*Previously on Crazy Stalker Love– Read Chapter 16 HERE
It’s Hunter’s Wedding day and everyone has arrived at the Church. On a day like today, you’d think the sun would be shining, but it was as if Mother Nature knew there was someone not being so honest with his heart. The day was gloomy, an overcast hovering, and a mist that made it all feel wrong.
Piper smiles at her brother as she fixes his tie, her eyes begin to water.
“Hey, what’s wrong?” Hunter asks, worried.
“Nothing. I’m just really happy for you. I just…” she shakes her head as she wipes away a fallen tear. “Never mind,” she adds huffing at herself.
“You just thought I’d be marrying Henley?” he asks looking at her knowingly.
“Yes! I’m sorry. I know I shouldn’t be bringing this up, it’s just even after all these years of hating being caught in between you two, I still deep down always thought you’d end up together. I’m sorry.” she says looking away.
“Hey it’s okay. For a long time I thought that too. But it was time to move on, ya know? I will always care for Henley. A part of me will always love her. I mean after everything we’ve been through, how could I not? But I just wasn’t what she wanted anymore. And it was time for me to finally accept that. She’s actually been incredibly supportive.”
“Would you expect anything less?”
“Of course not, that woman’s amazing.”
“Don’t you ever forget it,” Piper says smiling.
Hunter laughs, “I couldn’t if I tried.”
“I should actually double check on her, I told her to text when she got here. I haven’t heard from her all day.”
“You mean you didn’t do your usual best friend morning check in?” he says with an exaggerated gasp.
“Well no, I didn’t have time what with my brother being such a needy groom. Gosh…,” she says sarcastically.
“I love you Pipe,” he says hugging her, “thanks for always having my back.”
“Anytime, love you,” she says smiling, “I’ll see you in a bit.”
“Ok,” Hunter says smiling as she shuts the door behind her allowing Hunter a minute to reflect, alone.
He looks at himself in the mirror, and straightens out his tux as a memory of Henley laughing and pulling him into a kiss zaps into his brain like lightning.
“You love Elena, Hunter. You love her and she loves you. She’s good for you.” he says willing himself to believe.
Piper steps out of the church as she holds her cellphone pressed to her ear.
“Hey you’ve reached Henley, I can’t come to the phone right now, but-oh well it’s 2019 I’d be surprised if you haven’t hung up already…just text me, and I’ll get back to you soon!”
“Henley, it’s me. I’m getting a little worried because I haven’t heard from you all day. I just wanted to make sure you were okay. I know this isn’t exactly the easiest day for you. Trust me, I feel it too. Anyway, I love you. I hope you’re on your way. See you soon.”
Parker walks out of the church doors over to Piper.
“Hey no word?”
“No, I just keep getting her voice mail.”
“I know you don’t want to hear this, but do you think maybe just maybe… she just decided not to come.”
“I mean I know it’s been hard on her, but she told Hunter she’d be here. She wouldn’t break that promise. I don’t know babe, I’m starting to really worry.”
Parker rubs her shoulders trying to calm her.
Leo steps out.
“Just out of curiosity, what’s the hold up?” He says with a small smirk “we have some antsy guests in there.”
“Henley isn’t here yet.”
“Oh, well do you think maybe she just decided not to come. I mean to be honest, I can’t say I would blame her. I certainly wouldn’t want to watch my ex get married.”
“Yes, she was struggling a bit, but she told Hunter she’d be here. She told me she’d be here. This isn’t like her.”
“Well maybe she’s stuck in traffic, keep trying her, I’ll stall.” Leo says.
“Thanks Leo,” Piper says handing her phone to Parker, “keep trying, I need to go check on my brother.”
Parker nods taking the phone.
“Hey,” he says grabbing her hand, “this isn’t your job to fix everything okay, just take a breath. Everything’s gonna be ok.” Piper squeezes his hand and sighs.
“Thank you, I needed that,” she says smiling up at her husband.
He smirks, “Anytime.”
“I love you,” she says placing a kiss on his lips.
“I love you,” he smiles as she starts to walk back into the church.
“Hey, just in case I didn’t get to tell you yet, You look sexy as hell Mrs. Nash.” He says smirking at his wife.
Piper smiles as she walks back toward him, “that just earned you an extra kiss,” she says kissing him passionately.
Parker smirks against her lips as he cups her face, deepening their next kiss.
“I don’t know how I’d get through any of this without you,” she says looking up at him.
Parker smirks, “Well, lucky for you, I’m not going anywhere,” he says kissing her forehead as he taps her butt, shooing her back into the church. Piper smiles at him as she walks through the church doors. Parker sets to dialing Henley again.
Hunter stands in the groom’s suite laughing with his groomsmen.
“All decent boys?” Piper says walking in.
They all laugh.
“Uh do you all mind if I have a word with my brother?”
They all nod and start to file out.
“What’s up?” He says turning to her.
“So weird thing, Henley’s not here yet. And I tried calling her a hunch of times, left a message and nothing…”
“Oh…” he trails off and looks away. “I guess she decided she didn’t wanna come.”
“Why is everyone saying that! No. This may not be her favorite situation ever, but she promised you she’d be here. You know Henley, she keeps her word.”
“Look I know that you want to believe that she could rise above this and be here but maybe she felt she couldn’t. You know, I get that this is hard for her. I don’t blame her. I just wish she could have been honest with me. I really wanted her here.”
“Why?” Piper asks.
“Why does everyone keep asking me that! Henley is my friend. I spent my whole life, loving her. And she’s the reason why I can even have a relationship. She’s important to me, that’s why I wanted her here.”
“So if you honestly believe all that, do you really in your heart believe that she wouldn’t be here for you?”
“Ok…so then what, what are you trying say?”
“I think something’s wrong, Hunter. And not like flat tire wrong. Like wrong. Henley and I always check in. Always. You know this. And I haven’t heard from her since last night. I just, I have bad feeling. I can’t explain it.”
“Piper, are you serious? I know you and Henley think you have this weird best friend twin like connection. But I honestly think you’re just really stressed and it’s an emotional day…”
“You know what fine! No one believes me! Out of all people I would think that you would understand! You are the only one who knows her as well as I do. This is not like her. She loves you, so much. She knew you wanted her here. She wouldn’t just not show up. At least not without letting us know. And it’s really sad that you are this avoidant because you can’t stomach the fact that you’re marrying the wrong woman.”
Hunter’s face falls as he turns to look at his sister.
“Wow. So there it is. You know I’ve been waiting for you to drop that bomb on me this whole time. I just didn’t think it’d be on my wedding day. Are you insane Piper?”
“Are you? How can you stand here all calm and collected when you know deep down you are making a HUGE mistake. I love you, but this just isn’t right. None of it.”
“I can’t believe you’re doing this right now! Piper this is my wedding day!”
The TV in the corner that’s on a low hum cuts through their words.
The New York Police Department has just released a statement…one of their prisoners has recently escaped. Gregory Miller, otherwise known as Blake Finley.
To be continued…
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