Next day, Dory way trying to calm down, but she was so freakin’ nervous about this whole wedding thing.
But she had weird dreams that night. Livid, colorful, confusing. She woke up at 4 a.m., sweating and tense. And then she remembered her conversation with Devi.
She was sure Alfred would understand that. Just thinking about him made her smile and dissolved all her doubts. She inhaled slowly and smiled weakly at her reflection.
She took a quick shower, tasted chocolate truffles Melia prepared for the wedding and did her make-up. Soon after that, her sisters informed her it was already time to go.
The wedding was taking place at the same venue Castor got married. Dory wasn’t even born back then and suddenly she was getting married herself. It was insane to think about.
The entire family was there. Castor and Damon with their families, all her sisters with their boyfriends…even Evander travelled all the way from Windenburg just to be there on her big day. He even brought his “just good friend and roomate” Kaya with him.
They all looked amazing, of course.
Alfred had only two guests – his mom and uncle Alexander. They looked somehow lonely and lost in that huge crowd of Rossinis, but very elegant.
Melia felt all kind of emotion when she saw her ex-boyfriend. She was glad to see he’s doing well, sorry for losing a friend she had in him, embarrassed for bringing her new boyfriend with her.
She wasn’t sure if it was a good idea to talk to him, but she couldn’t help it.
They talked for a while, but it was awkward. Melia soon ran out of safe topics and her mind kept going back to their break-up and all those things they’ve left unsolved. Part of her wanted to forget, but the other part wanted to talk about it and apologize and let him know she never meant to hurt him.
“I’m glad we met. I know things were complicated with me and I’m sorr….” she started her brave speech but Alexander interrupted her.
Melia nodded and wanted to leave when she heard Alexander’s cold, almost angry voice again.
He was pointing to the wedding arch in front of them. Dory and Alfred were already there in their matching festive outfits and ceremony was about to start.
Or it was supposed to start, but…
Alfred was just staring at her, devastated. His eyes were slowly filling up with tears.
She hugged him quickly and walked away, leaving disappointed Alfred and very confused wedding guests behind.
With the bride out of the picture and with the groom in the middle of emotional breakdown, the overall atmosphere quickly changed from cheerful expectation to awkward bewilderment. Nobody knew what to do. Alfred’s family walked away, swearing and grumbling angrily and Eudora’s siblings just stood around, secretly hoping someone else would step in and do something. Anything.
And then, Chris’ voice broke the silence.
Everyone looked at him as he continued, his eyes set on Melia’s curious face.
Melia’s heart was beating so loud and fast that everyone in the room must have heard it. She felt weak in her knees when she stood up and her head was spinning.
‘Oh, my Watcher, is he doing what I think he’s doing?’
‘Wow, he IS doing it.’
Melia laughed nervously and the rest of the guest laughed with her.
Melia was stunned. One moment, her heart was breaking over her sister’s crushed hopes and then suddenly, this man, this wonderful, beautiful man, was asking her to become his wife and making her heart scream with happiness. Everything was happening so fast.
But one look at his face and she realized she was dreaming about this moment for so long.
He took her by the hand and they walked the aisle together, smiling excitedly.
Melia couldn’t believe it. She’s never done anything more crazy. It was so sudden and surprising, so spontaneous and exciting, so incredibly marvelous. She never felt more alive.