Chapter V: Reunions and Goodbyes

“I can’t believe you’re not going to invite Mom to your wedding!” Aqua burst out at me when I told her our parents wouldn’t be coming to the wedding and neither were any of our other siblings. I didn’t have anything against Wade, Lake, Brook, Tide, Coral or Tempest. I didn’t even really have anything against Dad, but I knew if I invited any of them, Mom would show up, too, and I wasn’t having that. I still couldn’t forgive her, even after all these years that had passed since I took Aqua and Turquoise with me and left her and the rest of the family behind. I still think it was the best decision I ever made and I wouldn’t invite her back into our lives to ruin them again. Not now, when we were all finally stable and happy.

“Well, believe it, because I’m not,” I retorted. “It’s my wedding and I’ll invite who I want. When you get married, you can invite whoever you want.” Aqua gave me a dirty look.

“She’s going to be crushed when she finds out you got married and she wasn’t there to celebrate it with you! She loves you, Alton! I don’t know why because you’re such a jerk to her, but she does! She asks about you every time I talk to her on the phone. She misses you,” my sister pleaded with me and I felt a twinge of guilt but I was so stubborn, I had made up my mind and nothing was going to change it.

“Well she should have thought about that before she decided to have nine kids she couldn’t take care of!” I snapped. “We all suffered because of her and I won’t forgive her and let her put us through that again!” Aqua gave me a sad look that made my chest feel tight.

“If she hadn’t done what she did, you wouldn’t have us. Do you really resent us so much?”

I suddenly felt like an idiot for hurting my baby sister and my eyes stung. I didn’t know what else to do other than step forward and hug her, so I did. “I resent her and the choices she made, not you. I could never resent you. I’m sorry.”

* * *

Two weeks after that argument with my sister, I became a married man and although I still wouldn’t change my mind about inviting our mom to my wedding,  I had gone out of my way to be kinder to my sisters. Not only did I still feel guilty for making them feel like I didn’t want them, they were moving out soon so Macie and I could start our own life together and I already missed them. Macie and I had found a bigger place closer to the centre of the city so we could both be closer to our jobs. It felt like we were all suddenly growing out of our dependence on each other and moving on with our own lives. It was both exciting and sad.

We decided to have our wedding at the same beach where my sneaky sisters had first shoved me into talking to Macie. I had to admit the girls did a great job setting up. The wedding arch was on the highest balcony overlooking the ocean so we became husband and wife while looking out over the glistening water. Macie looked stunning in her dress, but I can’t ever remember her not looking gorgeous. I didn’t think that was possible for her.

“Are we ready to start?” I asked my sisters. They were the only guests at the wedding apart from the dog. Macie didn’t have any family living close enough to attend.

“Hold on!” Turquoise told me. “We have one more guest.”

I was about to ask who when someone walked out on the balcony and I think my eyes nearly fell out of my head.

“Hey Alton! Congrats! The twins told me you were tying the knot and I wasn’t going to miss out on that for the world!” Wade grinned at me as casually as if he’d only seen me yesterday. “I wore my best pair of sweats and everything for the occasion!”

I didn’t even care that he was wearing a sweatshirt at my wedding. “Wade! I can’t believe it! It’s good to see you!” I smiled and went to give my little brother a hug but Aqua pulled me back and shoved me towards the wedding arch.

“Reunion later! Wedding now! Before it gets dark,” she told me. Right. That was probably a good idea.

Macie was beaming as I took her hands in mine underneath that arch. I think it was both because it was her wedding day and because of my excitement at seeing my brother again. I loved that about her. All of my successes and joys were hers as well, along with all of my sorrows. It would be that way for the rest of our lives now.

“I, Alton Sword, take Macie to be my lawfully wedded wife. I vow to love, cherish, protect her and be faithful to her until death do we part,” I announced, my heart swelling with joy as I slid her wedding ring onto her finger and she did the same for me.

We kissed and Ms. Macie Edwards officially became Mrs. Macie Sword. I don’t think I had ever been so happy before in my life, not even when I graduated from Smuggsworth, though watching my sisters graduate came pretty close, I have to admit. Aqua, Turquoise and Macie are definitely the three most important women in my life. I know I have two other sisters, but I don’t really know Brook and Coral. It’s just not the same.

My wedding wasn’t as big and fancy as Mom and Dad’s but it was still the happiest day of my life. After the ceremony, I tracked my brother down by the ocean. I still couldn’t believe he was actually here with me at my wedding.

“Hey. Look… I’m sorry I didn’t invite you,” I apologised to him. “It wasn’t you, it was–“

“It was Mom. I know,” Wade replied understandingly. “Really, it’s okay. I’m not mad. I’m just glad you were happy to see me,” he grinned.

“Of course I was! It’s been years. I missed you!” I assured him.

“Well good because my visit is kind of uh… permanent,” Wade confessed, rubbing the back of his neck. “The military relocated me to the base here when they made me a flight officer. Mom was sad to see me go, but I left on good terms with everyone. She understood it was just for my job, so… it wasn’t as bad as when you left.”

This time, I really did hug him. I couldn’t stop grinning. The happiest day of my life just got even better! My little brother was living here in Starlight Shores with me! Now I had all my siblings here with me (the ones I actually knew well, anyway). “That’s great! Where are you living? I should come visit. Aqua and Turquoise are getting their own place, too.”

“Yeah, I heard,” Wade grinned right back. “I got a small little place at the edge of the city. I’m actually having a housewarming party next week. You should come.”

“I’ll be there!” I told him without any hesitation. All of our lives were really starting to come together and I couldn’t have been more excited to see what the future had in store for both my family and me.

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9 thoughts on “Chapter V: Reunions and Goodbyes

  1. It’s so sad about Alton and his family. Although I understand his bitterness and frustration at his parents, they really do love him. Plus, I don’t really get his fear that they’d “drag him back to his old life.” He’s moved on and I don’t think anything could pull him away from that…but he could at least try to be on civil terms with his parents!!

    Perhaps in time…..

    Great chapter! Good to see you back! =D

    • Thanks! It’s great to be back!

      Alton is a very prideful and stubborn man, but you haven’t seen the last of the other Waverunners (er, I mean Sw0rds…), don’t worry. 😉 I’ve got a few different plans cooking depending on how things end up working out in my game.

  2. Great to have to back Ashleigh, and your chapters are always worth the wait (although, if it were up to me we wouldn’t have to wait at all :p)

    I do wish that Alton would give his mother a bit of a break. I get why he’s angry and resentful, but she is his mother and everyone deserves a second chance! He needs to remember that if it weren’t for his parents wanting the best for him (Azure slightly reluctantly, admittedly), he would never have gone to boarding school and got such a great headstart in life.

    Having said that, I’m happy he’s happy with Macie and taking the decision to have babies so seriously. Nice to see a bit of maturity in today’s world!

    Great stuff 🙂 I’m hoping to have a new chapter out soon, it’s just finding the time to play!! And I’ll have you know I charge for ad space on my blog.. 😉

    • Woops! I’ll have to remember that for the future, heh heh. 😛

      And yes, Alton sure needs a kick in the butt, doesn’t he? He’s got a good heart, but that pride of his is going to prove to be his undoing if he doesn’t put himself in check. Maybe something will get through to him in future chapters. 😉

      I always love reading your comments. Thank you so much for reading and commenting and I eagerly await your next update to the Rivers! 😀

  3. Until Alton can forgive his mother, AND his father (for what? For being married to the woman Alton can’t forgive, even though he has already admitted he’s too harsh on her, and just being stubborn?), then he will not be able to be a father to any child. Taking in a couple teenage siblings is different than having a baby who can’t talk sense to you, but depends on you to love him/her unconditionally.

    Alton has many good qualities. However, he is also a selfish brat, and doesn’t have enough love in his heart to be a true father. He denies his mother the right to have children, and take joy in them. And, yes, they were poor when they were younger, but now the Sw0rds are doing just fine, and those younger children have it better than Alton did, so WHAT THE HECK IS HIS PROBLEM?! He blames her for having more children, and making them suffer, when they aren’t suffering. Really, the problem isn’t the number. THe problem is that she had a baby before she could afford it. The problem is that HE was born too soon.

    But he survived and even thrived, and yet he can’t forgive.

    He puts too much store by money and material things, and not enough on love.

    I’m concerned that if Macie comes up pregnant before he feels ready, she’ll feel obliged to abort the child, simply because Alton wouldn’t be able to handle it.

    I’m also concerned that his mother will die, or his father, without them having made peace. His selfishness will haunt him for the rest of his days, if he doesn’t do something about it now.

    And how dare he have a snit fit about Wade inviting Wade’s own father to his housewarming. Wade was the host and had the right to invite anyone he wanted, and Alton had NO say in it. It wasn’t a sneak attack or an intervention. It was Wade’s first home, and he wanted his own father there, to help him open it.

    Again, Alton’s selfish “It’s all about MEEEEE,” character flaws coming through.

    Very well written! I’m so mad at Alton that I could spit, and frankly, want to slap some sense into him before his mother dies. I don’t get that emotionally involved in a poorly-written story, so brava!

    • Oh yes, Alton’s definitely being stupid and stubborn. I don’t know if I’d use the word selfish, though. He definitely loves his family a great deal (including his mother, even if he won’t admit it right now). He’s just having trouble letting go of old bitterness that should have been buried years ago, but you know how those things are; the longer you let resentment fester, the more deeply-rooted it gets until it’s nearly impossible to get rid of.

      I’m so flattered that you like my legacy so much! Thank you so much for reading and commenting! 🙂

      • Selfish isn’t an all-or-nothing thing. People can be selfless about somethings, and selfish about others. For example, someone can be heroic and run into a burning building to save a complete stranger, at great risk to their own health and even lives, and still hog the covers at night or use up ALL the hot water in the shower.

        Yes, he’s very unselfish in that he took in his two younger sisters. I do maintain, however, that he was selfish in his wish to control who his siblings invite to their own parties.

        He’s a good man, in general, though, I agree. And likable, except for where the mother is concerned, and by extension the father and younger siblings. He’s human, and very well drawn. No one is completely nice and selfless and proper and good. Everyone has their weak points.

  4. I have a really bad feeling about this…

    But hey!!! I cried over the Charms for a long time and just recently found this one! ^.^ (Last night actually, I’ve been alternating between reading and watching korean boy bands on youtube for four hours, and now its five in the morning no sleep literally haha)

    I’m so excited and very scared for their future. I have a feeling that something really bad’s going to happen, because that’s just what I would do if I was writing this blog…

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