When they got back home that night, Johnny said, “You know I love you with all my heart, but I’m not so fond of your parents. To be honest, I’m not sure if I can handle dealing with them for the rest of my life.”
“The rest of your life?” Katerina questioned.
“Yeah. I probably should’ve waited for a better time to ask you, but–”
Johnny got down on one knee. “Katerina Romanova, will you please do me the honour of becoming my bride?”
“Oh my God, Johnny!” Katerina gasped. “Yes, yes, yes!!”
Johnny put the engagement ring on Katerina’s finger.
“You’ve just made me so happy,” he told her as he embraced her.
He politely excused himself to take a shower, and Katerina went into the bathroom to surprise him and join him in the shower.
“Johnny! What happened to you?” she asked when she walked in and saw he had a massive burn on his abdomen.
“Oh, it’s nothing,” he told her as he replaced the bandage. “Will and I were horsing around on our fishing trip and I fell in the campfire.”
“What? How did you manage that?”
Johnny didn’t answer her question, he just hugged her and said, “Don’t worry about it, it looks a lot worse than it is.”
“Did you at least see a doctor?” she asked.
“Yes, I did, and it’ll be perfectly fine in a couple of days.”
“Well, okay… but you’ve got to take better care of yourself.”
“I will, I promise.” Johnny gave her a loving kiss and they went to bed.
The next day, Katerina approached Johnny while he was working out. “We need to talk,” she said.
“Sure, what is it?” He shut off the tv and gave her his full attention.
“Do you remember when I told you that my family is really big on tradition?” she asked. “Well, most of the really important traditions have to do with weddings.”
“What kind of traditions are we talking about?” he wondered.
“Well, for starters,” Katerina explained, “in order to win permission to marry me, you have to beat my mother at a martial arts tournament.”
“What? That’s insane!”
“That’s how we’ve done it for generations,” she told him. “Before my Dad could marry my Mom, he had to kick my grandmother in the face three or four times.”
“No, no way,” Johnny said. “I’m not a big fan of your mother, but I wouldn’t want to hurt her. I can’t do that.”
“Are you sure? I know she wouldn’t mind, it’s tradition.”
“I think maybe we should just elope,” Johnny suggested.
“The other thing is that we always get married on holidays,” Katerina told him. “That way, wedding anniversaries can always be special without work commitments or anything like that getting in the way… and I don’t think Spooky Day is a good day to get married.”
“So you want to get married on Leisure Day?” he asked. Katerina nodded. “You’re telling me I have one day to plan a wedding?”
“It would mean a lot to me, if we’re already going to ignore one tradition…”
“It’s important to me too,” Johnny assured her. “Don’t worry, I’ll come up with something amazing for our wedding! But, I have to go out and talk to some people.”