Today's episode (135) is now posted.|
"Eliza called for you earlier," Burt Lamont said casually as he spooned a large helping of green beans onto his plate. "I told her that you were down at the stables doing your chores."
"Okay," Randy Lamont muttered in between bites of pot roast.
"So, what's the story between the two of you? I'm guessing that you're still dating." Burt paused and waited for a confirmation, but none came. "I'd always suspected that you and Maggie would have been the couple, not you and Eliza."
"Maggie Callison is just a friend," Randy spoke up quickly. "Nothing more than that."
"Well, I guess it's true that you don't have any control over who you fall in love with." Burt eyed his younger brother closely. "That is if you're in love with Eliza, of course."
Randy sat in silence and then took a bite of his dinner. Of course, that bite was, in reality, more about giving himself time to think of a response than it was about eating.
"What's all this talk about love and romance for?" Randy finally asked as he leaned forward onto the table. "You've never really...um...gone out of your way to counsel me about girls before."
"I never had to!" Burt laughed. "But...well...I guess you're right. There is more to it than that." He hesitated as he searched for the right words. "In fact, there's something that I've been meaning to tell you."
"Really?" Randy suddenly became filled with a sense of dread, though he fought to hide it. "Well, what?"
"Janet and I haven't told anyone else this," Burt began carefully. "She wanted to wait until her sister got back from her honeymoon, but...well...I wanted you to be the first to know."
"Know? Know what?"
"Randy, I've asked Janet to marry me. She said 'yes.'"
"What?" Randy's eyes grew wide with shock. "But...but....no! You can't!"
Now, it was Burt's turn to be surprised. "Randy, what do you mean? What are you talking about?"
"You can't marry that woman!" Randy said flatly. "This is wrong! You can't marry Janet and I won't let you!"