"You look so beautiful, Rapunzel." Mother said as I twirled around in the most gorgeous wedding dress ever created.
It was so much better than any custom made dress. It was special because my mother had worn it before me.
"She looks exactly like you on your wedding day." Cecelia said to my mother. "Despite her short hair."
Mother's hair was probably much longer than mine. And prettier. But I couldn't complain. My short hair reminded me of my freedom.
Mother placed the laced veil on my head. It was beautiful and trailed behind me like my golden hair once had. Mother looked at me, with tears in her eyes. I smiled sadly, hoping she wouldn't start crying. Instead, she hugged me and said softly "I love you so much, darling."
"I love you too, Mother." Then I wanted to start crying. But I forced my tears away.
She left the room with her sister, leaving me with my three cousins, all dressed up and ready to go.
Kimberly handed me my bouquet of flowers "Are you sure you still want to go through with this? Because it's not too late to back out."
"Kimberly!" Diana scowled
"I'm just saying. I mean, he's eight years older than you. So when you're twenty-two, he'll be thirty."
"Oh stop it, Kimmy." Roxanne laughed "Both our husbands are older than us."
Kimberly smirked "Only by a few years."
"Girls, please." Diana smiled "Let's get going. It's almost time!"
My idea for the wedding was all planned out and everyone knew about it but Eugene. I stood by a secret window in the church that gave me a full view of the inside. So before I made my grand entrance, I watched my friends and family go down the aisle in a more… different style than usual.
Hook Hand was playing soft, pretty music on piano while Shorty sprinkled the aisle with rose peddles. He didn't look very sober, as usual. Suddenly Hook Hand changed the tempo completely. A few more musicians joined in and within seconds, fun, up-beat music was spilling out of the church. The look on Eugene's face was priceless.
Kimberly and Roxanne's husbands were standing by the main doors. They had arrived just a day before the wedding. They suddenly threw their papers into the air and strutted down the aisle doing goofy dance moves. People were laughing but that's what I wanted. It was supposed to be silly. Supposed to be fun.
Kimberly and Roxanne came next and I think they shocked everyone. I thought they were going to be sticks in the mud but they really seemed to be enjoying the moment. They were dancing and laughing and acting so... like me. It was a side of them I have never seen before. Next were Diana and Ben who gave a nice performance. He twirled her around and she struck a pose. All I could think was how cute they danced together.
Mother and Father came next. Father bowed and Mother curtsied then she took his hand. He slowly spun her around a few times, with one hand behind his back. It was an elegant, simple dance and I loved every second of it. Then I almost couldn't believe my eyes. Cecelia and Vladimir. He wore different clothes. A little more fancier than usual. But he still stood out from her kind of people, which made them such a funny pair. I would bet anything that Diana set this up. To my surprise, they danced well together. I was thrilled! Big Nose and his girlfriend followed next. They easily danced with each other, like naturals. And he looked so in love. It made me smile.
I blinked, realizing that they were the last ones before me. I approached the main doors and everyone turned to look at me. I stood there for a moment, taking it all in. I admired all the pretty flowers and decorations Diana had organized. I noticed the church was full. Not a single seat left. And since we invited everyone from the Snuggly Duckling, some of them had to stand in the back. They didn't seem to mind, though.
Max and Dakota stuck their heads through an open window. Pascal sat on Max's head, wearing the cute, little bowtie I had picked out for him. Up by the altar stood my three cousins on one side, along with Big Nose's girlfriend. On the other side were their husbands, Big Nose and Ben. My parents took their seats in the front, along with Cecelia. Vladimir stood off to the side with Shorty.
Then I looked at Eugene, who smiled at me. He looked very handsome and it made my stomach flutter. He was probably just glad he didn't have to do any dancing. Hook Hand slid his hook down the keys, making me focus. My dance would be solo. But I wasn't nervous or embarrassed. It was easy. And once I reached the altar, everyone burst into applause. Who wouldn't after an entrance like that?
Eugene and I took hands and I smirked. "Pretty good, huh?"
He chuckled "Not bad."
"Oh well, your dance comes later." I whispered
"I don't dance." He muttered, shaking his head
"Not even for me?"
Before he could respond, the priest cut him off. He winked at me, happy he got away without an answer. I rolled my eyes and glanced at Diana. She gave me the thumbs up.
As we exchanged vows, I couldn't stop smiling. I think I startled the priest when I exclaimed 'I do!'
"…you may now kiss the bride." Finally!
But Eugene was too slow, so I kissed him before he could even blink. I think I caught him off guard but he recovered quickly. Everyone cheered and I grinned, squeezing Eugene's hand. It really was the most wonderful wedding. The start of a dream come true. Our dream come true. And it ended all too quickly.
"Do you have to go?" I asked, handing Diana her suitcase.
She hesitated then answered "I'll be back. You're making this seem like I'm leaving forever. Besides, someone's got to return all those wedding presents."
I sighed, watching Kimberly and Roxanne tug their suitcases towards the carriage. Eugene was talking with their husbands. A pair of goofballs those two. I liked them. They weren't what I expected.
"George! Henry! Help us with these!" Kimberly demanded
Eugene laughed, making her frown. She approached him coolly, nodding once to show her acknowledgment "Eugene."
"Kimmy." He smirked.
"I'm sorry I got you arrested. Though, I'm sure it's happened before."
He wouldn't wipe that smirk on his face. "It was nice meeting you too. Now run along before your husband gets jealous."
Kimberly gave him a dirty look. She walked away, handing her husband a suitcase, muttering "I still don't know what she sees in him"
I turned to Diana "How did Ben handle your goodbye?"
She bit her lip "Oh… fine I suppose."
I gasped "You haven't said goodbye!"
She groaned "Rapunzel! Stop saying that! I'll be back, okay? I'm not leaving forever!"
"Maybe you should tell him that."
Diana fell silent as her two sisters approached us. They each gave me a hug goodbye then headed for the carriage. Their husbands followed after them.
I glanced at Cecelia. She was still busy talking with my parents. Eugene appeared by my side. I held his arm as we watched Diana load the last bag.
She turned to us, taking a few steps closer. She looked at Eugene. "So long, Eugene…" She smiled "You'll make a great King someday."
He hugged her, which is rare for him. He's not really the hugging type. But this was Diana and those words meant a lot to him.
Then she looked at me and I had to force back tears. "Thank you… for helping me find my way."
Diana and I were alike in a certain way. We were both lost once. We both never really knew what we were missing out on. All we needed was someone to help us find ourselves.
She paused, looking thoughtful. "You're an amazing person, Rapunzel. You see things, little details other people don't normally see. You saw I was miserable, even when I couldn't. I know now what I want and who I want to be with... all thanks of you."
We went to hug each other at the exact same moment. I shut my eyes tight. "So long, cousin."
When I opened my eyes, my vision was a blur. Someone was standing in front of me. I blinked a few times and he became clearer.
"Diana." I gasped.
She broke away and turned around, her eyebrows pulling together. "Why are you… panting?"
"I was running." Ben breathed "I heard you were leaving… leaving without a goodbye."
Diana moved closer to him "Ben… I just thought it would be easier- I didn't want to- I… just hate goodbyes."
"Then let's not say goodbye because this isn't goodbye." He said, taking her hand. "Because I'll see you soon. Because… I love you."
Diana smiled sadly. "I love you too." She stood on her tippy toes and kissed him. One hand slid behind his neck and the other she placed on his shoulder. When they broke away she whispered "See you soon."
She walked slowly towards the carriage, giving me one last look. I smiled sadly and she gave me a small wave goodbye. Then she was gone.
Ben walked over to us, hands in his pockets, looking down. Eugene nudged him "She'll be back, kid. Don't you worry."
Cecelia approached the three of us, looking at Eugene. "I just wanted to say I was wrong about you." She glanced at Ben "Both of you. I judged you and it wasn't fair."
"Hey, no hard feelings." Eugene said coolly.
Cecelia nodded once, looking at Ben now. "You seem like a fine young man, Mr. Cooper." She paused, eyeing his straw hat. "When you see my daughter again, I expect a better looking hat."
Ben smiled "Yes, ma'am."
"Goodbye, Eugene." She looked at me and smiled softly "Goodbye, Rapunzel. I'm… so happy for you."
I grinned "So long, Aunt Cecelia."
She gave me a long hug then joined the others in the carriage. As we watched it roll away, Eugene slid his arm around my waist. "So. How about that worldwide trip?"
I looked up at him, eyes wide "Really?"
He smiled "I think it would make a great honeymoon vacation. You know, away from it all. Whaddya think?"
I leaped into his arms "That sounds wonderful, Eugene!"
"Rapunzel Fitzherbert." He said randomly. I backed away, without leaving his arms, to look at his face.
"Hmm, I think it has a nice ring to it." He continued.
I smiled "I think so too."
Then our lips met and I fell in love with him all over again.
That night, Eugene took me into town for a surprise. There were musicians playing on the stage nearby. Nice, soft music. Eugene placed his hand on the small of my back, moving me closer to him. He took my other hand and smiled, dancing me around in small circles. There were people around, people watching. But Eugene didn't care. I guess that answered my question. Eugene might not dance. But he would for me.
Author's note: YAY MY STORY IS COMPLETE! I hope you've enjoyed it for those you who who've actually read it. I feel like it wasn't as popular as I hoped. That's what I get for creating so many OC's. I would like to thank the few of you who have been reviewing from the beginning. Well, you know who you are. I would list them but I don't want to accidently leave someone out. Anyway, I got the wedding idea from a YouTube video! It's called JK Wedding Entrance Dance. Look it up! I thought it was such a cute idea! So… that's about it. I'll probably go back and edit this later so please excuse grammar and whatnot. And please give me an overall review! Good or bad! Now that I finished this story, I can start to write a new tangled fanfic! I have a few good ideas in mind. So thanks again reviewers, love you all!