Ben’s life should have been smooth sailing.
However, bad choices, coupled with naivety, cost him everything. Ben was forced to start his life from scratch. Journey with Ben through a life of new choices, which make him a better man...
...until tragedy strikes.
Weakened legs carried me across the site, over mounds and through deep tracks left by diggers, until finally, the bridge came into view. Then I saw the Oak tree and finally, through the mist, I saw Maggie, leaning on the handrail, looking into the water. I hesitated. She had not seen me, so there was still time to change my mind. I looked behind me for an escape route, but figures appeared from the mist, moving onto the bridge. Maggie turned as I approached.
"Hi," she said, but my lack of reply and the expression on my face stopped her from giving me the customary hug.
More figures appeared behind Maggie. It seemed that the whole site wanted to witness the event. Maggie glanced around, a puzzled look on her face. Then there was utter silence; everything was still. It was at that moment, that a man, far braver than I, stepped forward and slowly dropped down onto one knee, holding out a small open box. I opened my mouth to repeat at least one of the carefully planned lines I had devised, but no sound came out. It was a stalemate. My speech was paralyzed and nobody else wanted to talk until they had heard me ask the question.
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on January 12, 2018