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When she arrives at your side, everything else just seems to melt away. Dimly you're aware of Sanae delivering the opening speech of the wedding, then one of the girls reading some poetry or some such thing, but none of the specifics really register. Instead you're captivated by your bride to be. The words all fly in one ear and out the other, but you turn nonetheless when instructed, facing Yuyu and taking both of her hands in your own. Through her veil the twin glows of her eyes shine blue, focused steadily on you; her hands fit snugly in your own, and her thumbs brush reassuringly over the backs of your fingers.
And just like that, if there was any doubt or anxiety left in your mind, it's blown away.
Standing here, hand in hand with Yuyu, you know that this is the best decision you've ever made. No matter how much the two of you have loved one another until now, marriage is still an enormously intimidating commitment; it's irreversible, full of uncertainty, vulnerability, and fragile hopes. It's absolutely terrifying, but there's no one you would rather have at your side through it all than the woman in front of you right at this moment, and more than that, you want to see her through it all as well. The chance to do it all, and the chance to tell her how you feel - this is everything you could hope for.
... the chance to tell her how you feel...
So caught up in the moment were you, that you almost forgot about them. Already you can hear her beginning the standard set of vows. Can't let her do that!
"Sanae," you speak softly, not once looking away from Yuyu's veiled face, "we wrote our own vows."
Sanae emits a girlish squeal, and out the corner of your eye you can see her leaning forward over her podium, squirming about in apparent glee.
"Then... will the two of you please read the prepared vows?"
This is it. Yuyu gives your hands a reassuring squeeze, and you begin without hesitation.
“Yuyu... there’s so much I want to say, and so much I’ve already said, but the truth is, you mean more to me than I could ever express in words. I never imagined that my death would bring me to a woman who could show me what it meant to live, that losing my soul would let me find my heart. My life, my heart... you helped me find them, and now I want to share them with you.
So, Yuyu, I vow never to leave or forget you. Through every moment, sad or happy, storm or calm, hungry... or not quite as hungry, I'll be there for you; I'll always be there, to love you, support you, care for you... and nourish you. Forever onward, I'll always be at your side."
It's such a simple vow, but what she needs is to know that she'll never have to be alone again. That she'll have someone who she'll never have to lose. Being able to give her that sets your heart at ease, and fills you with confidence.
Quietly she murmurs your name, and tightens her grip on your hands. This time it's your turn to reassure her with a comforting brush of your thumb. That seems to be enough, and she begins to speak her own vows in a soft, almost bashful voice.
"Words have never been my forte. Touch has always been so much easier for me, so when you proposed writing our own vows, I was nervous. Maybe my words won't come out right, maybe they won't be perfect, but... I know that they have weight, and I want my promise to you to be my own. You've given me so much of yourself, and I want to give you this part of me.
So I vow always to have faith in you, and to put all of myself into loving you. No matter what comes, or what circumstance we find ourselves in, I'll put my trust in you. If ever you have a want, I'll strive to fill it, if ever you wish to give, I'll accept it all, and if ever you need an answer, I'll have one for you. I love you, and I always will."
"Having exchanged such wonderful vows," Sanae exclaims excitedly, "I now ask that you exchange rings and seal these promises before the gods. Please present the rings."
Komachi steps up, presenting the ring box to you and Yuyu. The lid flies open with a click, and you each take one of the rings from the box, before presenting your left hands to one another. With a small pause to steady yourselves, you slide the rings onto one another in unison, the small bands sliding into place with ease. The slight weight of the ring on your finger... this feels perfect; more than that, it feels right.
"Through the power vested in me by the gods who have witnessed this exchange," Sanae sounds breathless now, as though she were on the verge of fainting, "I hereby declare you husband and wife! You may kiss the bride!"
At long last, you pull Yuyu close, one hand on her shoulder, the other pulling back her veil. She looks up at you, the blue light of her eyes growing hazy through the tears that threaten to spill, her mouth stretched in the happiest smile you've ever seen on her. Her eyes drift shut, her hands come to rest softly on your chest, you lean in, she leans up, your lips meet...
... and a roaring cheer fills the air.
"Sorry about that," you apologize, though you share a laugh with Yuyu, as Suwako continues to carry Sanae through the shrine bridal-style. You didn't expect her to actually faint from excitement when she saw you give Yuyu her wedding kiss.
"No need to apologize," Suwako dismisses your worries with a happy laugh of her own, and proceeds to nuzzle her face against Sanae's bosom. "I haven't gotten to carry Sanae like this for so long! It's nice!"
"Oi! Stop hogging Sanae! I want to carry her too," Kanako complains with a whine, trying to snatch Sanae away. Quickly the two wind up in another squabble, each attempting to take Sanae for themselves; frankly, it's miraculous that Sanae herself isn't woken by the struggle.
"Everything's setup out back, right?" You ask the bickering goddesses. The reply you get is muffled, but it sounds affirmative enough to you. With a shake of your head and a chuckle, you continue with Yuyu through the shrine, doing little spins and hops as you go, keeping her giggling all the way. Eventually the two of you come to the rear exit of the shrine, which leads to the enormous lack out back. You spin out the exit, and...
You don't really have any other words for the sight before you. A large round table has been setup in front of the sacred lake, fully set with a tasteful tablecloth, fine china, and gleaming silverware; most importantly of all though is the prodigious layered cake that sits atop it, a truly gargantuan beast of a cake nearly twice the size of the one presented at your bachelor party, and decorated with heart and cherry blossom designs, as well as the requisite bride and groom figurines on its top layer. You can only assume that this one doesn't contain strippers, so it should have considerably more substance to it as well.
"Amazing," Yuyu whispers breathlessly. Her eyes are shining like she's just... well, like she's just been given the biggest cake in the world.
"Of course." You perk up and look over to your left to see Lily Black standing there, a smug smile on her face. When did she get there? "As disgusting as it is to admit it, this appallingly saccharine creation is the greatest work I've ever done. It's enough to make me sick."
Harsh as her words are, her jovial tone tells you that she's rather pleased with how it turned out. You offer her a knowing smile.
"Well, since you detest it so, let's hurry up and serve it, and get it out of your sight."
"Aren't you the thoughtful one?" She replies sarcastically.