THE WEDDING WISH (A Romantic Comedy Novella)
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THE WEDDING WISH
Dare to dream... Sometimes dreams come true!
Robert Reed was the first man Isabel dreamed she would marry. He was also the first guy to break her heart. Of course, they'd both been kids at the time, and Robert couldn't help that his family moved away. Sixteen years later, Isabel is stunned to see Robert strolling across the university campus where she's studying for her Masters in Art. Robert's equally surprised to see her. All grown up and in his second year of medical school, drop-dead gorgeous Robert has every bit the ability to tug at Isabel's heartstrings that he did all those years ago. As they rekindle their friendship, old feelings resurface and Isabel finds herself getting swept away. But what she doesn't know about Robert's past can hurt her, and his secret threatens to drive them apart.
When Robert sees Isabel Miller for the first time in years, he can't believe the incredible déjà vu. As an adult woman, she's even more beautiful than he recalls, but her personality and sweet southern accent are just as winning as they've always been. When Robert starts falling fast, he has to work extra hard to resolve some external complications. For there's nobody he wants staying in his life more than Isabel. She's the first girl that he loved, and someone he vowed long ago to hold on to forever. If it's possible the fates can grant him a second chance, Robert's determined to take it. All he needs is for Isabel to believe that love can come again. And when it does, and it's the mature kind, anything is possible for two old childhood sweethearts meeting in the heat of summer.
"Yeah." Robert drew his arm around her and held her close. "I used to spend a lot of time up here as a kid. Thinking."
"Oh? What did you think about?" She turned toward him.
"All right, maybe I didn't have the guts to tell you then, but I'm man enough to own it now..." His eyes sparkled in the faint glow of lights from the distant city. "I had the most unbearable crush on this pretty, blonde-haired girl."
Isabel felt her face warm. "That's funny," she said, looking up at him. "The feeling was mutual."
"Yeah." She turned toward the view, avoiding his gaze. "I cried for weeks after you left. Did you know that? Weeks and weeks. Really. I think you were the first man to totally break my heart."
He reached up and gently stroked her cheek. "If it had been up to me, I never would have gone."
"I know," she said quietly.
They both stood staring at the view as warm summer winds rippled around them.
"You want to stay for a while?" he asked. "Just sit here with me?"
"I'd like that."
And so they stayed, and they talked. And then they talked some more over old times and all the fun they used to have until they finally ran out of words, and the sun broke over the horizon.
A sweet, traditional PG-rated romantic comedy.
Standard novella-length, approximately 20,000 words.