THE DAVIS HOME - LIVING ROOM
Grace Davis walked down the stairs, she heard her brother Douglas talking on the
telephone. Curious as to the nature of the call, she paused at the foot of
the stairs and listened closely.
"Yes, that's right," he said as he held the telephone receiver to his ear. "Well, I
know this is very short notice, but this needs to happen right away. I was
hoping that the justice of the peace would be available. Wonderful!
No, not a formal affair. It'll happen right here in my home."
"Douglas? What's going on?"
she spoke up, announcing her presence. "Why in the world are you
talking to a justice of the peace?"
He threw up his hand to indicate that he
would be with her in a moment and continued with his call. "Yes,
that's fine. Thank you very much. I'll see you then."
"Okay, now what's going on?" she
asked again as he hung up the phone. "What do you need a justice of
the peace for?"
"It all has to do with that big
surprise I told you and Trevor about." Douglas could barely contain
his joy as he walked over to his favorite chair and sat down.
"You know, I have been
wondering about that." She lifted her finger to her chin as she
thought. "I just don't have any idea what it could be."
She examined his expressions closely and let out a small laugh. "But
whatever it is, you sure are happy about it."
"Oh, Grace, I am," Douglas
smiled. "Come, sit down on the couch. There's something I need
to tell you."
"Alright." She looked at
him curiously as she took a seat and waited for him to reveal his big
news. "Now, what's got you in such a good mood? What's this big
Douglas took a deep breath and looked at
her very intently. "Now, what I'm about to tell you is a
secret. You can't tell anyone about this until after it happens and
I tell you it's okay. This is very important."
"O-okay." She kept her eyes
focused on him and waited for the news. He sure was acting awfully
mysterious about everything.
"Well, in just a few days, I'm getting
married." He leaned back into his chair as another smile spread
across his face. The look of surprise on Grace's face was exactly the look
She paused for a moment in shock as the news started to sink in. "To
whom? Who are you getting married to? You haven't been dating
anyone! You haven't even been on a date since Stephanie
Grace suddenly sat up, straight as a board, as her jaw dropped.
"You're not marrying her are you?"
"Oh, of course not! Don't be
silly." He chuckled slightly at the preposterousness of that
idea. "Do you think I've gone completely batty? I'm not
marrying Stephanie. I'm marrying Lorraine
"Lorraine?" Grace's jaw
dropped again. That was just as shocking as the idea that he would marry
Stephanie. "B-but I thought she was seeing Patterson? H-how are
you marrying Lorraine? Why are you marrying Lorraine?"
"Don't worry about that right
now. You'll find out everything soon enough." He smiled at her
again. "Just know that I'm the happiest right now that I think I've
ever been. I'm getting married to a wonderful woman and you're
finally reconnecting with our
"Douglas, don't bring Momma
up." Grace's eyes clouded over with the uncertainties she still had
about renewing her ties with their mother. "I-I don't feel like
"Okay," he relented. He was
in too good a mood to press the issue with her. "Now, remember, this
is just between us right now. You can't tell anyone about this, yet.
Not even Trevor."
"I understand." She
furrowed her brow and looked at him curiously again. "I
think." As Grace watched Douglas and the happiness that radiated from
him, she couldn't help but wonder about his sudden announcement. He was
going to marry Lorraine Blake in just a few days. Why so soon? Why
so suddenly? She thought intently about those questions, but realized that
she had no choice but to wait for the answers.