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|Melody of the Heart(Runaway Train #4) by Katie Ashley|
I quickly pulled away to give Lily a sheepish grin. “Sorry about that.”
Although her cheeks were red, she laughed. “Don’t apologize. That was the best first kiss as a married couple ever.”
“I thought it was pretty good, too.”
Instead of walking straight on down the aisle, we exchanged hugs with the guys and Susan. Then as Elvis started strumming Love Me Tender, we walked out of the chapel as man and wife.
I gave Lily her choice of where we would stay for our Honeymoon night. Instead of the Bellagio, she wanted to stay at the Venetian because as she claimed, “It just seems so much more romantic there.”
So after we finished with the necessary paperwork, we all piled into the limo and took off for the Venetian. We had our wedding reception dinner at Zefferino’s, one of the restaurants inside the Venetian. I’m sure we would have gotten a few stares considering Lily was still in her wedding dress and veil, but it didn’t take too long for fans to spot us. I knew that within a few moments, Lily’s and my secret wedding would explode all over social media.
After downing his beer, Jake cocked his head at me. “Any chance you let the label know you were getting hitched?”
“No, I sure as hell didn’t. Some of those fuckers cost me my relationship with Lily. I wasn’t about to let them try to interfere today.” Lily took my hand in hers and squeezed it. I’m sure she was glad I hadn’t involved the label handlers either.
He grinned as he shook his head. “Man, I’d love to be a fly on the wall when this shit hits the fan with Marcus and the others.”
“You’re impossible,” I muttered.
After dessert and coffee, we said goodbye to the guys and Susan. Then Lily dragged me over to the canal so we could go on a gondola ride. “You seriously want to do this?”
“Yes, I do. It’ll be so romantic.”
“At the moment, the most romantic thing I can think of is taking you upstairs and getting you out of that dress,” I teased.
She smacked me playfully. “That’s not romantic.”
With a resigned sigh, I paid for our tickets, and we moved forward in the line. At the sight of us in our wedding finery, people were all too happy to let us go in front of them. We first objected, but after they insisted, we finally inched up. Once we got into our gondola, our driver turned back to the people waiting in line. “Let’s give a round of applause for the lovely bride and groom!”
A cheer went up through the crowd as people clapped and whistled. “We love you Brayden!” was screamed by two girls at the end of the line.
Ordinarily Lily would have been embarrassed at being called out, but since it was her wedding day, she seemed to be enjoying it. As the gondola glided across the water, Lily lay her head against my chest. “One day will you take me to Venice so I can ride in a real gondola on the canal?”
I smiled down at her. “I think that’s a promise I can easily keep. I never knew you wanted to go that much.”
She nodded. “I love Italy. I love the idea of traveling anywhere in Europe.”
“We have a European tour coming up.”
Her brows arched in surprise. “You do?”
“Yep. As my wife, you’re more than obligated to come along.”
She laughed. “If it works out with my teaching schedule, I’d love to.”
At the mention of teaching, I sighed. “What’s wrong?” she asked.
“I just hate that you have to go back home in a week. I want you out on the road with me. Can’t you quit your teaching job?”
She gasped. “Why would I want to do that?”
“Seriously, Lily, you don’t need to work. I make plenty enough money for the two of us.”
“But I just started teaching. And I love it.”
“Don’t you love me more?”
“If you loved me, you wouldn’t ask me to choose. You would want me to do the thing that made me happy, just as I supported you all those years.”
Deep down I knew she was right. Her dream since we first got together was to be a teacher. I could tell just how passionate she was about teaching from the way she spoke about it. Leaning down, I kissed her gently. “I’m sorry. You’re right. You deserve to do what makes you happy. I can’t imagine living a nomadic life on the road with me and the guys would be that thrilling.”
“I’ll come out to visit you every weekend. I promise.”
“And during the summer, you’re completely mine. Right?”
She grinned. “Oh yes.”
“Good. I’m glad to hear it.”
When the gondola ride was over, I happily climbed out and then helped Lily with her dress. I had one thing on my mind, and that was getting the honeymoon started. We would be leaving Vegas in the morning for our next tour stop in Reno, so we had to make use of the time we had.
As I started tugging her toward the elevators, she balked. “What is it?” I demanded.
“I need to do some shopping.”
I groaned. “You have got to be kidding me.”
Wagging her eyebrows, Lily jerked her head at the store we were in front of. “Oh, okay,” I replied, with a smile. She ducked into Victoria’s Secret alone. Pacing around outside, I waited for her to make a choice…or several choices. At this point, I didn’t need to see her in any sexy lingerie to get me up and running. Right now she could be wearing a burlap sack, and I’d still blow my load. There was something about getting to make love to my wife for the very first time that was so fucking sexy.