I paced back and forth as I waited for the cue. My dad watched me, letting me work out my thoughts silently. I sighed, turning to him, shoving part of my skirt aside as I did so.
"Dad, were you nervous when you and mom got married?" I asked.
My dad smiled, a far away look in his eyes. "Yes, but only because I thought she would say no during the vows, or judo flip me or something." He said.
I chuckled, and shook my head, "You guys fell into Tartarus for each other, I don't think she would have said no at the wedding."
"And that's exactly what I told myself when I was nervous. You fought side by side countless times since that first prophecy, Alyssa. I think Mason will gladly take the battle of life as an addition to that list," My dad said.
I smiled gratefully at him, and when the cue began my dad looked at me, silently asking if I was ready. I lifted my chin, and nodded my head. My dad smiled proudly, and offered his arm to me. I took it, and as the doors opened, I saw the rows of people stand, facing me and my dad.
As we walked down the aisle, I saw many people, from both New Rome, and elsewhere. Family friends from years ago. Hazel, Frank, and their kids. Piper and her children, and their spouses. Grover, Juniper and their little girl Pine, next to the Hedges and their son Chuck. Then in the front rows my siblings, Sally and her boyfriend, and Tyler and his girlfriend, the same demigod who I convinced him to talk to at the campfire all those years ago. My mother was standing on one side of the aisle, and Calypso with Leo on the other.
I smiled at my mother, and she beamed back at me. I turned my head, and there was Mason, standing at the front of the altar. I smiled up at him, and my dad kissed my cheek, giving my hand to Mason.
I stepped up to meet Mason on the altar, and as the preacher began I zoned out as I stared at Mason, my fiance, my husband in little more than a few sentences. "I do." Mason stated proudly, smiling at me.
It was my turn, "I do." I repeated, smiling brightly.
"Then by the power vested in me, in the state of New Rome, and in the eye of the gods above, I now pronounce you man and wife. You may now kiss the bride." The preacher concluded, as Mason and I each moved forward, our lips locking.
We broke apart, smiling brightly as the crowd clapped. Mrs. Alyssa Valdez, I liked the sound of that. I grinned at Mason, ho kissed me again, as we made our way down the aisle. This was the beginning of a very happily ever after.