"Sean!" Amy called out from behind the door. The fear in her voice was apparent.

"I'm here, Amy," Sean said, "and you're going to be okay."

Amy had every reason to be afraid. She was in their room by herself and her dress was on fire. She'd tried to take it off, only to find herself unable to do so without help. Since they were on the fifth floor, the only way to get to her was through the door. Naturally, it would not open. Sean had called for help, but there was no telling how long it would take for them to respond.

"Sean," Amy said. "There's another balcony near our room. Could you go out on it? I'd like for us to be able to see each other."

"Amy?" Sean replied. He didn't like where this was going.


"Alright." He did as she asked, and waited for her. Moments later, she came out as well. "Is this okay?" he asked.

"Yes," she said. "This is much better."

"How did this happen?"

"It was the fireplace. I went over to it to warm up, and I got too close to the flame. Wasn't that stupid?"

"To be fair, that sounds like something I would do."

"You'd wear a wedding dress?"

"NO! What I mean is-"

That was as far as he got before they both started laughing. For a few brief moments, they forgot the situation they were in. That did not last, however. Soon, Amy was all too aware of the flames working their way up her dress. At least she was able to remove her veil before it could have a chance to catch fire. Still, it wouldn't be long before the flames engulfed her.

"Sean..." Amy said. She might not get another chance to say this.

Sean didn't let her finish. "I don't want to hear it!" he said. "I'm not going to lose you! I can't lose you! Not like this!"

"Nevermind," Amy said. "You're right, we shouldn't give up just yet."

There was no further need for them to say anything.

Finally, they heard a sound coming from the room. Amy went back inside as Sean rushed into the hall. He got there to see the door had been broken down. When he managed to get inside he saw the fire had been put out, and two men were tending to her. She was seriously burned, but she was going to live.

Later, after she had been taken to the hospital, one of the men talked with Sean.

"Y'know," he said, "you should be proud of what you did."

"What are you talking about!?" Sean said. "All I could do was stand there as she burned!"

"If you hadn't been there, who knows what would've happened. Your being there may have stopped her from doing something foolish. Now, go see her. She could use some company right about now."

A month later, as Sean and Amy got back from their honeymoon, he decided to finally bring up a topic that had been bothering him since their wedding day.

"Y'know, when you wanted us to go onto those balconies?" he said. "Be honest, you really thought that would be our last chance to see each other, didn't you?"

"That may have been part of it," Amy said. "I really shouldn't have asked it of you. You didn't need to see me like that."

"On second thought, let's talk about something else. When we have kids, do you have any names picked out?"

"How about we discuss it tonight over dinner."

And they began their new life together.