“So how is Joshua doing?” Janine asked as she scanned through the different racks of wedding dresses.
“Better.” Hayley nodded, her fingers gracing the fabrics of the different dresses. “He’s cuts are finally heeling and his bruises are starting to fade.”
“Well that’s good.” Janine smiled. “Considering your wedding is in a little more than a week.”
“Yea…” Hayley sighed as she started to grab some dresses.
“You don’t sound too excited.” Janine frowned as she glanced up at Hayley.
“I’m excited.” Hayley lied, placing a weak smile on her lips.
“Hmmm…” Janine mumbled as she started walking towards the dressing rooms.
Hayley took a deep breath before grabbing another dress and laying it over her arm. She could tell that Janine knew she was lying. Her future mother-in-laws eyes were trained on her every movement as she started her walk towards the dressing rooms. Hayley smiled softly as she took the dresses out of Janine’s hand and walked towards the open dressing room. She stared at her reflection in the mirror and sighed as he fingers traced the bags that rested underneath her eyes. Ever since Josh got back from the hospital a week ago, every night was laced with countless tossing and turning all with the thoughts running through her head. With a small sigh, Hayley lifted her arms up and took off the dress that Janine placed on her bed earlier this morning.
“Honey?” Janine called as she sat down on the small ottoman that rested near the 360 mirror.
“Yea?” Hayley called back as she unzipped the back of the first dress.
“How are you and Joshua doing?”
“What?” Hayley laughed, her head finally finding it’s way out of all the white chiffon.
“How are you and Joshua doing?” Janine repeated.
“Fine.” Hayley replied quickly.
“Now I may not be your mother but I can tell when someone is lying.”
“We’re fine.” Hayley sighed as she walked out of the dressing room and stopped in front of Janine. “Can you zip me?”
“Honey, you can tell me anything. My lips are sealed.” Janine smiled softly as she fastened the back of the dress.
“You promise?” Hayley asked as she stood in front the mirror, smoothing out the front of her dress.
“I promise.” Janine grinned as she took in Hayley. “And since I’m going to be telling you the truth and all, this is not the dress.”
Hayley laughed and nodded her head as she turned slightly to the left. “It isn’t is it?”
“Honey, your hips looks huge in this.” Janine chuckled, making Hayley laugh in response. “Go try on another one.”
“Okay, okay.” Hayley smiled as she picked up the front of the dress and walked into the dressing room once more.
“You know how you wanted to know what happened between me and Josh?” Hayley started as she took off the dress and started to put on the other one.
“I kissed him.” Hayley blushed as she walked out of the dressing room and towards Janine once more.
“You what?” Janine breathed as she helped with the zipper again.
“I kissed him, last week in the hospital after he woke up.” Hayley whispered, biting her lip as she watched Janine’s eyes grow wide.
“Well what was Joshua’s response?”
“He kissed back.” Hayley breathed as she stared at herself in the mirror.
“I don’t like this dress either.” Janine sighed. “And what is so bad about that?”
“We haven’t exactly talked about it since then.” Hayley said before she quickly ran to the dressing room.
“Hayley, you know you have to talk about it some time.”
“But we were so busy with wedding preparations and his injuries that we never had enough time to talk about it.” Hayley called over her shoulder, as she lifted the second dress off her body.
“Well then make time.” Janine chuckled. “What about when you two are home alone?”
“He is always avoiding it or changing the topic.” Hayley groaned as she tried on another dress.
“Oh Joshua.” Janine mumbled. “He is a stupid man than Hayley.”
“At first I thought it was because he had a lot on his mine because of the wedding and Alex and your husband but it’s been a week.” Hayley sighed as she walked out once more.
“You need to just sit him and down and talk.” Janine suggested as she zipped up the back of the new dress. “Joshua wasn’t always the best with sharing his feelings.”
“I know it’s just…so frustrating.” Hayley groaned as she stood in front of the mirror. Her eyes reached her reflection as a large grin began to spread across her lips.
“Oh Hayley.” Janine breathed, her hand coming up to cover her mouth. “You look beautiful.”
Hayley laughed quietly as she turned back and forth, trying to get a full view. “This is the one.”
“I’ll go get the tailor.” Janine squealed as she all but ran to the front of the store.
“This is the one.” Hayley repeated with a small giggled as she twirled around in the dress.
“Well don’t you look nice.”
Hayley rolled her eyes before turning around slowly to reveal a smirking Jenna.
“Hello Jenna.” Hayley sighed, brushing her red bangs back as she turned around to face the mirror once more.
“Hayley.” Jenna nodded.
“May I ask what you are doing here? In a bridal shop?” Hayley groaned.
“My mother and I are here to buy a dress for your wedding.” Jenna mumbled as Hayley let out a loud laugh.
“Oh the irony.” Hayley grinned.
“I heard Josh was in the hospital.” Jenna snapped, changing the subject quickly.
“Yea because of your best friend Alex.” Hayley spat, feeling herself lose every ounce of composure she had left.
“Not my fault.” Jenna grinned.
“So let me get this straight.” Hayley started as she glared at Jenna. “You want Josh back but you’ll hurt him to do it?”
“I…umm…” Jenna stuttered.
“You’re so stupid.” Hayley sighed. “Honestly do yourself a favor and just stop while you’re still ahead.”
“Well you’re just a b-”
“Well hello Jenna.” Janine interrupted as she walked over towards the fighting girls, tailor in tow.
“Mrs. Farro.” Jenna whispered, brushing her blond hair back nervously.
“I would love to hear the end of that sentence that you were trying to tell my future daughter.” Janine grinned.
“I was just telling Hayley here what a beautiful bride she is.” Jenna smiled weakly.
“Thank you Jenna.” Hayley chuckled.
“I hope you don’t mind Jenna but we have to measure Hayley now.” Janine smiled.
“Bye.” Jenna mumbled as she retreated back to her mother.
“Man is she annoying.” Janine mumbled. Hayley looked down at Janine and laughed loudly causing Janine to chuckle softly.
“Not let’s get you fitted.”