Alright guys, last chapter. The wedding ceremony is an actual Native American Wedding Ritual. When I seen it, I fell in love with it. It fits the stories so well. When I reread it, I wanted to cry. Well, Enjoy. Oh, I'll be posting Sam's Imprint tomorrow.
"Darlene, quit fidgeting, your going to mess up your hair." Karla told me.
"I can't help it. You know how hard it is for me to sit here in a dress. Do you realize, that I will never be able to live this down. I don't' know how I allowed you guys to talk me into this." I told her.
"Oh, quiet, you know you only did it because you want to see the look on Paul's face when he sees you." Beth said.
In the year and a half since she got away from her father, she really came out of her shell. It mostly has to do with how patient Embry is with her, but I like to think I had a little help in it too.
"Are you guys ready? It's almost time." Sam called from the doorway.
"Yeah, give..me..a..sec.. there done." Karla said as she put the last pin in my hair.
Beth gave me my bouquet, and they gave me the once over.
"I can't believe your not wearing white. It's a wedding for god's sakes." Karla said.
"You know how I hate to be traditional." I told them as I took one last look in the mirror.
I have to say, I looked good. Karla had done my hair, so that it was all piled up on my head in a bunch of curls. We dyed baby's breath red to match my dress and put those in my hair also. And yes, my wedding dress in blood red. But it is beautiful. The sleeves are lace and come down to a point with one of those ring thingies on my finger. It also has lace that goes up to my neck.
Sam came in and gave me a hug.
"Leny, I know when you came here, we didn't exactly get along, but I want you to know. That I am truly happy you came back. It has been so nice getting to know my sister, and little Sammie, really loves his aunt." Sam said.
"Thank you Sam. You know I really love you guys too." I told him.
I followed him out to where the wedding was taking place. We had a cliff wedding. It was so beautiful, the sun was going down behind the priest. I already had tears in my eye's.
Sam walked me down the aisle towards Paul. His jaw was hanging open, till Jared reached over and closed it. The audience laughed. There was a little ceremonial fire in front of the Elder who was performing the ceremony.
Sam handed me off to Paul and we took our place in front of the fire.
"Welcome. We are gathered here to Join Paul and Darlene, in holy matrimony. Marriage is not to be taken lightly. But I know these two people and they have a love for one another, that I have only seen a few times before." He looked over to Sam and Emily and Jared and Kim. He then looked back to us. "Darlene and Paul, have requested to say their vows as our ancestor's once did, with The Rites of Seven Steps. So Darlene, please take Paul's left hand so he in closer to the fire." I did as he asked.
"Now for each step you will say a vow and then take another step till you have completely rounded the fire, take a step sunwise (clockwise) and Paul you start your vows and Darlene, you reply." The Elder said.
Paul and I took a step and he said, "O, my beloved, our love has become firm by your walking one with me. Together we will share the responsibilities of lodge, food and children. May the Creator bless noble children to share. May they live long."
I looked at him, smiled and replied, "This is my commitment to you, my husband. Together we will share the responsibility of the home food and children. I promise that I shall discharge all my share of the responsibilities for the welfare of the family and the children."
We took another step and Paul started again, "O, my beloved, now you have walked with me the second step. May the Creator bless you. I will love you and you alone as my wife. I will fill your heart with strength and courage: this is my commitment and my pledge to you. May God protect the lodge and the children"
My turn, "My husband, at all times I shall fill your heart with strength and courage. In your happiness, I shall rejoice. May God bless you and your honorable lodge."
We took a third step and Paul spoke,"O, my beloved, now that you have walked three steps with me, our wealth and prosperity will grow. May God bless us. May we educate our children and may they live long."
I looked at Paul, "My husband, I love you with single-minded devotion as my husband. I will treat all other men as my brothers. My devotion to you is pure and you are my joy. This is my commitment and pledge to you."
We took our forth step. He looked at me and gave my hand a squeeze. I had tears in my eye's. He spoke again, "O, my beloved, it is a great blessing that you have now walked four steps with me. May the creator bless you. You have brought favor and sacredness in my life."
"O, my husband, in all acts of righteousness, in material prosperity, in every form of enjoyment, and in those divine acts such as fire sacrifice, worship and charity, I promise you that I shall participate and I will always be there with you."
I can't believe I remembered all that. But I really can't believe Paul is remembering.
Paul snickered as if he could read my thoughts and whispered, "The guys have been repeating these in their heads for the last month, I don't think I could forget them." Then he started to say his vows again."O, my beloved, you have now walked five steps with me. May the Creator make us prosperous. May the Creator bless us."
I giggled and said my part, "O, my husband, I will share in both your joys and sorrows. Your love will make me very happy."
This was the good part, the one that always made me cry. We took our 6th step, "O, my beloved, by walking six steps with me, you have filled my heart with happiness. May I fill your heart with great joy and peace, time and time again. May the Creator bless you."
"My husband, the Creator blesses you. May I fill your heart with great joy and peace. I promise that I will always be with you." I whispered to him.
We took our final and seventh step. He turned to me and looked in my eye's,"O, my beloved goddess, as you have walked these seven steps with me, our love and friendship have become inseparable and firm. We have experienced spiritual union in God. Now you have become completely mine. I offer my total self to you. May our marriage last forever."
He put his hand on my cheek and wiped my tears away, I told him, "My husband, by the law of our Creator, and the spirits of our honorable ancestor's, I have become your wife. Whatever promises I gave you I have spoken them with a pure heart. All the spirits are witnesses to this fact. I shall never deceive you, nor will I let you down. I shall love you forever."
"And now with the Rite of Seven Steps complete, I now pronounce you husband and wife. You may kiss the bride."
He pulled me close, and lifted my chin with his hand so I was looking in his eyes. The emotion that was showing, was staggering. He leaned in closer and whispered two words, "Your mine." He then sealed it with a kiss. Our guests were crying, the wolves were howling, as best they can do in their human forms, and I was married.
" Ladies, and gentlemen. I give you for the first time, Mr. And Mrs. Paul ..." (Never said a last name.)"
Now if you would have told me 3 years ago, that I would be married at the age of 18, would graduate high school a year early, and be a werewolf, I would have told you that you were crazy. But hey that's my life. And I have to say. I love my life.