The Tomboy Bride 3/4

By Drum Digital
20 October 2013

??FROM the way she reacted, you would've thought I was insisting on saying, ?I do',in the nude,'' Nomsa grumbled against Richard's shoulder later the same evening. i

??FROM the way she reacted, you would've thought I was insisting on saying, ?I do',

in the nude,'' Nomsa grumbled against Richard's shoulder later the same evening.

Richard held her close. ??Well you have to remember, she's old fashioned.''

??But this is not about her,'' Nomsa snuggled up against his jersey. ??This is about me and you ? and you're okay with it.''

??I'm an open-minded man.''

She felt him smile against the side of her forehead. ??She's going to have to learn to

be open-minded too,'' Nomsa declared.

??Laces and frills are for other girls. I don't care for fancy dresses.''

Richard didn't say anything. He didn't have to ? it was enough to just be held by him while she poured out her frustrations

??Unless she relents ? because I'm not going to ? I face the very real prospect of my

mother boycotting my wedding.''

But she knew her mother well enough to know she wouldn't do anything of the kind.

??Getting married without my mother there to boss everyone around ? what kind

of wedding would it be?'' Nomsa joked lamely.

Richard gave her a squeeze. ??You've had a trying day. Put your feet up and I'll make

supper.''

She let him go. The offer of comfort food sounded great. Every girl deserved a Richard, a thoughtful man who was prepared to put on the apron when she didn't feel up to it. Dear Richard, he was sensitive to her every need ? that's why she was marrying him. Whether it was in pants, a shawl or a

miniskirt, he didn't mind just as long as they were together.

The phone rang. Drying his hands on a cloth, Richard went to answer it.

??Might be your mother calling to back down,'' he said.

Nomsa didn't allow herself to hope. ??Pigs will fly first,'' she said to herself.

??Hello!'' Richard said. ??Hello, Auntie Sarah.''

??I've already been reported,'' Nomsa groaned, sinking further into the couch.

??How are you?'' Richard enquired. ??Yes, she's here, hold on.''

Nomsa shuffled over reluctantly. ??Hello, Auntie Sarah.''

??Hello, my dear, how is the bride-to-be?''

Whatever the purpose of her call, Aunt Sarah's greeting was easy enough. ??I

thought you and I could have lunch tomorrow,'' she continued. ??You know,

a niece-and-aunt thing.''

The mother-daughter thing hadn't turned out too well but it would not do to

decline this invitation. When she hung up, Richard eyed her with concern.

??She wants to have lunch with me tomorrow,'' Nomsa explained. ??I can guess

what it will be about. She's wasting her time ? I won't budge.''

 To be continued... 

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