Chapter 25

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Lauren's POV

Today is... the day. Natasha insisted that she does my hair while Wanda does my makeup. I don't mind this part. It's saving a lot of time from me not doing it.

" And... we are all done", Nat says as she turns my chair around to have me face the mirror.

" What do you think?", Wanda asks.

" I think you guys did an amazing job", I say with a big smile on my face, " Now I have to get into the dress".

A few moments later...

" So... what do you guys think?", I ask the two as I step out in my wedding dress with my bouquet in hand.

The don't respond. They gasp gasp and stare at me with teary eyes.

" No, no, no. Natalia Alianova Romanova, don't even think about crying", I say with a warning tone.

" This is really happening", Nat says, " You're really getting married".

" I think we established that a long time ago", I say, making her chuckle, " Come here".

I bring Natasha into my embrace, the both of us still not over the fact that I'm actually getting married.

" No matter what, you'll always be my best friend, Tasha", I reassure the red-head.

" I better be", She says as we pull away, " Or else we're going to have a big problem".

Steve's POV

I stand at the alter, waiting anxiously with Clint, Sam, Tony,Rhodes and Vision by my side.

" You gave me permission to hit you if you start getting nervous again. Don't make me feel tempted to", Sam says to me.

" I can't help it", I tell him.

" She'll be here soon. It's only... five minutes to 11", Tony says as he looks down at his watch.

'Five minutes. Okay. I can do this'.

Lauren's POV

Five minutes late. Thor is five minutes late! When you're getting married, five minutes is a long-ass time.

" You said he would be here", Nat says as we're waiting behind a curtain of white flowers, which on the other end is the alter.

" He's supposed to be", I say.

" If he doesn't show up, you could just walk down the aisle yourself", Laura says, holding Cooper and Lila's hands. Clint is holding Nathaniel.

Right before I can speak, a large beam of light rays down on us, and when it vanishes... Thor finally appears.

" It's a wedding miracle", Wanda mumbles.

"I'm sorry I'm late. I tried to convince your father to come down with me, but he couldn't. The Al-Father sends his apologies, and also, this", Thor says as he hands me a beautiful hairpiece.

" Oh, wow. Uh, Nat could you...?", I ask.

" Oh, yes. There's no way I'm letting you ruin my masterpiece", Nat says as she takes the hairpiece out of my hands and gently sets it onto the bun in my hair.

" Okay. Let's get me married", I say as I link arms with Thor.

3rd Person's POV (sorry for all the POV changes)

The harpist that Tony hired plays the wedding march as Cooper and Lila walk down the aisle-- Cooper the ring bearer and Lila the flower girl. And then, Thor and Lauren walk through the curtain of flowers.

As she proceeds down the aisle, she takes time to look at everyone there, smiling at them, and they smile back. But, when her and Steve locks eyes, it becomes real.

The almost-wedded couple practically tears up, even though the ceremony is yet to begin. Thor hands Lauren to Steve, and the two lock hands as they look into each others eyes with the biggest possible grins on their faces.

" Friends, we have joined here today to share with Lauren and Steve an important moment in their lives. Into this - these two persons present now come to be joined. Their time together, they have seen their love and understanding of each other grow and blossom and now they have decided to live out the rest of their lives as one.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.True marriage begins well before the wedding day, and the efforts of marriage continue well beyond the ceremony's end.  A brief moment in time and the stroke of the pen are all that is required to create the legal bond of marriage, but it takes a lifetime of love, commitment, and compromise to make marriage durable and everlasting. Today you declare your commitment to each other before family and friends. Your yesterdays were the path to this moment, and your journey to a future of togetherness becomes a little clearer with each new day", Sam starts, " Now, if you'll please exchange your vows".

Steve goes first, but not before he clears his throat.

" Today, I, uh, marry my best friend, the one I laugh with,live for, dream with, love. I could say that you were the best thing that ever happened to me, but instead, I'll saying that going under the ice for about 70 years was the best thing that ever happened to me, because it gave me the privilege... of meeting you. When I don't know where to turn, you're there. When I have my doubts, you're there. When I think about giving up... you're there. You're always there for me. I promise to love you until the last breath leaves your body or mine. To be loyal to you, and always have your back. To stand by you, and protect you with everything I've got. Because you, Lauren... are everything I've got", Steve says as he slips the ring onto his almost wife's finger

By now, people have started to get all teary-eyed, and you can see why. And then, Lauren stands up straight, and lets out a deep breath before she recites her vows.

" I don't love you to the moon and back. I love you to Pluto and back. You're not my #1, you're my only one. I believe that God, or Odin, sent you into my life to give me something to fight for,to show me there is love in this world, to give me hope, and bring me joy. All the proof I need of God is you: you were sent down from the heavens. I swear, I couldn't love you more than I do right now... but I will tomorrow. Your love has roared louder than my demons, Steve, and for that, I choose you. And I'll choose you over and over and over.Without pause, without doubt, in a heartbeat.... I'll keep choosing you", Lauren says, a single tear of happiness falling down her cheek as she slips her almost husband's ring on his finger, " Just like I chose the light side of my magic".

" And now, by the power vested in me, I hereby pronounce you husband and wife. You may kiss the bride", Sam says.

And that's the only thing Steve and Lauren needed to hear, before they embraced each other with a warm, passionate kiss with a few salty tears. By now, everyone is applauding and cheering.

The three who are trying to hide their tears are Natasha, Clint and Thor, because they are too " tough" to cry. But when it's your honorary sister, best friend, and actual sister, it's acceptable to cry. The rest of them aren't crying as much, but there were a few tears shed.

But when it comes to the newly wed couple, they're embracing their tears. The two pull back from the kiss, and then are pushed into an amorous hug. And then, Steve and Lauren say the phrase, that one day could possibly end up being a reality:

" Forever and ever... until death tears us apart".







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