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By: Gaby (edwardcrazy9713) Chapter 1
My calves were aching as I pushed farther and farther. My heart pounded and my long blonde hair clung to my forehead. I turned up the stereo and continued running. I turned the speed of the treadmill up to six-point-oh and concentrated on the wedding. The four-mile point was so close. I closed my eyes and pushed past the pain of my dry throat and heaving chest. I felt the treadmill slowing down and I opened my eyes. A smile spread across my face when I saw Ben, my fiancée, holding up a piece of paper. I turned off the treadmill and jumped into his arms and he swung my around. “Would you stop getting on that treadmill, Naomi?” He lightly kissed my lips and switched off the stereo. “I’m nervous, which makes me eat, which makes me gain weight, which makes me unable to get into my one-of-a-kind wedding dress. So, no, I won’t stop.” He patted my flat stomach and shook his head. The smile plastered on his face mimicked mine. “What is this?” I tried to take the paper from his hand, but he waggled his index finger in disapproval and put the paper behind his back. “You finished your vows?” I asked excitedly. “Yes.” “Can I read them?” He shook his head and gave me a light smile. “Ben…” I whispered, whining. Placing my hands on either side of his face, I looked deep in his emerald eyes. “Please…” I breathed. He pressed his mouth to mine, probably trying to shut me up. I willingly kissed back and attempted to slip my hands behind him to take the paper. He stopped the kiss for a moment and said, “Seduction won’t work this time.” I laughed at that and pecked him on the lips a last time before pulling away. ‘ “Your parents will be here soon and I would rather not greet them like this.” He said, looking me up and down. I did the same and laughed. My tiny gym shorts had hiked up and my skintight shirt was twisted half way up my belly. “I agree. I’ll go get a shower, be ready to go in forty-five minutes. Dress up, we’re going to dinner.” He groaned and chuckled. “Well, mom likes you.” I ran my hand through his brown hair and grinned. “Can’t say the same for your dad.” “We’re already getting married, so there’s not much he can do now.” I shrugged and admired my engagement ring. The three fragile diamonds in the center of the ring complimented the little diamonds that went along the rest of the ring. Ben took my hand and kissed the ring and then my forehead. “Go.” He lightly pushed me toward the stairs and I walked up the rest of the way without looking back.
I closed the door to our large room and slid the sticky shirt over my head, kicking off my shoes and sliding down my shorts. I snagged a towel from the closet and walked into the bathroom. The cold tile soothed my aching feet. I stepped into the shower and stretched my muscles. The warm water caressed my sore body. I quickly shaved and washed myself. I turned the knobs and stepped out of the shower. Leaving a trail of dripping water behind me, I walked to my closet and rummaged through the dresses. Each dress was so different from the other. Each dress represented a past occasion. The deep blue dress that I chose was the one I wore to my parents’ renewing of vows. The chiffon slid over my head and hugged my curves. I ringed out my hair and took a blow dryer to it. I left my hair straight and applied a light layer of make up before padding down the stairs in my black flats. “Beautiful as always.” Ben said, taking my hand. “Yes, she is.” My dad said, yanking me into a hug, causing me to release Ben’s hand. “Daddy…where’s mom?” I pulled out of the hug and returned to Ben’s side. “She’s waiting in the car. She’s complaining about the heat again.” He said, rolling his eyes. I laughed and followed my dad out into the humid August air of Utah, pulling Ben along side me. “We’ll follow you guys.” I called after my dad, sliding into the passenger seat on the SUV. Ben put the key in the ignition and started the car. I watched my parents drive away and then I lunged at Ben. I slid into his lap and pressed my lips to his, ferociously. He trailed kisses down my neck and then put his hands on my shoulders, restraining me. “Sweetie, if we do this now your parents will be at the restaurant long before us.” “And?” I asked out of breath. I kissed down his neck and nipped his collarbone. “Hey, hey…stop it. We have the rest of our lives for this. Let’s just get to dinner and back and then we’ll see.” He laughed and kissed the tip of my nose. “Fine.” I said, pretending to be angry, and moved off his lap into my seat. He smiled and quickly, but sweetly, kissed me. I didn’t respond as I did before. “I think you’ll hold up.” Ben chuckled and patted my cheek. He reversed and pulled out of our driveway. We parked and I hopped out of the high seat. Ben met me at the front of the car and took my hand. We walked into the warmly lit restaurant and found my parents’ table. Ben pulled a seat out for me and I sat, glancing at the menu. The waiter came by and took our orders. I brushed my hair behind my ear and looked around the table. My mother’s face was glowing at the sight of my happiness. My father’s expression was pointed to Ben. His narrowed eyes and scrunched eyebrows made me laugh, internally. Ben seemed so laid back and calm. I was so nervous and he acted as if getting married was an everyday thing. I pondered on the thought, but Ben interrupted. “I’ve already told Ben, but I’m flying all three of you to Hawaii tomorrow so that you can make sure everything is ready.” I said when the drinks arrived. “We’re going to Hawaii tomorrow? Why not you, darling?” My mother asked, sipping her champagne. “I have to handle the finishing touches on the dresses. I’ll be leaving for Hawaii two days after you do. Don’t worry, everything will be perfect.”
“You don’t have to convince us that everything will be perfect, sweetheart. We already know.” I know. I have to convince myself. We ate quickly after that and I stood up to say goodbye. “I’ll send a car for you two at noon. The plane leaves at three.” I kissed both of the on the cheek and hugged each of them “Great. We’ll see you in Hawaii!” I laughed at my mom’s excitement as she hula danced out of the restaurant. We rode home in silence. When I walked in, I went to go look at the sunset out on the patio. I felt warm arms wrap around my waist from behind me. I laid my head on Ben’s chest and sighed. “Cold feet?” He asked with a grin. “No, of course not. Do you have cold feet?” “Me? No. I’ll love you forever, no matter what.” He talked about it as if it was obvious. Almost like, he was talking about the weather forecast, but more like the forecast of our emotions. He seemed so sure. “Good.” I said simply. “So…about what happened earlier. In the car?” He asked. I smiled at the memory and shrugged. “I have no idea what your talking about.” “Oh you don’t?” “Nope. I guess your going to have to remind me.” He pulled my lips to his and mumbled, “Gladly.”