I'm not sure who, but someone once told me that all of the good stories start at the beginning. It's the only real way that you can tell how important any single event is in a person's life. Without all of the background you're as helpless as the old sweater left in the lost and found.

Stories nowadays tend to start with the main event. They don't serve up any of the before to let you in on the meaning of the now.

Some of the best stories in history start with chapters of introduction before they get to the actual issue.

I guess what I'm telling you is that you can't possibly understand my story unless I give you the beginning, where it really started. Then, and only then, will you come to understand why I said yes to this marriage.

"You wont see anymore of me Lucas," Kelly whispered.

She said it like she was brave and strong, but in her eyes I could see the fear. It scared the hell out of her to have to break off their relationship.

"What do you mean? What did my dad say to you?" I demanded.

Her eyes met his for the briefest of seconds and the tears began to form. "He just told me the truth, and that's something that we've both been needing to face."

"That's not enough for me!" I shouted. "You don't just get to walk away from me without an explanation. Tell me what's going on!"

"I promise," she began. "That after tonight you will never have to see me again. I've caused you enough pain already. I will not stand by while you throw away your future for me."

His breath caught in his throat at her words. For a moment they stood in complete silence and then, "It isn't any kind of future without you. I don't care what society thinks of me. I could care less if my parents approve. I want you," I begged.

"No," she denied. "Lucas, you have everything you could ever want. You only dated me in the beginning because you knew your parents wouldn't approve. They had the whole arranged marriage set up for you and they didn't want you tied down. Maybe somewhere along the way you actually felt something for me. Maybe. But I love you enough to know what is best for you and that future doesn't include me."

It's only the beginning of my story, but it's the end of the part that held Kelly in it. She had walked into the dark that night and she never turned back, not even for a final look at me.


A/N: Okay, here's a little background into Lucas' (for those of you reading ITW). If you haven't read I Thee Wed so far, then this might not make as much sense.

I'm going to be trying to write these in tandem. Hopefully it works pretty well.

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