Ruth, meanwhile, found herself increasingly attracted a work colleague.
Both now employed as Desk Jockeys, it was natural to spend time together outside work as well.
They talked about work, of course. Well, actually Ruth did most of the talking.
They were very content in one another's company.
The first time they actually had a "date" was at the liquor store's bar. The barman there only knew how to mix one drink. But they both found they liked it.
They started to talk about marriage. In a general way, of course. Nothing particular.
Ruth started to dress more carefully.