Hello again!! I'm ba-ack! And I have a huge apology to make. I said that the sequel would be out a few weeks after I finished this… so I started writing it and I got to the end of the first chapter and I couldn't write anymore. I have no inspiration for writing a sequel. So, I've spent these past few months since Escape finished writing a few other stories that I hope to publish soon, but there WILL NOT BE A SEQUEL. I'm really sorry. I know I made the epilogue totally a teaser for a sequel, but it's just not working out. So, I rewrote the epilogue and focused it more on Abbey and Josh and left all romance between Kyle and Sophie out of it. I wanted it to be available for you to read if you so desire…. THANKS! And keep watching for me! THE AUTHOR
"WHERE IS KYLE?!?!?!" Abbey Ireland-soon-to-be-Wilson fairly roared as she paced the small bridal room of the Westbrook Community Church.
"He'll be here, Abbey. Chill out!" Sophie Wilson rolled her eyes. Abbey had been on the edge all day. Everyone just contributed it to wedding day nerves and let her be.
"He told me he'd be here yesterday for the wedding rehearsal. Then, he said he'd be here this morning. Now, it is 20 minutes before the wedding is supposed to start and Kyle is STILL not here! We CANNOT have a wedding without the best man!" Abbey sank down into a chair.
"He'll be here, Abbey! Don't worry!" Sophie told her. She straightened her mint green dress and turned back to the bride. "When Bryant went to pick him up at the airport, he said he'd be here as soon as possible. So don't worry about it! If he still isn't here, I'll take care of the rings." Sophie, as maid-of-honor, had already taken tons of responsibilities. What was one more?
Kyle Palmer raced up the steps to the small church. His plane had been late getting into Nashville and when he finally got to Westbrook, the ceremony was due to start any minute. As he burst through the front doors, tightening his tie and still shoving his right shoe on, a woman in the front pointed him to the groom's room. After a quick knock, he came through the door.
"It's about time you showed up!" Josh Wilson teased. "I've been hearing rumors that my fiancée has been going out of her mind, wondering when you'll get here. You'd better let her know you're here."
"Can you send someone to tell her? I need to get ready. I got dressed on the way here." Kyle grimaced, looking at his disheveled appearance in the mirror.
"You have five minutes. And, just to let you know, as the best man, you're escorting my sister, Sophie." Josh said. He calmly straightened his tux and brushed a few fingers through his hair.
"You know, as the groom, you're looking mighty relaxed." Kyle told him, fixing his hair.
"I have nothing to worry about. I didn't have anything to do with planning this wedding so I don't have to worry about the little details. And I'm marrying the most perfect girl in the world, why worry?" Josh's eyes warmed and he seemed to go off into another world as he thought about Abbey.
Kyle sighed and rolled his eyes at his love-stuck friend. There was no doubt that Abbey and Josh would be married for eternity. They were so much in love.
A burst of music interrupted both of their thoughts. "Come on. That's our cue to go to the front. We are supposed to go in the main doors, down the aisle and to the altar. You stand next to me on the right. Here are the rings, so you need to give them to us when the minister says so. At the end of the ceremony, after Abbey and I leave, you escort Sophie out and go directly to the town square for the reception. Think you can do it?" Josh asked Kyle.
"Piece of cake." Kyle answered.
Kyle easily found his position next to Josh and prepared to wait for the ceremony to begin. Finally, the wedding march began. The doors opened and Abbey's cousin's daughter came out. She scattered rose petals down the aisle, grinning hugely at everyone. Then came the 4 bridesmaids, 2 were Abbey's cousins and the other two were Josh's.
Sophie entered and nearly danced up the aisle. Kyle knew she was ecstatic for the wedding of her brother and her best friend. Her face was flushed with excitement and Kyle could almost feel the joy radiating from her.
Finally, Sophie took her place and the music changed. The main doors opened once more and Abbey entered. Josh's mouth dropped when he saw her and the entire congregation sighed in awe. Abbey looked gorgeous in a white off-the-shoulder gown of the finest silk. Her hair was piled on her head in a mass of blonde curls, with little white flowers tucked into it. She calmly strode up the aisle in a sort of trance, her eyes locked on Josh and a dreamy smile on her face.
The ceremony was beautiful and heart-felt. When the time came, Kyle produced the rings from his suit pocket and watched as Abbey and Josh slid the rings on each other's fingers, love bursting from their eyes. The minister pronounced them man and wife and Josh and Abbey drew close for their first kiss as a married couple.
Abbey and Josh joyfully left the church in a shower of bubbles blown by the guests. They jumped into the limousine and took off, a "Just Married" banner flying behind them.
"They have got to be the happiest couple I have ever seen." Sophie said, from next to Kyle. He looked down at her and laughed.
"I agree. Now, let's get to that reception. I want some cake!" Kyle grinned.
Abbey and Josh stood near the door to the tent where their wedding reception was in full swing. Their arms were wrapped around each other and they happily greeted guests and well-wishers. Abbey sighed in contentment.
"That was a pretty hefty sigh, hon." Josh smiled down at her.
"I'm just so happy, Josh. I mean, we're married! Did you ever think four months ago that we would be married?" Abbey asked him, looking into his eyes.
"We would have been married before this if I hadn't been so pig-headed and sat in my cabin for weeks. I—" Abbey cut him off with a tender kiss.
"Don't, Josh. Let's forget about those weeks. All that matters is that you showed up at my dressing room door. Don't beat yourself up about it. I love you and we're together now. That's all that matters." Abbey kissed him again.
"Do you two think you can keep your lips off each other to talk to your favorite people in the world?" Kyle teased.
"Kyle!!" Sophie scolded. "We're not their favorite people anymore! Now they're each other's favorite person."
"Well, fine then. If that's how they want to be, I guess they don't really need my wedding gift." Kyle sulked, but couldn't hide his grin.
"Ky-yle, you know I still love you." Abbey grinned, then looked back at her husband. "I just love Josh more. In fact," she nuzzled Josh's cheek, "I'm so crazy in love with Josh that I don't know whether I'm upside down or right-side-up."
"Eeew. Too much PDA!" Kyle teased.
"Aww, it's so romantic!" Sophie sighed.
Josh opened his mouth to say something, but was interrupted by the DJ's voice booming out across the tent.
"And now, ladies and gentlemen, may I have the honor of presenting to you Josh and Abbey Wilson! Let's bring the newlyweds to the dance floor for their first dance as a married couple!" The audience applauded as Josh and Abbey stepped onto the dance floor. The opening strains of "That's When I'll Stop Loving You" floated out and Josh dipped Abbey down and kissed her for all he was worth. The audience cheered and whistled, but the happy couple was oblivious to everything but the other's arms.
(really this time)