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Married (♂x♂) 65
Thomas could only blink. He had no idea what he was supposed to do. He had no idea what was going on. He was in the living room of a nursing home. The furniture had been moved and arranged to be a chapel that could seat ten people, and right now, all the seats were full.
They’re all watching me… Can’t believe Lin roped me into this, he thought, fixing his necktie. Despite the unusual and slightly embarrassing situation, he didn’t mind at all.
It had been a couple of weeks since he had quit his job and was working on the game fulltime. He was trying to figure out how to implement some of GM’s idea when Lin called him.
“Hey, honey. What’s up? Do you want me to pick you up?”
Though it was his car, with Thomas working from home, Lin was the one using it. He wanted to use the bus as much as he could to save some money though. Today, Thomas had the car because he went to buy groceries earlier.
“Actually, I need you to come here,” Lin said.
“Why? Did something happen?”
“Do you remember that little show we put on for some of the patients?”
The clinic Lin worked at had a partnership with a nursing home and a hospital. Twice a week, the physiotherapists and a few doctors went there and at the end of the day, along with the staff members of the nursing home, they did a little show for the Alzheimer patients.
It was usually a wedding, but sometimes they did a proposal, or family members getting reunited after years. Something to make the old folks a smile, and it worked, despite, according to Lin, the lack of acting skill from most.
“Yeah. It’s your turn today? Even if it’s fake, if you marry someone other than me, I’ll get jealous. Even if it’s a woman.”
Lin chuckled. “That’s why I called. A doctor got into a car accident. She’s okay, but the doctor I was supposed to marry had to sub in for her and is doing surgery right now. And to make things even better, the guy who played the minister had to leave early because his son got sick.”
“You were marrying a guy? Behind my back?”
“Yeah. Sorry you had to find out like this. I promise it was only a political marriage.”
“That makes me feel better. But I don’t know how I feel about being the mistress.”
“I bet you feel dirty and excited to sleep with a married dude.”
Thomas couldn’t help but laugh. “A little. Why are you the bride, anyway?”
There was a moment of silence. He could tell Lin was embarrassed.
“The usual tuxedo we had was dirty and this new one is too loose on me. It looked like I was a kid wearing his dad’s clothes…”
Thomas imagined for a moment and smiled. “I wanna see it.”
“Yeah, there’s no way I’m letting.”
“So they put you in a dress.”
“Does it fit?”
“It’s a little tight but yeah.”
Thomas could tell his boyfriend was blushing. “I wanna see you as a bride… my bride…”
“If you come now and pretend to marry me, you can.”
“I’m on my way.”
Can’t believe I agreed right away just because Lin’s in a wedding dress… I’d do it anyway, but I’m so easily manipulated…
And I can’t believe I’m happy. I know it’s just pretending, but I wanna marry Lin.
Now that I think about it, when I play Zims, my wives always looked like him. Guess my younger self was predicting the future.
He looked at the clock. It’s already late… Guess it’s a real fake wedding, he thought, chuckling. He was the only one at the altar right now. They had yet to find a substitute for the minister. And he had yet to see Lin in the dress.
As he waited, the old folks talked among themselves. They look happy. If Lin doesn’t mind, I’ll marry him again.
A man dressed in a suit and holding a bible entered the living room. “You’re Thomas?”
“It’s a pleasure to meet you. I’ll be your minister.” He offered the hand.
Though surprised, he shook it. “Thanks.”
As the man stood in his position, the wedding march started playing. At the back, Thomas could see one of Lin’s colleagues holding a small speaker.
A moment later, the bride showed up. Though it was a simple white dress, Lin looked amazing. His light makeup only enhanced his beauty.
He’s perfect… It was the only thing Thomas could think as he watched the man he loved walking down the aisle towards him, a smile stamped on his red face.
Even if it was only pretending, when Lin raised his head and smiled at him, Thomas felt like the luckiest man in the world.
He barely heard the minister; he lost himself gazing into Lin’s eyes. He only woke when he heard the famous question, the one he had dreamed of hearing ever since he realized his feelings for his childhood friend, the person he had shared every major moment in his life and wanted to share his future with.
“Do you, Thomas, accept to marry Lin?”
“I do,” he said, beaming.
“Do you, Lin, accept to marry Thomas?”
“I do,” Lin said, his smile just as big as his boyfriend’s.
“Then I pronounce you two married. You may kiss each other.”
As they did, their small audience applauded.
When they stopped kissing, they gazed into each other’s eyes, their smiles even bigger.
This is so official, Thomas thought as they signed the marriage license. According to Lin, who heard from the nursing home staff, they didn’t use do to this, but one of the old folks complained it was all fake and upset everyone. He had been a priest and remember that part.
As they walked out of the living room, the staff helped the old folks return to their room.
“We finally got married,” Thomas said, still smiling.
“I always dreamed how that would be like.”
“How is it so far?”
“What I always dreamed,” Lin said, wrapping his arms around Thomas’ neck and pulling him closer for a kiss. “Can’t wait for our honeymoon.”
“I’m so jealous, Lin,” one of his colleagues joked.
“I’m super lucky,” he said, beaming.
“Don’t make me more jealous. It’s bad enough a guy like you looks better in that dress than me.”
“I’m sorry, did I hear you are a man?” the minister asked when he overheard.
He seemed surprised and confused. Then he smiled. “I never thought I’d marry two men in my life. Times have changed.”
There was a moment of silence as the others understood what he meant.
“Wait. What do you mean, marry us? You’re a real minister?” Thomas asked.
“Yes?” The minister looked a little confused. Then he walked away when one of the old folks called him.
Lin and Thomas looked at each other and then at Lin’s colleague.
“I had no idea!” she said at once. She was more surprised than they were. “I was talking on the phone to find someone to be the minister when he showed up and volunteered. He’s visiting his mother. There was no way I could’ve known he was a real minister!”
“W-wait… We need to find out if this is a real marriage,” Lin said.
“I-I’ll call my cousin. She’s a lawyer,” she said, pulling out her phone. Lin and Thomas said nothing as they waited. After a couple of minutes, she hung up. As she put the phone in the pocket of her coat, she looked at the floor. “She said since you two signed the marriage license and there were witness, you two are officially married.”
“What?” they asked at the same time.
“B-but y-you might get this annulled!”
Thomas looked at Lin. The idea of undoing his marriage, even if it happened like this, left a bad taste in his mouth. When he pushed the idea aside, he held his hand. “I don’t want to.”
Lin looked surprised. Then he smiled and raised his eyebrow. “You wanna stay married?”
“I love you, Lin. It’s not how I expected, but I know this is where we’ll end up. This is just speeding up what would happen.”
He blushed and squeezed Thomas’ hand. “You’re too cute.”
“You’re even more.” They kissed again.
“You realized our families, specifically our mothers, will kill us for doing this, right?” Lin remembered. “We just denied them a wedding. A gay one, on top of that. Knowing them, I bet they all had something outrageous planned out.”
Thomas shivered at the idea of breaking the news to his mother and his mother-in-law. “Y-yeah, but what’s done is done. When we’re ready, we’ll them tell and let them do the party or whatever.”
“If you say so. I’m hoping my man will protect me.”
Thomas smiled and hugged the man he loved, who was now, and forever, his husband, his family.
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I don’t remember how I had the idea of Married, but I’m glad I wrote it.
I could write a little more, show their future, but I think it’s time to end.
I loved showing Tom and Lin realizing their feelings and then falling in love
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