Here is the prologue to my book Kismet…..
The day had finally arrived and she could not contain the excitement that was building inside her. She stood in front of the mirror for what seemed like an eternity. “Mrs. Adams, Mrs. Adams” she kept saying the name repeatedly letting it sink in that in a few hours, she was going to be a married woman. She planned for this day for so long, every detail down to the weather. She splashed water on her face and turned on the shower, a nice hot steamy one to calm her nerves. After exiting the bathroom, she dried off in front of the television watching a repeat episode of Bridezellas. She wondered if that is how her family and friends saw her during this process. It was a long and strenuous journey to get to this point, with the drama concerning the other woman and the baby, it was a mess. Everything turned out well she had to admit to herself because she was marring the man of her dreams and the other woman was ass out. She wondered what he was doing at this moment; she had not talked to him since he went to his bachelor party the prior night. She picked the phone up and dialed her soon to be husband. “Hey wife to be you ready for this” he asked in a sweet and loving voice. “Yes I am baby I have been waiting for this my whole life. The anticipation is killing me can we just skip town and do our thing, forget all the people, I want to get this over with now” she said laughing. “No baby we waited this long, a few more hours is not going to kill us, plus I really want to see you in that dress I know it’s stunning because I know you have great taste look at the man you chose”. “So conceited you are Mr. Adams, I guess that will never change about you”. “Isn’t it bad luck or something to be talking before the wedding” he asked. “No silly we can’t see each other before the wedding, you trying to say you don’t want to talk to me” she teased. “Woman please, I just want this day to be perfect that’s all. So what you wearing right now” he asked in a seductive voice. “Boy you better get outta here with that and wait till the honeymoon because lord knows I’m going put it on you something fierce she replied. “I’m going to hold you to that baby, well I’m about to go and get some breakfast sweetie I will see you in a couple of hours Ms. Adams, love you baby”. “Love you too baby”.
In an hour or so the house would be full of her bridesmaids and so much commotion that she wouldn’t have any time to herself to think. She jumped back in bed wishing she could just sleep the rest of the time away until the wedding. She thought about the honeymoon they were going to take in France. Tyrone had a book tour that was coming up shortly and she had to be back in the school soon, so now was the perfect time for their little vacation of two weeks they were going to take. She thought about the little rumors that were going around town about her and Tyrone on how she was just marrying him for the money and the fame. Some thought that she would quit the school now. The majority of the people didn’t know the love they shared and she didn’t care what they thought of her to be honest. She was marrying the man of her dreams and that’s what mattered most. The ringing of her cell broke her out of her train of thought, looking down she smiled at the number on display. “Hey, you outside, OK here I come” she said while hanging up. She opened the door and her bridesmaids were all making their way into the house. “Girl I know u were not sleep in here, shit it’s time to get down to business. Hair, nails, dress and a little drink and some weed if you are down for it” the girl said laughing. “Girl be quiet I don’t need any weed or anything else I just want to get to the altar and marry my man” she said. “I know your ass didn’t eat anything yet so we got you something from the Waffle House”.
After breakfast and a little chit chat the time had come for them to get dressed and get ready to head out to the church. The bridesmaids were dressed in light pink and the bride was wearing an elegant chiffon white satin dress with a two foot train. She took one more look at herself in the mirror, blew a kiss and said “good bye Mrs. Thomas and hello Mrs. Adams”. Before climbing inside the stretch Cadillac limo she had a neighbor snap a few shots of them. Once the good-byes and congratulations were finished the bride and her friends climbed inside and were off to the church. The ceremony was to take place at the Word of God church on Rock Quarry road in Raleigh. Tyrone wanted something small, he even threw out the idea of going downtown to the courthouse and getting married, he knew the media blitz that was sure to follow when word got out that he was getting married. One thing that he hated about being famous was being famous, to him it wasn’t worth it. He knew that there were going to be all kinds of media there that pictures were going to be taken and placed over the internet and magazines. She was prepared for it all that’s why she was so anxious because she didn’t want to disappoint her man, she wanted to look her best for him. When the limo pulled up to the church her jaws dropped when she saw all the cars and the media vans that were parked outside. She wondered if Tyrone was already there and when she saw his car her heart skipped a beat and a big smile came over her face, now she was ready. “He’s here yall” she said to no one in particular.
The limo stopped in back of the church, the women piled out of the car and walked into the church, found their waiting room. While her friends were talking she was lost in her own world visualizing the wedding, the honeymoon and their life together as husband and wife. She heard a knock on the door, one of the bridesmaids answered and her father stepped in looking like a million bucks. “Hey daddy” she beamed. “You look stunning baby girl, you ready for this” he asked. “Yes daddy I been ready” she replied. “You couldn’t have picked a better man to marry I can see the happiness in your face and that’s all that a father can ask for. I’m so proud of you princess and I can’t wait to walk you down that isle and give you away” he said while embracing his daughter. They both wiped away their tears and her father exited the room. Thirty minutes later the bridesmaids were told it was time for them to take their places, the wedding was set to begin. The music began to play and the bridesmaids and the groom’s men made their way down the aisle and took the respective places. Her father grabbed her arm “you ready princess” he asked. “Let’s go daddy” she replied and as she began to walk she heard a strange sound (beep, beep). She looked around but saw nothing. “You OK baby” he asked. “Did u hear that daddy “she asked. “Hear what honey”. “Nothing I must be getting nervous or something” she replied. “Well we better get you down this aisle before you pull one of those runaway bride moves and head for the door” he said with a smile. “Not in this lifetime, just get me to my husband daddy and I can handle the rest” she said.
They hit the door to the event and everyone stood taking in the amazing view that was before them. She smiled when she saw Tyrone standing at the end of the aisle looking breathtaking in his white suit. (Beep, beep) “there is that noise again” she said to herself, she looked around and it seemed that no one else had heard it so she stayed on course not taking her eyes off of Tyrone. They stopped in front of the Pastor, Tyrone, grooms men and the bridesmaids. Tyrone came down and shook his soon to be father in laws hand, turned to face his wife to be and lifted the veil. He smiled when he noticed the smile and the tears in his soon to be wife eyes. He wiped the tears away and whispered that he loved her, she smiled and whispered the same thing back. They both turned and face the pastor. (Beep, beep) there was that noise again she was thinking.
“Dearly beloved we are gathered here today to bring together this man and woman in holy matrimony. Now I understand that you two would like to exchange vowels that you have written for each other” he asked. They both nodded at the same time bringing a slight chuckle from the crowd. (Beep-beep)”guess I’ll go first then huh” Tyrone said laughing. “I’m OK with that and I don’t want to hear nothing from one of your books either” she said smiling drawing applause from the crowd again. Tyrone smiled turned serious” it may be somewhat cliche to say but I knew from the moment I saw you that we would be standing here one day sharing our love with family and friends. To say that this is the best day of my life is an understatement. I can’t wait to wake up to your loving smile everyday and hear that very annoying laugh of yours. What you have given me is a piece of mind, a sense of self and a greater understanding of love. I am forever in your debt baby, you have rescued me from the abyss and for that I owe you my life. I love you and can’t wait to spend the rest of my life with you”. She watched as Tyrone wiped tears from his eyes and gave her a reassuring smile that everything was going to be OK. (Beep, beep, beep, beep) what the hell, she was now thinking. “Your turn for vowels” the Pastor said to her. “With each passing minute I fall deeper in love with my soul mate. Our time together has shown me that anything is possible. That if you want something that you have to fight for it and love is no exception to that rule. When I look at you I see more than a man I see my protector, my lover, my friend and my provider and now I see my husband. I promise to never leave your side, to be trustworthy and loving and understanding. There is nothing that I wouldn’t do for you baby, I love you”. “Is there anyone now that thinks this union shouldn’t be made let them speak now or forever hold their peace” the Pastor added. The room was quiet (beep, beep), “hey, hey” she looked around and saw no one moving (beep, beep) “baby, baby ” she closed her eyes to try to get rid of the noises but when she opened them she was no longer in the church. She focused her vision to see that she was still lying in bed. “Damn I must really be nervous as hell I dreamed that whole wedding day. I have to pull myself together because in a couple of hours I will be. She rolled over and her body came in contact with another, “what the hell Tyrone shouldn’t be here” she thought (Beep-beep) “There goes that damn noise again” she hissed. She looked over to see that it was the alarm clock going off and waking her from her dream wedding. “You OK baby” the voice asked. She jumped when she heard the voice, wondering if she made a tragic mistake last night or something. Upon hearing his voice she got out bed, but not as fast as she wanted to because it felt like something was weighing her down. She walked pass the mirror and that’s when she took notice of her stomach that was perturbing from her body. Then in one fell swoop it all came crashing down on her. Someone else was marrying the love of her life today, and the wedding had to be stopped.