Chapter 10: Toasts, Dinner, and Dancing
"Hey when do the toasts start?" I ask him. I have decided that it would be the perfect opportuninty to tell Mom and George how sorry I am about acting like a brat when I first found out about the wedding and how happy I am for them. I want this day to be perfect for them and I don't want my mom to have any regrets.
"Right before dinner starts. Why?" Ty answers.
"I have to make sure that my mom and George understand that I truly meant it when I apologized to them and that I'm glad that they are getting married and I want them to be happy. I acted like a real jerk when they first broke the news to me. Now, I feel really guilty about it," I admit.
"You're right you did act like jerk and you should tell them that you are okay with everything now,"Ty replies. I know that he is still kind of upset that I acted so badly and he is probably mad at me. I just glance up at his face quietly, not saying anything. I can tell that he sees that I'm upset now. "Hey, cheer up. I was just agreeing with you because I think that it is great that you are okay with everything now and want to make sure that they know that."
"Yeah, I feel really guilty. I realized that during their wedding," I admit sheepishly.
"So that's what you were thinking about the whole time," he laughs.
"Yeah, so. Why is that so funny? I'm being serious. I reallly hurt their feelings."
"You just looked like you were concentrating really hard durning the wedding and weren't really paying attention. When your mom first tried to hand you her flowers you didn't pay any attention and that made everyone laugh," he explains. "I'm sorry though. It isn't funny. Do you forgive me?"he kids.
"Of course I forgive you. Come on, let's get back to the table. I think it is almost time to start the toasts and dinner." Ty smiles. "Please tell me that you are smiling because you are forgiven and not because we are going to eat dinner."
"Of course it is because you forgave me." I glare at him, knowing that he isn't telling the truth. "Okay, so maybe it is because we are going to eat dinner. That doesn't matter though because I'm glad that I am forgiven and I still love you." He smiles, trying to get me to forget about it.
"Do you love me more than the food?" I tease. He just nods. "I don't know if I believe you but I love you too. And your stomach that you are so concerned about." He laughs as I lead him back to the tables.
"Hey, where did you two go?" my mom asks as we sit down. Waitresses are bringing out champagne and glasses for the toasts. Also, chefs are bringing out the food and serving carts and are waiting in the back until the toasts are over. I catch Ty eyeing them and can't help laughing under my breath. Typical guy. He's only concerned about food.
"We were just walking around," Ty answers, not turning to face my mom. Finally, everyone has a glass filled with champagne. Only the really little kids have don't have champagne. Instead they have apple juice. George clanks his knife against his glass, ready to begin the toasts. Everyone quiets down and looks at him.
"Well, I will go ahead and start the toasts that way we can all start eating. I know we are all very hungry. Probably not as hungry as my friend Ty, seeing that he is practically drooling from looking at the food over there," George says. Everyone just laughs quietly, not really finding it that funny. But then Ty's stomach growls and it is loud and even louder since the room is quiet. This gets everyone laughing really hard, and Ty turns a deep red and hides his eyes in embarrasement. I can't help laughing and Ty glares at me.
"Anyway, I would like to make a toast to my new and our life together. I hope it is perfect and full of good memories. I love you, Alison," George says. Everyone claps as he sits down and then we all take a sip of our champagne. I shiver at the bitter taste but ignore it. A few more people stand up and make toasts and after every one people touch their glasses together and then take a sip. After a while I get used to the taste but I still don't like it. Finally, after someone nobody else stands up so I stand up and get ready to make the last toast. Mom and George stare up at me and smile. So does Matt and Ty.
"I'll try and be fast for Ty's sake that way he can start eating," I say. I have to pause because everyone is laughing. Ty is glaring at me, apparently not happy that I had embarrassed him more. Sorry, Ty. I just couldn't resist. "Okay, so anyway. Here goes my actual toast. Mom. George. I'm sorry about how I acted when you first told me that you guys were getting married. I acted like a baby and a brat. I actually acted like something worse but I won't use the same word that someone used to describe it since there are little kids in the room. I feel really bad and I'm so sorry. I don't know if you believed me then when I appologized then but I really did mean it and I do now too. Ithink you guys are perfect for each other. George, I have never seen my mom so happy since you came into the picture. Thank you so much. I know that you have made it easier for her to get over the past year and her divorce. You mean so much to her and to me. Thank you. To the bride and groom." Everyone toasts one final time and drink the rest of their champagne.
"Thank you," Mom whispers. I nod and look over at Ty. The anger and embarrassment have left his eyes and now they are filled with praise. He mouths good job and I smile. I look at Matt and Sadie and both of them look proud too. I glance over at George and he is smilng more then I have ever seen before. It makes me smile too. I am so glad that they are happy with my toast and they know how I feel. Ty tugs on my arm and starts to stand up.
"Come on, the toasts are over so lets go get some food,"he says eagerly. He pulls me towards the table covered in food. I follow silently, still lost in my thoughts.
I don't pay much attention to the conversation during dinner. Also, Ty doesn't say much because he is too busy eating. When pretty much everyone finishs, the DJ announces that it was time for the bride's and groom's special dance and after that the floor will be open to anybody.
George twirls Mom around and they look so cute together. I am really happy for her. I can't wait till that is me someday dancing with my husband. They finish dancing and everybody heads out to join them on the dance floor. I watch Matt and Sadie twirl around and also Luke and Ashley along with a bunch of other couples. I sigh in contentment and notice that Ty is standing over me.
"Hey," I say, still lost in my thoughts.
"Hey. Do you want to dance or did you eat to much and now you can't move?" he asks teasingly.
"No, I can move. I'd love to dance." He gives me his hand and helps me to my feet. He leads me to a spot on the dance floor. Ty puts his arms around my waist and I rest my hands on his shoulders. Ty starts twirling us around like the other couples.
"So, are you mad at me for making that little joke?" Iask.
"No. I got my dinner and I know that you didn't mean any harm," he replies. We are staring into each others eyes, acting like we are the only ones alive.
"That's good. Why were you so hungry anyway?"I ask curiously. Ty hardly evers has such a big appetite and he never thinks about food as much as he did tonight.
"Well, I didn't have time to eat lunch or snack before the wedding when I got home from your house. And this morning when your mom made breakfast I didn't really eat because I didn't feel like eating this morning after last night.
"Oh, I see. I'm sorry for teasing you so much then." I feel really bad now.
"Don't worry about it." I rest my head on his chest and holds me tighter. "So, what do you think about your mom being married again?" he asks. I know that he was uncomfortable with the silence. Married again. Again. Again. The words repeat over again and again in my head. I think back to the last time I saw my dad. It was a little over a year ago.
A sudden wave of sadness rushes over me. No! I can't be sad! I'm supposed to be over this! I'm supposed to be and be thinking about Mom and George! I never even got to say good-bye to my dad and that makes everything worse. It was the day that made Mom available for George to date, the last day that I would ever see my dad, and the day that I met Ty. I can feel tears starting to build up in my eyes. There are too many of them and I can't hold them in any longer. They start to escapre and are salty as the run down my cheeks.
"Kaitlin, I'm sorry. I should have worded that differently. I should have thought more and knew that would make you think about the, well, you know."
"Ty, you can say the word divorce."
"I'm sorry," he apologizes again. He reaches up to wipe away my tears with the sleeve of his tuxedo.
"Ty, please don't." He drops his arm immediately and stands still, frozen. "No, I don't mean that." I start making him dancing again and move his hand back up to face. He rests it there for a minute and then continues to wipe away the tears. "I meant stop apologizing. It isn't your fault. You didn't even say anything that should have bugged me. I need to get over the divorce and I don't know why I'm being so emotional."
"No, you don't have to be over it completely. In fact, you never do. It is a hard thing to face and it has only been a year." I nod.
"I'm glad that my mom is finally Mrs. Alison Johnson to answer your question," I reply, smiling. I hope that maybe that will lighten the mood a little.
"Yeah, I think she is too," he replies, laughing. He bends down and starts to kiss me. We keep dancing to the next three songs. We only stop to rest and for Ty to get us some punch.
While I am sitting a cute guy who looks about my age comes up to me. "Umm, would you like to dance?" he asks. I look at him and before Ican think of any way to say no without hurting his feelings, Ty comes up.
"Sorry, but she's taken." The boy looks at him in confusion. "What I mean is, sorry but she's mine." And to convince him Ty bends down and gives me a gentle kiss on the lips. I can't help smiling. The boy apologizes and then hurries off.
"Ty, that was so mean!"
"Sorry, but I don't like other guys trying to hit on my girl," he says with a smile. I just smile and take the punch from him.
"Kaitlin, wake up," I hear someone's voice while they shake me. I look up and see Ty standing over me with his hands on my shoulders.
"Where are we?" I ask. I was nice and warm and really comfortable.
"We are in Matt's car. You fell asleep at the table during the reception. Remember you were leaning against me while the married couples were dancing. You fell asleep while Iwas talking to you. Your mom and George left for Hawaii. I woke you up to say good-bye. You were able to stay awake long enough to get to the car but you passed out the minute Matt started driving. You were pretty worn out I guess," Ty answers and smiles down at me. I remember leaning my head on his shoulder once we got into Matt's slick, red mustang convertible but Ididn't know that I had fallen asleep.
"Oh, thanks for letting me sleep. I guess I really was tired,"I answer drowsily.
"Yeah. Come on, I'll help you inside. You're grandparents are already here waiting for you."
"Why are they here? And did Matt already drop Sadie off?" I ask.
"They are here to stay with you and Matt while your mom and George are in Hawaii. And yes, Matt dropped Sadie off before coming here. Come on now, let's go inside where it's warmer." Ty leans inside the car more and helps me sit up.
"Why didn't he drop you off?" I ask while I grab my coat and purse off Matt's black leather seats.
"Matt called my dad and asked if it was okay if I just stayed the night here. My dad said it was fine. Matt tried to see if Sadie could also stay but her mom made her come home."
"Oh, that sucks that Sadie couldn't stay, but I'm glad you could," I reply.
"Yeah, me too." Ty reaches inside the car and grabs my hand. He helps me out of the car and pulls me into the cold night. He wraps his arm around my waist and leads me inside my house.
"Hi, Kaitlin. Hi, Ty," my grandma greets us as we walk inside.
"Hi. Did Grandpa already go to bed?" I ask.
"Yeah, he's asleep in your mom's room. I'm going to bed now too. Goodnight kids."
"Goodnight," Ty and I call after her together. I am glad that she doesn't want to stay up late talking. I am way to tired. Ty leads my toward my bedroom. He kisses me goodnight and then heads out to the living room to make his bed on the couch. Well, Mom's wedding turned out pretty good. I can't hold my eyes open any longer and decide that it is okay to sleep.