Post by Darastrix on Sept 17, 2009 23:23:02 GMT -5
Dusk covered her mouth with her hand and tittered softly while Midnight just shook his head. "A barroom brawl?" he guessed.
"Snow would have to find someone more sturdy to officiate in that case," Dusk giggled.
Crawford smiled slightly as Cascata rambled on about the islands. He might try to See how prominently they would feature in Naruta's near future. "I'm glad you returned safely," he said. "I hope we'll have a chance to talk more after the ceremony about the islands, among other things. My...gift to the bride may take up more of my time and sanity than I care to think about at the moment."
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Post by Kender Bard on Sept 17, 2009 23:26:53 GMT -5
"You've piqued my curiosity," Cascata admitted. "But yes, I'd love the opportunity to spend some time with you in a quieter setting... And there are things I need to speak about, but now is not the time for them and I hope to spend the ceremony and a good portion of the reception doing my part to make merry for the lovely couple. I hope they enjoy my gift I've brought them as well."
Post by Darastrix on Sept 17, 2009 23:55:26 GMT -5
"I'm sure they will," Crawford assured her. He wondered what she needed to speak to him about, but decided not to worry about it at the moment, since he would find out soon enough. He just hoped whatever it was wouldn't make what he needed to say more difficult. "And curiosity...well. Let's just say I will be indulging hers."
He started to say more when it was announced that the ceremony would begin shortly and that all assembled needed to take their seats.
Post by Kender Bard on Sept 18, 2009 0:01:17 GMT -5
Cascata blinked and smiled. "Well. I'm sure she'll like that very much." She glanced about, eager to see the couple's entrance.
"Now sit and be good," Filly told Harmony firmly. "Okay?"
"All right," Harmony agreed, solemn as she sat next to her mother, wriggling excitedly.
Once everyone had found their seats and the minstrels that had been playing softly in the background finished their piece, they began a new one, a common melody for weddings but with a hint of stateliness to it to commemorate the fact that this was more than a mere wedding.
The priests gathered towards the entrance to the temple parted like a living veil and Locket strode through them to her place at the altar, eyes wide and face flushed with excitement and that hint of nerves she had felt all day. Beneath the flowers she held in her hand, her hands were clenched tightly, but she was smiling as well. She bowed her head to the priest, who returned the gesture, and both briefly made the sign of Soahc to one another. A few of the Soahcian priests and followers did so the same to themselves.
Once Locket had taken her place, Nagi teleported to the temple's entrance to begin his own walk to the altar. He'd wanted to just teleport directly to his spot, but he was the crown prince. He had be more visible than that. After a brief reassurance from Schuldig, he took a deep breath and started down the aisle.
He felt nervous and awkward as he passed the rows of guests, his own face pink at being the current center of attention and feeling a bit warm in his fur-trimmed blue and silver garb. He was unconsciously exerting a very small amount of force around himself, much as he had the first time he'd entered Anarlina's Soahcian temple wing. It didn't affect anything much, other than making his cloak stand out a little. When he reached Locket's side, he turned to give her a shy smile, and his eyes widened.
Post by Kender Bard on Sept 18, 2009 1:11:24 GMT -5
Locket's nervous, excited smile widened a fraction once she was face to face with Nagi. His very presence seemed to brush away all concerns and the subtle signs of tension in her body were erased; she relaxed her posture and had to resist the urge to suddenly throw her arms around him in a warm embrace. She settled for reaching for one of his hands and holding it in her own, giving it a reassuring squeeze, aware of Nagi's feelings on crowds.
For her, the audience was gone. There was only herself, the voice of the priest, and Nagi in this moment as she locked her eyes on his.
The priest, aware of Nagi's inclinations, politely made the sign of Thuoth before him, unnecessary though it was, then began his speech. It was the typical one and Locket actually started to zone out a little. It was still all somewhat unreal to her anyway and she was happily focusing on Nagi at any rate, trying to express how much love she felt for him then through eye contact and posture alone.
Though she did glance up in amusement whenever clear Soahcian things slipped in - such as the reminder to keep things interesting in their marriage and to forgive and enjoy the weaknesses of humanity in one another. Once during such moment she reached up to touch her locket, forgetting that she had eschewed it for the wedding and hastily put her hand down.
"And now does the groom have anything he would like to say?"
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Post by Darastrix on Sept 20, 2009 12:56:13 GMT -5
Nagi, though his was the first wedding he'd ever even attended, didn't pay much more attention to the priest than Locket did. When he'd reached her, he had been vaguely aware of Schuldig's amusement in the back of his mind, but Nagi had become so focused on his wife, he hadn't even noticed his friend withdraw his mental presence.
When the priest addressed him, he clasped both of Locket's hands in his, blessedly oblivious to the crowded temple. "When I first met you," he murmured, "I didn't know what to think. You were, well, Soahcian. You were outgoing and talkative and most of the time you left me confused or flustered or both. You still do." He gave a little smile at that. "And despite how...baffled you made me at times, I found myself enjoying our time together, looking forward to it. I started enjoying life. And I want nothing more than for us both to be able to enjoy it together. I know it's silly to ask a Soahcian to never change, so I just ask that you help me keep up with you. I love you, and I want to stay with you for the rest of our lives, no matter what."
Post by Kender Bard on Sept 20, 2009 13:58:29 GMT -5
"Nagi..." Locket murmured, smiling widely.
"And does the bride have anything she would like to say?" the priest asked.
Locket nodded. She had tried to scribe down her vows beforehand but none of them satisfied her - many were just too silly for the occassions and others merely inadequete. And so, she decided she would just wing it when the time came, and now it seemed as if those words she had sought wanted to burst forth from her.
"At first, I saw you as someone who needed a friend and a little fun, and I was happy to provide that. I left Anarlina - my family, my friends, my home - because I was determined to bring you some of the joy of Love in whatever way I could, never realizing that I would begin to feel that love transform into something deeper. I don't know the exact moment that I stopped looking at you as simply a friend and began to view you as something more. I just know that though I thought you puzzling and a little repressed, there was something about you that touched my own heart. Perhaps it began when you managed to pry the story of my temple name from me... something nobody else had been able to do."
"Whatever it is, or whenever it happened, I knew at some point that you were the man I wanted to spend all of my life with. The moment I met you, I didn't set out to change you - I was the one that was changed. And so it seems to me only fitting that on this day that I stand on the threshold of a new dawn in my life, I do it holding your hand. I will be Locket, now and forever, but..."
And here she removed one of his hands from his and shook it slightly, fingers cupped inward. There was a slight flash of metal and she held up her hand and let drop what she had secreted up her sleeve - a new locket, smaller but silver and shaped similar to her old one.
"I am changed, and would want it no other way." Grinning, she put the new locket on.
The priest just quirked a brow and shrugged. "Let the bands of marriage be exchanged, a symbolic binding of these two souls. Once done, I pronounce you two husband and wife before the eyes of the Forces."
Post by Darastrix on Sept 20, 2009 23:17:58 GMT -5
Nagi was surprised to see her change her locket, but was also privately pleased that she wasn't going to keep the gift from her unfaithful lover, even if it was what had brought her into Soahc's service. He smiled as he realised he was now going to have to attempt to pry whatever secret this one held out of her.
He held out his hand and teleported Locket's ring to his palm. The band was made of gold and silver with scrollwork going around in an abstract design. Set into the band was a single polished black opal, a multitude of colours shimmering across its surface. Smiling, Nagi took Locket's hand and slid the ring onto her finger.
Post by Kender Bard on Sept 20, 2009 23:36:20 GMT -5
"It's beautiful," Locket breathed, gazing adoringly at the ring. She took a moment to simply admire it - and the thought Nagi must have put into it, for it delighted her immensely. Glancing at Filly, she smiled and beckoned discreetly; she didn't want to stuff the ring in her sleeves as well and her dress lamentably had no pockets, so she had asked her best friend to hold on to the wedding band for her. Filly mimicked Nagi and teleported the ring into Locket's palm.
Grinning, she slipped his ring onto his finger - a silver band with small diamonds surrounding a well-cut tanzanite that shone with a deep blue hue.
Once the priest made his final proclamation, Locket let out an excited and happy sigh and leaned forward to kiss Nagi softly; then decided that it was HER wedding, and to hell with proper behavior. She abruptly wrapped her arms about him and pulled him into a more passionate kiss.
Post by Darastrix on Sept 20, 2009 23:57:54 GMT -5
Nagi made a muffled sound of surprise, but wrapped his own arms around Locket to kiss her back. Caught up in the moment, he'd forgotten they had a rather large audience.
Dusk smiled widely at the scene, delighted at the display of love between the young couple. This is much better than that wedding I attended in Reave, she thought to herself as she clasped her hands at her chest. She remembered how shy Nagi was, so she decided to hold off a bit on clapping until the kiss was well and truly done.
Midnight smiled as well and squeezed Snowflake's hand gently. He was glad his sister had requested him as a guard for the trip. This was much more pleasant than sitting through weeks of Audience.
Post by Kender Bard on Sept 21, 2009 0:01:49 GMT -5
Snowflake smiled back as well and returned the gesture. "How sweet," she mouthed to her husband, grinning.
It seemed several people had the same idea as Dusk and forestalled their clapping, which meant most people followed the lead and didn't as well. It wasn't until Locket had broken the kiss with a breathy laugh that the temple seemed to fairly explode with applause, making the princess-priestess jump in surprise, then laugh more heartily. "To the celebration!" she declared, a finger held up authoritatively. The invited Soahcians wasted no time in scrambling out of the temple to where the celebration was to be held out in the open.
Nagi flushed a deep red and had to fight the urge to duck behind Locket (that wouldn't be very princely at all), though he did smile a bit foolishly and bury his face in her shoulder for a moment to compose himself.
Schuldig made his presence known again, laughing in their minds and sending a sense of fond affection to both. ~That wasn't so hard, now was it?~
Midnight nodded in agreement, rising as the others were, wishing to offer their congratulations to the prince and princess. Or was she simply a consort? He wasn't entirely certain how Khelek was governing in that respect. "They seem very happy," he murmured next to Snowflake's ear.
Post by Kender Bard on Sept 21, 2009 12:35:40 GMT -5
No, it wasn't[, Locket thought with a smile as she kissed Nagi's temple.
"Very much so," Snowflake agreed, grinning as she took Midnight's hand and followed him. Some of the other guests glanced at them and stepped aside, letting the nobility take precedence. "Congratulations, both of you!"
"Thank you!" Locket gushed. "Everything has been just as perfect as I'd hoped it would be."
Cascata had a melancholy smile. "I do believe I've gotten to play witness to true love," she told Crawford softly.
Post by Darastrix on Sept 21, 2009 16:24:47 GMT -5
Nagi just smiled and thanked Snowflake quietly, shaking Midnight's hand. Midnight was quickly pushed aside by his sister, who was eager to give both of them a warm embrace. Midnight just chuckled and shook his head.
"And in Khelek, of all places," Crawford murmured. He hoped it would be a sign of good things to come. He was tired of dire warnings for the future.