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Music for the Chapter:'She Only Gets That Way With Me' by Toby Keith
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...Winters' private island; Spring Break...
"Are you nervous?" April asked as she zipped up the back of Tara's dress.
Tara smiled and slowly shook her head as she gazed at her reflection. "Nope. I'm ready."
"Me too," Kirby said with a happy smile as she zipped up the back of Anna's dress before corralling a stray strand of her own hair and tucking it back into place.
"I'm nervous," Samantha admitted.
"Me too," Anna said. "But not because I'm scared," she said with a smile.
Samantha nodded in agreement as she adjusted herself in her halter-topped dress. "Yeah same here...I'm nervous but in a good way."
April smiled at the four girls. "Well, if it helps any...the four of you looks absolutely gorgeous."
"Really?" Tara asked.
April nodded. "Completely and utterly so. The guys won't know what hit them."
Each girl was dressed in a tea-length wedding dress...all were strapless except for Samantha's. Samantha's dress had no adornments except for bead work along the hem and over the bust. Tara's strapless dress had very simple beadwork on the bust was and belted at the waist with a long, white ribbon. Anna's dress emphasized the slimness of her lithe build and had lovely embroidery over the bust, waist and hem. Kirby's dress was the most simple of all...the only adornment was the bead work along the low-riding waist, and it showed off the curves she had gained back after losing all of her baby weight.
All four girls were bare-foot...their toes perfectly manicured. There would be no need for dressy heels on the beach...
Tara giggled and looked to Samantha and Anna. "Just think...we're going to be the only girls in our class with husbands."
"Whoah...trippy," Samantha breathed out, her emerald eyes wide.
Anna's sapphire eyes were alight with excitement and a happy smile seemed permanently fixed on her lips.
While an actual wedding was out of the question, the girls and their turtles decided, after many conversations and discussions amongst each other, that a simple commitment ceremony with a hand-fasting would be a nice thing to have...if anything, simply to further establish the love and commitment that the four couples shared for each other. Wanting to have the perfect location and weather, they had waited until Spring Break so they would be able to have the ceremony on the Winters private Island...a location that would provide both beauty and allow for the five mutants to walk around in broad daylight without fear of being seen.
The Winters twins had asked a cleaning crew to sail in from one of the larger, neighboring islands ahead of time and make sure the sprawling mansion was clean, ready and stocked with food for the coming party. The food and cake for the reception had been sailed in early that morning from the same island as the cleaning crew...having already been cooked, it all simply needed to be stuck in the kitchens many ovens and warmed up.
No decorations had been used...the clean waves crashing against the white, sandy beach, the tall, swaying palm trees and the bright, fragrant island flowers were all the decorations needed. It was a beautiful paradise, and the perfect place for the unions of eight souls.
Kirby giggled softly and smiled at her friends before peering into the playpen where Angelo and Bella were sitting up and gazing at everything going on around them. They both broke into toothless smiles and kicked their little legs in excitement...gurgling and cooing when they saw their mother gazing down at them. "Hello, my little loves," Kirby cooed softly as she reach down into the pen and allowed her son and daughter to grip her fingers. "Are you sure you and Casey will be okay with them during the ceremony?" she asked April over her shoulder.
April smiled as she came to stand by Kirby's side. "Are you kidding me? We love these little tykes. And before you say another word, Casey and I are taking them off your hands tonight."
"But that's not necessary, April.," Kirby said as she lifted Angelo and eskimo kissed him before gently placing him in the stroller. "Really--"
"Not another word on the subject, missy" April said firmly. "This is your wedding night...you shouldn't spend it with two babies in need of diaper changes and feedings."
Kirby repeated the same process with Bella as she had done with Angelo. "But--"
"I've said my piece and counted to three," April said.
Kirby sighed. "Oh, all right." She smiled at the woman who had shown her nothing but kindness since the first moment they met. "Thanks, April."
April smiled. "Don't mention it, kiddo. And Tara, do I need to confiscate any text books?"
"No," Tara said sheepishly.
Samantha grinned deviously. "I took the liberty of locking them up in the safe on the ship."
April laughed softly. "Good job, Sammy. And on the subject of wedding nights, are you girls taking precautions?"
"You know I am," Tara said with a nod.
"So am I," Anna said.
"Me too," Samantha and Kirby said in unison.
"Good girls," April said with a smile. "No more babies until Tara's got access to epidurals," she said with a giggle.
"Oh, God...you can say that again," Kirby said with a wry smile. "Even though I don't regret a moment of it...no I don't," she cooed sweetly as she eskimo kissed her son and daughter in turn while gently tickling their little feet, earning happy giggles from the both of them. "You're my precious little snuggle-bugs, yes you are."
There came a soft knock at the door of the large bedroom the girls were using as their dressing room.
"Who is it?" April asked.
"It's me," Casey answered. "You gals decent?"
"Yes," came the unanimous reply.
Casey opened the door and peeked his head inside. "The guys are headin' down to the designated spot..." he drifted off as he took in the sight of the four girls, and he smiled. "You all look gorgeous."
April smiled and began handing the girls small, white draw-string bags made of silk for them to wear around their wrists. "All right, babe...we'll meet you down there."
"Raph, would you stop pacing?"
"I can't help it," Raphael gruffed.
"Dude, relax. It's not like Kirby's gonna say 'no'. You have two kids together...that about as big a 'yes' as there can be."
"I know that, but what if I fuck up my vows? What if I draw a blank? I'll look like a fuckin' idiot."
Donnie sighed and gently placed a hand on his brother's shoulders. "Raph, relax. You'll be fine."
"But what if I forget what I'm s'possed ta say? It's not like with Casey who had a preacher feedin' him his lines."
Casey grinned. "Yeah, that was a load off my mind." While dressed in a suit, he was barefoot, and without a tie.
"Oh sure, brag about it, why dontcha?!" Raphael grouched.
Ever patient, Donnie simply sighed again. "Raph, listen to me, okay? Whatever words you wrote down and memorized...they don't mean a thing if they don't come from here," he said as he lightly touched the area of his brother's plastron that was immediately over his heart."
Mikey nodded and smiled happily. "If ya can't remember what you wrote, then just let your heart do the talkin'. It'll make it more special that anything you could've written down."
Leo nodded and smiled. "This is the one time where it's okay for you to let down your tough-guy act in front of us. Don't be afraid to put your whole heart into your words."
"You guys sure this looks okay on me?" Mikey asked, completely changing the subject as he motioned towards his kimono, hakama and haori ensemble. As with all formal attire of such kind, the kimono and haori were black, and the hakama a dark grey--making Mikey's orange bandanna tails all the more striking as they draped over his shoulders.
Leo straightened the shoulders of his baby brother's haori before stepping back with a satisfied smile. "Now it does." He made sure his own bandanna tails were draped straightly over his shoulders.
All four brothers were dressed identically...their attire had been ordered by Samantha and Anna after all the girls had taken their measurements. They had also ordered a smaller version of the brothers' attire for Splinter. Because of their Japanese upbringing, it seemed fitting for the brothers and their father to be dressed in the traditional Japanese style.
"You all look very well, my sons," Splinter said proudly as he regarded his four sons. "You have grown so much from the small hatchlings you were when I found you. You have grown into good and honorable men, and I wish the four of you nothing but the best of happiness as you embark on this new chapter of your lives."
As if of one mind, all four brothers stood in a line before their father and dropped to their knees, bowing formally. "Thank you, Master Splinter," they said in unison.
The wizened rat smiled, his eyes twinkling in mirth, and his smile only widened as he saw the girls approaching. "Rise, my sons and greet your brides."
All four brothers rose onto their knees and turned to look over their shoulders...their jaws dropping in awe as they watched their chosen mates approach.
"Whoah..." Mikey breathed out.
"Oh, my God..." Donnie said barely above a whisper.
"So beautiful..." Leo breathed out.
"She looks like the princess she is..." Raph said in awe.
All four brothers hurriedly stood and dusted themselves off as they waited for girls. Once they were close enough, each turtle held out a hand for their girls to take...and all they could do for several moments was simply take in the sight of their beloved's as they stood before them. They would have been content to do so for as long they could, but the soft clearing of Splinter's throat snapped them from their reveries.
"We have gathered in this beautiful place to bear witness to the joinings of eight hearts, eight souls, and eight lives...each pair is different, yet very much compatible in the eyes of love." He turned his gaze to Leo. "Leonardo, you may recite your vows to Anna."
Leo took both Anna's hands in his, softly cleared his throat and took a deep, centering breath as he closed his eyes...letting it out slowly as he opened his eyes once more. "Anna, before I met you...I never thought this day would come. I thought I was destined to live out my life alone without ever knowing the kind of love you've shown me. I always felt something was missing...like there was a giant, gaping hole in my heart...in my very soul, but then I met you...and I have never felt more complete. You are the missing piece of me, and I could not be happier than I am now...knowing that I'll be spending the rest of my life with you."
Splinter smiled before turning his gaze to Anna. "Anna?" he prompted gently.
Anna free one of her hands just long enough for her to wipe away the single tear that threatened to spill down her cheek before slipping it back into Leo's and taking a deep breath. "Leo, people say that beauty is only skin deep...but I beg to differ. You are the most beautiful being I have ever had the honor to know. Your eyes...your smile...your soul...their beauty makes my heart weep. I am honored that you would choose me, and my heart...everything that I am is yours for all time." Another tear rolled down her cheek, but it was Leo who wiped it away this time as Anna mirrored his movements and wiped away the tear that was currently rolling down her turtle's face.
Splinter gave a small nod before turning his gaze to his red-clad son. "Raphael," he prompted. "You may now say your vows."
Raph gazed lovingly into his beloved's doe eyes as he held her hands, and his heart fluttered at the depth of love he found dwelling within them. His nervousness melted away and words passed straight from his heart and to his mouth without stopping at his brain. "Kirby...my sweet, beautiful Kirby...mother of my children and keeper of my heart...whatever I did to deserve you, I still have no idea. But whatever it was that I did, I'm glad I did it, because I can't imagine spendin' a minute of my life without you...I don't know how I made it before I had you in my life, but there ain't no way I'm goin' back. You've given me more than I could've ever hoped for...ya gave me two beautiful kids, and ya gave me a new look on life. You make the world a brighter place ta live in. I'm yours, Kirby...body, heart and soul. Wherever you lead, I'll follow you. 'Til the end of time, I'll follow you, Kirby...an' I couldn't be happier with my choice."
Spinter smiled before turning his gaze to the delicate brunette. "Kirby?"
Kirby's bottom lip was quivering, but she was bound and determined not to cry. "Raph...my white knight...father of my children, and my beloved protector...I was empty and hollow before you found me...I was barely alive, but you rescued me. You gave me life. You showed me what real love is...and how beautiful love can be. You have given me so much...your love, your trust...and just when I thought you couldn't make me any happier...when I thought I couldn't get any higher...you gave me two beautiful children. You've seen the dark ugliness of my past...and yet you still look at me as though I'm the most precious jewel in the world. Everything I am...everything I have is yours for the taking, my dear, sweet Raphael. I belong to you...and I will until the day I die." She tenderly wiped away the tears that rolled down Raph's face...paying no heed to the ones that rolled down her own cheeks until Raph gently wiped them away.
"Donatello?" Splinter prompted softly. He was beginning to get choked up as well. "Please recite your vows."
The purple clad turtle took both Tara's hands in his own and smiled sweetly at her as he gazed into her eyes. "Tara...my warrior princess...my precious unicorn... my sweet, turtle loving geek," he shared a small chuckle with his small red head. "You truly are my other half. I used to think that was just a saying, but since knowing you, I've learned just how true it really is. Without you there is no me. I didn't think it was scientifically possible, but somehow you crawled into my very being. Your sweet voice is always in my ears, and every time I close my eyes, you're all that I see. You understand me in ways that no one else can, and I'm so glad I IMed you that night. You're not just my lover, Tara...you're my best friend in the whole world, and I can't wait to call you my wife and spend the rest of my life with you as your husband."
"Tara?" Splinter prompted.
Tara smiled sweetly at her beloved. "Donnie...my dear, sweet, loving purple turtle..." She shared another small chuckle with Donnie before continuing. "I'm so glad I answered your IM. I was drawn to you from the first moment we spoke on line...but the first moment we met, I knew that I was meant to be yours...I knew it down in my very core. I gave you my whole heart the first night we met face to face, and I never once looked back. I jumped into our relationship with both feet, and I never once regretted a moment of it...I still don't. Saying 'yes' to you all that time ago was the smartest thing I ever did. No one could ever love, accept and understand me the way that you do. I was born to be yours, Donnie. I was born to be with you. I was born to love you, and I look forward to spending the rest of my life with you, forever by your side as your wife."
Splinter smiled as he turned to his youngest son. "Michelangelo?"
The orange-clad turtle took a deep breath and let it out slowly. "Sam...Samantha...the first moment I saw you, I thought you were the most beautiful girl I'd ever seen. I kept taking every hospital gig I got offered just so I'd have a chance to see you again and talk to you. Even though our relationship got off to kind of a rocky start," he grinned impishly as Samantha giggled softly and blushed. "I've had a blast during every moment of it. I know I'm not classy like Leo, or a genius like Donnie...or a tough-guy with a fuzzy center like Raph...I'm a spastic goofball, but you accept me and all my goofiness...and that really means a lot to me. I love you with all my heart, Samantha...and I only wish you knew how good it feels for me to hear the sound of your laughter and see your smile that lights up the whole room. It makes my heart soar, and I plan on spending the rest of my life looking for new ways to make you smile."
"Samantha?" Splinter prompted gently.
"Mikey," Samantha said with a fond smile as her thumbs lightly brushed over her turtle's hands. "The moment I first heard your voice under your Cowabunga Carl character head, I knew I had to meet you...that I had to know you. It's true...you are a goofball, and you can be a spaz...but you're my spastic goofball...and those are only some of the qualities that make you the Mikey I adore so much. You make me laugh and you're the kindest, most sweetest person I know. You have a heart of the purest gold and you always go out of your way to help others and to cheer them up when they're down. You're my best friend, and you're the heart of this family. I love you with all my heart, Mikey...and I'm so lucky to have you in my life, and I will spend the rest of my life loving you."
There was a small sniffle from the elderly rat as he wiped a tear from his eye. "You may now exchange the tokens of your love."
All four couples let go of each other's hands. The boys reached into the secret pockets in their kimono and each withdrew rings of platinum as girls reached into their small pouches and each withdrew thick bracelets made of titanium. Because of the nightly activities of the turtles, the girls had decided titanium to be the best metal of choice for the tokens they would receive since it was light-weight and extremely durable. All four couples exchanged tokens...the rings slipped onto the left ring fingers while the bracelets clasped onto the left wrists.
Splinter then withdrew four lengths of silken cord as he approached the four couples. Joining their left hands together in turn, he wrapped the length of cord around their wrists. Once he had finished, the wizened rat took a step back. "You have exchanged words from your hearts as well as tokens of your love. May these cords that now bind your hands also bind your hearts and souls together forever. May you know nothing but health and happiness as you journey down the road of life together." He gave a bow of his head. "And may honor follow you wherever you may go." Raising his head, he smiled at the four couple. "My sons, you may now kiss your brides."
Sliding their free arms around their brides, the four brothers drew them as close as they were able and kissed them with every ounce of love they felt for them. When they pulled apart, it was to the cheers and applause of April, Casey and Splinter.
But the sounds of joyful appreciation fell upon deaf ears...
In that very moment, nothing else mattered.
All the four, loving couples could see was each other...
And all they could hear was the sound of their hearts beating together as one as their souls merged together into a bond that not even the fires of Hell could tear apart.
The End...? ;3
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