So, for all the following chapters, I beg and suggest all of you who are under the age
of 18 not to read this. I Don t Own Anything! Life s Little Choices (Part 3, The End) Chapter 51 - Getting Ready (Lemon) "Would you like to join me in the shower?" Bella asked, grabbing her clothes from her bag in our closet. "Do you really think that's wise?" I asked, showing her the smile I knew she loved best. "I suppose not," she sighed, standing up and heading into our bathroom. I chuckled softly to myself as I took off my shirt, tossing it on the floor next to me. At least I didn't have to wonder if she'd enjoyed our love making so far. It was clearly evident in her beautiful, brown eyes. I grabbed my shirt, intending to put it in the hamper, when I noticed she had left the door wide open. The last time Bella had left a door open it had not ended well for her. I was shocked she would do it on purpose. Her back was to me as she pulled off her shirt. I wanted to look away, but my feet were glued to the floor. She slowly shimmied out of her jeans. As she reached around her back for her bra strap, my feet remembered how to move. I wrapped my arms around her waist and gently pulled her against my chest. "Isabella," I whispered as I kissed her neck. "Do you have any idea what you're doing to me right now?" "Maybe a little," she said, leaning further into me. Her smile was clear in her voice. "But you don't think it's wise to join me in here so you should leave." No embarrassment this time! The little vixen was taunting me. It was only fair to return it. "You're right," I said. I let her go then spun her around to face me. I grinned wickedly at her before scooping her up and tossing her over my shoulder. She squealed as I brought her out of the bathroom and dropped her onto our bed. I crawled above her and smiled down at her. "This is much better."
"I don't think so, Tutor-boy," she giggled. Her happiness made me feel happy. "You have too many clothes on." "You could always fix that," I said, kissing along her neck and shoulder. "And if I don't want to?" she asked, tugging at my jeans by the belt loops. "You wouldn't have left the bathroom door wide open," I replied, staring into her eyes. "You don't know that for sure," she said, smiling coyly at me. "For all you know, I merely forgot to close it again. It's not like you're a mind reader or anything." "True, but I like to think I've learned a little about reading your eyes and face since I've met you. And since you aren't blushing, it clearly wasn't an accident." "And what are my eyes telling you?" "You love me." "That's certainly true. Anything else?" "You are enjoying teasing me right now." "Possibly. What else?" "It's been far too long since I kissed you and touched you and held you close," I whispered, holding her in my arms. It was certainly true enough for me. I loved her more than I ever thought was possible. "I love you so much, Bella." I kissed her again. While I kissed her, she ran her little hands across my shoulders and down my chest. My breathing hitched a little when her hands moved down and started unbuttoning my jeans. I let her get them open and down my legs, then I stepped out of them, never breaking our kiss. It was still too soon when I had to let her go to breathe. "I love you, Edward," she panted, as I kissed across her shoulders. "I love you, Bella." I smiled against her skin, enjoying the knowledge that I made her feel this way. I lifted my head to kiss her lips again when Emmett's booming voice carried across the house. We both stopped moving, looking at each other warily.
"You locked the door, right?" she asked with a panicked look in her eyes. I ran to our door and grabbed the handle, glad to see it had been locked. I thought about the look on her face just now and the one from last night when she had been crying. "Maybe we should just save this for later," I sighed, leaning against the door. "Yeah, maybe," she said softly. She climbed off the bed and went into our bathroom, not even glancing toward me. I wondered if I had made a mistake. Maybe she hadn't wanted me to stop. The shower turned on as I stood against the door, trying to figure out what the right thing to do would be in this situation. I ran my hand through my hair and realized I had no idea. I would have to ask her. I took a deep breath and headed into our bathroom. Bella was leaning forward, letting the water pound against her back and shoulders. I stepped in behind her and softly kissed the wet skin of her back. "Edward, what are you doing?" she asked, her voice sounding somewhere between anger and pleasure. "I'm sorry for earlier," I whispered as I brushed my lips against the nape of her neck. "I wasn't sure what you wanted. I don't want Emmett and you to argue again. If you want us to wait until tonight, we will, but I just wanted to be close to you right now. I love you so much, Bella. I don't want to do anything that will upset you." She turned and faced me. "Edward, I appreciate the sentiment. It's very sweet of you. But there are only two people in our relationship and Emmett isn't one of them. I may not want him to know we have reached this step in our relationship, but I won't let his presence stop me from experiencing it either." She put her hands against my chest and smiled up at me. I was blown away once again by how beautiful she looked when she smiled. "So if you want to love me then love me. But you better decide before Alice comes looking for us. I have a feeling she could pick your lock if she really wanted to." I crashed my lips to hers, letting the kiss be my answer to her. She wrapped her arms around my neck, pulling herself closer to me. I lifted her up and wrapped her legs around my waist, balancing her between the wall and my chest. I hoped the tile wall wasn't too cold for her.
" She smiled at me one more time as she closed the shower door. I finished up my own shower and then quickly dressed. giving me a quick hug. Bella. enjoying the taste of her skin. stunning. I moved my lips to her neck. I shook my head and chuckled to myself. gently massaging her scalp." I chuckled against her skin. being careful to not hurt her in any way.The water fell down around us as if we were caught outside in a very warm rainstorm. I kissed her on the forehead. Slowly." she hissed. Did she think I had a death wish? Emmett would absolutely kill me if he saw a hickie on Bella! Neither of us spoke after that. I started sucking at her neck. I grabbed her shampoo and washed her hair for her. love. Not to mention insanely gorgeous. brave. She fit perfectly into my arms and I was so happy to have her close to me. and so unbelievably loving. I felt it had the best chance of passing Alice's fashion standards. As she shivered in my arms. just like I had done on the first night in the hotel. "I love you. I kissed her neck one last time before setting her down on her feet. but I felt the need to tell her. I thought once again about how lucky I was I had decided to go to dinner with everyone to meet this wonderful woman. and my own attempts to find air. I made sure to rinse away all the soap. The only sounds around us were the patter of the water. Then I washed her body.
. I professed my love to her in soft whispers. Edward." she said. I didn't know if she even heard any of it." "I love you. She was worth every second of it. witty. How had I ended up with such an angel? She was so perfect. licking up the droplets of water. sharing in this with me. I had never been happier that I had waited for the right person for her. I chose a pair of jeans and a white button up shirt. I won't. both of us working to calm down from our release. "You had better go find Alice now. A soft moan escaped her gorgeous lips. nudging my head with hers. She was charming. Bella's shallow breaths. "I promise. I pushed forward into her. "Don't you dare give me a bruise there.
I needed to get downstairs and those thoughts would only cause trouble. I finished my mother's piece and moved on to my newest. I started off with my mother's favorite piece. I chuckled as I shook my head. so I'd written her a musical hug. I realized I was about to find out. she had simply waited for me to come around. anxious to see my Bella again. Jasper and Emmett were having another Halo competition between themselves. Bella had opened my eyes and my heart. I wandered over to my piano. I pressed lightly on a few keys. I sighed as I sat at the bench. My father I held the utmost respect for him. I remembered her last outfit vividly. But during her span of nightmares. Then again. When I had first met her. I was too nervous to let her know about it yet. trying to decide if I had enough time to really play. This was the final I was keeping from Bella. I would find something else to do. her lullaby. Comfortable shoes were a necessity for a long night of dancing and keeping Bella on her feet. I had thought she did when I had first hummed it to her and she had fallen right to sleep. They would just have to wait on me. As I opened my eyes. I watched them play for a few minutes before getting bored. I had been unintentionally cruel to her over the last few years in an attempt to protect her. I closed my eyes and thought about her and my father. I knew if Bella did decide to marry me. I wondered how Alice and Rose would dress her this time. I wanted to play. Hindsight was certainly as clear as everyone claimed. it had hardly done anything to comfort her. I took the stairs two at a time. but I had also missed him growing up. I didn't want to see my family as ships passing in the night. She only wanted to love me and I had refused her touch time and again. it had been the only thing to bring her any sort of relief. I wondered once again what she would think of it if I played it for her. Instead of getting aggravated with me. I had such a strong desire to hug her and couldn't place why I would feel that way. I would not go to medical school. The girls hadn't come out of Alice's room yet. I hated not getting in at least two complete songs.
. but I had no desire to be him. I didn't know how she would react to it If she would even like it. Maybe I could teach piano somewhere.I threw on my favorite pair of sneakers. This was Bella's song. I didn't know her well enough to hug her physically. I knew he saved lives and I was proud of him. My mother was truly a wonderful woman.
" I leaned in and kissed her softly. "Yes. but I think it must be my imagination. "Do you recognize it?" I questioned. "You look irresistible. She slowly walked over to me. "What were you just playing?" she asked. I certainly would have remembered hearing something so beautiful. smiling at her and running a hand down her soft chestnut hair. Bella." "Don't be absurd. taking my hand in hers. Silly Bella. "How do I look. I kissed her quickly and said. wrapping both of her hands around mine. I'm sure that has more to do with my freaky brain than your song. opening her arms and showing me her outfit. playfully slapping my chest. her arms wrapped around her small frame. It's very beautiful. "It's your lullaby. I put my hands on her hips and scooted her down the bench so I could hug her. I smiled my best smile." "Sometimes?" I smiled sadly at her." I said. She truly had no idea. "It's the composition I wrote for my final. Edward!" she laughed. Edward. Bella. "Who inspired it?" I chuckled at her. "Parts of it sounded familiar. just for her.Bella was leaning against the doorway." "Don't keep me in suspense. Is it something of yours?" The sincerity shining in her eyes gave me the courage I needed to tell her about this piece."
." "It doesn't even compare to the person who inspired it. "It didn't do much for you when you were having trouble sleeping. She was smiling tenderly at me and her eyes held nothing but love and admiration. wondering if she had any memory of it at all." "I am telling you the truth. "You. straddling my piano bench. Tutor-boy?" she asked. It sometimes calms you down when you're agitated by your dreams." "Oh." I replied. "Tell me the truth." she said. And you remember parts of it because I often hum it to you while you're sleeping.
I had become very familiar with her sounds. She moved on the bench so she was sitting next to me and resting against my side. That piece was the most beautiful music I've ever heard and I feel very special knowing you wrote it just for me. And it earned me an excellent grade if you'll remember. Edward!" I smiled at her." I chuckled. Edward? Is it hard for you to know if it's good because of your passion for it?" I nodded by head." "Yes. Why do you doubt yourself so much?" "Do you remember what I said to you the first night we stayed up talking on the phone?" She smiled brightly at me. I set my fingers over the keys and started playing her lullaby again. "I'll help you to know. "I wasn't sure if you would like it.
. As I finished her song. "Maybe slightly. I heard her sigh and it made me smile." "I think you'll be a little biased. I looked up to see Alice and the others in the doorway. You can play all of your music for me and I'll tell you how it truly sounds. Is that why. "Did you hear the entire piece?" "No. Her observations were always so accurate." I kissed her forehead." "Why didn't you ever let me hear it before now?" I shrugged." "Are you sure?" "Please. Edward?" "Yes. kissing my palm. "You wrote me a song. "That's okay!" she said. her brown eyes wide with disbelief.She stared up at me." "You are so gifted with your music. but I would never lie and you know that. I knew that was a sigh of contentment. "You said music was the one thing youdesired to be good at. Play it for me now. I do. She really did like it. I came in during the middle.
Squirt?" Emmett said with a chuckle." "It's not even bad." Emmett shot back. "I think it's for anyone who needs comforting. Bella sat up straight and smiled brightly. I nodded my head. I could understand where the expression 'earto-ear grin' came from. I was certain I had never played it when Alice was paying attention. showing a sliver of her perfectly flat stomach. Squirt. Edward?" Jasper asked. because I want some baby song written for me. "You should know that by now. Edward. I was sure his realization would quickly be followed by his fists." Alice said. She was radiant in her happiness. "Stand up there." I replied. "Let me see your outfit now so I can get over the shock of it." Alice called. "It's my lullaby. "I can see why you got the grade you did. winking at me. Edward wrote it for me. "I don't think a lullaby is just for a baby. I was filled with the irrational conviction he would know Bella and I were no longer innocent in that way. not wanting Emmett to catch me staring at Bella." Bella laughed." "Clue the rest of us in. waving his arms at Bella. Jasper. I watched as the shirt rose."Finally!" Alice chirped. "I was wondering when you were going to play that for her!" "How did you know about it?" I asked. "You're just jealous!" "Yes." Emmett said. "Bella. "I see everything. It really does have a comforting feel to it.
. Isn't it beautiful?" "Aren't you a little old for lullabies. Bella poked her tongue at him. as she stood up." "Thank you. poking Alice in the shoulder with one finger." Rose said." "Was that your top secret final." Rose said. I quickly turned my head away.
I threw on my own then took her hand in mine. Edward." "Good. right?" "Yes. Bella and I walked to the coat closet together." I chuckled."Oh. What's it like in a club?" "Most are slightly congested with people. I opened her door and she climbed in. love." "Do you think Alice would let me get away with just sitting at first? I'm a little nervous. "You're going to hang onto me and make sure I don't end up in another cast. Bella. "Are we ready to head out?" "Edward?" Alice asked." Emmett said. "Perfect. Each couple will take a car in case anyone gets tired early. I got in the car and smiled as it started." "Thank you. She knew how I liked to play more than one piece. There is usually an area with tables and booths for those who prefer to watch or need a break. I believe the one we're going to tonight has sofas. I backed up and waited for Alice to pull ahead of me.Night Out
Chapter 52 . "So you like this car?" Bella giggled. I nodded my head to her. "You knew that already. smiling up at me." "I will make sure of it. I pulled out her jacket and helped her put it on. that's not bad at all." "Anything for you. We were the first out of the house." Alice said. loving the way the engine barely made noise. I will hold tightly to you and protect you.
I know she didn't tell you what would happen when I arrived to discover it was a date. staring at him. "What would you do? I know you wouldn't have been rude to the girl seeing as the gentleman in you would know it wasn't her fault." "Back to the story!" I said." "You tell me that a lot. She was quite angry that time." he chuckled. Bella. guessing my plan. It's too dark to read and too loud to think. I would make my phone go off and pretend I had an emergency requiring me to leave immediately."
"This type of dance requires a partner. Why do you seem shocked?" "It's just you're so good at it! I just thought you would have been dancing. "Yes. trying to get you to dance. knocked my drink onto my clothing." Edward replied." "I know that. "From your statement." I turned in my seat to see his face better. "You really are observant." "Bella. "My personal favorite was excusing myself to the restroom and never returning. Sometimes. Alice once tried to stop me." "You prove it a lot."So how often do you go dancing with everyone?" I asked Edward." Edward chuckled. This sounded like it was going to be good. as he followed Alice through the busy streets. on purpose. "Not very. "You just watched?" I asked. It's one of the more boring activities she forces me to go along with. Not to mention all of the girls that must have thrown themselves at you. There's not much to do when you aren't dancing. so I accidentally."
. but Alice told me about all the blind dates she used to make you go on. waving my hand at him.
Edward kissed the tip of my nose. the little pixie of pushiness and over here." I pointed to myself. love. "It'll be fine. In this corner. Bella?" Alice asked. Squirt. the world's most stubborn man!" "Why am I so stubborn?" "You know you are!" "When have I been stubborn with you?" "Just because you haven't shown it to me. looking up at Edward. Don't accept drinks from strangers." "Are you excited. "I have just a few quick rules for you." Edward said. "Observant!" "I'm not nearly as stubborn as you. "I don't think anyone is!" Alice turned into a parking garage and Edward followed right behind her. Rose was behind us. I waited patiently for Edward to come around and open my door." I whispered to him as he wrapped an arm around my waist. knee them. "Emmett's just making sure you're prepared. Don't let any drinks you order out of your sight. hugging me tighter against his side.I laughed and clapped my hands." I said. Bella."
. "You'll have a great time. He held his hand out and I took it. doesn't mean I haven't seen it. "Sort of. And if anyone messes with you. Don't go off on your own. smiling at her." "Should I be worried?" I asked. as she bounced between me and Jasper. and yell for me. love. We have a lifetime ahead for me to spoil and pamper you even more. stomp their foot." Rose assured me. "Not everyone has noble intentions. "This is only the beginning." "I know!" I laughed." Emmett pushed his way between Alice and me. "Alice and you are so entertaining! It's like a battle of two steel wills. "You're really spoiling me with the doors and the chairs and everything.
." Jacob joked. moving me in front of him. I'm pretty sure your intentions are the only ones I'll need to worry about. "Edward's a pretty descent guy. Rosalie and Emmett walked right up to the door. "Bella. Bella." Edward argued. "Say no more. His eyes were black and seemed to see everything at once." Jacob said. "Nice to meet you. Jacob. completely ignoring the long line. "I was able to avoid Alice's matchmaking attempts long enough to meet this beautiful woman." Edward said." "You are not spending all night talking to Jacob again!" Alice fumed."Since you've already promised not to leave my side tonight." Edward nodded to Jacob as he pulled me into the club. You picked well." he chuckled. "Good evening. The bouncer was really tall and was almost as muscled as Emmett. Edward." Jacob laughed. staring into the dimness of the club. Jasper was trying to talk to her. I saw the bouncer at the door smile and nod at them as he opened the door wide." Edward replied. he smiled at me and held his hand out to Edward." I blushed both at the compliment and the way he had made it clear I was his. Jacob. Alice was tapping her foot and had her little arms crossed in front of her chest." I laughed as I wrapped my arms tightly around his waist. I see you finally brought your own date for a change. He nodded again as Jasper and Alice walked in. make sure you see me before you leave. "You might be safe then." I whispered to him." "Been too long. Jacob. this is my lovely Bella. this is Jacob. calm down. it was a pleasure to meet you. Edward grabbed it and shook it. He chuckled and kissed my cheek. He had dark skin and long black hair that was neatly tied back." "I'll have to come back later. shaking my hand. When we got close. "I only did that because you had tricked me with another date. "Bella. "Alice is not looking very happy with me at the moment.
" I said." "Sorry. Edward was just introducing me. "It's time to dance. "You did something bad enough to get almostarrested?" Edward grinned wickedly. and Jacob was at the door. "There was a minor incident with a very drunk man who wanted to pick a fight with Jacob. pulling me into a quick hug. "I want to talk to Bella about something. I promise. "No sitting!" Alice ordered. "I'll show you where we are sitting and then we can go dance." I remarked." Edward chuckled. Once they find a club they like." I chuckled." Edward said firmly. "Come on!" Alice said. "But at least you are getting the chance to sit as you requested. We struck up a conversation about the
. I was bored one night and went out for some fresh air. "Well. I easily spotted Emmett and Rosalie dancing together. Edward. The entire dance floor could be seen from here. they make a point of befriending all of the bouncers. "It was rather odd of her." Alice said. We'll be right down. wrapping my arms around Edward. "The last time we came. Edward spent all night outside with Jacob and the two of them very nearly got arrested. "So how did you meet. It gives them free bodyguards and they never have to wait in line. tugging on Edward's arm. relax." I spun around to look at Edward. that was easy. "Alice. Bella. I may have had my foot out a little too far and the unstable drunk may have fallen over it and met the sidewalk with his face.I stood between them and put a hand on each of their shoulders." Alice smiled and walked off with Jasper." "Thank you. Jacob?" "Jacob and I know each other in passing through Alice and Rosalie." "That sounds more like something Emmett would do." "We will join you in a moment. Edward sat on the couch and pulled me down next to him." Alice led us up a set of stairs and into a darkened area with a long black leather couch. There's no telling what devious scheme is running through her brain. leaning against his chest.
It really did look nice on me. "What are you doing?" I asked." I assumed the fiery kiss he planted on my lips was his answer. which seemed to be their favorite destination. "Aren't you supposed to be afraid of Emmett coming up here and catching you?" I chuckled." he added. They were the most comfortable pair of shoes I owned." I panted. noticing just how dark it was up here. The jeans were dark blue and hung low on my hips. I made it a point to always go out and chat with him. "Definitely too dark to see and too loud to think. His tongue worked its magic against mine as I fought hard to keep breathing. Even if Edward could read minds. "I'm just kissing my beautiful girlfriend. My own hands found their way into his hair. "There's no bedroom door to protect you now. The shirt was black and tight. Edward placed his finger under my chin and titled my face up to his.music pouring out of the club. but then he slid his tongue into my mouth and it was crystal. chuckling. pulling me even closer to him. The gap between the shirt and jeans showed off just a little of my flat stomach when I stood. "You were right about this place. along with the jeans I was wearing and the shirt. even with the heel on them. His hands found their way under my shirt as they roamed across my back. He softly kissed each of my cheeks." "He seems like an interesting person. kissing along my neck. "Nothing. We'll have to sneak away from Alice and go talk to him later. They said it was my first true adult outfit. After that. Edward gave me a wicked grin before pressing his lips to mine once again. I was barely breathing by the time Edward released me from the kiss. It was hard to see anything beyond the ends of the sofa. with the word 'sexy' barely visible. I can feel the music in my feet!" I wiggled my boots as I looked down at them. His kisses had tickled. I hardly knew what was going on up there half the time." I said. No complaints from my end!
. "Guess you're not worried anymore. I bet he still wouldn't be able to read mine. looking up at Edward." he whispered before kissing my lips. Rose and Alice had given them to me tonight." I looked around us. I chuckled in my head at my random thoughts. I really didn't see how he could possibly make his intentions any clearer.
helping me to find the correct rhythm for the music. until there was no gap between our bodies. I was no longer sure if my dizzy state was from his kisses. leaning into him. "Can you dance to this music?" he asked. but each time. I was met with a kiss that made me forget why I was upset in the first place. I rested my hands on his shoulders and stared up at him. I sighed happily as I sat down and took the weight off my feet. Edward loved me. The one emotion that was constant was his love for me. knowing full well how sensitive my skin was right there. I didn't have enough breath in my lungs to speak. "You're too far away. I tried glaring at him. He gently pushed on my hips. green eyes! They flickered with desire every time his lips came close to mine.
. his own breathing ragged. When he wasn't doing those things. "Are you enjoying yourself?" "Too much. or just the exhaustion of dancing for hours. green eyes." I sighed. which ended up being fairly often throughout the night! By the time I finally convinced Edward I needed a break. Those hands of his never stopped roaming across my bare skin! If he wasn't holding my hips. He chuckled at my reaction. Not to mention his dazzling. he was trailing his fingers just below my belly button. That was more than I could have ever asked for. I jumped from the contact." He smiled as he put his hands against my hips. he was rubbing my lower back. "I know a little. our closeness. I nodded my head. love?" he whispered against my ear. right between my jeans and my shirt. There was only Edward. My mind kept trying to tell me there was something I needed to be concerned about. Edward led me down the stairs and out onto the floor."Are you ready to try dancing with me. but I couldn't focus long enough to figure it out. but you'll have to help me. watching all of his emotions run through his beautiful. his hands and his lips." he said as he pulled me closer. It made me feel like my own heart would burst from happiness. He led me back up to the private area. I was close to passing out.
trying to look at both of them.Edward chuckled. we aren't blind. but I was really hoping I was wrong. "Why don't you come with us to the restroom?" I wanted to protest for the sake of my feet. stalking towards me. Alice was closing it and locking it. "I love you. hoping they would believe me. "What are you doing?" I asked. Bella. honey." "Or stupid!" Alice chirped.
. They had my arms locked in theirs as they pulled me away from Edward. "Spill it." "You've been making that perfectly clear. "We need to talk. I had a feeling I knew what this was going to be about." I said. And I love you." Alice said. "Bella. "Yes. folding her arms over her chest. "Isabella Marie Swan!" she scolded. This was that thing I was supposed to be concerned about. Why?" "She's being coy." Alice chuckled. but I didn't get a chance to respond. I felt like I was in the middle of some crazy tennis match. Her grin was rather wicked. "Do we ever!" Rose added." Alice said. "Nope!" I replied. too. "How cute! Bella. placing a kiss on the top of my head. "You're a horrible liar. Bella!" Rose demanded. I waited until we were in the bathroom before saying anything more." Alice and Rose came up a few minutes later. Alice?" "Is there something my brother and you may have forgotten to mention?" Alice asked. "I really don't know what you two are talking about. As soon as we were through the door." Rose chuckled. I cringed at the use of my full name. "Nothing that I know of.
Rose and I just want to make sure you're okay. I'm sure my current level of embarrassment will bring me at least a couple of dreams. "Speaking of which " "Bella." Rose said. "Yes and yes." "When?" Rose asked. Alice moved next to me. "None of us are ready to become aunts and uncles and Carlisle would have a massive coronary!"
. I wouldn't want to take the chance of him hearing while I'm dreaming. The sooner I confessed. we aren't upset. "Well. hugging me once again." Alice said. the sooner I could get back to Edward. I knew she was only asking out of her concern. I'm sorry if we gave you that impression."How do you even know?" I whined. but I still felt a little weird talking about these things with anyone. Emmett does not want or need to know. lifting my chin up. I nodded my head. "Bella." "How did we not see this?" Alice chuckled as she hugged me. "I'm fine. this is strictly between us. Do you have any questions or need anything?" I looked at them both and I could see they were telling the truth. "You guys were slightly busy tending to an enraged Emmett. have fun and be careful. I looked down at the floor. "So you're completely okay?" Alice asked." "You are setting a new shade of red. "The other night after he gave me my ring. as I admitted my defeat. I debated on whether or not I should draw this out and decided against it. I swear." Alice replied." Rose chuckled." I replied. besides Edward. "There is no way my brother would be dancing that way with you if things haven't changed in your relationship. "Did you have protection? Are you going to tell Edward that we know?" I blushed.
but as long as he wanted to think I was innocent." "I've never had the pleasure of Bella's company before. "No drunks yet. No need to change his world view anymore than I already had. I'd like to keep Edward around a while longer before I leave him at the mercy of my brother." Alice said as she waved at us." "Let's get you back to Edward. "I am not becoming someone's mother anytime soon! I want to finish college way too much. you're completely red. "Are you okay? Do you need to get some air?" "I'm fine. "I was wondering if you left while I was on break." Rose and Alice said together. pulling me toward the door. "Just between us. "Absolutely. "Pretty good so far. Edward leaned down to me and whispered into my ear. I really did not want to deal with him knowing right now. How is your night going. As we walked back toward our table. We'll be back shortly. Why?" "Bella. wrapping his arms around me and pulling me against his chest. You don't usually stay inside so long. I wondered just how much Emmett would find out on his own."Believe me!" I laughed. right?" I asked. scanning the long line of people. as Alice unlocked the door and opened it. "I'm going to step outside with Bella. Jacob?" Edward asked. He rested his chin on my shoulder." Rose said. "There you are!" Jacob laughed as we stepped outside." "Oh. I think some air would be nice. Edward got up from the sofa and pulled me into a hug as soon as he saw me."
." "Give my regards to Jacob." Edward turned to Alice. don't they?" I nodded my head. As we got closer to the door and the cool air outside. I knew he would figure it out eventually. "They know." Jacob said. well it is hot in here. I would let him. Not to mention Emmett would kill Edward and me. Edward hugged me tighter.
"I hear you're a bad influence on Edward," I said as I put my hand against Edward's cheek. Jacob smiled, flashing his very white teeth. "What's life without a little danger and a chance of arrest?" I smiled while Edward chuckled low in my ear. Jacob looked up at Edward and smiled even wider. "Look at that!" His arm shot out and my hand was suddenly in his. He was staring at my ring. "It's got you written all over it, Edward. You two are pretty serious then?" Edward took my hand from Jacob and kissed my finger, just below the ring. He stared at me as he answered his friend. "I'm going to make her my wife one day." The conviction and honesty in his eyes nearly knocked me over. I was amazed all over again at my luck at having Edward in my life, loving me this way. I only hoped I made him feel a fraction of how he made me feel.
Chapter 53 - Long Night "I don't think I want to go dancing very often," Bella announced. I was stretched across my sofa, reading over my essay for one of my music classes. I looked up to see her drying her hair in the bathroom doorway. "Why is that, love?" "You have to take a shower before and after. I have too much hair for that." I chuckled at her. "Didn't you have any fun?" "Of course I had fun. You were with me." She walked closer to me, noticing the paper in my hands. "What are doing?" "Going over my essay. It's due Monday." "Why didn't you say something? Just letting me ramble on and interrupt Shame on you, Tutor-boy!" She smiled and gave me a quick kiss. "I'll go finish this in the bathroom. We can talk after you're done."
I started reading my paper again. I got through two more sentences and then was interrupted by a knock at my door. "Come in." Alice poked her head into the room. "Got a minute?" "Sure," I said, smiling at her. "Where's Bella?" Alice asked. "Drying her hair," I replied. "Oh," Alice said as she walked across the room. I sat up, making room for her. She smiled as she sat down and grabbed one of my hands. "We're having a movie marathon tomorrow afternoon. I'm going to do the full range: comedy, drama, action, romance." "Sounds interesting," I said, suddenly getting the feeling my sister was stalling. "Think of it as another excuse to cuddle with Bella," Alice chirped. "So talk to you about something." I wanted to
"I thought I was well-behaved tonight," I said, giving her an innocent smile. "You were," she chuckled. "I am completely amazed at the changes I've seen since you met Bella. It really is wonderful, Edward." "If it's so wonderful, Ali, why are you sad?" I asked, rubbing her shoulder. "I'm not sad, not really. Only slightly. But this is a really good thing and oh, the hell with it!" she cried, throwing her hands in the air. "Jasper found a condo in the city and asked me to move in with him." Her earlier expression made perfect sense now. She was still worried about me. I pulled her into a hug. "I'm very happy for you, Alice. Does Jasper know what he's getting himself into?" "I doubt it," she laughed. "He's given me complete decorating freedom of the entire place."
"He certainly doesn't know then!" I chuckled. "Have you told our parents?" "Not yet," Alice sighed, pulling away from me and looking up into my face. "Jasper just asked me this afternoon and then we all went out, so I haven't had an opportunity yet." "You know mom will expect to see a ring on your finger," I warned. "She'll just have to get over it," she shrugged. "Any particular reason why he hasn't asked you?" I questioned. "He doesn't need to. We both know how we feel about each other. We don't need rings or a piece of paper to tell us," she replied. "We're just not into that. Not that there's anything wrong with it. And I'm sure we'll get around to it one day. But for now, we like things just the way they are. Except for the going home alone part, which the condo will certainly fix." "What will you do without your trusty credit card?" I asked with a grin. "I haven't a clue," she sighed dramatically. She looked up and smiled at me, saying, "But Jasper suggested I look into working at one of the boutiques in the city. He mentioned employee discounts!" "It certainly won't be the same without you here, Ali," I told her. I knew she could see in my eyes that I would really miss her. "I'm sure you'll manage," she said, smiling at me. "I'm leaving you in Bella's very capable hands." My sister paused then looked at me with a hardly ever seen serious expression. "She really does love you, Edward. I hope you know that." "I do and I love her just as deeply," I replied. "Um there's one more thing. But you have to keep it to yourself for the moment," Alice whispered, leaning in close to me. "Emmett and Rose made a decision about where they're going to live." "Is that why Jasper decided to find a condo now?" I whispered back. "Yes. He knows Rose loves the house and he wants her to make it all her own," she replied. "I just wanted to give you fair warning. I'm worried Bella's nightmares will come back."
" she answered. "Yes. but we aren't trying to let the world know either. "Well. You know how they adore your playing!" "Thank you for the warning. She told me. "Oh!" Bella nodded as she sat down on my lap and rested against my chest. "He'll figure it out eventually. Bella will be ready for it. She put her hand on my arm and rubbed it. I wouldn't have known. I didn't know how I would handle watching her in that much pain again. I hoped he would be careful with his words and not make a bunch of jokes." I said. I nodded my head. She's having her garden club over." I said. My sister knew what I was thinking. you kids look tired. mother will be in here trying to drag you down for breakfast bright and early. "You two hide it very well." Alice answered." I replied. "Edward." my sister smirked. "Is there a particular reason you're hiding it?" "We aren't necessarily hiding it. "Maybe it won't. "Ready for what?" Bella asked. Bella would give it right back." I ran a hand through my hair. If I hadn't seen you dancing." she remarked. "So I had a rather interesting chat with Bella. If Emmett messed around. you better lock your door if you plan on sleeping in tomorrow morning." Alice said as she stood. But there's a particular person that needs to be considered. trying to comfort me. Otherwise. as she came out of the bathroom. but hopefully by that time. He's about six-foot-four and has muscles the size of my head." I replied. Bella tended to play off of what others said. "I know. "Emmett." Alice warned." "When is Emmett going to tell her?" "Tomorrow night sometime. "Would you lock it as you go?"
."God I hope that doesn't happen. masking her true feelings.
Her tone was flat and it bothered me." "I liked how you introduced me to Jacob." "I know. Edward?" "Absolutely."I guess I can do that for you." I turned so I was lying on the couch with Bella on top of me. Alice was just telling me about it. I promise you won't be alone. "Then what part are you talking about?"
. "Did you have fun tonight. no matter what Emmett decides. "What are you thinking?" "Just wondering if Jasper is moving out so Emmett can move in. She also said she plans on having a small movie marathon tomorrow afternoon. but for some reason." I knew what she was referring to." "Wondering or worrying?" "A bit of both. "Bella. I have you." I explained. I really wanted to hear her say it. They're going to live in a condo in the city." I laughed as I watched her flick the lock and close the door tightly. hoping to comfort her. "Jasper asked Alice to move in with him." she sighed." Bella replied." "Do you prefer 'lovely' to 'beautiful'?" "That wasn't the part I was talking about." Alice sighed dramatically. running her fingers down my arm. I got to hold you close the entire night. I lifted her face to mine." "Should be fun. I rubbed her back gently. "What did she mean by parting gift?" Bella asked. as she hugged me tightly. "Consider it my parting gift to you. "When did that happen?" "Earlier today.
Please get up. "Just a minute. I liked the way the 'my' sounded. my love." "You didn't find it to be rather possessive of me?" "Edward. fine. "You know this sofa is not long enough for me."'My lovely Bella'. You were telling him I'm all yours. you'll be asleep right here on top of me. My mother may decide to simply knock on my door until I open it. But it doesn't mean it's not nice to know you belong to someone. you big baby!" She giggled as she got up and jumped onto our bed. "I think we should go to sleep instead. right?" "You're one to talk! You're the one constantly telling me you've never seen anyone more beautiful than me. knocking her further into the mattress. is nothing but the absolute truth. "If I give you a minute." "That. I went after her." I laughed at her as I twirled a strand of her hair around my fingers." "You make it sound like that would be a bad thing." Bella chuckled. "Got you!" Bella smiled her wicked little grin at me." "Oh. You can never tell with her. "And now that you have me. any way you want to possess me is just fine by me." I chuckled at her." I groaned." Bella yawned. And I doubt Alice will appreciate it if we fall asleep during her movie marathon." "Bella." "We could argue this for hours and still never agree." "Okay. Edward. "And here I thought you were so independent. And who wouldn't want to belong to someone as wonderful as you?" "You do know the way you view me is ludicrous. Tutor-boy." "I am independent. Never forget that. what are you going to do with me?"
I reached out a hand and stroked her cheek. shut up. I followed soon after. "I love you." she whispered." "Aren't men your age supposed to be insatiable?" "Aren't you supposed to be blushing by now?" I chuckled as her cheeks turned red. hitting me with a pillow. I took her little body into my arms and snuggled close with her." "What woke you?"
." She moved so her nose was pressed against my neck. I chuckled as I put the pillow back down. "What are you doing up. She was wearing one of my shirts and she had her arms and legs hiding under it. She was deeply asleep within minutes. I held her to me. It's very bright tonight. love?" I whispered to her. wrapping her up between the blanket and myself. I felt her take a deep breath. "Edward. Sometime later. I'm exhausted. Tutor-boy!" Bella said. With all my heart. "Between our earlier escapade and keeping you on your feet all night. Edward. "There it is! I was beginning to think I'd lost my touch!" "Oh. Bella."Nothing tonight!" I laughed. kissing her hair. thinking of how wonderful she felt in my arms. love. I got up and grabbed the throw blanket I kept in here for her. I sat up and found her sitting in front of the large window. I sat behind her. She was more exhausted than she had let on. I woke up to find Bella was no longer with me." I softly hummed to her while stroking her hair. love?" "Would you hum my lullaby for me?" "Anything for you. staring up at the moon. "I love you." She kissed the tip of my nose. "I was looking at the moon. "Yes.
just the situation. I grabbed a cup from the cabinet and put a bag into it. I poured it into the cup then dunked the tea bag in the water. I ran into the bathroom and started running a bath for her. I grabbed the tea kettle and filled it with water. but I knew Bella would think it was directed at her. I stopped and took a deep breath. "Stay right here. I leaned against the counter. I put it on the stove then found my mother's tea bags. Do not get out of that water until you warm up." I put my hand under her shirt to rub her legs."I wasn't having very nice dreams. I turned the machine on then stomped into the kitchen. I stalked back into the bedroom and picked her up. getting the water as hot as I thought she could stand it. I found her flannel pajamas and took them downstairs. but didn't say anything." She only nodded at me. "I'll be right back. waiting for the kettle to whistle. carrying her to the tub. She winced as she tried to stand up. I gave her the most disapproving look I could as I helped her out of her clothes and into the tub. I grabbed her pajamas from the dryer and headed back upstairs. When I was done with that. She'd obviously been sitting in that one position for a long while." I ordered. I thought of what I could and should say to Bella. I would wake my parents.
. The kettle whistled and I pulled it from the stove. I kept reminding myself to be calm. I tossed them into the dryer and slammed the door shut. She was just getting out of the tub when I entered the bathroom. "Bella! You're freezing! How long have you been sitting here?" She shrugged. I wasn't angry with her. I took the cup and went back to the laundry room. If I started tossing around things down here. But then I realized that would make things worse because Bella would be too embarrassed to talk. I thought about calling Emmett and getting him over here to talk to her. "Feeling better?" She nodded her head. pressing on her shoulders to show her how serious I was.
but you should put your pajamas on while they're still warm from the dryer. I lost track of time." Bella said. but I doubted if she really knew why." "What were you thinking about so hard that you didn't notice you were cold?" "I was trying to convince myself it's silly for me to keep having the nightmares. Bella. Bella. if this were the other way around. Especially since the things I see aren't real. I took her hand and led her to the bed. She just stared into the cup between sips." I said. forcing my voice to be soft for her." "Do you know why I'm angry. I smiled at her. though. I took the mug from her and set it on the bedside table. She wouldn't look at me." I moved my head so she had to look at me. "It's not healthy to let yourself get that cold. that's all. "Please try to drink it all. I think she knew I was furious. rubbing circles into her hand with my thumb. "What's not to understand? I love you." She took them from me and put them on without a word."I made you some tea. Bella. She took the mug in one hand and grabbed my hand with the other. tucking the covers tightly around her before handing her the mug of tea. I don't want you upset and I want to make everything better for you as best as I can." "It wasn't on purpose. but still returned my smile. shaking her head. moving a strand of hair behind her ear. I seem to have awoken and angered someone I care deeply about.
. "You could get really sick from this. "Because I got so cold?" "No." I said. When she was done. "How did that work out for you?" She sighed. would you be okay with me letting you sleep while something was troubling me?" "Absolutely not!" she cried. "Not very well." "I don't understand that at all. Bella?" I asked. I'm upset you left me sleeping instead of letting me help you.
As I was pulled under." "I promise. Bella.You guys get 4 chapters since these all go together." I moved next to her under the covers and pulled her into my arms. I'll try. but you don't deserve mine?" "I'm just not used to it." She nodded her head. Please know that and please let me be here for you."So why would you think I deserve your comfort. Carlisle and Esme were standing to the side and it looked like Esme was crying. I lifted her chin up so she was once again looking at me. Edward was in a pair of blue jeans with his white. But the odd thing was that Charlie and Renee were there. I forced myself to stay awake for a long while just to make sure she wouldn't have anymore dreams." "I can understand that. button-up shirt wide open. Edward. I knew which choice I wanted her to make. I hummed to her until I knew she was in a deep sleep. we were on a beach. Jasper and Alice kept taking pictures. It had been a long night though and I lost the battle much sooner than I wanted to. Her cheek was still warm from her bath. too. Bella.Garden Club . "Would you like to try sleeping again or would you rather stay up?" From the drowsy look in her eyes. I locked my fingers together so I would know if she got up again. but this was her choice. We were getting married! Emmett and Rose were there smiling at us. I momentarily wondered if I had relocked the door.
Chapter 54 .
. I was in a white sundress. "I love you so much. I rested my head against hers. "I think I should try sleeping again. Nothing new there! But this time. lowering her eyes. I was having a dream about Edward. They just kept smiling and nodding at me. I kissed it softly. But from this point forward. Her back rested comfortably against my chest. it's no longer a valid excuse. I want to be here for you." she whispered.
"Edward. but please don't be upset with him if it doesn't work out. I quickly held my hands up to get her to hold back her comment. but he's exhausted. and you would come down and meet them." "In a minute. especially since it made him tighten his grip.I was pulled out of this very strange dream by someone loudly whispering Edward's name and shaking him. optimism shining in her green eyes. you know. I started laughing. "I will give it my best effort." Esme said as she left. I wondered what he was dreaming about. I'll see if I can wake him up for you. We had a rather long night last night because of me. Esme. Are you trying to wake him up?" "I was. I need you to wake up for a moment. "Yes. I ran my finger over his lips and he stirred slightly.
. I let my head fall back against Edward's arm. I'm fine." "Are you sure you're okay." Esme said. "Bella. Bella?" Esme asked. I was nowhere near ready to wake up and I couldn't stop the very loud groan from escaping me as I tried to turn in Edward's arms. remembering the last time I had been trapped in bed by my gorgeous boyfriend." I said. I promise. I managed to turn enough to get a hand up to his head. closing the door behind her." "I know. I'll hopefully see you downstairs soon. unable to get him off of my stomach. burying his face against my neck. I did it again and watched a grin spread across his lips." he mumbled." I replied. dear! Are you okay?" I slowly opened my eyes to see Esme peering at me. lightly tracing his eyebrows and nose with my index finger. I gently ran by fingers back and forth through his soft hair. I smiled at her. "Alright. I'd been in a cast. My Garden Club will be here within the hour and I was really hoping he would play. but it doesn't seem to be going very well. I'm laughing because your son has me in a death grip. "Nothing to worry about. "You can talk to me about anything. the person was shaking me as well. Since he was holding me so tightly. I stared at his beautiful face. dear. It was pretty useless.
knowing I had caused his eyes to look that way." Edward mumbled against my neck. "If only Esme would cancel her club for the day. but sound so much more rested?" "Don't know. Tutor-boy. Would it help you at all if I went downstairs and got you a nice big cup of coffee?" "Is there any way to convince you to go down the road and get me a very strong espresso?" "I think a kiss would more than cover my costs." Edward's head shot up and his eyes were wide as he stared at me. His breath against my neck tickled and I giggled again. I'm going to introduce it to the rear end of your Volvo. Guilt washed over me. "No. it's morning. Bella?" "Your breath tickled me!" "Why is it you got less sleep than me. Esme wants to know if you'll play for her Garden Club. but warned her that you would probably be too tired. Those green eyes were also very bloodshot. Very early morning." "Garden Club!" Edward groaned. "Yes."
." "Not your fault. I need you to wake up now. I need to talk to you. His tone verified he was awake enough to understand me. "Close your eyes. "You wouldn't!" "You know I would never really do that. "I think I can manage enough energy for that.I giggled at him." I whispered. Would you please take the Volvo so I won't worry about you breaking down somewhere?" "If you don't stop making fun of my truck." "Is it really morning all ready?" he sighed. "Finding something funny. I told her I would see what I could do." I put my hand on his cheek and forced him to lie down again. Edward. I'm sorry I kept you up last night.
I had to move the seat up a lot in the Volvo. I loved my truck. You stay here and sleep until I get back. It was amazing to drive something so smooth and have it go over fifty-five. I was glad we had taken showers last night before bed." Esme said. His engine was so quiet and soft compared to the deep rumbling roar of my truck. putting my socks and shoes on. imaging Edward's face when he went to get in the car and saw it. So! I'm going to get dressed and go get your coffee. I pressed down on the gas and the car took off. but it was impossible to understand. Bella. I kissed his temple softly. thank you." I nodded my head and took off out of the door. I leaned down and whispered softly into his ear. "We'll see about that. too. "Do you want anything?" "No. dear."That's not going to happen." I laughed." "My son is not capable of refusing you. I grabbed Edward's car keys from the nightstand and my wallet from my backpack." I slid out of his arms and tucked the blankets around him. I made my way down the driveway and turned onto the main road. "Stay in bed until I get back. Esme was setting up chairs near the piano. I had an idea what it was though. I chuckled and shook my head. I ran down the steps and over to the car. letting my lips linger for a second. I had about forty minutes to get Edward a coffee. I made my way down the stairs as quickly as I could without falling. "I'm off to get him a coffee in an attempt to lure him from the bed." I threw on my favorite pair of jeans and Edward's black hooded sweatshirt. I turned the key and almost missed the fact that it had started. winking at me.
. get him out of bed and get both of us presentable. I chuckled at the adrenaline rush it gave me. I ran into the bathroom and brushed my hair into a quick ponytail." He mumbled something. "I love you. "So you obviously have a lot of confidence in me. I chuckled to myself. but I could certainly get used to Edward's car. I gave my teeth a quick brushing and then ran back into the room.
" "Time is running short." "The biggest they make. I picked up the coffee and carefully climbed out of the car. "We are never going to make it through Alice's movies. I crawled right on top of him and he wrapped his arms around me. both of us sighing happily. You better start drinking your coffee. "I hope it's a big coffee." "Maybe we'll be able to sneak off and nap after the club meeting ends. not opening his eyes yet. "This is nice. I have to go start on my hair so I can look presentable. I carefully set it into the cup holder and headed back to his house. I had safely accomplished the first part of my mission." "Hopefully." "Very. His face was pressed tightly into my pillow with his lips slightly parted. I went into the house and up the stairs. I leaned down and kissed the corner of his mouth. I set the coffee on the night stand and crawled up next to Edward." he said softly. I sighed happily as I pulled into the driveway and turned off the car. I walked into his room and closed the door quietly behind me. I have your coffee. I did not want to have an accident while holding a large. the cup would jump out of the holder and spray his car." "What are you talking about?"
. "Are you awake?" "Yes. He had fallen back into a deep sleep. very hot coffee in my hand." He took a deep breath and rolled over onto his back. I kept one hand on the coffee and one on the steering wheel. "Edward.I carefully pulled up to the drive-thru window and ordered Edward the biggest espresso they made." Edward opened his arms and I knew what he wanted. I was afraid if I wasn't touching it." I agreed.
" he sighed. I found a nice jean skirt that looked knee-length. falling back onto the bed again. long sleeve shirt. I paired it with a dark blue. I had planned to make it quick. trying to decide what to do with it all. Tutor-boy." "Pick me something out. "Just find something you've seen me wear that you like. I could taste the coffee on his breath. releasing his hold on me. "I'm so sorry! Would you like me to tell Esme you're sick?" "No." Edward chuckled. I brushed it out all over again and then stared at my reflection. Please. "I really don't want to change again! Besides. I reached out with my thumbs and gently rubbed the purple splotches under his eyes. He moved his arms." I sighed. "I know your vision is probably hazy. I came out of the bathroom to find Edward sitting on the edge of his bed. I suddenly remembered my clothing and forced myself to pull away. but he had other plans for me." I leaned up and kissed his cheek before rolling out of the bed. resting my forehead against his." I laughed. I changed into the skirt and shirt and had to admit. "Go. "I really don't think we should wrinkle my clothing. it's not necessary. He pulled me close to him and deepened the kiss. He looked a little more lively. I leaned in and kissed him softly. I had never been a big fan. I went into the bathroom and let my hair down. Just give the coffee a chance to kick in. making sure I didn't have a ton of loose pieces hanging all over. I went to him and hugged him tightly." Edward just shrugged. but I'm not Alice. I gasped with surprise. I went to the closet and found some of the newer clothes Alice had given me. but this was tolerable."
"That's most likely how she meant it. "I haven't seen these in a while." I pulled away slightly and looked at his face. Edward expertly took that as his chance to taste my tongue."
. quickly. you need to get dressed. but not much."I'm being formally introduced
or at least that's how it sounded to me. I'll be fine. I decided a braid would be best. it looked really good on me. pressing our lips together tightly. I took my time. before I change my mind.
"It actually makes me want to find his CDs in your collection and check them out. looking me in the eyes."
. It happened and we're going to make sure it doesn't happen again together." I kissed his cheek and moved over to his sofa so he wouldn't have anymore excuses for not getting dressed." He popped open an eye and surveyed the clothes next to him. "It's very good." I told him. Don't get used to me picking out your clothes! I hate picking out my own. I finished the last few sentences then looked up at him. taking his hands into mine. "There are no faults here. I held up a finger. let's never have a night like that again. He had somehow managed to make himself look extremely presentable. love. but only because you're not fully awake yet. I was on the last paragraph when he spoke. Edward." I said. but let me pull him up." "I promise." He waved his hand at me. he was sinfully handsome." "You have to get ready now. "Is it any good?" he asked. Edward groaned. No blame necessary."Okay. Thank you." "Yes. Bella. "There. letting him know I wasn't done. Even with severe lack of sleep. I was glad to see his eyes weren't as red as before. "Perfect. "Isabella. Bella. I took them out and laid them on the bed next to him. ma'am!" he chuckled. I hate seeing you so exhausted and knowing it's my fault. I went into his closet and found the black jeans and maroon shirt he had worn for Christmas. He held my hands tightly." "How do you know I have his CDs?" "You couldn't write this passionately about his musical style if you hadn't heard it first hand. I picked up the essay he had been checking over and started reading it while I waited for him.
Shelly. Bella. Some of the ladies had arrived already and were huddled around. Esme leaned closer to her friends as if she was going to whisper. "Come here for a moment. you will be ProfessorCullen. Have you ever considered college level before? The students are more serious and there won't be scissors anywhere close by. Genevieve. As soon as the door closed. "College level. I really believe you would be an excellent English teacher. "Wow! Your mom is something else!" "That's one way to put it. The rest of the club should be here by then." I smiled brightly and wrapped my arms tightly around his neck. but it's an engagement ring. He led me down the stairs and into the living room. This beautiful young woman on his arm is Bella. Honey. you remember my son." Esme said in a bubbly voice. take Bella into the kitchen and grab a quick bite to eat." He laughed as he stood up. "There you two are!" Esme waved at us."You really are extremely observant. "You always say the perfect thing to make me feel all mushy inside. mushy Bella." I chuckled." Esme instructed." "Mother. ha." he sulked. "Come on. talking. show them your ring. no!" he said. He was smiling. love." He took my arm and wrapped it around his. Let's go downstairs and greet the Garden Club. if you ask me. kneeling down in front of me." Edward led me over." Edward said. "I love the sound of that. I pulled Edward along to the kitchen before he could say anything to his mother. rolling my eyes at him. I started blushing right away. I blushed harder and stuck out my left hand. "Edward. "Edward says it's just a promise. Esme looked up and saw us. my beautiful." "Ha. huh? I hadn't really considered that. "Professor Swan!" "Oh. Edward!" I let him go and kissed the tip of his nose. but his tone was fierce. "Lacy. Then you can play for us. shyly. "By that time. Edward!" I said.
. I started giggling. Edward. He took my hand and kissed the back of it.
I was feeling playful so I leaned over and bumped my hip into his. "What?" I laughed." "For what?" "Loving me the way you do. I'll get us something to eat. He smirked at me and repeated my action. "You know. "If you need more caffeine. and please get one for me. putting a soda in front of me. you'll probably end up with a broken hip somehow!" "Hey!" I yelled. If not. It all amounts to the same thing I love you and only you and will only ever be with you. You make me feel like the luckiest man on Earth. it's probably a bad idea to do this. your mom made a pot. I love you and only you and will only ever be with you. When we were done. I hate being the center of attention." I let him go and pointed at the coffee pot in the corner. "With your clumsiness."
. "Thank you. We ate in silence at the little kitchen table. "What's wrong? It's not like she didn't say anything that wasn't true. You know that! Your mom can introduce me anyway she wants. which occurred because you scared me. we went to the sink together. I was surprised to see he'd chosen to have more coffee. He was looking more alert with each sip of his coffee." "She was embarrassing you. "I don't think I'll ever hear that enough. I giggled as I did it to him again." He nodded and walked over to the machine. "I haven't had a single accident since the ankle thing. Edward sat down. Edward! I was embarrassed because everyone was looking at me.I wrapped my arms around him and leaned into him as he leaned against the counter." "Just returning the love you give to me." "Well. "You thought I was embarrassed being introduced as your possible fiancée? You are so silly. then allow me to say it again. I suggest soda." He smiled and it was breathtaking. Bella." he replied. I grabbed two plates and served our breakfast. to wash and dry our dishes." He leaned down and kissed me sweetly." he chuckled as he bumped into me for the second time.
"Which occurred because you had an accident and covered yourself in flour!" he replied. "The beautiful young woman at his side is Bella." "Gee." I heard some soft whispers and then Esme spoke again." He focused on the keys again and started to play. "Time to go back out there. He leaned down and kissed my cheek. Edward's started to play!" Esme announced. How many people are in this club anyway?" "Twenty or more. bringing me with him. Edward moved to his piano. I can't vouch for your safety. Perhaps we can convince her to play for us when he's done. thanks!" I muttered as we left the kitchen. You'll only make it worse if you faint now. Bella. I nearly choked! Twenty or more people staring at me! What a morning! I took a deep breath and grabbed Edward's arm for support. "Let's all move over into the other room. "Breathe. She's a very bright young woman and shares in Edward's love of music. If you let my mother get you away from me. waving a hand at him. She's a very important addition to our family. I was enthralled with the way his fingers flew gracefully over the keys." he chuckled.
. "Oh." My hand shot out and grabbed Edward's thigh. "Yeah. He was so talented and too modest to realize just how special his musical gift really was. I heard him chuckling under his breath. "This first piece is something I wrote for my mother. yeah!" I said. It definitely seemed like more than twenty people to me as we surveyed his piano room and the living room beyond. I sat down next to him on the bench as he readied himself to play. "Stick with me and it'll be fine." he shrugged. He turned to me and said quietly.
what should I play?" "Whatever you like. I smiled for the guests and hissed to him. but I do love you Love everything about the way you're loving me The way you lay your head Upon my shoulder when you sleep And I love to kiss you in the rain I love everything you do. I lifted my head and locked my eyes on Edward. The confidence that always flowed through me after the first note was played took hold again. He looked like he was going to get up. If I concentrated on him. oh I do And I don't like to turn the radio on Just to find I missed my favorite song And I don't like to be the one with the news But I do love you.Sure enough! As soon as Edward stopped playing. I strummed the first note as I took a slow breath. I let go of his wrist. but I do love you
. "Edward. but I do love you I don't like to see a sky painted gray And I don't like when nothing's going my way And I don't like to be the one with the blues But I do love you. "Stay right there. holding my guitar in a more comfortable position. so I grabbed his wrist tightly. but didn't move. My fingers deftly ran over the strings and my voice came out nice and even. I gave him a murderous glare when he started that damn laughing again. Esme was handing me my guitar." I knew I would never make it through this looking at the ladies before me. I turned on the bench. I could block out the crowd around me. Tutor-boy!" He lifted an eyebrow at me. I don't like to be alone in the night And I don't like to hear I'm wrong when I'm right And I don't like to have the rain on my shoes But I do love you.
Why? Do you mind?" "Not at all." he said. He chuckled as he flipped the lock. "No pajamas?" he asked with a smirk. but Edward ended up playing for about another hour before Esme finally released us. He slid under the covers and wrapped me up in his arms. taking off his own clothes." "I figured. And God help whoever tries to wake us up!" I told him. oh I do And I don't like to be alone in the night And I don't like to hear I'm wrong when I'm right And I don't like to have the rain on my shoes But I do love you but I do love you But I do love you but I do love you (LeAnn Rimes But I do Love You) I let the last chord echo a little before putting my hand over the strings to still the sound. I have changed clothing enough for one day. I pulled him close and whispered into his ear.
." he chuckled. We were both deeply asleep within minutes. pointing at his door. "Just know that Alice can pick it if she wants. I'm too tired to worry with it. "Lock that door because we are taking a nap. "Edward.Love everything about the way you're loving me The way you lay your head Upon my shoulder when you sleep And I love to kiss you in the rain I love everything you do. "I do love you." "And I love you. hugging me tightly. The ladies started clapping and saying how wonderful Edward and I sounded. I wasn't asked to perform anything else. We ran upstairs together before she could change her mind. Edward leaned over and kissed my cheek softly." I climbed out of the skirt and shirt and into the big bed.
pressing her face into my pillow." "It's late afternoon. It couldn't possibly have been that long ago that I had closed my eyes." "Why? What happened? Is Bella alright?" Alice pushed past me and stormed into the room. "What happened?" "She's too observant. flipped the lock. She ended up waking up with a few nightmares and then deciding to stay up. I waved my hand at her. Please give us a break. "Can you keep it down? Bella is still asleep. At least one of us was still deeply asleep. and opened it. Ali. She rolled over. She stared at Bella for a long moment before turning her attention back to me. but she didn't seem to need it. I looked toward the clock and saw it was three in the afternoon." "What are you doing in bed still?" she roared. "Edward Anthony!" Alice yelled from the other side of the door. Edward. "She got out of bed and stayed in front of the window a little too long. I rolled over and glared at the door. Alice." I shrugged. I think you've both slept enough.Chapter 55 ." "You're flicking your eyes around. Sometimes. "Do not make me pick this lock!" I groaned as I pulled my arms from around Bella. She could practically see everything about me." "Is she sick? She could get pneumonia like that!"
. "She guessed Jasper was looking for a place so Emmett could move in. I ended up having to run her a hot bath to get her body temperature back up to normal. I leaned heavily on the door frame. I trudged over to the door. not quite awake yet. I didn't confirm her suspicions to her. I really hated that Alice and I were so close." "We didn't get much sleep last night. What are you editing?" I sighed.Telling Bella Part 1 A loud pounding woke me. "Hello.
. He needs to tell her immediately and give her the rest of the night to deal with it and accept it while he's here. She ate a huge breakfast this morning when mom called us down to meet the Garden Club. It's like having a plan of attack gives her strength." I ran my hands through my hair." Alice chuckled. She told me when he first went to college he used to visit her every Friday night. I have a feeling no matter how many years we're together. I'll never completely understand how her mind works." I said with a small smile." Alice grinned. what's she going to do to the real thing?" "I think she might have handled it better knowing the exact circumstances. "Trust me. too. "She's constantly surprising me and amazing me. "She's a really deep sleeper." "I'll take her shopping tomorrow after school." "You poor thing! Bella up with nightmares and then mom descending upon you ." "Only when she's really tired or after her sleep-talking stops. I didn't remember to lock it again. "Should we plan another all-nighter? If Bella had that bad of a reaction to a suspicion. Maybe he can pick a night for all six of us to always meet up then we can tell her that. Ali! I hardly know anything about her." Alice watched Bella sleep while she thought over what I had said. staring at my sleeping Bella." "But I locked your door!" "And I unlocked it getting Bella some tea and warm pajamas in the middle of the night.. I bet that will cheer her up!"
. I'm going to wake her up now and get us ready for your movie marathon." "It's cute how you know all about her like that." "Bella got her share. She hates not having things decided. little brother?" "You need to go downstairs and talk to Emmett."She's just fine. "Mom introduced her to the club and made her perform for them." "No wonder you two were up here napping the day away." "So what do we do about tonight.
patting my cheek. I closed the door and locked it again. looking up at me. reminding me of a cat. "Yeah. "I'll go talk to Emmett. "You are determined to make me get out of this bed." "I think I'm insane. aren't you. I sat next to Bella." I chuckled." She stretched and yawned.
. "Bella. "You shouldn't be either. I'm being very generous here. Edward." I blurted out. Ali. "You know we must obey. "Bella's still not much of a shopper!" "She will be! Don't you worry!" Alice said. hiding her face in my pillow. I chuckled at her. "Are you awake?" Bella rolled onto her stomach. Everyone else is already downstairs. Tutor-boy?" "Alice's orders. yeah! Remember what I said!" Alice warned." "Yeah. She sighed and opened her eyes. as she left my room." "Thank you." I laughed. "I love you so much that I even love the just-waking-up-grump that you are. just in case. hugging my sister." "You are insane!" Bella chuckled." "We have a movie marathon to go watch." I replied."I doubt it. Don't take advantage. "No." "Movies. A smile spread across her beautiful lips. "What?" Bella laughed. You have half an hour to be downstairs. I moved her hair back and kissed her forehead." she mumbled. schmovies!" I laughed and gently pulled her into my arms. but I sure don't have to be happy about it.
" "You told her!" Bella yelled. she won't tell Emmett. "Thank you for being so cooperative. Okay. Bella." "She never let on that she knew. as she walked to our closet. But this time! I'm putting on my sweats and one of your t-shirts and I don't care what dirty looks Alice gives me." I kissed the top of Bella's head and hugged her tightly. love. "So everyone's here. "Let's get dressed. you win." "That does sound good. love. she threw on a pair of light blue sweatpants and paired it with one of my white t-shirts. Bella put her hair up in a ponytail and we headed downstairs together. "Yes.We were quiet for a few minutes." "Like I said." I laughed as I set her on the floor. she's an expert confidant." "Well." "Don't get used to it. sitting up and staring at me. "No more late night dancing for you! You sleep the day away afterwards!"
." "I think she'll understand. I'll get out of bed now." Bella chuckled. I bet Alice has pizza downstairs. "I've never worn so many outfits in one day. just looking at each other and holding each other. I assure you. She's the one who convinced me to talk to you about it. True to her word." Bella sighed. "I didn't know I wasn't supposed to. I threw on a pair of loose jeans and my grey t-shirt. huh?" I nodded my head.
"Alice has been my confidant for a long time. too?" Bella asked as she crawled into my lap. no it's not I just don't want it getting back to Emmett. She didn't tell him the last time." "She knows about that. "There's the Squirt!" Emmett called as we entered the living room.
"Esme made me perform for them. "Esme introduces all of her children. "You're special on the inside." "Jeez.
. "And Rose should come. "No clothes." Emmett said with a huge smile." Alice said." "Thank you. "Just household items. "I hear you got introduced to the Garden Club! How'd you enjoy that?" Emmett asked. you got added to the bunch. I wanted to say congratulations to Jasper and you. giving Emmett a hug. "No clothes. right?" Bella asked with a wary look."Ha. too. And today. moving closer to Bella and Alice." Bella let go of her brother and stared up at him with wide eyes. Emmett and I have all been introduced. "Rose and I just had to stand there looking pretty. not me!" Bella laughed." "That's why I'm glad I don't have any special talents. "Jasper." Bella said. Emmett!" Bella replied with her hands on her hips. "You got introduced. Alice!" Bella replied." "How exactly did she introduce you?" Alice asked. I swear!" "I'd love to. "I didn't. She had me show off my ring and called it an engagement ring. Bella!" Emmett groaned. "As an important addition to the family. Edward told me about the condo." "Don't worry!" Jasper chuckled. "Oh. Will you come shopping with me tomorrow afternoon? I have a few things I'm thinking about getting and I'd love your opinion on them. too?" "Yep!" Emmett chuckled. ha. Bella smirked at them." Rose said. Bella. mimicking quotation marks. Alice." "Why's that?" Rose asked. putting her arm around Bella's shoulders. "Are you trying to give me a heart-attack here?" "Esme did it. Emmett." Alice chuckled.
" my mother chided. right?" Emmett asked. I doubt much of his furniture will be salvageable enough to take from his room at our house. "Why the long faces. Jasper and Alice will have the condo." "How soon are you moving out?" Bella asked. Jasper's already renting a truck and it just seemed smart to get everything done with at once and not have to rent another one later on." Emmett explained. with Jasper moving out. Rose and Emmett will have Rose's house and Bella will be here with us. I walked up behind her and wrapped my arms around her." "You know Rosie's door is always open to you. children?" my mother asked. "Nobody told me."Well. as she came through the front door. "Bella. I wanted her to know I was right here for her." Jasper replied. "We'll need to talk about what you want to do with the house. "I was figuring next weekend. "You know you can call me anytime of the day if you need anything?" Bella nodded her head slowly. "What?" Bella and I asked loudly." Bella replied. you know I love you so much. holding Bella's face in his big hands. waving her hand. "We're just letting Bella know about the new living arrangements." "But I thought " Rose stuttered. "But I'm right. Em. I really don't understand why you children get yourselves so worked up the few times you decide to be adults. "I don't see why that calls for long faces. kid. aren't I?" Emmett walked over and pulled Bella into another hug.
." "I know. But I'm not a kid anymore and neither are you. I'm sure you'll want to fix up your place and make room for Emmett.
we're not quite ready to part with Edward yet. Bella was happy to just stick with her sausage and pineapple monstrosity. "And a special one just for you. Emmett. "Carlisle and I had a little chat and we don't want you staying home alone. Alice brought out sodas for everyone." my mother called as she made her way up the stairs. I'm quite sure if the situation were reversed. shaking her head. crowding around the living room table. And honestly. look at that. you would do the same for someone else. Bella pulled away from me and hugged my mother tightly. "Edward mentioned there might be pizza. And before I forget. I expect the house to still be in one piece when I return. You appreciate every little thing that's done for you where others would merely expect it. dear!" my mother chuckled. "Well. if you want to. "But can we go back to that first part again?" My mother laughed as she walked over to Bella. "Thank you so much." Bella said hopefully. trading pizza boxes until everyone had a couple slices." "I'm are you sure?" Bella asked." "Um okay. That is." Emmett said. I hope you will join Edward again next month. "I forgot you two were napping while Alice and I chatted earlier.
. Bella!" We all sat on the floor. scrunching up her nose. Bella. So! You will move in here with us." Alice and Rose snickered." My mother released Bella and looked at all of us. Squirt. "Now you don't even need an excuse to crawl up in Eddie's bed. Esme." My mother smiled as she stroked Bella's hair." "Yes.
"Positive. my club adored you and your lovely voice. ruffling her hair. Bella and I exchanged smirks. yeah. "Children." Emmett chuckled.My mother chuckled. "Have a good night then. your father is taking me out for dinner. I chuckled as Jasper and Emmett grimaced while watching Bella eat a slice." Bella said. Esme. "You deserve every bit of kindness. "Yes!" Alice chirped. You and Carlisle are just too great to me. Enjoy your movie marathon. Bella. Jasper smiled.
So maybe we should find out about selling it.
. Squirt. still keeping her face hidden." I told them when they kept staring at Bella. What would we do with all the stuff in it?" Emmett asked. Emmett?" Bella asked. "Do you even have to ask?" Jasper joked." Emmett said. "What are we going to do with the house. Now." Bella said. "Well " "You shouldn't have to pay the bills for it if you're not living there." Bella whispered. Emmett. Emmett pretended to be thinking about it while drinking nearly all of his soda down in one gulp. especially with you having a truck. still staring at Bella. "Stop acting like you two don't do what Alice and I ask of you. all the furniture and stuff should just be tossed. "Well. "I don't want to talk right now." "Bella. He slowly put the can down. "Outside. We could actually do that." "No." "Do you do everything she asks of you?" Emmett asked with a smug smile. "It's all falling apart and too old to worry about fixing. The pictures and albums can be split between us and then we just have our own personal items. did you sleep at all last night?" Emmett asked. We've always talked about cleaning out mom and dad's room and donating the stuff." "I don't know."It's actually not that bad. Isabella. "And I kind of like not working right now so I don't really have the money for the bills. "Bella asked me to try it once. "Bella. lowering her head to stare at the floor. They looked at me and I shrugged." Emmett uncrossed his legs and got up from the floor. I don't think you need the headache of renters." Rose chided. crossing his arms in front of his chest. never taking his eyes from his sister." Bella interrupted. Come outside with me." Bella said. "I didn't ask if you wanted to. Bella didn't speak or move. His anger was clear in his tone.
I got up from the floor at that point. After that." I held my hand out to her. why don't you want to talk to Emmett?" "He wants to talk about my dreams."I didn't ask what you wanted. I'll be waiting You have five minutes to convince her to come outside. I led her into the kitchen. Don't make me talk about it in front of everyone. They both had bad tempers and would say things they didn't mean." Emmett warned. Why are you so reluctant now?" "Because " "Bella. We are talking about this." Emmett said. "Bella."
. I'm coming in and if she gets embarrassed. "Of what. I took her into my arms and hugged her tightly. if she doesn't want to talk " "Edward. Edward. never lifting her head up." she chuckled. He walked out of the house. making sure the swinging door shut behind us. "Why are you refusing to talk to your brother then?" "I'm scared." "Why not. or whatever her reason for not talking to me is." she mumbled. then it happens. slamming the door closed behind him. "Emmett. "Bella. I was not about to let this get out of hand. Bella? You told me he already knows and that you used to go and sleep in his room when you had them." "And?" "And I don't want to talk to him about them. have I mentioned that I can't stand it when you stop talking?" "No. pressing her face further against my shirt. She took it and got up. come in the kitchen with me. love?" "What if he convinces himself he has to stay with me? I could never forgive myself if his relationship with Rose gets messed up over my dreams.
"You worry too much." "Look at how he's reacted so far to the little things, like the club clothes! And then the other night!" "He's just feeling a little overprotective of you, Bella. He loves you." "I know that, Edward. And that's what I'm afraid of. He's not rational when he's acting that way." "Is there anything I can say or do to convince you to talk to him?" "Come with me," she pleaded, as much with her eyes as her voice. I pulled her away slightly so she was looking at my face. "Don't you think it should be just the two of you?" "No. You had to put up with my dreams for nearly six weeks straight. This concerns you, too. Besides, if I have to talk about my dreams when I don't want to, then I should at least get to talk about them the way I want." "Bella " I sighed. "I'm not asking you to talk for me, Edward. I'm just asking you to be there for me." It was a simple request but what was the right choice? Send her out there alone and hope for the best or stand aside and support her silently? What kind of reaction would Emmett have to my presence? I shook my head, realizing I was about to make the same mistake I had yesterday. Bella's words came into my mind, showing me exactly what my choice would be There were only two people in our relationship and Emmett wasn't one of them. "For the record, love, I really believe you're working yourself up over nothing. But I will go with you." "Thank you, Edward," she sighed, hugging me tightly. She pulled away and smiled at me. She took my hand and we walked to the front door together. I opened it up, but stopped her from stepping outside. I leaned down and whispered into her ear. "Keep your temper, Isabella."
She nodded her head. We stepped out onto the porch together as I closed the door behind us. I was slightly apprehensive as I walked out the door, still unsure if my choice had been the right one But as I'd found on many occasions, I couldn't deny Bella anything ... ever.
Chapter 56 - Telling Bella Part 2 "Keep your temper, Isabella," Edward whispered before we walked out of the door. I nodded my head, hoping I really would. I looked up and found Emmett sitting on the porch swing. Edward squeezed my hand and kissed my cheek before letting me go. He went and stood on the opposite end of the porch, and leaned against the railing. I bit my lip as I slowly walked toward Emmett. He scooted over, leaving me room to sit. I sat down and stared out over the driveway. I wasn't ready to look at him yet. "I want to talk to you alone, Bella," Emmett said. "You and I are the only ones that will be talking, Emmett," I told him. "Then send Edward inside," he ordered. "No. I want him to be here. He knows all about my dreams and what I'm going through." "Bella." "Emmett, I love you. I appreciate what you are trying to do, however misguided it may be." "Isabella " Emmett started. "Emmett," Edward interrupted. "I'm not moving from this spot. But I also won't interrupt you unless it is absolutely necessary." "Why would it be necessary?" Emmett growled. "Because you don't think very clearly when you're in your overprotective mode," I told my brother. "Bruised rib the other night ring any bells for you?"
"Fine," Emmett relented. "Edward can stay as long as you are completely honest with me, Bella. That being said, I'm guessing from your appearance and your refusal to answer me earlier, you didn't get any sleep last night," he said, forcing his voice to be calm with me. "I got some," I replied, shooting a quick glance at Edward. He was looking off into the trees, but I knew he was paying attention to the conversation. I didn't want to lie to my brother, but I also didn't want to make him worry about me. This was my problem. It was my fault for thinking I still had months left with my brother. It made sense for him to move in with Rosalie. I wasn't even sure why I had thought it wouldn't be until after the wedding. I wasn't going to mess up his relationship with Rose. I owed him too much. "How much is some?" he barked. "I don't know, Emmett!" I snapped. "I wasn't watching the clock," I said, rolling my eyes. I immediately shut up, biting my tongue. I looked at Edward again. He was shaking his head the slightest bit, warning me about my temper. "Edward must have been up with you. He doesn't look much better than you," Emmett said, pointing his thumb at Edward. "For some of it, yeah," I answered. "What do you mean for some of it?" "I didn't wake him up at first," I shrugged. "He sort of lectured me about it." "Good," he sighed. "Saves me the trouble. You are too stubborn for your own good, Isabella. You have all these people loving you and wanting to be your friend and you never ask for help. In fact, you pretty much try to run away from it." "I just don't feel right about it. It feels like I'm being selfish." "It's not selfish if you accept when they offer, and only ask when you need it." "But they're always offering." "Because you never ask!" he roared.
taking his big paw into my little hands. I'm starting to learn it isn't possible to make definite plans when you have more than one person actually involved in your life. "I didn't think it would be so soon. Edward and Rose's houses have a lot of stairs. "You're learning quick.
. I should have talked to you last night before I left. I'll be okay. Emmett?" I asked. well." "I know. too. I know how to get to Rose's. I'm angry with myself. And we'll both be over here just as much as we always have been." "I love you. And you aren't going far. but I really needed to hear him answer it." "No. You love her and you should get to be with her." "You were in a cast. I knew it was a silly question." "That's right. Squirt. Emmett was fine. just angry. I'm not angry with you. Emmett! You've put your life on hold enough for me. I know how your nightmares come back when things change." I told him. Maybe it wouldn't have been such a rough night if you'd had some answers. My brother clinched his fists and took a deep breath. But you had to know they would both need to go back to their own homes. I'm trying not to yell. "Sorry. Sunday dinner and all. "You gave up a lot to come home and take care of me. It's just been really nice with Rose and Edward and you and me all being at the house together." "Yeah. especially if one of those people is Alice. "Are you going to miss me. I know how you like to have everything mapped out. I don't want to keep you from Rose." "I knew that I just didn't think you'd be leaving with Rose. Bella." He laughed and hugged me tightly."
"Bella. Can I ask you what in particular you're freaking out about?" I shrugged. We knew you'd be more comfortable at home. if this is too much if you need me to stay home with you for awhile to keep your nightmares away. hiding my face in his shirt. I'll do it. though." he chuckled. Bella. Bella.I saw Edward make a slight movement and I quickly shook my head at him.
Squirt.Emmett pulled me away and held me by my shoulders. "I'll always need you." I hugged my brother tightly." "I'm sure that will be a great learning experience for her. "Edward's right. "Have you lost your mind? What the hell kind of question is that? Am I going to miss you? Jeez. you work hard. You always blush and turn away and ignore it when other people try to tell you what they see. I feel like I'm the one that should be worried." "I'll always be here. "Come on. I looked up to see Edward grinning at me. with you there. I hadn't met anyone worthy of meeting you! Rose is the first and only girl I felt was good enough to meet you. You are absurd! You are the smartest. "You never have seen yourself clearly. Em. she can get some first hand experience with child-rearing!" I joked.
. most loyal person I have ever met in my twenty-five years on this planet. "No. "To be perfectly honest. I'll just be hanging out at Rosie's house." I started crying hard and Emmett pulled me to his chest. wiping at my eyes. bravest. You know I don't do well with the water works. Emmett noticed and said. Do you know why I never brought any girls to the house in the last five years?" "You were being considerate." he chuckled. kindest. Isabella. You also happen to be the coolest little sister a guy could ever hope to have. Bella." I snorted. "What are you talking about?" "Well. How could he really feel that way? I was just his kid sister. You never wait around for hand-outs or praise. You're honest. I don't think you're going to need your big brother anymore now that you have Edward." "But how can you mean that?" "Bella. and you earn everything that comes your way." I replied immediately." I chuckled. confident of my answer. Bella!" My brother shook his head at me.
"I could never kill the Squirt. "I don't exactly understand the way he sees me. This was being loved. "It sounded like you were killing her. brother bear. I'm glad he's going to move in with Rose. And no one deserves it more. I tried to get up. "Can we please watch some movies now?" Alice cried. Emmett was right this wasn't selfish. but he knocked me back down onto the swing. hugging me around the neck and ruffling my hair. Em!" I screamed. I wouldn't know what to do without her. "Bears before Squirts!" he laughed as he jogged to the front door. we could hear other people laughing. "Funny."Think you're funny do you?" Emmett questioned as he grabbed my sides and started tickling me. It's right for him. "Action first!" Emmett yelled. We turned and saw the others crowded in the doorway watching us. "Aw!" Emmett said. I nodded my head. as well."
. trying to wiggle out of his grasp. but allowing myself to enjoy it for once. "I give! Uncle! Uncle!" He stopped tickling me and without my noise." "Right back at you. but I'm relieved he really listened to what I said. He opened his arms and I crawled into his lap. I watched as they scrambled out of his way. not only allowing him to comfort me. little Bella!" "Stop." Rose said with a big grin. as he jumped up. "What?" Emmett asked. I screamed and laughed at the same time. "Are you okay?" he whispered." I chuckled. The front door closed and Edward came and sat next to me. trying to slip out from under his arm.
" she replied." "Bella. She glanced at Edward and I waved my hand at her. She smiled at Edward as she walked over to us." I told her. They started the night my parents died.The front door opened and Rose stepped out. "Don't worry about him. "I was hoping to talk with you. He was trying to spare me from talking about them in front of everyone. Then Rose nodded her head.
. winking. Bella. Just when there's a lot of stress or changes going on. Rose. But then last night " "So that's why Emmett asked if you'd gotten any sleep?" "Yeah. is there anything I can do to help keep you from having nightmares?" "No. if you can believe it. But I want you to know it means an awful lot that you would ask. I just have to get over my fear." "All the time?" "No. smiling at her. "Pretend Tutor-boy is a marble statue of a Greek god. It hasn't been that bad." "That's got a certain ring to it." "You're going to be my little sister-in-law. Edward and I talked about them and they cleared up again. smiling sweetly. I had a bad spell after Christmas. Rose?" I asked. He can't hear or speak!" They both chuckled." I chuckled. "Why did Emmett have you come outside?" she asked. "Speak. "He was actually being nice. coming to some internal agreement." I said." "Have you been having nightmares this whole time? Since you met us?" "No. She leaned up against the railing and seemed to be searching for what she wanted to say. trying to ease her apprehension. "What brings you out here. I have nightmares.
"Thanks." he chuckled as we both got to our feet.. love?" Edward whispered. His tone was playful. I was going to be with Edward. "Thanks. Edward held me against his chest with an arm wrapped around my waist. "Oh." "I think you're right. Em!" I said."Bella. "I thought you said you only had a crush on me. "I can see why Bella likes this movie. my.
. Life was constantly changing ." Rose said. Life had changed so much in such a short time. please come to me.. I'm thinking I love you very much." She kissed my forehead and went back into the house." Rose said. we had better go inside before Alice comes out to get us. I turned bright red and Edward noticed right away. "In honor of the Squirt." Emmett announced. I turned my face back into Edward's shirt and took a deep breath." he whispered in my ear. "What are you thinking about. Rose. We claimed the empty loveseat for ourselves. if there is ever anything I can do. Emmett was engaged and moving out. smiling at him. fanning herself when she saw the main character sitting in the car." Alice chuckled. "I'm thinking I need to accept that Emmett moving in with Rose does not mean I'm loosing him in any way. He wrapped an arm around my waist and we walked into the house together. I was going to have to accept that and stop being afraid of it. Alice put in the DVD and started up the surround sound. Don't hesitate for a second. my. our first movie of the night is The Transporter. And I'm thinking as much as I would love to just stay right here in your arms. Alice was going to be living with Jasper. By some miracle.
raising my voice. "You haven't seen anything yet! Wait until he starts fighting people without a shirt." Edward said. "We are sitting right here!" Jasper yelled." Rose replied. "Sorry. trying to pull my hands from my ears. waving his hand between Emmett and Edward. "Possibly. laughing like loons. maybe a pair of handcuffs and we'll see what we can make of it. But that doesn't mean he's not nice to look at.
. I'm not sure what expression Edward had on his face." "I don't care. "I can't believe you'd say you wanted to do that to someone else. "Give me a few ropes. Rose." I whispered back." Emmett said. I forget we have Edward's and your virgin ears around us." I chuckled. "I can picture him shirtless right now and it does appear pretty yummy!" Alice said with a wicked grin. Forgot to keep it PG. my God!" I screamed. I'm not worried about him leaving." "Oh. Rosie. "He stopped speaking. Rose and Alice fell onto each other. Squirt. I just stared at them. "Forget the chocolate. I promise. My hands flew to my ears. Alice?" I asked. I really didn't think this was the time for Emmett to be finding out any new information about me. I just like to toy with my prey before enjoying them." Alice smirked. Bella." "I doubt you'll need to worry about him leaving. "TMI! TMI! TMI!" "Bella." I winked at Alice. "Oh. it's okay." Emmett huffed. I already heard too much!" I cried. "I'm sure he'll want to stay after seeing you. "Is that another one of those things you would like chocolate-covered. I looked over at Alice. wondering if they wanted me dead." Rose said."I meant it. but it must have been priceless because Alice immediately started playing along.
"I really don't know what's gotten into her.
. "Expert confidant?" I questioned. I turned onto my back so I could see Edward's face. I wanted her to be awake later. let's just hang everything on what Alice thinks may or may not happen in the future. she is right a lot of the time." "Too often!" "Sometimes it's good she's right. but had never found the right time. Like for you and me." "Yes. I had a surprise for her something I'd been wanting to show her for awhile now." "You have to admit. Bella. Even if you have a crush on the movie guy." "I love you. Alice and Rose hushed each other while winking at me." "Yes. He leaned down and kissed me sweetly. smiling at him. Edward shrugged." I punched him in his shoulder." I agreed. It was as soothing and as calming as it always was.
Chapter 57 . that's very good."Getting back to the movie!" Jasper said loudly. I let her sleep. though. "I love you. I rolled my eyes at them. I drifted off to sleep before I even realized I was still tired. Tutor-boy!" Edward chuckled as he wrapped me up in a warm embrace. Edward. "Watch it. Maybe she's just sure Emmett won't figure it out.Choices Bella fell asleep against me before the first movie even got started. I pressed my face against his neck and breathed him in.
I knew she'd considered it a lot. just to help her get used to him not being around. Jasper had gotten tired of leaving without Alice at his side. Emmett had made the choice to have his own life separate from Bella's. I saw my mother heading to the kitchen out of the corner of my eye. Part of me wanted to run upstairs and start making room for her right away. I quickly made it across the living room
. Rosalie was in for a lot of changes with her choice to have Emmett move in. at least for a few months.She was in a deep sleep. He was telling her he felt she was ready to be an adult now. telling me what to do and what to wear. wondering how often this would happen now that they were going to be living as couples. pressing her cheek against my chest. too. She was a royal pain. I knew she would be fine. as well. I pried Bella's fingers from my shirt and slid away from her. Her face was so peaceful as she clung to my shirt. They would have a good life together. I would never be able to explain to her how much her choice meant to me how much she meant to me. It would be strange not to have her around. All those video game competitions that flustered my mother would now probably be held at Rose's. he would say he loved it. Alice was going to be in the middle of the city and that kind of excitement would probably keep her pretty busy for a while. She'd probably just threaten all of our vehicles to get us to behave. He was so excited at the idea of being with Rose all the time I wondered if he'd given any thought to how much he would miss Bella. But she had made the choice to move in with Jasper. I looked down at her. Rose and Alice couldn't help but laugh at the two of them arguing over the plot and the special effects of the movies. or eat a lot of takeout. But I knew that no matter what she did. I watched them interacting with each other. I doubted Bella felt truly ready. but I couldn't have loved her more. I tried to picture her dealing with the noise we usually ended up making. That was just the way he was with Alice. It would certainly never be dull with their personalities. Neither of them cooked so either they'd have to learn. Emmett and Jasper weren't even attempting to be quiet. She had made the choice to live here with my parents and me. I hoped he would make time for her. Jasper loved her and was willing to do anything for her. He had no idea what he was in for. And that left Bella. choosing to leave her in charge of decorating their home.
" "That's completely your fault." "She knows. bumping her shoulder with mine. I closed it behind us and took a seat next to her on the porch steps." "She does get that from my side of the family." I said." "Regardless. letting her go out first. "Edward. you should tell her. I'm sure she'd appreciate hearing it. "What did you want to talk to me about?" "Bella."
. "Big day around here. isn't it?" "I told Alice I didn't think the day would ever come when she would give up her credit card and move out. Some days. My mother was looking through her junk drawers when I walked in." "She's very special." my mother chuckled. Edward. Edward. you know. Why don't we step out onto the back porch?" I nodded my head and walked towards the door. I never dreamed she would make it one of her mission's in life. I opened it up. Is everything okay?" "I was wondering if I could talk to you." "Alice never does anything half-way. I think she cares more about your happiness than her own." "She was ten years old and it was your first day of school. "You were the one who told her it was her job to watch out for me.and into the kitchen. "I hope you told her just how much you'll really miss her. You of all people should know that." "You can always talk to me. mom. Edward." I chuckled. surprised at my voice as much as she was by my greeting. Edward. She put her hand on my knee and patted it. "Mom?" She spun around. She loves you an awful lot.
"She is," I agreed, smiling goofily. "But I'm surprised you would offer for her to live here. You never made that offer to Jasper." "Rose and Jasper needed each other much more than your sister needed to spend all of her free time with her boyfriend. When siblings are in the position of only having each other, it greatly affects their relationship. It's a very complex bond, Edward. They aren't just sister and brother. They've had to be mother and father to each other as well. The same with Emmett and Bella. If Emmett wasn't moving in with Rose, I wouldn't have offered. But he has decided to do it and Bella needs to be surrounded by people who love her to help with the transition. To her, in a lot of ways, she's loosing her brother, her friend, her father, and her caregiver." I nodded my head. Bella had mentioned on a few occasions that she felt like she was loosing Emmett. "I know you, Edward. You're going to want to talk to her and find out every little thing that she's feeling and thinking. But I hope you will listen to me. Don't do that. Whatever she reveals to you, be thankful for it. It may be awhile before she even realizes everything she's thinking and feeling about the situation. Her natural instinct will be to make sure Emmett goes through with his choice, no matter how that affects her." "But shouldn't they talk more about it and find out if they're both ready?" "They will never really be ready for it. As I said, it's a complex bond. For the rest of their lives, no matter how old Bella gets, Emmett will always feel the need to be protective of her, and Bella will always look to him as a father figure. His opinion will only ever be second to yours." I nodded my head, letting her words sink into my brain. "Would you tell me what happened last night?" "Bella has a particular nightmare that started after her parents died. She imagines that she's there, watching her parents as the crash happens. It's very vivid and it scares her as much now as it did when she had the very first one. Stress and change trigger the dream for her. She had a few bad dreams last night because she had figured out Emmett was going to move." "And you both were up all night?"
"She was up at first and then I woke up and found her just sitting on the floor, looking out the window." "It was awfully cold last night, Edward." "I know," I said with a rueful smile. "I had to run a bath for her to get her body temperature back up. Guess we shouldn't leave the heat so low when we have guests over." "You know you're father likes to keep the house cold. Anything higher than sixty and he swears he's melting." We laughed together, both remembering all the times my father had fussed about the temperature in the house. It was why we didn't have a fireplace. There was no point since he never would have let anyone light it. "So then I got her to go back to sleep and I waited up, making sure she didn't have any more nightmares." "And I came in and woke you, bright and early." "You are rather cruel, mother," I said, winking at her. She put an arm around my shoulders and kissed my head. "Only because I love you and because I'm very proud of you, Edward. And you know my Garden Club adores you." "Bella was horrified when she realized she was going to have to play," I chuckled. "She never showed it. She did an excellent job." "That's what bothers me about her. She's so good at hiding how she really feels." "All you can do is comfort her and let her know that you are there for her. You have to let her come to you, Edward. You can't force her." "I hope I'm not reading too far into it, but I think her wanting me outside when she talked to Emmett was a big step. It made me feel like she finally believes I'm going to be here for her."
"I would say that's a very good possibility, but don't be discouraged if Bella seems to regress a little in the next week. She may push you away to help herself deal with Emmett's leaving." I knew my mother was right, but I didn't know if I could just stand aside and watch Bella hurt. Maybe I wouldn't have to find out. Maybe Bella would let me into her heart further instead of pushing me away. "And dad's really okay with this?" I asked my mother. "Not that he has much of a choice, but yes. He loves Bella. He knows how happy she makes you. Your father cares a great deal about your happiness." "Except where my career is concerned," I muttered. "He cares about that, too, Edward. He just has a different opinion." She hugged me again. "You leave your father to me. I will help him come around and understand." "How do you do that?" "Do what?" "You seem to already know my choice." She smiled and kissed my cheek. "I was young and in love once, too, son. And I made many choices, all of them leading me to and keeping me with your father. Speaking of him, he's probably looking for me. We have a date tonight." I stood and helped my mother up. She held onto my arm as we walked back into the house and through the kitchen. "There you are!" my father called. "I was beginning to think I'd been stood up." I handed her off to my father. "She's all yours." "Yes, she certainly is," he replied, kissing her cheek. "Shall we, my lady?" "I thought you'd never ask," she said, pretending to swoon. I laughed at my parents as the walked out of the kitchen. I could hear them saying their good-nights to the others. I went over to the refrigerator and grabbed a soda. I
What does it look like?" "It looked like you were having a heart to heart with our dear mother. "So what were you talking about with mom?" "If I wanted you to know. Is Bella still asleep?" "Out like a light. that's all. "She was hugging you!" I shook my head." she said. "Do you really want to find out. Then she narrowed her eyes to slits. "And just what do you think you can do to torture me Shorty?" Alice gasped. "So what?" "So nothing. sauntering around the island and standing in front of me. I'm moving out soon. She didn't move. Don't you want to fill our final days with lots of wonderful chatter without me torturing the information from you?" I took a step forward. I would have invited you outside. "I was just kidding. "Whatcha doin'?" Alice giggled. It was never a good idea to anger my sister. "It's just about time. Ali? I'm a slow learner. speak or let up on her intense glare. "Nope! But I did look out the window on my way upstairs and saw the two of you on the porch.
. thinking about my conversation with my mother." "Don't be that way. Edward Anthony?" I slumped back against the counter. grinning at my sister.leaned against the counter and opened it. put her hands on her hips and took a step forward so that we were barely an inch apart. standing tall and looking down at her on purpose. I looked up and smiled at her. Ali. "Drinking a soda." Alice wiggled her finger at me and sang. I would need to give her information on my own free will to smooth this over. leaning over the kitchen island. little brother. The effect was ruined by her smile." I prayed the use of her nickname would calm her." "You spied?" I accused." "What can I say. And no talking!" Alice pouted.
Her smile spread from ear to ear as she launched herself at me. "I knew you loved me!" "Of course. I was curious as to why she and dad invited her to stay when they hadn't invited Jasper. but there it was. wrapping her little arms around my sides. "My little brother loves me! He said so!" Rose and Bella started laughing at Alice. "Sure!" "Let's go up and change." she said. Alice relaxed and smiled at me." Bella pulled away and looked up at me. I wrapped her up in my arms and hugged her tightly. I had meant for it to be much more subtle and not quite so childish." "That's easy! Jasper and Rose needed each other. "But that's okay. Alice turned her face towards them." "Look! How cute!" Bella and Rose squealed from the kitchen doorway. "It's just because you forget to pay attention to the world around you. I'll have to talk to Bella and make sure she keeps you from doing that too often. putting her arms around me." I said. "Until I woke up alone. "Sleep well?" I whispered. I bent down and kissed her spiky hair."I was talking to mom about Bella. Why?" "I was hoping you would take a walk with me. We'll need warmer clothes. rolling my eyes." I blurted out. you goof." "Am I always the last to know?" I asked. I gently pried the little pixie off of me and made my way over to the love of my life."
. smiling happily." "I'll miss you." "Are you feeling rested?" "Yes. Ali. I love you. "You are my one and only big sister. It was worth it to see you hugging Alice.
" "He did." she laughed. He brought it home for me on his first day of college. It's like strawberries and freesia." "Fine! I'll limit my scent to your t-shirts. I started putting it on. I laughed at her exuberance as we made our way up to our room." she said. pointing at the shirt." "More and more of my clothing smells like you. your shirts smell better when you've been wearing them anyway. He said it would make the boy be nice to me." "How'd that work out for you?" "You tell me. putting on a big gray sweatshirt. "Bella. I just don't want to change his world view of me anymore than it already has been. "Are you still scared of Emmett?" "Are you?" I shot back."
. Besides. you big baby." "He looks like he bought it in his size instead of yours." she giggled."Okay!" She took my hand in hers and pulled me toward the stairs. He said one look at this shirt would get the boy to imagine the size of the person needed to fill it. but stopped halfway through. I went into our closet and grabbed my hoodie. "I'm not scared of Emmett. young lady. I really hoped she would decide to stay and really make this our room. He said it was to help ward off the rude little boys. "Where did you get that thing?" I asked. Bella. "It's Emmett's." "I love your smell. But I'm a guy! I'm not supposed to smell so sweet." "You sound as if you mind." "You're absurd. don't get me wrong. "I snagged it this morning to get your coffee. "You brought up this particular topic. why does my sweater smell like you?" "Oh." I chuckled.
" "First of all." "It's not nearly as beautiful as you. too. Isabella. The hill provided us a perfect view of the moon. the mountains. Edward. no!" she giggled." she chuckled." she told me. illuminating the world below. "This is beautiful. it was especially perfect." I whispered. once I make a decision. watching sunrises and sunsets color the sky. "And I'm here for you if you want to talk or if you just want to be held. I put my jacket on and grabbed a pair of gloves. I led her through the trees and into the woods a little. "It almost seems like you could reach out and touch the moon." she whispered. They're going to be married and I'm not their child. Alice had shut off all the lights and they were all huddled together watching some cheesy horror movie. pushing me toward the door. Edward. There wasn't a cloud in the sky and the stars looked more like diamonds than ever. a huge grin sitting on my face. I'd been to this spot many times. And the biggest reason for staying right here is you. Whatever you need. I love you. We headed through the kitchen and out the back door." "I love you. I want to be wherever you are. We came across a steep hill and I helped her climb up it. At the top. I grabbed the old blanket off the closet floor and stuck it under my arm. I would never impose on Emmett and Rose. Secondly. "What are you nervous about now?" "I just want to know if you're sure about moving in with me." I said. I'm sure Emmett and Rose wouldn't mind if you wanted to live with them.
." "Oh." "Let's start out with some closet space and a few dresser drawers and work our way from there. drawing the word out and rolling my eyes at her."Sure. it's made. keeping her off the cold ground. I sat down and pulled her into my lap. It's hard enough to get to that point in the first place so I'm not about to second guess it. The nighttime wind was colder than the actual temperature at this time of year. leaning her head against my shoulder. I spread the blanket out. Just let me know. I made sure Bella grabbed gloves as well. and the trees. Tonight. Bella. We walked down the stairs and over to the coat closet. "Let's go take that walk.
my life. Alice had been a complete terror all week as she decided what would stay and what would go to the condo. climbing onto the bed. Edward. We passed by our family. But now it was Saturday and Moving Day was upon us. We sat quietly together. she pretty much decided everything was staying and forced me to go to the mall numerous times to help her pick out her wardrobe for the condo. Actually. one eyebrow lifted and a grin at the corner of her mouth. kissing her cheek. enjoying the clear night and the beautiful view until Bella started to shiver. I had no complaints. "You're something else. smiling at her." I got into bed and pulled her into my arms." I wondered if she knew just how much I meant what I'd just told her.
Chapter 58 . both of us smiling. "Welcome to our room. my Bella. Life was full of choices and choices brought about change. Bella.Moving Day The week flew by. "You'll always be my Tutorboy. and made our way up to our room. I stopped Bella outside of the door. We walked back to the house together." I laughed. Tutorboy. The choices and changes had completely enriched my life. I'd made the choice to always have her at my side. and I knew it was one I would never regret." "Any chance we can let that nickname drop now that you are going to be living with me?" "Not a chance in hell!" she laughed."Anything for you. She was taking full advantage of her final days with her trusty credit card!
. shaking her head. deep into another cheesy horror flick." I said. She looked up at me. She chuckled and walked past me. And while things seemed to be changing pretty quickly. Between school and Edward. I really didn't have time to dwell on the changes that were coming during the weekend. Lying in my arms was the best change that had ever happened to me my love. "And you'll always be my Bella.
it's our room and there's plenty of space. Alice and Jasper were clearing out our parent's room. Emmett and Rose were tackling his room. as if he was trying to peek into my head to see if the dreams were lurking there. Alice warned me I would need them with Esme so close. "Bella. I wasn't some porcelain doll.I did not leave without outfits of my own. Then she had the nerve to say she wasn't trying to scare me to death! I was happy to note my dreams had not returned." "Do you think this is all moving too fast?" "Considering I wanted to keep you with me forever the second week I knew you. I wasn't sure if I would get through the entire weekend nightmare free." Edward said with a mischievous grin. So I had nightmares. too. not really. no." I shrugged. She said I could be taken anywhere to be introduced at anytime. I would sit him down and set him straight. I don't want to take over your room. However. I knelt down in front of the bookcase and ran a hand across the spines of my books. "Why don't we start with something you absolutely want to bring to our home?" "I don't want to bring much. you're such a tease!" I pulled myself away from him and headed toward my book collection." "Edward. I knew Edward was hoping." Edward wrapped his arms around me and pulled me against his chest. I would remind myself he was only doing it because he loved me so much. "I'm not sure how much packing you expect to get done if you just keep staring at the room. Edward was helping me with my room. "I don't know where to start. Emmett and I couldn't bring ourselves to do it. Edward put a box next to me.
. But before my tongue could lash out. He had been extra sweet and careful with me all week. if he continued this past the weekend. He nibbled at my ear and I sighed happily. but I was hoping. I kept catching him studying me. It was actually getting a little irritating. big deal! Lots of people had it worse off than me.
Boone might be hiding out in your closet and jump out and torture you with song one day!" "Very funny. "No."Why don't you work on your books and I'll handle your CDs?" "I don't want all of the CDs. holding up the CD case. I rested my head against his chest." "Burn it." Edward sighed heavily and got up. filled with amazement that he always seemed to know the right thing to say or do. I realized this was exactly how I had described my parents dancing that final time. There's a Pat Boone one in the stack that I'm sure you'd love to have." I giggled as he took my hand in his and wrapped an arm around my waist. He took the case from me and unwrapped it. It was an interesting combination. Isabella. Bella! Don't let it anywhere near me!" "Ha! I found a fear of Edward Cullen's! Better watch yourself. not having any clue what they were doing. never taking his eyes from mine. "My parents bought them as gifts. He popped open the case. Tutor-boy! Mr. And I would be very honored if you would allow me this dance.
. leaning against the short dresser and flipping through the CDs stacked there. You handle those and I'll go through my CDs for the ones I really want. took out the CD and put it into the player. Why don't we switch? I do want all of my books. He skipped tracks until he found the song he wanted. "This is called "Let's Fall in Love"." "How about Sinatra? Are you afraid of him." "Really?" "You never listened to the CD?" "I never unwrapped the CD." "Edward. giving me a dirty look while smirking at me. too?" I asked." "Why do you have CDs you don't want?" I laughed. Edward. He held our twined hands against his shoulder as we moved around the small room. He actually has a few songs I like.
I looked up to see him standing in the doorway with Rose. you need to listen to me and believe me when I say to you that I love Edward. I like Edward and I know he makes you happy." "You looked just like mom. I guess I never thought past the two of you going out on a few dates together. Emmett had already headed down the stairs. you are so sweet." I blushed and hid myself against Edward. "Good idea!" I replied. You will be a great dad when you and Rose decide to have kids. I followed after him. But Emmett. I think you need yours checked. but I'm concerned. "I think you need your eyes checked. I just figured you two were being all goofy with it being your first boyfriend ever and his first girlfriend in a long while." "No. I don't want either of you to be hurt. I could have spoken louder. "You looked like mom. I know Edward gave you the ring and the promise and all. This isn't bad at all. But because that is
." "Emmett."You're right. Together we went through the kitchen and out the back door. I love him and only him and will only ever be with him. too. but I guess I didn't think it was as serious as what I have with Rosie. Not because he's the first boy I took interest in or because he was the first to really care to get to know the real me. kissing his cheek. Edward hugged me tightly." Emmett said. "Why don't Emmett and you take a walk while we keep packing?" Edward offered. "Can I get a moment alone with Bella?" Emmett asked. "You are getting better and better every time we dance. You've never dated anyone else and I'd hate for you to get too serious with Edward and then discover it was just hormones or a crush and not the lasting thing. Bella. but prettier. I love him with my entire heart and soul. brother bear?" "I wanted to ask you that. But all songs come to an end and this one did. I appreciate your concern. but the moment felt magical and I didn't want to chance breaking the spell." Emmett replied solemnly. And I can even understand where it's coming from." I whispered. "So what's up. I really do. Squirt.
Bella?" Emmett asked with a wink. Our family was very understanding. Keep all the utilities on. Emmett and I went down to our parent's room. "Hot body. Alice had told me the boxes contained pictures and my mother's jewelry box. And between you and me." I joked. The room was empty. I really do love Edward.
. I plan on spending my entire life with him." "I'm sure Rose and you will be just fine. But none came. Emmett and I both ended up leaving a lot in the house. except for a few boxes on the stripped down mattress." "We should probably get back in there and help pack." "I'm sorry for treating you like a little kid. I stepped in first. "All jokes aside." "So what are we going to do about the house?" "For now. Emmett slowly pushed the door open. I don't see any day in my future that doesn't include Edward in some way. I think about what I'll be doing with him or for him." It took us a few hours to get everything finished. Emmett. I bit my lip with anticipation and he rewarded me with his wonderful booming laugh echoing across the back yard. and that somewhere along the way I developed a hot body " I waited for my sentence to catch up with my brother. after all. I don't ever want to. "It looks so different.how I truly feel about him. "You're the one who bruised me trying to cover me up. I know this has been rough on you. Emmett. instead of the beautiful Bella before me. poking him in the side with a finger. but not wanting to take it with us either. It is our stuff. what with figuring out I'm twenty and not twelve. When I'm not with him. preparing myself for the memories that would come. Let's just give our new living arrangements a chance and if for any reason things don't work out. huh. it feels like my other half is missing." "And I'm starting to see Edward and you will be. I want to marry him after college. I guess when I looked at you I saw the memory of the gangly Squirt." I said softly. I'm going to just keep it like it is. not quite ready to part with it. When I think about the days ahead. we still have this place. Alice and Jasper had let us know the room was cleared. too.
" "All the love they had between the two of them all those years they were together There's nothing to show for it. I was crashed out on Edward's couch from sheer exhaustion. They're dead and gone and no one even knows they lived. Now that I wasn't working. you know. The way we live our lives. the good people that surround us That's the proof they were good parents. you could start with smiling when you think of them instead of getting that little crease in your forehead. But it's time to be happy about the times you did have with them instead of mourning the ones you'll never get. Jasper and Emmett were returning the truck with Rose and Alice following to take them to their new homes. Isabella Marie. Between you and me.
. every time you get sad. I miss them a lot." "You are so wrong. you make them sad. You and I are the proof that they lived. too. And as proud as you make them."Without their stuff. ha! So how do I not mourn them when I think about them?" "Well. you know!" I laughed and shook my head at my brother. "Come on! Let's go get your stuff over to Rose's house!" Six hours later. "You are the best big brother ever. "It usually happens when you start being stupid." "Ha. with mock disgust. I can't remember what this room looked like with them in it. Emmett Swan!" "Can I get that in trophy form? I do have a birthday coming up. They're watching you. that crease is ug-ly!" Emmett said. Maybe you should be stupid more often. my muscles were getting a little soft." "When did you become so deep and smart?" I asked with a grin. I smiled at how happy he was to include me in his life. Be happy so they can be happy with you. Edward was going through my CDs and adding them to his wall. It's been years since I've come in here. It sucks that they didn't get to stick around. You get so caught up in missing them that it makes you dense. I would have to start running again. I closed my eyes and tried to ignore the ache in my feet. I laughed and hugged my big brother tightly. too.
He likes to practice that dance from that OK Go group." "You're welcome." I said. Thank you. "Have you ever run on a treadmill?" "Sure! Emmett keeps a bunch down in the basement at the old homestead. He took my feet into his hands and started massaging them."
. "I don't think so. playing guitar and stringing lights are beyond me. I knew your CDs were a big deal to you so I just figured that was a good way to win the dare and show you I was a good friend at the same time." Edward laughed at that. As long as I don't think too hard about my feet." I laughed as I opened my eyes to look at him. I'll show you. "I think I want to start running again. I thought hard for a second."Did I ever thank you for the brilliant way you changed around my CDs during that dare?" Edward asked suddenly." Edward laughed. "Get your laptop out. "Wow!" I sighed. "I'm sure you'll learn those in time. I'm actually a pretty good runner. too. I'm not working anymore and my legs and feet are getting soft. So about this running thing?" "I used to run in the early morning." "Where did that come from?" Edward chuckled. "What?" he laughed." I heard some cases clatter against each other and then I felt my legs being lifted. "Is there anything you don't know how to do?" "According to you. Not that you need to." "It worked. hoping he would pick up on my sarcasm. I popped open one eye to see Edward pulling off my shoes and socks. "My feet hurt. It's the walking that gets me.
we both started laughing uncontrollably. He brought me his laptop. Before he even opened his mouth. I'm smart enough to know when not to show things to Emmett. I scooted over to Edward so he could see the screen with me." he laughed. He's never seen this as far as I know. "Oh. He showed it to her and she knew I would love it so she showed it to me. At the end." "I'll think about it." Edward laughed at me and I smiled at him. "How did you find that?" "Angela's boyfriend Ben was looking for some ninja stuff and somehow came across it. And I am curious about what you do there to keep yourself looking so darn cute. Jasper and I go there." I chuckled. I haven't seen that in a while. "I love you. having already turned it on for me." I said." "I love you. Bella. snickering and snorting throughout the entire thing." "Edward! Bella! Dinner!" Esme called out. "Besides. What did you think of it?" "Emmett would kill himself trying to do that!" "Bears don't fit well on treadmills. It would be fun to see Emmett lifting weights again.
. But getting back to the treadmill topic. I knew what he was going to say and decided to beat him to it. Edward. my very absurd Bella. wiping at the tears streaming down his cheeks. "You are so absurd. I brought up the internet and went to My favorite site for finding stupid human tricks! I typed in OK Go and pulled up the video for their song "Here it Goes Again".He got up and went into his messenger bag. He laughed harder then pulled me into a tight hug. mimicking his voice. "Oh! That requires walking!" I moaned." "That's probably a very smart idea. We watched the video together. I was just thinking you could use the machines at the gym on the days when Emmett.
" Edward instructed. "Are you insane?" "Just get on!" he said. "Do you need any help?"
. She returned the hug and kissed the top of my head. "Thank you for my gift and thank you for taking me in. Bella. I squealed and buried my face against his neck. "If you break your back. I jumped up from my seat and surprised Carlisle with a hug around his neck. "Edward." "You are welcome for both. patting my hand. leaving his back facing me. He laughed and started down the stairs. as he set me down in a chair." I said to Carlisle. wrapping my arms and legs tightly around him. it'll be all your fault." Carlisle replied." he chuckled."Stand up on the sofa." Esme whispered." I replied. Esme was waiting at the bottom to find out what all the noise was about. He stopped a little ways before the stairs started and jumped up with me. Edward somehow managed to shrug while holding me. what are you doing?" "Bella's feet hurt. hugging her around her waist. I let him and go and went over to Esme. He turned around. I did as he asked with a million butterflies invading my stomach. "Just so we're clear. "Get on. Bella. Esme swatted his shoulder with her dishtowel as he passed her on the way to the kitchen." I let her go and smiled at her." "Edward." he chuckled." I laughed. He put his arms under my legs and walked out of the room. "Loosen your grip on my neck before I faint. I did as he said. "I can see it in your face and feel it in your hug. as he stood on the floor in front of me. that was not my idea. "No need to say it. Carlisle looked up from the table and started laughing at the sight of us. She saw us and started laughing.
Chapter 59 . it was pretty amazing. I winked at him and he started chuckling. I'd discovered that family isn't just the people who gave birth to you or raised you It's the people who love you. She was sitting right next to me on our bed. Edward. I pulled her into my arms.A Quiet Night at Home Part 1 I found myself smiling goofily once again.
. putting my face against her neck and taking a deep breath. Everything about my life had become pretty amazing lately. And she had smiled more today than she had in weeks. "Absolutely. Jasper. and Edward they were my family and I couldn't have dreamed up a better one if I had tried. I took the bowl in both hands and carefully walked it over to the table. It was now so easy to get him to laugh. "What are you thinking about?" Bella asked. "You. seeing how truly happy I was."Would you carry the salad bowl over for me?" Esme asked." "And just what were you thinking about me?" "I was thinking you are extremely beautiful and that I love your smile. never having to leave me except for school. Is there any chance of convincing you to call it a night and join me in a hot bath?" "That is the best idea you've had all day. Through Edward. I had been so worried today would be rough on her. I hoped he was right and my parents were looking down on me. Emmett." "And you can leave it all in the bathroom this time. Ben. Rosalie. but she was taking it all so well. putting it on the shelves I had cleared out for her in our closet. You run the bath water and I'll get my stuff. Bella was here with me. Esme." I said. She was so beautiful. pulling her in for a quick kiss. How did I get this lucky? I watched her as she sorted her clothing. I was also thinking we've done enough work for one day. I saw Edward watching me and smiling at me. I smiled. Angela. Alice." I replied. thinking back to my earlier conversation with Emmett. living here with me. pulling me out of my thoughts. Carlisle.
"A few things. running her hands across my forehead and down my cheeks. "Like what?" "My name. I can't believe I'm really getting to be with you all the time now. but without the wall." "You have no idea how happy I am you chose to stay here with me. I wondered why she was asking me this. trying to draw her out. you probably watch me a lot more with the talking." "Not at all." I replied. it would have been impossible to let you stay at my house. Actually. You know. "Why don't you just tell me about your dream and I'll tell you if I've heard any part of it?" I offered.
. You can't be without your piano and it could never fit in there." "So anything else interesting come up lately?" Bella asked. if we ever end up getting a house of our own. "When you are sleeping and when you are playing. I love watching you play too much. brown eyes was unmistakable." "You watch me sleep?" "No more than you watch me. we should make sure it's has a big open living room like the one here. And that you love me." "Why is that?" "There are only two times when this brow of yours is perfectly smooth and your face is peaceful. trying to appear nonchalant. Bella."This is so amazing." she said. It was becoming clear what dream she was referring to and I wanted her to mention it. Besides." "That's not bad. "I'm pretty sure the smile that's been plastered on your face all day has given me some idea. Edward." She traced my lips with her thumb. Have you heard anything good lately?" The curiosity in her deep. I knew she would blush and I loved seeing her cheeks turn red.
Who would call at this hour? I picked it up and looked at the name." Alice replied. I went back into our room and grabbed my clothing for after. but I wanted to see my Bella tonight." Bella blushed. Edward. If you didn't hear it. I turned and stared at it for a moment."
. I thought about bubbles. She's been smiling more today than she has all week." I chuckled as I got up and went into our bathroom." "I'm really happy to hear that. moving off the bed. My cell phone rang. She walked in and started putting away her bathroom items." "And I think you forced me to take a very cold shower just so I would leave you sleeping." "Where are you going?" "To get my stuff. "Do you mean the other night when you were moaning my name?" Bella stopped breathing and I chuckled. I smiled and flipped it open. I leaned up and whispered into her ear. "I just wanted to see how Bella was doing." "Really well so far. I smiled. then I'm not spilling it. getting it nice and steamy. She slapped my shoulder. Aren't you supposed to be running a bath?" "Yeah." "It's your fault."I don't think so. I turned the water on. but that's not why I'm calling." She was going to be stubborn. Time for a different tactic. "I think you're just guessing. enjoying the little ways in which she was imprinting herself into my life. Tutor-boy." "What else do you want. sister dear?" "I want Bella and you to come shopping with me tomorrow afternoon. silly. "You're too darn cute. "Do you miss me already?" "Yes.
"Was that Alice on the phone?" I forced myself to remember how to speak." "Love you too." I laughed. "Alice. Now get back to whatever you were doing." "She does. "You are horrible. little brother! See you tomorrow!" Alice chirped before hanging up. holding her tightly to me. "I was fine until you did that!" Alice cried with a sniffle."Why?" "I want Bella's opinion on a few items for the condo. I also have something I want to get for Jazz and I would like your opinion on that item." "Guilt trip delivered. I climbed into the tub and wrapped my arms around Bella. "Yes. I tell you something nice and you call me horrible. We'll be going shopping with her tomorrow afternoon. I walked into the bathroom and lost my train of thought as I caught sight of the gorgeous woman sitting in our bathtub. "Sneaky little pixie. Bella and I will be ready to go at two. Are you okay?" "I didn't think I would actually miss you and the parents so much." Bella chuckled." I admitted as I took off my clothing. Trust me. Edward! Love you. I'll pick you both up at two sharp!" "I haven't asked Bella if she wants to go.
. Edward Anthony!" I laughed again. I closed my phone and shook my head at it." "How did she guilt you?" "She told me she missed me and sniffled. Ali. Bella opened her eyes and turned her head toward me. She took one my hands and started playing with my fingers." "Thank you. received and accepted.
" "But why?" "Mostly because the exact circumstances are not something anyone wants to tell their mother. I would have explained about Jessica and I never want my mother to know about that."
. My mother will see that differently. No matter what Jessica did." "Well why didn't you say that to start with? That actually makes sense." I chuckled at my beautiful Bella. relaxing. But why is it? I mean. I pushed her up into a sitting position and started washing her back for her. I just don't want my mother to waste time or energy on people who don't deserve it. I could tell the first time we talked about her. It hurt me to keep her away from me. I like seeing that. I was thinking maybe you and I should make dinner for Carlisle and Esme tomorrow night. her parents don't deserve to be shunned for her mistake. "Why don't we move onto a better topic?" "Like what?" "Do you feel prepared for your math exam on Tuesday?" "I thought you said we were moving on to better topics. You have to admit you've been doing much better this semester. It would be a nice way to thank them for letting us live together like this. And then there are the things I believe my mother would do if she knew. Just the two of us. but she and Alice are alike in many respects." "How can you care so much about someone who hurt you?" "I don't care about her."This was a good idea. I know it's not something a lot of parents would allow." "Carlisle and Esme are very loving people. "It is a better topic. you were very devoted to her." I grabbed the washcloth out of the water and put Bella's bodywash on it. Shunning people may sound rather oldfashioned. Bella. but I assure you it still occurs. Bella. Not to mention that my mother was being perfectly serious when she said she wasn't ready for me to move out. If I had not put that distance between us." "I love my mother very much. Some of it is shame from being so easily fooled. She was always surprising me with her statements." "Esme and you are much closer now.
"She also asked me about something you asked me about. and then started cupping water into my hand and washed the soap from her back. "What class is your current favorite?" "Same one from the beginning of the year and I expect it will be the same at the end of the year. She asked me if I had thought of teaching at the college level." "And here I was worrying your teacher would think you slightly insane. "My literature class." "She may have mentioned the words 'absolutely most talented' or something to that effect." "And to you for slowing down and believing in your capabilities." she chuckled as she washed her feet." I said as I kissed her back. I handed her the towel. "Well one class would be a higher level psychology class and I'm not worried about that at all. You know my Frankenstein paper was a huge hit with the teacher. Some of them you'll have time to prepare for and others will be decided at the beginning of class. Bella had given me the towel back and I quickly washed myself. She especially liked how I pointed out that the monster was only driven to dark ways because he succumbed to the peer pressure of the evil townsfolk." "Really?" "Yes. The water was starting to get cold." she replied. She says it's early enough in my academic career to switch to the higher level and only add two extra classes next semester to catch up. I was going to put the class off for another year." "Yeah. that too. She said every student she's ever had has either written about the doctor or the monster. "My teacher said no one had ever argued that the townsfolk were the monsters in the story. But the other class would be a speech class. All of the presentations in the class will be oral." she chuckled." "Do tell. then I wouldn't have to worry about adding classes to catch up." "Do you think you can handle that workload?" I asked with concern."All thanks to you and your tutoring. but with the
. She said if I changed my major now. Sounds like she considers you to be brilliant. I can just imagine myself stuttering and turning red in front of everyone.
I dried off and dressed quickly. What was Bella thinking? She knew I hated country music. I'll end up taking three different speech classes and I can't put off the first one any longer. walking over to her and hugging her tightly. Bella might hate attention. "So I've learned. Bella snorted as she took my hand and got out of the tub. I'd heard Angela call her the 'Fearless Bella Swan' a few times and I had to agree with Angela about that.higher level requirements. I could tell from the rhythm and tempo it was country." "You aren't going to let your fear of attention get in the way of you becoming Professor Cullen." "I'm going to play some music. She smiled at me and went back into the bathroom to dress. "And I love that about you. I listened as the music started out with an acoustic guitar and drums. letting her go." She shrugged as she wrapped the towel around her. You got someone here wants to make it alright Someone that loves you more than life right here You got willing arms that'll hold you tight A hand to lead you on through the night right here I know your heart can get all tangled up inside But don't you keep it to yourself When your long day is over And you can barely drag your feet The weight of the world is on your shoulders
. I grinned at her. letting her know I was teasing her. Any requests?" "Whatever you choose will be fine. "Probably not. "I told you I'm not like most people. But you never know with me. but she was rarely too scared to take on a challenge." I tossed her a towel." "I know. are you?" I asked as I stood up." I said." I replied. She was just closing the CD drawer on the stereo when I walked into our room.
"Did you like it?" she asked. yes I am So take your worries and just drop them at the door Baby leave it all behind When your long day is over And you can barely drag your feet The weight of the world is on your shoulders I know what you need Bring it on home to me Baby let me be your safe harbor Don't let the water come and carry you away When your long day is over And you can barely drag your feet The weight of the world is on your shoulders I know what you need Bring it on home to me You got someone here wants to make it alright Someone who loves you more than life right here (Bring it on home Little Big Town) I looked up to see Bella peaking at me from the bathroom door. Oh.I know what you need Bring it on home to me You know I know you like the back of my hand Did you know I'm gonna do all that I can. I smiled at her and opened my arms. hugging me tightly." "I kind of like it. She went to the stereo and put on one of the classical music CDs. right here I'm gonna lie with you till you fall asleep When the morning comes I'm still gonna be right here. You know my feelings on country music. She held up one finger. She ran to our bed and crawled into my arms." "And why is that?" "Were you listening to the words?"
. "It was tolerable.
"I think it was about trusting the person in your life to help you with all of life's troubles. "I just thought it said everything you were trying to tell me last week when I couldn't sleep." she whispered before leaning in and kissing me. She pulled away and looked down at me."Yes. it had been so long since we'd had time to ourselves for anything more than a few kisses." "Bella. I cupped her neck and head in my hand and wrapped my other arm around her waist. but there are some very good songs out there. Bella responded by wrapping her arms around my neck. pulling her tighter against me. Thank you for not throwing a fit. too. love shining in her beautiful. I slid the hand lying on her back under her shirt and rubbed it across her silky soft skin." she chuckled." "So what do you think the song was about?" I grabbed her hands and twined our fingers together. My entire body reacted to her lips pressing against mine. She looked up at me. I will show you the benefits of country music. I promise to limit your exposure to country. "Oh. With the craziness of the week and the move." "Good to know I'm not the only observant one in this relationship.
Chapter 60 . I don't like all of it." No words in the English language had ever sounded sweeter to me. the easier I'll go on you. She moaned softly and I smiled. finishing our kiss. big brown eyes. "I love you. I won't break out the hard core stuff just yet.A Quiet Night at Home Part 2 (Lemon)
. I let us fall back onto the bed with her on top of me. I pulled her back to me. "Absolutely. the less you fuss. turning her around to face me. I hate country." "Limit?" I laughed." "Edward. yes. Edward. I felt her smile. I'll ease you into it. Besides." "Is that so?" I asked.
wondering how he could affect me so much. letting me know he had heard me moan and had felt me blush. He moved my hands from behind him and locked our fingers together. He laid down on the bed. I smiled too. His touch was as electrifying as ever. yes. mixed quite thoroughly with desire. I couldn't stop myself from moaning as my body flushed with the heat of his touch. the easier I'll go on you. I leaned toward him and kissed him softly. but Edward put one of his hands at my neck and wrapped his arm around my waist." "Bella." I chuckled. I pulled away and looked down at my wonderful. the less you fuss. I don't like all of it. I doubt air could have passed between us." "Is that so?" He turned me around so I was facing him. I will show you the benefits of country music. "Absolutely." "Edward. Thank you for not throwing a fit."So what do you think the song was about?" I asked Edward. I won't break out the hard core stuff just yet." I whispered. "I love you." "Limit?" he laughed. It was supposed to be a little kiss. It had been entirely too long since we'd had enough time alone to kiss this way. hoping he had been listening. Edward. He pulled me back to him and started kissing me again. willing him to see how much I loved him. "Oh. I promise to limit your exposure to country. "I think it was about trusting the person in your life to help you with all of life's troubles. He moved his hand under my shirt and rubbed back and forth across my skin. pulling me down on top of him." "Good to know I'm not the only observant one in this relationship. I looked up at him. I'll ease you into it. I hate country. "I just thought it said everything you were trying to tell me last week when I couldn't sleep. trying to keep my hands out of his hair for just a little while. Besides." His green eyes were full of love and tenderness. perfect boyfriend. He smiled against my lips. I wrapped my arms around his neck. to touch this way. but there are some very good songs out there. This time he licked at my
" he chuckled as he pulled me into a hug. I teasingly bit his tongue." Edward said. We both started laughing. "I see a heart and soul filled with love and goodwill. staring into my eyes. "You were cheating. tracing the defined lines along his abs." "I most certainly was. "Edward. I see the beauty of those two things outshines any physical beauty in this wide world.bottom lip. I moved my hands under shirt and rubbed his stomach muscles. behaving and letting him in this time. "What was that?" he asked. I pulled away and tugged at his shirt." "Wow! I was just figuring you'd say beautiful. what do you see when you look at me?" He reached out a hand and stroked my hair. Even your quirky sense of humor. "You were teasing. I let him take mine off in return. He made me feel like he was staring into my heart and soul when he looked at me in that way. "I love you so much. there are little red flecks in it. I see warm brown eyes that look deeper than should be possible. too!" "Bella. tucking a strand of hair behind my ear. I see brown hair that's silky and soft. but takes on the most beautiful shades of red or pink when you get embarrassed. don't pretend! You know my sense of humor is what ensnared you to begin with!" "How do you figure that?"
. I see a heart-shaped face that's usually pale." I leaned down and kissed him. He sat up and let me take it off." "Oh. "I see soft red lips that constantly chase away my thoughts and make me want to kiss you forever." He moved his hand down and placed it over my beating heart. Those eyes let me know what you're feeling and sometimes thinking. but all of that works." Edward ran his finger across my bottom lip. Edward moved his hand from my back to the side of my breast and I gasped. He chuckled against my mouth as he slipped his tongue in. I decided to tease him a little. "I see a beautiful young woman. "You are so beautiful." I said. smiling at him. And when you see it in the sunlight. I kept my lips tightly closed.
It's one of the many things I love about you. I kissed up his neck and along his jaw. "I think it would be easier to show you. "Is that so?" He wrapped his arms around my back and before I could protest." I laughed as I sat up to look at him. I think he
. I've missed you this week. "Just what did you hear from that dream?" I moved down and started trailing kisses across his chest. knowing it was a very sensitive spot for me. a true one that reached your beautiful eyes. You aren't the same. near his temple.I leaned back and looked at him. loving how he was more concerned about me than what he might want. I shivered from the sensation. "I love you. "The first time I saw you laugh." "You made that clear with your little dream." I pushed on his shoulder until he was lying down on the bed. I smiled. I was underneath him. once again enjoying seeing his love for me in his sparkling emerald eyes. I nibbled his ear lightly. was that first night when I told you about scissors and missing appendages." "Did you know no one had gotten me to laugh that way in nearly three years?" "Really? But you hung out with Emmett so much?" "It's not the same. Everything you say is so refreshing and different from what others would say in the same circumstances. "I'm sure I could get you to repeat a few of those sounds." he chuckled as he tried to breathe. He smirked at me before leaning down and kissing me. I could also see the longing he felt for me. It took me a moment to remember to breathe. Bella. I touched my hand to his cheek. watching his desire flicker there as he patiently waited for my answer. I felt his warm breath against my cheek." I stared into his eyes for a long moment. "Are you?" "Could you give me an answer for once and not another question? I want to know what you want." he whispered. He moved his lips to the hollow behind my ear. running his fingers down my sides. "Are you feeling up to this tonight?" he whispered.
keeping most of it on his arms. too. I couldn't even imagine what was to come." I smiled at his words. I want to have your lips on mine. I want us to hold each other and for you to hum to me." "Where did that come from?" I whispered. holding him tightly against me. And I don't ever plan on going where you aren't. The kiss started out soft and gentle." he whispered as he moved his lips closer to mine. "I love you so much. He quickly took off the rest of his clothing and got back on the bed with me. He closed the distance between our lips. I wasn't going anywhere. I was going to be there for him. "I don't know.had missed me this week as much as I had missed him. I just love you so much and sometimes. never taking his eyes from me. "I don't think I'll ever stop being amazed by how perfect and beautiful you are. They roamed up and down my sides. I want to feel your hands all over me. being loved by him. "Do want that in any particular order?" "Whatever order you choose is just fine with me. His hands were everywhere at once. and
. "I want you. loving him. As long as Edward was sure I was the one he wanted." "That's very specific. He slowly deepened it until the only way we were able to breathe was through the exchanged breaths we blew into each others mouths. over my breasts. Edward." I pulled his face to mine and pressed our lips together again. Every single part of me seemed to be overheated as his hands and lips moved over my body. just below my belly button. It was absolutely amazing and we were still mostly dressed. it feels like my heart is going to burst from it. I needed him to know I meant what I said. And when we've made love and we're as close as we can get. Isabella. Isabella." he whispered as he kissed along my jaw. but still filled with emotion. He stopped and hugged me suddenly. His lips found mine once again as he let his weight down on me. and across my stomach." I replied. I chuckled as he threw my clothes over his shoulder. He must have noticed how much clothing we still had on because he stopped doing all the wonderful things that had been driving me crazy and started pulling down my pajama pants and underwear. It would kill me if you weren't here with me. I lifted myself to make it easier for him. "I feel that way.
His green eyes were darkened with passion. "Do you have any idea how that affects me?" he panted. By the time I got near his hips. He went down my arm. to the inside of my wrist. He moved across my shoulder and started his way down my arm. I moved my lips to the area where his neck and shoulder met and repeated my little kiss. too. I wanted to do the same for him. my turn. How the hell was he so good at this? I wasn't complaining or anything. I love you. I pulled away. he whispered. but I couldn't get my brain to work properly. I kissed him at the base of his throat and smiled when his breathing hitched. And when I thought I couldn't stand a single second more." I whispered. I did that! I made him feel this way! As if he could read my mind. he started at the fingertips on my other hand and worked his way up that arm. forgetting what words I had wanted to say after that. pulling me closer to him. How could I not? This was more perfect than any fairytale could ever be! He started up with his wonderful multi-tasking abilities again. I smiled wickedly and kissed him there again. I planned to do to him exactly what he had done to me. "Edward. as I kissed him softly." I moaned." "I love you. "You make my heart fly. I let him make his way up my shoulder and over to my neck.enjoying every minute of it all. and across all my fingertips. I followed my hands with my lips. feeling very satisfied with my work.
. I fought my brain and forced it to work." He locked our lips together again as he rolled us across our bed so I could be on top of him. Edward let out a deep moan and I smiled. I sat up and traced patterns into his chest. but I didn't think this was fair at all! It was his turn to get tortured for a while. I pressed my hand to his heart and closed my eyes. moving my lips to his jaw. Isabella. He moaned again. enjoying the feeling of his pounding heart against the palm of my hand. making sure to put extra pressure and slightly sucking at the skin. "Edward. His hands flew to my hips and he pulled me away slightly. There couldn't possibly have been a single inch of skin on my chest his lips had not covered. he was shivering with anticipation. He ignored me and continued his wonderful torture. I settled for gripping his sides and holding on tightly to him. Edward.
As soon as I leaned forward and started kissing him. go right ahead." He tilted his face and captured my lips into another fevered kiss. I chuckled at him. we are past the stage of where I can be hurt. he jerked his hips up and drove himself even deeper into me. He gently rocked my hips to see if I was ready for more." "Then I suggest you don't do that again. We moved together slowly at first. He was chuckling at me and running his tongue over his lip. Tutor-boy. I could only nod my head. "I just don't want you hurt. I quickly let him go. "Edward. I closed my eyes and rested my forehead against his." "Yeah. I bet you'd like that. Edward." "Edward. I started moving. I had to put my hands on his shoulders to brace myself against the wave of pleasure that hit me as he slowly entered me. we are never going to get any sleep tonight. Far from cold. "No. It's enough just trying not to scream. I gasped from the pleasure of it and he stopped moving. Bella?" I managed a hoarse laugh." "Bella. "Are you cold. He started lowering me again until he was completely inside of me. as he stopped me from moving. if you keep stopping us. letting his hands determine the rhythm for us. If you want to scream. Bella. hoping I hadn't hurt him. I grabbed his bottom lip between my teeth to keep my scream in."
." He must have taken my words as a personal challenge. we're on the third floor and the stereo is on. I shivered from the sensations running through me. I'd hate to alert your parents to what we're doing in here. Everything you are doing is giving me so much pleasure that I don't know what to do. but Edward soon quickened our pace. Isn't going to happen. "Any harder and you would have bit through my skin." I panted. He smiled at me as he started moving us again.He wrapped his hands around my hips and helped me lower myself onto him. "You okay?" he panted. love.
He smiled back. shivering and shaking. I hope you know I would tell you that even if we hadn't just shared that. They aren't stupid. smirking at me. I could hear his heart pounding as he worked to catch his breath. but he was doing that hip thrust thing again and I was screaming his name once again." I pleaded. He rubbed my back and kissed the side of my head again and again. He held me tightly. "Carlisle took Esme on another date night. "Bella. "That was not cute! I do not want to make things weird with your parents. Bella." Edward said. "I love you. His chest rose and fell rapidly from our activities." "I guess I did forget to mention that. I couldn't tell what part of me was moving faster. I put my hands over my mouth and glared at him. "Edward!" I cried. I kept my eyes closed." he moaned. I leaned down and whispered angrily. as he pressed me harder against him." "Please. kissing his cheek tenderly. my tongue or my hips. My stomach started twisting and tightening as I struggled more and more to get air into my lungs. I could feel him throbbing inside me and that alone was enough to push me over the edge. They don't expect either of us to wait two entire years to be together. I moved my head to his shoulder and tried to pull in air as Edward kept us moving together. raking my nails over his shoulders. My back arched as we called out to each other as we reached our release together."Do what?" he asked innocently. I couldn't breathe right with him kissing me this way. my head resting against his chest. I felt him move us and then I felt the blanket slide over my skin. You are so beautiful. "We can save this for sometime when they aren't home."
. I was getting ready to inform him when he jerked his hips again." I tried to focus on his words and comprehend them." "Bella. I fell against him. feeling too dizzy to open them. He kept whispering he loved me and that I was beautiful. Edward. they were young once. He somehow managed to pull my lips into another kiss with his.
" "Any activity with you is far from mundane." We were quiet for a long time. I love you." "You want flattery? Okay. "I was thinking it might be a good time for you to teach me how to make pizza." "I love how you can take delight in the most mundane activities. Guess again." "Take a guess. love." "I'm flattered. Edward stroked my hair tenderly. "We'll need to go to the store to get the proper ingredients."
. We've never actually gone shopping together. Edward. I suppose we would have if I hadn't been in that cast for so long." "You are going to have to be a lot more specific than that. Try this on for size. That statement I made last week. Was it you telling me how good of a kisser I am? Have I improved on that?" "Not even close. "You make an awful lot of statements." he chuckled. "It will be another first with you. Tutor-boy. Bella." "This would be so much easier if I could just read your mind." "Okay." I whispered back. Let me think a minute. "Any thoughts on what we should make for Carlisle and Esme tomorrow night?" he whispered." "Good!" "You're very enthusiastic about the grocery store. I ran my hand back and forth above his heart."I know. too. just trying to slow our breathing and enjoying the closeness we were feeling. Bella." he chuckled softly. it's true now.
but superhero ain't one of them. I finally had to promise another shopping trip just to get her to release us." I said. I closed my eyes and relaxed completely. rolling my eyes." "Sure it is. It's still dazzled by you and your perfect body." I gasped and Edward laughed." I told him. My brain still isn't functioning normally yet. "But I'll tell you anyway. loving the way his arms fit securely around me." I chuckled. I had tried dazzling her into telling me a few times. Alice had just wanted to have me around. Bella was in such a good mood she completely forgot to be worried about attention as she danced around and had me twirling her in the middle of the stores Alice drug us into. She had nearly driven me crazy and Alice's added laughter had not helped matters. though. We were forced to help my sister shop for three hours straight. Everytime she would almost get loud enough for me to hear what it was. she would catch herself and smile at me. "Those sounds you made. "Go to sleep my Bella. I was not surprised at all to find out there really wasn't anything my expertise was needed for. He pressed me firmly against him with his hands against my back.
. This was my little piece of Heaven on Earth. hugging me tighter. If only
Chapter 61 . the way you just loved me that was mind-blowing. but she had resisted all my attempts. Edward. She was happy to know we were cooking for the parents. We've given your poor heart enough of a workout for today. "What you just did. "I give. He kissed the top of my head. I could live this way forever. the way you screamed out for me that was what I heard from your dream.Pizza Pie Bella had been dancing around all day singing under her breath."You're a lot of things. Are you ready to be flattered?" "Why not?" he shrugged." he chuckled." He started humming my lullaby and any arguments I may have had disappeared. Edward's breathing hitched and I started laughing. "You really are absurd. Right! Just like pigs fly and vampires roam the Earth with their werewolf buddies.
It'll cost you. yeah! But I'm not seeing this sauce you spoke of. "What is it." "Look down. She set it carefully in the basket and grinned at me." "Is that right?" she asked.That's amore. you are simply absurd. She crinkled her nose slightly. "Those are the only words I remember. love?" She smiled sheepishly at me.Like a big-a pizza pie . wrapping her arms around my neck. leaving me to pick out the fresh vegetables. "Can you leave mushrooms off a few slices?" "I think we can arrange that. but she was looking at the top shelves. I pushed the cart over to the sauce aisle and found her hopping from one foot to the other while looking for the sauce." "Bella.
." "Yeah. I couldn't stand not having her at my side for even a minute.Bella and I were picking up all of our ingredients for the pizza. brushing her lips over mine. "When the moon hits your eye . Edward?" I laughed as I pulled her back into my arms. leaning into my embrace. I nodded my head. She'd run off to find the sauce I wanted before I could stop her. "Is that what you've been singing all day?" "Yep!" she chuckled. "Having fun yet. though. I snuck up behind her. It was by her feet. hoping to finally find out what she was singing. "How could I not with you here?" She turned and checked over the vegetables I had picked out.Like a big-a pizza pie ." She did and started giggling. "And just what will it cost?" she asked.That's amore. "Oh! There it is!" She pulled away from me and grabbed the jar. I quickly grabbed what I needed and took off to find her. love. When the moon hits your eye ." I grabbed her from behind and started laughing.
" "Bella. I slowly set her back down. flour. I think we've got everything. "I think you should be in charge of the flour. we can have it some other time." "What were you thinking of?" "Tiramasu! It's Italian and in the frozen food section so all we have to do is defrost it and viola!" "You know pizza isn't truly Italian.
. It was as if she was made just for me. We started pushing it together. "We've got vegetables. pepperoni. it's the first time we're cooking together. Esme was running pretty low on it. dough. I didn't want to chance her running off again. Let me have my moment!" "And to think you kiss me with that mouth!" I smiled. remembering what happened the last time Bella was allowed near a bag of flour." I chuckled. "Yes. I want it to be special. Can we please get a dessert? If no one eats it tonight. Tutor-boy.I lifted her off her feet and kissed her deeply. "We need some flour. I don't think anyone will have room. pulling her closer by her hips. keeping her between my body and the cart. sauce." "Nope! You're forgetting the dessert. I smiled." I laughed and spun her around." I said. "I told you the trip to the grocery store would be good. we certainly don't want you in another cast. "Three kinds of cheese. She opened her eyes and smiled at me." "But Edward." I set the flour into the cart and surveyed our items." I told her. right?" "Shut it." she chuckled. "I think that covers it. making our way over to the baking aisle. cheese " "Three kinds of cheese!" she interrupted happily. I loved the way her body fit into my hands. resting my forehead against hers. "Yes.
Her hair was shoulder length and the color was somewhere between a very dark brown and a black. I'm actually here with Samantha so if you can stick around on this aisle."Keep teasing me and it will be quite a while before you get any more kisses." I said." she giggled." "You've caught Alice?" Jacob asked. "Someone's in trouble. "Jeez. grinning wickedly and pulling me forward by the loops on my jeans. "You can't even do some grocery shopping without attacking the poor girl." Bella sang softly." I looked down into Bella's curious brown eyes. "She's too likely to beat up the clientele if I let her near the club. You should see her with Alice. I chuckled under my breath. Edward!" a booming voice said. keeping my lips just inches from hers. but one look at her told you she could hold her own with Jacob.
. I glanced at Jacob's overflowing cart. It's not a good look on you. "I've got some friends staying with me from La Push and the guys eat like their mothers never feed them. "Samantha is Jacob's girlfriend. "Holy hell!" Jacob said." "Then I'll have to be on my best behavior because there are few things I enjoy more than kissing these lips of yours. Her bangs framed her delicate eyebrows and thick lashes perfectly." Jacob chuckled. "Once or twice. "Jacob. "Stocking up for the end of the world?" "Nah!" Jacob laughed. Bella enjoys catching people off guard. looking shocked. She hates it when girls look at me!" "Jacob! You were supposed to meet me over by the beer!" a young woman with shiny black eyes said as she stalked towards Jacob. Samantha's got a temper. staring at Bella with awe. "But don't feel too bad." "Yeah. Bella and I turned our heads to see Jacob smiling at us. you'll finally get to meet her. trying to hide my smile. I've never gotten to meet her yet since I only ever see Jacob at work." "How do you know it wasn't the other way around?" Bella shot back. I've never seen you flustered before. wrapping her arms around my back. She was almost as short as Alice." I whispered.
Edward. honey! Look who I ran into it! You remember me telling you all about Edward?" "Edward? Is that the guy with the crazy sister who wanted to beat you up for almost getting him arrested?" Samantha asked." "I'd say she was poking fun." Jacob hissed through his fake smile." Jacob said. Samantha took a deep breath then smiled at us." "You aren't kidding. Embry and Quill start eating the furniture. "Samantha. And Alice finally moved in with Jasper." Samantha said. "It's about time. "Sorry. But a little scary." Bella shook her hand quickly. with a little salute. But for now. glancing at Bella and me. "Jake." Samantha said. but with those guys " Jacob chuckled. I chuckled. I'm sure it takes enough just to keep Jacob well fed on a daily basis. watching Samantha and him walk off down the aisle. any plans to come out to the club soon?" "It's hard to know with school. "I am sorry you are being so taxed. giving Jacob a little glare. Jake's girlfriend.
. Edward. I'm Samantha."Shut up." Bella whispered. we have to get back home before Paul. I'm usually not rude." I told him. "Let's start over. Jacob. Hi." I told him. giving him an exasperated look." Jacob chuckled. "Edward. "She was really cute. looking up at me. "Bella. but yes." Samantha sighed." I shook her hand first. "See you around." She put her hand out. Jacob has hisfriends over this weekend and they are eating us out of our house and home. "Catch you later." "Jake always speaks highly of you. It's nice to finally meet you." Jacob replied. "We should get together sometime. "Anyways. And to meet a friend of Jake's who doesn't want to clean out my fridge. "I didn't say it like that.
I would have protected you if necessary. We checked out and got everything back to our house. black olives. poking me in the stomach. "That was your first mistake!" she laughed. She wrapped me in her arms and said. She found what she considered to be the most authentic box of frozen Italian dessert and placed it into the cart. I'll need a bowl for each. Go ahead and cut it here at the island." "The last time I tried this. love. I flinched and she smiled wider." "The cutting board is right under the sink. and green peppers. Onions. Alice was the student and she was far from cooperative." I said." "You take direction really well." "You are the one who knows what he's doing. Edward. Bella."
. "I love you. "Can you slice the pepperoni?" I asked." "Okay. "What should I do?" Bella asked." I turned to the cabinet next to the sink and pulled out the bowls I needed." Bella nodded and we made our way over to the frozen food section. mushrooms." "And just who would have protected you?" Bella laughed. "Sure. "Let's get your dessert and get home.I leaned down and kissed her quickly." I turned on the water and started rinsing the vegetables off." "I love you more. "I normally clean and cut the vegetables first. kissing the tip of her nose. so I can use the sink for the vegetables. "You can't have two Alphas in the kitchen at the same time. putting the bowls down onto the island. "Not to worry. Bella opened the dessert and set it on the counter to defrost. I laid the ingredients out on the kitchen island.
I recognized the song by the low saxophone sound. Edward. I scooped the vegetables into their bowls. feeling happy to have introduced her to something new. "Give it a try. Bella smiled up at me. "Perfect." "You did. "This should blend nicely with our Italian theme. I turned back to the sink. "Is this enough?" I looked down at the slices on her board."So you are the Beta. I smiled. "I promise to give your music a try. I know. I looked over my shoulder to see Bella. She was gently swaying to the song as she carefully cut the slices. is there a radio down here? We need some music!" I dried off my hands and went to the little radio hidden under the cabinet next to the refrigerator. I finished washing the vegetables and pulled out the extra cutting board. Bella?" I asked." Bella wrinkled her nose at me. I gave country a try last night. I finished cutting up the vegetables and took the cutting board over to the island. "Got you!" she sang. but I'm letting you have your moment to shine. I found an oldies station I knew played Sinatra and Dean Martin. the Beta and the Omega. "Oh. She clapped her hands together and laughed at me. love. I get it!" She chuckled as she unwrapped the pepperoni." I started cutting up the vegetables as the music filled the kitchen. trying not to laugh. Would you mind washing the boards while I get the flour and dough ready?"
. I am the Alpha. "Edward." I dropped the onion I had been holding and spun around to look at her. shaking my head. "Bella " " you are absurd. It was 'Tenderly' by Ella Fitzgerald. no." she conceded.
" I said. "Stick your hand in the bag and grab the flour. I sprinkled flour on the rolling pin while I turned it with my other hand. "See? That wasn't so bad. Her brown eyes widened and she
." She giggled and clapped her hands together. She scooped the slices onto the plate then took the boards from me. I looked up at her. I stared at her. "It's easier to get it on the dough this way." "Come over here with me and let's find out. The farther away I am from the flour the better off we both are. I pressed the pin against the dough and started to flatten it out. but it was a busy tune." Bella did as I asked and managed to keep the flour on the counter." "Get over here before I go and collect you. "I'm impressed. The song on the radio changed."Not at all." "We want to feed them sometime tonight. Edward. watching me closely. I stopped a few times to sprinkle more flour on the rolling pin. Bella came over and leaned down on her elbows. I set the bag of flour in the middle of the island to be sure it wouldn't get knocked over by accident. sprinkling it over the countertop. You better do it. She chuckled. I chuckled to myself as I pulled out the dough for the pizza crust. lifting an eyebrow at her. sending a cloud of flower over her face and shirt. I looked over to see Bella dancing at the sink." she said suddenly. I moved the plate and bowls further down the island. I wasn't sure yet what it was. "Well. you've been sprinkling away and you only have flour on your hands and a little on your shirt." I explained. I opened the bag of flour and took a handful. You're going to sprinkle it over the pin while I turn it. "You have to put flour on the roller and the dough so they won't stick to each other or the island." I took the ball of dough and pressed it into the flour. waiting for her to continue." I grabbed a plate and put it onto the island. I doubt I would do that well. trying hard not to laugh. but came around the counter. rolling it until the entire ball was covered. I reached under the island and pulled out my mother's rolling pin.
I blinked my eyes open to see her smiling wickedly at me. She softly wiped away all the flour from my face and neck. She turned toward the counter. "Is she mad?" "No. she gave me a little kiss on the lips. I tried to stop myself from laughing so I could apologize. She laughed and tried to get her wrists away from me. you stay away from the flour. I instinctively closed my eyes and felt something hit my face and neck. Let's get this mess cleaned so we can finish making the pizza." she said. unsure of what I was planning." "Deal!" She wet the end of the dishcloth and turned to me. "You two start cleaning up the extra flour. "You'll have to shower the rest out of your hair tonight." I finally managed. I started laughing at her. Bella stared up at me. She squealed. "Don't forget to wash your hands. I took the towel from her and cleaned her cheeks off."
. She turned back to me. When she was done. "I was teaching Bella how to make pizza. This time. I returned her wicked grin as I strode forward. I held her arms at her sides and rubbed my cheeks against hers. giving back some of the flour. I couldn't hold it in any longer. clutching at my side as I shook hard from it. "What on Earth?" my mother yelled from the doorway. "Be Bel Bella. She's up to something." I replied with a smile. "It looks like you were teaching her how to make a mess. I'll be right back. I wiped a finger against my cheek and held it out before me. I looked up to see her trying not to smile." my mother chuckled." She left the room. locking her between my body and the counter. brushing a few strands away from my forehead. cocking her arm back. She had pelted me with flour. I kissed her forehead.looked down at herself and then up at me.
It took me nearly a week to get it all out. carrying the sauce jar. I turned and pulled out a spreader from the utensil drawer. she left everything to me with instructions to live a good life with Carlisle and raise a loving family. dear." Bella put down the sauce jar and I laid the spreader on the edge of the crust. My Aunt snapped this picture. I pulled out a tray and set the crust on it. Bella came back over. "Just as your parents are of you. "Thank you for showing me that." Bella said softly. Your father used to save up and once a month. I went back to the island and finished up with the crust. Now! No more dilly-dallying! If you get the pizza in the oven in the next ten minutes. I retaliated." "I bet your aunt is very proud of you. "Stop for just a second. he would buy expensive ingredients and make a special dinner for us. Your father decided home-made pizza would be our special dinner. it will be ready just as your father gets home. the dough was sticking to everything but itself. I chuckled. We didn't have much money and we could never afford to eat out. They appeared to be covered in flour. My mother smiled brightly and put her hand on Bella's cheek. my Aunt Elizabeth was visiting. She told me she was positive Carlisle and I would have a lasting marriage. we lived in a very tiny apartment near the college campus. I have something I want to show you. Well."
. My mother came back into the room. We sat down and she pushed a photo towards us. when I pointed out that he hadn't used enough flour he tossed a handful at me. When she passed away a few years later. I was trying to help him and he kept trying to tell me he knew what he was doing. We followed my mother over to the kitchen table. kissing her cheek.She smiled at me and turned toward the sink. Mind you." Bella stood and walked over to the counter. She slowly poured the sauce onto the crust while I spread it out. It was a young couple laughing and hugging. We ended up coating each other and every possible surface with flour. "What is this?" "When your father and I were first together. She said she'd never seen two people who could take such a mundane moment and turn it into a beautiful memory. On this night. I moved toward my mother and leaned down.
"I love you and I'm sorry for the last few years. My life felt complete and it could all be traced back to choosing to go to dinner with Alice. And when school started back up in the fall." I smiled at how easily my mother had forgiven me. We would have the entire summer together this year! I wouldn't be working and I wouldn't need summer school for math this time. Go and help Bella now. They had an appointment next week that would tell us if it was a girl or a boy! I was going to be someone's aunt!
. I walked over to Bella and kissed her cheek. we would be free to set a date for our wedding! Alice and I were making plans for Edward's birthday next month. Even more thrilling. I was learning to play his piano in secret so I could play for his birthday. of course! But cleaning wasn't the thrilling thing. I really would have to get her something special for her birthday. I felt completely happy and free. It was that today was the last day of classes for Edward! I'd had my last final yesterday.Conversations I was dancing with excitement as I cleaned up our room. I was the messy one. Three months of nothing but time with Edward. "Bella and you remind me so much of your father and I. it would be the final semester for both of us. after graduation." "I know. Alice was in charge of the venue and decorations and she was as thrilled as she had been planning Emmett and Rosalie's wedding! My brother and sister-in-law had gotten married the previous summer and Rose was now four months pregnant. I stopped and sighed happily at that thought.
Chapter 62 . She smiled brightly at me. For the first time in years. son." I hugged her and kissed her again.She patted my shoulder. doing whatever we wanted. Edward and I had been living together in his parents home for a little over a year now. Be happy. warming my heart even more. What you have with Bella is very special and will last forever if you take good care of it. Edward. We would be graduating right before Christmas. He was going to be so blown away! We were planning a huge surprise party for him. No need to speak of it.
I could ponder my happy life later. "He can be ten times the doctor I could ever be. Esme. Edward kept them all away. I thought I was alone in the house. I love Bella as if she were my own daughter. "No matter what path Edward chooses. I hadn't had any nightmares since right before Emmett moved out of the house. "He's so bright. my darling husband. "How can you say that? You know that Edward's choice not to attend medical school is his own." "Carlisle!" Esme fussed. even though I couldn't understand how it could be possible. He was as much of a gentleman and as concerned for my happiness as he ever had been. She really was much nicer outside of the grocery store. Edward and I had even gone on a few double-dates with Jacob and Samantha. he will be using one of his many talents and he will go above and beyond to be the best at it. you're being silly. If he's constantly being paged or going to seminars he'll never do it. I repositioned my bundle so I could knock. but then my ear picked up what they were talking about." "You are wrong. "Don't get me wrong. I shook my head to clear my mind. He was still just as wonderful and perfect as he had been when I met him." Esme countered. It's a waste. I truly do. We alternated between the movies and going to the club where Jacob worked. but I heard his parents' voices coming from the open door to his father's study. Esme." Esme said." "Esme. "Carlisle. but I can't help but feel Edward will be settling if he chooses to become a music instructor at his college. I wanted him to have the best life possible. We spent every Saturday night meeting up with everyone." Carlisle replied. Edward meant everything to me and I loved him more than I could ever say. I'm sorry. I needed to get this work done. And I found I loved him a little more each day. But I don't see how she can let him toss it all away.I let my mind drift back over the last year and a half with Edward. And think of the lives our son would touch with his
. I grabbed up our dirty clothes and headed downstairs to do a load of laundry. But he'll never choose that path with Bella in his life. He can't stand to leave her side even for school as it is." Carlisle insisted.
I thought we agreed we would let them make the choices that allowed them the best life possible. Edward. I had always wondered just how long this amazing life with him would last. He had been at least considering it when I met him. I was in danger of sobbing at any moment. It was only temporarily ours. This was going to be his room again. I had always known that possibility existed. you'll be able to be my friend. After everything Edward had ever done for me. Esme. but it's not his passion." Carlisle sighed. Please don't go back to being distant. I made my way back up to our room. "I just think the best life for Edward would be medical school. As quietly and as quickly as possible. Have you ever watched his face when he talks about his music or plays? He may be smart enough to be a brilliant surgeon. I'll always love you. I found my book bag and tore out a sheet of paper. Love. Carlisle was right. I wouldn't be the thing that held him back. Our futures lay down different roads and we can't reach them together like we once hoped. I'll send Em over for the rest of my stuff to make it easier for you. He deserved better. I never want to hurt you and I'm sorry if this does that in any way. But. In the back of my mind. I found a pen and sat down to decide how to say goodbye in a way he would understand. Bella
. Now. It would be too selfish of me." I couldn't listen anymore. You know the number if you want to talk. You'll always be my best friend. too. Please know I will always love you. every kindness he'd ever shown me I had just been thinking of how I wanted him to have the best possible life I just hadn't realized it didn't include me. I was doing this for him loved him enough to walk away.love of music. Maybe one day." "We did. I loved him so much. I thought we always said we wanted our children to be passionate about every part of their lives. I couldn't let him throw away medical school for me. he refused to even discuss it with his father. You have to stay your same loving self for Alice and your parents and our friends. I closed the door and cried out. Edward. I looked around the room. it hurt. I couldn't let Edward pass up medical school.
It hurt my foot more than the truck. I slammed my door shut and locked it. I took my bag and backpack and made my way out of the house. I was pretty sure it was for the last time. Emmett had never gotten around to selling it so it would thankfully be empty. I threw myself on my bed and cried into my pillow. He always took off his watch and laid it on the dresser as soon as he came into his room. I tried not to think. At some point. my truck made a loud groaning noise and died. I fell into a fitful sleep. I put my cell phone right on top. I was lucky enough to not be seen by his parents. I didn't want them to feel bad for watching out for their son. Then I yanked my bags and myself out of the truck. I grabbed a bag and packed as many clothes as I could fit. I kept it going until my throat started to hurt. As I pulled into the driveway. telling me how much he loved me. Anger was much better than hurt. I took off the promise ring he had given me. In this dream. trying to run away from the pain that was quickly clenching my heart. I put the ring inside the paper and laid it on his dresser. I angrily wiped away my tears with the back of my hands. The very idea of Edward not being at my side made me feel like I was being ripped in two. I knew this was the first place he would go when he got home. tossing little plastic shards everywhere. I climbed into my truck and started it up. Loosing my parents hadn't even hurt this much. I slammed the door shut and kicked it hard with my foot. It wouldn't be right to keep it since I was still on his plan. I grabbed the first thing I could touch and threw it hard against the far wall. but every happy memory I'd shared with Edward over the past year and half went through my mind. It shattered on impact.
. I pushed the engine as hard as it would go.I took the page and folded it in half. I was lying on my bed and crying in my sleep while Edward was banging on my door. I laughed ruefully then screamed angrily. I slammed my fists into the roof of the old truck. stomped up the stairs and threw my bags into my room. The dream was wonderful and I knew it would hurt all the more when I woke up. I locked the door. I looked at the items on his dresser. I screamed again. The tears and sobs shook me as I made my way to the house I had grown up in. I limped over to the house. It ended up being a CD case. This was probably the single worst day of my life. He was begging me to let him in. I used the key under the eave and let myself in.
I chuckled in my sleep... "Bella." my dream Edward said.. That only happened in movies. It was all wrong. "I can't wake up right now. I couldn't help it. Edward was not coming here. As soon as he read my letter and talked to his parents. This is just a really crazy dream. This was a really funny dream. I knew I had vivid dreams but this was ridiculous. Esme would be standing there. I smiled as I heard Edward's angry growl in my sleep. He's probably going over medical school choices with his dad. pressing his face against mine. It was such an absurd dream. Humor was even better than anger or hurt. if he ever talked to me again. Edward is at his house. They'd probably sit together at the big oak desk in Carlisle's study. Sure. He sounded like a lion when he did that. Edward had muscles and he was quite strong." Even his chuckle was perfect in this dream. "Bella! Damn it! Open this door or I'm kicking it in!" this dream version of him yelled. I giggled. too vivid . he would know medical school was his true path. I chuckled again as I heard the crash of the door as it flew open and slammed into the wall. I suddenly felt his arms around me. and too wrong.I knew this would never really happen. He would go onto medical school and become as accomplished as his father. I am here. but he would never really kick in a door." "Why not?" "You won't be here when I do." "Bella. I could just picture the doorknob sticking in the wall. And then I realized how stupid it was to think that and I started sobbing in my dream all over again. I didn't want this dream anymore." he sighed. please wake up." "Bella. He was going to stay at his house and go over medical schools with is father. He would probably even thank me someday.." "Nope. I tried to tear myself away from it. proud of both of them. My mind wouldn't even leave me in peace! "Bella.
. It was too much . I could feel him and smell his breath.
which means we both make equal choices and have equal responsibilities for our decisions. I must have been asleep for hours. Please open your eyes and look at me. I thought about his words. "What about my parents?" he asked as he kissed my cheek." He reached out and wiped my tears away as he smiled at me. I thought about how the arms around me were snug and warm. and very real. green ones. I tried to sit up. where you belong. my only love. I don't belong there. what are you doing here?" "I came to get you and take you back home." He moved me so I was sitting up and facing him." "But you would never choose the right path. I don't care about what job I have when I finish school." "They're the same thing. "Edward. Edward. You do." "No. you aren't dreaming. I opened my puffy eyes and stared right into his sad. but he refused to let me go. Edward. I only care that at the end of the day.How dare he laugh at me! Dream version or not! "Why are you laughing at me?" "Because." "Bella. His eyes were full of love as he stared into mine. "But your parents " I started. "Bella. Bella.
. I appreciate what you are trying to do. You would choose the one that gave you time with me. I thought about how my face felt wet from real tears. You're delirious from getting yourself so upset. You need to go to medical school. The sun had set and the moon was up. Edward never yelled at me. they're not. That's what you were supposed to do before I came along. "Bella. "I can't believe you would think you have the right to choose my path all by yourself! This is supposed to be our life." I made myself be completely still. I looked around the room to the window. you are the only future that matters to me. That being said " His eyes darkened to reveal his anger. I am going home to you. stop thinking and listen to me!" His yelling made me pause." "No.
I thought you were happy with them. This was the only place I ever cared to be. filling my nose and lungs with his wonderful smell. "I didn't mean to eavesdrop. too." I wrapped my arms around him and pressed my face against his neck." "And that's what brought all this on?" he asked. his eyes growing dark with anger again. I'm not settling by choosing to be a college instructor. I could only nod my head. then it doesn't matter how much it hurts me. I was getting ready to do our laundry and noticed they were home. Bella." I mumbled. looking carefully at me. "About that whole instructor thing I talked to Mr." I admitted." "Bella. I decided now would be a good time to tell him about the rest of my day."
. I took a deep breath. And nothing that hurts you could ever be right for me. I feel like I'm being extremely selfish to be so happy and to not think of your future. He pulled me into a tight hug and kissed the top of my head. "How do you know that?" he asked. Edward!" "I want to be with you in the same way. I pulled back and looked into his face. It didn't matter where we were in a house. Jones today."Your dad sounds so upset about you not going to medical school. I'm providing myself with a way to have normal hours to get home to you all the sooner. or a box! As long as Edward was holding tightly to me. "Edward. it didn't matter. just as your happiness is my happiness. a boat. this is our future for us to decide. I don't care if my father isn't happy with my choices. And if this is what I need to do for you. Your pain is my pain. So happy I couldn't even believe it most days! Don't you see! That's why I feel so awful your dad is upset! Edward. I was going to say hello to them. Do you want to be with me?" "Of course! With everything in me." His voice was so full of sadness with that last sentence. You've done so much for me. I have been happy. "Bella. "I accidentally overheard him talking to your mom. My heart ached for putting him through this. but then I heard them fussing about you. I am happy with them. you are the only thing that matters to me.
" "We only have the one semester left. How could you ever think this wouldn't be enough for me?" He looked away for a second. He smiled up at me. Sims from my school set up a meeting with him for me. Right now! Tonight!" "Edward. "Bella. Edward? Are you sure you want to live on teacher salaries? With me?" "Bella. let's get married. I couldn't help but smile at him. His green eyes were sparkling with excitement and love. "Don't you want to marry me. do you trust me?" "From the moment I met you. Let's fly out tonight. his eyes sad again. I don't want to wait until we finish school." Edward lifted my face up by my chin. my favorite crooked smile on his face. "What are you thinking?" "Bella. And everyone will be so upset if we leave them out. "Bella! That's the best news I've gotten all day!" "Are you sure this is what you want. There were no doubts or possible regrets on my end." I chuckled. Jones
head of the English department at my school?"
I nodded my head.
. come away with me." He reached into his pocket and pulled out my ring. and spirit. body. then turned his attention back to me. "This is Seattle. he'll offer me a contract for the job. He looked over my papers and grades and said he'll give me a shot at the job. Bella?" he asked." He held me gently at my elbows."Mr. His eyes were dancing with playfulness." he sighed. "Mrs. in mind. He put it back on my finger and kissed it. "How could I want anything else? You are the most beautiful woman. not Vegas!" "Bella. And for some reason. It'll only take a few hours to get there. "Bella. I get a semester to prove myself and if he likes me. you love me with your whole heart. Jones has a position opening up right after graduation. Please! Say you'll come away with me and be my wife. Mr." I was trying to keep him from making a choice we would regret. The thought of becoming his wife tonight filled me with butterflies and joy.
but you might regret not involving our family and friends." I put a hand against his cheek. nearly causing me to tumble over. I needed to remember that. will you marry me?" I smiled up at him. I just want it to be you and me. He would be my husband for the rest of our lives. I just don't want us to make a rash decision and then regret it. "Edward!" I giggled. I would never try it again. He was so happy and in such a hurry I had to laugh at him as he pulled me from the bed. All of our little and big choices were just that ours! We each had equal say-so. We need to be careful on the stairs. Edward released me from the kiss and took my hand tightly."Of course I want to marry you! It's all I've been thinking about for months now! Edward. Right now. Edward negotiated with the attendant and got us on a flight to Vegas that was leaving shortly. "Tonight you will be my wife.
. "Please! You know I'm clumsy. He was right. He returned the smile as he took my hand and led me out to the Volvo. staring deeply into each other's eyes. We would be married tonight. Bella. They can be a part of that." He pulled me against him and kissed me with so much love and desire. He set me down in the living room and we stared at each other for a long moment. We sat in first class." "We can have a party when we get back. I was stupid to ever think of walking away from this man. "Yes. "Bella." he sighed as he ran his hand from my cheek to my neck. We made it to the airport quickly. "I would never regret becoming your wife. I'm sure we wore matching goofy grins." he whispered against my lips. it was staggering. We had just enough time to make it through security and board the plane." He scooped up my legs and carried me bridal style down the stairs. Edward. I would be his wife! "Isabella." I nodded happily.
" I smiled happily at him." "I've always felt just as deeply for you. looking shyly at me. He slowly pulled me close and kissed me deeply." "Why not?" "I'm not sure how you'll take it. Edward Anthony Cullen. I knew I would never find anyone else who loved me the way you do. And then when she came over with her husband."
. "When did you decide you wanted us to get married one day?" "I don't know if I should tell you. too soon." "Edward!" "During the Opera. "The couple with the ship and horseshoes? They were so cute and old. You got sick that day. It let me know just how much you cared for me. I was already worried I liked you too much. And then. the way you saved all of your questions for intermission and after the play." he admitted. "Do you remember Frank and Cecile from your job?" he asked. "Even then you were falling for me. I closed the distance and kissed my soon-to-be husband. I was already thinking about all the trips we could take and how they would all be great because of how you see the world so differently. "I was more spooked. I was pretty sure no one could love you more than I could." "Why then?" "Well. she told me you were a special girl and I should marry you quick before someone else scooped you up. Cecile said something to me. He was the only person who could call me that without me minding." "I wasn't exactly sick.I smiled. I'll prove it to you by becoming Mrs. cupping his hand against my neck. I didn't know what I was more afraid of my feelings for you or the idea that someone else would be with you. weren't you?" "Completely!" he agreed. And in just a few hours. at the Opera.
" I replied.Vegas Bella was finally going to be my wife." "Thank you. There was a man in a very expensive looking suit behind the counter." "So do I.
." He pulled me in for another remarkable kiss." I nodded toward Bella and the man immediately understood. "We have one of our 750GR rooms available. I kept leaning over and kissing some part of her face or hand. she didn't bother arguing about the money I spent on her. I'd learned over the last year and a half that as long as she didn't see or hear the total." The man stared at his computer for a few moments. I was squealing on the inside! I was about to become Edward's wife! Emmett would kill us both for sneaking off. Let me just see what we have available. I paid for our ride and escorted Bella inside. "Certainly. Edward. "No need to tell me the total.He kissed the back of my hand. Please be sure to return it when you check out tomorrow. "Yes. "Any particular requests for your room?" the man questioned." "Bella Cullen!" I chuckled. We will be flying out in the morning. "Welcome to Mandalay Bay Hotel and Casino. Isabella Cullen. I couldn't contain my excitement. love." I replied. "Mrs. but I couldn't bring myself to care! Bella Cullen! That was soon to be me!
Chapter 63 . "Just the one night?" the man asked. I believe you will find it fits your needs perfectly. "A view of the bay would be nice. Every mode of transportation we took seemed to be moving too slow the Volvo. the plane this taxi! Our taxi finally pulled up in front of the hotel. How may I assist you?" "I would like to get a room for the night." I handed him my credit card. "I really like the sound of that." I explained. Here is your key card.
"Bella. Have a pleasant night. Which date sounds better to you?" "I really don't care as long as at the end of one of them." Alice yelled. Edward?"
. The excitement in her voice thrilled me. She'll just keep calling if you don't. then let's just go tonight." the man said. We'll be home tomorrow night. Bella walked over to the large windows and looked out on the night. you are my wife. you can go up and enjoy your room. we are fine. "Thank you for choosing to stay with us." she said." "Edward Anthony! Where the hell are you? Where is Bella? What happened? Mom is freaking out! She says she heard you yelling and then you took off out of the house without a word! She says she hasn't seen Bella all day and that she was supposed to be at home today. We were quiet as we made our way up to the floor and into the room." I walked over to her and wrapped my arms around her." "What do you mean you're away together? Away where?" "Alice. We're away together. pointing at the areas. "Hello." I flipped the phone open." "What's going on." "Well. My phone started ringing." "You better answer it." I wrapped an arm around Bella's waist and led her over to the elevators."If you'll just sign here and here. "Bella is fine. I signed his form and shook his hand. "Alice. setting my chin on her shoulder. She really did want this as much as me. I pulled it out to see my sister's name flashing. "What are you thinking?" "I was trying to decide if we should get married tonight or tomorrow morning.
"Hi."Our parents were having another conversation about medical school and Bella overheard it." "We will. I'm fine. Rose! Is Emmett around?" Bella looked up at me and gave me a small smile. "Hi. I will tell you everything when we get home. She was biting at her lip." Bella sighed as she took my phone. Well. Ali." "Alice. Em." "I expected as much. Just to warn you. I can attempt to wait until you get home." I closed the phone and looked up at Bella." "You're doing something very un-Edward of you." "Oh. after I retrieved her and put her ring back on her finger. I promise. Be safe and get home quickly. She dialed Emmett's number as she sat on the edge of the bed. However misguided my father was. he was only doing what he thought was best for me. No. aren't you?" Alice asked." "Ouch! Um Guess that explains why you didn't tell them where you were going. Wait! Yeah."
"Considering they ran off the love of my life and made her feel selfish " I stopped talking. trying to reign in my temper. so please tell me where you are. I love you both. I pulled her to me and hugged her tightly. She says you need to call Emmett. if you would just let me talk! There was a misunderstanding and I went out for awhile. I didn't respond. Alice just wanted to make sure you and I were okay. Edward came and found me and we talked things over. "Everything is fine. you don't need to break
. No. but it was late so we just decided to stay the night where we were. "Okay. Night. We'll be home tomorrow night. no! Is Bella okay?" "She is now. "You know I'm not going to say anything. we'll all be at the house when you get back." "Have Bella call Emmett. No.
"I love you. Esme called him in a panic saying she'd heard you screaming and that you'd run out of the house. We found the book and a bunch of brochures with it. Yes. Love you too." "He was convinced you had done something to hurt me. "Then let's go get married. you ran away?" "I love you enough to walk away if that's what's best for you." "That's your fault." I knelt down in front of her." "And instead of waiting to speak with me. I couldn't sit still! I was too excited! Bella was finally going to be my wife and have my name." She smiled at me and it was absolutely breathtaking. You threw our laundry all over the floor. "Isabella." "You really mean that?" I took her hand and put it over my heart." "I love you. It was a misunderstanding." "I was on my way to do the laundry when I heard your parents talking." I told her." "Let's find the phone book and see what chapel we would like to go to. love. I went through the phone book while she checked the brochures. "This one looks nice."
. standing up and pulling her with me. you will always be what's best for me." I laughed as I hugged her tightly to me. She handed a brochure to me. I love you and I could never have any kind of life if you weren't in it. I know you love me. "With every beat of my heart and every fiber in my soul. Edward. Bella. Edward. She said our room looked like a tornado hit it. Em. taking her hands into mine.anyone's face. Give Rose a hug and kiss her belly for me." "That didn't sound very nice.
Bella took the bathroom and I changed by the bed. "Let's go see what we can find to wear. I will be too busy screaming to the world that you are my wife to care about anything else. My shirt was an ivory button-up. "Bella. The chapel was called Mon Bel Ami and offered a large variety of wedding packages. I was just getting my shoes on when Bella stepped out of the bathroom." She smiled and nodded as she took my hand. I hung up the phone and smiled at my beautiful Bella. but only as if we're going to a really nice restaurant. showing the slip underneath at the very bottom." I pulled out my phone and dialed the chapel. I had found a nice pair of black slacks and a jacket to match. We went into the men's clothing store and found pants and a shirt for me fairly quickly. We headed back up to our room to change." "I think I know just where to go.
. The skirt was feminine and flowing. Do you want a dress?" "Not a wedding dress. Since I wasn't going to wear a tie I left a few buttons open at the top. I couldn't wait to see her in the dress. I decided Bella should find her dress first and then I would find something to match it. "This does look nice. I chose a time slot that would give us an hour and a half to get ready and get there.I took the brochure from her and scanned it. Since it was in the middle of the week. She was breathtaking and all mine. complete with pictures. I think we should dress up. We went across the hotel and over to the shops." "And you are sure you aren't going to regret not having our family and friends here?" she asked. I still didn't have an answer. A black strip of cloth ran just under her breasts and tied into a bow just before her side. Let me make the reservation with the chapel and then we can go find the clothing. they had several openings. studying my face closely. She had pulled her hair away from her face with the clip she had purchased. The dress she was wearing was ivory colored and strapless. absolutely stunning. She was a vision. She even kept herself from looking at the price tag. There are some shops here in the hotel. and looking at this vision in white. I'd asked myself a million times how I'd gotten so lucky to be with an angel. We went through three stores before she found the dress she wanted.
I will take them over to Eleazar. will handle the music. Now. Tanya smiled at us." the woman chuckled." "No need to flatter me." I replied. love. Under the name Cullen. I walked over to her and kissed her cheek. "You two look just perfect together. Lovely names by the way. I think you two are definitely in that category. The marriage will be legally binding. "Welcome to Mon Bel Ami." I chuckled as I finished with my shoe. I've seen many couples come in here and I have a knack for knowing the ones that will truly stay together. The chapel was slightly tacky with all of the gold drapery and coloring everywhere. Kate and Irina. "Very happy indeed."You look beautiful. I see we have just enough time to go over the ceremony package you've chosen. His wife. She was very tall with wavy blonde hair and pale blue eyes. I've already agreed to marry you. My heart swelled at her happiness. It's just a service provided as part of the package. Tanya checked her book. It's the absolute truth. I don't have a word to explain to you just how wonderful you look right now. Please step over here with me and I will explain everything. Bella. Are you guests or a happy couple?" "Happy couple!" Bella answered with a large smile. will film and photograph the ceremony. "Edward! We forgot about rings!"
. My sisters. You can decide for yourselves what you would like to purchase after the ceremony. but more than that. Do you have a slot reserved?" "Yes. You are not required to purchase anything. Edward. Edward and Isabella. Bella and I sat on one and Tanya sat across from us. If you'll hand me the rings. but I refused to let Bella marry me in a drive-thru or in front of Elvis. Kate and Irina will also serve as your witnesses. Carmen. "It's not flattery. I flagged a taxi for us and we made our way over to the chapel." We followed Tanya through a door and into a little room with two sofas facing each other." We gathered our things together and headed downstairs. onto the specifics! Eleazar is our ordained minister and he will perform the service. One of the staff members met us at the door." Bella turned to me with wide eyes. "Here you are. "I am Tanya and I thank you for choosing our chapel for your special day.
we will start. squeezing Bella's hand." Bella replied. "Yes. Alice had actually dragged me out the very next day after Bella had pointed them out. She handed the box over and we stood to follow Tanya out." "How long have you had these?" Bella asked. "Welcome. "Oh. "I am honored to be uniting the two of you in holy matrimony.I smiled at her and pulled a box out of my jacket. I leaned over and kissed her cheek. An older gentleman with long white hair was standing at the altar." the man said. "Alice." she giggled." I replied.
. staring intently at our wedding bands. thank you. "Do you want processional music?" Tanya asked. I'm not very steady in heels. I didn't want to take the chance of the design being retired before we set a date. I watched them talking and smiling as I helped Bella down the aisle. I opened the box and showed her the rings inside. "Ready?" "Very. Tanya approached him and handed him the box with the rings. We followed her into the chapel. Tanya smiled and nodded. May I have the rings now?" Bella laughed as she wiped at her eyes. her eyes moist. "Just a few months. "No. smiling at us. Edward and Isabella. She took the box from me. It's safer if Edward just walks with me. "But that's the exact one I was going to get you! How did you know?" I shrugged and smiled." I explained. As soon as Kate and Irina join us. hugging me tightly around the neck. Edward!" she cried." Tanya chuckled. Is that okay?" "Perfect. "You two will certainly make it.
and no doubt. I looked into her eyes and lost myself in them. now and forever?" "Wait!" Bella cried. it made me feel weak. Marriage is founded in love. brown eyes. forgetting everything but the knowledge that she loved me. I would deal with it.She looked up at me and smiled warmly. "Ah! There you two are. do you take Bella to be your wife. no regret. She turned toward Eleazar. The other woman had shoulder length black hair and eyes that were so brown. I didn't know how. We are gathered here in the Mon Bel Ami chapel to permanently unite two souls in holy matrimony. I hoped the horror I felt inside didn't show too much on my face. "Are you ready to begin?" Bella and I looked at each other and smiled." The tall one nodded at us. I could see her love for me in her deep. "Let's try that again. "Of course. Edward. That would be the short girl. We turned to Eleazar and nodded our heads. Bella squeezed my hand." I replied. Edward Anthony Cullen. It is not easy. now and forever?" "I do. trying to clear out the panic that had flooded my system. do you take Isabella Marie Swan to be your wife. If Bella was changing her mind. "Our photographer is Irina. Bella and I turned around to see who Eleazar was talking to. One woman looked no taller than Alice. but I would find some way. but it has so many rewards for those willing to make the most of it. but I couldn't look away. with light brown hair and the same pale blue eyes as Tanya.
. "The one with the video camera is Kate. "Perfect!" he laughed." Eleazar chuckled. "Can we please just use Edward and Bella? We don't use our formal names. Her gaze was so intense. There was no fear. The ways this woman affects me I shook my head slightly. Bella squeezed my hand and smiled at me. "Let's get started then. they looked black. cemented by trust. it was her right." Eleazar explained." Eleazar said suddenly." My heart finally started beating again and I let out a sigh of relief. and grows with compromise and understanding. smiling brightly at Bella. It was maddening to keep myself from leaning down and kissing her.
repeat those same words. May you be blessed with love. now and forever?" "I do. I now pronounce you husband and wife. Bella. When she grabbed the side of my hand." She kissed my ring and smiled up at me as she said. "Edward. Edward. Edward. Eleazar took out our rings and placed them on the book he was holding. it's your turn. Edward. The only pictures she wanted were of us kissing each other's rings and our first kiss as husband and wife. I wrapped my arms around Bella and kissed her with as much passion as I could get away with in front of witnesses." I lifted her hand and kissed her ring. will you take Bella's ring?" I took the ring from the book and held it at the tip of Bella's finger. the shake left hers completely. We kept getting stopped so people could congratulate us. When I let Bella go." "With the power vested in me. I thee wed." Eleazar instructed. calling her attention to him. keeping her eyes on mine. I thee wed. Bella's hand was shaking as she took my ring from the book. She slid the ring on. "With this ring. by the state of Nevada. "Bella."Bella. her face and neck were bright red and her smile was glorious. We made it back to the hotel about an hour later. smiling brighter than any sun or star ever had." I held Bella's gaze and started sliding the ring down her finger. Bella decided we should get a copy of the video for the family. "These rings are a symbol of your commitment to each other and to your marriage." Eleazar said. "With this ring. "Do you take Edward to be your husband.
." Eleazar stated. Kate and Irina took us into a little office and showed us the video and pictures." Bella said. We made our way to the front of the building. Take Edward's ring and as you put it on. I thee wed'." She blushed and lowered her face and hand slowly. happiness and family for all the days of your life together. "I love you. "I love you. slide the ring onto Bella's finger and say 'With this ring. Bella and I had both been smiling like idiots all the way back. kiss your bride.
but they are so intertwined that I felt one would do." "I love you." I started at the outside of the band. we're married!" she cried. the second is your spirit. leaning my forehead against hers. Cullen. this wedding band is amazing. the third is your smile. but she had two small emeralds on each side of her diamond. Hers was styled the same. and the final is your heart and soul. So much so. now and forever." "That's two. brushing my lips against hers. "Yes. Mrs. I spun her around once as she laughed. "You are Bella Cullen." Bella giggled. I still can't believe any of this is real. Once they were off." "Once Alice showed me the band you had picked out for me. holding tightly to my neck. she ran to me and jumped into my arms." "I love you. "I couldn't agree more. "Edward. Husband. but I have to say. I love you so much." I said. my wife. Wife!" "I think now would be an excellent time for you to show me just how much you love me." she said. but I promise to never take it for granted. my life. I don't even want to know how much money you spent to get this made." I whispered. Bella lifted our hands and stared at our wedding bands. This first is your mind. Cullen. "You know how much I love my promise ring. Mr. My band was thick with a single diamond in the middle.I closed the door to our room and turned to see Bella taking off her shoes. They matched. I knew I wanted yours to match.
. "Edward." "You are my love. wrapping her arms around my neck. I wrapped my arms around her back and leaned down to kiss my wife. "Each of these emeralds represents something I love about you." I replied.
Edward Anthony?" I quickly grabbed Alice into an awkward hug. dumb dolt! You didn't even let me be there for it or plan it! What's wrong with you." he chuckled. We looked at each other and started laughing.Telling the Family Edward parked the Volvo in the driveway." Alice squealed and attacked us. giving them all a small wave."
. "It appears so. once again making my cheeks hurt. "Hi. Everyone was in the living room. "We're married. Jasper and Carlisle were watching TV while the ladies were talking quietly. Cullen?" The sound of my new name caused a giant grin to break across my face. I looked up at Edward and he was still smiling as goofily as he had been last night when we left the chapel." I said. putting her hands on her hips. Cullen! Bella Cullen! Those words just kept ringing through my head as I held and kissed her. Not that I had room to talk! I could feel the same grin on my face. he turned off the TV. He kissed my forehead and pulled me further into the house. "Are you ready. Mr. keeping her from hitting Edward any further. "OH MY GOD! I'm so happy for you!" She pulled away and started slapping Edward's arms and chest. When Emmett looked up and saw us. "Bella and I have a little something we'd like to tell you all. knocking us back a few steps. "Absolutely. We stared at Emmett's Jeep and Alice's Porsche for a moment.My wife! Mrs. It was very spontaneous. Alice. My wife! I'd never known this kind of love and joy could exist. Emmett. And now that I had it.
Chapter 64 ." He kissed my hand before holding our wedding bands out toward our family. "So which one of you wants to explain?" Alice asked. We got out of the car and he took my hand as we walked up the steps and entered the house. Mrs. Cullen!" I leaned over and quickly kissed Edward. "Relax. "You big. I would protect it with everything in me. "It's going to be a long night!" I laughed.
"Thank you. "I'm disappointed I wasn't there. you both have to keep quiet and enjoy the party I put together for you." I said." Emmett released us and kissed my cheek. Emmett slowly stood up and walked over to Edward and me." I started crying as I hugged him back. smiling at her." "We wouldn't dream of interrupting your fun. I love you guys. He just nodded at Edward and kissed my cheek. Squirt. "Alice." Alice hugged us both again. I would have had you give me away. We didn't seem to need words.
." "Thank you. If I had wanted a big wedding. Carlisle sat at his desk and Esme stood next to him." Edward replied. "I'm glad you're happy. Edward and I sat on the small couch in the room. He could tell we were very happy and we could tell he was happy for us." He turned toward his sister. But you know how I hate attention. He pulled us into a tight hug. but we wanted a very small and simple ceremony. we love you all very much. wiping away my tears. "I'll say." Rose said as she came over and hugged me. Squirt.Alice nodded and I let her go. Bella. but I'm happy you're happy. "Can we speak with you upstairs?" We followed his parents into Carlisle's study. "We just wanted to make it official. Jasper came over and hugged us next. then I'm okay with it. As long as this is really what you want. I was hoping you could whip together an announcement party for us in the next couple of weeks. "Edward. "I would love to! I can't wait! I already have a million ideas for it." he replied. "Emmett?" I called. "Are you going to say something?" I asked." Esme said softly. Emmett." "I know. Please understand. Emmett. too! And since you two snuck off without me. pulling me back into his arms. "What brought this on?" "I couldn't wait any longer for Bella to be my wife. Bella. My big brother was just staring at us.
" Esme said. Bella." Carlisle said as he kissed my cheek. "Carlisle. "Bella." Edward explained." Carlisle stood up and walked over to us." Esme mused. "We see it everyday in the way you two look at each other. moving over and sitting next to us. holding me even tighter. The tears came and started falling silently from my eyes. we only get this one shot at living. I am the one who has been selfish. I wanted to say 'hi' to you both. but then I heard what you were saying. we know that. "I was on my way downstairs and I heard you talking. You are so far from it. But as for why we did this now " Edward looked down at me and smiled. Esme turned back to us and looked at me closely. just as his music is. "If that were true. didn't you?" I dropped my eyes and nodded my head. He pulled me against his side. We love you." "Bella. You are those things for Edward. He hugged us both tightly. "You heard." "Bella thought she was being selfish so she tried to leave me. I was so wrapped up in what I thought Edward should be doing with his life that I didn't notice what Edward wanted to do with his life. It should be filled with the things that make us feel complete and happy. He frowned deeply. "Edward." He shook his head slowly."Why did you run off and get married like that?" Esme asked. Mrs." She turned and looked at her husband." "Edward.
. "She had packed her clothing and left me a note with her ring and phone. He motioned for us to stand. then the discussions about medical school would have ended long ago." "Bella has never wanted a big wedding and I only want to make her happy. Cullen." "That explains the scream. I promise you that no one thinks you're selfish. I am sorry for what you heard." Esme clutched her throat and turned to stare at Carlisle for a moment. She took my hand and lifted my face. I am sorry you heard anything that would make you think you're selfish. She was obviously upset about not being there to see us get married. "I needed some way to show Bella and everyone else that she is and will always be the most important thing in my life. "Allow me to officially welcome you to our family. you know how much we were all looking forward to planning a wedding after graduation. As my wife pointed out to me during that conversation.
Cullen." I sighed. Bella. love. "They took it much better than I thought they would."Thank you. Edward. I love you. both of us just enjoying the fact that we were together and married. Mr." I giggled. "Who has the first question?" I joked. He kissed my forehead and wrapped an arm around my waist. "They knew the day would come." "It would appear so. "I am so happy to be your wife." "How could I not.
. "Did Angela teach you that?" I laughed. "Where did you go?" "Vegas." Esme said." "Probably. take Bella upstairs so she can clean up a bit before you two come down and answer more questions." "And you kept your word. Edward nodded and led me up to our room. "We are going to have a busy day tomorrow cleaning all of this up. Mrs." "I love you." he chuckled as he led me past the mess and into our bathroom. I told you long ago I would make you my wife. "Me!" Alice sang. I laughed when he opened the door and revealed the mess behind it." He held me for a long while. just not when." I sniffled. We went down to the living room and sat on the floor together so we could face everyone. "How totally Bella of you!" Alice smirked." I said. "Edward. He wet a washcloth and wiped down my face and neck for me. bouncing around on the sofa." I wrapped my arms around Edward's neck and rested my head on his shoulder. "I think we need to go back down. Cullen? You are everything my heart desires and more.
" "She's very convincing when she's confident. Edward came back in and put the DVD into the player. though. dear. Bella." I said. "A video " Esme managed " sounds lovely. "We should know better than to believe her by now. I just sat there and smiled innocently at our family. "You took my baby sister to Vegas to marry her!" Emmett groaned. he would swing his hips around to whomever he was talking to! It was hilarious! We have video of it. When Eleazar started his little welcoming speech." "Oh. He moved us over to lean against the side of the sofa." Jasper announced. "Elvis will be out in just a second. "And during the ceremony. Eddie! You're supposed to be the romantic one! At least tell me you were smart enough not to let Elvis marry you!" "Of course Elvis married us!" I said. why don't you put it on for us?" He moved me off of him and ran out to the car to get the DVD. "But we keep getting pulled in. thank God!" Esme sighed. They were in for a big surprise. you are evil. "Come on. you are too wicked. Emmett leaned over and punched me in the shoulder. trying to be serious. I think he may have liked guys. "And our Elvis was the pre-fat one. because he told Edward he was a 'hunka." Rose added." Everyone stared at us while Edward laughed quietly in my hair. pretending to be shocked." Edward chuckled against my ear." Alice giggled. The video started off with Edward and me talking to Eleazar. hunka burnin' love."She certainly did.
. too! Want to see it?" I waggled my eyebrows at Emmett. Edward. Emmett was on the edge of the sofa waiting for Elvis to pop out." Alice chuckled." Carlisle chuckled. "You suck. "Isabella. "Bella. "Maybe it's best she didn't have a full audience.
"I didn't even scare him that much!" Emmett laughed." Edward chuckled. "Poor Eddie!" Rose chuckled. No matter what you're wearing or what time of day it is. hugging me tightly. "Bella makes me forget all reason. trying not to laugh out right." I laughed. "Look at how beautiful you are.When the part came up where I had stopped the ceremony. "Look at his face!" Alice cried. "I knew he was up to something." Carlisle said. love." I whispered. "I think he's got it the other way around. "He's panicking!" Jasper laughing. Tutor-boy!" "It was a beautiful ceremony. shaking her head. You look radiant." "I won't mind.
. smiling at him." "You need to stop telling me things like that. son. the entire room started laughing. Esme was giggling behind her hand. "I've never seen you so flustered." Alice said. Edward. Squirt." Esme said. as she wiped at her eyes. "I wish you would have waited for us to be there." "That much I knew myself. "Why is that?" "Because I don't think they'll be too happy if I attack you right here in the living room." Emmett told me. I told him I was sure it was very un-Edward of him. Edward held me tightly and whispered into my ear. but you looked beautiful and I'm glad you're happy. that is how you always look to me. refusing to comment at all.
moving closer to Alice and Rose. as we moved toward the stairs. "We're going to head up to bed now. but if you make me an uncle. Edward kissed my forehead and started pulling me up the stairs. We turned to look at my brother. can you whisk me away upstairs. Edward and Emmett just laughed together." Emmett called. "Rose and I are going to make it the event of the year!" "I can't wait to tell the girls in the Garden Club. "How could you find that funny?" I asked him. "When was the first time?" "Do you remember the second night you had your cast? When you made that casserole?" "Yes. "I'm glad you married her." "He told me that night!" "That big ugh! I can't believe he actually told you that! We weren't even doing anything back then!" He shrugged." "Do not forget about tomorrow morning's breakfast. Wife."
. "Because it's not the first time he's told me that." Alice chirped. Husband?" I whispered. bouncing around on the sofa." Edward stood and pulled me up with him."Your announcement party is going to be spectacular. Bella." "Emmett!" I yelled." Alice warned." he chuckled. "Before they try to drag me into the circle of evil. "Edward. "He loves you. I'll kill you. He wants what's best for you. "Anything for you." Esme said. I looked between the two of them.
"Why don't we repeat it and see if we can find a word together?" "Why. Cullen. Mrs." "But enough talk. But even that counts." "Laying it on a little thick." Edward laughed darkly. kissing my neck. all the stress from yesterday. my dead truck."I understand that. I do believe you are trying to seduce me!" "Mrs." "I will always be grateful to Alice for making me go. The only sounds I care to hear from this point forward are the ones that let me know you are enjoying the slow torture I am about to perform on your heavenly body. hugging me and stroking my hair." he chuckled. "I think it's all just catching up onto me . "But he should understand I know better than to get pregnant at this point in my life! I'm only twentyone and a half! I have one more semester of college left!" "Calm yourself. a little." "Last night was pretty amazing. and the excitement from last night. Cullen." I let out a big breath and started to hug him back. staring into my eyes and rubbing my cheeks with his thumbs. The fact that you could annoy me proves I was under your spell right away. Mr. And that was just getting to marry you. "I got the impression I annoyed you that first night. as he closed the door to our room." "And to think it all came from you deciding to go to dinner to see if I would bite.. it was you who bewitched me from the moment we met." "Me too. aren't we?" "How so?" he asked. "It must not have been that great if you don't have a word for it. I don't have a word for what went on after." he soothed." I said.." "You did. "What's going on? You never get this upset with Emmett. Bella. Cullen."
EMMETT'S POV: "Where's the Squirt?" I asked Rose. let's race." "Besides. He tossed me on our bed and went over to the stereo.
." Rose warned." "As long as it takes." Rose said. "Yeah. grabbing my arm. "For you to let go and forget anyone else exists in this world except the two of us. if you go up there now. He put on one of the rock CDs and set it to repeat. Edward! Are you trying to make me faint before you even touch me?" He laughed and picked me up. getting up from the sofa once again." I sighed. "She's probably asleep by now! She always passes out once Edward hums that lullaby to her. "I won't mention a thing! You said you wanted to wait until you were further along and I agreed. "As long as what takes?" He ran his nose along my jaw and kissed my chin. "I'm sure she knows. "Just how long do you plan on torturing me tonight? I saw you hit that repeat button." he replied as he crawled over me." Jasper offered." It was going to be a long night with my wonderful husband happier! and I couldn't have been
Chapter 65 . you don't want to disturb her. "She went up to bed. "Emmett. I think she tired herself out with that fit she threw over that math test she's taking tomorrow."Jeez." Alice interjected. as I plopped down next to her on the sofa." I reassured her. "I should go wish her luck. you'll probably let something slip about the pregnancy and I'll be very angry with you." Rose told me.
I hadn't really had much time with her since my wedding and everything. he's so going to find out!" I cried. GOD! Alice. I thought I heard one of them whispering something about 'dead meat'. "He's like an ostrich with its head in the sand. MY. I knocked on the door. I'll be right back. "Not as much as he will when this little one goes out on her first date. It sucked to only see her once or twice a week." Jasper snickered. rubbing my stomach." "Emmett's going to freak!" I said. I knocked again. I knew she'd be happy that I hadn't forgotten." Alice said. "I always wish her luck before big exams. shaking her head. And he wants a little boy so bad." "Alice. They've been together for over a year now. rubbing my stomach too. I had to yell at him to keep him from buying a bunch of baby footballs and soccer balls the other day." said a small voice. I pressed my ear to the door. listening for any sign of them talking. "What are we going to do?" "It had to happen someday. I heard music coming from the room and was happy to know she was still up." I kissed my Rosie's forehead and headed up the stairs. getting a little impatient. I whistled as I made my way up the stairs. "Alice! OH. ROSALIE'S POV: "Edward is Dead Meat. "It's time for this little secret to come out in the open. "No. But then I thought she might have fallen asleep with the music on. Alice sat next to me.
." Alice replied. but I must have misheard.As much as I wanted to beat the snot out of him. I knew Edward had done it enough times. taking them two at a time. I also wanted to wish my little sister luck. I still can't believe he's never caught on. anxious to wish Bella luck. please don't say that out loud! You know how much it freaks Emmett out. "My baby sister." "Should we call Edward's phone to warn him?" Jasper asked." I explained.
"Everything you do feels nice. He sat on the bottom step. Edward!" I moaned. holding his head in his big hands. "What's wrong." I said. it was all in that book I told you about. Tutor-boy. "God." I sighed." I grunted. This was her fault! "What's wrong?" I roared. rubbing my back.We all looked up to see Emmett slowly making his way down the stairs. rubbing and massaging all the way." EMMETT'S POV: "My baby sister.
"What's going on?" Alice asked in that damn chirpy voice of hers. He moved his hands and massaged my shoulders. He chuckled again. "Oh. Emmie?" Rose asked. His hands traveled down the middle of my spine. "Does this feel nice?" he chuckled. digging his thumbs into the space below my neck. how are you so good at this?" I asked. "I just I never thought " I muttered. Emmie?" BELLA'S POV: "Edward. loving the way his hands were kneading into my aching back muscles." I muttered. "Would you like me to stop?" "Do it and die. feeling the tension float away from his magic touch. practically falling on the bottom step. "Did you take a class or something?" "No. "What's wrong? Your damn brother has corrupted my little sister! That's what's wrong!"
. "What's wrong. I went over to him and rubbed his back.
" I groaned." she replied. "Pretend you're talking about a fictional character. I knocked and she didn't hear me." "Heard what?" Rose asked. "Have I done a good job?" I asked. I heard the stereo on. so I knocked again. honey." I replied. "I went upstairs to wish Bella luck. climbing off of her. "Anything else I can do for you before bed?" "Could you please. please go and get me something to drink?" "What would you like?" I asked. moving her hair away from her delicate face. "I really do not want to say this right now. so I figured she was awake." My irrational anger pulsed through me once again. what happened upstairs?" Jasper asked." I chuckled. I'll rip your arms off!" "And what if he borrowed your copy?" Alice chuckled. "Beth was moaning Edwin's name." Alice offered. smiling wide. I told them my disturbing story. "You're going to have to be a little more forth-coming for us to help. "Them. "Fine. She still didn't hear me so I put my ear to the door. Let's call her Beth. "The one and only. She was telling him how good he is and asking him how he learned it. He was all calm. "Is all the tension gone from your back and shoulders?" "Yes. And that's when I heard it. "And if I find out any of you bought him that damn Kama Sutra book." Jasper said.
. I leaned down and kissed the corner of her mouth. I bet he wouldn't be so calm if oh! He probably had gone through that Rosie is his sister. EDWARD'S POV: "Is that the Bella Swan handbook you told me about in New York?" Bella laughed. trying to see if she was really still awake."Emmett." I sighed. like he is almost all of the time. He was telling her about his book.
" "I can't help it."Could you make me some of that tea I like?" "Warm?" "Yes. Not that I need help once you start humming my super secret composition. his tone gruff." "Okay. "What's going on?" I asked. But I would like all the help I can get. I love you. He was in the bathroom earlier. surrounded by our family. "Edward." I blurted out. but Bella wanted it." "Alright. loving how her voice sounded when she was relaxed and drowsy." I said. I doubted she would drink much of the tea. Emmett grunted. kissing her forehead." "You shouldn't be so nervous about your math test tomorrow. Rose. You aced all of your homework on the first try this evening. I saw Emmett sitting on the bottom step." I was walking out the door when she called me back. please." he said. staring hard at me.
. As I got to the last landing. "And what if he borrowed your copy?" The way she was laughing worried me. I'll be right back." "Love you. "Bella said to say goodnight to you for her. "You stay right here and I'll be back with your tea. too!" I chuckled. I heard Alice ask. I was suddenly afraid of Emmett and I didn't understand why. Alice and Jasper snickered as they backed away from Emmett. "Edward! Tell Em I said goodnight. It helps me get sleepy. I saw the tendons straining in Emmett's neck and arms as he stood up and turned to face me.
She's a young woman and she's very much in love with Edward. Emmett Swan. "Why didn't you say something. Did you really think she wouldn't want to be physical with him?" Rose questioned. "Yeah. I kept grunting." Her word choice struck a chord with me." "You know how Bella gets all worked up. They have never been your business.
Emmett grunted again. "In family hierarchy only. The things that happen in the privacy of Bella's bedroom are not your business." Rose replied. She's not a baby or a little girl. "How long has this been going on? Am I the last to know? Was anyone ever going to tell me?" I asked. but Rose stepped in my way. Just like you're doing right now. Rosie?" "Because I knew you would overreact. thinking he was talking about Bella's earlier episode. "Yeah."Um
I'm just heading to the kitchen to make her some tea to relax her. Did he really? But he Did he not? Did the man have no shame or decency? He just admitted he'd been upstairs doing things with my sister! And he walks right past me." I said. "Stop right there. But then I found my voice. She'd gotten herself really worked up about her math exam in front of everyone." Edward said. EMMETT'S POV: I was having trouble forming actual words." Alice pointed out." "You know how Bella gets all worked up. Emmett. "They have nearly a year before they graduate and can even set a date for the wedding! How could you expect them to wait like that?"
. I scooted past Emmett and headed into the kitchen. I guess she would need to calm down after that. I guess she would need to calm down after that." I muttered. "But she's my little sister." I said. "I thought it wouldn't enter her mind until after they were married." I sputtered." "Emmett!" Alice laughed. like it's nothing! I was going to kill him! I turned to follow him into the kitchen. "She's twenty-one. "I thought she was a late bloomer.
honey?" I asked."
. shaking my head." I said. "Emmett just gave me permission for something. holding my tea and looking very confused. taking the cup from him. At the end of the day. "I don't know. Edward came out of the kitchen. I'm not going to overreact or anything. Bella's happy. "Okay. we've all had to make the choice between waiting for marriage or doing what we felt was right in our hearts. Emmett. He sat next to me on the bed. "Sure. then. The door opened and Edward came in. pulling Edward's t-shirt back on. giving us all a questioning look. He walked past us." BELLA'S POV: I sat up in the bed. Emmett. isn't that all that should matter." "What?" I laughed. I was still enjoying the euphoria of Edward's massage."Emmett. but he nodded his head." "Do I even want to know how long this has been going on?" I sighed in defeat. "Is everything okay. slowly shaking his head." Jasper stated. would you?" He looked confused. "No. holding a steaming cup in his hands. I let him walk up to the first landing then called for him." He turned and looked at me. The man was truly a miracle worker when it came to getting rid of my tension and worries." he chuckled. That math test didn't seem so big anymore. Just be careful. You and Rose are just the first to officially do it. but I don't know what it is. "None of us have waited because we all know we are going to end up married. "I was on my way up and he said something about knowing what was going on with us and that he wasn't going to overreact and that I should be careful. "Edward." Rose and Alice said together. Emmett?" "I know what's going on with Bella and you. "Yes.
Chapter 66 . causing me to moan slightly. we'd both had quite a few tears to wipe up. even if he'd done it by accident and misunderstanding. letting him wrap me up in his arms. Edward was still lightly snickering as he helped me under the covers. And then I realized why it was we'd been so careful around Emmett for over a year now and the one time we weren't doing anything was when he figured it out! I started laughing right along with Edward. I stared at him for a second. My last thought for the night was of how glad I was that I wouldn't ever need to have the talk with Emmett. "What?" "Emmett. Edward must have noticed because his free hand was holding the cup for me. Realization slammed into me. By the time we calmed down. wondering exactly what my face looked like. He thinks what he heard was us making love! He doesn't know it was just a massage.I took a sip of my tea. thinking about what Emmett had said to Edward. "He misunderstood. wondering how he could find this funny. Sometimes. I snuggled close to him. nearly making me drop my cup. The panic in Edward's eyes told me it wasn't good. He started to hum my lullaby and I immediately began to fall asleep. Husband. Wife!"
.Bonus Chapter Wedding Night (Edward's POV) "I love you. Edward started rubbing my neck with his thumb and index finger. He must have come up here earlier. He turned out the lights and then joined me in the bed. I thought about dinner with everyone and then my little fit over my test." I croaked. Edward!" Edward stared at me for a second then started roaring with laughter. Bella?" I turned to him." "I love you. I couldn't see anything that had happened that would cause Emmett to say such a cryptic thing. accidents were a wonderful thing. He'd found out on his own. "What's wrong.
I moved my lips across her jaw. smiling devilishly. She suddenly pushed me and I fell onto the bed. She giggled against my neck. She pushed aside the cloth and attacked my neck with her lips." I replied. "You really shouldn't have done that. She knew what I was doing. earning small moans from my lovely wife. Mrs." That one little word caused every inch of me to spark. down her neck. I wrapped my arms around her back and leaned down to kiss my wife. grinning wickedly. I sucked at the skin of her neck." she said. but she didn't stop me. She sat straddling my waist.
. drowning me in my desire to have every inch of the goddess in my arms. deepening the kiss. She bent her head and started kissing my neck as she worked to undo the buttons of my shirt. flipping us so that she was beneath me. marking me as her own. her voice low and seductive. but Bella twisted my shirt into her hands and pulled me closer. Cullen. It started out sweet and tender. And I doubted she had any idea of just how she affected me. She did to me the exact thing I had just done to her. "Edward. I kissed out to her arm and back toward her neck. I lifted my head and find myself lost in those fathomless."I think now would be an excellent time for you to show me just how much you love me. It aroused me even more. Mr. "I don't think Emmett's going to be able to pretend you and I are innocent anymore. brown eyes of hers." Bella said. Cullen." she chuckled softly. She was my wife now I sucked harder and she gasped. I let her skin go and gently licked over the spot. It was already starting to change color." I growled. "Edward. "Put a ring on my finger and you're suddenly over your fear of my brother?" she giggled. "I couldn't agree more. and to her bare shoulder." "I don't care. I smiled against her lips and felt her do the same. surprised by her actions. wrapping her arms around my neck.
but forced myself to move. but later." "I love you. how I loved that sound! I stared at the bathroom door. illuminating the room enough so lights weren't required. letting her side of the bed warm up. running my fingertips across her collarbone. "I'm listening. trying to distract her by nibbling on her ear. Her laughter was her only reply. little feet against my calf muscles. but I wouldn't have her any other way. giving me a quick kiss on my cheek." "I lost my virtue to you a long time ago. I removed my jacket and shirt. there was no longer any light spilling from the beneath the bathroom
." I replied. Oh. closing the door. "Thank you. silky smooth face. then went back over to the bed." "Why?" I groaned." I groaned." She jumped up and went into the bathroom. As if she'd heard my silent plea. "Edward. too. But you need to stop kissing me and get up." Her tone was final. why don't you warm up the bed for me?" I grinned at her. In the meantime. "Patience is a virtue. putting them back on their hangers. The way the light had reflected from her pale skin "Bel-la.I placed butterfly kisses all across her soft. willing her to come out and join me. making me jump. Edward. "I need a moment. I thought of the first time I'd taken Bella to see the moon from the hill near our home. I pulled down the blankets and sheet and crawled beneath. I groaned. Bella was just to damn enticing some days." she said. "I love you. "Why don't you help me?" "I will. I got my pants open and sighed. I hung the pants as well. I shook my head. Bella. There was a half moon in the sky. thinking of all the cold nights she'd begged me to do this for her and all of the times she'd pressed her cold. I moved and rested on my side. I'll be back." I sighed. She laughed again.
"I love you. leaning against the frame. Mr. She had a playful smile on her lips as she watched my reaction. Her hair was down. Cullen?" she asked. especially when everything is going so perfectly right. She pulled away and I pouted my lip out at her. amazing woman was my wife! Bella pressed her hand to my cheek and looked longingly at me.door. Edward. smirking at me. My breath rushed out of me as if I'd just been hit in the stomach." she chuckled. She seemed satisfied with that as she slowly made her way over to me." I sighed. She put her hands on the bed. Bella." I sighed. But it Sometimes. I'm sorry for earlier. I moved over and let her have the warm side of the bed. And you did warm up the bed for me. She opened the door and stood there. bending down low. but the only sound I managed was a deep groan. loving. I growled at her. getting her to laugh again. I started kissing her neck again. Edward. I scooted close to her. "Do you like your wedding gift. wrapping her in my arms. Mrs. "It's chilly in here. maybe dressed wouldn't be the proper word Bella was scantily clad in a deep blue negligee. pulling her into my arms. Her lips twitched as she tried not to laugh. I tried to speak. "Ready to lose that virtue again. I laughed as she snuggled under the blanket and sighed happily." "You don't sound very sure of yourself. This beautiful." she giggled. Cullen. It had tiny straps on her shoulders and barely reached the middle of her thighs. "You are beyond words. She laughed and kissed it quickly."
"It's always so amazing to leave you speechless. Cullen?" she whispered. "I think I know of a way to warm you up. She pulled back and sat there. I smiled. amazed at my luck. I get so scared. but smiled at her. draped over one shoulder."
. making it impossible for me to look anywhere other than right at her chest. Bella was dressed okay. Mr. "Do I Oh. I'm I don't know why I reacted so badly. She crawled across the bed and gave me a chaste kiss on the lips.
brown eyes of hers. I moaned from the extreme pleasure this woman. I deepened her kiss. licking at the purple spot I'd left earlier. She parted her lips as she moved her hands into my hair. "And I promise to keep reminding you. my wife. She still didn't understand just how breathtakingly beautiful she really was. She was watching me closely." "Once again. The moonlight glancing off of her skin made her glow. She was everything I could have ever dreamed of if I'd known what I wanted." "I can only promise to try. my arousal for her returning full force. Our tongues clashed. I groaned. "I will never leave you. I ran my hands up and down her silky skin." I lifted her hand and kissed her wedding band. you've completely missed something very important. She wiggled in my arms. smiling. both of us wanting control of the kiss. my love. I reached down and pulled the negligee off roughly. pressing her hips against mine. I pressed my lips to hers. I guess it made more sense to leave you on my terms than for you to leave any other way. giving a preview of what was to come. taking her hand and kissing the palm."I know." "What?" she asked. I relented to her and she took immediate control." she said." I whispered. the less I can stand the idea of not having you." I leaned down and gave her a soft. as amazing as your powers of observation are. She moaned loudly and pressed herself against me once again. wanting to memorize every single curve of her sumptuous body. needing air. as she always did. tender kiss on her beautiful lips. begging her to open her mouth for me. "We've had a lot of talks about you feeling that way.
. I kissed up and down her neck. you'll find it a little easier to believe that. My eyes traveled down her body and then back up again. to not get scared and to not worry about losing you. But it only seems to get worse because the more I love you. was giving to me. She was my other half and I would always be incomplete without her." "I just I guess I thought it should be easier by now. I pulled away. I'm much too selfish and you are too vital to my existence. pushing my tongue back into my mouth. pulling me face tighter against her. thrusting my tongue into her mouth. confusion and curiosity evident in those deep. "Maybe now that you are my wife. She was completely naked now. as I'm sure she did.
Isabella. her grip tightened. Suddenly." "I love you. somewhere between a moan and a sigh. I love you. Her nails dug into my backside just enough to hurt." She grabbed my face in her hands. knowing she was being silly to mask her other emotions. pulling me in deeper. refusing to let her move a single inch." "I know." She giggled. too. wife. "I love you. Her back arched and she screamed my name." "The beginning is usually a good spot. holding her tightly to me. "I love you. She met my every thrust. but her moan of pleasure erased my worries. threatening to rip my hair out. The love and lust in her eyes was her own. "So show me already. "Wow. We worked together to get rid of the only clothing standing between us. I thought about stopping to ask if she was okay. She shivered as my breath touched her face." "I don't know where to start. but not enough to break the skin. I rested my head against the side of her neck and she ran her hands through my hair. both of us panting and sweating from our exertions. passion and urgency." I stopped breathing for a second."
. hugging my neck tighter." she said." she whispered. I collapsed. I wasn't going to last much longer and I doubted she would either. "You must be really happy I'm your wife now. "Tell me how you really feel. "Yes."Edward. It's okay. You know I'll understand. not mine being reflected back by those brown pools. I smiled. She wrapped her legs around me." she giggled. pulling me up to look at her. Her body pulsing around mine pushed me into my own release. my love?" I whispered into her ear. trying to reconcile my eyes and my brain. Our lips crashed together at the same time I entered her. too. I kissed her ear and whispered to her. sharing in my desire. I pulled away from her lips.
" she whispered." Every touch and kiss that followed was slow and gentle. They've been married for a year and a half now. Bella Cullen. sharing our love for each other. knowing how disappointed everyone else will be that they weren't with us. having my last name. "Ten. pulling my face back up to hers. staring at his reflection in our bathroom mirror. I started with her slightly swollen lips. It was perfect. Bella kissed me softly. I have the one thing I wanted in this life right here in my arms. I worked my way down both of her arms and to her fingertips. This is Bella and Edward's fourth Christmas together. We'd never come to agreement on the way we saw each other and I doubted we ever would. fulfilling my earlier wish and tasting every inch of her. Thank you for making me your wife. We had no worries. "I love you. Thank you for loving me enough to be my wife. Her chest and stomach came next while her gasps and moans filled the otherwise silent night. What about you? How are you feeling?" "Content. I'd had plans to continue."I'm happy. I'm actually ecstatic." I kissed her. I'm feeling a little guilty that I got the wedding I really wanted.
Chapter 67 . I'd be bouncing around like Alice. Accidents Happen "What time is your doctor's appointment?" Edward asked. keeping her eyes locked with mine." I replied. "I love you. once against smiling at the mark I'd left. I think if I was standing right now. I moved down her neck. I figured it was just a side-effect of the depth of our love. I took my time. And she loves me more than I'll ever deserve. but she stopped me. There was only my wife and I.We are once again jumping ahead in time. stopping the arguments that invariably followed after I told her my feelings about her. wearing my ring. "Do you want me to go with you?"
. no responsibilities no reason to hurry.
" "That's really gross. trying to get her to smile. I couldn't possibly think of eating. I slapped his arm playfully. I leaned down over the back of the sofa." "I hope so. Right now. You're probably right." Edward said. as he kissed me bye. "I love you. Lily. I should be home a little after lunch by the time I get the prescription. "How are my favorite flowers today?"
."No." He wrapped me up into a tender hug. a big goofy grin on his face. as evidenced by the way we stayed up all night making love when we got home. I know your parents heard us!" "My mom may have mentioned something about wanting to soundproof our room. I knew we went out dancing too soon after. Bella Cullen. Bella." "Don't start that again! I felt perfectly fine that night." "You can complain when you're the one puking first thing in the morning. seeing as it would just reappear. It's probably just a relapse of the flu I had a few weeks ago. Edward Cullen." "Wouldn't dream of it. I made my way down the stairs. Lily was a year and three months old now. in her lap. He'll write me a prescription for more antibiotics and I'll be back to my normal self in no time. Rose was holding my niece. It's fine." he said. "Don't get into too much trouble with those two while I'm out. "I'm off to the doctor." I got on my tip-toes and kissed his nose." I quipped. She had Rose's facial features. but with Emmett's hair and eyes." I replied. "You keep that up and it'll be a very long time before those hands of yours get anywhere near me." "Would you like me to cook for you?" "We better wait and see how my appetite is." "I love you." "How do you know I'm staying in?" "They're home and the Xbox is hooked up. love. "I'm taking the Volvo since you're staying in with Emmett and Jasper.
people!" I yelled." I replied. Jensen walked into the room and smiled at me. "Not a chance!" Emmett laughed. "He's convinced himself I went out into the world too early after my bad case of the flu and I'm having a relapse. I didn't have to wait long. "You stop calling me Squirt and I'll retire Tutor-boy. I loved this damn car even if I refused to admit it to Edward. her little baby giggles filling the room. "How are you today. I turned back to her and kissed her little cheek. Edward's worried I'm having a relapse of the flu. "Bye." "Where are you off to so early?" Alice asked. "Bella! What has you back so soon? You certainly look much healthier this time." Alice said with a grin. Lily Bear. poking my tongue at Alice. I'm off to see the doc for another round of antibiotics. "Thanks. It had taken me two weeks of arguments to get him to agree to a used car when my truck had died the day we got married. "Shush it!" I joked. With the holidays. The nurse led me into the room and had me sit."Bella." I leaned forward and smiled at Lily. Thankfully." Emmett chuckled. Be good for your mommy. But thanks for the warning. "Nope. I kissed her cheek. Lily Bear? You gonna smile at your most favorite aunt?" "I'm not there for her to smile at. So to appease the infamous Tutor-boy. I drove down to the doctor's office and signed myself in. He would just run out and buy me one just like it. have I told you that's lame yet today?" Rose asked with a smile. Dr. Lilly started laughing. Squirt." "My nausea and headaches are back. as I walked out the front door. I climbed up into the Volvo and adjusted the seat for myself. "Edward made me an appointment with the doctor."
. this was prime flu season and I had been worried it would take all morning." I told him." "It cracks me up that you still call him that.
too!" "I don't doubt it."Have you been tired as well?" "Hard to tell with the holidays. he would do that. "Bella. She was here to stab me! She took my blood and I managed to keep from looking. Let's just get a quick blood test done. "Big. She smiled at me. Jensen laughed. doc! Can't we skip this?" "And have Edward show up here? I don't think so.
. the nurse came in." "Thanks. I laughed with him. Bella. And probably have Carlisle call you. Just as I sat down. Jensen. but I was in no mood to return it." Dr." He closed the door and I let out a big sigh." Dr. I was happy to not be sick! I read through three magazines before the doctor came back into the room." Dr. deep breath." I did as he said until he had listened to all the areas he wanted. Dr. your lymph nodes are fine." He took out his stethoscope." I shivered slightly as the cold metal hit my skin. "Let's hear your lungs. "Yeah. Jensen started feeling around my neck. Jensen said. Can't ask for more than that!" "Well. "How's the job at the college coming along?" "My students seem to like me." "I really hate blood and needles. I hated needles! I'd already been sick once today and I knew the smell and sight of my blood would make me sick again! I walked over and grabbed a magazine from the rack. "Your lungs sound fine. I'll have a nurse come and draw the blood and I'll be back as soon as I have some answers for you. I'm going to have to send you to another doctor. smiling at me.
Bella. "Why?" "Antibiotics can render some forms of birth control ineffective. You're pregnant. This is good news. My face and neck burned a furious red as I remembered the night in question. "Only if you're going to be the one to tell my big brother and Edward!" "Doctor patient privilege.Why was he smiling at me if he had bad news? Was he loopy? What kind of doctor did I need to go see? Oh. Jensen smirked. That sort of thing." I said." I sighed. He'll want to run a few tests and get you on vitamins. I knew the exact night this had happened. God! Please don't let it be cancer! "What? Why?" I asked. I'm on the pill. "Go on and hide behind that. "Bella. Bella." "As proud as he is of Lily. Jensen said as he ushered me out of the room. I had been joking about it just this morning." "You've misplaced my test with someone else's. doc! I'll remember this." "Were you intimate with Edward while you were taking your prescriptions for the flu?" "Not really. you'll need to make an appointment with your OB/GYN. doc! I was a little sick at the time. How was Edward going to react to this? Which one of us would Emmett kill first?
. You need to stop taking it right away and make an appointment to see your OB/GYN. grinning at him. Have been for years. "Give Carlisle my best. staring at the people walking through the hospital parking lot." I started laughing hysterically." Dr. "I'm sure he'll be real happy about this." Dr. I'm sure he'll be over the moon for his only son to make him a grandpa! Quit worrying and go home!" I got into the Volvo and just sat behind the wheel." Dr. Jensen chuckled. "How soon after you felt better?" "Pretty soon.
Johnson's office. that's wonderful. I need to make an appointment to see Dr. Now.
. "Dr. Was this hormonal? Was it starting already? "Oh." "Do you have any questions in the meantime?" "Can my husband come back with me?" "Of course he can. That makes two people who were really cheery about this baby. I had always assumed we would one day have a baby a little piece of the both of us with his looks and my love of reading. neither of them was in my family. On Accident! Not that this would make me regret that night because it had absolutely been one of the hottest. but with Edward's math skills. We'll see you next Friday. Unfortunately." "Oh. Hold just one minute. dear. I realized then that I was happy about this baby. My face turned red all over. too. I just had to drive home and figure out how to tell him. I smiled as I pictured a little head of bronze hair. God!" I groaned. Bella." "Cullen. I waited patiently for someone to pick up. steamiest nights I'd ever had with Edward." I hung up the phone and stared at it. Jensen. I rubbed a hand across my stomach and hoped with everything in me that Edward would be happy. a new college professor and I'm pregnant. resting my head against the steering wheel. A baby? How did I feel about a baby? I loved Edward. Is something wrong?" "According to Dr. Bella! Is this your first?" "Yes." "This is Bella Cullen. I pulled out my phone and scrolled through the numbers until I found the one I needed.Twenty-three years old. Johnson as soon as possible." "How does next Friday at eleven sound?" "Perfect. I'm pregnant. you were just here two months ago." "Thanks.
I shrugged. "Bella?" "I'm not sick. I think we're going to need to get another one." I stopped rambling and waited to see if
. it was oddly quiet. I closed the door and walked over to him." Edward was clearly shocked. I didn't want to take the chance of blurting it out before I talked to Edward. I need to talk to you." I waited patiently for him. Seems that antibiotics knock out the 'control' part of birth control. pointing at his face. Let me finish this paragraph and you will have my undivided attention. leaving the 'birth' part behind. I'll keep the old one if you want." "Did something happen with the Volvo today?" "Not exactly." "Why the sudden interest in a new car?" Edward asked. "Go ahead. I asked him how this was possible. Bella?" "I just think it might be time to let you get me a new car instead of the used one we replaced my truck with. I'm pregnant." "What does not exactly mean. as I sat on his lap facing him. I was thankful as I made my way up the stairs. "Edward. He put the paper down and smiled." "Okay. His jaw was hanging open and his eyes were wide. though. reading a paper." "It's about the car thing. Edward. So that lovely night of dancing we were joking about just this morning was the culprit.When I got home. "I know!" I cried. "That's the look I gave the doctor. He was probably checking over an essay from one of his students. I opened the door to our room. "I just thought you might want to have your child riding in a safer car." He stopped breathing as my sentence caught up with him. He was sitting on the sofa.
as he started laughing. "The antibiotics they give you for the flu can make your birth control ineffective. doors started opening across the house. Edward pulled me away from the edge of the stairs in anticipation of Alice's attack. but how did this happen?" Emmett asked. He sat down hard on the stairs. I nodded my head. He pulled me into his arms and ran out of our room. I nodded again. "That's just Oh!"
." he repeated with conviction in his voice." "Well.Edward would speak. There was a little something Renee forgot to mention and I never knew to ask about. "Oh. "Not that I'm not excited. but could you say something before I scream?" "You're pregnant?" Edward questioned. "I thought you two were being careful. as she took Lily from Emmett.dad!" I started. "I'm going to be an aunt!" she squealed." "Oh!" Jasper cried. Bella!" Alice shrieked. She hugged me tightly around the shoulders. "BELLA'S PREGNANT!" As soon as the echo of his scream died down. I could see in his eyes he was trying to wrap his mind around my news. I clung to him as I heard the footsteps running up the stairs. I smiled up at my sister-in-law. holding my little niece in his arms. "It was an accident. I lifted my head to see him smiling the goofy grin he had smiled when we got married. I smiled at my two favorite flowers. "You're pregnant. You haven't been out of college that long. "I know this is a lot to process." "Which was?" Rose asked. A smile slowly crept across his lips and into his eyes. I leaned forward and kissed my niece's forehead. smiling at him. He stopped at the top of the stairs and yelled. as she ran up the stairs. but kept away from my stomach. beating everyone else.
" "Alice. hippest grandpa." Rose added." Alice said. I remember! I'm just excited! We all knew Rose would have a family. Better break out your old man slippers. They all screamed my name together." Carlisle quipped." "Carlisle. We can talk about all of this after. "There's clothing and accessories and where you're going to live so we can get a nursery underway as soon as possible. "That's how he and Rose came to be. "Lily." "We have so much to decide and plan!" Alice said. She quickly started smiling again." Esme teased. Uncle Jazzy?" "We already have those names. Esme. "Can I just be pregnant for a whole day before you all map out our baby's life?" Edward spun me around and smiled at me. pulling me into a hug. "Bella!" "God. taking my hand in hers. "Our baby. Alice. throwing her arms around him." Emmett joked. marry a beautiful woman and bring a baby into the world?" Alice giggled. "Stop!" I chuckled. "How's that sound. Bella."
. I hope the kid has better sense than you." Edward said softly. "But the baby has to be musically inclined like Edward."What's with him?" Edward asked. "I'm going to be Auntie Ali!" She sat in Jasper's lap." Alice warned. But who would have thought little Eddie would grow up. prying my hand from my sister-in-law's. "Just so long as the baby has her sense of humor. remember?" "Of course. "I will be the youngest." "Fine! But we will talk about it." Jasper chuckled. "You're going to freak Bella out unnecessarily. "So then everyone is happy about this?" I asked nervously. we're going to be grandparents again. Alice smiled. Let's just be happy for the moment and enjoy Christmas. "No slippers for me. stop.
"Bella. love. but I could tell she was also hurting."Yes. We had just gotten her settled into the bed. Edward." "Alice won't be comfortable in the hospital." "Just leave me out of them. He and Rose are on their way over with little Lily. honey. They're vacationing in Hawaii with Ben's parents. They should be here shortly. Is there anything I can do for you?" "No. I was sitting next to her. she'll be fine. "Yes. Bella and I would be parents. You are going to give birth to our son today. rubbing her lower back.8 months later Birth This was it! Months of waiting! It was finally happening! By the end of today. You are glowing. Jasper is bringing pillows just like you instructed. They won't be home until next week. We'll have lots of pictures." she pouted." "She's having twins. "Our baby." I leaned over and kissed her temple. I've also called Alice and Jasper. Carlisle is on his way down from surgery and Esme is on her way from the Garden Club meeting. "You look beautiful." I said. She was smiling. But Alice has a few months to go. "Did you call Em?" she asked for the third time. She insisted on coming. Edward! She needs to be pampered." "I agree. love. I'm okay right now." "I brought the camera. wrapping my arms around his neck. I'm sure I look awful."
. She'll be so upset she missed it though. She'll be fine." "Did you want me to call Angela and Ben as well?" "No."
Chapter 68 .
I was filled with love for her and excitement for the changes that were coming to meet us. And we won't have an insanely huge belly in our way like the last time!" "Bella. as he burst into the room. "He's decided that's he's ready. "I've got you five outfits to choose from to take him home in. "Really good. We just have to go along. Besides. giving her a gentle hug and a kiss on her cheek." Bella replied. "She's giving birth today! Cut her some slack and stop trying to sleep with her!" "Emmett!" Bella laughed. his eyes misting slightly. love?" "Getting to make love to you again. I also brought you some comfy pajamas for after you're all done." I chuckled. you were nearly eight months pregnant." "I know! You certainly kissed it enough!" "But I've always saved my best kisses for your lips." "Know what my favorite part of not being pregnant anymore will be?" she whispered. Eddie!" Emmett chuckled. And I found the perfect outfit for you to go
." I leaned further over and kissed her deeply."Do you think we're ready?" "I think it doesn't matter. "I'm here!" Alice squealed." Rosalie grinned. "He better be. wiggling her hands at him. "What. She had said it every time since she had first seen Rose holding Lily as a baby. little sis?" he asked. The love of my life was giving me a son today. I have loved your belly. Edward is taking great care of me. "How are you. It's been perfectly round and beautiful. "Jeez. bursting into the room with a large bag in her hands. Lily. as she entered with our niece. I had an idea. but leaned closer to hear her. He bent low. Rose leaned down and kissed her cheek then let Lily do the same. "My favorite flowers!" Bella chuckled.
She still loved it
. Alice!" Bella laughed. "Em. "Bella suggested Brandon would be a good name for a boy." The contraction passed and Bella found her smile again. love. I rubbed her back a little harder. Where's Jazz?" Bella asked. for our son. "I'm here. Alice kissed her cheek and stared intently at her. "I have gotten Jasper to agree Elizabeth is the perfect name for our daughter." "Good!" Bella sighed. "Relax. trying to comfort her." "What is it?" Emmett asked." "Breathe. We both knew their twins would be named as Alice saw fit. as he walked in carrying four thick pillows. I leaned down and whispered into to her ear." Jasper said. I'm not going anywhere." "That's good to know!" I laughed. I know it hurts. as Lily crawled across his large arms. I'm right here with you. Bella grabbed my hand and gritted her teeth. She was so wonderful. The salesperson assured me it was perfect for new mothers to help with soreness. Jasper pretended to wipe his brow. "I've decided to stop torturing him and let him know I was only teasing about Jazzy Jr. "Are you doing okay so far?" "Yes." Alice said. I promise." Alice said with a wink." Alice informed us. "So have you come up with any new ideas for names?" she asked Alice. I felt Bella's grip on me starting to tighten. "Bella suggested a name and I wanted to see what all of you thought about it. her hazel eyes sparkling with mischief. but try to breathe. would you move that chair over here so Jasper can set Alice up?" While the others made Alice comfortable. I leaned down to her and hummed a little of her lullaby.home in. "Actually. "With pillows as you ordered. Bella.
That last one must have been more painful than the others. Johnson said. please introduce everyone. "Of course." Alice said. Bella. Next to her is her husband. The door opened and Dr. We watched them all leave." the doctor assured her. "All my first time mothers are nervous. Johnson. Doctor. "It's fine. remember?" "I'm just nervous. Her beautiful. poor Jasper struggling with the pillows once again.just as much as the first time I played it for her. She lovingly referred to it as her super secret composition." I answered. Bella's brother. "Edward will be with you the entire time. kissing her cheek. "Hello. Rosalie and their daughter." Dr. I need you to turn on your back and open your legs wide. but looked a little drawn. family. "Edward." she said softly.
. We talked about that. I kissed her temple. Bella opened her eyes. you know my sister Alice. his wife. "Could I get everyone to step outside?" "Except Edward!" Bella announced loudly. Bella. Bella. Jasper. this is Dr. Johnson stepped in. "Everyone. brown eyes were closed as she took deep breaths to calm herself. "Let's just see if they'll make it on time." the doctor instructed." she apologized." the doctor chuckled. I need to see how dilated you are. "Okay." "Where are Carlisle and Esme?" the doctor asked. Lily. Emmett. It melted my heart once again that this woman loved me so much. I helped Bella as best I could and she smiled warmly at me. "On their way. A nurse came in moments later." "We'll be right outside." the doctor said softly.
The doctor noticed. nine. "Okay. We'll be right back and then we'll begin. we'll be holding him for the first time. Very soon. "Again. "Everything will be fine. I took her hand tightly in mine and kissed the back of it. "It's just for cleaning him up and weighing him after he's born. Bella. seven. "Just think Bella. eight." Bella relaxed against her pillows." Bella nodded her head once. I don't expect there to be any problems. I want you to push while the nurse counts to ten." The nurse counted. Bella nodded her head. excitement and love. when the next contraction comes. And then we'll know just what to name him. six." "I can't wait to see his face. Her brown eyes held fear. Bella. "Alright. ten. we helped Bella get into position. Lean forward a little and push hard. removing his gloves. The other nurses put her feet in the stirrups. I leaned close to her. Bella and I looked at it and then at each other. "Bella it's almost time to start pushing. I wished I could feel this pain in her place. Here comes the first one. You can do this." the doctor instructed."Excellent!" the doctor said. love.
. Bella. When she stops counting. three. you can rest until the next contraction." The doctor came back in with three nurses this time. I need you to scoot down some." "Bella. She was sweating in earnest now. "One." The doctor sat at the end of Bella's bed and lifted up the stirrups. I grabbed the towel from her bedside tray and wiped her brow." One of the nurses went to her right side and together. She gave me a sad smile. five. two. The doctor and nurse stepped out. Do you understand?" the doctor asked. panting. They also pushed in a large cart. four. Bella pulled my hand tightly against her. I'm going to step out and get the rest of my staff ready.
but she squeezed my hands even tighter. Then I would know whether or not I should be concerned. Edward." I told her.This went on for nearly thirty minutes." Dr. It was the first time I had ever wished I had gone to medical school." "I know. I was watching as they weighed him when it happened "Edward. would you like to cut the cord?" the doctor asked. "Edward. I laughed and kissed the top of Bella's head. The room was quiet for a moment and then it was filled with a loud cry. "Hear that. She watched me closely. can you sit behind her? It'll give her some more leverage. "I'm tired. Johnson said suddenly. "What's going on?"
. One of the nurses had taken our camera and took some pictures for us. As the contraction ended." Bella whispered." Bella nodded her head and took a shaky breath. She gritted her teeth and pushed hard. but it was hard with holding Bella this way. "Bella. I followed them. smiling at me. she screamed and fell back against me. The doctor handed me the scissors and showed me what to do. But you're getting so close. we can get him out. If you can give us one more really great push. I moved behind her and grabbed both of her hands. looking at my son. I had her sitting up and resting against my chest. Her whole body was shaking from the effort. love. I turned to face him and noticed his face was strained. Bella? That's our baby. I was a little concerned that things weren't moving along faster." the doctor said. please step outside. trying to smile for her. "It's a boy!" the doctor announced. I tried to see. I nodded and gently laid Bella against her pillows. he's crowning. The other nurses took the baby and moved him over to the table. I don't know where she found the strength. "I can't. You did it!" "Edward.
"I'll stay right here.
. why do you look like you're about to crumble?" Jasper asked. I walked quickly to Bella's side and kissed her sweaty forehead. please don't make me leave her side. His tone let me know I had no choice but to leave. "I understand how you feel. This had to be some insane dream. They made me leave. Bella was in trouble and there was nothing I could do about it." I whispered to myself. They made me leave." I said quickly. not looking up at him. "Don't you dare leave me." I replied. patting me on the back. I need you to step outside so the nurses and I can get it under control. but it really would be best if you left the room right now." Emmett said." I answered. "She's bleeding badly." "I heard the cry." the doctor explained. I couldn't hide it. running over to me. They moved me away from her door and into the waiting area where the rest of our family was sitting. I love you too much to lose you. "How big is he?" I turned to face him and he saw the haunted look on my face. Jazz.Birth 2 I shook my head. refusing to believe this was really happening." the doctor replied. separating us. Please don't leave me." His voice demanded an answer.
Chapter 69 . Isabella Cullen! Don't you dare!" She murmured my name as a nurse pushed me out of the room. Bella's brown eyes were locked on mine as the door slowly closed. "Please be safe. She wouldn't leave me. "Edward. "Edward. She couldn't! She promised! "Bella. choking back my tears."I'm having a little trouble with Bella's bleeding. Edward. "There's a complication with Bella.
My mother ran up to me, all smiles. "Are we late? Is he here yet?" I couldn't keep it in any longer. I sobbed loudly and fell to the floor. "Edward!" Alice and my mother screamed. "Give him a minute," Emmett demanded, putting a hand on my shoulder. "There's a problem with Bella and they made him leave the room." "What kind of problem?" Alice screamed. "Alice," Jasper soothed, making her sit. "You have to be calm. Think of the twins." "That's my sister in there!" Alice cried. "And she would be very mad at you if you let anything happen to our babies," Jasper said. Alice buried her face in his chest and cried. I watched all of this from my spot on the floor, clutching at my heart, wondering why it was hurting so much. I was vaguely aware of Carlisle and Emmett moving me to a chair. Rosalie and my mother sat on either side of me, rubbing my arms and whispering to me, telling me Bella would be fine. I wanted to believe them. I really did. But only seeing her smiling face would convince me. The next two hours were the longest of my entire life. No one came out to talk to us. There were no sounds coming from her room. What was I going to do if I lost her? My parents tried to get me to go down to the nursery to see the baby, but I couldn't do it. I had to stay here. What if the doctor came out and Bella needed me? We sat quietly, except for Lily's occasional peals of laughter as someone entertained her. I ran my hands through my hair for the millionth time, trying to keep my brain from thinking the worst. "Edward." I looked up to see Dr. Johnson had called my name. I stood up slowly as he approached me. This man was about to either ruin my life or make me very happy. "Edward, there was a lot of bleeding," the doctor continued. "We tried to stop it as quickly as we could. I'm sorry, son. I did all I could."
Chapter 70 - After I pushed the door open slowly. I had asked our family to stay in the waiting area for now. I wanted to be alone with her. I didn't want to have to deal with anymore of their sorrowful looks. Pity was the last thing I needed right now. They had moved Bella onto her side, facing the window. I wanted to see her face, but I was scared to go any closer. The pregnancy had been unplanned. It had been an accident, really. But we had both been so excited about it, just like the rest of the family. But if I had known it would end this way How could this have happened? And especially to her? She was so warm and loving to everyone in our life. She was as much of an angel as anyone could ever hope to be. I knew better than most that life wasn't fair, but this was far beyond that. I forced my feet to move across the floor. I watched her still form as I crossed the end of the bed and moved toward the window. It was killing me to see her this way. I sat in the chair Alice had used earlier. My hand shook as I reached out to touch her forehead. She felt so cold. I smoothed her hair back, tucking a lock behind her ear as I'd done so many times in our short life together. I leaned my head against hers and cried silently for the angel before me. "Edward." It was a small whisper from a hoarse voice, but it was all my heart needed to hear. I quickly wiped my eyes and smiled down at her. I hoped she wouldn't blame me or herself for this. If we had known to use protection that night, she wouldn't be in this pain. But we also wouldn't have a son, the selfish part of me noted. I hoped she would still be happy about the baby. "Bella. I was so scared." "Me, too." Tears fell from her brown eyes and her body shook with sobs. I climbed into the bed and held her tightly against my chest. I stroked her hair and back. "You're safe now, Bella. Everything will be okay. I promise you." I doubted I
would ever be able to let her out of my sight after this. I had come so close to loosing her. It was unbearable to think of life without her. "Did did did he tell you?" she sobbed.
"Yes, love." "And?" "And what?" "Aren't you upset?" "No, Bella. I don't care. You're alive and safe. That's all that matters." "But you we can't have anymore children."
"I didn't know we wanted more than the one," I chuckled, trying to ease her worries. "We never really talked about it. He was such a surprise." "I've told you this nearly every day since we met, Bella. I hope you'll believe me when I tell you now. You are all I need in this life. I'm very happy we have a son, but Bella, I need you." "I need you, too. It would have been so easy to just let go of the pain I didn't think I could take it anymore, every part of me was aching so badly, Edward. But then I thought of the night I moved into your parents' house You crushed me against you, telling me you loved me and that it would kill you if I wasn't with you. That's why I wouldn't let myself give up It would have hurt you and I love you too much to ever hurt you." We held tightly to each other, taking comfort in the words we'd spoken. She'd almost I couldn't even speak the word in my own mind. I could only keep thanking God, again and again, that Bella was alive and in my arms right now. "Is the baby okay?" she asked. "He's fine. He's in the nursery now. Dr. Johnson wants you to rest for a while before they bring the baby." "What if he gets hungry?"
" "Do they know?" "Yes. relieved she was safe and in my arms."
. I sighed deeply." my mother replied. "Trust me. At least this way." "You have to stay with me. pulling me into a hug. It belonged to Emmett. love." I sighed." "I had no plans to leave. "You need to let her handle this the best way she can. I kissed her cheek and moved off the bed. I opened my eyes and turned my head. "She needs it. My shoulder was being shaken. "Eddie!" I knew that voice." I kissed her head and hugged her just a little tighter. You're too weak to feed him right now. I don't have to tell them myself. I closed my eyes and said some silent prayers of thanks. I hummed to her and she fell into a peaceful sleep. I don't think she realizes just how close she came to loosing her life today. Our family was in the room with us." I whispered."They'll give him a bottle. Her light snores were beautiful." "It's a good thing we're still living at home. "How is she?" my mother asked." "Is the family still here?" "Yes. love." "You should try to sleep now. I looked down at Bella to see she was still sleeping." I sighed." "I don't need her to be strong for me. "She's very tired. she knows. son." Bella sighed heavily. Maybe in a few days." my mother said. "I guess that's for the best. "She is just trying to be strong for you. running my hand through my hair. "The doctor said it's going to be a few weeks before she can really move around and help with the baby.
My family started oohing and aahing and whispering to each other as the nurse came around to the window side of the room. I turned to her. the nurse returned." Emmett said solemnly. She gently lifted the baby out and put him in Bella's waiting arms. pushing a small cart. Bella." my father said. Are you feeling any pain right now?" "No. "Did you sleep well?" She nodded her head." A few minutes later. I nodded for her to go on. "Let me check with Dr. "I'm rested.
. He was beautiful. I'm fine." "Don't forget about Auntie Alice!" Alice chirped. Johnson. A blue bundle rested inside of it. Bella. I hugged them both against me." I replied. "Edward. I was hoping to see the baby. "Bella! You're awake. He had my nose." she said. He had the faintest hint of bronze hair and wide brown eyes. Bella kissed his forehead and held his little hand in hers. "What do you think about Charles Edward Cullen? We could call him Charlie for short. "Your mother and I will be more than happy to be the spoiling grandparents. helping her to sit up and letting her lean against me. Can I see the baby now?" I pressed the call button next to her bed. are going to stay rested like your doctor told you to. putting a hand on my shoulder." We all turned to Bella. as her soft voice floated across the room. sister dear." Bella replied. "I'm sure it won't be a problem. "Dad would be very happy about that. I went to her. "You." "Edward's right. kissing her lips gently. We are not going to be in the position of having to worry about you. smiling up at me. Edward." the nurse said." "I think it's beautiful. "Works for me!" Alice chirped. A nurse stepped in a moment later. but her lips."It'll all work out. I have an idea for a name.
. He took one look at me and his de-clothed son and started laughing. no matter what I washed him with. I smiled at my victory as I took my baby into my arms. Edward gave me a wonderful kiss while Charlie laughed at us. What did you do?" "I splash Mommy!" Charlie said happily. She is so tired of being pregnant and Emmett is too afraid to fight with her. "Are they really coming over?" Edward asked. The bedroom door opened to reveal my perfectly wonderful husband. "Carlisle." "Look up you two!" my father called."He looks like a Charlie. Edward bent down and scooped him up in one fluid motion." I explained. Do you want your girl cousin to see your nakey-body?" "No. "I ran." I walked over and hugged my two favorite men in the all the world. Charlie ran for Edward screaming 'Daddy' all the way. Charlie always seemed to smell of baby powder and Edward." Rose offered. He took a picture of us our first picture as our own complete little family. we must go to the décor store when we leave. as he followed me across the hall. Bella and I looked toward his voice. into Charlie's bedroom. He was holding our camera. "Lily will be here soon. tossing his arms around my neck. "Yes. I kissed his hair and took a deep breath. I know just what style lettering I want to get for him. "Now we can finish his room!" my mother beamed. Charlie. Rose insisted they come here instead of us going there. The first of many! Two Years Later Bella's POV: "Charles Edward Cullen! You get your little naked booty back over here right now!" I fussed. Momma!" Charlie shouted. I turned my attention to the little browneyed devil that was my baby boy. "Mommy doesn't look too happy with you. as I chased after my giggling son.
" "But you shouldn't have to carry all the expenses on your own. Edward. show Daddy what you learned to do today all by yourself!" Charlie smiled and it was the exact same crooked grin of Edward's. Charlie is only going to be a baby for a few more years. "That is what I'm talking about. making Charlie giggle. I hardly see myself in him at all anymore."
. my salary is more than enough to cover everything. Just because Charlie looks like me and can smile like me doesn't mean he no longer has traits from you." "Really?" he asked with excitement clear in his voice and face." "Love. Charlie certainly seems to be more and more like you everyday. Please stay home with him and enjoy them. you can see yourself in him every time you look at these eyes of his. And you have to know that his sense of humor is all yours." "Please listen to me and stop working. "He has something new to show you today. They're nearly as deep as yours. "I can't wait to see who their son is going to take after. I still can't believe Carlisle and Esme put up the rest of the money to get us this home. especially since we own this home. "Bella." "True. I pointed at our little boy. but without dimples. "Bella.Edward chuckled. He tilted our baby's face. "Charlie. Bella." I worked with Edward to get Charlie's pull-ups and pants on. He took Charlie from me and put him into his shirt. He's just getting so big so fast. Lily is pretty much right down the line between the two of them." I said with a small sigh. He loved it when Charlie had something new to show him." "Only time will tell. you are absurd." "I know that." Edward laughed as he pulled Charlie and me into his arms.
Hope you like it. When Charlie started to hiccup. completely serious. Tutor-boy!"
Edward smiled and started kissing me all over again while Charlie giggled between us. He rolled over and put Charlie on my stomach. Bella Cullen. "I love you. In the last five years of my life. I'm no longer going to accept 'no' for an answer."They love us. "More. lying down next to him. You are my life and you make everyday worthwhile. huh?" Edward chuckled. THE END
The second story of human Edward and Bella will be up and it's called "Our Little Man". This wonderful life had been brought to us by one little choice to go to dinner years ago. He kissed our son's forehead sweetly then leaned over and kissed me on the lips." I chuckled. Edward finally stopped tickling us. "Bella." "I love it when you get all bossy." Edward said with a shrug. He looked at me for a moment.
." "All of those things you just said right back at you. Thank you for loving me. You are staying home. He started to tickle us both. "More. Daddy!" Charlie squealed. I'd learned life's little choices often had the world's biggest impacts. making him squeal. Thank you for being my wife." Edward lay down on his back and lifted Charlie up into the air. He pulled away just a little and smiled at me. And thank you for the beautiful little boy in your arms. I want you to stay home with our wonderful baby boy. "And that's final. Charlie squirmed around on me while I tried to keep him in place through my own laughter.