed me into their car. The drive to the Hinckley is maybe 2 1/2 minutes, but it took us at least 6 to get there. (Vinnie is a very discreet man, even when I know where the location is.) Vinnie and Fingers talked nonchalantly the whole way. When we got out, Fingers was sent to find the informant and bring her to the meeting place where Vinnie and I would be waiting. 
It took a while for the informant to get to the statue we were to meet at, but when she did, she gave me the last clue: a box of perfume with the last clue on it. I took the blindfold off and grasped the clue.

"You should be able to find your way from here," she said, and she walked off around a corner.

I left the building promptly. The clue said he'd be in the gardens wearing black. No one was to be seen, except a young couple and their photographer. I searched over the gardens and finally saw a stone gazebo. I rounded the gazebo and there he was, in black as promised - the culprit! I walked into the gazebo.

"The gig is up, Watkins."

But was it? He had a new way of wriggling out of trouble, as always. He reached in his pocket - I reached toward my stiletto just in case - and pulled out a box. He dropped to one knee and opened the box.
 
Epilogue:
We went out to dinner at a place called Sandpiper in Idaho Falls. It was amazing! After that he took me to the Jim Brickman concert at the civic auditorium. (For those of you who don't know, Jim Brickman is a huge romantic piano soloist.) It was so much fun! Although I think I may have failed my mission - oh well. That's where wining and dining will get ya!
 

12 comments:

MJ said...

Fantastic telling of the story, Mal. You two are absolutely a cute couple, I'm so happy for you!

Mallory said...

Thanks! That does seem to be the consensus. And I certainly like to think we are!

Calandria said...

Wow! Congratulations! (nice ring!) Have you set a date?

Mallory said...

August 2nd. I'll be getting invitations out no later than the end of March - theoretically.

Karen said...

Wow - the engaging story had me on the edge of my seat - and I even knew what was going to happen!!! Mallory - we're so excited to have you in the family!
Love ya,
Karen

Selena said...

MAL!!!!!!! How exciting and romantic! What a story you're going to have for your kids someday! Congrats! I'm so happy for you! Love ya!

bob said...

just one question...a tongue depressor?

Mallory said...

Yeah, like Vinnie said, Fingahs is very thorough. Just be glad you didn't have to live through it. ;)

Anonymous said...

Oh, my sweet little cuz I'm so excited, and Boston too! can't wait to be there!
ash

Marshallese_Chick#07 said...

I am soo happy for you.. make this marriage a life time for you..wow your saipanese families are happy for you..take care.. make sure to send me one for a memory of you two okay..love ya lots...

Erwina Zachrias

Saipan Kat said...

Hilarious! Im surprise 'Tony Two Toes' didnt make it to this special event. Congratualtions Mal... I'm real happy for you.

taylor said...

yay for mal!! seriously, when i found out i couldn't stop smiling. i love how you told the story. :) wow though! :D

nice ring!