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Promises (or lack thereof) - Pt. 21/25

Challenge:  love_bingo   
Rating:  PG to PG-13
Words:  589
Prompt:  LI2 - Dancing Together
Warnings:  Nothing too explicit but will warn for violence/implied torture in a couple of the later parts (I'll post a specific warning on those posts). Everything in the series and comics is fair game, so spoilers ahoy!  

Disclaimer:   I do not own, nor am I affiliated with, CBS or Jericho or...whoever else may actually own this show.  I just like to take the characters out to play.  I put them back, mostly unharmed...although not always...this is for fun, not profit and no copyright infringement is intended.

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The wedding party was in full swing. The band Mary had found for them had the entire place rocking. Heather and Beck had taken the floor for the traditional first dance, but while he was much recovered, he was still stiff and sore from the gunshot wounds. Their first dance had been slow, and they'd danced even slower to accommodate his restricted mobility. He whispered in her ear as they danced that he wanted to save his stamina for the wedding night and then laughed at her blush.

It was a beautiful spring night. The weather had blessed them so they were able to stay in the town square as Heather had planned. And the place was packed. Everyone, it seemed, wanted to help them celebrate. The President had attended the ceremony and even though it was now close to midnight, she was still there, dancing with guests and insisting she wasn't there as the President; she was there as Beck and Heather's friend.

Eric and Mary had left Johanna, along with Stanley and Mimi's son, at home with a neighbour's daughter as the babysitter. Jake and Emily tolerated a lot of good-natured ribbing from everyone as to when they would be making it official. They'd escape to the dance floor when it got to be too much, but even with the teasing, they seemed to be enjoying themselves.

Heather felt honored that Gail Green had cried at her wedding. Gail had hugged her after the ceremony and told her she hoped Heather and Beck would consider her an honorary mother-in-law. She joked that this way, they could both complain about their mother-in-law without hurting the other's feelings. Beck had taken Gail's hand, raised it to his lips and told her he'd be honored to have her as his mother-in-law - honorary, or not. He'd danced part of the second dance with Gail before handing her off to her oldest son, who then handed her off to her second son to finish the dance. She hadn't stopped grinning all night, and in fact, she'd been one of the busiest people on the dance floor.

Hawkins and Darcy were also there, along with Allison and Sam. Hawkins was never truly relaxed, but it was the closest he'd come since the Attacks. He'd congratulated Beck and Heather with a genuine smile and a hearty handshake for Beck, and a warm hug for Heather. When he took Heather for a dance, he told her he was proud of her, that she'd been one of the best students he'd ever had. She'd laughed, then confessed that she'd still never told Beck about Ravenwood and what Hayes had done to her while Beck was on the front lines, and she thanked him for the training he'd given her and for coming to her rescue. Hawkins told her she would have saved herself; he and Jake had simply speeded up the process. She kissed his cheek and thanked him for the lie.

Beck and Heather left the party around 1:00 a.m. Beck needed to rest - or so he claimed as he guided his new bride away from the town square and towards Charlotte, washed and polished and made up with string and tin cans.

When they got home, she discovered that Beck's definition of "rest" was slightly different from hers. They were soon involved in an entirely different type of dance, and it was hours before they slept.

Heather thought it had been the best wedding ever.



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