FOREVER TOGETHER

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Two, three days later, on a Sunday morning, Drake was asleep when Elizabeth came and knocked on his door.

Itโ€™s unusual for her to call all the family members for church, but that day was hers and Jacksonโ€™s 27th wedding anniversary.

โ€œDrakeโ€ฆโ€ฆ! You awake?โ€, Elizabeth asked from outside.

Elizabeth could hear nothing. Since his door was unlocked from inside, she opened it and went in. She saw that he was asleep yet.

โ€œDrake, wake up. Itโ€™s Sunday and we have to head to church. Itโ€™s 5.00 a.m. in the morning. Come on, wake up. โ€, Elizabeth said.

โ€œMom, please let me sleep for some more time; you go and call Jo, by the time you call her, I will be up.โ€, Drake said while half asleep. Saying that, he continued his sleep.

He said so because Joanna is the one in their house who never wakes up no matter how many calls. It takes even half an hour to wake her up.

Elizabeth understood his purpose, but said nothing and went away.

When she reached the girlsโ€™ room, where Joanna, Martha, and Susanne usually sleep, she was shocked to see that Joanna was awake.

โ€œJo, you awake?โ€™โ€, she asked.

โ€œYeah! Mom.โ€, Joanna said.

When she turned around, she saw Susanne sitting on a chair reading some books as usual.

โ€œJo, wake Martha up and three of you get ready for church.โ€ Saying this Elizabeth left.

It was almost 5:30 in the morning, and everyone were ready to go for the holy mass.

The Mass starts at 6:00 a.m.

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It was 7:30 a.m. when the Mass ended.

โ€œSo, shall we head back home?โ€ Joanna asked.

โ€œWhere is mom?โ€ Asked Martha.

โ€œMom went to the cemetery,โ€ Susanne said.

โ€œYou girls may head back home. Where are Lorenzo and Drake?โ€ Jackson asked.

โ€œI think they both left. I canโ€™t see Lorenzoโ€™s car hereโ€, Susanne said.

โ€œWhat about mom?โ€ Joanna asked.

โ€œDonโ€™t worry about her, Iโ€™ll accompany her. โ€ Jackson smiled and walked to the cemetery. Henzel also accompanied him.

The three girls walked over to their car talking about random stuffs.

โ€œWhoโ€™s gonna drive?โ€ Martha asked.

โ€œMe for sure,โ€ Susanne said. Martha threw the carโ€™s key at Susanne and she caught it. The three drove off.

Suddenly Leandro and Ruth approached Jackson.

โ€œJackson!โ€, Leandro called him.

โ€œYes.โ€, Jackson replied.

โ€œRuth and I are going to my guest house here in Beverly as few of my friends have come to see us there. You all may go and weโ€™ll be back in the evening.โ€, Leandro informed him.

On hearing this, Henzel asked, โ€œOh! Is it? Wonโ€™t you guys be there today in our house for the wedding anniversary?โ€.

โ€œWhen they return in the evening, we can all go out.โ€, Jackson said.

Thatโ€™s when Henzel remembered about the surprise party for the Wedding Anniversary. As soon as Ruth and Leandro left, Henzel ran from the church to his house without Jackson noticing.

Jackson waited for Elizabeth for some time and when she came back, they both left.

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