“My beautiful Kate,” Haldir grinned taking her face in his hands.
Kate was dressed beautifully in a strapless flowing white gown. Her copper hair was partially up and sparkled in the afternoon sun. A long white veil hung from the back of her head, and she wore Haldir’s necklace. He thought she had never looked more beautiful. His deep blue eyes, which matched the color of the sea where the event was taking place sparkled in eagerness. Haldir took her hand, and the couple stood before the minister as he began. There was only one witness of course, but Kate and Haldir did not mind. They wished to marry as quickly as possible so they could spend the rest of their lives together or rather the rest of Kate’s life together. She seemed so young for marriage, and it nearly seemed that she had grown younger from Varda’s drink. Kate could not think of a time when she was more happy to be grasping Haldir’s hand as they took a step forward in their lives. Nor could she think of a better place than the beautiful beach where they had spent so many times together.
“Dearly beloved…we are gathered here in the sight of God to join together this man and this woman in holy matrimony…..”
“A perfect day, Kate. A perfect day,” Haldir sighed slipping his shirt off.
Kate grinned and walked up to him in her sheer nightgown hanging slightly from her shoulders. “Cancun is beautiful. I knew you would enjoy the cruise. We are going to see the world together aren’t we?” she asked placing her arms around his neck.
Haldir kissed her tenderly and wrapped his arms around her waist. “I will take you wherever your heart desires.”
“Italy, New Zealand, Ireland, and basically Europe!” she exclaimed.
“Anywhere you go, I will go. And anywhere I go, I will take you with me.”
“I know now I can’t get rid of you.”
“I don’t think you would want to,” he brushed his lips across hers sending jolts through her system.
“Arrogant elf,” she smiled.
“Oh yeah,” he slyly grinned and broke away from her for a moment to play a song they both enjoyed.
Kate smiled as he found her arms again and sang to her. Singing was not one of Kate’s strong suits, but he was teaching her.
“Never knew I could feel like this
Like I’ve never seen the sky before
I want to vanish inside your kiss
Every day I Love You more and more
Listen to my heart, can you hear it sing
Telling me to give you everything
Seasons may change, winter to spring
But I Love You, until the end of time
Come what may
Come what may
I will Love You
Until my dying day.” he finished and passed the second verse to Kate.
“Suddenly the world seems such a perfect place
Suddenly it moves with such a perfect grace
Suddenly my life doesn’t seem such a waste
It all revolves around you.”
They both continued, “And there’s no mountain too high
No river too wide
Sing out this song,
I’ll be there by your side
Storm clouds may gather
And stars may collide
But I Love You, I Love You,
Until the end of time
Oh, come what may, come what may
I will Love You, until my dying day
Oh come what may, come what may
I will Love You, I will Love You
Suddenly the world seems such a perfect place
Come what may
Come what may
I will Love You
Until my dying day.”
“You are doing better much better,” he smiled.
“I aim to please.”
Haldir paused and brushed a hand across Kate’s soft cheek. They met gazes and became lost in each other’s eyes. Finally the elf caught Kate by surprise as he crushed his mouth against hers in a fiery passion. She tried to respond, but noticed how experienced he was, and she allowed him to be in control. Haldir gently moved from her lips to her chin and to her neck. He paused and looked at his bride once again and slowly moved his hand to her shoulder strap.
“Are you sure you want this, Haldir? I might not be all you expect.”
“You foolish mortal,” he laughed. “Kate, you are my bride, and I love you. I will always love you until the end of time.”
He connected his lips across hers which drove all doubts from her mind, and they fell into a shower of stars…..
Haldir and Kate clinked their wineglasses together and sampled the Merlot. Haldir was becoming quite a good drinker as long as he didn’t drink too much. And Kate never allowed him to drink too much around the holidays. Haldir sipped the wine and promptly kissed his wife’s lips in passion. Though they had been married for a couple of years, he still sent jolts through her system every time he kissed her. Kate looked at the beautiful tree with the decorated ornaments, garland, lights, and candles. She could not forget the glowing star upon the top either or the fresh smell of pine needles. Haldir kissed her lips again, and their small cat started rubbing between the couple’s legs longing for attention.
“Our first Christmas in our own house,” Kate sighed. “I love this time of year. Just look at the snow. Isn’t is beautiful?” she motioned outside to the softly falling flakes meeting the sparkling blanket upon the ground.
“Anywhere, anytime you are near, things are beautiful.”
He was quite impressed when she chose the exquisite strapless red gown which flowed to the ground seeming more like a prom more than a Christmas dress. A scarlet red shawl completed the dress as well as her copper curly hair dangling from the loose pins. He tilted Kate’s chin to his face and kissed her brow.
“Are you ready to open the gifts?” he asked motioning to the presents under the tree.
“Of course,” she smiled.
“I have a surprise gift for you my love.”
Haldir disappeared into his room for a moment, and what he brought out amazed Kate so tears flowed down her cheeks. He held up the beautiful white golden retriever puppy and set it carefully in her arms.
“Oh Haldir!” she exclaimed as the pup licked her face affectionately.
“Do you like her?” he wondered why he needed to ask.
“Oh Haldir! She’s perfect!”
He knew for a long time that Kate never grew up with a dog, and she always wished for one. The pup was sweet and pretty with a large red bow tied to her neck. Kate already had a name picked out.
“What do you think of Luna?” she asked Haldir.
“It means moon does it not?” the elf asked.
“Yes, but I thought it was rather a sweet name,” she replied.
“Tis a sweet beautiful name, Kate. Nearly as sweet and beautiful as your name,” he grinned.
“Flattery will get you everywhere.”
“Oh yes, I know it. And I am superior at flattery. Pity none of the other elves can see how successfully I have baited you with flattery.”
Kate pinched his nose. “I think I’ll keep you around my proud pet elf.”
“And I intend to stay,” he grinned slipping an arm around his wife’s waist as she caressed the puppy’s ears.
“Now, Haldir. I have something very important to tell you,” she said sitting on the couch.
“My Kate?” he asked taking a spot beside her.
The pup rolled around on the floor attempting to remove the irritating red bow. Their cat, Whiskers, very curious about this intruder waddled lazily to the puppy and observed the strange animal. Kate giggled but then turned to her husband taking his hand.
“What is the matter, Kate?” he asked.
“Everything is perfect, Haldir,” and he knew from her amazing glow. “Do you know one of the reasons I wanted to marry you?” she continued.
“Tell me,” his lips curved into a smile.
“I wanted my baby to look like you,” she repeated the line from It’s a Wonderful Life, and he acted just how she expected.
Haldir widened his eyes. “What did you say?”
“My baby,” she answered grinning.
“Wha-we-uh,” he stuttered. “You mean you are…Kate is it a boy or a girl?” he asked.
Kate nodded her head making a gleeful noise…..
Haldir swung the baby in his arms back and forth.
“He does look like me does he not Kate?” he asked kneeling down beside her bed placing the baby in her arms.
“Yes, he is adorable,” she sighed happily.
“I noticed that the moment I saw him,” Haldir grinned. “He has your beautiful turquoise eyes.”
“And your golden hair,” she added yawning.
“You need to rest my love, rest,” he caressed her forehead.
“Yes, sleep…it sounds so good. I will dream of you, Haldir. And our new son we will name Sean Rumil.”
Haldir smiled and softly began to sing an elvish song, and Kate drifted off to sleep…..
“Oh I am sorry Mum,” Sean apologized attempting to pick up the cut out cookie he had dropped on the floor.
Kate smiled. “I am sure Luna will enjoy it,” she laughed as the dog quickly licked up the scrap. Kate took her son’s hand. “Come on. There are plenty more cookies to cut out and decorate,” she motioned to the dough.
Kate stood in the kitchen a floury apron hanging from her shoulders. She did not even notice Haldir sneak up behind her and place his arms around her waist.
“Haldir,” she turned grinning wrapping her arms around his neck. “You’ll get all floury.”
“Your point?” he asked inching near to her face.
“If we keep having interruptions, we will never be able to finish the cookies or the buckeyeballs,” she objected.
Haldir instantly stepped back since chocolate has such an affect upon elves. “As you wish, my love.”
Kate turned only to see her five year old son scooped up by his father and swung around the room like an airplane.
“Be careful,” Kate warned Haldir even if she had no need.
“Are you ready to get the tree today, son?” Haldir asked.
Sean nodded his head, and the elf rustled the boys blonde bobcut hair. “You want to help me cut it with a really big hacksaw?” he grinned seeing his boy’s head nod again shyly.
“Now Haldir,” Kate took Sean in her arms and kissed her son’s head. “Don’t listen to, Daddy. He wont make you cut that big ol’ tree down.”
“But I get to decorate it, right?” the boy asked.
“Of course,” she smiled. “Now why don’t you go outside and play with your brother. I hear they’re having a snowball fight.”
“Yipppeee!” Sean cried jumping from his mother’s arms.
“Don’t forget your coat and mittens,” she reminded him.
Kate turned to Haldir and grinned, but leaned against the counter for a minute touching her side. Haldir quickly took her hand. “Kate are you ill?”
“No, no I’m fine. I guess there is no point in keeping it from you longer,” a smile curved over her lips. “Haldir, you are having another boy,” she laughed incontrollably.
“Kate, should we stop my love?” he asked smoothing away a copper curl.
“It does not hurt it seems. Varda’s drink helps me overcome my pregnancies quickly. That is why we have had two boys in five years. And I doubt you could stop,” she said her eye gleaming.
“Then you would not object to another night on Christmas Eve?” he snaked an arm around her waist.
“Oh gosh! You will never stop,” she laughed.
Haldir pulled Kate to him and enveloped her mouth in a kiss…..
TO BE CONTINUED IN THE FINAL EPILOGUE