Chapter 3

Finally the day of the wedding came and the ceremony was much bigger than the engagement. The Kuchiki garden was surprisingly huge and big enough to host a wedding with hundreds of guests. Besides all the elders and nobles, every captain and lieutenant of soul society was there. The people who were from the real world even came.

"OOOH, I'm so excited. I love weddings." Orihime said to Ishida and Chad.

"We can see that Orihime but I'm not sure if the groom and bride are as excited as you" Ishida stated and Chad nodded in agreement.

"Huh? Why wouldn't they be? Aren't weddings suppose to be happy" Orihime tilted her head to the side in confusion.

"Never mind, Orihime why don't you get more snacks. The food looks good." Ishida said and immediately Orihime's face brightened.

"YES! I'm so hungry. I've never tried the food of nobles. I wonder what they have." And Orihime left in a flash.

Meanwhile on another end of the garden. "My, my who would have thought that the higher ups would want to put Soifon and Byakuya together." Kyoraku said while drinking sake.

"Hmm I know right. Putting two high and mighty captains together. Ahhh I wonder what their children will be like." Ukitake laughed at the thought. Kyoraku giggled while imagining Byakuya and Soifon's future children.

"You are mean as usual." Nanao stated to herself while tilted her glasses back into position.

"It's about time Kuchiki Byakuya got married. I sure everyone is surprise at the fact that two captains are getting married to one another." Unohana popped up from behind the two of them along with Isane.

"Yep, extremely surprised. Never thought it was possible." Kyoraku replied.

In another corner, most of the lieutenants were enjoying the event and gossiping with one another including Ichigo and Captain Hitsugaya.

"AAAWWW, Captain Soifon beat me at the race to getting a husband. I'm soo jealous! When will I get a husband?" Matsumoto moaned.

"Now now Rangiku, I'm sure one day you'll find someone decent" Hinamori comforted her.

"Besides, I don't think Byakuya or Soifon even wanted to get married so quit moping." Said Hitsugaya. Matsumoto tilted her head.

"What do you mean, Shiro?" Hinamori asked.

"What he means is that this is probably an arranged marriage. Everyone can tell. It's for formalities. Can you actually imagine Captain Soifon and Captain Kuchiki being in love with each other?" Renji joined in.

"Now that you mention it, that's actually kind of true. Aww but they would make such a cute couple if they were in love." Matsumoto pouted.

"Rukia, why on earth is Byakuya and Soifon together. Soifon is probably one of the last women I'd see Byakuya married with. Actually it's just plain weird that he's getting married to anyone." Said Ichigo.

"It's an arranged marriage you idiot. The higher ups decided this, there was no way out of it." Rukia explained.

"I feel bad for the both of them, to be forced upon something they don't wanna do." Ichigo was surprised that Byakuya didn't resist such a thing.

Everyone had their opinions and doubts about the marriage. It was something no one had expected at all. Of course, everyone was enjoying themselves. It was not that often that they had a chance to come into a noble estate to witness such an event.

Soifon had just got dressed and done her makeup. She was in the most fanciest wedding kimono ever. It was a beautiful pure white kimono with the most intricate gold detailing ever seen. It was expected as she was the bride of the head family member. Her hair was done up high and big with ornaments and accessories in it along with a big white veil covering her face. She sat alone in the room as the servants who helped her got dressed left. The door slide open and Yoruichi was to be seen.

"Wow! Soifon, you look amazing! You look fit to be a perfect wife of the Kuchiki head" Yoruichi was excited and amazed at the way Soifon was dressed.

"Please Yoruichi, don't. It good enough that I'm doing all this and I don't need you to remind me that I'm getting married to that idiot." Soifon said under the veil. Yoruichi sighed.

"There may not be much you can do not now but you can't pretend that none of this is happening." Said Yoruichi.

"Well it pains me when I know it's happening so I prefer to live through it like this." Soifon replied.

"Well if that what makes you feel better, then sure. Now its time to get up, its your queue for the wedding." Yoruichi helped Soifon get up and led her to the ceremony.

In another room. "Ah Master Kuchiki, you look very well put. It's your time to come out" said an elderly servant. Byakuya was dressed in a very elegant black kimono.

"Let's just hurry up and get this over with." Byakuya followed the elder servant out to the crowded. Everyone was seated in their rightful places waiting for the bride and groom. Byakuya walked out in front of everyone and sat down on his knees in his seat and faced the guests.

Suddenly the guests all turned back to see the bride arriving. Soifon was being carried inside a sedan. As they reached the front, the servants slowly bent down to bring the sedan down lower. A maid came to the side of the sedan to escort Soifon out of the sedan and next to Byakuya. Soifon sat right next to Byakuya on his left facing the guests. "Thank you all for coming today. Today we will witness to true unison of Kuchiki Byakuya and Shaolin Fon in this wedding." The two bowed down to the guests upon introduction. After a monk's chanting and a few ceremonial words Byakuya had to raise the veil from Soifon's face to reveal what was underneath. Byakuya then took Soifon's hand and said "I, Kuchiki Byakuya, head of the noble Kuchiki clan, take Shaolin Fon or Soifon as my wife and she will now be known as the wife of the Kuchiki head." With that he placed the ring onto her finger. Soifon bowed down at Byakuya and while down she said "I, Shaolin Fon or Soifon, head of the Fon Branch family under the Shihoin noble house proudly accepts Kuchiki Byakuya as my husband." As she got up, the two of them turned back to the guests and bowed once more. The elder came between them and announce to the crowd. "Now to conclude we have just witnessed the marriage of Kuchiki Byakuya and Kuchiki Soifon. Thank you all for your participation, please enjoy the rest of this evening's dinner and entertainment."

Byakuya and Soifon left for a while to get changed into something that was a little more comfortable for the evening as the guests continued on with the rest of the evening.

After they were dressed they came out to mingle with everyone else. Soifon was really tired and sick of listening to things such as "Congratulations", "You look amazing" and "You two make an adorable couple" over and over again. But she had to keep it up for a few hours. Byakuya on the other hand just went for the sake and no one really wanted to approach him. They could feel the aura around him warning people that they shouldn't come close.

Soifon and Byakuya were finally tied together. It felt like it was going to be a long night from today onwards.