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Chapter Ninety-Four: Here Comes the Groom(s)


"Do I look all right? Please say I look all right," Billy pleaded, tugging at his cuffs and pacing a bit. He and Dom were on opposite sides of the castle, as they would be entering from the side, rather than down an aisle, so as to avoid one being "the woman" - not that Dom would have minded much, Billy thought, with all his talk of it being his wedding day and the colour of the flowers. Of course, he was banned from seeing Dom until that point, and so instead he was sequestered in one wing of the castle with Andy, Margaret, Patrick, Lucy, and Anabelle.

"You look..." Maggie bit her lip and wiped her eyes, sighing happily as she looked at him. "You look wonderful, Billy," she said, pulling him into a tight hug. "I can't believe you're getting married!"

"I can't either. Oh God. I think I'm going to throw up or something."

"Well that's romantic," Andy muttered.

"How am I going to be able to play the guitar for him if my hands are shaking?"

"You'll have kissed him by then, love," Lucy said gently with a little smile, sorting his hair out after he'd run his hands through it. "You'll be fine."

"Thank God," Billy muttered to himself. "I hate sleeping by myself. It's torture."

"Um, love?" Maggie interrupted gently. "I thought it was other people you hated sleeping with. You always used to complain about that."

"Oh," Billy replied, blushing slightly. "I suppose that... well that was before I met Dom," he admitted.

"Oh, that's darlin'!" Anabelle exclaimed, clapping her hands together in a manner that was very reminiscent of Dom.

"Um, Billy? We should head down," Andy said, showing Billy his watch.

"Okay," Billy agreed, nodding. "Right, okay. One foot in front of the other. Breathe. It's going to be fine."

"Mate?"

"Yeah?"

"Congratulations."

~*~

"Dom?"

"Mm?"

"You're uh, being weirdly quiet. It's scaring me."

Dom opened his eyes and stared at Matt, whose hand was clutching the back of his neck.

"I'm scared, Matt," he whispered, his own hand reaching up to grasp his neck as well. "What if-"

"Boys! Stop doing that, how many times must you be told?"

"Yes, mam."

"Sorry, mam."

"Dominic, it's almost time. You'll be fine. Do you have Billy's ring, Matthew?"

"No, mum, I actually dropped it in the moat by accident..."

"Matthew!"

"It's right here mum, in my pocket."

"Almost time? Really? Oh, Christ, I could do with a fag..."

"Since when do you smoke?" Matt, Aureen and Austin said simultaneously, looking surprised.

"Since never. Figure of speech." Dom's hand was on his neck again.

"Domin-"

"Fine, fine! Sorry! I think I'm going to pass out."

"Then let's go and get you married before you do," Austin said firmly, placing his hands on Dom's shoulders and steering him downstairs.

~*~

Billy couldn't stop staring. He knew there were family and friends and... people, that he should be looking at and smiling to thank them for coming but all he could do was stare at Dom, standing there in his tartan - his tartan - and think frighteningly caveman-like thoughts.

Mine.

"Dearly beloved, we are gathered hear today to witness the joining of Dominic Monaghan and William Boyd in holy matrimony..."

Love you, Billy mouthed, grinning brightly.

Love you too Dom mouthed back, grinning at Billy as well and ignoring the flashes from the cameras of their family and friends.

"...is not to be entered into unadvisedly or lightly, but discreetly, advisedly, and solemly. Into this holy estate these two persons come now to be joined. If there is anyone who should object to this joining, speak now or forever hold your peace."

Billy gave Matt, standing behind Dom, a Very Evil Glare, but he just grinned back and no one said anything.

"Who here gives William to be wedded to Dominic?"

"In the name of my father and mother, who are no longer living, I do," Margaret spoke up, standing briefly from her seat in the front row.

"And who here gives Dominic to be wedded to William?"

"His mother and I do," Austin replied, as Aureen dabbed at her eyes with a hankerchief.

"Now I would like to invite William's sister Margaret to do the first reading."

Dom glanced over at Maggie as she stood up and smiled at her warmly, hardly able to believe that he'd be married in less than half an hour. He looked to the back of the room, where his uncle was stood with the video camera, documenting the proceedings. Then, he looked at Billy again and beamed, so bloody happy that he was going to spend the rest of his life with this man.

"As some of you know," Maggie began, clearing her throat, "today we celebrate not only the marriage of my brother and Dom, but also the fifieth anniversary of our parents' wedding, may they rest in peace. When Billy first told me he was thinking of proposing, he told me that he has always considered my parents' marriage an ideal that he couldn't live up to. Well, Billy, today I want to tell you that their marriage was an ideal, but that you can, and will live up to it," Maggie said, turning to him and smiling as he smiled back, mouthing a "thank you."

"This was one of our mother's favourite poems, and she used to read it to us as a child, so I'm going to do my best today.

"O my luve is like a red, red rose, that`s newly sprung in June: O my luve is like the melodie, that`s sweetly played in tune. As fair art thou, my bonie lad, so deep in luve am I; and I will luve thee still, my dear, till a` the seas gang dry. Till a` the seas gang dry, my dear, and the rocks melt wi` the sun; and I will luve thee still my dear, while the sands o` life shall run. And fare thee weel, my only luve! And fare thee weel a while! And I will come again, my luve, Tho` it were ten thousand mile."

"Thank you, Margaret," the priest said with a nod and a smile as everyone else took the time it took Maggie to go back to her seat to wipe their eyes, Billy and Dom included. "I would now like to invite Dominic's brother Matthew for our second reading."

Matt, shaking uncharacteristically, came out from behind Billy to stand at the centre of the little altar, smiling nervously at the congregation.

"Um," he began, swallowing, "Um, I'll make this quick, as I've got my own speech to stammer through later on, but Dom asked me to read, and, well. I've just never seen him so happy. I was going to read some Shakespeare, but that's predictable, or some Oscar Wilde, but you know, their cat..." Everyone laughed and Matt smiled, as though he hadn't been expecting it. "So, I uh, chose something by e. e. cummings, if only for the comedy value of his name."

Aureen tutted.

"I'm not sure what it means, but um, here we go. 'i carry your heart with me(i carry it in my heart)i am never without it(anywhere i go you go,my dear;and whatever is done by only me is your doing,my darling)

i fear no fate(for you are my fate,my sweet)i want no world(for beautiful you are my world,my true) and it's you are whatever a moon has always meant and whatever a sun will always sing is you

here is the deepest secret nobody knows (here is the root of the root and the bud of the bud and the sky of the sky of a tree called life;which grows higher than soul can hope or mind can hide) and this is the wonder that's keeping the stars apart

i carry your heart(i carry it in my heart).'"

"That is possibly the sweetest thing you've ever done in your life," Billy muttered under his breath before Matt, blushing profusely, went back to stand by Dom.

"Thank you, Matthew. Ladies and gentleman, we are here today to celebrate the union of two men, about whom I have learnt a lot in the preceding weeks, since I was asked to officiate this ceremony. I learned about their courage, their humour, and a love that is obvious to everyone they meet. These two men come before you to show their commitment to each other, in the eyes of their family, their friends, and the Lord, and their devotion and trust for one another, promising to be there for the other no matter what trials and tribulations they may meet in their joined lives. It is a tribute to their strength and to their kindness that they stand here, and that all of you stand here with them to celebrate this happy occasion. In the coming weeks, months, and years, you will meet difficulties and joys both small and large, but you will move forward together, because of your personal gifts and strengths but most importantly because of your love for one another. Do not hesitate to call on the family and friends gathered here in times of need, but also do not hesitate to lean on one another.

"Friends, I would now like to ask Dominic and William to each say a few words of commitment to one another, with you and God as witnesses. Dominic? Your vows, please."

"I..." Dom began, breathing out heavily and closing his eyes, taking a blind step forward and then fumbling for Billy's hands, which he found, then linked their fingers together. "Before I met you, Bill, I was days away from packing in my job and going back to Manchester. I was...I was bloody miserable, truth be told, and Matt and mam and dad can all vouch for that. And then I met you and everything was just...everything was right again, you know? And that's what you do, Bill. You complete me, and you make everything right. You've helped me through some difficult times, and you've been there for me and supported me and made me laugh every step of the way. I love you so much, William Boyd." Dom sniffed, his eyes full of tears. "And I want you to know that nothing in this world - nothing - not even being able to see Queen play live will match the happiness and the pure joy I get from..." He trailed off to wipe his eyes and then continued, "That I get from knowing that I get to wake up to your smile, and go to sleep holding hands with you, and laugh with you and cry with you and be a family with you, and hopefully a couple of children one day soon, every day for the rest of my life. I promise you everything that I can give you, Bill. And I'm going to shut up now because I'm boring people." Dom sniffed and grinned again, wiped his eyes then squeezed Billy's hands.

Billy grinned extremely widely, squeezing Dom's hands back, and wishing more than anything that he could kiss him already.

"My turn now?" he asked the priest, who smiled and nodded as some of their friends laughed lightly.

"You know, I did techincally write something down, but it's all gone out of my head now, and I'm pretty sure nothing can really beat saying I'm better than Queen playing live, so I might as well just quit right here," Billy admitted, shrugging and pausing for laughs. "I suppose... well the long and the short of it is, lad, I love you. I love you like... like Dostoevsky, and my guitar, and being anal and over-organised, and baking nice things, and Paris at night. But I also love you like all the things you've taught me to embrace over the past couple of years. Like... splashing around in the rain, and fingerpainting. Like having a little too much to drink and snogging in inappropriate places, and being silly and acting like I'm twelve again, and gay snowmen and the Eiffel Tower," he continued, raising an eyebrow to be sure Dom would get his meaning. "I love you like all those things, and Maggie can vouch for me as well - I was happy before you came along, but at the same time I was a miserable bastard, because I never got to do those things. I never got to waltz around a bookshop, or watch the sunset over the Seine, or just stop worrying and be a kid. And so I think what you've given me, lad, is a new kind of happiness. One that I hope to share with you for many, many, many years to come."

At that, Dom, not giving a shit about the order of ceremony or tradition or anything, acted on an urge. He pulled Billy sharply towards him by his lapels and kissed him soundly yet swiftly on the lips, letting his tears transfer onto Billy's face as well. After a couple of seconds, he grinned, wider than he ever had before, and let Billy go, putting him back in position with a little squeeze to his shoulders.

"None of you saw anything!" he said to their family and friends with an elaborate handmotion. "That never happened!"

"You idiot," Matt muttered under his breath, and even the priest was trying not to laugh as he started the next reading.

"If I speak in the tongues of men and of angels, but have not love, I am only a resounding gong or a clanging cymbal. If I have the gift of prophecy and can fathom all mysteries and all knowledge, and if I have a faith that can move mountains, but have not love, I am nothing. If I give all I possess to the poor and surrender my body to the flames, but have not love, I gain nothing.

"Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud. It is not rude, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs. Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth. It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres.

"Love never fails. But where there are prophecies, they will cease; where there are tongues, they will be stilled; where there is knowledge, it will pass away. For we know in part and we prophesy in part, but when perfection comes, the imperfect disappears. When I was a child, I talked like a child, I thought like a child, I reasoned like a child. When I became a man, I put childish ways behind me. Now we see but a poor reflection as in a mirror; then we shall see face to face. Now I know in part; then I shall know fully, even as I am fully known.

"And now these three remain: faith, hope and love. But the greatest of these is love.

"Now, Andrew and Matthew, if you will present the rings, please."

As if on cue, both men started patting themselves down with panicked looks, but then grinned and took the rings out of their pockets.

"William, if you will repeat after me please. In the name of the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit.."

"In the name of the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit," he repeated, crossing himself instinctually.

"...take and wear this ring as sign of my love and faithfulness."

"Take and wear this ring as a sign of my love and faithfulness."

"With this ring, I thee wed."

Unable to keep the grin off his face, Billy took the ring from Andy and slid it onto Dom's finger, next to his engagement ring. "With this ring, I thee wed."

Dom grinned back at Billy through his tears, then looked down at the ring on his finger. "I love you," he whispered, wiping his eyes on the cuff of his jacket.

Billy grinned brightly, squeezing Dom's hand before he let it go.

"Now Dominic. In the name of the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit..."

"In the name of the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit," Dom repeated, crossing himself as Billy had.

"...take and wear this ring as a sign of my love and faithfulness."

"Take and wear this ring as a sign of my love and faithfulness."

In the front row of the congregation, Aureen sobbed quietly into her handkerchief.

"With this ring, I thee wed."

"With this ring-" Dom smiled, "I thee wed." He slid the ring onto Billy's finger and his heart gave a lurch at how perfect and right it looked.

"Now," the minister continued as Andy went over to a music stand standing off to the side and brought Billy his guitar, "William has asked for a moment to sing a song to his new husband."

"Thank you," Billy replied, smiling as he took the guitar and checked the tuning. "Dom asked me to sing something for him, and I was thinking of 'My Funny Valentine,' which I suppose is 'our song,' but we're using that for the first dance here in a bit, so I decided on a new one," he explained. "I don't think you've heard this one before love, but you know I like Billy Joel. I wrote the arrangement myself," he added with a proud grin.

Dom beamed and wiped his tears away again, nodding, hardly able to believe that he was actually married. He looked over at his family and blew them a kiss, which only made Aureen cry harder.

"Don't go changing, to try and please me," Billy sang, "you never let me down before. Don't imagine you're too familiar, and I don't see you anymore. I wouldn't leave you in times of trouble, we never could have come this far. I took the good times, I'll take the bad times, I'll take you just the way you are."

Billy looked up and smiled, seeing that his sister, as well as Dom's mother, were in tears, and Dom wasn't in much better a state.

"Don't go trying some new fashion, don't change the colour of your hair. You always have my unspoken passion, even when I may not seem to care. I don't want clever conversation, I never want to work that hard. I just want someone that I can talk to, I want you just the way you are. I need to know that you will always be the same old someone that I knew. What will it take till you believe in me the way that I believe in you? I said I love you, and that's forever. This I promise from the heart. I could not love you any better. I love you just the way you are."

As soon as the song was finished, Dom did his usual spastic thing and jumped on Billy, trusting Billy to hold him up as he kissed him soundly, running his hands through Billy's hair and generally making a mess of it.

Billy thankfully got his guitar out of the way before Dom jumped on him and just laughed, handing the guitar to Andy. "None of you saw that, either," he announced when Dom finally slid down.

"Well perhaps this is redundant," the minister joked, "but by the power vested in me by the state of Belgium and the church, I now pronounce you married. You may kiss, if you like, for the first time as marriage partners," he teased.

Dom grinned and stepped forward, pressing his lips to Billy's gently and kissing him properly as he rested his hands on Billy's waist, trusting Billy to deepen the kiss and trying to control himself for once.

Billy smiled, not letting Dom go for a very long time, even as Andy and Matt started wolf whistling. When they finally pulled apart, he couldn't start smiling.

"You're incredible," Dom whispered, his eyes full of emotion as he cupped Billy's face in his hands and pressed another kiss to Billy's lips, rubbing their noses together, much to everyone's delight.

Bryony and Mary walked back down the aisle, scattering the rose petals from their baskets on the thick carpet as Matt, who had run to the back of the room, hit a button on the CD player and 'I'm Gonna Be' by the Proclaimers started playing.

Dom grinned and took Billy's hand, kissing him again just because he could.

"We're married," Billy whispered in Dom's ear as Andy and their families walked down the aisle, and then Billy and Dom, shaking their friends' hands as they passed and accepting kisses on the cheek.

"God, I love you," Dom said, his eyes full of tears again as he walked down the aisle with Billy. "You're just..."

Billy smiled and squeezed Dom's hand again as they walked out of the castle and towards the waiting limousine. "C'mon love, in you get."

To save money, they hadn't bothered hiring a stretch limo for everyone, and so instead Billy and Dom slid into the backseat of a smaller version, completely and blissfully alone.

"C'mere, you," Billy teased, scooting to the far side of the bench seat and holding out his arms.

Dom needed no further invitation and slid to the end of the seat until he was tucked up tightly next to Billy. "Apart from meeting you, that was the best moment of my entire life," he said, pressing a kiss to the side of Billy's neck.

"Charmer," Billy teased, hugging Dom tightly and pretty much refusing to let go. "I love you."

"I love you too," Dom said, clinging onto Billy's suit jacket. "Your song and...and your vows and Maggie and Matt and..."

"Kiss me," Billy interrupted.

Moaning, Dom pushed his lips against Billy's, quickly followed by his tongue as he threw his leg over Billy's lap.

"God," Billy gasped after a good long minute of snogging, only broken by the need to catch his breath. His hands rested firmly on Dom's arse, and he couldn't help but think about how there was nothing under the tartan. "You are... amazing."

"And you're perfect," Dom replied, wiping his mouth. "Kiss me again."

"Mm, yessir," Billy replied with a smile, lazily pulling at Dom's lips with his own and twining their tongues together, defeating the purpose of wiping one's mouth completely. His hands ventured down to stroke Dom's thighs, and he pulled away after a moment to kiss his way down Dom's neck. "You get cake soon," he reminded him.

"Rather have you," Dom replied with a little growl, pushing his hips down as evidence. "Missed you so much last night..."

"Oh God, yeah," Billy agreed, pushing up against him and letting his hands drift higher. "Tried to wank but it didn't work. Wanted it to be your hands."

"Oh," Dom groaned, grabbing Billy's hands and shoving them under his kilt, "Can't wait until tonight, Bill. Going to keep you awake 'til the sun comes up."

"God yes," Billy groaned. "I think we should take turns topping. You can fuck me... and then we can snog a few hours till I can get it up again, and then I can fuck you... doesn't that sound like a good plan?" he suggested, squeezing Dom's bare arse.

"Fuck, that does sound like a good plan," Dom agreed, his mouth moving over Billy's neck. "Then we could switch in the morning, say, I fuck you for a few minutes and then you fuck me and so on until one of us comes. How about that?"

"Fuck, that does sound like a good plan," Dom agreed, his mouth moving over Billy's neck. "Then we could switch in the morning, say, I fuck you for a few minutes and then you fuck me and so on until one of us comes. How about that?"

"Ooh, yes, that's good, I like that plan," Billy agreed, tilting his head to the side.

Dom nipped Billy's skin gently then moved his mouth over the bitemarks, pushing his nose behind Billy's ear and nuzzling. "Love you so much. Do you like how I look in your tartan?"

"I love how you look in my tartan. Fucking gorgeous, is what. And everyone knows it. Knows that you're gorgeous and that your mine, Billy clarified, squeezing Dom's arse a bit harder and pushing his hips up.

"Our tartan now, isn't it?" Dom pushed his hips down and hissed when his cock pressed against his sporran. "Because I'm Dominic Boyd, now, isn't that right, Bill?"

"That you are. Mine, yours... everything that's mine is yours," he added, tugging Dom's chin to the side so that he could press their lips together again.

"Mmmmm." Dom slid his tongue into Billy's mouth and sucked on Billy's bottom lip for a moment before pulling away, his chest heaving. "We nearly there?"

"Mmmmm." Dom slid his tongue into Billy's mouth and sucked on Billy's bottom lip for a moment before pulling away, his chest heaving. "We nearly there?"

"God, I hope not," Billy replied, laughing boyishly as he held Dom close.
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