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Installment 27 in the Captain Jack series.


The wedding takes place on Saturday morning in the parlor of a small church on the West Side of New York. Lew remembers to bring the ring and Sally remembers not to cry. Cliff and Marie, lost in each other, remember to say their “I do’s.” In attendance are Lew’s lover Phil, Marie’s mother Betty, who had flown in from Connecticut, and Judd.

     After the ceremony, they gather outside the church where everybody kisses each other, and where rice rains down on the newlyweds.

     Phil, with one arm around Lew and the other around Sally, says, “We should have had a double wedding.”

     “I thought Sally was your girl,” says Marie’s mother to Judd.”

     “She is. Phil was talking about himself and Lew.”

     Laughing, Marie’s mother says, “Oh, how quaint.” She kisses Phil on the cheek and says,” It’s too bad Lew met you first.”

     Phil says, “Betty, if you’re going to kiss me, do it right.” He kisses her hard on the lips.

     “Mother,” says Marie. “Watch your blood pressure.”

     “Since everybody is kissing everybody,” says Lew, “I think it’s time I kissed my lovely niece--if it’s ok with Judd.”

     “To hell with Judd,” says Sally. “Kiss me, you gorgeous redhead.”

     And he does to great applause.

     “What about me?” says Judd.

     “Come to mama, Darling,” says Marie, as she gives Judd a long, lingering kiss.

     Sally kisses Phil, Cliff kisses Betty, and everybody is happy.

     “Ok, break it up,” says Lew. “Phil and I have arranged the wedding lunch at a small French café around the corner. But we have to hurry. I have a matinee at three.”

Over lunch, Cliff attempts to bring Lew up to date on the Jack situation.

     “I hope that’s the last we see of him.” says Lew.

     “Enough of that,” says Marie. “Today, we talk only about happy things.”

     “Like what?” says Betty.

     “Like a week in Portugal,” says Cliff.

     “I can hardly wait,” says Marie.

     “Judd and I are going to…a Kentucky horse farm,” says Sally.

     “Well, don’t be so sad about it,” says Judd.

     “Sorry, Sweetie. Your filly is raring to go.” She gives Judd a love pat on the cheek.
“I should announce that Judd has a new book coming out.”

     There is a chorus of congratulations.

     “It’s as much Cliff’s book as mine.”

     “Thanks, Judd,” says Cliff. “But you can take the bows.”

     “Mother must be happy,” says Lew.

     Phil says, “Lew and I are going to Hollywood as soon as the play closes. I’ve got a directing job out there and Lew’s going to break into pictures.”

     “I’d rather do another play,” says Lew.

     “Hollywood first, Sweetheart.”

     Sally says, “I hope we’re not going to have a lover’s quarrel on this happy occasion.”

     “What about you, Betty?” says Cliff.

     “Oh, I’m open to offers.” When she casts a sexy smile around the table, it is obvious to Cliff where Marie got her beauty.

     “Why not come to Kentucky with us?” says Sally.

     “Yes,” says Judd. “Please do.”

     “Do I have to ride a horse?”

     “No,” says Sally.

     “Then I’ll come. I’ve always wanted to swim in mint juleps.”

     On that happy note, the lunch party broke up.

     Cliff embraces his brother and says, “As soon as Marie and I return from Portugal, I want to get together with you for a long talk.”

     “About Jack?”

     “Yes, and I’m thinking of making a trip to Watertown.”

     “I’ll pray for you.”


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Reviewed by Jackie (Micke) Jinks 5/10/2009
Finally...more happiness for Cliff and Marie. Hmmm, and the introduction of Marie's mother; what part will she play at the horse farm , and in the lives of Sally and Judd? More twists and turns ahead?
Off to #28...
Blessings and Love - Micke
Reviewed by Carole Mathys 5/8/2009
Love the happy and light feeling of this addition to your story, Gene
Why do I get the feeling the other shoe is going to drop soon? Splendid write!

Reviewed by J'nia Fowler 4/27/2009
I like the gaiety here, a nice break from the drama of alcoholism and death, not that that wasn't interesting, it was high intensity. I enjoyed this and especially the dialogue, very real, no wasted words. Yep, another winner. hugs, J'nia
Reviewed by Dawn Anderson 4/23/2009
Well, Gene, I have to tell you that all the kissing put a smile on my face, and as always your dialogue is so real and never forced. I'm thinking we may be seeing things coming to a close soon?
Reviewed by Jon Willey 4/23/2009
another great piece of expert dialogue Gene -- this is a magnificent series that needs to be published as soon as you have complete the last write of the series -- I'm still a little damp from all of the bussing in this one -- Marie is quite a catch -- she sounds like my kind of gal -- thanks for sending us another marvelous read Gene -- peace and love my friend -- Jon Michael
Reviewed by Rose Rideout 4/22/2009
I know we will hear more on the Captain Jack's series. This is great Gene and it could go on forever and never tire us. Thank you for sharing.

Newfie Hugs, Rose
Reviewed by Karen Lynn Vidra, The Texas Tornado 4/22/2009
Hope to hear more from Captain Jack, Gene; well done! Your writing has really taken off to new heights; keep up the great work!

(((HUGS))) and much love, your friend in Tx., Karen Lynn. :D
Reviewed by Lloyd Lofthouse 4/21/2009
I don't think this is the end. We still have to hear from the half-brothers. I got a kick out of all the kissing. When Phil kissed Marie's mother, I chuckled. That was a bit of fun. I think you may be relaxing us while setting up a shocker scene.

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