My Journey

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Activity 8.5 P1

on December 17, 2008

A Woman Calls off her Wedding

1) Third Person Limited Omniscience

A deadly silence filled the chapel, some nervous coughs emanating from the back pews were the only noises made. The groom was left stood at the altar fidgeting nervously; she was twenty minutes late. He knew she wasn’t coming and could feel the embarrassment rising, his ears were heating up and he could feel the colour of his cheeks changing. With downcast eyes he shook his head to the priest who seemed to be emitting empathy without even speaking.

‘Would you like me to tell them for you William?’

‘Yes please.’

The priest turned slowly and moved towards the first rows of seated guests.

‘Ladies and gentlemen,’ his voice was soft but carried all the way to the back of the church with ease. It was obvious he spoke without the microphone on a regular basis. ‘I’m sorry to inform you that the wedding which we have gathered here for this afternoon will no longer be taking place. My apologies for any inconvenience.’ He looked around at all of the guests before continuing. ‘If you could please make your way to the main doors.’

The ushers stood to guide the guests back out to the car park. James moved towards Billy at the altar.

‘What’s going on mate?’

‘She’s not coming.’

‘What’s happened?’ The questions becoming more and more insistent and probing. There were people outside the chapel wanting answers and as the best man he’d be the one to have to give them.

‘I think she must know. There’s no other reason that I know of.’

James patted his shoulder, the pity showing and led him towards the exit. They paused only to thank and apologise to the priest.

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