We’ve done a lot of talking since then. There was a lot to talk about, and no, I’m not fully comfortable with everything, but I trust her. It’s no like she killed them for no reason, her family was being threatened. And, she’s in some protection program now, because of her old job. She used to be a secret agent, but that’s all she’s allowed to tell me. She wasn’t even supposed to tell me about everything, about who she really is. That’s what I heard that day. She was arguing with her old boss about telling me the truth. It’s part of the reason I still want to marry her. She didn’t have to tell me any of this, she really didn’t. I could have lived my whole life without knowing about this part of her life. But she decided to tell me, she decided to risk what we had, for the truth. There’s no way Dani could have known I’d still stay with her after knowing she’s killed someone. She did the right thing by telling me this, without knowing if it would turn out okay. And I still trust her. Yeah, I’m shaken by all this new knowledge…but I’m glad she told me.
And it honestly got me thinking. We were going to have a small wedding, with possibly only my sister and friends present, but I’ve been leaning towards a different idea – for only Dani and I to be there. This whole thing is about our relationship, and our commitment to each other. Out of everyone in the whole universe, we found each other, and isn’t that a miracle? And…I want to get married to her, and say her real name. Danica Lovelace. Because of the protection stuff, she doesn’t use that name anymore. But that’s the woman I’m marrying, and I’m proud of that. She’s an amazing woman and she’ll be my wife. If anyone else is there, I won’t be able to say Danica in my vows to her, and I want to. Besides, it’ll just be simpler without anyone there, and more romantic. While a lot of my life has been ‘out there’, from telling my friends, especially Lyric, everything, telling Lexie a lot, and having a decent amount of people know my name from my political career, the one thing I’ve been private about are my romantic relationships.
“It’s so pretty out there,” Dani said, looking through the window at the white-coated landscape.
“I know,” I replied, smiling. “isn’t it crazy we’re the first people in years to see snow?”
“Yes,” she moved away from the window and sat down on the sofa next to me. “There was no seasons when I was growing up. Our kids will think it’s normal.”
“It is,” I pointed out, “there was weather for thousands of years before now.” I glanced over at the window to see the falling snow, but the curtain had already fallen back into place, blocking the window.
“So, we’re still getting married?”
“Of course. I told you I still loved you, and that I want to be your wife,” I replied softly.
“Say that again,” she asked, smiling.
“I want to be your wife,” I repeated, smiling back.
She put one arm around me, pulling me closer. “And I want to be yours.”
I blushed and leaned in, kissing her passionately.
“So, about our wedding, I’ve sort of been thinking – I want it to be private. Just you and I.”
“That sounds romantic,” she replied, “and I like the idea, but won’t your sister want to be there, and you friends? I know some of my co-workers even might want to come. Weddings are a big deal.”
I weighed the options, and looked back up to her with a smirk. “I have a great idea. We can have two.”
“Two? Two weddings?”
“Yeah, two. The first one can just be us, in nice clothes, doesn’t have to be extra fancy or anything, getting married. We get to say our vows, it gets to just be us. And the other one can be the one people know about, when they get to watch us become married… yeah, we’d already be wives, technically, but it would work, right? They’d get to watch us, and we would also get the private one we want.”
“That’s actually perfect, Adelaide. Let’s do it. When should the date be, for the actual wedding?”
“Um, it could be Winterfest, right?”
Her eyes widened, and she broke into a grin. “Yeah, I love that.”
Today’s the day. I’m getting married to an amazing woman, and I couldn’t ask for anything more. After around six years, Dani’s going to be my wife, and I’ll be hers. We’re both really excited, but we’ve been keeping calm around Lexie. We didn’t tell anyone that we’re really getting married today, they all think it’s tomorrow. Luckily, it also happens to be Winterfest Eve today, so she’s pretty busy getting a ton of food made and helping put up decorations. My friends and I all agreed we needed to meet up, so we’re all over at Raini’s place. She lives here with her husband, and they’ve been married for about 5 years.
“Where’s your man, Raini?” Zoe asked, keeping a close eye on her daughter.
Raini laughed. “He’s spending the day with his sister. And you all wanted to meet up, so it worked out.”
“Well then, it’s just us ladies,” Lyric added.
“Zoe, Aurelia is so big now!”
Zoe beamed, holding her little girl’s hands. “I know, it’s crazy. She’s my life now, it’s hard to believe only four years ago I didn’t have this little girl to take care of. But it’s amazing. She looks a lot like her dad, but she’s got my mom’s eyes.”
“So are you and your boyfriend ever getting married?” Raini asked her. They’d been together for years now and they’ve got a daughter. It was a good question, one I’d been wondering for a little while.
“It’s not something we’re worried about,” Zoe replied, “to us it’s just a title, it doesn’t define the relationship. Neither of us plan on leaving Aurelia, you know, so it’s not a big deal. We’ve even talked about giving her a sibling…”
We all looked around at each other, Zoe blushing as we started overlapping each other in exclamation.
“Ok, ok!” She grinned, “Yeah, it’s true.”
“That’s great! Are you just like casually thinking about it, or seriously?” I asked.
“Sort of in-between. We’ve agreed we wouldn’t want their ages too far apart, if we are having another kid.”
Lyric nodded, “Well, on that note, I have some news to share! I got a promotion a few days ago, so I’m almost the boss. Like, I still have a boss and all, but there aren’t that many more people above me.”
“Wow!” Zoe smiled. “I was never really a job person, motherhood suits me better. What about you, Raini? Kids on your list?”
“I’m not sure. I’m open to either way, but it sure is nice just dealing with yourself. We’re moving into a nicer apartment soon, actually.” Raini answered.
“We should all meet up at my place for New Years,” I suggested.
“That’s a great idea!” Zoe exclaimed, “I can’t wait to see the new place!” She went over to try to calm down Aurelia, who was probably getting bored just sitting there, watching us adults talk. She’s the most adorable little kid I’ve ever seen, but she’s also the first toddler that I’ve seen in probably my whole life, besides my younger siblings when they were toddlers, but I don’t remember that.
They hadn’t been to the house since the new one was built, and they were gonna be blown away. I couldn’t wait for them to come over once we could actually use the pool, too! Whenever we meet up, it’s like no time passed. I remember just as clearly when we were in high school, talking about things like grades and the future. I wonder if us back then would have ever imagined the lives we’d be living now. It wasn’t long before we were saying goodbye again, but it wouldn’t be for long since they were all going to be at my wedding tomorrow.
The plan was that Dani and I were to meet up at the Calico Club at 5:30 pm. I’d brought my outfit in the car and I was just going to quickly change and do my hair before texting her to make sure she was here. We were surprising each other with the outfits we were wearing today, since we’d already seen the outfits each other were going to be wearing tomorrow for our ‘fancy wedding’ as Dani says. This one was just us being us. We’d just picked a color scheme for our outfits today, and that was all I knew about what she was wearing, which colors it would be. I can’t wait to marry this amazing woman. This is everything I could have ever imagined. More than everything, actually.
“Dani…” I gasped at how gorgeous she looked. I’d never seen her so dressed up before.
“Watcher, Adelaide, I’m going to cry,” she said softly.
I quietly laughed, because I, too, was about to cry. “I haven’t even said anything yet.”
“I know,” she replied, “I just can’t believe this is finally happening.”
I nodded, still looking at how hot she was. How hot my about-to-be wife was.
She smirked, taking my hands. “Like it?”
“Very much,” I replied, “but not as much as you.”
She blushed. “You look wonderful.”
“So do you,” I said, smiling, “so, should we get out there?” I motioned outside to where to wedding arch was situated.
“I’d love to. I can’t wait to be your wife.”
I took her hand and started running out of the building, over to the wedding arch. She was startled at first, but then started laughing and was running right next to me. I’m sure we just stood there for a good minute just looking around and smiling.
She took my hand softly, whispering in my ear, “You ready?”
I smiled. “I’ve never been more ready for anything in my life.”
Her eyes twinkled, and she took a deep breath. “Adelaide, when I met you, I had no idea what I was doing with my life anymore. All I’d do was wake up and go for a walk around the beach, maybe swim around a little. That was the nice thing about being here, living so close to the beach was so different than what I was used to. And then one day, you were there. You were the first person I’d talked to since moving.”
I blushed, smiling. I remembered that day so clearly. She’d immediately captured my attention because we were so alike. Everything had just clicked with her. The snow abruptly started falling much quicker, and the sky had filled with clouds.
She kept going, and I listened intently. “In high school, I didn’t truly value my relationships. I had a new girlfriend all the time. But I wanted something different now, something real. Getting married and having a family were always in the back of my mind, and as I got to know you better, I realized I could see that future with you. I started falling in love with you. Whenever we were together, I could feel there was something more than friendship there. And Watcher, with everything we’ve been through, it’s a damn miracle that we’re standing here tonight. And maybe fate brought us together, I don’t doubt that, and maybe we’re destined to be together, but we’ve worked for this moment. It wasn’t easy to get here. And I’m going to cherish every single moment we have together, because it’s amazing that this is what I have. I’m about to have an amazing wife, an amazing woman who I’m thrilled to spend my life with, to raise a family with. I love you, Adelaide Lorena Clemonte, and I can’t wait to spend the rest of my life with you.”
She slid a brilliant diamond ring onto my finger, and I was suddenly overwhelmed with so many feelings, just remembering everything we’ve been through to reach this moment. That after everything, we chose each other.
“Danica Ava Lovelace,” I started, whispering into her ear, and I watched her eyes widen.
“I was captivated by you from the moment we met. First because of how alike we were, and how easy it was to talk to you…and then because I’d started falling in love with you. I used to think people calling their partner their ‘other half’ was weird. It didn’t make sense to me, because they were separate people, no matter how much you love them, but I get it now. You complete me, Dani. You’re my other half, and I don’t know how I lived without you.”
“This is the beginning of our new lives. And even though we’re doing this again tomorrow for everyone, this is the wedding I’ll remember. This is what I’ll remember as the moment I became your wife. This moment at dusk, with the sun still there in the sky, if only barely, staring into those lovely green eyes of yours. I don’t care what obstacles life has set out for us, because you’re here with me. As long as I have you, things are going to be okay. Isn’t it crazy that after everything, we chose each other? That we keep choosing each other? This is a promise that I’ll choose you every day for the rest of my life. That I want you standing next to me. Danica, I love you to the moon and back, and the rest of our lives…starts now.”
I brought her closer to me and kissed her, our first as wife and wife. As I pulled away just slightly, I saw my wife’s smiling face.
“So, we’re married now…” I started.
“And it’s Winterfest Eve,” Dani added, “so I brought this.” She pulled out a small sprig of mistletoe from her pocket, holding it above us. I blinked, eyeing it.
“You know what this means?” She asked, smiling. “It means I get to do this…” She leaned forward, placing her lips on mine. I’d been expecting her to kiss me after holding up the mistletoe, but she still caught me by surprise.
And after years of waiting, there we were – finally married, and still deeply, madly in love. Just like how it was supposed to be. And I wouldn’t change a thing.
A/N: Sorry I didn’t get this up earlier, it took longer than I thought it would to get pictures and to write it out, but I’m really happy with the end result! I took so many pictures of the ceremony, but it was just so beautiful I couldn’t help it!