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The Next Step…
Chapter 9 - Mrs. Lucas McCain
Written by Deanne Bertram
The Church was festively decorated for Christmas, but more
importantly, it was decorated for the Christmas Eve wedding of
Lucas McCain and Milly Scott. Seems everyone from the whole town
and surrounding ranches turned out for the wedding. Milly’s gown
was simple, yet elegant. Lucas, never having looked so handsome,
only had eyes for her.
Hope was Milly’s Maid of Honor, seeing how Mark was Lucas’ Best
Man. Johnny and Lou also stood up for Lucas and Milly, while
Micah, enjoyed the roll of giving the bride away. As Reverend
McCafferty introduced Mr. and Mrs. Lucas McCain, everyone stood
and cheered. Lucas and Milly strolled down the aisle way and out
the church, followed by Mark and Hope, then Johnny and Lou, and
the rest of the town.
Lou had planned a fabulous reception in the restaurant. Finally,
it was time for Milly to toss her bouquet. As she walked to the
staircase, Micah quietly said to Lucas,
“I seem to remember saying, a few months back, that you would be
married within the year.” He gave a small laugh as he
“Micah you said one or both of us McCain’s,” Lucas replied.
“LucasBoy, give the boy time. Give the boy time.”
Milly stood on the second step, turned around, and tossed the
bouquet over her shoulder. Mark started to blush when he
realized who had caught it.
Lucas and Milly proceeded upstairs, while Mark escorted Hope
home, with her father and brother close behind. Mark said
goodnight and headed for home.
Smiling as he lay down in bed, Mark looked forward to tomorrow.
Thinking, it had been a long time. He hoped that Milly was going
to be as happy having him for a son, as he was to have her for a
Lucas followed Milly up the stairs and into their room. It had
been so long, but even so, he didn't remember being this
nervous. He pulled Milly into his arms and passionately kissed
her. Feeling every inch of her body against his. When they broke
for air, Lucas laughed.
"Just what's so funny Mr. McCain?" Milly demanded.
"It's just that I never imagined feeling this way again, and
this time, it’s more than I remember. And the pain is gone,"
Lucas stated as he sat down on the bed and pulled Milly to him.
"Pain?" she asked.
"Milly, for the past eleven years, there's always been a pain in
my heart... from the loss of Margaret. Tonight's the first night
in all these years that the pain is gone. Milly, I feel Margaret
smiling at you, happy that you were the one to complete my life
Tears were falling down Milly's cheeks and Lucas was just
starting to wipe the tears from her eyes when they both were
startled by the noises from outside their window. Everyone was
yelling and banging pots and pans.
Lucas and Milly walked to the window and opened it. They smiled
and listened as the folks down below continued the tradition of
"Well Lucas," Micah yelled. "Milly threw her bouquet, but you
forgot her garter."
Milly put her hand across her face to hide her laughter.
"Okay folks, we'll be right down," Lucas called.
They left the room and headed downstairs to the front of the
hotel. Frank Toomey and Johnny Drako were pulling out a table
and John Hamilton was carrying a chair that was set on top of
"Oh, Lucas!" Milly called out as Lucas lifter her to her throne.
"You can't be serious?!"
Lucas carefully lifted the hem of her wedding dress, blocking
the view of her leg from the rowdy men gathered around. Hearing
the hooting and hollering. And a number of the wives chastising
their husbands for acting like schoolboys.
Lucas kissed Milly’s hand and then pulled the garter down her
leg and flipped it over his shoulder. He quickly lifted Milly
down and again, followed her up to their room. He was ready to
make Milly his, for the rest of their lives.
The Next Step — Christmas
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