"And where was Papa Smurf when this was going on, Smurfette?" Polaris asked.
"He was in the village busy on an experiment as usual, with Brainy wanting to help but refused because he kept intersmurfing with Papa Smurf's work," Smurfette answered. "So I was careful in asking him about Bigmouth and Bignose being married by him."
And as Smurfette continued her story, Tapper and Duncan were busy carrying kegs of sarsaparilla ale to the tavern from the distillery to refill the big barrel when Smurfette arrived on the scene, looking like she had something important on her mind.
"Great Smurfiny Crickets, my dear Smurfette, you seem to be in such a hurry to smurf something that you probably smurfed in the forest," Tapper said. "Would you care to tell what it is, if you are willing to share?"
"Let the lassie catch her breath there, laddie, so that she can tell us calmly and collectedly," Duncan suggested.
"Thank you, Duncan," Smurfette said, pausing for a moment before she started. "I wanted to ask Papa Smurf if it was all right for him to be the minister of Bigmouth and Bignose's wedding because they want to be married."
"Bigmouth and Bignose? Those two ogres...married?" Duncan said, sounding surprised.
"I'm just as surprised to hear about it myself as you are, my good Duncan," Tapper said. "I didn't expect them to desire marriage just after a few years of smurfing together."
"But that's what they wanted, except that they couldn't smurf to a human minister because they wanted them to be part of their church or something," Sassette said.
"Papa Smurf doesn't force anyone to submit to any sort of religion if that's how they want to live their lives, only that they should live for smurfing good in their lives," Duncan said.
"But I understand that humans may have their reasons for not wanting to marry ogres, even if they're not good ones," Tapper said. "I think you should ask Papa Smurf if he would be willing to be their minister, Smurfette."
"Oh, thank you," Smurfette said. "At least I know you two would understand the situation."
"Okay, what's smurfing on here that should require Tapper and Duncan to stop what they're smurfing in the middle of a work day?" Brainy asked as he and Clumsy stopped by to see what was going on.
"Bigmouth and Bignose want Pappy Smurf to be their minister for their wedding, and Smurfette is going to ask to see if it's okay for him to smurf it, Brainy," Sassette answered.
"Gosh, I didn't know those two ogres love each other enough to be married," Clumsy said.
"I don't think that's a good idea for Papa Smurf to get himself smurfed up in the affairs of ogres smurfing in our forest," Brainy said.
"Huh? What do you mean by that?" Clumsy asked.
"It's because they're ogres, Clumsy," Brainy said. "They roam through the forest smurfing after things that don't belong to them, and if anyone tries to smurf in their way, they get smurfed into paste by them."
"Funny, I don't see Bigmouth or Bignose be hostile to anyone except those who are hostile to them, laddie," Duncan said.
"That's just outright bigotrry, Brainy, and you should repent of that mindset before you get smurfed to Hades for smurfing on what you think," Tapper scolded.
"And who's going to make me repent, Tapper?" Brainy challenged. "You?"
"I might make you repent, if you're going to smurf that way toward my friend and what he believes," Duncan said.
"Golly, I think you should ask Papa Smurf to be their minister, Smurfette," Clumsy said, sounding excited.
"So what are we waiting for? Let's ask Pappy right now!" Sassette said.
"I wouldn't want to smurf that if I were you, Smurfette," Brainy said. "Papa Smurf is in the middle of an experiment, and he specifically said that he doesn't want to be dissmurfed."
"But Brainy, those two ogres love each other, and if they can't be married soon, Bignose is going to be really upset because she can't have a baby," Smurfette said.
"Oh my, I didn't think this was all because they wanted a baby," Clumsy said.
"I can sense in my spirit that this must be smurfing upon the mind of that poor ogress who wants to be happy with her beloved," Tapper said. "Well, if it's that necessary, then I will come with you to make this matter urgent to Papa Smurf."
"And so will I, lassie," Duncan said. "As soon as we get our barrel of sarsaparilla ale refilled, that's what we're going to smurf together."
"You four are making a very big mistake, asking Papa Smurf about a matter that shouldn't even concern him," Brainy warned.
"Uh, I don't know about you, but I'm going to help Smurfette out with asking Papa Smurf, Brainy," Clumsy said.
Brainy just stood and watched as the five of them walked away from him. "Well, just you wait and see, my fellow Smurfs," he said, looking very stern.
Papa Smurf was in the middle of adding another ingredient to his current experiment when he heard knocking on the door. He hated to be interrupted when it was something important he was working on in his laboratory.
"Papa Smurf, it's Tapper," the voice on the other side of the door spoke. "I'm here with Smurfette, Duncan, and Clumsy because of a very important question that concerns life and smurf."
Papa Smurf sighed, realizing that he now had to put his experiment on hold to answer the summons. He then picked up his wand and waved it around, saying, "Die Jovis experimentum," and in an instant, everything in the laboratory froze in place as if it were suspended in time.
He opened the door and saw that it was Tapper with Smurfette, Duncan, and Clumsy. "Now what is it you four have smurfed to me about that is so important for me to smurf my experiment on hold?" he demanded.
"Oh, Papa Smurf, it's Bigmouth and Bignose," Smurfette said. "I just smurfed into Bignose in the forest, and she says that they both want to be married."
"Married?" Papa Smurf asked. "Why, what's the problem? Aren't they able to find any humans in the nearby villages that could marry them?"
"Most of them want the ogres to be part of their church in order for them to be married, Pappy, and they are not even believers," Sassette said.
"I see, and the only one who could possibly marry them without demanding them to be part of any religion would be myself, I take it," Papa Smurf said, stroking his beard in thought.
"You officiated Woody and Laconia's wedding as their minister, Papa Smurf," Tapper said. "It would make sense for you to smurf the same role again for the two ogres."
"And if those two ogres don't get married, then they can't smurf a baby together," Duncan added.
"Gosh, Papa Smurf, what are you going to do?" Clumsy asked.
Papa Smurf stroked his beard for a while more, and then he said, "I understand. Well, Smurfette, I would like to smurf some time with the couple myself to see if that's what they really want and if they truly understand what being in a marriage is all about. Otherwise, I don't see any problem in fulsmurfing their request."
"Does that mean that you're going to be their priest at the wedding, Pappy?" Sassette asked.
"If all smurfs well, then yes, Sassette, I will be their priest, and all our Smurfs will be their family and their witnesses to this smurfy occasion," Papa Smurf answered. "As soon as I finish this experiment, Smurfette, we're going to pay Bigmouth and Bignose a visit."
"Oh, thank you, Papa Smurf," Smurfette said, sounding grateful. "I knew that you wouldn't let Bigmouth or Bignose down with this."
"They're our friends as well as yours, Smurfette," Papa Smurf said.
"Giggling giraffes, I can't believe it!" Sassette said, sounding excited. "I actually get to be at a wedding! I have to tell it to the other Smurflings!"
"Gosh, Smurfette, I would very much like to be at their wedding with you," Clumsy said.
"We'll be there as support for the couple, my dear," Tapper said. "Although I still feel that the two of them should smurf their lives to the Almighty first, I think it's a decision that they must smurf for themselves and not feel pressed upon to smurf it as a requirement for marriage."
"Aye, it certainly will be an interesting marriage, at the very least," Duncan said.
"And as soon as Papa Smurf was finished with his experiment, he and I smurfed to Bigmouth's house, which was where the two of them were smurfing with each other," Smurfette said.
And as Smurfette continued her story, Empath and Polaris both saw Papa Smurf and Smurfette arrive by stork at the entrance of Bigmouth's house. "Well, I hope that we have arrived at a time that was convenient for the both of them to smurf together for this little discussion," Papa Smurf said after he and Smurfette had disembarked.
Then Smurfette looked at who was approaching the house. "Look, there's Bigmouth!" she said.
Bigmouth was carrying a sack with him when he arrived. "Papa Smurf! Smurfette! You came! It is so good to see you!" he said, sounding so excited that he dropped the sack onto the ground and rushed onto them.
"We're pleased to see you two, and we came because I heard that you and Bignose wanted to be married," Papa Smurf said.
"Married? Oh yeah...me and Bignose were looking to be married, Papa Smurf," Bigmouth said. "But there is no one who wanted to marry us unless we became part of their church."
"I understand, Bigmouth," Papa Smurf said. "But I hope you do and Bignose do understand what being in a marriage is all about."
"Uh, it's about two people who love each other and want to stay together to have a family, but they must be bound by law by a priest in order to be a family," Bigmouth said.
"Well, that's the basics, from what I understand of a marriage, Bigmouth," Papa Smurf said. "But there's more to a marriage than just the legal part."
"Let's smurf inside so that Papa can explain it to the both of you," Smurfette suggested.
And so, after Bigmouth picked up his sack and opened the door, he gathered his beloved Bignose into the same room together so that Papa Smurf can accurately explain what a marriage is about.
"A marriage is when two people who truly love each other are willing to smurf sacrifices for each other so that the two of them will be happy with each other, and it is a very sacred bond that is only meant for two people that are smurfed together as husband and wife, so that means that neither of you can smurf after someone else once you are smurfed together as husband and wife," Papa Smurf explained.
"Oh, so that means I cannot go looking after another ogre once I am married to Bigmouth," Bignose said.
"And I cannot go looking after another ogress once I am married to Bignose," Bigmouth said.
"But all we want for our marriage is just each other, Papa Smurf," Bignose said. "Isn't that enough for the two of us?"
"We do promise that we will stay with each other and be there for each other and that there will be no else in our lives but each other and our own family," Bigmouth said.
"So please, Papa Smurf, will you please be our minister?" Bignose asked.
Papa Smurf stroked his beard in thought as he heard the two ogres' pleas. "Well, Papa Smurf, are we going to help these two become a happy couple?" Smurfette asked.
"I think these two truly understand what being married really means, Smurfette," Papa Smurf said. "We will smurf the date for whenever you two feel are ready, Bigmouth. But I do want to offer my little Smurfs' help in whatever way they can make your wedding day a momentous occasion."
"Oh, thank you, Papa Smurf," Bigmouth said as he reached out and held Bignose close to him. "Don't worry, my little pumpkin, we're going to have our baby soon."
"Oh, I can't wait for the day when we will be together as a couple, my dear," Bignose said as the two of them kissed each other.
Upon returning to the village, Papa Smurf had Harmony summon every Smurf together around the speaking mushroom for an announcement.
"My little Smurfs, I should let you know that our friends Bigmouth and Bignose have decided to be married in a few days," he said. "As they have asked me to be their minister, I would like for all of you to help the couple be prepared for that momentous event to make it a very smurfy occasion."
"BIGMOUTH AND BIGNOSE?" most of the Smurfs said together.
"Why should we help them out, Papa Smurf?" Tuffy asked.
"Yeah, they've been nothing but trouble most of the time," Hefty said.
"I hate ogres," Grouchy said.
And most of the Smurfs raised up their own complains about it until Papa Smurf silenced them.
"I understand that some of our past encounters with Bigmouth haven't been pleasant ones, but neither he nor Bignose have intended any malice towards us, unlike Gargamel or most of our enemies," Papa Smurf said. "I think they deserve the benefit of a doubt and that we should smurf them just like our friends in the forest."
"I'm more than willing to help Papa Smurf out with his wedding, my fellow Smurfs," Tapper said.
"Aye, and I'm going to smurf by Tapper on this as well," Duncan said.
"I don't care what most Smurfs think, I think that Bigmouth and Bignose deserve a happy wedding, even if it isn't big, so to speak," Smurfette said.
Most of the Smurfs seemed to be talking it over with each other, as if considering what Papa Smurf was saying.
"Well, I would certainly like to help by smurfing a poem for the newly smurfed couple," Poet said.
"And I would like to smurf my artistic skills to the test in whatever way possible, Grand Schtroumpf," Painter said.
"Those two could surely use a smurfy new look for the occasion, which is what I will say," Tailor said.
And eventually more Smurfs decided that they would step up and help make Bigmouth and Bignose's wedding a joyous occasion.
"I'm glad to hear that you're willing to smurf around and help, my little Smurfs," Papa Smurf said. "Just remember, that the wedding is only a few days away, and Bigmouth and Bignose will both be guests in our village to help prepare them for the event."
"But how are they going to smurf with us if they are too big for us, Papa Smurf?" Vanity asked.
"I will just smurf them with the Reducto Spell, that will keep them Smurf size and harmless until the time they are ready to return to their normal size," Papa Smurf said. "Don't worry about it, my little Smurfs. There's no harm that those two will ever smurf to us when they are no bigger than us."
"I will be the judge of that," Brainy said, sounding suspicious of the whole thing.
"You're not the only one who will be, Brainy, trust me," Hefty said.
"You know what you have to smurf, so I'll leave the oversmurf of the preparations in Smurfette's hands," Papa Smurf said. "You are all dismissed."
"Pappy, can I help Smurfette with the oversmurf of the preparations?" Sassette asked.
"Why, certainly, Sassette," Papa Smurf said. "But I hope you'll be ready for the time when you'll be the flower girl for the wedding, should we ever need to smurf that role."
"And what do I get to be, Papa Smurf?" Snappy asked.
"I believe that you'll be the ring bearer, Snappy," Papa Smurf answered. "Smurfette will explain all the details, which I will smurf in her hands."
"So Smurfette's handling this wedding? This should be interesting," Slouchy said.
"I heard that she handled the preparations of Woody and Laconia's wedding just before we smurfed here," Nat said. "It's too bad most of it wasn't really needed, as those two smurfed a much simpler wedding in the end."
"I don't care how big this wedding is, or how big who we're marrying are," Snappy said. "It's my first time at one, and I intend to smurf it my best."
"And so will I, as long as I don't get married to someone I don't particularly like," Sassette said.
"Don't worry about that, Sassy, the feeling is mutual," Snappy said.