A/N: Well, everyone, here we are at the final chapter. I just wanted to say thank you to those of you have stuck it out. I know that there was a long hiatus for a while, but most of you stood by through thick and thin with it. I hope that the ending is worth of it for you all.
Langston woke up, got dressed, and went downstairs to the familiar sound of Dorian arguing with Markko's mom about something. She knew that she should go into the living room but she did not feel like dealing with this at eight in the morning. She braced herself on the one crutch she was down to and prepared for more wedding talk. But, she was pulled gently into the kitchen.
Markko pulled her up on the counter. She protested, but he silenced her with a passionate kiss. She finally pulled away breathless. "What are you doing?"
"Um, kissing my soon to be wife, you complaining?"
Langston smiles. "Of course not, but can we really hide in here forever?"
"I know. My mom called and woke me up and told me that I needed to be here for the planning, but all they ever do is fight and shut us up anyway."
Langston put her arms around his neck. "Can you believe it? Can you believe that in two days we are getting married?"
Markko smiled. "You better be there."
"Nothing could keep me away, babe. I can't wait. So, we have the rehearsal tomorrow, and then our wedding on Saturday."
Markko interrupted, "Don't forget the wedding night."
"Markko, calm down. Is that all your looking forward to?"
"Of course, not. I am looking forward to spending the rest of my life with you. I am only sorry that with school still going that we don't have time for a honeymoon right now."
"Markko, you know what social services said. We can't miss anymore school."
"I know." Markko kisses her again, and wraps his arms completely around her when Dorian walks in.
"What do you two think you're doing?"
Markko looked at her. "Dr. Lord, I believe that is called a kiss."
"Yes, Markko, but you two should be helping plan your wedding."
Langston had enough. "Dorian, this wedding is in two days. It can not get any more planned. Can't me and Markko just spend the day together and not worry about the wedding?"
"That's impossible, dear. Starr will be here in thirty minutes, so that you and her can pick up your dresses, and then Markko and Cole have to pick up their tuxedos."
"Okay, fine. But, for now, can you just leave me and Markko alone, please?"
Dorian wanted to demand that Langston go right in there, but surprisingly Langston had learned so much about being a Cramer woman in such a short time. "Fine, but you two need to be accessible if you are needed."
"Doctor Lord, we aren't going anywhere." She left the room in a huff. Markko went back to kissing Langston, and neither heard the back door open.
"Hey, hey, hey, this kitchen has seen enough again." The broke apart at the sound of Cole's voice and turned to see Cole and Starr standing there.
Markko looked at him, "Didn't anyone tell you that it's rude to interrupt?" Markko helped Langston off the counter.
"So, where are Aunt Dorian and your mom?"
"They are in the living room. We are in hiding," said Langston.
Cole laughed. "Come on, it can't be that bad."
Markko laughed. "Dude, you have no idea. China patterns, flowers, colors, and seating charts, makes me want to scream."
Langston put her arms around him, "He does regularly, anyway."
Starr looked at her watch. "Langston, we got to go pick up your dress soon. You want to get going?"
Markko walked over and put his arms around her waist. "Hurry back."
Langston laughed. "You just do not want to be left alone with them and their seating charts."
"Yeah, but I'll miss you though."
Langston put her arms around his neck and pulled him into a deep passionate kiss. "Will that help?"
"Definitely a start, that's for sure." Langston pulled him by his shirt and went back to kissing him until Starr cleared her throat.
"Lang, let's go. We have to get there." Langston hesitantly pulled away from Markko.
Markko smiled at her. "Yeah, the sooner you go, the sooner you can get back."
Langston and Starr finally left, leaving Markko alone in the kitchen. Cole finally broke the silence. "So, you two really doing this?"
"Yeah, it looks that way." He smiled at Cole. "I can't wait. I wish it was today. I do not know if I can even wait two more days to marry her."
"Markko, it's only two days. I'm sure you'll manage." Markko's mom walked in the room.
"Markko, can you come look at this seating chart and make sure it is okay?"
"Actually mom, me and Cole were on our way out to pick up our tuxes, but we'll be back later. Come on, Cole." Markko ushered Cole out the back door.
Starr and Langston arrived at the bridal shop, and waited for them to bring out Langston's dress. Langston looked through all the pictures on her phone, and smiled at the picture she and Markko had taken just a few days before. "Langston, can you believe you're getting married in two days?"
"Uh huh." She still stared at the picture.
"Langston, hello. Earth to Langston. What are you looking at?" Starr grabbed her phone. "What a surprise!"
"Leave me alone. I love him so much."
"Really? I hadn't noticed by the whole marrying him thing."
"Starr, when you and Cole are just two days away from getting married, you will know how it feels. It's the most amazing feeling, knowing that your whole future is just two days away. If I could marry him this very second, I would."
The salesperson brought out Langston's dress. "I think that this time all the alterations will be perfect if you want to try it on."
"Starr, could you help me? I'm still not really steady on my feet." Starr and Langston went in the dressing room and Starr helped her, then they came out with the big mirrors and looked.
"Lang, you look amazing. It's perfect."
Langston smiled and felt tears in her eyes. "I dreamt about this dress, Starr. My parents came to me and told me they were proud of me and this was the dress I was wearing."
Starr hugged Langston. "Well, you look amazing, but you do not have a veil. We must have forgotten all about it."
"I did not forget. I have one. I'm going to wear the one my mom wore. It goes perfect with my dress."
"We have the shoes that you ordered too. We remembered that you did not want the heels too high."
"Can you not walk in really high heels yet with your leg?"
"It's not that. I just do not want to be taller than Markko."
Starr laughed at that as they grabbed their dresses and headed back to La Boulaie.
Cole and Markko walked into the tuxedo shop. "I honestly never thought I would wear one of these things."
Cole laughed. "Yeah, it's pretty far from what you wore to prom last year." Markko changed and came out of the dressing room and adjusted his jacket.
"What can I say? She brings out strange things in me."
"The way I see it, you love her and would do anything for her."
Markko put on his dress shoes. "Do you even know how long it has been since I have worn a pair of dress shoes?"
"I have known you a while and have only seen you in one pair of shoes."
"Exactly, but the thing is Langston would kill me if I wore them for our wedding, so I don't mind giving in."
"She really has made you weak, man."
"Like Starr hasn't done the same to you."
"Yeah, good point. Are you ready to get back to your fiancée?"
"Yeah, let's get out of here."
Langston and Starr got back to La Boulaie, and got immediately stuck back in the living room. Dorian began to grow frustrated with Langston's disinterest. "You know, Langston, this is your wedding but you don't even pay attention."
"Dorian, I care more about the marriage then the wedding. I'm sorry."
Markko and Cole walked in the living room and Langston smiled. Markko gave her a peck on the cheek and sat down next to her. Dorian looked at him, "Markko, do you think the centerpieces at the reception need to go on every table or every other table?"
"Dr. Lord that depends. What's a centerpiece?"
Dorian began to give a long and lengthy explanation to Markko on the why the centerpiece was vital to their wedding, and how it would ensure a happy marriage. Langston whispered in his ear, "Let's go make out."
He whispered back, "I would in a second, but they'll send out the National Guard."
She laughed, "Not if we are careful."
"What do you mean?"
Dorian spoke loudly. "Markko, are you listening? Markko? Markko?"
He finally noticed her. "Dr. Lord, right centerpieces are vital."
Langston cracked up at that. "Dorian, my foot is killing me. Can I go lay down? I need a break."
Dorian answered with irritation. "Are you that tired?"
"Yeah, I need to save my foot for my wedding. I still have to use this one crutch and I'm not walking down the aisle with a crutch."
Markko's dad intervened. "Dorian, they are not helping at all. Let the poor girl go lay down for a while."
Markko smiled at his dad, and Dorian relented. "Fine, but you need to be back down in two hours."
Langston went to get up and winced in pain. "Markko, I don't think I can make it. Can you help me and stay with me, you know to make sure that I'm okay?"
"Yeah, for safety reason of course." Dorian rolled her eyes. She normally would have said something, but did not really see what the point was in saying anything when she knew they would just argue so she just said nothing.
"So, Lorraine, did you call the flower shop and double check?"
Markko helped Langston to her room, and put her in bed. "So, should we take that nap we talked about downstairs?"
"Get up here and kiss me already." Markko got in bed and lay next to her, and captured her lips in a deep, passionate kiss.
She continued to kiss him and kissed his neck. "Stop talking and kiss me." Langton pulled him on top of her and ran her hands under his shirt. He pulled away.
"Lang, remember, you said no making love until our wedding night.
She sighed and laid her head on his chest. "I hate this. I want to make love."
"Baby, I can't believe I'm saying this, but I'm glad we're waiting. It will make it more special, plus it's probably not a good idea with my parents and Dr. Lord downstairs."
"You're right. That would be rude." Langston nodded, and closed her eyes.
"Do you want to take a nap with me, Markko?"
"Yeah, I am really tired too." Markko rubbed her back until they both fell asleep.
Markko's parents finally left about 10:00, and Dorian really wanted to go explain to
Markko and Langston why it was rude for them to not take part in the final preparations for their wedding. She was frustrated with Starr and Cole too. She had sent them out for another form that outlined the seating chart and they never came back. She did not understand how they could all just completely ignore the responsibilities of this wedding. She made her way upstairs and knocked and then went in Langston's room. She never expected to find them still asleep in each other's arms. Markko opened his eyes and saw her. He went to wake up Langston, but she stopped him and whispered, "Just go back to sleep. If you want to stay, it's okay. I'll call your parents."
He mouthed, "Thank you." He pulled her close to him and went back to sleep. Langston woke up a little while later and lifted her head.
"Markko, it's 11:45. You should probably get home."
He snuggled closer to her. "Dorian came in a couple hours ago and told me to go back to sleep. She said she would call my parents and tell them I was staying tonight."
She smiled at him. "You're staying?"
"Yeah, I'm staying, baby."
"Then, I'm changing clothes. I'm going to sleep in your shirt again."
"You slept in my shirt? That's so cute."
"Don't laugh. It smells like you."
Markko got undressed down to his boxers and went in the bathroom to get ready for bed. Langston got undressed and put his shirt on and crawled into bed. She then began to brush her hair. He came back in the room and just looked at her. She laughed. "What are you looking at?"
"You're so beautiful." He climbed back in bed and sat behind her. "Here, give me the brush."
She handed it to him and he brushed her hair. "You know, what would the guys think of you now, sitting here brushing my hair?" He continued to brush her hair.
"In case you haven't noticed, I lost that side of me a long time ago. We're not quite the freaks we used to be."
"But, we're still freaks right?"
"Of course we are. All done." She put her brush on the table, and lay down on her pillow facing him. He wrapped his arms around her.
"I can't wait to marry you."
"I can't wait to marry you, either." She lay her head on his chest and fell asleep. He watched her sleep for a while before falling asleep with her.
It was finally the next evening and they had finally arrived to their location for the rehearsal. Langston walked in, "Wow, it looks so beautiful already in here, and not everything is set up yet. It's going to be so perfect."
Markko smiled at her. "I am just sorry that you still have that crutch. I know how much that meant to you."
She sighed. "I hate it. I hate that I can't walk down the aisle at my wedding without a crutch. I hate still feeling so paralyzed by what that ass did to me."
He kissed her softly when Starr cleared her throat. Markko broke away from this kiss. "Do you two ever see us kissing and think, maybe we should just leave them alone."
Cole answered with a smirk, "No, why would we do that?"
Langston cuddled close to Markko, "You know, we will get you back for that someday."
The minister came in and they ran through what they would need to do the next day at the wedding. Markko could not stop staring at Langston the whole time. All he wanted was for it to be the next day so that he could marry her for real. After the rehearsal, they all went to the Palace for dinner. Finally, Markko took Langston home.
"You sure I can't stay?"
"Markko, you need to spend this last night with your parents."
He kissed her. "You're incredible, you know that?"
She pulled him into a passionate kiss. " I know. Now, get out."
He left and Langston went in the living room. She was relieved to see that Dorian had probably gone to bed, and she went and sat in the quiet room. She had not seen the living room so quiet in two weeks. Starr came in the room. "Starr, what are you doing here?"
"Do you really think that I would not be spending tonight with my best friend in the world?"
"Thanks Starr. I'm just sitting here appreciating the quiet. Starr, I can not believe this is really happening. I am marrying Markko tomorrow."
"I am so happy for you, Lang. I can't believe you two have been together such a short amount of time, too."
"I just hope that I have my vows just like I want them. I want him to know what he means to me." Starr and Langston spent the better part of the night just talking, and hanging out knowing this was Langston's last night to be single. About Midnight, Langston finally climbed into her bed. She decided to call Markko. He answered on the second ring.
"Hey, I am going to sleep soon, but I want to call and tell you I love you."
"I love you too. I can't wait to marry you, Langston."
"I can't wait to marry you, either. Markko, I'm falling asleep."
"I am too. Goodnight, I'll see you at the end of the aisle tomorrow."
"I can't wait." She hung up the phone and hit end. She fell right asleep. Starr came in her room and woke her up.
"Langston, you got to get up."
She rubbed her eyes. "What time is it?"
"It's past one."
"1:00? I have to get married in five hours. I'm never going to be ready."
"Lang, calm down. Just go take a hot shower. The hairdresser is downstairs and the makeup stylist. You'll be perfect. You are marrying the man of your dreams today."
Langston smiled, "Okay. I'll be down in a few minutes."
She took a long shower, and put on some sweats, then went downstairs. She was not surprised to find Dorian running around aimlessly. "Langston, you got to get your hair fixed, and your nails done. We have to leave in an hour. You slept most of the day."
"Dorian, chill. I'll be ready."
Langston wanted to talk to Markko, but she knew that she would just miss him more. They sent a few texts declaring their undying love and talking about how they couldn't wait to see each other. Langston was ready before anyone else and could not wait to go to the wedding site. She wanted to put her dress on, and make sure that it looked absolutely perfect. Finally, they left.
Markko had hoped that when he got there, he would get a glimpse of Langston. He did not remember the last time since it had been this long since he had seen her. He was ushered into the groom's room. He glanced at his watch and it was less than an hour. He was really glad that Cole had brought the video game system, or his nerves would be going absolutely insane.
Langston finally with Starr's help put her dress on. She looked at herself in the mirror. She turned around and faced everyone, "What do you think? I mean I know that the black sash around it is a bit much but it's me?"
Starr hugged her, and Dorian did also. "You look beautiful, Lang," said Starr.
Dorian pulled out a bag of stuff. "Okay, we need to do your something old."
"That's easy, my veil. It was my moms. Then, something new is my dress. I don't have anything borrowed."
Dorian stood behind her. "Yes, you do. These were my mother's pearls. I want you to wear them today."
Langston teared up. "Dorian, those are absolutely beautiful. Are you sure?"
"Langston, dear. I know, I can never replace your mother, but you are like a daughter to me. I love you and want you to be happy."
Langston nearly started crying, and Dorian wiped her face. "Save those tears for Markko."
Starr pulled out a garter. "And something blue."
Langston sat down and put it on. "Wow, it's almost time."
Dorian interrupted her. "No, Langston, it's not almost time. It is time."
Langston took one last look at herself and put her crutch down. Dorian stopped her. "Langston don't you need that?"
"No, Markko said he would always catch me if I fell. I feel strong. I can do this."
She walked out into the hallway to the back of the gym. She knew that it was not a place most people would have chosen but it was special to her and Markko. It somehow looked just like in her dream. She still remained out of sight. She was just really glad that Dorian had agreed to give her a way. Starr made her way down the aisle, smiling at Cole the whole time. She wanted this for herself someday, but this day was about her friend. She took her place, and then the music changed. Langston felt every inch of her stomach tense.
Dorian asked her, "Are you ready?"
"I've never been so ready in my whole life." She moved to the back of the aisle that they had set up and her eyes locked with his. At that moment, she was more in love with him than she had ever been in her entire life.
He smiled at her. Cole whispered to him, "She looks beautiful, man."
Markko could not take his eyes off of her as she walked up the aisle. "She looks amazing." He could feel her taking his breath away. Dorian finally put her hand in his.
"I know you'll take care of her."
"I will always take care of her."
Langston smiled at him, as she faced him. "I love you."
"I love you."
The minister started, "Dearly beloved, we are gathered here today in the presence of God and all of your family and friends to join Markko Rivera and Langston Wilde in holy matrimony. Have you both come here of your own free will?"
They both looked at each other. "We have."
"Who gives this woman to this man?"
Dorian stood up, "I do, and I represent her parents too if they were here."
Langston tried not to cry at that.
"Very well. Markko Rivera, do you take Langston Wilde to be your lawful wedded wife, to have and to hold from this forward, for better or worse, for richer or for poorer, in sickness and in health, to love and to cherish, and forsaking all others be faithful unto her as long as you shall both live."
Markko smiled at her. "I do."
"Langston, do you take Markko to be your lawful wedded husband, to have and to hold from this forward, for better or worse, for richer or for poorer, in sickness and in health, to love and to cherish, and forsaking all others be faithful unto him as long as you shall both live."
"Markko and Langston have chosen their own vows to say to each other, and will share them in this time."
Markko started and looked right in her eyes, "Langston, I have loved you since I was in third grade. I know that is so weird to say, but I knew that we would be here. Of course, we were both too stubborn to admit that. I remember, the first time I kissed you, right outside I was hooked. I wanted to love you no matter what. We have been through so many obstacles, but yet here we are. I am looking in your beautiful eyes, and I know there will never be anyone else. I promise to love you more and more every day for the rest of our lives. I will always hold you when you hurt, catch you when you fall, and love and support you always.
Langston tried not to cry and started, "Markko, I love you so much. I remember seeing you right over there last May and thinking, there is something about him. What that was is that you are my soulmate. You have loved and supported me through so much for so long. You always know how to make me feel better. You have saved me time and time again emotionally and physically. I will love you until the day I die, and will spend every day trying to make you happier than we are right now, and this is the happiest I've ever been."
"Can I have the rings please?"
Cole handed him the rings. "Markko take this ring, and place it on Langston's left finger. Repeat after me. "I give you this ring as a symbol of my love. As it encircles your finger, may it remind you always that you are surrounded by my enduring love."
Markko smiled at her and placed the ring on her finger, "I give you this ring as a symbol of my love. As it encircles your finger, may it remind you always that you are surrounded by my enduring love."
"Langston, take this ring and place it on Markko's left hand. Repeat after me. "I give you this ring as a symbol of my love. As it encircles your finger, may it remind you always that you are surrounded by my enduring love."
She smiled at him, "I give you this ring as a symbol of my love. As it encircles your finger, may it remind you always that you are surrounded by my enduring love."
"What God has joined together, let no man tear asunder. By the power invested in me by the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, I now pronounce you husband and wife."
They both smiled at each other with tears in their eyes. "You may now kiss your bride."
Markko pulled her into a deep, passionate kiss for several minutes before breaking apart. "I would like to announce for the first time, Mr. and Mrs. Markko Rivera. They both made it down the aisle and posed for pictures before heading into the reception.
Starr and Cole watched them. "So, do you think we should go interrupt them kissing?"
Cole kissed his girlfriend. "I think they would kill us if we did. They're so happy."
"Yeah, they are."
Markko finally stopped kissing her. "I can't believe you are my wife."
"I can't believe you are my husband."
They shared their first dance, cut the cake, and danced the evening away. They both knew they should be paying more attention to their guests, but really just wanted to be together and be in love. They heard a glass clank and saw Cole on the stage. "Markko, Langston, where are you?" Markko raised his hand. "Langston, Markko, you two deserve all of this happiness. You two have been through so much and even though we have all had our rough patches, I am glad that you two have each other. You two seem to have the deep, real love that so many people only dream about and I know you will make it." Cole raised his glass. "To many years of happiness and love."
Markko kissed Langston again and they enjoyed more of their reception until she finally needed to sit down. They sat down. "You okay, babe?"
"My foot hurts. It's still tender."
"I see you're off the crutches."
She kissed him softly. "I knew that you would catch me if I fell."
"I always will. When do you want to take off?"
"Soon, I want to be alone with you." She stood up and got ready to throw the bouquet. She threw it and was pleased that Starr caught it and then Cole caught the garter. They went over to Starr and Cole.
Markko broke the silence. "We are going to take off soon."
Starr hugged them both. "I am so happy for you both."
Markko looked at her. "You mean that, Starr even after our screaming matches in the blizzard?"
"Yeah, even then."
They both finally left, and made their way to the honeymoon suite at The Palace that was booked for them. He carried her over the threshold. "Markko, you're such a romantic."
"Only for you. I love you, Mrs. Rivera."
"I love you, Mr. Rivera."
Markko leaned in and kissed her. He broke the kiss. "What do you want to do?"
"I want to be with my husband." She went and lit candles, and turned on the radio. She heard Far Away by Nickelback come on. "Do you remember the last time we heard this song?"
Markko put his arms around her waist and smiled. "The first time we made love this was playing." She turned around and kissed him passionately, as they both slowly undressed each other, kissing every inch of each other's skin. He laid her down on the bed, and made passionate love to her for the first time as husband and wife. He snuggled close to her afterwards. "Are you okay?"
She opened her eyes. "Better than okay. This whole night has been incredible."
He kissed her. "It's just starting. We have our whole lives."
"I can't wait. I am so glad I found you and I married you."
Markko smiled. "Me too, even if you are a freak."
She smiled, "No, you're the freak."
He just responded by kissing her, knowing that he had found his soulmate and their future was just beginning.
Thanks to all of you who hung in there. I know it was a long wait, and I hope that you enjoyed the end. Stay Tuned for new series, and thanks for your reviews J