That after noon, they gathered in the valley for the wedding. Salty, Mooch, and Shakey, Reba, and Janice were there, along with a bunch of other Omegas. A few Alphas were there, including Winston, Eve, Kate, Garth, Hutch, and Candu. Marcel and Paddy were there too. And of course, Humphrey and Lilly were there.
Lilly looked at Humphrey as she approached him. It was perhaps the first time she had ever seen him with his fur well groomed. He looked really sharp. If she had had any doubts about marrying him before, they instantly went away when she saw him.
Humphrey thought Lilly looked gorgeous. Her fur nicely combed, her hair up out of her beautiful eyes, her white coat gleaming in the sunlight. She was like an angel. He felt his pulse begin to race and had to fight the urge to start panting.
Humphrey and Lilly walked onto the flat rock where Kate and Garth had married.
"You ready?" asked Humphrey.
Lilly nodded. "Yes," she said.
They were both taking deep breaths. Both of them could hardly believe this was actually happening.
"Nervous?" asked Humphrey.
"A little," said Lilly.
After a few seconds of gazing at each other, Humphrey said, "So, you ready to begin?"
"Yeah," said Lilly.
She and Humphrey stepped closer to each other to begin the ritual. They leaned in close, sniffing each other to show they were accepting each other's scent.
When they were done sniffing each other, Humphrey then give Lilly a gentle nibble on one of her ears. Lilly giggled softly and when Humphrey was done, she gave one of his ears a gentle nibble.
Then they both took a step back, until they were looking into each other's eyes. It was time for the last step. Rubbing noses. Once they did that, they would be mates for life.
Humphrey and Lilly closed their eyes as they leaned in towards each other. Their hearts were racing. This was it. Everyone was practically holding their breaths. After what seemed like a long time, they felt their black noses make contact, and then affectionately rubbed them together.
They were now mates.
The wolves around them howled and cheered happily for them. All except Kate and Garth, who simply looked on with mixed feelings.
Kate had made her decision to marry Garth, she had known what she was accepting and giving up, and now she had to live with what was. It had been her responsibility, even if it didn't seem fair. And Kate figured being married to Garth wasn't the worst thing in the world. Like Lilly had said, he was big, brawny, he wasn't perfect, but his howl had gotten a lot better thanks to Lilly, who Garth had said had helped him out with that. And anyone who liked Lilly like he did couldn't be that bad.
And Garth figured being married to Kate wasn't so bad. After all, she was totally hot, and she was an awesome Alpha.
Humphrey and Lilly opened their eyes and smiled as they looked at their new mate, their noses still touching. This was the happiest moment of their lives. The two turned and walked over towards their family and friends, who gathered around them and showered them with congratulations and well-wishes. As the crowd began to walk away, Kate and Garth stayed behind, unnoticed.
Kate sighed and then looked at Garth. "Well, we're stuck with each other. We might as well make the best of it." She gave him a small smile.
Garth sighed. "I guess you're right," he said. He put an arm over his mate's shoulders. Kate basically thought to herself, 'what the heck,' and nuzzled up against him.
"So what do you want to do now?" Humphrey asked his new mate a little while after the wedding, once the celebration had died down and they were alone.
"Well, I have an idea," Lilly said mischievously.
Several minutes later, they were both log-sledding down a mountain, enjoying the thrill of the ride.
"You're getting good at this," Humphrey complimented her over the sound of the wind.
"Thank you," said Lilly back to him.
Shakey, Salty, and Mooch watched as the couple zoomed past them on the hollowed out log, the two of them screaming with excitement.
"Dude, I totally thought they were talking about something else," said Salty to Mooch and Shakey as they watched them go.
Epilogue: "And so kids, that's the story of how your mom and I got together," said Humphrey to his and Lilly's three children, Duncan, Heather, and Violet as they all sat in their den one night. He had just finished telling them their bedtime story, and he could tell by the looks on their faces that they had enjoyed it. However, he had left out the parts he and Lilly didn't know about, like what had been going on with their aunt Kate and uncle Garth in Jasper while they weren't there.
"That was a great story!" said Duncan, their gray furred son.
"Can you tell us another one, daddy? Please?" asked Violet, their white furred daughter.
"Yeah, I want to hear the story of when we were born!" said Heather, their tan furred other daughter.
"That's a story for another time," said Lilly. "Right now, its time for bed."
The three pups moaned in disappointment.
"Listen to your mother, kids," said Humphrey, "or else we'll get grandma."
The three pups instantly stopped moaning and settled down.
Lilly playfully bumped her elbow into Humphrey's side at his joke and gave him a look. Humphrey grinned.
Duncan, Heather, and Violet curled up against their mother's side for warmth and closed their eyes. Humphrey lay down beside Lilly and cuddled up with her and the pups.
"Goodnight, Lilly," said Humphrey.
"Goodnight, dear," said Lilly.
And with that, the happy family went to sleep.
A/N: Just so you know, I went back and changed the ending of this chapter. I decided to add a third pup for Humphrey and Lilly, Heather, because two just didn't seem enough for me. Well that was the story. I would like to thank all of you who read and reviewed this story while I was writing it for your help and encouragement. I'm guessing some of you were expecting a lemon scene, but I have decided not to do one for this story so that it would be more appropriate for younger people reading it. However, there is a sequel to this story and if you would like to read it, it is called What Is And What Will Never Be. So thank you all for reading this story and I hope you enjoyed it. Take it easy.