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Perfection is he condition, state, or quality of being free or as free as possible from all flaws or defects.
"We were born to be real, not to be perfect."
"Perfection is swallow, unreal and fatally uninteresting."
Ever since Zelena's sister and father died her mother Cora strove to create Zelena a perfect life. Whenever Zelena fussed about not wanting a perfect life, Cora would reply "My life wasn't perfect and now all I have is you..."
Zelena's happy with how her life has turned out so far...she was Merlin's heir, she was the top witch in the Wizarding World, she was the first cohort in the first order of Merlin...she really didn't want a perfect life...she wanted a happy life....


3. Perfect Wedding

“Come on Zelena, you need to get ready…”

“Okay Mother…I’ll get ready…but I don’t see why I need a perfect life?”

“You don’t remember do you?”

“I do remember…I was three…I remember you and Daddy talking and you said if only you had been living the perfect life it wouldn’t have happened.”

“Zelena…you need to get ready…”

Mother opens the closet door and pulls out a long white wedding gown with layers upon layers of silk and lace. The dress has an emerald green underlining to pay homage to my Hogwarts house. The emerald and diamond ring that Hades had given me sparkles on my finger. Mother pulls up my long and curly ginger hair into a tight chignon at the nape of my neck. She paints my lips with a subtle shade of pink mixed with a touch of nude. She paints my eyes black. Even though I was a ginger my hair was red enough to still look good in dark colors. Mother hands me a bouquet of white flowers and we walk down the stairs and out the door onto the patio. The wedding theme was Slytherin and Hades looked perfect up there in his old robes turned into a perfect tux.

“See Zelena…it’s perfect and perfection means happiness.”

“ it doesn’t. Will you stop talking about perfection for once in my life?”

“No because I’m going to ensure your life is perfect up until the day you die. I’ve been planning your life out since you were three and we’re right on time”

“You planned it out for me to marry the ‘perfect’ guy at seventeen?”

“Yes, and by seven you were the first cohort in the first order of Merlin like I planned. You graduated early like I planned, Hades was an accident but he was the perfect accident.”

“When am I going to have your perfect first grandchild?”

“When you’re 21…”

“What if I can’t have children?”

“We’ll find a way.”

Mother lifts my veil and kisses my cheek. She hands me over to Hades and he smiles that perfect smile of his.
“Zelena, you look perfect.”

“You and my mother both…why are you so obsessed with giving me the perfect life?”

“I don’t want perfection…I want you to be happy…you’re mother no longer can control your life after today. I won’t let her.”

I stare at Hades and listen to the words he speaks. He didn’t want perfection…all he wanted was me to be happy. I hope he wasn’t lying. Mother had insisted since I wrote to her about Hades that he wasn’t the ‘perfect match’. I’m sure Mother even altered the wedding vows to include the word perfect. It sounds like something she would do. Ever since I was three she had held to me firmly creating a perfect world. Up until my eleventh birthday I appreciated her perfection but after I turned eleven her perfection and her pushing me to be perfect ruined my life and ruined my social life.

“Zelena, are you okay?”

“Yes, I’m fine. I’m just thinking.”

“It’s our wedding, don’t ruin this…everything must be perfect.”

“I thought you were different. You were different. I was right this morning, you aren’t the ‘perfect’ match. You’re just like my mother…why don’t you marry her?”

I picked up the bottom of my dress and kicked off my shoes…then I took a quick look at the beautiful wedding my mother had set up and smiled. All the guests were aghast. I was afraid that if I took one step away from perfection my life would be over. Maybe perfection wasn’t so bad.

“This was planned don’t worry. Everything will go perfectly. My life will be perfect and this is the start. I’m ready to get married.”

I put my shoes back on and took Hades’ hands. Then we faced the minister. Every hair on my head was perfect, every detail of my wedding dress was perfect. My smile was perfect…for a few quick moments I felt happy being perfect…then it started again. What was going on with me? I longed to be free from the cruel torture of perfection.

“Do you Hades take Zelena to be your lawfully wedded and perfect wife?”

“I do…our lives will be perfect…I promise…your mother has it all planned out.”

“Do you Zelena take Hades to be your lawfully wedded and perfect husband?”

“I do…our lives will be unique…I promise…I have it all planned out…”

“You may kiss and start your perfect lives…”

Hades gave me a kiss and then we walked back up the aisle. 

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