THE DAVIS HOME
- LIVING ROOM
you, Douglas Foster Davis, take this woman, Thelma Lorraine Blake, to be your
lawfully wedded wife," the justice of the peace began. "To have
and to hold; to love, honor, and cherish; for richer, for poorer; in sickness
and in health; for better or worse; from this day forward; till death do you
Douglas beamed at his
bride. Despite the real reasons behind this marriage, he knew it was the
right thing to do. He knew that this marriage would be the best thing that
had ever happened to him. "I do."
"And do you, Thelma
Lorraine Blake, take this man, Douglas Foster Davis, to be your lawfully wedded
husband," the justice of the peace continued, "To have and to hold; to
love, honor, and cherish;
for richer, for poorer; in sickness and in health; for better or worse; from
this day forward; till death do you part?"
Lorraine stood in
silence. She wasn't sure if the knot in her stomach was the baby or her
own nerves. This wasn't how she'd always wanted her wedding to
be. She's always wanted a large church filled with flowers and friends and
family. Her own parents couldn't be there because it had been so
sudden. This was the wedding she should have had with Trevor...or
Patterson...not with Douglas, a man she didn't love. However, she
knew that the child she was carrying deserved to have a name...the name of its real
father. She swallowed hard and quickly glanced at Jillian who nodded
silently in an effort to urge her forward.
"Miss Blake, we're
waiting," the justice of the peace spoke up.
"Then, by the power
vested in me by the state of Illinois, I know pronounce you husband and
wife. What God hath joined together, let no man put asunder."
Awkwardly, Douglas and
Lorraine leaned in to one another to exchange their first kiss and seal their
union. The fact that it was the first time that they'd kissed since the
night their child was conceived was not lost on either one of them. Still
apprehensive, Lorraine prayed that she'd done the right thing.
Douglas!" Reginald spoke up as he gave his friend a hearty slap on the
back. "I have to admit that this was all sort of a shock, but I wish
you two all the best. I hope you're very happy together."
Reginald," Douglas smiled as he turned to shake his hand.
"Lorraine, are you
okay?" Jillian whispered into her ear. Lorraine nodded
silently. "I know this isn't what you'd always planned, but you did
the right thing."
"I don't know about
that," Lorraine mumbled.
"Yes, you did! You know
you did. You did the best thing for both you and your
baby." Jillian hugged Lorraine tightly. "Douglas is a
wonderful man. He's going to be an excellent husband and father. I
know you two aren't in love with each other now, but that will develop in
time. Just wait until you both hold that little baby in your arms.
Just give it a chance. Before you know it, this will be a marriage
based on love."
Lorraine nodded, but still had
her doubts. She looked over at Douglas who was all joyous smiles as he
chatted with Reginald and Grace. Silently, she prayed that Jillian was