A/N: HOLY THREE HUNDRED REVIEWS BATMAN!!! You guys are AWESOME. I love you all!!!! hugs all around
I want to thank everyone for sticking with me right to the end, for always supporting me and keeping with the sotry, AND actually understanding it. THAT meant a lot in itself. A few reviewers I want to thank are: Mountain Lions taste good, FallenAngel5439, masochistic addiction, ridiculouskopec, Alexandra Stone, beautifulinblack, Twilight Chick, kaypgirl, emotional-dreamer, CrimsonScarz, shobbs, Asquared91, and ALittleTooAddicted. You guys were some of my first reviewers and the reviewers who ALWAYS reviewed, and I love you for it. There are so many more of you and I'm sorry If I left you out. I LOVE YOUUU!!!
Hahahhaa. I feel weird writing all of that.
Hey! Go download Golden Slumbers by The Beatles, as most of it (excluding the first two lines) is right at the end!
This is the very last Chapter of Just the Summer... awww... I'm really glad with the response I got with this one. And, I hope you like my next few stories. (DARE I SAY THERES MORE PLOTLINE?????:O!!!! how scandalous.) So go ahead and read! See how she ends!!
Chapter Twenty Four: The End
Looking down at my own funeral from above the cemetary seemed ironic somehow. I expected to be in the coffin down there. Instead there were mere rocks to weigh it down. Carlisle had done a good job of hiding my body from everyone. Especially when my body was still moving around.
Standing on the hill with Edward was bringing a small kind of sadness to me. I never expected to feel so bad about losing my family. I was already forgetting most of my earlier memories. But, seeing Renée, Charlie and Phil down in the procession of black, I felt guilty. I was leaving them to believe that I was dead, while I was really partially alive. At my funeral, almost the entire town was there. After my casket was laid in the cold ground, everyone had left, except for my parents. Only Charlie and Renée were left. Once everyone was out of sight, I could hear Renée's pained sob as she collapsed into Charlie's arms.
There was a strange lump in my throat. One I remembered from the sensation of crying. I turned to look at Edward in his black attire. Both of us were dressed for a funeral, as a goodbye to my previous life. I put my arms around his chest and he held me tightly.
"I love you," he whispered. I smiled and kissed his neck. He shuddered. Now I had a more noticable effect on him, like he always did on me.
We drove back to my house so that I could pick up a few things while Charlie was out. Things he wouldn't notice so much like clothes Alice and Rosalie had bought me, and a certain Christmas present. I walked through the house slowly, saying goodbye to my home. I walked into the kitchen, there were dishes still in the sink. I placed a letter on the table, one Edward didn't even know I had. Just as I placed it there I heard Charlie entering. I raced up the stairs and out my bedroom window. Outside the house I could hear his choking sobs as he read my letter to him.
I love you so much. I know this is probably a little late to send this to you, but I have to. I want you to know that living with you was the greatest thing that ever happened to me. I want you to know that whatever happens, wherever you go, I will always love you, and I will always be there for you.
Please don't feel guilty or sad because I am so young. Be glad for me, because I am happy now, and I am not afraid.
I want you to know that this isn't the end. That, throught the good and the bad times I will always love you and remember you. No matter what.
I stood next to the open door of Edward's car and stared at the window. Edward said nothing and waited for me in the car. I listened to Charlie's sobs but I could hear a lighter tone to them, almost as if he were smiling. Then, his figure appeared at the window and he pulled back the curtains. Our eyes met in that instant and we both took in a sharp breath.
I smiled at him, his expressions turned blank. As I climbed into Edward's car I blew him a kiss and wiggled my fingers towards him. We drove away quickly and I turned back to my home. Charlie was in the window, smiling contentedly, holding his heart. It made me feel good to know that the closure I'd given him hadn't left him on a sad note.
Back at the Cullens' mansion everyone was finishing packing up their things. We were moving away so that I could get a new start on my vampire life. The Cullens' reason was to 'ease Edward's grief' after losing me.
We both climbed out of the car to wait for the others. Edward and I met in front of the car and he quickly pulled me into a hug.
"It's going to be okay now, you know that, right?" Edward whispered into my ear.
"I know. I'll be fine just as long as I have you." We pulled back to look at each other. Edward smiled at me warmly, causing me to involuntarily grin back. Stupid inertia. Everytime he did something I reacted without realizing it. If he was doing this to me then I had to do something too. I tried to listen to his mind.
She's so beautiful, was all he was thinking. I grinned at him and gave him a quick kiss.
"I think you're pretty too!" I said happily. Edward grinned sheepishly. "I'm still going to have to get used to that, aren't I?" I smiled and nodded, taking his hand and turning back to the house. Rosalie and Emmett were busily packing the rest of her car. Alice and Jasper were having a quick snog session that aprubtly ended as soon as Carlisle and Esme came out of the house. I watched as Esme locked the door behind her. She took Carlisle's hand and walked down the stairs. When she looked up to me she smiled and winked. They climbed into their car and began to drive away, Alice and Jasper close behind them. Rosalie and Emmett were still fighting over the packing. I turned around and came face to face with Edward again.
He took my hands and kissed my cheek, a sweet and short gesture.
"So are you going to marry me now, or what? Because if you don't I, will go crazy. I won't have it any other way." I knew he could tell what my answer was, I was grinning madly.
"Well, since you put it that way... I guess so." We both laughed and I jumped onto him, throwing my arms around his neck. We heard clapping behind us. Rosalie and Emmett were staring, eyes wide, applauding our little display. Emmett threw over a thumbs up, and Rosalie winked at me. When we got into the car I noticed that he had slipped a ring onto my finger. It was a silver band with a diamond in the center, two tiny topaz's on either side. My favourite gemstone.
He took my hand as we drove out in front of Rose and Emmett. I heard my lullaby playing out over the speakers. It was my farewell to Forks, the place that had given me my life.
Sleep pretty darling do not cry,
And I will sing a lullaby.
Golden Slumbers fill your eyes,
Smiles awake you when you rise.
Sleep pretty darling do not cry,
And I will sing a lullaby.
A/N: Thank you all for reading! I hope you are as pleased with the ending as much as I am. My writing in these last few chapters has impressed me and made me want to write more. (Time lapse three years into the future, hello this is Annilaia from 2009! As you may or may not know there were two sequels to Just the Summer, I took down the first, so if you'd like you can check out Casualties, now the only sequel to Just the summer! I'll let you get back to 2006 Annilaia now :D)