Several months later…
"Sorry, I'm late," Lance flew into the Brotherhood house. Pietro was pacing in the living room with the Todd and Fred watching him from the couch. "I got caught up with… work."
"It's fine. You're dressed and we've got a minute," Pietro waved him off, continuing to pace.
"It's going to be great, bro," Lance offered, grabbing him by the shoulder and making him stop moving. "No need to be nervous."
"Oh yeah, no need. I just have the X-geeks here, Fury breathing down my back, a new half-sister, my crazy sister, and the possibility of my insane father just showing up. Nothing to be nervous about," Pietro rolled his eyes.
"The X-men love Tabitha, and won't cause problems. I took care of Fury, which is why I'm late. Your sisters won't cause any problems, though I'll keep an eye on Wanda just to be safe. As for your dad, he's not coming," Lance promised with a wink. "Anything else you need me to take care of?"
"You have the rings?" Pietro wrung his hands nervously.
"Right here," Lance patted his jacket pocket, feeling the two metal circles safely sitting there. "I'll give them to Al at the very last minute."
"Okay, that just leaves one last thing," Pietro nodded. "Keep me standing up there."
"You got it," Lance smiled. The ceremony went off without hitch. Thanks to the money S.H.I.E.L.D. had given them for their service, Tabitha and Pietro were able to have the house fixed up and looking better than ever for their wedding day. Lance grinned from ear to ear as he stood next to Pietro in the backyard. He managed to keep Al still and quiet by his feet, making him promise not to shove the rings up his nose or swallow them. As Kitty walked down the aisle, his heart flipped in his chest. She gave him the most brilliant smile before everyone turned to see Tabitha, a beautiful lone figure in a simple creamy dress floating up the aisle. Vows were exchanged, the rings were put on the fingers, and everyone cheered as Xavier, who had been asked to secure a wedding license and perform the ceremony, announced the newlyweds. Then, the backyard had been quickly transformed after the ceremony for a reception. Lance tried to find Kitty, but she was somewhere in the sea of people chatting and roaming around the backyard. He slowly worked his way through the crowd, with Al clinging to his leg. He shook hands with several of the X-men, even Scott. He had shared jokes with Todd and Fred and caught up with Wanda who had flown in from Genosha for the wedding. Lance had even greeted Alex and his girlfriend Lorna who had made the trip out, though it was still weird to him that she was Magneto's daughter. That was something that had freaked out Pietro and Wanda as well, though they seemed to be taking it in stride. Pietro had even threatened Alex against hurting her, and Wanda had promised Lorna she'd hex Alex if she ever wanted. After chatting with nearly everyone, he still hadn't located Kitty. After Al made several attempts at running and shoving his face and hands into the beautiful wedding cake, Lance decided it would be best if he and Al waited for her at their table.
"Uncle Pete and Aunt Tabby married now?" Al asked as he sat on Lance's lap. Lance laughed as Al pointed to the couple clinging to each other on the dance floor.
"Yup. And soon, so will your mom and I," Lance smirked. "If she doesn't kill me first."
"You were late," Lance turned to look over his shoulder where he saw Kitty glaring at him with her arms crossed as if on cue.
"I got caught up," he shrugged his shoulders after he let Al run off to Logan who scooped the boy up with the kind of affection Lance didn't know Wolverine could possess.
"Fury," Kitty sighed. "You couldn't tell him to go screw off for one day? For your best friend's wedding?"
"I did what I did so Pietro didn't have to work on his wedding day," Lance stood up and tried to take her hand, but she pulled away.
"Excuses, excuses. Ugh! I didn't want to pick a fight. Not today," Kitty shook her head. "I told myself I was going to do this the right way this time."
"What are you talking about?" Lance suddenly felt a tightening in his chest.
"Um. Well… I'm… I'm pregnant," Kitty looked up at him with tears in her eyes and a shaky smile.
"Oh my god. You're? We're? Are you sure?" Lance took her hands in his, placing them against his chest where his heart was racing.
"Yeah. The doctor told me yesterday that I'm about two months along," Kitty nodded. "I've been trying to find the right time to talk to you about it. I shouldn't have blurted it out. Lance? Are you okay?"
"Huh?" Lance realized he had been quiet with his mouth open in shock.
"Lance?" Kitty started to narrow her eyes.
"This is fantastic!" Lance picked her up to swing her around, but set her down with a groan and rubbed his shoulder.
"What's wrong with your shoulder? What did you do today?" she attacked.
"Kitty," Lance pleaded. "Just let it go."
"You're hurt!" she argued. "I think I have a right to know."
"It's nothing," he moved his hands to her stomach. "So how's little… it?"
"Don't try and change the subject," she pulled his hands back.
"We're at a wedding reception for our friends, you just gave me some of the best news I've ever heard, so let's not cause a scene," Lance whispered as he pulled her to him.
"Don't patronize me," she pushed him off.
"I'm not trying to… I'm just," Lance sighed, raking his hands through his hair. They locked eyes and he smirked as her mouth loosened and she smiled.
"So you're really happy?" she bit her lip.
"I'm the happiest man alive. I couldn't be happier unless…" he paused, letting his mind trail off.
"What?" Lance almost laughed at the worried expression settling on her face. He took her hand and led her around to the side of the house for some privacy. He stopped them just far enough away from the party that the noise was muffled and made sure that they were out of sight before reaching into his pocket.
"Will you marry me, Kitten?" he held the ring in one hand, and her hand in the other.
"Lance," she smiled with tears in her eyes.
"It's why I was late. Not Fury," Lance smirked.
"You were almost late to your friend's wedding because…" Kitty was cut off as he kissed her.
"Is that a yes?" he laughed as she threw her arms around his neck.
"I'm a complete wreck with you off running around doing whatever it is for Fury. I'm always calling you names and blaming you for everything. We fight like cats and dogs and…" Lance put a finger to her lips.
"You can wreck yourself. You can call me names. You can swear and say I'm the one to blame. You can raise your voice. You can roll your eyes," he added as she rolled her eyes. "Kitten, I'll still love you, anytime."
"I love you, too," she kissed him. "I can't wait to marry you, Lance Alvers."
Author's Note: I hope you guys enjoyed it! Thanks to all you for reading it, even more so to those of you who liked it, and especially to those of you who rated, reviewed, and/or favorited it. I've really enjoyed writing this. This final chapter was inspired by a song called "Love You Anytime" by The 88.