Chapter 10--The Wedding
(A/N: Well, here it is, the final chapter of my first Asuma/Kurenai fanfic. I'd like to thank all the readers who have given me their feedback and encouragement. I hope everyone enjoys! This is also my first wedding scene so I hope I get it right.)
(Disclamer: I don't own Naruto or it's characters. They belong to the great Kishimoto-sensei.)
Konohamaru was sweating bullets as he pulled out the weeds in the neighborhood where some of Konoha's more elderly citizens resided. He and Udon had been doing yard work for the past month…without adding said work to their record for D-rank missions as punishment for what they did to Asuma at his big dinner with Kurenai. Moegi had a lighter sentence for admitting what they did was wrong…she was planting flowers in the gardens in this neighborhood.
"Man I can't believe this…how long is Uncle Asuma going to make us do this grunt work?!" Konohamaru groaned as he picked up a very stubborn weed.
"He said until the day of the wedding, but he never told us what day that was," Udon replied, wiping his nose before returning to work.
"I bet he just forgot about us and already got married…or didn't tell us so we'd do this for the rest of our lives!" Konohamaru repiled.
"You two complain too much," Moegi said, cheerfully planting daisies at the areas where the boys cleared the weeds, "And work too slow. I've already caught up to you now I have to sit here bored until you clear another area for me."
"Aww give us a break, Moegi-chan…pulling up weeds is harder than planting sissy flowers!" Konohamaru said, sticking out his tongue.
They aren't sissy, they're pretty!" Moegi countered.
"Please stop arguing you two," Udon insisted, then he pointed at someone coming towards them…wearing an orange jumpsuit
"Hey you three!" Naruto greeted them, "Your job here is over now. Asuma-sensei is getting married in three hours…you better be ready! He expects you all to dress appropriately and in his words 'No shenanigans or you'll never make genin.'"
"Yes! Finally," Konhamaru cheered knowing his punishment of unfair and intense labor was finally over then gulped when he heard Asuma's threat, but then chuckled, "Wait…did Uncle Asuma actually use the word 'shenanigan?'"
"I know, funny isn't it," Naruto laughed, "Well, I'll see you at the wedding." With that, he left at break-neck ninja speed.
"I guess we better get ready," Konhamaru said…
The mid-afternoon sun shined brightly above Hokage Tower and there wasn't a cloud in the sky. On its large roof, several chairs were placed neatly in rows and there was a podium in the far back. There were stands all around the circumference with bright red roses as well as smaller flower pots with white carnations lining the sides of the makeshift aisle between the two groupings of chairs. There was no side designated specifically for the bride and groom since all of Konoha were their family and friends. They were there for both of them. However the front row was reserved for Asuma's and Kurenai's students specifically. Everyone else sat with their respective teammates, all of the guys dressed in their finest suits, the ladies in their finest dresses. Godaime Hokage Tsunade-sama stood behind the podium, smiling as she awaited the wedding party to emerge and advance. There were speakers also set out along the perimeter, playing some traditional wedding music as everyone waited.
Asuma was the first to emerge from the rear of the roof. He was grinning boyishly as he walked alongside his Best Man, Kakashi. Asuma wore a black tuxedo with a crimson tie and cummerbund while Kakashi wore a suit and tie of matching colors. When they walked down the aisle, everyone was smiling at Asuma, except for Guy who was letting out waterfalls of tears as one of his best friends was getting ready to tie the knot. Lee dutifully had a box of tissues ready for his sensei, but found he had to save a few for himself. Asuma shook his head and smiled, then looked straight ahead until Konohamaru and his friends waved enthusiastically at him. Asuma spared him a smile, then when he passed his team, Ino also couldn't hide her enthusiasm and waved just as hard as the young ninja-in-training. Shikamaru simply smiled and nodded and Chouji (who for once didn't have a bag of chips out) gave him a thumbs-up. Asuma and Kakashi arrived at the podium and stood to Tsunade's left. She greeted the groom with a nod and smile which he returned, then he stood facing the right side awaiting his lover.
Then the song changed to "Here Comes the Bride" and all eyes were turning towards the back of the roof and the out from the open hatch, Kurenai emerged smiling brightly. She was wearing a pure white shoulder-less and sleeveless dress that flowed from just above her cleavage line all the way to just above her feet. She also wore a tiara which had a veil come down over her face, but it did little to hide the fullness of her eyes and lips. In her hands, she held a beautiful bouquet of white roses, courtesy of the Yamanaka Flower Shop. As she finished climbing up the stairs to walk towards the podium, the trail of her dress was being held up by Shizune, her Maid-of-Honor. She was wearing a crimson shoulder-less and sleeveless dress and had a soft smile on her face as they proceeded to join Asuma. Moegi gave Kurenai a wave which she returned with a smile. Also from her team, Kiba grinned and gave her a thumbs-up, Shino simply smiled and nodded (a very emotional reaction coming from him), and Hinata blushed and smiled in her usual shy manner. Kurenai uncharacteristically let out a soft giggle at her team and then she was at the podium, standing to Tsunade's right. The two lovers stared into each other's eyes as best they could, considering the veil, but Tsunade cleared her throat and their attention was on their Hokage now.
"Dearly beloved," Tsunade began, addressing all of the guests, "Since the days in which Konoha was founded by my grandfather, Shodai Hokage Senju Hashirama-sama, he and all of his successors have had the joyful duty of being able to join two people in holy matrimony. It is with great happiness that I perform this duty for two of our best jonin who have found true love with each other. If there are any gathered here who have sufficient reason why these two should not be wed, let them speak now, or forever hold their peace," with that statement, Tsunade gave the crowd a death glare, showing everyone that such an objection will not be tolerated. When no one spoke, her smile returned as if it had never left, "Kakashi-san, please present the rings."
Kakashi nodded and took the wedding bands from out of his jacket pocket and handed one to Asuma and one to Kurenai.
"Thank you," Tsunade continued, "Now do you, Sarutobi Asuma, take this woman, Yuhi Kurenai, to be your lawfully wedded wife? To have and to hold? In sickness and in health? For richer or for poorer? Forsaking all others, until death do you part?"
"I do," Asuma smiled and placed his ring on Kurenai's finger.
Tsunade smiled and nodded, then turned her attention to Kurenai, "Do you, Yuhi Kurenai, take this man, Sarutobi Asuma, to be your lawfully husband? To have and to hold? In sickness and in health? For richer or poorer? Forsaking all others, until death do you part?"
"I do," Kurenai blushed happily and placed her ring on Asuma's finger.
"Then by the power vested in me as Godaime Hokage, I now pronouce you husband and wife…you know what to do," Tsunade winked.
"Yes ma'am!" Asuma grinned and lifted Kureani's veil and gave her a deep passionate kiss in front of everyone there, causing various people to applaud, cheer, blush, or a combination of the three.
"I now present to you…Mr. And Mrs. Sarutobi Asuma!" Tusnade pronounced loudly over the crowd. Everyone cheered once again and began to throw birdseed at them as they happily rushed back down the aisle and towards the start of their new life together. Asuma smiled at his new wife. His greatest ordeal was over and the reward was more than worth everything he went through. Now an even greater adventure lay ahead of him, the adventure of marriage.
[A/N: I know it was a little short, but I do hope you enjoyed the conclusion of this story. I certainly enjoyed writing it and look forward to writing more fics, though I'll be taking a short break from writing Naruto multi-chapter fics for now as the next two multi-chapter fics I plan on writing will be in other fandoms (though I may turn out a Naruto one-shot or two while I work on the other said projects). When I start up another major Naruto fic, I'll be sure to let my faithful readers know. Reviews, as always, are very welcome.]