Sorry for the wait folks! Here it is, the final chapter!
Thanks to some lovely people on tumblr, I had a small play list I listened to for this. If you'd like to listen to what I did, I played "A Thousand Years" by The Piano Guys as well as "Never Stop" (Wedding Version) by Safety Suit during the first part. Then I ended up picking "All Of Me" by John Legend for the first dance. I really just love that song and it fit. I also listened to "I'll be" by Edwin Mccain and "Everything" by Lifehouse, just while writing other parts. Those all helped set the mood for me ;) I hope you enjoy! :D
The entire hall seemed to go still as Regina stepped through. All eyes glued to the former queen, watching in amazement as she practically glided into the room. Her head was high, her shoulder's back and her confidence that of a queen.
Only Henry knew how tight her grip was on his arm. Only Emma knew how nervous she was under the confident façade. Only Regina knew just how happy she was despite that.
Emma didn't even blink as Regina approached the alter. She hardly remembered to breathe again. She knew how nervous Regina was, but Emma couldn't help losing her focus as she gazed upon the woman that held her heart.
As dark and cold as the woman had been once upon a time, she looked almost angelic as she neared, her body highlighted by sunlight streaming in the windows, her movements accompanied by the soft sounds of music filling the room. Emma was mesmerized.
It took her a moment to really focus on her face, but when she did, her heart swelled almost painfully.
Despite her nerves, Regina was smiling. And it was the smile rarely witnessed in public. Never seen by many of the people in the church watching her now.
It was the smile reserved for the ones that had her heart. The smile that showed only love and adoration. That showed the light and beauty that had once been buried so deep. It could have lit a room with it's radiance, and in Emma's opinion, it did.
So she smiled back. She tried to convey the overwhelming love she felt for her beautiful bride in the expression she gave her. She must have succeeded because Regina's happiness only rose, further overpowering the fear and nerves that had been weighing her down only moments prior.
Regina had used Henry to keep her upright and stable as she started walking, but the moment she saw Emma, the rest of the world disappeared. Anything holding her back was suddenly non-existent as her bride stood tall and stunning, just waiting for her.
The moment Emma's smile formed on her face, directed only at Regina, the brunette bride's heart skipped a beat.
She always thought that Emma was beautiful, but her hair was glowing in the light and her smile was so full of happiness and love, that Regina knew she had never seen anything so magical.
Time was stopped in that moment. No one else was there. It was only Emma and Regina.
The look exchanged as Regina finally reached the alter and stopped in front of Emma was connecting them stronger than their magical bond. There was nearly nothing that could have broken it but themselves and though a cleared throat from Archie and a gentle nudge from Henry tried to break them apart, it was only the two women that were able to finally break the gaze long enough to remember why they were there.
Regina finally took a breath as she blinked from Emma to look at Archie. The man cleared his throat again and looked to Henry, still standing strong and proudly at his mother's side.
"And who gives this woman to be married?"
"I do." Henry started and looked at Regina, before adding quietly, "But only symbolically. I'm not giving you up." The wedding party could hear him and all smiled fondly. Regina pulled him into a hug and felt him press a kiss to her cheek before whispering that he loved her.
When he stepped back, he held a hand up for Regina to take to step up next to Emma and the blonde was ready, reaching out for the woman's hand right away.
Emma winked at Henry as he moved away before she looked back to Regina and squeezed her hands affectionately. She saw the deep breath the woman took before squeezing her hands back and letting her smile return.
Archie shifted slightly and grinned at both women before regarding the room.
"Ladies and gentlemen, we are gathered here today to celebrate the union between Regina Mills and Emma Swan.
"In our land, we celebrate love and the magic of two souls coming together as one. We value the love that is real and true. We know that love conquers all and should always be fought for.
"Well these two know a lot about that and we are here to further solidify that bond created between them."
Regina and Emma were barely hearing the words, only really looking into each other's eyes. It took Archie another moment of his introduction before they managed to focus at all on the ceremony.
"Regina and Emma have chosen to write their own vows to one another. Regina? Would you like to start?"
Regina nearly flinched as her name was called, her focus having been solely on Emma. But she managed a quick recovery.
"Yes." She nodded and refocused on Emma. When her eyes caught the bright light in Emma's eyes, any growing nerves rescinded again. She smiled again and started.
"Emma…" Her voice came out slightly shaky, but she didn't dwell on it. "you…are infuriating."
Emma let out a small, involuntary snort and a few small giggles could be heard around them. Regina ignored it all and continued.
"You make me absolutely crazy. Since the day we met, you have systematically pushed every single one of my buttons and I know, I know, you enjoy it." She paused and Emma gave a cocky nod while the audience chucked lightly.
"You never let up. You never backed down. You never gave in. You never gave up. No matter what I threw at you, you just hit back harder.
"You are the strongest person I have ever met. You're my match in everyway. I lost hope on finding true love a long time ago and certainly never imagined it could have been right in front of me, wrapped in cheap leather-"
"Hey." Emma gave a soft protest and the audience laughed again. Regina tilted her head lightly, but was still smiling at Emma as she continued.
"I never imagined this would happen for me. That I would get such a chance again. You gave me everything, Emma. You gave me Henry and Haley… You gave me you… You gave me everything I ever wanted.
"I love you so much, Emma. And I vow to always love you. I vow to always care for you. To give you everything I can and more. To be your pillow every single night. To endure your nicknames. To hold you in the dark and protect you from all harm. To be with you always. I vow to love you Emma, forever."
Emma sucked in a breath as she reined in her emotions. She was giving a watery smile and Regina just held her hands and rubbed her thumbs over the backs of them. Emma took another deep breath.
"Regina…I do love pushing your buttons." She started and Regina's smile brightened as the audience around them laughed again. "I always have. From the moment we met, I knew you'd be my match. I knew you were tough. I knew you were not the kind to mess with. So of course, I did." She winked and waited for the room's chuckles to die down before she continued.
"You were a whole new kind of person for me. You keep me on my toes. You challenge me. You make me think. You make me want to be better. You make me better.
"I never used to believe in true love. I certainly never thought it was in the cards for me. And never,would I have imagined it would be right in front of me, hidden behind glares and sarcasm."
She grinned at Regina and squeezed her hands, getting a playful glare in response.
"The truth is though, that before I met you, I never had a home. I never had a family." She cleared her throat and Regina's eyes burned slightly. "I never belonged and I expected it to be like that forever.
"But then even when you weren't trying, you were becoming what I always wanted. What I always needed. It's never been the house or the things I have, Regina, it's been you. You are my home. With you, I never want to run again. It's you I want to run to. Because with you, I'm finally home."
She felt her eyes watering but wasn't deterred, instead gripping Regina's hands tighter.
"I love you, Regina, with all my heart. And I vow to always come home to you. To treat you like a queen and give you what you deserve. To always use you as a pillow. To keep you on your toes and argue back. But to do it lovingly. To always protect you from harm. To love you and always run back to you, forever."
They both had tears falling unnoticed as they stared into each other's eyes. Emma couldn't help it as she lifted one of Regina's hands and kissed her knuckles.
I love you,Regina mouthed to her and Emma returned it.
"Now, Regina and Emma have a unique situation here, what with a magical bond keeping their rings on already. But we'll still continue on with the "I do's" now."
The two women tried to gather themselves and both straightened slightly. They grasped each other's hands and held their gazes, smiling fondly and equally anxious to get to the next part of the ceremony.
"Regina Mills, do you take Emma Swan to be your wife?"
"I do." She said confidently, already tempted to pull Emma the rest of the way forward.
"And Emma Sw-"
"I do." Emma interjected and their family and friends laughed as Emma's cheeks showed a pink tint. She grinned through it though and Regina chuckled lightly.
"We're almost there, ladies." Archie shook his head and tried again, speaking a little faster so he wouldn't get interrupted. "Do you, Emma Swan, take Regina Mills to be your wife-"
"Well then, by the powers vested in me, I now declare you, again, married. You may now kiss your bride."
He was still finishing his sentence when Regina tugged Emma's hands and their lips touched even before their bodies came the rest of the way together.
The audience was on their feet clapping and cheering, but neither noticed. Though they'd done it hundreds of times before, both were immediately and completely consumed in the other.
Regina lifted a hand to Emma's cheek, sliding it back around her neck and moving her other around Emma's back.
Emma's arms just came around Regina to hold the woman as close as she could. All the emotions, the overwhelming love and care and Emma just wanted to feel Regina.
It took a solid minute for them to become aware of the people around them. They were too caught up in each other to have heard anyone, but finally, they pulled back to see everyone.
Emma unwrapped her arms so she could hold her hand open for Regina to take. Regina leaned in to kiss her cheek as she interlaced their fingers and they faced the room.
Everyone continued clapping for them, even Haley as she sat secured in her grandmother's arms, not sure what the excitement was about, but excited nonetheless. Both mothers smiled at her as they passed and walked down the aisle.
They made their way into the hallway and stood off to the side where they were to wait while everyone filed out and continued on to town hall for the reception. So they only had a brief moment alone, but Emma seized it.
The very second they made it out of sight, Emma turned and pulled Regina to her again. It seemed the brunette has the same idea in mind as her hands were already on Emma's cheeks, guiding their lips together softly.
"You are so beautiful." Regina whispered against Emma's lips. Emma kept her close, smiling shyly before gently kissing her again, unable to respond to such a compliment.
Instead, she rested her forehead against Regina's. She wrapped her arms around her waist and hugged her close.
"You took my breath away." She whispered honestly. Regina smiled and caressed Emma's cheek with her fingertips.
"Well I'll make it my goal to do that as many times as possible." She grinned and Emma shook her head.
"Then I'll never breathe again." She lifted her head to Regina's cheek, peppering a few small, loving kisses.
Regina was grinning like a teenager. She could hardly remember the last time she had felt such a young, giddy happiness.
She lifted Emma's chin and redirected her lips to her own and enjoyed the wonderful sensation. She didn't need a curse to break to know the magic of their kiss or the truth of their love. There was proof enough right here, right now.
"I love you so much, my beautiful, darling wife." Regina sighed happily, moving her arms around Emma's shoulders. Emma shook her head again as she regarded the other woman.
"I don't deserve you." She said quietly and Regina just tilted her head with a sad smile.
"My dear, you have it the wrong way. It is I, that has done nothing to deserve you." They shared the same look as Emma rubbed a hand up Regina's back.
"When are you going to understand the amazing gift you are to me?" She asked honestly. Regina's smile softened as she ran her fingertips down Emma's cheek again.
"Maybe the day you do."
Their foreheads came together again as they rested into each other, both reveling in the warmth and love provided by the other. Just as Emma was sneaking in to kiss Regina again, having an increasingly difficult time distancing herself, the doors opened and voices reached them, halting any further shows of affection.
They both painted smiles on their faces, turning towards the town's people filing out of the doors towards them now. They wanted to be alone, but neither could deny their happiness as they friends and family came to congratulate them.
Everyone made their way over to town hall, where the reception was set up. The entire place had been cleared and decorated for them and a large table sat in the center of the far wall for the wedding party and their family.
The white and purple colors and snow decorations made it look like a winter wonderland inside and were the combination of Mary Margaret and Regina's efforts combined. It was as magical as could be without the actual use of Regina's abilities.
Everyone looked around in awe as they took their seats. Mary Margaret was hustling around, but finally joined her husband and grandchildren at their table.
"When are my moms getting here?" Henry asked, already slightly impatient. He knew he could smell food, but would have to wait until after the dance and so he was ready for it all to get moving.
"They'll be here any minute, honey. They're just taking a few more pictures on their own." Mary Margaret reached for Haley and bounced the girl up in her lap. Haley was reaching as far onto the table a she could, trying to grab at the centerpiece. Mary Margaret was doing her best to settle her.
"I think she's getting bored too." Henry laughed as Haley slapped her hands hard onto the table in frustration at being held back.
"Sweetie, no." Mary Margaret said calmly, though Haley was not having it. She grunted loudly and lurched forward again. This time though, despite the floral arrangement being much too far away, suddenly, it appeared in her hands and Haley grinned triumphantly.
"Umm…did she just-"
"I think so." Mary Margaret finished for her husband. Haley's finger's were pulling at the pedals happily while the other three people at the table stared silently. Henry grinned and shook his head.
"Hey, can you get me some of that cake?" He asked her and Mary Margaret rolled her eyes.
"You two…you're gonna be a handful together I can already see." She smiled and Henry laughed, tapping Haley and trying to get her to look at the cake and maybe magic him a piece. It seemed to be a fruitless attempt though as the girl was much to preoccupied with tearing the flowers apart. Their attention was taken though, when Archie grabbed a microphone and cleared his throat.
Regina and Emma stood just outside, giving everyone a moment to settle inside before they entered. Emma was already feeling a little tired and overwhelmed from so much attention from the ceremony and the pictures. It was all so out of her element, not even taking into consideration the heels and dress she was wearing.
Regina was on the same page as far as being exhausted and already ready to settle, but they both knew now was the party for everyone and they would have to continue some parading around for awhile longer.
When they heard Archie's voice announcing them as a couple, both took deep breaths and spared a smile for each other before stepping through the doors opening for them.
The room applauded and the pair stepped in together. They instantly painted on smiles once again, ignoring the ache forming in their cheeks.
The music started and the smiles became easier. Emma felt a small jolt of joy when she managed to get her hand to Regina's waist, happy her wife was willing to let her lead this one. As John Legend's voice reached them, his words fitting quite well, Emma pulled Regina against her.
What would I do without your smart mouth?
Drawing me in and you kicking me out,
You got my head spinning, no kidding, I can't pin you down,
What's going on in that beautiful mind,
I'm on your magical mystery ride,
And I'm so dizzy, don't know what hit me, but I'll be alright.
Emma smiled, her lips pressed Regina's shoulder. She felt Regina's arm circle around her shoulders tighter and the two just swayed together.
My heads underwater, but I'm breathing fine,
You're crazy and I'm out of my mind.
Regina lost focus of anyone else in the room as she turned her head so her cheek was resting against Emma's.
'Cause all of me,
Loves all of you,
Love your curves and all your edges,
Love your perfect imperfections,
Give your all to me,
I'll give my all to you,
You're my end and my beginning,
Even when I lose I'm winning.
Despite the day having already worn them out slightly, neither noticed their fatigue any longer. Emma turned and pressed her lips lightly to Regina's cheek. This whole celebration might not be her thing, but she could dance with Regina forever.
How many times do I have to tell you,
Even when you're crying, you're beautiful too,
The world is beating you down, I'm around through every mood,
You're my downfall, you're my muse,
My worst distraction, my rhythm and blues,
I can't stop singing, it's ringing in my head for you
"Are you happy?" Emma whispered, keeping her lips against Regina's cheek.
"More than I ever thought possible." Regina pulled back to look into Emma's eyes. There was only truth in her words and Emma didn't need a superpower or magical bond to know that.
They closed the distance between them, blocking out everyone else in the room as their lips met. They just held each other close, not even noticing when the music finally ended and people were cheering again.
It took a few more minutes before they came back down to reality. A squeal from an impatient baby in her grandmother's arms is what finally got her attention.
Smiling, the pair made their way over to their table, Regina scooping up her daughter before she took her seat next to Emma. Now that they were finally able to stop moving, both women took a second to look around the room.
Regina seemed rather impressed by it all and Emma enjoyed seeing her so relaxed and laid back now. They spent some time after the food was served, just enjoying each other's company. Haley made her way to each lap at the table and all were happy to have her. The continued on as the whole room ate their meals, until a clinking sound grabbed their attention.
Emma looked to her side to see Ruby standing, her glass and a knife in hand. Nerves grew slightly, wondering what her friend would say and not wanting to be the center of attention anymore.
"Attention everybody. As Emma's Maid of Honor, I'd like to start the toasts." Ruby started and everyone around them seemed to quiet down.
Emma set her fork down and tried to pretend everyone wasn't looking at them. Regina reached for her hand under the table and squeezed it as Ruby continued.
"So, Emma and I have been friends for awhile. She wasn't so social when she came to town, but after the curse broke, we started getting really close and now I can say she is one of my best friends."
She grinned down at Emma who gave her a kind smile back. As much as it frustrated her that her previous best friend was lost when she became her mother, she was glad to have gotten the opportunity to befriend Ruby for real.
"And as her best friend, I have the right, and the pleasure, of tormenting Emma from time to time." She paused as laughter filled the hall and Emma gave a fake glare to her. "Which of course she makes so easy. For instance, when she does things, like…oh I don't know, getting drunk and hitting on the mayor."
She paused and pressed a button before the screen on the far wall lit up to show a picture of Emma leaning on Regina at the bar the night of their first marriage. It was a less than flattering image of the blonde, as she was clearly inebriated and Regina was showing her best glare, though this version showed her eyes unfocused the intimidation was lost.
Ruby was really glad she had kept the pictures in her phone. She knew they'd come in handy one day, though this was not the scenario she'd been thinking of that night.
Everyone laughed at the picture up and Emma smiled through it, though now it was Regina sending the glares to Ruby. They were easily ignored and Ruby clicked the button in her hand a few times to show another couple pictures in succession.
"As you can see, Emma's given me plenty of material to work with." She grinned and Emma jabbed her in the side. "Anyway, though the night these pictures were taken led to plenty of joking and teasing, it also started something else.
"While the chemistry between them was there since day one, the night these two accidentally tied the knot…or bonded the souls I guess, is when everything really changed. And while they didn't always see it, I could. The looks, the attitude, how Regina had Emma whipped instantly."
The room erupted in laughter again, though more at Emma's beat red face and Regina's triumphant grin, than the actual words. Ruby was really enjoying herself, but managed to calm down a bit to continue.
"But in all seriousness, watching these two transform has been amazing. They've both grown and developed together and watching their love has only inspired me and I know I'm not alone in that." She turned and looked over at the couple now smiling softly. "You both are two of my best friends and I wish you the happiest of endings together."
She rose her glass and everyone followed suit. Emma took a sip and gave Ruby a hug before turning to Regina. After a sweet kiss, she moved her lips towards Regina's ear and whispered.
"I am not whipped" She stated adamantly. Regina grinned and gave her arm a pat.
"Of course not, sweetie. And you're also not a bottom." She winked and turned as Jessica now stood, gaining the room's attention. Emma's mouth dropped open, but she remained silent as Jessica began.
"Excuse me, everyone." Jessica tried to gain everyone's attention but when her voice didn't reach, she cleared her throat and tried again. "Excuse me." Her voice boomed a bit louder than and Regina smirked, remembering one of the reasons she was fond of the redhead. "Thank you." She smiled. "I feel privileged to have been asked to be Regina's maid of honor. I feel privileged to be considered a friend, honestly. Regina is a very special and unique individual. She's changed my life without even realizing it.
"When I started working for her, I was a little lost. I was happy enough, but I didn't have a lot going on. Not a lot of friends and the only job I could get was working for the Evil Queen." She paused and winked at Regina who was shaking her head but smiling. Everyone else could see it was all in good fun and laughed along with her.
"But my life started changing slowly then. I realized I was working, not for some vial scary dictator, but for a confident, strong, independent woman. And she influenced me. She helped me find my own confidence. She helped me find my own happiness." Now she glanced down and smiled fondly at Ruby, who was returning the look with a small blush.
"Watching Regina fall for Emma was, as Ruby said, inspirational. I'm so grateful to have them both in my life. I wish them all the happiness in the world. To Regina and Emma." She lifted her glass and again, the room followed her as they toasted the newlyweds.
"Thank you, dear." Regina knew she liked Jessica. She knew they were friends. She knew Ruby was her friend and that they all got along wonderfully. But that didn't stop the warm feeling of hearing it like that. She was never a friend like this before. She never had people like this before and she wondered if she'd ever completely get used to it.
They continued to eat for a bit, kids running about as adults talked at their tables. Before long, music had started up again and people danced around without care.
Emma and Regina took some time just to speak with people and sit together. Emma tried not to notice her parents, somehow managing to embarrass her with their moves, out on the dance floor. She did however, watch adoringly as Henry spun Haley around in his arms.
While she sat next to Regina, who was seemingly deep in conversation with Archie, Emma just enjoyed herself. She watched everyone, Regina, her children, her whole family and all her friends. Even her embarrassing parents, who had finally calmed enough to sit again and enjoy some cake.
This all started the day she sat and watched everyone around her pairing up and had felt to left out of it all. That, plus a fight with her parents and a very very drunken night. But it all lead here. As Emma watched her parent giggle and laugh together, her children dancing out on the floor in front of everyone, and her wife with a bright, genuinely happy smile, Emma knew the journey was so worth it.
Worth every therapy session, worth another new home, the nightmares, the kidding and mocking. All of it. She do every second of it again and again if it brought her this happy ending.
-5 Years later-
"Haley." Regina used as stern a voice as she could on the grinning girl. She had Emma's chin though, and that smile was a hard one to get past. "What did Mommy say?"
Haley giggled and moved to take a step back, away from the woman. Regina rose her eyebrows and crossed her arms. That got the girl to stop, though now she stuck her bottom lip out, trying the pout on her now. Regina stepped closer again and knelt down to be at her level.
"What did Mommy say?" She asked slowly, now trying to avoid the puppy dog eyes, also inherited from her blonde mother. Haley looked at her feet as she shuffled around. She looked up slowly and gave her most innocent look.
"No playing magic without Mommy or Mama." She said quietly.
"No magic on Henry." She stuck her lip out again and leaned towards Regina, clearly hoping to win her over without a punishment. Regina put two fingers under her chin and made sure to get her attention.
"So why, young lady, did you poof away your brother?" She kept her stern gaze and Haley really looked guilty now.
"Because why, Haley? Tell Mommy why you broke the rules."
"'Cause he said I have to wear dresses today!" She stomped her foot indignantly and Regina startled slightly at the outburst. She sighed and ran her fingers through her hair.
"Okay, well sweetie, just because you're upset, doesn't mean you get to play magic. You know better than that."
"M'sorry Mommy." She doubled her efforts on the pout, but Regina was getting better at handling it.
"Sweetheart, you know the rules and you have to face the consequences. You do have to wear a dress, just like me and Mama. And no treats at the wedding."
"No buts, young lady. No sweets for the rest of the day and you apologize to your brother."
"Okay." She looked down again and Regina wrapped an arm around her to pull her into a hug.
"I love you, sweetheart. Just no more playing magic without me."
"I love you too."
Regina gave Haley an extra squeeze before the front door opened and Emma stepped through.
"Found him at docks." She announced as she stepped to the side and an annoyed looking teenager stepped through. Regina stood and checked him over, her hands cupping his face.
"Are you okay, honey?"
"Yeah, just scared the crap out of some seagulls." He shrugged, losing a bit of steam at Regina's sympathetic smile.
"Well, your sister has something to say. Isn't that right, Haley?" She reached back and took Haley's hand, pulling the girl in front of her. Henry tried to shake off the rest of his irritation, not wanting to intimidate her.
"Sorry, Henry." Again she spoke quietly and Henry almost didn't hear her. But he sighed and smiled and poked her belly, getting her to look up at him.
"I forgive you." He knew he always would. No matter how many times she zapped him, made all his socks disappear, turned his hair pink, attacked him with swarms of butterflies, or poofed him to the middle of town somewhere, he would always forgive her.
Haley grinned slightly, knowing she already had him won over again.
"Alright you two, upstairs. It's time to get ready. Haley, we'll be up in a minute to help you." Regina instructed and both children turned and ran up the stairs.
Emma groaned and shook her head as soon as the kids were out of earshot. Regina was chuckling, turning to her and placing her hands on Emma's waist to pull her closer.
"Everything's fine." She immediately tried to reassure. Emma let herself be pulled in and wrapped her own arms around her wife.
"That was pretty far, Regina. All the way on the other side of town."
"I know. She's been acting out even more recently."
"Well you know that's probably only going to get worse." Emma pointed out. Regina sighed and took Emma's hands.
"She wants attention. It's normal. We'll work with her more one on one and have more family time. It's a phase, Emma. We'll get through it and she'll eventually come around." She smiled and Emma couldn't help return it.
"I hope you're right."
"I am. Now, you, upstairs. You have a dress to get into." She got an immediate frown from Emma.
"Aww, do I have to?" She used a childish voice rivaling Haley's and Regina gave her the same stern expression.
"Yes. Move, now. We're going to be late."
Emma turned with a pout. She yelped when Regina smacked her ass, and turned to give her a playful glare.
"Just wait till tonight." She winked. "No more ordering me around."
"You've been getting awfully cocky Miss Swan. Just because our circumstance have changed slightly, doesn't mean our relationship has." She smirked and stepped by Emma, walking confidently up the stairs. Emma rolled her eyes, but her determination didn't wane.
Emma was relieved when the ceremony was over. She didn't mind weddings, but because she and Regina and her mother were all in this one, that meant it was up to David to pacify all the kids. She could tell he was struggling the whole time and was worried Haley would act out again, having limited attention on her.
She got to her daughter quickly once the pictures were taken and carried her to the other side of the park where the reception was being held. Haley was content when she was in someone's arms, but she was getting bigger and that wasn't an option constantly.
She got Haley settled and was joined by their family soon after. David looked exhausted and Emma smiled as he sat down, a little girl in his own lap.
"I'm impressed at your ability to juggle children." She laughed as he tried to get the four year old to sit down next to him in front of her own plate. He shook his head and gave a tired smile.
"You know, just Haley I can handle. Haley and Caitlyn I can even handle." He smiled down at his younger daughter, dark hair like her mother. "But Haley, Caitlyn and Connor…that was a difficult one." He said right as his wife approached, holding the hand of a small blonde boy as they came to the table.
"Yeah well, you should have thought about that when you decided to have twins." Emma grinned, always mocking them for how exhausted they were.
"Oh yes, because we had so much control over that." David rolled his eyes. "I'm gonna laugh when it happens to you."
"Don't joke." Emma shook her head immediately and both her parents giggled at the response. Regina and Henry joined them just before the music started for the newlywed couple to share their first dance.
Once the dance was completed, just as it had been with her own wedding, the new couple joined them at their table and all were finally able to enjoy a meal.
"You know it's about time, you two." Emma looked pointedly across the table. "I mean, it took you long enough." Regina pinched her thigh under the table, but Emma ignored her.
"Well you know Emma, not everyone marries on their first date." Ruby grinned at her friend, her hand holding Jessica's gently.
"Yeah yeah yeah." Despite Regina's abuse to her leg, Emma slid an arm around her shoulders and the brunette leaned into her.
"What about children?" Mary Margaret couldn't help her question it seemed. Even though she was exhausted from her twins, she still loved to discuss the topic and was always excited for any baby news. One would think she'd enough of it recently.
"We kind of want to stay the cool aunts for awhile longer." Jessica answered for the pair, Ruby nodding at her side.
"Yeah, there's a lot of kids around here that need us to have their backs. We'll start a family eventually."
"You could always borrow one. There's plenty around." Emma joked and Ruby looked to her and her wife.
"Yeah well if you two end up with twins as well, we could borrow one of them."
Emma rolled her eyes, but her smile turned soft and adoring as she placed her hand on Regina's steadily growing belly. Placing a kiss on Regina's cheek, she held her closer and rubbed a hand up and down her arm.
Twins would be exhausting. But then if they could handle a teenager and a magical daughter, along with rowdy younger siblings and an entire town, Emma knew they could handle anything. Emma finally had her family. One very large, very crazy family, but it was one she would do anything for.
She may have picked Regina that night because everyone else was taken and by process of elimination, there was simply no one left for her. But now, Emma understood that no matter what, Regina would have been the only one left for her.
This was the life she was meant for. This was the destiny she would fight for. This big, crazy family with her beautiful, strict, loving, temperamental, kind, overprotective, wonderful wife. This was it for her.
Emma sat back and held her wife, watched her children, talked to her friends and knew beyond any doubt, she finally had the happiness and family she always wanted.
And they all lived happily ever after…The END.
I want to thank everyone who has read this story, reviewed, favorited, anything. I appreciate the support so much, you don't know how much it means to me. This story never had that detailed of an outline past the initial premise of their marriage and magical bond and then the basic idea of how it would end in these last 2 chapters, so everyone that hung on through all the twists and turns in the story, thank you. Thank you to kaley214 and awhitefairytale for pre-reading some/many of these chapters to reassure me they didn't suck. ;) I sincerely hope you enjoyed the story. Thank you for sticking with me throughout the journey.
If you'd like, as this is the last chapter, to leave me one final review to say what you thought- short and sweet, or long and detailed, I love it all- and I would be so grateful. Thanks again! Until next time!