Mitzi and Goldie’s reunion in San Francisco is filled with joy and sorrow. After an absence of 48 years time falls away as though they never parted. The dark cloud is an illness in his family.
The daily e-mails continue, more meaningful than ever, as Mitzi comforts and consoles Goldie. Their bond deepens, enhanced by the physical intimacy they have shared.
Goldie sends Mitzi two birthday gifts. Each element of the jewel is imbued with significance which he delineates, the circle of diamonds indicating they have come full circle, are joined together again. The second gift is a photo album Goldie made, recreating their history, with pictures of places in their home town. On the last photo, of his school locker, he writes “This is where we met between classes for 90 seconds, because we couldn’t bear to be apart”.
Mitzi breaks her foot. At home, in pain, she reflects on Goldie’s marital status and writes him an e-mail saying “In my experience married men don’t leave, they simply break your heart. Please don’t break my heart.” He takes offense that she would question his integrity and motivation and suggests they go on hiatus until he has progress to report. She is devastated, sends a flurry of e-mails, begs forgiveness. They continue stronger than before.
A new trip is planned, this time to Washington, D.C. It turns out to be both “heaven and hell”. It is heaven because the relationship is so strong, so close. He opens his heart about how bad his marriage is and his plans to end it. It is hell because they are both unwell.
He suggests a third trip, to Niagara Falls. She knows this is the trip that will make all the difference, will cement their God given union. Then the unthinkable happens.