Accidentally Met HerBy: Lauren Wood
An Accidental Marriage Romance
I groaned inwardly and I didn’t even have to look behind me. Vegas was full of men that were out to have fun, even though everyone knew that it wouldn’t go anywhere.
“Keep walking. Trust me, that seat is empty for a reason.”
“Well, not anymore. Don’t mind me, but it looks like you could use a little company.”
I turned towards the voice, already a few sheets to the wind and I was surprised at how tall and handsome he was. They certainly didn’t have guys like this back in California. His suit was impeccable, and I had to wonder what he was doing in this place.
I shook my head and told him that it was just as bad. The bartender came over and the man ordered a couple shots of whiskey and another of what I was having.
“Yeah, does the trick.”
“And what trick is that?”
“Makes me give a damn a whole lot less. That’s what is needed right now.”
“I see. What has you feeling this way? I hate to see a pretty girl like you upset.”
“My best friend just got married today.”
“Ah, I see. Men have the same reaction to weddings.”
I didn’t even know this guy, but I was telling him more than I told anyone else. I don’t know why it was easier to talk to a random stranger, but it just was. He didn’t seem to be leaving anytime soon, and he wasn’t too bothersome.
“I don’t think so. Guys don’t want to get married. They are always holding out for something better.”
“Not all men. Some can appreciate a beautiful woman when they find one. What is your name?”
“That is the perfect name for you.”
“Why, because you bet I taste like sweet Candy?”
“Heard that one before, have you?”
“Only a thousand times.”
“Well I will spare you a thousand and one. It is the perfect name though. It’s a name that would be unforgettable.”
“Sometimes that isn’t always a good thing. I’ve decided to give up on the lot of you.”
He took my hand and I felt a shiver with the touch. “Don’t give up on all of us Candy. I promise that we are not all that way.”
“You don’t believe me?”
I looked at his hand and asked why he wasn’t married if it was so great.
“I hadn’t found the right one, but I think I have now.”
He made me blush, something I hadn’t done in a long time and it was hard for me to meet his gaze.
“Is that so?”
“Oh yeah. I would marry you in a heartbeat, Candy.”
I took a swig of my drink and I really thought that I was calling his bluff. If he wanted to say such things, I was going to call him on it. I was feeling rebellious and I still had a few hours to burn until my flight back to California.
“Yeah, you said you want to get married. Let’s do it. Then we will both have it out of the way and won’t have to worry about it anymore.”
I looked at the drink in my hand, finished it off and said that I was.
“I mean, it’s not like Vegas marriages really count, right?”
We were halfway through the ceremony when it got to the part about speaking now or forever holding their peace. I looked out to the people that were behind us and I don’t know why, but the knot that had been growing in my stomach was sure that someone was going to pop up and say that we couldn’t be married. I saw it happening several times in my head, so when an older man did stand up and said those very words, I wasn’t really hearing it. “What?”
Jax was cursing under his breath, asking the man what the hell was going on. I was like Jax, I wanted to know as well. I didn't know who the person was standing there, but he didn't look so happy to be getting all the attention now. The attention he was getting, was not a good intention and I almost felt sorry for him if he wasn't in the middle of ruining my wedding.
“I work for the office of Cheryl Roberts. I just found out some information when doing the background check that was requested by the groom and I found out that the bride-to-be is already married. So, since she is already legally married, there can be no wedding today. I am sorry that I had to say it like this, but it is impossible to talk to either one of you before the wedding. Your security is rather strong.”