That thought stayed in my head all day, especially as I arrived at Green Park in London, dressed in a long blue gown, searching for the final clue of my adventure, with Buckingham Palace in view. This was the final stop in my day of surprises.
It had all begun that morning when I was sitting in my room in Oxford, England, where I had been studying abroad for a semester. I heard an unknown cell-phone ringing, a ring predicting the rest of the day, and jumped up to find the source of the noise hidden in my pillow, with a note attached. The note told me to go make oatmeal and I would find my first clue. Inside the bag of oatmeal I found an iPod turned to a playlist of messages and songs of faith in Jesus which had meant a lot to both of us. On the phone, which simply said “Skype calling,” I heard Jeff (now my fiance’!) on the other end, asking “Are you ready for your adventure?” Assuming he was calling from Skype in the USA.
“Of course,” I said yes and he gave me the second clue of the day, “Go to the Oxford library to the very top floor and find the book that you once used to make a birthday movie for me,” he said. I rushed to the library, found the book, and inside was a set of keys and a letter which concluded: “I can offer you these keys in order to complete the adventure, but only you get to decide how it ends.” From there I went to the bus station for my hour and a half trip into London. On the bus I listened to the iPod as the card had instructed me. When I had almost arrived, Jeff called me again (from his own cell phone), giving me directions to the travel station where my next clue would be. Behind the station, I found a canteen bike-locked to the fence. I used my first key to open it and inside was a bag with the next clue.
I threw all the clues into the bag and went to “The Iron Duke,” a restaurant where he had set up a reservation for me. They brought me a book of “Love Poems” of the poet I was currently studying, which I unlocked. He instructed me not to bring any money for the day so inside was a credit card in my name with a picture of Jeff and I on it along with a note instructing me to use it to pay for my lunch, and then continue on to the British Museum. I followed the clues to the Museum bookstore, and behind a stack of Babylon books I found my next package, a book with a picture of the world on it, also locked. I sneaked out of the bookstore, James Bond style, with a huge book under my arm. Sitting in the cafeteria, I unlocked the “world-book” to find a DVD player inside set to play the first of four clips, movies in which Jeff had re-enacted stages of our relationship since our first meeting to our last encounter interspersed with pictures and movie clips of me. From there I was instructed to find the flower stand outside of Herrod’s, the major department store in London.
The lady at the stand gave me a little chest which I unlocked with my second to last key to find two tickets to the show “Les Miserables,” and a baggage claim token to Herrod’s. I took the token to the Baggage counter and they gave me a long, elegant blue dress which Jeff had picked out for me, a white jacket and silver shoes. Fully dressed, I arrived in Green park which was my final destination and sought out my next clue of a statue with a white rose on it. As I wandered around in the park, searching for the statue, I received a final call from Jeff, asking if I had found it yet. I told him I was a little lost, at which point I turned around to see him approaching me in a tuxedo and white rose in hand; he had come to rescue his girl.
After I recovered from my shock of seeing him in London, he told me I had one key left which I could use to decide how this adventure would end, a key only I held. He got on one knee and pulled out a tiny white box with a lock on it. After expressing his deep affection for me he presented me with the last element of the adventure asking if I would like to use my key to answer his question: “Will you marry me?” I grabbed my key and said “yes!” We finished off the night by going to watch “Les Miserables.” From beginning to end I felt like I had experienced one day living in a movie!
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Jeff & Aubrey