127. The Wedding (1)
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It was a strange day—Thursday—for a wedding. Who
heard of a Thursday wedding? “Well,” Harlan explained
everyone, “the Thursday event is going to cost
half of what Friday, Saturday, or Sunday would
me. And a 50-percent discount is a lot
money, believe me.” Everyone believed him. Harlan knew
to count his pennies. The early evening event
at Cowfish, a popular restaurant and meeting place
Nevin and Janelle arrived at 5 p.m.
pictures, but the photographer had been delayed on
freeway because someone had jumped off an overpass.
they decided to take a stroll on campus.
westward, they soon found a fish pond. About
dozen small turtles were swimming in the eastern
of the pond. As Janelle kneeled at water’s
, all the turtles swam toward her. A couple
them climbed out of the water and onto
footpath. They wanted food, but a sign advised
not to feed the fish or turtles. So
apologized to the turtles—not that she had any
food anyway, she added. Nevin and Janelle took
of themselves and the turtles.
They walked back
Cowfish just before the ceremony was to begin.
of the preacher’s words were unclear because of
on the portable microphone. After the preacher pronounced
and Ellen husband and wife, guests clapped and
. The photographer, who had gotten “some great pictures”
the fallen body, busily took pictures of the
and groom, the preacher, the parents, and the
After their meal, Nevin and Janelle said good
to the newly married couple. This was the
marriage for Harlan, so everyone was hoping it
be his last. Then Nevin and Janelle walked
to their car, holding hands and talking about
would be the same and what would be
at their own wedding. That is, if they
’t decide to just drive to Las Vegas for
quick marriage, with Elvis performing at their ceremony. “
way, our only difficult decision will be to
which song he will sing for us,” Janelle