Here we are! The final chapter! This is where it all ends!
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Originally the last chapter was going to be a bit of a steamy one, but you know me, I love a bit of fluffy Johnlock goodness. So, here we have a nice cute ending!
DISCLAIMER: (SPOILER ALERT!) A lot of the Vicar's dialogue was from a wedding website, because I have NO IDEA how a wedding ceremony goes...! The first poem in the ceremony does not belong to me at all, it's from the interwebz. However the SECOND poem is mine! PLEASE ask me if you want to use it anywhere else! Thank you!
Thank you so much for reading my story and sticking through with me to the very end! I love you!
John sighed as he fixed Sherlock's tie. "Stop panicking. You'll be fine."
Sherlock swallowed hard. "This is the maddest thing I've ever done."
"You're shaking, just calm down. Everything will be fine."
Sherlock groaned. "I think I'm going to be sick."
"Not all over your nice suit." John tiptoed up to kiss him. "You look gorgeous."
Sherlock smiled, nervously. "Thank you."
"Let's do this."
The big double door they were standing behind opened up and the bridal song began to play. The people sitting either side of the aisle turned to smile at the two grooms. Sherlock tensed up and grabbed John's hand.
"Relax. You look amazing." John whispered.
"Please don't let me trip over."
They started the slow walk up the aisle, and Sherlock didn't trip once. They reach the end of the aisle and the vicar smiled at them.
"Ladies and gentlemen," he began. "We are gathered here today to witness the marriage of Sherlock Holmes and John Watson. We are here to celebrate their union and to honour their commitment to each other. Today both partners will proclaim their love for one another and we are here to celebrate with them. If any person present knows of any lawful reason why these two should not be wed, speak now or forever hold your peace."
Sherlock's head dropped and he squeezed his eyes shut.
John looked around to make sure no one was going to interrupt them, but all he could see were smiling faces. He looked back at Sherlock and laughed. He stretched up and kissed his cheek. "Relax, no one's going to stop us."
Sherlock opened his eyes and let out a relieved sigh. "Thank God."
The vicar continued. "I would like to now read from a poem of the groom's choice." He cleared his throat:
"On the wings of an eagle,
My love for you flies.
Soaring higher and higher,
And touching the skies.
I reached up above,
And pulled a star from the sky.
To place it within,
Your precious mind's eye.
To dwell there forever,
As my love for you.
On the wings of our love,
Enduring and true.
I honour you, my darling,
With all that I am.
Please, darling, please,
Will you be my man?
There are so many things,
My heart wants to say.
I love you, sweetheart,
There is no other way."
John smiled shyly at Sherlock. "It reminded me of us. Of you."
Sherlock smiled. "I have something for you too." He pulled out a crumpled piece of paper from his pocket. "I wrote you a poem." He paused before speaking:
"Your eyes are blue,
Your skin is soft,
Your lips, I pursue
Keep my heart aloft.
You're touch like fire,
Your kisses like heat,
Fill me with desire,
When our bodies meet.
Your mouth so sweet,
Your hands so strong,
Yet gentle and neat,
In your arms, I belong.
I've never known,
A love so strong,
Until I met you,
My one, my only, my John."
John's eyes watered. "I love you."
Sherlock smiled. "I love you too."
The vicar smiled happily. "Marriage joins two people in the circle of its love. It is a commitment to life, the best that two people can find and bring out in each other. It offers opportunities for learning and growth that no other opportunity can equal. It is both a physical and emotional joining that is promised for a lifetime. Happiness is fuller, memories are fresher and commitment is deeper. Marriage understands and forgives the mistakes that life is unable to avoid. When two people pledge their love and care for each other within a marriage they create a spirit which binds them closer than any spoken or written words. Marriage is a promise written in the hearts of two people who love each other and it takes a lifetime to fulfil. Will everyone now please stand for a hymn."
The entire room stood up, picking up their hymn sheets. Everyone sang 'Amazing Grace'.
"Today you will exchange vows of marriage which will unite you as life partners." The vicar announced. "These vows are a promise of a lifelong commitment. Before you are both joined together in marriage it is my duty to remind you of the solemn and binding character of the vows you are about to make. I am now going to ask you each in turn to declare that you know of no legal reason why you may not be joined together in marriage. John, if you would begin."
John smiled up at Sherlock. "I do solemnly declare that I know not of any lawful impediment why I may not be joined in marriage to Sherlock Holmes."
Sherlock grinned. "And I solemnly swear I am up to no good." He rolled his eyes. "And I do solemnly declare that I know not of any lawful impediment why I may not be joined in marriage to John Watson."
The vicar nodded happily. "And now the vows. I believe you have written your own? John?"
John looked nervous for the first time that day. He took out a piece of paper from his pocket and began to read from it. "Sherlock, if someone had told me that when I'd met you, I'd one day be marrying you, I'd have laughed at them. I had no idea at the time that I was destined to fall hopelessly, madly in love with you. And I did. Like a sucker I fell head over heels in love with you. It's been a crazy, bumpy, emotional road, but I wouldn't change a thing. I love you, and I'll love your for as long as I live."
Sherlock felt a lump catch in his throat. "Right… well, I don't quite know how to follow that." He pulled out the same piece of paper from before and turned it over. "John… John, before you, there was nothing. My life was like a blank canvas in an empty room. I was alone, and vulnerable and miserable. But you brought colour into my life. You filled the emptiness and you chased away all the monsters. You were the first person to ever be brave enough to love me and I don't know how to ever thank you for that. But I promise you this: I will never stop loving you. I will always belong to you. You will always be my John."
John's lower lip wobbled. He let out a tiny sob and pulled Sherlock to him. He hid his face in Sherlock's chest while he sobbed.
"I love you." Sherlock kissed John's hair.
John looked up with watery eyes. "I love you too."
"Do you, Sherlock, take John to be your lawful wedded husband, to be loving, faithful and loyal to him for the rest of your life together?" The vicar asked.
Sherlock nodded. "I do."
"And do you, John, take Sherlock to be your lawful wedded husband, to be loving, faithful and loyal to him for the rest of your life together?"
The vicar looked to the best man, Lestrade. "May we have the rings, please?"
Lestrade stepped forward, smiling, and gave each John and Sherlock a matching gold ring.
Sherlock slipped the ring on John's finger and kissed the back of his hand. "I give you this ring as a symbol of my love. All that I am I give to you, and all that I have I share with you."
John grinned and slipped Sherlock's ring onto his finger. "I promise to love you, to be faithful and loyal, in good times and bad. May this ring remind you always of the words we have spoken today."
The vicar smiled. "It is my pleasure to announce that you are now marred. You may now kiss."
"My favourite part." John grinned. He tip-toed up and pulled Sherlock into a tender kiss as everyone stood up and applauded.
Sherlock smiled down at John. "I'll love you, always."
John smiled back. "Always."
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