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06/20/2022 09:55 PM 

dance with my father

dance with my father
june 25th, 2021
"TeeDee, this guy is a good goy, I'm glad that you guys rekindled your friendship, you know that, right? I know that you were so worried about how I'd react about you dating another rockstar after everything with Lindsey, but I don't know, I always knew he was different since we first met him at one of your concerts ages ago"

Arms snaked around her waist as "Landslide" played on the speakers out in the garden, Stevie shaking her head before resting her forehead against his shoulder. She couldn't ask for her father and husband to get along more than they do now. He was right though, Stevie was so scared to tell her parents she was dating someone else in the business after the turmoil they watched her go through with Lindsey Buckingham, but something just felt different about this.

"I know, Daddy, but I'm so grateful that you and Mama love him, and I hope that when you're no longer here and something is weighing heavily on my mind you send me a sign so I know you agree with my decision" Stevie paused as her song came to an end, Luther Vandross' "Dance With My Father" started playing, the blonde looking over her shoulder as she saw Tom talking to the DJ, a smile on her lips as her attention turned back to her father. "I told Tom once in the 90s if you guys were ever here when I got married that I'd want to have our dance to this song..." Stevie's voice trailed off, looking down at the ground so her father didn't see the tears forming in her eyes.

"I will always send you a sign, Stephanie, but you aren't going to need my approval forever, your mother and I raised such a smart woman. And, is that so? Well, why are we standing here then, TeeDee? This is your wedding, your mother and I are here and the song is playing. Let your father have this dance?

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The dream she had a million times since the mid-80s played in her head as she and Tom sat beside each other in the courthouse filling out paperwork for their marriage license, Stevie was pretty quiet as she was filling out her part of the paperwork. Her parents were there through so much of her life, but not having them here for a marriage that her mother had been wanting since 1985 was bittersweet. Yes, she knew it would be impossible for her to have them here given her age and everything, but it doesn't mean that this still isn't bittersweet.

Reaching in her pockets as she let out a groan, Stevie handed Tom the clipboard and pen. "I'll be right back, I forgot my wallet in the car." Stevie chuckled, shrugging her shoulders before she'd walk through the hallway to the main entrance. She was totally unprepared, but she and Tom decided this late last night, that they just go and get married instead of waiting and having a big wedding. Still, in the back of her mind, Stevie just wanted a sign that she was doing the right thing, a sign like her father said so many times before both before he died and in her dreams that he'd send.

Opening the car door a few minutes later, Stevie slid into the driver's seat and started looking for her wallet. As soon as she sat down, however, she had an overwhelming urge to turn the car, and even though she spent a few minutes fighting it, Stevie eventually just pushed her index finger on the button to turn the car, her breath catching in her throat as soon as the radio kicked on.

"And if you see my reflection in the snow-covered hills
Well maybe
Well maybe
Well maybe
The landslide will bring you down"


Stevie, who had just found her wallet in the cup holder turned her head to look at the radio as she felt her right eyebrow raise and her heart skips a few beats. Sitting back up in the car, she went to go turn the car off as the DJ was speaking, she heard the beat, she heard the starting keys and the first two lines of songs as Stevie felt her eyes water before she slid down in the seat. All she's been asking for, pretty much since she and Tom rekindled their romance, was a sign that her parents would approve. There is no way, out of the billions and billions of songs in the world did Landslide and Dance with my Father play back to back. 

"Back when I was a child
Before life removed all the innocence 
My father would lift me high
And dance with my mother and me"


"Oh, Daddy, how I wish you and Mama were here. Mama, you finally have what you wanted, you always said Tom was the one who would understand more than anyone. And Daddy, thank you for keeping your word. I love you both, and I miss you both so much..."

Sitting in silence as she listened to the entire song, Stevie choked back on a few tears before pulling down the sun visor and quickly checking her makeup to make sure it hadn't smeared. Once the song was over, she'd quickly turn off the car before putting her wallet in her pocket and getting out of the car. Shutting the door and locking it up, Stevie looked up at the few clouds in the sky with a smile on her face. "I love you. I miss you. Thank you..." she whispered to herself before slipping the key fob into her pocket and started her walk back to the courthouse to marry the man of her dreams -- and with her father's approval.


 
stephanie 'stevie' nicks-petty
 

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