Around the Corner- 8 years later…..
do you take Barbara-"
over towards the priest, and whispered something quietly into his
wrinkly ear. Reverend Dempsey turned back, cleared his throat and
"Oh, okay. Do
you take Bubba to be your lawfully wedded wife?" Reverend
Dempsey asked, looking at Jim.
"I do" said Jim,
his green eyes fixed on Barbara's sparkling blue ones.
"And do you,
Bubba take Jim O'Reiley to be your lawfully wedded
"I do" replied
Barbara, longing for the next part of the Reverend's speech.
"And now Jim,
you may kiss the bride."
forward, placed one of his calloused hands to the back of
Barbara's stunning white dress, and gripped the other behind her
long chestnut hair. He moved Barbara's lipstick coated lips to
his, and kissed her like he never had before.
and guests clapped and clapped until their hands turned red.
Barbara could hear Thellie jumping about in her yellow, flowing
gown and Elaine in her red, checked frock, hooting loudly at Jim.
Joey was trying his best to applaud, while fiercely coughing
after his fight for survival against polio. Ma had big, salty
tears running down her thin face and Dad was wearing his large,
jolly smile. Sergeant Ryan had his muscular arm around Dulcie's
shoulder, her eyes reflecting her new found happiness. Behind
Barbara's family were friends from Poverty Gully, and even people
like Old Nicholson who were finally grinning.
Jim and Barbara
turned around, and walked happily down the centre aisle, being
pulled to a stop by guests trying to hug and kiss them from their
seats. As they finally released themselves from the people's
grasp, Barbara found herself in front of a shiny, glossed black
carriage, with two white horses at the front. A plump little man
wearing a tux and a spotty bow tie was sitting at the top holding
the orange, leather reins and a dangerous whip. Barbara's face
lit up like a sparkler as she let her happy, held back tears run
down her face. She was married to her one true love, her savior
and her friend.
Barbara off the ground, opened the wooden door and placed his new
wife inside. He quickly waved goodbye to the emotional faces
behind him, and got into the carriage himself.
Giddyup!"cried the controller, cracking his whip.
quickly moved their polished hooves, and began to trot away.
Barbara opened the window at her side of the cart, and stuck her
head outside. She could see everybody waving and smiling,
laughing and crying all at the same time. As her family slowly
started to become little dots far away from her, Barbara knew
that she wouldn't, and that she couldn't ever forget this