Wedding Day (Part 1): Aaron

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JUNE 2015

Aaron:

I'm gonna kill Ethan.

“Are you sure?” I asked again.

“Positive,” answered Luke at the other end of the line.

I cursed under my breath and pinched the bridge of my nose with my free hand.

“When did you find out?”

“Just now.”

“Where is he?”

“Retracing his steps.”

“Goddamnit, Ethan.”

“Calm down, man. We'll figure this out.”

“The wedding's in less than an hour. How do you expect me to calm down?”

Luke sighed. “Meet us at the edge of the woods.”

“I'm there.”

As soon as I hung up, I left the hotel room.

Everything about today was going perfect, which it should be. Not a detail was missed. It was all going so well. Even the freaking weather cooperated. But then Ethan went and screwed up with the one task he was entrusted to do. Damn it.

I walked through the lobby using long strides, on my way outside when Alyson came around the corner and almost collided with me. I managed to stop my tracks before we bumped into each other. I held her arms to balance her so she wouldn't fall, making sure not ruin her white dress in the process.

“Oops,” she smiled sheepishly. “Sorry, Aaron.”

“What are you doing down here?” I asked. “Shouldn't you be with Dakota?”

“Yeah,” she laughed. “She wanted an ice cream to get rid of the jitters, so I'm sneaking one in.” She waved the small box of Ben & Jerry's in her hand.

I nodded distractedly.

She must've seen something in my face because she frowned in concern, and added, “What's the matter?”

I opened my mouth to tell her, but then I changed my mind and closed it again. I didn't want to worry Dakota. If I told Alyson, there was no doubt that she'd tell my fiancee and all hell would break loose.

“Nothing,” I told her instead, forcing a smile.

Alyson clearly didn't believe me.

“Look, I'll just get some fresh air. It's getting stuffy in here. See you later, Allie.”

She then looked at me funny.

I didn't wait for her to respond. I dashed out of there. Doing my best in avoiding our family and friends who were all over the place, I managed to get to side of the hotel property near the woods.

Luke and Ethan were there waiting for me, already wearing their tuxes.

For a moment as I stared at my two best friends, I thought of the fact that we were basically grown-ups now. Sure, we just graduated from college not more than a month ago. But still, it was mind-blowing to think how we were so different from who we used to be when we were only teenagers – how matured we've become.

Eh. Not quite.

“Chill out, Aaron,” soothed Ethan cautiously, when I neared.

I clenched my hands into fists, trying to control myself.

It had been a year since I've seen Ethan, and he just got back last week. I didn't wanna destroy his face right before the wedding. But damn, the urge was too strong.

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