Chapter 49: Now and Forever
Ashley sighed as she placed the tiara on her head for her wedding attire. "Ready?" Cassie asked. Ashley let out a sad sigh and sat down. "Hey, what's wrong?" She asked. Cassie sat across from her. "This is your wedding day you're supposed to be happy," Cassie pointed out.
"I wish my dad was here to give me away," Ashley answered.
Cassie sighed and placed a comforting hand on her shoulder. "It's his loss," Cassie pointed out. Ashley wiped the tear from her face. "Come on, stop crying now. You're supposed to be getting married to the greatest and if you don't mind me saying so, hottest guys in the universe," she added. Ashley laughed and stood up.
"Okay, I'm ready," Ashley answered.
"Then let's go."
Andros sighed as he tried to keep his hands from shaking. Alejandro chuckled slightly at his son. "Andros turn around," he told him. Andros turned to look at his father and Alejandro fixed his tie up. "Stop squirming. You're just as I remember when you were an infant. Always squirming about," he commented.
"Father, I was a year old," Andros pointed out.
"I know that."
Alejandro sighed as he finished tying up Andros's tie. "There we go son. You're ready," he informed. Andros smiled and turned to look in the mirror. Alejandro sighed. "To me, it was yesterday that you were just a tiny infant," he murmured. Andros smiled.
"Father you're not going to cry on me are you?" He quipped.
Alejandro chuckled and shook his head. "No, of course not," he answered. Andros sighed and sat down.
"I do wish mom was here though," Andros commented.
Alejandro sat across from him. "Andros, your other father, Adran…was he a good man?" He asked. Andros nodded.
"Yeah, he was," he replied.
"And your mother…"
"She was the best mother anyone could ever ask for."
Alejandro smiled. "She was always a good woman," he murmured. Andros nodded.
"She missed you," Andros commented.
Alejandro sighed. "I missed her too. Missed her everyday and I still do," he answered. Andros sighed. "I pray, son, that you and Ashley will be able to spend a longer time than your mother and I did," he added. Andros smiled. "Well, are you ready?" Alejandro asked. Andros stood up with a sigh.
"Ready as I'll ever be," he replied.
Andros went towards the door when Alejandro grabbed his shoulder. "And son," he started. Andros stopped and looked at his father. "I'm very, very proud of you," he finished. Andros smiled.
"Thanks, father," he answered.
Alejandro nodded. "Now, let's go," he commented. Andros chuckled and left the room.
During the ceremony, Andros couldn't stop shaking. Ashley tried not to giggle as she felt his hands shake in hers. "Relax," she mouthed. Andros took a deep breath and nodded.
"The bride and groom have decided to write their own vows. Ashley would you like to start first?" The minister asked.
Ashley took a deep breath and gave Andros's hands a squeeze. "Who would've thought that me, Ashley Hammond, would be getting married at seventeen?" She started. She smiled as she heard people chuckle throughout the church. "Even though at the time, I never thought I'd meet someone as perfect as you are, Andros. You've been nothing but kind to me since the day we met. You saved me from all the evil out there, but what means the most to me is that you loved me. I can't wait to spend forever with you, Andros. I love you and I will love you forever," she vowed. Andros took a deep breath as he held onto Ashley's hands.
"Andros?" The minister rasked.
Andros closed his eyes for a second. "What can I say? When we first met, I was nothing but a broken soul. I didn't have anywhere to go. I felt so lost, but then I met you. You've been my best friend and I can tell you anything and you'd always understand," he started. Ashley felt the tears press against her eyes. "You say to me everyday that I saved you, but that's not true. The fact is, you saved me. I love you, Ashley and I will love you forever," he vowed. A tear fell down Ashley's face.
"The rings please," the minister instructed.
Zhane handed the rings over to the minister. "Andros, you will take the ring and place it on Ashley's finger while saying "With this ring I thee wed"," the minister instructed. Andros took the ring and slipped the ring onto Ashley's finger.
"With this ring, I thee wed," Andros repeated.
Ashley took the other ring and slipped it onto Andros's finger. "With this ring, I thee wed," she answered. Andros smiled and held onto her hands.
"Is there anyone here who does not wish for these two to be wed speak now or forever hold your peace," the minister instructed.
They heard the doors open and they looked over to see Craig standing there. "What are you staring at me for? Keep going," Craig told them. Ashley felt a huge weight being lifted off her shoulders.
"By the powers invested in me in the state of California. I now pronounce you husband and wife," the minister informed.
Andros smiled as he wrapped his arms around Ashley's waist and kissed her deeply. Ashley wrapped her arms around his neck, kissing him back. "Ladies and gentlemen, I present to you Mr. and Mrs. Andros Karovan," the minister announced. Everyone clapped for the newly wedded couple.
Later on in the reception room, Ashley had removed her veil and the shawl and Andros had removed his jacket, tie, and undid the top buttons to his shirt. Craig was sitting in a chair watching as Andros and Ashley danced with huge smiles on their faces. "Amazing how they grow up isn't it?" Alejandro asked as he sat next to him. Craig sighed.
"You have no idea," he answered.
"Both of my children have grown up and I wasn't able to see it happen," Alejandro commented.
"Andros is your son?"
"Which one is his sister?"
Alejandro chuckled and pointed to Karone, who was trying to get Leo to come out onto the dance floor with her. "That young lady over there. My little girl, Karone," he replied. Craig laughed.
"Looks like your future son-in-law doesn't want to dance," he commented.
Alejandro laughed. "Watch this," he answered. He called Karone over to him. "You really want Leo to go out there. Dance with Zhane," he suggested. Karone giggled.
"Thanks, father," she answered.
She kissed his cheek and went off to the dance floor. Both men laughed that Alejandro's plan didn't take long to take action. No sooner than when Karone and Zhane started dancing, Leo got up and went over to them. "And there's my little angel," Craig informed. He pointed to Ashley. Andros had picked her up and was spinning her around.
"Quite a treasure," Alejandro commented.
"She is," he agreed.
"And she's made my son very happy."
Craig nodded his head slowly. "He's made her happy," he agreed. Craig stood up. "Excuse me," he added. Alejandro nodded. Craig got up and walked over to Andros and Ashley.
Andros and Ashley stopped dancing and they looked at Craig. "You two do make a nice couple," he commented. Craig sighed as he held his daughter's hands. "Sweetheart, I'm sorry for not giving you away," he murmured. Ashley hugged him. "I just want you to be happy," he whispered.
"I love you daddy," she answered.
Craig let her go and looked at Andros. "Welcome to our family," he greeted. Andros shook his hand with a nod. "Oh and here," he added. He reached into his pocket and pulled out a key. "This is to our cabin up in the mountain area. Ashley's mother's father gave it to me the day I married Ashley's mother. I think it'd be right if I gave it to you," he explained.
"Sir…" Andros trailed off.
"It's for you two to spend your honeymoon and if you just want to get away," Craig informed.
Andros was in complete shock. "Thank you," he answered. Craig nodded with a smile and walked away. Andros looked at Ashley. "Well, we've got our honeymoon spot now," he commented. Ashley laughed and wrapped her arms around his neck in a hug. Andros hugged her back and let out a sigh.
Andros carried Ashley over the threshold. "You people on Earth have some weird traditions," he commented.
"Right and you guys don't?" She asked.
"What does that mean?"
Ashley laughed. "Basically all you guys do is point and go "mine" and that's it," she teased. Andros laughed and wrapped his arms around her waist, pressing his forehead against hers.
"More deeper than that," he answered.
Andros chuckled and kissed her briefly. Ashley pulled back. "No, no, not yet," she told him. Andros sighed. "Just relax okay, I'll be right out," she informed. Andros sighed as he pulled off his shoes and sat down in the chair after lighting the fireplace.
"Nice place," he commented.
"Okay, I'm coming out," Ashley informed.
Andros looked up as Ashley came out wearing a pale blue, silk nightgown. "Ash…" he trailed off. He stood up and he stood in front of her.
"Cassie gave it to me at my bridal shower," she commented.
Andros smiled and placed his hands on her waist. "You look beautiful, you always look beautiful," he murmured. Ashley smiled and then he kissed her deeply. Ashley kissed him back and giggled into the kiss as he picked her up and set her down on the bed. She undid the buttons on his shirt and went to move the shirt off his shoulders, but he grabbed her hands. He leaned down and kissed her. She kissed him back and her hand went underneath his shirt, feeling the scars underneath her hand. Andros shivered a little bit when she touched his scars. As her hand was sliding up he was able to relax again. Her touch felt so good and so relaxing that he couldn't help but enjoy it. She had touched his scars a thousand times, but yet to him every time she touched them, he was still sensitive, but yet it relaxed him at the same time. Ashley saw the off look on his face.
"You okay?" She asked.
Andros snapped out of it and he smiled. "I'm fine," he replied. Ashley smiled and Andros pulled his shirt off. She giggled when he ran his hands up and down her sides. He pulled the nightgown she was wearing up and over her waist and kissed along her stomach. She let her head fall back against the pillow and let out a sigh. Andros lifted his head and pulled himself back up, kissing her shoulder and neck at the same time. Ashley let out another sigh and she let out a gasp. Andros smiled against her neck. Ashley reached down and she undid his pants, pulling those off him. Andros pulled the nightgown over her head and kissed her, groaning slightly when she nipped at his bottom lip. After the final pieces of clothing we removed, Andros entered her and Ashley let out a loud moan. They started moving together in no time, very familiar territory. Ashley buried her face into his neck and cried out when she reached her climax. Andros reached his climax and he collapsed on his arms so she wouldn't have to deal with his weight. After a minute, he rolled onto his back and she placed her head on his chest.
"Amazing as always," she murmured.
Andros smiled and he ran circles over her shoulder. "I love you, Ashley," he told her. She looked up at him with a smile.
"I love you too," she answered.
Andros stroked her cheek and kissed her softly before laying back on the pillows. Ashley smiled and she fell asleep. Andros stayed awake a little longer. He stroked her face and he looked up at the sky. "I know you helped bring her to me and I thank you. I love you, mom," he said to the ceiling. Then he fell into a deep sleep.
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Alejandro sighed as he sat down rocking his son back and forth in the rocking chair in the corner. The young infant was curled up against his chest, sleeping peacefully. "You know, son, you've got a bright future ahead of you. A very bright future," he murmured. He kissed the top of the baby's head and he held his hand. "I love you, Andros," he added. The young infant yawned and just buried his head more into his chest. Alejandro sighed he sat back. "If only your mother can see that," he muttered more to himself than the sleeping baby.
Due Date: January 23, 2007