Isaac poured punch into the fountain. He took a deep breath. He had the prefect evening planned for Ruby and hoped it will all go to plan. He had a whole romantic setup in the back garden – the only thing missing were candles, but Isaac figured Ruby would not appreciate the fire, considering her death and all.
Ruby came into the garden and saw Isaac. He didn’t tell her much about what he had planned, all he instructed her to do was to dress in something nice (Maranda helped Ruby pick the outfit, since we all know Ruby’s fashion sense).
Isaac took Ruby’s hands into his: “You look beautiful tonight my love.”
Ruby blushed, but of course the benefit of being a ghost is that no one can see such things.
Isaac: “I want tonight to be the best night of your life.”
Ruby: “But Isaac, I’m dead…”
Isaac pulled Ruby towards him: “Let’s not focus on that know, shall we.” And with that, he kissed her passionately. Ruby felt weak in the knees and suggested they sit down for the meal.
Isaac continued to be affectionate as they started to eat their dinner.
Ruby: “Wow, this stuff is really good! I don’t think I’ve ever eaten anything as good in my… well, life. Or death!”
As soon as she finished her meal, the world around her started to spin. No, surely it must just be her head that’s spinning.
Ruby: “Isaac, maybe you should stop eating, I think there’s something wrong with it… I don’t feel so good.”
Isaac: “It will be ok Ruby, just trust me.”
Ruby: “I can’t see… the light, it’s blinding!”
Ruby starred at her hand. “That can’t be,” she whispered. “How did you… what did you…”
She couldn’t quite finish the sentence so she just leapt into Isaac’s arms.
Isaac: “Well, I did some research, and I realised my family was always destined to bring you back to life. With my dad’s love of fishing and gardening, getting the ingredients was easy…”
Isaac: “And as you know, aside from being a great mixologist, my mom is also a top notch chef! She just had a look at the recipe and said it shouldn’t be too hard to follow.
So really, I did nothing. It’s my parents you have to thank.”
Isaac: “Luckily they’re here here, so you can.”
Ruby was lost for words: “Kirk… Maranda… I can’t believe you’d do this for me… after all I’d done to your family….”
Maranda smiled: “You did also bring our family back together.”
Isaac gave Ruby a big bear hug: “If you could forgive us, how could we not forgive you?”
Ruby felt something hot and wet dripping down her cheek. Tears, she realised. She’d forgotten what they felt like.
Isaac interrupted: “Now, don’t cry just yet Ruby. There’s more.”
A skinny middle-aged man entered the garden. Ruby looked at the stranger, trying to place him. Then she caught a glimpse of his eyes and her jaw dropped: “That can’t be…”
The man smiled nervously and a lot of uncertainty in his voice he responded: “Mom?”
Ruby could see that he was uncomfortable, but she didn’t care. She hugged him tightly and they both burst into tears. She sure will not forget what they feel like again any time soon!
They sat down, overcome with emotion.
There were, so many lost hours, days, years, so many questions unanswered. Ruby started with the most apparent one: “How did you end up here?”
Allen: “Isaac found me.”
Isaac: “It was quite simple, really. As soon as I started working at the police station, I started searching for Allen in all databases available to the police. I found out he’d never been adopted and went from foster home to foster home, but once he’d turned 18 I lost his tracks.”
Ruby let out a sob. Her poor boy!
Isaac: “He never committed any crimes, so he wasn’t in the police database. I almost gave up, but one day I found him, closer to home than I could have imagined. It turns out Allen has been a senior detective at the police station in Willow Creek for quite some time!”
Isaac: “So I just found his address in the employee database and knocked on his door one afternoon after my shift.”
Ruby: “You went to Willow Creek? But… there’s so much crime there… it’s not safe!”
Isaac: “Darling, I go to Willow Creek all the time for work. With all the crime scenes and street fights I’ve witnessed there on patrol, visiting your son at his home was hardly going to be a risky operation.”
(Author’s note: Also, The Rules! I broke the rules! Well I say plum the rules, just for this one instance. And also, what Isaac said.)
Allen: “Can I help you? You’re not trying to sell hoovers again, are you?”
Isaac: “Um, no. I believe I know someone you’re related to. Someone you’ve lost touch with.”
Allen: “That must be some sort of a mistake. I have no living relatives.”
Isaac: “See, you may not want to focus on the word living…”
“That is so… Allen… Isaac…” Ruby was on the verge of breaking down again. “You were right Isaac, this IS the best night of my life!”
Isaac: “Wait, there’s one more thing…”
Everything suddenly seemed to slow down, and Ruby felt like she saw Isaac drop to one knee in slow motion.
Isaac: “Ruby Perrin, will you marry me?”
Ruby felt like she was going to faint.
Isaac caught her though. He would always catch her. And never let her fall.
Ruby: “Of course I will!”
Kirk and Maranda beamed as they watched the happy couple.
Maranda: “They’re so in love!”
Kirk: “Just like us.”
Maranda looked at her husband and soulmate: “No, not like us. The world is theirs now. But we did pretty damn well.”