Why had I let Caleb give me a beer for my nerves? Nerves plus alcohol equals even worse freaking out. He eventually calmed me down enough, told me to ramble out some vows when it came to it and marched me down to meet my fate. I glanced at Maxxie’s family and felt my stomach drop a little. I honestly hadn’t expected them to show up. That was kind of why I pestered Maxxie to invite them. So they at least felt involved but didn’t actually have to be there. And, exactly as I’d expected, my darling family were shooting daggers at them left, right and centre. I glanced in at them again, trying to spot Maxxie. Which was when he appeared with Alex. That’s handy.
"Who's going down the aisle then? I think it should be Hadley since he's the wife and all" Caleb asked and I glared at him.
Maxxie smiled slightly. "Together?"
I smiled. That wasn’t such a bad idea, actually.
Caleb arched an eyebrow. "Together?"
"What's wrong with that?"
"Well, isn't one of you s'posed to wait in there and the other one walks in looking beautiful and everybody stares?"
"In a traditional wedding, but I think being a gay wedding we're already beyond sticking to tradition" he chuckled slightly nervously.
Caleb chuckled. "Whatever, man"
I took Maxxie’s hand, smiling as he squeezed a little. Caleb tutted, nudging us a little. Maxxie gave me a small smile back and glanced at Caleb.
"Get moving, lovebirds" he said.
Maxxie looked at me, giving me another small smile before we started walking down the aisle. Mom was fighting back tears when she saw us but Ava wasn’t quite so good at keeping the tears back. Mrs F was doing a good job at hiding it and Maxxie’s dad didn’t even look at us. Asshole. Gramps smiled and I tried my best not to grin like an idiot. Maxxie held my hand a little tighter and we stood before the registrar. Trust me to spend the entire time panicking about my vows.
“I love you, Hadley Smith. You’re my best friend, my lover and everything I could have ever wanted in a man. Today I give myself to you in marriage; I promise to encourage and inspire you, to laugh with you, and to comfort you in times of sorrow and struggle. I promise to love you in good times and in bad, when life seems easy and when it seems hard, when our love is simple, and when it is an effort. I promise to cherish you, and to always hold you in highest regard. These things I give to you today, and all the days of our life.”
Man, thanks for making me almost cry. I actually feel like a wife now. Ugh, a good wife would have written her vows instead of having to come up with them on the spot.
"Maxxie... I knew from the day I met you that I loved you. And every day since, I've loved you more. I..." I sighed a little "can't come up with anything as amazing as what you just said. I love you, Maxxie, and I want to spend my life with you. I want to be there for the good and the bad times. I want to be someone you can rely on when things get rough. Which is why today I give myself to you entirely for the rest of our lives"
Maxxie smiled and I smiled back, trying not to blush at how rubbish that was.
The registrar looked from Alex to Caleb and then back again. "Do you have the rings?"
Caleb grinned and Alex smiled, both of them pulling out a ring. Maxxie took his from Alex and took my hand.
"I, Max Fuller, take you, Hadley Smith to be my husband. I promise to be the best that I can for you for the rest of our lives"
I smiled as he slid the ring onto my finger, hardly noticing Caleb giving me the other ring. I did notice, though, and took Maxxie’s hand.
"I, Hadley Smith, take you, Max Fuller, to be my husband. I give this ring as my gift to you. Wear it and think of me and know that I love you."
Maxxie smiled and I put the ring on his finger, feeling tears tug at my eyes. The registrar said the usual thing about ‘I now pronounce you blah blah blah, kiss the bride’. I full on kissed him, earning a laugh from Caleb as he matched it.
"Get a room"
I glared at him and Maxxie chuckled a little. I kissed him again, smiling as he kissed back before we went ahead and signed the marriage certificate. Maxxie put an arm around my waist once we were finished and I leant on him.
"I love you"
He held me a little tighter. "I love you too"
I hummed. "We better make sure our families don't kill each other" I chuckled a little and Maxxie nodded, looking around at them.
My family were still glaring at the Fullers though it was seemingly going unnoticed. Mrs F was in tears, but I get the feeling it was more to do with Maxxie getting married, and gramps had an arm round her. Mr F, on the other hand, looked completely uninterested and like he’d rather be in some pit of boiling oil. Cheerful man.
I kissed Maxxie’s cheek. "Let's just try and survive long enough for the honeymoon"
He took my hand. "If there isn't a war first"
“That’s a very big if”