The hour comes, the crowd awaits, and the groom impatiently stands at the altar, but Troy chooses not to attend the wedding – and she’s the bride!
Leaving behind the elaborate wedding along with a glittering solitaire, Troy flees a future tainted by her fear of the man she promised to marry. Childhood friend Zach stands waiting to help her escape…but answers her thanks with a stern warning:
“You leap into things, never think about the consequences, and then find you can’t get out of the mess. But, little girl, I promise this is the last time I’ll ride to your rescue.” Zach loves this beautiful girl, but he’s been getting her out of trouble most of her life. He’s had enough of her escapades.
Troy suspects she feels more than friendship for her childhood hero. In turning to him this time, she could lose him forever.
“I’ll see you in a few days? In Santa Rita?”
Zach stared down at the ground. “Tuesday, if not before, Troy. Be careful and take a reasonable amount of caution driving.” Relieved as he was to see her go, he had a weight in his chest that made breathing painful.
“I’ll be as cautious as a milk wagon,” she chuckled. “I apologize for always dragging you into things, Zach, but I don’t know how I would have managed without you. I’ll always love you for what you did today.”
He stepped back and in a moment the taillights of the Alfa were only glowing dots at the end of the parking area behind the closed shop. He watched as the car turned and melted into the gathering darkness.
“And I’ll always love you, too, Troy Richards. Maybe one day you’ll grow up enough to notice. It may never happen, but unless it does, I won’t let you play tennis with my heart.”