Here’s to Forever

Written by Solar Lin
Art by Samantha Gades

tw: violence

“Everyone, please,” Helen clinked her champagne glass. “May I have your attention?”

The room immediately fell into a hush, and Helen smiled.

She continued, her nails tapping on the champagne flute. “Today was a very special day. I got to marry the love of my life!”

In front of her, her family cheered as they clapped. The groom’s family, however, didn’t budge. They only stared at the newly-wed couple seated at the front table, not making a single comment. Helen was already well aware that his family would never accept her, but she wasn’t going to let it ruin her big day.

“And so,” Helen turned to Paris, her hand reaching into his cheek, caressing it. “In honour of him finally being wedded to me, I would like to make a toast to our everlasting love.”

A single tear dropped on Paris’ cheek, wetting Helen’s thumb. “Helen…”

“Hush, dear, you’ll have your time to make a toast!” Helen giggled. “To Paris. My darling, my love in life and death. You have no idea how terribly grateful I am to have you join our family. I knew, from the very first time I laid my eyes on you, that you’re someone I’ve been longing to meet. Someone I wished to spend my eternity with.”

“Helen,” Paris whispered. “Helen—”

“Let us make a toast, yes? To our marriage,” Helen ignored Paris and raised her glass. The rest of her family followed her gesture, cheering and hooting louder. Helen took a glance at Paris’ mother and saw tears silently rolling in her grey cheeks.

Tears of happiness, of course. Who wouldn’t want to be together forever with the most beautiful woman that ever existed?

Helen stepped forward to kiss Paris, broke the foot of the champagne flute, and buried the glass deep in Paris’ heart.

“Here’s to forever.”