“Dearly beloved, we are gathered here today…”
The minister’s voice faded into the background as Tom’s mind drifted back, reflecting on the events that had led them to this moment. Memories flashed through his mind like snap shots in an album.
Crystal blue eyes meeting his across the room. A smile. An awkward ‘hello.’ First date. Her tiny hand in his. A rose. A nervous ‘good night.’ First kiss. Warm lips pressed together. Hearts racing. A hungry embrace. First love. Voice shaking. A whispered ‘yes’ that changed his life.
So many firsts had brought them down this road to this very moment when two would become one. Countless hours and untallied receipts had filled the church with flowers and candles and music and bridesmaids. Family and friends gathered together to witness the joining of two souls.
Hands trembling. Heart pounding. He gazed into the eyes of his bride.
Crystal blue eyes stared back, cold as an arctic wind. A shiver ran through him as he felt the words a moment before they were spoken.
“I’m sorry. I can’t.”