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22 August 2007 @ 09:49 pm
The Second Time Around [The OC; Ryan/Kirsten]  
TITLE: The Second Time Around
PAIRING: Ryan/Kirsten
SPOILERS: None; AU fic


It was something straight out of a fairytale. The sun was shining high in the cloudless blue sky, and a bluebird passed by overhead as the strains of one violin, playing a beautiful high note, resonated through the air. It was picturesque, it was serene, it was the stuff dreams were made of. Or, in Julie's words...

"God, this whole thing's so perfect I could just throw up."

Kirsten smirked over her shoulder at her friend, who was making one last fix to her short train. "Thanks, Julie." Another violin joined with the first in the intro to her wedding song.

Kirsten turned back to face the mirror in the bridal tent, admiring her hair; the top layers had been swept back and twisted into a bun, with the ends fanned out around the bun, curled toward it. The bottom layers laid past her shoulders in large curls, and rather than wearing a veil, Kirsten placed baby's breath in her hair where it was pulled back.

"Kirsten, you look so beautiful," Julie gushed. "I can't even stand it." A third violin joined the other two, and soon a string bass signaled the start of the familiar melody. "And I can't believe your dad actually hired a string quartet to play your guys' song."

Kirsten just smiled and smoothed her hands over her dress. It was a simple creme satin, strapless with a fitted waist. Over it she wore a creme lace bolero, with thin vines embroidered within the lace. She wore just a hint of makeup, no lipstick -- and Julie had mentioned she had no need for blush -- today she was a beautiful, blushing bride. The blushing bride she never thought she'd want to be again. She never thought she'd want to get married again. But she had never counted on meeting someone like Ryan, on being loved by someone like him.

They planned a small, but elegant outdoor ceremony and reception, and her father had surprised them both with a famous string quartet playing 'their' song during the processional.

"Oh, I see Ryan at the altar," Julie commented, peeking out of the bridal tent.

Kirsten's stomach somersaulted in the most pleasant way, and she smiled. "Does he look nervous?"

Julie chuckled. "Not in the slightest. That's a good thing, Kirs. You guys have nothing to be nervous about, anyway."

Strains of the wedding song kept filtering in, now at the second chorus. That was when Caleb poked his head into the tent. "Kiki? It's time."

Butterflies were mingling in the hedges that hid the bridal tent, and butterflies were mingling in Kirsten's stomach. But she was not afraid, nor was she nervous. Just like much of the past few months, she felt completely relaxed. "Okay, Dad."

Kirsten took her bouquet of white cala lilies from Julie and smiled; they leaned in to kiss each other on the cheek and Julie patted her friend's shoulder. "I'm so happy for you, Kirsten."

Kirsten hugged her in return. "Thanks, Julie." Next, she went to meet her father just outside the bridal tent, where he walked her toward the white-washed, vine-and-lace-laden archway that Ryan had built for the wedding. The hedges kept her from Ryan's view, but she could feel his smile. Her father caught this and winked at her. "Are you ready?"

Kirsten had an inkling to say that she was ready for a second try. But she had vowed to herself to push all thoughts of her past marriage aside. That was her practice run at true love, as she now liked to think of it; this was the real thing. She nodded, "I'm ready," and looped her arm through her father's. They stepped under the archway just as the violins swelled and the high-sailing notes of one violin played where the descants would be.

They started walking down the aisle and all the wedding guests, in white-washed wooden chairs, stood to watch her. But Kirsten noticed none of them, her eyes fixated on Ryan. The smile on his face, the awe and wonder, was practically knee-buckling in its intensity. Kirsten had to fight to keep her emotions in check. At the end of the aisle as the music started to soften, she smiled when her father kissed her cheek and handed her off to Ryan.

Then, Ryan took her hand, gave her one of those devastatingly-gorgeous Atwood smiles, and helped her up the steps to the altar. Kirsten just barely heard the string quartet end the song... just barely heard the minister's opening lines above the sound of her own heartbeat as she watched Ryan smile at her.


"I'm beat."

Kirsten heard Ryan chuckle, felt it vibrate against her chest while they danced close. "It's not even nine o'clock," he teased her.

"I know, but it's been such a huge, adrenaline-filled day already."

Ryan pressed his cheek to hers and continued turning them in slow circles, in time with their song, flowing from the speakers. "I know," he murmured, and pressed her a little closer. "You wanna take a nap under the head table?"

Kirsten laughed, and pulled back to kiss him, framing his face with her hands while his found her waist. "I probably should. It would give me energy for tonight." She arched an eyebrow at him.

He arched one right back. "I think you'll really like where we're staying. It's got a gorgeous little ocean-front verandah, a beautiful beach--"

She laid her finger over his lips and shook her head. "I don't care. As long as you're there, it doesn't matter."

"Wow," he breathed, and then grinned. "That was really cheesy. How embarrassing for you."

Kirsten couldn't help but laugh and slug him in the shoulder playfully. "You are going to get it," she threatened.

"God, I hope so." He pulled her close, and she felt his smirk against her ear. "Over, and over, and over again."

She sighed and pulled back, adoring the boyish grin on his face. "What am I going to do with you?"

He shrugged, and pressed a kiss to her lips. "Whatever you'd like."

Her head lolled back as she laughed joyously, kissing him again. His hand on the small of her back pressed her closer, and she gently broke from his lips, murmuring, "I think you'll like my bedtime attire for tonight."


Kirsten nodded slowly. "Julie helped me pick it out."

"Oh then it's definitely going to be naughty," he surmised with a grin.

She giggled. "You just wait."

"I can't." He kissed her slowly, passionately though still mindful of everyone watching them dance. When he pulled away he asked, "Think it's too early to duck out unnoticed?"

"Yeah," Kirsten chuckled, "I'm afraid so."

They continued to dance in slow circles, enjoying the closeness and the warm glow of the small artificial lights overhead, blanketing the dance floor like hundreds of tiny fireflies. After a few moments went by, Ryan broke the silence. "You know Julie's already bugging me about when we're having kids."

"Me too," Kirsten smiled. "I think she forgets how old I am."

"But it's like I said at the beginning... it's all about how old you feel."

"Well that's good."

"And don't worry, I bought us a little time where Julie's concerned. I just keep telling her 'soon.'"

"Me too." Kirsten exhaled a smile and pulled back slightly to meet his eyes. She searched them, admired the beautiful crystal-clear blue of them, as she softly added, "Maybe sooner than she thinks."

Their dancing faltered for only a split-second as that information registered with him; then he silently searched her eyes, back and forth, his own asking the question.

Kirsten just smiled slowly and stretched up to kiss Ryan -- her husband, her one true love -- one more time.


Click to hear Ryan and Kirsten's wedding song!

{x-posted to rystenlove}
thekiller00thekiller00 on August 23rd, 2007 03:44 am (UTC)
That was an AMAZING ending !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
I really hope that you do a sequel for this !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! You could have Seth show up to see Kirsten and meet his step dad and new sibling or shall I say sigblings !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
a.: R/K; you and i collide;regalish on August 23rd, 2007 04:00 am (UTC)
Re: That was an AMAZING ending !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Hehe, thanks! Glad you liked it.

Nope, no sequel planned. It's very rare that I do a sequel, actually. I prefer to leave that up to the imagination :D
login_failed: Rysten 2login_failed on August 23rd, 2007 01:17 pm (UTC)
If I wasn't so happy that I planted ideas about another Rysten fic, I'd be sad this one ended. But what an ending. The wedding was perfect, and it was just Rysteny. And you can't go wrong with the string quartet version of With or Without You. If the bride can look at the groom and still feel like a woman so completely in love, then the pieces fell in to place perfectly.(as they did here!) I liked that reference to her Cohen days as a practice run at true love. Love always starts somewhere; it just matters that one finds it when the opportunity arrives.
And a Rysten baby! A heartbreaker in the making! I'd kind of like to see Sandy/Seth's reaction to the marriage, Seth reaction to Ryan as a stepdad, and his reaction to a new sibling.
This was so awesome, and I thank you for sharing this fic with us.
a.: R/K; hard to ignore and undeniable too;regalish on August 24th, 2007 02:27 pm (UTC)
Heee! Yes, it is ALL your fault I'm writing another AU! (Once I figure out how the hell I'm going to manage to write 1980s Berkeley, LOL).

Isn't that string version just gorgeous? I heard it (before I'd planned the ending) and thought, "OMG wedding song!" hehehe. The ending pretty much wrote itself from there.

thekiller00 asked for a sequel too with the Rysten baby and everyone's reactions, and I really don't do sequels. It's very, very rare. Hehehe.

....Although, the idea of Ryan and Kirsten with a baby makes me insanely happy. Now that there are two votes for it, I'll have to do some serious deliberation on that matter :D

At any rate, I'm so so excited that you enjoyed this fic! It was a blast to write from beginning to end; AU with these two is extreeeeemely addictive.

And thank you so much for all the kind words! You have the best insights!

More to come soon!
pipetgirl2pipetgirl2 on August 25th, 2007 07:24 pm (UTC)
I do love a happy ending, especially when it involves Ryan and Kristen (and a baby! Yay!). I am sorry to see this story end. So if you are taking votes on a sequel--you can probably guess what I 'd vote..that would be a YES!!.

Now, off to read the next story that you started...Yay!

a.: R/K; i need you like waterregalish on August 27th, 2007 01:01 pm (UTC)
Hahaha! Uh-oh, now that it's got three votes.... I might have to do one of those rare sequels! LOL

I'm so excited you liked the ending; it was a blast writing this from beginning to end.

More to come soon! ;D
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a.: R/K; and if i open my heart to you;regalish on August 30th, 2007 01:40 am (UTC)
Awww, thanks! Hehehehe. I do so enjoy the Rysten fluff -- mainly because neither Ryan nor Kirsten got much fluff on the actual show, even though they deserved it the most.

Gotta compensate somehow ;)
Jessica28andoccrazy on September 7th, 2007 01:36 am (UTC)
Really impressed!
That was a beautiful ending to a beautiful story....congrats!!!

*runs off to watch Love Stoned...*

Jess :)
a.: R/K; i need you like waterregalish on September 8th, 2007 01:54 am (UTC)
Re: Really impressed!
Thank you so much! HAD to load the epilogue with unbearable fluffiness :D :D :D
(Anonymous) on September 20th, 2007 07:51 pm (UTC)
hey it's ella again!
u have totally made my day with this epilogue!
it's like as if kirsten and ryan are like the same age..it just doesnt matter anymore!
im also happy that julie and caleb are still happily married after everything!
i just feel so sorry and sad that kandy ended in this fic!
im still a 100 percent kandy and rysten fan!
please write more!
a.: R/K; it's like you're a drug;regalish on September 22nd, 2007 04:15 am (UTC)
Re: WOW!
Hi there! So glad you liked the fluffy sweetness of the epilogue!

Sorry to say, but when it comes to Kandy, they will never get a happy ending in my fics, LOL. I'm 100% Rysten all the way :D

Plenty more fics where that one came from! Hehehe.
(Anonymous) on September 22nd, 2007 06:08 pm (UTC)
Re: WOW!
i luv ur fics.. and i also luv rysten..their just unbvelievably made for each other..i only like started luvin them when i read ur fics and watched ur vids!
u totally inspired me!!LOL!