Ryan's Hope
April 1986
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Scene IV
Moira watches the wedding ceremony from the window. When the Mayor asks "Who gives this woman to this man?" Moira silently says,  "I do". 
Ryan:  Well, there you are, I've been looking all over for you.

Moira:  Ryan, I was with you the whole time, I wouldn't miss your wedding.

Ryan:  I didn't see you.

Moira:  Well, you've been very busy.  So, are you getting ready to leave?

Ryan:  Yeah, Rick won't tell me where though.  He says it's a surprise.

Moira:  That's fine.  He's fine.  Rick.  I like him.  Let me help you with these buttons.

 Ryan:  Thank you.  Your help has meant so much to me.  It's all been so wonderful.

Moira:  From the moment I laid eyes on you, I somehow felt responsible for you.  I'm very glad I could be here.  Ryan... oh... are you ...alright about the honeymoon? 

Ryan:  Oh, you mean tonight?

 Moira:  Does 'oh' mean you'd rather not discuss it?

Ryan:  Oh means, I don't know.  I think I feel all right.  It's just I don't know what I don't know, you know?

Moira:  You know more than you think you do.  You love him and you trust him.

Ryan:  Absolutely.

Moira:  Then you know intimacy and sharing yourself will be the most natural thing in the world.

Ryan:  Thank you.

Moira:  But there's more than that, Ryan.  Listen to me.  I think you'll find that marriage takes on a life of its own.  There's you, there's Rick, and then there's that special closeness that's both of you and that is a precious gift, Ryan.  Protect it, fight for it if you have to, but promise me you won't let go of it.

Ryan:  (Shakes head.)

Moira:  Good girl.  (Kisses Ryan)  Now, let's get you out of here, I think you have a husband waiting. 

Rick and Ryan leave on their honeymoon.  Soon after Ryan's father, Jack, and Uncle Frank arrive in Greenvale, too late to stop the wedding. 

When a married Ryan returns home she tells her grandmother, Maeve, how a wonderful woman named Moira made everything perfect. Upon hearing all about Moira, Maeve says to herself, "Oh Mary...I knew you couldn't let her down." 

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