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Part 1: Dress shopping

“Deep breaths babe” Ophelia comforts. She pats my back as I slowly try to remember why I haven’t found a dress. Not even after the 5th bridal store. We’re sitting on Gaia’s couch trying to look at photos of different dresses that I’ve tried on.

“One dress is too poofy, the other is to scratchy, one has fat straps. It’s like I can’t make up my mind and it is on constant replay. I don’t feel it with a dress that we’ve tried. I don’t know what to do the wedding is in 3 weeks. I can’t believe that bitch at the bridal shop offered the lady triple the price for my dress. Who even pays that much for a dress?” I ask upset.

“I don’t know but let me tell you hun it made her look awful boxy” Ope says and Gaia and I laugh. “Listen I have been working on something I would like to show you” Ope says and disappears into another room. “It took about 4-5 all nighters but...” she says as she reappears around the corner with a black garment bag. “I made you a wedding dress. You were saying different things every dress didn’t have that you wanted so. I took all of what you wanted a beaded bodice and even a sleeveless sweetheart neck line and...” She takes out the dress and tears come to my eyes, a princess like dress comes into view. Something out of princess in the pauper but all white. It is stunning.

“, this is... this is my dress” I say crying and she sets the dress down gently and comes to hug me.

“Aww the bride is so emotional” she jokes and I laugh.

“I can still kick your ass any day” I say and she nods still hugging me.

“I believe it girl, I believe it” she says


Part 2: Big News

“You did what?” Gage shouts looking at Ophelia tomorrow is my bachelorette party and Ophelia thought it would be funny to take me to Vegas, order male strippers, and a mechanical penis bull apparently. Gage didn’t like the stripper part.

“Please Cage” she starts, she started this thing where she calls him every name on the planet but his own just for the purpose of pissing him off. His reactions are actually quite hilarious.

“Gage-” he corrects and she rolls her eyes at him.

“Wage, I’m sure Ryan and Estefan have an excellent bachelor party planned, this is your last day with Dare for the next 24 to 48 hours so enjoy it” she says and moves to leave with our mothers and the girls.

“Wait” I say and they turn around I go to the front of the living room and gesture for them to sit down. Once everyone is seated I take a breath. “I have news” I say and Gage looks worried.

“Are you okay?” he asks and I nod. Slightly feeling nauseous I gather up my last bit of courage and say.

“I’m pregnant” I breathe out a sigh of relief when I hear Gages happy tears and saying he’s gonna call his dad.

“Oh my baby that is amazing” my mother coos as she hugs me.

“I’m scared mom” I say and she laughs and hugs me.

“There isn’t a mother out there that can say she wasn’t her first baby” she says and I laugh. “it’ll all be okay” she says and I nod.

“How far?” she asks

“About 6 to 8 weeks they said” I reply and she nods.

“Well thats why you aren’t showing yet. I hope its a girl” my mom says and I hear a.

“I hope it’s a boy” from the other side of the room where Gage is phone in his hand. It takes me a moment to realize it was his dad.

My mother turns on her heel and stalks toward the phone. “Richard” my mother says “Lets not debate about this, its going to be a girl” she says firmly hands on hips.

“Actually Margret it will be a boy my family is heavy on the boy genes” Richard boasts and my mother scoffs taking the phone from Gages hand.

They continue to bicker and Gage makes his way to me hugging me tightly. He puts a hand on my stomach and smiles at me widely. “What about you?” I ask and he peers at me.

“Do you want it to be a girl or a boy?” I ask curious.

“I honestly don’t mind either one but I am hoping for our first... Its a girl, a little one just...” he kisses my cheek. “Like” the opposite cheek and I giggle “You” he kisses my nose and then my lips. We pull apart at the whooping and hollering of Gages friends coming through the door.

“I give him 5 seconds” Ophelia says as Gage goes to hug his friends.

“I second that” his dad says over the phone.

“Me too” Mom says.

“I give him 3” Lilly and I say at the same time. I gasp “Twins!” we say again with a laugh.

“Loser buys dinner?” Ope asks offering her hand, I look at my guy and smile. I take her hand and shake.

“Deal” come on baby. 3...2...1...

“I’M GONNA BE A DAD!” he shouts and I exclaim in victory.

“So? what’s for dinner?” I ask throwing my arm over Ophelia’s shoulders and lean my head down as she rolls her eyes.

“Shut up” she says pushing my head away.


Part 3: Bachelorette party (Magic Mike XXL)

“I don’t know about this” I say as the scarily handsome stripper calls me on stage.

“You’ll be fine” Ope says and hands me a drink.

“Can’t I got a bun cooking” I say pointing at my stomach.

“Oh right whoops forgot” she says.

I am thrusted on stage and I thrust would be the right word. Wow he is going at it. I’m guessing he has no shame. He comes up close to me and I can smell his cologne. Awkward, okay am I done now? I silently ask Ophelia and she shakes her head at me.

What are these movements? its like the mix between a grind and the worm... “Oh my god” I exclaim as the stripper rips off his pants and reveals boxers. I cover my eyes with the bachelorette sash thats hanging from my shoulders. I look up and his package that is weirdly semi hard is right in my face...uhhh. I don’t know how I feel about this...


Part 4: I do

I am clutching onto my dads sleeve as he looks at me. “You look beautiful pumpkin” he says tears in his eyes. I hug him.

“Thank you daddy” the music plays and I turn to walk down the aisle.

Doubts and fears fade away as I see the man I love more than anything at the alter crying. Yes he’s crying. He wipes a tear as he grabs my hand.

“You look...” he says ogling and then he leans in “When I get you alone” he promises. I look at him and then everyone around me to make sure no one heard but when I catch the eyes of the priest he whispers. “Happens all the time” with a wink.

“Now let’s go ahead and exchange vows. Mr. Thomas” he gestures to Gage.

Gage sniffs but looks at me “I Gage Leroy Thomas take you Dare Liliana Williams, to be my lawfully wedded wife, to have and to hold, from this day forward, for better or for worse, for richer or for poorer, in sickness and in health, to love and to cherish. till death do us” his voice gives out and I want to kiss him so bad but I refrain “No even after that, after death...always” he promises and I nod.

“Okay now my turn, if I can get it out” I say with a laugh. “I Dare Liliana Williams take you Gage Leroy Thomas, to be my lawfully wedded wife, to have and to hold, from this day forward, for better or for worse, for richer or for poorer, in sickness and in health, to love and to cherish. After death...always” I say promising the same.

“Alright by the power vested in me I now pronounce you husband and wife, sir you may-” is all the man gets out before Gage meets me in a passionate kiss.

“Mr and Mrs. Thomas everyone” Unorthodox for an announcement but you know what I don’t even care.

Walking out of the church people throw rice and petals as we get into the limo to go to our honey moon.

“Where are we going?” I ask him and he looks at me.

“Babe I can’t tell you that it would ruin the surprise” he says

“Again?” I ask thinking back to our Paris date.

“Of course my love” He says and I scoff.



“Ow ow ow, it hurts” I say trying to breathe. I actually think Gage is more wigged out than I am right now. I am leaning on the end of our bed and the contractions are about 45 minutes apart.

“Okay okay, we need warm towels, can you take ibuprofen? what about-” he starts but I cut him off.

“What about we go to the hospital and forget everything else?” I suggest sarcastically.

“Oh yeah thats a good idea” he says grabbing his coat and hurrying out the door.

“GAGE” I yell and he comes back in.

“My wife who is pregnant and having the baby” he says and I scoff.

“What did you forget about that part?” I ask


“She’s crowning, I can see the babies head. One more push come on mamma” the lady doctor says. I give it everything I have with one last scream.

A babies cry fills the room and I start to cry. I slowly feel a tether attach itself to that little baby. Our baby boy.


“So, do you know what you want to name him?” the nurse asks. We’ve kept it a secret until now.

“Theodore Grey Thomas” I whisper. “Hello Teddy, my beautiful baby boy” I say softly. Gage smiles as I reach over. Gage softly takes him so I can get some sleep. But before I close my eyes I look at the perfect picture moment. Gage sitting down in a chair holding our baby boy.

Gage came into my life and filled it with unfathomable joy and love. Tears of pure joy fill my eyes as I think about how lucky I am to have met Gage. I never knew how happy I would be. This is not the end...

Just a beautiful never-ending beginning.

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