Welcome to another heartwarming installment of Spacemon, the tale of a Pokemon TRPG campaign! This is one of several loosely related one-off stories set between the events of the two main Spacemon campaigns. You can get caught up on the original adventure here!
“Just relax. Everything is going to be fine.”
“I can’t help it,” Alex said, turning to face Morgan. “I’m so nervous.”
“Don’t be,” Morgan replied. She placed a comforting hand on Alex’s shoulder. “Everyone knows how much you two love each other. There’s nothing to be worried about.”
A smile returned to Alex’s face. “I guess you’re right. I’m being silly, aren’t I?” She turned back to the mirror to look at her reflection again. Never in her life had she thought she looked as fancy as she did now, garbed in her elegant white gown. “I just can’t believe this day is finally here.”
“I can’t either, if I’m being honest,” Morgan said. “But here we are.”
The room fell silent as Alex continued to look herself over in the mirror. “Do I look okay?” she asked after several moments.
“Alex, you look fine,” Morgan said. “Everything is fine. This is your day, so just stop worrying and enjoy it, okay?”
“Right,” Alex said. She stepped away from the mirror and looked back at Morgan. “Sorry.”
Morgan let out a slight laugh and shook her head. “Just relax.”
Alex took in a deep breath and calmed her racing thoughts. Morgan was right. Today was one of the most important days of her life, but that didn’t mean she needed to fret over every minute detail. Today needed to be filled with joy, not worry.
“Are you good?” Morgan asked after several moments.
“Mhm,” Alex replied with a nod. She felt much calmer now.
“Hey, Morgan?” Alex said a few minutes later.
“Thanks for being here. It really means a lot to me.” Alex knew Morgan wasn’t particularly fond of formal events, especially ones that involved getting dressed up, but she was the closest thing she had to a sister; she couldn’t imagine anyone else being her maid of honor.
A rare smile appeared on Morgan’s face. “Sure,” she said. “I’m happy to be here for you.”
Suddenly, there was a knock on the door and Morgan walked over to see who was there. She soon turned back to face Alex. “It’s time,” she said. “Are you ready?”
Alex took in another deep breath. Of course she was ready. She had been waiting for this for so long, and now the big day had finally arrived. Alex had never been more ready to marry the love of her life.
“Are you ready, child?”
Alex nodded as she looked up at Raj. “Mhm.” She could feel excitement welling up inside her as she prepared to be walked down the aisle by the monk — the man who had saved her life when she was on the brink of death as a child, the man who had nursed her back to health, the man who had saved her from herself, the man who was now to officiate her wedding. In many ways he was more of a father to her than her own had been.
“Then let us proceed,” Raj said, smiling as he hooked his arm around hers.
Alex was absolutely beaming as they walked down the aisle. She looked out at all the smiling faces of her friends and coworkers all gathered for her big day. It made her so happy to see them all here on Vandia, out on the beautiful Sunset Plains.
As they neared the end of the aisle, Alex could see the wedding party waiting. On the right stood Morgan, her maid of honor, along with two more of her closest friends and former Helix crewmates, Shane and Dmiri, both of whom looked dashing in their matching suits. Morgan herself was dressed in a beautiful purple dress that she pulled off quite well despite her usual distaste for dressing girly. On the right stood Naomi’s three best friends from the University, Katrina, Gabrielle, and Liam. The two girls wore bridesmaid dresses to match Morgan’s, while Liam wore a suit identical to those worn by Shane and Dmitri.
Upon joining the wedding party, Raj and Alex separated. Raj stepped to his position at the center from where he would give his sermon, and Alex took her place beside Morgan, Shane, and Dmitri to await her beautiful bride. Alex was absolutely giddy with anticipation for the arrival of her beloved.
When she finally saw Naomi, Alex felt her heart pounding in her chest. Accompanied by her mother, she walked down the aisle with such grace. She looked absolutely ravishing in her gorgeous strapless wedding gown. Alex could still hardly believe she was about to marry this beautiful girl.
As their hands joined together, Alex looked into Naomi’s stunning green eyes to see the same love she felt inside burning brightly. The girls were smiling as they stared lovingly into each other’s eyes. They had both been looking forward to this moment for a long time, and now they were about to make their bond eternal.
“Those of us gathered here today,” Raj said, projecting his voice. “Family, friends … We are here to witness the joining of two amazing young women in a union of everlasting love. The story of Alex and Naomi is one of friendship and self-discovery, of hopes and dreams. It is a story of loss and mistakes, but also second chances. Above all else, their story is about love. Their story is one of two souls destined to be together.”
Raj paused for a moment for a breath. It was a moment in which Alex and Naomi’s eyes remained locked. Alex could feel her heart fluttering with joy, and she was sure Naomi was experiencing the same thing.
“Alex and Naomi first met each other as young teenagers here on this very world,” Raj continued. “Like all young romances, theirs was messy and fraught with confused emotions and misunderstood signals. The mistakes they made as young girls ultimately tore them apart, and their paths diverged. But those mistakes also made them stronger. Ultimately, fate decided their paths were destined to cross once more. As the Universe around them was thrown into chaos, Alex and Naomi were reunited. They helped each other through the hardships and losses they experienced, and together they forged one of the strongest bonds I have ever seen. There is no doubt in my mind that Alex and Naomi are meant to be together, that their bond will last an eternity.”
Eternity was a long time, but Alex knew that the love she felt for Naomi would last that long. She had never been more sure of anything in her life, a life she didn’t want to spend without the most important person in her entire world. Now, at long last, the time had come for them to pledge themselves to each other.
Alex was oblivious to the entire world around her except for her one true love as she recited her vows. All she could think about was the life she and Naomi were going to start together. Naomi in turn made her own promises of love and devotion. Alex knew that whatever challenges life threw their way, the vows they were making on this day would withstand the test of time.
As Naomi slid the ring onto her finger, Alex could feel her emotions welling upside her. As she slid the ring onto Naomi’s finger, she felt that at any moment she might burst into tears of joy. This was the happiest moment of her life.
“By the power vested in me by the Sinai Ascendancy,” Raj said once the rings had been exchanged. “And by the grace of God and the Universe, I pronounce you married.”
And with the monk’s proclamation, Alex and Naomi embraced. Naomi nearly swept Alex off her feet as she leaned in to seal their union with a kiss. In that moment, Alex was overcome with joy as she shared that kiss with Naomi.
As their lips parted, Naomi whispered softly into Alex’s ear. “I love you, Alex,” she said.
“And I love you,” Alex said as she fought to hold back the tears of happiness. “Forever and always.”
The two girls embraced again as they prepared to begin the next chapter of their life together. With her wife by her side, Alex knew it and all the chapters that followed would be good ones.
Author’s Notes: I did it! This was a piece I’ve been sitting on for a long time, and one that took a few months of on and off writing to finish. It ended up being quite a bit shorter than I had originally thought, but I’m happy with how it turned out. I was pretty much always going to write this at some point since I started the Tales & Transmissions series with the story of the day Alex and Naomi got engaged, but I never got around to it because there were other pieces I wanted to have done first to put this one into a better context, and to not spoil those pieces with this one. Specifically, Raj’s profile was probably the biggest one on the list, and I had to get through all the other profiles first. Additionally, over time I had begun to develop Naomi’s family more and the idea for what became the Tales & Transmissions entry Family Ties came to me, so I knew I needed to have that one done before I wrote this for obvious reasons.
Being so short, I think this piece is pretty self-explanatory. There are some other unexplored things that are briefly touched on here, however. I’ve had a lot of vague ideas about Naomi’s college life floating around in my brain that haven’t manifested themselves into their own pieces yet, and I did come up with some loose character concepts for some friends she made, so I decided to throw them in as Naomi’s half of the wedding party as that just made sense to me.
In writing this, I had a lot of trouble in some areas. I’ve attended several weddings, but that didn’t really help me much. I did end up skipping over some minute details, such as the exact contents of Alex and Naomi’s wedding vows, because I just didn’t know how I wanted to phrase the dialogue. I think conveying that part of the narrative through Alex’s thoughts and emotions worked pretty well though. In the end, writing about such a happy moment in the lives of two of my favorite characters to write about ended up making me feel happy too, as sappy as that sounds. I hope it can fill you with some happiness as well.
That does it for this story. As always the Spacemon gang and I will be monitoring the comments to foster discussion and answer any questions. Feel free to give feedback and critiques of the writing so I can improve it for the future, or just leave a comment with what you think about what went down in this piece! You can also revisit past chapters, check out the rest of the Spacemon saga, join the Spacemon Discord server, or like our Facebook page to stay updated on all things Spacemon! Click here for the next exciting installment of Spacemon!