The Best Man – short fiction by MorgEn Bailey

The following piece of flash fiction is from Morgen’s smaller short story collection (just 93 stories instead of 250!), The Story A Day May Collection, available in eBook and paperback from Amazon  and Morgen’s online store where you can not only instantly download the collection but also purchase the paperback dedicated to you or as a present! We hope you enjoy this story…

The Best Man

Walking up the aisle, Aaron’s heart lifted as his best man, Joe, winked at him. I’m doing the right thing. Doing the right thing.

Please don’t go through with it, Joe thought, but patted his friend on the back. “OK mate?”

“Absolutely.”

“She’ll be on time. She’ll look stunning and you’ll have a wonderful life together.”

“Can’t wait.”

*

As the Bentley swung round the corner, Mandy looked up at the imposing church tower. “Oh, God.”

“OK?” her father Terry asked, patting down a crease in her train.

“Nervous.”

“So was I, but I did OK.”

“You and mum divorced.”

“But years later. After we had you and Nick.”

“You rowed constantly.”

“It won’t happen to you.”

“We do argue.”

“But you love him.”

Mandy hesitated. Love him. Love, or in love. “I do,” she replied honestly. But not in love.

*

Terry took Mandy’s hand as she got out of the Bentley and gave it a light squeeze. She took his arm and he walked her along the old church’s aisle, then stepped aside as she joined Aaron. The two men exchanged nods and the ceremony began. The couple dutifully repeated their lines as they had done in rehearsals until it came to their names.

“Do you Aaron Edward Thompson take Amanda Susan Ford to be your lawfully-wedded wife?”

He looked at Mandy and after a moment’s hesitation, said, “I do.”

“Do you Amanda Susan Ford take Aaron Edward Thompson to be your lawfully-wedded husband?”

“No.”

A gasp rose up from the congregation.

“I’m sorry Aaron. I love you but I’m not in love with you.”

“But…”

“I know, and you know, that you love someone else.”

Terry lunged at Aaron. “Another woman? You…!”

Mandy put up her hand to stop him. “No, Dad! It’s not another woman, but it’s OK.” Then she turned to Joe and smiled.

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