The book store where they met closed two years ago, but the pages keep turning for Elizabeth and Spencer Bayless.
Elizabeth was 26, and a sales clerk at the Borders at 72nd and Dodge Streets in Omaha when they met in fall 1999.
She had worked there about a month when Spencer, 25 at the time, became a barista in the store's coffee shop.
They chatted a few times when Elizabeth would buy coffee during her breaks, and Spencer thought she was pretty with straight brown hair that fell to her shoulders.
She spoke in a strong, clear voice and seemed confident. Spencer liked that.
He wanted to ask her out, but needed the right moment.
He got off work one afternoon, and returned to the store in the early evening when Elizabeth was working at the store's information desk.
His plan was to ask her help looking for a book.
So he walked up to Elizabeth, but his mind blanked. He couldn't think of a book.
The only title that popped to mind was “Red Dragon,” a thriller by Thomas Harris. Spencer already owned the book, but he asked her help finding it anyway.
As they tracked down the book together, Spencer asked her out.
Elizabeth had enjoyed their chats at the store, and thought the broad-shouldered Spencer was a handsome guy.
So she said yes.
Spencer went ahead and bought the book because he didn't want Elizabeth to think he came to the store just to ask her out.
“I wanted it to look smooth,'' he said.
For their first date they ate dinner and played darts at a west Omaha bar and grill.
As they tossed darts, they laughed and teased each other about missed shots, and there were plenty.
First dates can turn awkward, but Spencer and Elizabeth felt comfortable, so they went out a few more times, and then a few more.
It turned out they had a lot in common.
Elizabeth, a former gymnast, and Spencer, who ran track in high school and college, liked staying active.
On one of their dates they bounced on trampolines at an indoor amusement center.
But the two bookstore employees also liked reading. Both loved thrillers and mysteries.
On May 27, 2001, they married in the backyard of her parents' Omaha home. Elizabeth's dad, an Episcopal priest who's now retired, officiated.
They were blessed with five children: twins Ben and Alexis, 4; Chase, 6; Parker, 8; and Jack, 9.
The whole family loves camping at Mahoney State Park, swimming and fishing.
Elizabeth is a stay-at-home mom, Spencer manages a retail store and they still like being active. Recently they started taking a martial arts class together.
They celebrated a dozen years of marriage in May, a relationship that all started with some quick thinking about a book title.