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Chapter 20: The Beginning
I was so nervous that I could have sworn my heart would jump out of my chest. My stomach was tight. And I realized I gripped Charlie's shirt sleeve tighter than I intended to. As we stepped out into the red carpet, everyone stood up from their seats and turned towards me.
Instantly, I felt my face heat up under their stares. If it weren't for Charlie, I was sure that I would faint right on the spot. Charlie's warm smile calmed me down, and I relaxed slightly beside him.
Looking at the guests, I saw the Cullen family, Renee, Phil, and Angela (she and Ben had come back to Forks during break, too.). They all smiled at me encouragingly and warmly. Catching my eye, Alice gave me a wink.
Finally, I turned my gaze to Edward. My breath caught in my throat. Edward looked so handsome in the tux. His hair was tousled, and his eyes were a deep gold. Breaking into a smile, Edward's eyes twinkled with happiness. I locked my eyes in his, never looking away as Charlie and I slowly made our way to the front.
I managed to keep myself from tripping as we progressed down the aisle. As we reached the Priest and Edward, Charlie turned to me and murmured, "Take care, Bells."
Smiling at him, I replied, "You too, Dad."
The Priest smiled at Charlie, "And who gives Isabella Marie Swan to be married to Edward Anthony Masen Cullen?"
"Her mother and I do," Charlie said in a strong voice.
The Priest nodded, "Guests, you may be seated."
Everyone did as they were told.
The Priest smiled at us and than he cleared his voice to begin, "Father in heaven, You ordained marriage for your children, and you gave us love. We present to You Edward Anthony Masen Cullen and Isabella Marie Swan, who come this day to be married. May the covenant of love they make be blessed with true devotion and spiritual commitment,"
Edward took my hands in his and whispered softly, "I love you."
"You are my life," I murmured back, my eyes shinning with tears.
"We ask that You, God, will give them the ability to keep the covenant they have made. When selfishness shows itself, grant generosity; when mistrust is a temptation, give moral strength; when there is misunderstanding, give patience and gentleness; if suffering becomes a part of their lives, give them a strong faith and an abiding love. Amen." The Priest smiled at the crowd and turned towards us. "The rings," he proclaimed. "You may begin your vows."
Edward took the ring from Alice and gently slipped it on my left fore finger. "I, Edward Anthony Masen Cullen, in faith, honesty, and love, take you, Isabella Marie Swan, to be my wedded wife, to share with you God's plan for our lives together united in Christ. And with God's help, to strengthen and guide me I will be a strong spiritual leader for us in our life, for better, for worse, in sickness and in health, in joys and in sorrows, until death do we part." It felt like my heart could burst of the happiness I was experiencing. The joy could not be adequately described with words. "I give you all that I have myself and my love in the name of Lord Jesus Christ. With this ring I seal my vow of love to you, Isabella Marie Swan, and pray I may fulfill God's place in our home, in the Name of the Father, Son and Holy Spirit."
It was so quiet when I reached for Edward's ring. I could hear the faint sound of Renee's sniffling and sobbing in the background. I saw Charlie's eyes shimmer with tears from the corner of my eyes. I felt grateful for all the things I possessed – love and friendship.
Here I was, getting married to the world's most perfect man, and my parents, the Cullens, my friends, everyone I cared and loved were all present. Today was truly the best day of my life.
I turned to take the ring from Alice, who smiled at me. "I, Isabella Marie Swan, in faith, honesty, and love, take you, Edward Anthony Masen Cullen, as my wedded husband. With deepest joy I come into my new life with you. As you have pledged to me your life and love, so I too happily give you my life, and in confidence submit myself to your headship as to the Lord. As is the church in her relationship to Christ, so I will be to you." I slipped the ring on his finger. "Edward Anthony Masen Cullen, I will live first unto our God and then unto you, loving you, obeying you, caring for you and ever seeking to please you. God has prepared me for you and so I will ever strengthen, help, comfort, and encourage you. Therefore, throughout life, no matter what may be ahead of us, I pledge to you my life as an obedient and faithful wife."
A single tear drop rolled out of my eye as I solemnly pronounced the last words of my wedding vow. My throat felt so tight that I could barely breathe.
The Priest smiled, "These two people have been drawn together by their love for each other. May they practice self-discipline and patience throughout their marriage, for these are essential to lasting love. May they continue to trust each other, for trust is the foundation on which all love is built." He closed his Bible. "Since Edward Anthony Masen Cullen and Isabella Marie Swan have pledged their love and commitment to each other under God's name and these witnesses that have been brought here today, I declare that they are husband and wife. You may kiss the bride."
A round of applause roared among the guests. Edward pulled me towards him and pressed his cold lips against my warm ones.
As we broke apart, Edward's eyes shinned as it never shone before.
"Quit all the mushy stuff you're doing up there, and get downstairs NOW!" Alice's impatient voice came from the other side of Edward's door. "The wedding reception's in a couple of minutes, and I still need to fix Bella's hair and makeup!"
I sighed and straightened myself up from Edward's embrace. After the wedding, we had gone straight to his room and spent a couple of wonderful minutes together.
Chuckling, Edward murmured, "Come on, let's not make Alice anymore impatient than she already is. You wouldn't want her to ask Emmett to tear the door off."
Reluctantly, I dragged myself towards the door. Suddenly remembering something, I turned and said, "Now that we're married, you have to fulfill your side of the bargain okay?"
"How can I forget about this," Edward mumbled sarcastically.
Glaring at him, I demanded, "So are you going to change me or not?"
"Do I have another choice?" he muttered.
Giving in, Edward sighed, "I'll change you tonight, is that soon enough?"
"Of course," I was bemused and overjoyed by his quick agreement. I thought that it would've taken much longer to convince him.
"All right then. Go get dressed for the reception – we have some parents to thank," Edward smiled.
I skipped out of his room and into Alice's.
The wedding reception went well. I got a chance to speak with friends that I haven't seen in a while.
At one point, Renee came up and practically dragged me off to the side to speak with me.
"Oh, Bella!" she exclaimed, her voice filled with angst and jubilation at the same time. Her bipolar feelings reminded me that I would not be able to see her after tonight. Anguish filled my lungs as I registered the painful thought.
Trying to control my expression, I managed to choke out, "Mom! I'm so happy!"
"I know, honey," Renee said, dabbing her eyes. "And I'm happy for you, too."
I hugged her tightly and inhaled deeply, memorizing the flowery scent that I knew I was going to miss an awful lot of after today.
"Promise me, Bella," Renee whispered. "Be safe."
My vision was blurred by tears oozing out my eyes. I nodded and bit my lip lightly.
"You promise to visit me, right?" Renee demanded. "Don't go running off with lover boy and forget all about your mom."
I tried to keep a straight face, and replied in a light voice, "How can I ever forget about my dear mom?"
Renee smiled, and relaxed. "Well, looks like Edward's making his way over. I'll talk to you later."
"'Kay, love you, Mom," I waved at her leaving figure.
A pair of arms wound around my waist softly.
Smiling, I murmured lightly, "Hey, Edward."
I could hear a smile forming in his voice, "Hello."
"How's everyone doing?" I turned around and pressed my face in his well-defined chest.
"Great," Edward mumbled in my hair.
"So when are you changing me tonight?"
Edward groaned softly, "Not now, Bella."
"Fine. But don't eat your words," I agreed reluctantly.
"Never," he grinned, pulling my face up to gaze into my eyes.
"BELLA!" Alice's voice rang out.
Sighing, Edward and I broke apart.
"Hey, Alice," I greeted Alice as she approached.
"So what do you want to do after the wedding reception? It should end in about one hour." Alice questioned.
"I don't know," I answered.
"I know! Let's do something wild!" Alice suddenly said, an evil grin creeping up her delicate face.
"No!" Edward shouted just as I said, "Sure!"
Edward glared at Alice and told both of us firmly, "We are NOT going to do anything that might involve the potential of hurting Bella."
"Gosh. It's your wedding day, Edward! Lighten up a little, won't you?" Alice pouted at Edward.
"Yeah. But I'd also like my bride to be in one complete piece on my wedding day."
"I'm starting to suspect that you lack a fun gene in your body," Alice seemed to enjoy arguing with Edward.
"Yeah. And you have absolutely no judgment of what is safe," Edward teased, lightening up.
They stared at each other for a long time until Edward added, "And no, when I mean not hurting her, I mean both physically and emotionally. So, playing 'Dress Bella up like a Barbie' is out of the question."
Alice stomped her feet, and walked away sulkily.
I chuckled, and turned to Edward, "You sure know how to get Alice to back off."
He merely smiled, and replied, "Practice makes perfect, love."
"Oh, I don't think I'll ever master the art of rejecting Alice. You know I'm a sucker for her pleading faces," I made a face at him.
Grinning, he snaked an arm around my waist, and whispered in my ear, "Let's get out of here."
"Where are we going?"
"The view is spectacular!" I mused, lying in Edward's arms.
"As are you," Edward mumbled softly.
I smiled, and inhaled deeply, letting the fresh air luxuriate my lungs.
"So where are we going to go after…my transformation?" I asked hesitantly.
Edward's body tensed a little at the subject, but he managed to keep his voice steady, "Alaska? Or perhaps somewhere that's not sunny?"
"Hmmm. We'll have to ask the rest of the family for their opinions." I smiled when I said "family"; it was great sensation to refer to the Cullens as my family.
We sat in comfortable silence, enjoying each other's company.
"So…what are we going to tell Renee and Charlie about my…death?" I murmured.
Edward's body became rigid, and I instantly regretted asking the question.
"Alice will think of something," Edward said finally, reluctant.
"Tell me something," I started.
"Are you thinking about breaking your promise?" I queried.
"No…why?" Edward asked carefully.
"Then why are you so reluctant to answer my questions?"
"Bella," he sighed, taking my hands in his. "It's not that I don't want to change you…it's just that…"
"I don't think I can handle seeing you in so much pain and agony through the transformation," he finished in a rush.
I breathed in relief. "Is that all?"
Edward stared at me, confused, "Of course, what other reasons are there?"
I laughed and told him, "Don't worry about me. Just keep thinking about all the time we get to spend together after I change. You might feel better."
"Might," Edward emphasized, smiling a little.
We lay there, watching as the shades of blue slowly morphed into layers of brilliant orange and purple.
"Well. This is it," I muttered, lying in our bed, waiting for Edward to come back into the room. "Good-bye to the old, clumsy me; hello to the new and improved almost-me" I chuckled to myself silently.
The door opened softly, and Edward slowly walked to me.
Pulling him on the bed, I said impatiently, "Hurry up!"
"No need to be hasty, love," Edward laughed quietly to himself. "You have an eternity ahead of you."
I growled lowly, and Edward grinned at me.
Edward held me in his arms tightly. His lips slowly found its way up my collarbone, neck, and finally settled on my lips. Crushing myself in to him eagerly, I wound my arms around his neck. I could feel Edward smile on my lips, his breath gradually becoming uneven. My breathing had already gone disjointed and staggered. My heart was beating so quickly as if I had been struck by lightening. I suppose that I did get strike by lightening – but a much better one. The electric current I felt every time I was with Edward filed through my body. I simply could not get enough of Edward. The thought of spending the rest of forever with Edward sent my pulse berserk.
Edward, pulled away, and mumbled, "Are you ready?"
"Never been as ready as I am now," I said confidently.
Edward's venom filled teeth sunk into my flesh, and the fiery pain overtook my senses almost immediately.
But this time, the pain felt different. It burned with hope, promise, and love.
It struck me with a new life, new hope, and start of something new.
Indeed, the start of something new.
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