It was a mistake. It was a disastrous mistake and one that he should never have discovered. It only happened once, okay maybe more than once but, to her, it really meant nothing.
Her day had begun perfectly. The sunrise was breathtaking and the streams of light tickled the beading on her designer wedding dress as they rose to greet the morning. One Mimosa turned into several as her bridesmaids tended to her every need. Hair was curled, make-up was applied and swollen feet were wedged into dyed stilettos.
Their vows drew tears from family and friends, promises of a love eternal, but below the surface it was all a lie. He played the part of the dutiful groom, picking up the train of her dress when she walked and catering to her every whim. All of his smiles for the photographs seemed so genuine and full of love. If she had only seen the hurt and anger bubbling below the superficial quality of his grin.
His thank-you speech began as she has seen him rehearse it many times but what followed was a shocking turn of events. She was initially intrigued but her curiosity suddenly turned to horror as his words fell heavily on her ears. The sea of dismayed and tortured looks rested solely on her. Each guest held a photo in their hands of a moment in time she would regret for the rest of her life. Three days before the wedding she had slept with the best man and every person in the room held photographic evidence of her betrayal.
Her exit from the reception felt like it was in slow motion. The limousine that waited to whisk them away to their honeymoon sat idle and she jumped in the back seat. They drove for an eternity and finally found a small, seedy pub in the middle of nowhere. She entered and ordered a drink. “Give me a Zombie, and keep them coming until I turn into one”.
Written for the Trifecta Weekly Challenge and inspired by what is, most-likely, an urban legend. (Photo credit: flickr.com)
a : the supernatural power that according to voodoo belief may enter into and reanimate a dead body
b : a will-less and speechless human in the West Indies capable only of automatic movement who is held to have died and been supernaturally reanimated
b : a person markedly strange in appearance or behavior