A Heart That’s Shared
He had always dreamed of having a family of his own, and now his dreams were starting to come to life! His excitement grew as each day brought them closer and closer to their wedding day.
But he never knew that being with her meant that he would share his heart with her sister, too. He knew what he had to do as soon as he saw her wearing her bridesmaid dress.
A Charity Event
Malcolm was at a charity event in Houston, Texas, when he met Denise. He joined the event as a guest while she had been part of the organizing committee.
The event had drawn quite the crowd and inevitably became busy. Malcolm decided to break away for a few minutes of fresh air in the main hall. A few minutes of fresh air would soon become something that would change his life forever.
A Beautiful Sight
It only took a few steps away from the event for Malcolm to bump into a beautiful lady. He was taken by her brown eyes and her rosy cheeks sitting on her high cheekbones.
She was slim, and Malcolm couldn’t help being pulled in by her gaze. He thought she was the most beautiful woman he had ever seen, and her smile sent his heart racing.
The One For Him
Malcolm couldn’t help smiling as he recalled the moment and said, “My heart went crazy when I saw her smile.” He had no idea who this woman was but he did know that she had won over his entire being.
He admitted that he had never believed in fate and soulmates, but when he saw her, he couldn’t deny that she was the one for him. “I didn’t want to leave without knowing I would see her again,” he said.
He had to ask for her number, and he was over the moon when she gave it to him. It wasn’t long before the two went on their first date. Little did he know the journey would have many obstacles.
That night, as he looked at her sitting across from him, he could tell she was in a stressed state. “Are you alright?” he asked.
Met With Silence
The question seemed to bring Denise out of her spiraling thoughts. Her eyes widened, and after a moment of silence, he admitted feeling she wanted to decline his invitation when he asked her out on the date.
Malcolm started wondering if he had maybe overstepped when she kept quiet. He opened his mouth to say something else but the words caught in his throat when she got up from her seat.
Denise finally spoke and told him she had something to show him. She could tell the man she was looking at was kind and hardworking and that he had a sense of humor. She couldn’t deny feeling attracted to him.
But she also knew how everything seemed to crumble once the men she went out with met her sister, Mara. She had learned her lesson and wasn’t going to allow herself to get hurt again.
Change Of Plans
Malcolm was surprised when he saw that she was about to leave and wondered what would happen to the reservation he had made. But he helped her with her coat and accompanied her to reception. She could see the worry on his face as he canceled their dinner and walked outside.
Denise hailed a cab that drove them to her front gate, and they climbed out. She looked at the large house before her and didn’t move to invite Malcolm inside.
Malcolm stood beside her, confused. “Why are we here?” he asked. He watched as Denise tried to find the words she needed to explain everything.
It hurt him to see her this way, and he reached out to hold her hand. “I want you to know that I won’t leave you, no matter what it is,” he said. When she looked at him again, he could see the tears in her eyes. He would never have expected Denise to do what she did next.
Malcolm was surprised when Denise pulled him into a tight hug. She was breathing hard as he wrapped his arms around her, and soon, her breathing turned into sobs.
He waited for her to calm down before he asked her what was wrong. He could tell by her continued sobbing that something weighed on her. It was a bit longer before she was ready to speak.
“It’s my sister,” Denise whispered. “She’s sick, has been sick for a few weeks now, and I don’t know what to do.” “Is she inside?” Malcolm asked.
Was this the reason Denise seemed distant before? Was she unsure of how he would react? Taking her hand, Malcolm repeated what he’d said earlier, “I won’t leave you.”
Denise smiled at his words. “I know we don’t know each other,” Malcolm continued. “But do you mind if I meet her?”
Denise looked at him for a few minutes. Was he serious? He was shocking her with his responses. But if anything were to happen between them, he would have to meet Mara first. She was her everything. “I don’t mind,” she said.
Malcolm followed Denise into her house, finding that, true to her word, her little sister Mara was sick and in bed. He learned that she’d fallen under the weather as summer ended and never really bounced back.
She was asleep when Denise brought him to see her, so he didn’t interact with her that night. But their relationship would blossom into something he never thought possible.
Date Night: New And Improved
Denise seemed a little at ease after letting Malcolm meet Mara. She apologized for ruining the night and asked how he felt about making some snacks at home and watching a movie in the living room.
Malcolm agreed even before the words were out of Denise’s mouth. He had always been a homebody, choosing to stay inside instead of going out.
A Splendid Night
The pair would have a splendid night, watching all the great Westerns, which were Denise’s favorites. They also watched a few of Malcolm’s favorite romcoms.
The spark that had been there when they first met came crashing through the door as a roaring fire. Malcolm knew he’d found the love of his life. He had no idea what he was stepping into.
Talking To Mara
By morning, Malcolm had decided he wanted Denise to be his. The night had shown him just how much they had in common.
She was an extraordinary woman. She was not only intelligent and witty but beautiful. She also had the best inside jokes about movies and sports. Well, that was until Malcolm finally talked to Mara, her sister.
She Makes Him Laugh
With Mara, Malcolm couldn’t hold a straight face in conversations. If Denise was funny, Mara deserved a comedy special in one of those extensive streaming services.
Their time together was just as magical as Malcolm’s time with Denise. As the morning came to an end and Denise walked Malcolm out, he knew he’d found his place on this earth.
Denise saw how Malcolm interacted with her sister. She loved that he didn’t act differently because of her medical condition. He didn’t make the situation weird or awkward.
The days turned into weeks, the weeks morphing into months. Even though Malcolm was dating Denise, he couldn’t deny his strong bond with Mara. His relationship with the sisters would follow him to the altar.
Denise and Mara had been inseparable since they were kids. Although they were two years apart in age, everyone could agree that they looked like twins.
Mara had down syndrome, a condition Malcolm didn’t pick up on until days after meeting. Mara was the happiest and most engaging person Malcolm knew despite her illness. Would he cut their bond because of it?
Sister And Best Friend
Malcolm’s relationship with Mara was similar to his relationship with Denise on many fundamental levels. Yet it differed in one. He was not romantically involved with Mara.
For Malcolm, a person who grew up a single child with little to no friends, Mara was the perfect sister and best friend. As he went out to buy a ring for Denise, he knew he couldn’t leave his best friend out of the picture.
A Night To Remember
Malcolm bought the best rings in the jewelry store and asked the sisters to a candle-lit dinner in their favorite restaurant. Seemingly unaware of what was happening, the sisters agreed to his request, and they all had a wonderful evening.
After their meal, Malcolm invited the sisters to a special place in the city’s park overlooking a lake. He got on his knees and proposed to Denise. As soon as she said yes, he did the unthinkable.
He Pops The Question
Malcolm proposed to Mara, asking her if she would be his best friend and sister for life. “I can’t begin to imagine a life without you in it,” he confessed.
“You are a kind and beautiful soul, and you bring joy to our lives. Mara O’Conner, will you make me the happiest man by being my best friend and sister forever?”
A Proposal Like No Other
Mara’s eyes gleamed with tears. Behind her, Denise’s lips parted. The sisters looked at each other before settling on Malcolm. Did they think this was a joke? It was undoubtedly unheard of.
Malcolm stayed on his knee as they shared looks again. Mara’s hand was trembling in his. Her cheeks, like Denise’s, were awash in tears. But would she say yes?
“Yes,” Mara whispered, seemingly unsure at first. Then her lips curved into a beautiful smile, and she yelled her answer. Denise hugged her tight before Malcolm could slip the ring on, and they all embraced against the beautiful lake vista.
The days after that blurred into one, and before the trio knew it, their wedding was around the corner. Would Malcolm break up the engagements before everything got out of control?
The Right Choice
As the wedding day loomed closer, Malcolm never felt like he’d done the wrong thing. He’d seen the photos of the sisters when they were young, seeing how inseparable they were.
Denise and Mara did everything together. From birthdays, fairs, and Halloween to first days at school. Who was Malcolm to break that beautiful bond?
A day before the wedding, Malcolm drove down to the parish alone. He still had one more thing he needed to do before the big day.
He spent the afternoon with the priest, and soon after, he was standing on the altar looking at Denise as she walked down the aisle. But something else happened.
A Beautiful Wedding
After Denise joined him on the altar, the wedding song began playing again. Mara appeared at the door with her dad beside her.
She had the brightest smile on her face, a smile that would get brighter as the day continued. Malcolm and Denise received her, and the next part of this lovely ceremony commenced.
The priest gave a short sermon and soon after called the loved ones to exchange their vows. But instead of taking Denise’s hand, Malcolm reached out for Mara’s.
The congregation melted as he said his vows to her, promising to take care of her, always listen to her jokes, and go fishing. Mara did the same, and the congregation cheered as the priest declared them best friends. But it only got better.
The First Dance
After Malcolm and Denise shared their sweet vows and were officially married, Malcolm took Mara on the first dance. He’d grown up alone with no sibling to make him feel whole.
Now he had the sweetest sister and best friend blissfully dancing with him. He looked at Denise, who was in tears at the head table. She nodded at him, and he knew he’d made her more than happy that day.
The Happiest Ending Ever
The wedding day came to a beautiful close. Malcolm and Denise went on their honeymoon and soon returned home. Of course, they live a stone’s throw away from Mara’s place.
Whenever the young couple can, they go to Mara’s to keep her company. Mara also visits often, and the three are nigh impossible to separate.
Disclaimer: To protect the privacy of those depicted, some names, locations, and identifying characteristics have been changed and are products of the author’s imagination. Any resemblances to actual events, places, or persons, living or dead, are entirely coincidental.