New AN - Okay all, I've been making people cry with part 10 and it was suggested by Acer to include a Kleenex Warning. There's your warning.
First Impressions Part 11/11
Disclaimer - See part one for all important information
Harm looked at his mother in shock, not knowing what to say. The other men in the room looked at Trish, only Sturgis really knowing what was going on. Frank took the upper hand. "Gentleman, what do you say we give Trish and Harm a few minutes alone?" The three other men left the room with Frank.
"What are you doing here, Mom?"
Trish looked at Harm in his dress whites and smiled. "You look like your father." She took a ragged breath before continuing. "I realized last night I was acting like a stubborn old mule. I'm sorry for everything that has happened between us, Harm." Harm just looked at Trish, not really knowing what to say. "I never thought I would meet Sarah the way I did. I was hoping while Frank and I were visiting I would get you to admit you loved Mac. So when I found you in bed with Sarah, I knew I had to break you two up."
Harm laughed slightly. "I think you almost succeeded, but luckily Mac's more stubborn than you at times."
"I learned that. I could try to explain everything, but it would take too long."
Harm took one of Trish's hands. "You're here and that speaks more than words ever will."
"I really do like her, Harmon," Trish softly admitted.
"Mac or Sarah?"
"Me, too." Harm gently pulled Trish towards him and gave her a hug. "I love you, Mom."
"I love you, Harmon." Trish pulled out of the hug with tears in her eyes. "Now, I'm going to leave and see if the future Mrs. Rabb will talk to me."
Harm grinned. "I'm sure she will." Trish walked towards the door, "Mom."
"Tell her I love her."
Trish grinned. "Of course." She left the room and walked down the hall and saw Frank walking towards her. "Hi."
Frank kissed her lightly on the cheek. "Hi." He pointed to a door down the hallway. "That's where the bridal party is."
Trish looked at her husband for a minute. "You knew I would be here."
"We'll talk later." He kissed her cheek again and walked away.
Trish stood in front of the door and she heard some light laughter coming through the door. She took a deep breath and knocked.
"Yes?" Chloe asked as she opened the door.
Trish smiled at the teenager. "Can I talk to Mac?"
Chloe looked at the woman for a minute and was about to say something when Mac asked from the background. "Who is it, Chloe?"
Trish gave Chloe a slight smile as she opened the door wider and Trish walked into the room. Chloe closed the door behind her. Mac turned around and looked at the person who entered the room. She took a calming breath. "Mrs. Burnett."
Mac looked at Harriet, Chloe, and Little AJ. "Would you guys mind giving us a few minutes?"
Harriet looked at Trish, not fully understanding what was going on. "Sure, come on, Chloe, let's go see if everything is ready."
Chloe wanted to stay, but she looked at Mac and realized she had to go. "Okay." She took AJ's hand and they left the small room.
"We'll only be a few minutes," Mac said as they walked out.
Trish looked at Mac's classic white dress which fit her perfectly. "You look beautiful."
"I should be thanking you for making me realize what I was losing. I also need to explain myself to you." Mac opened her mouth to say something but Trish continued. "When Harm first told me about you eight years ago, I thought 'Now there's a girl that can tame him.' He never called you Sarah, always Mac. 'Mac this' or 'Mac that', he always talked about you. When I saw you and him together I wanted to break the two of you up, because you weren't Mac. I never gave you a chance, Sarah."
"You could have listened," Mac suggested.
Trish laughed at Mac's honesty. "I know. I wish I did. But I didn't, and I owe you an apology. I am sorry for everything I said to you. You deserve my respect."
Mac smiled at Trish. "I'm glad you're here, ma'am."
"So am I." Trish looked at Mac's dress. "You look beautiful."
"Thank you," Mac said with a shy smile. "Have you seen Harm?"
"I just saw him and you were right, he did need me here. He's more nervous than I was when I married his father and Frank combined." Trish reached for one of Mac's hands and held on to it. "He wanted me to tell you he loves you."
Mac's smile grew at those words. "I love him."
"I know." Trish said with a motherly smile. "Is your family here?"
"No." Mac said to her sadly.
"Why not?" Trish questioned.
Mac took a deep breath. "As I said in the letter, my mother left my father. The last time I saw her was when my father died. My only other blood relative is my uncle Matt and he is in Leavenworth. Chloe, the girl who opened the door, is my surrogate little sister."
"And she knows it." Mac laughed.
Trish took a deep breath. "Well, if your interested I'd be more then happy to be your mother-in-law."
"I'd like that a lot." Mac got teary eyed as she spoke her words.
"It does come with two conditions," Trish said hoping she wouldn't cry, yet. "One you have to marry my son."
"I can do that."
"And two you have to call me Mom."
"I can handle that," Mac said as they embraced.
"Mac?" Chloe said as she and Harriet opened the door slightly.
"Yes, Chloe," Mac said as Trish released her and gently wiped her eyes.
"You okay?" Chloe asked walking towards Mac and Trish.
"I'm fine. Chloe this is Trish Burnett, Harm's mother," Mac said to Chloe then she turned to Trish. "Mom, this is Chloe Madison, my little sister."
"Hi. Do you have bathtub pictures of Harm that Mac could use as blackmail?" Chloe shook Trish's hand, then she quickly added. "Never mind, Mac will probably take some new ones on the honeymoon."
"Chloe!" Mac said forcefully as everyone laughed.
"What?" Chloe said, pleased with herself that she was still able to pick on Mac about Harm.
Mac smiled at Chloe and turned her attention to Harriet. "This is Harriet Sims. Harriet, this is Trish, Harm's mother."
Harriet smiled. "It's a pleasure to meet you ma'am. And I'll take any blackmail that you have on your son."
Trish laughed. "I'll see what I have for both of you. It's very nice to meet both of you."
The women started to talk about different things as there was a knock at the door. Chloe answered the door to reveal Admiral Chegwidden. "Hi, admiral."
"Hello, Chloe, you look beautiful."
"Thanks." Chloe smiled.
AJ's jaw dropped when he saw Mac. "You look wonderful, Sarah."
"Thank you, sir." Mac looked at the women in the room. "It's time."
Harriet smiled. "Let's go get you married."
Trish looked at Mac. "Now, you know, if Harm doesn't treat you right you just tell me and I'll take care of him for you."
Everyone smiled at Trish's comment including, AJ who informed her, "I'm sure that threat will scare Harm more than the long line of Marines and JAG officers who have given him the same threat."
Trish kissed Mac's cheek. "Take care of my son for me," she whispered in Mac's ear.
"I will," Mac softly said.
Trish stepped toward the door when AJ said. "Ma'am, Jason Tiner will be showing you to your seat. He's waiting outside for you."
Trish smiled at AJ. "Thank you." Trish smiled at Mac one more time before she left the room.
Trish stood outside the Bridal Room and smiled at Tiner as he gave her a smile. "This way, Mrs. Burnett."
"Thank you, Jason," Trish said as she and Tiner walked into the church's alter for the ceremony.
"Ready, Sarah?" AJ asked as he and Mac watched Harriet make her way to the end of the aisle.
Mac looked to see Harm. Sturgis put his hand on Harm's arm to hold him back. Mac smiled at her future husband. "Yes, sir, I am."
"Let's go, Marine." AJ smiled as he and Mac started to walk towards Harm, the rest of the bridal party, and her future.
First off I want to thank everyone who left a message about the story. You guys and gals have been great. It's been fun posting a different story and getting a great variety of comments back. Big smiles and hugs to everyone.
Now some of you are wondering about the status of Till Death Does Us Part Chapter 3. Michi and I are working on it. The first 80 pages are with our wonderful and glorious beta-reader (we love you.). And we have just finished the next 80 pages and only have about 40 more to go. I'm calling it a small novel. Once our great beta-reader is done we will start posting. We will be very happy to start posting.....probably more then your guys.