The kids took the news of the engagement well. Bynni, Ceula, and Nina all kicked into wedding planner mode since Marcus insisted on us getting married before the babies were born. Since I was again carrying multiples, I was on limited activity restrictions. I wasn’t totally bedridden, unless it was left up to my soon to be husband. The wedding was planned at a small chapel in town. We had done the beach, and the house, so I hoped having it in a church this time would make a difference. I still worried but tried not to let Marcus know. We had planned it for after the triplet’s graduation and that day had arrived.
“Mom you look absolutely radiant!” Ceula exclaimed.
“Yes. I don’t know if it’s the pregnancy or Marcus, but you are glowing.” Bynni added with a smile.
“I’d say it’s probably more Marcus than the pregnancy because these kids are kicking your mom’s ass.” I replied laughing.
Seconds later Jonathon and Finley walked in.
“Ugh I don’t like this thing.” He complained pulling at this bow tie.
“At least you don’t have to be in a dress.” Finley retorted scrunching up her nose.
Nina walked over to softly scold both of them. “Stop complaining you two. You look very handsome.” She said kissing him on the forehead.
“Ew mom, stop that!” he whined wiping of the lipstick
She just rolled her eyes before turning towards Finley “And you are the prettiest flower girl I’ve ever seen.”
“Yes you are.” I agreed.
I hadn’t seen Finley in a dress since she was a toddler. Once she got older she turned into quite the tomboy. I didn’t push and wanted her to become her own person. She didn’t know it, but I did pack her a change of clothes so she wouldn’t have to stay in the dress the whole time.
“Ok you two, it’s time, go get ready.” Nina said taking their hands. “I’ll send in Aric.”
“Actually tell him I need about ten minutes.” I replied.
“Mom?” Elphie asked looking concerned.
All four girls turned to look at me. “I’m ok. I just need a moment to myself.” I responded.
They gave me hugs then filed out of the room. I exited the side door that lead out the gardens. It was a beautiful day, not a cloud in sight, an absolute perfect day to get married. Things were going well, my life was finally looking up, but I couldn’t shake the feeling of dread I carried with me.
“Look at you.”
I turned when I heard her voice. Florence stood behind me with a scowl on her face and there was something off about her. She said some words I didn’t understand then gave me an evil smile.
“For me he postpone often, for you he wastes no time.”
“Florence, what are you doing here?”
“Came to offer congratulations.”
I looked past her towards the chapel, Aric would be looking for me soon. As angry as I was that she would just show up, I had to keep calm for the babies’ sake. She turned and looked towards the door as well then shrugged.
“They can look, but will not find. Just a simple cloaking spell. Gives us privacy.”
“Cloaking spell?” I asked confused with my uneasiness about her presence increasing.
Florence let out a wicked laugh before leveling her crazed gaze at me. “Marc no tell you. Naughty boy.”
Her eyes lowered to my stomach for the first time making me instinctively wrap my arms around it for protection. “Well this will be more fun than I thought!”
Before I could say anything else everything went black.
“What do you mean she’s gone?” I asked Aric failing in my attempts to keep calm. “Where the hell would she go?”