“I have done all I can do,” Alice said as she stood back with Duncan, “it’s all down to you ladies now.”
Carina and Ingrid smiled as they helped place the veil over their mother’s face, then turned as they heard the knock on the door.
“Oh my,” Alex said as he came in, “Alice, you are a true miracle worker.”
“Ain’t I just?”
“Frau MacKinnon, Herr MacKinnon – it is time.”
“See you at the cathedral,” Duncan said as the three of them set off.
“Carina, Ingrid, Abigail, Joanne – you and Judith are going in the first carriage.”
“Ready to go, Judith?”
“Yes Momma,” the little girl said as she put her gloved hand in her mothers, and the five of them walked out.
Outside the gates of the townhouse, the paparazzi tried to take photographs as the staff lined the covered walkway to the first horse drawn carriage. The view was obscured as much as possible, however, as security staff roamed around the area.
“Well, it’s really happening,” Jo said as they took their seats.
“Ponies momma! Exciting!”
“Yes it is,” Carina said with a smile as they moved forward, and then stopped.
“Angelica, Anna, Alexandra, Katherine – you’re next.”
“See you on the flip side,” Angel said as the four of them walked out, leaving Alex with Juliette.
“Well,” Juliette said quietly as she held her bouquet, “no turning back now.”
“Would you want to?”
Shaking her head quietly, she said “no – no I would not?”
As Juliette looked past Alex, she caught a glimpse of Lexa – and standing with her was a tall, willowy blonde who smiled and nodded as she looked at Juliette.
“Did you say something, Juliette?”
“No – no I didn’t, but there is nothing left to say now,” Juliette said with a smile, “except I do. Shall we?”
“It is my honour and pleasure to do so,” Alex said as he offered Juliette his arm, and they walked out of the room, along the corridor and out of the front door. As they made their way out to the carriage, the staff applauded on either side of them, as the driver held the coach door open. Juliette carefully walked up the steps and took her seat, Alex waiting as a footman carefully gathered the skirt before he got in beside her.
The doors to the coach were closed, the darkened glass providing the last sense of security, as the coachman got into the driver’s seat and waited for the signal to go.
2 pm CET
"Why did Prince Adalbert smell like mothballs?" House asked as he arrived back at the cathedral entrance.
"Because my dear uncle’s morning suit is so old that he inherited it from my grandfather, and he has been dead for over 30 years," Ingemar shook his head.
"Explains the mothballs then," House smiled, "Ah here comes the love of my life," he grinned as Jeannie was lifted into her wheel chair. She was wearing a cream coloured dress with a wide skirt, while Barbara was wearing a black coat dress with white trim, white gloves and shoes, and a white hat with a black band. John was in his best suit, as he pushed Jeannie up the ramp and into the cathedral.
“Hey handsome,” Jeannie said as House leaned over to kiss her, “where can I get a seat?”
“This way,” he said as Marcus and Tommy looked to the next car.
“Oh my lord,” Marcus said, “who are those visions of beauty?”
“Hmmm – ah,” Tommy said, “I see the Rochermann family have arrived.”
“Well, nice day for a wedding,” Ally said as she put on her wide brimmed hat.
“Most certainly,” Nell said with a smile as they started to walk up the steps. Both were wearing white knee length dresses with a yellow floral pattern printed on them, cream coloured jackets and hats, and white heels.
Kelly was wearing a gold coloured shift dress with a white belt and jacket, with gold slippers, while Daniel walked behind them with quiet pride.
“Ladies,” Tommy said as they came in, “if you will come with me?”
“And that is the designer of the dresses, Alice MacKinnon, arriving now with her husband Duncan,” Jeanne said as the chauffer let out the three passengers, Frau Strecher walking up to join Sigi as Caroline looked round, Sharon nearby and watching as well.
“First Carriage should be here in a few minutes,” Alice said as she looked across the square, “the second right behind it, and then the star of the show.”
“Sharon, inform the clergy inside the bridal party are on their way,” Caroline said, the young girl walking quickly up the stairs as the sound of hooves became clearer.
“Ready boys,” Sigi said to Rudi and Manfred, who nodded as they came up to her in their tail coats.
“Here they come,” Alice said as the first horse drawn carriage approached.
“Lara, we can see the first of the carriages approaching now,” Robin said as the television crews turned and followed the coach as it came to a stop at the bottom of the stairs.
Inside the cathedral, the guests watched as Klaus and John came in through a side door, the rest of his party taking up their positions at the side behind them.
“Last chance to run,” John whispered to Klaus.
“No – I am ready,” Klaus said with a smile.
“And the door to the carriage is opening, the stairs put in place,” Jeanne said, “and the first out is... It’s Carina Huntingdown von Furstenheim, and we get our first look at the bridesmaid’s dresses.
“It’s made from light blue Chinese silk, and is held up by thin shoulder straps, a square neckline – and attached at the back is a train of silk overlaid with Belgian lace. The bodice is fitted, and flows out in the dress, with long opera gloves and satin heels.
“I can see Ingrid von Furstenheim getting out now – and there is Judith, Carina’s daughter and the youngest bridesmaid. Her dress has short puffed sleeves, and a white lace underskirt, and she is wearing short white lace gloves.
“Look at all the people momma,” Judith said as she held Carina’s hand.
“Yes there are a lot, and they’re here to see all of us,” Carina said as Abigail and Joanne got out, the coach driver closing the doors.
“Each of the bridesmaids,” Lara said at the Good Morning America stand, “is carrying a small posy of white flowers, and just look at the tiaras each of them is wearing.”
“We’ve just been handed some details,” Robin said, “apparently the tiaras are made of white gold and encrusted with diamonds, and the gold bracelets are made to match as well.”
“Wonderful,” Alice said as she made a few adjustments, “you five head up the stairs now, the second coach will be here soon.”
“And walking up the stairs now,” Robert Lacey said, “five of the bridesmaids, and I must say their dresses are amazing. And now the second carriage approaches...”
As it stopped and the stairs were put out, the doors were opened to allow Angel to get out first, followed by Doc. They stood to the side as Sands and Katy got out as well.
“Fuck – I really cannot see her,” he said at the far side of the square, hidden by the crowd as Katy looked round.
“So we have the second half of the bridesmaids here – Lady Angelica Fitzstuart, Anna Carlton, Alexandra Richmond junior and Katherine Carter. Both Alexandra and Katherine are wearing the same style of dress as Judith, while Angelica and Anna have the same style as the older bridesmaids.”
“At least the sun is shining,” Katy said to Sands as Alice made a slight adjustment.
“Right – all four of you, up the stairs now and you will be got into position.”
As they walked up, Jeanne said “and as they head up, and the two pages walk down, we await the arrival of the bride to be... I have to take my seat at this point, so I’m going to let you watch in the company of Karen Hope.”
As she took her headset off, Jack Linklater stopped her for a moment and let her have a look at his camera, Jeanne smiling as she made her way in.
“Better than the last time you took this journey,” Alex said as he sat next to Juliette, watching the crowds waving as the coach made its way slowly to the cathedral.
“Much, much better,” Juliette said as she looked out of the darkened windows. “It’s like a dream come true.”
“And you are the fairy princess?”
“Would it sound awful if I said I really feel that way?”
Alex shook his head as the coach approached the front of the cathedral. “Well, here we go,” he said as he lifted the veil a moment, and kissed Juliette gently on the cheek.
"Who is that arriving late?" Klaus asked nervously.
"I will give you one guess," John replied without even looking.
"And give this gentleman a prize."
"How does she ALWAYS manage to arrive just at the time she is going to create maximum fuss?"
"It's a talent," John smiled. "Probably comes from having a father who was an agent, Joan is always trying to extract publicity from anywhere she goes."
"Remind me that I need to have a word."
"Oh don't worry Klaus, I have the perfect revenge in mind...a photograph of Joan without her makeup on."
"Oh that is CRUEL!" the Prince laughed aloud, his nerves settling slightly.
Antonio suddenly turned and whispered "Can you be in Prague on Wednesday? I am taking pictures for French Vogue Mary."
"Well I'm certainly free I think," Mary paused, "but you better have some words with Missy."
"Ah the redoubtable Miss Auerbach!" the photographer smiled, "I will see her later and simply tell her that I must have you..."
"What?" Dave who'd been looking at the other guests suddenly asked.
"He means for a shoot next week Pops," Mary giggled lightly, "we may have to stay in Europe a couple of days extra and go to Prague...But it depends on Missy okaying it."
"Wow we get to Prague as well," David asked, "I read some Kafka in school this year."
"Who the hell is Kafka?"
"Pop sometimes you disappoint me." David shook his head.
"A famous Czech author Mr Clarke." Antonio smiled, "and I only know that from reading a guide book."
“This is it,” Lara said as she looked to the waiting coach, as Alice waited with the two pages. The coach driver got down and placed the steps at the side, before he opened the door.
“First out of the carriage, Father Alex Richmond, who has the honour of giving Juliette away at the ceremony today,” she whispered as they all waited. “And as we wait for her to come out, I have just been told that a portrait by the official photographer, Jack Linklater, has been released to the press as... and here she comes!”
The media watched with bated breath as Juliette stepped slowly down from the coach, Alex holding her hand as Alice helped the two young boys with the train.
As Lara looked at the photograph and sheet handed to her, she said “the dress itself is, like those of the bridesmaids, made from Chinese silk but for Juliette, and quite rightly, it is pure white. The dress has long sleeves, and she is wearing marching gloves on her hands. The upper part of the dress has a square collar, and is decorated with an over layer of the same Belgian lace as her veil. The skirt itself is layered, again with an underskirt of the lace, and she is apparently wearing silk heels.
“The train itself is also of silk, and holding it now as she walks up the stairs are the two young pages, the sons of Baroness Sigrid van Mannschen, the sister of the groom. The lace veil comes down to the train as well, but I can see the tiara on her hair, and the now famous engagement ring on her finger.”
As they reached the top of the stairs, Sigi followed, handing the bouquet to Juliette as Alice made some small adjustments to the train.
“You look fantastic – and I need to get to my seat.”
“So do I and Sharon,” Caroline said as she looked at her, “good luck.”
“Thanks,” Juliette whispered as Cardinal Marx appeared with his staff.
“Well Juliette – ready?”
“Good – then let us begin...”
The congregation had been talking quietly, but fell silent as the crowd watched the priest walk forward and whisper into Klaus’ ear. As he stood and walked forward with John, the rest of the church stood up, turning to watch the far end of the aisle.
“Showtime,” Juliette whispered as the organ started to play the Trumpet Voluntary, and the altar boy stepped forward, carrying the cross as Cardinal Marx walked behind him, and then the ministers and servers.
“And off we go,” Alex said as she and Juliette started to walk down the aisle, Rudi and Manfred walking behind with the train in their hands.
As they walked down, Juliette turned her head from side to side and smiled, seeing the huge smiles on the faces of Sandy and Diana as they stood with little George, Orlanda and Jennifer, Guy and Valeria, and Natasha with Alain in her arms.
“Good lord Bats – you really outdid yourself,” Karen whispered into Alice’s ear as the girls walked past, Carina and Ingrid beaming as they led the last part of the procession down.
Judith walked with Katy and Sands, beaming and waving as she did so, before she stood with them before the altar, as Cardinal Marx turned and made the sign of the cross.
“Welcome to all of you, who are gathered here today to see the joining of Klaus and Juliette in Holy Matrimony. Peace be with you.”
“And also with you,” the congregation replied as the music started, House and Tommy taking the lead in handing orders of service to the wedding party.
Once the Gloriana had been sung, Cardinal Marx said “Let us pray.
“Be attentive to our prayers. 0 Lord,
and in your kindness
pour out your grace on these your servants, Klaus and Juliette,
that. corning together before your altar,
they may be confirmed in love for one another.
Through our Lord Jesus Christ. your Son,
who lives and reigns with you in the unity of the Holy Spirit,
one God, for ever and ever.
“We ask you this
through our Lord Jesus Christ, your Son,
who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit,
one God, for ever and ever. Amen.”
As the congregation responded, Cardinal Marx said “please be seated for the Liturgy of the Word.”
As the rest of the congregation sat, the readings were given, as Katy and Sands held Judith’s hands. Cardinal Marx then said “Klaus, Juliette, I hope you will forgive me if I take a few moments to share some thoughts.
“Marriage is an institution created by God to allow man and woman to live together and become one, and ultimately to allow children to come into this world. In the case of both of you, you already have children, and indeed grandchildren, so if you will forgive the levity, I think we can pass over that part.”
Annie smiled as there was a ripple of laughter among the congregation, as she felt her bump and then looked at Ama.
“But the truth is still this – that marriage allows a man and a woman to join and be one in the sight of god and of man, And so as you come together on this day, I charge you both to remember that, and to cherish the joy that children bring to a relationship.”
Carina turned and smiled at Judith, who smiled back as Cardinal Marx said “I say no more than this, and ask the congregation now to stand.”
As they all stood, he continued “My dear friends, you have come together in this church so that the Lord may seal and strengthen your love in the presence of the Church’s minister and this community. Christ abundantly blesses this love. He has already consecrated you in baptism and now he enriches and strengthens you by a special sacrament so that you may assume the duties of marriage in mutual and lasting fidelity. And so, in the presence of the Church, I ask you to state your intentions.
“Who gives this woman away?”
“I do,” Alex said as he bowed slightly, and then stepped back.
“Klaus and Juliette, you come here voluntarily with hearts prepared, to receive each other in marriage?”
“Yes.” They said together as they looked at each other.
“Will you love each other, respect, and be loyal to one another until death separates you?”
“Are you ready to fulfil your obligation to raise your children and grandchildren as Christian parents should?”
“Since it is your intention to enter into marriage,” the cardinal said as he took their hand, “join your right hands, and declare your consent before God and his Church.”
Klaus took Juliette’s right hand in his and said “I take you, Juliette, to be my wife. I promise to be loyal to you in good and bad days, in health and illness, to love and respect, until death separates us.”
He saw Juliette smile under the veil as she said “I take you, Klaus, to be my husband. I promise to be loyal to you in good and bad days, in health and illness, to love and respect, until death separates us.”
“You have declared your consent before the Church. May the Lord in his goodness strengthen your consent and fill you both with his blessings.
What God has joined, men must not divide.”
“Who has the rings?”
“I do,” John said as he removed the rings and placed them on the bible.
“Lord, bless these rings which we bless in your name.
Grant that those who wear them
may always have a deep faith in each other.
May they do your will
and always live together
in peace, good will, and love.
We ask this through Christ our Lord.”
Klaus smiled as he moved Juliette’s engagement ring to her left hand, and then placed the plain gold ring on her finger.
“Juliette, take this ring as a sign of my love and fidelity. In the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit.”
Juliette than took the second ring and, after removing the ring from his hand and moving it to his left hand, said “Klaus, take this ring as a sign of my love and fidelity. In the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit.”
“Having exchanged their vows and rings,” Cardinal Marx said, “I now make one suggestion to you.
“You may kiss the bride.”
“With extreme pleasure,” Klaus said as he lifted the veil back, and the two kissed, to a round of applause from the congregation.
"I think that makes it official that we are twins?" Carina whispered to Ingrid.
"Yes it does," her sister smiled back.
After the communion preparation was completed, and prayers were said, Klaus and Juliette knelt at the altar, as Cardinal Marx said “Let us humbly invoke by our prayers, dear brothers and sisters,
God's blessing upon this bride and groom,
that in his kindness he may favor with his help
those on whom he has bestowed the Sacrament of Matrimony.”
There was a few moments silence, before he continued with his hands extended over them
“Holy Father, maker of the whole world,
who created man and woman in your own image
and willed that their union be crowned with your blessing,
we humbly beseech you for these your servants,
who are joined today in the Sacrament of Matrimony.
May your abundant blessing, Lord,
come down upon this bride, Juliette,
and upon Klaus, her companion for life,
and may the power of your Holy Spirit
set their hearts aflame from on high,
so that, living out together the gift of Matrimony,
they may enrich the Church.
In happiness may they praise you, O Lord,
in sorrow may they seek you out;
may they have the joy of your presence
to assist them in their toil,
and know that you are near
to comfort them in their need;
let them pray to you in the holy assembly
and bear witness to you in the world,
and after a happy old age,
together with the circle of friends that surrounds them,
may they come to the Kingdom of Heaven.
Through Christ our Lord.”
The congregation said “Amen” as Klaus and Juliette stood, before Cardinal Marx said “let us share the sign of peace.”
Klaus and Juliette looked at each other, and then turned to share the sign with their supporters as the congregation greeted each other.
Klaus and Juliette then knelt again as the bread was broken, and the Cardinal gave them the sacraments, before they stood and made their way to two chairs at the side as others came forward.
“Nearly over Mrs von Furstenheim,” Klaus whispered as Juliette smiled, watching as their friends and guests walked forward. And as they came forward, a solo singer performed some songs by Shubert.
As the last went back, Klaus and Juliette came forward and knelt again, as Cardinal Marx put his hands over them again.
“May God the eternal Father
keep you of one heart in love for one another,
that the peace of Christ may dwell in you
and abide always in your home.”
The congregation said “amen” in response.
“May you be blessed in your children and grandchildren,
have solace in your friends
and enjoy true peace with everyone.”
“May you be witnesses in the world to God's charity,
so that the afflicted and needy who have known your kindness
may one day receive you thankfully
into the eternal dwelling of God.”
Making the sign of the cross, he said “And may almighty God bless all of you, who are gathered here, the Father, and the Son, and the Holy Spirit.”
As the congregation said “amen,” Klaus and Juliette stood.
“Go in peace, in the name of the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit.”
As the strains of Mendelssohn’s Wedding March started to play, Klaus took Juliette by her hand and they walked up the aisle, the guests smiling at them as John escorted Carina, and Adam Ingrid.
“May I have the honour,” Willy said as he took Abby’s arm, and Alex took Jo’s.
As Will took Angel’s arm, and George Doc’s, Rudi and Manfred escorted Sands and Katy out.
“Ready, my little angel?”
“Yes unca Deeter,” Judith said as she took his hand, and they walked down in front of Cardinal Marx and the other servers.
“Sandy, my dear,” Diana said quietly, “are you crying?”
“What do you think,” Sandy said as Juliette turned and mouthed “thank you” to them as they passed. She put her handkerchief to her eye, and then smiled as Sands walked past on Rudi’s arm.
“She has somehow turned overnight into a very beautiful young woman,” Nessa said as she wiped her own eye, holding David’s hand as she did so.
“And Abigail is radiant,” Valeria said as she and Guy watched her walk past with Willy, Alain waving his little arm at his father and cousin.
“Yes – yes she is,” Diana said as Sandy handed her a handkerchief as well.
“Are you all right Shirley,” Emma said as John and Carina went past.
“Oh yes – yes I’m fine,” Shirley said quietly as she smiled, Maddie taking her arm.
“They look simply divine darlings,” Kylie said as she wiped away a tear, “and I love the way Alice incorporated the design I gave into the dresses.”
“I agree,” Marina said as she saw Samantha cry. “Tissue?”
“Please,” Kylie’s mother said as she took one and dabbed her eyes.
“They look so beautiful,” Alison said as the wedding party walked past.
"Well I can't promise you girls as grand a wedding when you get married, but that'll always be my idea of just what a ceremony should be." Dave Clarke stood up.
"Indeed Mr Clarke, that was so moving," Antonio wiped away a tear, "I could not have done better if I'd done it myself."
"Oh My God, the Maestro saying he couldn't improve something, and me without a recorder," Pat shook her head.
“I do know when I am in the presence of greatness, Patricia,” Antonio said, “and today I am.”
"Everything still looking good outside?" Caroline whispered into her mike.
"As far as we can tell boss," a voice whispered in her earpiece, "a lot of champagne corks going off among the Furstenheim tenantry, and the media are ready."
"Okay, well just keep an eye open all of you. The wedding party will be emerging soon, and the media crews can take their pictures before Jack gets to work."
“Roger that boss,” the voice said as Caroline turned to Sharon.
“Frau Strecher is going to congratulate the couple, and then she is heading back to the townhouse. Go with her, make sure everything is ready at that end.”
“Got it boss,” Sharon said as Alan Kennedy bowed his head while the others passed. “Dad, I’ll see you at the reception, all right?”
“Go on – this is your job now,” Alan said as she turned and slipped quietly out of the pew.
“And here they come out of the cathedral,” Philip Schofield said as the wedding party appeared at the top of the stairs, the camera zooming to capture the group as they lined up. “Their Serene Highnesses smiling and waving as the press finally get a chance to take some photos of the happy couple together.”
“Happy Darling,” Klaus whispered as they waved.
“More than you will ever know,” Juliette whispered back as Judith walked over and held her hands up.
“Allow me,” Klaus said as he reached down and lifted her up, Judith turning and waving as Carina and Judith stood with them.
"The acoustics are incredible," Judy smiled as the organist continued to play.
"So it’s an organ you'd like to play eh?" David asked.
"I love European organs," Judy caught the look in Rachel McNally's eye.
"You get such a great full..."
"I was going to say sound Mother, and shame on you for having a dirty mind," Judy giggled.
“Who, moi,” Rachel said as she smiled.
“Yes you,” Liz Lodge said. “And don’t pretend you didn’t think it as well, Claire.”
"So Valeria who is this woman really?" one of her Romanov relations asked as they prepared to leave.
"Well,” Valeria said, “she's the woman Klaus loves with all his heart."
"I know that, but where does she come from?"
"That sounds wrong in these modern times, but Count Buchenwald has done the research, and she comes from a very old American Puritan family..."
"But she's a Roman Catholic?"
"Twentieth century converts," Valeria smiled, "anyway they are solid, respectable merchants mainly, with the odd flash of genius like her aunt the criminologist, and her ancestor the Civil War General. They may not quite be Boston aristocracy, but they are that by choice I think rather than anything else, having preferred life in their small towns above city life."
"So it's an old family by American standards."
"Oh Yes," Valeria smiled, "judged against our standards young perhaps, but we cannot allow that to act as a guide to our acceptance of her."
"As if we would?" a couple of her VERY snobbish cousins answered.
“Now THA’ was a wedding,” Fiona MacKenzie said as she slowly stood up with Mary, and then they both looked at Missy.
“What,” the agent said as she looked up.
"We should throttle you Missy." Mary Thomas growled.
"Doing business during a wedding." Mary shook her head whilst her friend put away her hand-held.
"It was only Antonio Bell wanting to book Mary Clarke for next week."
"As we said....business." Fiona shook her head as well.
"You know your dying words will be, 'send me a firm booking for her' Missy, I guarantee it." Anna joined in the shaking of heads.
"Well anyway, she looked amazing didn't she?"
"Stop trying to change the topic of conversation Missy." Mary smiled as she said “but yes – she looked amazing.”
“She certainly did,” Denice said as she and Erica stood up behind them. “I suspect the press are going to have their pictures of them on the front pages tomorrow.”
“Well, let’s head out and get our pictures,” Mary said as they joined the groups moving out.
"Well Madame does this trigger any thoughts regarding you and John?" Lily whispered in her boss’ ear.
“I do not think that has changed, Lilian – John and I are happy the way we are, and that is not going to change in the foreseeable future. If you want to see a couple marrying amongst us soon, look over there.”
Lily looked at where Penny and Helen were talking, before she said “no – they’re not are they?”
“Who can tell,” Shirley said, “who can tell...”
"So it was you who designed that motif combining the letters H and F and the flowers darlin'?" Sami asked her daughter as they awaited their turns to exit.
"It was Mother darling,” Kylie said with a smile, “and if I say so it worked rather well embroidered in like that."
"Where did she find that antique lace?" Marina asked, "I've never so much beautiful old lace."
"It was actually Heather Smith who found it for her - at a furniture restorer’s workshop of all places." Kylie answered.
"Heather found it?" Catherine asked.
"It was in an old chest the restorer had bought at an estate sale."
"Well it just shows you that treasures can turn up anywhere."
"How much did they cry John?" Winston asked as he found the family talking with the Judge and her partner.
"Not as much as Brooke Hutton did," Barbara smiled.
"I can't help it...I always cry at weddings."
“There you go,” the tall dark haired woman said as she passed Brooke a silk handkerchief.
“Thank you,” Brooke said as she wiped the tears away. “Winston, allow em to introduce Nora Austen. Nora, Winston Brewster the Third.”
“I interned with your grandfather,” Nora said as she shook Winston’s hand, “how is college?”
“Going well, thank you.”
“Well Bestie, how do you feel?”
“As if I could face anything,” Sands said with a smile as she waved to the cheering crowds. “This has been one of the best days of my life.”
She looked over as Holly left with Tommy and smiled, Katy shaking her head as she smiled and posed.
He had worked his way closer and he could see her now, standing with the other bridesmaids smiling and laughing a little. She was laughing at him, he knew it inside.
He would wipe that smile off her face, deliberately ensuring he wouldn't be close enough to see her arrive. He knew inside that she was doing these things to tease him, to encourage him. Well one day soon she would get just what she wanted. And he would be the one to do it.
He saw her in his mind’s eye now, pleading for him to satisfy her. It would be so good, and she would enjoy it so much. All he had to was head home early, and get things ready...
“All right girls,” Jack said as Luke checked the lighting, “can you form up round Juliette while I take a group photo?”
“Come here baby,” Carina said as she took Judith’s hand, the little girl standing with her and grinning as Jack snapped away.
“Congratulations Klaus,” George said as they shook hands, “how does it feel to be married again?”
“It feels right,” Klaus said as they watched Jack at work. “How are you feeling? I know the anniversary is coming up.”
“I’m fine – Jennifer is walking now, and we’re going to go to her grandmother’s for the weekend. Give her a chance to visit them there this year. You?”
“We won’t be back by then – we’re coming back via Paris, so that Juliette can help Olivia out with an advert shoot.”