My Journey

From mind to paper and back again.

Activity 8.5 P3

on December 17, 2008

3) Third Person Objective

A deadly silence filled the chapel, some nervous coughs emanated from the back pews breaking the silence. The groom stood at the altar, eyes downcast. She was twenty minutes late, it seemed she wasn’t coming. Billy’s ears and cheeks were visibly going red, the colour rising quickly. He shook his head to the priest, an imperceptible movement to anyone behind. The priest seemed to be empathy personified without moving a muscle or speaking, it showed in his eyes and across his face.

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

‘Yes please.’

He patted Billy on the arm and then moved forwards towards the guests.

‘Ladies and gentlemen.’ He spoke with a well practiced voice that carried all the way to the back of the chapel. ‘I am 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 paused for a few seconds, the message seemed to be soaking in with the guests. ‘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?’ He asked, his eyes brimming with concern. He placed his hand on Billy’s shoulder.

‘She’s not coming.’

‘What’s happened?’ The urging in James’ voice was clear now.

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

James patted the shoulder that his hand was already resting on and led Billy down the main aisle of the church to the exit after all the guests had dispersed. They paused on their way to thank the priest.


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