Chapter 20: Dress shopping
I sat with the normal three at a new club that opened up recently called Oraz.
Carl leaned back in his chair and closed his eyes.
Sean smiled. “Look at this fucker here. Long night?” He asked.
Carl waved him off.
Sean looked to me. “Hey uh…..Niles, where’s your red head girlfriend?” He asked.
“Probably about to go dress shopping for the wedding.
All three of them paused. Sean shook his head. “Hold the motherfucking phone. You asked her to marry you?” He asked.
I nodded once. I wasn’t going to let Jenna go now that she accepted the fact that she was mine. She didn’t want kids right now but I will convince her otherwise. Since I saw her, I saw no other girl. No other girl turned me on. No other girl caught my attention. Only Jenna which wasn’t normal for me. I always thought of monogamy as fucking stupid until….Jenna.
“Good call.” Carl said nodding.
Sean narrowed his eyes at me. “So she had to have done something major to get you to ask the question or even have the question in your head. The girl is sexy. She’s funny and fun to be around. I’m guessing the pussy is good.”
“So are we attending the wedding?” Nate asked.
“Do you think you are?” I asked.
“Shit, I am.” Sean said nodding as he put the beer bottle to his forehead. “Hot as shit in here.”
“Then you are all invited.”
“Good. I bet Robinson will look sexy in her dress. Make her get a lace dress that’s sexy.” Sean said.
“Last time I checked, I’m the one marrying her. Not you.” I said.
“Jeez, calm the hell down. I was kidding.” Sean said holding his hands up surrendering.
“She’s a fantastic girl, Tristan. Don’t lose her.” Carl said fixing his glasses.
I shook my head. “I won’t. She’s mine. She’ll always be mine.” I said nodding.
“Kids next? Tristan, what has this girl done to have you so whipped? I bet a lot of your past exes would love to know how she does it. We’ve watch you jump relationship to relationship. And then you meet this sexy red head chick and you’re completely blinded by her.”
“I don’t know,” I shrugged. “Jenna is just different.”
“But do you truly love her?” Nate asked.
“I asked her to marry me didn’t i?” I asked.
Nate nodded and half smiled.
“So who’s your best man?” Carl asked.
“Nate.” I said.
Sean nodded. “Great choice. I’m glad you didn’t pick me. I would have fucked it all up.”
“I don’t think being a best man is a job, Sean. More like an honor. It’s not that hard.” Carl said.
“If the best man tries to bang the bride at the reception than that’s called fucking it up.”
I shook my head. “No. Because if any of you put one finger on Jenna, I’ll fucking cut them off.” I said. Everyone stared at me but I didn’t care. I was protective over Jenna. I couldn’t fucking help it.
I smiled when Lindsey’s car pulled up into the driveway.
She got out of her car with a small smile on her face. “Hey.”
“Lindsey,” I whispered. I could feel myself about to cry. I missed her although it’s only been a couple of days since we last talked.
She wrapped her hands around me and hugged me. I just started crying on her shoulder. “I’m so sorry.” I whispered.
Lindsey shook her head and pulled back a little. “No. I’m sorry. I was acting like a bitch.”
I shook my head and wiped my tears.
Lindsey smiled weakly. “Let me see the ring.” She said. I smiled and held up my hand. Lindsey’s eyes grew wide. “Goddamn! How many carats is that?”
“14.” I answered.
“Wow. He really likes going all out for you huh?” She asked. I nodded.
“I tell him all the time don’t get me anything extra but he doesn’t seem to give a fuck about it. He left me his credit card so I can go out and get my wedding dress.”
“Ooh, I want to go.”
“Of course.” I said. I walked in the house, grabbed my keys and Tristan’s leather wallet and walked out of the house. We took my car and drove to a bridal shop.
“You know, for me and Johnnie’s wedding, I wore jeans and one of his shirts.” She said laughing.
“Why?” I asked.
She shrugged. “Couldn’t afford a real wedding. We got married in Vegas. Speaking of which, I visited Johnnie today.”
My eyes grew wide. “You did?”
She nodded. “I loved seeing him in orange. He has to serve 13 more years. I don’t know why, Jenna but I just took joy in seeing him suffer. Seeing him stuck unable to go anywhere and he looked miserable.”
“I don’t know if I should say “Good” or “I’m glad.” I said.
“Just say good.”
“Okay. Good.” I said. Lindsey smiled. We got out of the car and walked into the bridal shop. As soon as we walked in it was like fucking heaven. The whole place was white and a cream color. The floor has white carpet. The walls were with cream colored lights. The couches were cream colored and there were thousands of wedding dresses. “Holy shit.” I whispered.
“Oh my god, Jenna. This is unbelievable.”
“Tristan told me that his sister in law got her dress from here and it’s the best place.”
A blonde woman with a cream colored dress and a white blazer on came up some little stairs and smiled at us. “Hello ladies.” She said friendly.
“Anything in particular you ladies looking for?” She asked.
“I want a white wedding dress that has lace.” I said. I was so excited I could hardly stay in one place.
“Wow. May I see the ring?” She asked smiling. I showed her. “Oh my god. That is gorgeous. I had an ex-boyfriend and I showed him a ring somewhat like that that I wanted when he proposes to me. He said he didn’t think I was good enough for a ring like that.”
“Oh I’m sorry.” That was fucked up.
“He was always mean like that. That’s why I left him. Anyway, our lace dresses are over here.” She said leading me to a wall filled with white wedding gowns. “Holy shit. This is amazing.”
Lindsey smiled and looked at me.
“Oh, Lins, go find a dress. You’re the maid of honor.”
“I can’t afford any of these dresses.”
“Tristan lets me have his credit card and lets me buy whatever I want no matter how expensive it is.”
“He does not want me spending his money, Jenna.”
“I’ll just tell him that the dress cost a lot.” I said shrugging.
Lindsey smiled and then to start looking around the place for a dress.
“What are the colors for the wedding?” She asked.
“White and red.” I answered.
The woman looked at me.
“When’s the wedding?” She asked.
“Two weeks. Tristan wants to get married very soon.”
“Hmm. I used to date a guy name Tristan.”
“Really? What was his last name?” I asked.
“Niles. Tristan Niles. But he was a very bad guy. I still have feelings for him till this day but…..he has better things to do with his day then think about an old ex.” She said shrugging. My eyes grew wide.
“Are you Clementine?” I asked.
Her eyes widened as she nodded. “Wait, you? You’re marrying Tristan Niles?”
I slowly nodded.
“Wow. I….I wanted to marry him too but he never asked.”
“Well he told me he wanted to marry you too but then you left him.”
“I know. How in the hell did you get him to ask you? Did you pressure him into it?”
“No. He just asked and I said yes.”
Clementine still seemed quite upset and shocked that Tristan asked me to marry him.
“Um….so do you find any of these dresses pretty?” She asked changing the subject. The dresses were very beautiful but none of them really seemed like a “me” dress. I shook my head and looked to see Lindsey bringing over a long red dress. “This is it, Jenna.” She smiled widely.
“I wish it was that easy for me to find a dress.”
Lindsey looked around and her eyes stopped on a dress. She looked back at me and smiled. “How about that dress with the beads over there?” She asked. I turned to see what she was talking about and I was in awe as I saw the dress.
“Oh my god…..oh my god.” I walked over to it with a huge smile on my face. It was white and strapless. There were beads on the torso of the dress and about eight groups of white beads in different areas at the bottom. The top of the dress felt like silk. “I’m going to try this on.” I whispered. I couldn’t take my eyes off of it.
I went into the dressing room and I tried on a dress while Lindsey tried on her red dress and we both came out and looked in the mirror. “You look absolutely fucking amazing, Jenna.” She said smiling. I smiled in the mirror then looked at her. “You too, Lindsey. It looks so beautiful on you.”
She checked herself out in the mirror.
Clementine nodded slowly. “Yeah…..Jenna. You look…..great.”
I turned to her secretly liking her jealousy. That’s what she gets for dumping Tristan.
“How much is this dress?” I asked.
“$4,079.” She said.
I nodded. “I’ll take it and Lindsey’s dress. Her dress price doesn’t matter.” I said.
“We have to pick out some shoes.” Lindsey said.
“Pick me out some. You always have the best taste in shoes.” I said.
Lindsey nodded once and went shoe hunting.
I went back in the dressing room and took the dress off and put back on my regular clothes. I cradled the dress like it was a baby and brought it to the counter.
“So how long have you and Tristan been together?” Clementine asked.
“Almost a year.” I answered taking out his credit card.
“He lets you use his card?”
“Yeah how did you know?”
“I remember that card. He told me I couldn’t use it for anything. In fact, he took it everywhere he went.”
“He told me he loved you or at least he thought he did. But it sounds like he treated you like shit.”
“He did. But he says that’s how he loves.” She said shrugging.
Lindsey came back over and put a pair of red pumps and white pumps with lace straps to the counter. Then she zipped down her red strapless dress that had beads around the bottom and put it on the counter. “There, ring that up.” Then she went back to the dressing room. I smiled and then looked back to Clementine.
“Best friend?” She asked.
I nodded. “The very best.” I said handing her Tristan’s credit card.
She stared at it before sliding it in the price slot. She looked at me. “Total is $7,243. Are you sure he’ll be okay with how much money you spent?” She asked.
“Tristan gets mad when I don’t spend money.”
Clementine sighed and bagged up the dresses and the shoes and then handed me back Tristan’s credit card. Lindsey came out of the dressing room. “We need to go to a jewelry store too.” She said. I nodded.
Clementine handed me the bag while she handed Lindsey the other scowling the whole time.
“Bye, Clementine. I’ll tell Tristan I saw you.” I said as I walked out of the store with Lindsey.