Trigger Warnings and themes- mentions of divorce and death of a parent and spouse. Lots of fluff, mother and daughter bonding, dad and son bonding. Mentions of stepparents
October 2, 2021
It’s funny how new seasons bring new change. For instance- fall brings new colors, and the trees shed their leaves with the hope that,after a cold winter, they will burst bright with green leaves in the spring.
Life is like that, as well. In away.
You considered losing your husband your winter, and it felt like you’d never really see spring again, but you kept the hope.
And hope came in the form of one Mr. T’Challa Udaku. Just when you were content with never falling in love again, here comes this man who wants to love you. Who treats you and your children with the same love and respect that you treat his. That he treats you, and you treat him.
It was a rough start getting together. Between both of your oldest children trying to keep you apart for months, missed dates due to one of you having to take the responsibility of being a parent, lunch dates gone awry, PTA meetings, and all of the other aspects of your lives that don’t involve each other… you never imagined that this day would come.
And, yet… here you are.
Dressed in a white lace dress, Madison placing the veil on your head.
Your now thirteen year old looks at you in the mirror before throwing an arm around you, causing you to rest your own hand on her wrist, ‘’Mom, you look beautiful.’’
‘’Thank you, sweetheart, you do as well.’’
Madison beams, looking down at her rust dress.
While Wanda is your maid of honor, Madison is your junior bridesmaid. After all, she’s been great- babysitting the little kids while you and T’Challa spent time working on the wedding.
‘’T’Challa’s jaw is going to drop when he sees you,’’ Wanda assures you, coming from the bathroom with Savannah and Nia.
‘’Mommy! You look so pretty,’’ your younger daughter states.
‘’Thank you, baby girl,’’ you coo, ‘’You both look so pretty too! Did you thank Auntie Wanda for doing your pretty braid crowns?’’
‘’Mhm, I did!,’’ your six year old soon-to-be-bonus-daughter, Nia, beams, petting her curls,careful not to cause one of the artificial flowers to slip out.
‘’They were little angels,’’ Wanda rubs her stomach, ‘’I’m going to go see how things are going. Girls, let’s go. Let’s give your mother a few moments to herself to finish getting ready.’’
‘’Okay, I’ll be out in a moment,’’ Madison promises, to which Wanda nods before leading Nia and Savannah out of the room.
Them, you and Madison are alone again- your oldest child standing next to you,looking at herself in the mirror. And in this light, she looks like the perfect blend of you and your ex husband. She’s so much of him, so much of you- perfect blend of the two of you.
‘’Are you ready for your veil, momma?’’
‘’I am,’’ you nod as she delicately takes the lace creatio- a gift from Ramonda- out of its box and lets it unfold.
‘’It looks so pretty, mom! I can’t believe she did this for you!’’
The veil was something that you had admired in the store window- but between Madison needing new glasses and you and T’Challa agreeing to move into a bigger house so that the older kids, Nia and Savannah, and David could have their own rooms, you’ve been pretty strapped for cash.
‘’It’s gorgeous, is it not? I couldn’t stop thanking her when she dropped by my job with it.’’
‘’Here, I will help you with it. I don’t want you to accidentally stick yourself with the pins.’’
Oh so carefully, she helps you with the veil, perfectly framing your face and shoulders with it when she’s done.
‘’I’m going to make sure everything is ready. I’ll see you out there, mom.’’
‘’Okay. Oh, Madison!,’’ you gently scoot your chair back,standing and taking one of your daughter’s hands, ‘’I need you to know something. You are always going to be my child. Always. Nothing will ever change that. I will always be here for you. And T’Challa knows that he could never take the place of your dad, but he loves you, too.’’
She grins at you, ‘’I know, mom. I know. And I can see how much he loves us, and I want you to be happy. After everything you did to keep our family running for the last few years, you deserve that.’’
Right before your eyes, she’s growing into a beautiful, empathetic, intelligent woman.
Little do you know that she credits you with that, and you have her abundant thanks for all you’ve done.
‘’I’ll see you out there, Mrs. Udaku,’’ she grins at you before exiting the door to your dressing room. Gently shutting it behind you.
And this is it- you are about to become Mrs. Udaku. Two lives will merge into one, beautiful union under the watchful eye of none other than Steve Rogers himself, who had become ordained just for the occasion, and Zuri, someone T’Challa new when he lived in Wakanda.
In a few moments, everything will change. You will be in a new season of life- one you never saw coming.
And the question now is this: are you really ready for it?
Meanwhile, T’Challa is pacing the floor of his own dressing room, his son, David, and his groomsmen calmly watching him go back and forth.
‘’I rarely say this to other people, but you need to calm down,’’ Bucky huffs.
‘’He’s right, man,’’ Erik snorts.
‘’You’re going to wear a hole into the floor. We will not get our deposit back,’’ Abioye reminds his dad, and that immediately stops his dad in his tracks.
‘’What are you even talking about?’’
‘’I’m just throwing around words I heard when we were helping with the wedding,’’ his oldest child reviews, ‘’You’re making me nervous. And David, too.’’
‘’You need to poop,’’ the four year old popes up, causing the older men to burst into hearty laughter after a few moments of silence.
‘’Dude, what,’’ Abioye laughs as he fist bumps his soon-to-be-baby-brother.
‘’That’s what mommy says to be when I get grumpy,’’ the preschooler explains, ‘’You need fiber!’’
‘’I do not need any fiber, David. I am just nervous. Your mommy and I have waited a very long time for this day. Sometimes, adults get nervous, too.’’
‘’When I’m nervous, Abioye lets me play videogames with him.’’
‘’I let him hold the controller,’’ Abioye speaks, ‘’Dad, I guess I don’t get why you’re nervous.’’
‘’Because he’s a dork,’’ Erik smirks, ‘’Butin all serious, man, you gotta chill. You’ll sweat through your suit before you even see her.’’
‘’I just… I need this to go perf\ect. She deserves that. A perfect life.’’
‘’None of us our perfect, dad,’’ Abioye shrugs,stuffing his hands in his pocket, ‘’But, hey. Ya’ll love each other. Us kids can mostly tolerate each other… okay, fine. We love each other. It’s gonna be nice to have two news sisters and a little brother. Well, mostly nice.’’
He’s referring to the fights that were had over the nw house. It was settled that Abiyoe and Madison would have their own rooms, being the oldest. However, with Nia and Savannah sharing, they got the second biggest room. Typical sibling discourse followed, and names were called and tears were shed. But,a t the end of the day, you found the five of them cuddled up on the couch, watching a movie and, for once, not getting on each other’s nerves.
And it was a glimpse into all of the good days you could have, and T’Challa was so glad that eh put that ring on your finger, he’s starting to feel the pressure of it all.
Can he be what you need?
What if this falls apart like his marriage with Nakia?
‘’It could all go wrong, dad. But, hey, that’s life. We love the good, and live the bad.’’
T’Challa realize that he’s voiced his opinions allowed only after his son speaks such wise words to him.
‘’Man, when did you get so smart,’’ he hugs his now fifteen year old.
‘’Mom says I get it from her,’’ Abioye deadpans, and T'Challa has no doubt that a certain, short -haired wedding guest has said that to him before.
‘’I’m sure she did, Anyway, we’d better get ready to get going. Are y'all ready?’’
‘’Man, I was born ready,’’ Erik looks at his suit in that mirror, ‘’Come on. I gotta get that wedding planner’s number before she sees how turnt I can get. My smooth moves on the dance floor would only intimidate her.’’
T’Challa and Abioye both roll their eyes at their cousin, who takes David’s hand and leads him out of the room, Bucky following.
This is it. It’s all down to these last few moments. Then, T’Challa is going to be married again, and his two babies are going to gain a bonus mom.
‘’You are you alright there, dad? I don’t want you to freeze when you see her.’’
‘’Please, I would never freeze,’’ T’Challa scoffs, to which is son just shakes his head.
‘’I’ll go see if they are ready to start yet,’’ Abioye begins to move towards the door before T’Challa stops him.
‘’Son,’’ he places a hand on his oldest’s shoulder, ‘’I want you to know that no matter what happens, no matter what path she and I take, I am always here for you and your sister. David, Madison, and Savannah, too, but especially you. You’re my first born. We’ve been in this game together since day one.’’
‘’I know,d ad. And I appreciate all that you’ve done for me. For us. Which is why I want you to get some well deserved happiness, too,’’ Abioye hugs his dad tightly, ‘’I love you, Dad.’’
‘’I love you, too, son. And I am so proud of the man that you’re becoming.’’
‘’Thank you, dad. That means a lot coming from you.’’
And it does. Abioye has rally tried to step up to the plate- from babysitting to helping the little kids with their homework to taking driver’s ed now so that he could get his license as soon as possible.
‘’I’ll get going. See you out there, dad.’’
‘’See you, son.’’
And, with that, T’Challa’s first born exits the door, leaving him alone in his last few minutes as a single man.
And here he is-ready to take his next trip down the aisle. Something he’d thought about, but never really thought he would happen. But the day is here and he’s about to marry the most intelligent, funniest, loving, beautiful woman …
So he is afraid. Yes. Of course he is. He’s venturing into the unknown.
But he’s got you by his side, and the both of you have a pretty great family. You’ve got a good thing going- and it all started because you took a chance on him.
He’s walking into a new season, and he’s going to learn how to love the good and accept the bad.
Because this is a season of love, new beginnings, and changes- both good and bad- all around.
So he’s ready. He’s ready to walk out of that room, and head down the aisle.
And into a new season of change.
Would you all like an epilogue of the wedding and later events?
DISCLAIMER- I do not own any Marvel characters or their fictional worlds, countries, cities, etc.
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