She wore a simple white dress, a green lace around her waist. Her long black hair was tied by a green ribbon.
She walked her way to the old chapel in their town to finally settle down. It has always been her wish to be with someone she could always rely on and could love her no matter what happens. Being used with sneakers and sandals, she was uncomfortable with her 3-inch heels. But she wanted to look pretty in the day that would end her loneliness and open a new chapter of her life. But as she approached the chapel’s door, she couldn’t find the man whom she was about to share that chapter with.
“Eunice, he’s still not here. I don’t know what has happened to him. I mean..”
Her about to be father-in-law scratched his head, uneasy about the situation.
She calmed herself and looked around. Then she saw a guest wearing shoes about her size.
“Excuse me miss, those sneakers look wonderful. Would you mind if I borrow them for a while?”
The guest smiled and started removing her shoes. She hurriedly wore them. She ran away while the gaze of the people in the chapel followed her.
She found him by the creek throwing stones.
“You.. don’t want.. to get married?” She said, gasping for air. His expression showed surprise.
There was silence for a moment. She sat beside him.
“I want to but..” His voice trailed off.
His brown eyes looked at her. Her hair was messy already and the green ribbon hung loosely. She showed a sad smile.
“I understand. You’re my best friend. I know and I understand if you don’t want to-”
She was interrupted by his embrace.
“No. I’ll marry you. You’re the most amazing girl in town. No one understands me better than you. Let’s go back and I’ll,” he paused, “marry you.”
She kissed his cheek and stood.
“I just have.. to run. You know, clear my.. head. You go back first. I’ll.. I’ll go there. I’ll be back.”
She took the ribbon from her hair and started running. She stopped and turned around to look at her friend.
“Wait for me. I’ll be back in that chapel,” and she was gone.
Five years passed.
She was wearing a white long dress. Her shoulders were bare and the straps were covered with glitters. A green hair band kept her hair. She smiled and looked at the same brown eyes she stared at five years ago by the creek. He was there standing in front of her and her husband-to-be.
“Marriage is not just about two people exchanging vows, promising love and 3 kids running in the hallway.” Everyone laughed. His brown eyes caught her gaze again.
“It’s about being where you’ve always been even before you stood in front of this altar.. in love. My best friend, Eunice, found hers. I found mine.” He looked up and smiled.
“Doesn’t matter who you love. The point is.. you love. Marriage is about love. True. But love does not always end up in marriage.”
He blessed the couple and smiled at his best friend and her groom as he pronounced them husband and wife.