Chapter Fifty

“Rise and shine!”

“Huh?” Melanie groaned sleepily.

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Her eyes fluttered open, but when the bright light of the morning sun hit them, she closed them tightly shut once more. “Five more minutes?” Mel muttered against the pillow.

Faith laughed, sitting on the edge of the bed. “Come on, sleepyhead. It’s almost noon… And tonight’s the big night!”

Oh my God… She suddenly remembered. It is! Melanie felt a sudden excitement rush through her at the thought.

She finally sat up, smiling. “Okay, okay… I guess that’s worth getting up for.” She teased. “Wow…” Mel sighed, shaking her head in amazement. “I can’t believe it’s finally here!”

“I know!” Faith grinned.

Melanie looked around at the familiar bedroom for a few moments. Sean had let the girls use the old house to have a “girls’ day” and get ready for the wedding that evening. It felt a bit strange, but also comforting, somehow, to be back in her old childhood home on such an important day in her life. It made Mel feel close to her grandmother again. She smiled at the thought.

“So…” Faith continued, breaking the silence. “How’s the future Mrs. Ainsworth feeling this morning?” She teased.

Melanie thought for a moment. “Excited! And happy, of course… But a little nervous.” She confessed. “About the reception, I mean. Remember the first time?” Mel smiled wistfully. “It was just you, Sean, Christian’s mom, him, and me…” She sighed. “I’m pretty sure I don’t even know half the people on the guestlist this time around…”

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Her friend just shrugged. “Well, don’t forget that your future in-laws are funding this thing. They’re pretty influential people around here… Not to mention loaded…

Melanie slapped Faith’s arm lightly. “Oh, stop!”

“Hey, it’s true!” Faith laughed. “They can afford to have half the town come to this thing… But we both know that’s not what it’s really about.” She said seriously. “Today’s all about you and Lucas starting a new life together…” Faith paused, and Melanie could see the faint sparkle of tears in her eyes. “I’m so happy for you, Mel.”

“Oh no… Don’t start or you’ll get me going.” Mel laughed, managing to keep her own emotions in check. But it meant so much to see how happy her friend was for her.

“And I know Christian would be happy, too.” Faith continued softly, draping an arm over Mel’s shoulders and giving her a soft squeeze.

“Thanks, Faith.” Melanie smiled. “I think you’re right.” She gently pulled away from her friend’s hug, stretched her arms over her head, and got to her feet. “In fact… I think I owe him a visit today.”

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I’ve gotta make this quick… Lucas thought to himself as he crossed the sidewalk around the side of the church. The sun was already starting to set, and he had less than three hours before the ceremony. His friends had kept him busy all morning and most of the afternoon – he’d only just managed to slip away.

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He looked down at the grave in front of him. It was the first time he’d ever visited on his own before, and he couldn’t help but feel a little nervous.

“Hey, Christian.” Lucas began uncertainly. “I… I don’t know if you can hear me right now… You’re probably not there anymore… Not like Ev was…” He paused for a moment. “Um, that reminds me — if you are, y’know, up there somewhere and you run into a girl named Evelyn Magee… Please, tell her I miss her… and I think of her every day…”

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Lucas cleared his throat before continuing. “Anyway… I guess you should know that Mel and I are getting married today… Or maybe you already knew that.” He shrugged.

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“I just wanted to tell you how grateful I am. You made her so happy… I don’t think she’d be the same person she is today without you – and that’s the person I fell in love with… So thank you.” He said sincerely.

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“She misses you so much. You have no idea.” He sighed. “I know that I can never replace you… And I don’t want to. But you know Mel — she’s got such a big heart. And I feel like… Like maybe there’s room for both of us in there…” Lucas paused for a moment. “So I hope that’s okay with you… Because it’s okay with me, too.”

“You’re gonna be a tough act to follow…” He smiled. “But I’m gonna try my best. And I’m gonna take good care of her, okay? For the rest of my life…”

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Unseen in the shadows, Melanie blinked away the tears from her eyes and glanced up to the heavens. “He’s pretty great, huh?” She whispered, smiling.

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I hope you understand… It’s time to move on. But I’ll always love you, Christian. And I won’t forget you… I promise.

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22 Responses to Chapter Fifty

  1. O'jenn says:

    Oh my god, let me get the tissues Mel may end up needing them. And so will I, that was so sweet of Lucas.

    Liked by 2 people

  2. Jes2G says:

    That was the sweetest! I may or may not be slightly misty right now.

    Liked by 3 people

    • CitizenErased14 says:

      Thanks! That was a moment I loved to write. Lucas is a real sweetheart (plus, he knows first-hand that sometimes the dead are still listening!) so it was something he felt he had to do 🙂

      Liked by 2 people

  3. Derubelle says:

    Could you stop making me cry now? Ok,thanks, bye x (jk jk 🙂 )

    Liked by 2 people

  4. cathytea says:

    Oh, my. The most profound feelings. This one really got me. How can we not just love all of them?

    Liked by 1 person

  5. beckycat1221 says:

    Hand me a tissue please

    Liked by 1 person

  6. medleymisty says:

    Okay, I am legit crying.

    Liked by 1 person

    • CitizenErased14 says:

      Okay, I’m not “liking” that you’re crying, just the fact that my story moved you! Haha. This was one that made me misty when I wrote it. It felt like the right thing for Lucas to do — especially since he knows first-hand that the dead are sometimes listening! 😉

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  7. Simslover163 says:

    Finally reached the half point of the series!! How sweet of Lucas!!

    Liked by 1 person

  8. That was a tearjerker chapter but nice that Lucas said what was on his heart but I hope this doesn’t ruin what he has with Melanie. Like Simslover, I’m finally half way there, too.

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  9. lovesstorms says:

    Another reason to love them both so much. ❤

    Liked by 1 person

  10. ARoseInBloom says:

    You’re making me cry, CItizen!!!

    Guh!!! Yes. Yes. Yes. Perfection.

    Liked by 1 person

    • CitizenErased14 says:

      Awww thank you, I loved this chapter so much! Made me emotional while writing it (well, a lot of them did. I shed many both happy and sad tears while writing this story XD)

      Like

  11. msmarvel98 says:

    You made me cry again. But this time happy tears ❤

    Liked by 1 person

  12. Bugsie2016 says:

    Awww, i’m nearly crying at that last bit. Nearly.

    Liked by 1 person

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