"Are you better now?" Archie's words hit a nerve with Emily as if she were sick in the head or something.
"NO!" Funny, how this had all gotten out of hand, and she knew it was her fault, and it was the fact that she thought he'd lived in a vacuum all this time and was saving himself just for her. But evidently he hadn't.
"I hate your brother." She meant it to. She really did. It was a fact. A fact he didn't even know and wasn't suppose to know.
"Why?" Archie looked at her puzzled. "You didn't even know him."
Flem was stuck in her throat and well, she didn't want to get in to that with him.
"I still hate him." Tears welled up in her eyes. "The things he did to you." It was very simple wasn't it. "Brothers just don't do that."
"Well, we weren't exactly the Osmonds, even though my Mom claimed we're distant cousins. Her grandfather was a Mormon. You know, old school, back when they had more than one wife." Archie shrugged as if he didn't know what more to explain. He looked tired, and she knew she hadn't let him sleep as long as he'd liked last night.
"I still want us to get married." She told him.
"You do?" He sounded surprised.
"Of course, I do." She winced and pulled out her parents wedding bands along with her Mom's engagement ring from her undie drawer. "See if it'll fit."
Archie looked at the gold band wide eyed as if he'd never seen one before. He tried on her father's wedding band then. It fit.
"He hadn't worn it since 1984. His fingers got to fat." Emily told him.
"Wow, that's a long time ago." He pulled it off as if he might be cursed with the same thing, but it had fit perfectly.
"See my Mom's ring works great on me." She smiled.
"But I wanted to get you something new. And then there's my Mom's ring and, and I don't know what you want." Archie looked sad.
"We should recycle. That's what we should do. Because, well, really do we want to spend a fortune on something-" She huffed. "Look, I'd be fine with these if you are."
"I'm going to let Bella help me find a wedding dress at a thrift shop." She told him. "And she thinks we can find everything we need without it costing a fortune. She also said we could get married in their back yard."
"Have you looked at that back yard?" Archie reminded her.
"Not really." She shrugged.
"Its kind of a forest back there." He told her.
"Then I guess you and Fish will have to clean it up." She ordered.
"Just when do you have all this in mind?" Archie winced.
He nodded as if he could get it done by then.
"Serena said she could make the wedding cake." Emily smiled.
"Well, did you know about that place for rent around the corner, not to far from sister's place?" Archie asked.
Emily grinned. Things were really looking up.