a/n and so we come, as we inevitably must, to the last chapter of this story. I'd like to say thank you very, very, very much for making it this far! It means a lot that people have read this and stuck through with Laura until the end! Thanks even more to Sonib89, bsbfan558, ArokLynne, xHalosandwings, AndiSavi, xAracnaex and Neurotic-Idealist for being fucking amazing and reviewing!
Also, I posted the first chatper Following The Main Event and the second chapter will probably be put up tomorrow =] So, you should read/review that after you've read/reviewed this! And this isn't the last you'll see of Laura, she'll be in a chapter or two of FTME and Keegan's Story, too. As well as the 6 part epilogue I'll put up when the other stories are done! Haha, I'm dragging this out XD
The Last Unbroken Hart;
Chapter 30: And She Gets Her Happily Ever After
"Though no one can go back and make a brand new start, anyone can start from now and make a brand new ending." – Carl Bard
Saturday, June 4, 2011
It had been ten months and eleven days since Matthew Joseph Korklan proposed to me on the couch of our house. I had been planning the wedding for ten months and ten days, because on today, the eleventh day of the eleventh month after the proposal, I was due to get married.
At nine in the morning I sat in the back room of Knox United Church in Calgary, wearing a white slip, waiting for my bridal party to arrive. I may have arrived two hours before everyone else was scheduled – meaning I had been there since eight – but the wedding planner in me simply wouldn't rest.
The actual ceremony wasn't meant to start until two o'clock, leaving me with plenty of time to get ready. Or it would have been plenty of time had I not been aware of everything that could go wrong. Wedding nightmares were not uncommon to me and I had done everything in my power to make sure my own special day ran perfectly but I knew that some things weren't out of my control.
My Maggie Sottero Wedding Dress was arriving with Nattie so I couldn't even get changed into that, not that I would. No one should ever attempt to get into a wedding dress by themselves, it is a sure fire way to ruin your wedding day. If you have a simple dress, then by all means go ahead, but if it's anything like mine, then it should not even be thought of.
I heard Nattie's distinct laugh coming through the hallway and breathed a sigh of relief that she had come early. "I knew you'd be up before the roosters, so I thought I'd try and be here as early as my body would allow me." She entered the room and pulled me into a very tight hug. "You better not be over thinking everything." She warned me and I shrugged slightly. I looked over to the vanity and the heavy, filled-to-the-brim folder that was on top of it. "That's what I'm here for now. That's my job." She walked over to it and picked it up, holding it to her chest. "Your job is to sit back, relax and marry that cute little kid."
"I'm nervous. I never understood why brides got nervous on their wedding day. You know what? I still don't know. I'm just really nervous." I admitted quietly, "I need my folder." I suddenly lunged forward and attempted to grip the folder from Nattie's clutches, but she stepped back quickly and shook her head madly.
"No, this is for me, now. Ra, you're getting married. All you have to worry about is getting dressed and walking down that aisle. I will take care of everything else. You've worked your ass off over the past year to make sure this day is perfect and that's exactly what it's going to be."
"I don't like being this person," I told her as I pulled at my hair, "I don't like being on this side of the wedding. I like planning weddings for other people. I'm not in control anymore, because you are... I'm nervous and I'm worried."
"Don't be. We're going to make this perfect. You're my best friend, Ra. I'm not going to let you down."
Two o'clock approached fast and by one o'clock just about everyone had been to see me. My entire family had popped by, unable to wait for me to walk down the aisle.
At ten past one, there was a knock on the door and I told the person to come in, but the door opened only slightly.
"I can't look." A small voice said and I gasped, running to hide behind the door.
"Matt! You can't be here!"
"I can't see you. I haven't seen you. Nothing will go wrong." He swore to me that everything would be fine because he had his eyes closed.
"What are you doing here? We're getting married in less than an hour. You have to be getting ready!"
"I am ready, I have been since twelve. I just needed to speak to you."
"And it couldn't wait?" I asked quietly, "Oh god... You're leaving me, aren't you?"
"No! God no!" he shouted defensively and he put his hand through the door, "I haven't spoken to you properly in a long time because you've been planning this wedding. I just needed to hear your voice and know that you still want this."
"I wouldn't have been so focused on this damn wedding if I didn't want this Matt." I took hold of his hand and squeezed it tightly in mine. "I love you more than I've ever loved anything in my life. I want this wedding more than anything in my life."
"I love you, too." He pulled my hand back through the door and kissed it softly, "We're going to get married." He laughed, "Can you believe it?"
"I'm so nervous." I told him honestly and he said he felt the same.
"Wait!" I whispered frantically in Nattie's ear as we walked towards the church's main doors.
"Not the time to be getting cold feet, Tiger!" the blonde sighed with frustration, "I'm not letting you walk away now. It's not going to happen."
I lunged at my blonde cousin as best I could without risking my dress. She continued to speak against my hand and I glared furiously at her.
"You speak too loud! You're going to get me in trouble! I'm not getting cold feet! I was just about to say that I can't see anything and I left my glasses back there." Her shoulders relaxed and she looked very much relieved. "I want to be able to see what's going on. Can you please run and get them?"
"No need." Eve handed me my glasses, "I am way ahead of you." I hugged the brunette and thanked her.
Eve had become a part of the Hart family over the past year. Upon finding out she was pregnant; she promptly ended her relationship with Ted DiBiase Junior and started her life as a soon-to-be single mum. During my disappearance Pre-Hall of Fame, Eve and Harry got closer and eventually Harry had said the he would be a father figure to her unborn child.
On January 5, 2011, Jarrod Theodore Torres was born into the world. His middle name being that of his biological father – but only a select few people knew that fact.
The music started and Jade, Alexandra, Eve and Nattie (my lovely maid of honour) gave me one last hug each before beginning down the aisle. My father stood beside me and held his arm out. I took it and as I put my right foot in front of my left everything became real. I let my eyes follow the groomsmen. TJ, Nathan, Jake Hager and Mike (Matt's brother and best man) before my eyes finally settled on Matt and the smile on his face eased all my nerves.
"Who gives this woman to this man?" the Priest asked and Dad gave my hand one last squeeze before he placed it in Matt's – electricity shot through my entire body at the contact.
"I do." He kissed the top of my head and sat down with his wife and the rest of t family.
"You're not wearing heels." Matt commented, "Thank you." I giggled quietly. The heels were something I had to give up or I would have been taller than him in all of our photos. "I love the glasses."
"You're not wearing yours." I pretended to pout but he didn't get a chance to say anything because the priest started the ceremony.
I was about to begin my life as Laura Helen Korklan. But the Hart family wasn't one I could ever get rid of. No matter how hard I tried.