"We're getting married in two hours. Can you come down to the courthouse?"
What? I took the phone away from my ear and looked at the caller I.D. It sounded liked Lilly's voice and sure enough it was Lilly's phone number, but what was she talking about?
"Because the wedding is today."
Still with no clue what was going on, I ran to the calendar on the kitchen wall and thumbed through it.
"No, I'm pretty sure it's not."
"Yes, it's today. Jerry and I have decided to elope. Today. You have your dress and jewelry, right?"
I didn't say anything for several minutes. Lilly and Jerry were eloping and expected me to still wear my Pepto pink dress? Ugh.
"Yes, I have it."
"Great. Can you meet us there? You can park in the parking garage across the street. They'll validate parking."
"Um, okay, I'll see you in two hours."
I hung up and felt sick. It was bad enough I was going to have to wear that dress to a formal wedding but I was mentally prepared for that. There would be others wearing that same dress and there would be rituals and routines and after I got home I could burn the dress. Lilly would feel a sense of beauty having us wear horrid dresses and she would have beautiful pictures.
But an elopement downtown? Why did we have to wear formal wear? I didn't want to wear formal wear. I would have to been seen in public in that pink dress. Not just wedding guests who were expecting it but actual strangers and cab drivers. I would have to cross the street in that dress!
I went to the bathroom and threw up.