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Forever WENN

By Rita Widmer

Disclaimer: All characters belong to the people of WENN. The story is mine to tell.

Warning: Could be a tearjerker!

Betty Roberts was writing scripts. She could hear the storm outside. A knock at the door made her jump. "Come on in."

"Hi, Betty. You arenít afraid of the storm, are you?" asked Scott, walking in.

"Donít you wish!" exclaimed Betty. They were dating since he told her he loved her.

"Betty, I'd like to talk to you about something personal. Will you...?" started Scott, but the lights suddenly went out.

"Scott, there should be a flashlight in the cabinet behind you, and I'll go get some candles."

"I've found it. Oh, there you are. Can you find the candles?"

"Here they are. What were you going to ask me earlier?"

"I was wondering if you would become Mrs. Sherwood?"

"You have a brother who wants to marry me?"

"No, I want to marry you."

"Of course I'll marry you, silly!"

Scott leaned over and kissed her long and passionatly. When they broke apart, they just stood there holding each other.

"We'd better go find the others. They're probably in total darkness," Betty said, lighting a candle and setting it down on the desk.

"Wonít they be surprised when we tell them we're going to get married?"

"They will, indeed!"


"Hi, guys," said Betty, heading into the Green Room with Scott at her side.

"Where have you two been? We donít have any candles or flashlights in here," complained Hilary Booth.

"We were in the Writerís Room deciding to get married," said Scott.

"Youíre kidding?!" asked Mackie.

"No, we arenít. Weíve been dating since July," said Betty.

"Congratulations!" everyone exclaimed.

Finally, the lights came back on and everyone decided to go home for the night.


That night Betty tried to go to sleep, but something bothered her. She couldn't figure out what it was. A knock at the door startled her. "Telephone call for you, Miss Roberts. He says it very important," said her landlady through the door.

"Iíll be right down," said Betty, getting on her robe and heading downstairs.

"Hello," said Betty on the phone.

"Betty, the station is on fire!"

"Who is this?"

"This is Scott, your fiance."

"Scott, what happened?"

"One of the candles must not have been blown out and caught it fire on something!"

"Are you there now?"

"No, but Iím on my way. Do you want me to pick you up?"

"Swell! Iíve missed the last trolley until 3:15."

"Iíll be there in fifteen minutes. Bye."


"Is something wrong, Miss Roberts?" asked the landlady.

"WENN is on fire!"

"Oh, no!"

"Yes, but I have to go get dressed. Scott will be here any second."

"Heís such a nice man. You should catch him before anyone else does."

I think I already have. He asked me to marry him today."




Betty and Scott rode in his car to WENN. They could see the smoke a few blocks away. Bettyís eyes filled with tears. They drove in silence.

Finally, they got there. All the WENN staff was there, just watching. The sponsers had been notified. No one said anything.

Betty walked up to Victor, who was standing all alone. They hugged each other, not needing to say anything, because they know how each other felt about the station.

Victor hadn't been there during the blackout. Scott didnít like how Betty was just giving Victor comfort. He walked over and they broke apart. She ran to Scott and hugged him and gave hime a short kiss.


Everyone headed home, except Scott and Betty, who werenít tired. They headed to an all night restaurant.

"Betty, I cannot believe that WENN burned down. We may have to look for new jobs if Ms. Redmond decides not to rebuild. Even if she does, we may be out of jobs for a while," said Scott.

"I know, but what are trying to tell me?" asked Betty.

"Maybe we should hold off getting married until we're both back on our feet again."

"We can, if you think it's the best thing to do."

"Betty, you really donít want to, do you?"

"No, do you?"

"No, of course not. I love you!"

"Let's go get married now!"


The next day the gang met to discuss what happened. Ms. Redmond had agreed to rebuild the station. They walked into the station.

Gertieís desk was no longer existed. In Studio A, a WENN part of a microphone, and the keys to the organ still shined. That was pretty much all that was left of the station.

Everyone was crying by the time they left the old station. Scott and Betty were holding on to each other. When the rest of the group noticed the wedding rings on both of their hands, they turned to address the happy couple.

"Whatís with the rings?" asked Hilary.

"We got married last night. Actually, more like today. A last minute thing," said Betty.

"Well, something good came out of this fire," said Mackie sarcastically.

"Thank you so much," said Scott. "Mackie, settle down. We were engaged already, but we needed each other last night," argued Betty.

"Betty's right. They were engaged and they needed each other. If I was them, I probably would do the same thing," said Hilary.

"Everything is going to be all right. We may have to get other jobs for a while until WENN is rebuilt, but we will be back to work soon," said Victor.


That night everyone gathered at the Sherwoods' house for a farewell dinner. Betty had actually cleaned up the place.

"I'd like to make a toast to my wife, Betty Sherwoood. Also to everyone here who makd the station what it was," said Scott. Everyone took a drink.

The party was really fun, but when it was over, everyone was sad. They didnít know when they would see each other again. They all hugged and kissed good - bye. "Forever WENN in our hearts," said Scott.


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