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Langcaster House - Chapter 5 - Wedding bells for Linda
Wedding Bells for Linda
semester before graduation passed uneventful.
had settled in and had avoided trouble. Whenever there was a possibility of
something coming up they had learned to alert Charlie right off.
This was due
to Charlie watching over the whole clan and the confidence they now had in him.
my degree and now was working full time for Charlie.
I went to
Linda’s graduation ceremony but didn’t make it known to her. I think she
spotted me as she got her diploma but I quickly slipped out before it ended. It is seldom that I allow myself to think
about her but down deep I still have a yen for her.
later I heard she was to be married soon and I must admit that news caused me a
great deal of pain. Or better said, it
was a grief to me.
to see her in a restaurant and she waved to me and motioned me to come over to
her table. When I got there she said sit down and as I fumbled for a reason not
to she said, ‘Sit, please.”
our hellos we searched for something to say while avoiding what we really
wanted to say. She said, “I’m getting married in two weeks.”
I said, “Oh,
I think I heard that.”
against it but it just came out, “Do you love him?”
She said, “He’s
The best I
could muster was, “That’s nice.”
She said, ‘Yes.”
We went on
like that till I got embarrassed and said, “I’d better go.”
She said, “Please
don’t go, not yet.” She continued. “I
still haven’t said what I wanted to say to you when I saw you.”
She said, “I’m
fond of the man I’m going to marry but I haven’t got over you. I still love you and wish things were
different. The reason I agreed to marry Jim was I know you don’t seem to want
me and I need to have some kind of life.
You know if you want me you can still
have me but what I need to know is do you have any feeling left for me or am I
the only one with these feelings?”
I have to
say that took my breath away. I had written her off after the way she acted
with the football star but even with all my determination to forget her she was
still anchored in my heart.
telling her of my feelings I asked her to come back to my apartment and we
could continue our conversation. It seemed somewhat cold at the time but she
agreed to come.
arrived I put on a pot of coffee. As I walked over to where she was standing
with her lips turned up toward me, I couldn’t resist kissing her. The kiss was
long and satisfying.
several things to say to her but that kiss made my mind go blank or maybe the
kiss said it all.
She said, ‘I
thought so or at least I had hoped so.”
I said, “What
about the wedding?”
and said, “If you are serious the wedding is off.”
help myself and said, “Our wedding is on if you’re willing.”
She said, “The
sooner the better.”
I asked, “What
She said I
already told him I couldn’t go through with it for I was still in love with you
and it wouldn’t be fair to him to marry a woman who had another man on her mind
all the time.”
and said he was glad I told him before we made a mistake.
I said, “If
you are willing we can catch a plane to Vegas and be married tomorrow.”
She said, “I’m
willing, in fact I have a suitcase packed, and it’s in the car.”
I told her,
“You must have been pretty sure of yourself,” and she said, “Far from it but I
had high hopes because I knew you really loved me and I didn’t think the flame
was completely gone out for I saw you looking at me from time to time and your
eyes still had a gleam in them.”
I had to
admit she had me there. When we arrived at the airport I received a phone call
and it was from Charlie. He said, "Congratulations."
I said, "How did you know?"
said, "I know everything and I’m glad to tell you that Linda has toed the line
ever since she made that one mistake and I’m proud of her.
ceremony you can move up to the big house say after a couple of months if you
Just to relieve your mind I won’t be watching you and her while you
are on your honeymoon so have fun."