[If you haven’t read part one, read it here.]
After the ceremony, the guests watched the fireworks, then headed back inside to enjoy the reception–and to escape the heat. Two wedding guests got the most compliments on their outfits. They weren’t upstaging the bride and groom, but Carmen and Gavin just couldn’t help themselves when it came to showing up and showing out.
The food hadn’t officially been served yet, but as usual, that didn’t stop the gluttons in the crew. At least this time it was Lesley Branham, not Liz Holloway.
Daniella and Quincy went through all the basics of a wedding reception quickly. They wanted to party!
The wedding venue seemed to get almost every couple there in a mood to canoodle. Baby Branham seemed to be affected the most. He found his wife and pulled her close.
The mood was also affecting Hugo and Carmen.
And J Patel and his wife.
And Hugo and Carmen some more.
Bo thought he’d found his blind date, but she turned out to be the wife of groomsman Zane.
With all these couples having all these moments, it seemed the dancing would never start.
“Greetings, Luca,” said Bo. “I cannot find my date. I thought you said she would find me by now.”
“Yeah… that is weird man,” said Luca. “Let me text my friend and see. Maybe she got cold feet and decided she wasn’t ready to date.”
“That is something I can relate to,” said Bo. “Please let me know as soon as you hear back.”
“This day has been perfect,” said Laurel. “I know,” responded Kurt.
“You’re the bride’s grandmother,” said Jim Holloway. “That’s right, and I’m her favorite,” said Hillary Epstein. “Heh, that’s nice,” said Jim. “Are you single?”
“I don’t think your date is coming,” said Jim. “Sorry about that. That’s the last time I help a friend play matchmaker.”
“That is okay,” said Bo. “It is probably for the best. Maybe I should go find Heaven.”
The DJ with the ironic mustache finally got the party going.
Soon many of the guests were on the dance floor, rocking to the music.
Laurel slid past the bride and groom, who were dancing to the beat of their own music, to ask her eldest daughter a question. “Um… what in the world going on here?”
“What? Oh! Um… we were just about to take a selfie, but then got distracted by how pretty Daniella looks,” said Robyn. Laurel mumbled something about millennials as she grabbed another piece of cake and walked away.
Robyn shook her head back and forth as if to clear it, then took a huge step away from Baby. “What in the deleted save file was that, Baby?! We’re in the middle of a wedding surrounded by family and friends. You can’t just… I can’t… Look, didn’t we agree to put some space there so we could focus on the things that are really important to us?”
“You’re right,” said Baby, “we promised to give each other space, so I will leave you alone. But I need you to know that you are one of the things that are really important to me.”
Behind him, Quincy whispered in his wife’s ear and asked her to take a walk with him.
On the other side of the room, Jim gave Luca the signal and they headed outside.
Jim took one look at Luca and asked, “why did you take off your tux jacket?”
“Just in case. Why did you keep yours on?”
“Because I don’t expect this to get messy. This isn’t my first time to the show,” said Jim.
“But it’s a vampire,” said Luca.
“I’m not worried, but you do what you need to. I just got a message from Vlad,” said Jim. “She will be here soon. Get ready.”
“I am ready,” said Luca. “Do you think we really should have told Bo that his blind date wasn’t coming?”
“He was asking too many questions,” said Jim. “and I think it will work better this way. As long as someone at this wedding can vouch for the fact that she ‘never arrived,’ we’re covered.”
“Okay, so we’ll just say we were told our attempt at finding another guy for her as a way of making peace was called off because she found out Bo was an alien,” said Luca.
“Exactly, and Vlad can say she changed her mind when she considered it as a chance to research a possible new food source for her coven,” said Jim. “She wouldn’t be aware of our deal with Vlad yet.”
Luca nodded and said, “and he can say he figured she would tell us herself that it was back on when she got here. So it makes sense that none of us can figure out what may have happened to her en route. That’s perfect! Practically foolproof.”
“Okay, okay, keep it in your pants,” said Jim. “No plan is perfect, and this one certainly isn’t foolproof. I’m going to hide, and you just go to your spot. If she flies in, we won’t have time to hide.”
“Right,” mumbled Luca under his breath as he took his place by the entrance to the building. “If I’m going to get rid of my friend’s baby’s daddy’s wife, I want it to go well.”
***To Be Continued***