When I saw my mother’s name flicker on my phone, I almost didn’t pick up because I knew she’d pepper me with questions about Lexie. Questions I honestly didn’t want to answer. “Hello, Mom. Listen, I don’t have a lot of time to…”
“How’s my favorite son?” she cut in with her prying voice. The thing she really wanted to know was, When are you going to ask Lexie to marry you, son? Your father and I want grandchildren! We’re not getting any younger, you know. And your sister keeps insisting that she won’t ruin her body for a sticky fingered parasite. You’re our only hope!
“I’m busy, so I just…”
“Not busy enough for your dear sweet mama? How’s Lexie? When is she going to visit us? Your father has a business meeting in Lucky Palms this weekend but after that, we’re spending our time in Brindleton Bay. Why don’t you get the boys and Lexie and some of her friends to come out? We’ll black out the park for a day. Wouldn’t you like that?”
I covered my face. I didn’t want to deal with a visit to my parents. And I certainly didn’t want to bring everyone. “Listen…about Lexie…I…” I stopped, not able to finish.
“Oh, Charlie, what’s wrong? Did you have another argument?”
I didn’t know how to answer that. Ever since our fight about her modeling job, things haven’t been the same. And it seemed as if her friendship with James was growing stronger by the second.
Last week, we were all hanging out, eating potato chips, and talking.
Maddox suddenly looked up while Lexie and I bickered about which chips tasted the best. I hated any kind of spice on mine, but she insisted I eat some of her flaming hot ones. Maddox told me later James had come up behind Lexie.
Out of the blue, James stole one of Lexie’s chips.
She yelled, “Hey, give it back!”
Then flopped over the couch. They both laughed about it for days–James making fun of her and Lexie playing it off in her sarcastic way.
It looked like flirting.
But when I brought it up to Lexie, she accused me of being ridiculous and jealous. I couldn’t win.
And then this morning, I noticed them together again. And what I saw launched a sickness in the pit of my gut.
They were talking about what it was like to live with parents that weren’t together. Something I couldn’t understand because my parents still acted like newlyweds even after thirty years.
And all those jealous feelings resurfaced. I was seething.
Lexie never confided in me like this. I had no idea she felt alone and lost when her uncle left her father for all those years. And then I didn’t know she resented them having yet another baby, this time triplets. She didn’t tell me anything.
But she unloaded on James, sitting with him on pillows in front of a fire.
I had to get her out of here or I was going to lose her. I knew it.
Unfortunately, I couldn’t confess this to my mother. So I relented. “Fine. We’ll come out this weekend. I’m sure Lexie would like to visit your theme park and Brindleton Bay.”
“Good. Can’t wait to see the both of you! Bye, son! I love you!”
Oh. My. GOD!
I was witnessing the sweetest, coolest, geekiest wedding of the century! My chest was going to explode in heart emoji’s at any second!
And Charlie made it possible. I had the most thoughtful boyfriend on the planet. I loved him so much!
He got the idea when we were all chilling in the kitchen. Before we knew it, Reese got down on one knee and proposed!
I told Charlie that Reese and Copper had met at Hero Bowling Alley a few years ago. So he said wouldn’t it be cool if they had their wedding there?
And they agreed!
So, fast forward a few weeks, they decked themselves out in Super Serafina Stardust outfits. (From her latest movie, btw. I didn’t even own that suit yet.)
Charlie had rented out the bowling alley as a wedding gift.
The women looked amazing. And their vows turned on the waterworks for everyone!
As I watched them kiss, I knew right then that was what I’d wanted. To get married and live with the love of my life in a house. Away from the city. And maybe…just maybe in time (when I got used to the idea), we’d squirt out a kid or two (most likely when I hit my thirties and felt my biological clock ticking away).
Reese and Copper looked so happy.
I wondered if Charlie was thinking the same thing. (And then my mind wandered to how our children were going to look. Like they’d have his beautiful almond shaped eyes with my Pongan coloring. At least I’d hoped.)
We were going to visit his family this weekend, too. Oh GOD! What if he was going to pop the question? It’d be the perfect time. I loved theme parks. His family built one in Brindleton Bay a few years ago. God, they were beyond wealthy (which freaked me out sometimes).
I couldn’t wait to find out!