Skeletons Without Halos 17
Who Needs Halos When You Have Wedding Bells?
Hello and welcome back! In our last chapter we discovered the identity of the skeleton behind everything. But it isn’t all bad news. Vicky is receiving the care that she needs and we have a wedding to attend.
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Your Music For Tonight's Tale
Wedding Cake Murder
A Lovely Bride
The day of our wedding had arrived at last. I could feel butterflies dance in my stomach as mom helped me into my dress. “You make such a lovely bride.” She said as she buttoned me up then saw to my veil. I turned around so they could see and Sugar and Suzy Q, both important parts of my bridal party, sighed happily.
“You look so beautiful!” Suzy Q said dreamily. “And thanks for having me as your flower girl, I thought they had to be little kids.”
“It’s our wedding and we wanted the bravest girl we knew, Suzy Q.” I said and she blushed. She was doing great for herself and I was proud of her. I’d been through counseling myself and I knew it wasn’t easy. And she’d gotten serious with Jimmy, though she knew Chester and I regarded her as our own daughter and looked forward to grilling him about his intentions.
Sugar looked wonderful as well. She was well on the road to recovery and absolutely glowing to be part of my big day. “You didn’t have to just give us the cake, you know.” I said gently. She’d been attacked by Victoria during our visit and I still felt guilty.
“It was the least I could do. I recognized the actress playing your friend. We used to date a long time ago and when she gets out we might start again. I swear she had no idea what your partner had planned, she’d been told it was going to be a big surprise.”
“I know. I’ve talked to Vicky’s doctors. She is so deeply into her own world that she thought we were dating our entire partnership. I’m just sorry I never noticed anything was wrong before innocent people got hurt.”
The women both jumped up and hugged me tightly. It was good to have friends and as I hugged them back I was truly thankful for them. “Thanks, Mom. Ladies.” I said as I turned and took in my reflection in the dressing room mirror. My gown was a confection of white lace and small jewels and tears pricked my eyes as I saw how beautiful I looked. “I look like an actual bride.” I breathed and Mom smiled at me lovingly.
“You are, and I want you to remember this day forever.” She said, slipping a blue ribbon around my bouquet. “There, it is both borrowed and blue. The dress is new and my old wedding shoes fit you perfectly. She smiled and hugged me, and soon there was a gentle knock on the door.
Till Death Do Us Part
Skeletons Without Halos
A Handsome Groom
“Come in.” I said and it opened to reveal Clarence, looking resplendent in his tuxedo.
“Gee, Boss. You look beautiful. They’re ready to start when you are.” He said, then was escorting me out the door and up the aisle on his arm. I saw Chester waiting for me and was glad I had Clarence to hold on to. I hadn’t seen his tuxedo and the only way to describe it was otherworldly.
It was cut sharply to show off his angular features and he wore a fedora of the same midnight black material. As I came up to him his jaw dropped in admiration. “You look beautiful, Nicky.” He said softly as he took my hands in his.
“And you look amazing.” I managed. The priest started speaking and I could dimly hear him. I only could see Chester in front of me and hear his voice as he murmured encouragingly to me. We exchanged rings and vows, then he was lifting my veil to kiss me, his teeth the barest whisper against my lips.
The church erupted in cheers and it took some time to walk back down the aisle as our well-wishers thronged us. But we at last made it out to find the limo waiting to take us to the event hall for our reception.
As we entered the room where our guests were awaiting us, I gasped in astonishment. We’d both agreed to get modest things that wouldn’t insult our guests and give the rest of the proposed budget to various charities.
But what met our eyes was sheer extravagance. Our guests, all the bosses, all our friends and about half of the city, stood up and applauded our entry. I blushed and nodded my thanks, too overcome to speak. Chester held up a hand and the applause died down. “We both want to thank the people of this city for their generosity. Your kindness towards us won’t be forgotten.”
Our men were there as well, all of them, families in tow and as we sat down at our table to be served, one after another brought their happy broods up for us to see. We both fussed over their wives and children, and we had simply the best wedding reception ever.
Bless the Bride (Molly Murphy Mysteries)
The Most Handsome Of Grooms
Honeymoon For a Skeleton And His Bride
We hadn’t made plans for a honeymoon, so I was surprised when Chester asked if I’d like to go home and change before our trip. “Trip?” I asked as we arrived at our complex.
“You’ll see, Nicky.” He teased. I found traveling clothes waiting for me, and a new gun in a more discreet holster laid neatly on top. “Aw, Chessie.” I said as I changed then strapped it on. I grabbed the bag he’d clearly had packed for me and met Chester in the hall.
“Thank you, sweetie.” I said, kissing him in thanks. Chester made a pleased sound, and we were enjoying that kiss until a male voice cleared and we found Clarence waiting to escort us to the car.
I blushed slightly as we parted, but Chester looked pleased with himself. Soon we were off, and I was cuddled into Chester in the back of the car. “Where are we going?” I asked, but Chester merely shook his head. There was a quick stop at the café where coffee and doughnuts were brought out to us, and we both happily accepted the gifts.
We’d eaten and eaten well at our reception, but the gesture was a nice one. And then we were headed out of the city. Far out into the country, and we seemed to be going out into the middle of nowhere.
The Happiest Of Bosses
An Enchanting Cottage
Despite my best efforts, I fell asleep in Chester’s arms and woke up to him shaking me gently. “Mm?” I managed.
“How about a break to stretch our legs?” He asked and I nodded. It had been a little past noon when we’d started out and from the lowering sun I realized we’d been traveling for hours. I gave Chester a quizzical look as we were parked in front of a path leading into the woods.
Chester grinned and bowed to me, taking off his hat with a flourish to indicate I should go first. So I did, my shoes sinking slightly into the mossy path. We walked for a few minutes in silence, then rounded a curve and I stopped with a gasp. There, in a clearing was the most romantic honeymoon cottage I’d ever seen.
Snug and built out of stone, it radiated a quaint charm with its neat flower beds and lit candles in the windows. “Pleased, Nicky?” Chester asked and I nodded happily.
“Oh, Chessie.” I managed as he scooped me up suddenly and swept me inside. Chester set me down, but kept his arms around me to draw me into a kiss and I seriously didn’t mind. We parted and he looked at me dreamily. I hardly noticed as Clarence brought our bags in, tipped his hat to us and bid us goodnight and a pleasant honeymoon.
“You’re not driving back to the city?” I asked as he turned to go.
“No. The missus and I have a little cabin not far away. She’s there with the kids. We’ll have a vacation while you honeymoon and I’ll be back in two weeks to drive you home, unless you two want to stay longer, Boss.” He smiled fondly at us then left.
“That is tempting.” I admitted, taking in the cottage. There was a gift basket on the wooden table and as I explored I found a small bedroom with a bed just big enough for two, and a discretely tucked away bathroom.
That and the main room with its fireplace and miniature kitchen made for a charming place, and Chester didn’t have to ask twice for me to join him on the sofa. “You really are pleased?” He asked.
“Chessie, it’s wonderful. How did you even find it?” I asked.
“Oh, I have my ways.” He said. “I was hoping you’d like it. We can do whatever you like. Go fishing in the morning, or hiking, or maybe take the canoe out on the lake.”
“Fishing sounds swell” I said and Chessie lit up in response,
“You mean that? Really? Then I really have found the girl for me.”
“You better have, Mister.” I mock growled and he smiled fondly at me.
“I know I have. And just think, Nicky. When the babies come we can bring them out here whenever we like to get away from the city. Might have to add on, but it is ours.”
“Ours, welcome home, Nicky, welcome home.” And with that Chester drew me into a kiss so wonderful that I knew I was home.
Should The Series End Here?
Well, should it? Myself, I'm curious to see what happens next.
All's Well That Ends In A Honeymoon?
And thus ends our adventures with the pair. Though you have to wonder what awaits them in the future, don’t you?
Skeletons Without Halos Chapter List
- Skeletons Without Halos
You'd think if you ended up in the land of the dead life would be all sunshine and roses. Ha! Just because they are dead don't mean the skeleton residents are saints and Nicky's number may just be up.
- Skeletons Without Halos 2
Can our lady detectives survive their latest predicament? Or will lead showers be in the forecast? Read on to find out!
- Skeletons Without Halos 3
As things heat up for the detectives they find themselves in a bit of a bind. Help comes from an unlikely place, but is it a set up to get our beautiful Nicky alone? Read on to find out!
- Skeletons Without Halos 4
Well, well. Looks like our Nicky can't decide between an old flame and a new one. And you know what they say about playing with fire. Looks like our lady detective is about to get burned.
- Skeletons Without Halos 5
Our lady detectives are back! What? You thought it was curtains for Nicky? That dame's got more lives than the proverbial cat. Of course there is always more than one way to skin a cat.
- Skeletons Without Halos 6
There are certain things that don't mix with being a detective. Working for a crime boss is one of them. Have our detectives reached the end of the line, or will they be good dames in a bad town?
- Skeletons Without Halos 7
Seven chapters in and we still don't know who wants Nicky dead. They say follow the money, but that isn't all there is in this world some people find worth killing for.
- Skeletons Without Halos 8
Every story much reach its end. We are born, we die, and with some like our Nicky, we may very well die again. Has our lucky lady finally lived out all nine lives? You'll have to read on to find out.
- Skeletons Without Halos 9
Sometimes things happen in this life we don't understand because there are players behind the scenes we are unaware of. Nicky knew one of those players, but was that enough to save our fair detective?
- Skeletons Without Halos 10
For ten chapters Nicky has grown on us. First as a detective and now as Chester's partner in crime. But just as seasons change and the leaves fall, so do good men. Especially in the land of the dead.
- Skeletons Without Halos 11
Even in the land of the dead a body can pass into the great beyond. With Chester gone will his empire crumble or will Nicky get a miracle?
- Skeletons Without Halos 12
In the land of the dead, even skeletons can go to the great beyond. And sometimes, just sometimes, they come back. Does that mean trouble ahead for our Nicky?
- Skeletons Without Halos 13
Sometimes bad things happen to good people. When Nicky sees something wrong, she tends to fix it, but what about the types of things some folks ignore? Will our girl have the wits to combat abuse?
- Skeletons Without Halos 14
We all have a past, and it isn't always a happy one. As Chester takes the lead one more time he reveals his past and his hopes for the future. But is Nicky the gal to make them all come true?
- Skeletons Without Halos 15
Weddings can be a highlight of anyone's unlife. And as the date draws ever closer, the couple become the recipients of early gifts from well-wishers. But will one of those early gifts prove deadly?
- Skeletons Without Halos 16
Love comes into all of our lives. And in many cases it is a blessing. But when an obsessive love is unrequited the results can be deadly. Is Nicky about to take her final bow?
- Skeletons Without Halos 17
You are cordially invited to the wedding of Chester and Nicky, sure to be the social event of the season and the biggest wedding the land of the dead has ever seen.