Chapter 1.39

Mollie and I had been spending a lot of time together in the car.  Between dress fittings, cake testings, and checking out reception venues I felt like we pretty much lived in that stupid car!

A week before the wedding Mollie and I went for her final dress fitting.  I also got a makeover as Mother of the Bride.

So much was going on that things got kinda jumbled in that last week.  Oliver was packing for Art School and Mollie’s friend Dannette talked her into having a bachelorette party the night before the wedding.

Of course the men were not allowed but before going out on their own Garrett got Mollie good.

Being the wild women that we are…we played dominoes for most of the night.  Then Kia wanted to give a toast.

“Alright, alright.  Quiet down.  I have known Mollie since she was just a toddler. She and Garrett grew up together.  Actually, Garrett had a lot of her lovely, pink hand-me-downs.  That was a special time in his life.  Anyway…Mollie you have grown into a wonderful, intelligent, beautiful, outspoken young woman.”

“I am so glad that Garrett chose you to be his wife.  I cannot wait to welcome you officially into my family, even though you have been an honorary member since the day we met.”

“CONGRATULATIONS”

I swear to you there is so much fizzy nectar in my carpet it will be sticky for the next 70 years.

As I stood there watching my best friend and my daughter and my daughter’s best friend I was in awe at how much love there was in our life.  I was infinitely happy at that moment and knew life would be wonderful no matter what came our way.

The boys were at The Toadstool getting a little drunk.  Victor was completely unprepared to marry off his daughter the next morning.  Lucky for Garrett, Vic was feeling talkative.

“Now, Garrett, my daughter wants to be an astronaut.  She got a technology degree so she could join the army and do just that.”

“I know, sir.  I was there with her.”

“Shhh…I’m speaking.  Now I know you two are all doing the hanky-panky already.”

“DAD!  YOU ARE MAKING THIS SUPER AWKWARD FOR EVERYONE!”

“Oliver…shhh…the men are speaking.”

“I am so ignoring you now, dad.”

“Anyway, Garry…if you get my daughter pregnant you better be ready to raise some kids cuz she’s gonna be an assronaut.  I dun care wat you want…she’s gonna go to the moon.  MmmKay?

“Yep.  Yes, sir, Mr. Lox.  Why don’t I drive you home now?”

“Oookie dokie.”

“Ya know, hunny…you look tasty enough to eat in that dress and you smell like fizzy nectar.”

“I think you have had enough nectar, Vic.  Go to sleep.  You are gonna be miserable enough tomorrow with the wedding.  You need to head off the hangover before we get there.”

“Ookie dokie.  Night night.

All in all the day was a success.

Chapter 1.32

As if we didn’t have enough to do already, the day after Victor’s party we had a Snowflake Day party.  Mollie insisted that we have a party since she would be leaving soon.  We decided to invite only Kia and Garrett and just keep the event small and easy.

Victor and I were taking this quiet time to catch up on some news.  Then Garrett arrived before the party while Mollie was out getting some supplies.

“Mr. and Mrs. Lox?”

I knew deep down why he was there early.  Conveniently when he knew Mollie wouldn’t be around.

“Come on in, kiddo.”

I had to wipe away a tear before I could speak.

“I will leave you two alone to chat.”

“By the way, Garrett.  It’s ok with me.”

“Mr. Lox.  I love Mollie.  Very much.  Since I met her as a toddler.  I remember it perfectly.”

“She’s the most wonderful woman I’ve ever met.  She was beautiful as a ghost and she’s beautiful as a human.”

“What are you trying to say, Garrett?”

“Please, please, please, Mr. Lox…can I marry her?”

“Of course you can!  Now, sit.  We have to talk about some things.”

“Are you sure?”

“Sit.”

“Yes, sir.”

“What about college?  You two need an education.”

“Yes, we are still going to go.  We have planned our schedules and where we will live.”

“How are you going to pay?  We will pay for the wedding but what about school.  I’m not made of money, son.  I still have another child to think of here.”

“She re-took her entrance exams.  She got a perfect score and a full ride scholarship.  I got a pretty good score too so it will only cost me $1000 a year.”

“Well in that case, consider your education paid for.”

“Excuse me, sir?”

“My daughter deserves the best.  Which means she deserves the best in her future husband and your lives together.  You getting an education will help with that.”

“Er…thank you, sir.”

“Don’t mess it up.  I might be 50 but I will still kick your ass.”

“Yes, sir.  Erm…No, sir.  Uh…thank you?”

Victor didn’t get a chance to answer because Ollie broke in.

“Hurry up!  I want to open my presents!”

So we all opened our gifts.  Ollie was thrilled with his new teddy bear and a new video game.

We got Mollie some new stuff for college.  She would be leaving in just a few days.

Once the party ended, Garrett decided to act.

“Mollie?  You know I will do anything to protect you, right?”

“Uhh…yes.  Are you okay, Garrett?  You’re sweating.”

“And I love you now and I always have and always will.”

“Garrett.  What are you doing.  You are delirious.”

“Mollie Lox…”

“Garrett…oh my God…what are you doing?!”

“Mollie Annette Lox, will you make me the happiest man ever?”

“OH SHIT!”

My daughter has a way with words…

“Is that a yes?”

“YES!”

I can’t believe how far we’ve all come.  I’m a wife, a mother of two, my husband and I are at the top of our careers.  And now I’m going to have a son-in-law.  He’s the son of my best friend and I’ve know the guy since he was a toddler.

I need a break.

Time for my Christmas present.  With Mollie leaving for college and getting married we decided to use Victor’s Christmas bonus to remodel Mollie’s bathroom.  She was not pleased that she will not get to use this wonderful retreat.

She’s an adult now.  Momma needs a break after raising her.  I earned this.  She will too, one day.

Chapter 1.21

As soon as I suspected I was pregnant I started spending more time with Mollie.  I didn’t want her to think that just because we were going to have a new family member that we were going to forget about her.

I waited to tell Victor until I was positive I was pregnant.  He was very excited.

As time went on and we arrived closer to the due date, Mollie got very clingy.

She talked to me nonstop about the baby in my belly.  She seemed pretty excited but I think she was concerned too.

Victor took some time off work even so he could spend some time with Mollie on his own.

She loves books and she is such a Daddy’s girl.  She loves the books about art and color.  She tells me I can’t do them right because I don’t make the voices like Daddy.  I don’t know how he makes voices for jellybean colors but it works.

When we were just a few weeks away from meeting our baby I asked Kia for a favor.

“Hey, when I go into labor, will you be able to watch Mollie?

“You call me, chica.  Any time.  2pm or 2am and I’ll be there.”

Now everything was taken care of and all we could do is wait.

Chapter 1.20

“Liddy, I think we should take a vacation.  Head to the beach.  Maybe Paris?”

“Or maybe we could have another baby, instead?”

“Huh…Come on, Miss Mollie.  It’s bedtime for you.”

I was mostly serious.  What have I done?

“What do you think, Mollie?  Would you like to be a big sister one day?”

“NO!”

Too bad for Mollie, I thought.  After I was finished in the bathroom I called Kia over.  She and I had become close friends over the past few months.

‘So, you’re knock up.  Your move.”

“Umm…how did you know that?  I’m not even showing yet.”

“I can just tell.  It’s gonna be a boy.”

“Whatever, your move.”

Oh my God, what if she is right?  What am I gonna do with a son?

Chapter 1.19

Victor and I were both really surprised when the vacant lot next to us was purchase.  It had been empty for such a long time when someone finally bought it I had to rush right over and find out who and why.

Her name was Kia and she was a fairy.  She needed a cheap place to live and apparently the house next door to ours was the winner.

We both thought it was awesome that we had toddlers.  We hoped to do some play dates together.  Her son’s name was Garrett.  He was…different.

Victor and I threw a welcome Feast Party for Kia and Garrett.  Steve is a little…dramatic.  He was fine really, just passed out from the excitement of seeing a fairy.

Everyone was really odd at the party.  They were obsessed with me for some reason which I still have yet to figure out.

The party was a huge success and everyone left happy and full of food and friendship but Victor still felt the need to explain the everyday strangeness of Moonlight Falls to Kia.