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Scenes On A Wedding Day 3
I wrote this to aldersprig's fifth numbered prompt, "Rune."  It follows on from Scenes On A Wedding Day 2 and is folloed by Scenes On A Wedding Day 4.

The car pulled up outside the cathedral with the rear door exactly on the end of the red carpet.  The precisely placed trooper crisply opened the door and Constantine Sjeldnjar emerged, unfolding his full length to the cheers of the crowd.  Ignoring them he turned his beautifully suited and white haired person in place to help Rune emerge in her turn, the previously disembarked bridesmaids darting forward to help her with the skirts and train.  When her skirts were straight, Rune took her father’s arm and with the bevy of bridesmaids and flower girls proceeded in loose order along the red carpet to the cathedral steps where they were greeted by the rector.  Rune expected him to spout some religious homily but instead he smiled kindly, welcomed her warmly and advised, “Just remember to keep breathing and you’ll be fine, Your Highness.  Keep it slow and down to your diaphragm and you won’t get into trouble.”

“Thank you.”  Rune smiled at him from behind her veil.  “Do you get many fainting brides?”

“Groomsmen are more of a problem,” the rector admitted, “but I shouldn’t keep you or the Archduke will think you’ve changed your mind.” 

The bridal party went up the steps and in through the doors.  They paused there to get into their formal order, flower girls deployed to the front and bridesmaids arrayed behind, then the bride’s father gave a nod to an attendant who spoke into a neat little phone or radio and then a fanfare of trumpets and other horns rang out.  The bridal party started down the aisle.

“Her Highness has just entered the nave of the cathedral,” a commentator told the television audience.  “She’s wearing the same veil of Bruniton lace that Queen Galina, her grandmother, wore for her wedding.  That’s being held in place, as you can see in the close up, by the Princess Gudrun coronet – one of the four made for the daughters of the last elected Sjeldnjar King and kept in the Sjeldnjar vaults ever since.  We had thought she might wear the Princess Dagny coronet she wore in her official portrait but Ruhtig Algernon has obviously given the first Sjeldnjar princess since those times her choice of the four Sjeldnjar coronets.  Her dress-“

Rune was spared the commentary but she was feeling very glad of her veil.  Everyone was looking at her, but at least they all looked pleased.  Old friends from the orphanage and newer work friends on her right.  On her left were a lot of military-looking men and their wives who should be the groom’s friends.  Beyond them she could see dignitaries and beyond them again the Imperial and Royal families.  The Emperor, Queen, Empress and her grandfather all smiled benevolently.

Then she saw him at the far end of the aisle, beyond the congregation.  Steady and solid with his broad shoulders and neat, unfashionable beard.  Dressed in a dark but beautifully cut suit livened up only by his tie and a Terrencian order he would have gotten for being an Archduke who’d reached his majority alive.  He smiled and he was the only solid ground for miles, and she was going towards him.

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It's entirely possible that she's just fallen in love...

Good thing it's with the groom!

It could be the priest!

I think there are at least two of those, one from the local church and one from the Terrencian.

And priests are trained to radiate 'solid ground'-ness so as to get people to trust them. *nods wisely*

But probably neither priest is an Archduke.

What kelkyag said. Plus I don't think she's even noticed the priests yet, and for this they'd be archbishops, surely?

Oh, I'm teasing, I know who you meant. ^_^

I thought so but we were having fun, weren't we?


I hope that means they've had time to talk about little things like careers, and maybe even spend some informal time together ...?

A little. They've sort out where they're going to live. What they're going to do might be more of a work in process.

If worse comes to worse he could teach Terrencian as a second language. :)

So are they staying in the big Sjeldnjar house, or fleeing so that they don't have all of her uncles and all the staff hovering waiting for children to appear? Or would that be telling?

Or Atlantean, though it sounded like that segment of story was a while later.

The Atlanteans are about twenty years on And Franz is much more used to staff hovering than Rune is. He may think that housework just happens because it tends not to be happening wherever he is.

That rector is amusing

"Princess Dagny cornet"
Coronet. I don't think she's the type to wear a musical instrument as part of her wedding outfit.

Re: That rector is amusing

Thank you for the typo catch. It is now fixed. I did use the right word everywhere else, does that count for anything? :)

The rector is a practical sort of man and sometimes that's what you need.

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