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Chapter 20 - I Do
I stood in front of the mirror while Emily finished putting the baby's breath in my hair. "Done." She smiled at my reflection. I looked down and smoothed the white fabric.
"It's almost time. I've got to run." She gathered up her things. "I'll see you there!" She called over her shoulder.
I examined my appearance carefully. My dress wasn't your traditional wedding gown. But that's why I loved it. It was a simple linen dress. It was sleeveless with a v-cut neckline; front and back. Although, not quite as low in the front. It had an empire waist with different square pieces of fabric flowing down to my calf. I wore a pearl necklace with matching earrings. A gift from my mother. She was much happier this time around. Not one negative comment.
I had one year of college under my belt. I stayed in Forks and went to the community college in Port Angeles. I couldn't bear to be away from Jacob. He had graduated from high school in June and would be starting at the same college next month. I looked forward to living near the campus -- with my husband -- instead of making the commute every day.
I walked out the door and met Charlie. "You look beautiful, Bells."
"Thanks." I smiled. I had never been happier.
He drove us to the beach and as I got to the sand, I kicked off my shoes. I looked up to see Jacob standing in front of the preacher. Quil and Embry were at his side; his best men. Sam and Emily stood by Billy who was seated in his wheelchair.
Angela was my maid of honor. She was waiting for me at the front. Ben stood next to Renee and Phil. The gathering was small, intimate -- exactly what I'd always wanted.
The weather was perfect! The sun was shining brightly, not a cloud in the sky. It was a nice, warm day.
As I walked down the beach, I couldn't take my eyes off of Jacob. He looked so handsome in his black pants and white shirt. I smiled remembering how he scoffed at the idea of not wearing shoes. I giggled when I saw him wiggling his toes in the sand. His shirt was crisp and the first two buttons were undone showing off the glorious brown of his skin. My breath caught involuntarily. Oh, how I loved this man.
Charlie kissed my cheek. He placed my hand into Jacob's. "All I ask is that you love her." Charlie requested.
"I promise." Jacob answered, smiling.
With that, we turned to face the preacher. "We are gathered here for the marriage of Jacob Black and Isabella Marie Swan. They have written their own vows. Isabella, you first."
I looked from Jacob's face to the preacher and back again. I smiled. "Jacob, I promise to love you until the sun no longer shines. I will do my best to make sure that you're always happy. I will stand by your side in everything you do. I will support you in all your obligations." It was generic enough that I was able to keep his secret and promise to support the werewolf in him at the same time. "And I will take cooking classes so that I may be a better cook." Everyone roared with laughter. "All these things I promise because I love you, Jacob Black. Always."
He raised his hand and wiped the tear from my cheek. He then took my hand and kissed it.
The preacher spoke again, "Jacob."
"Bella, I promise to love you until the end of time. I will do my very best to always protect you and keep you safe. I will try not to hurt you. But if I do, I will make it right. You are my soul mate. My life. My air. Without you, Bells, I cannot exist." The tears were streaming down my cheeks. I was so happy.
"Jacob, do you take this woman to be your wife?"
"Absolutely!" He kissed my hands
"Bella, do you take this man to be your husband?"
"Forever." He smiled as the first tear fell down his cheek.
"Jacob, you may kiss your bride."
Before he had even finished saying the words, Jacob had taken me into his strong embrace and was passionately crushing his lips to mine.
Embry and Quil began whistling and cat calling. I was struggling catch my breath. Jacob placed my feet back on the ground and put an arm around my waist. "Wow," I whispered.
"Ladies and gentleman. Mr. and Mrs. Jacob Black." Everyone cheered.
We all went back to Charlie's for a dinner. Heaven knows Charlie had enough fish to feed us all. There were tables set up in the backyard. The wedding party had followed and were helping get everything ready. The rest of the pack and their families had arrived as well.
I went inside to take just a second to myself in my room. I noticed an envelope lying on my bed. I walked over and picked up the note. I sat down. It was from Edward. I would know his perfect script anywhere. "Mr. and Mrs. Black" it said on the envelope. I opened it. "Congratulations on your marriage. I am happy for you. I want to wish you many years of happiness. -Edward."
The door opened and Jacob entered. I looked up, meeting his gaze. "Bells, what's wrong?" I handed him the note. He read it and sat down next to me on the bed. "That is very nice of him. Are you okay?" I nodded and I was.
With Jacob by my side, I would always be okay.
He pushed me lightly onto my back and then climbed on top of me. "We can't do this now." I protested.
"Why not, we are finally married," he teased. "We can do whatever we want now." He leaned in to kiss me. I melted as his lips met mine. I parted my lips and could feel his warm breath. I loved the way he tasted. I let my tongue move past his lips and a growl came from his chest.
He tugged at the sleeve of my dress and let his lips wander to where the fabric no longer was. I reached up and fumbled with the buttons of his shirt. I let my fingers explore his beautiful brown skin. I tried to sit up and he placed his hand on my back, supporting me as his kisses moved over my exposed skin. I pushed the shirt off of his shoulders and down his arms, trailing the fabric with my fingers. I kissed his chest and he inhaled sharply. "You like that?" I whispered seductively. He grinned and his fingers made their way to the zipper on my dress. He unzipped it and reached up to liberate my body from its prison.
There was a knock at the door. "Mr. and Mrs. Black, we're ready for you."
"Thanks a lot, Embry. I'll remember this when it's your turn." Jacob growled.
Embry chuckled, "I'll be sure and warn Rae." Embry had just imprinted on a great girl. His laughter faded as he left us alone again.
Jacob didn't say anything, just kissed my shoulder and re-zipped my dress. I stood and walked to the mirror to fix my hair while he put his shirt back on. I looked over at him and smiled. I couldn't believe he was mine.
"You ready, Mrs. Black?" He asked, taking my hand. I liked the sound of that. I nodded.
"Are you ready, Mr. Black?" He picked me up into a hug and spun me around.
"With you by my side, Bella Black, I am ready for anything." He put me back on my feet, taking my hand.
We were off to face the world...
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