When the girls and Blaine arrived at True Hearts Chapel, Blaine and Perion signed in and they all took seats on pew-like benches. There were several couples ahead of them. They expected it to be crowded, but not like it actually was.
Perion was sitting beside Blaine, nervously fidgeting, when she glanced down at her engagement ring. She wasn’t thinking about the ring or her upcoming nuptials. Instead, she thought about where she’d left the ring a short time ago. In other words, she was thinking about Lein and their lovemaking. She did not know why she was in Vegas or why she had suggested they marry so abruptly. She didn’t know if she actually wanted to marry Blaine or even if she still loved him.
She glanced at Blaine. “I have to go to the ladies room,” she whispered.
He noticed her paling face. “You all right?”
“I’m a little nauseous,” she said simply.
Perion bolted from the room, just making it in time to relieve her sickness. Debi ran in a few minutes later. She could hear the industrial grinding of Perion’s retching before she even opened the bathroom door. She waited for her friend in silence. After a little while, Perion came out of the stall and looked even more pale and sick than before. She walked up to the sink and turned the faucet on. She repeatedly splashed cold water on her face until the nausea cleared.
“Are you okay,” Debi asked.
Perion looked at her reflection in the mirror. “Yes, I’m fine, just nervous.”
“Peri, you’re kidding yourself. Why are you here? Why do you want to marry somebody you really don’t want to?”
“Who says I really don’t want to marry Blaine,” she asked defensively.
“Your stomach for one. Me for another. For God’s sake, Peri, you went to bed with Lein Blake. If you had wanted Blaine forever, then you wouldn’t have done it. If you marry the guy, you’re going to be miserable. And you’ll probably end up in Lein’s bed again and again anyway. Call it off while you can.”
“I’m not calling anything off,” she said shortly.
“Perion, I can’t believe you. You’re in here puking your guts out because you know you’re making the biggest mistake of your life.”
She shook her head. “No, the biggest mistake of my life was letting Lein fuck me. I’m doing the right thing now, I know I am.”
Without another word to Debi, Perion dried off her face and left the bathroom. Debi sighed to herself and hoped that Lein would make it in time. She had no doubt he would come, but she wanted him to hurry.