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"Stephanie, what the hell!"
Stephanie dropped Chris's hands and took a few steps towards her brother. "What are you doing here? How did you even know we were here?"
"I have a friend at the licensing office, and he called me to congratulate me on my sister getting married, after that, it didn't take much to put two and two together," Shane told her, "they said you had an appointment here, Stephanie, what is going on?"
"Um, do you think I could have a few minutes?" Stephanie asked the Justice of the Peace. He nodded and waved her towards her brother. Stephanie walked over and grabbed Shane by the upper arm, dragging him out of the room and closing the door behind her. The secretary was still out there, so she dragged him even further away.
"Stephanie, what is going on? I mean, I know what's going on, but why are you doing this?" Shane asked, trying to better understand the situation. When he'd heard from his friend, he couldn't believe his ears. He thought there must be some kind of mistake, there must have been some other Stephanie McMahon who filed for a marriage license, but this was anything but a mistake. His sister was standing here, very clearly in a wedding dress.
"Because I want to," Stephanie told him. "I want to be with Chris, I want to be with him, and I want to marry him, and that's why we're here."
"Mom and Dad aren't here though, Chris's parents aren't here, don't you think they would want to be here? I know that Mom and Dad would, and why so rushed…oh my God, are you pregnant? Did he get you pregnant?" Shane hissed, his eyes turning towards the door which Chris was standing beyond. If Shane's eyes had been lasers, the door would have been on fire.
"Shane, no, okay, I'm not pregnant," Stephanie told him, "but why did you immediately have to go there?"
"Oh, I don't know, my sister getting a quickie marriage in the middle of the afternoon, maybe that's why I jumped to the conclusion!"
"We haven't even slept together," Stephanie hissed at him, "not since we got back together, so there's no possibility of me being pregnant, so that's not even a thought in my mind, it wasn't even a reason so there."
Shane was relieved. He didn't want his sister to be forced into a marriage because she had a baby on the way. Still, that didn't explain why she was getting married like this, in a tiny office on a random Friday with three people there, one of whom was Lance Storm from ECW. It just didn't make sense why this would be happening now. Chris had only been back for a few months, and she and Chris had only been back together for weeks, if that. It was just so rushed and sudden.
"So what is going on?"
"I love him," Stephanie shrugged. "He loves me, and we didn't want to wait. We've spent so much time waiting, Shane. I know you know about us back then, when I was 17, I know you know about it. And…he was the one then—"
"Stephanie, you were 17," Shane reasoned. "I don't know many 17 year olds that know what they want, let alone know who they want."
"I know, but I'm not 17 anymore, I'm not that girl, I grew up, and I experienced things, and I dated other people, and I loved other people, but at the end of the day, it was Chris, it will always be Chris. I know you don't understand, and that's okay, but you weren't…you didn't know about us then, and you didn't know about how we loved each other. Breaking up was the right thing to do though. I needed to go to college and be on my own, and he needed to travel the world and become the best at what he does, and we're good with that, but we're here now, and we want it."
"Steph, I get it, you love him, that's all well and good, and I'm happy for you on that front, but…married? So soon? How do you guys know that you're still compatible?"
"We've spent all this time talking and not just hopping into bed," Stephanie laughed, "we've talked about our relationship now and how it differs from what it was then, we've talked about what's happened in the interim, and we know each other. This may seem sudden, but it's not."
"Then why not wait a month or two, just enough time to plan a wedding, invite the people that you want to invite, you know, not have it here with nobody here," Shane gestured around. Stephanie could see where he was coming from, of course she could, and maybe in another life, she would want that, but she knew what was right, and this was right.
"Chris and I are planning on doing a proper wedding, but we want to be married now," Stephanie tried to reason with him. "We can still have the big wedding with all our friends and our families there, that's not out of the question, but we want to get married now. We don't want to wait, that's the thing. I want to be Mrs. Chris Irvine today, not a month from now, not two months from now, do you understand?"
Of course Shane didn't understand. His sister was standing here in a wedding dress telling him that no matter what he said, she was going to get married right now, right through those doors. He sighed, "Stephanie, Mom and Dad would want to be here."
"I know," she told him, "I really do, but they can be at the next one."
"But that one won't count," Shane said.
"Of course it will."
"This is your wedding, whatever you have after this won't be your wedding. What about Chris's parents, huh? Wouldn't his mom and dad want to be here?"
"Again, we will do the whole ceremony thing later, we're not even saying our own vows right now. When we have the ceremony, we'll say our vows, have the dinner, all of that. It'll be in Winnipeg because his mom has a difficult time traveling, so we've already got a location."
"What is it going to take for me to get you to stop this today?"
"Nothing," she answered honestly. "I'm marrying him today."
"What about Mom and Dad?"
"Chris and I are going to have dinner at their house tomorrow, and we're going to tell them. We thought it only fair that since Chris's parents can't be here that Mom and Dad shouldn't be here either."
"That's kind of shitty, you know," Shane said. Their parents weren't even that far away. They could get here in fifteen minutes if they left right now.
"Shane, this is how Chris and I have chosen to do things, okay, if you don't respect that, you don't respect that, but it is what it is, and it's how it's going to be," she said firmly. "Now, I have an appointment, and I don't want to waste any more of Judge Halpert's time, okay? So I want to get in there and get married."
Shane mulled it over for a moment. This wasn't how his sister was supposed to get married. He'd always pictured a much larger affair, something with tons of people and ice sculptures, and maybe doves at some point. Still, it was Stephanie's life, and he wasn't in any position to tell her what to do. She was an adult, and if she wanted to get married, she would.
"Can I stay?" Shane asked.
"Absolutely," Stephanie threw her arms around him. "We're going out for dinner afterwards, you can tell Marissa to meet us at the restaurant if you want. We got a private dining room, so it shouldn't be hard to accommodate two more people."
"Okay, I'll call her afterwards," Shane nodded. "Do you think that maybe I can at least kind of sort of walk you back in there, you know, to be kind of the honorary Dad in this situation?"
Stephanie nodded, getting a little choked up as she linked her arm through her brother's. They walked back in the room, and Shane led her back to where she was standing then stood next to Lisa, who turned and gave him an encouraging smile and mouthed that it was going to be okay. She'd known Shane as long as she'd known Stephanie, and she just wanted him to know that this was good.
They all stood there and watched the short ceremony commence. It wasn't anything fancy or drawn out, in fact, it was almost clinical if not for the ridiculous smiles on Chris and Stephanie's faces. It was hard to argue them not getting married when they looked so happy together. They held hands throughout the ceremony, and Chris kept rubbing his thumbs over her knuckles as they made eye contact and forgot about everyone else in the room. Their rings were simple, bought on short notice, but they slipped them on as reverently as if they were made of the most precious material in the universe.
"You may kiss your bride."
Chris finally let go of her hands, but only so he could cup her face. He leaned forward and kissed her as everyone clapped for them. Stephanie pulled away and hugged him, looking for the first time at her husband. Chris was her husband. The 17 year old girl inside of her fluttered with excitement. She remembered the days where she'd write in her journal about how much she wanted to marry Chris, how he was the perfect man, how he was everything she ever could have wanted. Those were the ramblings of a 17 year old girl, but also a girl who knew what she wanted out of life.
"I love you," Stephanie whispered against his lips.
"I love you too," Chris responded.
After they signed all the paperwork, they told Shane where they were going for dinner, and he left to pick up Marissa. Lisa, Lance, and Tina were taking their own cars, and that left Chris and Stephanie to take theirs. They climbed inside and Stephanie turned to Chris, squealing and leaning over to kiss him again.
"We did it, we really did it!" Stephanie said. "I can't believe it, we're married, I am married to you, I'm Mrs. Irvine. I'm Stephanie Irvine, oh my God, I'm going to have to change my name, and this is crazy!"
Chris laughed at her. She looked like she was bubbling over with happiness, and he was too. "I never thought this would happen. The second I came back to the company, I don't know, it was like the second I saw you, I just knew that it wasn't over between us."
"I know, I mean, I didn't exactly know how much, but…I'm so happy with this, Chris, and I know that everyone is going to think this is sudden and weird, and…but it's something I've dreamed about for so many years. It was something I stopped daring to dream, and that's okay, I know it, but in the back of my mind, it was always there. I think…I think when I was with Tim, I just…you were still there, and I kept comparing a future with him to what a future with you might be like, and that's the complete wrong way to go about things, but I couldn't help it."
"No need to worry about that now," Chris told her. "We're together now, and that's all that matters. What happened in the past is in the past, and this is it for us. We're starting our new life now, and it's going to be great."
"And we won't have to hide!" Stephanie giggled.
"You do know that we're probably going to have to tell your parents about us dating back then, right? I mean, they're going to ask questions like how we fell in love so quickly and all that, and why we felt like we could get married after dating for a couple weeks. I didn't want to bring that up before the marriage in case that was a deal-breaker," he joked, but he was right. Her parents were going to question this, they were going to wonder at the speed of it, and beyond there not being a pregnancy, there wasn't much to lie about other than the truth.
"Then we'll face them together."
"Yup, as Mr. and Mrs. Christopher Irvine."