Originally Posted: June 28, 2011

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Love Everlasting

“Each heart represents a member of your immediate family. Their love for you and their happy acceptance of this union.” Pastor Wright explained. “Hang it with pride in your new home to remind you of the love that surrounds you.” Charlie smiled when she met Mark’s gaze. She couldn’t believe how lucky she was.

Eighteen months ago, she was at her lowest. Her best friend Debbie decided that Charlie needed to get out again. Charlie had been in hiding after she had discovered her boyfriend messing around with one of her co-workers. Debbie took Charlie to the town’s annual masquerade ball.

Charlie received a lot of attention in her white feather mask, but she wasn’t interested. She wanted to leave. Until a dashing man, in a simple black mask, convinced her to dance. He was sweet and charming. He made her feel protected and wanted. They ignored advances from all the other party goers and spent their entire evening together. They were inseparable. After the party, Mark gave her a ride home. He gave her the sweetest, gentlest kiss on her front porch.

A year later, Mark proposed to her at the masquerade ball.

In less than twenty-four hours, she will be his wife.

“Are you happy?” Mark’s whispered words brought her back to the present and their rehearsal dinner.

“I’m very happy.” Charlie relaxed in to Mark, when he wrapped his arm around her, and watched their families celebrate.

Tomorrow couldn’t come soon enough.