A/N: Heard you were back in town. I heard you were comin' round. Tryin' to get off the ground. Every road you went down.
'Fire and Rain' by Mat Kearney. He's an amazing singer, I highly recommend listening to 'Runaway', the song he wrote and sang for 'Soul Surfer'.
This chapter won't feature a chapter of JJ's book 'Heart of A Soul Surfer' (I'm pretending Bethany's documentary was never made, so that JJ's string of stuff can be named with that)
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"I'm here to pick up the dress I asked you to hold," JJ said, ignoring Emily and Garcia's excited outbursts behind her. Lacy smiled.
"Couldn't find anything else?"
"No, I just really liked this one"
JJ slowly turned around to face the full length mirror she was standing in front of. Emily and Penelope stood either side of her, both wearing huge smiles.
JJ couldn't believe how she looked. Her dress fit her perfectly, hugging her figure before flaring out at her waist. Her hair was curled in soft waves that fell over her shoulders, the top layer pulled up and clipped at the back of her head. The chain holding her engagement ring shone from where it sat around her neck.
"Jayje...you look beautiful," Penelope gushed. JJ blushed, turning away from the mirror, and gasping in surprise at who was standing in the doorway.
"Oh my god!" she said excitedly, going over to her brother and throwing her arm around him. Jackson smiled, hugging his little sister tightly. Emily and Penelope both smiled at the moment, before walking into the next room to give JJ a moment with her brother.
"Jen...wow, you look so different to when I last saw you," Jackson said softly as they broke apart. JJ raised her eyebrows, and gestured to her stump. Jackson laughed. "No, not just that. It has been five years since I saw you," he explained.
"I know...I was going to tell you myself when it happened, but I didn't know where you were, and I didn't have your new cell number"
"July 2011...I think I was in Canada. Or Australia. One of the two," Jackson said thoughtfully. JJ laughed, shaking her head. Her brother was definitely what she would call a free spirit.
"I've missed you," she admitted. Jackson put his arm around her, giving her a gentle squeeze.
"I've missed you too, Jen. I was going to come and see you after Mom and Dad told me what happened in Hawaii, but things started coming up. However, when Dad told me you getting married, I made it concrete that I would be at your wedding," he said warmly.
"Well, I'm glad you're here. It means a lot to me"
Henry walked alongside JJ's niece, Tayla, who was the flower girl, looking absolutely adorable in his little tuxedo. Emily was carrying Meilani, who looked just as cute in a little sky blue dress.
JJ stood by her father's side, feeling a little nervous, but happy that the special day had finally arrived.
"Jen...don't be nervous," Peter said softly, reading his daughter's mind. JJ gave him a gentle smile, squeezing his hand.
"I'm ok," she said reassuringly. Peter smiled.
"You look so beautiful, Jen. I'm very proud of you. I love you so much," he said gently, linking his arm with hers.
"I love you too, Daddy"
Will watched the crowd expectantly, seeing Jessica sitting with Jack, Meilani now on her lap. He looked towards the back, and saw a tall, muscular man with blonde hair, sitting beside a young woman, and a little girl. He knew that that was JJ's brother, sister-in-law, and youngest niece.
A soft tune began playing, as everyone rose to their feet. Will turned his attention back to the aisle as JJ slowly walked out with her father. He couldn't help the smile that spread across his face as he took in how beautiful she looked. He kept his eyes on her the whole time. After they had joined Will in front of their friends and family, her dad kissed her cheek, before going to sit down. Will took JJ's hand, squeezing it gently.
"We are gathered here today to witness the marriage of William LaMontagne Jr. and Jennifer Jareau..."
Will reached behind JJ, carefully unclasping the chain around her neck. With care, he slid the wedding band onto the chain to join her engagement ring. Once it was in place, he gently put the chain back around her neck.
"This ring I give as a token and pledge of my love and devotion, with this ring I thee wed," he said as he clipped the chain in place. JJ took his ring between her fingers, and slid it onto his left ring finger.
"This ring I give as a token and pledge of my love and devotion, with this ring I thee wed," she said softly, never breaking her gaze from his eyes.
"William, you may kiss the bride," the priest said warmly. Will lifted the thin veil covering her face, leaning in and kissing her gently as everyone started clapping around them. JJ smiled as she pulled away, not wanting to break eye contact with Will.
"May I present to you, Mr and Mrs LaMontagne," the priest announced as the now married couple turned to face the watching crowd of friends and family, who were clapping still.
Will took JJ's hand, squeezing it as they walked back down the aisle, towards the waiting car that would take them to their reception.
"I love you," Will said, as he slid into the car after JJ. JJ didn't reply, just leaned in and kissed him.
"Jen, your mother and I are extremely proud of you. You've overcome so many obstacles since you were just a little girl, and you manage to keep your chin up and smile. I've always felt very lucky to call you my daughter, and I only hope that lasts for the rest of my life. I wish you and Will all the happiness in your marriage, and just remember that we love you. Here's to JJ and Will," Peter said warmly, looking at his daughter where she stood next to him, Will's arm around her, as they all raised their champagne glasses. JJ hastily wiped her eyes, feeling an onslaught of tears. Peter stepped towards her, kissing her cheek and hugging her tightly. As he moved back to sit next to his wife, JJ and Will stepped up to the microphone.
"I actually have something I would like to say...I'm not trying to make this depressing, but it's important," JJ started. Feeling Will squeeze her hand, she took a deep breath and continued. "I'm pretty sure most of you know that I was attacked by a shark in July 2011. It was a long road to find the self confidence and strength I needed to get back to a somewhat normal life. But I never would have made it without the love and support of a very special group of people. My team, who I've known for too long to just consider them colleagues anymore, came through for me in ways I never would have imagined. But the one person who made it that much easier was Will. He was always my shoulder to cry on, the one I could always turn to. I never doubted that he would support me. And I consider myself the luckiest girl in the world to call him my husband. I love you, Will," she said softly, stretching up and kissing him chastely.
JJ kept her gaze fixed on Will's eyes as they slowly danced around the floor. His hands were flat on her back, holding her close. JJ had her arm up around his neck, her hand resting behind his right shoulder. They were barely aware of their first dance finishing, and others beginning to join them on the dance floor.
"Do you think we can sneak out?" JJ whispered in his ear. Will grinned.
"Judgin' by the show Spencer and your brother are puttin' on, I'm sure no-one would notice, let alone care," he joked. JJ looked back over her shoulder, chuckling as she saw her brother getting Spencer drunk. Poor Spence was going to have the hangover of a lifetime in the morning...but it was probably worth it just to see the young genius incapable of anything for one night.
Will grabbed JJ's hand, gently pulling her out the back door of the building, out into the cool air. Shrugging off his jacket, he draped it over her shoulders, helping her shrug her arm through the sleeve. They slowly walked alongside each other, hands linked, wedding bands glinting in the moonlight.
"You look so beautiful tonight, Jen," Will said warmly, stopping as they reached a water fountain that sat out in the gardens behind the building. JJ blushed, smiling as they sat down on the bench around the fountain. Will gently cupped her cheek in his hand, leaning in and pressing his lips to hers softly. JJ deepened the kiss, putting her arm around the back of his neck to pull him closer.
They made out privately in the moonlight, disturbed by no-one. When they broke apart, JJ's eyes were shining brightly.
"I love you so much, I can't even say it enough times," JJ said softly, pulling him towards her for another kiss.
"Hmm, well I love you just as much. Why do you think I wan'ed to marry you?" Will mumbled. JJ giggled as his hands ran up and down her sides. The kiss deepened, as Will's hands slowed, coming to rest on the small of her back. He could hardly believe it. He'd married the woman of his dreams. A strong, beautiful, smart, courageous woman, who he was going to spend the rest of his life making happy.
A/N: Chapter 29 will be along either tomorrow morning, or next week.
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