Chapter 17 - No Worries
"Heart attack." Andy said to me.
"You must have brought it on when you blew him up." Leo shrugged. He looked back and Andy. "What does that mean?"
"It means you're in the clear. It's not suspicious, it's not a potential murder. Just a heart attack." He smiled. "Which means that we can get on with the future." He looked at me, then Prue.
"This wedding ..." I said. "When exactly -?"
"Actually, we were hoping ... well, we were thinking of having it here, we still have the licence from you and Leo. And we wanted to have it soon."
"How soon?" I asked her. Six months maybe? Would that be too soon for Prue? She likes to plan, and plan, and plan -
"Six months?" Phoebe said.
"No. Three months."
"Three months?" Paige questioned. "But ... but that's not like you."
"Yeah - what happened to planning? And not rushing into things?" I gaped.
"Piper, I want to get married while I can still fit into a dress." Prue said pointedly.
"But - but - I can't fit into a bridesmaid dress." I told her. She smiled.
"No fair. My wedding day, if I remember correctly, was nearly cancelled because a certain oldest sister decided to ride off into the sunset with a complete stranger." Prue shot Andy an embarrassed look.
"Yeah, but at the time, I had a lot of stuff going on, and you know, I was repressing it -"
"So can Leo and I ride off on a Harley?"
"No. Absolutely no way." Prue grinned.
Three months later
"Ready?" Phoebe smiled at Prue, who nodded nervously, her cream dress stretched over a five-month bump.
"You know, it's OK, I can waddle down the isle." She sighed, viewing herself sideways in the mirror.
"You look great." I assured her. "Me however ..." I tugged at the blue spaghetti-strap dress. "Eight months pregnant and look and the dress she puts me in."
"OK, girls, lets get this show on the road." Mum said from the doorway. We smiled at her. She showed up about an hour ago.
"We're ready." I smiled, taking Patty's hand. Paige was holding Chris, and Phoebe had Wyatt's hand.
We walked down the stairs first, and stood by the side, offering Andy a smile each. He smiled nervously in return - the poor guy looked as though he was going to throw up.
There were only a few guests - Andy's family, Darryl, Shelia and their kids, Leo, Cole and Henry. Small, but that was the way Prue wanted it. She told me it didn't matter how many people were in the room, because the only person she'd see was Andy. I doubt it, but it was a sweet thing to say all the same.
Finally, music started, and Prue walked into the room, clinging Dad's arm. She smiled nervously around the room, then focussed her eyes on Andy, a full blown grin on her face.
They finally made it.
"Ow!" I gasped. Phoebe was the only person who heard me, thankfully.
"Are you OK?" She whispered. I nodded.
"Yeah. Probably just gas or something." I muttered.
The introductions began, then Prue was asked to recite her vows. She paused for a minute, and I wondered if she'd forgotten hers. But then she began to speak.
"Andy, it took us so long to get to this day, but it was worth it." She said, looking directly into his eyes. "I love you more every time I see you, and I know I'll never stop. Sometimes ... I wondered if our love was worth fighting for ... but it is. And I'm glad we never gave up. You have always been by my side, and on my side, through everything we've been through. Soul mates."
Andy smiled at her.
"Prue, I loved you for as long as I can remember, and I knew I'd never stop fighting for you. We've had our setbacks, our troubles, but now we can stand here, declare our love, and look to the future. To our future."
"Prue and Andy will now exchange rings as a token of their love."
Paige took Wyatt's hand and walked him forward, then put Chris down next to his brother, in front of Prue and Andy. Together, the boys held out a small white pillow, one Prue had had since she was a little girl. Two wedding rings were nestled on it.
Prue and Andy each took one, as I felt another wave of pain.
"What?" Phoebe whispered.
"Uh, nothing, nothing." I muttered. I could wait until the wedding was over, surly?
The two of them put the ring on the other's finger.
"I now pronounce you husband, and wife. You may now kiss the bride." They kissed - as I fell to the floor. I couldn't help it.
"Piper!" Paige cried, as Leo ran to my side. The guests turned away from the happy couple, and crowded around me, as Leo pulled me to my feet. I could see Prue and Andy hurrying towards us, and the guilt distracted me from another contraction.
"I'm sorry, Prue." I wailed. "I tried to ignore it until after the wedding, but she wont wait."
"Shh, it's OK." She laughed. "We're done, we made it. Come on." She and Leo pulled me towards the stairs.
"Uh - you might want to just go, and call later -" Andy was saying to his family and Darryl's.
"Right. Congratulations." Darryl clapped Andy on the shoulder.
"Hospital?" Prue asked Leo.
"No. There isn't enough time." I gasped.
"OK, we'll get you upstairs." Prue said. "Come on."
Laid on my bed, I was uncomfortably aware of the crowd in the room - Henry, Cole, Andy, Paige, Phoebe, Prue, Leo, Mum, Grams, Patty, Wyatt and Chris.
"Uh, why are so many people here?" I hissed to Leo. He half-laughed.
"You want me to get rid of them?"
"Well, it's kind of crowded, dontchathink?"
"Can we have a little privacy?" He said pointedly, and Cole, Henry, Andy, Mum and Grams left, leaving just Leo, my sisters, they kids and me as witnesses to the birth of our daughter.
"It's a girl." Paige said, wrapping her in a blanket. "No surprises this time." She said, throwing a look at Wyatt. I laughed, even though it was the last thing I felt like doing.
"Did you guys pick a name?" Prue asked, as Leo and I cuddled the new arrival.
"Yes ..." Leo said, looking at me. I nodded. "Cassandra Melinda."
"After our great-great-great-great-grandmother, and our great-great-great-great-great-grandmother. I think."
"It's beautiful." Paige nodded.
Patty climbed onto the bed, and peered down at her sister, as Prue called the rest of the family in and Paige and Phoebe lifted Wyatt and Chris onto the bed too.
"Cassandra Melinda." I heard Prue tell them.
"We're going to call her Cassie, for short, though." I told them.
They crowded round, and Leo and I exchanged smiles. Dan was gone, for good. He couldn't touch us again. We were finally, free.
And there is the end. I know this means that you wont get to see anything off Cassie, or Prue's kid. But I was thinking about a short sequel, set a few years ahead, in which Patty asks Piper and Leo about her real dad. Still thinking about it though, it might never happen.