Cas was standing next to the altar, waiting for Daphne to come. As the music started she appeared and walked over the aisle. She looked at Cas only, happier than ever. Mr. Allen was walking with her and though he tried, he didn’t even look half as happy as his daughter. If anything, he looked tensed. But maybe that was just a father thing. It’s never easy to let your children go.
As soon as Daphne was standing in front of Cas the priest started talking. While he was doing that, Cas looked around him and was somewhat relieved to see Meg sitting in the audience. At least one familiar face. She caught his eye and winked.
Daphne coughed, forcing Cas to look back at her.
“Emmanuel, when I saw you for the first time I fell in love with you instantly. You have this innocence coming off of you and you can calm me down by just being with me. Though we’ve only known each other for a short period of time, I know I can trust you. I know you won’t leave me. I know I want to spend the rest of my life with you. I won’t ever let you go”
Cas swallowed. That all sounded so definitive.
“Emmanuel, it’s your turn” the priest said, when Cas hesitated.
“Right, sorry” Cas said. He coughed. Daphne’s speech had seemed so well-rehearsed and it probably was, but he hadn’t prepared anything.
“Just say what’s in your heart” Daphne said sweet. Cas looked at her and suddenly he knew the right words to say.
“Daphne, you found me on a time I most needed to be found. I was a stranger, but you gave me shelter. Where others showed me suspicion and hatred, you showed me kindness and love. And now you give me the chance to have your kindness and love for the rest of our lives. I can’t wait to get started”
One single tear rolled over Daphne’s cheek and Cas frowned worried. Daphne shook her head. “It’s okay” she whispered. “I’m just happy”
“Is there anyone here who has just cause why this couple should not be joined in holy matrimony, speak now or forever hold your peace” the priest said loud.
Meg jumped up. “Emmanuel, don’t marry her! I still love you so much!”
Daphne looked shocked at Cas, who looked shocked at Meg.
“Nah, I’m just kidding. Go on” Meg said and she sat down again.
“Daphne, do you take Emmanuel for your lawful wedded husband, to live in the holy estate of matrimony? Will you love, honour, comfort, and cherish him from this day forward, forsaking all others, keeping only unto him for as long as you both shall live?”
“I do” Daphne said, beaming.
“Emmanuel, do you take Daphne for your lawful wedded wife, to live in the holy estate of matrimony? Will you love, honour, comfort, and cherish her from this day forward, forsaking all others, keeping only unto her for as long as you both shall live?”
But when Cas could say I do or don’t, a voice was heard.
It was a man and he was groaning. Whatever was happening he seemed to enjoy it.
All eyes were on Cas now who looked only at Daphne. She was crying again, but now it wasn’t of happiness. She turned around and ran away.