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NATALIE: A month later!
My wedding day is tomorrow. I can't believe I am getting married in 24 hours. I would like to say I am excited but I'm not sure how I feel. It's not a big wedding like I would like but it's big enough for Max and myself. We're in Connecticut to get married on the beach. If I'm not having a big wedding than I want a beach wedding. In fact I never expected to get married while I was pregnant. I feel weird about it and since I'm pregnant I had to go with a simple white dress nothing really fancy. This is NOT the wedding I dreamed of. "Natalie," says Max as he comes out of the bathroom.
"Yes?" I say.
"Where's Angelina?" He asks.
"She's with John," I say. "John said they had some big project to do together. I'm not sure," I say. I really have no idea what John and Angelina are doing. They are working on some type of project. They have been working on it a lot lately. I'm not sure.
"Why is she with John?" he asks. "It's the night before our wedding Natalie," he says. "She should be with us. We have a rehearsal and I will not have her messing up our wedding tomorrow."
"She won't. John will have her back in time for our rehearsal. It will be okay. You're more stressed out than I am," I say.
"Well, you shouldn't be stressed out," he says as he touches my growing stomach. "Especially because of the baby you need to remain stress free for our little one."
"Yeah," I say. I feel so guilty about lying to him about the baby. I know it's not his. I know it's John's but with everything that happened with John and me I told Max it was his baby because I never thought John was going to come back like he did. I regret my decision once again. I don't know why I keep choosing the wrong road. I have got to find the right one soon. "I know. I'm trying."
"I know you are, Baby," he says. "So when do we find out if the baby is a girl or a boy?"
"In a couple weeks as long as it cooperates we should know," I say. I am really excited to find out what I'm having. I am hoping for another little girl but I have a strong feeling it's a boy. A boy would be cool too. I don't care as long as it is healthy.
"Great," he says with a smile. "I am so excited to be a father. I can't wait to meet my baby. Do you have any names in mind?"
"No not yet. I don't want to think about names until I know the sex," I say.
"Well, I was thinking about Maxwell Jr. for a boy," he says as he rubs my stomach.
"We will see," I say. I would rather not name my child after him. I just don't think that's a good idea especially since it really isn't his baby.
"We'll work on it," he says, "so why is Angelina with John again?" he asks as he walks over to the bed and sits down.
"I don't know they are working on some project," I say.
"They have been spending a lot of time together," he says. "I mean a lot of time together."
"Well, Max, John is her father. I think they are entitled to spend time together."
"Yeah but why did he move to Hershey?" he asks. "He doesn't need to be in the same place as us."
"He moved to Hershey to be closer to Angelina. He is looking for a place in New York," I say. I think it's great that John wants to be in Angelina's life and I'm glad they are getting along so well and spending so much time together.
"What? Why? That's so convenient," he says. I know Max isn't happy with all the time John has been spending with Angelina but I think he's being ridiculous.
"Because he wants to be near her and he wants to be in her life," I say. "He is her father."
"I know but I just feel like he's trying to get closer to you," he says.
"John and I are friends, Max. That's it. I'm marrying you tomorrow aren't I?"
"Yes but John being so close makes me nervous," he says. "The guy hates me."
"Are you threatened by him?" I ask.
"No," he says quickly but his answer lacks confidence. I'm pretty sure Max is threatened by him. "He hates me, Natalie."
"I wonder why. Could it be that you have beat the crap out of me numerous times?"
"But I've changed," he says.
"He still doesn't trust you," I say.
"Well, I don't trust him," he says. "I don't like him, Nat."
"Well, you better get used to him because he's Angelina's father and he is going to be around forever," I say. This is the truth. John will always be around whether Max likes it or not. I don't know I never thought about it but what if this baby looks like John too. How am I going to hide that one? The truth will be out. John will surely figure it out way before Max does. I don't know. I need to do something.
"But did you need to invite him to our wedding, Nat?" Max was really against me inviting John to the wedding but I wanted to. John is one of my best friends. I wanted him to be here to see me get married.
"He's one of my best friends," I say.
"You slept with him? Would you be happy if I invited Callie to the wedding?"
"Callie is entirely different. Why would you bring her up?" I hate when he brings Callie up it hits a sore spot especially since he was sleeping with her behind my back and I'm even more upset that she still works for him.
"But it's the same thing. You wouldn't want her here so I don't want John here," he says.
"Well, he is here and he will always be here," I say.
"I don't like it, Natalie," he says.
"Okay," I say, "but there's nothing you can do about it now."
"I know but you need to learn inviting an ex-lover to your wedding is not appropriate."
"I don't know why you care. You got me in the end didn't you?" I ask. Obviously I am lacking in some major self- esteem issues. I'm talking about myself like I am some prize to be won. I am a woman not a prize.
"Yes I did," he says with a smile.
"So don't worry," I say.
"I'm not," he says with a smile. "In 24 hours you'll be Mrs. Maxwell Winters."
"I know," I say but the guilt is eating me alive but I'm going to go ahead with this wedding.
A couple hours later I pick Angelina up from John's hotel room. "Hey, Nat," he says as he answers the door. "Come in."
"Thanks," I say as I walk in the door. He shuts it behind me. "So what did you two do? What's this big project?"
"It's a surprise, Mommy," says Angelina.
"Okay," I say. "I love surprises."
"You'll love this one," she says with a smile.
"I'm sure I will," I say with a smile.
"So are you excited for your wedding tomorrow?" asks John.
"I guess," I say. "I'm excited as I can be."
"Well, you two will be very happy together. You two have that lovely little baby coming when is it coming again?" he asks.
"January 15th," I say. "I'm sure we will be happy."
"I just hope you don't make a mistake," says John. "You know like I did because divorces are a bitch."
"Yeah, Mommy, divorces are a bitch," says Angelina and I feel like my heart jumped into my throat at her wording.
"Angelina Kate," I say. "That is not appropriate."
"I'm sorry," she says.
"My bad," says John. "It's my fault. I shouldn't use that language in front of her. I'm sorry."
"It's okay," I say. "Well, Miss Angelina, we need to go to rehearse for the wedding so you know what to do tomorrow."
"I know what to do," she says.
"But you still need to practice. Max wants the wedding to be perfect," I say.
"Of course he does," says John. "I'm sure Angelina knows just what to do. Right, Angelina?"
"Right," she says with a smile. It's almost a devilish smile and I know they are up to something but I don't know what.
"It will be a wedding no one will ever forget," says John.
"I hope so," I say. "Bye, John."
"Bye, Daddy," says Angelina as she runs over to hug her dad.
"Bye, Princess," he says before whispering in her ear. She nods and then runs back to me. I hope they aren't going to do something to stop my wedding or cause a problem at my wedding but I know they are definitely up to something.
*A/N: So what did you think? Please review and thank-you for reading.