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The Price of Love
by AshleyTara

CHAPTER 44
Seascape
(After the wedding)


"A toast, to my mother and father. They finally found each other, therefore, they found happiness." Ethan raised his glass with the other guests at the Seascape before drinking some of the champagne it held.

Ivy had detached her veil from her crown and the tinkling of silverware against glass began to fill the room as the guests looked expectantly at the happy couple amongst their family at the head table. "Should we give them a show," Sam smiled at Ivy.

"Why not? They are our guests after all," Ivy replied as Sam helped her stand up. They kissed for the second time that day for their guests, but made this one a little shorter. They didn't want to get carried away. Everyone applauded for them as they pulled away.

Ethan approached his parents. "I have a little surprise for you two. I couldn't decide on a wedding present for you, so this will have to do for now." He looked over at the musicians and waved his hand.

The musician leader nodded. "It's time for the happy couple to have their first dance, and we've got something special for them." He smiled, turned around, and began directing as Sam and Ivy took the dance floor.

Sam put one hand on Ivy's waist and took her other hand in his as the music began. The tune that they heard surprised them both. It was Billy Joel's "Just The Way You Are."
Sam smiled, "They're playing our song, but how do you think they knew?"
Ivy looked deep into his eyes. "I think I mentioned once in passing to Theresa while we were planning the wedding. She must have remembered."

"Well, what a wonderful daughter-in-law we have."

"What a wonderful family we have," Ivy corrected him.

They danced until the end of the song and slowly kissed one more time, forgetting the people around them until they heard the applause again. Ivy blushed, "Come out here everyone. Enjoy yourselves!"

The crowd began to cover the dance floor and Ivy lost Sam in the confusion as someone pulled him aside to talk and several of Sam's cousins began to exclaim over her dress, her ring, the wedding, and the party. She was polite, but kept scanning the crowd to find Sam. But someone approached her before she could find him.

"Hello dear," the elderly woman greeted Ivy.

Ivy felt a little uncomfortable. Before her stood Rose Bennet, Sam's mother. "Hello, Mrs. Bennet." She didn't know what else to say. She knew how Sam's mother had felt about them all those years ago. It was true that now she had resigned to the fact that her son and Ivy would be together because of the children, and she had been very courteous and even loving to the children. But Ivy wasn't sure how she would take them getting married and holding such a large wedding.

Rose embraced her new daughter-in-law. Ivy slightly surprised, returned the embrace. Sam's mother had never shown her any affection before, much less a hug. "Thank you for making my son so happy."

"Really Mrs. Bennet, I should be thanking you. Your son has saved me on several occasions and in more ways than one."

"Call me 'Mom.' I know I haven't been so warm to you in the past, but I didn't want to see my son hurt. But I see how much you love each other and that's good enough for me."

"I don't know what to say."

"Don't say anything. Now, enjoy your evening. I've got to get back to my husband," Sam's mother walked off just as Sam approached his wife.

"What was that all about," Sam slipped an arm around his wife's waist.

"I'm not exactly sure, but I think your mother is accepting me now. She actually told me to call her 'Mom'."

Sam laughed, "Yep, that's a sure sign. Come on, they want us to throw the garter and toss the bouquet."

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