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Joined: 10/19/2014
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My hands are clammy. I sense the ivory fabric of my corset clamp down my breathing. The car window is open a crack for me to breathe in the recently mowed lawn of the park. White chairs are set up in the grass, forming an aisle of tension I would walk. The driver’s door slams shut but I don’t stare up. I’m focused, focused on the sweat on my palms. My dress isn't a solution for wiping- not with the beaded lace covering it like a frail spider web.

Then there’s the Ford Model A’s seat- No way. My fiancé’s grandfather was the second owner of the car in its existence. Not only was it taken to car shows by this Car-Enthusiast that prides himself on refurbishing it, during our commute he told me every minute detail of its history, frame, even engine speed. I learned that the wooden shades that pulled down on each window are originals and the bleak gray backseat fabric I’m sitting on was refurbished to get that mold smell out from an open window and a rainstorm in 1994; the car originally didn't have windshield wipers either, it was installed by the previous owner before it came into his possession. I kept replaying the conversation I had with Will, my fiancé, when we decided on the car I’d pull up in- he’ll get real mad if the flower girls touch the outside black paint of the car. What would happen if my shoe prints leave a mark on the black flooring that was the same fabric installed to the frame right off the line? Does my shoes have residue of mud on them? It was raining the night before. Yet I insisted on the Model A and solely for the fire truck red rims that entrance me.

I wipe my hands on the fabric around my bouquet instead while my father beside me crinkles the empty water bottle I said we shouldn't drink in the Ford. My bridal party lines up to walk. I grip the complicated door handle which needs to turn up counter clock wise and yanked inward in order to open. My mind flashes to Will’s grandfather saying they’re called suicide doors; if opened while the car was moving it would fling the passenger out and depending on the speed kill them. My hand turns up counter clock wise, yanking the handle toward my chest and the door that burns an image of it catapulting open at high speeds remains jammed. I jimmy the knob frantically as my father jabs the door. My eyes lift catching my future grandfather in law- the only one who could surely open it, take his seat. The takeoff of my bridesmaids strolling down the aisle is cued. Half of my maids hear my screeching panic, turn and scramble back with the pomander balls flinging from their wrist. My sister tugs at the door, gaining her footing on the fire truck red rims that still bewitch me.

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