Flight To Paradise
Flight To Paradise
Sequel to Special Delivery
Brian smiled at Nick,
who smiled back and gestured in front of the two of them. Brian faced
forward as the girl he loved for so long came down the aisle, wearing a
long white dress, a veil covering her face. He took her hand from
her father's and led her closer to the minister, who smiled at them both
charmingly. Brian just stared at his bride, not paying any attention
to the man as he started to speak, welcoming the congregation of a few
The minister went on about how love conquers
all and how the two people standing in front of him belonged together because
God had led the two together on one simple night.
"And now, the vows that
each have written for the other."
Brian smiled at the minister
and took the gold wedding band from Nick behind him as his best man and
faced his bride.
"The first day I saw you,
I knew we were meant to be. We went through some hard times, some
painful times, but in the end, we finally made it through. You put
up with my hectic schedule and made me feel like I was the
only one that mattered when we were together
and when we were apart. I thank you for each and every day that you
devoted to me and I promise to you, right now, here in this church in front
of Him and all our friends and relatives, that I love you and no one else.
My love will last forever more, nothing ever changing the way I feel.
With this ring, I thee wed," he said, slipping the ring on her slim left
hand ring finger. He held her hand and watched as she took a matching
wedding band from her maid of honor behind her, then turning and facing
"From the very moment
I saw you, I knew there was something that God was telling me. He
was saying that you were the one that I was meant to be with, the one who
would love me for who I was and not for what I was. From the very
first day, you've showed me nothing but kindness, gentleness, and, most
of all, love. The love you showed me surpassed any other feeling
or emotion that I'd ever known and I returned the love with everything
inside of me, attempting to make you know how strongly I feel. Thankfully,
you understood and we are here today, together, and I sincerely pray that
we will be together forever more. With this ring, I thee wed," she
said, her voice
strong with emotion, but Brian could see
tears rolling down her face slowly. He squeezed her hands and looked
back at the minister as he smiled again.
"By the power vested in
me by this church and God above, I pronounce you man and wife. You
may now kiss the bride," he said, nodding to Brian.
Brian grinned and let
go of her hands, reaching up and moving the veil behind her head, revealing
her beautiful face. He looked into the familiar hazel eyes and then
kissed his wife, savoring the short moment, hearing the
congregation behind them break into applause.
He broke apart from her and took her left hand and walked down the aisle
with her, smiling at all the people as they watched them go. He reached
the end of the aisle with her and
pulled her back over to him.
Littrell," he whispered.
A bright, beautiful smile
appeared on his wife's face and she raised her hand to his face, touching
his cheek. "Thank you, Mr. Littrell," she whispered.
Brian leaned in and kissed
"Mr. and Mrs. Littrell,
look over here!"
Brian broke away from
her and turned his head as a flash went off and he blinked, looking back
at his wife.
"I think we're in for
a long afternoon," he said.
She smiled and squeezed
his hand. "Indeed, we are."
Brian thanked the people
as they flooded out the church and out the front, until finally everyone
was out. He took a deep breath and led his wife out the front door,
ducking and laughing as soap bubbles rained on them.
He stopped her at the end of the walk,
right before the white limo waiting for them, and pulled her into the most
passionate kiss he ever thought possible.
"What was that for?"
She asked as they broke apart.
Brian smiled. "Ever
since the first day I saw you, I talked to you, I knew we were meant to
be. And I was right. I love you, Mrs. Sarah Littrell."
Sarah smiled back and
laughed lightly. "I love you too, Mr. Brian Littrell, and after the
last five years, not one thing has changed in my heart with the way I feel.
From the beginning I loved you, and the love only grows with time, it will
Brian kissed her again
and pulled her into the limo, sitting back as it pulled out of the driveway
of the church, riding down the familiar road. They arrived at the
spot they'd picked out for the pictures and posed under a tree, a tree
that Brian had brought Sarah to a long time ago.
He asked, pointing to the tree's bark. Carved in it were his initials
and her initials, encircled deeply.
"Yeah, seems like yesterday
we came here and did that," she said, fingering it gently.
Brian took her hand in
his and kissed it. "It was so long ago, yet it does seem like yesterday.
Bringing you here, to Kentucky, was smart of me, and the night I proposed
was the best of my life."
Sarah smiled and faced
the photographer, squeezing Brian's hand. "I think the best moment
of my life was the moment you answered my letter, it started the most wonderful
thing that has ever happened to me. And now, I
thank the person who invented e-mail.
It certainly started the best thing that ever happened, making me take
a flight to paradise."
Brian laughed as the first
flash went off and a car pulled up to the park and his parents got out
of it, followed by Sarah's parents. "Welcome to paradise, please
enjoy your stay and don't make any plans to leave anytime soon," he said
He posed through the rest
of the pictures with Sarah, occasionally making jokes with his family and
his friends as they all arrived. As he and Sarah went to the reception
dinner and walked in the hall, the last five years' events passed before
his eyes quickly. Sarah leaving Florida, then him visiting her as
a surprise while he was in New York a few months later, then spending Christmas
with her and his family, proposing to her when they took a walk to the
park, after they'd carved their names in the tree. A year later,
his touring that caused a lot of pain, but also made him happy. The
year after that, another tour that took him all over the world, managing
to get Sarah to come along, and then planning for the wedding, until they
finally did it. Five years, Sarah was now twenty-one, Brian twenty-nine.
It was September and, although the sky threatened rain the day before,
it was clear and sunny for their perfect wedding.
Five years had changed
nothing. They were finally together, nothing could keep them apart.
Together forever, always and forever. They both said it, and that's
how it was going to stay.