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Today's episode, #131, is now posted.

an excerpt...

Janet Stokes's lower lip trembled slightly as she thought about her role in the loss of Judith and Burt's child and of how she'd struggled for months to keep it a secret. True, for the longest time she hadn't remembered what had actually happened that night, but once she had, she knew it would be something that Burt could never forgive her for. However, Janet hated keeping secrets from Burt. After all, secrets had been what had caused them the most trouble.

She thought about Charles Callison's toast concerning new beginnings. Maybe this night would be a new beginning for Burt and Janet, as well. Maybe it was time to finally tell Burt the truth and weather the fallout from it. If he truly loved her as much as he said -- and Janet believed that he did -- he'd be able to understand and, in time, forgive her. However, Burt sounded more urgent in his need to tell her something. The truth had waited for months. It could wait a few moments more.

"All right," she said as she gazed deeply into his eyes. "What is it? What do you want tell me?"

"Well, actually...." Burt Lamont smiled slyly and slipped his hand into his pocket. "It's something that I want to ask you. See, this wedding of new beginnings got me thinking."

Janet cocked her head slightly as she tried to figure out what Burt was talking about. Her questions were answered in moments as he pulled a tiny velvet box out of his pocket and held it out in front of her.

"I love you, Janet Stokes," he said softly and then pulled the box open to reveal a beautiful, delicate diamond ring. "Will you marry me?"

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