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