All right Artists & Audience, I am trembling with excitement, that may be the coffee or the romantic story I just got done writing. I think its the coffee, but yes still, here is an installment in a Chain Fiction enterprise that is being facilitated by the wonderful genius of Jithin over at PhoTraBlogger. Check him out, get on the chain gang (that doesn’t sound right) and let’s have some fun with writing!
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Read these previous Links of the Story:
Part 1. Sona
Part 2. Yinglan
Part 3. Priceless Joy
Part 4. Frenesthetist
Part 5. Dr. KO
Part 6. Sweety
Part 7. Quill
Part 8. I-Read
Now enjoy this Author’s contribution to, The Wedding Bells:
“Anna? Toby? What are you doing here? Besides the obvious,” Alex asked.
“Running from a felony assault I think,” Tobias said.
“Shut up,” Anna said, hitting him with an elbow. “Things have gone off the deep end Alex. Freaking Mel forgot her ring, then it got stolen, then that expensive and shiny hunk of junk Toby had broke down and then we were running–”
“Oh that is just perfect. They are meant for each other,” Alex said. “Harris forgot to bring the check for his ring at the scheduled meeting with Ms. Beaumont. Expensive as it was, there was no way she was releasing it on a promise. Harris had so much going on that he sent me down to get it.”
“Ms. Beaumont?” Tobias asked.
“Tell me she’s not a blond,” Anna said.
“Yes she is. Beautiful too, Harris informed me,” Alex said.
Apologies were poured upon Ms. Beaumont, who agreed to settle the whole matter privately. Anna dreaded if the story got out. She had fought the “bitch reputation,” her whole career. She didn’t need to inflame the rumor mill, with dreadful assault charges.
Though it was a miracle Alex was there with his car, it was going to be an awkward ride to the venue. Anna and Toby had done a weird shuffle about who ended up in shotgun. Anna gave up to his insistent offers and hopped in.
She regretted it instantly, but she whispered an apology to Alex. He ignored it. Toby hopped in the back and started rambling. This seemed to distract Alex in his driving and it was obvious he was frustrated by the whole situation. After a short pause in his monologging Toby tried to get the conversation going again. “This just goes to show you, all that glitter is not gold, and all that.”
“You got to say the whole thing,” Anna said. “All that glisters is not gold; Often have you heard that told; many a man his life hath sold But my outside to behold; Gilded tombs do worms enfold,”
“Ah a thespian,” Toby said. “you grow more intriguing every moment Anna. Could I be your Romeo?”
“She did her Master’s thesis on Shakespeare.” Alex said.
“I’m no pleb myself you know,” Toby said. “Love is a smoke and is made with the fume of sighs, oh or how about She’s beautiful, and therefore to be wooed; She is woman, and therefore to be won.”
“Or,” Alex said, “how about, Love looks not with the eyes, but with the mind, And therefore is winged Cupid painted blind.”
“The course of true love never did run smooth,” Anna said. That seemed to shut down the car for a second. She needed the breather.
This was all too much, riding in a car with both of these men. She felt so strongly for both of them, but it was so stupid, so god awfully Petrarchan. One hadn’t worked out and the other wasn’t interested in anything serious; Anna was getting to old for games.
“So Alex my boy,” Toby said. “Looks like Blackwell estate should be host to yet another thrilling and tumultuous matrimonial ceremony. Think we will see anything the likes of the Rumble of the Mother In-Laws of 92 or even better the Wine Apocalypse of 09”
“Stop it Toby,” Alex said.
“Wine Apocalypse?” Anna asked. “I got to hear this.”
“No, you don’t,” Alex said.
“Sure she does Alex ol’ boy,” Toby said. “So imagine our dear little Alexy boy here, just a ripe young man of seventeen. It was a very special occasion. Family from over seas, cousins or something. It was supposed to be the biggest affair ever. And it was! Preparations lasted for weeks, the whole place was cleaned and cleaned and cleaned again, until it was sparkling. It had to be. There were just so many important guests, senators, governors, artists, famous people, just everything you could want. Well, little Alex boy here decided he was in love, what was that lassie’s name?”
“Jennifer,” Alex said, through gritted teeth.
“Ol’ Jenny girl, that’s right,” Toby said. “Parents owned a strip mall or something, if I’m not mistaken. So sweet, Jennifer sneaks two bottles of wine, one for each of them. A very courteous and ambitious lover, no doubt. Would you like to finish the tale Alexi?”
“No,” Alex said, griping the wheel tighter.
“Well anyway, the party is just a ripping and a roaring, when out of nowhere–” Toby exploded with uncontrollable laughter.
“Dammit Toby,” Alex said, “its not that funny. I had never been drunk befo–”
“When out of nowhere,” Toby interjected, “there is just this awful scream, that started coming from somewhere deep inside the mansion. Everyone and I mean everyone stopped. The music stopped, the waiters stopped, the dancing stopped, everything stopped. And this scream just keeps getting closer and closer and then these side doors are thrown open” Toby again busted out in laughter, “the doors are thrown open and there was Jennifer just covered in a purple slime of red wine. All down the front of her dress! AHAHAHAHA”
Anna tried and failed to suppress her laughter, but Toby was just rolling around the back seat, cracking up. Alex’s face didn’t help things. He was so embarrassed and angry about the situation. “I tried to stop her,” he said.
“Oh you bet you did,” Toby said, still dying. “Alex ran up right as she opened the door, face still purple and drunk. Ah it was the best AHAHAHAHA.”
“God I hate you,” Alex said.
“Oh stop,” Toby said. “It was absolute madness. You’re a freaking mad man, that’s all. Ah Anna, you should have seen this poor girl as her parents led her away from the party. It was just the sorriest sight ever!”
“Let’s talk about your love affairs Toby,” Alex said.
“Go right ahead,” Toby said, wiping the tears from eyes. “I have nothing to hide.”
“What about Lisa?” Alex asked.
“Lisa, yes, what about her? She’s a lovely girl.” Toby said.
“She left you by post-it note, cleaned out your apartment, and stole five thousand dollars from you,” Alex said.
“Spirited girl, that’s all,” Toby said.
“She accused you of sleeping with two of her friends,” Alex said.
“You mum’s been gossiping hasn’t she?” Toby asked.
“Unbelievable,” Alex said.
“You know that’s your problem Alex? You are just too needy. That doesn’t work, not in today’s world,” Toby said. He straightened his tie and smoothed his jacket. “I understand the perils and traps of monogamy. The world is a beautiful amazing place. We shouldn’t put a chain around our hearts and demand that our emotions behave. I won’t live like that; you agree, don’t you Anna?” He placed his hand on her shoulder.
Anna watched Alex, as his focus jumped from the rode, to her, to Toby’s hand. “I think,” Anna said, “I think. Hmm, I think that…shoot, I don’t know.”
“Ah don’t believe her Alex ol’ boy,” Toby said. “She cares too much for you to side with me in this discussion. But trust me, sweet Anna knows very well what I mean. She is much too fierce to be tamed, especially by any suffering sense of duty.”
Anna was more than happy to see their exit. “Honestly,” she said. “I think that, lovers ever run before the clock, so we better pick up the hustle here; we got a wedding to get to.” With that encouragement, Alex hit the gas and tore down the road, headed for the Blackwell estate…
Will the trio make it to the wedding? Will the wedding take place as planned? Will Anna find her love connection? Will Alex hold his liquor? Will Toby turn the whole wedding into a freak fest? Stay tuned for the next link in the chain!
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