An hour and a half later Melissa stood in front of the full-length mirror in the hotel bathroom in awe.
“Well, do you like it?” Lisa asked excitedly as she stood almost bouncing in her excitement.
“We know you like red and we figured you wouldn’t want to wear a dress. We were right… weren’t we?” Stella asked next.
“Girls, I love it,” Melissa agreed with excitement. “When did you find the time to buy it though?”
Lisa laughed, saying, “I ordered it online after I left the hospital. I knew just looking at Trenton he was going to ask you to marry him, it was just a matter of time.”
Melissa hummed as she continued to stare at herself in the mirror, turning this way and that. The girls had bought her a white dress suit, which included a white jacket covered in satin lace, and white pants that fit her curves like a glove. It was classy and stylish and suited her personality to a T. The blouse was red silk. They’d also gotten a pair of red ballet-style slippers since she didn’t ever wear high heels.
Lisa had pulled just a bit of her hair on top of her head back and pinned it with a small red flower. Thankfully, her hair had grown a bit and was now almost shoulder length.
Stella had done her makeup, keeping it minimal with just a bit of mascara and eyeliner. Last, she had added a dark red lipstick that matched the dark red fingernail polish that covered her finger and toenails.
Reaching up, Melissa fingered the necklace that hung just above the top of the blouse. It looked beautiful and hung perfectly, so she decided to not wear any other jewelry.
Suddenly, Stella squeaked drawing Melissa’s eye from her reflection. “Look at the time! We need to go, don’t want to be late.”
“Yeah, Trenton just sent a text,” Lisa added. “He and his parents are waiting for us downstairs.”
“What are we waiting for then, girls?” Melissa asked.
All three of them hurried toward the door of the room. When they arrived downstairs, Trenton turned to look, and Melissa saw his eyes light up as he caught sight of her. She could see the love and awe on his face and knew she had the same look on her own.
Trenton was wearing a tux, the most dressed up he’d ever been in the time Melissa had known him. It was black with a red bowtie and vest. He also had a red rosebud boutonniere on his lapel. Walking up to her, he took her hands in his and leaned in to kiss her cheek. “You look beautiful Melissa.”
“And you look very handsome.”
Trenton stepped back and turned to face his parents.
“Oh, Melissa, I love that outfit, it’s exquisite. Wherever did you find it?” Kay asked.
“I didn’t, Lisa did,” Melissa answered.
“Oh, and look at that lovely necklace,” Kay murmured, stepping closer to get a good look.
Looking down at the necklace, Melissa said, “This is my engagement gift from Trenton. He gave it to me when he asked me to marry him.”
“Oh, that’s nice. I just realized you aren’t wearing an engagement ring, where is it?” Kay asked as she looked down at Melissa’s left hand where it now lay on Trenton’s chest.
“Ah, well… you see, I don’t like rings much. I never have, so Trenton came up with a compromise,” Melissa told her.
Which is the truth, I don’t like them. This comes from them being a complication when I need to phase, it’s too much of a hassle to remove them, and must put them back on after. However, I can’t exactly tell his mom that.
“You won’t even wear a wedding ring?” Henry asked. “I never wore a ring in my life until I married, but I won’t go anywhere now without my wedding ring.”
Melissa wasn’t sure what to say to that. So, she glanced up at Trenton, hoping he would.
“Don’t worry, Dad, I got it covered,” Trenton said as he pulled something out of his pocket.
It was a golden bracelet with vines engraved around it with the words ‘his chosen love’ on it.
“Oh Trenton, it’s beautiful,” Melissa murmured as she looked at the bangle style bracelet. “Where did you ever find this? It looks almost identical to my dad’s ring.”
“I got lucky,” Trenton informed her. “I found this little jewelry shop that does custom jewelry. When I saw this bracelet, I knew it was perfect, and for a little extra cash, he had the engraving done for me in thirty minutes. He told me if it weren’t exactly what I wanted he could add to it later. I wasn’t sure if I had the engravings exact or not.”
“Son, that isn’t a ring,” Henry huffed with a slight frown.
Trenton turned to look at him. “I know Dad, but I didn’t want to get her a ring she’d hate but felt she had no choice but to wear. Instead, I bought her something I knew she’d like.”
“I love it just as much as I love my engagement necklace,” Melissa informed them all. “Now, let’s go because I’m ready to become Mrs. Davison.”
Melissa didn’t remember much about the ceremony itself because she was too busy staring at her soon-to-be-husband. She did, however, remember the exchanging of the rings because the minister gave them an odd look when he saw Trenton clasp the bracelet around her wrist instead of putting a ring on her finger. He didn’t say anything, but you could see by the look on his face he wanted to. She had to fight the urge to laugh at the man.
She also remembered slipping the huge ring on Trenton’s finger, worrying it would be so big it would look ridiculous until they could have it resized. Trenton’s ring finger was long and slender, maybe a size nine? Anyway, her dad’s finger had not only been long but BIG, most likely a size fourteen. Yet when she’d slipped the ring on Trenton’s finger, it had glowed for a moment, then suddenly it was a perfect fit. She’d heard Trenton’s indrawn breath as it happened, but thankfully the ones around them hadn’t noticed.
So, when the ceremony was over and all the paperwork had been signed, they had walked out as Mr. and Mrs. Trenton Davison. Stepping outside the little chapel, they said their goodbyes and went their separate ways.
Trenton’s parents had decided the day had been long enough and were going back to their room.
Lisa and Stella figured this was a once in a lifetime opportunity. So, they were headed for a casino to see what all the hype was about.
Trenton and Melissa headed for their room to start their honeymoon. They gave each other a loving kiss before stepping into the taxi that would take them there.
None of them ever saw the camera flashing, taking pictures of the wedding party. Neither did they notice it flashing again as the newlyweds kissed lovingly before getting into the taxi taking them back to the hotel.
“Oh, boy!” Stella gasped the next morning as she looked at the newspaper she’d requested with her breakfast.
“What’s wrong?” Lisa asked her as she helped herself to some bacon.
Stella turned the front page of the paper toward Lisa and waited.
“Oh, boy!” Lisa exclaimed, echoing her sister. “I think they need to see that, so they won’t be blindsided by reporters.”
Stella lay the paper aside and began to eat. “Yeah, I agree but how do I get it to them. We’re leaving today with Trenton’s parents and they may not come up for air for days.”
“Leave it to me, if there is one thing I know how to do, it’s how to get things done,” Lisa said as she picked up her phone.