Writer’s Digest Creative Writing Prompt: The Wedding Pawn
You are about to get married at the wedding ceremony of your dreams. Absolutely everything has gone perfectly, until the best man says that he pawned the ring a couple of days ago. Write this scene.
“Bad luck to see the bride!” Carla screamed out as she dove behind the changing screen.
“Too late for that,” Maya replied, but chuckled at the duality of the statement.
Carla thought for a moment before sticking her head out from behind the screen. She first gave a happy sigh and smiled as her eyes fell on Maya’s dress, but then shook her head and pulled herself back to the moment. “What do you mean ‘too late’?”
“I mean I need you to come out here and sit down,” Maya said pulling her out from her hiding place and sitting her down firmly in an overstuffed chair. “Now listen, I have good news and I have bad news…”
“You’re backing out on me, aren’t you,” Carla said, already prepared for the worst.
“Don’t be daft,” Maya said and kissed her forehead. “But we don’t have rings.”
Carla blinked a few times as her mind turned those words over. Then she set her jaw and folded her arms. “What do you mean we don’t have rings? I’ve seen them, we bought them together!”
“Yes… and… a few days ago, Jason pawned them at-” Maya caught Carla around her waist as she stood up, eyes focused on the fire axe beside the emergency exit. “No no no! Wait, let me explain!”
“Explain, what’s there to-” Carla narrowed her eyes. “You knew about this, didn’t you?”
“Look, I asked him to, but-”
“HOW COULD YOU DO THAT?” Carla screamed.
Maya wrapped her arms around her, speaking softly. “Carla, they’re just rings, they’re just symbols.”
“Yes, symbols of our marriage!” Carla wiggled out of Maya’s arms. “What are we going to do when we’re told to exchange rings? Stand there exchanging significant glances and tell her to get on with it? God, Maya!”
Maya sighed. “Okay, look, I know I should have told you earlier, I was hoping we’d have them back by now.”
Carla wiped at her eyes, trying desperately not to smear her makeup. “Dare I even ask what the good news is, then?”
“Actually…” Maya laughed nervously. “That wasn’t the bad news.”
Carla gaped. “There’s something worse?”
“Yeah, see, about that. The bad news was supposed to be we hocked the rings to bail your dad out and then he’d get them back out, right? Well, now the good news is your dad is out, but the bad news is he skipped town, so…”
“He isn’t walking me down the aisle,” Carla finished, sinking back into the chair, tears dripping down her cheeks now.
“But hey, I have these.” Maya held up two rings.
Carla took one and looked at it. “Those are from a quarter machine, aren’t they?”
“Maybe, but look, no one will know from a distance, will they?” Maya took Carla’s hand and tried her best to smile, wiping her fiancé’s tears away. “We’ll slip these on and in a few weeks we’ll get the real ones back, and-”
“And my dad isn’t coming to my wedding.”
Just then the door flew open and in came Carla’s father, looking like – well, frankly, looking like he’d just been on the run from police for three days. Jason was close behind him.
Carla stammered for words. “But I thought you-”
“Hey, honey! I’m sorry I’m late,” her father said. Carla jumped up to hug him but he demurred. “Don’t want to get that dress dirty, not with what we paid for it. Look, you know I wouldn’t miss this day for anything.”
“Oh, Daddy!” Carla was outright crying now, and making no effort to control it.
“Maya, these are for you,” he said, holding out his hand. Into her palm dropped two perfect diamond rings. “Sorry for all this.”
“Thank you, George.” They shook hands and Maya slipped the rings into her pocket.
“Alright, good,” George said. “Look, I’m going to get cleaned up.”
“I love you, Daddy!” Carla said, taking her father’s hands.
He smiled and kissed her cheek. “I love you, too.”
Jason gave his arm a tug. “Come on, old man. Leave Sis to clean up her face, we need to be in place in five!”
The two men left to get George presentable. Maya helped fix Carla’s makeup, and in five minutes, everyone was ready to go. Just before Maya left to take her place at the end of the aisle, Carla kissed her softly and said, “This… this is why I love you so much.”
“I know, sweetie,” Maya replied. “Now come on, we’ll have to bail my mom out after the ceremony.”