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Love Letters

Written by Barbara McMahon

Chapter twenty

“This time we’ll do it right,” Zach had said. Stacey remembered his words as she stood with her father in the vestibule of the old family church in Carson Valley. Lila reached out to twitch her gown into place.

“I’ll wait here for you when the ceremony is over,” she said smiling brightly. “Then we’ll take the wedding photographs at the altar when the church empties, before heading to the reception.”

“I know, Lila,” Stacey said smiling back. Hadn’t she said that to hundreds of brides before her?

“Just practicing boss. Knock him dead!” She gave Stacey a thumbs-up and moved to the door, watching as the bridesmaids walked down the aisle.

“I guess you know what you’re doing this time,” her father said patting her hand held in the crook of his arm.

“I always knew,” Stacey said, impatient for the Wedding March to begin. She was anxious to pledge her love publicly in front of all her friends and family. Zach had known exactly how to make their start in life perfect — the wedding she’d always dreamed of.

“He better not walk out again,” her father said.

“He won’t. Give him a chance, Dad, he’s a good man. I trust him with all my heart.”

Zach was waiting at the altar, his best man one of the men from the racing team. She’d met Phil in August when she’d flown to Belgium to watch Zach rack up the points in the race at Spa. It had been thrilling, and scary. But her faith in him had remained strong.

Their team finished in the top three worldwide at the end of the season. He blamed the lack of first place on Bart’s death. Next year, he’d promised, they’d sweep the circuit.

She knew she couldn’t talk him out of racing. She wouldn’t try to change him. He’d been right. They were older and wiser. She loved him as he was. As he loved her just as she was. If he wanted to race, so be it. He would hate being confined, constrained and any love he had for her would change over time if she asked that of him. No one said life would be easy. Just easier together.

The familiar music started, the congregation rose to their feet and turned to look at her.

Zach stepped out, as if coming to meet her when she and her father entered the sanctuary. His eyes were only for her. Stacey could scarcely see through her tears of happiness, but she focused on the one man who would be there for her from now on. No matter what, he was not leaving, he’d made that promise over and over. And she would never utter words that would make him think he should go.

They’d been given a second chance. She grabbed hold with both hands. Never to let go.

“Dearly beloved,” Zach said softly, just before the minister began.

The End 

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