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Ashley stared at her reflection in the mirror and sighed. Cassie and Karone had sworn that she'd looked gorgeous and that Andros would think so too, but she couldn't help feeling anxious.
"Are you guys sure I look okay?" she asked for the hundredth time. "I mean, it's not a wedding dress..."
Ashley had had her heart set on an old fashioned wedding dress with a corset-like bodice for years, but now she was dressed in a gold satin gown, trimmed with crimson. Andros had refused to let her squeeze her changing body into the dress that she'd wanted, and while she'd been disappointed, Ashley knew that he was right. She hadn't found another dress that she'd liked, so she'd ended up with the one she had on.
"Somehow I don't think Andros will be looking at your dress," Karone said, smoothing her pale pink bridesmaid dress. Cassie nodded her agreement, and added, "I saw him earlier, and he was freaking out even more than you were."
"Cassie!" Ashley wailed. "That's not what I need to hear right now."
"Sorry," Cassie said sheepishly. "But the point is, Andros loves you, and neither of you is really going to remember what the other is wearing."
"Exactly." Karone nodded.
"How are you calm?" Ashley demanded, staring at the girl, who in twenty minutes would be her sister. "You're doing this tomorrow!"
"Just wait until tomorrow," Karone muttered. Then she smiled and added, "Let's go."
"Remember to breathe," Cassie said, half-jokingly. Ashley exhaled and tried to concentrate on walking down the aisle.
"Hey, Ash," Jeff said, appearing out of nowhere, linking his arm through hers. "How ya doin'?"
"Ask me in an hour," Ashley told him, and he laughed. "Jeff, thanks for doing this."
"As long as you're at my wedding," Jeff retorted. Ashley had invited her parents, but they had refused to come, so Jeff had volunteered to walk her down the aisle. From somewhere the music started, and Ashley nearly fainted. "Whoa, calm down."
"I'm trying," Ashley murmured, her grip on her brother becoming painfully tight. "Let's go."
Somehow, she made it down the aisle to Andros, who was staring at her in complete adoration. Behind him stood TJ, Carlos, and Zhane, each dressed in a tux with a shirt in their ranger colors. Jeff placed Ashley's hand in Andros's and gave her an encouraging smile.
Kin Won performed all the marriage ceremonies on KO-35, and theirs was no exception. Ashley listened as he started talking, everything becoming a blur in her mind until after they'd said their vows. Then Kin Won turned to the guests and said, "Andros and Ashley have each written something to say to each other."
Andros went first, his hazel eyes fixed lovingly on Ashley's nervous brown ones.
"Ashley, the day I met you, I was lost and lonely. I had lost everyone that had ever mattered to me, and I was so afraid of it happening again that I tried to stay away from you. But you wouldn't let me hide all alone, afraid. You broke through and let me be the person that I had almost forgotten. You never gave up on me, and every moment that I'm away from you, I feel almost as lost as I did that first day. I love you, Ashley, and I promise you that I will spend the rest of my life trying to make you as happy as you've made me."
"You already have," Ashley said softly, so that only he could hear. "Andros, from the moment I first saw you, I knew that there was something special about you. You've always believed in me, you protected me whenever I would let you, and you've made me feel more loved than I ever thought was possible. I promise you that I will love you forever, and that I will never leave you as long as I am living."
As Andros slipped the golden wedding ring over her finger, Ashley thought her heart would burst with joy.
"I now pronounce you husband and wife," Kin Won said. "You may kiss the bride."
Andros drew Ashley to him, and kissed her with all the love he felt for her. Two tears of happiness slowly trickled down Ashley's cheeks, and she gazed up at him, smiling.
"I love you," he whispered.
"I love you too," she whispered back, and he smirked at her, lowering his lips to hers for another kiss.
A few months later
Andros opened one sleepy eye as Ashley poked him in the ribs. "You okay?"
"Andros," Ashley whispered urgently. "I think I'm in labor."
Andros shot up from his sleep, and flipped on the light. Ashley curled up, letting out a low moan as another contraction hit her. Andros helped her dress before picking her up in his arms and carrying her to the car. He settled her gently in her seat before running back inside to wake Zhane.
Despite his intentions to do otherweise, Andros had never gotten around to kicking Zhane and Karone out of the house, so they were still living there. He smacked his blond friend hard in the back of the head. "Ashley's having the babies."
"That's nice," Zhane mumbled. Andros rolled his eyes and left, not bothering with Karone. She was three months pregnant, and if he woke her, he wouldn't live to see his children.
"We're almost there, Ash," Andros said, trying to soothe his wife, who was trying to keep him from hearing her whimpering with pain. "Hang on."
"Andros, it hurts," Ashley said, gasping in pain.
"I know, Ash," Andros said, reaching for her hand. "Just try to think about what comes after this part."
"I'm trying," Ashley said through grit teeth. "Are you going to want more children after this?"
Andros laughed, and squeezed her hand comfortingly. "We can talk about that later."
Two hours later
"Andros, aren't they just so beautiful?" Ashley asked, leaning back against him, her daughter cradled in her arms. Andros nodded in agreement, and looked down at his son.
"I just hope they look like you," he said, laughing. Ashley smiled, and tilted her head back to look at him. He kissed her and grinned. "Have I mentioned I love you?"
"I love you too," Ashley said. She kissed him, and then the baby in his arms before the one in her own. "And I love you guys too."
"We should choose names for them," Andros said suddenly.
"I thought we did," Ashley said, looking at him in surprise. "Amina and Aeron. You didn't forget that, did you?"
"Of course not," Andros said indignantly. "But looking at them, the names don't seem right somehow."
Ashley gave each of her children a long look. "What about Armin and Paige?"
Andros smiled and kissed the top of her head. "Perfect."
Paige gurgled happily, and Ashley laughed. "I think she likes it."
"I think so too," Andros said, looking proudly at his two children. He sighed, and said softly, "Everything that ever happened to me... it's worth it now, just so they'll be safe."
"I know what you mean," Ashley said, leaning her head against his shoulder. "You'll be a good daddy."
Andros smiled. "I love you."
Ashley smiled back, and took Armin from him, handing him Paige, nuzzling closer to him. "I love you, Andros."
A/N: Okay, I'm done. Don't worry, Jenny, no more rewrites. I hope you like it. :P