Today I have the next What I Saw post for y'all! :) Also there is a post about the end of WWII on Chosen Vessels. You can see that by clicking here.
Somewhere in this short-story is a quote from Anne's House of Dreams by Lucy Maud Montgomery. Let's see if anyone can find it and then I'll tell you what it is in my next post. :)
The maid of honor stopped and turned around. Aaron was at the top of the stairs calling to her.
Summer grinned. "My, don't you look nice."
The groom smiled. "Would you do me a favor?"
"Sure. What do you need?"
"I'd like for Alaina and I to pray together before the wedding starts, if she agrees."
"But you aren't supposed to see her until-"
Aaron held up his hand when she started to object. "She can come to right here and I'll stay on the steps. I won't peek, promise."
"Alright, I'll tell her." Summer became serious. "I'm glad you and Alaina found one another. You're both so deserving of each other."
"Thank you, Summer; it means a lot."
Alaina sat in the small room where the bridal party was getting ready.
"Something old," Mom smiled and gave her oldest daughter a lacy trimmed handkerchief. "It was my mother's and her mother's before her. They all carried it on their wedding day."
Alaina gave her a hug. "Thanks, Mom."
"Something new," Aunt Sarah held out a delicate pearl necklace. "From me and your Uncle Joe."
"Thank you, Aunt Sarah. And tell Uncle Joe I said thank you."
"Something borrowed." Alaina's sister and bridesmaid, Melissa, walked forward. She fastened a pretty pearl bracelet on her sister's wrist.
Alaina hugged her. "Thank you, Lis." She swiped under her eyes. "You all are going to make me cry."
"Mine might do just that," Summer said steppping up to the bride. "The something blue was supposed to be your bouquet," she held it out.
"It's beautiful!" Alaina exclaimed. Her brow furrowed and she cocked her head to her best friend. "What do you mean 'was supposed to be'?"
"Well, there is something else, someone in blues, that asked me to do him a favor."
Alaina smiled at the mention of her fiancé.
"Aaron would like to pray with you before the ceremony starts. He's around the corner on the stairs. You can stay on this side and he won't see you."
A door creaked open somewhere behind him and Aaron resisted the urge to lean around the corner. He smiled when he heard the swish of her dress as she walked closer. "Alaina?"
"Yeah, Aaron," she reached forward and took the hand he held out. "It's me."
"I asked Summer to get you for me, so that we can have prayer together before the ceremony."
"I'd like that."
Aaron clasped tighter the girlish hand that wore his ring. "Dear Heavenly Father, we come before You this day, our wedding day. We asked Your blessings on the life we're about to begin together. When we are together and when we have to be separated, I pray Your Will be done in our hearts and lives. I pray that You would give us a happy, strong, and long-lasting marriage. You know what's coming in a few short days, God–" Aaron heard Alaina's sharp intake of breath and he gave her trembling hand a squeeze. "But we rest in the peace that You will see us through the difficult days ahead; when Alaina is here alone and when I have to be away from her. In Jesus' name we pray. Amen."
"Thank you, Aaron."
"I probably need to go out front now," he sighed.
Alaina leaned to her right until she could see the clock down the hall. "It's only a quarter 'til two. Couldn't we stay here a little longer?"
"Sure, honey." He leaned back against the wall. "Are you nervous?"
"No," she sniffed. "I'm not nervous."
Aaron could tell she was crying. "Are you alright sweetheart?"
It took her a few seconds to answer. "I just wish you didn't have to go so soon..."
"Me too, sweetheart. Believe me, me too."
A few tender moments of quiet followed before Alaina spoke.
"Would...would it be alright with you if we saw each other now, instead of waiting until I come down the aisle?"
Aaron smiled. "I'd love that. I was going to mention it the other day but I thought you wanted to wait until we were at the altar."
"I did want a traditional wedding, but right now I want nothing more than to step around this corner. This is our wedding day, Aaron. I don't want to have any regrets, to wish anything had been different."
A rustle of white caught his eye and he looked up to find his stunning bride standing next to him. Grinning widely, he took a step towards her. "You're so beautiful, Alaina. I'm so undeserving of you."
Alaina smiled. "Don't be ridiculous."
He held her close and she relished in his safe embrace.
"Before God and these witnesses I pronounce you man and wife. Aaron, you may kiss your bride!"
Aaron leaned forward and kissed her ever so sweetly. He whispered in her ear, "I'm so happy!"
When they pulled away, Alaina took her husband's hand. "Same goes for me."
They turned to face their guests and the preacher spoke. "I'm pleased to present to you, Corporal and Mrs. Aaron Seagle."
Aaron turned and placed a gentle kiss on her forehead. "I love you, Alaina."
"I love you, Aaron."
Well, what do ya think? Thanks for reading! ;)