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Jane glanced at Liz, an apology in her eye.
Liz grimaced and looked down.
“I have hopes that my family can overcome their differences for one day.” Jane had not looked away from her sister as she spoke.
Liz looked up, staring hard at Jane. “Our parents are hard to deal with, I understand that. I think it’s more, though, that you hope they can deal with having me there. I’m not the one with the issue.” She heard the anger in her voice, but couldn’t help it. She felt Will take her hand under the table. Heaving a sigh, Liz backpedaled. “I’m sorry; I didn’t mean to bring negativity into our good time. Please forgive me.” She looked back down, squeezing Will’s hand and leaning into him. When he let her go and lifted his arm over her head, settling it on her shoulders and pulling her closer, she felt peace begin to settle into her.
“It’s ok, Liz,” Charles glanced at Jane but focused his gaze on his future sister-in-law. “It’s an emotional subject.” He sighed, glancing again at Jane before addressing the group. “Janey’s parents are being difficult, as you can probably tell from listening just now. She’s gotten her mother to allow Liz and Will to attend the wedding, but not to participate.” His face was turning red as he spoke. “Not even the reception.”
Shocked gasps were followed by murmurs and a low whistle that came from TJ.
“I’m so sorry, Liz! That’s awful!” SueAnn reached across the table and, when Liz had stretched her own hand out, squeezed it. “You are a saint, Girlfriend. You are handling this far better than I would.”
Eyes filled with tears, Liz quirked her lips up in a small smile. “Thanks.” She swallowed. “I try not to think about it much.”
Will squeezed Liz’s shoulder again. “If it were up to me, we’d not go at all. In my opinion, Liz deserves far better than what she’s getting.” His voice was hard, his anger clear. “But, she loves Jane and wants to support her. And,” Will glanced at Charles. “Bingley is my best friend.”
Charles ducked his head, every inch of exposed skin, from his collar up, a bright red.
“How do you want us to handle it?” TJ asked for all of them. They were a tight-knit group, loyal and supportive. There had never been a situation similar to this among the drivers for as long as anyone could remember.
The two couples looked at each other and shrugged. Will answered. “I know that all of you are invited to both the wedding and the reception. In my opinion, you should make the decision you are most comfortable with. Liz and I won’t hold it against you if you attend all the festivities, and I’m pretty sure Jane and Charles won’t mind if you skip one or both.”
“Not at all,” Bingley chimed in. “We know we have your friendship, and,” he turned his eyes once more to Jane, squeezing her shoulders before looking back at his friends, “we don’t want to put anyone in a situation they’re uncomfortable with. We’d love to have everyone in this room joining us for the whole shebang, but we’ll understand if you don’t.”
Chris Brandon, who had remained quiet for most of the evening, as was his wont, asked, “What if you and Liz stay for the reception, regardless?”
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