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Cindy Graham stood in front of the mirror, smiling. Her gown was pure white silk, with a sinfully low-cut neckline and filigree silk sleeves. Cindy’s father had two hundred, diamonds sewn into the bust line.
She turned and smiled at her teacher, Betty. Betty was her best friend for the last seven years. After the accident, Cindy had little hope of living a normal life. After losing a part of her motor skills and twenty percent of her speech.
Betty asked. “Have you seen Rick today?”
Still smiling, Cindy said, “I nevah thought I’d get mawwied, Beddy. Look at me. I’m standing in my wedding dwess and will be Mrs. Wick Dobbs in two maw days and you’ll be my handmade of honaw.”
Betty smiled and hugged Cindy. “That’s maid of honor, sweetheart, but have you seen Rick today?”
Cindy replied, “What do you think, Beddy?
Betty couldn’t believe her eyes. “You’re the most beautiful bride I’ve ever seen. Rick is very lucky.” It was true. There stood a grown woman with the body of a goddess.
“Cindy, listen to me,” Betty said again. “Have you seen Rick?”
“No, I’ve nod seen him sense yesdewday. Why?”
“Cindy, remember when we first met?” Betty asked
Cindy giggled. "You know I do. How could I forged Beddy? We have been best fwiends ever senses. If nod for you I would nod bee here doday. You know I wuv you and anything I have is youws."
Betty stepped up behind Cindy and kissed the back of her friend’s head. “Sweet heart, your friendship and safety are the only two things I want. I just want to be sure Rick is the right one for you.”
“He wov’s me, Beddy. He dells me all the time.” Cindy grinned.
“Oh, sweet, innocent child. I have never told you why I came here. I never dreamed you would go out into that world I ran away from. I never wanted you to face the things you’re about to face. I knew I had to let you go so you can grow up.”
“Could you help me with my dwess? We have do gew weady for dinnaw. Wick is coming ovew.”
“Sure,” Betty said, as she helped Cindy put her wedding gown into Cindy’s walk-in safe.
“Cindy,” Betty said, “Nine years ago, I, fell in love with a man named Scott. He looked something like Rick. All my friends thought I was the luckiest woman in the world. We were fooled. When I turned my term paper in on ‘Rehabilitation of Lost Motor Skills,’ I found Scott had stolen it. I was told I was being expelled for plagiarism. Later I found out Scott was married. I interviewed for this job and got it. What I’m trying to tell you is, I hope Rick is not just another Scott.
“Wick would never do thad do me,” Cindy said as she hugged Betty.
“Dinner is served.” They heard.
When they reached the bottom of the stairway, there stood Rick.
“Hi, love,” Rick cooed. “What’s my girl been doing?”
“I dried on my wedding dwess to make sure it was nod do big,” Cindy giggled.
Rick leaned close to Cindy and whispered. Cindy started laughing out loud.
Cindy’s father seemed upset during dinner.
“Rick,” Cindy’s father said. “I want to see you in my study after dinner.”
“Yes Mr. Graham. After I tell Cindy goodnight.” Rick knew her father didn’t trust him.
When Rick entered the study, Cindy’s father was behind his desk.
Rick walked over and stood in front of the desk. “You wanted to see me.”
“Rick, I’ll get to the point. You know Cindy will inherit everything. You also know I’ll do anything for her. I have a check here for half a million dollars. You’ve broken some hearts. If you think you’re going break my daughter’s heart, you don’t know me very well. So, take the money, walk out the door. If you don’t, I’ll see to it you’ll never get one cent of her or my money.”
Rick reached over and took the check. He, smiled at Mr. Graham, then placed it in his pocket. “I thank you, sir. I’ll have the check cashed by noon.” Then Rick got up and left.
“Damn,” “I’ll have to tell Cindy tomorrow.
The next day Mr. Graham asked the butler. “Have you seen my daughter or Betty?”
“Yes, sir. They went to the mall, sir,”
“Well, when they get back, please have Cindy come see me.”
Betty and Cindy had just left a shop when they saw Rick walk up to a young woman sitting on a bench. She got up and they threw their arms around each other and hugged.
“Who is dhad giwl Wick hugged, Beddy?”
“I don’t know, but it’s time to go home,” Betty replied.
When the girls got home the butler told Mr. Graham, “Sir, Miss Cindy is home. Would you care to see her now or after dinner?”
“Never mind, I’ll tell her myself.”
“Very good, sir,” the butler muttered.
As the butler said, “Dinner is served.” the front doorbell rang.
Rick stood there with the woman that Betty and Cindy had seen him with.
“Hi, everyone. I would like you to meet my sister, Tammie. Her yachts in dry dock, so she’s come to our wedding. She’ll be house-sitting while we’re on our honeymoon.” She said she always wanted to spend some time visiting New Orleans.
Rick slipped Mr. Graham an envelope. Then he walked back and put his arms around Tammie and Cindy. “Sis, you should taste the food in this dump.”
Mr. Graham looked at the envelope. Inside he found a prenuptial agreement along with a bankbook. He flipped it open to see a half-million dollar deposit in his daughter’s name. The prenuptial stated that anything Cindy’s had or inherited Rick couldn’t touch. It was signed and dated the day before.
Mr. Graham seem to have a moment of dejavu. Did Cindy and her mother put some kind of voodoo spells on Rick and me?