CHURCH - VESTIBULE
Reginald gasped, clearly not expecting that this was the news that his father had
to tell. "But...but...what about the company? What about the
family? You just can't...."
"Whoa, son, settle down," Charles
laughed heartily. "I think you're getting the wrong idea."
"But you just said that...."
"I said that we're moving. I
didn't say we were moving out of town. We're still going to be here."
"But, Mr. Callison -- Dad -- what does
this have to do with the reception?" Jillian eyed him curiously, still
not making the connection.
I can explain it better," Francis spoke up, " since your father has
already clearly put his foot in his mouth. The reception is going to be at
our new house. Everyone's invited. It's going to be a party to
celebrate new beginnings."
"You've already moved?"
Reginald shook his head slightly, still in shock. "But...but when did
you have the time to move? Everything was still where it was supposed to
be at the house this morning and...."
"Your father and I bought all new
furniture for the new house," Francis continued to explain, "and we
had movers take care of all of our personal things during the ceremony. We
had to make sure that we had everything ready while we kept it a surprise."
what you going to do about our house? You can't sell it!"
Reginald's mouth continued to hang open, still in complete shock over the
news. "Grandfather built that house for our family. He intended
for it to stay in our family. You can't just sell it!"
"Did I say anything about selling
it?" Charles grinned slyly as he watched his son, waiting for the light
of realization to come on. "Just because your mother and I won't
still be living there, doesn't mean that it's not staying in the family.
My father wanted that house to be handed down from generation to generation and that's
exactly what's going to...."
"Oh, my goodness," Jillian gasped
softly as the picture that her father-in-law was trying to paint came into
focus. "You don't mean..."
"That's exactly what he means,
honey," Francis smiled. "Your father and I are moving out so
that you can move in. It's going to be your new home -- our wedding
present to you."
"D-Dad, I...don't know what to
say." Reginald covered his mouth in shock as he finally understood what
was happening. "But...thank you."
your happiness is all the thanks we need." Charles reached out and
patted Reginald firmly on the shoulder. "It's the very least we could
Reginald," Jillian exclaimed with joy as she threw her arms around her
husband. "Our own home! We've got our own home!"
"It looks like we do, doesn't it."
"Darling, this is definitely the
happiest day of my entire life!" And with those words, Jillian kissed
her new husband tenderly, confident that it would be the first kiss of many
during a long and happy marriage.