Happy Never Ever After

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Chapter 20

"Life is divided into three terms - that which was, which is, and which will be. Let us learn from the past to profit by the present, and from the present, to live better in the future." -William Wordsworth

Waiting in the procession line for the interlude song to start, I glanced over to Peter helping David fix his tie. Out of all the confusion, chaos, and feeling like I was closed in by darkness, Mrs. Sweet’s wisdom was right. Even though when you feel all hope is lost and you can’t understand why bad things have happened, you have to remember everything happens for a reason.

I flatten my green chiffon dress down and felt his lips on my neck. Peter's lip formed into a smile as he whispered, “You look so beautiful, Alexia.”

A thrilling chill ran down my spine as I crank my neck over to his handsome face. “Are you trying to seduce me, Mr. Sweet?” My green eyes intensely stare into his as I whispered, “Because it’s working.”

Peter’s soft lips parted in surprise and the sound of music started. He winked playfully toward me, “Maybe later.” Peter joked, “In the broom closet?”

“Oh, we're going to be that couple,” I laughed as the surge of giddiness enveloped me as I said that word.

Couple.

Offering his arm, I latch onto it, ready to walk down the aisle. Walking down slowly, I try to take a deep breath as everyone’s eyes turned on us. There were so many people I didn’t know and that thought made me more self-conscious.

A fast waving of hands caught my attention, I saw Kayla mouthing to me, “Hey soon-to-be sister-in-law.” My face blushed and my eyes bounce up to Peter’s father, which had tears in them.

My mind reeled in the back ground. See everything does happen for a reason. Mrs. Sweet’s death allowed me to not take one thing for granted.

Peter nudged me over to the left side and my eyes opened wide to see Ryan’s wife hugging my father and surprisingly, my mother holding Ryan’s hand. Yes, without my dad’s note letting to the devastating confession, I would never have found a way to heal the distant relationship with my father.

Dalia had been crying happy tears and I thought, my mother’s experience with divorcing my father made me see that perfect isn’t always what it seems. You need more to sustain a relationship than a list of good qualities.

My mother whispered to her boyfriend next to her, “Cory take a picture.” Peter stopped us and posed with his arms tightly around me and kissed me on the cheek. I swear my cheeks were going to explode from my sudden happiness.

Getting back to the walking, I peek up at Peter. The boy I had grown up with and despised for ever existing. Realization had a hold on me.

With dating Oliver I had discovered I couldn’t love him because I couldn’t be myself. I had to force myself to change into loving exercise, the outdoors, eating extremely healthy, reading other books that didn’t intrigue me at all. It was exhausting and because of it I had lost myself and my happiness.

One more step to the alter and we part to our places, Peter squeezed my hand gently. Sensing each other need to be close, we both took one more look at one another.

And because of Oliver’s work monopolizing his time leaving me in emptiness, I uncovered the best thing since slice bread; my love for Peter, which soon led to everything falling into place.

I gave a slight smile at that thought.

Yes, Peter had enlightened me, that with me adding imagination and life to his drawings, Peter not only landed the project successfully, but they wanted more. And so now, I am officially Peter’s partner, along with drum roll please, applying again for internships in my field and we have a new apartment waiting for us to return to in home sweet home, Sweet Valley.

Jacqueline and Taylor tossed chunks of petals to the floor in their cute white dresses and the music finally changed. Dana and her mother walked down the aisle and my eyes welled up.

It was such a moving scene since Dana’s father had passed away during college from a massive heart attack. I smiled over at Dana beaming bright and beautiful as she just focused on Jason.

Penelope kissed her daughter and son-in-law’s cheek and wished them the best of luck when handing off her daughter to Jason. The priest began to say, “We are gathered here today, on this happy and joyous occasion, to join this man and this woman in holy matrimony."

The priest faced the happy couple and began to say, "Marriage is a solemn institution to be held in honor by all. It requires of those who undertake it a complete and unreserved giving of one's self. It is not to be entered into lightly, as marriage is a sincere and mutual commitment to love one another. To have a good marriage one must have a strong bond of friendship and trust.”

Peter glanced over to me and smiled toward me.

The priest looked at the crowd, "As I have had the time to meet Jason and Dana, I have observed their love and friendship is truly exceptional. They accept both their strong and weak point with equal measures of understanding and respect. And with every passing day, your love for each other will grow even deeper."

The priest added, "The rings may be presented now.”

Peter stuck his hand into the coat pocket to retrieve them and looked surprised. Patting his coat pocket, Jason looked in horror before Peter gave them a wink as he handed the rings over to them. “Gotcha.”

Jason rolled his eyes as the priest patted Jason on the back, "You may exchange your vows and give your rings as an affection of your token. Jason, will you take Dana to be your wife, your partner in life and your one true love? Will you cherish her friendship and love her today, tomorrow and forever? Will you trust and honor her, laugh with her and cry with her? Will you be faithful through good times and bad, in sickness and in health as long as you both shall live?

Jason a little choke up said, "I will," and he slid on Dana’s wedding ring.

Their priest asked her, "Dana, will you take Jason to be your husband, your partner in life and your one true love? Will you cherish his friendship and love him today, tomorrow and forever? Will you trust and honor him, laugh with him and cry with him? Will you be faithful through good times and bad, in sickness and in health as long as you both shall live?

Dana nodded her head as a feeling of pure bliss overwhelmed her. Realizing then she needed to verbally answer. She replied, "Yes. I will." And she gave Jason his ring.

The priest smiled at the new couple ad he announced, "By the authority invested in me, I pronounce you man and wife. You may kiss your bride."

With Jason lifting her veil back, Dana placed her arms up on his shoulders to draw him closer to her. Jason reciprocated by dropped his arms on her waist and they had kissed.

The priest ended the ceremony by saying, "I would like to introduce our new couple, Mr. Jason and Mrs. Dana Anderson."

The wedding couple walked out with cheers and Peter placed my hand in his. Right where it belonged. The one truth I found out about love that I can pass on to you is this.

There will be times of sacrifice and compromises in relationships, but always be wary to never sacrifice all of you. Or else there will not be a relationship; just your partner and a ghost. Never lose you. –Alexia Woods

And like every fairy tale I've read, I have the pleasure to say. And we lived happily ever after.

The End

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