} Chapter Epilogue | Neapolitan City by Rashida Kathawalla at Inkitt

Neapolitan City

Epilogue

The sun caressed his face, the grass crunched beneath the pressure of his feet, and the wind welcomed him with a pleasant gusto as Ranveer walked straight over the grassy patch near the lake side, a broad smile on his face.

Behind Ranveer, the entrance to the marquee revealed four rows of fragile golden chairs set on either side of a long gap left between. The supporting poles were entwined with white and gold flowers, along with boganvillas and lavender. Butterflies and bees were hovering lazily over the grass, while the birds chirped merrily, the sun making everyone bask in its warmth.

Mr. Ambrose stood right at the center of the pillars, Martin standing beside him on one side, Claudine on the other. Ranveer's and Ishaani's family members sat in the rows, everybody excluding Disha, but with the inclusion of Ritika and Shikhar. All of them were dressed in their best outfits, their faces radiant and jubilant. Fred, George, Natasha, Aditya and Maira sat in the first row, Timmy sitting with them, looking at the proceeding with utmost interest.

Seven year olds Aditya and Maira sat keenly, observing everything with genuine interest, enjoying themselves to the fullest in the warm, springy day that the month of May provided. The day was perhaps one of the best spring days, the sun mild but not hot, the wind pleasantly sailing through. Aditya sat in a miniature grey suit, while Maira wore a floral blue dress that resembled the clear blue skies.

On the other hand, two and a half year olds Fred and George on the other hand sat in an identical, traditional miniature tuxedo, looking smartly around the place, nosy enough to know everything that was happening, finding for chances to create more mischief. After being reprimanded by their mother several times, the two boys finally gave up, and went and took seats on either side of Natasha and Timmy.

One and a half year old Natasha sat in the middle of the first row, wearing a brilliant black and white frock, that made her glow in the bright sunlight, making her look like an eternal beauty. She had a matching hat on her hair that shielded her eyes from the sunlight, making her look coquette. Timmy sat in the chair beside her, a black bow on his furry neck, and a matching black hat on his head. He looked around happily, noticing what everyone was doing, barking every now and them, trying to paw at the passerby butterflies overenthusiastically, knocking off his hat several times, before Martin warned him not to, and he sat back just as dolefully as the twins.

Ranveer now stood beside Martin, taking in the entire scene before with childish greed. A tripod had been kept to record all of the footage of the day, a gift that he knew that he would cherish forever. He looked at Martin enthusiastically and the latter smiled, his cornflower blue eyes gleaming merrily in the sunshine. Both of them sported a traditional tuxedo that shone brilliantly in the serene atmosphere. Claudine glowed in a golden knee-length dress that went beautifully with her auburn hair, which was pulled up into a bun for the occasion. Her hazel eyes looked vibrant with joy.

Everybody had looked forward to this day for a very long time and it had arrived at long last.

The lake had its usual charm of peace and tranquility in spite of so many people, yet the atmosphere was electrically charged. Ranveer remembered all the moments that he had spent with Ishaani under the same sky, enjoying the glory of Mother Nature, losing themselves into a solitude that only made them love life more. They had seen good and bad over there, but Ranveer knew that this was the best place where they could reunite again, where they could get married again.

Ranveer had barely come out from his long chain of thoughts when his eyes fell over the miniature figures who were only growing in size by the passing minute. And even though he was more than prepared for what he was going to see, he felt the grassy earth get knocked out from below his feet in that moment as Ishaani came before his view wholly.

Ishaani stood before him in a gorgeous white gown that flowed behind her, the upper blouse richly decorated with lace, while her gown was cut in a backless-diamond shape with dignified beauty. Her gown was a halter-neck, the rich net lace draping her neck just as stunningly, while it remained a sleeveless gown. Ishaani had pulled her hair up in a back-combed crown, her hair curled perfectly from below, while a tiara sat perched on her head, along with a veil.

She walked up to him, looking no less than the fairy that he first knew her to be, her arm linked with Nitin's. He beamed in her company in an elegant, three-piece navy-blue suit, a spring in his step, which made him look several years younger. Coming to a halt, he kissed Ishaani's forehead lovingly, before he took a seat beside an already-emotional Falguni, while Ishaani now walked up to Ranveer, a mesmerizing look on her face.

She finally reached Ranveer, who had raised his palm out to her, and let him lead her right opposite him. Mr. Ambrose, who was going to officiate the wedding, smiled at the two of them, clearing his throat slightly as the couple were lost into each other's eyes. The couple snapped out of their reverie and blushed crimson, everyone chuckling at their coyness, particularly the five kids who roared immoderately. Timmy boomed happily.

"We are gathered here today to re-unite two most loving souls we can come across; two people who could not be better suited than with each other."

"I'd like to say something." Mr. Ambrose nodded his head at Ranveer, who looked at Ishaani soulfully. Beaming with the strength of the sun, he spoke in a soft voice.

"I don't need to tell you how I fell in love with you or how much you matter to me, because I know that you know it all. All I want to tell you today is thank you. Thank you for being there with me in all the moments, physically or simply as a stroke of inspiration. Thank you for sharing your life with me, for loving me and trusting me the way you do. Thank you for giving me Natasha," he gave his girl a little look who was staring at them inquisitively, before turning back to look at Ishaani. "All I want to promise you today is that we will see life together, we will fight it together. I promise to love you and care for you even more so than I do now, in all health and sickness. I want to grow old with you, bask in the warmth of your heart and the innocence of your soul. You are the dawn to my darkness, the nectar in my life, the happiness to my sorrows and the soul in my heart. I love you, Ishaani, and I will always continue to do so. Always. "

Ishaani looked at him intently, before she spoke softly.

"I would like to say something as well." Mr. Ambrose nodded his head as Ishaani spoke.

"All this time, you've spoken about how you fell in love with me when I was 7. Today I want to tell you the same. The first time I saw you, I saw not before me a boy alone, but a boy with a golden heart, a boy who could make me smile through all my griefs, who always gave me the strength to fight life when I was weak. I saw a boy who was my greatest, and perhaps only friend, who never stopped caring and loving me no matter what. I had the fortune of falling in love with you, and of holding your heart within my own, as well as your soul. I promise to be there for you when you fall, to hold your hand as we see things through, to be your support when we grow old, and to wake up every morning to the warmth of your smile and the strength of your embrace. You are the rock to my ship, the sunlight to my horizon, and the beats of my heart. There is no stopping my love for you, something that has already outshone itself into eternity. I love you, Ranveer, and I hope to love you more with every passing day. Always."

"You can exchange the rings now." Ranveer took the ring that was handed out by Martin, and smiled at Ishaani, while Claudine did the same to Ishaani. Both of them held the rings in their hands before Ishaani put forward her left finger and Ranveer slipped the dove ring on, speaking at the same time.

"Together forever, never apart." Ishaani smiled as the ring comfortable sat on her finger after nearly two years, the quote that Ranveer had just spoke now engraved on the inside of the ring. She slipped the ring on Ranveer's finger, speaking the next half of the statement.

"Maybe in distance, but never in heart." Ranveer smiled at her effortlessly, as he adjusted his old ring on his finger, the new quote that Ishaani had just recited a part of his ring as well. Both of them smiled before Ranveer spoke firmly.

"Till death do us apart."

"Till death re-unites us again." Mr. Ambrose smiled at them happily as he asked next.

"Do you, Ranveer Vaghela, take Ishaani Vaghela as your lawfully wedded wife?"

"I do."

"And do you, Ishaani Vaghela, take Ranveer Vaghela as your lawfully wedded husband?"

"I do." Mr. Ambrose rubbed his hands excitedly.

"By the power vested in me by the state of Athens, I now pronounce you man and wife, again."

Ranveer and Ishaani smiled at each other as they kissed each other gently, letting the atmosphere of the warm spring get them, as Ishaani her arms circle Ranveer's neck, while the latter's arms remained around her waist protectively. Breaking apart after what Ranveer could have sworn were several sunlit days, both of them gave each other a loving look, before cheers, whistles and applauses rented the air.

Both of them smiled and walked ahead, letting everyone throw flowers on them as a shower of confetti fell over them. They hugged all of their family members turn by turn and Ranveer took Natasha in his arms, so excitedly cooed 'Dada!' Ranveer kissed the bridge of her nose and handed her over to Ishaani, who hugged her daughter happily, hearing her squeak 'Mama! Mama love Dada! Dada love Mama!" Ranveer and Ishaani looked at each other emotionally before they put her down and hugged the other over ecstatic kids and Timmy.

Before they knew it, he rows of chairs were now quickly pulled around the tables that seemed to have appeared out of nowhere, while everyone settled down quickly.

Ranveer led Ishaani to the center for the first dance of the evening, everybody making up couples, leaving only Manas, Shikhar and Baa on the table, along with the toddler kids and Timmy. A general reception party was to be held in the night, but for now, everyone enjoyed the soft, lazy atmosphere at the lake as they saw the birds flying and twittering, while a pair of swans lazed at the bank peacefully.

Sharman quickly changed the song so that it was now a soft romantic song that played, as Ranveer pulled Ishaani right to the center of the area, putting his arm on her waist lovingly, Ishaani interlocking her fingers within his, her other arm on his shoulder. They stared at their happy friends and family members, their own hearts feeling satiated.

They swayed softly as 'A Thousand Years' played in the breezy air, the lyrics enveloping them in its own melody, looking at each other with the same passion as always.


Heart beats fast
Colors and promises
How to be brave?
How can I love when I'm afraid to fall?
But watching you stand alone,
All of my doubt suddenly goes away somehow.


"Those swans are still here." Ranveer smiled as he looked overhead and saw the swans lazing about on the banks together.

"They kinda mark our love its own way now, don't they?"


One step closer


"I couldn't agree more," said Ishaani, chuckling. Ranveer twirled Ishaani, taking her back into his arms after a couple of turns. Ishaani continued. "It feels so pleasant today, doesn't it?" Ranveer smiled in understanding as he spoke happily.

"We are bound to feel that way. We finally completed our story. We finally got married again."


I have died every day waiting for you,
Darling, don't be afraid I have loved you,
For a thousand years
I'll love you for a thousand more.


"You know, those vows, I really did mean every single word of it." Ishaani stared at Ranveer deeply, her eyes welling up for a moment, before she spoke softly.

"I meant them too." Ranveer smiled, as they could feel each other's hearts beating with palpable excitement, a slight shiver passing over their skin, leaving them with goosebumps. Ranveer now turned Ishaani so that the latter now backed him.


Time stands still
Beauty in all she is,
I will be brave
I will not let anything take away
What's standing in front of me,
Every breath
Every hour has come to this.


"I'm glad that we finally got a shot at a normal life," Ranveer turned her back, letting the fragrance of strawberry coming from her hair warm his heart. Both of them now hugged each other and let the other's warmth make them feel alive.


One step closer


"Made for a very good change for once." Ishaani spoke softly. The chorus began once again, but Ranveer and Ishaani had now reached their usual world of tranquility, obliterating everything from around them.


I have died every day waiting for you,
Darling, don't be afraid I have loved you,
For a thousand years
I'll love you for a thousand more.


"I need to tell you something." Ishaani contemplated telling him from some time, but she had finally made up her mind. Ranveer looked at her as he sensed her nervousness.

"What?" Ishaani took a deep breath, speaking anxiously.

"I'm pregnant." Ranveer looked stunned at her, his jaw dropping slightly.

"What?”


And all along I believed I would find you,
Time has brought your heart to me,
I have loved you for a thousand years
I'll love you for a thousand more.


"I'm pregnant." Ranveer stared at her blankly for a few minutes, before a huge smile broke out over his stunned features.

"I can't believe it. Wow! Another baby... our baby!" Ishaani smiled at him happily, as Ranveer now danced happily once again, both of them catching rhythm again.


One step closer
One step closer


“All this time, you’ve made me feel happier that I ever thought I could feel. I just hope that I can make you feel the same way for the rest of our lives as well.”

“And you have.”


I have died every day waiting for you,
Darling don't be afraid I have loved you,
For a thousand years
I'll love you for a thousand more.


"So, you on terms with this, right?" Ranveer nodded his head, speaking in an awestruck tone.

"And I thought this day could not get any better." Ishaani shrugged her shoulders, speaking in a playful tone.

"Our life is full of surprises now, isn't it?" Ranveer smiled at her as he planted a kiss on her forehead, the last chorus playing vibrantly.


And all along I believed I would find you,
Time has brought your heart to me,
I have loved you for a thousand years
I'll love you for a thousand more.


"If you ask me, it's perfect."


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