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Y&R Mac & Billy FanFiction "CRUSH" By Donna
Billy opened the door to the club. Rebecca was behind the
bar, "Hi, Rick. How are you?" she asked. She got her answer by the look on
his face "What’s wrong? You look terrible." He ran his hands through his
hair, "I feel terrible. Can I talk to you for a minute?" She walked from
behind the bar wiping her hands on a towel. "Sure," she said and motioned
for him to sit down. He sat down and she followed. Billy took a deep breath
and out came the whole story. Who they really were and what had happened.
Rebecca kept silent the whole time. "And when I got there I spoke to the
manager. They said the cops had come to take her away. Do you see why we
couldn’t stay and face the music? They would have sent us both up the
river." Rebecca took a deep breath. "You took a big risk, telling me all
this. I could call the cops right now. Why did you do that?" He looked at
her with such sadness that she felt a lump rising in the throat. "Because
you were good to us, you took us in, trusted us. I see no reason why I
shouldn’t trust you." She nodded, clearing her throat, "What can I do?" "You
can help me get to Karen. I mean you know her, don’t you?" She got up and
walked behind the bar again, pouring them both coffee. "I don’t really know
her that well, Ri, I mean Billy. I just know that she had a lot of problems,
missed a lot of work because of accidents at least that’s what she always
called them. One time, she had an eye blackened, and scratches all over her
face. She said something about her cat scratching her, but she wouldn’t talk
about the eye, just said it was an accident. We usually have a little
holiday gathering every year for the employees and their families. She only
brought him once. That was the first time I met Jacob. JJ hated him on site,
said he was too arrogant for his taste." "He kept hitting on every woman in
the place," she continued, "even with Karen right there. I never told anyone
this except JJ, but he even hit on me. He said Karen would never guess. All
I know is something about him never sat right with me. He was too slick, you
know?" He nodded. He had seen Jacob, albeit briefly, in action with Mac that
night. "Would you be willing to tell what you saw to the police?" he asked.
"Even the fact that he hit on you?" "If you think it will help, sure, but I
think you need to find out what’s happened to Mac first."
Mac sat in the police station. Her grandmother and her dad
had been there to meet her when the police car arrived at the Genoa City
police station. They had said very little, just hugged her and told her they
were glad she was home. Mac could barely look them in the eyes. The door to
the small room she was sitting in opened and in walked her grandmother and
father. They were accompanied by a female police officer. Kay looked at her
granddaughter and smiled. Brock spoke first, "Mackenzie, this is Officer
Steele. She is going to sit in the room while we talk." He glanced at the
officer who nodded and moved to sit in a chair in the corner of the room.
Kay and Brock sat down across from Mac. "Will you tell us what happened?"
Brock grasped her hand as he spoke. She nodded. As she told her story, she
watched their faces carefully, unable to judge whether or not they really
It didn’t matter, really. The only thing that mattered was
keeping Billy safe. When she had finished, the officer got up from her chair
and left the room. She returned with two other policemen. She spoke,
"Mackenzie these are Detectives Logan and Kincaid," she motioned to the two
men with her. "They are here to take your official statement. Your father
has arranged for an attorney to witness it. Mr. Silva? I believe is his
name?" Brock nodded. "I’m going to bring him in now." She opened the door
and motioned for John Silva to come in. He entered and sat down, giving Mac
a reassuring smile. She spent the next two hours repeating her story, this
time officially. No turning back now.
"And when I turned around, I knew it was the police. They
brought me here." Mac finished. She had been talking for two hours, non-stop
and her throat was dry. "Could I have a glass of water, please?" The
officers nodded and Officer Steele left briefly and returned with a
Styrofoam cup filled with water, placing it on the table in front of Mac.
She picked it up and drank it, closing her eyes against the stares of those
around her. She set the empty cup down and asked, "Are we done now?" John
Silva nodded and then asked. "Is that your complete statement?" She nodded.
He answered. "Well if that’s all, then I will see what the situation is," he
motioned towards the two detectives and the officer, they nodded, rose and
walked with them into the hallway. Brock rose from the table and followed
them "I’ll be right back, sweetheart" he said as he closed the door behind
them. Mac looked at her grandmother. "I’m sorry, Grandma. I really am. I
didn’t mean for any of this to happen." Kay grasped her hands over Mac’s. "I
know, dear and we’re going to help you out of this." Kay was sure her
granddaughter was lying. But to protect who?
She would get the truth out of her, but not here. Brock
returned. He spoke quietly. "Mackenzie, the police are going to release you
to our custody. Now, you won’t be able to come and go as you please. The
investigation is still continuing. They don’t feel they have enough evidence
to indict you." He stopped and looked at his daughter. He was also convinced
she was hiding something.
Jill sat in her office. She had just been watching a news
report on television about Mac’s arrival back home for questioning. Good,
she thought. Good riddance. She was also relieved that Billy seemed not to
be involved. Where the hell was he? The investigator she had hired in NY had
turned up nothing. Thank goodness he wasn’t with that worthless street
urchin. She smiled. Katherine’s granddaughter a murderer. She couldn’t have
planned it more perfectly if she had done it herself. Her thoughts were
interrupted by the phone. She picked it up. "Jill Abbott. Yes, of course
I’ll speak with him! Billy? Billy? Where the hell are you? If you don’t get
your butt home this instant you will regret it for the rest of your life, I
promise you." Billy paused, not sure if he was doing the right thing. "Nice
to talk to you too, Ma. I’m fine. I just wanted to let you know. I’ll be
home soon. Everything’s okay. Ma?" he asked, trying to sound off-hand.
"Yes?" she answered. " I saw something on the news. What happened to Mac?"
Jill paused. "She’s being questioned. It's only a matter of time before the
arrest happens. I told you that girl was trouble, Billy. Aren’t you glad you
listened to me for once?" Billy tried to keep his voice even. His mother
could make him made enough to kill sometimes. Hell, what was he thinking? He
had already killed a man. "Yeah, sure Ma, well, thanks and I’ll call you
real soon," and hung up quickly.
She wasn’t under arrest yet. He still had time. He turned to Rebecca. JJ
had come in earlier and while Billy was working up the courage to call his
mother, Rebecca had filled in him on the real story. He was sitting, chin in
hand, listening intently to her when Billy returned to the table. "So," he
began. "I guess your wife has told you everything. I’m sorry, I know this is
trouble you don’t need and you’ve both been very kind to Mac and me. I’ll
understand if you don’t want to help us, the only thing I ask is you give me
the chance to talk to Karen. If I can’t convince her to help, I’ll be outta
here tonight." He finished and waited for an answer. JJ thought for a moment
and then said quietly "Of course we’ll help you. I mean, I know what
happened was terrible for everyone concerned, but I also know that Jacob
finally got what was coming to him. No one deserves to die, but he killed
people slowly, every day. You’re right, Karen is the key. If you can get her
to tell you what really happened. I’m not saying you still won’t be in
trouble, but she may save both your lives." He paused. "What about Mac? Is
she under arrest?" Billy shook his head. "Not yet. I gotta talk to her, find
out what she told them. know she didn’t mention me. My Mother would’ve said
something. She’s taking the blame for this whole thing herself, I know she
is. I can’t let her do that." JJ and Rebecca saw the tears in his eyes.
Rebecca leaned in and grasped his hand." Why don’t you try to call her? If
they aren’t holding her. She should be home soon." Billy nodded. "I’ll wait
about an hour. I'll give her some time. My Mom should be making her life
even more miserable pretty soon." He stood up. "Thanks for everything. I’m
gonna go upstairs and wait, see if I can get a hold of her." He offered his
hand and JJ took it, grasping it firmly. "I know you love her and want to
help her. Just try and be patient. We have to be careful not to scare Karen
off." Billy smiled sadly and shook his head, "Thanks again," and went
Rebecca stood up and hugged her husband. "What was that for?" he asked,
smiling. "Nothing, I just love you. That’s all." He returned the hug," We’re
gonna help those two. I promise"
Billy walked into the small apartment. It was now dark as nightfall
approached. He took off his coat and paced around, looking at his watch. His
eyes fell on the kitchen table where the flowers he had given Mac still sat.
He walked over and touched them gently, remembering how beautiful she had
been, how happy she was. He knew that happiness was gone from her now. What
was she doing? Was she thinking about him? Of course she was, the fact that
his mother hadn’t mentioned anything spoke volumes. She was doing what she
felt was best for him. How the hell had this whole thing happened? How did
they end up here? He looked at his watch. Give her another half-hour, then
he would call the Chancellor home.
Mac walked into the Chancellor house followed by Kay and Brock. It felt
strange to be back here again, s if she had been gone for years instead of
just days. She took off her coat and sat down on the sofa. Kay and Brock
looked at each other, not speaking until Kay broke the silence, "Can we get
you something, dear? Anything you want?" she shook her head and then
stopped, looking at her father. "Dad, would you mind very much if I spoke
with grandma alone? I just need to tell her some things and I think it would
be easier if I told you both separately." Brock looked at Mac and then back
to Kay and smiled. "Sure, sweetheart. I’ll just go upstairs and call John
Silva to see if anything else has happened. Take all the time you need."
Brock was a little hurt by his daughter’s request, but tried not to let it
show. If talking to her grandmother alone would help the situation, then of
course, he had to let her. He leaned over, kissed her on the cheek and
walked out of the room and upstairs.
Kay sat down next to her granddaughter. "What did you want
to say, Mackenzie?" Mac hesitated and then spoke. "I just wanted to say
again how sorry I am about this whole thing. I never should have come here
in the first place, I’ve brought everyone nothing but trouble". She began to
cry and Kay reached out and enveloped her in a hug. She held her for a few
minutes and then asked quietly. "Why don’t you tell me what really happened
that night? From the beginning." Mac pulled away and looked at her, tears
rolling down her face. "Tell me, Mackenzie, please. I promise you I’ll do my
best to try and help you, but I can’t if you won’t tell me the truth." Mac
took a deep breath and looked at her grandmother's face. Could she tell her?
She hesitated and then began slowly. She spoke softly and the tears were
flowing freely as the story began pouring out of her. She told her
everything, including the events of the night that she had found Billy
behind Crimson Lights. When she finished, her eyes were not the only ones
filled with tears. Kay did not speak for several minutes. She looked at her
granddaughter's face and knew that her suspicions had been right. Billy
Abbott had been involved and she gave a silent prayer of thanks that he had
been. She could see the love her granddaughter had for him written all over
her face. When she finally spoke, it was softly. "Where is Billy now? I
promise I won’t tell anyone, dear. I would just like to help him with
anything he might need." Mac looked up at her, wiping the tears from her
face. "He’s in Chicago, I know he thinks he needs to stay there and find
Karen. She’s the only one who can help us. If what he thinks about Jacob is
true, she’s the one who would know. I just hope he’s okay. He just has to be
okay." "You love him very much, don’t you?" Kay asked. Mac looked at her
again and looked down at her hands in her lap. "You don’t have to answer,
Mackenzie, I can see it all over your face. He must love you too, otherwise
why would he have gotten involved in this whole thing in the first place? I
think that I’ve underestimated Billy in the past. From what you’ve told me,
I couldn’t think of anyone I would have rather had be with you in this
situation. Now we just have to help him anyway we can." She rose from the
sofa and rubbed her chin, thinking. Mac wrapped her arms around her
grandmother and held on tight. "Thank you," she whispered, "thank you for
wanting to help him." She pulled away. "You’re right, grandma, I do love
him. Almost as much as I love you and Dad. We’ve got to help him even if it
means that I have to go to jail." Kay shook her. "You will not go to jail!
Do you understand me? Now that doesn’t mean there won’t be some price to pay
and I understand the reason you told the police that story. You wanted to
protect Billy, but we will find you a way out of this thing!" Their hug was
interrupted by the phone ringing. Esther was out shopping, so Kay picked up
the phone. "Katherine Chancellor," she said. Billy hesitated on the other
end. He hadn’t expected her grandmother to pick up. "Hello?" he said and
Katherine recognized his voice immediately. "Billy?" she said and Mac sprung
to her feet to stand next to her. "How are you, Mrs. Chancellor? I just
heard about Mac and I wanted to," he began unsure of how much Mac might have
told her. "It's all right, Billy. Mackenzie told me the whole story. We have
to keep this brief though. Just know that I will help you two anyway I can.
Here she is," she extended the phone to her granddaughter. Billy sighed with
relief on the other end. Mac took the phone and whispered softly "Billy?"
and the sound of her voice was like music to him. "Hi, sweetie, it’s good to
hear your voice again. Can't stay on too long. I just wanted to let you know
that I haven’t left you there to face the music by yourself. You know what I
have to do, don’t you?" she answered "Yes, and I did what I thought was best
to help you do that." She looked at her grandmother who turned away to give
her some privacy." I love you, Billy, and we’re gonna help you. I can’t wait
to be with you again." Her voice faded softly at the end. Billy smiled." I
love you too, Mac. This whole thing will be over soon. Keep thinking about
that, will you? Think about when this whole thing is over. I gotta go. I
can’t stay on too long. I love you, remember that, okay? No matter what
anyone says." "I will Billy. I’ll remember. I love you too, more than
anything. Be careful, please." "I will. You too." And hung up the phone.
He rested his head against the kitchen wall, eyes closed. He
just had to get through this night, that’s all. Talk to Karen; convince her
to come back with him. Then he could see his Mackenzie again. No one would
be able to stop him from being with her. No one.
Mac hung up the phone and turned to her grandmother, who in
turn enveloped her in a hug. She rubbed her back reassuringly. She pulled
back to look at her. "Mackenzie, I’m going to have the car brought around.
I’m going to Chicago to help that boy. Now, you can’t come, but I promise
you I will do my best to try and help him. Will you tell your father
everything while I’m gone?" she gathered her coat and purse. Mac nodded.
"Please help him, grandma. Help him convince Karen to come back here and
tell her story. It's the only way. Tell him that I love him, will you?" Kay
nodded. "I’ll be back here with him soon, I promise". With that she left.
Mac looked towards the staircase and walked over to it, slowly climbing the
stairs. "Dad? " she called as she headed up to tell him the truth.
Billy walked into the kitchen, hauling another load of dirty
dishes. Since he was here he figured he might as well work. JJ had promised
to let him know as soon as Karen got here. He had just dropped the empty
dishpan onto the floor when the kitchen door swung open. JJ walked in.
"There’s somebody out there asking for you, an older woman, pulled up in a
big car, says her name is Chancellor. Should I tell her you’re here?" Billy
wiped his hands on a towel and nodded. "That’s Mac’s grandmother, I wonder
what she’s doing here? Do you think something’s happened? To Mac, I mean?"
he pushed past JJ and walked out front.
He spotted Kay standing at the bar, eyeing the place
carefully. She spotted Billy coming toward her, his face looked frantic.
"Mrs. Chancellor is it Mac? Is she okay? Nothing happened to her. You would
tell me if something happened to her, wouldn’t you?" Katherine smiled. "Of
course I would Billy. No nothing’s happened to her except she misses you. I
told her that I would come here and do whatever I could to help you out. Has
Karen shown up yet? "Billy shook his head. "Not yet. I’m beginning to think
she might not." She looked at Billy and smiled. "I never expected to see you
in a place like this, washing dishes no less! If your mother could see you
now," she chuckled. Billy laughed lightly." I know, pretty funny isn’t it?
It’s not too bad, actually, once you get used to it." He paused, "How is she
Mrs. Chancellor? I mean, really is she okay?" She answered, " She’s as well
as can be expected considering the circumstances. As I said, she misses you.
I know she loves you Billy and I can see that you love her as well. Have you
thought about what your mother may think about this?" He dropped the towel
onto the bar. "Yes, I’ve thought about it and I know what’ll she think. To
tell you the truth, I really don’t care. I’m sick of her and the way she
treats Mac. All of a sudden she’s concerned about me?" Billy’s eyes were
ablaze. "She ignores me my whole life and now she’s concerned. Who cares?
Mac is the only thing that matters to me now." Katherine looked at him
carefully and was glad she had decided to come here. "Why don’t you worry
about that when we get back? All that’s important now is Karen."
As she spoke, the front door opened. A young woman walked in
carrying a garment bag over her arm. She was pretty, Billy noticed. She had
reddish brown, shoulder length hair, blue eyes. She looked around rather
sadly, he noticed. She walked up to the bar a few feet from where they
stood. Rebecca emerged from the kitchen and Billy looked up at her. She
nodded to let him know that this was the person he had been waiting for. She
walked over to her and gave her a hug. "Karen, how are you? JJ and I were so
sorry to hear about Jacob." The girl nodded and spoke softly, "Thanks, I’m
okay. I’m anxious to get back to work though. Try to keep busy, you know?"
Rebecca nodded. She wrapped her arm around the girl and walked her toward
the door that led upstairs to the small apartment. "Why don’t we go upstairs
and sit for awhile, JJ and I would like to talk to you about something."
Karen looked alarmed. "I’m not gonna lose my job, am I? I mean, you know my
situation. I can’t lose my job," Rebecca smiled, "Of course not, honey. We
just want to know how you are. What we can do to help you. Shall we go?" she
extended her arm and Karen walked up the stairs. Rebecca called after her.
"I’ll just get JJ and I’ll be right up," and closed the door after her.
She walked over to where Kay and Billy sat. Billy introduced
Katherine to Rebecca. She smiled and nodded saying "Happy to meet you. I’m
glad you’re here, we’ll need all the help we can get." She looked at Billy.
"Ready?" he nodded. "Good," she said. "I’ll go get my husband and we can get
this thing started." She walked into the kitchen and returned with JJ in
tow. They walked up the stairs and Rebecca knocked softly on the apartment
door. "Karen? May I come in?" "Sure," came the answer from inside. She
opened the door to find Karen sitting on the couch. She had already changed
into her uniform. She looked up and smiled at Rebecca and JJ, but her smile
quickly changed to a questioning look when she spotted Billy and Kay. "Who’s
this?" she asked. JJ introduced them and added, "They are friends Karen.
They have something to tell you. It’s about Jacob.
Karen rose from the couch "What about Jacob? What do you two
know? Do you know who did this to him?" Billy walked forward " It's a long
story, Karen. Do you mind if I call you that?" she shook her head. "Why
don’t you sit down. I’ll tell you everything from the beginning." Billy
poured out his story and Karen’s eyes brimmed over when he told her about
how Jacob had died. "He had a knife, Karen. He was pulling her pants off. He
was gonna rape her, I know that as sure as I’m sitting here. I didn’t mean
to kill him. I swear. I just couldn’t let him do it. I couldn’t." He told
her about Mac, how difficult her life had been, what she had been through
already. Karen listened and the tears continued to fall. When he finished,
Karen was silent until Kay asked, "You see now, Karen, why we came here? You
are the only one who can help us. Please, tell us what happened between you
and Jacob." She looked at the young girl’s face, streaked with tears. Would
she help them, could she?
Karen spoke angrily, "What can I do? You killed him and I
know that everyone is glad, glad to be rid of him! What makes you think you
don’t deserve to pay for what you did? Jacob wasn’t a good person, I know,
but that doesn’t mean he deserved to die." Billy interrupted "I know that
and I will live with that guilt the rest of my life, but don’t you think Mac
deserves a shot at life too? Forget about me, I know you probably can’t
forgive me, I don’t blame you for that. But Mac didn’t do anything to
deserve this. Please, don’t do it for me. Do it for her." Karen looked at
him. "You love her, don’t you?" she asked. He nodded "More than anything.
I’ll do anything you say, just help her, please. Please, tell us about you
and Jacob." Karen sighed. "If you want to know the truth, .the truth is I’m
glad he’s dead." She looked at their surprised faces. "Hadn’t expected that,
had you? I know that everyone thought that I was poor little, battered Karen
and the truth is for a long time, I was. I took his garbage for a long time
until one day something happened that made me see Jacob for what he really
was. Filth, that's what he was. The lowest kind of filth. He kept telling me
that he loved me and I believed he wanted to change, I hoped that he would.
Things were going along okay until one day I came home a little earlier than
usual. I heard voices and laughter through the door, and I listened to see
if they sounded familiar. I recognized Jacob’s voice, but the other one was
a female voice I didn’t recognize." "I opened the door slowly. I didn’t want
anyone to realize I was there." She took a deep breath and continued. "What
I saw there made me sick. Jacob was sprawled on his knees on the bed. Pinned
underneath him was Julie, my 15-year-old sister, laughing and giggling.
Julie’s blouse was open and Jacob was pawing her, slobbering all over her."
She wiped fresh tears off her cheeks." My Dad and Mom died 3 years ago in a
car accident. I’ve been taking care of Julie ever since. She’s a good kid,
just a little wild at times. Anyway, Julie must have gotten frightened, or
maybe she heard me come in, I don’t know, but all of a sudden she started
pushing at Jacob, saying, ‘Okay, okay, that’s enough. Karen will be home
soon.’ But he didn’t listen, he continued to paw at her. Julie’s voice got
more and more insistent and she finally said loudly, ‘Get off me, now! I
mean it.’ Karen’s voiced cracked. "Jacob pulled a knife out of his back
pocket and said, ‘ I’m not through with you yet, and put it to her throat.
He started to yank at her pants and she started to scream. He covered her
mouth and I jumped on him from behind. I threw him off her and he dropped
the knife. He started to scratch and claw at my face and then he hit me."
Rebecca walked over to Karen and put her arm around her shoulders. She
continued." He hit me until I couldn’t fight him anymore. He was smart
though, he didn’t hit my face, except for my eye, that is. I lay there in
the corner. Julie had run into the bathroom and locked it. I could hear her
screaming. I must have passed out, because the next thing I knew I was in
bed and Julie was standing over me. She begged me not to tell anyone what
had happened. I told her I wouldn’t, but that Jacob was going to pay for
what he did, one way or the other." Rebecca spoke." It’s all right, Karen.
He’s gone now, he can’t hurt you or Julie anymore." She smiled at her. "I
know that, and I’m sorry that I let him get away with it now. No one else
should have had to go through that, no one."
Billy spoke next, "What happened, Karen? Why didn’t you go
to the police?" She looked at him. "Guess you never needed money, have you?
I was supporting Julie and myself. Two days later, Jacob came to see me, he
apologized, saying he lost his head and that it would never happen again. I
decided to do what was best for me and for my sister. I told him I wouldn’t
go to the police if he agreed to pay me to keep quiet. I knew his band had
been going pretty well and it was the best solution. I could send Julie away
to school and no one would ever know about this." She looked at the faces
around her. "I know you must think I did a terrible thing, but I did what I
thought I had to do. Julie went away, started a new life. She’s doing great
now. I don’t know how I’m gonna manage it though, now that Jacob’s."
Kay stood up and walked over to her. "That’s where I come
in. If you come back to Genoa City with us, I’ll have my lawyer draw up an
agreement. I’ll take care of Julie’s tuition. Call it a loan, if you like,"
she smiled. "It’s the very least I can do for you and your sister. You’ve
been through too much already." Karen smiled and nodded. "Thank you, I would
appreciate that. I’ll pay you back, every cent, I promise." Billy joined
them. "Will you do this Karen, will you help us?" She nodded. "Can we go
now? I’d like to call Julie first though let her know that I told you, in
case the police want to talk to her." Rebecca took her into the kitchen to
use the telephone. JJ stood up and shook Billy’ s hand. "I’m glad I could
help you, but I better get downstairs, see what’s going on. I hope all this
works out for you, son. Maybe when this is all over, you could come back and
see us? Bring Mackenzie with you?" Billy smiled and nodded. "I hope so. I
know she would love that too. Thank you, JJ. You and Rebecca have been the
best. Thanks for everything." He waved off Billy’s thanks and let Rebecca
know he was going downstairs.
He left and Billy and Kay were alone. "Do you think it will
be enough, Mrs. Chancellor? Do you think the police will believe her?" he
asked. "I know they will, Billy. It’s the truth; they have to believe it.
Karen and Rebecca came back into the room.
"I’m ready whenever you are." Karen said. Billy walked over
to the chair where he had left his jacket. He put it on and turned to leave,
he spotted the flowers on the table, grabbed them and turned to Kay. "I’m
ready, let’s go." They walked out of the apartment, Rebecca closing the door
Billy and Kay walked into the Genoa City police department
followed by Karen. Kay had called them from the car saying that she had some
important information for them. The policeman at the desk escorted them to
the same room where Mac had been earlier. When everyone was in place, Karen
told her story. When she finished, the room was silent. Billy asked, "What
happens now?" Detective Logan replied "We get Miss Reynolds down here, get
the real story out of her. We’ll need to call your sister, Miss Shane. We
need to get a statement from her. This will still have to go before a judge,
probably in juvenile court due to your ages. If all the stories match, we’ll
see." "See what? Don’t you see now? I didn’t mean to kill him, I just meant
to stop him. I picked up the brick. I just couldn’t let him hurt her. I’d
have let him kill me first." Billy had tears in his eyes. "I know, kid" the
detective tried not to let the sympathy he felt creep into his voice. "Let’s
just see what else we can find out before we jump to any conclusions. The
only thing is, we’re gonna have to place you under arrest. You’ve admitted
to a crime. If you can get someone to post the bail, we can have you out
tonight." "I will post his bail," Kay broke in. "He doesn’t deserve to spend
one night in jail, not one. What do I need to do?" she rose from her chair.
Billy stood up and hugged her. Kay was taken aback, yet moved by his display
of affection. "Thank you, Mrs. Chancellor. Will you call Mac? Let her know
what’s going on?" She nodded." Of course, I’ll bring her down here if I can.
I can tell you’re anxious to see her." He nodded. "Will you give her those
flowers, the ones we left in the car?" She nodded. "I’ll be back as soon as
I can, Billy," she said and left. The detectives stood up and Detective
Kincaid spoke, "Let’s get this over with, kid, okay?" Billy nodded and they
walked him out of the room to book him and bring him to a temporary holding
Mac sat in the living room on the couch next to her father.
She had told him everything and as expected, he was very sympathetic,
listening quietly and trying to soothe her fears. She had finished and he
sat with her, stroking her hair, letting her cry. When her crying finally
stopped, he asked her quietly, "Feeling a little better now?" He felt her
nod. "Good. Why don’t I have Esther make you some hot milk? It may help you
relax, you really should try and get some sleep." She shook her head. "I
can’t sleep, not yet. I need to find out what happened tonight. I want to
wait and talk to" her words were cut short by the sound of the front door
slamming. Jill walked into the living room and spotted Mac sitting with her
"Well, well if it isn’t America’s Most Wanted? Right here,
in my living room. Honestly, Brock, why are you letting her stay here?
Aren’t you afraid she’ll kill you in her sleep?" Brock stood up quickly, but
Mac rose before he did, placing her hand on his arm to quiet him. "You
better watch out Jill. I know the way to your room too," she said with a
menacing tone. Jill was taken aback by her statement and her mouth hung
open. A hearty chuckle came from behind her. "Good for you, darling!" Kay
said and Mac ran to her grandmother’s arms. "What happened?" she looked at
Jill, afraid to mention Billy’s name, but dying to know what happened. Kay
took the flowers out from behind her back. "For you," she said. "From
someone who said to tell you he loves you very much." Mac’s eyes filled with
tears. The daisies from last night, she held them close to her chest. "Is
everything okay? Did you get what we needed?" Katherine looked at Jill. Jill
woke up from her stupor and said, "I’ll leave you alone to discuss whatever
it is you’re talking about." "Hold it right there, Jill. This involves you
too." Jill turned around, "Me? What do you mean by that?" she asked
derisively." It involves your son. He’s the one who gave me the flowers."
Kay smiled as the meaning of her statement registered on Jill’s face. "I
thought that would get your attention. Why don’t you sit down and let me
tell you the whole story?" Jill sat down. Kay told her the whole story while
Jill never took her eyes off Mac. When Kay finished, Jill was quiet for a
moment and then lunged for Mac’s throat. Brock pulled her off and shook her.
"What on earth do you think you’re doing? Aren’t you the least bit concerned
about your son? He’s in jail right now. Doesn’t that bother you?" Jill’s
face was crimson. Her voice came out in a growl, "The only reason he’s there
is because of this little tramp. What did you do Mackenzie? Perform the same
"service" you did for that singer? Did Billy catch you in the act? Is that
why he killed him? I don’t believe your little story, not for one second. My
son would never put himself in harm’s way, especially for a worthless piece
of trash like you," she spat. " I’m getting out of here. I’m going to see my
son." She grabbed her coat and stormed out the door.
Mac sat on the couch, her hands at her throat. Jill had
wanted to kill her. What would she say to Billy? Would he change his mind
about her? Kay walked over and sat next to her. "Darling, are you all right?
She didn’t hurt you did she?" Mac shook her head. "Are you worried about
what she’ll tell her son?" Mac nodded, "Grandma, what if he changes his mind
about me? What if he listens to her?" Kay hugged Mac to her. "I saw the look
on Billy’s face when he spoke about you. Believe me, nothing she can say
will change his mind." She drew her back and looked into her face, "Would
you like to see him?" Mac’s face lit up and she smiled "Could I? I mean
would I be allowed?" Katherine took her hand and stood up. "Only one way to
find out, let’s go. Brock, are you coming?" "Yes, please Dad come?" Mac
said. Brock smiled and said, "Just try and stop me," and they walked out to
the car together.
Jill paced up and down in
the police interrogation room. She had stormed in and demanded to see her
son. They told her to wait here and they would bring him to her. The door
opened, and Billy walked in. Dressed in the same clothes he had come
in, jeans and the hooded sweatshirt he had bought at the thrift door, in
handcuffs and escorted by a police officer. His bright smile faded when he
saw who his female visitor was. He had hoped it would be Mac. He plastered a
smile on his face at the sight of his mother and said “Ma! Great to see
ya! How’s it goin’?”. He sat down at the table across from her. The
officer sat on a chair in the corner of the room. “Don’t get smart
with me, young man. I could kill you for this, I really could. What were you
thinking? Protecting that little slut? Is that what you-“ “ Be
quiet, Ma..” he broke in." Don’ t you tell me to be quiet, you little
fool. You may have ruined your entire life over that piece of street
trash, she isn’t fit to be in the same room with you, and now you think
you’re in love with her? She must really be something Billy, guess what
they say about her is true..” Billy stood up. “Officer,this visit is
over…my mother is leaving. Can I go back to my cell now?” He held out
his handcuffed arms. The officer nodded and stood up.
“Billy,wait…please I’m sorry I didn’t mean it…sit with me, let me
talk to you.” Jill pleaded. He shook his head." There's nothing to
say, Ma. I love Mac…and if you can’t deal with that..we don’t have
anything to say to each other. It's just like always, Ma. You go your
way, take care of yourself. I'll take care of myself”. The officer
grabbed his elbow and walked him out the door, back to his cell.
Kay and Mac walked into the
precinct, followed by Brock. They asked for Detective Logan and he soon
came to greet them. Mac told them she would like to revise her official
statement. They went to the interrogation room, to find Jill sitting at the
table in tears. She looked up as they walked in the room.
She walked over to
Mac." You'll be happy to know that my son now wants nothing to do with
me, and it’s all thanks to you.” Mac kept silent. “You will pay for
turning my son against me, that I can guarantee you…” she grabbed her
coat and purse and left.
When Mac had finished giving
her revised statement, she asked if she could see Billy. The detective
shook his head. "“Please, just for 5 minutes..please, just let me
see if he’s ok..” The detectives face softened a moment. “All
right, all right. but just you, your folks will have to wait here. C'mon
I’ll take you to him. Five minutes, no more!". Mac jumped up to follow
the detective." I'll be right back…” she told her grandmother and
father as she left.
Billy lay on the cot in his
cell, staring at the ceiling. He was not upset at what had happened with his
mom, in fact he was happy about it. She had never been there for him, why
should she care what happened to him now? He couldn’t let her talk that
way about Mac. Billy confirmed a decision he knew already existed. He was
going to marry that girl some day. He knew it as sure as he was sitting
there. He had to, he didn’t want to live without her anymore. He could do
it, he knew. he'd been doing it all these months. But if the last few days
had taught him anything, it was that he needed to be with her, always.
was no point to anything if he couldn’t have that.
Logan’s voice rang through the otherwise empty cells. Slow night, Billy
was the only prisoner they were holding at the moment. “Visitor” he
turned his head and saw her. Standing behind the prison bars, “Billy?”
she whispered. He got to his feet slowly. He looked pleadingly at the
detective “ all right, 5 minutes, no more…I’ll be right over here.”
He walked over to the next cell a few feet away, and turned his back to
give them some privacy.”
Thank you” Mac whispered.
Billy walked over to her, she had her hands through the bars, beckoning him
to come closer, just as she had so many times in his dreams. He walked over
to her, reaching his hands through the bars to cup her face. She wrapped her
hands around the back of his neck, running her fingers through the soft
hair at his nape. He held her face in his hands, running his fingers over
her eyes, then her lips." I missed you…” he whispered “not as much
as I missed you..” She leaned in, carefully through the bars and kissed
him softly. He looked at her." what's wrong?” he asked. “Nothing”
she said. Now was not the time to tell him about Jill." When are you gonna
be able to get out of here?” she asked, continuing to stroke his neck
with one hand, and his cheek with the other. She didn’t want to waste a
minute of their time together not touching him. She couldn’t have stopped
herself if she tried." Tomorrow morning. just don’t tell my Mom. I
don’t want her to know when I’m getting out. She be surprised when she
sees me tomorrow, at your house” Mac smiled." Sure. I've got a lot to
tell you, when you get out tomorrow…we have a lot to talk about.” He
looked at her with such adoration that she felt her heart would
break." That we do,” he whispered." More than you can possibly
The detective cleared his
throat. ”Ok, Ok we get the message, you gotta go” he looked longingly at
Mac. “Will you come to pick me up tomorrow?” he asked. She nodded.
“Try and stop me” she leaned in again and kissed him, more deeply this
time. His low groan was captured by her open lips ,and she ran her tongue
around the inside of his mouth quickly. He was once again amazed by her
love and how freely she could now show it. He pulled himself away from
her." Tomorrow, sweetie…” he whispered. His hot breath in her ear shot
fireworks throughout her body and she nodded. ”Sorry, you just have that
effect on me. I'll see you tomorrow.” She kissed him again, quickly this
time." As early as possible". She walked over to the detective and he
walked her down the hallway, Mac waving and smiling as she left. Billy
walked over to the cot, knowing he would sleep very little tonight.
Billy and Mac sat in her
room, alone at last. Kay and Brock had gone to talk to Paul Williams. He had
contacted them as soon as he had gotten home. He said he had done some
preliminary checking and had
some information for them. Billy and Mac were in her room, they had yet to
run into Jill, and they wanted to keep it that way. She told him what had
happened with Jill, and how she had tried to choke her. Billy had
exploded, and Mac immediately regretted what she had said. He hadn’t said
a word to her in minutes, she was afraid. Afraid of what he might be
thinking of doing.
that his anger would subside before he spoke again. He kept his voice calm
as he spoke “ You realize what this means, Mac? don’t you?” She shook
her head. “It means that she will never let you and I be
together. don't you see that? Even when this whole thing is over, she's
never gonna let up. I thought things would be different once I told her,
I see that nothing’s changed. She's still the same witch she always
was. Which means only one thing. When this whole thing is settled, one way or
the other…..” He got down on knee and Mac’s stomach flip-flopped.
“Mackenzie Reynolds…will you marry me?” he grinned at her.
“How? Billy? How can we
get married? “. “In Indiana..” he said. “ I remember somebody once
told me that you can get married at 16 in Indiana. That way if anything
happens, we know that we’ll still be together. forever.” He sat down
again, next to her. “Even if I have to go to jail, once I got out, we could
still be together. no one could tell us what to do. it's the only
way..” he looked at her. “Am I scaring you?”. She shook her head
“No,” she answered." When can we do this?”. She asked
excitedly. Could they really pull this off?
“The hearing is at the end
of this week…my dad’s lawyer told me that he was almost positive that
he could work out a deal…community service or probation. I'd have to be
good for the next year or so. but once the hearing is over. we could do it
then.” Mac stroked his face. He was so excited, his eyes were dancing with
delight. “I can’t wait to marry you” she said softly.
He leaned over and kissed
her, pulling back to look into her eyes. “I have a few arrangements to
make, take care of everything beforehand..but come this weekend…we’ll
be husband and wife. Hey, do you realize that now you’re my fiancée for
real?” she laughed." I should be really good at it, I’ve had a little
practice, you know.” She kissed him quickly and got up, moving around the
room. She opened her closet, pulling out her backpack. He lay back on her
bed, watching her." What are you doing?” he asked. “Packing for my
honeymoon” she said, smiling. He watched her pulling out clothes, stuffing
them into her backpack. He got up and put his hand on her arm." Why
don’t you let me take care of that? I mean the less stuff we carry the
better, right? Besides,” he pulled her close to him." That's way more
clothing than you’re gonna need.” He smiled and kissed her. She dropped
the shirt that was in her hand and gave herself fully to the kiss, leaning
her head back and slowly moving her lips over his. They stood like that for
several minutes, until the kissing became more heated. He pulled away and
whispered. “We can’t do this now, Mac..ohhhh don’t do that” she was
sucking his earlobe again, the way she knew he loved. “Why not?’ she
asked “No one’s home…” she swirled her tongue
around the inside of his ear, slowly. she knew that made him crazy.
“Cut it out,
Mac” he said
halfheartedly. She felt so good, every inch of her pressed against
him. Could she feel how much he wanted her? He didn’t want to scare
her, rush her into anything. Oh God, now what was she doing? Sucking on his
neck, that's what…Oh,God..did she realize what a effect her touch had
on him? How much he wanted to move to that bed with her..bury himself deep
inside her? He pulled her arms away from him, gently." I mean it, Mac, cut
it out” She looked at him, her lips were swollen from kissing him so
intensely, her eyes glazed over with desire. “Don’t tell me that you
didn't’ t like that, Billy…I know you did…I felt it..” her face
turned red, and she looked at the floor. She looked up again, and said
“Don’t be afraid with me, Billy. Please. We're not doing anything
wrong. You would never force me to do anything I don’t want to do..”
She pressed herself against the length of him, tightly. “I love you.. and
I want you…is that a crime?” He wrapped his arms around her again and
shook his head." I just want everything to be perfect for our
honeymoon. You can wait a couple of days, can't you?” He leaned in and
returned the favor, taking her earlobe in his mouth, and tugging it gently
between his lips. “Not if you keep doing that, I can’t” she gasped. He
chuckled and swatted her on the behind." Good!” he snapped “Now you
know what it feels like”.
“Mackenzie,Billy? are you
here?” her grandmother’s voice called from downstairs. She ran to the
door. “We’ll be right
down!” she called. She grabbed his hand and led him out the door and
down the stairs.
Kay and Brock were in the
living room, hugging each other. Mac and Billy walked down the
stairs," What are you two so happy about?” Billy asked as they walked
into the room. Kay pulled away from her son to look at the two of them.
smiled from ear to ear.
“Just some good news, that's all..” Mac smiled “Good news? About
us?” she asked. Kay nodded. “We just came from Paul Williams’
office. He had some preliminary information for us…about Jacob. It seems
that since the real story behind his death hit the news, two more women
came forward with stories..similar to the ones you and Karen told. Paul
said that he also had information that at least three more women were
ready to give statements regarding Mr. Marsh. Seems that he had quite a
“So what does this mean?
For us?” Billy asked. “ It means that the charges will probably be
dropped down to justifiable homicide, which more than likely means
probation or a suspended sentence, given the circumstances. Paul contacted
the police with the information, and they are contacting the women
today.” Brock answered. “It means your probable freedom, Billy. The
judge will decide later today.” Billy’s mouth dropped open.
He sat down on the
couch, still in shock." You mean, no hearing on Friday? No court date?”
will rule on the new evidence today,” he looked at his watch." We
should know his decision in a couple of hours.”
Billy stood up. “How do I
thank you? All of you, for all the help you’ve given me? I don’ t know
how to even begin…”. Brock walked over to Billy and placed his hand on
“There’s no need for
that, Billy…Mackenzie loves you, and you saved her from a horrible
fate, probably saved her life. It's the least we could do.” He smiled at
Billy, who returned it and said." Thanks, Mr. Reynolds. I just wish my mom
felt the same way…” he looked up at Mac, who was gazing into his
eyes, completely understanding how he was feeling. She came to stand beside
him." It's really all gonna be ok, Billy….your mom loves you. I know
she does. It just that sometimes she just shows it in all the wrong
ways.” He looked at her “Do you think it’s right? I mean the way she
treats you? Talks to you? …I won’t let her do it anymore. From now
on, if she won’t deal treat you the way you deserve to be treated, she
won’t hear from me again, and I mean it.” He smiled, as if to chase
those thoughts away." I don’t wanna talk about her anymore. How much
time did you say we had, Mr. Reynolds. before the judge made a decision?
“ Brock smiled. “About 2 hours, three at the most..”
should be more than enough time, he thought. “I have to go out for a
while. Just some errands, I ran outta a lot of stuff you know, haven't been
home much lately” he said. “I’ll be back in about 2 hours…” he
grabbed his coat and extended his hand to Mac.
“Walk me to the door?”
She nodded. He took it and smiled at Brock and Kay," Thanks again, Mrs.
Chancellor ,Mr. Reynolds. for everything. I promise you won’t be sorry
Mac walked him to the
door." Where do you think you’re going? Don’t you want to stay
around, wait here with me for the judge's decision?” she asked in a
whispered tone. “I’m going shopping, dear…shopping for our
honeymoon… that’s how confident I am about the judges’ decision ”
She smiled. “Oh” she whispered “I promise I’ll be back, probably in
an hour or so…” “Can I come with you?”. He shook his head." I
want to keep that promise I made to you, about surprising you every day.
you mind? I want this to be a complete and total surprise.” He leaned in
and kissed her." See you in about an hour”. He walked out the
door, looking over his shoulder at her, giving her a last wave. Mac leaned up
against the door, eyes closed. The judge just had to make the right
decision, he had to.
Billy walked up to the front
door of the Chancellor house. His arms weighted down with bags. The door
flew open before he even had a chance to knock. Mac flew into his
arms, kissing him all over his face." He did it, Billy! He did it! “ He
dropped the bags onto the floor, and wrapped his arms around her, mostly to
keep himself from topplin g over. She had her legs wrapped around his and
her arms around his neck." Can you believe it? The judge dropped the
charges..he dropped the charges! You’re free…we’re free!” She
stopped talking for a second and looked at his face." You mean it?” He
whispered. She nodded excitedly. He spun her around, returning the favor by
kissing her all over her face. She laughed until her sides hurt, until
finally she said “Put me down, please…Billy,please..I’m gonna have a
heart attack from laughing, please…”
He put her
down. Kay and
Brock were in the living room, smiling, having heard their exchange.
He walked her into the
living room, his face reddened, embarrassed by having had an audience.
“Is it really true?” he
asked them. They nodded and he let out at whoop, causing Brock and Kay to
burst into laughter. His face became serious and he asked “Does my mom
know?” Kay nodded." She was here, earlier. She left to let your father
know. She was very relieved, Billy.”
“I’ll bet she was” he
said." She was probably worried about how Jabot would handle the bad
publicity if I was convicted.” He looked at them." I know, I know, I
shouldn’t things like that, but I can’t help it. I'm glad she and my
dad know though, less for them to worry about. I’ve made a decision, and
I’d like you three to be the first to hear it. I'm moving out of my
father’s house. I found an apartment, in fact, that's why I was so late
coming back. It's not too far from Crimson Lights…if I get a job, I
should be able to swing it on my own. I'll be 18 in two months, and if
they try to stop me now, I'll just move out then. I won’t live
there, answer to them, especially my mother….aren’t you gonna say
Brock shook his
head." It's up to you. If you feel you can handle it, that's fine. Just
don’t cut yourself off from your family completely, Billy. They do love
you, in spite of how it seems sometimes.” He turned to his
mother. ”Mother, why don’t we leave these two alone for awhile?
They’re expecting us at the shelter this afternoon.” He extended his
hand to Billy .”Congratulations, Billy” who shook it and answered
“Thanks again, for everything” .Brock and Kay left, while Mac looked at
Billy with an incredulous look on her face.
“What?” he said. “An
apartment? You really rented an apartment? “ she asked. He nodded." Where did you think we would
live, once we got married? Here?”
she blushed. She hadn’t thought of that." Can I see it?” He nodded.
“Let me put this stuff upstairs, no peeking allowed, young lady” he
wagged his finger at her, and ran upstairs to put it in her closet. He ran
down the steps 3 at a time, to find her standing with her coat
on." Anxious to see it, are we?” she swatted his arm and then
nodded." Let's go!” he said.
The next few days flew by in
a blur of happiness for Mac. When she awoke on Friday morning, she realized
what day it was. Happy that she still had yet to face the trauma of
returning to school, she realized that the next time she was back there,
would be Mrs. Billy Abbott. Her grandmother had checked with her
teachers, and they said she would still be able to graduate next
January. She hadn’t missed enough time to effect her grades. Thank
goodness. She couldn’t wait to get out of school and start her life for
real..as a married woman, with a home of her own. The ring of the phone next
to her bed broke into her dreamy thoughts. “Hello” she said
“Hello…is this the future Mrs. Abbott?” she smiled as she recognized
Billy’s voice.”umm, yes it is, who's calling please? “ she decided
to tease him a little, she was so happy this morning. “this is someone
who loves you very much, who wants to know if you would like to spend the
rest of your life with him? Just in case you’re not doing anything
else, I mean.” “Let me check my schedule, and I’ll get back to
you…” he laughed. ”Sure, not even married yet and already giving me a
hard time. “ his voice lowered.” In about 12 hours, I expect to really
be giving you a hard time..” she laughed again, a slight shiver went
through her.His voice had suddenly become low, and very sexy.
“Promise?” she said, lowering her voice to match his. The same shiver
went through him and he whispered hoarsely “You bet”. She asked “Are
we still telling everyone we’re going to Chicago to see Rebecca and JJ?
Did you call them to tell let them know in case anyone calls? Billy, are
you sure we can pull this off? I mean if anybody finds out-“ I hate to
interrupt you in mid-rant," Billy paused to hear her chuckle on the other
end." But everything is taken care of, I called Rebecca, she was
thrilled, by the way, wished us luck and congratulations. She already has
her story planned. The band appearing tonight ended late, you were
exhausted, so she’ll call to let everybody know we’re spending the
night with them.” He paused again." Separately of, course” She played
along “Oh,really? Not even married yet and already sleeping in separate
rooms? Maybe it’s not too late to change my mind..” Billy broke
in." Don't even think about it. I'll kidnap you if necessary.” “Ok,ok..you
convinced me..” she lowered her voice again “I can’t wait. I'll
see you about 4,ok?” He smiled. “See you then…I love you.”
Mac looked around after
hanging up the phone ,so much to do…take a shower, wash her hair. Make
sure everything was just right. She spent most of the day checking and
re-checking the inventory in her head. She was dressed and ready to go at
3:oo and she spend the next hour pacing the floor of her room, until she
heard the front door bell ring. She looked in the mirror, Rebecca's makeup
lesson had served her well.Satisified with what she saw, she grabbed her
coat and closed the door behind her, racing down the stairs.
Billy was standing in the
hallway talking with Esther when she came flying down the stairs. He
laughed at her enthusiasm. ”Anxious, are we?” he asked. “Just a
little”. She explained to Esther, who was smiling in amusement." I
really want to see that band, and
Rebecca and JJ of course” .Esther turned to leave,” Have fun, you
two” she said She turned her face to his, lips curled up in a smile and
he leaned down and kissed her,." You ready?” he extended his elbow to
her. She linked her arm through it and nodded “Never been more ready for
anything in my life. Let’s go!”
They got in the
was about 3 hours away and Billy had found a justice of the peace in a
small town called Elkhart. The ride flew by happily and when he pulled up
in front of the small house with the justice of the peace sign outside,
could feel the butterflies in her stomach begin. He stopped the car and
got out, opened the door for her and grabbed her hand. He opened the trunk
and grabbed two suitcases. He handed her the smaller one, and grabbed her
hand again, walking together towards the front door. He rang the buzzer and
the door opened to reveal a small, white haired woman. She smiled and said
“Are you Mr. Abbott?”
He extended his hand and
said “Yes,I am..and this is my fiancée, Mackenzie Reynolds.” The woman
shook his hand and opened the door wider..”Lovely to meet you, I’m
Mrs. Delancey..Joan Delancey..my husband Jack is the justice of the peace
here. Won't you come in?”
She led them
inside. A lovely, comfortable home, a fireplace glowing with light at the far end of
it. “You have a beautiful home, Mrs. Delancey..” Mac said." Thank you,
dear. we've lived her for 51 years this May…” she noticed the
suitcases. “ I suppose you two would like to change, you still have a
little time left before we will begin. Follow me” She led them up a small
staircase, at the top of which were several small rooms. “Now,Billy you
can dress in there” she pointed to a room at the end of the
hallway." Mackenzie, what a lovely name that is dear, you can dress right
in here.” Billy took off down the hallway, anxious to get started.
The woman led Mac into a
small room, with a mirror and dressing table." We keep this room just for
brides…it’s sort of a tradition around here. Can't tell you how many
brides have gotten dressed in this room…well, I leave you now, let me know
if you need anything.” Mac smiled." Thank you” and the woman left. Mac
put the suitcase on a small rack next to the dressing table and opened
it. On top was a small white envelope, addressed to her. She picked it
up, recognizing the handwriting.
She opened it,
breaking into a wide grin." Dear almost wife” it began." Inside you
will find everything you need for a happy wedding and an even happier
honeymoon. Told you I would take care of everything, didn't I? See you
soon, Love, almost-husband, Billy.” She put the note back into the envelope
and tucked it back in the suitcase, under the clothes. She noticed a
familiar color peeking out at her and picked up the garment. ”Oh, Billy…”
was all she could manage to say. It was the lilac
dress she had seen in the window, in Chicago. How did he know? It was
as beautiful as she remembered. She put it on, along with the pale, bone-colored
stockings she found in the suitcase. Shoes? what about shoes? He couldn’t
have forgotten. she dug around in the suitcase. In the pocket on the inside
of the lid were a pair of pale, dyed to match lilac shoes…he had thought
of everything, she smiled. She slipped them on. She pulled her hair up in
the clips she had remembered to bring along in her purse, fixing it just
the way it was that night, back at the apartment. That's it. She looked at
her reflection in the standing mirror by the side of the dressing
table. Perfect, she thought.
Jack the necessary information needed for the marriage license. He had
dressed in a flash, in his best suit, a dark charcoal grey, with a crisp
white shirt and a matching deep grey tie. He felt in his pocket. Two
rings, just where they should be.
He turned to Jack “Did the
flowers come?” Jack nodded and pointed to a small box on a table next to
the fireplace. He walked over and opened it, the small bunch of violets
inside was perfect. He turned to Joan, who was watching him with amusement
and asked her" Could you give these to her? I would, but you know
tradition and everything..” She took them from him and nodded. She walked
up the stairs and knocked on the door of the dressing
room ”Mackenzie, dear… May I come in? It’s Joan”. “Yes,come in”
was the answer from the other side of the door. The woman opened the door
and smiled. The girl she had thought rather plain at first glance had been
transformed into a beautiful bride, glowing in a pale lavender dress." You
look beautiful, dear…these are for you.” She extended the small bouquet
to her and she took it, holding it to her chest." They're beautiful, thank you.” She said.
that young man of yours. He thought of everything, looks like.” She
nodded. “Are we almost ready to begin?” she asked." We can begin
whenever you like, I'll let my husband know, just come downstairs when you
hear the music. Good luck” She left and headed downstairs.
Joan was seated at the
piano, waiting for the signal from her husband to begin. He smiled at her
and nodded and she began playing, the familiar strains of the wedding march
drifting upstairs. Mac looked in the mirror “This is it” she said to
her reflection, smiled and ran to the top of the stairs. She regained her
composure and walked slowly down the stairs, loving the way the dress
swished around her as she walked. She descended slowly and turned her head
to see Billy waiting for her, so handsome in his suit, that it hurt her
heart a little bit, just looking at him .He smiled at her with such
love, that her step became a little quicker. The room was lit with candles
and glowed with the light from the fireplace. Jack stood behind him, book in
hand. She walked towards Billy, who extended his hand towards her.
Billy thought his heart
would pound right out of his chest as soon as he saw her. The dress was
perfect, it fit her like a glove. She seemed lit from within, her face
glowing, her bare back an d shoulders gleaming in the firelight. He took her
hand and kissed it, holding it in his own. They turned to Jack, who began
speaking. “Dearly beloved, we are gathered here today to join this man
and this woman in holy matrimony. If anyone here can show any reason why
these two people should not be wed, let them speak now or forever hold
their peace.” The statement was a mere formality, the only witness was
Mrs. Delancey, who stood smiling by Mac’s side. “Mackenzie Elizabeth
Reynolds do you take this man to be your lawfully wedded husband. Will you
live with him in sickness and health, forsaking all others till death do
you part? She looked first at Mr. Delancey, and then at Billy, who had a
nervous look on his face. She smiled at him, nodding slightly “I will”
she answered. Billy's face broke into a relieved smile, and Mr. Delancey
asked him the same question..”I will” he answered, wiping the same
nervous look off Mac’s face that had been on his. “Do you
have the rings?” he asked Billy, who nodded his head and reached
into his pocket. He handed them to Mr. Delancey, who handed the smaller one
to Billy, and the larger one to Mac.
Mr. Delancey continued, “Repeat after me. I William Foster..take thee
Mackenzie Elizabeth..” Billy repeated the words, slipping the ring on her
finger, continuing without any prompting from Mr. Delancey “to be my
lawfully wedded wife, to have and to hold from this day forward; for better
for worse, for richer for poorer, in sickness and health, to love and to
cherish till death do us part.” He held her hand up to his lips and
kissed it. Mr. Delancey turned to Mac," Mackenzie?” She nodded and
smiled, her eyes brimming with tears. ”I, Mackenzie Elizabeth, take you
William Foster to be my lawfully wedded husband, to have and to hold from
this day forward; for better for worse, for richer for poorer, in sickness
and health, to love and to cherish till death do us part.” The tears were
rolling down her cheeks now, as she slipped the ring on his left hand. They
turned to Mr. Delancey, still holding hands. “By the power vested in me by
this state, I now pronounce you husband and wife.” He smiled “You may
kiss your lovely bride”.
Billy and Mac turned to each
other. He held his face in her hands and leaned in to kiss her softly.
Their first kiss as husband and wife, the beginning of new lives for both
of them. Neither one alone any longer, they would never have to be alone
again. As they broke the kiss, Mrs. Delancey put her hand on Mac’s
shoulder and turned her around to face her, giving her a quick hug
“congratulations,you two! That was beautiful,” she linked her arm
through Mac's, leading her towards the small table next to the
fireplace." You two must sign the register, and then the marriage
certificate. That makes everything official”. Billy followed, after
shaking hands with Mr. Delancey.
Mac signed both
documents, and then Billy took his turn. Mr. Delancey reached into the small
drawer under the desktop and pulled out a camera." Stand over there by
the fireplace, you two” Billy took Mac’s hand and they walked over to
the fireplace, standing close together.
“Just like that..perfect”
he said and snapped the picture. “One more, just in case…” and
snapped again. “ There, I’ll send you two a copy as soon as it’s
developed. We always take pictures of every couple we marry here. Sort of a
Billy stepped forward and
shook Mr. Delancey’s hand again." Thank you for everything, it was
perfect, wasn't it, Mac?” She nodded and added “ Yes, perfect, thank you
so much.” He smiled.
“I just need my
you two can get on your way. That will be $35.00”.Billy paid Mr. Delancey
while Mac went upstairs to get their things, accompanied by Mrs. Delancey.
While they were
upstairs, Mr. Delancey looked at Billy closely. He hesitated before asking
the obvious question." Forgive me for asking this, but aren’t you two a
little young? Don’t you think you could have waited, even just a little
while? You needn’t answer if you feel I’m intruding..”Billy shook
his head." We couldn’t have waited even one second longer. You see,
there are things between her family and mine, going back a long time. We
needed to be sure that no one could break us apart..and now no one can.”
Mr. Delancey extended his hand and Billy took it." I wish you all the luck
in the world. I hope that you will always be as happy as you are right
now.” Billy shook his hand and smiled “Thank you, I know we will
Mac and Mrs. Delancey came
down the stairs. Billy took the suitcases from them and extended his arm to
Mac. “Ready?” he asked and she nodded. They walked to the front
door, followed by the Delancey’s. When they were safely in the car and
had pulled away from the curb, into the night, they closed the front
door. Mrs. Delancey sighed “I hope those two know what a tough road they
have ahead of them...still.”
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