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Justin was up early getting ready. A nice plain outfit and he fixed his hair. It was getting longer and looked more like it fit with the times now. Everything seemed to fit better with the times now. It was a real relief honestly because they just seemed to fit. Him and Willow, the era. Everything and he would be calling Willow his wife today and he couldn’t be happier.
He heard the knock and smiled,
“Come in.” He said and greeted Jobe. It was obvious Justin was nervous. He felt like everything was going so right and what if Willow had doubts or second thoughts? He grinned at Jobe all the same and pottered around doing this that and the next thing, keeping busy as he smoothed his suit down and smiled a little.
“We should head down, wait on the lovely lady and my bride to be.” He murmured as he smiled to Jobe and headed down to greet the priest who would be marrying them.
Anastasia watched him leave the bed and sighed,
“I do hate it when you leave our bed.” She laughed a little and got up, changing into her amethyst gown and fixing her hair. She didn’t want to overshadow Willow on her big day so she kept it subtle and plain almost.
She scurried along to Willow’s room and smiled as she knocked and then walked in.
“You look beautiful!” She smiled to Willow and she watched her.
“Justin might just pass out at seeing you!” She giggled softly and stretched her limbs.
“I shall have to warn Jobe to catch him just in case.” She giggled and watched Willow carefully.
[left [pic http://i.imgur.com/R9bcGpC.jpg]] Willow expected to spend most of the night trying to get to sleep, distracted by nerves and excitement but in reality, she was so exhausted that she had practically passed out on her bed the moment her head hit the pillow.
The next morning, she awoke feeling nervous and she moved slowly towards the wardrobe so that she could inspect her dress once morning. She smiled as she ran the fingers over the satin material. After a couple of minutes, she started to go about her morning routine, bathing before she sat in front of the mirror so that she could brush through her hair and get herself ready. It definitely made her feel better to know that there were not any women swarming around her like they would be if they were getting married in the modern era.
[right [pic http://i.imgur.com/gb7q260.jpg]] Jobe closed his eyes happily with her permission and fell asleep. He held her close throughout the whole night until he woke up in the morning. He woke a little bit before Anastasia and watched her for a moment so happy to see her next to him. He ran his finger over her cheek and kissed her forehead.
[b “Wake up sleepy head. I bet Willow is crazy with nerves this morning and she is going to need her friend by her side.”] He said softly as he started to climb out of bed to get dressed himself. [b “I’m going to check in on the groom.”] With that he moved towards Justin’s room and knocked on his door.
Justin laughed a little are push,
“I love it when you’re pushy.” He joked and planted a kiss on her lips to get him through until their wedding.
“I love you too. I’ll see you tomorrow!” He beamed before going along to his room and flopping on the bed.
It was still a shock that he was going to be married and he couldn’t believe it in all honesty. He wanted to pinch himself to make sure it was real and it was actually happening! He watched the ceiling and it was so difficult to catch sleep because he was excited, nervous and it sighed and rubbed his face.
“I love you.” Anastasia replies softly and moved onto her side to watch him. She smiled at him. He thought about everyone else before himself and it was something she adored about him.
“You’re right. I remember not sleeping much before our wedding, I was so nervous.” She laughed a little rested a hand on his chest. She didn’t even know why she had been so nervous.
“Sleep, my love.” She murmured quietly and pressed a kiss to his lips gently and settled at his side. She didn’t know how she would ever sleep without him at her side.
[left [pic http://i.imgur.com/R9bcGpC.jpg]] Willow smiled at his words. It made her feel so much better to know that he accepted the fact that they could be bringing and child into this world at some point, and that he would be beside her no matter what. She wasn’t exactly scared that he would leave her if she got pregnant, but it still made her feel better to have cleared the air. She smiled when they parted from their kiss. [b “It will be nice to be open and not have to hide…and it will be nice to be your wife…and share your bed.”] She said with a smile before he kissed her again, more gently this time.
As if to prove it was late she yawned and looked back at her bed. [b “I also need to get some sleep because I’m still dead from how busy this week has been.”] She kissed his cheek this time and then started to push him playfully towards the door. [b “Out you go now. It’s bad luck to see the bride before the wedding.”] She said with a life. [b “I love you.”]
[right [pic http://i.imgur.com/gb7q260.jpg]] Jobe did not need to be told twice about going to bed with Anastasia and a part of him couldn’t quite believe that she was his wife and the woman he would be sharing his bed with every night. Jobe prepared himself for bed and when Anastasia climbed into the bed beside him and he pulled her close.
[b “I love you.”] He said into her ear as he sighed heavily. [b “Tomorrow is going to be a great day. No more guessing whether they will or won’t get together. I’m glad things worked out for all of us.”]
Justin smiled a little as he watched Willow,
“I don’t think anyone is ever really ready, you know? And if we do have a child then we will love it and raise it.” He said to her softly. He felt her lips and it silenced any worries he had as he kissed her back softly and sighed softly as they parted.
“Another night, after tomorrow we won’t need to sneak away or hide our affections from anyone.” He said to her and smiled a little,
“And I can call you my wife.” He said and kissed her again gently, bringing her closer this time.
When they parted, he knew it was late and he would have loved nothing more than to just fall into bed with her but they had to part. Just for one more night.
“You should rest. Get all that beauty sleep for tomorrow, not that you need it because if you get any more beautiful, people with think I snatched an Angel from the heavens.” He chuckled softly.
Anastasia smiled softly at his words and honestly, she had no idea where the day had gone.
“Come to bed.” She said softly and kissed his cheek softly before heading up to their room. It was still exhilarating to not have to go to a separate room at the end of the day. She could wake beside him, lie beside him and with him.
Anastasia changed into a night dress, lighting the gas lamp and settling in bed and thinking for a long time about their future. She would give Jobe a thousand children, a lifetime supply of love and adoration. She just prayed to God that they had a long and happy life in front of them. And she wished the same for Justin and Willow.
[left [pic http://i.imgur.com/R9bcGpC.jpg]] She allowed herself to fall into his arms and she wrapped hers around him in response. The soft vibrations of his voice swam through her and her head rested on his chest and she couldn’t help but smile. It was an oddly comforting position to find herself in and she imagined what it would be like to lay with him every night, listening to the sound of his voice and feeling his closeness.
While she had been nervous about bringing up this topic of conversation, it was definitely better having it now rather than later. She needed to know his standing on things and they needed to clear things up before they made vows to one another. Willow looked up at him and smiled, shaking her head slightly at his question. Before she responded to him, she listened to every word he had to say. It was important for her to listen and understand his feelings on the matter.
[b “I don’t think that children would be so bad at all. I just wanted to make sure that we are both on the same page going into this. We can’t control what happens if and when we are to sleep together.”] She blushed slightly, unused to having such conversations. [b “I don’t want to wait and I don’t want to put off how amazing we could be together just because of one small fear. I just want us to be prepared to accept a child if pregnancy was to happen. Besides I really don’t think I can wait another day.”] Willow laughed and looked up at him before placing a kiss on his lips.
[right [pic http://i.imgur.com/gb7q260.jpg]] To Jobe, having children was not about passing on a legacy. While many men in his class hoped for boys to pass on their business and their wealth, Jobe just wanted a family with the woman he had fallen in love with. Children would only add to their happiness. He also didn’t mind if they had a boy or a girl. The sex of the child did not make a difference to the amount of love he would have for them. He wanted as many children as Anastasia was willing to give him. Growing up as an only child, he had longed for a big family. More than anything he wanted his child to have someone to grow up with.
[b “God willing.”] He replied. The feel of her lips against his would never get boring for him. Especially when her lips were curved into a smile. It told him of how happy she was simply to have him here. When they parted he smiled down at her and let out a soft sigh. [b “Where has the day gone?”] He remarked. Jobe was beginning to notice that every day they spent together was passing in a blur. That was a good thing in his mind because it meant he was enjoying his time with her and he could only hope that the days will get better with time.
Justin watched her and sighed as he wrapped his arms around her.
“Would children be a bad thing?” He watched her and smiled a little.
“Whatever happens Willow, I’m not going to run away or shy away from you. You know I would stand by you and if I’m being completely honest, I don’t see what’s so wrong with having children in this era. We have support from Jobe and Anastasia.” He remarked and kissed her cheek.
“We don’t have to do anything you are uncomfortable with, Willow. We don’t even have to sleep together if you do not wish it.” He said to her quietly,
“I can wait. It does not put me off being your husband.” He pointed out and kissed her forehead softly. He understood her concerns and yes, he should addressed them sooner than he did but it was a tricky topic.
Anastasia smiled softly and returned the kiss, softly, her arms around his shoulders as she relaxed and heard his words.
“Neither can I.” She said to him quietly. Making a life with Jobe, their own child was something that excited her. It seemed strange they were so excited and Willow and Justin were so wary. Anastasia wants nothing more than to give Jobe children and she longed to see him with a son or daughter.
“In time.” She said to Jobe and watched him with soft eyes.
“You’ll have a beautiful son or daughter, perhaps both god willing.” She murmured to him and kissed his lips again, thumb brushing by his cheek as she smiled into the kiss.
[left [pic http://i.imgur.com/R9bcGpC.jpg]] Willow was still looking at the box on the bed when she found herself lost in though. She took the dress out of the box and stared at it for a moment, remembering what she had looked like when she had seen herself in in. The knock at the door startled her but then she laughed to herself and shook her head. She moved the dress, hanging in the wardrobe and closed it just in time for her door to open.
Willow turned to see Justin and she smiled towards him as he neared her, placing his arms around her in a way that brought her nothing but comfort. [b “Of course I wasn’t running away. I just didn’t want my dress to spend too long trapped in a box. It needs to breathe.”] She said with a laugh as she pulled back from him and look towards him, knowing now was a good time for the two to talk about what they had avoided until now.
[b “You know…tomorrow when we are married, we share a bed and…ourselves with each other. Believe me when I say this but there is nothing I want more than to be united with you in that way…but you know that it’s hard to get hold of any birth control here and what does exist is completely unreliable. Back home I had contraception but I ran out a couple of days ago…I didn’t think I would need to bring it with me.”] She swallowed for a moment and then continued to talk. [b “If we give ourselves to each other we both need to be prepared that we cannot control what happens after.”]
[right [pic http://i.imgur.com/gb7q260.jpg]] Jobe smiled, happy to know that Willow had found something that suited her and that Anastasia had enjoyed her afternoon. It had been an eventful day up to this point and tomorrow would be equally as eventful and he was excited about the four of them becoming more of a family.
[b “It might surprise you to know that we were actually discussing children and the future…granted there was scotch involved but I assure you, our discussions can be just as deep and meaningful as that of women.”] He said with a laugh, pulling the woman into her arms and placing a kiss upon her lips as he swayed with her.
He placed his hand near her stomach and whispered in her ear. [b “I do hope that we create a life together soon.”]
Justin nodded along and watched Willow, pausing and laughing a little,
“Alright, alright. I won’t come peek.” He smiled and watched Jobe and Anastasia. He grinned a little and went upstairs, knocking on Willow’s door.
“I promise not to look and this is your warning to hide it!” He laughed a little and waited a few seconds allowing her time to make sure her dress was hidden. He pushed the door open.
“I thought you were running away from me, Hm?” He said to her quietly and wrapped his arms around her.
“What’s on your mind?” He asked her gently and watched her, not wanting to miss her expression.
Anastasia kissed Jobe gently.
“Very. I think Justin will adore the dress as much as Willow does! It is beautiful, it suits her so well” she giggled and watched Justin go, raising an eyebrow and looking back to Jobe.
“And what did you two talk about whilst your lovely ladies were off shopping?” She asked him. She often did wonder about what men spoke about when women couldn’t hear. Most likely scotch, perhaps hunting or sport or something like that.
[left [pic http://i.imgur.com/R9bcGpC.jpg]] Willow found herself feeling more and more excited about the prospect of getting married to Justin. Today he proposed and tomorrow they would be married and the quick nature of it did not seem to matter to her. She just wanted to be with him. When she emerged, the dressmaker was already boxing both dresses. She hadn’t seen Anastasia’s but she knew that she would look beautiful.
She thanked the dressmaker and the two made their way back to the carriage. [b “I can hardly believe it.”] She said with a smile. Soon enough they were back home and she smiled towards Justin, beaming at the idea of becoming his wife.
[b “I’m just...”] She held her box up and smiled, indicating that she needed to take her dress upstairs and she moved to her room, placing the box on her bed and she took a few deep breaths. She was extremely nervous and she just needed a minute to breathe. [b “Mrs Gallway.”] She whispered to herself with a smile on her face.
[right [pic http://i.imgur.com/gb7q260.jpg]] [b “Well that is different. I do think it’s sad that we are not allowed to witness the birth of our children. It doesn’t make sense to me but we must abide by these rules.”] He shook his head and wondered about the future. [b “Well marriage and family is certainly different...not necessarily worse or better. I’m not sure if it was doubt I saw. If it is so different in the future then Willow has more of a choice in how and when she gets pregnant. Here it’s pure chance.”]
No sooner than an hour later the ladies returned home and he stood to greet his wife with a smile and a kiss. [b “I trust you had a successful trip?”] He said, noticing the smile on both of their faces.
Justin thought for a while as he sat with Jobe.
“Children and pregnancy is a lot different in the future.” He remarked with a small laugh.
“Men can be with their wives or partners with they give birth, it’s encouraged actually. We are used to waiting a while and we can plan children, take certain uh medicines and stuff that stop it happening.” He said to Jobe.
“I would love children but Willow looked so doubtful when Anastasia brought it up. He sighed quietly,
“Of course I wouldn’t push her into it.” He smiled to Jobe.
“We have plenty of time.” He assured.
Anastasia smiled to the dressmaker,
“Just pick something for me, if this is how you make Willow look then I trust your instinct!” She laughed and looked Willow over. She was so glad Willow liked it and honestly she could see why!
“Come on!” She said once their dresses were boxed nearly, a deep amethyst dress for Anastasia to compliment Willow.
Anastasia got into the carriage.
“I can’t believe you’re going to be married tomorrow!” She laughed.
“Two weddings in a week!” She beamed as they made their way home.
[left [pic http://i.imgur.com/R9bcGpC.jpg]] The moment she saw Anastasia wipe at her eyes, she felt the need to do the same. She had never quite understood why women get emotional over such things but she had found herself crying over a wedding dress twice this week. Only this time it was her own dress and she was delighted to hear that Anastasia loved the dress as much as she did.
Willow nodded and wiped at her eyes. [b “I do…I love it.”] She said with a smile and looked down at the soft satin dress that seemed to take to her body like fluid. [b “Do you want to find yourself something to wear?”] She asked as she moved back out of the room to change back into her clothes so that the dress could be boxed up.
[right [pic http://i.imgur.com/gb7q260.jpg]] Jobe laughed and shook his head. [b “You seem surprised…I’m not.”] He said simply and then let out a sigh. [b “It’s going to strange around here when there is nothing left to celebrate…although I do hope that the house will be full of children someday soon.”] He said with a smile, wondering if that was something Justin wanted too.
[b “I meant mine and Anastasia’s children of course. I would not want to assume. I’m not sure how things are done where you are from.”] He said as he lowered himself back into a seat, wondering how the women were getting on.
Justin smiled softly to the man. It was oddly romantic and he was glad they had gotten together.
“My mother used to say when I was a boy, you can change your stars.” He commented and thought back. His mother had been a sweet and loving woman, patient to the end.
“Hm?” He sighed and nodded,
“I know, I know. And I do want her to be my wife more than anything on this planet. I would die for her if I had to.” He remarked and thought,
“And she agreed my wife. A beautiful, smart and charming woman agreed to be my wife.” He mused quietly as if still stunned by it. Willow did things to him that even science couldn’t explain and honestly it was magical to be put under her spell.
Anastasia smiled as she watched Willow be carted off. The dressmaker knew what she was doing and Anastasia positively squealed when she saw Willow.
“Good God! You look amazing!” She said happily and looked her over. Everything just fit her so sublimely and it reflected her character, subtle but beautiful! She had wipe at her eyes because Willow looked like an Angel sent by God himself.
“You look phenomenal!” She said to her and she stood to look at her.
“Do you like it?!” She asked and smiled.
“You look absolutely ethereal!”
[left [pic http://i.imgur.com/R9bcGpC.jpg]] Willow smiled towards Anastasia for a moment before the woman beckoned her forward so that she could take her measurements and started to bring out a few dresses.
[i “I think with your complexion, satin is the way to go. The ivory would look beautiful against your skin.”] She held up a dress to her face and smiled. [i “Ahh you see. Perfect. I would like you to try this one on.”] She handed her the dress and Willow moved to a separate room to change. This dress was a very tight fit, one that showed the contours not her body well. It had a dipped bodice that met in the shape of a v below her naval and had a beautiful pattern stitched along that’s section. The tops came into a beautiful shape across her chest, a jewel resting neatly in the middle where it seems to hold together the material that formed the short sleeves. It was a beautiful dress and she felt nervous when she emerged from the room.
[i “Ah you will be needing these.”] She said as she handed her a pair of beautiful satin gloves and pulled them onto her arms. Willow looked and Anastasia for some kind of expression.
[right [pic http://i.imgur.com/gb7q260.jpg]] Jobe figured there was not harm in a second glass of scotch so he poured them another one while he contemplated Justin’s question. [b “Never in truth. I was brought up by my father and he taught me never to give up on the things I want, especially the things that make me truly happy. He always held regret for allowing his parents to arrange his marriage and he said he did not want the same for me. I loved Anastasia for the longest time and I honestly never saw myself marrying another. She is my world.”]
Jobe smiled and shook his head at the man as if reading his thoughts. [b “You should spend less time with your regrets and might have beens and concentrate of the future you have decided to make for yourself here. You will be Willow’s husband tomorrow. Surely that supersedes everything.”]
Justin smiled a little,
“Were you ever like that with Anastasia? Did you ever try to just- forget your feelings and move on?” He asked Jobe. It would be understandable if he had, especially given Anastasia had been so stuck in her ways and unwilling to break the rules society had laid out for them.
It was very strange to think of how things could have been so different because Justin would never have made the move on Willow if it had been in their time. He would have kept brushing her off or ignoring her despite everything because he was a workaholic. He knew now how much of a mistake that would have been for both of them.
Anastasia stared at Willow,
“I’m not sure I would want Jobe present. I mean.... birth can be horrifying.” She laughed a little and looked to the dressmaker.
“We need your expert eye! You did wonders with me and I’d ask you do the same with my friend!” She said and looked to Willow as she took a seat.
Whether or not Willow wanted a huge ceremony or a quiet one, Anastasia knew she would steal the show and quite right, too! It was her and Justin’s day. She watched Willow and smiled as the dressmaker worked her magic and took measurements and all sorts! Willow and Justin deserved happiness, of course, just as much as anyone else but they deserved every blessing out there because they had been like Angels to her and Jobe.
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