Texas Redemption(144)

By: Linda Broday

The pianist launched into the wedding march and all eyes turned. Houston’s tongue glued to the roof of his mouth. Becky was truly a vision with her golden hair hanging in ringlets from the crown of her head.

How had he landed such a breathtaking woman? Must’ve been fate. She slowly made her way to his side and took Houston’s hand. Crazy with love for her, he stared into her soft brown eyes and squeezed her palm. He mouthed, “I love you for all of eternity.”

The sound of a horse whickering outside caught his attention. Guests had been arriving all day. When he glanced up, he spotted his brother Luke, standing apart from the rest next to his black gelding. He’d made it after all. Their gazes met and he nodded to Houston. Houston nodded back, happier than he’d ever been in his life.

Just as the good reverend opened his mouth to speak, a single shot rang out. It happened so fast, no one had time to react. As if in a daze, Houston heard Becky cry out, watched her collapse. He caught her in his arms before she hit the ground.

Blood oozed from a hole in her chest and stained her beautiful blue dress.