Welp, I've been gone for two and a half months. Here's something to make up for it. Keep in mind that this is the final chapter of the story.
I can't believe this is finally happening. Thought Tori.
Her father opened the tent. "There's my little girl." He smiled, coming up and giving her a hug from behind.
"What do you think?"
"Of course you're nervous. It's your wedding day. I was nervous when I got married to your mom."
David let go of his daughter and spun her around to look her in the eyes.
"Victoria Vega, how do you think I feel? I'm giving away my little girl. It feels like just yesterday that you were a baby learning how to sit up. And now look at you! You're getting married. My youngest daughter is getting married!"
Tori laughed. "Okay, Dad, I get it."
"Look, Tori, you're 21 now. You've been with Jade for four years. There is nothing to worry about because everything is going to be great."
Tori hugged her father again.
They let go of one another. "By the way," added David, "You look beautiful in that dress."
Later on, Tori was less nervous but still had butterflies in her stomach. She looked around at all of the guests noticing that they were mostly from her extended family. She glanced over at one of the tables and saw Sinjin, doing something with his phone.
She walked over to him. "Hey Sinjin."
"Tori! How's your wedding day so far?"
"It's, uh, nerve-wracking."
Sinjin chuckled. "Ha. I thought that about my wedding too."
Tori laughed at that. "You know Trina would never have had second thoughts. How much are you worth now?"
"Thirty-Five million dollars."
Even after the last few years, Tori still couldn't believe how much money Sinjin had made. Apparently all you needed to be a millionaire was a few successful mobile apps.
"Well thank you for paying for the wedding, Sinjin."
"Of course. Anything for my sister-in-law."
The two laughed. I am the sister-in-law of Sinjin Van Cleef. Thought Tori. It sounded strange to her, despite the fact that Sinjin had been married to her sister for nearly two years.
Sinjin's phone rang. He pulled it out of his pocket and looked at the screen. "Crap," he said, "Gotta take this. Excuse me." He walked away while answering his phone.
A few minutes later, Tori found herself alone again. Suddenly, she heard a car door slam, and the familiar laughter of her best friend.
She spun around (as best as one can spin around when encumbered by a wedding dress) and saw André getting out of a Pontiac. Two other people exited the vehicle, Beck and a Hispanic girl that Tori did not recognize.
André noticed her almost immediately. "Hey, Tori!" he called, grabbing the hand of the girl he arrived with and striding towards the bride. Beck followed suit.
The black boy (still sporting his trademark dreadlocks) strolled over to Tori and embraced her in a hug. After a few moments they broke apart.
"Tori, it's good to see you."
"You too, André. And you, Beck."
"Tori, this is my girlfriend, Laurie." Said André.
"Nice to meet you." The girl said, extending her hand for Tori to shake.
Tori shook her hand. "You look familiar. Were you in something?"
"I was in a commercial for that Latin Fire concert. My brother, Emilio Cruz, is the lead singer for them, and so I got to be in the commercial."
"And how did you meet André?"
"André helped Emilio write a few of the songs. He was on the set that day, and we got to talking. We hit it off, and so he asked me out for a drink. I said yes, it went well, and now we're dating."
The four of them talked for a while longer.
"So André, what have you been up to since graduation?"
"Freelance song writing for pop artists, mostly. I get a good chunk of the royalties for songs that I write that do well. You know The Only One by Mikey Lewis?"
"Yeah, I love that song."
"That was me."
"Tell her how much you made on that one, André." Interjected Beck.
"Four Hundred Thousand Dollars." André said proudly.
"So, Beck, what about you?"
"I moved to Vancouver like a month after we graduated. You know that, obviously."
"I started acting right away, doing commercials and student films and the like. I was looking for a permanent gig until about a year ago."
"What opened up?"
"I got a spot as one of the main characters on a Canadian serial called The Rink."
"Don't worry, Tori," André interjected, "I already pointed out how unapologetically Canadian that title is."
"Anyways," Beck continued, annoyed, "It's about the lives of four guys that play for the same amateur hockey team. A few episodes are dedicated to one of the four, and then the show moves on to the next. Each of us get two cycles per season."
"And how many seasons are there?" asked Tori.
"Just one, as of right now. We just got signed to do two more, and when I get back I'm going to sign a contract for what I'm hoping is quite a bit of money."
"Always bring a lawyer." André advised.
"Yeah, definitely. But I think I've got a lot of power in this since the show's producers can't exactly kick any of the four of us off the show. We've got a bit of a following already, and people will ask questions if one of us is just gone one day."
"Sounds like you've got it all figured out." Said Tori.
At that point, Tori noticed a car she didn't recognize pulling up. It was a dark green BMW, with windows too dark for Tori to see in the harsh glare of the sunlight.
"Who's that?" Tori asked André and Beck.
"I dunno." Replied the black boy.
The car pulled up closer and parked next to Beck's car. The driver door opened and the person that got out was none other than Robbie Shapiro. The passenger door opened up to reveal that Cat Valentine had also arrived. She went into the backseat, and Robbie approached his friends.
"Hey, it's great to see you guys." He said, giving the black boy a hug. He did the same for Beck, and especially Tori.
He took a step back.
André looked at Robbie, scanning his bespectacled friend. "Damn, Rob. Were you in a cocoon or something for the last six months?"
Robbie laughed. In high school he'd stood at about 5'10". Now he was 6'2". He'd also gained a considerable amount of weight. Instead of being skinny and frail, he was now much broader and much more muscular overall. The only things that really remained from then were his trademark glasses and afro.
"Yeah. I've been working out for a while now. Since my son was born."
"Your son?" asked Beck.
At that moment, Cat appeared alongside her boyfriend, holding a small child, grinning widely. It was a boy, and had inherited Robbie's black hair and Cat's cheerfulness. She handed her son over to his father and gave Tori, André, and Beck big hugs.
"This is Rodney. As you can tell, that's what happens when you combine Shapiro and Valentine genes."
"How old is he?" asked Tori.
"He'll turn one on September 1st." replied Cat.
"Oh, I almost forgot." André realized. "Robbie, Cat, this is my girlfriend, Laurie. Laurie, this is Robbie and Cat. I went to school with them, too."
"Nice to meet you." She said, shaking their hands.
"When the hell did you have a baby?" questioned Beck.
"Lemme think," Robbie responded, "Lessee… Trina and Sinjin got married two Octobers ago, yes?"
"Yup." Replied Tori.
"So… Cat got pregnant… three, no, two months later. Yeah, two months later."
Laurie spoke up. "So how long have you two been married?"
Robbie awkwardly looked away. "Yeeeeah… We're uh… not married."
"Oh." Laurie replied, embarrassed. They changed the subject.
The six of them talked for a while longer.
"How's Chicago treating you, Rob?" asked Beck. "You must be doing well if you can afford a ride like that. What is that, a 2017 M3?"
"Exactly right. It's going fantastic. The company I work at, Orbital TheatreTech, is doing great. I just got promoted like two months ago, so I'm an executive now. I bought that used, but it's real nice."
"I always forget," added Tori. "What does your company do, again?"
"We develop and manufacture theater tech supplies. You know, lighting, sound systems and whatnot. I was originally hired in their research department. I don't do that anymore, though. I'm a suit now."
"It's time to get ready for the ceremony!" Someone called.
"Looks like I'm needed elsewhere." Said Tori. "The four of you know where you're supposed to be, right?"
André, Beck, Robbie, and Cat all nodded.
"Good. André, show Laurie where to sit. I'll see you guys at the reception."
The gang split up, but Robbie caught up to Tori.
"What's up, Robbie?" she asked.
"Just so you know, I'm going to propose to Cat at the reception. Is that okay?"
"Oh, totally. Do Beck and André know?"
"Yeah, I just told them. They're going to help clear the floor and get everyone's attention."
"Okay. I look forward to it."
"So do I."
Tori smiled. Robbie smiled back.
"Good luck." He said. "We're all happy for you and Jade."
The two of them went their separate ways.
In her tent, Tori was looking in the mirror, making sure that she would look her absolute best while walking down the aisle.
David stepped into the tent with another man in tow.
"Tori," he said, "This is Justice of the Peace Michael Dukakis. He's going to be marrying you."
"Nice to meet you, um, your honor?"
The man laughed. "Eh, just call me Mike." He extended his hand for a shake, which Tori took.
"Thank you for doing this. How much did you have to get paid to come out here and do this?"
"He owes me a favor." David interjected.
"Alright, Mike. Now to meet Jade." David said, going through the door.
"Just between you and me," Mike whispered, "The 'favor' I owe your dad is from when he let me keep my wedding ring after I bet it in Poker and lost. I had triple aces, but so did he."
"I have a friend who knows exactly what you're talking about."
David stuck his head back through. "Hey, come on Mike." The Justice strolled through the door.
"I'll be back to walk you down the aisle, Tori." Said David before leaving with Mike.
Fifteen minutes later, Tori was walking down the aisle. Her arm was interlocked with her father's. She looked around and recognized the faces in the crowd. Her mother's parents, Janice and Clive. Her Aunt Sonya and her husband Ricky with their teenage children Emily and Luke. Her Grandpa José, on her dad's side. Her Uncle Brian and Aunt Sandra and their 12-year-old son José. She noticed Martin and Ron sitting on the side. There were plenty of people she didn't recognize here, too, probably Jade's family, and probably through her dad.
She finally got to the end of the aisle, where Jade was waiting, wearing a black dress. Beck, André, and Robbie all stood behind her. Tori stood in front of Trina, Cat, and her sister-in-law Courtney. She smiled at Jade, who smiled back. Today was truly a magical day. The Justice of the Peace began his speech.
"Dearly beloved, we are gathered here today to witness the joining of Victoria Vega and Jadelyn West in matrimony. Their love and commitment to one another is unmatched, and they've decided to spend the rest of their lives together. If anyone opposes this marriage, let them speak now, or forever hold their peace."
No one spoke.
"I have been told that the couple have prepared their own vows. Jadelyn will say hers first."
Jade pulled out a small piece of paper and began reading it. "My vow is entitled 'Elementary School Crush'. Tori, we met in eleventh grade. I remember the first thing I ever said to you. 'Dude, why are you rubbing my boyfriend?' You spilled coffee on Beck and tried to rub it out. Back then I couldn't admit it to myself, but I was a little jealous of him. After that, I tried to hide the fact that I had a crush on you, and so I was mean to you. Over time you broke my barriers down, and I admitted to you how I felt. It wasn't long before I fell in love with you. After a while, you were the greatest thing in my life. You still are. I don't know where I'd be without you, and all I know for sure is that I'd rather be here than anywhere else. I love you, Tori Vega. And I always will."
Jade put the piece of paper away. Tori pulled out her own paper and began reading off of it. "My vow is entitled 'Opposites Attract'. Jade, I love you. More than anything else, I love you. However, you and I are very different people. You dress in black. I wear lots of colors. You're shy and apprehensive of people. I try to make friends. You listen to rock music, and I listen to pop. And yet, look where we're at. Despite the fact that the two of us might be the two most diatonically opposed people who've ever lived, I love you and you love me. And I love that about us. No matter what, I will always love you. I'm proud to be your wife."
Tori put her paper away, and the Justice began speaking again. "Jadelyn Robin West, for better or for worse, in sickness and in health, do you take Victoria Sonya Vega to be your lawfully wedded wife?"
"Victoria Sonya Vega, for better or for worse, in sickness and in health, do you take Jadelyn Robin West to be your lawfully wedded wife?"
"It is time to exchange rings."
Jade pulled out a box containing a simple silver ring and put it on Tori's finger. Tori did the same.
"Today we have witness the joining of two women in perfect unity. No matter what, these women's commitment to one another will stand the test of time. Jadelyn and Victoria, by the power vested in me by the state of California, I now pronounce you Woman and Wife. You may kiss the bride."
Jade and Tori smiled at each other for a moment. Slowly the distance between them closed, and they embraced the other in a kiss. The crowd applauded and André wolf whistled. Tori whispered into Jade's ear, "I am the luckiest girl in the world."
Jade whispered back, "I beg to differ."
They broke their embrace and held each other by the hand. The Justice spoke once more. "Ladies and gentlemen, Mrs. Jade and Tori West!"
Tori and Jade, now a married couple, walked down the aisle together, leading the guests to the banquet hall for the reception.
Thanks to the very expensive catering company Sinjin had hired, the banquet hall was set up perfectly. Everyone was seated quickly, food and drinks were served, and everyone was in a great mood. Beck stood up to give a toast.
He got everyone's attention and began to give his speech. "Hello everyone, my name is Beck Oliver. I was Jade's best man. Now, what not many people here probably know is that I used to date Jade. We were together for almost three years, though we broke up for a few months in there. In July between our Junior and Senior years, I broke up with Jade for good. I didn't want to, but I did. Do you know why I did? I could see the way she looked at Tori. The way she was mean to her. How much closer they had gotten since they'd met. I could tell one thing. Jade had a massive crush on Tori. Not just a tiny, passing crush, either. I'm talking the kind of crush where you're harboring serious feelings for a person. But what I could tell most of all, was that Jade was more into Tori than she was into me. So I made a decision. I decided to break up with Jade so she could pursue Tori. And as it turns out, that was the absolute right decision."
Everyone clapped for Beck. He walked back over to the table he was sharing with the rest of the old gang and André patted him on the back. "Great speech, man."
At that moment, the DJ came over to the table and asked Jade and Tori to come over to the DJ booth. He was a skinny kid, maybe eighteen, with long, black hair.
"Alright ladies," he said, "It's time for the first dance. What would you like it to be?"
"Jade, could you go back to the table?" Tori asked. "I've got the perfect idea for our first dance."
Jade smiled, kissed Tori, and headed back over to the table.
"So what'll it be?"
"Bad Reputation by Joan Jett and the Blackhearts."
"The rock song from the 80's? You sure?"
"Alright, it your wedding. I'll play it when everyone's ready."
Suddenly, Tori heard a voice from the dance floor. Upon closer inspection, it belonged to Sinjin. "Ladies and Gentlemen, it's time for the first dance. Couples, make your way to the dance floor but make way for the brides!"
Tori walked back over to Jade and grabbed her hand. "Come on. You'll love the song I picked."
All of the couples made their way to the dance floor, leaving a large space for Tori and Jade, who took their place. The DJ played the requested song. The first few chords played, and the goth girl recognized it as her favorite song.
"Dammit, Tori. I love you so much." Jade grinned.
"I love you, too."
And they danced.
Time passed. Everyone drank, ate, danced, talked, laughed, and generally had a great time. Eventually, Tori and Jade ran into Todd.
"Hi, Dad." Jade beamed.
"Jade, I can't tell you how happy I am to see you find the love of your life so young." He held out his arms for a hug. Jade took it.
"Well, it turns out I found the right person."
"That's right." They broke apart.
Todd turned to address Tori. "Tori, you take good care of her, you hear?"
"Good." Todd looked over her head and saw someone. "Good talking to you girls. Love you, Jade."
"Love you too, Dad."
Todd walked toward the person he recognized. "J.P.! J.P. you son of a bitch, I haven't seen you in five years!"
"Who's that?" Tori asked.
"My Aunt Alyssa's husband, J.P. He and my dad are pretty good friends."
"What's J.P. stand for?"
A while later, Tori was alone, and ran into Martin and Ron.
"Tori!" exclaimed Martin. "How are you?"
"Happier than I've ever been."
"I should think so. You only get married once. Well, no. You hope you only get married once."
Tori laughed. Martin had clearly been drinking.
Ron laughed, too. "You can tell he's gotten a little stupid, can't you?"
Tori nodded in agreement. "So what's married life like?"
Martin chose to answer that. "Tori, I've only been married for five and a half years. However, Ron and I have lived together for 21 years. You've been married for three hours, but you and Jade have lived together for how long? Two years, give or take?"
"Being married is basically exactly the same except your spouse gets all your stuff if you die."
Rod added to the conversation. "If it's worrying you Tori, don't. You and Jade make a great team."
Later, Tori was seated at the table with Jade, Laurie, André, Beck, and Rodney, whom she was playing with.
André got a text. He read it, then tapped Beck on the shoulder and showed him the text. Beck nodded and said, "Alright, let's do this shit."
"What are you guys going to do?" Tori asked.
"Robbie just told Cat he had to use the can." Replied André. "We're putting the plan into motion."
"Yeah. Beck, get Sinjin."
The boys left the table and went opposite directions.
"What are they going to do?" asked Laurie.
"Just watch." Tori responded. "You'll see."
Suddenly, the music stopped. Everyone looked around. Sinjin walked onto the dancefloor with a microphone, and stopped in the center, where Cat was.
"Ladies and Gentlemen, allow me to present this dashing young man, Robert Alexander Shapiro, and his beautiful girlfriend Catarina Elizabeth Valentine!"
By now all of the other people on the dancefloor had pressed up against the wall to allow the events to unfold. From behind one group of people, Beck and André came in, with Robbie riding on their shoulders. They both knelt down on one knee in front of Cat, allowing Robbie to step off and kneel down on one knee directly in front of Cat. André and Beck got up and moved off to the side before Robbie spoke.
He pulled a box containing a ring from his pocket. He opened it and held it up to Cat. "Cat Valentine, will you marry me?"
Cat was absolutely shocked. After taking a moment to realize what Robbie had just asked her, Cat cried out, "YES!" Robbie stood up and the two of them kissed.
Tori felt ecstatic for her now-engaged friends.
Later on, people were starting to leave. Tori sat at the table alone with Jade, holding her wife's hand. Sinjin approached the table.
"Jade, you obviously know that I paid for this wedding."
"Well, I got you a present I think you're going to enjoy."
Both Tori and Jade were curious as to what Sinjin had in store.
"You'll see." He beckoned over to two people standing off to the side.
The two people approached the table. Both of them appeared to be in their mid to late sixties. One of them was a woman with medium length grey hair, a scar on her right cheek, and an ever-present smile. The other was a man with tied back grey hair, dark glasses, and a tidy goatee that made it all the way around his mouth.
Jade's eyes bulged and her jaws dropped.
"Obviously," began Sinjin, "You know who these people are. But because I like being dramatic, I'll introduce them. Jade, meet Amanda Hartford and Clancy Donovan. Amanda, Clancy, meet Jade West, your biggest fan."
Jade regained her composure.
Amanda extended her hand. "You must be Jade. Sinjin didn't tell us much, just that you were our biggest fan. I guess that's true, since you're acting the way I did when I met John Carpenter."
Jade shook her hand. "I… wow, um, it's an honor to meet you."
Clancy extended his hand, too, which Jade also shook.
"I cited you in one of my short films." Jade said, absolutely starstruck.
"Well, I'm honored."
Jade realized she'd forgotten something. "Oh, jeez, I'm sorry. Ms. Hartford, Mr. Donovan, this is my wife Tori. Tori, this is Amanda Hartford and Clancy Donovan."
"Please, call us by our first names." Said Amanda.
"You sound familiar." Tori said.
Jade was a little annoyed that the latina hadn't quite grasped what was happening. "Tori, how many times have I made you watch The Scissoring?"
"Seven and a half times."
"And a half?" asked Clancy.
"She fell asleep halfway through the fourth viewing." Replied Jade. "Anyways, Tori, these two people wrote The Scissoring. Amanda directed it and Clancy was the director of photography."
"Ohhh." Tori exclaimed, understanding.
"I need a pen and paper. And a picture frame."
"I get that you want our autographs," started Amanda, "But what do you need a picture frame for?"
"I'm going to frame your signatures and hang them on the wall next to my original signed poster from 1982."
"Wow, you really are a huge fan."
"I paid a thousand dollars for that poster when I was fourteen. I've yet to regret it."
"You know," Clancy said, "We were going to make a sequel, but we couldn't."
"On account of Natalia Zayn's death in the car accident, right?"
"Exactly. No Tawny, no movie."
The three of them continued to talk for a while with Tori mostly just watching. A few hours later, the reception was over.
On the car ride home, Tori reflected on her life and more specifically on Jade.
Whatever I did to end up here, I'm glad it happened.
Tori looked over at Jade, who was driving. "You know, Jade…"
"I love you more than anything in the world."
Jade grinned. "I love you too, Tori. I love you too."
And finally, after 15 months, Tuna Fish Tacos is over. It's finally over. I love each and every one of you for seeing this story to it's conclusion. You're what made this possible. Thank you. But before I get to personal thank yous, I'd like to address some other things first.
The part with the DJ asking Tori if she's sure about her music selection is based on my parent's wedding, where their first dance was I Wanna Be Sedated by the Ramones. It made sense to everybody attending the wedding, since my mom's a huge Ramones fan and my dad's a total metalhead (which I inherited), but the DJ was just like, "Are you sure this is what you want?"
As far as my future plans go, I think my next story is going to be mostly or entirely smut, and I don't know when it's going to happen. Hopefully soon, if I can find the motivation to write. After that, I'll probably write some more oneshots and maybe even a real story. Only time will tell, I guess. So everyone's aware, I only write M stuff, so if you check M rating, you might see something by me. We'll see.
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