Jacki wakes up running to the toilet not feeling well. Hmmm, I wonder if it was the dinner that we had last night, thinks Jacki. Very weak, she returns to bed next to Ricky.
“My Reina, how long have you had this morning sickness?” asks Ricky, concerned with her nutrition. “Have you gone to the doctor to get your prenatal pills?”
“Baby, I didn’t think about it and this is the first time that I have had morning sickness,” replies Jacki, attempting to smile at Ricky.
He pulls her into his arms, rubs her back. “My Reina, I’m having my primo Alex check you out and get you some prenatal pills. It’s important for you and our bebe,” says Ricky, with concern.
“Si, Baby, you’re right,” replies Jacki, loving how he loves her. Jacki falls asleep again in his arms.
Is it normal to sleep so much? I need to talk to Alex, thinks Ricky, observing Jacki sleeping.
The nurse enters the room and takes his vitals. “Can you please call Doctor De La Cruz? I need to speak to him,” requests Ricky.
“Yes, Mr. De La Cruz,” replies the nurse, returning to the nurse station to call Doctor De La Cruz.
Alex walks into the room expecting to see Ricky worked up about something. Hmmm I wonder what he wants, thinks Alex, walking quietly into the room.
“Primo thanks for coming,” says Ricky smiling, looking at his primo’s curious and surprised face. “I want you to check Jacki out. My Reina is having mi bebe and I want you to get us some prenatal pills.”
“Wow, primo, congratulations! This is awesome,” replies Alex. “Our padres are going to go crazy over the bebe.”
“I know and I want to make sure everything is good. My Reina had morning sickness this morning. She said for the first time. I just want to make sure that she and the bebe are okay and that they both get the nutrients that they need,” says Ricky, looking at his primo with concern. “Is it normal to sleep so much?”
“Si primo, it is normal, especially in the first few months. She’ll be having morning sickness, sleeping more, and fainting spells. These symptoms do not last long in most cases,” states Alex, amused, smiling at his primo.
“She’s sleeping again right now, can you still check on her and the bebe?” asks Ricky, looking at Jacki’s flushed face. “Is she hot?”
“No primo, she’s okay and don’t worry, I will take her vitals right now.” replies Alex, getting closer to Jacki. “She will need to make an appointment with her gynecologist to have the bebe measured and an ultrasound taken. The whole process is very exciting.”
“El bebe sounds good primo and I will get her some prenatal pills. She still needs to make an appointment with her doctor,” says Alex, walking out to get her the pills.
“Baby, what did Alex tell you?” asks Jacki, barely remembering what he said.
“That it’s natural for you to sleep and the morning sickness will only, in most cases, last through the first months. He’s getting us your prenatal pills. He said for you to make an appointment with your gynecologist,” replies Ricky, immensely happy. “My Reina, I want to go to all your appointments.”
“Si, Baby, I would love that,” replies Jacki, kissing him, wrapping her arms around his neck.
“My Reina, you need to behave because we cannot do anything in this bed and I’m still hurt,” says Ricky.
“Baby, that’s right, I forgot that you have stiches. How are you feeling today?” asks Jacki, with concern.
“I’m doing well, but I just can’t do a lot of moving,” replies Ricky, grinning, leaning in to whisper. “My Reina, you can love me when we get home and I promise not to move.”
“Baby, you’re so wicked,” replies Jacki, giggling.
“Primo, here are the pills and Jacki, you need to make an appointment with your doctor,” says Alex, happy to see them so in love.
“Gracias, Alex,” replies Jacki, blushing.
“My hijos, buenos dias,” says his Mama Lupe, walking into the room. “How are you doing today?”
“Doing good, Mama. Hola, Papa,” says Ricky, looking at his padres. “Alex just checked out Jacki and gave us her prenatal pills.”
“Mi hijo, Alex, is she okay?” asks Mama Lupe, worried that Jacki could be having problems with the bebe.
“Tia, everything is okay. Jacki needs to rest. She needs to make a regular doctor appointment and take her prenatal pills,” replies Alex, grinning at his tios. “Ricky is doing great and he can go to house now.”
“Bueno, we are here to take them to the house,” replies Papa Jorge, nodding.
They go home to the house and settle Ricky into his bed. Jacki is at his side. The phone rings and Jacki answers, it is Jessy. “Hola, hermana,” says Jacki, going to the restroom trying not to wake Ricky.
“Jacki, how is Ricky doing?” asks Jessy.
“He’s doing well, right now he is resting,” replies Jacki, wondering what is going on. “Is Papa real pissed?”
“Yeah, he is and he wants you back in the house. I just don’t get why he gets so upset. Your wedding is only a few days away,” says Jessy, shrugging her shoulders.
“Hermana, I’m not going back to stay in the house. I will go back to get my cosas. Mi Baby needs me. He was hurt and now it’s my responsibility to care for him.” says Jacki.
“Jacki, I totally agree with you and so does mi Mama,” replies Jessy. “You know that Papa is real, real old school. You’re lucky he didn’t throw Ricky out that first day.”
“Yes, I know, and you know that I have been trying to please him, but this is serious. I’m not backing down, Jessy,” Jacki is frustrated with her Papa. Hmmm I better calm down, thinks Jacki, taking a deep breath.
“Okay, Jacki, I’ll try to calm him down and to make him see that this is serious,” replies Jessy. “I have to let you go, I have lots of work to do.”
Hmmm, should I try to go over and talk some reason into mi Papa? I really don’t want to argue with him, I do love him, ponders Jacki.
Jacki returns to the room and she sees that Ricky is awake, looking at her.
“My Reina, I don’t want you to have any problemas with your padre. It is only a few more days away from our wedding in the church and that will please him,” says Ricky, wincing from the pain of the stiches and the broken ribs when he moves.
“Baby, where’s your medication so I can give you some. It looks like they’re wearing off.” replies Jacki, going to look at the paper bags from the hospital.
“My Reina, I’m serious,” says Ricky, almost in a whisper, feeling the pain each time he breaths or talks.
“Baby, I want you to forget about it. You’re mi esposo and I’m taking care of you. That’s it,” replies Jacki, firmly.
She locates the medication and quickly gives Ricky the pills with some water.
In a few minutes he falls asleep and she rests right next to him, holding his hand. I will not leave him, no way in hell, thinks Jacki, as she falls asleep.
Jacki wakes up and looks into Ricky’s beautiful green eyes. “Baby, te amo,” says Jacki, giving him a beso, thanking dios that he is alive.
“My Reina,” replies Ricky, with love, stroking her cheek. “Estas tan Bella (You are so beautiful).”
“Ricky, stay right there. I don’t want you to pull your stiches,” replies Jacki, getting up to get him some water. “Do you need more pain killers?”
“Si, it’s starting to hurt,” says Ricky, looking at his esposa con happiness.
“Baby, I’m going to go to my house and get some of my clothes. I’m also going to talk to my Padre,” says Jacki, looking into Ricky’s eyes. She gives him his medication with a glass of water. “I’ll be right back.”
“Si, my Reina, but I don’t want your padre to get upset at you. I want our marriage to be happy even for our padres,” replies Ricky, looking into his esposa’s eyes.
“Si, Baby, and I will talk to him,” says Jacki. “No worrying, okay?” she sits next to him, rubbing his brows as he falls asleep.
Hmmm, he’s asleep and I’m going to mi house to talk to mi padre, thinks Jacki, grabbing her purse. Good thing that we live around the corner and I will bring back mi car with some cosas. Jacki walks out of the house.
A few minutes later, Jacki walks into her house and seeks out her padres. “Mama, Papa,” calls out Jacki. She walks into the familia room, looking at her padres watching a show on the television.
“Si, mi hija,” says her Mama Rosa, standing to hug her hija. “How is Ricardo?”
“Mama, Ricky is doing better. He has some broken ribs, two broken fingers, and lots of bruises,” replies Jacki, smiling at her Mama, turning to her Padre. “Papa, I came to talk to you.”
“Si, mi hija,” says her Padre Juan, looking at Jacki full of rage. “I told you and Ricardo very clearly that you will stay in mi house until after the church ceremony has taken place. You are disobeying my ordenes!”
“No Padre, we are not disobeying your ordenes. I am taking care of mi esposo that is hurt. We are married by the civil law and dios knows we will be married in our church on Saturday the 18th. That is only nine more dias,” replies Jacki, looking at her padre with frustration and compassion for his desires.
“Mi hija, Ricardo is not dying and he’s now in his house with his familia. You can attend to him in the day but you need to come to my house in the noches until your wedding,” commands her Padre Juan.
“Padre, I will not leave my esposo’s side and he needs me,” replies Jacki, turning away to go to her room to get some ropa.
“Mi hija,” calls out her Mama Rosa, feeling pain and frustration with her esposo’s attitude.
“We need to allow Jacki to attend to her esposo. They are married by the civil law,” says her Mama, looking at her esposo. “Your being muy duro.”
“Si mujer, pero asi soy,” replies her esposo Juan with a stuborn look in his eyes. “It has to be the way that I say.”
“You’re not being fair, Jacki is truly in love with her esposo,” replies Mama Rosa. “She will stay with Ricardo.”
“Jacki is not going to stay with Ricardo,” roars Papa Juan, with anger. “If she does, I will not speak to her ever again.”
“Juan, don’t say that,” replies Mama Rosa with tears in her eyes. “Jacki and Ricardo are married.”
“Yes, but not by our faith, the church!” thunders Papa Juan, with anger, sitting down on his sofa.
Jacki returns to her padres to say adios. She has tears in her eyes. “Adios Mama, Papa,” says Jacki, walking to her Mama to give her a hug.
“Dios te bendiga mi hija and a tu esposo Ricardo,” says her Mama Rosa, tears falling down her face.
“Adios, Papa,” says Jacki, walking towards him to give him a hug.
“No Jacqueline, you will not stay with Ricardo at night. If you don’t return to sleep in mi house tonight, I will not talk to you,” states her Papa Juan with rage.
“I’m sorry, padre,” replies Jacki, walking away from her padre going to the door.
She picks up her luggage and walks out of the house with tears running down her cheeks. Jacki can hear her Mama Rosa crying as she leaves.
As usual the entire familia is at the Sunday dinner. They are excited with the recent news. The familia is thrilled and the new couples are absorbed with their spouses. They’re in their own world and didn’t notice anything or anybody else.
“Baby, you need to get Tony to go to the house and rest. He’s not looking well,” replies Jacki, looking at Tony’s pale complexion and red eyes. “Your padres will notice and get real worried with what is transpiring.”
“Si, my Reina, I will try,” says Ricky, looking at his hermano.
Tony is sitting at the mesa, attempting to eat his dinner and trying to ignore his headache. What in the fucking diablos was I thinking drinking all of that tequila? I feel like hell. I’m dying even now after hours of sleep, thinks Tony, in misery.
Ricky is sitting next to him and his esposa on his other side. “Hermano, are you buen?” asks Ricky, looking at how pale and gray Tony looks. “Go para the house and rest some more. I don’t think it’s a good idea to try to visit Cynthia esta noche.”
“Que the chengada Ricardo, I’m going esta noche even if I die trying!” spits out Tony, through clenched teeth in a low growl. He’s trying not to give his plan away. I don’t want my primos to try and stop me. It’s bad enough that Ricky is on my back, ponders Tony, with anger.
“Tony, estas loco, and you need to rest. You need to be with it before you try to get Cynthia out of her house with all of those guards,” replies Ricky, trying to keep control of the situation.
Tony turns to look at his hermano. “No te metas (Don’t butt in),” says Tony, through clenched teeth taking a drink of his water, trying to kill the thirst.
Ricky looks at Jose Enrique to have him come over with Christian. He then turns to look at Alex and Javier to get them to come over to help out. We need to stop Tony before Lopez kills him.
“Mi amor, can you give me a minute? I need to talk to Tony,” asks Jose Enrique, whispering in Jessy’s ear and giving her a beso.
“Si, mi vida, I’ll just talk to Jacki,” agrees Jessy, waving Jacki over to allow the primos some privacy.
“Christian, I need a minute. Will that be okay, Mona?” asks Jose Enrique, looking at her, waiting for her response.
“Yes, of course,” replies Mona, smiling, giving Christian a beso. She walks over to Veronica and Claudia to get to know them better.
“Que pasa, Ricky?” asks Jose Enrique, sitting behind Tony. Christian sits on Tony’s other side blocking him in.
“What’s up?” asks Alex, standing in front of Tony, noticing that he’s not looking so well.
“Primo, are you okay?” asks Javier, noticing how gray his complexion is and how his eyes are bloodshot.
“Hermano, you need to listen to reason. Eres un hombre and not a niño. You need to stop being stubborn,” says Ricky, with anger and fear.
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The next morning, Papa Jorge calls Ricky early in the morning. “Mi Hijo,” croaks Papa Jorge. His voice is closing up with the intense emotions that he’s feeling. Tears falling down his face, he turns to Jose Enrique, and hands him the cell phone.
Jose Enrique takes the cell from his Tio Jorge. “Primo, Tony is unconscious and has a mild traumatic brain injury, M.T.B.I, a concussion,” says Jose Enrique, with pain.
“How did this happen?” asks Ricky with fear and frustration. “Que the chengada esta pasando con Tony (What in hell is happening to Tony). I can’t move. How can I help my hermano?”
“Right now, we need to pray that he wakes up. Calm down, primo. We’ll take care of the other issues later,” replies Jose Enrique, thinking of Lopez. “I’ll call Lopez and try to find out if he’s involved in this.”
“Si, primo, and let me know the status of mi hermano,” replies Ricky, with a heavy heart.
“Si primo, no worries. I’m here,” replies Jose Enrique, knowing that he’ll need to stay here with Tony to make sure everything is going well.
“What’s going on?” asks Jacki, looking at Ricky.
“My Reina, Tony is at the ER and is hurt. I don’t have the details,” says Ricky, with frustration and fear. “I’m frustrated that I can’t move to help mi hermano.”
“Baby, we have to have faith, dios will take care of Tony. If you weren’t hurt, you still couldn’t do anything for him, right?” asks Jacki, attempting to get Ricky to calm down. “We’ll go over to the hospital to see him in a few, okay?”
Ricky realizes that Jacki is correct. I still couldn’t stop Tony even if I wasn’t hurt. He would have still sneaked out and done what he wanted. Si, my Reina is right. I need to calm down and get ready to go check out Tony at the hospital. “Si, my Reina, you’re right. Please help me get ready so we can visit Tony,” says Ricky, with a weak smile.
Ricky and Jacki walk down the hall of the hospital after checking in with his padres in the waiting room. Tony is still hurt and the doctors are attending to him. Ricky and Jacki aren’t allowed to visit him.
Ricky is feeling tired and is hurting. “My Reina, after we sign the papers for our house, we need to return home. I’m hurting and I’m tired,” says Ricky, clenching his jaw.
“Si Baby, I agree. Here’s your medication. Please take it so the pain will subside,” says Jacki, handing him the medication before exiting the hospital.
They arrive at the house after signing the purchase papers. Ricky goes directly to his room. Jacki assists him into bed, caressing his brow tenderly. Ricky falls asleep. Jacki starts to read her romance novel.
The next day, Ricky is feeling a little better. Jacki is finishing applying her makeup. Ricky is waiting for her to finish. “My Reina, I’m so glad that I woke up a lot better. Today is so exciting. I can go with you to monitor the delivery of our furniture,” says Ricky, smiling with pleasure. “I’m so happy that our house is going to be ready for us next week.”
“Si Baby, I’m in heaven. We need to also purchase our bebe’s crib for the nursery. I want to also select the paint. That we can do a little later, baby, because remember that you agreed that we will put the crib in our room in the little sitting area,” says Jacki, turning to observe Ricky’s reaction. “I want our bebe next to us until he’s a little older. Okay?”
Ricky smiles at Jacki with pleasure. Si, my Reina is very nourishing and will be an awesome Mama. I know that I’m going to be extremely happy with mi Jacki, thinks Ricky, nodding. “Yes my Reina, I agree. It’s best for our bebe to be near us until you feel he’s old enough to be in his room. We can fix his nursery later and we can select the theme for his room.”
“I heard mi Mama talking about Angel Nicolas’ nursery a few days ago. You know that Nicolas has returned. The familia is happy,” says Ricky, standing from the chair.
“Si Baby, this is so exciting. Okay I’m ready,” says Jacki, smiling at Ricky, taking his arm to assist him to walk.
Ricky and Jacki spend all day at their house getting it ready. Jacki arranges the kitchen appliances and Ricky watches television on the sofa. They order pizza and enjoy their day together.
The next few days Ricky and Jacki spend all day at their house, getting it ready and arranging their personal items. Jacki orders and has the local store deliver some groceries. Jacki cooks Ricky several meals. Ricky loves it. They enjoy every minute. Nobody knows that the house is ready. They want to keep it their secret, their haven.
“Mi amor, this has been great. I loved spending our days in our house. I love your cooking. I can’t wait to be able to love you again. This has been hell,” says Ricky, waiting for Jacki to lean in to give him a beso.
“Si, Baby, I agree. It has been heaven. I hope that you will be feeling better manana. Our boda is finally here. We will be going to our luna de miel in two days. I want you, I need you. Te amo mucho, Ricardo,” says Jacki, giving him another hot hungry beso. “I have to go to my padres’ house. I’m going to miss you tonight. I love sleeping close to you.”
Ricky has his hand at the back of her neck. He pulls her close again for another hot hungry beso. “My Reina, you know that I want you and I need you,” moans Ricky, with hungry pasión. “I love you, te amo.”
“Baby, I love you,” says Jacki, gazing deeply into his hermoso green eyes. “I will see you manana at the church. I can’t wait for our boda to take place. I hope that you can make love tomorrow night.”
“Si my Reina, I will, I will make damn sure that I can,” says Ricky, grinning. “My ribs didn’t hurt that much today and I know that we can be creative.”
“Si Baby, I pray that you will be better manana,” says Jacki, grinning with pleasure. She gives him another beso before leaving.
Jackie returns to her padre’s house on Friday the day before her church boda. I really want to stay with mi Baby, but I know that mi padre is already furious that I haven’t stayed en house all of these days. I don’t know what he expected me to do. I’m married and Ricky is my esposo and he was hurt. I couldn’t leave him alone when he needed me more than ever. I hope that mi padre at least acknowledges the sacrifice that I’m doing to please him a little, thinks Jacki, unhappily.
She walks into the house and goes to the familia room seeking her padres. I know that my padres are watching the Spanish novela, thinks Jacki.
“Padres, I’m back en house and staying tonight to leave from the house for mi boda manana,” says Jacki, smiling at her padres. “Ricky is feeling a lot better now. We also signed for our house this week. We have been real busy getting it ready for when we return from our luna de miel,” says Jacki.
Jacki’s Mama is real happy to hear that Ricky is feeling better and that they have signed for their house. Her Mama understands the situation. “Mi hija, that’s wonderful, gracias a dios that Ricky is okay. He recovered just in time for the boda manana,” says Mama Rosa, standing to give Jacki a warm motherly hug. “Your house is ready for when you return from your luna de miel. This is so exciting and I am muy happy with your esposo. He is a great hombre.”
“Gracias, Mama,” replies Jacki, looking at her padre waiting for some type of response.
Her Papa Juan does not appear to want to even say hi. Her Papa Juan continues to look out of the window thinking. I cannot look at mi hija right now. Estoy muy enojado con Jacqueline (I’m furious with Jacqueline). What was she thinking? Does Jacqueline not respect my decisions, my word? Is my word, my desires not the law in mi house? I expect mi familia to obey my orders, contemplates Papa Juan angrily. I told her she had to stay at night en my house hasta que pase the boda (until the ceremony takes place). I don’t care that she is married by the law of the United States. She is not married by the law of dios. He starts to get redder and more furious as he thinks about Jacqueline’s actions.
“Papa estas bien?” asks Jacki, as she observes her Papa start to get redder as he clenches his jaw in anger. “Papa, please calme down. We are getting married tomorrow,” says Jacki, going to him to give him a hug. “Papa, yo lo amo and estaba muy malo (I love him and he was real hurt.).”
Jacki’s tears slip down her beautiful face. How is mi padre going to hold this against me? Ricky is mi esposo and he needed me to take care of him. It is my duty, obligacion, and desire to care for mi esposo. I know that I did right. I am a mujer, una adulta, contemplates Jacki, with sorrow.
“Jacqueline, you knew how I felt about this and you still went against my deseos. You were not allowed to live with Ricardo until after the church ceremony takes place, until dios blessed your union. That is when you’re truly su esposa and not a minute before!” roars her padre in a low angry tone.
He pushes Jacki away from him so he can stand. “No estoy bien (I’m not well),” states Papa Juan, and walks away. He strides to his room closing the door with a slam, echoing throughout the house.
Jacki starts to cry sitting down on the sofa. “Mama, what am I going to do? Mi Ricky was hurt and not well. No soy una niña and si estamos casados pro the ley (I’m not a little girl and we are married by the law.),” she puts her head on her arm, crying out her grief.
Does this mean that mi padre will not walk mi down the aisle? What am I going to do? Should I have someone else walk me down the aisle at the boda? This is unreal, ponders Jacki.
Jacki’s Mama Rosa looks at her hija crying and looks in the direction of her room where her esposo is very furious and out of control. She didn’t know who to go to talk to first. They are both right in their own ways, thinks Mama Rosa, with helplessness and frustration.
Mi hija is not doing anything wrong. I know what mi esposo thinks, but in today’s world, Jacki is Ricardo’s esposa. “Mi hija, don’t cry. Everything will work out. I will talk some sense into tu padre. Calmate Jacqueline. Relax que manana es tu boda,” smiles her Mama Rosa, rubbing Jacki’s back.
Jacki’s Mama takes her to her room and has her stretch out on her bed. “Mi hija, please go to sleep. Manana is your boda and you should be rested. You want to look beautiful for Ricardo. I will talk to your Papa,” says her Mama Rosa, giving her a kiss before walking out of the room.
Today is the double wedding for Erica and Gabriel and Ricky and Jacki. The entire familia is excited and happy for the two couples.
Jacki looks like the Reina that Ricky adores. Her padres and hermana are exiting the white limo. They all go to stand at the side of the chapel.
They are waiting for the ceremony to start. I don’t want mi Ricky to see me until it’s time to walk in, thinks Jacki. I’m so excited. I want him to see me when I walk down the aisle towards him. I want to give you gracias dios mio for allowing mi padre to understand and for my Ricardo.
“Gracias Papa,” says Jacki, with tears in her eyes and a trembling smile.
“Si mi niña, we’ll go on from here in peace,” replies her Papa Juan giving her a warm hug. “Todo esta bien (Everything is good)”.
Si, now I’m muy happy becuase Ricardo is going to marry my niña en the house de Dios, ponders Papa Juan, with pleasure.
“Dios te bendiga, mi niña,” says her Mama Rosa, giving Jacki a warm hug and a beso. “You look extremely Bella.”
“Si hermana, you look muy Bella and Ricky is going to be so happy,” says Jessy, looking at her hermana’s amazing wedding dress.
Geeze, I should have gone to Vegas to get married. They have the most amazing wedding dresses, ponders Jessy.
Erica is extremely happy. She can’t believe that their wedding day has arrived. I’m so happy and my wedding dress is so beautiful. I’m going to be Gabriel’s esposa. Oh Dios mio, I love my Baby so much. Now we will always be together. Finally after so many weeks of waiting, our boda is here. I know that my Gabriel is going to look like a prince, contemplates Erica with happiness.
All of the familia is going to be at the ceremony. Si this is even better than I have ever dreamed. I think that it is so awesome that it’s going to be a double wedding.
“Erica, it’s time to go to the chapel. You don’t want Gabriel to get nervous or scared that you’re not showing,” says Bella, with an evil grin striding into Erica’s room. Erica and Bella walk into the living room and the entire familia is waiting for them.
“Mi hijo, do you know if Alex is running late,” asks his Mama Maria, fixing Erica’s veil.
“No Mama” replies Nicolas, turning to look at Christian.
Christian pulls out his cell to call him. Hmmm, he doesn’t answer. Maybe he’s delayed at work.
“Mama, Alex won’t answer. Maybe he’s at work,” says Christian, looking at his padres.
“Okay mi hijo, maybe he’ll meet us at the chapel,” replies his Papa Jose Arturo, walking towards Erica.
“Mi hija, your Mama and I are muy happy and we know that you are going to have a wonderful esposo. I know both of you are in love and I know that it’s a true love. Que dios los Bendiga siempre (god bless you always),” says Papa Jose Arturo, giving Erica his bendicion.
“Gracias, Papa,” responds Erica, trying not to cry and ruin her makeup, hugging her padre with lots of love.
Erica turns to her Mama and hugs her close. “I love you, Mama,” she says.
“Mi hija, I love you and I know that Gabriel is a grand hombre. God bless you,” says Mama Maria. She hugs her little niña.
“Gracias,” replies Erica, hugging her Mama with todo her corazon.
“It’s time to leave. It’s getting late and Gabriel is calling me,” says Christian, with an evil glint in his eyes. “Erica, I’m telling him that you changed your mind.”
“Christian, you better not!” screams Erica, getting hysterical. “I’ll get you, Christian.”
“Si Gabriel, we’re on our way,” says Christian, grinning, looking at the relief on her beautiful face. “Are you sure you want to marry Erica?”
“Mama!” yells Erica, with frustration, wanting to hit her hermano on the head.
“Mi hijo,” scolds Mama Maria, shaking her head at Christian. He will always torment his hermanas.
“Just kidding, Gabriel,” says Christian, laughing, walking out of the house with Monique at his side.
“Baby, you’re being mean,” says Monique, shaking her head.
“I’m just playing,” responds Christian, taking Monique to his car, assisting her into the seat.
The limo is waiting for Erica, Bella, Greg, and her padres. “Let me help you, mi hija,” says her Papa Jose Enrique, happy that his niña is getting married.
They arrive at the chapel and exit the limo. Gabriel is at the front of the doors with his familia waiting.
Damn, this is worse than going on a mission, thinks Gabriel. Finally, mi Baby is here. Now I can start to relax. Christian was just messing with me. Damn!
“Mi hijo, Erica has arrived,” says his Papa, looking at Erica exit the limo.
The priest meets them outside and asks the wedding party to get ready to start the ceremony.
The entire familia and guests walk inside the chapel to take their seats. The wedding party takes their positions to start the wedding procession down the aisle.
Gabriel’s Mama walks down the aisle with him and Ricardo’s Mama walks down the aisle with him. The groom’s best man walks down the aisle followed by the bride’s maid of honor.
Now it’s time for the brides. They start to walk down the aisle on the arm of their padres.
Jacqueline walks down first and then Erica. They look so happy and radiant. Their padres hand them over to the bridegrooms, with happiness on their faces.
Oh, dios mio, my Reina looks so Bella. I know that I have already seen her in her wedding dress, but that seems like a long time ago, thinks Ricky, beaming with happiness. Now todos can see what a Reina she is. Ricky gazes at Jacki with adoring eyes.
Mi baby looks so much better now. I’m so happy that finally we will be able to start our married vida juntos. I’m thankful that he is well, thinks Jacki, smiling at Ricky.
The ceremony starts and the priest has wonderful vows for them. The entire familia is very emotional and happy.
“Si accepto,” is repeated by Erica and Jacki, accepting taking Gabriel and Ricky as their esposos.
“Si accepto,” is repeated by Ricky and Gabriel, accepting taking Jacki and Erica as their esposas.
Ricky slides the wedding ring on Jacki’s left ring finger.
Gabriel also slides onto Erica’s left ring finger the wedding ring.
The priest pronounces them husband and wife and announces they may kiss their brides.
The familia yells and cheers for the couples. The mariachis start playing a romantic Spanish love song. The entire familia starts to clap waiting for the wedding party to exit the chapel to follow.
Si, it’s about time, thinks Ricky, pulling Jacki into his arms, giving his esposa a hungry beso. Now es toda mia, only mia for eternity, thinks Ricky, hugging her tight.
I wonder where Alex is at. He has not arrived, ponders Mama Maria, with concern. It’s not like him to miss such an important day. I’m sure that he had requested this day off.
She turns to look at her esposo and knows that he’s also anxious. This is not right. Gracias dios mio, the wedding is finally over, thinks Mama Maria. She turns to smile. The couples are starting to walk down the aisle.
They walk down the aisle after the married couples and out of the chapel. Mama Maria turns to her esposo when the cell phone starts to ring.
“Hola,” says Papa Jose Arturo, looking at his esposa with concern.
“Hi, is this Mr. De La Cruz?” asks the Medical Assistant at the hospital.
“Yes,” replies Papa Jose Arturo, with anxiety and nervousness. “Who’s calling?”
“Mr. De La Cruz, I’m calling from Valley Medical Hospital in the ER department. I’m sad to inform you that Dr. De La Cruz has been in a car accident and is hurt,” says the Medical Assistant, with some empathy.
“Oh no, dios mio, we will be there in a few!” yells Papa Jose Arturo, looking at his esposa with anxiety. “Maria, Alex was in a car accident and is in the ER hurt. Maria, we need to leave now, ya pronto!”
“No!” yells out Mama Maria, with excruciating dolor, trying not to faint, “Mi niño!”
“Calm down Maria,” moans Papa Jose Arturo, with dolor. “We need to go to Alex.”
“Si,” replies Mama Maria, sitting down on a bench and looking around. “The wedding! They will just have to continue without us,” thinks Mama Maria, with dolor.
“Jose Arturo, please go and tell the familia. Tell them to go on ahead to the reception,” cries Mama Maria, wiping her tears with some tissue.
“Si mujer,” replies Papa Jose Arturo, striding quickly over to his hija and sobrino. They look so happy and I’m real happy for them. I still need to be with mi hijo Alex, ponders Papa Jose Arturo.
“My hijos, Alex has been in a car accident. He is in the ER hurt. Maria and I will be going to him. Please continue with your wedding reception. We will keep in contact,” says Papa Jose Arturo, trying to keep the tears at bay.
“Papa,” cries out Erica, striding quickly to her padre’s side with a torn heart. “I want you to go to Alex. We will be okay. I will tell everybody. We will be there later.”
“Si tios, we will be okay. We will all be there,” says Ricky, contemplating the familia as they start to learn of the accident.
“We’re coming with you,” says Christian, looking at Monique and the familia.
“Si, we think that’s a good idea,” agrees Jose Enrique, looking around. “We will be showing up later.”
“Si tio,” says Ricky, gazing at Jacki nodding in agreement.
“Okay, my hijos try to enjoy your day,” says Papa Jose Arturo, looking at his hermanos. “Take care of our hijos.”
His hermanos nod in agreement. “Si hermano, go to Alex, we will be praying for nuestro hijo,” replies his hermano, Francisco, striding over to Jose Arturo to give him a hug.
“Papa we’ll be there later. Danni and I will be taking care of the guests,” says Nick, giving his Mama a hug. “I will pray for mi hermano.”
“Gracias mi hijo,” replies Mama Maria, giving Nick and Danni a hug.
The familia De La Cruz is devastated with the news of Alex’s car accident. The familias’ emotional state is low. The concern for Alex’s condition is overpowering the party mood.
The wedding dinner is served and the cake is cut. The familia is in no mood to continue with the celebration. The few guests that are present decide to leave early out of respect for the familia.
The familia quickly return to their house to change their clothing. They all proceed to the hospital.
A few hours later the familia is in the waiting room waiting for some information on Alex’s condition. The wedding reception is cut a little short.
“Baby, do you want to stay here and not go to our luna de miel? I’m okay with that,” asks Jacki, gathering bags in the hotel room.
“My Reina, that’s real sweet of you to offer. Alex is now okay. When we return from our luna de miel, I know that Alex will be home. Alex is in recovery now,” replies Ricky.
“Okay Baby, you’re right. It was so depressing that he was hurt on our wedding day,” says Jacki, all ready to leave to the airport.
“Si my Reina, but everything is okay now. I want to enjoy our luna de miel,” says Ricky, pulling her in his arms. “Finally we are going to be alone for the next two weeks. I can’t wait to get to our house. I’m looking forward to your cooking.”
“Oh yeah Baby, I have a menu for each day. I also have a list of the movies that I want to see. Oh, but best of all, I have my list of where I want to make love,” says Jacki, grinning. She observes Ricky’s eyes flare with hot pasión.
“My Reina, you’re not playing fair, you know that we have to leave for the airport. Now you have me all worked up,” moans Ricky, pulling her close for a hot beso.
They arrive at the terminal a few minutes before the plane finishes boarding the passengers. With relief, Ricky and Jacki board the plane.
“Baby, I’m so happy that we’re finally in our room. I’m tired,” says Jacki, walking over to the bed. She takes off her shoes to take a nap.
“Okay my Reina, I will take a walk to get a Corona. I will return in a while,” says Ricky, leaning down to give her a beso.
“Si Baby, I will only take a short nap,” replies Jacki, falling off to sleep.
Well, that’s just great. I think my Reina is tired from the pregnancy. I need to relax and be patient. She will feel better in a while. We will go out to dinner and to the clubs. Si, I’m going to enjoy our time here, ponders Ricky, walking out of the room.
Oh yeah, my Baby fell for this, thinks Jacki, giggling. She quickly stands. I need to order everything so it will be ready. I’m taking a shower and I will dress in my nice black sexy evening gown that I bought especially for him. I know that he will love it.
Jacki makes her calls to set up the romantic dinner on the balcony. She schedules to have a group of mariachis to play in the evening, during dinner. She orders some rosas for Ricky. She also has fresh strawberries and whipped cream delivered.
Jacki quickly answers the door to get the scented candles, rosas, and fresh strawberries and whipped cream from room service. She instructs them to bring her a nice container full of ice with Coronas.
She takes the candles, strawberries, and cream to the bathroom to arrange it all around the Jacuzzi.
Si, I know that I could have had room service do this, but I want to make sure it’s perfect. I wanted to do this all of my life. It’s my fantasy, thinks Jacki, sighing. I’m glad that they put the strawberries and whipped cream in a container that will keep them fresh.
Si, this is a dream that I had for a long time. Now I’m going to live and enjoy it with mi Baby, thinks Jacki, applying lipstick. I’m so happy that I had Jessy help me select some awesome sexy outfits for this trip. I feel sexy and beautiful for my Baby.
Ricky returns and walks over to the bedroom to check in on Jacki. I wonder if she’s feeling better. I’m ready to spend some time with her. I miss her, thinks Ricky, walking into the room carefully.
Jacki rushes into his arms as soon as he steps inside the room. “Baby!” yells Jacki, beaming.
“My Reina, you’re feeling better. That makes me real happy, because I was not happy spending time alone. I missed you,” moans Ricky, hugging her close. He buries his face in her hair inhaling her scent. “Jacqueline, I love you.”
“Si Baby, I love you,” replies Jacki, pulling back to gaze into his hermoso green eyes.
The music starts to play and Jacki pulls him out onto the balcony where the mariachis are playing outside on the beach. The dinner table is arranged beautifully. There’re several hurricane lamps and rosas around the balcony.
“Baby, te amo!” says Jacki, pulling him down for another hot beso.
“My Reina, this is incredible and te amo mucho (I love you a lot),” says Ricky, holding her close listening to the mariachis. “Jacqueline, tu eres mia (you are mine), only mia for all eternity.”
They hold each other close under the amazing huge moon enjoying the music and the waves. Ricky gives Jacqueline a hot beso, bestowing all his pasión and amor for her.