As we settled into the guest bedroom of his grandparents’ condo, Keegan was feeling frisky, but I wasn’t into it. For the first time, something was completely suppressing any resemblance of my libido. Keegan thought it was hilarious, but I certainly did not. I had no idea what was going on!
Normally, I didn’t give a hoot what other people thought of me, but for some reason, I started to care about his family, what they thought of me as his partner and someday his wife. We weren’t engaged yet and I knew that we never would make it to that stage if his family disapproved. Luckily, his grandmother sat him down while I was in the bathroom and had a talk with him. They didn’t think I could hear them, but I did.
“Don’t listen to any of them. You’ve got a wonderful opportunity here to have a good life and start a family. Most women your age already have kids or can’t have them; you don’t want to deal with any of that. Sure, she’s young, but I think she really loves you just the way you are. That’s what’s most important. This is a great opportunity to finally have what you’ve always said you wanted Keegan. Don’t let her get away.” Gram hugged him and offered some peach cobbler as I opened the door.
I looked right at him—his eyes were just a little teary—and he smiled at me with the biggest grin. I had never seen him so happy or relieved, and thankful all at the same time. Just hearing those words from his grandmother really meant something to him; he idolized the matriarch of the family, even to this day.
Keegan’s parents, aunts, uncles, and a few cousins arrived for a small mixer at the grandparents’ place. We still had another two-hour drive to the wedding and reception, so we were all getting together to make a plan to get there and home safely. His Aunt Terry was the first to approach me.
“Well Kaitlin, I haven’t seen you in quite some time! My, how you’ve grown! How’s your mother, dear?” she asked as she looked me up and down. I was thoroughly confused and my face showed it. Keegan started laughing. “That’s not Kaitlin, Aunt Terry. That’s Vivian, my soon-to-be wife,” He said grinning at me.
“Oh my! I’m so terribly sorry, dear. You just look so… young. Richard? Richard, where are you?” she said, turning away from me as ‘Richard’ walked up. “This is my son, Richard, he’s Keegan’s cousin. He’s the groom,” she said, beaming with happiness.
Richard took my hand and kissed the back of it, turning to Keegan with a devilish grin. “You lucky son of a—”
“RICHARD!” Aunt Terry yelled.
“Son of an Angel,” he finished as we all started laughing.
Keegan pulled me close, wrapping his arm around my waist and kissing me on the cheek. “See, I told you they would love you.” He smiled as we all started getting ready for the drive. To say I was nervous was an understatement.