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Thank You... (A Short Story)

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Summary

It is one of, if not the, most important day of Aubrey's life. She has something equally important that she has to do. All Rights Reserved ©

Genre:
Romance / Other
Author:
Mrs_H
Status:
Complete
Chapters:
1
Rating:
5.0 1 review
Age Rating:
18+

Thank You

I stare out of my bedroom window at the spectacular view which I have woken up to every morning for over twenty years. I have always been fascinated at the way the fields look to be never ending when in fact the bustling town is only on the other side of the tall trees seen in the distance. I have so many memories of sitting here and staring out into the breathtaking beauty to calm my mind of the chaos that could at times overwhelm me. I tuck my legs under myself to get comfortable on the window bench and I smile as I feel the soft material of my silk robe move against my skin. I take a sip of my champagne before putting my glass down beside me and look at the blank piece of paper in front of me. I smile once more before I place my pen to paper and begin writing.

Dear Chase,

It’s been a while and I apologise for not saying any of this sooner but as today drew closer I knew I had to say it.

Thank you.

Thank you for helping me pick up my books that day when Tommy Rutherford so rudely ran into me and sent me skidding on my ass across the school corridor. Thank you for looking at me that day and I mean really looking at me. I remember the way your piercing blue eyes looked deep into my soul, sending butterflies to my stomach. You were the first boy to ever make me feel like that. Thank you for walking me to class and then inviting me to have lunch with you while you displayed that megawatt smile of yours. Thank you, because that lunch was the start of our relationship and what a relationship it was.

We were inseparable, spending every moment we could together and enjoying all of it. I remember the way I laughed when you later admitted I had finished school for the summer and like a caterpillar had disappeared and then blossomed before coming back to school like a beautiful butterfly and it was then that you noticed me and never looked back. Thank you for continuing to make me laugh like that on a regular basis.

Thank you for believing in me and in turn building my confidence. Thank you for encouraging me in everything that I did, even if you did think it was rather adventurous. Like the time I insisted on trying out for the cheerleading squad even though I do not possess an ounce of coordination. You knew I wouldn’t make the cut yet you still came with me and cheered me on with enthusiasm. Thank you for taking care of me and tending to the bruises I gained from said tryout.

Thank you for not only taking care of me physically but also mentally and emotionally. Being with you felt like I was constantly flying on a fluffy cloud and you would continue to raise me higher. Thank you for always listening and always without judgement.

Thank you for teaching me to value myself, to believe that I can achieve whatever I set out to do and to never let doubt take over.

Thank you for making me feel like I was the most beautiful girl in the room... no scrap that, the planet! In your eyes I was perfect and if I ever had a harsh word to say about myself you would stand me in front of the mirror and make me say affirmations until you were satisfied.

Thank you for loving me and showing me that love on a daily basis. There was never a time when I felt like you weren’t interested anymore. Thank you for teaching me how to love in return and to open myself up to someone.

Thank you for being my first. My first boyfriend, my first kiss, my first lover and most importantly my first love. You will always hold a piece of my heart and that will never change.

“Aubrey?”

Startled, I look up and see my older sister standing in the doorway. I was so engrossed in what I was doing that I didn’t hear her come in.

“It’s your turn,” she smiles at me.

“I’ll be through in a minute, I’m nearly finished,” I tell her as a single tear runs down my cheek. Of course all I had done was make her curious. She walks over to me and looks at the letter in my lap. Now my sister is a gossip queen. There is nothing going on in this town that she doesn’t know about, however, I know that she only read who this letter was addressed to and decided not to read any further. I can see it in her eyes. “Carrie I...”

“Shhh, no need to explain little lamb, I understand,” she smiles at me affectionately as she calls me by my family pet name, a name I’ve always hated but grew to accept. “I’ll tell them you will be another minute.” As another tear falls, she wipes it away and kisses me on the forehead before leaving my room, closing the door gently behind her.

I look down at the letter I’ve just written and feeling satisfied I finish it off.

Love you always

Butterfly

I quickly pop it into an envelope and take a few deep breaths before looking out at the view one last time. “Let’s do this, Aubs.” I quickly down the rest of my champagne before I make my way to the others.

After a couple of hours of pampering and many more glasses of champagne I stare at myself in the mirror as I smooth down the ivory lace.

“Are you ready, little lamb?”

I roll my eyes before I smile and laugh then turn to see my Dad standing staring at me.

“You look incredible darling,” he smiles and I feel the pride pouring from him. He hooks his arm for me and I take it. We get to the top of the stairs and I suddenly panic.

“Shit! Dad give me two minutes.”

“But...”

“I’ll be right back I promise.”

I rush through to my room, well as best I can in these skyscraper heels, I still don’t know why I couldn’t just wear my converse. I quickly grab the envelope and carefully place it into my clutch. I take another deep breath before heading back to my Dad.

“Are you ready?”

“As I’ll ever be Dad.”

The car ride to town isn’t long at all and when we pull up the others are already there waiting. My Dad helps me out of the car and loops my arm through his.

“Dad, I need a minute,” I pull away from him and start to head in the opposite direction.

“Aubrey!”

“Leave her Dad, she needs to do this.”

I weave my way to where I need to go and I reach my destination. I pull the envelope from my bag and kiss the back of it before I place it in front of the gravestone.

Chase Liam Phillips

10.02.1995 - 08.08.2004

Taken From Us Too Soon

Gone But Never Forgotten

“Thank you Chase,” I whisper and as I step away I notice there is another envelope laying upside down on the grass a few yards from Chase’s plot. I pick it up and when I turn it over I’m shocked to see it is also addressed to Chase. “I know that writing,” I mumble to myself and as I’m about to open it I hear the church bells chime to signal it’s 2pm. “Shit!” I quickly place the envelope next to mine and lift my dress to hurry back. Not an easy task when these damn heels keep sinking in the grass!

“There you are! Come on, he’ll be worried you changed your mind.”

“Sorry Dad, I’m ready now.”

My sister gives me a questioning look and I nod my head to let her know I’m fine. She smiles and nods back in understanding.

The ceremony is beautiful. The church is decked out in an array of lillies and leafy decorations and so many friends and family have joined us. Miraculously the vows were said without any cockups.

I’m standing outside while people give congratulations and some even commiserations earning them laughter from the crowd. As the last car leaves to take the guests to the next location I find myself staring out at a different view. I look over the graveyard and see Chase’s headstone from here. I jump slightly when I feel strong arms surround my waist from behind.

“Sorry I didn’t mean to startle you,” his gruff voice instantly soothing me.

“No, I’m sorry my mind was somewhere else.”

“Chase?”

I nod my head in confirmation and I feel his soft lips on my temple as they place a kiss.

“Did you go over?”

“Yes before the ceremony.”

“Me too.”

I turn my head, surprised at the comment.

“You did?”

“Yes. There were things I wanted to tell him.”

My eyes search his and realisation hits me.

“You wrote him the other letter!”

“Yeah. I found it easier to write it down than to say it out loud for some reason.”

“Can I ask what you wrote?”

There’s a few moments of silence between us then I feel his rough but gentle fingers stroke my cheek.

“I promised him I would continue to spend everyday for the rest of my life making you happy. That you will always feel loved and that I will take care of you.”

Just like earlier a single tear falls down my cheek but it is quickly wiped away and replaced with a gentle kiss.

“Are you ready to leave or would you like to stay a few more minutes?”

“I’m ready to leave now.”

He takes my hand in his and we make our way to the waiting car.

“Thank you.”

I look up at him in confusion. What on earth is he thanking me for? He sees I’m confused and starts laughing. Once he has calmed he kisses me gently sending butterflies to my stomach.

“Thank you for loving me, for teaching me how to love and be loved and thank you for becoming my wife... Mrs Rutherford.”

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