“Jessica!” I squealed and gripped her in a vice tight hug.
“Ok I know you’re happy to see me but please let go I can’t breathe!” I let her go and looked down at her, she still had her bridesmaid dress on. I frowned I wondered why she hadn’t changed, why would she come to me in her bridesmaid dress? Did she want to hurt me more? She saw my questioning glance and quickly explained,
” I didn’t have time to change, sorry, well, did you miss me?” She asked again. I looked at her and asked a question instead of answering,
“Why are you here?”
“I thought you’d ask that,” She replied looking down. I waited until she lifted her head up, and kept waiting until she started talking again.
“I didn’t go with Isaac he made me pretend that I did and I knew it would hurt you but I couldn’t say no,” She explained in a rush of words. It was then I realised that we were still standing outside so I invited her in and sat on the couch.
“Ok explain,” I said once she had sat down.
“I didn’t leave with Isaac. He left before everyone was awake he’ll probably be halfway across the country by now,” She explained and looked sympathetically at me, “He had to make people think that he had run away with another woman otherwise people would have gone looking for him. I’m sorry Kirstie I tried to stop him but he talked me into it.” I stared her straight in the eye and replied,
“But why me wedding day Jessica? Why did he ask me to marry him? Why would he do that to me? If he had any respect at all he would have left sooner! Jessica, why our wedding day?” I shouted at her. I closed my eyes and took a deep breath to calm myself down.
“I don’t know why it had to be your wedding day. But that’s why he got the carriage and that’s why it would only fit two people in it. He knew that you would let your mother come with you and not me. It was very carefully executed.” She replied quietly. I just looked at her, What did she expect me to think? Was I supposed to be happy that my Ex-Fiancé could have carefully calculated how he was going to leave me? I waited for Jessica to start speaking again and took long deep breaths to keep me calm.
”So,” She hesitated “Who sent you the flowers?”
“I don’t know,” I replied “But a note came with it, Here” I handed her the note and studied her reaction. She read it with wide open eyes, Gasped and then returned it to my hand.
“Who sent it?” She asked trying to contain her excitement.
“I don’t know” I frowned and looked at the floor.
“Well,” She paused “Who do you think it could be?” She wondered aloud.
“I don’t know but I’m going into town tomorrow to see if I could find out.” I replied still looking at the floor. I looked at Jessica’s dress and had an idea. I ran upstairs and found my old sports bag. I grabbed a T-Shirt, a pair of jeans and ran downstairs to give them to her. She got changed and threw the bridesmaid dress in front of the washing machine.
“OK,” She said as she sat back in her seat
“Well, who do we know that likes you?” I stared at her dumbfounded. I didn’t have a clue, I’d been so caught up with the wedding I’d forgotten about everyone else. I felt so guilty. I’d been concentrating on getting married so much I hadn’t paid much attention to anyone’s feelings at all, not even my mothers. I looked at the floor again uncomfortably.
“I don’t know,” I began but Jessica cut me off
“James!” She cried happily.
“James, He’s had a crush on you since year 6”
“Yeah right” I said reluctantly. I wanted to believe it because I liked James too. But I knew it couldn’t be true since he’d just got a new girlfriend and absolutely adored her. Suddenly I realised that I had no idea how I was going to explain that Jessica was back.
“How are we going to explain it?” I asked.
“Hmmm, Explain what?” Jessica answered looking confused.
“How are we going to explain that your back?”
“Oh,” She paused “I hadn’t thought of that.”
“Well you’d better come up with a plan quickly,”
“Because my mum’s here.” And sure enough there was a knock at the door and Melanie’s voice floated from the hallway.
“Kirstie? Are you here? I’m sorry about Jessica and … oh!” She exclaimed when she saw Jessica.
“Erm … Hi,” Jessica greeted her uncomfortably.
“What do you think your doing here?!” Melanie shouted.
“Melanie everything you’ve heard is a lie. I …” Jessica began.
“Sure it’s a lie, I believe you,” Melanie said rolling her eyes advancing towards her.
“I didn’t run away with Isaac, He and I made a plan, He wanted to leave and he didn’t want to marry Kirstie. I’m sorry you had to hear it like this.” Jessica continued.
“Don’t even try to make it up. You betrayed your best friend, How could you do that?” Melanie asked in a calmer voice.
“I didn’t. I promise you I didn’t,” Jessica replied trying not to cry, “Please Melanie you have to believe me” There was silence in the room and I started to feel uncomfortable. I picked at my nails and stared at the floor. Finally Melanie replied,
“Well … I guess I’ll believe you if Kirstie does.” She looked at me and I nodded slowly. There was another uncomfortable silence when Melanie got up and walked into the kitchen.
“So, have you thought about how your goin to explain this to everyone?” She asked.
“Erm … No, we were just thinking about that when you walked in,” Jessica replied. There was the sound of opening cupboards and the sound of mugs hitting each other.
“How about the truth?”
“No-one’s going to belive me,”
“They will” Melanie replied walking in with two cups of tea, “Two sugars yes?” She asked Jessica.
“Yes, thanks, what do you mean they will?” Jessica ased with a puzzled look on her face.
“Don’t worry darling, they will.”