guests started arriving for the wedding. Callum’s family were the first.
They were escorted to the main hall of the castle, amazed at the
renovations. Elspet’s family arrived next and were seated next to the
The wizards came, one or two
at a time, with their dragons. Jesse and Jeremy had been assigned to take
the dragons to the back of the castle and tie them up during the ceremony.
Both McAllister family’s gawked as the wizards entered the room, dressed in
a variety of colored long flowing robes and pointed hats.
When Lehimna arrived, Fiona
was on her way to get dressed. “Lehimna, wait. I have a question for you.”
Fiona waved him over to her.
“What can I do for you, Miss
Fiona? It’s good to see you again.” The wizard sat next to her on the step
“I had a question. I don’t
want you to think I’m weird, but how come you’re alive? You were killed by
Bartolf’s men. I know they stabbed you in the heart. There’s that table that
King Rolfin made in your honor. How can you be here and be alive after you
“Things are not the same
here as they are in the wizard world. By dying here on earth, it simply
means I cannot serve as a wizard any longer to a mortal. As long as I live
in Xilia, I will live on.”
“Oh. I guess I understand
that. I’m glad you came.” Fiona stood, patted his shoulder and ran upstairs
to get dressed.
Lehimna went down to join
the other guests.
Vases of orange blossoms,
roses and heather sat on tables throughout the castle. Ivy, strung across
the walls, added greenery to the stone walls.
A few minutes before the
ceremony, King Rolfin tapped on the girl’s dressing room door. “Come in,”
Fiona called. He gazed at her and the others.
“Mairi, you look radiant;
and look at the little ones. Gelis, Gilian, you remind me of angels with
those pastel orange dresses. Elspet, Fiona, exquisite. Would you mind giving
me a few minutes alone with your mum, Fiona? Take the girls and make your
way downstairs. Sarmantha wants you in the room behind the main hall. Be off
“All right. Come on girls,”
Fiona said and left the king and her mother alone.
“Mairi,” he said, kissing
her cheek and taking hold of her hands. He pulled a ring from his pocket.
“This is a Carthaginian ring, from the days of Hannibal Barca. My great
great grandfather knew Hannibal and actually went with him over the Italian
Alps with the elephants. They were good friends. When they returned,
Hannibal gave this ring to him. He passed it on and now it is mine. I have
many sons, but I want Johnny to have this.”
“It’s breathtaking,” Mairi
said. “It’s exquisite. Look at the glasswork in with the gold. Johnny will
love it and treasure it always. Thank you.” She threw her arms around him
and pulled him close. In another room, not far away, Sarmantha handed Johnny
a ring to present to Mairi at the wedding.
The music played, announcing
to Mairi that it was time. Angus showed up at the door to escort her. They
went down to the room where the others in the party waited. “All right
everyone. It’s time.”
Gelis, Gilian, Elspet and
Fiona left first, scattering rose petals and orange blossoms on the floor as
they walked up the aisle to where Johnny stood waiting. His best man, Jimmy,
stood next to him and Nahimena, Chief Wizard of Xilia stood in front of them
both. King Rolfin stood in the center, dressed in his finest robes. Light
spilled through the stained glass window.
The girls moved off to the
side, opposite the men. The ring bearer, Cerdic came into the room, followed
by Rayad, Ithgar and Jorbi. The wee lads walked behind Cerdic, punching each
other and kicking each other in the legs. Nicolette jumped from her seat and
scolded them and put them back in line. With scowls on their faces they
marched to the front and stood behind Jimmy.
“There’s your mum,” Elspet said as Mairi walked up the
aisle on Angus’s arm. “Look at her dress. It is gorgeous. She’s gorgeous.
Look at all those pearls. Selby and the others must have spent hours sewing
them all over the gown. The off white fabric is stunning.”
Fiona wept. “I know. She’s beautiful and she’s happy.
Her hair is all glowing with the orange blossoms in it and little bits of
greenery. And look at Johnny. He loves her so much. You can tell by his
The two girls whispered as Mairi took her slow steps
“There’s Drayton. That must be his fiancé. She’s a
wizardress and quite pretty, don’t you think, Fiona?” Elspet nudged her with
Fiona looked around the room. “She’s pretty. Her name is
Sapphiremist. Typical wizardress name, isn’t it?”
Johnny took Mairi’s hand and Angus sat on a chair; tears
flowed freely and he didn’t seem to care who saw him crying.
King Rolfin united them as husband and wife while a
crowd of friends and family watched. Fiona, who could no longer hold back,
sobbed with joy as her mother and new stepfather exchanged rings.