There's a part of Nate's past that isn't well known to many. I think it's too painful for him to talk about. They were both young and in love, they didn't know what real life was about. With Nate's permission I share his story of love won and love lost, in the most romantic story of our time.
She was the beloved only daughter of the richest family in town. The beauty of the county, homecoming queen, prom queen, head cheerleader, president of FFA and FHOA. Her family disapproved of the relationship right from the beginning. They were high school sweethearts. Then Nate joined the military to create a life for her and to become a man. You see, he wasn't a man yet and she needed a man.
Their love was to be tested as he was away at basic training. She wrote him everyday promising to wait for him as he learned to peel potatoes and scrub toilets with his toothbrush. Occasionally a wandering fellow caught her eye but it was nothing serious, her heart belonged to Nate.
Nate worked his way up and soon found himself where he never thought he'd be before, as a contender for Top Gun. It was truly a miracle since he had joined the army and Top Gun wasn't even a part of the army. Nate, aka Ninja, and his trusty co-pilot, Duck, were masters of the air. Ninja flew like he loved it, but he only had one love and she was a thousand miles away.
The weeks passed, long and tortuous. Nights were spent dreaming of a time when they would soon be in each others arms again.
The night before Ninja was to return to his angel, he decided it was time for him to ask for her hand. She was the most beautiful girl in the world and he knew he had to have her. He needed to lock that down.
Like a movie she ran to him and jumped into his arms. He twirled her around and around. Then he took a deep breath, dropped to one knee and asked her to be his wife.