Over the next three months, Aria and Jean Luc worked together on their special day. The whole crew was shocked of the development of the Captain and Aria’s relationship. There had been rumors flying around about both of them for months, even before they had left for Malrata, but for the long time bachelor to finally decide to marry really threw them all for a loop.
As the big day finally approached, more guests and dignitaries began to arrive than for the ship’s anniversary as the Enterprise orbited the home planet of both the bride and groom, Earth. The wedding and reception was to be held at Jean Luc’s family farm. He was staying in his old room in the main house while Aria and the other bridesmaids stayed in the guest house. Aria had actually left the ship a week before the wedding to put the final touches on the biggest day of their lives. All of her possessions had been transferred to the Captain’s quarters after she left the ship. She was a bit sad leaving her quarters for the last time, but was thrilled that she was going to spend the rest of her life with the man she truly loved.
The guest house was as big as some of the homes she had been in. There were several bedrooms, all decorated beautifully. The master bedroom, which Aria had not seen yet, was where they were going to spend their wedding night. Jean Luc wanted to surprise her with the first bed they were going to share as husband and wife. Aria had tried to peek in the room on several occasions, but her fiancé knew her curiosity too well and was able to keep any preparations a secret from her.
The following day the newlyweds were taking the Captain’s yacht back to Malrata, where they had first found each other’s love. At least this time, the yacht had a bit more firepower than a standard shuttlecraft.
Aria woke very early the day of her wedding. She knew that in a few hours she would barely have a second to herself, so she took advantage of this quiet time. Putting on a pair of shorts and a t-shirt, she headed downstairs. After consuming a glass of orange juice, she pulled her hair into a ponytail, put on her running shoes and went for a long, slow jog around the estate. The last of the morning fog was being burnt off the ground as she felt her body slowly warming up with every pounding of her foot on the well worn path. She could see the massive tent being erected in the yard where the reception and dancing was going to take place. There were so many details to be taken care of that she actually hired someone to handle everything that day. Aria wanted this day to be for her, for the both of them and not to be burdened with any details or problems. She had told Mrs. Finny that if there was a problem, that she did not want to know about it. The only detail that she was going to worry about that day was making herself the most beautiful woman in the world for the love of her life.
It was amazing, with every inch of ground that she covered, Aria began to dismiss the details that she had found so important just days ago. The more ground she covered, the more her thoughts turned to Jean Luc and how happy he made her. She thought about how sensitive he was when they made it back to the Enterprise and how patient he was through all of her recovery. They became stronger getting through the emotional recovery together. Jean Luc was not perfect, but he loved her and respected her. That was all she needed from him.
As if she had called to her love, she could see his figure traveling towards her on the same path through the mist. Her heart did a flip as she saw his face smiling at her. He slowed to a walk a few feet in front of her.
“What is such a beautiful lady doing all alone like this?” he asked as he gently slipped his arms around her delicate waist.
“You better watch it, sir. I am going to be a married woman soon. I don’t think my husband is going to like men meeting me on deserted jogging paths holding me so close,” she replied with a smile.
“I don’t think your future husband will mind this time,” he said as he gently kissed her on her neck. The touch of his lips still sent shivers down her body.
“Jean Luc, how did you know that I was out running?”
“I didn’t. When I was young I would run on this path when I wanted to think.”
“So, what are you thinking about on this excursion?”
“Just how lucky I am to be able to have the opportunity to spend the rest of my days with such a wonderful, intelligent, sensitive, sexy woman.”
“All I could think of was you and how wonderful our lives will be together. I haven’t thought about a single detail about the wedding today since I left the house.”
“You, not worry about details? That doesn’t sound like you.”
“The only details I am worried about are that I have both of my shoes and that I put my dress on facing the right way.”
“I would marry you even if you were not to change out of your running clothes.”
“Thanks. I know that. All that really matters is that we are declaring our eternal love in front of each other.”
He took her hands in his and looked deep into her eyes. “Aria, you are an amazing woman. I know that I have loved you since I first saw you. It was like all my life I was waiting to meet you and now here you are, standing in front of me. I give myself freely to you and all I ask for nothing in exchange. All I need is you in my life.” She could see a tear beginning to form in the corner of his eye.
Reaching up to touch his strong face wiping away his tear, she told him, “You are my one and true love. Before I had met you I had almost given up on finding the pure love that we share. I tried to fight the feelings I had for you for so long. It was the hardest thing I had ever tried to do. You are my rock, my strength, my everything. When we are apart it feels like a part of me is missing. I give you everything I have and expect nothing in return. You have given me the one and only gift I could only dream of receiving, loving me unconditionally and completely.” She gently kissed his lips and they held each other, realizing the importance of that moment that had just witnessed together. The importance of the formalities awaiting them later that day seemed to disappear. They had declared what was in their hearts to each other and that was all that really mattered.