Wednesday, June 15, 2011

Chapter 20 The End

The American Airlines arena looked spectacular and ready for a wedding. The guests were getting seated and Brad and his groomsmen walked into the front where he and Ronnie were getting married. The minister was chatting with Brad and the other groomsmen.

Brad's mother was seated and then Ronnie's grandmother was seated next and that meant that it was almost time for Ronnie and her bridesmaids to walk down the aisle. Brad was getting slightly nervous and then when he heard the wedding march music his heart rate started going faster. It made him realize that he was doing something so amazing that he was super ready for this adventure in his life and he loved Ronnie more than anything else in the world.

The flower girl, ring bearer and bridesmaids started walking down the aisle and then at the end of the aisle Brad looked up to see Ronnie and her dad, Joe, start to walk towards him. He smiled as he looked at Ronnie and she looked like a princess.

Ronnie looked down the aisle at Brad and could not believe at how gorgeous he looked in a tuxedo. She smiled at him as he looked at her. Her heart was beating so fast because she was so excited about what was about to happen. She was going to be Mrs Brad Richards very soon.

Joe and Ronnie got up to Brad and Joe put Ronnie's hand into Brad's and said, "Take good care of my girl because she is very special".
"I promise to love her and cherish her forever" Brad said and Ronnie smiled and gave her dad a quick kiss on the cheek.

The minister looked at Brad and Ronnie and started the ceremony.

"Brad do you take Ronnie to be your lawful wedded wife?"
"I do" Brad said.
"Ronnie do you take Brad to be your lawful wedded husband?"
"I do" Ronnie said.
"Brad do you have the rings?"
Brad gave the rings to the minster and the minister blessed the rings and then Brad and Ronnie exchanged rings".
"Brad and Ronnie each have some wedding vows they wrote for each other so now they will say them to each other" the minster said and let Brad and Ronnie speak.

Brad started, "Ronnie, you are the most amazing woman I have ever met. You have helped me through so much and it means the world to me. I have loved you since the first day I saw you and that has been a long time. And now you are giving me another special gift by carrying my child and you will be an amazing mother too. I will love you forever and be your best friend, lover, and partner in crime for all of my life. I love you".

Ronnie was tearing up with all the special things Brad had just said and she took a breath and started her vows, "Brad, you are everything I have ever wanted in my best friend, husband and lover. You have been there for me during the great times and the tough times and I love you more than anything. I have loved you ever since I met you for the first time. I love you and know that you are going to be a great father to our unborn child. I love you".

"By the powers vested in me by the city of Dallas and state of Texas, I now pronounce you husband and wife. Brad you may now kiss Ronnie" the minister said and then Brad gently pulled Ronnie to him and kissed her deeply on the lips. Then all their family and friends started cheering the new couple.

Brad and Ronnie pulled apart and smiled at each other and then turned to look at everyone and walked down the aisle.

Brad and Ronnie walked over to a side space with the photographer to get a few pictures. Then the minister came over to them and they signed some official papers and then it was time to party at the reception.


The reception was lots of fun and everyone was having a great time. Brad and Ronnie were having lots of fun.

At one point while everyone was eating and having fun when Ronnie felt something weird and realized that her water broke.

"Oh my god, Brad, oh my god" Ronnie cried out.
"What sweetie, what's wrong?" Brad asked his new wife.
"My water broke and we are having a baby!" Ronnie exclaimed. Brad quickly helped Ronnie and told his parents and then everyone knew and helped the newlyweds to their car and to the hospital for the birth of their baby.


Several hours later Brad and Ronnie were the proud parents of a beautiful baby boy. They named him Lucas Andrew Richards and he was perfect with all his tiny toes and fingers.

"I can not believe I am a father" Brad said holding his new son and just beaming like the new father he was now.
"You are going to be an awesome father to Lucas and I love you so much Mr Richards" Ronnie said smiling at her new son and new husband.
"Ronnie, I love you more because you just gave me this miracle and you are going to be the best mother ever, Mrs Richards" Brad exclaimed and leaned down to kiss Ronnie again.

Brad's parents and Ronnie's dad came into the room. And everyone celebrated Brad and Ronnie's new baby. Ronnie was so happy and realized that everything was perfect in her life because she had Brad by her side, Lucas in her arms and the rest of her family to help her through all of life's twists and turns.


A few weeks later Ronnie was sitting in her and Brad's house in Tampa Bay holding Lucas. They were enjoying the summer in Tampa Bay and waiting to find out where Brad would be playing hockey next season.

Ronnie looked up to see Brad coming in the door and she smiled.

"Hey beautiful" Brad said coming over to sit down next to Ronnie and Lucas.
"Hey hot stuff" Ronnie said laughing and then Brad leaned in for a kiss.
Lucas started squirming in Ronnie's lap and Brad and Ronnie broke apart from the kiss.
Brad took Lucas from Ronnie and said, "You do not like it when daddy and mommy kiss well sorry pal if you want any more siblings, daddy is going to be kissing mommy a lot more". Ronnie giggled and Brad silenced her again with another mind blowing kiss and Ronnie knew Brad meant he loved her just as much as she love him.

Brad and Ronnie lived happily and deeply in love ever after.


Saturday, June 11, 2011

Chapter 19

Ronnie and her friends were staying a very nice hotel near the arena. It was just easy to be close with the fact that she was pregnant and because she was the bride. They had fun up in the suite they had gotten for the night. They watched some chick flicks, played silly games and just had fun gossiping.

Meanwhile the guys were out at a local bar where the players were known. Brad's friends had rented the VIP area for the night. They were drinking and acting like they did when they won a game. They had lots of fun and enjoying the bachelor party. Brad was texting Ronnie and when Loui saw that he tried to get Brad's phone away from him.

"Dude, you are not supposed to be communicating with her on your last night as a single man" Loui said.
"I can do whatever I want. Ronnie is pregnant and I want to make sure she is ok after all the things she has been through so leave my phone alone" Brad insisted.
"Fine but you gotta have some more shots now" Loui said pulling Brad back over to the VIP bar and ordering some shots for Brad to chug down.

Back at the hotel, the girls had finally gone to bed and were all sleeping. They had decided on a semi early night so Ronnie could get plenty of beauty sleep for her big day.

Around 1am the guys had all headed back to their hotel to get some sleep for the wedding day. Brad was in his room finally climbing into the bed but before he went to sleep he sent Ronnie another quick text. He was not expecting an answer but when it beeped back instantly he smiled. Ronnie had just happened to hear her phone and text back, 'Gnite luv u'. That made Brad smile and he feel asleep quickly of course all the alcohol had helped too.

The next morning the guys were all cranky because they all had hangovers. But luckily the wedding was not until 2pm so they had time to recover. They were all at the hotel restaurant eating breakfast. None of them looked happy or ready for a wedding. Brad had just grabbed some random clothes for breakfast so he would not get arrested for public nudity at the restaurant. He looked a hot mess and his friends made sure he knew it.

"Wow Brad you look horrible" Brenden said as he drank some coffee.
"Yeah did you forget that you were getting married today. You look like shit man" Loui said as he ate.
"Thanks guys you are such great friends. Then again all those shots and drinks did not help this morning either" Brad replied as he got his coffee mug refilled.
"If I were Ronnie and I saw you this morning I would rethink about marrying you" Loui joked more.
"Well you two do not look much better than me so I am not sure how you two got your women either" Brad retorted back.
"Touche" Brenden said and raised his coffee mug in salute to Brad.

The girls were slowly waking up too. They had decided to order room service so they were looking over the menu and talking to the room service operator. Then they were just taking turns using the two bathrooms getting partially ready for the morning.

Ronnie decided to go and chill on the balcony of the suite after she had gotten somewhat ready. She took her phone and call Brad and see how his night had been.
His phone rang a couple of times and then she heard his familiar voice.

"Good morning sweetie"
"Morning how are you?"
"Tired and hungover" he said.
"Seriously? On our wedding day you are hungover" she said slightly surprised.
"Hey Mia was saying you needed to rock and roll so I did too" Brad joked even though his head hurt a little bit but he had taken something to help the headache.
"True she did say that. How bad do you feel?" Ronnie asked.
"Well not to bad because I ate something had some coffee and some Tylenol".
"Good to hear but I hope you feel 100 percent when I walk down the aisle to you later on" Ronnie said smiling.
"I will do not worry. Oh how is baby star doing?" Brad asked.
"Baby star is doing just fine and seems to be having his or her own party" Ronnie laughed which made Brad laugh too.
"Great to hear that our child is excited about today too".
"Yeah it feels funny with it bouncing around in my abdomen. Well it looks like our breakfast is here from what I can tell so I will see you at the arena at 2 o'clock to become Mrs Brad Richards" Ronnie said.
"Love you Ronnie" Brad said.
"Love you more Brad" Ronnie said and then they both hung up.

Ronnie headed back inside to enjoy breakfast with her friends and Brad headed to find his buddies and chill until it was time to officially get ready for the wedding.

Friday, June 3, 2011

Chapter 18

It was the night of the rehearsal dinner and they were all at a very nice Italian restaurant in downtown Dallas. Everyone was talking and joking and waiting on the soon to be newlyweds, who had not yet shown up.

"I hope that Ronnie and Brad are not late because they can not keep their hands off each other" Brenden Morrow joked and his wife Anne-Marie rolled her eyes and jokingly hit his arm. Brenden gave her a look and then gave up trying to a comedian.
"I am sure they are on their way. After all poor Ronnie has to deal with the fact that Brad knocked her up so she is two people now" Loui Eriksson joked and everyone laughed and then Brenden said, "How come everyone laughs at Loui's comment but not mine?".
"Morrow, I am just way cooler than you are" Loui joked and Brenden shook his head.

Sure enough a few minutes later Brad and Ronnie showed up. They walked into the party room and everyone let out a sigh of relief.

"Sorry guys that we are a little late but the baby was having its own party after all the wedding practice and I was trying to settle him or her down" Ronnie apologized as Brad just put his arm around Ronnie's shoulders and gave her a quick hug.

They sat down and then the party really got started. Everyone was eating and talking about the wedding.

Ronnie was enjoying the dinner and talking with friends and family was lots of fun. Everything was relaxing and happy and that is what Ronnie needed now. She was excited that tomorrow she would be Mrs Brad Richards. It made her think of all the things she had been through in her life and now everything was getting to a place that was perfect and happy. This was definitely want she wanted and made her super excited about the future which made her look down at her abdomen and felt the baby kick.

"Wow" Ronnie exclaimed and Brad was at her side instantly looking at her with concern.
"Are you ok?" he asked.
"The baby just kicked me and I just took it as a sign that tomorrow is going to be amazing" Ronnie said smiling which made Brad happy. He kissed her quickly and then went back to who he had been talking to.

Ronnie smiled and then her soon to be in laws came over to talk to her.

After the dinner Brad and Ronnie were standing in the parking lot with friends.

"Ok well you two love birds have to separate tonight" Loui said trying to pull Brad away from Ronnie. But Brad was still holding Ronnie close and then jokingly whined,
"I do not want to go. I want to stay with my girl".
"Yeah I do not want him to go" Ronnie joked back snuggling closer to Brad as possible with her baby bump.
"Ronnie, we gotta party on your last night as a single girl so unglue yourself from that hot guy you are stuck too" Mia joked even though her husband, Kris Letang, was holding her close.
"Hey now that sounds like fun. Peace Brad" Ronnie laughed and tried to get away from Brad who was not letting her go.
"Let me go Brad, I wanna party as a single girl!"
"I do not want you to be partying as a single girl because of all the guys who will try and get with you" Brad said seriously which made Ronnie laugh.
"Fine but we really do have to do this tradition since we kinda screwed many of the other ones around" Ronnie said putting a hand on her baby bump which then made Brad smirk and let Ronnie free.
"Yippy I am free ok Mia, let's go and rock and roll" Ronnie said skipping over to Mia who was finally detached from her husband too.

The love birds gave each other one last kiss and then went with their friends to enjoy their last night as singles.