Making up the numbers

12 church aisle 688554“Bride or groom?”

Robbie looked at the pews. Plenty of space on the left-hand side. Groom on the left. “Groom.”


Robbie went with his usual alias. “Jimmy. Cousin.”

The man with the clipboard looked at the left side of his list. It didn’t take him long. “Sorry, don’t see your name here.”

“Ah yes,” Robbie started his well-worn speech. “I was a ‘no’ because I was going to have to work but then at the last minute. You know…”

The man shrugged and added ‘Cousin Jimmy’ to the list.

Robbie took an end seat halfway down the aisle then turned to the woman beside him, holding out a hand. “Jimmy.” He then lowered his voice. “The bride’s side really but I thought I’d make up the numbers.”

The young lady giggled softly and Robbie noticed her blush.

He’d woken up that grey and gloomy Saturday feeling equally dispirited but now it looked like it might be a good day after all.


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