Book 2 in the Lust, Desire, and Love Trilogy
(yes, that's a real wedding invitation for my characters)
Abby protested the walk down the aisle by herself. Let me rephrase that, Abby threw an absolute fit and refused to walk by herself. The planner was at a complete loss. She tried so hard to convince Abby she was a big girl and she could do it, but she was just wasting her breath. Abby refused to walk without holding my hand. It didn’t bother me. I wanted her to be part of this day, our day, and she would be. When the wedding march began playing, and it was time for me to walk in with Jim, Abby held my hand on the opposite side from him. Not one flower petal was thrown, but I didn’t care. I thought it was even better walking down the aisle holding her little hand. After all, she was a big part of us all, Jeff included now.
Gary sat next to Mom and frowned when our eyes met. I hoped he didn’t feel bad because Bianca wasn’t able to walk with Abby, or because Abby was walking with me. I loved walking down the aisle holding my little girls hand.
My mom swooped Abby up, causing her to screech, then laugh, when we made it almost all the way to the gazebo.
I had been so distracted by Abby, I hadn’t gotten a good look at Jeff until now. When our eyes connected, I knew marrying him was right. After Jim handed me over, Jeff assisted me with getting up the steps onto the platform beside him. He held my hand and my gaze. I mouthed I love you to him. He smiled and did the same back. My heart fluttered. He had never mouthed or said those three words to me before. My smile widened across my face as the tears streamed freely.
The great thing about the justice of the peace was the ceremony wasn’t dragged out. The longest part was the exchanging of our vows. We both poured our hearts out to each other in front of our family and closest friends. I could have screamed my love for him from the highest mountain to the world. My tears flowed throughout the entire ceremony, and Jeff continued to wipe them away for me with a tissue he drew out of his pocket.
Finally, the words I had been waiting to hear were uttered by the officiant, “I now pronounce you husband and wife. Jeff, you may kiss your bride.”
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