Wedding Day

Wedding bells tolled overhead as Scott fought his way through the protestors and ran into the church.  He was too late.  At this point, he couldn’t do anything but cause a scene. 

He barreled ahead anyway.  He needed to see May one more time before he lost her forever. 

May and Xxxlt’ta were walking up the aisle hand in hand.  The blue-skinned alien looked strange in his tux, but May was stunning in her wedding dress.  Her eyes widened in surprise and Xxxlt’ta’s narrowed in anger. 

"What are you doing here?" the alien demanded. 

Scott winced.  Xxxlt’ta’s eerie voice always gave him a headache.  "I told you that you wouldn’t be able to keep me away." 

May’s eyes flickered between Scott and her new husband.  "Xxxlt’ta, what’s he talking about?" 

Xxxlta’ta sighed.  "I didn’t want him to disrupt your special day." 

May snorted.  "Well, look at how that worked out."  She stepped forward and took Scott’s hand.  "I’m sorry for whatever Xxxlt’ta did to you, but I can’t let you come between us.  I love him, Scott." 

Scott glanced down at her warm, human hand.  How could she leave him for an alien?  She squeezed his fingers, just like she had when they’d gone for long walks together.  "I just wanted to see you in your wedding dress."  He kissed the back of her hand, then extended his other hand to Xxxlt’ta.  The alien’s grip was clammy and weak.  "Congratulations." 

Scott sat with May’s family at the reception.  He kept her brothers from drinking too much, and made sure that none of them started a fight.  Scott wasn’t the only one who wasn’t happy with May’s choice. 

May and Xxxlt’ta weren’t planning on coming back to Earth after their honeymoon. 

He danced with May once.  He tried to memorize the feel of her in his arms, the smell of her hair, the rhythm of her breath.  Then he let her go.  


About Jamie

Jamie Lackey lives in Pittsburgh with her husband and their cats. She has over 160 short fiction credits, and has appeared in Daily Science Fiction, Beneath Ceaseless Skies, and Escape Pod. She has a novella and two short story collections available from Air and Nothingness Press. In addition to writing, she spends her time reading, playing tabletop RPGs, baking, and hiking. You can find her online at

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