He looked around the room again as he dabbed the sweat on his forehead.
Lots of people milled about. Too many! But he knew this was it: it was time to run. He shouldn’t waste another seco-
He jumped at the sound of the main door banging open, stricken with panic. Too late.
A vision in white was gliding down the aisle and then in front of him. His fears seemed to melt into oblivion. He realized he’d do anything for her. He was ready to give in!
The minister cleared his throat and began: We are gathered here today…
(Originally written for Reader’s Digest’s 100-word Short Story Competition 2013)