Chapter Eighteen: The Final Chapter
Six months later
Sheridan Crane stood in the backroom of the church staring at
herself in the mirror. The wedding dress Theresa had designed was exquisite. She knew Luis would be pleased.
They had gone through so much over the last few months. Her father and Julian were now behind bars where they
couldn't hurt anyone else. Luis finally learned what happened to his father. She still couldn't believe Julian
paid that maid to convince an amnesiac Martin that he was her husband. The husband that Julian had killed the
same night Martin disappeared.
Martin didn't remember what he and her father were arguing about and according to Eve he never would, but his family
didn't care. The only thing they cared about was the fact that he was alive. Sheridan was glad he was here for
the wedding. She knew it meant the world to Luis to have his family together again. Even Antonio had come home.
Yes, today was the best day of her life. After all, she was about to marry the man of her dreams.
A knock on the door brought her out of her daydream. "Yes?"
Sheridan moved toward the door. "Luis isn't with you is he?"
"No, he tried, but I wouldn't let him."
Sheridan laughed and opened the door. That was Luis, all right. He'd been trying to convince everyone, all morning
long, to let him into to see her. He said he didn't believe in superstitions, but Sheridan knew he wasn't about
to take a chance today. "Come on in.
"Thanks," Theresa said walking into the room. "I brought you something. It's from Luis."
"Luis? Oooh, what is it?"
"I don't know, all he said was it was something old."
"Hmm, I wonder what it could be. " Sheridan murmured as she took the gift and started to unwrap it.
The minute she lifted the box, tears sprang to her eyes. There sitting in the box was the compact Luis had given
her. She picked up and turned it over in her hand. "I thought I'd never see this again."
"What is it?" Theresa asked.
"It's the compact Luis bought me. I lost it in Paris, or so I thought. I had no idea Luis had found this."
"That's my brother. He's just full of surprises."
Yes, he was, Sheridan thought as she opened the compact to check her makeup. As soon as she opened it and read
the inscription inside, tears started to roll down her cheeks.
I give you this along with my heart.
I love you,
Sheridan knew that nothing and no one would ever keep them apart
again. She had finally found love and in the process she had gained a wonderful new family. This was the best
day of her life, but then she remembered it was only the beginning. Because in seven months, they would have a
wonderful bundle of joy to add to their new family. Sheridan smiled as she placed her hand on her stomach, she
couldn't wait to tell Luis. He would be so happy!
Sheridan checked her appearance in the mirror one last time, then followed Theresa out the door. Today was the
first day of the rest of her life and she was the luckiest woman in the world to be spending it with a man like
The sequel to this story is To
Love & To Cherish