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Planning For Friction
I wrote this to aldersprig's first prompt.

“It’s my wedding and that’s what I want!”  Anna crossed her arms and stamped her foot.  It already had been such a long and difficult day that no-one pointed out to her how childish that was.  Anna didn’t want to relinquish any control of her wedding, even to a professional.

“Hibiscus and frangipani in winter,” the wedding planner Anna and Lissa’s mother had finally hired to take the burden of dealing with the bridezilla made a note.  “You do realise that if you pick something that’s in season then you’ll have more money for other things?”

“Daddy said he’ll pay for anything I want,” Anna pouted.

The wedding planner looked at Mrs Renfrew, mother of the bride-to-be, who simply nodded helplessly.

“So, frangipani and hibiscus then.”  The wedding planner made notes.  “Is that for the church, the tables and the bouquet?”

“Yes,” said Anna.

“Now you’ve already booked Kenstall Hall for the reception.  The ballroom I understand from your notes?”

“Yes,” beamed Anna.  “I’ve settled the menu with them but I don’t have a DJ yet.”

“What is the menu?”  The wedding planner had her pen poised over her notes.

“Asian-style prawn cocktail, followed by gluten-free chicken cacciatore and a pavlova with cream and fruit for dessert.”  Anna added as an afterthought, “I thought that the table settings could have those large cloth napkins people tuck into their necklines to protect their clothes from the sauce.”

“That’s a good idea,” murmured the planner making a note.

Mrs Renfrew cut across her, protesting, “But you need to have a vegetarian option for your Aunty Neala and her family!  I keep telling you-”

“Mummy, gluten free looks after everyone we’re asking who has a food related medical condition.”  Anna pouted again.  “Aunty Neala has spent years serving up inedible concoctions and telling me to eat up because that’s all there was.  Now she can have a dose of her own medicine.  At least we know the mushrooms in the cacciatore won’t be toadstools – she almost killed Lissa that one time.”  Anna flashed a genuine smile at her sister sitting quietly out of the line of fire.  She turned back to the wedding planner, “Oh, and my cousin Maide will probably want her children to sit with her so she can make sure they stick to the eating plan she has them on – we’ll put her at the children’s table.”

Mrs Renfrew realised something, “Frangipani, no vegetarian option, Maide.  Anna, are you doing this to get back of people?”

Anna was astonished.  “Of course I am, Mummy.  I imagine the frangipani will make Aunt Estelle sneeze for hours.  I’m the bride and they can do what I want for once.  Which reminds me,” she turned to her sister, “I’m sorry to do this to you, Lissa, but as Gloria insists on being a bridesmaid I’m going to put you all in puce.”

“Puce?”  Lissa looked bemused.  “She’ll be furious!”

Anna smiled.  “Good.”

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Thank you. I think this wedding is going to be a bit like watching a car crash...

*grin* but an intentional crash!!

Should we hope the groom has insurance?


I hope he's willing to put up with his beloved doing this!!

They'll get divorced a week later. She's bribed him to do this to create an opportunity to torment her annoying relatives, none of whom will come to her real wedding, some time later ...

ETA: and Lissa's in on the joke. Mom, probably not.

Edited at 2012-09-03 07:43 pm (UTC)

Daddy might not think it was funny.

I have no idea whether Dad might be in on the joke, since you haven't introduced him yet. :) If he is, perhaps he's in it to make a point to his wife ...

Ooooh, they could skip the divorce by having one of them (probably him) storm out of the wedding ceremony and the other insisting that the reception will go on as planned and that everyone will attend, darn it ... very drunken singing of "I just gotta be me" ...

Or Anna could be completely serious about him.

That's almost scary.

True! Perhaps they're getting married far away with Lissa and one of his relatives as witnesses a week beforehand. And the prawns and giant napkins are to annoy people on his side. :)

We should hope the groom has a good pre-nup agreement!

And the ability to say, "No."

*zooms browser*
Blockquote tiny-font is tiny.

Second to last paragraph typo?
I’m the bride and they what I want for once.

Also, I love this!

Thank you for liking it and thank you for the typo catch - I have inserted the missing two words.

Sorry about the font, I thought I had it right. Does it look the same size throughout for you or does it change during the post?

Oh don't worry. It was the same throughout so once I zoomed it in the browser it was fine!

Although that sentence still looks strange:

I’m the bride and they can do what I want for once.

They? I? I expected it to be "I" in all cases.

Edited at 2012-09-07 10:53 am (UTC)

She's using being the bride to make other people dance to her tune.

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