Welcome back to Austen Promises!
Today’s post will wrap up Chapter 1. It’s not as long as some others, largely because I wasn’t sure where to go with it. I have some ideas for plot points, but I might just pants it and see where it takes me. 🙂
For those who missed the first post, you can find it here.
The second post is here.
Post #3 is here.
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The group went silent, each looking at the other and then at Liz and Will.
“You haven’t met my mother, so there’s no way for you to know this, but …” Liz began.
“Mama is, um … outspoken?” Jane looked at Liz. “When she is unhappy.”
Liz, Will, and Charles all snorted.
“Yeah, ‘outspoken.’ That’s being nice.” Will shook his head.
Liz took over. “If Will and I attend the reception and my mother sees us, she will begin to screech at the top of her lungs and shout accusations at us before collapsing into a ‘faint.’” Liz emphasized the last word with air quotes. “She’ll make a huge scene and ruin the day for Jane and Charles. My father will just let her go, too, and not just because he is angry with me.”
“He never tries to calm Mom down.” Jane blushed. She tried to be nice all the time, but the strain of it all had begun to get her down.
“Well,” Chris said, “I guess I can see why you’d not want to upset her, but if it were me, and if Jane and Bingley okayed it, I’d be at that reception. It’s their wedding,” he gestured to the engaged couple, “and it’s their choice.” Chris shrugged. “I defy anyone to keep me out of someplace I want to be that badly.”
“He has a good point,” TJ said.
Denny agreed. “I have an aunt like that. I can’t see her stopping me by pulling shenanigans like that.” He looked at Bingley and Jane. “It’s your wedding. If you want Liz and Will, put your foot down. Even if your parents are paying for it, you’re the bride, Jane. Tell your mother to suck it up and deal.”
Murmurs around the table indicated everyone’s agreement with Denny’s words. The subject was dropped after that, and they all went home with a lot to think about.
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