Chapter 9 : Matrimony
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Chapter 9: Matrimony
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Tyler and I kissed for the final time before the wedding. We wouldn’t see one another until I walked down that aisle. I pulled him aside, away from the hustle and bustle of everyone getting ready for the parties.
“You still wanna do this?” I whispered.
He smiled and took my face in his hands. “Of course I do, Flicka. I love you.”
I smiled too, wishing we could just curl up in bed and sleep all day long. “Are you going out to drink?” I asked, no accusation in my voice.
“I think they're taking me to a bar, but I'm not going to drink.”
“What about a strip club?”
He laughed loudly. “No, Flicka.”
My father approached slowly and cleared his throat. “Its time to go.”
Tyler smiled one more time and kissed my forehead, staying there a few moments longer than he would usually. “I love you Flicka.”
I kissed his lips. “I love you too.”
“See you tomorrow.”
“I’ll be the one in white.”
Mr. Severus Snape and Ms. Hermione Granger
request the honor of your presence
at the marriage of their daughter
Tyler Ryan Truett
Saturday, the eleventh of June, two-thousand sixteen
at three o’clock in the afternoon.
Mom woke me up at the ungodly hour of 8AM. The ceremony wasn’t until 3. I walked into the dinning room to eat the breakfast she’d made me.
After breakfast, she made me take a shower (but not wash my hair) and change into a button down, jeans and flip flops.
Afterwards, we walked to a Hogsmeade salon. Ginny was already there, as was our flowergirl. We all got our nails done (Lily only got polish) and then our hair. Nothing much was done with mine, my curls were just defined a little more, with all kinds of spray to lock down the frizziness.
We went back to Hogwarts after that, and an empty classroom had been converted into a big changing area for us girls. Mom ushered me in before anyone could see me, and then left Ginny and I alone so she could go to the Great Hall and order us some lunch.
After eating, it was about 1:00 on the dot. “How is Tyler?” I asked my mother. She said she didn’t know and I asked her if she’d go check on him for me.
I was pacing. Why? I wasn’t sure, but pacing I was.
“Calm down son.” Severus said, laying a hand on my shoulder and pushing me into a chair. “Getting cold feet?”
I scoffed. “Of course not. I’m just… nervous as hell.”
He chuckled. “Where are you taking her for the Honeymoon?”
“You bought her an island!?”
I nodded. “Where’s Draco with the lunch?”
Just then, a knock sounded. Hermione peeked her head in. “Alix wanted to know how you were.”
I smiled at the sound of her name. “I’m great. Can I write her a note, and you give it to her? Please?”
“I suppose I could allow that.” She replied with a smile. I went to scrawling my note as she and Severus reunited. “Remember to have him at the alter at 2:50.”
“And he needs to give the rings to Zane about two milliseconds before we all start down the aisle.”
“Yes Mia” He said again.
I finished my note and handed it to her. “How’s Alix?”
“She’s doing great as well. Wants to see you.” She laughed, and then kissed Severus once more before leaving.
When mum came back, she had a note. I jumped for it.
Dearest Alixzandra –
Can you believe it? A few more hours. Just a few more. I love you Alix. More than this world and anyone in it. You’re my life, my world, my air. You’re my everything. Stay happy. Don't get nervous and don't start crying. Tell my little girl that Daddy loves her and wants her to behave during the ceremony. I love you too Baby Girl. I love you so much. I’ll see you soon.
I love you,
I almost cried, but then remembered Tyler had told me not to.
My mother smiled at me. “Are you ready dear?”
I nodded and she pulled my dress off the back of the door, as I pulled off my jeans and shirt and put on my Day Of unders. I stepped into the dress and Ginny and Mum pulled it up around me, pulling the strings on the back tightly. They stepped back and smiled in awe. Mum had tears in her eyes. I asked for a mirror but they refused.
They gave me my garter, (Something blue) and I put my Throw Garter right under it, so that Tyler knew that was the one he was supposed to toss. “That’s your blue. You’re dress is new, so there’s that. As for old…” She trailed off and reached for her pocket. She emerged with a silver locket in her hand. She swished her wand across it and the cursive H turned into an A. “My mother gave it to me when you were born, her mother gave it to her, and so on. I want you to give it to your daughter (or sister, if you don't have a daughter) on her wedding day.” She said simply. I smiled and kissed her cheek.
“Thank you Mum.”
She nodded. “Now as for something borrowed, you have to ask Ginny. It has to come from a happily married woman.”
Ginny smiled and stepped forward. “These are expensive. I want them back.” She said sternly and then smiled again. She placed the silver haircomb in my hair, whisking the right side away from my face. The diamonds sparkled, matching the earrings my mother was putting on.
“Lift your foot.” My mother told me, ducking under my dress. I felt her take off my shoe and put it back a few moments later, with something extra inside of it. “Galleon. Means you’ll have plenty of wealth. Now, here’s your bracelet and…. here’s your bouquet.” I reached for my cell. Yup. It was time. 2:55. She got dressed hurriedly and we all walked to the Great Hall entrance. Tyler, Spencer and Draco were all standing at the alter already.
The music started and Mum kissed my cheek before walking down the aisle and sitting in the first pew on the left. Ginny went next, whispering her luck. Then went Zane, right before Lily. And finally, the music turned into the wedding march and I heard people scramble to their feet. “Here we go Princess.” Daddy said.
“Here we go.” I replied, smiling.
I walked slowly, trying to focus on making sure I didn’t trip. Tyler’s face was perhaps more bright and happy than I’d ever seen it before. I smiled back and before I knew it, he was coming forth and Daddy was kissing my cheek.
“I love you Princess.” He whispered, and handed me off to my future husband.
Daddy stayed at the bottom of the steps as Tyler and I walked up them to where the head table was normally seated. “Who gives this woman to this man?” Dumbledore asked. I resisted the urge to scoff at the sexist saying.
“Her mother and I do.” Daddy replied.
Dumbledore nodded his head and Daddy sat down next to Mum. I handed my bouquet to Ginny.
“Ladies and Gentlemen, family and friends, we are gathered here today to witness and celebrate the joining of Tyler Ryan and Alixzandra Draco in marriage. Tyler and Alix, today, as you join yourselves in marriage, there is a vast and unknown future stretching out before you. The possibilities and potentials of your married life are great; and now falls upon your shoulders the task of choosing your values and making real your dreams. Through your commitment to each other, may you grow and nurture a love that makes both of you better people, a love that continues to give you great joy and also a passion for living that provides you with energy and patience to face the responsibilities of life.
“I remind you that love is patient; love is kind and envies no one. Love is never boastful, nor conceited, nor rude, never selfish, nor quick to take offense. Love keeps no score of wrongs; does not gloat over another’s failings, but delights in the truth. There is nothing love cannot face; there is no limit to its faith, its hope and its endurance. Love never ends. So faith, hope and love abide, but the greatest of them is love.”
“If you then, Tyler and Alixzandra, have freely chosen each other, in token of this and your love, will you please join your hands together.”
We did, and he continued.
“Tyler, do you take Alix to be your lawfully wedded wife, to have and to hold from this day forward, to love, comfort and honor, for better or for worse, for richer or for poorer, in sickness and in health, to laugh with you in joy, to grieve with you in sorrow, to grow with you in love, as long as you both shall live?”
Tyler starred into my eyes and with a huge smile, he stated “I do.”
“Alix, do you take Tyler to be your lawfully wedded husband, to have and to hold from this day forward, to love, comfort and honor, for better or for worse, for richer or for poorer, in sickness and in health, to laugh with you in joy, to grieve with you in sorrow, to grow with you in love, as long as you both shall live?”
“I absolutely do.” I replied and I heard some of our guests chuckle.
“The wedding ring is the shape of an unbroken circle with no beginning and no end. It symbolizes eternity – a never-ending love. Wear the rings proudly for they are symbols which speak of the eternal love that you have for each other and marks the beginning of a long journey together. Tyler, do you have your ring for Alix?”
Tyler let go of my hands and reached over to the pillow Zane was holding.
“Place this ring on the hand of Alix after you repeat after me. With this ring, I thee wed and with all I am and all I have, I honor you.”
“With this ring, I thee wed and with all I am and all I have, I honor you.” He slid the ring on my finger and I smiled in awe of how it complimented my promise ring.
I took Tyler’s ring from Zane as well and smiled at its beauty as well. I repeated after Dumbledore and placed the ring on Tyler’s finger. It looked like it belonged there.
Dumbledore waved his wand over our clasped hands and a red ribbon shot out of the tip and wrapped around our hands. The light was warm, but not scorching, and wrapped tight, but not too binding. In a few more moments, the ribbon went back into his wand and Dumbledore spoke again. “By the power vested in me, by the Order of Merlin First Class, I now pronounce you husband and wife. You may kiss the bride.”
Everyone cheered as Tyler leaned in to kiss me. I could feel his smile in the kiss and it made me smile even bigger. Draco catcalled and Spencer followed suit.
I pulled away, conscious of everyone watching us.
“Ladies and Gentlemen, family and friends, For the first time, I present to you, Tyler and Alixzandra Truett, husband and wife.”
Everyone cheered again and threw rice at us as we walked out of the Hall. Mum announced to everyone that Firewhiskey and other drinks would be served in just a few moments.
Colin Creevey was fast on our tails as we walked outside to the front lawn. Colin took pictures of us by the lake, by the Whomping Willow (or as close as we could get without dying), next to the forest and even out in the Quidditch Pitch. We came back almost an hour later, slap tired of picture taking. I gave the hint to my Mum, who started asking everyone to be seated with their drinks and appetizers. Tyler helped me change into my reception dress.
After I was done, I gave a heads up to Ginny, Spencer, Draco and my parents and they started forming the announcement line. Ginny waved to the DJ, who cut off the slow playing background music and picked up his mic.
“Ladies and Gentlemen, I hear the newlyweds are finally done with their pictures” The DJ joked. “So without further ado, I present you with the wedding party. Parents of the Bride, Severus Snape and Hermione Granger.”
People clapped politely as Mum and Daddy stepped forward. Daddy sure did look good all dressed up, especially with Mum by his side, even though I could only see a side view of them. I imagined how everyone else was taking seeing them side by side again.
“Maid of Honor, and Best Man, Draco Malfoy and Spencer McDoorman.”
Draco and Spencer walked through the doors, clasping arms, joking around as if they were a couple also. Everyone laughed. Only Draco and Spencer could pull something like that off.
“Bridesmaid, Ginny Potter.”
Ginny walked through beautiful as ever, quiet, polite and shy.
“And last but definitely not least, Tyler and Alixzandra Truett!!”
I could definitely get used to this everyone cheering thing. It was a real confidence booster. Tyler walked me out to the center of the dance floor, and a slow song started. I almost cried. The song was from my very favorite Muggle movie and though half the audience had never heard it in their lifetimes, it meant a lot to me that Tyler remembered.
He started singing to me “Now I’ve had the time of my life. No I’ve never felt this way before. Yes I swear, it’s the truth. And I owe it all to you.”
We danced like my mother approved of, all traditional-like. That was, until the second time the chorus came along. Something about the music just made me laugh with happiness and Tyler spun me around so fast and then snapped me back to him in a way that made me feel absolutely dizzy with happiness. We laughed and danced around in ways that didn’t make sense and I’m sure didn’t look like dancing.
Regardless, everyone clapped when we were finished and Mum was even crying. One song flowed into another and Severus stepped in and asked for my hand. Tyler smiled at him, kissed my forehead, and handed me over to my father, just as another Muggle song started playing. Mum’s help no doubt. I laid my head on my father’s chest as I listened to the words of the song Daddy had picked.
“I know a girl. She puts the color inside of my world. She’s just like a maze where all of the walls are continually changed. I've done all I can to stand on the steps with my heart in my hand. Now I'm starting to see maybe its got nothing to do with me. Fathers be good to your daughters. Daughters will love like you do. Girls become lovers who turn into mothers, so mothers be good to your daughters too.”
I was crying as I kissed his cheek.
“I'm sorry I wasn’t there Princess.”
“Its not your fault.”
“Not entirely. But I hold a lot of the fault. I'm happy for you. I'm really happy for you. And I'm sorry for everything. So sorry,”
I saw tears in his eyes and I couldn’t believe it. I’d only seen my father cry once before, when I told him I was pregnant. He’d picked the perfect song. I even heard the hidden surrender in it. I laid back down against his shoulder and we swayed slowly. “You're not losing me Daddy. Never again. I’ll still be here for a long time.”
I felt him nod.
The song drifted away eventually and Draco cut in. I watched Daddy walk to Mum and pull her onto the floor, and Tyler dance with Ginny.
Draco had a talk to give me as well. I sighed. This was gonna be a long night, and I couldn’t wait!
“I'm glad you found him.” He started. “I'm glad you found love. Even if you did move way too fast, I’m glad things ended up the way they did with the two of you.”
“I smiled. Thank you Draco.”
He nodded and it looked like he was starting to cry too. “I loved you first, you know?” He teased. I laughed. “I know Dray.”
“If he hurts you. And I mean if he EVER hurts you, I’ll kill him. I don't care how long you two are together, I don't care if he does it out of anger, I don't care if its physical or just emotional. I will kill him. I'm serious Alix.”
Suddenly I was very scared of Draco. I knew about the time he spent with Voldemort. I knew how he was raised. I nodded simply and laid my head against his shoulder.
He chuckled. “Didn’t mean to scare you, Love.”
Afterwards, I went to the front of the room again. I asked the DJ for his mic politely, and waved Tyler to come up to the front with me. “I’d just like to thank everyone for coming tonight. It means a lot to me that you all were here to help me celebrate one of the best days in my life. But now, for the real reason all of you are here: The food. Take a seat at one of the tables, no, they are not separated by house, everyone sits together.” Everyone smiled and chuckled a little, while the tables magically floated back to the center of the floor. Tyler, Draco, Ginny, Spencer, Mum, Daddy and I sat at the head table. I looked over to the DJ. He was just sitting there. “Aren’t you going to eat?” I called over to him.
“You might be needing some music.” He replied simply.
“Go eat.” I commanded back. He smiled, nodded his head in thanks, and took off his Muggle headphones, walking to a table.
I’ll spare you what we ate, as everyone ate something different. But what I wont spare you, is the toasts.
Daddy went first, right after appetizers. He stood and clinked his fork against his glass, and cleared his throat. “Hello.” Daddy started stiffly. “As many of you know, I am Severus Snape, Alixzandra’s father. I’d also like to thank you for coming today. Despite any thoughts or beliefs you might have had, I’m glad you put them aside for my daughter’s happiness. As you know, I didn’t get to see Alix grow up. For reasons I’m not discussing, I wasn’t there. But Alix has opened her heart and let me in and I’ve never been a more happy man. Over the last few years, we’ve gotten to know each other. Of course, we’ve had our ups and we’ve had lows as far down as Gringotts vaults, but we always make it through. I met Alix as she was entering her 5th year here at Hogwarts. Her and Tyler were already in love. I’ve watched them mature as a couple and individually ever since. They’ve also had their moments. But I've never seen two people more in love with one another in all my years of living – and I teach teenagers.” (Everyone chuckled at this too) “I’ll end this by looking at you, Alixzandra. I’m so very proud of you, of everything you’ve achieved, at how strong and courageous you’ve been. Its not gonna be easy, Princess, but it'll be worth it.” He winked at me. I was crying. Tyler handed me a handkerchief and I dabbed my eyes, getting up and hugging Daddy as everyone clapped. Mum was crying too.
Next was Spencer, after the main course. He stood up and took a different approach at gaining attention – something along the lines of “Hey yo! It’s my turn to give a speech now” He got evil glares from some of the older attendants, but I just smiled at him.
“Go ahead Spence.”
“Thank you. I’m Spencer McDoorman – Best Man. Yeah, I’m proud. I had to beg for that title.” Laughter. “I’d like to thank you, Tyler, for asking me to be a part of your wedding. I’d say it means a lot, but I’m a man, and I don't express emotions.” More laughter “But no, seriously, it really does mean a lot. Alix, you look amazing tonight. Thank you, also, for letting me be here with you all. Tyler and I have been friends since we were toddlers. We grew up in the same orphanage together. And then, surprise surprise, when Hogwarts letters came out, we were both wizards. I have seriously watched Tyler chase Alix since he first saw her. She was in 3rd year and he was in 4th and all I remember hearing is him pep himself up to ask her out. He did this for days, you know.” Again, laughter. “Well, he asked her at the end of the week to go to the Start of Term Ball with him and she said no. Well, Tyler, ever determined, asked again. She said no. Again. In fact, throughout the year, he asked her to every Hogsmeade weekend, every ball, and she always declined. At the beginning of fourth year, I remember Tyler coming to the table that first night and saying to me – “Dude. She said yes.” And it all went downhill from there. Just kidding guys! I love you both. I’m glad you’ve found each other, and I hope you remain happy for a very long time.”
Spencer went ahead and sat down after a wink in our direction. I mouthed ‘thank you’ and he smiled back.
Then, of course, it was Draco’s turn, and he stood and got the crowd’s attention in much the same manner as Daddy had, with a little bit of Spencer mixed in.
“All of you all know me, but I’ll go ahead and say it anyway – I’m Draco Malfoy. When Alix asked me to be her Maid of Honor, I thought she was insane. Hermione sure was pissed. This isn’t traditional at all. I think it was Severus who allowed it. I’ve known Alix since she was a baby, even before. Her mother and I became friends when she was pregnant, despite hating each other during our schooling. Alix has been like a little sister to me ever since. She comes to me with everything. I’ve also had to be a big sister at times, though. Once, when Tyler was coming over, she screamed my name like bloody murder. Me, thinking she’s dying or something, runs up the stairs to see her perfectly fine. ‘Help me decide what to wear’ she says. I wanted to strangle the little brat.” I acted hurt and he laughed. “When she was little, she told everyone who would listen that she was never getting married, unless she married me. She said ‘All other guys are trash.’ I wonder what happened to my feminist little sister.”
“She fell in love!” I countered, making the guests laugh.
“Yes, yes she did. And it looks beautiful on her. I’m not married, but I’ve been through my fair share of relationships, enough to give you some advice Tyler. 1) Put the toilet seat down; And 2) She’s always right. You’re always wrong. Just get used to it. That’s about it. I love you two.”
I ran around to hug him as well and cried a bit on his shoulder. “I love you Dray.” I whispered.
“I know, Love.” He replied cockily.
After dinner, the DJ started the music back up and everyone surrounded the dance floor. I whispered to Tyler that I was going to give Draco his gift, and then my parents theirs. He nodded and set off to find Spencer.
I pulled Draco aside and gave him another hug. “Thank you for everything, Dray. I got you something.” I pulled away and handed him an item wrapped in red paper. He unwrapped it to find a silver flask, with DLM engraved in the front. “I didn’t know what to get you, but I know you enjoy Firewhiskey from time to time. Does it suck?”
He smiled up at me. “No, it doesn’t suck, Love.” He pulled me in for a hug. “Why does it feel like I'm losing you? Like I’ll never see you again.”
“You will. I’ll be back in a week.”
He nodded. “Better go see your parents before Tyler does. I think he’s got them a gift as well.” It was an excuse. He wanted to cry. In peace.
“Okay. I love you Draco.”
“I love you too, Love”
Tyler already occupied my parents. I could hear a little of their conversation from where I was standing. “Thank you. So much. Thanks for being there for me when no one else would, Hermione. And thanks for accepting me, Severus. You guys are the closest thing to parents I’ll ever know. I’m forever grateful of you, for bringing Alix into this world and for accepting me into your home.”
Mum smiled and pulled him to her, kissing his forehead. “I love you, son.” She said simply.
Daddy clapped a hand on his back.
He smiled. “I better be going. Alix is going to be looking for you soon.”
I counted to thirty after he left before walking up to my parents. I pretended I hadn’t just seen that. “Hey guys!” Mum smiled and pulled me in for a hug.
“How’re you doing?”
“I'm good. Excited. To be married.” I laughed, as did my parents. “Anyway, I wanted to give you guys these.”
I handed Mum a gift bag and Daddy an envelope
Daddy watched Mum unwrap hers first It was a photocube. One side had a picture of me, another – a picture of Tyler, another –a picture of us from our engagement photos, and lastly a sonogram of her upcoming granddaughter. Flowers jetted out of the top of the cube.
She smiled with teary eyes and thanked me, before turning to Daddy. “You, are one hard man to shop for, Mister.”
He opened his envelope and read it aloud for Mum to hear. “Your gift was too big to wrap. I got you a new potions set. If you hate it, and wanna keep the old one you have, the receipt is in the cauldron. It should be sitting on your dresser when you get home, if Dobby remembered to put it there. I'm sure he did.”
His smile was huge when he was done reading. He pulled me close. “I’ll love it.” He whispered. “Because it came from your heart.”
I smiled, and saw Tyler come back through the door. I waved him over. “It’s time for the bouquet & garter tosses.”
He nodded and went to the stage, waving bye to Mum and Daddy. Taking the mic, he announced the events and all the unmarried girls got into a glob. I took my bouquet off the stage. I noticed where my mum was, turned, and threw the bouquet backwards. I heard noises of anger, and some of happiness, so I turned. Mum caught the bouquet after all.
Tyler motioned me to sit down on the stage, and reached under my dress. “The one closer to my knee.” I whispered to him. He came out a few seconds later, toss garter in tact. Just like a rubber band, he flipped it off the edge of his finger, right into the awaiting hands of Daddy. “Did you plan that!?” I asked, astonished?
He shook his head as the music started for them to dance.
“Are you alright?” Severus asked, pulling me close as the chorus started. This was really the first time we’d gotten to speak since yesterday, without listening ears, at least.
“Yes. Just… nostalgic.”
He nodded in understanding. “You're not losing her.” He replied, and I wondered who he was trying to convince, me or him.
“I know. I’m sorry, I’m just blabbing on about myself and I cant even begin to imagine how you feel.”
He shrugged. “I feel like I just found her and I'm losing her already.”
I laid my head on his shoulder simply, not knowing what else to say.
I pulled Tyler aside. “I got you something.” I whispered. He smiled.
“I got you something too but I cant give it to you until we reach the honeymoon destination.”
I thought he was making an innuendo, so I slapped his arm playfully. He told me it wasn’t what I was thinking.
I smiled and reached into my bag, sitting on the floor with everyone else’s and pulled out another envelope. Tyler opened it and it took a few moments for it to register with him.
“Quidditch World Cup tickets for the next 20 years?” He laughed excitedly.
“There’s two per year. So you could take Spencer. Make it a boys night.”
He pulled me tight. “Thank you Flicka. This means a lot.” He kissed my cheek.
“Its getting late and everyone’s starting to leave.” I nuzzled my head into his neck.
“We’ll be leaving too soon, and onto our Honeymoon.”
“Where are we going?” I asked.
“Tut tut. I’m not telling.”
I laughed. “I love you Tyler.”
“I love you too Flicka.”
We cut the cake, a few people danced, and then, just like that, it was all over. Tyler shrunk our suitcases – mine of which he didn’t let me pack and had Mum do it instead – and put them in his pocket. I kissed Mum, Daddy and Draco goodbye and straddled Tyler’s broom. Before I knew it, we were flying over London. “Go to sleep, Lex.” Tyler told me. “We’ll be there before you know it.”
“Flicka.” Someone whispered. I smiled. “Flicka, baby, wake up.” I lifted my head from Tyler’s back. We were still flying, but lower now. We were landing, on a soft beachy surface. The smell of the water was amazing, and the moon glistening off it, was possibly one of the most beautiful things I’d seen in my life.
“Where are we?”
“Alixzandra’s Island. Happy marriage.” He laughed, tossing his broom next to a beach house.
“You bought me an island!?”
“Do you like it?” He was nervous.
“Yes. Of course!”
He smirked and picked me up, carrying me inside. It was so pretty, but I didn’t have much time to think about it. Tyler was taking me straight to the bedroom and I cant say I objected.
I cant believe how fast she’s growing.
It aint supposed to be like this.
Every time I look at her, I see how much I've missed…
It hurts me so to watch my girl grow up in pictures – In Pictures, Alabama
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