A gentle breeze rustled through the trees as autumn leaves fluttered to the ground. The sun shone down on the little clearing, where seven people stood close together, the last remnants of a band of fighters.
Jack and Chloe stood facing each other, their hands clasped together as they stood before the Justice of the Peace. Behind Jack stood Tony and Bill, while Kim and Karen stood by Chloe. The ceremony was brief and the dress casual, but everyone knew that that did not diminish the importance of what they were witnessing. They looked on with smiles as the two best friends exchanged rings and vows, their hands and voices shaking just a little. The kiss was deep and full, as they sealed their promise to love one another, come what may.
When it was over, the small group headed back down the trail toward their cars, their next destination a small Italian restaurant where they would celebrate their friends' happiness.
As they made their way through the forest, the newlyweds slowed until they were the last ones in the group. Jack brushed his fingers against hers before fully entwining them. Then he pulled on her arm a little to make her stop and face him. He caressed her cheek gently, staring into her eyes.
"I love you," he said quietly.
"I love you too, Jack"
Leaning in, Chloe brushed her lips against his, restraining herself from deepening the kiss. Their friends were waiting, and darkness was approaching. Hand-in-hand, they continued walking.