She’s sitting there in her booth on her last day of work, collecting train tokens “like a veal,” her expression a mixture of dejection and boredom.
Someone drops a token into the bowl and the cash register bell rings.
Someone drops a ring into the token bowl instead of a token. The music changes, an upbeat and hopeful jingle. She looks up. There he is, a mischievous grin on his handsome face, surrounded by his entire family.
“Lucy,” he says, and smiles. She smiles back, her trademark shy smile; she knows what’s coming. She picks up the ring and laughs a little before meeting his gaze.
“I need to ask you a question,” he says.
“Get down on your knee, it’s more romantic!” his grandmother says loudly.
“He’s proposing; let him do it!” hisses his godfather.
“I AM letting him do it!” she hisses back, elbowing him gently. Lucy laughs and covers her face with her hand, the ring on the tip of her thumb.
”Can I…come in there…please?” he asks her as if he didn’t know the answer.
Suddenly serious-faced, she says, “I can’t.” His smile fades a little, but she’s not finished: “Not without a token.”
He drops a token into the bowl without missing a beat, his smile returning. As the cash register bell rings, he goes around into the booth with her.
“He’s doing it!” squeals his mother from outside.
He drops down to eye level with her and looks at her, his expression a mixture of hope and mystery, his eyes squinting slightly with emotion. He takes the chance and says, “Marry me?” without breaking eye contact. Without missing a beat, she replies, “Yeah,” and gives him a big smile, “I love you.” It is the first time she has said those words to anyone else and his eyes get squinty and slightly red with emotion again as he replies, “I love you back.”
The ring now on her index finger, they kiss. It is a kiss filled with passion, warmth, and love. Suddenly they remember where they are and are both struck by embarrassment and shyness. Then she goes in for another kiss.
The scene changes to their wedding day as they kiss in the back of a train that reads “JUST MARRIED” in hopeful letters.
Lucy’s voice says, “So, I had planned to marry Peter, but… I married Jack instead. Thank goodness my father was right. Life doesn’t always turn out the way you plan.”