Perfect Ending to a Perfect Day
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Emotion threatened to overtake her as she stood staring at her reflection while fighting back tears. Lacey could not believe today was the day . . . the day she would be marrying the love of her life. She had waited for so long and had made so many plans since the day Blake had asked her to be his wife. They had been trying to marry for three years. The Army always seemed to get in the way.
The Army would decide it was time for Blake to ship out to some God forsaken part of the world every time they would have things ready for the big day. They would have to postpone and begin making changes. This time was different, however. This time, nothing was going to stand in the way. Not even the thousands of miles seperating them.
Blake, stationed in Germany, was not scheduled to come home for another ten months. They just could not wait that long. Lacey did not have another ten months. She found out a few short weeks ago that she had stage-four breast cancer. The cancer had already spread to nearby organs and the doctors labeled her situation terminal.
Lacey, after a few days of tears and calling out to God, broke down and called Blake. He took a deep breath and spoke as soon as her words sank in.
“Marry me, Lacey.” He gripped the receiver in an attempt to steady the shaking of his hand.
“Blake, you do not want to marry me now. What kind of marriage would that be? Besides, you are four thousand miles away!” Lacey's voice was heavy with defeat.
“Babe, I know in my heart this is a commitment God wants us to make. We will make it work. You know it as well as I do, this
is what God wants. It is what he has always wanted — for us to be together.”
Lacey agreed through her sobs and they got to work making plans. They got friends, family and the US Army involoved, and managed to set up a ceremony via Skype.
Lacey felt overwhelmed Blake would want to marry her, even
though he knew there was no hope for a future together. But, here she was, getting ready to walk down the aisle to marry the man that had been there for her for years. Now, in her darkest hour, Blake was about to reach across the European continent and the vast expanse of the Atlantic to be there for her once again.
Lacey took a deep breath in an attempt to beat back her nerves to a more manageable level. She took one last, long look at her reflection. The white strapless tulle ball gown was perfect. Her chignon, accented with pearl beads and baby's breath was perfect. She walked to the window and declared the gloriously sunny spring day perfect as well.
“Knock, knock,” Lacey’s father said as he entered the room. “It is time, honey.”
Lacey made her way from the room, arm-in-arm with her father. They stopped outside the main door of the sancturary and her father took one last look at her, tears filling his eyes. Just then, the music began to play and the doors swung open.
Lacey and her father began their trek down the aisle. The beautifully decorated church, laden with tons of flowers and candles, overflowed with family and friends. But, Lacey saw nothing. Nothing, that is, except the computer perched on a table near the alter. The computer’s screen held the most wonderful sight Lacey felt she had ever seen - the smiling face of her handsome husband to be.
Blake stood in his faraway place decked out in his Army best. He was handsome! Their eyes never left each others even though countless miles seperated them. The ceremony began, but Lacey and Blake seemed to be oblivious to it all. They each reached out occasionally to touch the screen before them. Both of them wanted so badly to feel the warmth of the person they loved more than life itself.
“Signifying the commitment of one to another, we will now witness the giving and receiving of rings.”
Suddenly, the computer screen went blank.
“What happened?” Panic filled her voice.
She stood back and watched as members of the wedding party worked with the computer trying to regain the signal. She caught movement out of the corner of her eye and turned to see Blake walking up the aisle toward her. She covered her mouth with her hand and let out a loud sob.
“You really did not think I would not be here did you?” Blake teased while taking his bride in his arms.
Lacey was right . . . the day was indeed, perfect!