This is set around the middle of the 29th's episode, if you can't tell. I don't know how long it will be, and I probably won't update as often as I did with If I Had Known, but there won't be long spaces inbetween. I'm an impatient person myself so I want to know what's going to happen as much as anyone else. I know Jen and Sami probably wouldn't fall into a friendship this fast, but it's my story and I don't feel like dragging it out, so sue me. On second thought, don't, I have nothing worth the effort lol. Besides, Lumi need some ppl in their corner. I guess that's enough of me, on with the story.
"You know what? I have an idea. You know, maybe- maybe we could share the wedding. We could have a double ceremony, we could be each other's maid and matron of honor, and my dad said he wants to walk me down the aisle. He's determined to be back up on his feet, you know, in order to give me away, and maybe he can walk you down the aisle, too, Sami. He is your stepfather, after all."
Sami stared at her little sister in disbelief, then turned and walked out of the loft without another word. She was just about to push the elevator button when Lucas grabbed her arm, turning her to face him.
"Sami, where are you going? We were discussing something."
"No, Lucas, we weren't discussing anything! You three were telling me what was going to happen. There was no discussion involved, unless it happened before I got there."
"Look, this is a bad situation, but couldn't we at least consider Belle's suggestion."
"I can't believe you! Have you ever listened to a single word I've ever said? It will be a cold day in hell when John Black walks me down the aisle," holding back tears, she angrily wrenched her arm out of his grasp and jabbed the down button, "Come find me when you actually think our wedding is important."
With that she stalked in to the elevator, leaving a dumbfounded Lucas staring after her as the doors closed.
Sami walked down her hallway, digging for her keys in her purse. She stopped short at the sight of a petite blonde knocking on Lucas's door.
"He's not there, Jen."
"Oh," Jennifer turned to face Sami and head to the elevator, but something in the slightly younger woman's face stopped her. Her mouth was set in a firm frown; her eyes were tinged red and puffy from crying. Normally Jen would have attributed this to another Sami tantrum, but there was something unmistakably sad in her aspect. She couldn't stop herself, "Is something wrong?"
"Like you would care if there was," she huffed.
She headed to her door, unlocked it and went in. Instead of walking away like she ordinarily would have, Jen followed Sami inside. She couldn't remember the last time she'd been in this apartment, probably not since Carrie had moved out. It was much more maturely decorated now. It went from a jumbled dorm-like space to a sensible home for a young mother. Sami was busy in the small kitchen, evidently making herself tea.
"Look, I know we haven't exactly been friends in the past, but you're marrying my brother and you're obviously upset about something. I'd like to help."
Sami looked at Jennifer, tempted to take her up on her offer to talk. Maybe it was just that she was tired of fighting with everyone all the time. Or maybe the need to talk, no matter who was listening was too overpowering to hold back. Whatever it was, Sami found herself offering Jen a cup and sitting next to her on the couch.
Jen waited patiently for Sami to start, but she just sat stirring her tea distractedly and looking down at her lap, blonde hair creating a veil to hide her face. Another minute of silence passed as Jen sipped, getting slightly impatient. "Well?" she prompted gently, trying to give Sami an opening.
Nervously she tucked her hair behind her ears and looked up at Jen, "I don't know where to start."
"The beginning's always a good place. Is it my brother, is he being stupid?"
"No, it's not Lucas. Well it is, but only in a roundabout way," seeing Jen's encouraging smile she continued, "You see, our wedding is supposed to be in about two weeks, on December 15th. I've been planning this wedding since August, or if you want to look at it realistically, it's been planned since I was at least five. Now Belle and Philip are engaged, and Philip's been called out on active duty. They plan on getting married before he ships out, on December 15th. They say it's the only possible day and that's ridiculous because there are so many other options. That's not even the issue. They just assumed I'd deal with it. They didn't talk to me about it, they didn't ask, they just went on like it was no big deal. Then they got upset with me because I was angry that my wedding had been basically pre-empted without warning.
If they had just talked to me first we could've worked something out, but because it's me they didn't even bother. Then Belle had the nerve to suggest a double wedding where John would walk us both down the aisle, John! So I left. I mean I might as well have asked Kate to give me away, it would be like the same thing. Lucas took his brother's side, which I guess I can understand since his little brother is going off to war, but is it so much to ask that my fiancé at least try to see my point of view."
Finally, Sami took a break from her rant and looked up expectantly at Jennifer. When she didn't offer anything it shredded the last bit of patience she had.
"So, come on, yell at me. Tell me I'm being selfish and I don't deserve a guy like Lucas. Tell me I'm ruining Belle's special day. Come on, I'm waiting."
"This is probably going to surprise you, but I agree with you. Belle is being completely selfish and inconsiderate."
"I knew you wouldn't se… wait, you agree with me?"
"Definitely. I know, no matter what the circumstances, if someone tried to steal my wedding day to Jack last summer I would have clawed their eyes out. Your wedding day is one of the most important days of your life and they completely ignored that and your feelings all together."
"Thank you! Why is it that you, a person who doesn't even like me, gets my point better than my own sister? She was the one sister I actually liked, too. You know, the worst part is, if things were reversed and I had tried to take Belle's wedding day the whole town would have been attacking me right now."
Jennifer was astonished at how normal Sami made that sound, it was like she was used to it. With shame she realized how true that last sentence was, everyone would blame Sami, herself included. She probably was used to it.With newfound determination she decided that this was going to change. Jack had valued Sami's friendship and Lucas was head-over-heels in love with her, she obviously had some redeeming qualities once you got past the walls she put up. She turned to her with a smile brought from her new project.
"Start thinking, Sami, we have to find a way to fix this."
"Yes, we. Now the immature side of me wants to suggest you run away to Colorado and refuse to come home until they apologize and beg you to come back."
A ghost of a smile passed on Sami's face, "That might not be the best idea."
"Yeah, maybe not, but I know what is."
"What?" a real smile almost showed up this time.
"I say be the bigger person," she held up a hand to silence Sami's indignant interruption, "Go to the apartment and tell Belle what you think, and then give her the day anyway. You can refuse to go to the ceremony and reception, for the sake of payback. I bet we can get a few other people to join in. After that we'll figure out what to do next, for your wedding."
"How can I just give her the day? That would be like backing down from a fight, I've never backed down from a challenge before, ever."
"It's not the same, you can choose to loose the battle, but you can win the war. They expected you to react the way you did, show them how wrong they can be. Rub it in their faces a little that they can't keep you down."
Sami smirked, "I think I like the way you think," then a mischievous sparkle came to her eyes, "but what about Lucas? Don't you think he needs to be punished for siding against me?"
Jen laughed, amazed again by how easy it was to be friendly with Sami, "You could always refuse to fulfill your wifely duties until you're actually his wife."
"That might be too cruel. If it lasted for more than a week I think his head might explode."
Sami turned to Jen as she bit back a laugh. They met each other's eyes and both burst out laughing.
"I didn't mean it like that!" she tried to get out through hysterical laughter, shocked at goody-goody Jennifer's turn of mind. Finally, they both calmed. "Who knew Jennifer Deveraux had such a dirty mind."
"Eww, please don't connect my dirty mind to my brother ever again. Now let's go to the loft, I'm a little excited at the prospect of seeing Kate and Belle's faces. I'm getting impatient."
"Are you sure you want to help me? I mean with Jack missing, plus Abby and the baby to take care of it mi…"
"This is probably the most fun I've had since we came home. It's taking my mind off things. Trust me, I want to do this."
Sami's smile was completely genuine now, "Then let's go."
"Alright, but I'm driving. I've heard Lucas's horror stories."
"Oh, he is soo going to get punished."
Their laughter echoed down the hallways as they left.
The part with the dirty mind, well I just couldn't find a way to work that sentence so that it didn't sound dirty to me. Maybe it didn't sound like that to you, who knows?