22. Two miserable people at a wedding au
had made up his mind there was almost nothing that could change it. Phil had
been in love with Gwen Lewiston since the age of twelve, and as he sat watching
her exchange vows with her soon to be husband he decided that there were some
people that weren’t meant to fall in love and he was one.
sighed, his eyes flickering around the room to land on a pair of brown eyes
staring directly back at him. He had never thought of brown eyes as being particularly
interesting, but the man’s eyes were varying shades of brown threaded together
in an ever-changing tapestry. He raised an eyebrow as if to ask Phil what he
was looking at. Phil felt his cheeks flame and he dropped his gaze to his lap, trying
to focus on the preacher’s words.
glanced over at the man again he was still staring at Phil. There was a definite
smirk playing at the corner of his lips as he inclined his head slightly
towards Phil. Instead of looking away, Phil raised an eyebrow in return,
dropping a wink in the man’s direction. He was gratified to see the man blush,
giving a wink in return.
his eyes slightly, jerking his head towards the front of the room where Gwen
and Robert were still speaking. The man nodded in agreement, miming falling
asleep. Phil brought his hand up to stifle his laugh, trying to pass it off as
a cough. The man looked pleased with himself as he grabbed his throat and
bugged his eyes out, leaning sideways. He knocked shoulders with the woman
beside him, who shot him a dirty look before returning her attention to the
shrugged as if to say what else can you
do about it? Phil snorted, earning his own glare from the people seated
nearby. He stretched his legs out as best as he could in the cramped space,
wincing as he felt a muscle tighten. Unable to resist despite his best efforts,
he found himself looking towards the man again.
him out of his trance and Phil jerked to attention, beginning to clap. Gwen and
Robert broke apart and Phil smiled, finding the motion easier than he’d thought
it was going to be. Surprisingly he found that any remaining jealously had
disappeared, replaced instead with genuine happiness for the couple.
looked up to see a pair of brown eyes staring unwaveringly back at him. “Hey,”
he said, standing. “It’s nice to meet you. I’m Phil.”
the man said, sticking out his hand. Phil shook it, Dan’s touch lingering in
his a little longer than was maybe necessary. “After exchanging eye rolls with
you it’s nice to finally have a formal introduction.”
laughed. “I feel badly about not paying more attention,” he admitted.
my third cousin once removed or something like that,” Dan made a face. “We take
family a little too seriously in my opinion.” He straightened with a smile, offering
his arm to Phil with an exaggerated bow. Phil accepted it with a smile of his
own, the two beginning to walk towards the doors arm in arm. “I’m glad I came
And why’s that?”
Dan tugged the doors open, following Phil
through them and into the cooling air outside. “Because I wouldn’t have met you
if I hadn’t.”
changed his mind once he’d made a decision, but as Dan slide his hand down to
grip Phil’s; Phil lacing their fingers together, he couldn’t help but think that
maybe there was a chance he was meant to fall in love after all.
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