Chapter 4

Olga stood in the bridal room on the second floor of the Church all decked out in her wedding dress. She stared at herself like a Zombie. She hadn't slept a wink last night she had spent most of the night pacing in her quarters trying to sort things out in her head. Trying to figure out why Frank's gift and letter had affected her so much. Now she stood there just an hour away from walking down the aisle to pledge her life to William Guthrie.

Walking over to the table she sank into a chair and sat there looking at the cheap dime store wedding ring that that she had worn when she was married to Frank, and that she had been clutching in her hand all morning. Suddenly a knock at the door jarred her out of the thoughts. She went to the door and opened it to find Svetlana standing there.

"Olga," she said, "Are you Okay," Olga was a bit startled at the question.

"Of course I'm alright," she said forcing a smile, but Svetlana just gave her a knowing look.

"Sis," she said, "You're a lousy liar." Olga's shoulders sagged then suddenly she grabbed Svetlana and pulled into the room shutting the door behind her.

"You're right something is bothering me," she said, "and I've to talk to someone about it before I go crazy!"

Olga and Svetlana sat down at the table. Olga took a deep breath before beginning.

"Svetlana," she said, "For the last three days I've been married to Frank Parker."

"WHAT!" Svetlana squealed with delight, "that's wonderful!" Olga clamped a hand over Svetlana's mouth,

"Quiet!" said Olga, "We can't let anyone else find out. The whole thing was an accident anyway."

Svetlana looked puzzled,

"What do you mean it was an accident?"

"Three days ago Frank took me to the dentist to have a wisdom tooth removed. Even though I'm a doctor you know that I'm still a little nervous about going under the knife myself so I asked Frank to stay in the room with me. The next thing I remember was waking up in the Honeymoon suite of the royal palms hotel with a husband and a headache. Apparently the nitrous oxide tank sprung a leak and Frank and I got jazzed up on Laughing gas and painted the town. We closed down two casinos and finished off the evening by getting married."

Svetlana smiled,

"That's actually pretty romantic in a strange sort of way." Olga resisted the urge to smile but failed.

"Yeah I guess it is in an off beat sort of way," she said, "the problem is that everything is back on track now and I should be happy, but I'm not."

"Well," said Svetlana, "Maybe your heart is trying to tell you something but your head won't listen."

"Like what," asked Olga

Like maybe that you're really in love with Frank Parker and you're too bull-headed to admit it." Thought Svetlana out loud she said,

"I think that is something that you'll have to figure out for yourself." With that Svetlana stood up and left the room. Olga stood up and began to pace the floor again she was just walking past the window when she heard voices down below. She pulled the shade back and looked down to see Frank and Donovan standing at the side entrance.

Donovan shook his head,

"Frank," he said, "I can't believe that you are just going to stand by and let Olga marry some other guy!"

"I want Olga to be happy," said Frank "that is what is important to me I'm willing to do without what I want just as long as she has what she wants. Besides how could I compete with William Guthrie? He can give her the world. All she would get from me is the devotion and love of a half crazy chrononaut there is no contest." With that Frank turned and walked down to the corner to hail a taxi cab he had a marriage to annul. Donovan stood there and watched Frank go then she shook his head and walked back into the church. Nether one then saw the drapes of the upstairs window flutter back into place.

Olga stood in front of the mirror and looked at herself all decked out in her wedding gown.

"What am I doing?" she said to herself. She turned away from the mirror and as she did she caught sight of the wedding ring that Frank had given her as it lay there on the table. She looked at it for several seconds then suddenly she whipped off her Veil and head for the door scooping up the ring as she ran.

Svetlana was passing by a window when a flurry of movement caught the corner of her eye. She turned and looked out the window just in time to see Olga piling herself into a taxi cab. A wide smile crossed her face.

"Good for you sis," she said to herself.

Zero Hour, the organ began playing "Here Comes the Bride" and everybody stood and turned toward the aisle as the doors at the rear of the church opened. No one was there. Suddenly one of the ushers came running in.

"The Bride and the maid of honor are both gone!" a gasp rippled through the congregation.

"Where could Olga have gone?" whispered Ramsey

"I don't kn-," began Donovan, then suddenly he stopped short and a wide smile spread across his face. Ramsey looked and the grin on Donovan's face and a look of realization flashed across his face.

"OH NO!"

Frank stepped through the doors of the courthouse and out onto the street. The deed was done and Olga was now free to marry Guthrie. Frank gave a heavy sigh and stared down the steps he got about half down as stopped short there at the bottom of the steps stood Olga wedding dress and all.

"You were right Frank," she said, "There is no contest between you and William." She bounded up the stairs and threw her arms around Frank.

"I'd take the devotion and love of a half crazy Chrononaut over the world any day of the week. I want to spend the rest of my life with you!" Frank didn't say anything he just clutched Olga to him for several seconds. Finally Frank broke the silence.

"If I had known this would happen I wouldn't have gotten that annulment."

Olga just smiled,

"That's easy enough to fix," she said Olga turned around and grabbed a justice of the peace that she saw walking down the steps of the courthouse.

"Excuse me," she said, "would you marry us?" The justice looked more than a little surprised but finally he broke into a smile.

"Sure," he said, He reached into his brief case and pulled out a small black Bible.

"Wait," said another voice, Frank and Olga turned to see Svetlana, Donovan and the rest of the NNL crew hurrying up to the courthouse and up to where they were standing.

"What are you doing here?" asked Olga,

"You didn't think that I would let you get married without your maid of honor, did you?" Replied Svetlana with a smile,

"You need a Best Man too," said Donovan Olga pulled out the ring and handed it to Donovan.

"Here," she whispered, "Give it to Frank when he's ready for it." Frank Handed his ring to Svetlana and told here to do the same.

"Okay," said the Justice when everything was ready, "Since I have no intention of missing dinner I'll give you the short version." He turned to Olga.

"Do you Olga Oksana Vukavitch take this man to be your lawfully wedded husband? Give him the ring." The judge added in a whisper.

"I do." replied Olga as she slipped the ring on to Frank's finger

The Justice turned to Frank and said,

"Do you Franklin Bartholomew Parker take this woman to be your lawfully wedded wife?"

"I do." said Frank as he slipped the ring on Olga's finger.

"By the power vested in me," said the Justice, "I now pronounce you man and Wife!" Olga and Frank stood there beaming at each other until the judge whispered,

"This is the part where you kiss her son." Frank shook himself out of his daze and leaning forward brushed his lips across hers.

Olga thanked the judge and then grabbed Frank by the hand pulled him to the corner where she flagged down a taxi. Meanwhile Ramsey was shelling out two hundred bucks to a smirking Donovan and Svetlana.

"Where are we going?" asked Frank as the taxi drove out of sight of the courthouse.

"To the honeymoon suite of the Royal Palms Hotel," Replied Olga, "I want a honeymoon that I can remember!"

"Do you think you're woman enough for the likes of me?" quipped Frank

"Listen, buster," said Olga with a wicked gleam in her eye, "when I get through with you, you won't be able to walk straight for a week."

THE END