There’s no rest for the wicked these days.
I found myself on the road at 3am the morning of my wedding. I was on my way over to Adam’s house because Hannah was in labor.
Of course, after two kids she was really darn good at this baby thing and she popped the kid out before they even had time to head for the hospital. Basil Devon Hanks was happy and healthy.
Granted, he was born a little blue but then again so was I. He just takes after his genie father. After using my medical training to give the kid a once over I got in some snuggles with my new nephew.
“Now I know you are supposed to be my maid-of-honor tomorrow but you just keep your ass at home, lady. I’ll find someone to fill in. You rest, Mama!”
“We’ll see how it goes, Penny. I’m at least showing up for the reception! Mama needs a break too! And some cake!”
True dat. Every new mom needs cake.
After a couple more snuggles with Basil I headed home to prepare for the wedding.
I tried for a couple more hours of sleep but it was no use. I was much more excited about this wedding than I was about my first. Maybe that means I’m marrying the right guy this time?
Peter was also exhausted. He didn’t get much sleep because he was stressing about meeting my dad. My mom had a brief run in with him during the reincarnation debacle. Peter felt like he really should have asked my dad’s permission before proposing. What a cutie!
Peter wandered off to write while I got down to the business of baking the wedding cake. Before we knew it we had to head to the wedding venue.
My father had aged quite a bit since the last time I’d seen him. I wasn’t entirely prepared for that but I pushed aside my worries and got to business.
“Daddy…there’s someone I want you to meet.”
“I sure as hell hope it’s the guy you’re marrying today, honey. We’ve got things to talk about!”
“Daddy, this is Peter Pagano. He’s a good man and a great father to Harper and Kylie.”
“It’s an honor to finally meet you Mr. Hanks. Penny is a wonderful woman!”
“I’ll leave you two to talk. Don’t scare him away, Daddy!”
I went to mingle with the rest of the family while Peter and my dad got to know each other.
“Sir, I’m really, really, really, really, really, sorry I didn’t call you to ask for your daughter’s hand in marriage. Things got carried away and I suddenly I was proposing and then I bought us a house and here we are.”
“But I really love her, Mr. Hanks. She’s an amazing woman and she loves my daughter and treats her like her own. Kylie’s had a rough life and Penny is just what we’ve needed. Please, sir, I’d love to have your blessing. I truly love your daughter and I want you to know that.”
“Boy, are you the Christmas date from…eight years ago?”
“I am, sir.”
“I loved her then and I love her even more now.”
“You interrupted our first Christmas together so you could take my daughter on a date…”
“Oh my God, I’m so sorry. Forgive me, Mr. Hanks!”
“I’m just messing with you, Son. I don’t remember the last time I’ve seen my daughter this happy. It’s been quite a long time…too long in fact. You did that. Of course you have my blessing.”
“OH MY GOD REALLY! Thank you, sir! Thank you so much!”
“Son, if you call me sir or Mr. Hanks one more time I’m going to clock you. Call me Garrett or Dad. Now go find my daughter. I need to hug the bride-to-be.”
“Right away, sir — I mean Dad.”
“How’d it go, Daddy?”
“You hate him.”
“Penelope, you found a good one. That man would go to the moon and back for you. Don’t let him get away.”
“Remember though, honey. I might be old but I’ll still kick his ass if you ever need me to.”
“I love you too, Daddy.”
It was wonderful to be surrounded by so many new family members this time around. Katie came without her girls because they were getting to know their new step-brothers and step-father. Even Katie had taken the wedding plunge.
Poor Adam was stag since Hannah took my advice. Of course, the family swallowed him up so he was never lonely.
Some people were shocked to see Olivia. Well, the non-family members at least. I mean, we do have fairies, witches, genies, and one ghost in the family tree. Why wouldn’t we have a couple of reincarnated members?
What was shocking was the fact that Liv is already pregnant. With triplets no less! Turns out that reincarnation can mess with your reproductive tract. Ah well, the more the merrier!
Finally the moment came to head to the wedding arch. Since this was the second wedding for both of us, we decided to do it our own way. No frills or fancy rituals. We just walked up and got hitched.
I still looked like a giddy idiot. Peter looked hot as always.
It was pretty perfect though.
After I made a wonderful cake speech I passed the buck to Peter.
“Um…I love Penny more than I love cake. But I do also love cake so let’s eat!”
I’m so glad he has a good editor at the publishing house…
And so we ate cake. I kinda feel like people were more excited about my cake than the wedding. I mean, look at their faces.
It was great having so many family members come together to celebrate with us.
Peter was a little shocked by the wide variety of supernaturals on the family tree even though I have briefed him before the wedding. He wasn’t quite ready to eat cake with my grandfather.
The girls had a surprise for Peter and I. They got the karaoke machine to play the song we had chosen for our first dance and they serenaded us. It was the most beautiful gift they could have given us.
Harper found out she has a talent for singing and roped me into a song on the karaoke machine too. She is far better than I am but we had a great time anyway.
My mom showed Peter how to break it down on the dance floor. Woman got moves for being an old lady!
Hannah showed up just in time for the cake and the show. I kept trying to convince her to sing with me on the karaoke machine but all I got was this look.
Finally the party was over and my parents took Harper and Kylie home so Peter and I could have a honeymoon night at a new Venetian style bed and breakfast.
My parents paid for the suite and they really outdid themselves.
I immediately hopped in the gondola that would take us to our room. I’d never seen such a beautiful place before and Peter had to remind me to put my eyes back in my head.
After all these years I felt like I had finally won the game of life. I had the husband, the children, and the house. We weren’t struggling to pay the bills. The kids were succeeding in school and they weren’t getting into trouble. We were happily married and in love. My twin was back! Life was good.
As I looked out the view of our room that night I wondered where life would take me next. Surely the adventure was just beginning…