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from Sheila Connolly's A Gala Event (Orchard Mystery #9)
Meg: Do you want to go first, Seth?
Seth: No, you can do it. If you mess it up, I can fix it.
Meg: Of course—you can fix anything. (Clears her throat). Friends, neighbors, whatever family we can scrape up, and just about anyone in Granford who’s listening, you’re all invited to our wedding. That’s right, we finally made up our minds to do it. Meg Corey and Seth Chapin will be joined in matrimony on December 4th. At Gran’s Restaurant in Granford, so you know the food will be good. (Turns to Seth) Does that about cover it?
Seth: Close enough. (Smiles) Everybody is welcome. We didn’t want a big fancy event, just a gathering of the people we know and who know us, in this town, where I’ve lived all my life. And where Meg showed up--what, two years ago?--and changed everything for me. Forget about presents—just join us and enjoy the party.
Meg: As Seth so thoughtfully reminded everyone, I was planning to leave as soon as I fixed up the house to sell it. Things didn’t quite work out like that, did they?
Seth: You won’t hear any complaints from me. Don’t tell me you’re having second thoughts?
Meg: Of course not. Sorry it took me so long to figure things out with you.
Seth: Hey, I wasn’t much help. You had a lot on your plate, and I didn’t want to push too hard. But in our own defense, we’re not exactly kids, and I think we both wanted to be sure we got it right.
Meg: Yes, plus we were busy. I had to learn a whole new profession, and you’ve been shifting your business to home restoration. It’s a wonder we managed to see each other at all, much less fall in love. We couldn’t manage to hold a conversation past about eight o’clock at night. And then we kept getting involved with murders. Plural. Unbelievable!
Seth: True. Maybe we can thank those murders for getting us together.
Meg: What an awful thought! But whatever the cause, here we are now. And to all of you, we want you to celebrate with us. It’ll be a great party. (And if you drop dead during the wedding, we will stash you in the big freezer in the back of the restaurant until the wedding and the party are over. It took Seth and me this long, so we’re not going to delay it for anything.)
Seth: Besides, we need to go on a honeymoon, not investigate another crime.
Meg: Well, yes, kind of. But we’ve got plenty of time for that.
I know people don't usually give gifts to the guests at weddings, but leave a comment about the one thing you think you really need for a wedding (besides two people in love), and you could win a copy of A Gala Event plus an apple that will never spoil! I'd send you a bushel of real ones from my orchard, but I think the Post Office would have problems with that.