Title: The Way It Should Have Been Author: Claire Sheridan "half an hour!" said Assumpta looking at her watch "C and S professional electricans? not to me! the cellars down there and im docking your pay!" said Assumpta crossly. Peter was watching this from across the road, facing Fitzgerald's "thats the women i love!" he mutterd under his breath, he wanted to shout it out to the world but he couldn't not yet. Assumpta met his gaze and she smiled shyly at him "hi" said Peter "hi, i have got the electricians in!" said Assumpta "so i noticed" laughed Peter "lets go indoors" Peter said Peter took her hand and led her indoors and kissed her tenderly. "i have been waiting for that all day , can i have another one?" said Assumpta " what if somebody sees us assumpta?" " oh your embarassed to be seen with me now?!" and she laughed at peter's striken face as he tried to fumble an apolgy " no...... i ment....... im not.." Assumpta pulled peter towards her and they kissed again " i love you assumpta you must know that" "i know i love you too" and he kissed her on the forehead. at that point Niamh came in. she was unaware of her best friends developing relationship with the soon to br ex priest. they quickly took their arms from each others waist and Peter prayed she had not seen them "well you finally got the electricians in then!" said Niamh "yeah and they where half an hour late so they need not think im paying full price" said Assumpta as Peter sighed a huge sigh of relif "trying to get a early pint father?" enquired Niamh "er..no i had better go i have a meeting with father mac" and he looked at Assumpta and Assumpta smiled back and he left. "He left a bit sharpish" said Niamh " well y'know things to do father mac to meet" " ah yeah!" said Niamh with a smile on her face "whats that ment to mean" " i did not come down in the last shower" "what?!" said a shocked Assumpta " i have eyes i saw his arms around your waist, and the way you two where looking at each other" Assumpta avoided Niamhs gaze " im not stupid whats going on" Assumpta could not hold it in anymore, " ok ok....this is the biggest secret, you can't tell anyone ,not even Ambrose , ok do you understand?" "yes yes i understand!!" " well Peter and i... well .. we are .. in love" said Assumpta shyly "WHAT?!" " We are in love there i said it i love him and he loves me" beamed Assumpta Niamh smiled " that great, really great" but then her face dropped " he is our priest though...." " thats why he has gone to see father mac" " so what is he gonna do for a job?" they both looked at each other and said "barwork!" they fell about laughing. " at least you have finally got it together" " i beg your pardon?" " i have seen the way you two look at each other " " we only got together yesterday" " oh its been coming for a long time i have known it you look at him like he was sugar coated!" "well...i.." " and as for Peter he dosen't come in here just for the beer!" Assumpta could not belive what Niamh was saying she thought she had concealed her feelings. Niamh smiled one of her smiles. Peter knocked at the door , his tummy was in knots "come in peter what can i do for you?" " I need to tell you something and i promise you aren't going to like it" " oh? " " well i have had a long hard think and i have decided to leave the priesthood" Peter said with confidence " why would you want to leave?" said an unsurprised father mac" " well im in love with someone and we want to spend the rest of our lives together" " in love?" " very much so" " i dont need to ask who to, I have seen this coming a long time" said a very stern father mac " i urge you to think about this Peter,its a huge step, and think about the bad publicity for the catholic church" " all i know is that i love assumpta fitzgerald and she loves me and we want to get married " it felt so good to say it to someone else thought Peter " i dont need to think it through i have had a whole lifetime of thinking things through" " very well, it goes without saying that i am not pleased, i just want you to do whats best" sighed father mac " i will" said Peter. Assumpta was setting up the bar for the evening shift at fitzgeralds when Peter came in. they looked straight in to each others eyes and smiled. Peter went round to the bar and put his arms around her waist. "well i have done it, i have told father mac " " what did he have to say ?!" " he thinks i should think about what i am doing" " and?" " I love you so much more than life itself, i just want to be with you, I dont love god any less im just not a priest any more" Assumpta softly touched his cheek and ran her fingers through his hair, she had dreamed of moments like this and now they are happening. They kissed until they needed air " the punters will be here soon" blushed Assumpta " i know , can i stay?" " of course you can , don't you be going anywhere" smiled Assumpta Peter kissed her on the forehead and she got back to work. The evening seemed to drag for peter and Assumpta , all they wanted to do is spend some time alone together. Niamh couldn't help but stare at them all night, she smiled at each loving gaze they gave each other, completley unaware of their obvoiusness, luckily no one had noticed yet. " Hey Assumpta, your in a world of your own tonight" called padraig "huh?" " i asked for another stout about 2 hours ago!" " Ah you did not " " i may as well have done " laughed Padraig " 1 stout coming up" said Assumpta sarcastically Brendan and Siobhan had also noticed an atmosphere " it like spring has sprung in here!" Siobhan said " really i hadn't noticed" sighed Assumpta " of course you haven't your away with the fairies" smiled Padraig Niamh gave Assumpta one of her looks "Assumpta has got a new man!" Niamh sais slyly "Niamh!!" shouted Assumpta and she shota really disaproving look at her " really?, who is he and what is he like?" said Siobhan Peter was at the end of the bar and he had turned very red. "The truth is you all know him quite well" said Assumpta " oh? " said Brendan Assumpta looked at Peter and nodded for him to come over, she held out her hand and he took it and squeezed it tightly. The whole bar fell silent and you could hear a pin drop. They where all stunned apart from Niamh Assumpta kissed a shocked Peter and all everyone could do was watch in amazement Brendan smiled " at last" he exclaimed and everyone started to agree with him. " phew thank god everyone hasn't mobbed me and told me what a bad idea it was!" said a very relived Peter Assumpta smiled "I love you, Peter Clifford" she said and she put her arms around his waist. He returned her affection with some of his own. " i love you too and don't you ever forget that" and he kissed her properly. " and you can look forward to more of that" he said they smiled at each other " good!" she said back and they kissed again.