"Can you zip me up?" Her mother appeared behind her in the mirror. The dress was everything Carrie wanted, simple yet elegant. An off the shoulder cream colored dress with a deep "V" stopping just above her navel. It was beautiful and the moment Carrie put it on the decision was made.
"You look beautiful sweetie." Her mother gently squeezed Carrie's shoulders. She placed her hand on top of her mothers and patted it, "Thanks mom." Outside the door and down the hall there was a room filled with people she saw every day and some she only saw twice in her life, waiting.
Carrie took a deep breath as her mother walked over to the door and opened it. "Almost ready, her father poked his head in and gasped, oh my god Care bear you look gorgeous!" he beamed and straightened his tie. "Thanks Dad, you and mom should go ahead. I'll be out in a minute."
Her mom kissed her on the cheek and left the room with her father. Carrie wasn't sure if she was going to be standing there twenty four hours ago. There was too much reminiscing between her and Freddie.
There were too many belly aching laughs and inside jokes between them and it all came bubbling up to the surface for her and for him. It was the perfect mixture of warm and cool with a nice patch of grass and the stars as their entertainment. His hand reached out and touched hers. She should have pulled away but she didn't.
"Do you ever think about us?" The answer that popped into her head was yes but what Carrie said was, "Uh, I don't...I mean...I don't know what to say to that Freddie." He sat up and looked down at her, "Just tell me the truth."
Carrie sighed and sat up. She pulled her legs up to her chest, "I don't know, I mean it's hard not to because we were, she looked over at him, together for a while." He smiled and looked up at the sky, "You know my favorite memories all involve you and me doing stuff like this. I'm sorry things got so messed up for a while."
"It's okay, she murmured, I'm sorry too." "Why are you sorry?" ~Because I still love you, no because I'll always love you.~ Carrie smiled and shook her head, "It's nothing, never mind, she looked behind her, we should probably go back inside."
Freddie reached out and stopped Carrie from getting up, "Not yet, let's just lay here and look at the stars for a bit more, okay?" Carrie nodded and laid down next to him. In between the silence and the sound of the crickets, Freddie rolled over on his side, "I think I still love you Carrie."
The music started up. Carrie slowly walked down the hall, praying that she wouldn't fall on her face. As she reached the beginning of the aisle everyone's eyes were on her and her eyes were on him. The last time Carrie saw Freddie dressed in a tux was at their prom.
Memories from that night flooded her mind and made her look away from him. Carrie took her place next to the other bridesmaids and patiently waited for her sister to walk down the aisle. Freddie glanced over at her and made the motion of him zipping his lips.
She nodded and looked away as the wedding march played and her sister walked up to Freddie all aglow.