As crazy as this is, I hope Annie doesn't freak out on me. She should be here any minute now. I had second. Probably wearing something white, since she said she would be. I'm a bit nervous. I feel like I'm standing on pins and needles as I pace in the lobby of the courthouse. Jacks is with me. Somehow, my brother managed to get my best jacket from our parents' place. I've got my best pants and a white T-shirt on, with a pair of Converse my sister gave me. She and Gil have a fetish with matching shoes, and it went overboard.

"I'm crazy, aren't I?" I ask my brother, my gaze never leaving the doorway. "What I am trying to do it completely crazy and I should rethink how I'm doing this."

"Yeah, you're crazy," he replies, chuckling. "But I don't think you need to rethink what you're doing. This is that once in a lifetime scenario where the guy gets the girl and everything just works in his favor. I get that you want as much time that you can get with Annie, but I also think you're gonna get it. I'm rooting for you. Hope you know that."

"I do know that. Thanks, Jacks."

We share a bro-hug. When we pull apart, light flashes in the corner of my eye, and I turn to see the glass door opening. In walks Annie wearing a pale dress, with red heels peeking out from underneath. Her red curls are pinned back, but still hanging loose around her shoulders. There's a delicate flower crown in her hair.

"I didn't know we were expecting royalty," my brother jokes, slapping my shoulder before going over to Annie and pulling her into a hug. "I'll see you inside."

It takes me a moment to find my words after Jacks is gone. Annie looks like a dream.

"What do you think?" she asks, smiling shyly as I take her hands in mine.

"I'm thinking I should marry you before I have to punch someone," I reply, lowering my voice. "You look beautiful. Where did you find a dress so quickly?"

"Apparently, its prom season and I found something in my size. Which is rather small lately."

I wrap my arms around her waist and pull her close. Yes, she is small, being sick has done this to her.

"Don't think about that right now," I say, leaning to her ear. "You ready to do this?"

"Ready to marry you, you mean? Yeah, I've been ready for weeks."

"That long, huh?" I chuckle and pull away to lead us to the judge's office. "How come I didn't know that's what you wanted until a few days ago?"

"I didn't realize it until you asked," Annie giggles stop short when we enter the room.

Waiting for us is Jacks, my parents, Gil with Sabrina and the juniors. And Annie's parents are here, too, along with her uncle Blake. Annie covers her mouth and closes her eyes as her father comes to hug her. I step away and go to stand next to the judge, with my brother as my best man. Coach wanted to give Annie away. I never wanted him to lose that experience and I wasn't going to make him not do. It almost feels like forever when Annie's hand is placed in mine. But the rest of the ceremony is a breeze. Everyone is crying; Annie, my parents and Annie's parents, Sabrina. Even me. I guess it's true that everyone cries at wedding.

When it comes time to say our vows, the judge speaks to Annie first. They go through the tradition vow, and she says, "I do."

"Eric," the judge turns to me. "I understand you have something you wish to say?"

I nod and let go one of Annie's hands to reach into my pocket. I pull out the scrap piece of paper I scribbled on the other day. I clear my throat and chuckle nervously as I look back to Annie.

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