CHURCH - DRESSING ROOM #1
or down?" Sara Manchester asked as she stood behind her cousin,
Stephanie Lake, both facing the mirror, with Stephanie's hair in her hands.
"I'm not sure," Stephanie muttered
as she peered at her reflection. "I like it down, but this is going
to be such a sophisticated affair..." She paused and bit her lower
lip as she considered her alternatives.
"Well, I know that Jillian will probably
wear her hair up." Sara picked up a brush off of the dressing table
and began running it through Stephanie's hair. "So down might make
for a nice contrast."
"I want it up," Stephanie announced
suddenly. "If Jillian's going to wear her hair up, so am I."
looked at her cousin intently and took a couple of steps backward as she
considered Stephanie's orders. Finally, Sara picked up several bobby pins
from the table and returned to her spot behind her cousin so that she could carefully twist
Stephanie's long hair into a stylish and sophisticated chignon.
"You're not wearing your hair like this
just because Jillian's going to, are you?"
"Of course not! An important event
like this deserves just the right look." Stephanie turned her head
slightly as she examined her reflection. "After all, I'm not a little
girl, anymore, and I..."
"Hold still!" Sara snapped as she
grabbed Stephanie's head and forced it back around. "How do you
expect me to do this when you keep fidgeting?"
Sara continued to work diligently on
Stephanie's hair until she was finally pleased with the result and then stepped
back to admire her work.
"So, what do you think?"
"Perfect!" Stephanie smiled as she
slowly turned her head back and forth to examine her hairdo.
As Stephanie continued to gaze at her
reflection, Sara bit her lip nervously as she considered a question that had
been on the tip of her tongue all morning, but she'd been too nervous to
ask. Realizing that it was something that needed to be said, she took a
deep breath and spoke.
"Do you think this is a good idea?"
she asked. "Is it really smart to be involved with Jillian's wedding
not just Jillian's wedding!" Stephanie reminded firmly. "It's a
new a start for all of us. This wedding is going to be the thing that
helps us put all of the bad stuff from the past year behind us. Today
"I know, I know," Sara
sighed. "The first day of the rest of our lives." She
paused and eyed Stephanie suspiciously. "Do you really believe that
or are you just saying that because it sounds like the right thing to say?"
"I...um..." Stephanie stammered and
then slumped back into her seat in front of the dressing table, a look of worry
and fear covering her face. "Oh, Sara, you're right," she
confessed. "This is all wrong! I can't...do this. Not
today! I don't even belong at the wedding, let alone in it!"
"It's a fine time to think about that,
now!" Sara quickly rushed up behind Stephanie and grabbed her by the
shoulders, forcing her to look up at her reflection in the mirror.
"This wedding starts in less than an hour! You can't just tell
Jillian that you're not going to do it."
"Oh, gee, a few minutes ago you sounded
like you were trying to talk me out of this and now you're trying to talk me
into it?" Stephanie snapped her hand around to look at Sara with
"It's just that...well..."
Sara hung her head and sighed, fully aware that the situation was much more
complicated than it sounded. "I'm not convinced this is such a good
idea. I mean, I think you and Jillian are both doing this for all the
wrong reasons. But..."
"But you can't just back out of this an
hour before the wedding!" Sara grabbed Stephanie's arm tightly and
shook it in an attempt to drive home her point. "What are Reginald
and Jillian going to say? More importantly, what's Paddy going to
"He'll understand!" Stephanie
snapped and then jumped to her feet, pulling her arm out of her cousin's
grasp. "If I go to him and tell him why I can't do this today, he'll
"No!" she replied firmly as she
threw her shoulders back and strode quickly towards the door. "I
can't do this today and the sooner I tell Paddy and Jillian, the better it's
going to be for all of us."