1Disclaimer: I do not own the Scott Pilgrim story or any of the characters mentioned in this story. All original characters and lines belong to Bryan Lee O'Malley. This story is for entertainment purposes only. Any similarity to persons, living or dead, is purely coincidental.
A/N: So here's the final chapter of my wedding story. It's taken a long time to write, but there's a special treat in this one. That's right... I managed to get Voice4TheMute (the guy I largely consider one of the best going) to guest write for me. Look for his writing as Kim's Maid of Honor speech (because who better to write a speech for Kim Pine than the man who wrote her entire freakin story on here... check it out if you haven't already). Also, this story is going to be it for a little while. I've been writing pretty much non-stop since starting Lily Pilgrim vs. Their World, and I think it's time to recharge a little. But make no mistake.. I will return with an awesome story. :-D As for right now though, you don't care anything about all that. You just wanna see the end of this story, and so... here it is!
Scott and Ramona's Precious Little Wedding
As Lisa Miller (Status: Drinking the last bottle of water for the night… she promises) sat back down, Lily looked at her with a nervousness in her eyes.
"Aunt Lisa?" Lily asked.
"Mmm?" Lisa gurgled as she drank some of her water.
"Mom… really IS my mom, right?" Lily grimaced.
"Of course she is."
"And my mom and dad are really married, right?" Lily continued her line of questioning.
This caused her to pause for a moment. "How?" Lily asked.
"I'm getting to that… I told you the story wasn't over," Lisa said with a hint of a smile.
Ramona Flowers (Status: Should have known better…) ran out of the church, through the courtyard and into the woods nearby. As she ran through the brush, branches tore at her dress and scratched at her skin, but she didn't care. She just had to get away.
She finally stopped in a clearing and fell into the grass, laying there and looking at the clouds as they passed by. How could she have been so blind? She was usually so observant… so in tune with what was going on. But the wedding planning had taken over. In hindsight, she could see it. The awkwardness with Kim… the fact that Lisa and Scott hadn't really talked much at all since she arrived… it was all signs pointing to what she was sure was obvious to everyone else.
Ramona closed her eyes.
Back at the church, Scott Pilgrim was distraught (Status: Distraught… see?). Sitting alone in the groom's changing area, he could hear the angry grumbling of the guests outside the door. But that didn't hurt him nearly as much as the image burned into his head, the one that kept playing itself over and over again. Ramona, hurt, leaving him at the altar because of his own stupidity.
"You really ARE an idiot, aren't you Scott?"
Scott glanced up to see Kim Pine standing over him. "Oh.. hey Kim…"
"Hey Kim?' That's what you say to me after this?" Kim was livid. "I TOLD you that it was a mistake and you didn't need to tell Ramona, and what did you do? You waited until the EXACT wrong moment to tell her!"
Scott lowered his head. After a few moments, he spoke again. "I'm glad she knows," he muttered.
"You're WHAT?" Kim couldn't believe what she was hearing.
"I'm glad she knows," Scott said again, lifting his head to face Kim. "I've already had my second chance, for this exact thing. She forgave me for cheating on her with Knives (Lily Pilgrim Note: WHAT?)(Lisa Miller Note: For that, I'm going to suggest you just read the books), but she won't forgive me this time. And I'm glad. I don't deserve her. I never did," he sighed as he put his head back down.
Kim looked at him for a long time, trying to figure out what he'd just said. Scott Pilgrim admitting fault wasn't such a new thing. He'd already done that to her before she'd left for her parents' house. But there was something new in his voice. Yes, he was hurt that Ramona had left, but he understood it. He accepted it. He wasn't blaming the tequila, or Kim, or anything for what he'd done.
"Maybe I was wrong about you needing kids to grow up," Kim said. "Alright… I know I'm going to regret this, but I'm gonna do something for you. If I can…" she added after thinking a moment. "I'll be back…"
With that, Kim walked out of the room, bumping directly into Lisa, who was obviously going in to check on Scott.
"Hey Kim… how is…" Lisa started.
"Don't finish that sentence," Kim said. "We've got stuff to do, so you're coming with me."
"Where?" Lisa asked as Kim dragged her away.
It only took a few minutes for Kim and Lisa to find the path Ramona had taken. It took less time for them to catch up with her (Kim Pine Note: It's not like she'd gotten far… I watched her pick out those shoes, she wasn't getting away too quickly). As they walked out into the clearing, Ramona sat up in the grass.
"What the hell are YOU two doing here?" she spat.
Kim winced. She knew she deserved that. "Believe it or not, we're here to plead with you on behalf of Scott Pilgrim," she answered.
"I have nothing to say to you OR him," Ramona replied, laying back down in the grass to imply the matter was closed.
Kim cleared her throat. "Excuse me, Miss Flowers, but you're coming off as a little high and mighty here…"
That jolted Ramona back up. "What?"
"Scott Pilgrim loves you," Kim stated. "He loves you more than anyone else on this planet. Hell… just to get him to sleep with me, I had to drug him with a bottle of tequila!" she embellished just a little.
"I really don't wanna hear about it," Ramona retorted.
"Good, cause I don't wanna talk about it," Kim answered. "But I do want to talk about the fact that this guy loves you. And he always will. But Ramona… he's a guy. A particularly DUMB guy!"
That thought made Ramona smile just a bit, though she wasn't sure if it was her current feeling toward Scott that made the idea of him being dumb funny.
Kim saw the smile, and knew what she was saying MUST be getting through. "He's a dumb guy that's gonna make mistakes. But what about the mistakes you made? What about the times you hurt HIM?"
The smile disappeared, but Ramona wasn't laying back down.
"You made out with Roxie (Lily Pilgrim Note: Even though I know… that's still kind of gross…). You basically cheated on him with your ex-girlfriend," Kim continued. "Then, you left him. Without a reason… without anything… just… left. You didn't see how much that devastated him. And he still came back to you."
"But… he cheated on me with YOU guys," Ramona said.
"Would you rather he cheat on you with complete strangers?" Lisa added.
"Not helping, Lisa," Kim monotoned. Then she turned back to Ramona. "For that I do apologize. I should have said something… but that's even more reason for you to come back. He told you," Kim said. "He wanted to tell you before you did anything permanent, so you'd know. So you'd be aware of everything he'd done, and so your wedding wouldn't be a sham. Yes… he chose a crap time to do so, but he still did. He was attempting to be honest with it. He always wanted to be."
Lisa jumped in. "And it's not completely his fault either. When he was with me, he was hurting from fighting with you. When he was with Kim… he was drunk. But if anything… be mad at us. We took advantage of him in situations where he wasn't at his strongest."
Kim grimaced, but she knew that was the truth, and nothing but the truth would help here. Ramona just sat in silence.
"I'm not asking that you come back and get married and have a little girl in a few years," Kim pleaded. "All I'm asking you to do is hear him out. He loves you… he wants nothing but your happiness… and that's gotta count for something, right?"
More silence in the clearing. Kim and Lisa continued to look at Ramona, who looked down at the grass she was sitting in. Finally she spoke. "Okay… I'll hear what he has to say for himself… now… can you guys help me up? I didn't think this whole 'sitting down in the grass' thing through with this dress on," she added as she held out her hands.
Kim and Lisa smiled and grabbed her hands, pulling her to her feet. Ramona dusted herself off as best she could. "Oh… I'm also still not sure if I forgive you guys," she said as she started walking back to the edge of the clearing."
Lisa grimaced, but Kim shrugged it off. "I've had enough dealings with life debts in the last few weeks to know what's up… tell you what… any kid you guys have? Free drum lessons for life."
Ramona lifted an eyebrow. "Wouldn't you have done that anyway?"
"No. I was going to charge you 1500 dollars a month, but wouldn't you know it? I owe you for life now," Kim said with a smirk.
"I don't know whether to be offended by that or touched, Kim," Ramona said.
"Whatever lets us stay friends," Kim answered.
"And I'll help watch out for Scott… who knows? He hasn't hit on Julie yet," Lisa joked, trying to lighten the mood. Ramona burst out laughing, so the attempt obviously worked.
As they reached the edge of the clearing, Scott Pilgrim (Status: Willing to do whatever it takes to get Ramona back!) suddenly appeared in front of them.
"Ramona!" he shouted.
He rushed forward and knelt in front of Ramona, holding her hand as she looked on in surprise. Kim and Lisa slowly backed away, sensing this really wasn't a time for them to be involved.
"Ramona… I'm sorry for everything. I love you, and whatever I have to do to make it up to you… I will. I want to spend the rest of my life making it up to you, because that's how long it'll take me… just give me the chance," he pleaded.
"I don't know Scott…" Ramona said. "That really hurt."
"I know," Scott said. He didn't look away from Ramona's eyes though. "And I know it's a lesson I should have learned a long time ago. But if you give me another chance, I promise it will not happen again. I'll take everything more seriously this time."
"I don't want you to take everything seriously," answered Ramona. "That's not the problem here. The problem here is I can't trust you with any of our female friends."
Scott finally lowered his eyes. "I guess not…"
"Scott… it's okay," Ramona said. "I know I haven't been the perfect girlfriend either. And who knows? I probably won't be the perfect wife, no more than you'll be the perfect husband. But…" she paused, "I love you… and I can look past your mistakes, if only because you looked past mine."
Scott looked up immediately. "So… does that mean you'll forgive me, and we can still get married?"
Ramona looked at Scott, and then looked at Kim and Lisa, who looked at the ground. Ramona saw that Lisa had her fingers crossed (Lisa Miller Note: Whatever it takes, right?). Then she turned back to Scott. "Yes Scott… I'll forgive you… on ONE condition."
Scott jumped up, thoroughly excited. "Anything!" he exclaimed.
Ramona couldn't help but smile at the exuberance on Scott's face at being given a second chance (Ramona Flowers Note: Technically a third, but who's counting?). She put her fingers on his lips to calm him down. "No drinking… ever…. EVER… again!"
"Done!" Scott said with a smile. "Besides… it was yucky to begin with."
"Glad you think so," Ramona said.
"So… does that mean we're still having a wedding?" Wallace Wells (Status: Came to make sure Scott didn't do any more dumb stuff) asked from the edge of the clearing. "I mean… I spent a lot of time on this best man's speech, and it'd be a shame if I didn't get to use it."
"I don't know… we only had the church for a few hours, and the minister for less than that," Ramona answered.
"No problem," Wallace answered with a smile. "You know Mobile is a minister (Mobile: ApellaZant's Deus ex Machina of choice!), right?"
Ramona looked puzzled. "No… I didn't know that,"
Wallace smiled as he took a drink of his margarita (Lisa Miller Note: Where the hell he got a margarita in the middle of the woods, no one knows…).
Scott Pilgrim and Ramona Flowers stood in the middle of the field, surrounded by a few of their closest friends (Lisa Miller Note: Most of the more distant relatives and such had already left). Mobile stood between them, smiling. In the fading afternoon light, they exchanged rings (Jinx Ring - Ring of Power Upgrade! +7 to All Stats!), and kissed.
Mobile addressed the small crowd. "I now present the new Mr. and Mrs. Scott Pilgrim!"
"Flowers-Pilgrim," Ramona added under her breath.
Everyone present applauded wildly as Scott and Ramona stood hand in hand.
Kim was among the people clapping when a man with short brown hair came and stood beside her. She glanced at him out of the corner of her eye, which he took as an invitation to say something.
"Hey… you the maid of honor?" he asked.
"Yeah," she answered. "What's it to you?"
"Just curious," he replied. "Isn't the best man gay?"
"He's not my date," Kim said.
"Well… if you'd like one… let me know," the man said with a smile as he walked off. Kim watched him join the rest of the crowd in congratulating the newlyweds before shaking her head and following everyone toward the reception. Kim just rolled her eyes.
For the reception, everyone just stayed in the forest clearing. Stephen Stills and Neil got a table from the church and moved it out into the clearing (Stephen Stills Note: Remind me to use subspace the next time I move… that was a LOT easier). As the light faded, everyone lit candles and placed them on the table for light (Lisa Miller Note: Yeah… fire in the middle of a forest. That's perfectly safe, right?).
After everyone had settled down, Wallace stood up.
"Ladies and gentlemen… I thought now would be a good time for me to make my little speech!" he announced. "Now… no one here knows Scott Pilgrim as well as I do. We shared an apartment… we shared a bed." Everyone laughed. "We shared a bond of brotherhood. And to be honest… I didn't think he'd ever find a girl. I mean… there was the fake high school girlfriend phase, but we all knew that wasn't going to work… sorry Knives," he saluted her with his glass. "But then he met Ramona… and the craziness began! There were exes to be fought, and issues to be sorted out, And I don't know about all of you guys… but I was proud to be on the front lines with Scott Pilgrim. I wanted him to win! And he did. He beat the pirate, the skateboarder, the rocker, the lesbian and the twins. He even beat that XXX Gideon!" Wallace was beginning to sway back and forth a bit (Wallace Wells Note: I've been drinking since 3… can you blame me?). "And finally… he came out on top! And we all cheered! Now… tonight… we get to cheer again. We get to cheer the fact that Scott Pilgrim and Ramona Flowers are finally… FINALLY married."
Wallace turned and raised a glass in the couple's direction. "So… here's hoping you guys are done with the craziness, and now you can settle down to the REAL stuff… marriage and kids! Just know… whatever happens… we'll never abandon you."
Scott and Ramona started the applause as Wallace sat down. Then, the crowd shifted to look expectantly at Kim. She ignored it for a moment, but eventually the heat of everyone's gaze got to her.
"Alright alright…" she said as she stood up. "I've never been one for public speaking… but here goes. Good evening everyone. I'm Kim Pine, Ramona's Maid of Honor. I think we can all say that when we came here this morning, we didn't expect to attend the first AND second wedding of Scott Pilgrim and Ramona Flowers. But then again, we all didn't expect a second wedding to happen in the first place. As I'm sure all of you saw at the church," she glanced at Ramona and Scott with a bit of a frown, "secrets were revealed, people were hurt, and things didn't look good in the long run. But what would have ruined a normal relationship…only made this one stronger. Scott and Ramona aren't your average couple. Ramona had her own troubles…and as we all saw today, Scott has his own. But what made this work…was love. True love. And I'm not talking about shoving candies down your girlfriend's throat or giving roses or being spontaneous…but real, emotional, love. Things like sacrifice, commitment, all those other painful words that people stay away from when they find themselves in a serious relationship. These two may be the polar opposites of one another, they may have their own baggage that they carry on their backs, but what makes their relationship work is their desire to make it work."
Kim cleared her throat, and then turned specifically to Scott (Lisa Miller Note: With a much softer expression than I've ever seen her use with him). "Scott sacrificed his easy-going life to one of responsibility. Ramona sacrificed her life of living in the moment to one of close friendships and love. Now that doesn't mean you have to sacrifice who you are. Scott is still that carefree imbecile that we've come to know and Ramona still has a smoke every now and then (Lily Pilgrim Note: Mom smokes?). But through all the sacrifice and commitment comes love. Love in its purist form. The kind of love where you know that when it all hits the fan, you STILL want to be with him or her. I mean, we wouldn't be here if that wasn't the case, right? I've been rattling my brain all week for the perfect Scott and Ramona moment…trying to find a 'diamond in the rough' story that best represents Scott and Ramona's relationship. To be honest, I didn't have a memory I could share…until now. The perfect Scott and Ramona moment happened just an hour ago…when Ramona ran from the altar. Lisa and I ran after Ramona since we were responsible for what happened, and after talking some sense into her and apologizing for our actions, we went back together and witnessed Scott's apology to her. But in my mind, I like to think what we saw was the actual wedding. Scott gave his vow to her that he will love her forever and wants to spend the rest of his life with her and Ramona told him that she forgives him, and accepts everything about him: his
strengths, his faults, all of the baggage that he carries…with one condition, that Scott doesn't drink anymore. Sorry Scott..." Kim smiled a bit as she took Scott's glass of champagne from him. "This is my promise to both of you… I will personally make sure you never drink again."
Kim turned back toward the crowd of their friends and raised her glass. "To Scott and Ramona… whatever happens in the future for these two, may they always remember that they never have to go through it alone…that they never have to run away from their troubles or their past… may they never have to run again."
Uproarious applause came from the group, as Kim sat back down.
"It's time for the bouquet toss ladies!" Wallace yelled over the chatter of the reception. Ramona had stood and positioned herself off to the side, and a crowd of girls was slowly forming near her. As she prepared to throw the flowers, a voice wafted over the others.
"Out of my way XXXXXXX! If anyone's catching this thing, it's gonna be me!" yelled Julie Powers.
"She says as though someone would want to marry her," Kim said under her breath as Julie pushed her aside.
Ramona turned around and closed her eyes. After just a moment, she threw her bouquet high into the air. It spiraled end over end, in almost slow motion, as it fell back down towards the crowd of girls. It almost seemed to seek out Kim as it neared the ground. Kim closed her eyes, trying to psychically will it away (Kim Pine Note: Never wanted to be a vegan more in my life).
And then Julie snatched it out of the air just above Kim's head.
"Yeah!" she cheered as she jumped up and down. "That's right!"
"And now, the garter toss to see who will join Julie in the next dance… and possibly more?" Wallace yelled as Scott joined Ramona.
Scott ducked his head underneath Ramona's dress, which made her a little uncomfortable, but he quickly came out with the garter. A crowd of boys gathered nearby, but unlike the girls, who had jostled for position to get in a better place for a catch, the boys seemed to be trying to push each other to the front, keeping themselves out of the line of fire.
Julie noticed what was happening. "Oh come on!" she yelled.
Scott took the garter and turned his back to the crowd. He took aim and shot the garter backwards… right into the unwilling hands of Neil Nordegraf! He looked around in shock for a moment before throwing the garter to the ground.
"A winner! Neil Nordegraf!" Wallace yelled.
"But… but…" he stammered. Before he could say anything else though, Julie grabbed him and dragged him off to the 'dance floor' that had been loosely set aside by the party. He looked back at Stacey, his eyes wide.
"It's okay!" Stacey yelled after him. "I'll be right here!"
Scott and Ramona joined them on the dance floor, where Julie looked annoyed that she was stuck dancing with Neil. As Kim looked on, the man who had talked to her earlier came up behind her.
"You want to dance, red?" he asked.
"Name's Kim," Kim answered as she sighed.
"You want to dance, Kim?" the man pressed.
"If I say yes, will you leave me alone?" Kim replied.
"I'm guessing you're looking for a yes?" the man continued.
"Then yes," the man smiled.
Kim held out her hand and allowed him to lead her out on the dance floor.
"Wait… who was the guy dancing with Aunt Kim?" Lily asked.
Lisa smiled. "That's a story for another day."
Scott and Ramona sat back down at the table. In the middle of the table sat one of the larger cakes anyone had ever seen. Atop the cake, two elves, one in green and one in pink, stood.
As they enjoyed some of the cake, Knives Chau (Status: Happy that this day ended up going… well) walked up, a slightly intimidated man coming up behind her. "Congratulations, guys!" she almost yelled.
Ramona smiled. "Thanks Knives." Then she noticed the man behind Knives, and regarded him with a curious look. "Who's the guy?"
Knives looked back at him. "Oh… he's just my study partner. Brad Porter. I asked him to come with me so I didn't have to come without a date."
Kim Pine (Status: So glad this day is almost over), who was sitting next to Ramona, leaned forward. "What's wrong with not having a date?" she asked as she narrowed her eyes.
Lisa Miller (Status: So glad she didn't ruin this day) leaned on Kim. "Awww… would you like me to be your date Kim?" she teased.
"Don't be weird," Kim answered as she cut her eyes at Lisa.
Knives laughed as she turned back to Ramona and Scott. "Anyway… Brad suggested ice cream, so we're gonna go. Good luck you two, and have fun on your honeymoon!"
Ramona smiled and turned to Scott. "That reminds me… where are we going for our honeymoon?"
Scott stopped for a moment. "Umm… Rome? Paris? How about London?"
Ramona rolled her eyes. "You have no idea, do you?"
"I love you, Scott Pilgrim," Ramona sighed as she put her head on Scott's shoulder.
"And that's the story of how your parents got married," Lisa said with a flourish of her hand.
"So there wasn't anything weird. No one attacked them?" Lily asked.
"No. It was just your normal wedding that was then broken up by the groom sleeping with two of the bridesmaids and then getting back together in time to have a second wedding by candlelight," Lisa answered.
"Wow… I hope I have better luck than that…" Lily said as she looked at the ground.
"Sorry honey, but I doubt it. You're a Pilgrim. Nothing's ever easy for a Pilgrim," Lisa said as she stood up. "Now… we've got a big day of shopping tomorrow, so it's probably time to get some rest."
Lisa walked up the stairs, leaving Lily to sit on the couch and think about the story she'd just heard. As soon as Lisa was out of sight, Lily pulled out her phone and began texting.
You are NEVER allowed to drink… EVER!
She sent the message to Little C (Note: Did you really think I wasn't going to mention him this entire story?), then put the phone back in her pocket and went upstairs.