Here it is...the last chapter of this story! For now ;) I made a poll on my profile asking if I should do a sequel! Just go on and vote!
And I'd like to thank all my loyal reader and reviewers for that support! It really made me happy that this story was a success as well!
Now, let's all take a deep breath for some last romance!
Kate was sitting on one of the balconies high up in the towers of Erebor. The view was breathtaking for she could see the whole city of Dale which had been rebuild again by the allience of dwarves, elves and Men.
Little Frerin was sitting on her lap, now already half a year old.
"Tomorrow will be an important day for your father and me, my son. He will be crowned as King under the Mountain and afterwards we'll marry!"
Frerin squealed and Kate couldn't help but laugh, gently stroking his dark brown hair, his round blue eyes watched her full of joy and curiousity.
"Have a lot of fun?" Thorins voice spoke up as he entered the balcony with Rose on his arm. The little blonde girl was asleep, a happy smile curled her lips.
"I just told your son that his father will be crowned as king tomorrow" she replied and reached for his hand. Thorin sank down next to her.
"I guess most of the people are still weary from your sisters wedding yesterday" he said and a smirk curled his lips.
"You mean you're still weary from Thranduils strong wine" she teased him. He simply pulled her closer, kissed her deeply but got interrupted as Frerin grabbed his braidings and gently pulled at them.
Thorin chuckled. "You're just like your uncle was. The name fits you perfectly" he said and tapped his sons nose.
He looked at Kate and could see an immense loving gaze in her eyes. He watched her questioningly as she finally said, "I can't wait to officially be your wife tomorrow"
He smiled and stroked through her long, golden hair. "I love you, Kate. All the three of you"
Next day came faster than expected and Thorin was very nervous. He fumbled at his belt, checked his face and hair in the mirror.
"You look just fine! Don't worry, laddie" Balin said as he entered the royal bedroom.
"How many had come?" Thorin asked still looking into the mirror.
"Hard to say. Might be thousands, might be even three or four thousands" Balin replied thoughtfully. Thorin sighed.
Balin added, "Elves of Mirkwood, Elves of Rivendell, people from Laketown, Dale, and of course all the dwarves from the Iron Hills, Ered Luin and all the other kingdoms"
"Alright, let's do this" Thorin finally said and left the room with his companion. Dwalin was waiting for them in the throne hall.
"Just for your info...Kate looks incredibly beautiful in her dress" Dwalin said and embraced Thorin tightly.
"Good luck, my friend"
The three of them stepped out of the main gate. Thorins heart was racing as he saw all those people of all races waiting for him to finally become King under the Mountain.
His eyes drifted to Thranduil who was holding Rose on his arms while Fili was holding Frerin. Kate seemed to be still hidden were she could see him but he could not see her.
Thrain stepped closer to him, the crown of his grandfather Thror gleaming in the light of the sun. He placed the crown upon his sons head.
"Now come the days of the King..." Thrain said and Thorin smiled at his father. Thrains hand rested on Thorins shoulder as he softly added, "May they be blessed"
He stepped aside and Thorin faced the crowd who cheered and clapped for the King.
"This day does not belong to myself alone but to all of you! Without the allience of dwarves, elves and Men this day might not be a merry one"
It was by now that a procession of Men walked towards him, led by Lindsey and his sister Dís. They stepped aside and revealed Kate in a long, white dress. Her eyes were shining, so deeply in love. He was stunned by her beauty.
Slowly he took her hand and led her back to the place he'd been crowned just moments before.
It was Gandalf now stepping closer, a merry smile on his face.
"Please, take your hands" the wizard said and Thorin took her left hand in his right one. Gandalf began binding their wrists with a white ribbon.
He then began,
"To all present I say: We are gathered here, not to witness the beginning of what will be, but rather what already is! We do not create this marriage, because we cannot. We can and do, however, celebrate with Kate and Thorin the wondrous and joyful occurrence that has already taken place in their lives, and their commitment they make today"
He stopped talking and gestured them to make their own vows.
Thorin began, his voice shaky as he said,
"Kate, today I become your husband and you become my wife, my Queen. I will strive to give you the best of myself, while accepting you the way you are.
I promise to keep myself open to you, to let you in to my innermost fears and feelings, secrets and dreams. And finally, I promise to love you in good times and bad, with all I have to give and all that I am, in the only way I know how – completely and forever"
There was a moment of silence before most of the female guests sighed and Kate felt tears running down her cheeks.
She tried to steady her voice as she said,
"Thorin, I take you to be my husband, my King, my partner in life, father of our two lovely children and my one true love. I will cherish our union and love you more each day than I did the day before. I will trust you and respect you, laugh with you and cry with you, loving you faithfully through good times and bad, regardless of the obstacles we may face together.
I give you my hand, my heart, and my love, from this day forward for as long as we both shall live"
Once again silence overcame them, Thorin smiled lovingly at her and Lindsey couldn't help but cry. Fili pulled her into his arms, placed a kiss on her head.
Gandalf cleared his throat and gestured Dís to bring the rings. Thorins sister stepped to them, holding a little red pillow on which rested two identical golden rings.
Thorin took the ring and said,
"I give you this ring, as I give to you all that I am, and accept from you, all that you are"
With that he put the ring on her finger. She smiled and took the other ring and said,
"This ring is a token of my love. I marry you with this ring, with all that I have and all that I am"
Finally the rings had been exchanged.
Gandalf raised his hands as he spoke once more,
"I hereby pronounce you husband and wife. Thorin, you may kiss your bride"
The white ribbon was cut off by Thrain and Thorin pulled Kate closer, his lips met hers in a long, tender kiss.
The whole crowd cheered and clapped. Tears of joy were flowing. Lindsey ran up to Kate, wrapped her arms around her.
"Oh, I'm so happy and proud!" she called still teary-wet eyes.
"Now we're officially royals" Kate chuckled.
Fili handed her little Frerin, Thranduil handed Rose to Thorin.
The little family stood close together as Thorin whispered to Kate,
She smiled and replied,
And in unison,
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