"So all we need are the rings and the chord," Tori said as she and Blake were sitting at the kitchen table. They had decided that the ceremony would be in two days.
"I already have the rings," Blake said nonchalantly. Tori looked at him surprised.
"What do you mean?"
"My parents left their wedding bands to Hunter and I, and we both agreed that they should be used by the first one to get married." Tori walked over to him and straddled him sitting in the chair.
"I must be the luckiest girl in the world to have such a caring (kiss), sweet (kiss), gorgeous guy." They kissed slow and gently before the shrill ringing of the phone interrupted them.
"This better be good," Blake said reaching for the phone. Tori giggled.
"Hello?"
"Yo bro- great news, I got the chord. It's all set."
"Sweet man,"
"Yea, I'll drop it of in a few alright?"
"Sounds good- later."
"Later."
"Who was that?" Tori asked.
"Hunter- he got the chord. He'll be over in a little while with it."
"Well then that gives us some time," she said pulling him to her for a slow kiss. Blake looked at her with that devilish look in his eyes. He grabbed Tori and ran into their bedroom.

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Hunter looked down at the piece of black leather he held in his hand- it was very similar to the material used in their ninja uniforms. It was about two inches wide and a foot and a half long. At one end was Blake's Thunder insignia, and at the other was Tori's Water insignia. The chord symbolized the joining of two ninjas- whenever ninjas were joined in marriage, the chord was wrapped around their wrists, signifying their bond to each other, as well as the joining of two disciplines. In this case, Water and Thunder. Hunter smiled as he folded it back up and headed to Blake and Tori's apartment.

"Hunter it's perfect!" Tori exclaimed giving her future brother in law a hug. She knew the importance of the bonding chord and was happy to see that hers had come out perfectly. Hunter sat down on the couch when the phone rang again. Tori went to grab it in the kitchen. She returned with a strange look on her face. "Everything alright?" Blake asked. "That was Kelly. Her sister went into labor and she had to fly out to Kansas this morning. She's not going to be able to come to the wedding." "That's no big- we can wait till she gets back." Blake said. "I know- that's what I told her, but she insisted that we don't change our plans just because of her." "Well I guess we should obey her wishes and carry on as planned. Trust me you don't want to see her mad," Hunter said laughing. "So I bet you guys have some guy stuff to do today right? Or did I misunderstand when I heard Dustin and Shane talking about taking Blake out for 'one last day of freedom?'" Blake gave his brother a small smile before turning back to Tori. She looked at him and laughed. "Go on- have fun. I still have a few last minute things to do." Blake went and kissed her passionately, not caring that his brother was in the room. "I'll be back to meet you at the Academy okay?" Tori nodded her head and the thunder brothers ran out the door. "Boys," she muttered to herself.

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"So Cam, why aren't you out with the guys?" Tori asked as she sat in the garden of the Academy.
"I just figured I'd stay and help you. Isn't that what big brothers are for?"
Tori laughed a little. "Cam, you're everything I could have asked for in a brother and more, but there's really nothing else I need. I have my dress, I picked up the flowers, and Hunter got the chord."
"I just feel like I should be doing something to help."
Tori got up and hugged him. "I think I have just the job for you." Cam looked at her. "I know it's not really a part of the ceremony, but I would love it if you would walk me to the alter."
Cam's' face lit up. He grabbed her and spun her around. "I would be honored."

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Hunter and Blake crossed the finish line at the track with Dustin trailing behind. Shane puttered through a few seconds later.
"How the hell did I get roped into this? I thought we were going bungee jumping or something?" Shane asked frustrated.
"Hey three against one man!" Dustin said.
Hunter looked over to his little bro who seemed to be staring off into space. "Bro? You alright?" Blake looked at his brother.
"Yea- I'm fine- just- thinking."
"Oh no- this is supposed to be a guy day. No thinking about girls." Shane said punching him in the arm. Blake smiled and punched him back. Soon they were play fighting and laughing. Hunter broke it up.
"Alright- it's getting late. We need to go get ready for dinner."
Blake helped Shane off the ground and they headed back to the academy.

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Dinner went off without a hitch. The six rangers and Sensei enjoyed a peaceful evening at the academy. They ran through the ceremony loosely before Sensei retired for the evening. "Goodnight Rangers. I will see you all in the morning."
Blake stood behind Tori- his arms wrapped around her waist, his head resting on her shoulder. The guys left them alone and went into Ops with Cam. The wind blew through Tori's hair, sweeping it across her face and Blake's. They both let out a deep sigh.
"You ready for this?" He whispered in her ear.
"I've never been more ready," she replied leaning her head to his, meeting in a gentle kiss. They stood there looking up at the stars. They didn't realize that nearly an hour had passed when Hunter came out to them.
"I hate to break this up, but it's time to go."
They knew he was right, but didn't want to let go. They gave each other one last, long kiss before breaking.
"I'll see you tomorrow," she said.
"Tomorrow," he said kissing her once more. She watched as Hunter and Blake left for Hunter's apartment. Soon after Shane and Dustin left as well, leaving Tori and Cam.
"Well, I think I should be getting home too," she said quietly.
"You sure you want to stay here?" he asked.
"Yea- I'll come over early tomorrow though, okay?"
"Alright. But if you need anything, you know I'm here."
"I know- thanks Cam," she kissed his cheek. "For everything."
He watched her bounce out the secret entrance before heading in for the night.

Tori woke up to the sun on her face. She smiled as she thought about what this day would bring. She stretched and got out of bed. She smelled something coming from the kitchen. She stumbled out of her bedroom and saw a vase filled with white roses tipped with blue and a cup of coffee with a muffin sitting on her kitchen table. She smiled as she grabbed the card.
~Thought you could start your morning off on the right foot. I can't wait to see you today and forever. I love you Tor.
-Blake~

Tori smelled the roses and took a sip of her coffee. 'He must have snuck in here this morning. God I love him. Wonder if he got my little surprise?'

Blake cracked his back- Hunter's couch was harder than he'd remembered it. He had gotten up a few hours before to deliver his little gift to Tori and had come back and fallen asleep. Hunter was making coffee when he walked into the kitchen.
"Hey- I think you got something," he pointed over to the counter. An envelope was sitting on the counter. He opened it and removed the card- two tickets fell out. He picked them up.
"No fucking way," he said out loud. Hunter went over to see what was going on. He held up the tickets for Hunter to see. "Two trackside seats to the XGames motto finals," he said breathless. Hunter stared in disbelief at the tickets.
"Dude, if I had known she could have gotten theses I would have married her." Hunter said jokingly. Blake punched him playfully in the arm. Hunter went to pour the coffee as Blake read the card.
~Pretty cool huh? I bet right now you're in total disbelief, right? I can't wait to share the rest of my life with you. Something was missing from me, and I found it when I saw you. I love you and will continue to love you forever.
-Tori~

Blake put the card down and smiled. 'A few more hours.' He thought to himself.

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Tori waited impatiently inside the temple with Cam. Tori looked at her brother- he looked so handsome. He was wearing Black dress pants with a forest green silk dress shirt. He had a black necktie and his samurai necklace on.
Cam couldn't keep his eyes off Tori. He had never seen her like this before- all dressed up. Her hair was pulled half up in curls that were pinned to her head, while the rest of it fell in small ringlets around her shoulders. She was wearing a pale blue, almost white dress that hugged her frame perfectly. It fell just below her knees and was held up by thin straps of blue lace over her shoulders. She held a small bouquet of white roses with three red ones mixed in- one for her mother and two for Blake's parents.
"Isn't it time yet?" she asked looking out he window.
"Tor, if you don't calm down, you're going to explode," he joked. She tried to laugh, but her mind was focused.

Blake was feeling the same way. He was fidgeting and playing with his tie. He was wearing a very similar outfit to Cam's, except in Navy. He had a white rose pinned to his shirt. He glanced around at Shane, Dustin and Hunter. They were all standing up next to him wearing the same thing as Blake, except in their respective colors. Sensei approached them and took his position, signaling Cam and Tori.
They emerged from the temple. Blake felt his heartbeat quicken a he lost his breath. She was the most beautiful thing he had ever seen. Tori looked ahead at Blake and they locked eyes. Hers began to water slightly as they reached the others. Blake looked at Cam and bowed as a sign of respect. Cam handed Tori's arm over to Blake and returned the gesture. He walked over next to his father and Sensei began.
"Do you both come here of your own free will?"
They responded, "We do."
"Blake, repeat after me- I Blake Bradley take you Victoria Hanson Wantanabe to be my wife."
He looked deep into her eyes. "I Blake Bradley take you Victoria Hanson Wantanabe to be my wife."
"I promise to love you, honor you, and keep you all the days of my life."
"I promise to love you, honor you, and keep you all the days of my life."
"And keeping with the ninja code, I swear to protect you and our family from whatever dangers may come."
"And keeping with the ninja code, I swear to protect you and our family from whatever dangers may come." Blake took the ring from Hunter and slipped it on Tori's finger.

"Tori, repeated after me," Sensei said. "I Victoria Hanson Wantanabe, take you Blake Bradley to be my husband."
Tori began. ""I Victoria Hanson Wantanabe, take you Blake Bradley to be my husband." "I promise to love you, honor you, and keep you all the days of my life." "I promise to love you, honor you, and keep you all the days of my life." "And keeping with the ninja code, I swear to protect you and our family from whatever dangers may come." "And keeping with the ninja code, I swear to protect you and our family from whatever dangers may come." She took the ring from Cam and placed it on Blake's finger. They smiled as Sensei pulled out the chord. "Please join your left hands." They did as Sensei began to wrap them together. "The tradition of the bonding chord dates back centuries ago, to the time of the first ninjas. This is a bind that signifies two disciplines becoming one." He finished wrapping their hands and placed his on top of them. "Let the bond we have created here never be broken. Blake and Victoria, it is my pleasure to announce that you are now husband and wife." There was a pause as they smiled, then the leaned in for their first kiss as husband and wife. It was one like neither one of them had felt before. Of all the thousands of kisses they had exchanged, this was the most passionate, the most pure. They broke away and were greeted with clapping and cheers from their friends. They walked away from the group into a small clearing. "Did we really just do that?" Tori asked as they unraveled the chord. With their hands now free, they grabbed each other in a tight hug and kissed. "You tell me, Mrs. Bradley." He replied kissing her again. "Mrs. Bradley- I like the sound of that," she said kissing him back. The sunlight enveloped them. They had both finally found what they were missing- someone to love, and someone to love them back.

THE END