Erik watched Antoinette sleep. To think he was so close to losing her was unbearable. She stirred in her sleep and he smiled. Soon they would be married...after one little thing was taken care off.
Erik laid in the hospital bed, his face wrapped up. Antoinette hadn't wanted him to fix his face like this. She said he didn't need it, but he needed it. For himself. He felt a hand wrap around his and squeeze. He knew it was Antoinette. He knew her hands. He'd been feeling her do the same thing for 3 weeks now. Everyday, as she came to visit.
They had just finished learning a new opera as Erik went in for the surgery. Antoinette had made them put off the gala night till Erik was better. Today was the day. The bandage came off today. Erik heard another person come in the room.
"Are you ready Monsieur?" the voice asked. It was his doctor. Erik nodded. He felt the doctor undo the first layer and begin unrolling it. Erik held his breath. When the doctor was done he held out a mirror. "Careful open your eyes."
Erik did as he was told but the light still stung at first. It took a minute for his eyes to adjust to light again. The Doctor handed the mirror to Antoinette and left. Antoinette had tears in hers eyes.
"Is it that bad?" Erik asked.
"I never knew you could be so handsome" Antoinette handed him the mirror. He slowly lifted the mirror till he saw his own face.
It was indeed handsome. It was now even on both sides. He was as he should be. He laughed out loud before setting the mirror on the side table and pulling Antoinette to him.
She ran a hand down his now smooth cheek. "I love you, Erik"
"Marry me, now?"
"I said I'd marry you before"
The family (Antoinette, Erik, Meg and Tanya) walked down the street as the sun rose high in the sky. "We are going to be late to the church if you two don't stop looking in every window" Erik said, chuckling as Meg and Tanya stopped at yet another shop window to look in.
"Ok, but can we come back?" Meg said, hurrying to catch up with them. Tanya laughed and ran after them.
"Yes, later" Antoinette said. Erik wrapped an arm around her waist. They stepped out of the way as a pair of young well dressed women walked past. Both stared at Erik and as they past began whispering and glancing back.
Tanya heard them and giggled herself. "They think Erik is…handsome and charming" she managed before laughter over took her.
Antoinette looked up at him. "Well I certainly think so"
They made it to the church just in time to change and take their places. Meg and Tanya stood opposite Erik (who looked very dashing in a tux) as Antoinette walked up.
The priest smiled at them both. "The wedding ring is the outward and visible sign of an inward and spiritual bond which unites two loyal hearts in endless love. It is a seal of the vows Erik and Antoinette have made to one another. Bless O God these rings, that Antoinette and Erik, who give them, and who wear them, may ever abide in thy peace. Living together in unity, love and happiness for the rest of their lives"
Antoinette swallowed and took Erik's ring in her hand. "I give you this ring as a symbol of our vows, and with all that I am, and all that I have, I honor you. In the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit, with this ring, I thee wed." She slipped in on Erik's hand.
Erik took Antoinette's ring and her left hand. "I give you this ring as a symbol of our vows, and with all that I am, and all that I have, I honor you. In the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit, With this ring, I thee wed." He slipped it on her finger.
The priest cleared his throat. "In as much as you have each pledged to the other your lifelong commitment, love and devotion, I now pronounce you husband and wife, in the name of the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit. Those whom God has joined together let no one put asunder." He paused and turned to Erik. "Erik, You may kiss your bride!"
Erik did and whispered in her ear. "I love you, Annie"