Buy Me a Rose

                                          By Tammy

            The night was calm and clear.  A soft breeze floated through the air as he came walking in the door.  Taking his boots off he glanced into the dining room where a dim light was glowing above the elegantly set table. China place settings had been arranged for a romantic dinner with candlelight.  But he had been out working late, trying to catch the bad guys.  Sure he could have called but they had been out near the badlands all morning and after catching the gang he and Trivette had only enough time to drive back and finish up the paperwork before they went their own separate ways.

            Breathing in deeply he knew she would be asleep and he didn’t want to bother her.  But he needed to see her face, need to keep that image for another day to remind him why he worked so hard.  Slowly trudging up the stairs his heart was heavy in his chest.  He remembered back to when things have been so perfect.  It seemed so long ago but in reality was only a short few years ago.  They had been newlyweds madly in love thinking they could do anything.  After a year they decided to try and start the family they both had yearned for.

 Unfortunately after a couple of miscarriages the doctor told Alex that she would have to quit her job.  The stresses of every day life were too much for her and if she wanted a family that was the only option he could foresee.  It had been a hard decision to make, but they did it together.  Yet now two years later she hadn't conceived and was very depressed.  Trying everything they were seeking the advice of fertility doctors across the nation, but this was very costly. So Walker had taken on extra jobs trying to make ends meet and allowing them to have a family.  The problem was he was never home anymore.

Reaching the bedroom door he slowly opened it up and entered.  There she was sleeping peacefully.  Her sea blue eyes were swollen and he could tell she had cried herself to sleep.  Bending down he softly kissed her on the forehead.  Getting the afghan off the rocking chair across the room he headed back down the stairs to the couch. She was tired and needed her rest he would give her that.

            Alex opened her eyes as the door closed behind her husband.  Holding in a cry a single tear fell down her cheek.  She had been planning the dinner for days now.  During which she was going to tell him she was returning to work.  Their marriage was being strained and her love for him was so great it wasn't worth what they were going through.

     Buy me a rose

                Call me from work

                Open a door for me what would it hurt

                Show me you love me by the look in your eyes

                These are the little things I need most in my life.

 Looking at the stack of papers on her desk Alex sighed heavy wishing she could snap her fingers or nod her head and they would disappear.  Returning to work hadn't been as hard as she had originally thought.  She was working extra long hours though trying to forget about her failing marriage.

After telling Walker she was returning to work he had become withdrawn.  She knew it was because he wanted a family but what could she say.  Without her working he had to work overtime and extra little jobs around the state and they were spending less and less time together.  Being at the ranch all day was getting overly tiresome and she needed to feel as though she was making a difference.  Now that she was working again she thought it would help their marriage. Instead it appeared to have pushed them farther apart. Walker was working more than ever and she was working more and more, hiding from the quiet at the ranch.

Looking at the clock she glanced back at the papers and knew she could finish it on Monday.  Taking her jacket and her briefcase she headed for the door.  As she drove home she said a silent prayer wishing something could be done to make Walker realize she was still very much in love with him and that going back to work wasn't because she didn't want a family, she just wanted her husband back.

                      Buy me a rose

                      Call me from work

                      Open a door for me what would it hurt

                      Show me you love me by the look in your eyes

                      These are the little things I need most in my life

Pulling up to the house she was shocked to find that Walker was home.  She couldn't remember the last time they had been home at the same time.  A twinge of fear mounted inside of her as she forged her way up the stairs.  Opening the door a tantalizing waft filled her senses.

  Setting her briefcase and jacket down she walked into the dining room.  The china was set with the crystal glasses, wine already poured. There in the kitchen was her husband, working over a hot stove, putting the finishing touches on their meal.

 "Expecting someone?" She asked jokingly with a hint of awe.

  Turning to face his beautiful wife he smiled and she noted a tear in the corner of his eye.  She could see his heart had been breaking just as badly as her and her eyes too filled with tears.  Reaching up on the refrigerator he pulled down two roses, one red the other white.

"Alex, I know things haven't been good with us for a long time, but I hope that after tonight that changes.  I vow once again, to do what I can to make you happy.  So with this red rose I want to give you my everlasting love.  With this white rose I want to give you the faith that our love was built on.  You deserve so much more than I can give you and yet you have stuck with me through all of this.  I am the luckiest man in the entire world."

 Alex was stunned and unable to speak.  Her feet were planted in the floor but it didn't matter because within seconds Walker had her in his arms and was carrying her up the stairs to seal the vows he had made to her that very night.

       Buy me a rose

                   Call me from work

                   Open a door for me what would it hurt

                   Show me you love me by the look in your eyes

                   These are the little things I need most in my life.           

                       "Walker, I can't believe how lucky we are." Alex said a few months later as they both looked into the bassinet cradling their newborn son.

            "Thank you Alex, for making me the happiest man alive.  I promise to try to never lose perspective of my love for you again.  You are the most important person in my life and I will do my best to make things right for the rest of my life."

This story is based on the lyrics from the song Buy me a Rose sung by Kenny Rogers.               

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