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Chapter 13 : The Unforgettable Wedding
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The Unforgettable Wedding
I twisted nervously at my hair that had been curled expertly by Emmeline. The hair, the dress that was faded blue and almost too small, the music that I could hear faintly coming from the other room, the way people were looking at me all afternoon… everything.
Everything was wrong.
I snapped out of my trance and turned to Emmeline who was standing over a glowing Lily. “Stop messing with it.” She said with such a stern glare that my hands went immediately to my side.
I could still hear the faint classical music.
“Lily,” I said swallowing loudly, “is there anything I can do?”
“No,” Lily said smiling up at me through the mirror. She stopped suddenly, “Wait, can you go tell them I’m ready?”
I nodded lightly. “Sure.”
Feeling Emmeline’s eyes on me as I left the room, the hallway seemed dark and gloomy. My stomach was going into spasms and I could barely breath. Just wait until tomorrow and I can leave…
But what would be waiting for me when I got back to France? Could I go back to… him?
The music grew louder as I rounded the corner and I saw Lily’s dad standing looking into the large decorated room.
“Mr. Evans?” I approached quietly.
He turned around with a pleasant smile on his face.
“Lily’s ready.” And at the moment, I looked over his shoulder and into the brooding, penetrating eyes of Sirius. I felt a wave of emotion run over me as I remember last night.
Sirius was staring down at the ring on my finger with an unfathomable look on his face. It seemed my diamond and purple stoned ring hung in the air for hours. I could feel my breathing get heavier as I looked helplessly at him.
He looked up at me for a moment, “You’re joking.”
Putting my hand down slowly, I look up at him with a confused, hurt look. “Why would I joke about something like this?”
Sirius looked back at the ring and then back at my face that revealed everything. I bit my lip nervously.
And nothing would ever hurt worse than when I finally the truth dawn on him, the realization that he had known it all along.
With a brisk movement, he left the room.
I didn’t hear Mr. Evans say “Ok” or see him walk away, I kept staring at Sirius, remembering. It was the first I’d seen him all day and it felt like it always had since the first day I met him, like a big heaving train hitting me right in the heart.
Seeing him move slightly, perhaps even towards me, I closed my eyes and realized what I was really doing here and turned away to go back to Lily.
“Madysen!” James yelled quietly as he came around the corner.
Relief and happiness rushed inwards. “James.”
He came toward me and simply hugged me. And I don’t know how long we stood there like that, but I didn’t care. I had missed my best friend for too long.
“I can’t believe you’re getting married!” I tried to say with a smile.
“I know. Supreme bachelor James Potter…”
I hit him. “Shut up.”
“I love her so much, Madysen.” James finally said looking seriously at me.
He kind of laughed uncomfortably, “I’m glad you’re here. I probably wouldn’t have done it without you.”
“That’s nice… but most likely not true.” I said with a stinging honesty.
“It is. It hasn’t been the same without you.” James smiled.
I looked up at him affectionately, “Thanks.”
Lingering guests started to enter the ceremony. “And you better get going or you’re going to miss the love of your life.”
James laughed nervously and started to run off. “See you on the other side!”
A faint smile crossed my lips as I walked the halls.
“I let them know.” I told them both as I walked back into the dressing room.
Lily kept beaming, “Thanks, Madysen.”
Emmeline and I helped her up and led her towards the door. It wasn’t right. Dorcas wasn’t here. We were all supposed to be here… together. I glanced at Em and knew she was thinking the exact same thing.
“Lily,” I turned towards her and felt my eyes start to feel with tears. “I just want you to know how happy I am for you-”
“Please don’t cry…” I could hear Emmeline muttering to both of us and I could see Lily’s beautiful eyes start to brim.
“You are my best friend. And I really want you to know that because lately, it probably doesn’t seem like it.”
“Madysen, I understand-”
“No,” I said shaking my head, “Everything I’ve done has been… wrong. This is your day. The day you’ve for, for forever it seems like. You and James are perfect. My two best friends deserve nothing less.”
Lily reached out and hugged me the best she could. “I love you.”
I bit my lip to start from crying, “I love you, too.”
We both had to start laughing to control our outbursts and both looked up expectantly at Emmeline. Her looks were enough to relay her emotions and we all gathered into a group hug. I couldn’t remember the last time the world felt more perfect.
“Let’s go.” Emmeline finally said.
The ceremony went fast. Everything was beautiful and lined with wisteria, Lily’s favorite flowers. Of course, James couldn’t resist putting lilies at the front. They both looked so happy, so wonderful, like nothing in their lives could be better. They were perfect. Perfect in everyway and perfect for each other. I could see tons of people from Hogwarts that had been in my year and hadn’t seen since Hogwarts in the audience. And it took every once of willpower not to look directly across from me at Sirius. I knew if I did, my heart would betray me and take me place I did not want to go.
I did have to walk back down the aisle with him. And I swear it was the longest moment of my life. The room could have caught on fire and I would’ve noticed. The world stopped.
Once we were at the end, we went separate ways and the world sped up again until I was sitting alone at the reception.
I tapped my fingers as I watched happy couples dance and people chatter away with enthusiasm. It seemed like I was watching this in glass box and no one could get to me. Would I look that happy when I… walked the aisle? Nervous acid bubbled up inside me. Though I hated to admit it, it was party because I could not see Sirius anywhere in site.
James and Lily twirled joyously in the middle of the dance floor, laughing.
I smiled to myself as I watched them in a daze.
“They look happy, don’t they?”
The voice made me jump and sent chills up and down my whole body.
“Yeah,” I said shakily and my hand started fidgeting in my life, “Yeah, they do.”
Sirius reached a hand towards me. “C’mon, let’s dance.”
Though my heart jumped, I looked uncertainly at him, “Sirius…”
“Just one dance.” Sirius said with a slight smile on his face, his hand still outstretched. I desperately hoped he would not pull his puppy eyes on me.
I bit my lip and looked nervously at everyone around. If they saw me with Sirius…
Sirius’ voice became harder. “It doesn’t matter what they think, Madysen.”
Taking a deep breath, I looked up at him and knew I would have never said no. I took his hand lightly, which felt like it was on fire at the very moment, and followed him out to the dance floor.
He wrapped his arm tightly around my waist and kept my other hand in his. I couldn’t remember the last time we had been this close and I felt like I could collapsed any moment. Even Sirius’s smell was intoxicating.
I looked at him and almost smiled at him in disbelief.
“What?” Sirius asked, his beautiful eyes looking confused.
I shrugged and then felt myself blush. “I just can’t believe we’re dancing.”
Sirius started to smirk and I thought I felt him move closer. “What’s so unbelievable about that?”
Biting my lip and looked away, “You hate me.”
There was a long moment where neither of us spoke and the world disappeared.
Sirius looked down at me and seemed to be struggling. “I don't hate you. I remember the first time I ever saw you; all skinny arms and tangled messy hair. It was hard letting you go, Madysen. It was hard losing you and it was hard seeing you again. It's still really hard.”
I could barely breath. “I know. I’m sorry.”
“You don’t have anything to apologize for. It’s always been my fault.”
But how false that was.
I took a deep breath and realized that I was about to make a huge mistake, but I couldn’t imagine leaving without him knowing this.
“What I’m about to tell you, do you promise not to hate me?”
“I already-” Sirius began almost laughing.
I shook my head. “Promise.”
“I promise.” Sirius said firmly, looking straight into my eyes.
I almost stopped myself.
“While I'm asleep I have this dream where we're back on that street corner… the one by King’s cross,” I gave him a meaningful look and I knew he understood which one I meant, “and you propose to me… and every single time I say yes.”
My heart sped up faster as I admitted the one thing I never wanted to. Sirius moved closer and didn’t speak until his head was rested right beside my ear.
“It's just a dream, right?”
My breath was shaky, “It was my dream.”
Sirius pulled abruptly back and his eyes shone with the lights hanging from above. And I even though I knew it was wrong, I didn’t stop when I felt his lips moving closer to mine.
I heard a crashing and a pop right as the lights went out. There were more screams and crashes as the seconds passed when I was frozen in shock. I couldn’t see anything but I felt Sirius’s arms tighten around my arms.
“Madysen,” Sirius whispered urgently, “Are you alright?”
“I’m fine. Sirius, what’s going on?”
I could only hear him whisper one word. “Deatheaters.”
A/N: Ah so finally a future chapter!! :) please tell me what you think and i apologize now that i can't mention who 'him' (Madysen's fiance) is because he hasn't been introduced to the story... yet! so get ready ;) hahah please review!! love you all
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