To celebrate Valentine's Day, Maurice has taken Henna out for a romantic dinner. Since Valentine's Day is in the middle of the week, they are out the Saturday before. Maurice brought roses for Henna. He's very happy this evening. He ordered champagne, which the server has said it will take a few minutes to chill. While they wait, Henna and Maurice are talking.
Maurice: I'm glad you like everything. I am planning to make this evening very special. You deserve it.
Henna: We deserve it. I would say if you play your cards right, you'll get lucky tonight, but you've already played well.
Maurice: Thank you.
Henna (looking puzzled): Hmm...I wonder what it is. Did you get a room at a swanky hotel? Or maybe you're surprising me with a romantic getaway?
Maurice: No. I have something to for you, but it's for both of us.
Henna (thinking it could be lingerie): Okay?
Maurice reaches down into his pocket and pulls out a jewelry box.
Maurice: Yes. Henna, I love you and it's no secret I want to marry you. So this shouldn't be a surprise.
Henna (realizing now what's in the box): Maurice, please don't.
Maurice: Please let me finish. I know you've been hesitant for a while about getting married. But you don't have to be worried. If you're waiting for the right time, it will never come. I know your business is important to you, I won't get in the way of that. I will always be supportive.
Henna: I know, but it's not just about being supportive. I just don't want to get married right now. I like being single. I'm not saying I'll never get married, just not now.
Henna: Yes, I love you, but I don't want to get married. I thought I've been making that clear.
Maurice: Then why act like you want me in your life at all?
Henna: I didn't know there was an either or. Either we get married or we can't be together?
Maurice: Then I guess I haven't been clear at all about what I want. I want something long-term. I want to be with you. Why do you keep me at arm's length?
Maurice: Yes, you do. I want marriage...with you.
Henna: Well, you're not getting it right now. I don't know why we have to keep having these arguments about getting married. I'm tired of the stress, aren't you?
Henna: Me being ready. Which I am not right now.
Maurice: So what if I don't want to stay around to wait for you to be ready? Are you ready to let things go?
Henna: I don't want to let you go, but if it's keep you by getting married or do what I think is right for me, then I guess I am ready to let things go. Is that what you want?
Maurice: I guess I have no choice. This has to be over.
Henna: Are you sure you want to do that? Are you sure you want to end this right now?
Henna: If that's how you think of it. Honestly, we don't have to end our relationship.
Maurice: We do. We're not going in the same direction. That's clear.
Henna: So what are we going to do now.
Maurice: I think we need to end this relationship and this evening right now. I've lost my appetite.
Henna (sighing): Me too.
Maurice: Then we agree. It's time to get this over with. That's that. So please excuse me for a few minutes. I'll be right back and then I'll take you home.
Henna: Okay. Fine.
Maurice: I'm fine. I'll be back in a few minutes. I'll see about paying for and donating the champagne to another couple this evening.
Maurice heads to the restroom so he can pull himself together. Henna sits thinking how the evening could have been better. She refuses to cry. She figures she can hold that until later.
Thanks for stopping by. ~ Jaye