A Day That Would Last a Decade

One week had past since I had last seen Christina. One week ago, my father, Lawrence Andrew Lovelock was murdered, or so they say. My real father was last seen leaving the city. But whatever the matter, I can't let it get to me. Not today. Not on my wedding day. I move over to my window and look outside. I smile when I see that the Capitol Building is nearing its halfway point. Things were finally starting to seem normal again around here. The mansion's reconstruction had finally been finished. Everything was going to be perfect I kept telling myself. But I knew nothing would be perfect. Not with my father somewhere out there in The Vale. I just stare out my window, thinking until I hear a knock on my door. "Come in."

It was my mother. She looked younger today for some reason. She had one of the biggest smiles on her face, which was odd, because I never once remember seeing my mother smile at all when I was a child. Maybe now because she's not Queen anymore, she can look happier and less stressed. She took my hand and put both of hers around it.

"Look at you, my beautiful daughter. I cannot wait to see you in your wedding dress. I still remember when I ascended to the throne after I married your father when I was your age. I know it's hard to imagine me, your mother as a twenty year old. It wasn't soon after I became pregnant with you. I remember the look on your father's face. He was so excited to have a little girl. But then three years later, Lucas came along and he gave more attention to the little bastard. I know I shouldn't call him that because he is my son, but, he tried to kill you. I can't have that in a son. But it appears that he went missing also. Probably left with your father. But enough talk about them. This is your day. Nothing can take that away from you. Before you change into your wedding dress, I want to show you something. Please, follow me into the foyer." 

I put on some slippers and tied up my robe that went over my nightgown then proceeded to follow my mother. I tried to make myself look presentable when we reached the foyer. When I saw everything that was going on, I just stood there in awe. Everything was so beautiful. The arch leading into the Grand Ballroom where I was going to be married as phenomenal. My mother turned to me and smiled.

"I see you like everything. I am quite glad. Now, your wedding starts in four hours, I think it's time for the team to come in and get started on you. You will look astonishing by the time they're done with you. I will be out here making sure no one screws up your day." 

My mother clapped her hands and a team of ten to fifteen men and women surrounded me and rushed me back into my room. I sat down in front of my mirror and they went to work. I felt them brushing my hair and the brushes full of makeup being applied to my face. Hours went by before the had finally finished. Finally, it was time for the dress. One of the stylists brought it out. I couldn't stop smiling at it. I mean, yeah I knew what it looked like, but I just didn't think I would get to wear it this soon. 

"Are you ready your Highness?" One of the stylists asked me.

"Of course. And please, call me Evelyn." I replied. 

Ember smiled at me as the dress went on over my head. I closed my eyes and just pictured what today was going to be like. Seeing Thomas up there, waiting for me. Me in my beautiful dress, nothing was going to ruin this perfect day. I heard the time cheer, and when I opened my eyes, I understood why. I looked exactly as my mother had told me I would; astonishing. I went over to Ember and hugged her and thanked all of the team for helping me look like this on my wedding day. Ember called my mother in, and when I saw the look on her face, I knew she was highly pleased. 

"My daughter, in her wedding dress. I am so glad I could return to see this glorious day. Thomas is a very lucky man. I only hope he proves himself a better ruler than your  father was." My mother said hugging me.

"Sometimes it takes a man that has no political education whatsoever to rule a country properly. And Thomas is just that man." I told my mother as we continued to hug each other. 

"Oh my! We have twenty minutes until the wedding starts. Meet me at the top of the grand staircase in five minutes." My mother said smiling as she rushed out of my room. 

"Two more things." Ember said.

Ember grabbed my white crown and placed it on my head and then grabbed the pair of white heels I had chosen for this day and slipped them on my feet. When she stood up, she couldn't help but smile. "There. You're all ready for your wedding."

I stood up, thanked the team one more time and then I went to the top of the stairs like my mother had told me to do. She smiled and hooked her arm around mine and we walked down the stairs. The procession had just started. When my mother and I walked down the stairs and my maid of honor had saw me, she smiled. "You look beautiful."

Finally the time had come and the veil lifted from the arch and my mother and I started to walk down the aisle. The violin played majestically. Everyone stood and looked at me. This was my day. When I looked forward, I saw Thomas standing there and I remembered when I had first met him. It had been one month ago. Now we were getting married. Finally I had reached the steps and I walked up them and took Thomas' hand in mine and smiled. "So, this it. We're finally getting married." 

"I know. I can't believe it. I wasn't planning on getting married this soon, but then I met you." Thomas said to me.

When the music stopped, everyone sat down and the priest turned to Thomas and I.

"Ladies, gentlemen, I welcome you to The Royal Wedding of Thomas Smith and Evelyn Lillian Lovelock. As most of you remember, we first met this charming man that stole our Queen's heart at the grand feast. Now, they are getting married. This is a wonderful event. Now, Thomas and Evelyn, I do believe you told me you had written your vows?" The priest asked.

"Yes." Thomas and I replied.

The priest stood back and Thomas started his vow, "Evelyn, ever since I set eyes on you, I knew I wanted you all to myself. So when you had told me that I was the 'one' I knew that I could have you. I had never known how to love until you came into my life. You have taught me so many things that I can't even begin to say how thankful I am for you. You are my everything, and without you, I would be lost. I hope that we last together until we are old and in our death bed. I love you Evelyn." 

I let a single tear run down my face and I started to read my vows, "Thomas, the day you knocked my suitcases over at the train station and felt all apologetic, I knew there was something I liked about you. I always wanted someone I knew would be able to take care of me when I was at my worst, and in the past few weeks, you have proven that to me. From when the Capitol Building was destroyed, you were there for me and didn't leave me to sink. And the way you came back for me at our mansion when I told you to stay in the limo. Thomas, I wouldn't be the strong leader I am today if it weren't for you." I say smiling while holding his hands. 

"Do you, Thomas Smith take Evelyn Lovelock to be your lawfully wedded wife?"

"I do." Thomas replied.

"And do you, Evelyn Lillian Lovelock, take Thomas Smith to be your lawfully wedded husband?" 

"I do." I replied.

"Then by the power vested in me, I pronounce you husband and wife. Thomas, you may kiss the bride!" The priest said in a gleeful tone. 

Thomas kissed me, but this time, it was in front of everyone, by everyone, I mean the entire Kingdom. We were finally married. Thomas was finally King, and I felt the kick, it was then that I knew it was true. The wedding ended after Thomas and I finally were done kissing and the Grand Ballroom flooded out to be arranged for the reception.

The End

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