Ending excerpt from part 1:
The emotions that over-came my body at that very moment in time are truly something that no words will ever give justice to. My heart was filled with a great sigh of relief and a fullness that all is now right in the world. Something between us was very different, but very right. As I wrapped my arms tightly around his muscular body and put my head upon his beating heart, I began to sob. It was in that very moment that I knew he was THE ONE. To read all of Part 1: The Beginning of my Love Story, of the 'You are cordially invited' mini-series, you can find it here.
[Make sure you don't miss the 'flash forward' video clip at the very bottom after reading this! It pieces all of part 2 together, straight from the witnesses mouths!]
Part 2: To Act or Not To Act
All at once happiness, fear, concerns, & joy sped through my mind so fast I couldn’t keep a straight thought nor make sense of it all! My heart began racing. Pulsating! How is it that Mikey, MY Mikey, could be The One?! I had looked for so long… when ALL ALONG… he was standing right before me!???? That thought continued to echo in my mind as I tried to dismiss what just happened.
Surely this was just a ‘phase’, right?! I mean, I’m scared. I have surgery tomorrow. Mike is my comfort. Yes! That’s what it is! I’m scared, and my ‘comfort’ is here to protect me. I am associating relief with love. That makes total sense! It MUST be it! It HAS to be it! Besides, we have a wonderful & blessed friendship! I couldn’t bare the thought of screwing it up over a silly little phase. I have been known to bore of guys quickly. On to the next! It would crush me to do that to Mike. And THEN it would jack up our entire relationship! Yeah, no! Not going to happen. Suppress the feelings, Rach. Suppress the feelings. You got this. Or so I thought…
Surgery came and went. Mike, having NO clue how I was feeling, was by my side night and day, nursing me back to health. He brought over movies, fed me medicine, and was my constant companion through my limitations and boredom. How did I get so lucky to be blessed with this man?!! No, Rachel! Focus. He’s just a good guy. Leave it alone. My inner dialogue was raging full force in rebellion. The harder I fought, the LOUDER she became! You LOVE this man! Don’t let your silliness and fear get in the way! You do realize he won’t be around FOREVER?! He WILL eventually marry and move on to a life outside of YOU, you big brat!
You’d think that would have pushed me over the edge, but no. This girl’s a stubborn one. As the days passed I proceeded to get butterflies in my stomach when thinking of him. Next came diarrhea of the mouth. I was suddenly unable to stop talking about him. This followed by constant DREAMS about him. I was completely and utterly consumed.
What in the heck?!?! What am I? In grade school?! This is MIKEY I’m talking about here?! I’ve been best friends with the man for TEN YEARS! This is absolutely INSANE.
Needless to say, my poor sister had HAD IT! She was physically, mentally, and emotionally EXHAUSTED from hearing me talk about him and not act on it. She was convinced that he had loved me this entire time and she was beyond ready for us to be an item. So she did what any overbearing, yet loving sister would do. She took matters into her own hands. She reached for the phone and called his brother, Chris. YES.SHE.DID! Being limited in movement, I was unable to wrestle the phone away from her, but OH.MY.GOODNESS how I wanted to!
This is NOT supposed to happen! I just KNOW this will turn out all wrong!! And for goodness sake, he could reject ME!
Obviously Mike’s brother would have the ‘inside scoop’ and my sister, Traci, was determined to get to the bottom of it. As Chris answered the phone, my sister immediately blurted out, “Chris! Does Mike like Rachel?!!?” That’s it, folks! I’m dying! [Completely embarrassed and red-faced]. I canNOT believe this is going down like this! Chris, I believe in complete shock and confusion, slowly responded with, ‘Well?! It’s been a long time since we’ve talked about it, but he’s always liked her, so my guess would be yes??? Why? My sister, looking at me like I TOLD YOU SO, went on to say, “Well, apparently Rachel has developed…. feelings… for him.”
Oookay. I can’t take it, anymore! (That’s when I had to jump in on Speaker phone).
“Chris! You CAN’T say anything! I really don’t know WHAT these feelings are! And I REALLY don’t want to mess anything up! I’m just not sure WHAT’S going on and I’m not sure if I want to act on it! I’d reallllllly like to just pretend this phone call never happened! Deal?!”
Chris, being the nice guy that he is, got very quiet. I’m pretty sure he was trying to figure out how to appease me without totally pissing off his brother. I felt like seconds were an eternity, until finally, he responded. “Well… I really wish I could do that, Rachel. But I know my brother. If he ever found out that you liked him and that I KNEW about it and didn’t tell him, he would be pretty upset. I just really need to be the loyal brother here and let him know. I’m sorry.”
WHAT?!! Okay, so those weren’t exactly the words that I wanted to hear, but I give him props for 1. Loyalty, and 2. Honesty. I’d rather KNOW that he’s telling him than him feed me a line of BS. NOW what?! I’m pretty sure Mike will know within the next 20 seconds and I’m supposed to see him later. CRAP!
Within minutes I received a phone call from Mike! YIKES!!! Stay calm, Rachel! Just be cool! (oh my gosh, Oh my Gosh, OH MY GOSH!!) Deep breath. “Hello? (Blah, blah, blah, blah, blah). Okay, see you later. Bye!” Yep, he knows! He’s GOT to know! He’s totally acting weird. I KNEW this would happen!! “Traci, call Chris back! I want to know what he said!” [Reluctant sister makes the phone call just to get me to shut my mouth!] “Rachel, Chris said that he hasn’t told him yet! You’re just freaking out. He will tell him within the hour so he will know by the time he sees you tonight.”
So what do I do?! Just sit and twirl my thumbs?! The time is killing me here. Let’s just get this over with, already! Ooh, I know! Let me see if my friend Kimberly will come over. She’ll distract me. Maybe I can convince her to stay until he gets here so I can totally play it cool. …Well, that plan ALMOST worked! Kimberly came but Mike was running a tad late and Kimberly had to go. But wait, why is she calling me??! “Rachel! Mike’s there!!! I passed him on the way out! He’s coming up now and he smells good! You got this! Bye, girl!”
Stay calm, Rachel. STAY.CALM.
Want more? Stay tuned for part 3 in this multi part mini-series!
As we celebrate the season of ‘Love’, stay tuned all this week for new posts in my ‘You are cordially invited’ mini-series! I warn you, it’s for the ‘mushy gushy’! Be sure to scroll down to the bottom of the page & subscribe so that you don’t miss anything!
And for those of you wanting to put the pieces of the puzzle together, here’s a little Flash Forward!
Hear it straight from the witnesses mouths! (It’s kind of a strain to make out everything over the background noise, so get ready to exercise those listening skills! You have been warned! lol).
Thank you, again, for joining me in my celebration of love! I hope to see you around all week!
Part 3 is now LIVE! You can find it here!