|Greek: Senior Year
Author: jessec12 PM
Follow Rusty, Calvin, Rebecca, and Dale's senior year at CRU as well as our favorite Greeks that have moved on from the Greek system. Multiple pairings: Cappie/Casey, Rusty/Ashleigh, and more!Rated: Fiction T - English - Friendship/Romance - Chapters: 20 - Words: 145,408 - Reviews: 63 - Favs: 27 - Follows: 26 - Updated: 08-20-12 - Published: 06-24-11 - Status: Complete - id: 7113537
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Episode #18: Nothing Like You and I
Setting: Wedding weekend, about 3 weeks before graduation
Synopsis: Everyone gathers back in Cyprus for the long awaited wedding of Cappie and Casey.
"Remind me why I told my entire extended family and Cappie's that they could stay here," Rusty said with a sigh as he saw Ashleigh walk in the KT house.
"Because you're a good person," Ashleigh said with a smile. "I ran into your parents on the way over here. They're taking Case and Cap to lunch with Cappie's parents, too. If you ask me that sounds like a lecture waiting to happen."
"Yeah, Dad said she and Mom wanted to have a 'pre-wedding chat' with them and they brought Cappie's parents in on it too," Rusty said.
"Spitter!" someone called and Rusty turned around to see two pledges walking toward him. "We were trying to fix up the bathroom and then some old lady who looks like, ninety thousand years old, comes in and starts hitting us with her walking cane.
"And then she said, 'get out of here, you hooligans'," Pledge Curly said.
"That must be my Great Aunt Glenda," Rusty sighed. "She's not nice, at all. Pretty much no one in my family likes her."
"How was she even invited to the wedding then?" Pledge Moe asked.
"Truth is it's because my parents are doing everything to make sure they get her beach house when she dies," Rusty said.
"Are you sure there's enough room here for everyone to sleep?" Ashleigh asked Rusty, taking a look at the number of relatives that were in the house. "I didn't think you had this many extra rooms."
"We don't," Rusty said. "I still haven't figured out where everyone's going to sleep. And we've got way more people here than my parents told me were coming." Just then they saw most of the KT brothers making their way downstairs and heading for the front door.
"What's going on?" Rusty asked the guys.
"I'm getting everyone out of here for the day," Spidey said. "So yours and Cappie's families can hang out. We're having a kickball tournament at the park between us, Omega Chi, and Lambda Sig."
"Thanks; that's a big help," Rusty said. "By then maybe I'll find places for everyone to sleep tonight."
"You know I could throw together a campout in the backyard for all of us," Spidey said. "Better us sleep outside than all of yours and Cap's relatives, right?"
"We're sleeping outside tonight?" a brother asked, overhearing the conversation. "Just let the old people sleep in the spare rooms and the kids can sleep on the floor."
"There still won't be enough space," Spidey said. "Besides, some of you end up sleeping outside anyway after parties."
"Why don't we just have a party then?" Dump Truck suggested. "And just make the pledges keep the kids and old people inside."
"Or we could just have a party where we can have fun right along with them," Spidey said.
"Mingling with kids and old people isn't a party; that's philanthropy," Dump Truck said.
"Well until after the wedding, that's what it'll have to be," Rusty said. "I'd just like to make it out of this weekend without any unfortunate incidents."
"I've got your back on this," Spidey said. "It's going to be a great wedding weekend for Cappie and Casey, and everyone who's staying here is going to be happy."
"I'm kind of glad that's over with," Casey said with a laugh to Cappie after they finished lunch with both sets of parents.
"I'll admit myself I wasn't sure what to expect when your dad wanted us all to go out to lunch," Cappie laughed. "When he asked us yesterday he sounded serious, like he was going to give me this big long lecture. But I seriously thought he was going to cry there for a minute at lunch."
"And I thought your mom was going to cry when she was talking about how it's not easy for parents to see their children get married," Casey said.
"As my mom said it's the best and worst thing to ever happen to her," Cappie said. "It's like they think we're eloping and moving to the moon. I don't get it."
"I guess it's something we'll understand someday," Casey said. "When we have a kid of our own getting married."
"No, we're never going to let our kid get that old, so that'll never happen," Cappie said, and then stopped for a second. "Did I really just say that?"
"That was a total dad comment right there," Casey said with a laugh. "But I'm right there with you, right now mostly because I'm not letting myself get old enough to have a kid who's getting married."
"Someday I guess it's going to happen, though," Cappie said.
"Yeah, I guess it will," Casey said, smiling at him. "You're going to be a great husband and father; I hope you know that."
"And you're going to be a great wife and mother," Cappie said, smiling at her and kissing her. "I hope you know that."
"Bex, we're all ready over here," Ashleigh said to Rebecca over the phone. "Where's Casey?"
"We're at the church," Rebecca said with a sigh. "And she's obsessing again."
"Tell her to stop it and get back over to ZBZ," Ashleigh said. "There are a ton of overly peppy relatives who just want her to open her presents already."
"Don't worry; I'm pretty sure I can get her to leave," Rebecca said. "We'll be there soon." Rebecca hung up the phone and went to find Casey, who was in the front of the church talking to the pastor who would be marrying her and Cappie the next day."
"Case, come on let's go," Rebecca walked up to her and said, and then tried to grab her and drag her out.
"Rebecca, where's the fire?" Casey asked, pulling away from Rebecca's grasp. "Just give me a minute."
"You said that five minutes ago," Rebecca said. "And I just got a call from Ash; she said they just delivered the flowers for the wedding to the ZBZ house."
"Wait, what?" Casey asked. "First of all, since when did that flower shop deliver? And second of all, why the heck are they delivering them today and not tomorrow? They'll be no good by tomorrow." She turned to the pastor. "I'm sorry, Pastor Dan, but I should probably go check on this."
"No worries, Casey," Pastor Dan said. "Anything else you need; you know I'll be at the rehearsal dinner tonight." They said goodbye and Rebecca continued to drag Casey out of the church.
"So why exactly were you talking to the pastor for over a half hour?" Rebecca asked.
"I just want to make sure he knows what to do," Casey said. "I'm starting to question why we decided to go with a pastor that Dale suggested. If only my family's pastor hadn't planned a missions trip to Africa right at the time of my wedding."
"I think the guy's done plenty of weddings," Rebecca said. "Now come on, let's go." They arrived back at ZBZ a few minutes later. They saw Ashleigh open the door and step outside before they could enter.
"Ash, what's going on with the flowers?" Casey asked.
"Oh yeah, they're here in the living room," Ashleigh said and motioned for Casey and Rebecca to follow her inside. Instead of seeing a bunch of flowers in the living room, Casey saw most of the ZBZ sisters, her friends, and her female relatives gathered around.
"Surprise!" they all shouted.
"What is all of this?" Casey asked with a smile.
"I've been trying to plan you a shower ever since you got engaged, but your mom suggested we have it right before the wedding so your family could be here," Ashleigh said. "Come open your presents; everyone's dying to see them!"
"Beav, I don't know how you got my little cousins to calm down, but thanks," Rusty said as he sat down with Beaver and Cappie in the KT living room.
"What can I say; I'm a natural with kids," Beaver said.
"I know their moms are all at Case's shower, but where'd their dads go?" Cappie asked.
"My uncles all wanted to go out for drinks and they sort of just left the kids here with me," Rusty said. "Not that I really mind; I've babysat them before but sometimes they can all be a bit much."
"At least they're napping now," Cappie said. Just then the doorbell rang.
"Pizza's here!" Beaver said as he went to answer the door.
"I can't believe the big day's tomorrow," Rusty said excitedly to Cappie as Beaver went to answer the door.
"That's right, and I hope you're ready for me to be part of the family now," Cappie said with a laugh.
"I am; I'm so excited for you guys," Rusty said. "I knew all along that somehow you'd make things work; why do you think I pushed you so much after you and Case broke up two years ago?"
"Now I can say I'm glad you did push us," Cappie said.
"How did you know, though, that it was the right time to propose to her?" Rusty asked suddenly.
"I don't know; it's kind of hard to explain," Cappie said. "It's just something you know when the time's right. Before I met Casey, I don't think I ever thought seriously about getting married. But being with her made me realize that I don't want to be with anyone else. And after we stayed together for over a year in the real world, I knew it was time."
"I'm just not sure I want to wait that long," Rusty said.
"Wait, you're talking about yourself here?" Cappie asked confused. "Wait that long for what? Hold up, are you thinking about asking…"
"Yeah, I'm thinking about proposing to Ash," Rusty interrupted.
"Hey now, I knew this moment would happen," Cappie said happily. "You know Case and I were just talking about you guys not too long ago."
"What do you mean by that?" Rusty asked confused.
"She thought it might be a while before you actually popped the question," Cappie said. "But I said that probably one day after you guys left Cyprus, we'd get a phone call saying you ran off somewhere and eloped."
"We wouldn't do that," Rusty said with a laugh. "I really couldn't imagine not having a wedding here. Well not here as in the KT house, but here in Cyprus. But Case doesn't think I'd do it; that's what she said?"
"In so many words, yeah," Cappie laughed. "She said you're probably focused on grad school right now and wouldn't think about getting married right away."
"Can you not tell her I'm thinking about it," Rusty said. "I want to surprise her when it actually happens. Not that I know when that's going to be yet."
"Believe me, she'll be surprised," Cappie said. "As for when to pop the question; like I said you'll know when the time's right. But take it from me, I think you should do it."
"You think Spitter should do what?" Beaver asked, re-entering the room with pizza and beers in hand.
"Should eat pizza and drink beer with us," Cappie covered quickly.
"Isn't that what we were going to do anyway?" Beaver asked confused.
"Uh, yeah, so let's do it!" Cappie said as they dug into the pizza and opened their beers.
"Thank you guys, so much," Casey said to her friends and family as her bridal shower was finishing up. "This really means a lot."
"Before everyone leaves, we still have one more gift to give," Katherine spoke up, stopping the movement around the room.
"You guys have already done so much," Casey said.
"Believe me; I know you're going to like this," Rebecca said.
"The three of us all helped pick it out," Ashleigh said and handed Casey a wrapped box.
"Oh my gosh!" Casey burst out laughing when she opened the box and saw what was inside. The guests started laughing as well when they saw what it was. Casey turned to her bridesmaids. "You guys seriously got me lingerie." In Casey's box were in fact different pieces of lingerie.
"Surprise!" Ashleigh said, laughing too.
"You know I should have expected this to happen," Casey said to her bridesmaids, as everyone now began getting up and moving around the room.
"What's a bridal shower without at least one good gag gift," Rebecca said. "It beats some of the boring crap that you're never going to use and just throw away in five years."
"Hey, I like all my presents," Casey said. "This one will be used though!"
"Okay, we didn't need to hear that out loud!" Rebecca said.
"I said we should get you something better," Katherine spoke up. "But they talked me into the lingerie idea and I have to admit your reaction was hilarious."
"Yeah, it really was," Ashleigh said, and then the doorbell rang. One of the ZBZ sisters went to answer it
"I guess it's safe in here now," Cappie's voice said, and Casey saw him enter the living room. "What's in that box?"
"Oh, nothing; you'll see later," Casey said with a sly smile. "I didn't know you were stopping over here; I thought I was just meeting you back at KT."
"I called him to do the manly thing and carry all this stuff to the car," Ashleigh said.
"I see how it is; the groom is never invited to these things but then he's called when it's all over to do all the work," Cappie said jokingly. "And you don't even have any leftovers; darn!"
"I think Case seemed more relaxed about things tonight," Ashleigh said to Rusty as they were walking back to the KT house after the wedding rehearsal that evening.
"Yeah, and I'm glad," Rusty said. "If something's important to her, she'll obsess over it; like how she was with ZBZ and then trying to find a career. This wedding; that's more important to her than both of those things."
"You're right about that," Ashleigh said. "She's going to love it though; I know it." They arrived back at the KT house and saw there was a party in full swing, filled with KTs enjoying themselves as always, older relatives having drinks and dancing, many of them rather wildly, and some of the kids were running around playing together.
"Now this is a party like no other," Ashleigh observed the scene with a laugh. "It looks like a family reunion gone wild."
"Man, I was afraid this would happen," Rusty sighed. "If this keeps going half of mine and Cappie's families are going to be going to the wedding hungover."
"Think we should get some of them back inside?" Ashleigh asked.
"Hey Spitter; your great aunt's over there and she looks like she's gonna start stripping," Pledge Barney said, laughing as he approached Rusty and Ashleigh with some more pledge brothers.
"I'll take care of her; you guys just start getting everyone back inside and upstairs," Rusty said to the pledges. "And get the kids inside; they don't need to be around everyone who's drinking."
"Hey guys," Kelsey said as she and Spidey walked up to Rusty and Ashleigh. "We just took some really drunk people upstairs. Rusty, I think they might have been some of your cousins, or maybe Cappie's."
"We just got back from the rehearsal not long before you," Spidey said. "We weren't even there that long and things here took a turn for the wild side in the time we were gone."
"It's fine; let's just bring things down a bit before Case, Cap, and our parents get back," Rusty said.
"You coming back to KT first before you go to ZBZ for the night?" Cappie asked Casey as they were the last ones to leave the rehearsal, heading back toward Greek Row.
"I think I'll just go to ZBZ," Casey said. "I'm so tired right now; it probably won't be much of a sleepover."
"Please, don't worry about a thing," Cappie said to her. "I'm sure that's why you're tired."
"Oh I know that's why I'm tired," Casey chuckled. "I just can't help myself; you know how I get about things that are super important. I love you so much, and this is our wedding, a day we'll remember for the rest of our lives. I want it to be worth remembering."
"Case, it will be, but it won't be because of flowers, or the pastor saying the right things, or wedding favors, or any of that stuff," Cappie said, stopping and facing her as they arrived on the porch of the ZBZ house. "It'll be because it's me and you; that's all there is to it. Every day spent with you is unforgettable; you're unforgettable. Thirty years from now, it's not going to matter if one little minor detail didn't go as planned; what will matter is that we'll still be together after all that time, and what we'll remember about our wedding is that was the day we swore to spend the rest of our lives together."
"This is the reason I want to be with you for the rest of my life," Casey smiled at him. "How do you always know the right thing to say to me?"
"I'm just that good," Cappie smiled and kissed her.
"Bex, wake up," Ashleigh said to Rebecca the next morning, shaking her awake. "We've got to get ready to go to the salon and get our hair did."
"Oh hey, you guys are up," Casey said with a smile, entering Rebecca's room looking like she'd just taken a shower. "I was just going to wake you."
"I can't believe today's finally here," Ashleigh smiled. "And I couldn't be happier for you."
"Thanks, Ash," Casey said, giving her a hug. "You know it was great sleeping over here last night, one last time."
"Yeah it was," Ashleigh said. "After Bex graduates, we can't just come back and crash in our old room again."
"Well you could, but it might be kind of weird for whoever's living here next year," Rebecca said.
"It's going to be weird when we don't have close friends here anymore," Casey said. "To the sisters who are still here, we'll just be old people like the rest of the alumni who come back for events."
"And then they'll just start hitting you up for money," Rebecca said.
"Start?" Casey asked. "You tried that on us already at the last alumni event."
"Yeah, even to me, and I come over here at least every week or two," Ashleigh said.
"I was just kidding more or less," Rebecca said. "But seriously, next year the sisters will hit you up for money."
"I'm gonna head downstairs when you guys shower," Casey said. "Katherine's in the shower now too, so I'm ready when you guys are."
"Okay; we'll be quick," Ashleigh said and Casey went downstairs to the kitchen.
"Hey there; ready for your big day?" Kelsey greeted with a smile as Casey walked into the kitchen.
"Hey, you're still picking up the flowers and the cake, right?" Casey asked quickly.
"Well good morning to you, too," Kelsey said jokingly. "Yes, I'm getting the flowers and the cake. Don't worry."
"Sorry," Casey laughed. "I'm more than ready for today; I'm just thinking about the million and one things that need to be done in the next six hours."
"Everything's going to be fine," Kelsey said. "You know you've got an awesome maid of honor and wedding party who are going to make sure everything's just as perfect as it can be. And you're my grand big sis and I'm here for you, too. Anything you need, just call me; I'll be on standby all day until the wedding."
"Thanks so much," Casey smiled. "I'm heading over to the salon as soon as Ash, Bex, and Katherine are ready; but take my car when you go."
"It's like this place turned into a bed and breakfast," Beaver said as he, Cappie, and Rusty walked downstairs in the KT house and saw some of the pledges making breakfast for the wedding guests.
"Oh Cappie, I can't believe it's your big day," a lady who looked to be one of Cappie's aunts said upon seeing him, and then pulled him over to some of his other relatives.
"Geez, I haven't seen a line for the bathroom this long here even during a party," Anthony Hopkins said, approaching Beaver and Rusty.
"Yeah, we had to go across the street to the Tri Pi house just to pee," Pledge Barf said.
"Well, we didn't have to," Pledge Larry said. "But that gave us an excuse to go over there."
"Well now that you're back," Rusty began. "I need all the pledges to help everyone get ready. Just go upstairs and if anyone needs anything, get it for them."
"Okay, but I'm not washing anyone else's hair," Pledge Larry said, and Rusty looked at him confused. "Cappie's grandmother made me wash her hair last night, and it was a rather unpleasant experience."
"Brothers, everyone gather round," Rusty announced to the KT brothers, most of who were in the living room. "Now as brothers, we all know when one of us is celebrating, we're all celebrating. Today's Cappie's wedding, so it's up to all of us to be there and help make it great. Who's with me?"
"Yeah!" the brothers said as Cappie came back into the living room.
"Ready for your death sentence, Cap?" one of the brothers asked him jokingly.
"I once thought marriage was a death sentence too," Cappie said. "But sooner or later you won't think that. But Spitter's right, and it wouldn't be my wedding without my KT brothers right there with me."
"Hey, I thought you were coming back before the wedding," Spidey said as he walked in the church and saw Kelsey arranging some flowers by the altar.
"I was," Kelsey said. "But then Ash called and said the decorator was sick and they couldn't find another one, so I've spent the past three hours decorating this place myself. What do you think?"
"It looks great; they're going to love it," Spidey said with a smile. "You could have called me though; I would have helped."
"I didn't exactly think that hanging ribbons and arranging flowers was your cup of tea," Kelsey laughed. "I'm just about done, but I still have to run back to ZBZ and change before everyone gets here, which should be soon."
"I've gotta run back to KT, too," Spidey said. "Cap just wanted me to come down and check on the reception set-up."
"Oh crap," Kelsey said suddenly. "I left the cake in Casey's car. Want to grab it and take it out there pretty please?"
"Sure, I'll get it," Spidey said with a small laugh as she tossed him Casey's car keys. "You know I'm excited this is our first wedding together."
"Me too," Kelsey smiled. "All the time I was dating Robert, we never went to a wedding together. I swear he had a relative getting married like every year, but he never once asked me to the wedding. So you're my first wedding date, but I wouldn't have it any other way."
"Me either; it makes it all the more special for me and you," Spidey smiled. "I'll take the cake over and check on everything, then I'll meet you back at ZBZ in a bit."
"Sounds great," Kelsey said.
"Girls, you all look beautiful," Casey's mother said with a smile as she entered the room in the church where the bridesmaids were gathered, waiting on Casey.
"Thanks, Mrs. Cartwright," Ashleigh said with a smile.
"Is everybody decent in here?" they heard a male voice from outside, and they saw it was Casey's father.
"Yeah, come in," Ashleigh laughed. "Casey's still getting dressed in the dressing room."
"Are you done in there, yet?" Rebecca asked impatiently, knocking on the door to the dressing room. "We've been ready for the past ten minutes."
"I'm coming!" Casey said. "Just a few more minutes."
"You've already seen the dress, just get in it and get out here," Rebecca said.
"Wow Bex, you're more impatient than I am about this," Casey said with a laugh as she came out of the dressing room.
"Case, honey, oh my gosh you look beautiful!" Casey's mom said proudly upon seeing her daughter.
"Thanks, Mom," Casey said with a smile. "Have you seen Rusty and the guys?"
"They were getting ready over in the church nursery," Mrs. Cartwright said. "They should be on their way over soon."
"Case, you look absolutely amazing in that dress!" Ashleigh said excitedly, and the others smiled and nodded in agreement.
"Thanks, guys!" Casey smiled.
"But you are missing just a few things," Ashleigh said.
"Yes, first, here's something old," Mrs. Cartwright said, handing Casey a small jewelry box, and Casey opened it. "It was your Grandma Stevens' necklace that she wore on her wedding day. I know she would have wanted you to have it."
"I love it, Mom, thanks!" Casey smiled and gave her mom a hug.
"Now here's something new," Katherine spoke up, handing Casey a new container of lip gloss.
"You always said that was Cappie's favorite flavor on you, and yeah we really needed to know that," Rebecca said sarcastically.
"I didn't need to know that, either," Casey's father spoke up.
"You just had to say that in front of my mother and father," Casey whispered to Rebecca.
"Hey, you're marrying him now; it's not like you're living in sin anymore," Rebecca laughed. "Anyway, here's something borrowed; from me I might add." She handed Casey some clips for her hair that went with her dress.
"And lastly, something blue," Ashleigh said and handed her another small jewelry box. Casey opened it and saw some blue-colored earrings that also complemented her dress well.
"Thanks so much you guys," Casey said to her bridesmaids.
"I think I'm going to go check on Rusty and the guys again and then take my place," Casey's mom said to her. "I'll see you up there; I really am proud of you, honey."
"Well guys, guess we should go take our places soon," Rusty said to Beaver and Evan in the room where they were gathered with Cappie.
"But before we do, there's one thing we still need to do," Beaver said.
"What's that?" Rusty asked.
"Shots!" Beaver said, pulling out a flask he had in his pocket.
"Aren't the shots for during the reception?" Evan asked.
"It's like an unspoken tradition that the groom and groomsmen take shots before the wedding," Beaver said. "Now we just need something to drink from." He walked over to the other side of the room where he found what looked like little kids' sippy cups. "These'll work."
"Are we really gonna drink out of them after some kid's probably slobbered all over them?" Cappie asked with a laugh, and the others agreed the idea was sort of gross.
"They're clean, well I think they are," Beaver said, inspecting them. "We're in the church's nursery; it's all we've got." He poured the alcohol from his flask into the cups and gave everyone one.
"I honestly didn't think I'd be drinking liquor from a sippy cup ten minutes before my wedding," Cappie said.
"I'll make a toast," Rusty announced. "Cap, seeing you and my sister so happy makes me happy. You proved yourself to her, and there's no one else I know who's as good enough for her. So here's to my big brother and soon to be brother-in-law."
"Cheers to that," Cappie said with a smile as they all raised their cups and then took their shots.
"You ready there, groom?" Pastor Dan came in the room and interrupted them, as the guys quickly tried to hide the fact they were taking shots of alcohol out of sippy cups.
"Don't worry; you're actually not the first guys who've done that, surprisingly," Pastor Dan laughed, noticing what they'd done.
"We'll see you on the other side, Cap," Beaver said, giving Cappie a pat on the back as the groomsmen went to leave the room, leaving Cappie with the pastor.
"In just about fifteen minutes you're going to be an old married lady," Rebecca joked to Casey as the music began playing and the wedding was about to start.
"Hey, I'll be married and a lady but I will not be old," Casey protested.
"This is it!" Ashleigh said excitedly to Casey. "My best friend is getting married, like, right now."
"Do I look okay?" Casey asked yet again. "Please tell me I look okay."
"Case, you look amazing," Ashleigh said. "Cappie is going to lose his breath. I'll warn Rusty to be on guard if Cappie looks like he's going to faint." Casey and Ashleigh laughed at that. "Just remember to relax, enjoy it, and take it all in. You deserve this so much and I'm so happy for you and Cap, and…no, I can't start crying right now!" She let out a chuckle as she felt like she was going to cry.
"Ash, you have no idea how glad I am that you're my best friend and my maid of honor," Casey smiled. "You've been there for me more than I ever could have asked for, and…"
"Take your places," one of the ushers announced, interrupting their conversation. "We're ready to start."
"I'll finish telling you later," Casey said. "Or else I might just start crying too."
"Good luck out there," Ashleigh said, giving Casey a hug. "Not that you'll need it, though." Everyone took their places and the first couple to walk down the aisle was Beaver and Katherine, followed by Evan and Rebecca, and then Rusty and Ashleigh. Finally, it was Casey's turn to make her appearance.
"I hope you're ready for this, Dad," Casey said to her father as they stood waiting to walk down the aisle.
"Honey, let me tell you the whole time you were growing up, I dreaded the day that this moment would happen," Mr. Cartwright said. "When I first met Cappie, I'll admit I had my doubts. But that was just me being a father. He's no doctor or lawyer, but that's not what's important. He treats you right; he really does. I'd be lying if I said I was really ready for this, but because you found someone who I know is going to be good to you, I'm more prepared for this than I ever thought I would be. I love you, honey, more than you will ever know, and you'll always be my little girl."
"I love you too, Dad," Casey said with a smile and a small laugh, trying to lighten the moment. "But save the crying for the reception; we've still got to make it down the aisle." They shared a small laugh before it was finally time for them to make their appearance. All eyes were on Casey as her father walked her down the aisle. The bridesmaids and groomsmen stood watching happily, and as expected Cappie couldn't take his eyes off of Casey. He was taken out of his daze when Casey's dad placed her hand in his, and Casey joined him at the altar.
"Dearly beloved, we are gathered here today to celebrate the joining together of Captain John Paul Jones, or better known as Cappie, and Casey Elizabeth Cartwright, in holy matrimony," Pastor Dan announced. "If anyone has any objections, speak now or forever hold your peace." The room was silent so the pastor continued with the wedding. "Cappie and Casey decided to write their own vows, so Cappie, why don't you go first."
"Casey, I was telling you the truth when I said that I've loved you since the first time I saw you," Cappie began. "I knew there was something special about you, and as time went on, I learned that there are a lot of things that are special about you. If I stood up here and named them all, we'd be here all night. You're the only person I ever thought about spending the rest of my life with, and today I'm promising myself to you forever. I will love, honor, and cherish you always, for better or for worse, in sickness and in health, and until death do us part."
"Cappie, ever since we met, you've always been the one I've wanted to be with, even though I wouldn't admit it during the times we weren't together," Casey said. "I couldn't be happier that I'm giving myself to you for the rest of my life. I'll always be yours and I will love, honor, and cherish you always, for better or for worse, in sickness and in health, and until death do us part."
"Now, you may present the rings," Pastor Dan said, and Cappie and Casey presented each other with their rings.
"By the power vested in me, I now pronounce you husband and wife," Pastor Dan announced at the close of the ceremony. "You may now kiss the bride." Friends and relatives clapped in celebration as Cappie kissed Casey.
"I now present to you Mr. and Mrs. Cappie Jones," Pastor Dan announced to everyone. The music began playing as Cappie and Casey made their exit down the aisle, followed by the bridesmaids and groomsmen. Cappie pulled Casey into the first side room he found after they walked back down the aisle, and he shut the door.
"You're my wife now," Cappie said, smiling down at Casey with his arms around her. "And I've waited a long time to say that."
"And you're my husband," Casey smiled back at him. "And it feels so good to be able to call you that." Before either of them could say anything else, Cappie kissed her, but soon they were interrupted when someone barged into the room.
"April!" Cappie said, noticing it was his mom that entered. "I'm glad you're here and all, but right now, not so much."
"Whoopsie!" April said. "Guess I should've knocked, huh? Case, your mom and I want to get some pictures, so let's get that over with and then you can go back to this, okay?"
"Mothers, huh," Casey said to Cappie with a laugh after April walked out of the room. "They do know the photographers are here to take the pictures for us so they don't have to."
"Can't live with them, can't live without 'em," Cappie said. "Let's just let them take a few pictures with us and everyone, and then I think our ride awaits, my wife."
"Ride?" Casey asked. "Isn't the reception just out back?"
"You didn't think I wouldn't get us a limo for our wedding, did you?" Cappie asked. "The driver's just going to drive us around town for a bit so we can have some husband and wife time before we party with everyone, if you know what I mean."
"Mmm, then I'm definitely glad you got us a limo," Casey smiled and kissed him.
"Case, Cappie, it's picture time!" This time it was Casey's mother that interrupted them.
"Oh for Pete's sake; let's get this over with," Casey said to Cappie. "Then we can get onto the real fun."
"Where are they already?" Rebecca asked impatiently as the wedding party and guests were now all gathered for the reception, but Cappie and Casey still had not arrived.
"They'll be here soon, Bex," Ashleigh said.
"The limo's coming now," Katherine announced, joining the rest of the wedding party. Cappie and Casey got out of the limo and came over a few minutes later.
"There you two are!" Cappie's mom said excitedly, and then turned to all of the wedding guests. "Everyone, I'd like to introduce again our favorite couple of the hour, Cappie and Casey Jones!" Everyone cheered after Cappie's mom made the announcement, and then the DJ put on the song for Cappie and Casey's first dance as a married couple.
"May I have this dance, my wife?" Cappie asked, holding his hand out to Casey.
"For the rest of my life, my husband," Casey smiled, taking his hand as they moved toward the dance floor.
We spent some time
Spent some time just talking
About who we were
You held my hand so
And told me what we
Could be dreaming of
There's nothing like you and I
Nothing like you and I
There's nothing like you and I
"I told you I'd pick the perfect first dance song for us," Cappie said, holding Casey in his arms as they danced, feeling like they were the only people there.
"I didn't doubt you for a second," Casey said. "This has been our song since day one." They were silent for a moment, just enjoying the song and being with each other, and then Casey spoke up again. "You know, everything about today has been just perfect; I don't know what I was so worried about."
"See how much it pays to listen to me," Cappie said jokingly. "When it comes to you and me, no matter how much we go through, everything's going to work out in the end."
"We really are like the power couple," Casey said. "And now we always will be." Cappie and Casey enjoyed the rest of the song, and when it finished, the DJ announced it was time for the father/daughter dance.
"So how many more dances do we have to have before we can eat cake?" Beaver asked half jokingly, once Cappie came back over to the guys as Casey went to dance with her father.
"I just want to watch you guys shove it in each other's faces," Evan said to Cappie with a laugh.
"All the girls gather round," Ashleigh announced to everyone as the reception continued. "Casey's about to throw her bouquet." She joined Rebecca close to the front of the crowd. "Maybe if I catch this thing it might be a good sign."
"You're still on board this whole getting married train?" Rebecca asked her.
"Yeah, and I don't think I'll ever get off it until it happens," Ashleigh said.
"You're probably just going to have to ask him," Rebecca said half jokingly. "This is the 21st century, where people are bending the old rules of marriage every day."
"I wouldn't do that, at least not right now," Ashleigh said. "I don't want to push it, but I'd be lying if I said I didn't really want it to happen."
"Ready, girls?" Casey asked everyone, and everyone cheered for her to throw the bouquet. She threw the flowers, and Katherine ended up being the one to catch them.
"This means that you're supposedly the next one of us to get married," Casey said to Katherine, as she gathered with her bridesmaids after Katherine caught the bouquet. "Hmm, could there be something you're keeping from us?"
"Walter and I aren't engaged," Katherine said. "But that's not to say that I wouldn't say yes if he asked me."
"Really, you're on this marriage train too?" Rebecca asked her.
"What do you mean 'too'?" Casey asked confused. "Who else might be getting married?"
"Uh, obviously I'm talking about you, who just got married," Rebecca said, forgetting that Casey probably didn't know about Ashleigh's desire to get married. "I mean, who else?"
"Anyway, I think it's time to cut the cake!" Ashleigh said excitedly.
"Enjoying yourself, Russ?" Casey asked Rusty, running into him on her way back out from the restroom.
"Yeah you better believe I am!" Rusty said happily. "Back before I came to CRU, I never even thought we'd be close enough that I'd even be at your wedding, much less be standing up in it as best man. This is just as great for me as it is for you and Cap."
"I guess it goes to show just how much things can change for the better," Casey smiled. "I never thought we'd be where we are right now, either. But I wouldn't have it any other way."
"Me either," Rusty said. "I was just talking to Mom and Dad a few minutes ago, and Mom said she really wants us to have a dance. I can't say I disagree with her. You know, no matter how many times we have and will continue to annoy each other, the fact is we're closer now than we are to either of our parents; you've gotta admit that."
"As cheesy as you just made that sound, you're still absolutely right," Casey said with a small laugh. Just then the DJ changed the song and "Landslide" began playing. "I do love this song; so what do you say, want to dance?"
"Let's do it, sis," Rusty said with a smile and they made their way to the dance floor. "There are Mom and Dad; Mom looks like she's going to cry." Rusty pointed out their parents to Casey.
"I think ours and Cappie's parents have both been on the verge of tears for most of today," Casey laughed. "Oh and you want to know something else; I swear most of our family has asked me when it's going to be your turn."
"They've all asked me, too," Rusty said. "It's like they're almost expecting it to happen."
"You've got to tell me if you've got something up your sleeve," Casey said. "I promise I won't say anything to Ash."
"You'll know when it's the right time," Rusty said. "Right now, I don't have anything up my sleeve. But you'll just have to wait and see."
This is the dance for all the lovers
Takin' a chance for one another
Finally it's our time now
These are the times that we'll remember
Breaking the city's heart together
Finally it's our time now
It's our time now
Oh oh oh oh oh
Oh oh oh oh oh
"You know if we ever had our own TV show or something, this would be our theme song," Calvin spoke up as 'Our Time Now' was playing while Rusty, Ashleigh, Evan, Rebecca, Calvin, and Dale were gathered, dancing with Cappie and Casey in one corner.
"Really, us on our own TV show; who would watch that?" Evan laughed.
"Yeah, no one cares about our drama," Rebecca said.
"If we'd filmed ourselves and our friends over the past four years and watched ourselves back, I'd probably think we were all a bunch of crazy people for the most part," Ashleigh laughed.
"Hey, I happen to think we're all quite entertaining," Dale said. "I'd watch us."
"You know it seems like just yesterday the six of us were saying goodbye to you guys as you left Cyprus," Calvin said. "And here we are now, a year and a half later and you're married."
"Time flies, buddy," Cappie said. "Won't be long and we'll be back to see all you kids graduate. I hope you're ready."
"I'm more ready than I ever was," Rusty said. "I'll say that much."
"Right there with ya," Dale said. "But I'd be lying if I said I wasn't going to miss this place. And you of course, Casey." Cappie gave him a look, but knew he was joking.
"I was just joking, buddy," Dale said. "But I just had to throw that in there. All in good fun."
"It's always all in good fun with you, Dale, and believe it or not I knew that," Casey said. "When you started hitting on me as a freshman, you knew we would never work out."
"Yeah, but it didn't hurt a guy to try," Dale laughed.
"Hey here comes a photographer," Calvin spoke up, seeing a man with a camera walking toward them. "We need a group picture of the eight of us."
"Okay, Mom," Casey said jokingly. "Let's take one."
"I think it might be time to call it a night, or well, a morning," Ashleigh said to Rusty, as they were two of the only people left cleaning up a bit after the reception. It was well after midnight by now.
"Yeah, Cap and Case left hours ago and we've got to take them to the airport by noon," Rusty said. "Case still doesn't know where they're going on their honeymoon, but I think she'll be pleasantly surprised."
"I know she will be," Ashleigh agreed. "Plus, she'll be with Cappie, so of course she'll love it even more."
"Have you ever thought about what your wedding would be like, Ash?" Rusty asked suddenly.
"Well yeah, I think almost every girl on the face of the earth has," Ashleigh said. "When I was a little girl, I dreamed of this big, expensive, Cinderella wedding. But now, I don't think any of that matters as long as I'm marrying the right person." She flashed a smile at Rusty. "You know I heard some of your relatives asking when it'll be your turn. Some of them even asked me."
"I said when the time's right, it'll happen," Rusty said, smiling at her. "And it will happen, maybe sooner than you think. Trust me."
"It's almost 11AM and Cap and Case still haven't graced us with their presence," Evan spoke up as the wedding party, along with the guests, were gathered at the KT house eating brunch. "Don't you have to take them to the airport in about an hour?"
"Yeah, we're supposed to," Rusty said.
"Oh they'll probably get here with about ten minutes to spare, shove some food down their throats, and then demand you take them to the airport now so they can go off into more wedded bliss," Rebecca said.
"Did you guys notice who else didn't come back here last night, besides Cap and Case of course?" Ashleigh spoke up. "Beaver and Katherine."
"Yeah, I wonder what's going on with them," Rusty said. "They left the reception not long after Cap and Case."
"We're here, we're here!" Cappie announced as he and Casey entered the KT house moments later.
"Nice of you to finally join us," Rebecca said jokingly.
"Just for long enough to eat and see everyone off and then we're on the way to somewhere that I really want to find out!" Casey said.
"And somewhere I can't wait to surprise you with," Cappie said to Casey. Just then, Beaver and Katherine entered the house.
"Hey, where have you guys been?" Rusty asked.
"We'd tell you, but we probably shouldn't steal Cap and Case's thunder now," Beaver said.
"Okay, if it's something that big, you've gotta say it," Casey said.
"Yeah, we give you full permission," Cappie said.
"WALTER PROPOSED TO ME!" Katherine shouted, unable to hide her excitement any longer. Forks and jaws around the room dropped.
"Oh my gosh, you're kidding!" Casey spoke up first. "Seriously?"
"A hundred percent serious," Beaver spoke up. "We're getting married; don't know when, but we're getting married!"
"That's so great you guys!" Rusty said happily.
"You picked the night of my wedding of all nights to propose to your girlfriend?" Cappie asked Beaver, but then started laughing. "I'm just kidding; really, congrats you guys!"
"Looks like we've got another CRU wedding in the picture already," Ashleigh said. "I guess the magic of the bouquet really works."
"And of course I want you both to be in it," Katherine said to Casey and Ashleigh.
"This has been hands down, the best wedding and wedding weekend I could have ever asked for," Casey said. "Whenever yours happens, I'm going to make sure it's the same for you. You have to tell us how the proposal happened though!"
"I'll save that for when we catch up after your honeymoon," Katherine said. "It's still about you and Cappie now. So go eat and drink, so you can run off and be merry." Casey caught up with Cappie, who was fixing both of them a plate of food in the kitchen.
"For you, madam," Cappie said, handing Casey her plate. "Is it bad that I just want us to eat as fast as we can so we can get out of here?"
"No, I feel the same way," Casey laughed. "We've spent most of the weekend with friends and family, but for these next two weeks it's going to be our time, just you and me."
"And I can't wait to spend them with you," Cappie smiled. "You're the best thing that has ever happened to me, Case, and I don't think I can tell you enough how happy I am that we're married. I love you so much."
"I love you more than you'll ever know, Cap," Casey smiled. "And I'll love you more every day for the rest of our lives."
A/N: Hey guys! Hope you didn't think I'd forgotten about this or dropped off the face of the earth, lol. I've just been really busy the past few months and it took a little longer to think about how to write this chapter besides. Hope you like it! And I definitely won't let it be this long again before I finish the next chapter. Only two more to go!
Also, something else I should mention-one of my readers told me that he's going to be starting his own Greek fanfiction that will take place following mine. So look forward to that as well; this story won't be the end of keeping the legacy that is Greek alive! :)