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