Forever and Always

He can’t help but smile as he watched his wife’s sleeping form on the bed they had shared for fifty years now. She was his angel, his shining star in the dark night. Katherine was his world and he loved her more than life itself.

“Wow,” he whispered to himself. “Fifty years.”

Aging did her well. Yes, her face may have changed and was now marked with lines and creases from old age but she was still the most beautiful thing in his eyes. She will always be the most beautiful thing in his eyes.

Richard remembered their wedding day like it was yesterday. He was nervous to the point that he almost peed his pants while waiting for her in the church. His best man and best friend who also happened to be her brother, Ted, kept on laughing at him.

“Relax, man,” Ted said, patting him on the back. “She’ll be here any minute now.”

And she did come five minutes later. He watched as the whole entourage walked down the aisle. He listened to every note from the song. He memorized every tiny detail and committed them to memory. Kathy did a great job planning their wedding. It was exactly like that fairytale wedding she wanted and he worked his ass off for over a year and a half just to give it to her. But all the hard work and sleepless nights were all worth it.

Finally, he saw her at the other end of the aisle. And God help him, she was breathtakingly beautiful. She looked up the moment those double doors opened.

Their eyes met.

His heart jumped out of his chest.

She smiled.

He smiled back and fell more in love with his bride.

I’m such a lucky man, he thought to himself as he watched the love of his life walk down the aisle towards him.

“And I vow, with all my heart and soul,” he looked at her eyes as he slid the ring in place. “To cherish and love you, forever and always, until my last breath.”

It was the happiest day of his life. She became his wife. They were finally one in the eyes of God and man. And they both promised to love each other for all of eternity. For fifty years, he found himself loving Katherine more and more each passing days.

Richard bent down and pressed his lips to his wife’s forehead for the last time.

Katherine stirred in her sleep but didn’t wake up.

“I love you,” he whispered to her ear. And he vanished into thin air as Death claimed his soul.

True to his words, he still loved her even after his final breath.


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