A young woman discovers the bitterest betrayal on her wedding day, never imagining how much her life would change.
Sunny Haloran was just the luckiest girl, everyone always said that. She was born beautiful, bright, generous and rich – the only daughter of one of the richest men in Houston.
Sunny was loved and admired by some, and deeply envied by many others, but that morning there was no one in the entire state of Texas who wanted to be in her pearly satin shoes.
Sunny ripped off the yards of delicate lace from her cathedral-length bridal veil as she raced down the cathedral steps and shouted: “TAXI!”
She pulled the long satin skirt up to her knees and leaped recklessly into the middle of the street, casually throwing her bouquet over her shoulder. Then she brought her fingers to her lips and let out a heart-rending hiss.
A few seconds later, a yellow taxi came to a stop in front of her. She opened the back door, jumped in and yelled, “Please drive fast and don’t stop no matter what! ”
Sometimes the people we love are the ones who can hurt us the most.
The driver was used to crazy stuff, after all that was driving a cab, but he was sure it was the strangest thing that had ever happened to him.
Nonetheless, he obeyed his new passenger, stepped heavily on the accelerator, and within minutes the huge, imposing mass of the cathedral was just a rapidly fading stain in his rearview mirror.
David Carmichael slowed down to a more manageable pace and glanced at his passenger who was now hyperventilating in her wedding dress and wiping up the makeup-streaked tears with her gloves.
“Where do you want to go, ma’am?” he asked softly.
Sunny stifled a sob. “Anywhere, anywhere where no one knows me!”
David shook his head. “I need an address. Where do you live ?
“No,” Sunny cried, “I can never go back! Never!”
“Nothing is ever so bad,” David told her softly. He went to a nearby park and stopped the taxi. He turned in his seat and said to Sunny, “Why don’t you tell me what’s wrong, and maybe I can help you?” “
Sunny sniffled. “You are a taxi driver, what can you do? ” she asked.
David smiles. “I’ll let you know that cab drivers are like bartenders, we hear the most incredible stories – plus I’m a lawyer,” David said. “Almost a lawyer, I’m just waiting for my bar exam results.”
Sunny felt comforted by David’s kind voice and sweet smile. “This,” she said, “was supposed to be the happiest day of my life. I was going to marry Rory and live happily ever after.”
“Roy? David asked. “Is that the groom?”
“Yes. He works for dad, and I’ve known him for years. I thought he loved me…” Sunny shook her head to avoid another flood of tears. “I’m telling you all wrong. This is not how it started.
“It started when Lisa and I – she’s my best friend – when we were 12 years old. We were planning our weddings with the most beautiful men in the world, in the most beautiful wedding dresses right here in the cathedral.”
“Then we planned that whoever got married first, the other would wait for the priest to say ‘speak now or shut up forever’ and get up and shout ‘I am against this!’ like Shrek, you know? And really shock the guests? “
David smiled and nodded. “Sounds funny at 12, maybe not that funny at 25 …”
Sunny nodded. “So I was standing there looking at Rory, and the priest said, ‘If anyone can show why he can’t be legally married, speak up now or shut up forever,’ then I heard the voice. of Lisa say “I object ‘and I started to laugh.”
“I couldn’t help it! I turned around and Lisa was in her bridesmaid dress, looking grim and grim, just like we had imagined when we were kids – but it turned out. turned out she wasn’t kidding at all. “
“Lisa looked me in the eye and said, ‘I’m pregnant with Sunny, and this is Rory’s baby. He’s only marrying you for your father’s money.’ I laughed, can you believe it? I even turned to Rory to share the joke. “
“I said, ‘Sorry baby, Lisa and I have been cooking this since we were 12!’ and then I saw his face and I knew it was all true. He was shaking his head and opening and closing his mouth like a fish. I can’t imagine why I thought he was beautiful. “
David sighed. “Love blinds you, you know. I made that mistake too.”
Sunny looked into David’s sympathetic brown eyes. “You have?” she felt strangely comforted. “I can’t go back, I can’t marry her. I will never be able to face my friends and family again. I’m so ashamed.”
David shook his head. “You have no shame !” he said firmly: “They are the ones who should be ashamed of themselves!”
“I’ll be the laughing stock,” Sunny whispered. “A joke!”
“No!” David said firmly, taking her hand. “You are too adorable to be a joke. People will be shocked, but soon they will forget. Something else will happen and it will be old news.”
“No it won’t!” Sunny cried bitterly. “They filmed everything!”
“Well,” David said, with a burst of inspiration. “How about a wedding dress dinner at the city’s most famous restaurant with Houston’s prettiest cab driver?” “
“Everyone will think you ran away with me, not that you ran away from them…” David said with a smile. Sunny started to laugh. Yes, that would be a turnaround for the gossip!
She started to feel better. She also noticed that David was really beautiful and had the warmest smile. “How about you take me home,” she suggested, “and we have dinner tomorrow night when my eyes aren’t that swollen and my nose isn’t runny?” David smiled and agreed.
That night, Sunny sat down to talk to her parents and felt much better than she had imagined possible under the circumstances. The next morning, she was amazed to find Rory whimpering at her doorstep.
“Please, Sunny,” he sobbed. “I couldn’t sleep all night! I realized that I really love you …”
“Too bad,” Sunny said callously before slamming the door in his face. “I moved Rory, I suggest you do the same!” But leaving Rory was one thing, Lisa was another.
Sunny had known Lisa since she was four years old. She loved Lisa and she knew her friend would be in financial trouble. Sunny couldn’t imagine that Rory would be there for her.
Lisa’s parents were dead, she had no one and no money. So Sunny went to his father’s office and had a long conversation with him. Later that afternoon, she knocked on Lisa’s door.
When Lisa appeared at the door, Sunny saw hope dawn in the eyes of her former best friend. “Sunny,” she gasped, “Please …”
Sunny shook her head and handed Lisa the check for $ 100,000 her father had reluctantly handed her. “It’s so that you can have your baby safely,” she said quietly. Lisa gasped and stepped forward to kiss her friend.
But Sunny shook her head. “Please don’t. I want you to be safe, but now I know you were never my friend,” she said, “I’m doing this for love. that I’ve had for you all these years, but there’s nothing left between us, Lisa. Yours was the greatest betrayal, you were meant to be my friend.
Sunny turned her back on him and walked away. That evening she met David for an ice cream and they talked until dawn. She felt like she had started a new chapter in her life, and that maybe – just maybe – she had found her true love.
What can we learn from this story?
- Sometimes the people we love are the ones who can hurt us the most. Sunny had never imagined that her best friend and her fiancé could break her heart.
- Envy, jealousy and greed always lead to disgrace. Lisa and Rory betrayed Sunny and ended up with nothing and no one.
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