The wedding reception was in full swing. As best man it was T's job to make sure his Uncle Tim and his husband Rick, also an uncle now, stuck to the schedule. Well not schedule really, but the dance needed to begin so the cake could be cut and T was all for the cake!
Sonny and Will had outdone themselves when they volunteered to decorate for the wedding and reception. The Club was beautiful and reflected the personalities of the grooms. Light purple and silver cloths covered the tables and the flowers were absolutely gorgeous. Uncle Tim and, as it turned out Rick, had a major thing for Lilacs. Luckily this May, they were in full bloom and gorgeous. There were bouquets on every table and on the main wedding table , right down the center, was a beautiful arrangement of both light purple and dark purple Lilacs with baby's breath thrown in .
T's favorite, the cake, stood 3 tiers high with Lilac colored flowers weaving their way around the top and just a R & T on the top in silver.
T went to the bar and grabbed a spoon and a glass of champagne. He tapped lightly on the glass until he had everyone's attention.
"I'd like to have your attention for just a minute please. As most of you know I am Tad but people call me T. I am the nephew of Groom number 1." At this, everyone chuckles. T squints a bit and tilts his head, "Of course it could also be said I am nephew to Groom number 2 now as well." Again more chuckles.
"I just wanted to say thank you to Will and Sonny on behalf of my uncles for the gorgeous job they did in decorating Club TBD for them." Applause breaks out and Will and Sonny, being the hams they sometimes can be, bow slightly.
"Now I am going to get a little serious here, but don't worry, I am feeling FINE. " T winks at his Uncle Tim. Who smiles back while holding his husbands' hand. "I was so honored when Uncle Tim and Rick asked me to be best man. You have no idea how much this means to me." T smiles at them and raises his glass. "To Uncle Tim and his husband Rick. May you have a lifetime filled with love, friendship, long walks and marathons on W Network of The Property Brothers who you are both crushing on...here! here!" Everyone in the room cheered and toasted the happy couple. T walked over to his uncles and gave them both a hug. "I am very happy for you two. Now it's time for the first dance. Are you ready?"
"Are you going to tell us what the song is or do we have to be surprised? " Asked Tim.
"Trust me Uncle Tim you guys will love it."
"Ok we trust you..kind of." Tim winked at T then grabbed Rick's hand and they walked to the middle of the floor, turned and looked at T in anticipation and a bit warily.
T motioned to the D.J. and then smiled at his Uncles.
A Thousand Years by Christina Perri started to play much to the delight of the grooms. They had decided quite a while ago that this was written just for them. They smiled at T, winked and started to dance around the floor. Looking deeply into each others eyes, the rest of the people vanished for the two men.
T standing off to the side, watching how happy his uncle was , had to wipe a tear away. NOT that he would admit that to anyone.
Out of the corner of his eye, T spotted a woman enter quietly through the Club's door. Not wanting to make a big deal of it, T slowly made his way over to see who it was, halfway there he stopped and stared. Standing there in a dark green, short dress was the most beautiful girl T had ever seen. She had red, curly hair hanging to her waist. She was looking around shyly trying to find anyone she might know. T walked up to her and cleared his throat quietly.
"Excuse me. Can I help you? Are you here for coffee? We are closed today for a wedding as you can see." T waved his hand toward all the guests.
The woman turned around and looked right into T's eyes. Shyly she said, "No I am here for the wedding." She smiled at T and in that instant he knew he was in trouble...BIG trouble.
"Ok so..um are you looking for your date or..?"
"No..no I am here for my Uncle Rick?"
"Your uncle is Rick? Really?"
"Yes, I am his niece Sarah..I was late getting in, my plane was delayed. He doesn't know I'm here. I got a seat at the last minute and didn't want to call him and interrupt his important day. I am hoping it'll be a nice surprise." She shrugged her shoulders. Then she spotted her Uncle on the dance floor. "Oh my! He looks so happy! He told me he was , but you know how you need to see for yourself that one of the most important people in your life is happy?"
"Yes, I understand what you mean. If I hadn't seen it for myself, and helped set them up myself, I would have done the same. My name is Tad by the way. Your uncle Rick is married to my Uncle Tim."
T held out his hand and Sarah turned to him with a big smile. Instead of shaking his hand she gave him a big hug. "So you are the guy who helped my Uncle find the love of his life! I am so happy to meet you!"
T wasn't a stupid man, he accepted the hug and closed his eyes because what he felt was very overwhelming to him.
"T are you going to introduce us?" Came a voice from to his right. T let go of Sarah and prepared himself for the ribbing he was sure he was going to get.
T turned to find Will and Sonny, arm in arm , standing there smiling at him.
"Sarah I would like you to meet my best friends Will Horton and his husband Sonny Kiriakis, guys this is Sarah, she's ..."
"Sarah! Oh I am so glad you could come!"
"Uncle Rick!" Sarah ran to her uncle and was folded into a tight hug. "I am so happy I could be here and meet your man." She winked at Tim.
"Hun this is my niece Sarah, I told you all about her."
Sarah chuckled and said "Don't believe everything he says, he is a little biased." She winked at Tim then hugged him too.
"It is very nice to meet you Sarah. I have heard only great things about you. Maybe a few of your more adventurous activities too." They all chuckled at that.
Meanwhile over in the corner T, Will and Sonny were talking softly.
"So T...Rick's niece hey? Very pretty don't you think?" Asked Sonny.
"Yes Sonny she is..very. Are you going to harass me all night about her or what?"
"Whoa! T hold on." Sonny steps back and REALLY looks at T , as he is staring at Sarah with her uncle and his . "I am not here to harass you , I was simply making a statement of fact. She is very beautiful. All that long curly, red hair and a sweet smile."
"T we can see that you really like her. We could see it from across the room. We came over to meet the woman who can make you go silent like that. You are NEVER quiet and we were curious that's all. We are your best friend's T, we want you to be happy."
"Guys...I'm sorry. I was just...she just..MAN! I have no clue what is going on but I think.." He looked at Sarah, then back at Will and Sonny, "I think I am in BIG trouble here guys and I need someone to talk to, can we go outside for a bit?"
"Yeah sure T. You know we're here for you." said Will.
"If we can help we will T, we love ya man you know that." Chimed in Sonny.
With one last look at Sarah, T turned and made his way to the door with Will ,holding Sonny's hand, followed him.
T stood outside, running his hands through his hair , then gripping the back of his neck , paced back and forth while Will and Sonny just watched him with pleased looks on their faces. If this worked out like they thought, T was not going to be single long. Will and Sonny had been hoping for a long time that T would find that special woman and from the looks of it, Sarah might be the one.
"Will, do you remember what you told me, after Sonny asked you to marry him and you hadn't said yes yet, and I asked you if you loved him and what it was like? You said it would happen for me and that I'd know?" T wasn't sure he was making any sense but at this point he was pretty sure Will understood, if going by the look on his face , that Sonny understood as well. At least SOMEONE understood cause he wasn't sure he even did. Wow! This was so freaky! How was it possible that a person could fall for a person at first sight? T had heard of it but never really believed it...but now? Now he wasn't so sure.
"T, yes I remember what I said to you. I see Sarah and your reaction to her is freaking you out a little bit. You need to take a deep breath, calm down and think things through. You don't know if she has a boyfriend or not, or married even. You need to find this out before it goes to far. You need to think with you brain right now. As tough as that may be." They all chuckled because T was not know for using his head when it came to woman. If he liked them he persued them and that was that. Now that he was knocked side ways by Sarah he needed to do things differently.
"Yeah I know Will. I understand here." he tapped his head. "But here," tapping his chest, "here it's a totally different story all together. I am at a total loss. But you are right I need to slow it down and get some info."
T turned to Sonny. "Sonny...buddy..pal? Could you maybe do me a small " T held his fingers very close together but not touching,"favor please? I will watch Ari so you guys can go on a date soon..promise if you do this..."
"T! .." Sonny was chuckling."just tell me what it is man, so I can do it."
"Oh yeah ok..sorry" T wiped his hands down his face. "Can you go ask my uncle Tim if he can come out here for a few minutes please? I don't want to go in there and make an idiot of myself in front of Sarah."
"Sure thing T." Sonny tapped T on the chest, smiled at his husband and went into the Club.
"T , now I think you need to be straight with your uncle, tell him what's going on. He'll help you all he can you know he will. But you will need to be upfront. Cause you know he will talk to Rick about this too."
"I know Will, I know. I'm trying to not make a big deal out of this but...it's a big deal..you know what I mean? I mean I just...Will..I have NEVER felt this way before and I am not sure which way is up. My God! Did you feel this way with Sonny all those years ago?'
"Yes I did T. Now you know what I was going through when you were having fun teasing me in the Horton Square, making it like pulling teeth to get the information about Sonny." Will simply smiled at T and pulled him into a hug. T hugged him back, grateful for the support.
*Meanwhile in Club TBD*
As Sarah and Rick watched Tim walk back outside with Sonny, Sarah turned to her Uncle.."So Uncle Rick...umm who is this Tad guy? What do you know about him?"
Rick took a step back, put his hands on hs niece's shoulders, looked into her eyes for a little bit and said. "Sarah? Do you like T, as in " like him like him" ?" He used his fingers to make quotation marks in the air teasing her.
"Uncle Rick? When was the last time I asked you about a guy? When I was 17? Do you remember what you said to me?"
"Yes I do, I told you not to waste your time on a guy unless you felt that "thing" we Parker's feel when we meet "the one" like I did when I met my Tim. Do you feel like that with T? You just met him sweetie."
"Uncle Rick? How long did it take you to know with Uncle Tim? I need to know everything you know about T please!"
From his own experience Rick knew not to mess with this. He knew his niece was dead serious and he was more than happy to tell all he knew about T.
"I met T a few years ago when he came in to buy a charm for a bracelet for Arianna."
"Arianna? Who is that? His girlfriend?"
"No," Rick chuckled. "But she does have him wrapped around her little finger. Do you remember meeting Will and Sonny earlier?"
"Yes, T said they are married?"
"Yes, they were the first gay couple to marry in Salem. Quite the big thing. In fact I sold those boys their rings. Their wedding, from what I hear was amazing. Anyway Will has a daughter Arianna Grace, from an ex girlfriend. It's a long story," Rick chuckled."Have T tell you about it. Anyway , Will's ex is in prison, again ask T, and so Will and Sonny are raising her. She is Will, Sonny and Gabi's daughter legally. So one day T came in looking for a charm for a bracelet she got for her first birthday. She will turn 2 soon so I am sure he will come in the store sometime in the next few weeks. T works here at Club TBD, he graduated with Will and is a great guy. Hasn't had a girlfriend in while . So no ex lurking who could cause trouble for you. " Rick winks at Sarah and she smiles, her eyes lighting up.
Rick looks over Sarah's shoulder and smiles. Soon Tim puts his arm around Rick, whispers in his ear. They excuse themselves and walk over to the cake. It's time to cut into the cake. Sarah suddenly feels like she is no longer alone. She slowly turns and sees T just standing behind her looking at her. He slowly smiles, and reaches for her hand. Sarah puts her hand in T's and let's him pull her towards the cake table.
"Hey I have been waiting all night for them to cut the cake." He whispers and gives her a grin and squeezes her hand as they watch their uncles cut the cake, feed it to each other and kiss.
"Ok enough of the mushy stuff. There are people here who need cake!" T teases from behind Sarah.
"In fact I have it in good authority that Sarah and I need cake and we need it now..right?" T winks at Sarah. She winks back, turns to her uncle and says. "It was a LONG flight and you know airline food is the worst!"
Rick and Tim start to laugh, as do the the rest of the people . "Far be it for us to make starving people wait for cake! Dig in! Just let us get out of the way." They quickly back away in dramatic fashion, much to the amusement of everyone.
T and Sarah pretend to lunge for the cake, both surprised how in sync they are. Tim and Rick look at them, then each other and grin.
T and Sarah are unaware of the talk going on around them . They are only aware of each other. After they grab their cake, napkins and forks, they sneak outside to one of the tables set up.
"Sarah, this may sound weird and I don't want to scare you but.."
"T, I think I know what you are going to say...go ahead. You won't scare me. " She squints at him and whispers. "I don't scare easily."
T chuckles and relaxes. "Ok what I was going to say is that, from the minute I met you, which was ," he looks at his watch, "an hour ago?, I have felt like I've known you for a long time. Does that make any sense to you?"
"Ok confession time T, I felt the same thing! I asked my uncle about you when you were out here with Tim and your friends . In fact I know all about the true love of your life..Miss Arianna Grace Horton?" Sarah smiled and watched T's face light up. "Now what I don't know and I think it is a VERY important detail is this..what is your last name?"
T started to chuckle, then stopped, looked her in the eye and with a seriousness that he doesn't show many said. " My name is Tad Stevens. People call me T. "
"Would you mind if I called you Tad? Make it special just between the two of us?"
T takes Sarah's hand in his and looks at her for the longest time. There is no awkward moment between them. "I would love that Sarah." T smiles and leans in for a kiss. Sarah meets him halfway.
Peeking through the doors, are four men, two younger and two older. All of them have huge smiles on their faces. They slowly let the door close, high five each other, then the grooms walk back to the dance floor, wrap themselves in each others arms and start to dance. The younger couple do the same. Soon the song Can I Have This Dance plays and everyone is on the floor. Soon the door opens and T and Sarah walk in, hand in hand. The go just off to the side, and start a dance that hopefully will lead to many more and an amazing future.
T and Sarah have been dating steady for 10 months. Shortly after her Uncle Rick's wedding, she moved to Salem and got a job as an R.N. at the hospital.
Sonny is behind the counter at Club TBD, T is almost done with his shift and excited to see Sarah. She has been working 12 hr shifts the last week and they haven't been able to see each other as much as they'd like. Today is her first day off in a while and they had big plans.
"T? Can you go into the supply room and get some more creamer and fill the containers before you clock out? I have to go meet Will and Ari and , as usual , I am running late?"
"Sure Sonny , no problem." T heads to the back.
Sonny hurries to the door and let's Sarah, Will, Rick and Tim into the Club , then hides them in the kitchen, while he goes and gets the balloons from his and Will's car.
T comes back with the creamers. As he fills the bins, behind his back Sarah walks up to him. Sonny sneaks back in and goes to the kitchen and waits for the cue.
T feels a soft breath on his neck and slowly turns around, to find Sarah standing there.
"Hey! I thought I was picking you up at 6?" He gives her a hug and kiss.
"Well I woke up early and thought I'd come get you. Is that ok?"
"Of course it is! I can leave now if you want?"
"Umm can we sit and talk for a minute? I have something kind of important to say and I think we need to sit down."
T , worried all of a sudden asks, "Is everyhing ok? Nothing bad happened at work did it?"
"No, everything is fine there Tad. Don't worry. It's...well it's about us."
"What? Did I do something wrong?"
"Well that depends on what happens next."
"What do you mean? Sarah you are freaking me out here. What's going on?"
Sarah pulls T to his feet, then gets down on one knee. To say he is surprised is a massive understatement!
"Tad Stevens, I love you so much. We have been together for almost a year and I knew right away that you were the one for me. Will you marry me?" Sarah holds up a box with a platinum band in it.
T , who is never at a loss for words is standing there looking like he has just been hit by a truck. Finally he snaps out of it, grabs Sarah, plants a big kiss on her, then he gets down on one knee, takes a box out of his pocket, opens it and says "I love you so much Sarah ! I will if you will !" The ring he bought her is in a platinum setting as well.
They both start to laugh because, once again, they have both had the same idea.
From the kitchen they hear Sonny yell.."Have you asked yet? Cause the natives are getting restless back here!"
T and Sarah, after exchanging rings , shout "Come on out guys..you'll never believe this!"
Out from the kitchen come Sonny with the balloons, Will with the cake and Rick and Tim holding a "Congratulations!" sign. After they explain what happened, and everyone gets quite the chuckle, cake is handed out and pictures are taken .
T and Sarah are off to the side whispering to each other. They smile and nod. T then heads over to Will and Sonny.
"T, we are SO happy for you! " Says Will with a nod from Sonny. The both give him a hug and a slap on the back, almost knocking him over.
"Thanks guys. I have a favor to ask." T says after he recovers from the slaps. All three grin at each other.
"Shoot what is it? You know Will and I would do anything for you." Will nods his head at his husbands words.
"Well ...can Ari be our flower girl?"
"She would love that T. She loves her Uncle T and Auntie Sarah." Sonny nods at Will's words and they both grin at each other.
"Ok . One more little favor." T gives the cute little squint he does .
"Will you guys be in our wedding? As Best Men? Sarah has two girlfriends she wants as Maid of Honors."
Sonny and Will both grab T and hugged the stuffing out of him. "I guess that's a yes then?"
"YES!" They shouted.
The boys hug and walk back to join the party.
T and Sarah, very much in love and now engaged, celebrate with the people who mean the most in the world to them.