Saturday, March 12, 2011

Chapter Twelve: The Summer of Love

Diana stood in front of the full length mirror, gazing at her reflection. Reaching up she twirled a curl around her finger and bit her bottom lip thoughtfully. Just then she caught Trina Crosby's reflection and turned to face her soon to be mother-in-law. Trina smiled and took her hands.

"You look absolutely stunning honey." She said, her eyes give Diana the once over. Smiling she hugged her, then stepped back to look at her again.

"Thanks mum. I'm relieved I'm not showing yet. It's nice not to have the bump under my dress." Diana laughed and turned back to the mirror, as Trina came and adjusted the flower in her hair. They both turned when they heard a quiet gasp from behind them.

Taylor Crosby stood in the center of the room gazing at her new sister. "Wow! Diana you're going to take his breath away!" She cooed.

The three women chattered to each other as they finished putting the final touches on their outfits. Taylor, who was a bridesmaid, was wearing a black and white strappy gown with gold accents throughout. Her hair was done up with curls hanging losely. Diana turned to look at her sister-in-law and smiled.

"You're all grown up Tay." She said hugging her. Taylor laughed and kissed Diana's cheek.

There was a soft knock at the door and Diana's dad, Antonio Ciccione poked his head in. When he saw his daughter, he came into the room and stared at her,  a tear forming in his eye and softly falling down his cheek.

"Oh papa! Don't cry! If you cry I'll start crying and I'll ruin my make-up!" Diana rushed over to him and wiped the tear from his face. Silently he hugged his only child tightly. Standing up  on tiptoe, Diana kissed her 6'6 father on the cheek.

"You're mother would be so proud. I only wish she was here to see you walk down the aisle. Tu sei bella!" He kissed her forehead and hugged her again. He then went and offered his hand to Trina, who smiled and hugged him. 

"We are family now Antonio." She said patting his cheek. Diana smiled at two of the people she loved the most. Just then another person she loved knocked and stepped into the room. 

As he saw her, Troy Crosby let out a gust of air. "Diana! I haven't seen a bride so beautiful since I married Trina." He grinned as he glanced at his wife, who smiled and blushed. 

He took a few steps and hugged Diana gently, not wanting to 'wrinkle' her. She laughed and playfully slugged him in the arm. She was so happy at that moment, having the people she loved with her. Her heart was overwhelmed with joy, and she couldn't wait to begin walking down the aisle toward the man she would spend forever with. It was the happiest day of her life.

Sid, stood under the arch that was set up in the backyard of their house in Halifax. Behind him the water was sparkling and boats were moving upon it. He kept tugging at his jacket fidgeting with the buttons. His best friend Jack Johnson laughed and patted his shoulder.

"Relax buddy. You're going to make yourself nuts. Take a couple deep breaths, it's all good." Sid smiled at him and returned the pat. 

"I know, I'm just...well nervous. I mean, I'm about to marry the love of my life. She's going to be Mrs. Sidney Crosby, Jack." 

"Yep, and it's going to be great. I remember when Kim and I got married. Do you remember that? I was nervous as hell, but hey it all worked out right? Just be grateful it isn't raining." They both laughed, as the minister walked up to them to let them know everything was ready. Sidney nodded and started fidgeting with his buttons again. Jack grabbed his hand and gave him a playful slap. 

"Stop that!" He teased.

James Neal walked up, buttoning the last button on his jacket. "It figures Sid. Of course you'd make me wear this stuffy suit in this cursed hot weather!" He grumbled grinning at his team mate, friend and captain. 

"Well it just wouldn't be right not to make you suffer with the rest of us." Sid replied, hugging him.

The three men, along with Geno and Jordan stood there talking. They were waiting for the bride and her attendants to come out. Sid looked up to see his parents coming down the path, and sitting in the front row. They both smiled at him and he returned the smile with a wave. It was really nice to have them right there. Everything was going beautifully, and he couldn't wait until Diana began her walk down the aisle toward him and their future. 

The minister reappeared and stood to Sidney's right. Just as a light breeze began to blow, Sid watched as the flower girl and ring bearer began their walk down the isle. He smiled as he watched the little girl spread flower petals across the aisle. His smile grew larger as he saw Taylor walking toward him. He couldn't believe how grown up his little sister looked. His mind replayed images of when she was little. That little girl was gone and in her place was a beautiful young lady. He felt a jolt of pride as Taylor smiled at him. 

Finally as the bridesmaids and maid of honor made their way down the aisle, everyone stood and turned to watch Diana make her way toward her future husband. Sid's heart caught in his throat as he stared at the radiant woman coming towards him. Her arm was hooked on her fathers, both of them smiling. He felt Jack nudge him gently, and heard him whisper, "she looks beautiful." Sid nodded, but didn't take his eyes off his girl. 'She's gorgeous.' He thought to himself.

After the minister's speech and their vows which they had chosen to write themselves, the minister smiled and addressed the bride and groom. "With the power vested in me by the holy father in heaven, I now pronounce you husband and wife. You may Kiss your bride." 

Sid took Diana in his arms, bending her back slightly and kissed her with all the passion he could find. Everyone clapped, as the minister turned to the guests. "Ladies and Gentlemen it is my great pleasure to introduce you for the first time, to Mr and Mrs. Sidney Crosby!" 

Sid looked down at his wife and smiled. It was the most amazing moment of his life. She was truly his forever, and nothing felt more right. 

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