up and smiled. I get married today. Nick was already up and out of
bed. A few seconds later I heard the door knob turning. I pretended
to be asleep. I felt him sit on the bed, and his fingers in my hair,
"Wake up, baby. We get married today."
stretched and opened my eyes, "I know you."
brought you breakfast."
he's good. "I'm starving. You're kid is hungry too."
the tray in my lap, "I brought enough for the three of us."
cleaned up his cooking while he showered then I showered. We had agreed on
no sex until after the wedding. We agreed on that after we had sex last
night. I'm not crazy.
Tracie got there and
chased him from the room for the last hour. She
was my maid of honor. AJ was standing up for Nick.
the kids away from the house. AJ called and gave me the go ahead to bring
them once he had Nick inside away from windows. We had about 15 minutes to
chill and for the kids to talk to their dad. Jane never showed.
get out there. Nothing fancy, just out friends standing around on the
beach. Once I get out there Tracie and Lee will come down. AJ and I
were laughing as we headed down to the beach. He smacked me in the chest,
"Hey, look who's here!"
looked up to where my friends were, and saw my family. Aaron had the
biggest grin. I took off for them and they all wrapped their arms around
me. I was crying, "I'm so glad you guys are here!" I saw
my dad. I knew he was coming, "Thank you, dad."
shook his head, "Don't think me. I didn't do it."
pointed, "Kevin talked to mom, and flew in to get us last night."
shrugged his shoulders, "Least I could do."
walked over and hugged him, "Thank you so much, bro. You have no idea
how much I appreciate this."
"Hate to break this up, but there's a bride coming." AJ handed
me Lee's ring, "Maybe you should have someone else be in charge of
this." He motioned to Aaron.
smiled and took the ring, "Yeah." I looked over at Aaron then
turned back around, "Kevin, please?"
"Lee, you need to get over here."
"It's bad luck." I didn't move.
"Oh shut the fuck up. Trust me you wanna see this."
walked over just in time to see Nick and his brother and sisters in a big group
hug, "Oh shit, how did that happen. Oh damn, I'm gonna cry.
put her arms around me, "Kevin took care of it. That's why he had to
leave the boat yesterday, he went out to California to get them so Jane couldn't
"Damn that big fucker! I'm gonna have to kiss him."
backed up, "I think the weddings off."
"Nick is proposing to Kevin."
expect this, "Nick, don't you think Aaron would make a good best man."
He shook his head,
"Sure, but I want you. I can't thank you enough."
determined to make it through this wedding without crying. I've blown it
and the thing hasn't even started, "It's your wedding. Whatever you
He threw his arms around
me, "Good! Where are they? Let's go."
I pulled out my phone and
called Tracie's cell, "The groom wants the
bride down here."
"Yes, sir. We
saw it all. Should I bring you some Kleenex?"
"Damn, Trace, I
didn't expect that."
"I know, baby.
You're wonderful. That's why I love you."
"I love you
Nick ripped the phone
away, "Enough. You guys can do that later. Bring me my
bride!!" He hit the end button and handed it back to me, "Sorry,
I laughed, "No
day of my life. My real family is here because my other family made it
happen. It couldn't get any better. Mom not being here is probably a
blessing. I don't have to listen to any of her shit.
look at her. Beautiful. That's my bride. I could feel the huge
grin plastered on my face. She had on an ankle length dress, not quite
white. I could tell she was pregnant. I love that belly. I
don't remember much of the ceremony. I remember repeating some stuff about
not cheating, and being poor and sick. I
said "I do" at some point. Kevin elbowed me and gave me the
ring. Then I got to kiss her.
Good thing Howie taped
it. I'll watch it later and see what I promised to do, and not to do.
gorgeous. I get to keep him. He was completely out of it. I
could have gotten him to promise anything. I couldn't stop looking around
at the family with us. Aaron stood there with a smile that was identical
to Nick's. His dad looked proud. BJ, Angel, and Leslie held hands
and mouthed everything we said to each other. AJ kept shaking his
head. Brian was quiet and seemed a little sad. I winked at him and
he smiled. Howie kept the camera steady, and a smile on his face.
Kevin stood beside Nick. He kept wiping away tears with the tissue that
Tracie had brought down, and looking at her. Tracie never took her eyes
off of him, either. These would be the people who would see us through