Chapter Fifty-One

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From the moment their beautiful ceremony ended, Lucas and Melanie found themselves quickly swept-up in the lively party that followed.

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First, they dove right into cutting their cake — which Melanie was shocked to discover Lucas had baked himself the day before.

“I thought you were kidding.” Melanie muttered, slightly annoyed as they slid the first slice of cake onto a plate. “What about the one we ordered from the bakery a few months ago?”

Lucas just shrugged as they lifted their forks. “I cancelled it… Surprise!” He scooped up a small bite and held the fork toward her mouth, offering it to her. “Mine will be way better, trust me…”

And, of course, it was.

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They mixed and mingled for a while after that, searching for their friends in the crowd of co-workers and acquaintances. The first ones they ran into were Sam, Laura, and Darcy.

“Congratulations, guys!” Laura and Sam greeted them warmly, and there were hugs all around.

“You look gorgeous, Mel.” Laura gushed. “And this venue is amazing. Almost makes me wish Sam and I had gone for a real wedding ourselves.”

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“Hey, it’s never too late.” Melanie smiled.

“Yeah right…” Sam muttered jokingly under his breath to Lucas as they listened-in on their wives’ conversation. “Two kids down and a third on the way? Trust me, it’s too late.” He laughed. “And on that note… I think I need another drink. Be right back.”

“It looks like daddy’s having fun.” Darcy smiled as she watched her father take a seat by the bar.

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Lucas laughed. “I think he is… But what about you, miss flower girl?”

Lotsa fun.” She beamed. “Auntie Mel looks like a princess!”

“Mm… She does, doesn’t she?”

“Uh-huh! Me and the other little girl were playin’ princess a little while ago, but she wanted to go dance.” Darcy explained. “Maybe Auntie Mel will wanna play with us later though.”

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After a bit more catching up with some guests, Lucas and Mel hit the dance floor for a while, laughing and having fun teasing each other for their lame moves.

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It was nearly midnight before they finally caught sight of Lucas’ parents in the crowd, dancing enthusiastically out on the floor. Damien seemed a bit unsteady on his feet and was waving his arms around much more widley than necessary. Becca was laughing and talking so loudly that they could hear her from all the way across the gazebo.

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Lucas’s chuckled to himself. “Oh, this is gonna be interesting… Watch this, Mel.” He smirked at her.

“Huh?”

“You’ll see.”

“Mom? Dad?” Lucas smiled as he approached.

“Heyyyyyyyy!” Damien threw his arms wide. “There’s m’boy!” He cried excitedly.

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“And our new daughter-in-law!” Becca added, still shouting much too loudly.

“Looks like you guys are enjoying yourselves.” Lucas smirked.

Oh yeah.” His father nodded enthusiastically. “But what about you? That’s what really matters. I mean, if you guys aren’t having fun, this whole thing’s just –”

“Oh stop, Damien.” Becca cut him off, shaking her head. “Of course they’re having fun…. Right?”

Lucas laughed. “Yes, mom. This is amazing.”

“It really is.” Mel chimed in. “We can never thank you enough for this… Seriously.”

“Aw, it’s nothing, sweetheart.” Damien smiled. “Welcome to the family.” He pulled her into an uncomfortably tight hug.

“This is great, mom…” Lucas looked around uncertainly for a moment. “But shouldn’t we start winding down kinda soon? I mean, Mel and I live just around the corner, and I’m pretty sure our neighbors said there are quiet hours…”

“Pfft!” Becca laughed. “Do you know how much this is costing us, honey? Screw the quiet hours! We’re going as late as we want!”

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Perhaps inspired by his parents’ revelry, Lucas and Melanie took a few trips to the bar themselves as the reception went into the wee hours of the morning.

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As the night wore on, the party continued, but the number of guests gradually began to thin out.

One of the first to leave was Christian’s mother, who had flown all the way from her home in Bridgeport for the wedding. She had been like a mother to Mel for a long time, and the two women had stayed in touch, even after Christian’s death.

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Lucas had only met her once before, when she flew out to join them for Thanksgiving two years ago. He knew he liked her immediately — She was a highly intelligent woman with a great sense of humor, and, most importantly, she seemed genuinely happy for Melanie.

Still, he’d been secretly nervous, at first, about inviting her to the wedding. But she had been nothing but kind and congratulatory the entire night, and even seemed to get along well with Lucas’ parents.

“I’m so happy for you, darling.” Mrs. Bouchard smiled warmly as she pulled away from the embrace. “You’ve found a real keeper, I think.” She winked.

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“We’re so glad you could come.” Lucas said sincerely. “It really means a lot to have you here, Mrs. Bouchard.”

“Oh honey, I’ve told you before, you can call me Caroline.” She smiled. “We’re practically family now anyway, aren’t we?”

“Of course.” He replied. There was something strangely familiar about the name, but he couldn’t quite place it. “Well then I hope you’ll come and visit again soon, Caroline.”

The woman smiled sweetly in reply.

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After saying their farewells to Caroline and a few other guests, Lucas and Melanie headed back to the bar for more drinks. It was almost 3am, and, despite all the fun, the newlyweds were dragging.

Lucas glanced around for a few moments, taking a few sips of his drink while Melanie waited for hers. “Mel?” He said seriously, placing his drink back on the bar. “Can I ask you something?”

“Sure.” She replied uncertainly. “What is it?”

Her husband waved his hand, beckoning for her to lean closer. “Do you have any idea who the hell these people are?” He whispered.

Melanie snorted loudly as she burst into hysterics, drawing a few stares from the people around her. “No!” She replied breathlessly through her giggles. “Oh, thank God I’m not the only one!”

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After a couple of drinks, Lucas and Mel went out in search of some more familiar faces. Sam and Laura had already left nearly two hours ago with their daughter, Lucas’ parents were still heavily inebriated, and Cam and Noah had gone for a “walk” a while back and had not been seen since.

That left Mel’s brother and best friend, who they were sure were out in the crowd somewhere, flirting and dancing with the other wedding guests.

“Speaking of your brother,” Lucas said as they walked across the gazebo, scanning the crowd. “He had to have put in a good word with the police chief for us or something… There’s no way they wouldn’t have come to break this thing up by now.”

Mel laughed to herself. “Well, you know Sean… So that’s probably exactly what — Oh my god!

“What?!”

“Shhhh!” Mel reached out an arm, preventing Lucas from moving forward any more. “Look.” She pointed toward a bench several feet away from them.

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Lucas’ eyes went wide. Sean… and Faith?! “No way… This is too good!”

“Shut up, shut up!” Melanie put her hand over her mouth, trying to suppress her laughter as she and Lucas scurried away to give the pair a little privacy.

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And, amid all the hustle and bustle, Lucas and Mel tried to find a few moments of privacy of their own throughout the long night.

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They considered leaving many times as the hours passed, but they were having so much fun, and the party was still soldiering on — it felt wrong to leave before it was finished.

Even Noah and Cam gave up before they did.

Lucas had snickered at the couple’s disheveled hair and Noah’s untucked shirt as they returned from their “walk”, but kept his comments to himself as his friends re-joined the festivities.

They spent about an hour together, sitting around sharing jokes and old stories before Noah yawned heavily, staring up at the pale, pre-dawn sky.  “Well… I think I’ve reached my limit.” He admitted.

“Me too.” Camryn chimed in. “I’m about to pass out over here!”

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“Oh, come on.” Mel teased, though her own exhaustion was apparent on her face. “Don’t you remember your wedding? What time was it when we finally stumbled through the door the next day, Lucas? Nine AM? Ten?”

“Hey, I don’t remember that!” Noah replied.

Lucas smirked at him. “Exactly.

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The sun was just coming up when the bar finally closed down at 5am.

But the last few guests lingered until nearly 6.

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It was one hell of a party, that was for sure.

Noisier, more crowded, longer, and more exhausting than either Lucas or Melanie could have ever dreamed of — but also more fun.

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Still, it was a huge relief as Melanie bid the final guest farewell at last.

After watching the last stragglers walk out of sight, Mel glanced down at the softly snoring figure who lay on the bench in front of her.

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“Lucas? Sweetie, you’ve gotta get up… It’s finally time to go.” She nudged him gently.

“Huh?” He sat up slowly. “What time is it?” He muttered, still half-asleep.

Mel shook her head as she sat beside him. “You don’t even wanna know.” She paused briefly for a yawn. “Trust me.”

“God, I’m so tired.” Lucas slumped forward on the bench.

Melanie draped an arm around her husband and rested her head against his. “Me too.” She agreed.

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Lucas said nothing for a few moments, glancing down at the wooden bench below him. “Not exactly how I imagined spending my wedding night…” He mumbled with a small smile.

“Well…” Melanie began hesitantly. “I guess when we get home, we could –”

Lucas turned to look at her, incredulous. “Are you kidding? The second we get home, I’m sleeping for a week.”

His wife laughed, relieved. “Oh thank God.” She said. “Me too! Good thing we’re only two streets away.”

“Yeah…” Lucas sighed, but smiled. “Hopefully we can make it that far…”

With great reluctance, the couple got to their weary feet and began walking down the winding stone path toward the sidewalk.

“I’ve gotta say though,” Lucas wrapped an arm around Mel’s shoulder, “That was amazing.”

Melanie nodded. “I haven’t had that much fun in… Well, maybe ever.” She sighed happily. “It was perfect.”

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“It was, Mrs. Ainsworth.” He smiled crookedly at her. “Just like you.”

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31 Responses to Chapter Fifty-One

  1. Jes2G says:

    Are you kidding? This wasn’t pointless! How does one get engaged and not get married? It’s like ham and eggs, peanut butter and jelly…Tom & Jerry! lol, there was no way you could have gotten away with not doing this. It was a really fun read too! Thanks for making Jessica look so gorgeous! 😀

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    • CitizenErased14 says:

      Hahaha thank you! I guess it just felt pointless because it didn’t move the plot forward… I could have easily just *mentioned* the wedding in passing, without devoting a whole chapter to it (like I did with the engagement). 😛 But I was like “Nope, we’re gonna see it happen, and it’s gonna be fun and happy and joyful because these characters need it XD”

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      • Jes2G says:

        Nah, you need those in between chapters. Yes, they fill in time, but I realized that they are actually needed. Ok, story time to illustrate my point 🙂 Without going into the whole story about how I started writing mine, basically I was writing it for myself and didn’t expect it to become so popular. So, although I knew it was a good story, everyone’s comments baffled me, and I was like it can’t be THAT good. So, in January, I decided to sit down and read it for the first time. It was so drama-filled and wonderful, I couldn’t put it down. It was like occurrence after occurrence after occurrence with no filler chapters and it was a very exhilarating ride! When I was done reading, I was like WHOA! Like, my senses were all heightened and my brain was on 11. After I calmed down, I decided that the Pruetts needed some happy times without any drama. Then, it hit me, I was like is this what I put my readers through? It was like being on a roller coaster that only went down and never up. It’s wild, but when you get off you need to take a break from riding lol. So, this is my example of why filler chapters are totally needed and aren’t as pointless as you think. Your story is heavy like you say, so although we may not recognize it as readers because we’re always like “give us more,” sometimes we do need a break from the heaviness. Please don’t feel about the in between!

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      • CitizenErased14 says:

        Thanks! That honestly helped put things into perspective, so thank you! 🙂 The other day, I actually went back and read D2D from beginning up until now and I had a semi-similar revelation, except it was more like “WOW. My characters are NEVER happy.” Hahahahaha.

        For Evelyn, it kind of makes sense (she actually has the Gloomy trait) and I would imagine ghosts would be highly-emotional beings (and probably mostly negative feelings like sadness and anger haha). But then I was like “Wow, Lucas and Mel always have drama. Even when they’re “happy”, something negative is lurking”. So I decided “They need a 100% drama-free happy chapter”.

        Plus, like you said, I think the readres like it sometimes too 🙂

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      • Jes2G says:

        Ha ha! That’s funny. It most certainly is exciting. I guess the difference for readers is that we’re not reading it all at once, so we don’t see it that way all the time. But, either way…yeah lol. Besides, we’ll read whatever you throw at us, so you’re completely in control here lol. I’m glad this helped you! Yay!

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  2. julyvee94 says:

    Oh my days, Mel’s dress is amazing!

    Btw for the first few screenshots I was searching for my simself and wondered where she was and then suddenly I just walk by while Lucas and Mel are sharing a super emotional moment with Christian’s mom xD Way to go, July xD I wonder where I was Oo

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    • CitizenErased14 says:

      Hahaha yes, that was your big moment! 😛 And thanks, I love her dress too! I downloaded like 4 different dresses and that one looked the best on her and seemed to be “her style”. 🙂

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  3. Such a beautiful wedding!!

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    • CitizenErased14 says:

      Thank you! I loved it, and had so much fun writing it, especially the random silly stuff like Lucas’ drunk parents or Noah and Cam sneaking off for a woohoo session in the bushes during the reception… XD (I’m assuming most people figured out what was going on there… Hahahahaha)

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  4. Wow that venue is gorgeous! The whole chapter was gorgeous! And it was so happy, I’m happy for the newly weds. It’s still sad that Ev couldn’t have been a part of it somehow because I’m still #TeamEv (for them to be friends, since obviously romance isn’t in the stars now.)

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    • CitizenErased14 says:

      Thank you! I can’t take credit for the venue — it’s from the gallery. But when I saw it, I knew I just had to use it! It was nice to write such a joyful chapter for once 🙂 I miss having Evelyn and Lucas interact, but I don’t think she would have coped well at the wedding (even if it were possible for her to go) 😦

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  5. theplumbob says:

    The last few updates made me so emotional – each in a different way though! Kudos! I’m glad to see more of Evelyn, even though she’s having a tough time. I loved Lucas’s “chat” with Christian; how thougtful of him. I bet having known Ev makes Lucas a lot more considerte of Mel’s late husband.

    And the wedding itself was just amazing, so much love! Nice to see Lucas’s parents let loose a bit too haha! Mel was such a gorgeous bride! And though you didn’t build the venue, it was just lovely, I adored the use of candles to mark pathways. I’ve got to use that in a build!

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    • CitizenErased14 says:

      Thank you so much! Your comments are always so thoughtful 🙂 Yes, I think Lucas has a much greater appreciation for the dead, now that he knows that ghosts/spirits/the afterlife are all real things.

      And writing drunken Becca and Damien was one of my favorite parts! 😛 Thank you for reading! (I feel like I say that to everyone so much, but I mean it!) 🙂

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  6. ninjapigsims says:

    Thank you for inviting all of us! I’m still savouring the aftertaste of that delicious wedding cake on my lips! Couldn’t wait to try it for myself… 😉

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  7. bluethundakat says:

    Loved this update, lol! The scene with Lucas talking to Christian was so heartfelt, and I loved Mel’s dress! This chapter was great and lighthearted, we really needed it.
    Found myself three times, too!! Two of which I was lonely, which it totally realistic lol. 😛 and the last was “a few guests lingered till 6” which is SO not right. But go me for changing things up haha!

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    • CitizenErased14 says:

      Apparently you were down to party! XD I’m so glad you enjoyed the new chapters! I really loved doing the wedding and having a 100% HAPPY chapter for once… So unusual for me 😛

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  8. Lux Conant says:

    I still feel for Evelyn but he seems to be happy so I guess this was good for him. I wonder if I’m correct about the easter egg because that name being familiar must mean what I think but how…

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  9. cathytea says:

    This makes me nostalgic for your old avatar! 🙂

    And… what great and crazy SimSelves! So funny! Loved to see Munterbacon tending bar. And OJenn and Jessica and Rory looked SOOOOOO gorgeous!

    That was fun. And I’m now #teameveryone

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  10. beckycat1221 says:

    I am a tomboy but loved Mel’s dress

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  11. Simslover163 says:

    What a beautiful wedding!!

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  12. lovesstorms says:

    Absolutely beautiful wedding, pictures, and everything! I really enjoyed seeing all the familiar faces from the writer’s forum! I kept looking here and there to find them. It was like a hidden picture kind of deal.

    I’m happy they are married. I think that needed to happen. I agree with Jes about the filler chapters and all that, too. I am actually glad I read that. It definitely makes sense. Fantastic job with this one!

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  13. Wow, what a lovely wedding and definitely long. I’m tired out just reading it! (Just kidding). Congrats to Lucas and Melanie! Imagine that more wedding wishes long after their story is finished.

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  14. ARoseInBloom says:

    So beautiful!!! I’m happy for the two of them. They really deserve joy and happiness.

    I loved Mel’s dress and the venue!! Great finds/builds! Truly set the tone for an amazing day 🙂

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  15. summonerd says:

    I love the way this wedding looks. But there’s one thing. I kept scanning the guests for Grimmy. Just like I checked the flower vases.

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