They had arrived in Asgard a couple of days by now, Diane had been quite nervous about meeting Loki´s parents but Frigga had been nothing but welcoming to her and although Odin was rather reserved at first he had fallen in-love with his new-to-be granddaughter Samantha. And in return Samantha was delighted to have someone to call grandfather, the fact that he could do magic as Loki was only the cherries in the pie.
-I envy you brother-Thor said to Loki
-Why, brother? You have Jane; you could marry her if you wanted to. I´m sure father would object at first but at the end he would accept it-
-I know he would, but even if Jane and I decided to go ahead with it the weight of the crown will always be on my back-Thor confessed
-Yes, that´s true Thor. You are becoming wiser-
-Not as wise as our Father, though I hope to be at someday-
-Cheer up brother, even if I´m officially death you can always count with me-Loki said as he placed his arm around Thor shoulders –Now come with me to the bath house, we have a cleansing ritual to perform-
-All right brother-Thor answered with a grin
The ceremony was to take place in the feast hall; a small number of guests were included, the list of the people that knew Loki was still alive was very exclusive.When Frigga first told Loki that the Warriors Three and Lady Sif had been included in the wedding party he almost had a fit, he wasn´t at all keen on the idea but her mother reassured him that they had no ill wills against him anymore-Through loyalty and magic they had pledge to keep the secret, don´t worry son. I´ve thought of everything.-He knew she most certainly had thought of everything but still escaped his grasp why had she included them.
Odin would be officiating the ceremony, all preparations had been made, the dowry accorded.
Frigga had insisted that Diane would wear her Bridal Crown, though Diane had pleaded not to –You will become my daughter, I have no one else to pass it to but you and you at your time will pass it to Samantha. It´s a family heirloom, it should stay in the family- she had finally accepted, she was becoming and Asgardian princess now, she should learn to play her role.
One evening Frigga found Loki lost in his thoughts as he saw Diane and Samantha play in the gardens. –You love her very much son-Frigga said startling him
-Yes, I do mother. I think of every moment I spent with her precious as they are numbered-he sadly replied
-Oh, my son, don´t tell me you have forgotten about the golden apples of Idunn-she replied tenderly
He had, he was so stupid-Oh, mother, you keep banishing my fears away. I hesitated about marrying her due the pain of losing her on account of our very different lifespans. You have made me incredible joyous by reminding me of the immortality properties of the Idunn golden apples- he kissed her cheek as he run towards Diane to convince her to share an even longer life at his side and Samantha´s.
The wedding day had arrived, Diane was wearing the bridal gown Frigga had given to her, it was white with beautiful embroidery fit for a queen she had told her, a veil that covered her light brown hair. Loki´s groom gown was as exquisite as hers golden embroidery that stood out on the green fabric.
Odin had given Loki Bor´s ancestral sword for the wedding; he tried to refuse it saying that he should keep it for Thor´s wedding but Odin wouldn´t hear of it. -You are my son and I will do with my father´s ancestral sword what I decide, and you will accept it- he had no choice he didn´t wished to anger him besides he wouldn´t say it but he heart fully appreciated his gesture.
Loki started reciting the customary asgardian wedding vows as he gave Diane his ancestral sword “She is receiving something that she must hand over intact and undepreciated to her children, something for her sons’ wives to receive in their turn and pass on to their grandchildren”
Diane responded as he gave Loki her gift to him, a sword carrying her family crest “This interchange of gifts typifies for them the most sacred bond of union, sanctified by mystic rites under the favor of the presiding deities of wedlock”
As he looked into Diane´s eyes he started reciting his vows to her-I, Loki Odinson, in the name of the spirit of God that resides within us all, by the life that courses within my blood and the love that resides within my heart, take thee Diane Castle to my hand, my heart, and my spirit, to be my chosen one. To desire thee and be desired by thee, to possess thee, and be possessed by thee, without sin or shame, for naught can exist in the purity of my love for thee. I promise to love thee wholly and completely without restraint, in sickness and in health, in plenty and in poverty, in life and beyond, where we shall meet, remember, and love again. I shall not seek to change thee in any way. I shall respect thee, thy beliefs, thy people, and thy ways as I respect myself.
Diane answered I Diane Castle, in the name of the spirit of God that resides within us all, by the life that courses within my blood, and the love that resides within my heart, take thee, Loki Odinson to my hand, my heart, and my spirit to be my chosen one. To desire and be desired by thee, to possess thee, and be possessed by thee, without sin or shame, for naught can exist in the purity of my love for thee. I promise to love thee wholly and completely without restraint, in sickness and in health, in plenty and in poverty, in life and beyond, where we shall meet, remember, and love again. I shall not seek to change thee in any way. I shall respect thee, thy beliefs, thy people, and thy ways as I respect myself.
Odin stated as they exchanged rings after their vows: -The ring is an ancient symbol used to seal a solemn promise. These wedding rings, the perfect circle of love, will serve as symbols of your unending love and faithfulness and remind you of the vows and covenants you have made today.-
Finally Odin hand fasted their hands as he said:
Blessed be this union with the gifts of the East.
Communication of the heart, mind, and body
Fresh beginnings with the rising of each Sun.
The knowledge of the growth found in the sharing of silences.
Blessed be this union with the gifts of the South.
Warmth of hearth and home
The heat of the heart’s passion
The light created by both to illuminate the darkest of times.
Blessed be this union with the gifts of the West.
The deep commitments of the lake
The swift excitement of the river
The refreshing cleansing of the rain
The all-encompassing passion of the sea.
Blessed be this union with the gifts of the North
Firm foundation on which to build
Fertility of the fields to enrich your lives
A stable home to which you may always return.
The celebration banquet followed plenty of mead and delicious food for all the guests, afterwards Diane asked Loki while in their new chambers –Loki?-
-Yes?-he half sleepily answered
-I wonder if you … would… like …ummh … show me your jotun form-she stammered
-Why? – He almost felt of the bed surprised by her request
-Well, I´ve never seen you in your true form and now that we are married by both Asgard and Earth laws I think that I should know how my husband looks like, I don´t want to have secrets between us. I don´t want you to think it is something you need to hide from me-
-I don´t want to scare you- Loki felt uncomfortable with her plead
-I won´t be frighten I promise. I would love you even if you were purple with green dots- she jokingly replied
-I don´t think there is a specie that looks like that-he reasoned
-Please? –she looked at him with so much love he couldn´t deny her
-All right-he sighed as he shimmered out of his asgardian appearance closing his eyes as he was scared of her reaction-
-You are so beautiful- was her response
Loki opened his eyes that were met by hers not a shadow of fear on them only love.
-You really think so?-he asked her in disbelief
-Of course- she told him with a smile- Now, come to bed- she patted his empty side of the bed then added- Did I ever told you that I use to have a fantasy about the blue avatar guy from the movie?-she was smiling mischievously
-No-he answered while climbing back to bed – But I think I want to hear about it- he kissed her passionately, he was hers and she was his, and they would stay that way forever, well maybe not forever but almost.