Please remember that I wrote this story back in March. The song here is a bit dated, but it fits perfectly.
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We'll do it all, everything, on our own.
We don't need anything, or anyone.
If I lay here, if just lay here,
Would you lie with me
And just forget the world.
Forget what we're told,
Before we get too old,
Show me a garden that's bursting into life.
All that I am, all that I ever was,
Is here in your perfect eyes,
They're all I can see.
If I lay here, If I just lay here,
Would you lie with me
And just forget the world.
- Chasing Cars, by Snow Patrol
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After our talk under the tree, Edward asked me if I wanted to see the greenhouse. We walked over hand in hand. It was raining slightly when we walked out from the shelter of the tree. Halfway through the yard, there was a large thunder clap and then the rain began to pound. Edward laughed and squinted his eyes to look at me. He began to run (human speed) and pulled me along to the other side of the house to the greenhouse entrance.
Once inside, he ran his hand over my face to clear the water. He hugged me and smelled me. He groaned and said, "Here in the greenhouse, with the heat, and the humidity, you and the rain". . . He just shook his head.
The greenhouse was immense. I had no idea it would be so beautiful. I felt like I was in a tropical rainforest. From the ceiling, there were hundreds of hanging plants with flowers that had every color imaginable growing on them. The mist was lightly falling on everything. There were two large rows of flowers about waist high that traveled clear to the far wall. I had no idea that so many different kinds of flowers even existed. In the far left corner there was a gathering of trees. I walked over for a closer look. They were definitely not your average trees. One of them had leaves that were larger than me.
"Is that a banana tree?" I asked.
Edward laughed. "The delivery man had a pretty strange look on his face when he brought that to the front door."
Edward started to fidget. He seemed nervous. He said, "Let's go farther in past these trees."
As I walked through the trees, I gasped. There were hundreds, maybe thousands of roses. There were varieties I had never seen. I touched their delicate petals and smelled their delicious aroma. It was set up as a round courtyard. You could walk on a path in ever smaller circles until you reached the very center. In the center was a small bench. I walked around and around with Edward following me. The rain was beating on the greenhouse roof.
When we reached the center, I walked to sit on the bench and found a beautiful red rose lying there. I picked it up before sitting down. I brought it to my nose to smell it as I turned to sit, and saw something gleaming from the inside of it. Puzzled, I pulled it out. It was a ring.
I'm not talking any ring. . . this was the most beautiful ring I will ever see. Two gold bands crossed each other and held a very large topaz gem in the center, with a row of diamonds surrounding it. As I pulled back from staring at the ring, I saw Edward down on one knee. I gulped.
He grabbed my hand and kissed it and said, "Bella, I have loved you from that first night I came into your room and heard you say my name. Let me love you for the rest of my days and I will protect you and cherish you and keep you close to me always. It doesn't have to be soon, but just say you promise to be mine and I will do all I can to make you as happy as you have made me. Please, Bella, will you marry me?"
I jumped down into his arms and said, "Yes, Edward. I will marry you. A thousand times, yes."
So, we were engaged. I didn't try to hide it from Charlie. I wore the ring proudly. Edward and I let him know that it wouldn't be soon, and that we were both planning on school. We used the tickets that Carlisle and Esme had given me for my birthday to fly out and let Renee know personally. Let's just say, she was less than thrilled, but she could also see how much we loved each other. The visit was good, she got a chance to know Edward better, and she softened a bit.
We did go to school. From the schools to which we were accepted, we chose one in Oregon that had a good program for what we were interested in, and yes, it rained a lot there. One thing I noticed about college girls, they were much more aggressive about trying to get to Edward. Even with the huge ring on my finger, they were constantly trying to bait him. But, he only had eyes for me.
I wish I could describe the difference in Edward after our talk under the tree. Some of it was so subtle. The biggest change was that he stopped trying to push me away. He started smiling a lot more, and was filled with hope about our future. His family still hasn't stopped thanking me.
In February, in our second semester of college, nine months after I had gone to decide my future, Charlie called me at my apartment in Oregon. "Uh Bells, there is a really big crate here with your name on it. It says it's from Chicago."
I had no idea what he was talking about. "Dad, is there a letter or something attached to it?"
There was a pause on the line and then, "There are two letters. The first is from a woman named Sarah Dutton." I sucked a large amount of air. "Keep reading Dad." I said.
Charlie read on.
I enjoyed our visit so much. You are a lovely young lady, and I was so happy to receive you letter saying that your paper turned out well. I should probably ask first, but in the event of my death, I am giving you Edward's piano. I was so touched by how much it meant to you. Shortly after your visit, I became quite ill and I have not been able to play, I suspect that the song I played for you will be the last I play on it. Take care of it, and my hope is that you will keep my memories of Edward alive.
Tears were streaming down my face. Charlie read the other letter for me. It was from Sarah's oldest daughter informing me that Sarah passed away in January. Nine more months and Edward's mystery would have been forever unsolved.
I could hardly speak, except to say, "Dad, keep those letters safe for me until Edward and I come next weekend. And Dad, do you have anyplace you can store a piano?"
Edward let me choose the date we would be married. I already knew the day before he asked me. September 16th. When he questioned why I wanted that day, I said. "Because that was the day you said good-bye and left me. On that day, you promised me that you would leave and never return, and that it would be as if you never existed. I want to change that day to the happiest of my life and hear you promise me forever."
So, two years to the day of Edward leaving me, we were married. Yes, I said two years. My nineteenth birthday came and went and with Edward beside me, and this beautiful ring on my finger, I wasn't even anxious about it. Edward really wanted to see me turn twenty years old. He would never be able to, and how could I deny him what he wanted? It felt so right. All Edward could say was how my beauty now was far beyond what I had at seventeen.
Our wedding day was perfect. We had talked about being married at the meadow, but we decided against it. That place was almost sacred for us and we didn't want to share it with anybody. That was the place where I touched him for the first time, and where he first placed his hand on my neck. Where he first heard my heartbeat. It was where we declared our love for the first time.
We decided to be married in the Cullen's backyard . . . yes, under the ancient tree. It was just his family and mine. I'll never forget seeing him there in that tuxedo looking at me with so much love, promising to be mine forever.
Edward surprised me with a wedding gift of a house. That's right, a house. He told me it was about a mile from where the Cullens lived. He said it was quite a bit smaller, than the Cullen's house, but beautiful and private, which is what we really wanted. He told me we could visit our families daily if we wanted, but we would also have our own space.
I surprised him with his piano. He couldn't believe it when he saw it. He said he knew just the right spot for it in our new home.
We said our good-byes to our family. We loved them so much. I hoped my parents would always be in my life one way or another. I hugged them both so tightly and told them how much I loved them.
I would make my dreams come true, that's what I'd decided on that beach almost a and half year ago.
We had been telling my parents we were taking some time off from school to travel. We probably would be traveling eventually, but very soon Edward would change me. He wanted me to have time to adjust, and not have any pressures or worries from anything else.
This story has basically been my journal. Edward asked me to write down everything I remembered from our first sight until now. These would be my human memories, and he didn't want me to forget a thing.
We drove to the house. It was lovely. Very secluded and much bigger than Edward had described. In a swift motion he was at my door and reaching for my hand. He pulled me out and began to carry me. I looked up into his face. There was a calmness there now, and a look of hope and love. I was so humbled that such a beautiful angel could ever love me.
As we got to the front door he looked at me and said, "Are you ready, Mrs. Cullen?"
I touched his cheek and looked into his eyes. "I am ready to begin forever."
With more passion than I thought he could communicate through those lovely topaz eyes, he carried me through the doorway. He shut the door, and shut out the world.
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Once again, thank you from the bottom of my soul. This has been so much fun. You guys are the absolute best. One last time, if you could let me know what you think, I would be forever grateful.
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