Anthony, who had been standing with his hands on his hips, leaned forward and speared her with a stare. I made a vow to Hastings before he married you, did you know that?
Love is simple, he’d said. The more pomp you add to a wedding, the less sincere it becomes.I hated that. Weddings were the frosting for the rest of your life. If the frosting wasn’t good, who wanted to stick around for the cupcake?
We’d stared at that glass floor for a good fifteen minutes, before I eventually said, I wanted to be the Little Mermaid. He laughed at first, and then his face had turned serious. He tugged on one of my curls. It’ll be beautiful, Lee. You’ll be the Little Mermaid. I’m sorry, that was the jackass in me speaking.My mother bustled into the room ten minutes before the wedding. It was the first I’d seen of her all day. She leaned over me as Courtney applied my lipstick. Katine, who was across the room putting the final touches on her own makeup, met my eyes in the mirror. She was all too familiar with my mother and her antics. I quelled rising nausea, as Courtney dabbed at my lips with a tissue.Hi, Mom, I said, turning to smile at her.
Why did you choose that shade, Leah? You look like a vampire.I glanced at myself in the mirror. Courtney had been applying my signature shade of red. Maybe it did look a little too goth for a wedding. I reached for a tissue and wiped it off, pointing to a rose colored tube instead. Let’s try that one.
My mother watched in satisfaction as the new lipstick was applied. Everyone is almost here. This is going to be the most impressive wedding of the year, I can guarantee you that.
And the most beautiful bride, my sister said, brushing blush across my cheeks.He pauses in his paper sorting to look at me quizzically. Her?
You know who I’m talking about.We don’t ever talk about that — her. The muscles in his jaw clench. I have the urge to crawl under his desk and hide my head between my knees.
No, he says, resuming his shuffling. It was an old friend who owns a nanny agency out of Boca. Someone will be coming over to meet me tomorrow.My jaw drops. Another secret part of his life that I know nothing about. How the hell is he connected to someone who owns a nanny agency?