Before I go any further, I would just like to send massive apologies (I tell you I don't think there are apologies big enough actually) for not updating since April. I can't really blame anything or anyone other than myself. I had to do some prioritising of some things and unfortunately this fic came quite low behind some other stuff. However, with the exception of several very important university stuff (mainly my dissertation) I should be able to start updating this fairly often.
Secondly, it's been a while since I wrote these characters so please bare with me while I work out any kinks in characterisation.
Thirdly, just a quick recap of the fic so far. This is a collection of interconected chapters, following Gene and Alex's relationship, dovetailing with my previous two Ashes fanfics 'The Long Way Home' and 'The End is Where we Start From.' All these chapters by Gene and his daughter Ava going to visit Alex in the nursing home where she's suffering from Alzheimer's (as revealed a few chapters back).
So as they say: on with the show
Disclaimer: I don't own Ashes to Ashes. Never have done, never will. If I did the show wouldn't have ended the way it did.
The Wedding Day (17th September 1983)
The autumn sun streamed through the windows of the bedroom and fell upon Alex who was led awake staring at the ceiling. She raised her left hand and stared at the ring and felt more than a little nervous. She looked over at the door of the wardrobe where the white dress was hung. Today was the day that had been 27 years in the making - if you counted the years that she had travelled back in time from 2008. It was the day that she would marry Gene Hunt. A knock at the door made her sit up.
"Come in," she called
"Oh, good to see you're up Alex," Shaz said walking into the room carrying a tray with some slices of toast and a glass of orange juice. "It's a big day today."
On the other side of the borough, Gene was sat in the bar of Luigi's. He had spent the previous night in one of the spare flats above Luigi's. He finished off the drink that was in his glass in one gulp. He was drinking to try and calm his nerves not that he would ever admit to nerves of course. He looked at his watch, he had at least another hour before he should leave and an hour and a half before he absolutely must leave for the registry office. He hadn't really done much in the way of helping Alex to plan their wedding. The most he'd done was listen and pay heed to the big hints she'd dropped about what type of suit he was to wear and making sure that Luigi would only be serving the best wine, champagne and alcohol he could get his hands on. Not that Alex would be having anything to drink he would see to that. He started to pour himself another drink from the bottle before changing his mind and drank it from the bottle while waiting for Chris and Ray to arrive.
Alex looked at her reflection in the mirror as she attempted to do her make up. Reflected in the mirror, she could see Shaz sat on the bed waiting to do her hair. Alex wanting minimal fuss on her second wedding day had forgone any big fancy hairdressers and had decided that Shaz should do her hair. She thought back to her previous wedding had remembering the big fuss that had been made. Her thoughts drifted back to when she and Pete got married. They had been so happy and then things had changed.
"Is everything alright?" Shaz asked noticing that Alex was just staring at her reflection in the mirror.
"What if everything goes wrong again?" she muttered to herself.
"Alex?" Shaz asked walking over and kneeling in front of her.
"It's nothing Shaz," Alex replied looking at the younger woman. "I was just thinking back to when I married my first husband all those years ago."
"What was it like?" Shaz asked hoping that by getting her to talk, Alex would get rid of any lingering doubts that she may or may not have.
"The complete opposite of what this one's going to be like," she replied
"But this one will last," Shaz said "I've seen you and the Guv and it's obvious that you two are made for each other."
"That doesn't stop me worrying though," she replied before telling Shaz about the conversation she and Gene had, had the other night.
"You can't keep worrying," Shaz replied after listening to what Alex had to say. "Gene loves you and the two of you are going to live happily ever after. Now come on, lets get you ready." she added with a reassuring smile. Alex smiled back feeling her nerves abate slightly. Shaz was right, whether or not he would admit publicly, Gene did love her and would rather die than do anything to hurt her.
Luigi wiped another of his glasses and placed it behind the bar. He shot another look towards the figure sat at the bar looking at the bottom of his glass. He knew why Gene was doing it of course, but he knew better than to tell him that he was only drinking to steady his nerves. He looked at his watch and sighed he needed to get the trattoria ready for the reception but he couldn't really do anything until Gene left.
"Signore Hunt, shouldn't you be leaving by now."
"I've got time," he replied pouring himself another drink.
"You talk to 'im." Ray said from the door of Luigi's as they caught sight of Gene take another swig from the bottle. "the boss would kill us if he showed up drunk,"
"I'm not doing it, you can do it," Chris replied "You've known him longer."
Ray gave Chris his trademark 'you're such a poof' look before heading over to Gene.
Five minutes and an empty bottle of scotch later, Gene, Ray and Chris left Luigi's to begin the drive towards the registry office.
"Guv, maybe you should let me drive," Ray said as they approached the Quattro "the boss would kill us if we let you drive after yeh've been drinking especially if you got into an accident."
"I am perfectly capable of driving my own car Raymondo," Gene said getting into the drivers seat leaving Chris and Ray to get in the other side.
Alex looked at herself in the mirror and couldn't help but smile. Instead of the traditional white dress, she had gone for an off white suit that consisted of a jacket, camisole and a skirt. Rather than emphasising her bump, it merely skimmed over it.
"Oh, Alex you look beautiful," Shaz said walking back into the room.
"Do you really think so?" she asked
"Of course I do. You don't think I'd let you leave if you didn't. The Guv would have me back in uniform by the end of the day." she replied causing Alex to start laughing. "Come on, the car's here." she added looking out the window.
As Gene walked into the room where the wedding would be taking place, a small part of him wondered if Alex would have preferred something a little more traditional. Even though she had said that she wanted something small and intimate. Although if he'd have had his way, they would have probably never made it up the aisle, or eloped and done it at Gretna Green.
Looking at his watch he wondered if he'd have time to run out and have a quick cigarette before Alex was due to arrive. However, any thoughts of having a quick smoke were dashed when he saw Shaz coming up the stairs talking to Alex as they walked up the stairs. Taking a deep breath, Gene looked skywards and said a prayer to who ever would be listening - not that he'd ever admit it - that everything went smoothly today. That had been his last thought before he caught sight of Alex properly and all his thoughts centred around what a lucky bugger he was to be marrying someone like her and how only a complete idiot would screw this up.
"To Gene and Alex," Ray said raising his glass to them as he finished his toast to the happy couple. All around the trattoria the same chorus echoed off the walls. Not that any of CID would admit to it, but many of them - prior to the wedding - had actually wondered on how long it would be before their relationship imploded. They had all been happy to have been proved wrong as they'd rather have a happy couple manning the decks at Fenchurch East, rather than one who were constantly fighting or going through a messy break up.
As the reception wore on, Alex began to feel tired. Although that fact hadn't really surprised her as she was four months pregnant with twins. Gene had noticed this when they were sharing their first dance and as a result had discreetly managed to get various aspects of the reception to move that bit faster so that they could make a swift exit from Luigi's. Of course most of CID assumed that the happy couple wanted to make a swift exit so that they could move onto their wedding night.
Several hours later, Gene and Alex made their excuses and left the reception. But not before Alex could throw the bouquet which was caught by Yvonne who Ray had been seeing - much to everyone's surprise - for nigh on three months. Which according to both Gene and Chris was three months longer than he had spent with a woman before.
As Gene helped her into the Quattro, Alex looked at the simple gold band that was now nestled underneath her engagement and couldn't stop the smile that was growing on her face or the feeling of complete and utter contentment that she was feeling at this precise moment. She still couldn't believe that several hours ago she had married Gene Hunt.
"We're going to be together until the end aren't we?" Alex asked turning to face Gene as he got into the Quattro amid the cheers from their colleagues.
"Course we will," Gene replied kissing her "We're unbreakable you and me…un-bloody-breakable." he added driving off leaving the sounds of cheers and cans rattling along the road behind the Quattro.
Next Time: Hormones (October 1983)
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