Kevin, Chad Rate
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: Remember how Chad proposed to Jason at the end of "Underneath the mistletoe"? Well, Chad and Jason have set the date for their wedding, but will things go as smoothly as Chad/Jason had hoped?
“I’m so grateful that you wanted to come along.” Chad thanks Kevin. “I never really feel like I can stand up for myself in these negotiations. Stupid, I know.”
“StrangelyI have the same thing. I can easily walk in there and negotiate for you, but when I had to ask for a raise for myself…. Frightening.” Kevin laughs.
Chad also laughs, but not whole-heartedly and so Kevin finally asks.
“What did you really want to talk to me about?”
“Jason.” Chad sighs. Kevin nods, feeling that it would be something about Jason.
“Good. Let’s find a place to sit down and talk.” He suggests.
Somehow it’s only natural that they decide to get some coffee at Northern Lights, where they would usually meet, and where they know they can sit slightly more secluded, however still be outside in the May-sun.
“So. Tell me.” Kevin orders gently, after the waitress walks away with a nice tip in her pocket.
“Did you talk to Jason last week? When you two were going through some of the papers that Jason found, that had belonged to Robert?”
“Yes. But mainly about Robert…. Why?”
“Did he mention wanting to cancel our wedding?” Chad asks.
Kevin’s jaw drops and he stammers:
“No… no… not a word.. Has he?...”
“No. Not yet, but I think he might.” Chad looks very unhappy. “I think, he has second thoughts about getting married to me. I think, he regrets that he said yes to me.”
“I’ve really tried, Kevin, but I no longer know how to prove to him that I love him and that I want to share my life with him. I mean, what more can
I do? I proposed
! And I thought that by doing so, I’d given him everything he wanted. I made a choice. A very clear one. For him.”
“I’m sorry, Chad, but Jason didn’t talk about you or the wedding-plans at all. We were more involved in Robert’s business and finding out what impact that latest batch of papers would have …. When I asked him about the wedding, he said that everything was coming along and that you were in charge.
I do have to say he seemed a bit depressed but I felt that was more about the memories of Robert that came back, than about changing his mind about marrying you…. But … there was something in the way he said that you were in charge… Maybe he feels excluded?”
to make all the decisions. Jason simply refuses to take any kind of action. We’ve set our date for August this
year, not next
year. He doesn’t seem to care about anything.” Chad shakes his head and Kevin places his hand on Chad’s.
“I’m pretty sure he still loves you very much and that he wants nothing more than be your husband.”
“Do you really believe that?”
“Good, because I’ve tried to come up with the best vows in all the history of vows. Want to read them?” Chad gives Kevin a piece of paper.
Kevin opens it and reads Chad’s words of love, his promise of fidelity and his hope on their happiness. It’s not very eloquent, maybe even a bit simple and to the point, but Kevin definitely recognizes Chad’s own words in the vows and not the woolly language of some script-writer, writing a wedding-scene for ‘Tempest Island’.
In fact, as he reads the words once more, it’s very touching and very honest and the simplicity of the chosen words makes it all the more real to Kevin.
“Wow! That’s beautiful. I mean, don’t change a word about it. Simple. Perfect.” Kevin says handing over the vows back to Chad.
Chad smiles shyly.
“Is it good enough, you think? I’m not good with words, unless someone else tells me what to say. It was strange to write down those words…. Jason is such a good speaker, like Robert was. Always the right word in the right place at the right time….”
Chad sighs and from the way his fingers tremble as he wraps up the piece of paper, Kevin can tell how tense Chad is about the upcoming wedding.
“I’m sure he’ll love this.”
“I want everything to be perfect, Kevin.” Chad tells him one more time.
be. You two are such an amazing couple. It will be just beautiful, I’m sure of that. You know, I don’t have any advice for you. Scotty and I got married on very short notice and we wanted our wedding to be rather basic. It’s really my mother who made that day into my wedding-day by turning the living-room into a fairytale-place to get married.
But in all honesty… All I needed, to make that day, to make it the most beautiful day of my life, was Scotty, and nothing more or no one else. All that mattered was that he
was there and that he said yes and that he wanted to be mine.” Kevin admits quietly. “That is what made that day perfect for me.”
“Of course, I couldn’t agree more… All I want or need is Jason, but I want him to walk down the aisle, or whatever, knowing that he isn’t making a mistake and that I’m completely aware of what I’m doing and that he’ll know how much I love him and that I want this more than anything else in the world.” Chad insists, softening his voice to a whisper.
“Do you know what you should do? Talk to Jason. Explain to him that you feel like he doesn’t care and that you wonder if he even wants
to marry you. Make him understand how you feel. I think it will definitely clear the air between you two.”
“Yeah, maybe I should…” Chad seems to think it over.
“And I believe that once you two talked to each other, you’ll find out that there’s nothing going on and you can both have a good laugh and get go back to focusing on what is really important..... Your wedding.”
“Sounds good to me.” Chad replies and he’s far more cheerful than he was before.
End of part 2