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First official fiction post for the year!!! Decided to kick it off with this flash fiction and since Saturdays are for
With palettes, brushes, and lashes flying from one makeup artist’s hand to another, nobody needed to pinch me that this was truly happening. I was already sent human wrist watches, alarm clocks and wall clocks to remind me and my makeup artist of the time I needed to be ready to leave the hotel room. Just after the hassle of finally completing my bridal makeup, mama whispers in my ear with her shaky emotional voice that I looked beautiful and tells me that it is time to leave but for the first, it all gets to me. This wasn’t about the makeup that took over an hour to complete nor the flowers that needed to sit pretty on the guest table. This wasn’t about the reception venue that needed to be well lit, like Bimpe, our wedding planner had described to us. This wasn’t about the photographers and videographers that needed to capture all of the amazing moments we all anticipated. It also wasn’t about the mc hosting my wedding nor was it about the guests that we were even expecting. It was about the life I was going to start with Victor, the new life that we were going to have as one. It was about my status changing from “Miss” to “Mrs” and all the new responsibilities and roles that were going to come with it. I paused for a moment, took in a deep breath and stood in front of the mirror. I watched my reflection from head to toe, marveled at the woman that I had become. I didn’t think this day was going to come any sooner than it did.
My thoughts left me for a bit and for a moment I felt alone in the room. At first, I smiled at my imagination and congratulated myself for a well-played film trick but there was no reaction, none from the mirror that stood with my reflection, none from the veil that covered my face and none from my thoughts. It was all still, no movement and no sound. Suddenly my chest felt tighter, my throat grew weary and my stomach mumbled but no, this wasn’t from hunger. It was from the feelings that left me worried and fearful for the unknown future. The thoughts, yes the thoughts, the ones where I begin to question if I had made the right
When I stepped into the church as my gown swung slowly to the hymns in the air, I looked up and saw Victor some distance from where I stood, his shoulders wriggling boldly like a lion but his eyes whispering the softness of his heart. My hands wrapped around my dad’s who now leads me down the aisle. I watch from left to right, smiling at the faces smiling at me, bewildered by the apparels worn by my witnesses. To my right was aunty Anne in her firmly tied
I finally got to the altar but I almost didn’t want to let go when my dad withdrew his hand. Guilt reached my throat as I tried to swallow hard. I looked at Victor and thought he was more excited to be called my husband or maybe, just maybe he thought of running away and leaving me on the altar, maybe he too felt the fear that I did. I watched as his hands moved from behind him to his front where he gestured for my hands. I thought hard about releasing my hands to him while engrappled in my thoughts but it must have lasted for two seconds because before I knew it, my hands were almost entwined in Victor’s. I thought I would be nauseated and stain Victor’s neatly pressed tux by spilling the plantain and egg eaten the night before but I felt peace,
“This couple has decided to join themselves even before I begin the ceremony,” the pastor officiating jokingly said to the now laughing congregation. I looked over at Victor’s parents and their smile reassured me once more. I held onto Victor’s hands even tighter than before until I finally let go to allow the ceremony begin. The pastor goes on with the ceremony and I think to myself, “I can’t believe this is happening”. One moment we read our vows and another, the pastor officiating gives his final advice but at that instant, my mind freezes for a moment and the next thing I heard was the final announcement. Relieved to know that this was it, I smiled with excitement in my lungs as Victor and I were pronounced husband and wife. I was officially his and he was officially mine. There was nothing stopping us and I thought to myself, I love this man so much and everything that comes with him and I knew he felt the same way as well. There was no doubt that I wanted to spend the rest of my life with him. In the end, the congregation went wild with praises and excitement as we danced our way out of the hall to begin the journey of our new lives as a married couple.
The idea of this flash fiction came to my mind one day when I imagined what it would be like for the brides and even grooms on their wedding day just before the big I do. This writeup may or may not be exaggerated depending on who reads this but I thought it would be interesting to share and find out what you guys think. If you are married, how did it feel on the big day? Excited? Nervous? Scared? How does it feel like, now being married? If unmarried, do you ever think that you may be similar to Nneoma on your big day? Or do you think you would be the complete opposite?
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