Alex Antoinchin, CTV Edmonton
Posted Thursday, 6 December 2018 10:59 PM MST
Last modified Thursday, 6 December 2018 11:02 AM MST
The saga of unopened verdict between two executions is finally over.
Thursday evening, in front of the crowd in St. Albert, Alta., Adrian Pierce watched the discovery of a gift that nearly 50 years ago gave him a former girlfriend.
On the scene, he handed Vicky Allen the little gift wrapped in a fallen fleet.
Prior to that, Pierce told CTV News that he dropped a gift under his family's Christmas tree since 1970, after Alan had split up with him – and then became a tradition. In 2017, he started looking for Alan.
One year later, she broke the gift to reveal a book: "Love Is" by New Zealand's cartoon designer Kim Grove.
As the crowd admired, the ex-couple embraced and kissed. At one point Allen grabbed the book back from Pierce, saying, "Do you write in it? Oh, I hope I do not write in it. Please do not let me write … I did not write in it!
He did not know what to expect.
"My wife thought it might be Archie's comic book from the 70s of the last century. I thought it might be like a wallet or … Victoria worked in the Canadian tire at that time, making $ 1.25 an hour, so I knew it would not be too complicated, "Pierce said.
"I'd go to a bookstore," Alan said of himself. – I had to understand. But my reading material had to be a bit more eclectic than that, of course, seriously. "Trout fishing in America" would be a good choice, would not it?
They date back in 1970, when Pierce was only 17 years old, still under his name, Mike.
Several years after Alan "discarded" Pierce, they both reunited but never felt the same chemistry. However, both said they were happy with how things turned out.
– We are in a fantastic place where everything you can feel is love – why am I sorry? Pierce asked.
Invoking her relationship at high school with love, Allen said, "I have no regrets, I like Mike and I adore his wife and I have four great kids.
Although Allen called Pierce's "absolute nuts" that he had kept the present for so long, he said he planned to arrange the gift and its wrapping paper to celebrate the experience.
And before the night was over, Pierce struggled.
"This is the gift I probably would give you 47 years ago," he said, submitting his old flame. She did not wait 47 years to open it. There was a cigarette box inside, because they were both smokers in the 1970s, Pierce added.
The opening of the gift doubled as a book for The 47 Year Old Present, and the proceeds of the event's tickets were donated to Edmonton's Christmas Bureau.