“Scott and Cassie, we have an amazing gift for your son!” Cam Hartman, the host of Forever and Ever, a long-running reality dating show, produced a tiny guitar. “So he can be a musician just like daddy.”
“Thanks, Cam. I love it.” Cassie rubbed her six-months-pregnant belly.
Scott and Cassie, as Forever and Ever’s only success story, were beloved. Every other Forever and Ever couple had only lasted a few months. Scott and Cassie were the only ones who’d made it down the aisle.
“You’re quite welcome, guys!” Cam faced the cameras. “The reunion continues next with our newest couple, Tracey and Rick!”
Cassie and Scott made their way backstage, passing an arguing Tracey and Rick in the hall. Jack, the executive producer of the show, handed Scott an envelope with a wink.
At the hotel, in front of a roaring fireplace, they opened it, their eyes widening at the number of zeroes on the check. Their son would want for nothing. They toasted their friendship with sparkling cider as Cam’s gift burned to ash.