A/N So we have arrived at the final chapter sniffs its so sad because I've really enjoyed writing this...I want to give a great thanks and a big hug to H6p8gv for all of his ideas and help along the way for which this story wouldn't be half of what it is...and I look forward to our next collaboration together! I also want to thank all of the readers and reviewers! I hope that you all enjoy this chapter!
A few days after the birthday party Tracy and Link were at home with the twins. Penny and Seaweed visited for lunch. After they ate they all sat down in the living room. Anne and John were playing with their new stuffed lion and truck respectively.
"How are the wedding plans going" Tracy asked.
"We plan on getting married in September and we want you two to be maid of honor and best man" Penny said once they sat.
"We'd love to" Tracy replied.
"You needn't ask" Link said.
"Did you finally find someone who'd officiate" Tracy asked. Penny and Seaweed had problems since they were an interracial couple.
"Corny said he'd do it" Seaweed answered.
"Corny" Link and Tracy said in unison.
"Yes, he's taking classes to learn how to officiate from his reverend" Seaweed said.
"Like a captain on a ship" Penny added.
"Who else is going to be in the wedding party" Tracy inquired.
"For bridesmaids, Inez, Tammy, Amber, Shelley, Noreen and Doreen" Penny replied.
"For groomsmen my cousin Sam, Duane, Brad, Sketch, Fender and IQ" Seaweed added.
"And we have a question to ask" Penny said.
"Ok" Tracy said.
"We were wondering if Anne could be our flower girl and John be our ringbearer" Penny asked.
"Oh how wonderful" Tracy cooed.
"I take that as a yes" Penny asked. Tracy nodded.
"We'll just have to make sure they behave" Link said.
"I'm sure they will" Tracy said.
"It's only going to be a small group of friends and family" Seaweed told them.
"Auntie Penny up" Anne said standing in front of Penny.
Penny smiled and sat Anne in her lap.
"Hey Anne want to be a flowergirl" Penny asked.
Anne smiled. "Flowers are pretty"
"Yes flowers are pretty and you get to drop flower petals at my wedding how about that" Penny said
"I like that" Anne said.
"How about you John, you want to be ringbearer" Seaweed asked.
John walked up to Seaweed and hugged his leg. Seaweed picked him up and hugged him back.
"Uncle Seaweed" John said smiling.
"I take that as a yes" Seaweed said.
Later that night Tracy and Link tried to get the twins to go to sleep. They wouldn't lay down.
"It's time to go to bed Anne" Link said.
"No daddy, no sleep" Anne replied.
"How about you John you want to sleep" Tracy asked him.
"No sleep stay awake" John said. Tracy looked at Link and shook her head.
"We need to get them to sleep" she told him.
"How" Link asked.
"Not sure" Tracy answered.
They tried several ideas before they got Anne and John to sleep. This included snack bribes and extra playing time. They eventually tried reverse psychology and that worked.
"Ok Anne you don't have to go to sleep" Tracy told her.
"Anne sleepy now" she said yawning.
The next night at dinner Tracy cooked ham and sweet potatoes. She noticed that Anne wasn't eating the sweet potatoes.
"Anne eat your sweet potatoes" Tracy said.
"No" Anne replied. She took a handful of sweet potatoes and threw it at her brother. He then took some of his sweet potatoes and threw it at her.
"Can't you two get through one meal without a food fight" Link asked. They wouldn't stop. Tracy and Link broke up the fight and washed them up.
"Time out now" Tracy said. They ushered Anne and John to their spots. Tracy gave them a 10 minute time out since this wasn't their first food fight.
Tracy and Link sat down next to each other on the couch.
"They'll be quiet for a few minutes" Link said looking into he chocolate orbs.
"What do you have in mind Linky" Tracy asked.
"This lil darlin" he answered capturing her lips. She tugged at his lower lip and he gave her entrance.
While Tracy and Link were distracted John walked over to Anne and bit her. She retaliated and they ended up wrestling each other. The continued on wrestling unnoticed until they hit the table and knocked off a couple of books. Tracy and Link looked to where their time out spots were to see that Anne and John were a few feet away from those spots.
"Anne Tracy Larkin!" Tracy exclaimed.
"John Lincoln Larkin!" Link added.
Anne and John stared at their parents a moment before separating.
"John started He bite me" Anne said
"Anne threw sweet potato at me first" John added.
"Enough. You both to your room" Tracy replied.
Link took Anne and John to their room.
In late June Tracy and Link decided to take a long weekend and go to New York City. They left Anne and John with Maybelle. Inez, Penny and Seaweed were going to help. Tracy and Link used the train voucher that Amber had given Tracy for her birthday. They were going to see the show and have dinner with Amber afterwards. Link had booked a moderately priced hotel not too far away from Broadway. They arrived late morning on the Friday of their weekend and after checking into the hotel and having lunch went to see the Statue of Liberty and the Empire State Building.
They took a taxi back to the hotel and freshened up. Link put on a nice gray suit and Tracy wore a red dress that went to her knees. She had her hair pushed back using a headband. They decided to walk to the theater because it wasn't too far. They arrived at the theater an hour before curtain. People were already being let in so Tracy and Link stood in line. When they got in they received programs and were shown to their seats which were in the third row orchestra. The show was very good and had a number of delightful songs. After the final curtain Link and Tracy went backstage to meet Amber. They were led to her dressing room.
"Amber the show was great" Tracy said hugging her.
"We really enjoyed it" Link added.
"Thanks you guys" Amber replied.
"Give me ten minutes and we can go out to eat" she added.
Tracy and Link nodded. They waited outside as Amber dressed in her normal clothes. She came out wearing a little black dress that came down to her knees and her hair in a french twist.
"Ok let's go you two" Amber said showing them the way out.
They walked to a nearby restaurant. Amber ordered a chicken salad and water. Tracy ordered a pork tenderloin and iced tea and Link ordered a small steak and iced tea.
"So how are Anne and John"Amber asked.
"They are getting into things and fighting. They seem to enjoy food fights" Link answered.
"We have a time out area where we send them" Tracy added.
"They are two now so I'm sure they are a handful. It's the terrible twos" Amber said.
"Don't we know it" Tracy said.
"How's everyone else" Amber inquired
"They are doing well" Link replied.
The waiter that had taken their order arrived with their food. Tracy, Link and Amber ate and chatted about different matters.
The next day Tracy and Link did more sight seeing. They visited Central Park, Times Square, and the Museum of Modern Art. The next day they shopped in the village and visited the Bronx Zoo. In the evening they too the train back to Baltimore. Seaweed and Penny picked them up and took them to Maybelle's so they could get Anne and John. Penny had greeted her friends with a hug and Seaweed hugged Tracy and shook hands with Link. They arrived at Maybelles record store. Upon walking in Tracy and Link were nearly knocked over by Anne and John who had raced to them and hugged their legs (the only things they could reach).
"Mama, dada" Anne and John said happily.
Tracy picked up John and hugged him. Link picked up Anne. Then Tracy hugged Anne while Link hugged John.
"Were you good for Maybelle, Penny, Seaweed and Inez" Tracy asked.
"They were pretty good except they scratched a few records that were left on those tables" Maybelle said pointing to two tables that were low enough for the twins to reach. She had come out of the back.
"And they stole some of my rollers and hid them in the living room" Inez said walking towards them.
Maybelle and Inez hugged both Tracy and Link.
"They also wrestled each other after John stole Anne's toy" Penny said.
"I'm sorry. These two like getting into trouble it seems" Tracy said.
"Do you want us to pay for the scratched records" Link asked.
"No, they were old records anyways" Maybelle answered.
"Thank you for watching them" Tracy said.
"No problem sugar. It was nice having little kids around here again" Maybelle replied.
"Yeah having them here makes me want to wait several more years to have kids of my own" Inez added.
"You better wait" Maybelle told her.
"We got you guys gifts as thank yous" Link said.
After putting Anne down Tracy opened the bag she dropped when John and Anne hugged her. She gave Maybelle a necklace similar to the one she had worn at the march.
"Thank you" Maybelle said.
"You're welcome" Tracy replied.
She handed Penny and Inez necklaces that she found in times square. They had a red apple on them symbolizing "the Big Apple".
"Thank you Tracy" they said in unison.
"You're welcome" she answered.
Tracy then handed Seaweed a new watch with the Statue of Liberty on its face.
"We saw this in the same store as the apple necklaces" Link told him.
"Thanks you guys" Seaweed said.
"You're welcome" Tracy replied again.
Tracy and Link stayed a few minutes longer before Seaweed drove them home. Tracy sat in front and Link squeezed in between the car seats that Seaweed had borrowed for the weekend. When they arrived home Seaweed helped carry their luggage upstairs and put the car seats back in Link's car. They said goodnight and Seaweed left. After a small dinner Tracy and Link got the twins ready for bed.
"Before you two go to bed we want to give you something" Tracy said.
"What" Anne asked.
"This" Tracy answered giving her a white tiger stuffed animal. Link gave John the same toy.
"Thank you" Anne and John said.
"You're welcome. Now off to sleep" Tracy said kissing their foreheads. Link kissed their foreheads too as Anne yawned. They closed their eyes and Link turned off the light as he and Tracy walked out of the room.
July soon came. Tracy and Link took Anne and John to their first Fourth of July picnic. The picnic was held by the Corny and the others at the WYZT studio as a celebration of summer. Maybelle, Penny, Seaweed, Inez, and the rest of the council members were invited. Anne and John behaved for most of the picnic. The only incident came when Anne "accidentally" squirted John's shirt with ketchup while holding the bottle. Tracy packed extra clothes just in case they got dirty. Link took John to the restroom and put the clean shirt on him.
"Anne put that bottle down before you squirt someone else" Tracy told her.
"Squirting is fun" Anne replied.
"Not when you're the one getting squirted" Tracy said.
Anne frowned and handed her the bottle.
"Thank you" Tracy told her.
"You're welcome" Anne replied.
After dark they watched the fireworks. Anne and John liked the pretty colors but not all the noise. They held their hands up to their ears each time a firework exploded.
A few days later Tracy left Anne and John with Link as she went with Penny to her wedding dress fitting. Penny went to the dressing room and a few minutes later came out in a crème colored strapless gown that went to her ankles. The bodice was decorated with a simple bead pattern.
"Oh my! That dress is gorgeous on you" Tracy exclaimed at seeing her.
Penny smiled. "Think Seaweed will like. Daisy helped me design it"
"Seaweed will faint when he sees you in that" Tracy replied.
Penny looked in the floor length mirror. "If he does Link will make sure he doesn't hurt himself"
"He will" Tracy concurred.
"And we are thinking of doing a list of rules for the twins concerning your wedding. Don't want them getting into mischief and breaking something" Tracy added.
"I'm sure they'll be fine. They'll be surrounded by people who know what they are capable of and how to handle them" Penny said.
"Hey that makes them sound really mischievous" Tracy said.
"Tracy they are totally mischievous" Penny replied grinning.
"Ok they are" Tracy said.
Over the course of the next month Tracy, Maybelle, Edna and Inez helped Penny plan other areas of her wedding including where the reception was to be held and what food they would have at the reception. Penny decided that she wanted the bridesmaids dresses to be green strapless gowns. One day Penny showed Tracy the outfits she made for Anne and John. She made a light green dress for Anne with ruffles on the bottom and black slacks and a green shirt for John. Maybelle gave Penny and Seaweed an early wedding gift. She booked them in the honeymoon suite for their wedding night and the next night in the same hotel that Tracy and Link spent their wedding night. Penny also had a wedding shower where she received dishes, cutlery, towels, an iron, and other items for the new apartment that she and Seaweed just rented. It was in the same building as Tracy and Link's just on the floor above.
"Anne and John will look so cute in these" Tracy said smiling.
Penny smiled. "I think so too and Inez found a small pillow that the rings will go on and John can hold. Just have to show him how to hold it"
Soon it was September and the day of Penny and Seaweeds wedding had arrived. They were having their wedding in the park by the pond. Penny stood next to Tracy. She had a huge smile on her face. John and Anne stood by them. Anne was in her light green dress and holding the basket of flower petals. John was holding the pillow with the rings. Amber, Inez, Noreen, Doreen, Shelley and Tammy were standing nearby holding their white rose and green carnation bouquets. Penny wore her hair swept back like at the pageant. She had a veil that went halfway down her back. The bridesmaids all had their hair in french twists. Anne's hair went to her shoulders and was brown like Tracy's. Tracy had put it up in a cute bun.
Two of Seaweeds cousins knew how to play the violin and they had agreed on playing music for them the ceremony. Wilbur walked to where they were standing. Penny had asked him to give her away and he gladly agreed since Penny was like a daughter to him.
"All of you look beautiful" Wilbur told them.
"Thanks dad" Tracy said.
"Thanks Mr. Turnblad" Penny and the others said.
"Grandpa" Anne said tugging at his pant leg.
"You look beautiful too honey" he told her. Anne smiled.
"And me grandpa" John said
"You are handsome. You look just like your dad" Wilbur said. John grinned up at him.
"Are you ready. It's time" Wilbur asked.
Penny squealed with delight. Tracy hugged her. She then handed Penny her bouquet of white roses.
"Yes" Penny answered. She took Wilburs arm.
Tracy, Inez, Tammy, Shelley, Noreen, Doreen and Amber lined up in front of her. John and Anne were in front of Amber. Tracy had asked Amber if she'd keep an eye of the twins to make sure they didn't fight or anything. The music started playing. They had chosen "Without Love" to be played when she walked down the aisle.
On the other end of the aisle Seaweed stood between Corny and Link. Sam, Sketch, Brad, Fender, IQ, and Duane stood next to Link. They each had a white rose in their lapels.
Anne started walking down the aisle throwing flower petals every so often. She smiled at Link who smiled back and winked at her. She then went to Edna and sat on her right. John walked down after her and went to stand by Link who smiled down at him and winked as well.
Amber, Doreen, Noreen, Shelley, Tammy, Inez and Tracy soon followed. Tracy looked happily at Link and smiled. Seaweed was staring down the aisle looking for Penny. When he saw her a huge grin plastered his face. Penny's face reflected Seaweeds as she walked down the aisle with Wilbur. He kissed her cheek when they arrived in front of Seaweed and shook his hand. Penny handed her bouquet to Tracy. Seaweed took Penny's hand and kissed it.
"Dearly beloved we are gathered here to join this man and this woman in holy matrimony" Corny said.
"Who gives this woman" he asked.
"My wife and I do" Wilbur said. He then sat on Edna's left. She sniffed as she held a handkerchief close to her face.
"Is there any reason why these two should not be wed" Corny then asked. There was silence except for sobs from Edna, Maybelle and Tracy.
"Seaweed Jacob Stubbs wilt thou have this woman to thy wedded wife, to live together after God's ordinance in the holy estate of Matrimony? Wilt thou love her, comfort her, honor, and keep in sickness and in health and forsaking all others keep thee only unto her so long as ye both shall live?"
"I will" Seaweed replied.
"Penelope Lou Pingleton wilt thou have this man to thy wedded husband, to live together after God's ordinance in the holy estate of Matrimony? Wilt thou love him, comfort him, honor, and keep in sickness and in health and forsaking all others keep thee only unto him so long as ye both shall live?"
"I will" Penny replied.
Penny and Seaweed grinned at each other. Corny turned to Seaweed.
"Now repeat after me I Seaweed Jacob take you Penelope Lou to be my lawfully wedded wife, to have and to hold from this day forward, for better or for worse, for richer or poorer, in sickness and in health, to love, and to cherish, till death do us part"
"I Seaweed Jacob take you Penelope Lou to be my lawfully wedded wife, to have and to hold from this day forward, for better or for worse, for richer or poorer, in sickness and in health, to love, and to cherish, till death do us part"
Corny then turned to Penny.
"Now repeat after me I Penelope Lou take you Seaweed Jacob to be my lawfully wedded husband, to have and to hold from this day forward, for better or for worse, for richer or poorer, in sickness and in health, to love, and to cherish, till death do us part"
"I Penelope Lou take you Seaweed Jacob to be my lawfully wedded husband, to have and to hold from this day forward, for better or for worse, for richer or poorer, in sickness and in health, to love, and to cherish, till death do us part"
"Do you have the rings" he then asked Seaweed. Seaweed then turned John and took the rings off the pillow and handed them to Corny.
"Seaweed please take the ring and place it on Penny's left ring finger"
Seaweed took Penny's ring which was gold with silver beading around the edge and placed it on her left ring finger up to her knuckle.
"Repeat after me-With this ring I thee wed; in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost, Amen"
"With this ring I thee wed; in the name of the Father, and the Son and of the Holy Ghost, Amen" Seaweed said pushing the ring the rest of the way on her finger so that it rested next to her engagement ring.
Penny grinned, tears in her eyes as she looked at her left hand.
"Now Penny please take the ring and place it on Seaweed's left ring finger"
Penny took his ring which was pure gold and placed it on his left finger up to his knuckle.
"Repeat after me-With this ring I thee wed; in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost, Amen"
"With this ring I thee wed; in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost, Amen"" Penny said pushing the ring the rest of the way onto his finger. Seaweed then took Penny's left hand in his.
Corny smiled. "I know pronounce you man and wife. You may kiss the bride"
Seaweed lifted her veil and captured Penny's lips in a loving kiss. Penny took her bouquet from Tracy. They then turned and walked down the aisle while everyone applauded. Tracy, Link, and the others followed. Anne and John walked out with Edna and Wilbur. The newlyweds were hugged and congratulated before walking hand in hand to Seaweeds car.
They had rented the same reception hall as Tracy and Link with the help of Corny and Maybelle.
Their guests which included Maybelle, Edna, Wilbur, Corny, Helen, James and the other council members who weren't in the wedding party arrived before the bride and groom. Penny and Seaweed had their pictures taken with their bridemaids and groomsmen before walking in the hall. Before the pictures were taken though Penny pulled Seaweed aside.
"Come here a moment" Penny said.
Seaweed looked confused but did as he was told. Penny wiped his lips.
"You had lipstick on your lips" she told him.
The reception hall was decorated with green and white flowers. There was a long table at far end with a light green tablecloth. There were several smaller tables with alternating white and light green tableclothes. Edna and Wilbur had stopped by earlier and dropped off the twins highchairs so they had a place to sit.
"Please welcome Mr. and Mrs. Seaweed Stubbs" Corny announced as the gleeful newlyweds walked in.
Everyone sat as Seaweed took the microphone. He along with Penny, Link and Tracy made speeches. Their dinners of beef, and mashed potatoes arrived soon after. Tracy and Link cut the twins food into tiny pieces for them.
"How'd you get them to be so good" Penny asked Tracy as she looked at Anne and John behaving themselves.
"We gave them a list of rules like no biting/no food fights/no name calling/or knocking stuff over or the consequence would be that they wouldn't have playtime when they got home. They love playtime so they are behaving" Tracy answered.
After dinner Penny and Seaweed danced their first dance as husband and wife. They danced to "Love Me Tender" by Elvis. After the song ended another started and other couples like Link and Tracy joined them on the dancefloor. Everyone danced a couple more times then it was time to cut the cake. It was a three tiered marble cake with buttercream frosting. Seaweed and Penny cut the cake then fed a small piece to each other. The rest of the cake was cut and given to everybody. After cake there was more dancing. Anne and John even tried dancing though they weren't as good as the adults yet. After the fifth song Tracy sat down. Anne wanted to sit in her lap so Tracy picked her up. Anne laid her head on Tracy and was soon sleeping. Tracy noticed that John was sleeping in Edna's lap. Link was chatting with Seaweed. He looked for Tracy and found her. He walked over and sat besides her.
"Looks like she had too much fun tonight" Link said
"Anne and John both" Tracy said pointing to her mom and John.
"Maybe we should head home soon" Link replied looking at Edna and John then back at Tracy and Anne.
"Yeah" Tracy said yawning. She laid her head on his shoulder.
Penny tossed her bouquet to Shelley and Seaweed tossed the garter to Sketch knowing that they'd most likely soon be engaged. Penny and Seaweed then bid goodnight as they went to the honeymoon suite. Link took a sleeping John in his arms while Tracy held onto Anne as they bid everyone goodnight and walked to the car.
Tracy and Link agreed that a lot had changed since that day in September when they had looked upon Patterson Park High School as naïve seniors but they both knew they couldn't imagine their lives turning out any differently.