I couldn't leave the story like it was. It was too depressing. So I hope you don't mind that I wrote this.
General Point of View
It was like a dream had come true for Chris. After being diagnosed with cancer he never thought that he would be doing this, in fact he hadn't wanted to do it again, last time it had been more trouble than it was worth. But this time he was doing it for love.
Today was Chris and Rachel's wedding day.
As Chris got ready, he smiled. His suit was impeccably made. He grinned at himself again; the patented 'Chris Jericho' grin. He looked over at his best man who was standing at the window looking down into the back garden.
"I can't believe this is happening to you, dude."
Randy Orton smiled as he walked over to his good friend and patted him on the back. Randy had been there for Rachel as well as Chris the whole time Chris had been in hospital. Chris was only too happy to ask Randy to be his best man and Randy had swollen up with pride and accepted immediately.
"I can't believe it myself," Chris said honestly. "I thought that I would be six feet under."
"But you're not," Randy smiled. "You had this very day to look forward to."
"It's come round so fast," Chris said with a nervous laugh.
"It sure has, buddy... I can't wait to see your face when you see Rachel."
Rachel stood admiring herself in the mirror, she felt like a princess... As her father had told her, she looked like a princess.
Her mother was sitting on the bed behind her, drying her eyes and trying not to mess up her make-up.
Rachel tried to compose herself but she too started to cry. And everyone in the room knew why.
Three months ago, Rachel didn't know whether she and Chris would ever be together again. Chris was on life support and he had suspected brain damage. His cancer was also spreading, but by some stroke of luck Chris had pulled through, despite the odds. If there was one thing Rachel learned it was that she would never
take the time she had with Chris for granted. You never know, one day you might wake up and they could be gone.
Rachel knew that only too well.
Now here she was on her wedding day, crying because she never thought that it would happen. And it was.
Finlay opened the door and looked around it. He gasped when he saw his youngest child looking so beautiful.
Composing himself he began to speak. "The car's outside, love."
Rachel nodded and followed her dad down the stairs her mother was behind her making sure that she didn't trip over her train. Walking out to the car she looked at her father grand house one last time.
Ken's Point of View
As I hear the music start playing I look at the petite, blonde diva standing next me. Trish Stratus looked more beautiful than ever. Randy was standing in front of me with his heavily pregnant wife; she only had a few weeks left before she had their baby. Hunter and Stephanie were behind me.
We all walked slowly down the aisle and I look at Chris was already standing at the alter with a huge grin plastered on his face. It was good to see him smiling again.
I approached Chris and hugged him, out of the corner of my eye I see a flash as the photographer took our picture. Randy, Samantha, Hunter and Stephanie joined us and the photographer took another photo, feeling happy with himself he lowered his camera and waited patiently.
Randy took his place next to Chris and turned around as the doors opened. I quickly took my place in the pews and also turned.
As Rachel walked into the church, I quickly glance at Chris his grin had grown and I could see that he was shaking slightly with nerves. Nobody expected this day to come, and I could see everyone in the church thanking God that he didn't take Chris from us.
My attention turned to Rachel, there were tears in her eyes that were threatening to spill over at any given moment.
"Who gives this young lady away?" The priest asks.
"I do," Finlay says. "David Edward Finlay."
Finlay gave Rachel a quick kiss on her cheek and gave her hand to Chris.
"I understand that you have both written your own vows."
"Yes Father," Chris and Rachel answer at the same time. They both grinned at each other.
The priest steps back as Chris begins his vows, everyone in the church was silent.
"Rachel, from the first moment I saw you I knew that one day I would marry you. You're smart and beautiful, and nothing will ever change the way I feel about you. These last few months have been hard for us, but we've managed to work through everything. I don't know what I would have done if you hadn't have been by my side. Waking up every morning and seeing you made me forget that I was in hospital. I remember when I was in a coma, hearing your voice telling me to wake up only made me want to fight and make it through. Everytime I felt myself slipping I would remember your voice and do everything I could to open my eyes and comfort you. No matter what happens, I will always love you."
The whole church was so silent that you could've heard a pin drop as Chris finished his vows. Rachel had a steady flow of tears running down her cheeks as she looked into Chris's eyes. I couldn't see Chris's expression as he had his back to me, but I somehow knew that he was also crying.
"When I was a little girl I used to imagine getting married to a handsome man who was polite and caring and knew exactly what to say to make me feel better. The day you asked me to marry you, I thought that it was too good to be true. The handsome man that I used to dream about had asked me to marry him, and he had only just woken from his coma. I imagined looking into your eyes as we said our vows and made our promises in front of all these people that we love and care about, I was overjoyed. I had broken my heart to find out that you had cancer, but that made me all the more determined to look after you and help you get better. The moment you opened your eyes from the coma had made my heart skip a beat. You were back with me and I knew from that moment that I would never be alone again. Christopher, I love you and no matter what God has in mind for us, you'll always hold a place in my heart."
Everyone in the church who wasn't crying before certainly were now. The priest stepped forward for the final part of the ceremony.
"Do you Christopher Keith Irvine take Rachel Kaelee Finlay to be your lawfully wedded wife through sickness and health, for richer or poorer, till death do you part, as long as you both shall live?"
"I do," Chris replied holding tightly onto Rachel's hands.
""Do you Rachel Kaelee Finlay take Christopher Keith Irvine to be your lawfully wedded husband through sickness and health, for richer or poorer, till death do you part, as long as you both shall live?"
"I do," Rachel says with a smile.
"Then by the power invested in me by the state of New York I pronounce you Husband and wife. You may now kiss the bride." The priest stepped back so that Chris and Rachel could enjoy their first kiss as husband and wife.
Chris happily pulls Rachel into a kiss and the whole church erupted into applause for the newly married couple.
I walk up to Chris who is crowded by people and hug him. "Congratulations dude, you made it!"
"Thanks Ken, I never thought I'd live to see this day," he says with a slight laugh.
"There's a lot more for you to live for now. We're never letting you leave!" I say laughing with him.
Chris put on a serious expression; Randy and Hunter were standing close by. "Thanks, you guys mean so much to us."
I pat him on the back as he turns to Rachel and kisses her again. He whispered something to her and she nodded.
"Can I have everyone's attention, please?" Chris shouted over everyone. All the people ceased their nattering. "Thanks. Err... last one back to ours is a rotten egg!"
Chris and Rachel ran down the aisle, everyone followed and saw Chris and Rachel jump into their car. Without needing to be told again everyone made their way to their respective cars and got in them.
Now the party was starting.
Big thank you to my reviewers: Tina, Inday, KimGray, Nobody's Love, annskieesofresh and Djuro for reviewing chapter 11.
More big thanks go out to those who also favourited this story and also to everybody that actually took the time to read it. It means a lot to me and thank you once again.
Also a special thanks goes to Tina, she knows why so I'm not going to go into the whole thing now. You're one in a million Tina. Thank you.
Once again thank you everyone!