GOOD HOPE CHURCH - VESTIBULE
Reginald and Jillian are acting like they just won a prize on one of those quiz
shows," Stephanie Monroe quipped as she stood by her new husband's side and
gazed at the other newlyweds. "I wonder what they're so excited
"They just got married," Patterson
Monroe reminded. "Of course they're excited. Aren't you excited
that we just got married, too?"
"More excited than you'll ever
know," she sighed dreamily as she turned to give him a tender kiss.
"Perfect!" Joyce Preston spoke up
suddenly. "Now, just hold that pose while I snap a picture for the
put that camera away," Sara Manchester said as she hurried over to keep
Joyce from intruding on what was clearly a romantic moment between the
newlyweds. "There's a professional photographer that Mr. Callison
hired and he's taking plenty of pictures for everyone."
"Yes, I know that, dear, but it's not
the same thing as simple photos for the family album." Joyce held the
camera tightly in her hands and smiled slyly. "I know! Sara,
you and Dane stand next to Patterson and Stephanie and I'll get a picture of all
four of you. That would be perfect!"
"Don't forget Todd!" Patterson
reminded as he hurriedly looked around for his younger brother. "If
this is going to be a family picture, Todd's got to be in it, too."
Seeing Todd a few feet away, Patterson lifted his hand to grab the little boy's
attention. "Todd! Todd! Come here! We want to take
"I don't want to take pictures," he
said with a scowl. "I hate pictures."
that's neither here nor there," Patterson reminded. "I want you
in this picture with us. It's a family picture and you need to be in
"She's not part of my
family." Todd shot Stephanie an angry look. "If it's a
family picture, what's she doing in it?"
"Todd!" Patterson snapped as he
tried to keep a tight reign on his temper. "This is our wedding
day. You were in the wedding. Stephanie's my wife, now, and that
makes her part of this family. She's like your sister."
"I don't want a sister!"
"Stephanie, I'm...I'm sorry,"
Patterson said softly as he turned to his new bride and attempted to smooth over
his little brother's outburst.
like Todd's turning into a bright kid," Dane Manchester muttered
dryly. "I knew I always liked that boy."
"Dane!" Sara snapped angrily.
"You are not going to act like this on Patterson and Stephanie's wedding
"What? What did I say?"
He shrugged his shoulders and looked around in mock confusion as he feigned
ignorance over what had evoked his wife's anger.
"Todd, I said 'come here,'"
Patterson said again, sterner than before.
"Okay," he grumbled, making little
attempt to hide his disapproval. "If I gotta, I gotta."
that's much better," Joyce smiled as she held up the camera and looked
through the viewer as she tried to get everyone into frame. "Now, Dane,
you stand right there next to Sara...no, over just a bit. Yes! Right
there. And, Stephanie, turn just a bit to your left. That's
it." She paused and examined the potential picture closely.
"Todd, you stand right there in front of Patterson and Stephanie.
Yes, right....Todd! Quit sticking out your tongue!"
"Todd, I've had just about enough of
this!" Patterson snapped, barely containing his anger, as he knelt down in
front of the boy. "You know better than this. Mother and Father
taught you better than this. I taught you better than this. Why are
you doing your dead level best to ruin this for me?"
"I'm not ruining anything," Todd
began to sulk. "Why does everything always gotta be my fault?"
Paddy's not saying anything's your fault," Stephanie spoke up as she tried
her best to maintain a soft and sweet tone. "This is just a special
day for the both of us, and he's a little anxious to make sure that
Todd didn't say a word in response; he merely
looked up at Stephanie and glared. "Weddings and funerals, they're
all the same," he mumbled. "A bunch of people in fancy clothes
at church talkin' about what an important day it is."
"Steph, honey, I'm sorry."
Patterson stood up and looked at her, almost pleading with her to
understand. "I just...don't know what gets into him, sometimes.
"Is someone misbehaving?" came a
familiar voice from out of the crowd.
Todd exclaimed, immediately recognizing the voice of Lorraine
Davis, and ran
into her arms.
now that's my little man," she smiled broadly as she knelt down and hugged
As Lorraine held a joyous Todd in her arms,
Stephanie carefully watched every move. Her face flushed a beet red and
her jaw tightened. Sticking her bottom lip out into a defiant pout,
Stephanie thought about how typical it was for Lorraine to just show up and try
to be the center of attention -- even on Stephanie's own wedding day.