Chapter 14

All Dressed in White

August 26th, 2004


Grissom stood just a little bit straighter as the pianist struck the first chords of 'Here Comes the Bride' and watched, mesmerized as Catherine made her way down the aisle. The dress she wore was the purest of whites, a ball gown, satin skirt and ribbon accents. The sleeves were long and lace, with bell sleeves. In her hands she held a bouquet of wildflowers, colourful lavender, and poppies. Her veil dropped down her back, stopping at the end of the dress about a foot and a half behind her. Her hair was curled and twisted into a bun at the back of her head. She was a sight to behold.

And Grissom thought she was amazing.

He didn't hear the pastor start, nor most of the service. The only thing that stuck in his mind about the words spoken were hers, the ones she had written in place of vows.

"Gil, you've been absolutely amazing over the last fourteen years I've known you. Yes, you have moments, but we all do and its those moments that make you who you are, that make you the man I love. I stand here today, before you, before God, and before our friends and family to pledge my undying love to you forever and always. I want more children, but only with you. I want a stable family environment, but only if I can have it with you. And so, I take nothing, but give my heart to you, to love, to cherish and to protect until my last days."

He'd never cried until that moment and it made his reply that much harder.

"I sat down last night to write these, me and my procrastination skills and as I sat there, pen in hand, I realized what I feel for you can't be put into words. So, I stand up here speaking from my heart today to the woman I love more than my bugs, more than anything in the world. While you may not think you're taking anything, I'm giving you my heart, just like you gave me yours and I lock yours away safely to where I hope with all of my love that it will never be injured. I love you Catherine and I always will.

And, ignoring her makeup, Catherine began to cry too.

"I now pronounce you husband and wife. You may kiss your bride."

And I expected to write more than that but that just seems to be the perfect spot to stop! Thanks so much to every one who reviewed this through its long lifespan and I hope you enjoyed this as well as Subtle Clues. I do have another planned out but with a couple of stories in the works it won't be going up without motivation until those are done.

Thank you so much again for everything and for sitting through this with me.

Thank you,

Kavi Leighanna