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PICTURE OF JEREMY HARRINGTON ----------------------->>>>
When people say the phrase, ‘this is the worst day of my life’, they really don’t know how good they’ve got it. Most times, it’s because they fell flat on their asses in public or got drenched in the rain or rain puddles.
From their point of view, I guess it could be pretty awful, but from mine nothing compared to the 24th of February – about a week after valentine’s, might I point out? – because I couldn’t even describe that day as the worst day of my life.
Humiliation combined with a large bout of rejection, made it way worse.
That day – my wedding day – was supposed to be the best day of my life – or so I’m told – because, I was supposed to become Mrs. Stewart.
When I first met Matthew Stewart, I thought his name was pretty common and I was a bit put off by the whole first name-first name thing.
And the fact that it was so closely related to ‘Martha Stewart’.
But I overlooked it, entirely – maybe it was the combination of sandy blond hair and glistening blue eyes, I don’t know. But, at the weakening of my knees and the heartwarming somersaults, I thought he was the real deal.
How wrong I was!
As I sat in the church dressing rooms, all clad in a strapless, Cinderella-like wedding dress, with my face all made up, waiting for Matthew to show up to our wedding, I couldn’t help but wonder if I was doing it – getting married – for all the right reasons.
I was born jaded and had always turned up my nose at the thought of love, marriage, kids – the whole shebang.
But I loved Matthew.
And really, it couldn’t get any better than him.
The flower girl – my older sister, Frannie’s, only kid, Willow – was already asleep on an armchair in the corner.
The six year old ring bearer – Matt’s nephew, Rick – was fiddling with his bowtie; his shirt already tucked out and shoes, goodness knew where.
My sisters, Rosie and Frannie – all dressed up in matching peach chiffon dresses – were beginning to get worried because it was an hour later than it was supposed to start already, and some guests had begun to leave.
Whenever I looked at them, though, they gave me encouraging smiles.
I didn’t really need it.
I was just waiting.
I wasn’t sure if I was waiting for Matthew. Or for the crash.
The guard at the door walked in and said, “Delivery for Miss Carter”, in a sexy British accent.
I gave him a small smile as my heart pounded hard against my ribs.
I wasn’t scared.
I wasn’t worried.
I was just anticipating.
Everyone knows a delivery at your wedding service is most likely not good news.
The guard didn’t smile back as I signed for the package, and I took the box from him.
I mumbled a ‘thanks’ and shut the door.
The box was quite small; about ten by ten centimeters. I fingered the edges, before tearing it open.
Rosie and Frannie were standing by me – probably for support.
I pulled out a letter and a little black velvet box which looked uncannily like the one Matthew had proposed to me with – I didn’t open it though.
The letter said:
I don’t know what to say, I guess I chickened out.
I really am not ready for a life-long commitment just yet. I hope you understand.
Please put Rick in a cab and send him up to my apartment. Here’s a $20 bill - I don’t want to owe you anything.
|Matt Bomer||as Jeremy Harrington|
|Katheryn Winnick||as Deana|
|Lindsay Sloane||as Stacey|
|Jason Lewis||as Matthew|
|Christine Baranski||as Deana's mom|
|Edward Herrmann||as Deana's dad|
|Kyle Lowder||as Bradley Cole|
|Jessica Biel||as Sheila|
|Bradley Cooper||as Jerry|
|Cameron Diaz||as Rosie|
|Nicole Kidman||as Frannie|
|Robert Buckley||as Dave|
|Ian McKellen||as Scottie|
|Ryan Reynolds||as Greg|
|Emily Blunt||as Savannah|
|Claire Geare||as Willow|
|Emma Thompson||as Lauren's mom|
|Jaclyn Smith||as Sophie Harrington|