Getting Started

"Mom, I've never been so nervous in my entire life," I said to my mom.

She tried to give me a reassuring smile; I guess it worked a bit. "I know honey. Getting married is a big step and very nerve-racking; but in the end, just being with the one you love is totally worth it."

I smiled. She always gave me advice like that. Although, I can't really remember the last time she 'totally' to me.

I looked at the mirror in front of me. I was wearing a white wedding gown. It was absolutely beautiful. It was an Oscar de la Renta strapless gown. It had shiny, clear and silver beads sewn to the top of the bodice and flowed down. It was really long and beautiful and white and….well, you get the idea; it was really, really pretty. Too bad it was a one time dress, but I'll give it to my daughter when she gets married.

Well, I guess it's now or never. Deep breaths Suze, deep breaths. Inhale….exhale…. …..inhale….ex—Aw, screw it.

"Susie, are you ready honey?" My mom asked me from behind.

Inhale… "Yeah mom, let's just get it over with."….exhale….

She gave me a little push from behind. "It's now or never hon." Yeah like I didn't already know that.

"I know mom." Then, Andy came over and linked his arm in mine.

Deep breath Suze….inhale… "Well, here goes nothing." I said as we took a big step toward the big oak doors in front of me. The person on the other side had opened them for me. As we passed the doorway, I saw it was Brad who had opened them. I smiled at them and they smiled back. I looked down and saw the flower petals which the flower girl dropped on the red carpet. I looked around at all of the people. They all looked so happy and not nervous. So why was I? I know Jesse loves me and is not going to say 'I don't' or something. Its not that, I guess this happens to every bride, because normally I never feel like this, but I guess this isn't an everyday occasion.

I looked up at the altar and saw Jesse and Father Dom waiting for me. Near Jesse were Adam, Paul, and Jake and opposite them were CeeCee, Izzie, and Gina. I had gotten to know Izzie very well over the past couple of months. Actually, she and Paul seemed perfect for each other. Yes, Adam and CeeCee were still together, very much together; they are like attached at the hip or something. And then there is Gina and Jake. Gina actually decided to give Jake a chance. And to tell you the truth, they also seemed perfect for each other. Ever since Jake started going out with Gina, he has dropped the stupid surfer dude act. He still surfs, but just doesn't act stupid anymore. He's actually pretty smart; okay that would be a major understatement. He is very smart; he's actually going to Harvard in the fall. Yes, Harvard. As in Harvard, one of the hardest schools to get into.

Anyway, I looked at the altar and saw Jesse and Father D. They were both smiling at me; okay, maybe Jesse was more than Father Dom, but I guess that's okay.

Finally I was at the altar, and Andy took his arm out of mine and left me standing there in front of Jesse. I was more nervous than I was before. I could feel the ocean's breeze and it was actually pretty calming. Yes, we actually are having our wedding on the beach. Fantastic, right?

I was vaguely listening to Father D. I heard things like 'holy matrimony' but wasn't really paying attention until it came to the 'I do's'.

"Jesse, do you take Susannah to be your lawfully wedded wife, for richer or poorer, through sickness and health, till death do you part?"

"I do." Jesse turned to me and smiled.

Then, Father D turned to me. "And Susannah, do you take Jesse to be your lawfully wedded husband, for richer or poorer, through sickness and health, till death do you part?"

"I do."

Then he said some other things and David came up with a pillow and our wedding bands. Jesse and I slid the rings on each other's finger.

Then, finally the thing I was waiting for, "You may kiss the bride."

Then Jesse leaned over and gave me a very nice, pleasant kiss – well, after lifting the veil up over my head. Before I knew it, it was over and Jesse and I were walking back down the red carpet, feeling the sand squish beneath it.

When we were put of the building and near the car, Jesse picked me up and carried me to his car. On his car was painted 'Just Married' but thankfully there were no tin cans tied to the back but there were ribbons and stuff.

He kissed me again and we got into the car.

"That wasn't too bad, now was it, querida?" He said, chuckling a bit to himself.

"Um, no I guess it wasn't," I said, just not as smooth as Jesse had. Then Jesse put his free hand on mine, the other still on the steering wheel.

"How does Egypt sound?"

"Huh? Egypt?"

"For the honeymoon, querida," he said, "I though it would be fun learning new things."

"Jesse you learn plenty of new things everyday by reading those huge books." I laughed a little, but by the look he gave me, I knew he was serious. " Jesse, Egypt sounds great. Never been out of the country before and it sounds really exotic. And yes it would be fun, anywhere with you is fun Jesse." I smiled at him and he just squeezed my hand.

"And besides, I've always wanted to see those famous pyramids and the Sphinx thingy." He just laughed when I said that. Not a criticizing laugh, just an amused laugh. Then when we were stopped at a light, he leaned over and gave me a quick kiss. Then someone beeped behind us and he had to keep driving.

We went back to our apartment – yes, you read that right, our apartment. I moved in about a month ago. Yes, we sleep in the same bed.

The reception started in a half hour, so I was going to change into another dress. I kept my hair the same and changed into the same dress I wore when Jesse proposed to me. I still look pretty damn good in it, if I do say so myself. Jesse was also changing into something a little more casual, but still dressy.

Jesse and I arrived at the reception at 3:00 - which was at my house. It was supposed to end at around 6:00 and a more casual party would be at 7:00 – a pool party. Yeah, you heard right, a pool party. My mom and Andy thought of it, but I didn't want to be rude so I let them make the reception plans and that's what they wanted – a pool party after the reception. Weird, yes, but still pretty cool I guess.

So, yeah, I brought a bikini with me. All of our neighbors were invited to the party, but only the people from the wedding were at the reception.

The reception went by pretty fast. I had a glass of champagne even though I wasn't of age yet. Jesse was, he was turning 22 soon, and I was a little jealous of that. Then again, I'd be jealous of someone my age when I get older.

People gave toasts and stuff at the reception. You know 'to the bride and groom' toasts. So, yeah, I guess I had a pretty good time.

After the reception, I changed into my bikini and Jesse changed into his boardies. Andy had the grill going and we had a little barbeque also. It was actually pretty fun.

I played Marco polo with the neighbors' little kids. It was pretty fun, but they subjected me to being it. Jesse was also paying a little bit, but he had to quit after we ended up making out in front of the kids; I don't see what's wrong with that but Jesse said it is bad influence and impolite. Whatever.

We told my mom and Andy where we were going on the honeymoon and they were psyched. They said that we would have a fabulous time there – who uses the word 'fabulous' anymore? Not me, that's for sure.

Oh well, parents are weird, but I guess that's what my kids will think of me and Jesse too when they're older. Yeah, if we ever get around to making the kids. Well, I guess that's what the honeymoon is for. I can't wait; it'll be just Jesse and me all alone in a whole other country on a whole other continent.

"Jesse…" I moaned as he was kissing me. If this is what he was doing now, imagine what he's gonna be like on the honeymoon. Oh my god, I really can't wait any longer. Luckily we are going tomorrow afternoon. The flight was eighteen hours but as long as I was sitting next to Jesse it wouldn't be that bad.

"Querida…" He said and then he picked me up and brought me in the bedroom and shut the door behind him. We fell on to the bed and began undressing each other – well, until the phone rang and scared the shit out of both of us. I guess the ringing brought Jesse back to reality because he quickly leapt off the bed and coughed nervously, then proceeded to answer the phone.

As soon as he answered it, he handed it to me. God, I hope its not my mom checking up on me.


"Suze? Is that you?"

"Yeah, its me. Wait, Gina?"

"Yeah, girl. You guys just left so soon and I didn't get a chance to say bye. And I never really got a chance to talk to you at all today. But I guess I must have interrupted something because you both are breathing kinda heavily." Then she started laughing a little.

"Yeah, Gina, well, um…" Yeah, real intelligent Suze.

"Sorry, Suze, its just he seems so proper and I can't imagine him ever deflowering you."

"He hasn't Gina, trust me. Anyway, enough of that, why did you call?"

"Well, I just wanted to say congrats and good luck. Oh, and have fun. A LOT of fun." She said, stressing the a lot bit. I think she got the message across to me. Then, out of nowhere, I just started giggling uncontrollably.

"Suze, it wasn't that funny. Come on…"


"You're hopeless. Anyway, have fun, stay out of trouble, and remember to use protection." That just caused me to start giggling even more.

"Bye Suze."

I managed to choke out a 'bye' before she hung up.

"Querida, what was so funny?" Jesse asked.

"Nothing, Jesse." I said between giggles.

However, I stopped giggling immediately when he came over and starting kissing me. Even though he did it just to shut me up, I still enjoyed it.

"Querida, go to bed, we have a long flight ahead of us." (A/N: they were already packed. I don't know how but they were.)

"Fine." I said and then rolled over and closed my eyes. I soon drifted off into a dream world, dreaming of my dream guy, Jesse.

Disclaimer: The Mediator characters do not belong to me; they are owned by the magnificent Meg Cabot.