“Hey I know you’re nervous, Phina, but you and I will be fine. We love each other and this this our home. We are gonna be absolutely fine”
It had been about a month and a half since Ethan and I got engaged and we decided to move in together. He kissed my forehead and gave me a long hug.
“You’re right, love,” I said “I’m gonna go unpack the rest of the boxes for my, I-I mean our bedroom.” That made him smile.
As I started up the stairs he stopped and grabbed my hand. He lead me back over to the couch and sat me down.
“No.” He exclaimed.
“No, your gonna go change and you and I are going to go to the park.” He stared me in the eyes and reached for my hand again. He held it in his and ran his thumb over the golden ring. “I love you and you need to get this anxiety out of you.”
“Ethan, I really need to-”
He cut me off “No! Let’s go” ________________________________________________________________
“Okay, we’re here. now what” I said. He squeezed my hand even tighter and smiled. He nodded towards the slide. “Okay”
As he was about to climb up the slide I blocked his way. I decided to have a little fun, it was the park after all.
“Mmm nope, no one gets to the magical bridge without kissing the ugly troll first.” I joked
“Well I would love to get to the bridge but I see no ugly troll. Only a beautiful princess named Seraphina”
I laughed. “Okay then, if you want to get to the bridge you have to kiss the princess,” he smiled then leaned in for a kiss”,but only if you can catch her! I ducked under his arm and ran around the slide. As he chased me I looked and saw my shoe had come undone. Before I knew it I was toppling under the slide skinning my knee in the process
“Yowchhh” I yelled. Ethan quickly ended our game and rushed under the slide to help me.
“Oh my gosh, Sera! Are you okay, I’m so sorry are you hurt! Oh, babe I really didn’t-”
“Ethan it’s okay. I just skinned my knee, it’s no big deal.”
“In that case” He leaned in and planted a soft kiss on my lips.
I started giggling like a lunatic and remarked “Well now you can cross the bridge”
He grabbed my hand and helped me up. And we sat on the edge of the slide. That’s when I saw them.
“D-damian” my lips puckered into a sour expression as my memories resurfaced.
“Rikki, I want to go to your wedding I do! But now Damian’s gone and I was gonna ask him to go.”
“But Seraphina, you’re my maid of honor!”
“I know, but it’s in Riverview!”
“Well you still have a few weeks, why don’t you ask Ethan?”
“Because we’ve just only started seeing each other again! It might be weird.”
“Okay, I will”
If it weren’t for Damian going to China or Paris or where ever he went. I wouldn’t have got to tell Ethan I loved him and we wouldn’t be where we are today. But why was Damian in Riverview? That’s when my attention was brought to the caramel haired woman hanging on his neck. Piercing green eyes, dark skin and a hardly noticeable bump forming at her stomach. Not to mention her gold and pink wedding band on her finger matching the large gold one on his.
“Who is that Seraphina” said Ethan interrupting my train of thought.
“What? Oh he’s an old friend”
“Oh. Okay well lets go say hello.”
As we walked closer to the swings I got a better look of Damian and his apparent “wife”.
The woman looked up from her embrace and noticed Ethan and I.
“Ooohh Helloo” She was French.
“Hi, I’m Seraphina” at the sound of my name Damian perked up
“Phina!” He yelled
I heard Ethan mumble something, but I ignored it.
“Hi Damian,” I replied “It’s so good to see you”
“Whoo ees thees” The woman questioned
Damian explained how he’d known my brother and about how he stayed with Rikki and I, luckily he didn’t mention anything of the events that happened that night.
“Ooh, helloh Serapheena” The woman remarked “My name ees Lucette, I am Damian wife”
I giggled at her accent and then stopped upon realizing how rude it was. They both stood up. And we chatted for about half an hour before I noticed Lucette’s stomach again.
“Lucette?” I questioned
“Mhm..” She replied
“Not to be rude, but are you pregnant?”
“Ooh! Haha I almost forgot” she laughed “Yes I’m about two and a half months”
Damian snaked his arm around her waist and I smiled. As much as I thought I loved Damian, in that one night we spent together. I realized how much he loved Lucette and how he had made the commitment to be with her forever. Just like I was going to make that commitment to Ethan.He was my first love and my soulmate. And besides, they really loved each other. And as much as I wanted the perfect wedding I also wanted what Damian and Lucette had. Which was, A perfectly, imperfect marriage.