The car pulled up to the chapel. The chauffeur got out and opened the door letting Suzy and her father out. As they began to walk down the aisle everyone stood up and Florence walked to her seat. Suzy's father had her by the arm.
You nervous? He asked her.
Mm-hm. She answered.
I understand. Just stay calm, there's no need to be nervous. Today is your special day. They had made it to the podium. Jack looked at them and as her father stepped back down to his seat in the front by Florence, Jack cleared his throat.
"Dearly beloved and Gifted, we have gathered here on this fine day to witness the marriage of Rikki Lance Soto and Susan Marianne Garrison," Jack preached. Rikki and Suzy looked at each other and they smiled. "Now, then," Jack cleared his throat. "Do you Rikki, take Suzy to be your lawfully wedded wife, to love and to hold, in sickness and in health, till death do you part?"
"I do," Rikki said, looking straight into her eyes.
"And do you Suzy, take Rikki to be your lawfully wedded husband, to love and to hold, in sickness and in health, till death do you part?"
"I do," she said looking at Rikki, with hopeful eyes.
"I believe you have rings?" That was Yin's cue. She walked up carrying the rings on the cushion. Rikki and Suzy took each other's ring and Yin went back to her seat. "Are your vows prepared?"
"Yes," the both said. Jack motioned for Rikki to go first.
"I, Rikki, take you Suzy, to be my wife, my partner in life and my one true love. I will cherish our friendship and love you today, tomorrow, and forever. I will trust you and honor you I will laugh with you and cry with you. I will love you faithfully through the best and the worst, through the difficult and the easy. What may come I will always be there. As I have given you my hand to hold so I give you my life to keep," Rikki said as he put her ring on her finger.
"I, Suzy, take you Rikki, to be my husband, my partner in life and my one true love. I will cherish our friendship and love you today, tomorrow, and forever I will trust you and honor you I will laugh with you and cry with you. I will love you faithfully Through the best and the worst, Through the difficult and the easy. What may come I will always be there. As I have given you my hand to hold So I give you my life to keep," Suzy said as she put his ring on his finger.
"Entreat me not to leave you, or to return from following after you, For where you go I will go, and where you stay I will stay Your people will be my people, and your Gift will be my Gift. And where you die, I will die and there I will be buried. May the Lord do with me and more if anything but death parts you from me," the both said in unison. They looked at each other directly. "Together shall we be, henceforth to the end of eternity." Some of the guest were beginning to tear up.
"Well then, in that case… you may kiss the bride," Jack said. Rikki and Suzy didn't need to be told twice. Rikki moved Suzy's veil gingerly. When it was out of the way Suzy planted her lips on his. The audience clapped. The stopped and they looked at each other.
"I love you," Suzy said to him.
"I love you," Rikki said to her.