All characters belong to Stephenie MeyerPreviously-
I smiled warmly at him sliding from the couch to kneel in front of him. I gently freed one of my hands and placed it to his face. He leaned into my touch never breaking eye contact with me. "Yes Edward. I will marry yo…" Before I finished my sentence Edward's lips were on mine kissing me with more passion than I had ever known. He pulled me close and ran his hands through my hair as he parted his lips slightly taking in my scent. I eagerly wrapped my arms around his neck pulling him closer craving the feel of his body against mine.
He was mine forever. Nothing would ever part us again. I was not a fool. I knew that things were not settled with the werewolves, and Victoria was still out there. But in that moment nothing else mattered. I was going to be with the love of my life forever. Life was perfect.
As soon as I had agreed to marry Edward Alice came bursting into our room, to Edward's annoyance. She had 'seen' the whole thing and wanted to be the first to congratulate us. Unfortunately our joy was short lived. There were pressing matters to discuss. After several heated family discussions it was decided that we would leave Forks for good. It was the only way to truly be rid of the werewolves once and for all.
I sat silently on the couch looking around Edward's room that had somehow morphed into mine as well. I marveled at all the memories one small room could hold, good and bad. I closed my eyes, as I lay back on the couch face down engrossed in my thoughts. We would be leaving this place tomorrow possibly forever. Part of me was excited to start over new. A bigger part of me was sad mourning the life I had made for myself. This place held the last remnants of my human life, and it was harder than I thought it would be for me to leave it behind once and for all. I had long since come to grips with my new existence as the living dead, but still a small part of me mourned my former life. Instinctively I knew I would always miss it and wondered what could have been if I had not come to Forks.
I felt a strong set of arms encircle my waist lifting me from the couch bringing me out of my reverie.
I smiled keeping my eyes closed. "Hello."
"What are you thinking about?" He asked as he placed me lovingly in his lap tucking my head under his chin. He encircled my body with his arms holding me close.
I sighed opening my eyes. "Nothing terribly important." I replied coyly.
"Are you sure? You seemed lost in thought."
I could hear the concern in his voice. I didn't want him to worry about me, so I quickly turned in his lap to meet his gaze. "I'm sure." I said firmly placing my hands on either side of his face as I leaned up to gently kiss him on the lips.
I smiled warmly as I pulled away.
He smiled my favorite smile. "Are you excited about tomorrow?"
"It will be nice to see everyone again." I qualified being as truthful as I could be. We were moving to Denali to lay low for a few months before we found a more permeate place to live. I had much to thank the Denali clan for and was excited by the prospect of staying with them under better circumstances.
"Hmm. They are good friends." Edward agreed as he bent his head kissing me slowly along my neck.
"Are you excited?" I breathed closing my eyes as I felt his tongue trace seductively along my collarbone.
He shrugged slightly as he moved his mouth back up my neck and traced my jaw with his lips. My breathing had become shallow as I raised one hand to the nape of his neck massaging him with my fingers as the other twisted in his hair.
"Edward." I barely whispered just before our lips crashed together. I moaned softly as he deepened the kiss wrapping his hands around my back pulling me to him making escape impossible. I lowered my hand at his neck and slipped it deftly under his shirt as I explored the contours of his back. I marveled at the feel of his skin, the perfection of his body.
Slowly he pulled away looking deep into me eyes. "I love you." He said softly as he brought his hands to my face tracing every line with his fingertips.
"I know." I grinned.
"I have something for you. Something I have been meaning to give you for a while now, but never seemed to find the right time." His eyes were dancing with excitement. I furrowed my brows at him as he smiled hugely removing me from his lap.
"What is it?" I asked confused as he set me back down on the couch.
He said nothing as he walked to a table near his stereo and removed something small placing it in his hands before he turned back around to face me. He smiled brightly at my expression as I stared at him perplexed. I could not imagine what he had to give me.
He sat down fluidly next to me and grinned. "It was my mother's." He said simply as he reached over and placed a small black box on my right leg.
I gazed at him still confused and in awe of what it could possibly be. Edward hardly ever talked of his human life, but I knew he had been very close to his mother. It had to be something very special to him to have kept it all these years.
"Well open it." He encouraged nudging my leg softly with his leg.
I turned my attention to the small box sitting in front of me and hesitantly reached out to grab it. It was soft to the touch, velvet, I noticed as I ran my fingers over the top. I suddenly felt nervous as I placed my fingers into position to lift the lid. I stole a quick glace at Edward, biting my lip anxiously, before I turned back to the small box in my hands opening the lid slowly.
I gasped as I caught sight of the hidden treasure inside. My eyes widened as I took in the most stunning ring I had ever seen. Cautiously I reached in and stroked it with my fingertips. The center was a long oval diamond set with slanting rows of round diamonds. The band was gold and narrow.
"Do you like it?" I heard him ask anxiously as he waited for my reaction.
"It's beautiful Edward." I managed to choke out my eyes never leaving the ring.
He chuckled softly. "Let's see if it fits." He stated as he gently took the ring box from my hands. I watched as he delicately took the ring from the box taking my left hand in his.
"A perfect fit." He remarked as he slid the ring into place on my hand. He brought my left hand to his lips kissing the ring that now belonged to me.
"Thank you." I heard him softly whisper as he reached up with his other hand to gently stroke my hair.
I furrowed my brows in confusion. "For what?" I asked.
"For saying yes." He leaned foreword and gently kissed me on the forehead.
I smiled. "Thank you for asking." I replied as I gazed once more at the ring on my hand.
I looked up to find him staring at me closely. His eyes were filled with so much joy and love it left me breathless. He cupped my face in his hands and gently stroked my cheeks with his thumbs as a grin spread across his face. He leaned in and kissed me sweetly on the lips lingering there for a moment before he pulled away.
"So." He began pausing.
"Have you thought about it, our wedding I mean? Do you know what you want?"
I paused briefly before answering. Truthfully I hadn't given it much thought. We had eternity after all. I certainly was in rush to get married. As a human it had never been something that I wanted. Even now it was not something I sought after. I was never one who enjoyed the spotlight and would be happy eloping. I never enjoyed going to them when I was human. Truth be told, I hated them.
"Well…" I hesitantly began afraid of disappointing him. "I haven't given it too much thought. I mean with everything going on I haven't had much time." I hedged shrugging my shoulders.
"H-have you? I mean do you know what you want?"
He shrugged smiling. "It does not matter to me as long as you are my wife."
I smiled pleasantly surprised by his answer. "So you wouldn't mind not having a wedding and maybe eloping instead?" I asked raising my eyebrows while biting my lip nervously.
He smiled reassuringly and kissed the tip of my nose. "Not in the least. If that is what you want, and feel comfortable with. That is what we shall do."
I sighed relieved by his answer. "Are you sure?" I questioned bringing my hands up to rest on top of his. "You don't mind not having a big wedding with everyone there?"
I felt bad knowing how close he was to his family and how much he loved them. It would only be natural to want to share something this big with them. I looked down as I awaited his answer feeling guilty for even suggesting such a thing.
"Bella, love." He whispered waiting for me to meet his gaze before he continued. "They will understand. As long as we are happy they will be happy. I don't need a big affair. I just want it to be official, that you are mine and I am yours forever." I could hear and feel the truthfulness of his words and was relieved.
I beamed at him. How had I gotten so lucky? "If you're really sure." I said sternly staring deeply into eyes searching for any hint of hesitation. "We shall elope then."
"It's settled." He confirmed leaning forward capturing my lips with his. I kissed him back eagerly pouring out all the love I had for him into that one precious kiss.
He pulled away slowly grinning. "Do you have a date?"
"You're not supposed to plan these things. We won't be truly eloping if we do." I explained not really wanting to commit to a time so soon.
He chuckled dropping his head and shaking it slowly back and forth. "Fair enough." He lifted his head abruptly raising an eyebrow at me. "I don't want to wait too long."
I simply nodded my head in agreement unsure of what 'too long' meant to him, and really not wanting to find out. There was nothing wrong with a long healthy engagement in my book.