Come Away With Me
AN: This is going to be the final chapter of this story. I'm sad to see this story end, but it's time, we are at the end of my outline for this story, and so the end has come. So, thanks to all of you who've stuck with it.
Thank you to everyone who reviewed and told me your thoughts on what to do. I do appreciate it. (BIG THANKS, again, to all of those who always review!)
Anyway, don't forget to check out The Great Escape (recently updated with Chapter 5)and Trapeze.
Disclaimer: Unfortunately, I do not own Grey's Anatomy…
"From the very first moment I saw you,
That's when I knew,
All the dreams I held in my heart
Had suddenly come true."
- David Gray
6 Months Later
You picture this moment all of your life. You picture the doors opening and the look of your future husband's face as your walk down the isle towards him. You picture your father walking next to you, guiding through one last step of your single life, and you picture your family standing by your side, happy that you are so in love. Today is my wedding day. Today, I have my family, Cristina, Izzie, George, and Alex, standing by my side, supporting me like they always have.
"Meredith, what the hell are you doing in there?" Cristina yelled through the bathroom door.
"Nothing," I sighed, needing a minute alone. Everyone was everywhere all the time, making sure that I was feeling well enough to make it through the day.
Cristina opened the bathroom door and looked at me, frowning. "We need to get going, Mer. Why are you sitting on the toilet?"
Cristina shut the bathroom door behind her and walked towards me. "What's wrong?"
"I can't believe that I'm getting married today."
"I can't believe it's been a year," Cristina smirked. "Finally, Izzie will shut up."
I laughed. Izzie had been going crazy planning the wedding. After Derek proposed, I immediately turned over the wedding plans to Izzie, knowing full well that she'd do a better job at it then I ever would. The only thing I took part in was picking out my dress. "I'm scared."
"It's McDreamy. What's there to be scared of?"
"What if I fall? What if I get too tired and can't make it down the isle?"
"Mer, you're going to be fine. We've practiced. You're ready." Cristina said reassuringly.
"I know I've practiced. I know that. It's just…" I hesitated and leaned back against the toilet. "This is the first time everyone will see me walking. This is it, Cristina."
"Derek's seen you walk. I've seen you walk. George, Izzie, and Alex have all seen you walk."
"I know, but no one else from the hospital has."
"Meredith, there isn't anything to worry about."
"But this is the first time I'll be standing for a long time."
Cristina sighed. "You've been doing your physical therapy. Your physical therapist cleared you for today. You're going to be fine."
I nodded. I just wanted everything to be perfect. For once in my life, I wanted things to go right. "I just want to show everyone that I'm back, that I'm ready to go back to work."
"We know," Cristina patted my shoulder, "Lets go. You have to get dressed. Izzie is going to have a panic attack if we aren't on time."
"You're right," I laughed.
"I'm always right," Cristina smirked.
I stood from the toilet and walked past Cristina to open the door. "Lets get this show on the road."
Izzie and Cristina had already walked down the isle, I was the only one left. George stood quietly next to me, waiting for me to take the first steps forward. Before the accident, I would have asked Chief Webber to walk me down the isle, but things change. I still hadn't spoken to him about anything other than when I was returning to work and how I was feeling.
"Mer, are you ready?" George asked, stepping forward towards me.
I smoothed my hands down my wedding dress, admiring the feel of the silk fabric. "I think so."
George extended his arm. "Lets get you married."
I looped my arm through his and we made our way towards the door. Before the doors opened, I turned to George and gave him a quick kiss on the cheek. "Thanks for doing this, George."
"Anything for you, Mer," George smiled.
The doors opened, and the sound of trumpets from the Trumpet Voluntary filled the room. Derek stood at the end of the isle, staring at me, tears glistening in his eyes. He gave me that wonderful McDreamy smile, and I couldn't help but smile in return as we walked our way down the isle. People's faces in the pews were a blur because the only face that mattered was Derek's.
When we reached the end of the isle, George gave me a quick kiss on the cheek before handing me over to Derek, who led me the rest of the way up to the altar. I found myself lost in Derek's eyes, only half-listening to what the minister was saying.
"Meredith and Derek have written their own vows," the minister said, "which they will share with you now."
I handed my bouquet over to Cristina and turned back to Derek. Derek grabbed my hands and smiled. "Meredith, there isn't a day that passes that I don't feel lucky to have you in my life. You have shown me what it is to live. You have shown me what the meaning of love truly is. When I came to Seattle, I was looking for a fresh start, and I found that with you. You helped me find who I wanted to be and you helped me be that person. You make me want to be a better man," Derek paused, tears glistening in his eyes, "I love you with all of my heart, and I promise to be faithful to you. I promise to always be there for you in sickness and in health. I promise to never go to sleep mad. I will love you forever, no matter what the future holds for us, I will be by your side. This is my solemn vow."
I took a deep breath and squeezed Derek's hands. "Derek, since the day that I met you I knew that you were the one that I wanted to spend the rest of my life with. You gave me faith when I thought I had nothing left. You made me believe in myself again. You put my demons to rest. Throughout the past year, you have been a source of unconditional love, always there for me, always pushing me through when I thought I could not go on. You are the love of my life. I love you with all of my heart. So, I promise to always be there for you. To push you when you need it, to comfort you when you need it, and to offer my unconditional support. I promise to never go to sleep mad and I promise to always be faithful to you. I will love you forever, no matter what the future holds for us, I will be by your side. This is my solemn vow."
The minister turned to look at Burke, "The rings, please."
Burke handed the wedding rings over to the minister. "Derek, take this ring."
Derek took the ring and held my left hand.
"Repeat after me," the minister directed. "With this ring, I thee wed."
Derek slipped the ring onto my finger, "With this ring, I thee wed."
"Meredith," the Minister said, "take this ring and repeat after me. With this ring, I thee wed."
I slid Derek's ring on his left ring finger and said, "With this ring, I thee wed."
"Now that you have said proclaimed your love before the people you love," the minister declared, "I know pronounce you husband and wife. You may kiss your bride."
Derek moved his hands up to my upper arms and pulled me into him. The kiss was sweet and tender. My body softened at his touch. I didn't want him to stop, but he pulled away.
"Thank God," Cristina whispered, "we are in a church."
I laughed. Derek smiled and learned forward to kiss me again before we turned to face all of our witnesses in the pews. My legs still felt strong as we took our first steps off of the altar together. I smiled. We were finally married. Finally, something had gone right in my life. Finally, life was starting to make sense.
And so ends this story. Love it, hate it, I'd love to know what you thought about the ending and the story in general.
Be on the look out for my new story… coming soon.