Wedding bells

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Status: In Progress  |  Genre: Literary Fiction  |  House: Vintage Publishing


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Submitted: September 19, 2017

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I had been already staring at my reflection from my bathroom mirror for a solid ten minutes now. I wasn’t sure what I was expecting to find within my eyes. Hair was combed back, my shirt was ironed, my pants zipper was up; I was looking pretty sharp. I knew I had to get going if I 
didn’t want to be late. I needed to pick up Katherine from church before she had an angry mob of guests behind her.
Katherine is supposed to get married today to a man she has claimed for months she does not love. She says she was pressured into the sudden engagement. And I believe her, she’s a sweet girl whom I happen to love very much. 
Truth is, Katherine has been planning to leave her future husband ever since we met and she had not found the right time. She chose today to be the day she’d finally leave him; on the day of their very wedding.
This wedding was planned to be pretty spectacular by her parents who dote over her future husband. Katherine says she didn’t have the courage to break her parents’ heart.
I met her a little over six months ago in a nearby coffee shop. The place was crowded and I didn’t have anywhere to sit and since I saw her alone and sad I asked if I could share the table with her. That was my excuse to approach her. As I sat with her, it didn’t take long for the both 
of us to open up to each other and relay personal things. It was a quick move, I know. But that 
is how my twisted relationship with Katherine is—quick. 
We spent weeks together before she confessed about being engaged to another man. I was so heartbroken, I was beginning to fall for her and now I knew it was wrong. 
In the beginning I was pretty upset and visibly angry. How could she fool me like this? Why would she put me in this position, feeling terribly about sleeping with another man’s fiancée?
In time, and perhaps with Katherine’s Major in manipulation, I began to believe that she loved me and her impending marriage didn’t mean anything to her. And now, she was finally going to be free and I was to feel guilty no more, for I will be the only man in her life. I was going to pick her up from that church and take her away wherever she wanted. I was going to give her all I had and all this love I have been waiting to shout. Finally, it’s going to be just the two of us and nobody else was to interfere.
I took my car keys and quickly made my way to the church where she was to wait for me outside just before her “I do”.
As I slowly approached the church I got close enough to the curb of the sidewalk and my heart 
sank in my chest. ‘May God forgive me’, I thought. Was she even worth all this feeling of guilt?
But it was too late to reconsider. I quickly saw her running from the church with her beautiful white gown. The wind blew away her veil into the oblivion.
“Katherine wait! Don’t do this”, I heard someone behind her.
She spotted my car and quickly hopped in and I saw her nerve-wrecked.
This is really happening’, I thought to myself. 
“I did it, I did it, Josh!”
“I told you I would”.
“Yes, yes you did”, I said as I began to wonder and have second thoughts about this. Perhaps, this isn’t what I wanted. But she was already here and she embraced my right arm in excitement as I sped away.
“Stop the car; I think we are safe now. I am very excited and I need to kiss you and hug you, so stop the car”, she smiled. So I pulled over to the side of a residential road. I gazed at her, she looked so beautiful—I stole another man’s bride.
“Do you love me, Josh?” she asked me while staring into my eyes.
“Yes, Katherine”, I replied. But I wasn’t so sure now.
“I am pregnant with his child”, she murmured.
“Will you still love me, Josh?”
My eyes widened and I am completely stunned. This isn’t what I signed up for, but—what do I do now?
“Josh… will you still love me?”


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