This is so beautiful. Glad Sami is happy for now - hopefully EJ doesn't find out so it can stay that way Happy Roman has found a woman Cant wait for more - how plotting the other fic coming
Hi there. Thanks so much for reading & reviewing. There is sooooo much stuff to come in this; I am really excited!
As for the other fic, I actually finished plotting it yesterday. I am a slow writer but still have hopes to have the beginning up really soon. Thanks for your support. I will PM you as soon as it is posted.
“I’m so stuffed,” Will moaned as they all piled into the car following the rehearsal luncheon. Everything had gone off without a hitch thus far. It seemed almost too good to be true.
“I told you to take it easy on that pizza,” Lucas said, smiling at his son in the rearview mirror. He looked over at Sami who was busy gazing out the window. “Sami?”
She sighed and turned to look at her fiancé. “Yes?”
“Oh, right,” Sami said. “I guess I got a little distracted, didn’t I?” She fumbled with her seatbelt. Her hands felt clammy and it took some effort before she was finally able to fit the latch into place.
Lucas studied her face for a moment. “Are you okay? You hardly touched your food and you kind of look a little green.”
Sami waved a hand. “I’m fine. Really.” Honestly, she was getting very sick of saying she was fine; she was alright; she okay. Most of the time, it was all a very big lie. “I think I just have a touch of morning sickness. It’ll pass.” She tapped his knee. “Don’t worry about me. Just drive. I need to get home. I still have so many things left to do before the ceremony tomorrow.”
Lucas started up the engine. “Can’t your bridesmaids handle whatever is it that needs doing?”
“They’re doing a lot of the work on their own,” Sami said, “but I am not going to sit around twiddling my thumbs the whole night.”
“The baby is fine,” Sami insisted as Lucas pulled out of the parking lot.
Sami instinctively rested her hand on her stomach. Overnight, a little bump seemed to have sprouted there. Or was she just imagining it? She wasn’t quite three months along, but she had hoped to hide the evidence of her pregnancy a little while longer.
Lucas and Will chatted animatedly as Lucas piloted the Lexus through the streets of Salem. Sami kept her nose pressed to the window, her breath leaving little smudges of moisture on the glass. She didn’t have a lot to say at the moment. She had played the role of the happy, dutiful bride-to-be all day, and now, she was truly exhausted. She was sure her wedding day would be magical, but yet the quiet, ever-present fear that EJ would show up and spoil everything set her teeth on edge.
“We’re here,” Lucas announced needlessly as he pulled into the driveway of their apartment complex.
Will leaned over the seat, resting his skinny elbows on the cushions for a moment. “Can I hang out at Danny’s for awhile?”
“Will, there’s a wedding tomorrow-” Sami started.
“I know, and I’ll be there all day - at the church, and then the reception - so I won’t get to play at all.”
“I thought you were excited about this wedding,” Lucas said.
“I am. I really am. I mean, it’s about time you two got it right.”
Lucas chuckled. He looked over at Sami and brushed a stray tendril of soft blonde hair from her cheek. “Will you listen to our son?”
“Oh, I heard him loud and clear,” Sami said wryly. “But fine, Will, you can hang out at Danny’s place. Provided you’re back in two hours.”
"Okay,” he agreed. He started to climb out of the car but Sami called him back.
“Will, wait. Say goodnight to your father.”
“What? Why?” Will asked.
Lucas looked at Sami quizzically. “Yeah, what he said.”
“Lucas, you’re going to bunk at Billie’s place tonight. It’s all been arranged.”
“Billie and I.”
“So why am I bunking at my sister’s place again?”
“Because it’s bad luck to see the bride before the wedding.”
“That’s just a silly old wives’ tale.”
“I’m not taking any chances, especially given our track record.”
“Alright, I’ll just close my eyes then. Or you can blindfold me.”
“Lucas, come on,” Sami said. “I’m being completely serious. I need everything to go right tomorrow.”
“Still, let’s not try to tempt fate,” she said.
“Okay, I’ll go, but only because it obviously means so much to you.”
“Can I walk you to the door at least?”
“I think I can make it a few steps inside without having to lean on your strong shoulders,” she said with a little smile.
Lucas smirked. “Still-”
“I’ll make it just fine on my own, I promise.” Sami leaned over and kissed him softly on the mouth. “Now scram.”
Lucas chuckled. “Okay, okay.” He looked at Will as the boy hopped out of the car and poked his head through the crack in the driver’s side window. “Will, be good for your mom. Be helpful and courteous. Oh, and when she says it’s bedtime, please go to sleep with no complaints this time.”
“I will be on my best behavior,” Will promised. “See you tomorrow!” He practically skipped into the building.
Sami gave Lucas another soft kiss. “Don’t give Billie too much trouble!” She called to him. Then she turned and walked into the building. She spotted Will. He gave her a smile before Danny’s mom opened the door and then he disappeared inside.
Sami rubbed her forehead and started down the hall. Her apartment was at the very end of the building, and the walk there seemed to take an unusually long amount of time.
Holding her keys tightly in her fist, she allowed her eyes to stray to the door across the way. EJ’s place. Or EJ’s former place.
A brand new sign hung on the door that read, “Apartment For Rent.”
She sagged in relief. So EJ wasn’t coming back. That meant she wouldn’t have to see him in passing, or worry that every time she opened her door, he’d be outside, just lying there in wait. He was gone! He was really gone!
She said a silent prayer. God, please let EJ return to whatever hole he crawled out from, get stuck there, and rot for all eternity. Thank you. Amen.