Disclaimer: Duo and Heero and the rest of the GW gang aren't mine. This
story is. Nuff said.
See Part 1 for warnings
************ Time passing or scene change
*~*~*~*~*~* Major POV shift
Marriage + Chapter 13
"Hey there, Mr I-have-a-plan,"
a teasing voice called out. "I see you weren't kidding with that
'I never fail' comment you made to Zechsy-boy."
"LU?! What are you doing here? Is Zechs here too? I
never thought you two would be able to make it back from Mars in time
- I didn't even know Quatre had invited you!" exclaimed Heero, looking
around for the tall blond that should be accompanying her.
"He'll be here in a minute," Lucrezia assured him, giving him
a big hug. "Congratulations, buddy." Taking a quick glance around,
she added softly, "Have you told him yet?"
"No," Heero responded softly. "I thought about telling
him last night, but... No. I'm borrowing a vacation cottage on Earth from
Quat for the week we have left of vacation. I'll tell him before we come
back. Hiding it's getting too difficult."
"Good luck," Lu told him sincerely.
"So, are you ready to go change your name, Mr Yuy?"
Turning to face the speaker, Heero smirked up at Zechs. "Oh yes,
I am definitely ready. I'm just glad Duo decided to opt for hyphenating
them - Duo Yuy sounded just as odd as Heero Maxwell!"
Realizing that Zechs was dressed in a pale gray suit identical to those
being worn by the wedding party, Heero asked, "What's with the outfit?"
"Well, you did tell me that you wished Zechs could be here
so that you and Duo would each have two attendants, didn't you?"
Wufei commented, joining the group.
"Thank you, Wufei," Heero said gratefully.
"You owe Lady Une a 'thank you' as well for the strings she pulled
to get us back here in time," Lu informed him.
"No, he doesn't," Une said calmly, peeking in the door from
the hallway. "He pre-paid far more favours than he's used up just
by letting me leave him assigned to Relena as long as he did.
"Heero, Quatre sent me to tell you to get in position. It's time.
Lucrezia, Sally and I saved a seat for you."
Accepting quick hugs from Lu and Une, Heero exited the room and moved
to the side door of the ballroom. Quatre had avoided one of the awkward
bits of same-sex weddings by having both partners enter at the
same time from opposite sides, thus avoiding designating one to take the
"bride" role and make the long walk up the aisle.
Waiting anxiously for the door to open, Heero thought, 'This is it. It's
really happening. I'm about to marry Duo, the man I love.'
The marriage celebrant raised his voice and said, "We are here today
to participate in a most joyous occasion, to celebrate one of life's greatest
moments, by acknowledging the wedding of Duo Maxwell and Heero Yuy.
"Marriage is not only a commitment between lovers, it is also an
agreement between two friends. Allow each other time to be an individual,
respect each other's wishes as well as their dreams.
"Do you each take the other as your husband, will you be faithful
to him, honour him, offer him encouragement and companionship and will
you live with him and cherish him as respect will lead you in the bond
Together, Duo and Heero replied, "We do."
"If anyone has just cause why these two may not wed, speak now, or
forever hold your peace."
Duo squeezed Heero's hand reassuringly as he saw him tense up. He knew
Heero was afraid that Relena would try something. What Heero didn't know
was that Quatre had stationed Dorothy to keep watch for the Vice Foreign
Minister. Just before the ceremony, she had slipped up to Quatre and told
him that the problem had been taken care of. Relena had shown up
and attempted to enter the mansion, but Rashid had blocked the doorway
while Dorothy spoke with her. Relena's political position was still the
most important thing in her life and Dorothy had merely had to point out
to her that she had been banished from Winner property, that there was
a large media contingent present, and that being thrown out bodily in
front of said media contingent would not do her political career any favours.
Relena had - reluctantly - left.
Following the celebrant's instructions, Duo repeated his vows, "Heero,
I take you to be my lawfully wedded husband. I take you with all your
faults and your strengths as I offer myself to you with my faults and
strengths. I will help you when you need help, and I will turn to you
when I need help. I choose you as the person with whom I will spend my
Listening as Heero then repeated the same vows, he recalled the headaches
he had gone through trying to come up with vows that wouldn't involve
lying. So many of those he had read involved vowing eternal love, or obeying,
or something else that he couldn't honestly say, something that was inappropriate
for what essentially amounted to a marriage of convenience. And trying
to come up with his own had only resulted in Quatre's study floor being
covered in wadded up balls of paper. Quatre's attempts had resulted in
him laughing almost hysterically and pretending to choke on the sheer
unadulterated sap that sounded wonderful when Quatre recited it
but that he couldn't even read with a straight face.
Responding to the next prompt from the celebrant, Duo repeated, "I
give you this ring in token and pledge as a symbol of our friendship and
all that we share."
In the end, he had compromised, picking bits and pieces from various different
wedding ceremonies, mostly civil ones, then "editing out" the
bits that weren't appropriate. The final result wasn't perfect, but at
least he had felt comfortable with it. He wasn't too sure that Heero was
entirely happy with it - he had seen a flicker of something that almost
looked like disappointment on his face when he first read the ceremony
over - but he hadn't raised any objections.
As Heero slid the wedding ring onto his finger, Duo smiled gently at him.
Heero had been so serious, so focussed, throughout the ceremony. 'Typical
Heero - give him a "mission" and he turns his full concentration
Hands joined, they turned slightly to face the celebrant again. This,
the "blessing" portion of the ceremony, was the one thing that
Duo was completely happy with and it hadn't even required any editing.
Not only was it a beautiful speech, it was equally applicable to both
marriage and friendship. Heero was going to be surprised. Previously the
vows had been immediately followed by the pronouncement of marriage and
the announcement of the married couple's names. But after the rehearsal
yesterday, he had decided that this traditional Apache blessing wasn't
too sappy after all and that the rather bland ceremony needed something
to improve it.
"Now you will feel no rain, for each of you will be shelter for the
other. Now you will feel no cold, for each of you will be warmth to the
other. Now there will be no loneliness, for each of you will be companion
to the other. Now you are two persons, but there is only one life before
you. May beauty surround you both in the journey ahead and through all
the years. May happiness be your companion and your days together be good
and long upon the earth."
Seeing the startled look that Heero shot him, Duo winked to let him know
that yes, he was the one responsible for the change. 'Probably worryin'
that the celebrant changed it without askin'. He knows how much time I
spent tryin' to come up with a ceremony I felt comfortable with.'
As the celebrant deviated from the ceremony used in the rehearsal, Heero
shot a startled look at Duo. 'Oh no, he worked so hard to come up with
something he felt comfortable with. I can't believe the celebrant would
change it like this! Though it is a beautiful blessing...' As Duo
winked at him, he realized with growing delight that the celebrant hadn't
added the blessing, Duo had! 'Arigatou, Duo. This change means
a lot to me. You've turned a bland, almost sterile ceremony into something
more meaningful. I wanted to have my vows changed back to mention love,
but I didn't quite dare. This almost makes up for it.'
"Treat yourselves and each other with respect, and remind yourselves
often of what brought you together. Give the highest priority to the tenderness,
gentleness and kindness that your connection deserves. When frustration,
difficulties and fear assail your relationship, as they threaten all relationships
at one time or another, remember to focus on what is right between you,
not only the part which seems wrong. In this way, you can ride out the
storms when clouds hide the face of the sun in your lives -- remembering
that even if you lose sight of it for a moment, the sun is still there.
And if each of you takes responsibility for the quality of your life together,
it will be marked by abundance and delight," the celebrant concluded.
"Inasmuch as you have consented together in marriage, by virtue of
the authority vested in me by the laws of this colony and the Earth Sphere,
I now pronounce you wed."
Eagerly, Heero pulled Duo gently towards him, pressing their lips together
in a kiss very like the first one they shared. Pouring all the feelings
he dared not voice into the kiss, he only broke it off when lack of breath
started to make him dizzy.
Brushing their lips lightly together again, Duo whispered softly, "Damn,
Heero, you are one hell of a good kisser."
Trying hard not to blush, Heero turned with Duo to face the guests for
the final announcement of the ceremony.
"I now present to you Duo and Heero Maxwell-Yuy."
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