CHURCH - THE GROOM'S DRESSING ROOM
can't believe that I can't get this tie right," Reginald Callison grumbled
as he stared at himself in the mirror and made a face before ripping his bowtie
off in preparation to start again. "I've never had any trouble tying
one of these things before!"
"You've never gotten
married before, either," Trevor Callison commented as he leaned against the
wall and watched his older brother closely. "You're just
nervous. That's all."
"I don't know why I'm
nervous," Reginald sighed. "Jillian and I have been together for
a long time. I think we know each other better than anyone else in the
world. I don't know what I've got to be nervous about."
your wedding!" Patterson Monroe reminded as he walked up behind Reginald
and checked his own hair in the mirror. "It's a big day---one that'll
never happen again. Of course you're nervous."
"Well, I guess you're
right." Reginald finished re-tying his tie and stood back to examine
his reflection intently. It wasn't exactly the best job he'd ever done,
but it would do. Taking a deep breath, he turned to look at the other two
men in the room and smiled broadly. "Guys, I'm really glad that you
both agreed to be part of the wedding."
when you get asked to be your brother's best man, how can you turn it
down?" Trevor asked with a laugh.
"I just feel honored that
you wanted to include me as a groomsman," Patterson smiled.
"Well, Paddy, you mean a
lot to my family, and to me, for that matter." Reginald reached out
and grabbed both of them by the shoulders. "You're my best
friend. How could I not include you?" He paused and smiled
slyly. "I just expect you to return the favor when it's your
Patterson stammered and awkwardly looked away. "I really don't think
you have anything to worry about for a while. I'm not even...well..."
"As long as it's not
Stephanie," Reginald muttered and turned back to look at himself in the
mirror. "You can do much better than that and I just can't see myself
as part of her wedding, of all people."
Patterson blushed slightly and
turned away to hide his embarrassment. True, he'd found himself having
deep feelings for Reginald's ex, but they'd not even made anything that even
resembled an attempt at a relationship. No, Patterson and Stephanie had
only become good friends. Although Patterson wouldn't necessarily mind a
romantic involvement with her, he was certain that she wasn't interested and
that her feelings lay elsewhere. Well...he was fairly certain, at
knock," Charles Callison laughed as he tapped lightly on the door before
pushing it open and walking into the room closely followed by his wife Francis.
exclaimed and went over to him. Immediately seeing his mother at his
father's side, he quickly noticed that they were holding hands and couldn't
contain the smile that spread across his lips. "You two have no idea
what a wonderful wedding present it is to see you both together and looking so
wouldn't we be happy?" Francis asked curiously. "Our first born
child is getting married! It's a beautiful day---a day to put aside all of
the troubles of the past and just enjoy the wonderful things that life has given
Charles turned to smile at her
and nodded in agreement.
"These past few months
have been difficult for all of us," he commented. "Let's make
today a day of new beginnings. Let's just forget about everything bad
that's happened and work towards a better tomorrow."
"You know, I like the
sound of that," Trevor nodded.
"Well, son, we just
wanted to come in and tell you how proud of you we are," Francis beamed as
she walked over to him and kissed him lovingly on the cheek. "And to
wish you luck. Of course, I'm sure you're not going to need it.
Having Jillian as your bride is going to be all of the luck that you need."
"Mom, I love you,"
Reginald said softly and took her into his arms to hug her tightly.
"Francis, dear, we better
take our seats," Charles spoke up, "it's not too long until the
"Yes, darling," she
smiled and again took his hand as he led her out of the room.
Alone in the hallway, Francis
turned to Charles and looked at him with a mixture of apprehension and worry.
"Do you...really think
that this could be the start of a better tomorrow?" she asked
curiously. "Do you really think that we might be able to put
to rest all of the horrible things that life has thrown at us?"
paused and thought deeply. "Weddings are a time of
beginnings. Why can't they be a time for new beginnings, as
His words brought a smile to
Francis' lips and she nodded in silent agreement before following him down the
long hallway to the sanctuary.