"Do you, _______take this man, Arthur Kirkland as your husband, to love him and to honor him, to nurture, serve and support him, in times of joy and in times of difficulty? Do you promise to remain by his side regardless of what trouble befalls you, and in the presence of temptation to forsake this love, do you promise to remain steadfast and true? Do you promise with all your heart and soul to honor this vow till death do you part?"
_______ wanted to say "I don't". This was wrong, so wrong! She didn't want this! She didn't love this man, she didn't even like him! She was in love with another man, for Christ's sake! She looked back at said person, Alfred, smiling happily in the crowd. Oh, if he only he knew
No, him knowing wouldn't do any good. It would cause trouble. She had been forcefully engaged by her parents, and now she was getting married, and that was that. So ______ had no choice but to let her feelings remain secret
This didn't mean she accepted Arthur though. From the day they met a few years back, they'd been at each other's throats constantly. ________ was the instigator for most of these fights; Arthur more or less tried not to interact with her. Why on earth did her parents think they'd be compatible? Did they even think of that at all?!
The preacher coughed, pulling ________ out of her thoughts. "I do." She replied at last. Her parents and the groom's smiled.
"Do you, Arthure take this woman, _________ as your wife, to love her and to honor her, to nurture, serve and support her, in times of joy and in times of difficulty? Do you promise to remain by her side regardless of what trouble befalls you, and in the presence of temptation to forsake this love, do you promise to remain steadfast and true? Do you promise with all your heart and soul to honor this vow till death do you part?"
Arthur seemed to hesitate as well. Now _______ knew how awkward she'd made things for the guests. She wondered what he was thinking. She guessed he was having similar, if not the same, thoughts as her.
"I- I do." He finally responded.
"Seems the bride and groom have their head in the clouds huh?" the preacher teased. "They must be really happy."
"Mmmhm." ______ said unconvincingly.
"Sure." Arthur said in an equal tone.
"Well then, I now pronounce you husband and wife. You may now kiss the bride."
Arthur lifted the veil and hesitated a little before leaning in to give ________ a kiss. When he did, ______'s stomach felt all fluttery, and her heart skipped a beat
was she feeling sparks? She denied it mentally, but still found herself returning the kiss. Just for appearances, she convinced herself.
He pulled away and gave her a strange look, a look she'd never seen on his face before. From the way heart skipped a beat yet again, she figured she had a good idea what that look was. But she was still in denial and chose to ignore it.
The two of them got into the traditional "just married" car, stunned and confused look still on both on of their faces. Neither of them spoke or even looked at the other the entire 4 hour ride to their honeymoon suite where'd they'd be staying for the next couple of days. The silence continued still as they made their way to said suite, which was rather awkwardly decorated with the idea in mind that the couple was in love. All the cheesy stuff you can think of.
here we are
" Arthur finally broke the silence, face a little tinted.
"Yeah." _______ grumbled, finally snapping out of her own daze. She would not give in! This was forced on her, so it must be bad! She has to keep hating him.
"What should we do?"
"Hell, I don't know." She murmured, collapsing on the bed. "I hate this room, though, I'll tell you that much. It's so freaking awkward!"
"Yeah, I don't really care for it either."
Crap. They couldn't agree on anything! That's how defenses get lowered!
"On second thought, I love it! It's so
" She paused, trying not to gag on the lie she was about to tell "Pretty!"
He cocked a brow at her. "Are
are you trying to disagree with me just to disagree with me?"
Now he was seeing through her?! At this rate, they'd be falling for each other in no time!
"Look, if you don't like the room, why not see if we can get it switched? I'm sure there's another married couple who'd appreciate it."
"That doesn't answer my question."
She groaned. "I dunno, maybe?"
He sighed. "Fine, I'll go see if we can switch."
With that, he was gone. __________ took this chance to change out of her wedding dress and into some much more comfortable pjs and lay down on the bed, waiting.
Arthur returned a little while later.
"So?" She asked, trying to sound neutral and failing slightly.
"I'm afraid we're stuck here."
She sighed. "That figures. My folks probably wanted to make sure we stayed in here." She got up and made her way to her suitcase and pulled out
A nintendo 64.
"W-what the hell?!"
"What? You're older than me, haven't you ever seen a Nintendo 64?"
"Of course! But why the bloody hell did you have one in your suitcase?"
She rolled her eyes. "Look, what our parents expect us to do tonight; it's not gonna happen. It's not gonna happen tonight, tomorrow, or likely ever. So I got to keep myself entertained somehow."
He continued to stare at her, a look of confusion and insult on his face. ________ chose to ignore it and hooked up the console to the tv.
"I hope they're okay with us doing this
I've been here before, and they had N64's in the other rooms. I guess they assumed the same thing our parents did. Oh well! They're paying for our stay here!" she chuckled evilly as she put in Super Smash Brothers and turned the game on.
"Aren't you a little old to be playing video games?"
__________ Glared at him. "Listen, sweetheart . I don't know how they do things in England, if it's the tired old housewife routine, but that's not me. I take pride in being very unfeminine. Besides, I'm 18. That's still pretty young."
"I said nothing about female stereotypes!"
"Your tone did."
He rolled his eyes and laid down on the bed in defeat, watching her play. ________ felt his gaze on her and turned around.
"Why are you staring at me?" she growled.
"I-I'm not! I'm just watching you play the game!"
She suddenly looked amused. "Are you challenging me?"
She laughed. "Ah! Silly me, of course not! I must have intimidated you with my awesome playing skills."
He turned his head to the side, blushing slightly. "Tch. You
you don't seem that great to me."
"Oh? Well come on then! I got another remote!"
"Git! Do you have any idea how long it's been since I
"Bawk! Buh-buh-buh bawk!"
"I am not a chicken!"
________ bent her arms so that they resembled wings and began pecking the floor.
"Fine! I'll show you!"
The two played for hours. After a while, they stopped counting the number of victories and just had fun (though the score was probably close to even)
It was when the two laughed, only to stop and stare at each other with goofy smiles on their faces that ________ realized she'd made another mistake.
Damn it! It's like he planted a curse on me with that kiss or something
She yawned, feigning sleepiness. "I'm sleepy. I think I'm gonna hit the sack."
Arthur looked at the clock. "It is rather late
I think I'll join you."
Her eyes widened and she looked away blushing. "D-don't say it like that!"
"It can't be helped! There's only one bed
"I know, but still!"
He sighed and went into the bathroom to change. _______ was extremely relieved to see he wasn't the type of guy who slept in few articles of clothing, though she was a bit curious
No! She chastised herself. Bad ________!
He laid down as far from her as possible and they both turned their backs to each other. There was an extremely awkward silence.
"Hey, _______. I have a question
She turned to him and tried to look annoyed.
when we kissed, did you
Her eyes widened and his face got hot. "What, like sparks?"
"Hah! No way! I didn't feel a thing!" She lied, hoping he couldn't hear her pounding heart that threatened to betray her.
did you?" She asked, suddenly shy.
"W-what?! As if!" He responded in similar fashion.
"Well, that's that. Now if you don't mind, I'd like to get some sleep."
Her heartbeat only seemed to grow louder in the silence. Or maybe that was her mind playing tricks on her, mistaking his heartbeat for hers.