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Tying Up Loose Ends ...
On the plane Ethan took Celeste’s hand and squeezed it. Celeste looked up at Ethan and smiled.
“It’s going to be alright, my sweet.” Ethan said.
“I know it is Ethan, I just wish it were already over. I don’t look forward to this confrontation.” Celeste said.
The drive from the airport to her house in the rented car was a quiet one. Celeste thought about the big lonely house. She thought about all the memories that house held. Then she turned to look at Ethan. She never would have guessed in a million years that she would be sitting there as Mrs. Celeste Harris Bentley. Tears began to fill her eyes again.
“What’s the matter, Celeste?” Ethan asked concerned.
“What I had with Liam was special. I was young and very inexperienced. I was such a romantic and impressionable woman. There he was, bigger than life itself. Handsome and very experienced in the art of wooing a woman and making her feel extraordinary. It was such a whirlwind romance. Then I became pregnant, miscarried, married, became pregnant again and divorced.” Celeste shook her head.
“Then, I came on the scene and revealed my secret to you. We didn’t just fall in love, Celeste; we became the essence of love. All the wonder and all the caring of love became ours. I thought Carly and I shared something wonderful and we did. It was fast and furious. It was dynamic and compelling. But it was never celestial. This is what we have Celeste, something heavenly.” Ethan stopped the car briefly to kiss her tenderly.
She's Out Of Your Life ...
As the newlyweds pulled up into the driveway, they saw a car parked in front of Celeste’s house. The car belonged to Liam.
“Well, if it isn’t Mr. and Mrs. Bentley.” Liam slurred. It was apparent that he was drunk.
“Liam, you need to go home and sleep it off.” Celeste said quietly.
“Sleep it off, dear Celeste. When I awake, will you be mine once more. Will our marriage be intake and this loser gone?” Liam eyed Ethan menacingly.
“I don’t want any trouble, Liam.” Ethan said glaringly. Ethan was a man who kept himself in very good physical shape. Liam would be no match for Ethan.
“You’ve always had an eye out for the rich and famous, I guess that’s what attracted you to me.” Liam taunted.
“I would hardly call you famous, Liam. But at the rate you are going, you certainly could be labeled infamous!” Ethan shot back.
Just when things started to accelerate; Ellie and Edward drove up and Edward hopped out of the car first.
“I thought I’d find you here. Son, what are you doing?” Edward asked.
“I was just getting ready to kick the ass of the man who stole my wife and wrecked my life.” Liam said in full fury.
“I didn’t steal your wife, Liam. You were never man enough to keep her.” Ethan returned fury for fury.
At that point Liam swung at Ethan but missed and landed face first in the deep velvety grass. Edward rushed to his aid, helping his son up and apologizing to both Ethan and Celeste.
“I’m sorry you two. Come on son, let’s get you to bed.” Edward said.
“Yes, you need to go with your father, Liam. This is not the way to act. Celeste has married Ethan and there is nothing you can do about it.” Ellie said.
Liam looked from Ethan to Celeste. Then he looked at his parents and shook his head. He seemed to instantly sober. There was a foolish smile on his face.
“Ethan, Celeste I am sorry.” Liam stuck out his hand to shake Ethan’s hand and they both embraced. “I believe you will make her happy. In fact, I know you will. She deserves it.” Then Liam turned to Celeste.
“Honey, I only wish you the best. I have caused you a lot of pain. I have been selfish and inconsiderate. I never meant to hurt you, but I always managed to do so. I loved you from the first moment I met you, but I just couldn’t see pass my own bitterness.” Liam confessed feeling the better for doing it.
“Liam, we’ve both been through some bitterness. I hope one day you will find someone who will help you through it.” Celeste said.
“I did, I just didn’t realize it until it was too late.” Liam said sadly and headed for his car.
“I’ll drive you home, Liam.” Edward said and Liam followed his father to his car.
“Ellie, you take Liam’s car and I’ll wait for you at his place.”
“I will.” said Ellie soberly.
Liam followed slowly behind his father and got into the front seat of the car. He had never really been a Michael Jackson fan like his mom and dad were but there sat the CD Off the Wall and Liam searched for the haunting melody She’s Out of My Life.
As the opening sounds of the violin penetrated the car; Liam braced himself for the sounds of Michael mirroring his thoughts. Liam closed his eyes and quietly sung along.
Edward looked at his son, and for the second time in his life he cried. The first time was when he looked into the cherub face of his newborn son. And now he looked at his much older and wiser son who truly loved and lost.
“What can I say to you, son?” Edward replied.
“Dad, the song says it all. Why don’t you just take me home and then wait for mom to pick you up. I think I’m going to hang on to this CD for a while longer!” Liam said sadly.
“Are you alright, son?” Edward questioned with much concern.
“No, but that’s okay too, dad. Hey, I just never realized how much sadness I caused Celeste all in the name of love. She is happy now, and that’s important.” Liam said.
“And you, son what about you?” Edward asked.
“I’ll survive.” Liam said and got out of the car, taking the CD with him.
Ellie hugged both Celeste and Ethan and proceeded to Liam’s car so she could take her husband home. Ellie realized that with the love she possessed for him, Liam still had to face this alone. Celeste and Ethan stood in the driveway looking at each other.
“It’s over, Ethan. It is finally over, and I have you to thank.” Celeste cried.
“Yes my darling, it is over. And, it’s just beginning.” Ethan smiled.
Jacqueline Williamson BBA MPA MS (author) from Memphis on February 09, 2019:
Remember the series: Christmas Cottage Inn? When we visited last, Viktoria was dead (or so we thought), her father's reign of terror was over and Jenny was looking forward to returning to her life in the city. Well … prepare for the next chapter in that saga! Where what you thought was over is just beginning!
Be afraid … Be very afraid!