produced/written by G. Matthew Smith

EPISODE #99 (Thursday, 3/7/02) click here for a printable version of this episode
Same Day
February, 1936 - Afternoon


2210 Elmwood LaneHannah Meadows"I'm coming!" Hannah Meadows called out at she raced down the stairs to answer the door.  She was right in the middle of finishing getting ready to go to the wedding and was in no mood for interruptions.  The doorbell continued to ring and she grew more annoyed.  "I said I was coming!"

When she reached the door and flung it open, she was less than thrilled with the identity of the unexpected guest.

"Excuse me, ma'am," Detective Jim Fitzpatrick nodded politely as he flashed his badge.  "I'd like to have a few moments of your time."

Hannah took a deep breath and clinched her teeth tightly.  She was well aware of who Detective Fitzpatrick was and was certain that his impromptu visit was nothing short of a bad omen of things to come.

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Good Hope Church"I 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."

"It's 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."

Trevor Callison"Hey, 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 turn."

Patterson Monroe"" 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 least.

"Knock, 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.

Reginald Callison"Dad!" Reginald 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 happy."

"Why 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 us."

Charles turned to smile at her and nodded in agreement.

Charles Callison"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 ceremony starts."

"Yes, darling," she smiled and again took his hand as he led her out of the room.

Francis CallisonAlone 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?"

"Well..."  He paused and thought deeply.  "Weddings are a time of beginnings.  Why can't they be a time for new beginnings, as well?"

His words brought a smile to Francis' lips and she nodded in silent agreement before following him down the long hallway to the sanctuary.


Good Hope Church"Wow, this crowd is every bit as big as I thought it would be," Douglas Davis commented as he slid into the pew next to his wife and sister.  "The Callison family sure doesn't do anything half-way."

"You act like you're surprised!" Lorraine Davis laughed.  "What did you expect for the first Callison wedding in over twenty years?"

"True," Douglas nodded.  "It must be nice to be able to afford such a big affair.  It's a lot different from our wedding."

Lorraine Davis"Well, those were different circumstances," she sighed and looked down as she placed a gentle hand on her stomach, swollen with child.  "Besides, we couldn't have afforded anything like this even in a normal situation."

"You know," he sighed and reached over to take Lorraine's hand, "it really doesn't matter how big the wedding is.  It doesn't matter if it's in a big church with lots of people and tons of flowers.  What really matters is the people and the emotion involved."

Their eyes met and they both smiled.  So much had changed between them since they'd first said their vows.  So many emotions that they'd once thought could never exist between them had unexpectedly started to grow and flourish.  True, they weren't yet at a point where it could be said that they had a real marriage, but they'd come so far.  Neither one of them could doubt that, one day, their marriage would indeed be one based on love and not entirely on unfortunate situation.

Grace DavisMeanwhile, on the other side of Lorraine, Grace Davis sat completely lost in her own thoughts.  Being there at the wedding had forced her to think about her own future with Trevor.  However, her thoughts were troubled and dark.  Oh, how she longed to one day be his bride.  She'd fought her feelings for him for so long, but couldn't deny that he was the one special man she'd always dreamed off.  Unfortunately, her naive and trusting nature along with her own insecurities had made her vulnerable to the wicked charms of another man.  How could she have been so foolish?  Although she dreamed of the day that she would be a bride, she was beginning to believe that her groom wouldn't be Trevor.  He was just too good for her.  He was an honest and noble man while she was weak and unworthy of his love and devotion.  No, a wedding such as this with Trevor at her side would not be in her future.  Of that much she was certain.  How long would it be before Trevor realized the same thing?

"Grace, are you all right?" Lorraine asked softly when she noticed the dark and intense look on her face.

"I'm...fine," Grace muttered.  "I'm just...thinking about how Momma won't be able to see me get married one day."

Lorraine let out a sad sigh and silently shook her head before reaching over to take Grace's hand into hers to give it a gentle, yet reassuring, squeeze.  She then couldn't help but smile when she thought about how, despite their own complicated past, they'd become family.  Life did, in fact, contain its own strange ironies.

Suddenly, a startling cough tore from Douglas' chest and his hand flew up to his mouth to catch it.

Douglas Davis"Douglas, are you all right?" Lorraine asked with concern.

"J-just...a tickle in my throat," he muttered as he made several attempts to clear the tickle away.

She eyed him closely and then let out a worried sigh.  "I hope you're not getting sick."

"I'm sure it's nothing."

"I just finally got over being sick."  She reached over and patted him on the hand.  "I guess it's your turn, now."