The off-the-shoulder straps revealed the prominent collarbones and the noticeable cleavage of the bride.
Embroidered laces in midnight black embraced her curvy body and extended down to the chapel train.
The laces over her nude satin dress created a glamourous silhouette that spoke her sophistication.
Red wine blossoms knitted along with the flower crown and dangled on the waterfall braid, turning the smooth hair of the bride into a canvas- one that resembled the floating blooms on an earthy cascade.
Like an elegantly graceful spellcaster under the emotional moonlight, the brunette was.
"I may not be the greatest daughter, but I love you from the bottom of my heart."
"I may not be the greatest daughter, but I love you from the bottom of my heart." Asu broke the silence as she looked into the watery eyes of her mother.
"There were bad times we've been. I'm sorry for breaking your heart sometimes." she confessed.
Heat embraced those hazel orbs that are moistured by warm teardrops.
"Gomen, ka-chan, I don't mean it." Asu continued as she bowed politely- *Gomen (inf): I'm sorry! *Ka-chan (n): Mother
"Gomen, ka-chan, I don't mean it." Asu continued as she bowed politely- and the swelling pond behind those earthy orbs turned into beads of tear, falling from the windows of her soul to the glossy tile. *Gomen (inf): I'm sorry! *Ka-chan (n): Mother
Instantaneously, it caught the eyes of the grey-haired man.
Instantaneously, a firm squeeze landed on her hand.
Like the encouragement from the resident of her heart, his tightened grip was; she took a deep breath along with a soft sniffle before she straightened her back.
Stains of the tear are found on her cheeks and turned somewhat noticeable under the brilliant spotlight.
As if her tears melted the heart of the mother, the artistic lady tightened her lips as droplets of tear fell off from her eyes.
As if the tears stimulated the emotion of the guests, soft sniffles embraced the silence in the mansion.
"Though now that I've married but the fact that I'm daughter will never change. I'll always love you and be there for you." Asu spoke in a brittle voice and in between weeps.
"Iro iro osewa ni natta. Arigatou, ka-chan." she continued as she bowed courteously, allowing the swelling pond to pour out from the windows of her soul. *Iro iro osewa ni natta (inf): Thanks for taking care of me! *Arigatou (inf): Thank you! *Ka-chan (n): Mother
Glueing her eyes onto the beautiful hair of her daughter, the mother dried the tears that never seem to stop flowing.
As if the salty drips behind her throat muted the mother, she hushed- even though words barged those tightened scarlet lips.
"Mom will always love you, too." Himeka, finally, broke the silence with the frankest response.
"Hora, get up already." she urged as she patted the arm of her daughter with a mild force, straightening the back of the newlyweds. *Hora (inf): Now...
The mother outreached her hands to take those clasped hands in and held them up to her abdomen level.
"As long as both of you live happily together, I'll be happy as well." Himeka expressed in a brittle voice before shifting her gaze to the groom,
"As long as both of you live happily together, I'll be happy as well." Himeka expressed in a brittle voice before shifting her gaze to the groom, "Kazuki, I've handed my daughter for you. Do take care of her and treat her well."
"You have my words, oka-san." Kazuki responded before taking the bouquet of orange tulips in a cream wrapper from the tealnette and handed to his wife. *Oka-san (n): Mother
As the sobbing girl took over the bouquet, he shifted his thumb to gently brush off the tears from the corners of those hazel eyes.
The sniffling bride held up the bouquet to her mother.
As the artistic lady took the bouquet, a slender arm threw around her neck before soft cries from her daughter dashed into her ears.
"There, there! How embarrassing you are to cry in your wedding ceremony." Himeka spoke softly as she patted her daughter's back.
As the bride, finally, parted off from her mother unwillingly, the newlyweds bowed for another time to their family.
The grey-haired man, then, led the weeping brunette by hand, returning to their seats on the stage.
It doesn't take long before a clacking sound played faintly as a pair of onyx oxfords stepped onto the stage.
A short ponytail in ruby red caught the attention of the newlyweds- and interrupted their conversation.
Sound of throat-clearing emitted from the speakers, piquing the curiosity of the guests.
"Osu! Shiro Shirogane desu!" Shiro introduced himself in a singsong voice, sweeping away the heartfelt ambience with zest. *Osu (inf): Yo! *-desu (form): It's...
"The handsome best man today." he remarked confidently, breaking faint giggles from certain guests' lips.
A second after his introduction, the whimsical man leaned forward and shifted his gaze to the bride.
"Asu-chan, don't cry! Today is your day!" Shiro urged. *-chan (n): An informal honorific mainly for female.
"Though even if you cried, you're still looking beautiful." he complimented playfully, casting a soft chuckle from her lips, at the same time, raised a brow of the groom.
The redhead, then, returned his gaze to the tables of guests.
"Etto... Why am I selected to give a speech to our newlyweds today, huh?" Shiro voiced the puzzlement of many. *Etto (inf): Hmm...
An interesting speech, his introduction told, hooking the interest of the guests.
"Undoubtfully, it's because I was there when they met." Shiro revealed the answer to his question without beating around the bushes.
"Officially, and accidentally." he remarked smilingly before adding, "Well, no one knows how they met for the first time."
"I remember when Kazuki said this to me..." Shiro spoke.
"If you are feeling curious-yet-comfortable, sympathy-and-empathy, jealous-but-envy, respect-yet-desire to one person, just merely the word of affection isn't sufficient to describe such a deep emotion."
"If you are feeling curious-yet-comfortable, sympathy-and-empathy, jealous-but-envy, respect-yet-desire to one person, just merely the word of affection isn't sufficient to describe such a deep emotion." he quoted his best friend, bringing back the memories to the groom's mind.
"That's why no matter how the distance distanced or how quick the time slipped..."
"That's why no matter how the distance distanced or how quick the time slipped..." Shiro repeated the words of the arrogant man, retrieving the jazziness from his tone.
"... the destined ones will, still, find each other among the sea of people and fall in love all over again." he continued.
"Now that I stand here looking at both of you, I clearly understand what that means." Shiro commented as he glanced at the newlyweds.
A wide smile plastered on the expression of the carefree man.
"Kazuki, Asu-chan, both of you are meant to be an item together." he continued. *-chan (n): An informal honorific mainly for female.
"Asu-chan, just by looking at how Kazuki looked at you all the time, and how he wiped your tears just now..." Shiro stated as he locked his eyes on the beautiful face of the bride. *-chan (n): An informal honorific mainly for female.
"... trust me when I say, you mean the world to him." he reassured before shifting his gaze to the grey-haired man next to the bride.
"Kazuki, ore no shinyuu." Shiro called the arrogant man out with hints of firmness. *Ore no shinyuu (n): My true friend
"Now that you've found your happiness, don't ever let go of her hand, don't loosen your grip even just for one second."
"Now that you've found your happiness, don't ever let go of her hand, don't loosen your grip even just for one second." he advised before holding up his fist and tapping its side on the left of his chest.
Reflexively, the groom returned the gesture as he tightened his grip on the brunette's hand.
Just like the words from the whimsical man, those broad hands could never, or precisely, refused to, part off from the smaller hands-
Just like the words from the whimsical man, those broad hands could never, or precisely, refused to, part off from the smaller hands- not even for a brief moment as if he could never get a grip of her if he was to loosen his grip.
As the whimsical man stepped off from the stage, the simple-minded girl ascended the staircases to the stage.
She, then, stood straight before the podium before closing her eyes as she took a deep breath.
"Konnichiwa! Asu's maid of honour, Mai Kagura desu." Mai introduced herself formally. *Konnichiwa (form): Hello! **-desu (form): It's...
A hint of nervousness displayed through her widened lips.
"Just like the reason Shiro got selected to give a speech, I was there witnessing their rendezvous until this very day." she continued.
"Though I wasn't there when they first met, but I heard about it from Asu."
"Though I wasn't there when they first met, but I heard about it from Asu." Mai let the untold story slip before taking a glance at the grey-haired man, knocking the mind of the brunette in a flash.
"Kazuki, you might want to bribe me to tell you what Asu said later after this speech." she grinned with a hint of mischievousness.
"For the past years, I've seen how lovey-dovey they were; it was unquestionably giving me diabetes." Mai commented, casting some faint chuckles from the guests.
"I've also seen how they fought; it was certainly a terrifying experience." she continued.
"But most importantly, I've witnessed how much they love each other." Mai remarked as a sense of warmth embraced her smile.
She, then, turned her gaze to the newlyweds.
"Kazuki, Asu, the love story that both of you created isn't a typical romance but a dramatic love that leads to happily-ever-after." she claimed assuredly.
"So, if there's any disagreement in the future, make it up again with hot kisses, like how both of you always did." Mai urged-
"So, if there's any disagreement in the future, make it up again with hot kisses, like how both of you always did." Mai urged- and her plain words cracked those thin lips of the arrogant man; yet, rose the clouds of embarrassment onto the cheeks of the outspoken girl.
"Kazuki, Asu, I'm really so happy for both of you!" Mai spoke her mind as she pressed her palm against her chest.
Her eyes squinted to a slight extent as she broadened her lips.
"I give both of you all my blessings." she continued as she glued her eyes onto the brunette.
As those hazel orbs met with the onyx eyes, the heart of the bride, somehow, embraced with a sense of warmth which the eyes of her maid of honour sent.
For countless times, she felt grateful to have such a person in her life- one that taught her what a true friendship is.
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