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The call was long distance, and I hesitated for a moment because
the next few moments would be crucial to my future.
I just blurted it out, “Are
you going to marry me or not! I’ve had enough of this foolishness and I want
You have had enough time to
make up your mind and it’s either yes or no. If you don’t know your own mind by
now; then when will you?”
She said, “If you will let me
get a word in edgewise I will answer you.”
It is amazing how long
fifteen seconds of silence can be when your future depends on the answer you’re
She started to explain how
she arrived at her answer when I broke in and said, “That stuff can wait. Is it
yes or no, don’t say anything else; yes or no.”
She said, “Well it’s yes but
I want to tell how I came to that conclusion.”
I didn’t want to hear
anything else but I listened to her while my mind was making plans for the
I asked her if she had enough
money for a flight ticket.
She said, “I think so, I’ll
have to check.”
I stopped her and said, “Are
you ready to become my wife?”
She said, “Yes, right now,
“Go to the airport and there
will be a ticket waiting for you. Get on the plane and I will meet you in New York.”
She said, “I don’t have any
I told her, “The clothes you
have on will do fine and you have clothes at your home here. We’ll go there and
get what you need temporarily and then we will go shopping.We will send a wire to your folks telling
them of your decision when you arrive in New
I made her reservation and
one for me to fly to meet her. I did it that way because I knew how her parents
held sway over her and I didn’t want them to get control of her before the
I also knew her mother will
try to get the marriage annulled but that wasn’t going to happen.
When Lesley didn’t come home
her parents went after the guy she was suppose to be with but he hid out.
Later he will deny knowing
anything about what happened.
The next eight hours were the
longest of my life. I arrived in New
York three hours before she did.
I had time to prepare a wire
to her parents and had it ready to send as soon as Lesley got off the plane. The wire told them we would be married shortly
and be on our honeymoon by the time they read the wire.
When she deplaned and came
into the airport I just wanted to hold her. It was hard to talk even though we
had a lot to say to each other.
She was tired but I had to
hold her face in my hands and look at her.
We went in the lounge and had
a sandwich and got ready for our flight to Reno.
She said, “What about my
I said, “We will get
everything you need after we get married but you becoming my wife will be the
first order of business.”
She gave me a sly look and
said, “You are in a hurry aren’t you?”
I said, “Yes but you know
with school and all…”
What was first and foremost in
my thinking was her mother trying to stop the wedding.
That wasn’t going to
happen if I could help it. She had made one last effort to stop us by calling
the police and saying I was forcing Lesley to go with me against her will. As
we were boarding the plane I heard the police enquiring about a flight we might
Being one step ahead of her mom,
I had purchased the tickets to Reno in my mother’s maiden name and registered as Mr. and Mrs.
They were going to have a hard time
figuring that out.
We landed in Reno and went shopping for
all the necessities Lesley needed and then we registered at the hotel as Mr.
and Mrs. and put our stuff in the room. Lesley
showered and got dressed for the wedding.
We got our license and thirty
minutes later we were wed.
I was thinking a lot has
happened in the last twenty four hours and I couldn’t be more happy.
We went out for dinner and
then went to our room and lay on the bed with our clothes on and just talked.
Now I was willing to listen
to all of her experiences. After relaxing for an hour she got up and began to
She smiled and asked if I
brought my paints and brushes.