The night had to be perfect, he thought to himself for what seemed to be the millionth time that night.
“Computer what time is it,” he asked.
“The current time is 17:26,” the computer replied.
He walked over to the stove and opened the door, checked to make sure the main course was still warm while not getting burnt.
“Ah Harvey, I think you did the sauce quite well this time,” he said aloud.
He pulled out the wine and ran a quick scan on it, to make sure it was still in an acceptable temperature.
He walked to the dining room, slightly moved the flower arrangement again, judging it from multiple angles. He looks over to the case holding the candles. He debates if its time to take them out or not, while candles could easily be replicated by the house they would not be able to give off the intoxicating aroma that these were so well known for.
He picked up the silverware for Kelly and polished it again with a cloth he had on his waist.
“Dear, I’m home,” Kelly said opening the door he heard from the front door.
“Greetings, love! Here let me take these packages from you, stay in the living room OK? I don’t want you to see the surprise.” Harvey said as he rushed into the living room.
“Okay,” she replied shaking her head slightly.
He quickly dispersed with the packages and came back to her.
He slipped a blindfold over her eyes. She let out a slight giggle as she was led to the dining room. He pulled out her chair and led her to it.
“Computer begin program Kelly 1.” In the background some music started playing softly.
“Can I open my eyes yet,” Kelly asked with a slight giggle.
“Not yet, just need to get something be just a moment,” he said rushing to the kitchen to grab the candles.
“Okay now,” he replied. He had just finished lighting the candles on the table.
“What’s the occasion,” she asked breathing in deeply the scent of the candles. She almost purred in excitement.
“Oh just small anniversary,” he replied with a giant smile.
“Of course dear, I hope this will be the first of many special nights.”
After she had been seated he brought out a covered tray and with a flourish took the cover off to show off Orion Sword fish.
“Is it fresh?”
“Yes very fresh.”
“It must have been expensive; you really didn’t have to go through any huge expense on my account.”
“You are worth every credit my dear. Cost was of no importance for tonight,” he said kissing her right hand.
She let out a barely audible sigh, which he was to joyful to even have heard.
They ate their dinner, it was full of all of her favorites, as usual Harvey had been the excellent cook and everything was to the peak of perfection.
After they had finished, she started to get to put the dishes in the sink.
“Leave them for now, my love. I have one more thing to make tonight complete.”
“Oh? And whatever could that be,” she said with a smile on her face. He pulled out a small box from his pocket and got down to one knee.
If on queue as he got down to one knee the house communicator device started buzzing.
“Odd I thought I had turned that off,” Harvey said looking over his shoulder.
“Please dear go answer it,” she asked.
“No, I’ll let the computer get it.”
“Please Harvey go answer it, it will spoil the mood if it keeps buzzing.”
“Of course dear.” He slipped the box back into his pocket and went to the communicator.
He was startled to find that it wasn’t it buzzing, but the secure line. He walked over to the picture frame and put his right hand on it, a green light buzzed up and down the light and the wall panel next to him opened up.
“This had better be important, I’m just about to pop the question to my girlfriend,” he muttered to himself.
Barely audible he thought he heard Kelly whisper, “if I could have I would have said yes.”
The symbol of Center sat in the middle of the screen with the text, “Incoming Encrypted Call” was below it.
“Captain Klaxon Authorization Alpha 23Baker,” he said with his hand on the second palm reader.
“Harvey I’m sorry to have waken you,” a female voice said on the other side.
“I don’t know what you want, but you just spoiled a very big dinner for me and my girlfriend.”
“Captain Klaxon, I need you to wake up,” he barely heard a voice say with deep concern on the other end.
“I’m awake, sorry Ma’am” he replied shaking his head.
“I’m sending a transport, something happened to Ms. Shelby.”
“What do you mean something happened? she’s in the other room eating.”
She just shook her head, “Snap out of it Harvey.”
A cough caught in his throat.
“I’ll be ready,” he said with out really paying attention.
He disconnected the connection, and walked back into the dining room. It was just as he had left it, the food was still steaming off the main plate, his glass of wine was almost empty, her’s was still full. He then noticed her plate had not been touched.
“It can’t be,” he muttered to himself.