Blessed & Destined

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Zoey's Perspective

Chapter 43 (v.1) - The Ceremony

Submitted: September 30, 2017

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"Dominic, I don't want to go anywhere." I growl still laying in our bed while he's putting clothes on. "Zoey, trust me." He says as he buttons his black jeans he walks up to the bed with a shirt in hand. "You trust me don't you." I grab his shirt pulling it from his grasp.  

"Yeah, I just don't want to go anywhere." He gives me that half smile that melts my insides and chuckles. I drop my shoulders and hand him the shirt. "You're playing dirty! You know what that smile and laugh does to me." I growl throwing the blankets off me.  

"Now I'm going to be all hot and bothered while we are out." I say putting my bra on and I can feel his body heat behind me and his hand on my arm. "Where we are going you won't be hot and bothered that long." He presses a kiss to my neck then grazes his lips up to my ear. "You'll need to save that for later." I laugh.  

"If you think you're getting any after this morning you are sorely mistaken." He pulls the shirt over his head. "Five bucks says I'll have you naked in bed before midnight." I feel my cheeks burn at his bet, I've never been one to turn down five bucks. "Deal." I say pulling on jeans. 

Once I'm dressed Dominic has me climb into our hummer that mom and dad gave us saying we'd be safer in this. Not going to lie, I'm a little nervous about getting back in a vehicle. 

Once on the road Dominic dials a number I couldn't read and he's blocked me from his thoughts. Sneaky boy. 

"Yeah we are on our way. About fifteen minutes. Good. Alright see you in fifteen." He hits the end button and shoves his phone into his pocket. "So, you going to tell me where it is you are so adamant about taking me?" He shakes his head. "Nope ruin the surprise. Just enjoy the ride." He takes my hand.  

"You'll love it I promise." I can tell that he's not lying still don't like secrets. So, I lean my head back and enjoy the ride as best as I can, closing my eyes and praying the whole damn way not to get in another crash. 

I feel the car come to a stop and open my eyes to see our destination and all the air escapes my lungs as my jaw drops. Maple Grove Meadows. This is where we have our—then it hits me this is where Dominic went last night. He was planning the wedding. I feel hot tears swell in my eyes and look at him in the driver's seat with the goofiest and somehow sexiest grin ever. 

"Dominic," His name comes out a whisper. "Come on." He climbs out of the car and runs around to help me out. The moment my feet hit the ground I drape my arms around his neck and kiss him. "Hold on that comes later remember." I drop my arms from him. 

Dominic takes my hand and leads me around the back of this large estate building to where several large tents are perched and I feel my heartbeat increase. Mom and Mariana come up taking me from his arms. "We have work to do." Dominic blows me a kiss as Cam and Dad drag him towards another one.  

"Okay I can walk on my own!" I pull out of their grip and continue to walk towards the big white tent. I step through and it looks just like the vision. "Okay I'll call the seamstress and see where that dress is. Mariana get her hair and makeup done!" Mom starts barking orders. I'm forced into sitting in a chair while Mariana is doing my hair. I look in the mirror and see my mom is talking on the phone behind us.  

"Okay I'm done. Muy bonita!" I redirect my sight to me in the mirror and my hair is draped over my shoulder with a yellow rose hairpiece by my ear. 

"What do you mean you can't send the dress right now!" I frown as my mom starts yelling in Italian. "Don't bother I will send my husband to come get it!" She growls as she shoves her phone into her pocket and storms out the tent. Returning a few minutes later shaking her head. 

"I told you, you should have just worn mine." I shake my head. "No, everything has to be just like the dream. This is my day and I want a dress of my own." Mom smiles warmly. "Oh, my baby girl all grown up." She wipes a single tear away from her cheek. 

Suddenly dad comes in with a gray garment bag and hangs it up on one of the tent posts. I get up excited as he slowly unzips it revealing the beautiful strapless, A-line white satin gown with a sweetheart neckline with white ivy design over a silk navy blue. Flower and bead embroidery along the bottom and the lace-up back. 

"Oh, it's just like I dreamed." I squeal jumping up and down. "Okay dad get out I need to get this on." Mom ushers him out as Mariana helps me into the dress. It's a lot heavier than I thought it would be but I don't care it looks amazing on me.  

"Okay shoes." Mariana pulls out my black knee-high leather boots I bought just for today. 

Cam sticks his head through the tent. "There's my beautiful sister, everything is ready we are just waiting on you." I let out a deep breath as Cam leads me across the yard to a gazebo with a curtain of white rose petals. I lace my arm through Dad's, who is waiting for me. 

"You ready Zo?" I smile and take the bouquet of red and white roses. "Dad, I've been ready since the day I met Dominic." The curtain parts and I take a step down the gazebo steps. I look up and see the five rows of benches on either side of the white carpet isle. My friends and family and some people I don't recognize fill the seats. I look ahead in front of my Sensei is Dominic in a white suit and a red bow tie. His eyes meet mine and the largest smile I have ever seen is spread across his face. 

Every step I take my heart is beating rapidly in my chest. We meet and dad kisses my temple and hands me off to Dominic. "If you hurt her I swear to god, Destined or not, I will kill you." Dominic's smile doesn’t waver.  

"I would die before I do that." Dad takes his seat beside my mom and I take Dominic's hand and stand in front of him.  

"Dearly beloved, we are gathered her today to unite these two souls in marriage. Binding them to each other forever." My Sensei says to the crowd. "Now, Dominic repeat after me."  

"I, Dominic Reeds, take thee Zoey Lewis, to be my lofty wedded wife to hold and cherish, through good times and bad, through sickness and health until death do us part." Dominic repeats what Sensei John said.  

"Now, Zoey, repeat after me... I, Zoey Lewis, take thee Dominic Reeds, to be my lofty wedded husband to hold and cherish, through good times and bad, through sickness and health until death do us part."  

"Okay, now do you have your own vows?" I nod. "Very well, Dominic go ahead." Dominic takes my hands. 

"Zoey the last few months have been chaotic and dangerous and terrifying and horrible. But it has also been amazing, magical, romantic, and the best time in my life. Before you I was just surviving, sleeping in back alleys and eating at school. When I met you, I knew my life had finally started, with you, I'm not just alive, I'm living. You make me who I am and that is a better person. We fell in love and went through hell and fought for everything we are, and now we are finally here. You have no idea what you mean to me, there are no words to describe it but maybe I can show you every day for the rest of our life together. I will show you what you do for me and make me. Thank you for loving me, for seeing the beauty in me even though I didn't, for bringing me to life and giving me something I didn't know I was missing, my soul. Today isn't our happily ever after, it's just the beginning of the next chapter in our story." Dominic takes the ring in his hand and slides it on my finger.  

"With this ring I bind myself to you in marriage and soul." Sensei John smiles fighting tears. "Okay Zoey." 

"Love, treasure, destiny, perfection, beauty, kind, romantic, eternal, pure. These are the things that come to mind when I think of you. When you touched me that night we met and I wasn’t bombarded by some god-awful vision, I didn't realize how much I missed human touch. I knew in that moment; my world would be different forever. You aren't just in my future, you are my future. I feel like I've known you forever and the more time I spend with you, the more you shine. My Dominic, My Destined, filled with love and beauty and kindness and purity and strength. I don't need to marry you to bind myself to you, because the moment we met I had already given you my heart. You complete me, I can feel it and we have had to fight for our love, to keep our sanity and to be together. And I would do it all over again, if it meant we would end up here. I look forward to starting a life with you. With this ring I bind my soul and life to you in marriage and become yours in every way possible." Sensei John chokes as I slide the ring on Dominic's hand.  

"If anyone has a reason why these two should not be wed then shut the hell up because it won't matter they are getting married today." Everyone in the crowd laughs. "With the power vested in me by god and the internet, I hereby pronounce you man and wife. You may now kiss the bride." Dominic pulls me into a deep long passionate kiss and I hear his thoughts.  

"My Blessed." I open my mind to him. "My Destined." I send him and we kiss like there is no one watching us until my head buzzes. After we part everyone claps. 

Dominic leads me into the manor into a large ballroom with golden tile flooring, high white ceiling with one huge chandelier, the walls pale gold wallpaper. Scattered across the room are numerous tables with blue table cloths and white lily placements at the center. At the front of the room is a large black stage set for a band. 

The biggest table in front of the stage with black tablecloth I assume is ours. As people file into the room taking their selected tables Dominic and I make our way across the ballroom towards the table. I see a group of men climb onto the stage and begin prepping their instruments.  

I take a seat at the oval table between Dominic and Mariana. Beside Mariana is Nick, beside Dominic is Cam and between Nick and Cam are where my parents sit. I watch as men dressed in chef uniforms come out baring foods of all sorts and the smell alone is causing my mouth to water. 


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