A/N: DO YOU KNOW HOW LONG I HAVE BEEN TRYING TO UPDATE THIS STORY?! TWO DAYS!! TWO FREAKING DAYS!! i'm so sorry you guys.
Anyways. Last chapters suck, don't they? yep, this is the last chapter. I'm not so sure it's any good, but i tried. give me credit for that at least.
No, there will NOT be a sequel. i am however in the process of writing two, count them TWO, new stories. but i'm taking a brief hiatus to catch up in Chem class and Psych. but i'll be working on my stories for you, and i'll try and have them done, so you won't have to wait so long in between chapters.
the Spice Girls reference is for Keeley because we were talking about them when i was writing this chapter and i couldn't resist. hehe.
hm. i think thats all i wanted to say, if i think of anything else, i'll put it at the end. yeah? yeah.
Edward's cold hands were draped over my eyes and I couldn't see a thing if my life depended on it, which was the purpose of the exercise, but still, I didn't like it. The whole situation sort of reminded me of when I got my Mustang and I wasn't happy about it then, and I definitely wasn't happy about it now. I liked being able to see, it was one of my favorite senses. Ah, eyesight, what a wonderful thing.
"Okay, so why are you not letting me look?" I asked again. I was hopeful that he would actually answer me this time, it was a long shot, I knew, but hey, you can't blame a girl for trying.
I was pretty sure we were walking down the hall to Edward's bedroom, but I couldn't be certain. All the hallways in this house were the same, and I still got lost from time to time.
"It's a surprise," Edward whispered in my ear.
I sighed. "I don't like surprises. Have you learned nothing in all the time you've known me?"
He chuckled. "Obviously not, since I keep giving them to you."
"You're ridiculous, you know that?" I mumbled. "And just so you know, I'm glaring intently in your general direction."
He ignored my last statement and whispered, "But you love me even if I am ridiculous." Oh dear lord, his voice was like magic. I could feel my legs giving out but Edward's arm wrapped around my waist before I could fall. "I'm glad to see I still have that effect on you." I could just hear the smile in his voice.
I elbowed him in the ribs. "Shut up," I grumbled.
Suddenly we stopped walking and I heard a door open. We walked a few more steps and then we stopped again. I heard the door close again and Edward's hand dropped from my eyes.
"You can look now," He said.
Slowly, I opened my eyes and looked around Edward's room. It didn't look much different, only that the couch was shoved in a corner and a huge bed was placed on the same wall as the door.
"A bed?" I raised an eyebrow and looked back at my boyfriend. "That's my surprise, a bed. What's with that?"
Edward shook his head and rolled his eyes. "It's for you to sleep in, smart one." He tapped me on the head.
I glared at him. "I know that. But the couch was just fine. I mean, I don't sleep here enough for you to get me a bed."
"You're completely missing the point here, Bella," Edward shook his head again.
"Okay, I'm clueless, we've established that. Now what's with the bed?" Seriously, of all the surprises…and he gets me a bed. It's a bed for Christ sake. Not that exciting if you ask me. Maybe I was missing an incredibly obvious point here, but I really didn't understand the whole bed thing.
"Bella, will you…" oh crap. Was he asking what I think he was asking? My breath caught in my throat. "Move in with me?"
I exhaled sharply and visibly relaxed. "Oh. Wow. I thought you were asking me to marry you or something. Phew." I took a few deep breaths and tried to get my heart rate back to normal.
"No, that's next week," Edward smiled. "So, what d'ya say. Will you move in with me?"
"Whoa, wait, hold up a second," I held up my hands to make sure he wouldn't talk. "What do you mean, next week?"
"It's a joke, Bella," he rolled his eyes.
"No it's not. You don't just joke about proposing to me. It doesn't work that way, sorry to burst your bubble," I started pacing back and forth in front of the bed which Edward was now sitting on.
"Okay, fine. It's not a joke. Happy now?"
You know those times when you see a person and you know they're trying to say something but the words won't come out of their mouth and they keep making abrupt hand gestures and little squeaks? Well, that's what was happening to me right now. I was speechless, I was panicking. Not about the whole moving in with Edward bit (I could deal with that), but the whole 'he was planning on proposing' thing. It wasn't sitting well with me that he was taking this so casually. Wasn't it supposed to be the other way around? Edward was just staring at me from the bed with an amused look on his face. I couldn't blame him; I probably looked pretty stupid right about now.
"Bella," he said finally. "Are you okay?"
I stopped pacing and dropped my hands at my sides. I took a deep breath and attempted to calm myself down and it proved to be successful until I remembered why I was freaking out in the first place. The whole process started over.
"BELLA!" Edward yelled when I started pacing again. I was muttering something or other to myself now, I honestly didn't know what. But Edward didn't seem to like the words coming out of my mouth, so, it must have been bad.
I stopped pacing and stared at him. "Hm?"
"What are you thinking?" he asked.
I didn't want to answer. Well, I didn't want to answer truthfully. But I did, of course, because God knows I can't lie to Edward. "You….you're gonna propose. And….and I'm going to say yes. And I'm gonna get married. Oh sweet Jesus, I'm getting married!" I started hyperventilating.
"Bella, honey, I haven't even asked you yet." Edward stood up and strode over to me. He pulled me close and rested his chin on my head. I relaxed immensely.
"But you're planning on it," I gulped.
"How about I don't ask at all, since I already know you're going to say yes?" He stared down at me with those smoldering eyes and crooked grin and I was immediately dazzled. Ugh, stupid beautiful vampire.
The only coherent word that left my mouth was a soft "Okay."
My mind went completely blank shortly thereafter.
I woke up the next morning to the sound of Alice giggling very close to my ear. I didn't want to come into full consciousness yet, but then Alice started shaking me. There was no way I was getting back to sleep now.
"What?" I snapped open my eyes and saw Alice staring at me with a huge grin spread across her face.
I lifted myself into a sitting position and finally noticed that I was in my flannel pajama bottoms and my old Spice Girls t-shirt. I didn't remember changing. I didn't remember anything about last night, come to think of it.
"Let me see!" Alice chirped.
I frowned at her. "See what?"
She smiled and shook her head. "The ring, silly!"
"What ring," I was confused. What was Alice talking about? It was way too early in the morning for this. I needed coffee before I could deal with Alice's cheerful personality and her cryptic messages.
Alice was getting impatient now. She grabbed my left hand and held up to my face. "That ring!"
Sure enough, there was a ring on my ring finger – oh the irony. Through the shock of actually seeing it, I had to admit, it was beautiful, but I couldn't, for the life of me, remember why there would be a ring on my finger. Did Edward propose? Wait, no, I remembered he asked me to move in with him. That was all. Right? Oh, crap.
I was still trying desperately to remember what the hell happened to me yesterday when I heard Edward's voice and I smelled pancakes. I looked over to see Alice being shoved out the door and Edward kicking it shut because he had a tray of food in his hands.
"Morning love," he smiled and walked over to the bed.
"Edward," I frowned at him. "What happened yesterday?"
"What do you mean?" He was unusually cheery this morning, it was almost disturbing. He placed the tray in my lap and I gratefully started digging in.
I took a sip of orange juice before answering. "I don't remember anything that happened yesterday."
"Nothing?" He frowned.
"Well," I sighed. "I remember everything until you asked me to move in with you. And then it's blank until Alice woke me up. I said yes right?"
"Hm, that's interesting," he chuckled.
I gaped at Edward. Was he really laughing at this? "That's all you have to say for yourself? You propose to me, and apparently I say yes, and I have no memory of it and you say this is interesting?!"
This was not a good way to start a day. No, not in the slightest. I was still trying to remember what happened after I blacked out, but I was hitting a wall. I couldn't remember, no matter how hard I tried. I was getting a headache and I was still really tired. I wanted to go back to sleep but I knew that wasn't an option at the moment. I just yawned and took a bite of pancake.
Edward sighed. "I didn't actually propose," he said cautiously, it was almost like he didn't want to see my reaction.
I frowned and wiggled the ringed hand in his face. "Then how did I get the ring?"
"Um, well, you see…" he took a deep breath. "I sort of told you I was going to propose, and then you kinda freaked out, but you said that if I asked you would say yes. So I asked if it would make you feel any better if I didn't ask since I already knew your answer, and you were okay with that."
"I did? I said I would say yes?" the question came out a little harsher than I wanted it to, like I was in disbelief at my own words.
"Are you taking back your answer?" Edward's expression turned sad.
"No!" I almost screamed. "No," I repeated a little softer. "It's just a little shocking, that's all. I never imagined myself getting married, least of all to someone like you."
"Like me?" he frowned. "You mean like an eternally damned creature of the night?"
"No! Of course not. It's just that you're too perfect for me," I shook my head. "I don't deserve you."
Edward smiled and pushed the food out of the way so he could pull me into a hug. "On the contrary," he said. "It's me who doesn't deserve you."
"Ha!" I scoffed. "You wish. I'm not that special. Seriously. I just have the uncanny ability of attracting mythological creatures to my presence. I think it's my personality, but, you know, I could be wrong."
Edward laughed and shook his head. "You never cease to amaze me," I frowned and he explained. "I can never keep up with you; I always think you're going to say one thing but you say something completely different."
I shrugged. "What can I say, I'm full of surprises."
I pulled my white musical notes t-shirt over my stomach and checked myself in the mirror once again before emerging from the bathroom. Edward was waiting for me in our – oh it felt so nice to say that – bedroom.
I leaned on the door jam and crossed my arms over my chest. Edward hadn't even noticed I was there yet, or maybe he had, and he was ignoring me. Either way, he wasn't looking in my direction, he was a little preoccupied.
I was still staring at Edward when I heard the soft footsteps coming up behind me. I was getting good at the whole listening thing, and I was still human too. None of the Cullens could sneak up on me, not even Edward.
"You can't scare me anymore Alice," I rolled my eyes and turned around.
She snapped her fingers. "Damn, I really thought I had you this time. Nice shirt."
I smiled. "Thanks, this completely shopoholic vampire got it for me the other day even though I told her not to."
Alice shook her head. "That evil vampire," she smiled.
"I still love her," I shrugged.
"Oh, good, because she still loves you," Alice giggled and gave me a hug.
"Bella, could you come here for a minute," Edward asked.
With Alice still hugging me, I turned around and took a step into the room. Edward was unpacking box after box of CDs. Apparently he hadn't thrown them away; he just put them in the basement.
"What's up, honey?" I asked.
Edward turned around and raised an eyebrow when he saw Alice still attached to my waist. He didn't bother asking questions about it since he knew he'd get a completely random answer that made no sense whatsoever. Edward was slowly learning to cope with my sense of humor. He still got frustrated at the sarcasm, but hey, he'll live.
"What are you doing today?" Edward opened yet another box.
"Jacob and Embry are coming over to pick me up soon. I have to explain to them the whole engagement thing, and that we'll be moving next year," I said.
"They're here," Alice giggled. Two seconds later the doorbell was ringing and I heard Emmett and Rosalie fighting to see who could get to the door first.
"I'd better go," I pried Alice off of me and went over to give Edward a kiss before I left.
He wouldn't let me go. "Edward…" I warned.
"Bella…" he retorted.
"Please let go, I have to leave."
He shook his head. "No you don't."
I sighed. "Yes I do. And I'd prefer to get downstairs before Emmett does something stupid."
"Fine," Edward's hands unwrapped themselves from my waist. "But only because I don't want Emmett hurting your friends,"
I smiled. "I love you," I kissed him on the cheek.
"I love you too," he replied.
I ran down the hall and practically fell down the stairs but Emmett caught me before I could do any real damage to myself. "Thanks," I giggled.
I straightened out my shirt and walked forward to the front door. Embry was standing on the porch, looking thoroughly nervous. He was almost shaking, and I didn't know if it was from anger or fear. Probably a combination of the two.
"Where's Jake?" I frowned.
Embry flicked his head in the direction of the driveway. "He's in the car."
"Let's go then," I said quickly and started walking out the door, but Emmett stopped me.
I looked over at him and frowned. I was about to protest when he started talking.
"If you lay a finger on my little sister, you're dead," he growled.
I punched him in the stomach. "There will be none of that, Emmett." He looked down at me in surprise. "Apologize."
"Are you serious?" Emmett gaped at me.
I nodded. "Absolutely."
He sighed in frustration. "Sorry," he mumbled.
I heard Edward laughing from upstairs. "Edward!" I yelled. "Not funny!" he instantly shut up.
I smiled to myself. "Okay," I sighed. "No more threats, Emmett."
"Yes ma'am," he gave a mock salute which earned him another punch, but this time it was only playful.
"I love you, big brother. I'll see you later; maybe we can finish our game of chess tonight. Sound good?"
Emmett smiled and nodded. "Sounds perfect."
I gave him a quick hug and then went out the door. As soon as I heard the click of the door closing I was apologizing for Emmett's behavior.
"Its okay, Bella," Embry reassured me for the thousandth time.
"Are you sure?" I winced.
"Yes, I'm positive," he repeated. "Trust me; if I were him I'd be protective too. Oh wait, I am!"
"Ugh! Too many people protecting me," I slid into the passenger seat of Jacob's Volkswagen.
"No," Jacob said. "Not enough people."
I glared at him and smacked his arm.
"Abuse!" He screamed.
I smacked him again. "Not so loud!"
Embry started laughing when he looked out the windshield and saw the Cullen children walking onto the porch to see what was going on. My slumped in my seat and groaned. I was pretty sure I was blushing too.
"Good job, Jake." I said through clenched teeth.
His only reply was putting the car in reverse and pulling out of the driveway.
"You're getting married," Jared repeated.
I rolled my eyes. "Yes, married, joined in holy matrimony, till death do we part, the whole shebang."
"How is the whole thing gonna work though? You're human," Quil shook his head in confusion.
"Thank you Captain Obvious," I said. "We're moving to Alaska next year, a few months before the wedding. We're still debating on whether to change me before or after the wedding, but it's a definite at this point."
"Alaska? What the hell's in Alaska?" Sam piped in.
"Some friends of the Cullens live in Denali, and we're going to stay there for a while. Until I get the whole vampire thing down at least," I explained.
"I thought you said Edward was bent on you staying human," Jacob said softly. I knew he was disappointed, I couldn't blame him. By this time next year, I wouldn't be able to see him ever again. I wouldn't be able to see anyone from my old life.
"I thought that too, but we made a deal that if I married him, he would change me. So I guess it works out for the both of us."
"And what about us?" Emily asked.
I sighed. "You know I love you guys, and you know I won't ever forget about you. But once we leave, I won't be able to come back. I'll keep in touch with you though; it was one of the compromises Edward made to persuade me to leave Forks. I'll be giving you a P.O box address where you can write me, and you'll still have my cell phone number, so you can call anytime," I paused. "I'm not leaving for a year, so there's no reason to be sad about it now. We might as well use the time we have left."
"You'll still be my kids' God-mother though, right?" Emily looked at me longingly.
"Only if you want me too," I smiled.
She instantly lit up and hugged me tight. "Of course I want you too!"
"It's such a nice day, let's go to the beach," I suggested.
Everyone agreed and we made our way over to First Beach. Jacob and Sam went straight for the water and started jumping in waves and throwing water at each other. I sighed and shook my head. Boys.
I was walking with Embry and Jared along the waters edge. We were silent, for the most part, until we reached the bottom of the cliffs.
"Cliff-diving?" Embry smiled at me mischievously.
"Oh, you're on!" I laughed and started running up the hill to the top of the cliff.
Embry and Jared were right behind me the entire time, laughing all the way up.
So, that's my story. Sorry if the end disappointed you, but I was getting writer's block and it just seemed like a good place to end it. If you have any questions whatsoever, feel free to ask away. I'll answer anything, seriously.
Well, anyways, here's the playlist I used for the entire story.
Ghost Singing – Armor For SleepDown
Mercy Me – Alkaline Trio
If I Fail – Cartel
The Fight – The Classic Crime
All The Memories – The Classic Crime
Say The Word – The Classic Crime (this song screams Edward, seriously. Listen to it)
Headlights – The Classic Crime
Garden Statement – Hidden In Plain View
Hanging By A Moment – Lifehouse
Blind – Lifehouse
Everything – Lifehouse
Sunrise Sunset – New Years Day
Atrophy – The Red Jumpsuit Apparatus
Face Down – The Red Jumpsuit Apparatus
Antidote For Irony – So They Say
Nickels and Dimes – Social Distortion
Ride – The Vines (this song reminds me of Alice for some reason. Don't know why)
Aside – The Weakerthans
Fiction – Kids In The Way
Time To Waste – Alkaline Trio
Radio – Alkaline Trio
Your Neck – Alkaline Trio
Bloodied Up – Alkaline Trio
Auld Triangle – Dropkick Murphys
The Spicy McHaggis Jig – Dropkick Murphys
Sunrise Highway – Dropkick Murphys