A/N Hi everybody! This is the last chapter of this story, and then it will be completed. There's going to be more details in the author's note at the end. And I did not know about how complicated weddings were. Also, the vows in this chapter are Celtic.
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Six Months Later
I stared at myself in the mirror, beaming. After six long, but fun, months of planning, I was going to marry him.
The love of my life.
Even when I thought his name it made me smile and a fire start in my chest. I hadn't seen him all day, which felt kind of weird now. Over the last six months we had been joined at the hip.
"Mer! Omg, you look amazing!" I heard someone yell. I turned around, the fabric of my dress swishing. Rae ran into the room, and gave me a big hug. I hugged her back, probably messing up my hair. I didn't care. I hadn't seen her in awhile.
"You look really good as well," I said, grinning at her. "It's so great to see you!"
"You too. Sorry I couldn't come to the rehearsal dinner."
"It's totally fine."
Rae was going to be my maid of honor. She had become my best friend over the months of the Selection, and even though she had to go back to Dakota, we had stayed in contact.
"Are you excited?"
"Yeah! I still can't believe I'm getting married!" I squealed, bouncing on my toes.
Rae quickly looked me up and down again. "Sit down. I'll fix your hair."
I sat down in the chair, and my best friend quickly pulled my hair back up. Rae clipped in the flower hairpiece, and then took a small box out of her purse.
"What's that?" I asked, a bit confused.
"Something new, right?"
She opened the box to show me some gorgeous silver earrings that shimmered. I gasped, my eyes growing wide.
"These are so pretty!" I exclaimed. Rae took them out of the box, and carefully put them in my ears. I smiled at my reflection.
"Do you have the blue thing and the old thing?"
"Yeah," I said. I showed her a bracelet, which was golden. It had a blue gem on it. "It's from Leo. he gave it to me yesterday."
I then grabbed the pendant around my neck and showed it to her. It had a cloudy white jewel in the middle.
"This was my grandmother's," I explained.
"Ooh, it's pretty," Rae said, looking at it closely.
"Hey Mer. Lookin good," I heard Kalliope say. She, Luna, and Lottie were at the door, in their dresses. They were my bridesmaids.
"It's no surprise Leo chose you," Lottie said, examining her nails. She looked up and added, "Oh, sorry Rae."
"It's okay," Rae said truthfully. "I'm over it."
"Is everyone here?" I asked.
"Yeah," Kalliope answered. "Some people are still coming in, but I'm pretty sure no one is going to come in late."
"Are you nervous?" Luna asked, looking a little worried.
"A little," I admitted. "But I'm mostly excited. I mean, I'm getting married! After today I'm going to be Merideth Schreave."
"It does roll of the tongue nicely," Lottie offered.
"But I'm going to be Queen. I mean, I don't know a lot about politics. But I'll learn, I guess," I said, shrugging.
Kalliope gave me a little hug. "You're going to do great. The public loves you, and that'll never change."
Before I could get a word out Luna gasped really loudly. We all turned to her, concerned looks on our faces. She turned pink, but opened up a small purse and pulled out something. It was a square box.
"Something borrowed," she said shyly, and handed me the package. I opened it up to see a silver tiara. In the middle there was a green jewel, probably an emerald. I gasped, maybe even louder then Luna did.
"It's beautiful," I whispered. Kalliope snatched it out of my hands and placed the tiara on my head.
"It matched your eyes," Rae said.
I pulled all four of them into a group hug. "Thanks. You guys are the best."
Kalliope grinned. "Ya know it!"
I stood in front of the altar as the music began to play. I was about to be married to Mer, the girl I loved more then anything. I felt strangely calm for once, and at peace.
I scanned the crowd, seeing many familiar faces. I recognized many former Selected. I was stunned to see Val holding an adorable sleeping baby, and Amber with a ring on her finger and a man on her arm. I also saw Chrystal sitting down. I nudged Tristan, and pointed at her. His face lit up.
Everyone say down, and I saw the bridesmaids enter the room. Everyone turned to look at them. They were all wearing lavender dresses that reached the floor with short sleeves.
First up was Rae, the maid of honor and my future wife's best friend. Her hair was braided back, and she smiled kindly at me when I caught her eye.
Next was Kalliope, who was looking around and smiling at everyone. She had bright-red lipstick on, and her eyes caught on a blonde guy sitting next to Cass. After her came Luna, her golden eyes nervously darting from right to left. She glanced at Marius, and a smile spread across her face quicker than the speed of light. Lottie walked behind her, her blonde hair down, and she smirked when we made eye contact.
Then I heard the clicking of shoes on the marble floor. I heard the doors open, and saw Merideth Kressin walk in the room.
Her blonde hair was curled and pulled up, and a tiara lay on her head. Her green eyes sparkled with happiness. Her cheeks were light pink, and her lips slightly darker. She wore a white dress, which clung to her body in all the best ways possible. The skirt was ruffled, and the top was decorated with lace that travelled down her arms. She radiated happiness, and the whole audience had smiles on their faces.
She took her father's arm and walked down the aisle. My smile grew as she came closer. She grabbed my hands and we stared into each other's eyes. The whole room was silent, you could hear a pin drop.
"Merideth," I began. "Ever since I first met you, I wanted to be around you. You're always so positive, and whenever I see you or just think of you, I can feel myself getting happier. I love the way you told everyone to call you Mer the minute you met them. I love the way you're kind to everyone. I love the way you don't give up, and how you can brighten everyone's day. You're so passionate, so talented, so selfless, and so friendly. You have a strong will and a heart the size of the sea. You never leave my mind. I'm so lucky that I have you. Sometimes the world can be so cruel, and it can be hard to live in. You being here just improves the world so much. Mer, you're like a beacon of light to me and everyone here. I love you. I'll never stop."
She was grinning so wide, and tears were running down her cheeks. She quickly brushed tears of her face, and took a deep breath.
"Leo, to tell the truth, I first entered the Selection to help my family out," Mer admitted. "But when I met you, I found another reason to stay here. You're different then you were on T.V. You are so kind to everyone, and don't discriminate against people because of their caste. I was afraid you were going to be. . . stiff. Distant. You weren't, not at all. You were alive, and sweet, and excited, and so human. When you asked me out on a date, I felt so excited. I had never felt that way toward someone like that before. I fell in love, and I fell fast. And I'm glad it was you. I love you."
By the end of her speech, I could feel a single tear running down my cheek. She giggled a little, sounding happy and a little emotional.
"Ladies and gentlemen, the Groom and the Bride have found their own vows. You may recite them now," the minister said.
"You cannot posses my for I belong to myself," I started. "But while we both wish it, I give you that which is mine to give. You cannot command me, for I am a free person. But I shall serve you in those ways you require, and the honeycomb will taste sweeter coming from my hand."
I took a breath.
"I pledge to you that yours will be the name I cry aloud in the night and the eyes into which I smile in the morning. I pledge to you the first bite of my meat and the first drink from my cup. I pledge to you my living and my dying, each equally in your care. I shall be a shield for your back and you for mine. I shall not slander you, nor you me. I shall honor you above all others, and when we quarrel we shall do so in private and tell no strangers our grievances. This is my wedding vow to you. This is the marriage of equals."
I squeezed Mer's hands.
"You cannot possess my for I belong to myself. But while we both wish it, I give you that which is mine to give. You cannot command me, for I am a free person. But I shall serve you in those ways you require, and the honeycomb will taste sweeter coming from my hand. "I pledge to you that yours will be the name I cry aloud in the night and the eyes into which I smile in the morning. I pledge to you the first bite of my meat and the first drink from my cup. I pledge to you my living and my dying, each equally in your care. I shall be a shield for your back and you for mine. I shall not slander you, nor you me. I shall honor you above all others, and when we quarrel we shall do so in private and tell no strangers our grievances."
Mer was almost glowing with happiness, even though multiple tears were dripping from her chin and her voice was choking up.
"This is the marriage of equals."
Ethan, in a little suit and tie, skipped down the aisle. A goofy grin was on his face, and in his hands he held a white pillow. Two gold rings lay on the pillow.
He walked up to us and held out the pillow. I took a ring, and Mer did as well. I slipped the ring on her slender finger, and she slipped the ring on mine. She laughed, giddy with joy.
"You down may kiss," the minister announced.
I grabbed Mer around the waist, dipped her, and kissed her. The audience cheered loudly, but I barely heard them. All I could hear was my beating heart, and Mer's.
90 minutes later
Mer and I stood at the doors of the reception hall, her warm hand in mine.
"You ready?" I asked her.
"Yeah! Let's go in."
"Very well," I said, smiling at the women I loved more than anything in the world.
We pushed the doors open. Everyone's heads turned, and some started to clap. Mer beamed, and did a little curtsey.
We all sat down to eat lunch. At our table Mer and I were joined my my sisters, Tristan, Lottie, and Marius. After the Selection ended, Marius had to return to his home country, France. Luna hadn't seen him in a long time, so when he sat next to her her eyes brightened with happiness.
"Hey there," Marius said smoothly. "You look gorgeous."
"Y-you don't look so bad yourself," she squeaked. She looked nervous, but only stuttered once. Marius looked impressed. Kalliope smirked evilly, and I knew she had a hand in this.
I leaned toward my younger sister and asked, "What did you do?"
"I've been teaching her to flirt," Kalliope answered. "She's getting better."
The waiters brought out the food, and Mer gasped in delight. The room began to dig into the prawns, the plates decorated with flower petals. The next course was roasted pheasant, exclusively from New Asia. When I glanced at Mer, her eyes were closed and she was smiling beautifully from ear-to-ear.
"I'm suspecting you like the food," I said.
She turned to me, her green eyes bright with happiness. "Yup! It's great, I've never had anything like it."
She took a sip of champagne, and then made a face. I laughed.
"Ugh, I thought that was punch," she said, laughing at herself. "Champagne is disgusting."
"I actually like it."
"You can have mine then," Mer said, handing her glass to me. I grabbed it, our fingers brushing. Months ago that would have made my stomach flutter and my face flush, but now it didn't. It made my chest feel warm. It was a calmer feeling.
"You have something on your face," I said.
"Oh," she said. "Where?"
I rubbed the spot right next to my lip. She rubbed around that area, but she didn't get it.
"Can you get it?" she asked me.
I gently brushed the piece of pheasant off her face. She grinned at me.
"Your hands are warm," she said, grabbing my hands.
"Your's are freezing," I noticed. She loosened her hold, and I took her smaller hands in mine. She laid her head on my shoulder, which made me smile.
Lunch ended quickly, and the first dance was starting. I stood up, and offered my wife my arm. She stood up, grinned the smile that made me so happy, and took my arm.
"You look beautiful," I whispered.
"Thank you," she said.
We walked out on the dance floor, and I gave Mer a little twirl. The music started, and we began to waltz across the floor. We spun across the room, my back ramrod straight. Mer accidently stepped forward to soon, which made her laugh nervously.
After a minute or so, we began to relax, having more fun as we had our first wedding dance. I twirled the women I loved dramatically, which made the guests laugh.
Soon the song ended, and others joined us on the floor. I saw Tristan and Chrystal dancing together, both grinning like dorks. I also saw Cass and another man, they were dancing like pros. I was glad to see some of the ex-Selected so happy.
Mer and I moved of the floor, and I went to talk to Val, who was with a man that I recognized. Ryan Symmes, the son of the governor of Midston. I had invited both of them, but I didn't know they were coming together.
"Good afternoon," I greeted them. Val looked up at me, and her face lit up.
"Leo! Congratulations!" she exclaimed.
'Thank you," I said. "Are you two . . ."
Val grinned, and her face shone with happiness. "We're married!"
"Wow! Congratulations, is this your daughter?"
"Yes, Your Majesty," Ryan Symmes said respectfully.
"Please, call me Leo," I insisted. "What's her name?"
"Beautiful name," I said. "Well, it's been very nice to see you. Congratulations again!"
"You too," Ryan Symmes said. "Good day, Leo."
I strolled the room, looking around and greeting people. I saw one of the ex-Selected, Mackenzie Wells, holding hands with another girl. She met my eyes, and began to pull the other girl along.
"Hello Leo. Congratulations on getting married," she said, grinning.
"Thank you," I answered. I turned to the other women. "What's your name?"
"Kaelin," she said, sounding a bit nervous. Kaelin curtseyed gracefully. "It's an honor to meet you, Your Majesty."
"The pleasure is mine."
"She's my girlfriend," Mackenzie added. She kissed Kaelin on the cheek, which made the other woman blush.
"I'm not surprised. You two are very cute together," I said, grinning.
"It was very nice to see you. Give my regards to Mer," Mackenzie said.
The next person I saw was my sister. Kalliope was having an obviously snarky conversation with a blonde boy, the one who was sitting next to Cass earlier. He said something, which I could see made her laugh.
Speaking of Cass, I saw her approach me. She looked a little. . . nervous. It was strange, Cass always looked so confident in the Selection.
"Leo, can I talk to you?' she asked. I was right, she sounded nervous.
"Of course. What is it?"
She took a deep breath. "I'm sorry for what I said when you eliminated me. I was upset, and I shouldn't have said any of those things. I wasn't thinking straight. It was a mistake on my part, and I take full responsibility. I hope you can forgive me."
I leaned against one of the tables. "It's fine. I accept your apology. You were upset. It's totally justified."
Before she could say something else I blurted out, "Hey, was that guy you were dancing with your boyfriend?"
Cass shifted a little. "Yeah. Gabriel. Why do you ask?'
"You looked really happy when you were with him. I was glad."
The women smiled, a wistful look in her eyes. "Thank you. Congratulations on getting married."
"Thanks. I wish you a good day."
About an hour later the wedding cake was brought out. It was huge, tiered, decorated with edible gems, pale pink roses, and buttercream. On the top of the cake there were little figurines of me and my wife. Mer gasped, her green eyes wide and twinkling.
I took her hand. "Come on," I said.
Tristan handed me the knife. Mer and I both held the cake knife, she smiled goofily at me, and we cut the cake. The crowd cheered.
I sliced Mer and me pieces of cake. She had a mischievous smile on her face, for some reason. I brought up my plate to eat, and I found out why that smile on her face was there.
The cake immediately smooshed all over my face, the buttercream cold against my skin. The plate clattered to the floor, and I stood there, dumbfounded. Mer was giggling, and Kalliope looked like she was going to die from laughter. Tristan was chuckling.
I slowly brought my hand up until it touched her hand, the one that was holding her plate. Her eyes widened, and she closed them quickly. The cake smeared her makeup, and her plate fell to join mine. She wiped some cake from her face, and stuck it in her mouth.
"Mmmmm," she mumbled. "That's good."
I bent down and gently pecked Mer on the lips.
"What was that for?" she asked.
I just grinned at her. "I love you."
Her eyes crinkled a little as she said, "I love you too."
Brynn miraculously woke up from her coma as Leo and Mer were going on their honeymoon. She married a handsome cook named Alexander, and becomes one of Leo's advisors (along with Tristan). Her and Alexander had a baby girl named Ella.
Tristan and Chrystal stay in touch. About nine months after the wedding, Chrystal moves in with Tristan in Angeles. The married about one year and a half later, and had two children, Zane and Eliza.
Kalliope decided she wanted to travel the world. In Hudson, she met the blonde boy who she talked to at the wedding, Connor Dove. They got married a couple years later, and had one child, a girl named Bree.
Luna and Marius kept in touch. She visited him in France, and permanently moved there a couple months later. They got married pretty quickly, and had two children. They were both girls, and the married couple named them Juliette and Lena.
Lastly, Leo and Mer had a very happy marriage. They had twins, two boys whom they named Nicholas and Adam. They also had a girl named Astrid, and recently had a baby boy named Henry. They love each other to the ends of the earth.
Okay, that's the end. Before this officially ends, I'd like to say thank you to everyone who is reading this! I really appreciate you. Also, some other thank yous;
Thanks to EVERYONE who submitted a character! I might not be able to get to all of you, but every character was really awesome and different. Thank you! Also, thanks to everyone who reviewed! The reviews were all so positive, which I am grateful for.
Okay, let's get started. I hope I don't forget anybody.
Thanks to Booklovin'03, for the lovely reviews! They really made me smile when i read them. Also, go check out their story! It's really good.
Thank you to ImaginationStories! Your reviews were really nice, enthusiastic, and fun to read!
Thanks to Smiley, who submitted Val! She was eliminated earlier on, but was still a good character. Also, thanks for reviewing a bunch!
Thanks to Cbear88, for providing me really good ship names for Luna and Marius and also for reviewing.
Thank you to xxholo, for submitting Brynn and Elise. Brynn was a fan favorite, and I really liked her. Prepare to see her and her daughter in the sequel!
Thanks to Stargazer03, for submitting Rose! She was another fan favorite, and a great character!
Thanks to thathorseygirl101, for submitting Emily and Courtney. Emily wasn't mentioned that much, but Courtney was really fun to write.
Thank you to AdalaideThatFrenchGirl, who submitted Elodie! She was such a great character, and so positive. I really liked her.
Thanks to Tobi (tobi-is-an-artist-too) for reviewing on almost every chapter of this fanfic, and also for submitting Cass! She was really cool, and writing her was a fun challenge.
Thanks to justanothergoldengirl, for occasionally reviewing and also for submitting Rae and Amber. Both of those characters are really awesome.
Many thanks to Dangerouslyswt, for submitting Chrystal, Kyli, and Tiffany. Writing Chrystal and Tristan's relationship was super fun. Also, thanks for all of the positive messages!
Last but certainly not least, a giant thank you to starryworlds, for reviewing and submitting the amazing characters that are Mer (the One!) Vivian, and Ari. I loved all three of them.
I had a really good time writing this story, and I really hope that you enjoyed reading it. There will be a sequel, so please please check it out once it's up! If you have any questions, just message me and I'll do my best to answer quickly. I love all of you so so much, and I hope the holidays goes well for all of you. This is ArmaduraStar7, signing of (at least of this story :D). See you all later!