Chapter XXXII: Unending Love
Cassandra made the short walk to the altar where her husband stood waiting for her. He was wearing a slick tuxedo and she had to admit that it definitely worked for him… although he could've worn jeans and a t-shirt and she still would've been spellbound by him. In spite of their wild style of marriage, she was glad they had agreed to a ceremony. It was nice to see all their family and friends gathered around and properly celebrate this moment with them.
Knot took her by the hands and looked right into her eyes as he spoke the small speech he'd prepared.
"Cassandra," he said, letting her name ring out in the air. "Ever since I've first spoken to you, I knew I liked you. You did, and still do, radiate strength and determination. I don't think I ever would've been able to fall in love with anyone else, and I knew that once we were friends. What I didn't know, and what still surprises me day by day is how deeply I could love you. I didn't know that I could wake up in the morning and instantly smile because of you. I didn't know that I could love someone so much I want to kiss them in the middle of an argument."
She smiled while a few people in the audience laughed at that.
"I didn't know how much I would love you. What I do know now, is that I'm not done discovering that. I don't know how I could possibly fall more in love with you than I already am, but I know that I will. I will wake up in five years, and know I love you more and more with each passing day. I will love you when you're sick, when we're on the verge of insanity and when we're eighty, questioning why we did so much stupid shit in our lives. I love you, Cassandra. Yesterday, today and forever."
She smiled wider and reached up to wipe a tear out of her eye before it ruined what little make-up Lauren had convinced her to wear. Slowly, she placed her hand back in his and recited the vows she'd been practicing in the alone time she'd had today, only adding a small bit at the start.
"Knot… the love of my life. I can't say what you have, that I knew I loved you when we first met. I had no idea I could ever love anyone. I didn't know I could be in lovewith anyone. I thought that I was born on an island, set to live and die alone. Then, I met you and you somehow forced my small heart open, and settled in it. I thought that by being friends with you, I was being kind to you, but I realize it wasn't the case."
She still looked right into his blue eyes, getting lost in them to keep herself steady.
"It was that I needed you. I needed someone who would teach me all you have. I needed to learn how to love people, and how to have patience. I slowly revealed more and more of myself and my life, sure that you would grow to hate me, but you did the unthinkable. You loved me and every flaw I exposed. You showed me that it was really possible to love someone so much that you love the things you hate about them. I love the quirks you have and I love that we argued for a whole day over a toothbrush. I love you my husband and I will work day and night to continue growing both in your love and to love you more day by day."
She leaned up at they kiss while the group politely clapped and cheered.
It was nice, it was peaceful and it was perfect.
A few hours later they were walking to the car, still smiling like idiots, when a thought occurred to her.
"We need to end up getting a bigger place. Don't get me wrong, I love your apartment, but a house it is not."
Knot laughed wickedly.
"You remember how I told you that Night Furywas selling really well? I lied. It's selling stupidly well. I mean like, I have a fair amount of money well. Like, hey I bought a house yesterday that's a great one bedroom starter home in a great neighborhood well."
She looked at him, stunned into silence.
"You ass!" she eventually managed, slugging him in the shoulder. "Why wouldn't you tell me?"
"I thought you were supposed to get the bride a wedding present."
"Not if you're the groom!"
"Oh well," he said shrugging. "Too late now."
"I love you, Knot."
"I love you too, Cassandra."