"Thank you Father Tuck," Alice said as she gave the man a brief hug. "You no idea how much this means to me," she said to him before she took a step back. "We'll be back later today with everything," she promised as she looked up to Seth and they started out. She whispered up to him. "So the bullying thing was a joke?"
The man seemed to open his mouth as if to speak but then immediately closed it. "I suppose not," he finally conceded. He looked to Alice. "What about Lamont?"
"I've never wanted to marry Lamont but I do want to marry Seth," she advised the man.
"Do you want a whole ceremony or can I just say that you're married but you need to go to town and get the certificate so that I can sign it officially."
Father Tuck moved to take the proferred flask. "What is it that you want?"
"To be married?"
The man spit out the whiskey he had in his mouth. "You? You've been fighting that for years," he chuckled. "Don't tell me you convinced this poor sap to marry you."
The man glanced over her shoulder toward Seth. "And who is that?" he asked after a moment.
Alice pressed her lips together looking over her shoulder and indicating to Seth to come over to her. "Father Tuck, this is Seth. Seth this is Father Tuck."
"Why do I suddenly feel like the church is going to be set on fire again and this time its going to be your father doing the lighting?"
"No fires," she promised.
There was scrambling in the back. and something got knocked over as a rotund man came in. "Oh-ho-ho Alice. To what do I owe the pleasure. You didn't happen to bring me any of your father's whiskey did you?"
"I did bring my flask which you can have if you do me a favor and I'll get you more."
"I'm not going to dignify that with an answer," she said to him with a frown as she helped pull the large doors open and stepped inside. "Father Tuck," she called out for her favorite of the priests. He was normally drunk on the wine.