Author: Fawna PM
The countdown has begun; one month till the wedding. Bella’s mom and Phil are coming to the wedding, and they’re bringing someone new. What kind of trouble could Bella possibly get into in such a short time frame? Lots! Fluff and fun mostly.Rated: Fiction T - English - Romance/Humor - Chapters: 3 - Words: 27,966 - Reviews: 13 - Favs: 5 - Follows: 7 - Updated: 05-15-08 - Published: 04-25-08 - id: 4219902
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A/N- For the most part this is a bit of fluff to keep me going till the next book comes out. I hope you like it as it's been a lot of fun to write. I always love reviews so let me know what you think! :-)
Chapter One -o- Blue Bells
She sat there, just across the table from me, her hands folded together on the table in front of her. She had been like that for the last few minutes, just staring at me. Not that I was worried or anything, I mean, I only just told her I was getting married. She reached out for her glass and took a sip, I waited. I wanted, more than anything, to smile, laugh, and tell her it was a joke, that the very old ring on my finger was a fake. Ha-ha, mom, just kidding. But I wasn't, I was dead serious, no pun intended.
"Mom, would you say something?" I asked finally after the fifth minute of silence.
"Are you pregnant?" She finally decided on looking up to meet my eyes. I had been expecting this and I shook my head.
"No." I told her firmly. "We haven't even...I mean, he doesn't..." I shook my head again frustrated with myself. This was my mom, not Charlie, I could talk to her. "No." I said again and she nodded her head, her face blank.
"I thought I was being silly, you said I was being silly." She told me and it took me a second to understand what she was talking about. "Why now?" She asked and I thought I heard her voice crack a little. "Why not wait a few years Bella?" She reached out and took my hand into hers. "Go to college, met people, socialize. Just...wait." And this was where the hard part came in. I wasn't a good liar, and the truth of it was I wasn't all that jazzed about getting married either. Not that I didn't love Edward, not that I didn't want to spend the rest of my life with him. There was just something about weddings. I knew it was Renee's fault, not that I blamed her, but all through my life she had told me never marry young, don't be 'that girl.' I knew when she said 'that girl' she meant 'don't be me' and so it had stuck with me.
"I'm sorry mom, I want to get married." I told her my face serious. I couldn't hold her gaze for long though so I looked down at our hands. "I love Edward and-
"Can't you wait though, won't he wait?" She demanded and I saw where she was going with this. She thought he was trying to tie me down, make me his so I couldn't leave, what she felt Charlie had done to her.
"He would, if I asked him to." I told her, completely sure that if I wanted it bad enough Edward would wait, as long as I needed. But, when it came right down to it, I wanted this, not because I wanted to be married, or have a big beautiful wedding, but because I wanted to be what he was. And in order to get him to do it himself, I had to marry him, his one request, I could do that much for him.
"But you won't." She said and I knew it wasn't a question. My mother, always so dreamy and silly was surprisingly serious as she nodded her head.
"No, I won't." I agreed nodding my head too.
"When?" She asked and I could hear the slight edge to her voice, she was mad at me.
"August 13th." I said and she sighed shaking her head, I really couldn't blame her, it was only a month away.
"Bella, after everything I've told you, I just don't understand." I looked up and met her gaze again, smiling now.
"I love him, that's all that matters." I told her and she shook her head slowly. She was confused, and I didn't blame her for that.
"I just don't want you to be trapped Bella, you should be able to do so many things." She told me and I shook my head.
"Things that I can't do with him?" I asked frowning at her. It was hard for her, I understood, but it irritated me that she couldn't understand that I loved him. "And besides, I like Forks, I even kind of like the rain." I smiled at my words, I more than kind of liked the rain now, it was the best time to be out with Edward.
"You only like it now because of Edward, what happens if-
"Please don't." I said my voice low as I shook my head, anticipating the 'what if he leaves again' line. "He's not going anywhere."
"Mom, can't you just be happy for me?" I asked, pleading with her now. All I wanted was a smile, a 'congratulations,' that's what was suppose to follow the words 'I'm getting married.' Not a frown, a sigh and a shake of the head. She looked into my eyes for a moment then nodded her head once.
"Of course I can." She told me pulling on a smile. "Of course."
"God is pregnancy the only reason people get married in Forks?" I demanded as I closed the hotel door behind me. Edward looked up from his book and flashed his crooked smile at me, I immediately felt better.
"Bad?" He asked and I sighed shaking my head.
"She's mad at me, but I expected that." I told him as I walked over to the bed and sat down. He reached up and brushed a stray strand of hair out of my face, his fingers brushing my cheek.
"She's going to come though?" He asked as he sat up. I nodded my head and smiled a little.
"She's a little excited about getting a new dress. She and Phil will be here the 8th of August." I told him as I leaned onto his shoulder, resting my head on his.
"Alice sent out the invitations yesterday." He told me casually and I didn't need to read minds to know there was something more to it than that.
"And?" I asked pulling away to look at him. I swear if he could blush he might be doing it now. He looked a little sheepish as he smiled at me. I knew what he was going to say before he said it but I waited anyway.
"I had her send one to the- to Jacob." He said and I nodded my head. I was kind of glad that Jacob would at least have the choice. Though part of me was scared he wouldn't show up, and another part of me was scared he would. "Are you alright?" he asked and I nodded my head again.
"Yes," I told him nodding my head. I was ok, I was happy, for the most part. It was nice that even after everything, Edward wanted Jacob there, if only for me. "Are we all packed?" I asked looking at the one bag lying at the foot of the bed. It had been a one night trip and we didn't take much.
"Yes," he told me as he slowly pulled himself from the bed. "Our plane leaves at 7:30."
"Ok, well that gives us 4 hours." I picked up the phone and took a deep breath. "Hello, I need room service in room 204...thank you." I smirked as I waited on hold for a moment. "Want anything?" I asked as I looked over my shoulder, smirking at him. He just rolled his eyes and went back to his book.
I ate in silence while he read out loud to me. I was making him read Wuthering Heights, and he said, if he had to read it, I had to listen. Of course that was just fine by me; I could listen to him read the phonebook. I got about half way through eating when a question popped into my head that I had never really thought to ask. I knew they could eat food, I'd seen Edward do it, but what did it taste like for him? I waited till he took a break from reading and smiled at him.
"Can I ask you something?" I asked and he looked up at me, a curious look on his face and I blushed.
"Bella, you can ask me anything." He told me and I smiled. He closed the book and set it aside. "Though if this is a new round of twenty questions let me know so I can get comfortable." He said smirking at me. I rolled my eyes and set my drink down.
"What does food taste like to you?" I asked and he smiled, and then laughed a little.
"It doesn't." he said simply after a moment shrugging his shoulders.
"Doesn't taste?" I asked and frowned.
"Nope, there is no taste; it's like taking a bite of paper I would think." He told me and I nodded my head thinking that over. Better make a list of things I want to try or have again for the last time.
"Oh," I said nodding my head as I leaned back against the head board.
"What?" He asked sitting up smiling.
"I think I want to have lobster at the wedding." I finally said nodding my head. His eyes went wide at my words and I laughed. "What?"
"It's just, that's the first time you've had any input in this." He said and I thought back, that couldn't be right, could it? I really was letting Alice make all the decision.
"Well, I like lobster." I told him and he nodded his head smiling now.
"Ok, lobster it is." He assured me, he seemed happy about this new detail and I smiled back. Maybe I should take a more active role in this, I mean; it was my wedding after all. I decided to have a talk with Alice when I got home.
"We better get going." He said pulling me from my thoughts as he stood up. I looked at the clock and nodded my head. I never thought I would see the day I'd be happy to see the sun go down and the clouds blow in.
"Of course I don't mind!" Alice said as soon as I walked in the door. She launched herself on me, hugging me tightly. "Oh I'm so glad you finally came around." She told me letting go. I was sure that was going to bruise, but I smiled and nodded my head.
"And I think lobster is a great idea." She told me as she pulled me father into the living room, leaving Edward at the door, smiling. "Oh this is going to be so fun." She told me taking my hand as she dragged me into the backyard.
"What do you think?" She asked as I blinked. The yard, once mostly empty, was now filled with a tent so big I could fit my house in it, or at least, most of it. She smiled at me and pulled me down the steps to the yard then pulled me inside the tent.
It really was very nice; there were lights, lanterns, hanging from just about anything that would support them. And, while there were no flowers yet, I could picture them. I was thinking, blue, blue flowers, with white, everywhere.
"Blue and white," I said looking at her as I looked around.
"Yes?" She asked not quite sure what I meant.
"My colors, don't I have to pick colors for the wedding?" I asked and she broke out in a huge smile nodding her head. "So, blue and white."
"Good." She said nodding her head. "This is what the table settings look like." She pulled me back to a far corner and I looked at the plates on the table. They were pearl white but for the blue design that twirled around the edges.
"It's perfect," I told her looking up to smile at her. But, instead of Alice, Edward was standing at my side. I hadn't even felt them move.
"You know," I said looking back at the plates. "Soon you won't be able to sneak up on me like that."
"I know," He said and I didn't miss the hint of sadness in his voice. It infuriated me, that even now, that sadness in his voice put doubts in my head. He was sad that I was going to be a 'monster' not that I was going to be spending eternal life with him, at least, that's what I kept telling myself, that's what he'd told me. I took a step away from the table and him, looking back out towards the yard.
It was such a huge yard, and so beautiful. I knew that after I changed we would have to leave, probably for good, and that made me sad. I'd just begun to like Forks, and now to have to leave, it was hard. I looked over my shoulder and Edward was staring at me, his eyebrows wrinkled as he watched me.
"What are you thinking?" He asked, and me being me, I was the only person he had to ask.
"Just..." I stopped and turned to look at him. He had fought this, tooth and nail the whole way. But if I was going to be tied to him, human or no human, I had to know. I had to know that this was what he wanted, just as much as I did. I had to hear him say it, one more time.
"Edward." I said and he took a step towards me. "I love you."
"I love you too." He said and I couldn't help but smile at the words.
"I need you to tell me, truthfully, if this is what you want?" I asked and he looked confused. He looked around the tent then back to me, still confused. "Not the tent, or the wedding, I mean me, forever. I don't want you to ever resent turning me, or think I made you do it or-
I was cut off by his soft cool lips as they pressed to mine. I let my mind go blank as he told me all I needed to know in that one kiss. He pulled me close to him, burying his face in my hair breathing deeply. I smiled and pulled away, and he let me go.
"Bella, I just..." He trailed off as he met my eyes. "Never, for a single second, think that I don't want to spend the rest of my life with you."
"But?" I prompted and he sighed.
"I can't help but worry." He said and I shook my head as I took his hand.
"Remember that first day in the meadow?" I asked knowing he would. "I would rather die than stay away from you." I said repeating my words from; it seemed like a life time ago. He nodded his head and I smiled at him. "I would rather risk damnation, than not be by your side forever. It doesn't matter." I told him as I slowly reached out and ran my fingers through his hair. "Not that I think we're going to go to hell anyway, but for you Edward, for you I would risk it."
"To bad you can say that at the wedding!" Emmett called as he walked into the tent. I flushed scarlet and Edward turned to smile at his brother.
"To bad," He mumbled as he looked over at me and nodded.
"Esme was wondering if she could have a word." Emmett said smiling down at me. "She's in the library." He told me and I nodded my head then looked at Edward.
"It's just down the hall from Emmett and Rosalie's room." He told me and I smiled nodding my head.
She looked up from the book on her lap when I walked in. She smiled at me, and it was a very excited smile. She stood and walked over to me, pulling me into a hug. Then she pulled back and held me at arm's length and looked me over. I was a little confused but I stayed silent and waited.
"So," She said after a few moments. "I know you've hear something old something new-
"Something borrowed something blue." I nodded my head as I finished it for her smiling. "Yeah, I've heard that before."
"Well, I was wondering, do you have your something borrowed?" The look on her face, it was so sincere. I didn't have any of it; I hadn't even thought of it, man, I was turning out to be a horrible bride.
"No," I finally managed to get out shaking my head.
"Good." She said nodding her head, her eyes bright with the smile. "Wait here." She told me and before I'd finished nodding my head she was back.
"Here," She said holding out a small red box. It looked like a very old jewelry box and I was a little afraid to open it. But, I reminded myself, it was borrowed, she'd said. I opened the box slowly and as soon as I saw them my eyes went wide.
"They're beautiful." I told her looking up to meet her eyes. I looked back down and smiled. Nestled inside the box was a pair of gold earrings, they were about two inches long, and, dangling at the end of each one was a deep golden topaz stone. I was a little surprised by the tears that prickled at the edges of my eyes.
"Edward said you liked topaz." She told me and all I could do was nod my head slowly. "Carlisle gave me these for our fiftieth wedding anniversary." She told me chuckling a little, "He thought it was appropriate." She shrugged and I thought I must be missing a joke. "I'd like you to wear them, on your wedding day."
"I'd love that, thank you." I told her and she leaned over and pulled me into another hug.
"I'm so happy for you Bella, happy for all of us." She told me and I nodded my head.
"I can't wait." I told her as I held the little box next to my heart, and for the furst time since all this wedding stuff had begun, I really couldn't wait.
Edward looked up from the book and met my eyes. We were lying in our meadow and Edward was reading to me again. It was sunny outside and the air was warm on my skin. It was a stark contrast to the snow storm that had not been more than a month ago. He shifted next to me then sat up and looked around the large clearing. He sighed, a little exaggerated, and then looked at me again. Then he rolled his eyes and laughed, though the sound was low and bitter.
"Ten minutes." He said as though talking to the air. I looked around for whoever he was talking to then he looked at me and the smile this was genuine and I smiled back. "I won't be far." He told me before he leaned over and kissed my forehead. Then he was gone and I was alone in the clearing, a little confused. I shouldn't have been though; there was only really one person Edward wouldn't want to be around right now. I looked around again, trying to see into the darkness that was the trees all around me.
It didn't take him long, having only ten minutes and all, to come shuffling out of the woods. It took me by surprise, he was in his wolf form, and his fur glistened in the sunlight. He walked over to me slowly, his eyes darting back and forth, as though he was making sure we were alone. I stood as he walked over to me. I was a little nervous. This was the first time I'd seen him since making my final choose. When I didn't hear from him for over a month I'd thought, he'd made his decision too.
"Hi." I said reaching out and running my hand through his fur. He was soft, just like I remembered him. "You know, this would be easier if you could talk back." He just looked up at me with his huge eyes and, well, said nothing.
"Fine," I said nodding my head. If he wanted to be like that, that was fine with me. "Edward told me he sent you an invitation." I said and his eyes swept up to lock with mine. He looked down at the ground again and let out a huff of air before turning away.
"Wait." I said as he pounced off into the woods. "Jake, come back!" I called knowing he could hear me. I sighed and rolled my eyes as I sat back down. Ok, it had been mean, and a small part of me was very angry with myself.
"I thought it only far I tell you in person I'm not coming." I turned slowly on the ground, looking up to meet his eyes as he came walking out of the woods, I had to shield my eyes against the glare of the sun. He seemed taller somehow, but then, he always seemed taller to me. His posture was stiff and his eyes were blank, as though he was holding something back, I could guess what it was.
"I understand." I told him nodding my head slowly. I stood up, and tripped over my foot. Jacob caught me by the waist and righted me. I could see a ghost of a smile on his face.
"It's a pretty ring." Jacob said looking down at my hand. I flinched slightly at his words; I still forgot it was there sometimes.
"Thanks." I said softly a little unsure of myself. I wanted things to go back to how they use to be, so badly. I wish he would smile at me, I missed him.
"I just wanted a...a real good-bye this time." Jacob said after a moment of silence. I took a deep breath and nodded my head. I would not cry, I would not let him see me cry.
"So, that's it then?" I asked after I found my voice again.
"It has to be." He told me and I nodded my head. I stood there for a very long moment thinking over what I was about to ask of him. A part of me didn't want to do it, couldn't imagine asking him, but I knew I had to. I didn't what a war on my hands, especially one that I caused.
"Jacob, before you go, I need to ask...a favor?" I said not meeting his eyes. I could see he was smiling, though there was no humor behind it.
"A favor?" He scoffed at my words and I took a deep breath nodding my head. "What?" He asked his voice a little harsh. I took a deep breath, met his eyes.
"Please, please don't break the treaty just because, just because-
"Because they're making you a bloodsucker!?" He demanded taking a step towards me. The anger was back, anger I was familiar with. I could almost see us in his garage him telling me he'd rather I was dead. I flinched away from him nodding my head slightly.
"If only for the reason that you know, in your heart, that this is what I want." I stressed the word and took a deep breath then looked up and met his eyes. All the color drained from his face and his eyes went blank again. He blinked a few times and then he nodded his head once. A small part of me was worried about him, he almost seemed, broken.
"I'll talk to Sam." He told me, though his voice had gone dead. I wanted to hug him, to reach out and tell him he would always be my best friend; that I would never forget him, but I didn't. It would only hurt him, only hurt us both. Better to let him go now, while he's mad at me. Better he be mad at me, it'd be easier for him that way.
"Thank you." I told him, hoping to convey all I felt in those two words. After a moment something occurred to me and I smiled slightly. "Jacob, after you meet her, and I know you will someday, will you..." I trailed off. I really didn't have the right to ask this of him, it was wrong. But I was going to anyway. "Will you tell me?"
"Why?" He sounded confused and I smiled.
"I just want to know that you're happy." I told him and his eyes locked with mine. He opened his mouth to say something but nothing came out. Then her turned and bound off into the woods, phasing as he went. There were no tears this time as I watched him disappear into the darkness. That was a small victory on my part and I smiled, though it was a pitiful excuse for a smile.
"I'm sorry." Edward said as he wrapped his arm around my waist and pulled me close to him. I leaned my head on his shoulder and sighed.
"I know." I said closing my eyes finally letting go of Jacob.
"I got an e-mail from my mom." I said as I look over my shoulder at Edward. He was sitting on my bed, his back against the wall, watching me.
"How is she?" He asked and I looked back over to the e-mail to read it to him.
I know this is a bit last minute, but I have a bit of a favor to ask you. Your wedding is only two weeks away, but I need to bring one more person. I know this is probably going to throw a few things off for you. But Phil's niece is coming to stay with him for all of August, she wants to go to college here and so he's going to show her around. I was wondering if it's ok if we bring her with us? She's seventeen and very sweet, her name is Allie. I hope this doesn't mess you up to badly.
I looked over my shoulder at Edward and he smiled at me as he stood up and walked over. He put his hand on my shoulder and then leaned down so he was right next to me.
"Well, you better write her back and tell her 'of course' before she begins to worry." I nodded my head as a sweet little shiver ran though me before I hit reply. I typed out a quick message and hit send then turned and looked at him.
"I can't believe it's only two weeks away." I said and was a little surprised to find myself fantasizing about it.
"Cold feet?" He asked, cocking his head to one side, a little smile playing at his lips. This was something we went over every few days. For the most part I was sure he was playing around, but sometimes I wasn't sure. Sometimes I felt like he was still waiting for me to run screaming from the room.
"No," I told him shaking my head. "Just the opposite actually," I stood and smirked at him then pulled him over to the bed. "Alice and I just got done picking a band and a cake." I leaned against him on the bed and let out a happy little sigh. "It's so pretty Edward, its white, with little blue flowers all over it, cascading from the top." He nodded his head as he listened to me ramble on about the wedding plans.
After a while I trailed off and just sat with my head resting against his chest. I listened to him breath, in and out, in and out. It was a comforting sound, so steady. I wondered what it would be like, when I could hear him breathing from a room away, what it would be like, to lay with him, just like this, forever, never changing, never growing old. I closed my eyes and pictured us, just like this, ten years from now, twenty five, fifty, never changing, it was a beautiful sight.
"Bella?" Edward said shaking me a little. I opened my eyes, feeling a little groggy and realized I must have fallen asleep. It was dark outside my window now.
"Yes?" I asked after a moment.
"Your computer is beeping at you." He told me a playful smile on his face. I nodded my head as I sat up. I was sure it was a reply from my mom but I went over and sat down at the computer anyway. I nodded my head as I read her e-mail over and smiled.
"They'll be here at 12:30ish on the 8th." I told him as I leaned back in the chair and stared at the computer. I wondered what Phil's niece was like and if I'd like her or not.
"What are you thinking?" Edward asked and I turned and looked at him smiling.
"I was wondering about Allie." I told him shrugging lightly as I stood. "I hope I like her." I said as I walked back over to him and sat down on the edge of the bed.
"I'm sure you will." He said nodding his head. I looked up and he was standing at the window, he was doing on it purpose now and I smirked. Just wait till I was lightening fast, then we'd see who was messing with who.
"Your dads almost home," He said looking over at me. While we were getting married in two weeks I still didn't dare let Charlie know that Edward spent most nights with me, that was just trouble I didn't need right now.
"You'll be back?" I asked, even though I knew he would be.
"As soon as he goes to bed," He told me as I stood up and walked over to him and leaned over and kissed him softly.
"I'll see you soon then." I told him and he nodded his head then was gone out the open window. I put my arms out on the windowsill and sighed as his sent dissipated into the night air.
The days seem to fly by for me and before I knew it I was picking up my mom, Phil and Allie at the airport. I was almost half an hour early, so it was a lucky thing I brought my book. I sat down next to baggage claim and opened my book. I looked up when the baggage carousel began to move, then a few minutes later, people began to file off an escalator. I saw my mom and Phil right away, but there was no one with them. My mom saw me and waved and I waved back, still slightly confused. Then Phil turned as a girl a few feet up the escalator said something. He smiled and nodded his head.
I was shocked to say the least. She had blond curly hair that fell to her shoulders, and bounced when she shook her head no to whatever Phil was saying. She was beautiful, the kind of beautiful you see in the magazines. She had on nice blue jeans and a silky shirt that I could never pull off. Phil pointed me out as they stepped off the escalator and she smiled and waved her smile bright and cheerful.
"Bella!" She called as she hurried passed my mom and Phil.
"Hi," I said smiling back; she threw herself at me, wrapping her arms around me before I could react. Then she pulled away and let me go, still smiling at me.
"Oh I'm so excited I got to come to your wedding!" She said, her voice was soft, but I was sure she was always heard when she wanted to be.
"I'm glad you could come." I told her baffled by her excitement.
"Bella," My mom smiled happily at me when she Phil caught up. "How are the wedding plans going?" She asked as she hugged me tightly.
"They're going well. Alice and I are just finishing up the final details." I told her smiling at Phil and hugging him too. "Wait till you see the dress." I told her; decided it would be best I didn't tell her I had no part in picking it out.
"What are your colors?" Allie asked as she threaded her arm through mine and pulled me towards the luggage claim.
"Blue and white." I told her still a little thrown by her. She was so happy to be here, in Seattle of all places, to go to the wedding of a person she'd never even met before.
"Your mom's told me so much about you Bella, I feel like I know you already." She told me as we all watched and waited for their bags. I wished I could say the same, but since I'd only just found out she existed I didn't know a single thing about her. I just smiled and nodded my head.
"How's Edward?" my Mom asked as Phil reached out and grabbed a bag.
"He's doing well." I told her smiling. "He, Jasper, Emmett and Carlisle are going camping on the eleventh." I said as she reached out and picked up a bag too. Allie's came around a second later and mom smiled as Phil grabbed it.
"A stag party?" She asked smirking at me. I blushed and shook my head. In truth they were going hunting, better to be full before being surrounded by humans.
"No, just a family camping thing," I said making it sound causal. "They always do it before big family events." I said, making it sound like a tradition so she wouldn't suggest Phil goes along. And it was true; they had done it when Alice and Jasper got married, and Emmett and Rosalie, not that I could tell her that.
"Oh," She said nodding her head.
"So," Allie said as we made our way out to the car. I'd barrowed Esme's Ford explorer for the trip. All four of us would not have fit in my truck, and I was more than a little afraid it wouldn't make the trip. "How did you and Edward meet?" She asked me as we stepped outside. It was April, and as such it was raining, hard.
"At school," I told her simply as I pulled out my ticket to the car garage.
"High school sweet hearts, that so sweet." She said, dragging out the word 'so.' I winced inwardly and smiled at her. She reminded me a little of Jessica and that worried me. I did not want to deal with that all week.
"So, I'll let you guys get settled and then we'll met up for dinner tonight." I told them as I pulled into the only hotel in town. "You remember where the little Chinese place is? Over by the high school?" I asked and my mom nodded her head smiling a little.
"How are we going to get there?" She asked and I smiled as Edward's car pulled in next to us in the parking lot.
"Esme is lending you her car." I smiled and my mom opened her mouth to argue. "Don't, she doesn't mind, she insisted, if you don't it'll only hurt her feelings." I told her turning the car off and holding out the keys. She stared at me for a long moment then nodded her head.
"Ok, I have to go with Edward; we have a few things we still have to go over." I opened the door and stepped out and Edward opened his car door and stood. "We'll meet you at the restaurant at 5:30." I told her as I walked over to Edward.
"Bella," I looked over my shoulder as Allie stepped out of the car.
"Yes?" I asked smiling at her as she looked back at my mom and Phil.
"Um, I was wondering, if it's not too much trouble..." She trailed off and I sighed, I knew what was coming next. And from the way Edward's smiled I knew he did too. "Do you mind if I tag along?" She looked a little desperate to be away from the adults and nothing we were doing couldn't be seen by her. I smiled and looked at Edward. He nodded his head and I looked back at her and smiled.
"Grab your purse." I told her and she smiled again, nodding her head.
"I'll get your bag." Phil said as she grabbed her purse.
"Thanks Uncle Phil." She said kissing him on the cheek. "I'll see you guys later." She called as she walked over to us. She looked over Edward's car and nodded her head.
"Nice car." She said her voice a little low.
"Thank you." Edward said smiling at her as he opened the door for her. I smiled at him when he closed the back door and then leaned over and kissed him before walking over to my side and climbing in.
Edward pulled out and headed towards his house, he had a soft smile on his face, it was an I-know-something-you-don't-know smile and I rolled my eyes wondering what Allie was thinking about him.
"Oh man," She said and I turned to look at her and she pulled her hair up into a pony tail and pulled her shirt off. Under it was a black tank top with little pink heats and skulls. I blinked a few times and she laughed at the look on my face.
"High school sweet hearts, that's so sweet." She said and I could tell she was mocking herself as she dragged out 'so' twice as long this time. "I'm so sorry I had to put you through that." She told me and Edward laughed.
"I'm still kinda 'Daddy's little girl." She told me shrugging her shoulders and pulling something out of her bag. "One of these days they'll see that I've grown up, but I ache for the time till then."
"Uh-huh." I said still a little shocked.
"And I swear Uncle Phil is worse than my parents." She said shaking her head. "He's showed me around the college there last weekend. I think I almost died of boredom. I mean, he's just trying to be helpful." She looked out the window and chuckled a little. "Though it is sunnier then this place."
"You get use to it." I told her finally finding my voice.
"So, Bella," She said reaching through the seats with her hand thrust out. "I'm Alexandra, though my family calls me Allie still, my friends call me Al." She said smirking a little. "I know we're family now, but I'd rather be friends." I reached over and shook her hand a bemused smile on my face.
"Ok, Al, it's nice to meet you." I said and she nodded her head.
"You too," She said and she looked next to me. "And him?"
"Oh, right." I smiled and looked at Edward too. "This is Edward Cullen, my..." I still had problems getting the word out, even though I was getting excited about the wedding, there was just something about that word, and Edward chuckled.
"Fiancé" Edward supplied for me and I nodded my head smiling.
"Right, my fiancé" I agreed smiling at her. "We have to stop by his house and pick up his sister, Alice. I think you'll like her." I said turning back to facing forward. I looked over and met Edward's eyes for a moment, they were laughing.
"It's so nice to meet you." Alice said shaking Al's hand as she climbed into the car next to Al. "So, you're kind of Bella's step cousin?" Alice asked and Al nodded her head smiling. "Well, better then evil step sister." Alice said and Al nodded her head laughing.
"I believe that was ugly step sister." I corrected from the front seat. Alice and Al laughed and Edward rolled his eyes as we pulled away from the house.
"So, flowers, cake, music, maid of honor dress, what am I forgetting?" Alice asked looking up at me from the back seat. I went over the short list in me head and smiled.
"Nothing," I told her after a few moments of thinking. "That's all there is."
"Good." Alice said leaning back in the seat. "Well, flowers furst I think."
"Flowers it is then." I said smiling at Edward.
After a few long hours of finalizing every last detail we were finally on our way to dinner. We dropped Alice off at the house with the final plans so she could get to work on them. I always felt bad making Edward sit through dinner. Watching him 'eat' was always amusing though. He had the trick of pushing his food around his plate in a way that made it look like he'd eaten half of it.
It was a nice dinner; Charlie couldn't make it, seeing as they had been an accident out on the high way. So it was just me, Edward, Al, mom and Phil.
"So, Edward, Bella tells me you're going camping?" She asked and I nodded my head smiling at him.
"Yes, I'm looking forward to it." He said nodding, he had his dazzle turned down to what I considered half blast, and smiled at her.
"And have you decided what college you're going to go to?" She asked and my eyes went big. This really wasn't something I wanted to talk about right now. We were going to Alaska to go to 'college.' I wanted to be as far away from people as I possibly could.
"Alaska." He said simply and I jumped in changing the subject.
"Mom, you haven't told me about your dress for the wedding yet." I said smiling at her. She looked over at me and her eyes went bright with excitement, my mom loved clothes.
"I'm not telling you, you're going to have to wait." She said smirking. She knew I hated surprises.
"Mines light pink and green." Al put in smiling at me from across the table. I wondered what she was thinking at the moment and reminded myself to ask Edward later. "It's a halter top with an empire waist."
"It sounds really pretty." I told her nodding my head smiling. "I hope you don't get to cold." I told her smiling a little.
"It has a little sweater on it." She told me smirking at me.
"Alice, I just need a few hours to myself today." I told her as I finished tying my shoe. I shifted the phone on me shoulder and sighed. "No, you know I love having your help. I just don't want you to know what I'm doing...because you might think about it and I want to surprise Edward...Yes, I'm sure you could keep it off your mind...Alice, four hours. I'll see you at three for your final fitting...I do to love you...I'm hanging up now...That's right, three o'clock." I hung up the phone laughing to myself as I shook my head. I was really looking forward to being part of that family.
I grabbed my check book on the counter and headed out to my truck. It was, surprise, surprise, cloudy outside and it looked like it might rain. Alice saw rain for my wedding day, hence the tent. It was ok with me anyway; I'd once heard rain on your wedding day was good luck.
I drove out of town, and out onto the one-oh-one. There was a little shop in Port Angeles that I needed to go to. It was a little hole in the wall place I had come across on a visit a few weeks ago. It was a bit of a new age kind of place, and they had jewelry. The first time I went in Edward had been with me, so when I found 'The Ring,' capital T capital R, I'd pretended not to notice it. But it was perfect, just like him.
It was a deep gold color that made me think of his eyes. It was engraved all the way around with the words 'Vous et Nul Autre' it was French for, 'You and no Other.' It was wonderful and I couldn't wait to give it to him. He wasn't the only one with a surprise or two up his sleeve.
Two days, two days until I put on a long beautiful dress, walk down the aisle and got married. I was with Al, as she was keeping me company while Edward was off with the boys. I was really starting to like her, and unless we were around my mom and Phil, she was nothing like Jessica. It was nice to have a friend on the outside of all this, someone I could talk to about nothing consequential.
"So, Rosalie, she must be a model right? Or an actress?" Al asked as we walked down the street in the main part of town. It was small and lined with little shops and a few diners. The rehearsal dinner had been last night and Al, along with my mom and Phil, had meet all the Cullen's. Carlisle had charmed everyone with a funny story from the hospital and Esme and my mom had talked all night. It was nice, that at least my parents seemed to like my new family.
"No," I told her laughing lightly as I shook my head. "She's just-
"Gorgeous?" Al supplied for me and I nodded my head as she laughed.
"Something like that," I agreed a bell rang in front of us and a door opened, and smacked me right in the face. I took an unsteady step back and Al looked horror struck.
"Bella, are you alright?" She demanded as she took my face in her hands.
"Bella?" The voice was as unwelcome as it was welcome and I groaned to myself as I looked up into Jacobs face.
"Bella, are you ok?" Al asked again and I looked back at her nodding my head.
"I'm fine." I finally got out before I looked back at Jacob."What are you doing here?" I asked, he hardly ever came into town and I was a little more than shocked to see him here. He opened his mouth to answer and Al turned to look at him and no sound came out. Their eyes meet for only a brief moment and then his went wide as he took a step back.
"Damn it!" He growled out between his teeth as he looked between the two of us.
"Jacob?" I asked as he shook his head. "What's wrong?" He looked as though he might be ill and I took a step towards him.
"Damn it all to hell!" He said before he turned and ran, like his life depended on it, down the street, away from us.
"Well, that was...odd." I said as I watched him disappear. I wondered what was wrong with him. "That was Jacob, a friend of mine, well he was, we're at odds right now and..." I trailed off when I looked over at her. She was staring, just staring, down the street where Jacob had disappeared, a strange, confused look on her face.
"Al?" I said and she didn't ever twitch. "Allie?" I tried putting my hand on her shoulder. She was still staring, as though she could see something I could not. "Alexander!" I said shaking her shoulder with a little force now.
"Wha...What?" She said finally breaking out of the stare to look at me. I looked down the street where Jacob had disappeared and then back at her and something inside me clicked. It couldn't be, I mean, of all the people, but then, what else could it be? She smiled at me, but I could see she was still preoccupied, and I was sure. Jacob Black had just imprinted.
A/N- So, what do you think? Is it any good so far? I know everyone and their sister has an 'After Eclipse' story, but I just wanted to try it for fun. Let me know what you think! :-) Thanks for reading!