I glanced at my fiancé across the table.

He looked so sexy wearing workout clothes. The pants on him were tight in all the right places. Muscles strained against the hem of his shirt sleeves. He was thinner, leaner, than before. Not that he was ever chunky. But now, toned and beautiful.

I can't believe he did that for me.

After our engagement, he said he wanted to get fit. He had regularly gone to the gym but increased his time because he wanted to start our marriage off right. I think he was a little concerned that I may not love him if he was overweight.

Shallow thinking.

I told him that but he still insisted. I had increased my activity too, joining a yoga and spin class. I really wanted to be flexible for our wedding night.

I thought back to the night he proposed. We had stayed home, much preferring the comfort of each other to the public. We ordered Chinese and put Netflix on. It was literally a perfect, casual night at home.

At one point, I got up to put the leftovers away. When I returned, I saw a gift on the coffee table. I looked at him quizzically.

"Just open it," he said softly.

A beautiful diamond ring sat inside the box. I inhaled a breath sharply.

Jasper moved from the couch to kneeling in front of me on the floor. I looked into his blue eyes, wide and expressive. He took my free hand.

"Alice," he said, some of the Texas coming out, "before I met you, I was going through the motions. I wasn't lonely, per se, but I really had no interest in a relationship. When Rose showed me your picture, I knew I was done."

He brought one of my hands to his lips and kissed it before continuing. "You took a chance, risked yourself and your heart on me and I'm so thankful that you did. Your strength and bravery to push past your previous abuse made me love you even more. Do you know when I realized I loved you?"

I shook my head, tears slowly starting to fall.

"It was the first time you came to one of my events at Northwestern. I never really asked nor expected you to. This was a holdover from Maria. She never cared about anything I did and I would always be disappointed when she never showed."

I squeezed his hand.

"When I saw you there, that was it. I realized that you did care about me and that you were the one. My heart swelled so much and I knew."

I smiled.

He gently took the box from my other hand. He held it up to me. "You have changed me, Alice Brandon. I fell in love with the woman from an abusive past and I will love you 'til my true dying days. And even after that. You are my life, my soulmate."

He swallowed, his Adam's apple bobbing hard. It was so cute.

"Alice Brandon, will you be my wife?"

I nodded and threw my arms around him. He chuckled as he pulled me back far enough to kiss me tenderly.

"What?" Jasper asked me, jolting me out of my memory.

I shrugged. "Just thinking about the night you proposed."

He got up and walked over to me, placing a soft kiss on my lips. "Best night ever."

We spent the rest of the day having our own workout.

I smiled as I laid next to him, safe in his arms as he ran his fingers up and down my back. I thought about our lives now.

He was completely moved in with me, of course. That happened during his recovery. He had also been promoted to head of the history department at Northwestern; the youngest chair ever. He led the soccer and chess teams to two more victories before turning the reins over to his assistant. Now with having to run the whole department, he had other duties he had to complete. But I know he misses it some days.

My brother, Jasper's best man, moved into Jasper's apartment and opened his own studio to teach music lessons. Mostly voice, but he had a few guitar and piano students as well. Edward was very popular and had a two-year waiting list to sign up for lessons. He even taught a class at Jasper's school after a very high recommendation. He was also auditioning for musicals in the area as he wanted to showcase his vocal talents. And he's thinking of starting an album next year.

I smiled thinking about him. He and Bella are going strong. Not living together yet but I see that in the next year. I was so thankful to have her in my life; she truly is a wonderful friend. And has been so helpful to me as a bridesmaid!

Rosalie and Emmett are living together. Emmett had left for a bit to go to Quantico. He had always had a desire to be FBI. So now he works out of the Chicago office investigating cases. My maid-of-honor and Jasper's groomsman made our lives complete.

And we're considering getting a dog as our wedding present to each other.

Esme was still senator, though she is planning on retiring after one more term. Carlisle did retire from the hospital and took up teaching. He teaches basic anatomy to high schoolers twice a week. He's also enjoying retirement and frequently spends his time on the golf course.

"What are you thinking about?" Jasper asked me quietly. I placed a kiss on his shoulder.

"Our lives. How they turned out." I glanced at him. "We got the fairy tale."

He smiled. "I know I did."

I raised up on my elbow and looked into his beautiful blue eyes. "Thank you," I said sincerely.

"For what?"

"For taking a chance on me. For not giving up, even when I believed I was beyond repair. For seeing past my scars and believing in the person underneath the fear."

Jasper kissed me softly. "I always knew you were there, Al. I would have given you all the time you needed to discover that for yourself."

I nodded. "I know. And I'm so happy Rosalie meddled and set us up." He chuckled.

"And she reminds me of that every chance she gets," he said.

I laughed. "Sounds like her."


We spent the rest of the day in bed enjoying each other. Sometimes we made love, sometimes we just cuddled. I was truly happy. Jasper had come into my life, changed my whole perspective. Showed me that there are decent men out there. Proved it to me so many times through words and actions. He risked his life for me. I may never be able to repay him for everything, but I know I have repaid him for allowing him in. Allowing him to take over my heart and soul. He truly made me come alive.

He made me begin again.

A/N: And that's all she wrote. I apologize for this taking so long to complete. I had no idea it sat for 3 years. I knew the direction I wanted to go in, I just was blocked on how to get there. Luckily, I found the path. I hope you enjoyed this story. I have an idea for a new Twilight one in the new year, but for now I will take a bit of a break.

Thank you to everyone who read and reviewed. Happiest of holidays to you!