The Final Months

Wedding March

"I never thought I'd see the day," Sully fixed Bosco's bow tie in the mirror.

"Get of here," Bosco fixed it himself.

"Are you sure you want to do this man, I mean you still have time to back out." Ty was across the room, tying his shoes.

"Are you kidding me? There's no way. I'm getting married today whether you guys believe it or not." Bosco turned around and smiled at his friends, posing with his tie finally adjusted. "What do you think?"

"God Bosco, I can barely see from the glare off your hair!" Ty shielded his eyes.

"Shut up, you're just jealous; you wish you looked this good." He walked over to them.

"So this is it huh? I never imagined you'd get married before any of us, not in a million years," Sully put his hand on Bosco and Ty's shoulders, standing in a circle.

"I never thought you'd get married, period," Ty joked.

"But, here you are. You have a beautiful daughter, and you're about to marry a gorgeous woman who loves you more than life. If you don't know it already, you're a damn lucky man Boscorelli," Sully nodded.

"Thanks guys, I really appreciate everything you've done for me and Maia. We couldn't ask for better friends in our lives"

"Oh, now don't go getting all sentimental on us Bosco, we wouldn't know what to do with you," Sully hugged him.

"Thanks guys," he hugged Ty next.

"Anytime man, anytime." They stood for a moment, in front of the mirror looking at each other in their black tuxes and sky blue ties and cummerbunds.

"Ty, you have the rings?"

"Right here," he pulled them out of his inner pocket.

"Okay," Bosco took a deep breath," let's do this."

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"You look so beautiful honey," Rose straightened out Maia's veil, "just beautiful." She was near tears. "I'm so proud to have you as my daughter in-law. I wouldn't choose anyone else in the world."

"I don't think you had much of a choice Rose," Faith joked fixing her own dress straps. "I look ridiculous in this dress," she fussed with her hips," I look ridiculous in all dresses."

"Faith you look beautiful," Maia turned around to face her.

"Me, look at you in that dress, you look absolutely fantastic, I can just see Bosco standing there with his jaw dropped, not being able to talk."

"I can't believe this is finally happening, I can remember when he first proposed at the station, he really went all out," Maia reminisced.

"He's never done anything that big for anyone, I thought someone else had come up with the idea," Faith laughed.

"The guys were so sweet to help him," Rose smiled tucking pieces of Maia's hair behind her ear.

"I was scared when you ran our like that, I thought you were going to say no," Faith put on the light blue shoes matching her dress.

"I almost did, that's when I told him about the baby, he didn't know before he proposed."

"Really? He never told me that, you never told me that," Faith sat down in the chair beside Maia looking up at her.

"I didn't think it was that important, I did love him, and would have married him, baby or not."

"He's lucky to have you baby, we're lucky to have you both in our family." Rose hugged her.

"You make a beautiful bride Maia," Faith stood up to hug her. "Bosco's lucky to have you, and I'm lucky to have you as a friend as well. If there's anything you ever need…"

"I know, thank you. I love you both so much." All three of them hugged each other. The wedding planner knocked on the door and entered.

"Are you ready?" she handed Maia her bouquet of orchids and lilies. Maia took a deep breath and nodded.

"Am I too late?" Swarsky opened the door to the bride's room.

"Oh my goodness, thank you so much for coming, I really appreciate this," Maia ran over to him embracing him. "I was happy when you said yes, I don't really have anyone else that I trust as much or that I'm as close to. Thank you so much."

"It's not a problem, I'm honoured really. I still can't believe that Boscorelli is really getting married and to someone as beautiful as you."

"Thank you, that seems to be the running disbelief around 55 huh?" Maia chuckled.

"But those days are over. He's getting married to the love of his life," Rose wiped a lash from her face.

"You'll always be the love of his life Rose, but it feels good to come in a close second"

"Oh sweetheart," Rose kissed her cheek and wiped a tear from her own. In the background they could hear the wedding song start to play on the organ. Again, Maia had to take a deep breath and gripped her bouquet.

"This is it, the last time you'll be Maia Danforth," Faith squeezed her hand. Smiling she left the room.

"I love you honey, try not to cry," Roe kissed her flushed cheek and left with Faith.

"Are you ready?" Swarsky held out his arm to her and she wrapped hers around it.

"I've been waiting all my life for this." Maia nodded and followed behind the wedding planner.

"Ready?" The planner pointed to the ushers who opened the doors revealing the crowd of friends and soon to be family who turned in the pews.

Faith and Sully made their way down the isle, followed by Rose and Ty. The wedding march began to play, and Maia and Swarsky stepped out from around the corner and into the middle of the isle. As she began to walk she looked up and down either side of the isles at all of her friends that had now stood up for her, smiling and taking pictures. When her eyes met Bosco's at the end of the isle, her cheeks grew hot and she could feel her eyes start to well. His eyes were bright as his smile as she approached.

"Who gives this woman away?" The minister asked.

"I do," Swarsky took her hand and kissed her on the cheek. "Good luck," he whispered before giving her over to Bosco.

"You're beautiful," he mouthed to her as she stepped up to the minister. She smiled back.

"We are gathered here today," he began, leading everyone in prayer. Rose sat in the front row and cried, now with Lilly as they exchanged vows and rings with each other. "If there is anyone here today who believes there is a reason these two should not wed, please speak now or forever hold your peace." Maia and Bosco looked out into the bright faces of their fifty or so smiling and silent friends and family. "Since there is no one who objects to this union, by the power vested in me, by the church of St. Joseph and the state of New York, I now pronounce you, husband and wife. You may now kiss the bride."

Bosco kissed her almost before the minister had finished speaking. The roar of cheers, laughter and applause filled the small church as Bosco held up Maia's hand in victory.

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