Part 2152 – Hildreth On His Way To Pinkerlee

Hildreth admired his reflection in the mirror. “I am lookin’ soooo good. Mm-mm.” He turned to the side and smiled at the way the tails of his tuxedo jacket skimmed over his bottom. “Elsie is gonna be one hungry righteous chick when she sees me. She’ll be like, ‘Mm. Mm-hmm. I want a big generous helping of that. Just put him on my plate.”

He scratched the back of his head. “Wait. I think there’s a good and pervy joke in that last line. Hmm. I’ll have to try it out on Elsie and see what she thinks.”

His phone rang again. “Helllllo, this is the Righteous Brothers Free Broth and Beef Shop. Come on in and get some free broth and beef!”

“Dweeb.”

Hildreth grinned. “Dork. What’s happening?”

“I just got home and I’m looking at this huge mess of boxes. Hildreth, I don’t remember having to deal with this many boxes when I got married.”

Hildreth shrugged. “What can I say? Different times.”

“No kidding. Hey, could you come here and help me sort them all out? You need to get to this side of town anyway. So—”

“Say no more! I will come to your rescue, oh fair maiden!”

Jeff snirked. “So, I’m the fair maiden this time. Nice.”

“Oh, I know!” He admired his reflection one more time. “Don’t you worry. I’ll be there as soon as I can.”

“Don’t speed.”

Hildreth fake gasped. “I never speed! Why, I’ll have you know that I won last place in the Tortoise and Turtles Derby last year.”

“Tortoise and turtles derby, huh? Okay. If you say so.”

“Oh, I do. I’ll meet you at your place.”

“And don’t worry about bringing the doughnut holes this time. I have a conniving plan.”

Hildreth grinned. “If it is what I think it is, I’m all for it.”

“I thought you would be. I’ll be waiting for you.”

“I’ll be there.” Hildreth ended the call.

***

Jeff set his phone down and contemplated the boxes and boxes and boxes. He shook his head. “I’m not even sure where to start.”

Laura.

He smiled. “You would have laughed at this. We would have taken turns taking pictures with all of this mess. You would have had a ball, opening all of these boxes. You would have helped me get ready.” He chuckled softly. “Of course, you would already be ready. Maybe you’d be wearing that gorgeous navy blue sparkle dress. Your hair would be fixed up. You’d wear your favorite white crystal necklace and bracelet. They would stand out in sharp relief against your dark skin. Oh, Laura. You would look fantastic. But then. You always did. Even in a grungy t-shirt and jeans with your hair in its natural frizzy state, you were so beautiful.”

Laura girl, I wish you were here. You have no idea how much I miss you.

Maybe I always will.

I love you, my girl.

I always will.

***

Hildreth turned on the radio as he drove to Pinkerlee. First song that came on was the Dixie Chick’s “White Trash Wedding”. He grinned and sang along.

I wonder if I can get Jeff to sing this as we walk down the aisle.

He laughed. “I’m thinking not. But I can still try.”

Hildreth tapped his hands on the steering wheel and was just a little off beat. But he didn’t care.

Elsie.

Elsie baby, I’m looking forward to this sooo much. I feel like I’m jinxing something. I’m too happy, too excited. Everything seems to be going right, which can only mean one thing. Something’s waiting to go wrong.

With our luck, it’ll be that vampire. He’ll come staggering into the church like someone’s drunk uncle and make a whole freaking idiot of himself.

Probably will physically throw himself at you.

“If he tries to do anything like that, I swear I’ll punch him. I’ll punch him so hard his fangs will rattle.”

He grinned. “Or maybe you’ll get all fierce and pummel him like you did in the Gendarme’s bathroom.” He nodded his approval. “That would rock my world. Rock it so hard.”

Hmm. That wound up sounding more suggestive than I’d intended. Huh. Oh, well.

Elsie.

Elsie, you’re gonna look divine in your shiny vinyl go go dancer dress and matching thigh high boots.

Els, I can’t wait to see you again.

Elsie.

Elsie baby, I want to marry you. I’m looking forward to it like crazy.

Els, I love you.

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