“I’m glad we waited,” I said, withstanding the temptation of taking Li’s hands into mine. The sun was setting, and cast everything in a lovely orange glow. I’d never been an overly romantic person, but I could appreciate a wedding at dusk. Everything looked warmer, and softer.
It was the perfect time to get married, in every way.
Li nodded, and smiled. “Me too. It’s more special like this.”
I cast a glance over our guests as they seated themselves. Dolly was already there, and watched over Poppy and Garnet. I’d have loved Rue to attend as well, but she had gotten tired an hour ago and had only settled down after I had taken her to bed. She was a little too young for a late afternoon wedding, after all, and would have been cranky throughout the ceremony.
I smiled at my family. “Hurry up, or I’ll have to assume that you don’t want this wedding to happen.”
Goose grinned. “Don’t blame me, cuz! Honey is the one who won’t move!”
My aunty sighed. “I’m sorry, Rainy, you just look so beautiful. Your mother would have been so proud of you.”
Before I could think of something to say, Goose and Sunny nudged her on and moved her towards the front row seats, next to Dolly, Poppy and Garnet.
I laughed. “I think we’re ready now.”
Li broke into a wide smile. “I believe you begin?”
I smiled back, and nodded.
This wedding was everything I had wanted. It wasn’t big, and it wasn’t fancy, but it was mine. We had rented the furniture and had set everything up in our garden. It was cosy, and perfect. This way, Miko and our babies could watch over us as we exchanged the rings and said our vows.
My whole family was here. No church or registration office could have given me this.
“I remember the day we first met, and you asked me out. That Ciel had convinced you to talk to me already.” I stole a quick glance into our guests, and caught Ciel’s eyes. If I didn’t know him better I might have thought he was wiping tears away. “You found me when I was lost, and you gave my life new meaning. You’ve brought happiness into my life when I didn’t think I was entitled to any. When things got difficult, you stayed with me. We’ve already been with each other through the good times and the bad – I know we’ll stand by each other no matter what else life could possibly throw at us.”
Finally I took his hand into mine, and slid the ring – an elegant sapphire – on his finger.
“With this ring I thee wed. I am yours in the good times, and I am yours in the bad times. No matter what life brings before us, we will prevail.” It had taken us a while to find the right words, but once we had them we knew they were the ones. No other vows could have fit us better. “I, Autumn Rain Lace, take you, Chilli Seed, as my lawfully wedded husband.”
Li looked into my eyes and held my gaze when he spoke his vows.
“You have literally given me a second chance at life. I knew I loved you from the moment I saw you, but I never thought that you would be interested in someone like me. Someone you shouldn’t have been able to see, or talk to. I thought I was happy before. I thought just being in your company was enough, but being alive again- I want to grow old with you, and now I can. I never thought I would have this chance, but because of you I do.
“With this ring I thee wed. I am yours in the good times, and I am yours in the bad times. No matter what life brings before us, we will prevail.”
Gently, he took my hand into his and slid the ring – and elegant ruby – on my finger.
“I, Chilly Seed, take you, Autumn Rain Lace, as my lawfully wedded wife.”
We were pronounced husband and wife, and I sank into his arms.
I couldn’t believe it. We were married. We had three beautiful children, had adopted a forth, and now we were married, too.
I had the most perfect family.
Poppy threw red roses after us as we walked back down the aisle, and moved our guests over to the cake.
Li was right, this really was more special. Instead of getting married before Garnet was born we had waited, and had decided to have three children first.
Rue was still a young toddler, but that our whole family was here meant the world to me – even if she was asleep upstairs.
“Would you grant me the first dance, Mrs. Seed?”
I grinned and nodded, allowing him to lead.
“For what?” I asked, moving a little closer.
“This. All of this. You don’t know how happy you’ve made me today, or over the past years.”
I smiled, and kissed him.
“I think I’ve got an idea.”
He pulled me closer, and for a while we simply moved slowly to the music while our guests watched our first dance as husband and wife.
If someone had told sixteen-year old me that one day, I’d get married to a ghost-turned-human who I also had three children with I wouldn’t have believed it. I was so goal-driven back then that this would have been unimaginable. But now? Now I wanted nothing more.
I gasped when Li tripped me up, and caught me before I could fall.
“I love you, Autumn Rain Seed.” I smiled against his lips. I’d never get used to hearing my new name, but I wouldn’t mind hearing it more often to try.
“And I love you, Chilli Seed.”
My life had changed in so many ways. I had been through much, and Li and I had been through more together, but I was finally exactly where I wanted to be.
This was my happily-ever-after, and I’d savour every moment of it.
And that’s the end of Rainy’s generation! ❤ Since we can’t do an heir vote without you knowing the kids, I’ll be posting a short interlude to introduce all three of them next week 🙂 The heir vote will be up shortly after that and last until Friday 🙂