Wedding Blues


I watched Ada walk down the aisle, smiling behind her pretty veil at the tall man standing at the foot of the altar. The old church smelt of sweat and prayers, of damp and mildew, the smells of age. She stared straight ahead, walking on the hibiscus petals strewn on the church floor by the flower girls. When she arrived at the foot of the altar, Nkem took her hand and helped her up the stairs.

Ada had insisted on having our old priest who baptised all of us, officiate at the ceremony. He walked with a dignified tremble, and I worried that the chalice would fall from his hand at consecration.

“When Ada and Nkem came to see me about six months ago to discuss their intention, I thought there was something special about them. I have seen many couples in my lifetime, so I know. ” Fr. Obulu began.

I saw her smile and glance at Nkem who took her hand in his and squeezed it, and it occurred to me, as it had occasionally in the six months that they had been engaged, that my bundle of joy arriving in three months, could potentially be his’. I touched my belly, large and perfectly round, wrapped by flowing bridesmaid’s taffeta, and felt light-headed from joy and from shame all at once. So many questions came to my head; what if he turned out to look exactly like Nkem? Someone was bound to notice.

I turned away guiltily as Ada turned and smiled at me. I focused once more on Fr. Obulu’s words.

“… now allow you to speak your vows to each other.”

“I love you Nkem. I love the kindness and honesty with which we belong to each other….” Her voice shook with the intensity of her emotions.

Nkem stood there and smiled like a fastman who had just hit turkey.

I could not take it anymore, I had to speak. So I cleared my throat and raised my hand.

Word Count: 333

Written for this week’s Trifextra Writing Challenge:

This week’s word is: TURKEY

“…three successive strikes in bowling
Your response must be between 33 and 333 words.
You must use the 3rd definition of the given word in your post.
The word itself needs to be included in your response.
You may not use a variation of the word; it needs to be exactly as stated above…”


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