Readers: OHMYGOD, is this... Could it really be? Am I having those weird hallucinations again?? Is this...

... an update?

Yes, it is dear readers! Haha. Did you miss me? Okay, i know i've said this SO many times but I really am sorry I couldn't update much. i have really important national exams this year so I had to concentrate. They're this October so wish me luck!

And before I actually grace you with chapter 23, I would like to those of you who reviewed telling me to update. Its cause of you guys this chapter actually appeared. yeah, I'm supposed to be studying but you guys just made me feel so bloody guilty so I decided to stay up and type all this down. I apologize in advance if my grammar isn't up to par as it had been before. I've been concentrating on acing my national language that i've forgotten how english sounds like :o yes, i know, shocking!

Oh and before you start reading, I suggest you download/youtube the song, 'With Me' by Sum41 so that you'll get what I'm trying to incorporate later!

And... (drumroll, please) I present, Chapter 23 !

Disclaimer:

I have conquered the world!

Haha. Awesome! But Twilight still ain't yours.

Bugger.


"But why?" I whined as Edward continued to push me out the door.

"Because, I'm planning you a surprise and I actually want you to be surprised when I... present it to you," he smirked.

"I understand, Edward. But why did you have to sick Alice on me, of all people?" I said, feeling betrayed as we both snuck a quick look towards Alice who was grinning evilly as she leaned against her striking yellow Porsche.

Edward chuckled. "I didn't mean to! All I did was ask her to have one of her long, girly talks with you in her room for a few hours and she decided on something else,"

"But.. but," I struggled to find words to argue, "Alice is extra jumpy today. Look!"

We both turned to see Alice stretching. Yes, stretching. She went from tip-toing like she was to reach for something on a tall shelf, to working on her arm reflexes as if she was about to grab a pair of cute shoes on sale.

I turned back to Edward and looked at him with pleading eyes, jutting out my lower lip to increase the effect.

Edward chewed on his lower lip and he looked like he was battling out the options in his head. Just as he was about to break, I felt a tiny hand grab mine and I was being pulled away from Edward.

"God, Bella. You know you can't win whenever i'm involved so just work with me and i promise," she said with a smirk, "it will be less painful,"

I sighed defeatedly and strapped myself in, mentally and physically preparing myself for Alice's shopping escapade.

With her high pitched giggle, Alice revved the car to life and we sped off to the mall.

"Jeez, Alice. Slow down! You're driving faster than, dare I say it, Edward," I said, gripping on to the leather seats for dear life.

"No can do, Bella. Sacrifices," her eyes flashed to my terrified ones, "have to be made if we want to spend a minimal time driving. That way we have even more time to shop! Seattle is quite far," she said cheekily, almost bouncing in her seat.

"Seattle? What's wrong with the mall in Port Angeles?" I struggled to get my words out, still terrified at Alice's horrifying speed.

"What isn't wrong with it! There's nothing there. Wait till you see the one in Seattle. Unlimited choices!" she said, zoning off. Now I was more horrified than ever.

"Alice, eyes on the road. Eyes on the road," I was starting to hyperventilate.

"Hmm? Oh, right," she said nonchalantly.

We arrived at the mall in Seattle, taking only 30 minutes to get there, when it should have been a whole hour. I think my heart was beating twice its normal speed.

As soon as we entered the mall, I think I could have fainted. I understood what Alice meant when she said unlimited choices. We probably won't even be making it back by tonight!

Alice dragged me from store to store. We tried on everything from necklaces to bracelets, bras and bikinis, skirts, hats, dresses, even halloween costumes. She freaked when she saw the SALE sign hanging on the display window and was convinced that we should stock up for next year.

Three grueling hours later, Alice was still hopping and skipping about. I was slowly dying away as she dragged me off to another shop.

"Alice," I called to her as she held up a cute top to see how it would look on me, "I'm going to grab some lunch in the food court so i'll let you finish up then you can come and join me."

She grinned widely and hugged me. "Thanks, Bella. Give me another ten minutes tops!"

I made my way to the food court and ordered myself some tacos and a a slice of pizza. As I set my tray of food down on an empty table for two, I felt something vibrate in the pocket of my jeans.

I took out the phone which Edward had gotten for me a while back and saw that I had a new text message.

Hey. How's shopping? Hope Alice hasn't driven you to insanity yet.

- Edward

I glared at the message. He was lucky I wasn't there or I would have probably hit him. I keyed in my reply, fumbling with the buttons as I hadn't quite gotten used to the whole text messaging thing:

Alice decided to go the mall in Seattle. I'm dying! And she was very close to a few minutes ago.

If I don't make it back alive, you know who's to blame.

- Bella

Just as I hit 'send' I heard someone pull the chair opposite me. Alice plopped her tray of salad and water down in front of mine.

"Missing someone back in Forks now, are we?" she teased.

I ignored it and grabbed some salad off her bowl while she took a huge bite out of my pizza. I decided to use this time to find out as much as I could about Edward's 'surprise'.

"So, Alice," I trailed off.

Before I could even get the interrogation anywhere, Alice was two steps ahead of me. "Uh, uh, Bella. Not gonna tell you a single thing!"

I glared at her as she chomped down on her leafy greens.

Then, I head a whistle. A few guys who were passing by looked like they were undressing me with their eyes. I gave them a disgusted face but that didn't deter them. They started walking towards our table until Alice grabbed my right hand and flashed my engagement ring to the two pervs.

i threw her a grateful look, but quickly went back on to topic. "So who else knows about the 'surprise'?"

Alice quickly stabbed a carrot stick and avoided looking me in the eye.

"You mean, I'm the only one who doesn't know?" I pinched the bridge of the nose in frustration, influence from Edward.

Alice just giggled and went back to her salad.

After another two hours of shopping, there wasn't any space left in the car. Yeah, we had made at least six trips back and forth from the car to put our stuff because there was just too much!

As soon as we entered the house, I burst out, "Home sweet home!" plopping myself on the comfy living room couch, closing my eyes for a bit.

"Edward, Jasper!" Alice shouted.

"We're on it!" I heard them call from somewhere inside the house.

I heard footsteps as they went outside to unload all the bags from the car.

"Wow, Alice. You really went all out, didn't you?" I heard Jasper's voice ask from outside.

"There was a sale!" Alice argued. Hah! Only in like, three out of the tens of shops that we went to?

"Poor Bella," I heard Edward's voice say.

I heard Alice instructing the boys, telling them which bags where who's as they brought them up to our rooms. It was atleast two trips later that they had finished clearing up everything.

I heard someone approach closer. "Hey," I heard Edward's voice whisper into my ear as he placed a small kiss on my forehead.

I forced my eyes open and smiled. "Hey,"

Edward snuggled up beside me on the small couch and tangled legs with mine. Our foreheads were touching and I could taste his warm breath.

"I'm sorry I let Alice take you. I didn't she would go all psycho today," he said with a slight chuckle under his breath.

"It's alright. You should be glad I even made it home tonight though," I teased, leaning in for a kiss.

"Oh, I'm glad," He breathed as he gently placed his lips on mine.

"Jeez, you two. Get a room," I heard Rosalie say as she passed us.

We immediately broke apart and I could feel the heat rising up to my cheeks.

Edward laughed. "I must warn you though, tomorrow Rosalie will be taking you out,"

"What? Shopping?? Edward, when is this surprise going to be because I don't think you'll have anyone to surprise if it takes any longer," I groaned.

"Just one more day," he smirked. "And I'll make sure Rosalie doesn't take you anywhere near a mall. Or anything selling clothes."

"Wait, one more day?" It registered in my head. That would mean he was planning it to be on Saturday. That was when I remembered the charity event we were holding on the same day. "You mean, during the charity event?"

He nodded with a teasing smile on his lips as he leaned in for another kiss.

I immediately got up. "Oh no, you don't! This is payback for Alice," I smirked, leaving him frustrated on the couch.


The next day, Rosalie took me to a spa in Port Angeles. I was busy thanking the lord when Rosalie pulled me into the shop and asked me to stop being overdramatic.

After three hours of pampering, I could proudly say that I actually enjoyed the whole thing. It actually relieved me of all the tension from yesterday's shopping fiasco.

After lunch, we headed back home and I was greeted by a suspicious looking Edward.

"I enjoyed it," I shrugged and he smiled, flashing me an I-told-you-so look.

Everyone was busy the rest of the day, preparing for tomorrow's event. It was Carlisle's company's annual charity event and this year, it also served as a promotional party for the opening of Edward's new shop. I helped the girls go through the performance list and helped sort out the gift bags.

As I went through the performance list, I came across many unfamiliar names. "Where'd you guys get all these people?" I asked, seeing as most of them were names which I hadn't heard or seen of before. Most of the performances were instrumental, which made me even more quizzical.

"Don't know. Edward was the one who called up the people," Alice shrugged.

Later that night, I was still curious. "Edward, where'd you find all the performers?" I asked as I sat with my legs crossed on the bed.

"Hmm? Oh. They're all close friends of mine. The string triplet; Aro, Caius and Marcus as well as the one who plays the harp, Heidi, I met after a performance they had at a social dinner. Demetri and Felix are old friends of mine from college and Jane and Alec are two kids who I taught some time ago," he explained, sitting next to me.

"How old are they?" I asked.

"You mean Jane and Alec?" I nodded, "They're twins. Turning nine this year. Both equally adorable," he smiled.

I smiled back and we decided to get some sleep. Tomorrow's gonna be a long day.


Early that morning, Edward and I were woken up by a loud bang. We jolted up in a confusedly and before I knew it, I was being dragged away by Alice into her room.

After only a two minute shower due to Alice's constant rushing, I was stumbling out of the bathroom in no time and Alice pushed me onto the chair as she started to blow my hair while Rosalie started doing my make-up. I saw that they had both put on their make-up and their dresses.

Rosalie was wearing a fitting brown dress which came up half her thigh. She wore hear hair down and had this gold chain hanging down her neck, looking as if she had just come back from one of her photo shoots. Alice, on the other hand, was wearing a green halter dress and had pinned her hair to the side, looking equally gorgeous as Rosalie.

Once they were done with my hair and make-up, Rosalie pushed me into the bathroom with my dress and told me to hurry. I carefully put on the dress and sighed in relief when I realised that it could have been much worse. My dress was maroon in colour and was loosely fitted.

Everyone met in the living room. The guys looked amazing in their button down shirts. (Shirts & Dresses on my profile!)

We then headed to our own cars and drove to Seattle.

"You look stunning," Edward complimented, turning to smile at me.

"Thanks," I blushed. "Eyes on the road Edward," realizing his attention shift. Edward was driving slightly faster than usual but I wasn't fazed by it. I couldn't. Not after Alice's horrifying driving.

"Sorry," he smirked. Then, he concentrated on the road in front of him.

"Are you nervous?" I asked, seeing as this would be the starting point for his shop.

"A little," he laughed nervously. I smiled. Guys and their tough facades.

I took his hand and intertwined his finger with mine, giving it a small squeeze. He smiled at me appreciatively.

I started humming along to the song playing on the radio while tracing random patterns on his hand with my thumb. He seemed to calm down after that.

When we arrived at the venue, it was a large hall which was brightly decorated and had splashes of colour everywhere. It was amazing. Still holding Edward's hand, I dragged him to all corners of the room, observing every little detail. Edward teased me for being so easily amused. I gave him and light slap on the arm.

A few people had already arrived and Edward introduced me to some. A few saw the engagement ring on my finger and congratulated us.

"EDDIE!" I heard two voices shout. Out of no where, two guys pounced on Edward, messing up his hair.

"Felix, Demetri, good to see you guys. But not so good with the hello," Edward said, clearing the hair away from his eyes.

"Good to see you, man. Damn you clean up well," one of them commented.

The other's eyes flickered to mine and gave me a once over. "Who's this sexy lady?" he grinned pervertedly.

I saw Edward scowl as he wrapped his arm around my waist and introduced me. "Felix, Demetri, this is Isabella Swan. My fiance," he emphasized fiance.

"Call me Bella," I added.

"Felix," the perverted nodded with a grin.

The other one slapped him on the head. "Demetri. Don't mind Felix. He's just sexually frustrated," Demetri rolled his eyes.

"Well, I'm hungry. Catch up with you later Edward!" Felix called out. As he walked away, he winked at me teasingly. Edward's frown went deeper.

"Chill, Edward. I'm only joking," Felix laughed. Demetri slapped him on the head again and I heard and 'ow'.

Before Edward could say anything, we heard a high pitched squeal. As we turned, we saw a little girl in this cute pink dress running towards Edward.

"Hey, Jane," Edward greeted, giving the girl a pat on her head. A boy who had the similar features as the girl approached us as well. "Alec," Edward greeted.

"Bella, I'd like you to meet Jane and Alec,"

I smiled. Edward was right. They were adorable!

"Hi Bella," Jane squealed as he hugged me tightly.

"Hi," I giggled at her straight-forwardedness.

Alec gave a barely audible 'hi' and blushed.

After catching up with the twins, they went to go get ready to perform.

"I think little Alec has a crush on you," Edward chuckled.

I giggled. "Well, then you'd better be careful because I think the feeling is mutual," I teased.

"Oh really? Well we can't let that happen now can we?" Edward kissed me softly on the lips.

After the performances had started, more people started arriving and soon, the hall started looking full. The event was going extremely well. Jane and Alec performed a duet together with Jane on the piano and Alec on the violin. When they came up on stage holding hands, everyone 'aww-ed' at how endearing it was.

I managed to see Demetri and Felix perform their duet. Demetri played the ukulele while Felix sang. I managed to catch their cover of the song 'I'm yours' by Jason Mraz.

The rest of the day, Alice, Rosalie and I were busy entertaining guests and managing the event. I did manage to dance with a few of the guys. The highlight of it was when Alec tugged on my dress and shyly asked whether I would dance with him. He looked ecstatic when I agreed. It was only towards the end of the evening, when the hall wasn't too crowded that Edward went up on stage.

Clearing his throat to grab everyone's attention. "Evening, everyone. I hope you guys are enjoying yourselves here today," Alice, Rosalie and I immediately stopped whatever we were doing and focused our attention to the stage. Rosalie and Alice flashed each other knowing looks and I was immediately suspicious.

"Come on, Bella. Let's go up in front so we can get a better view," Rosalie said as both girls hooked on to my arms and dragged me to the front of the room. Edward was holding a guitar, and so was Jasper while Emmett was on the drums.

"Now, Jasper, Emmett and I will be performing the song 'With Me' by Sum41. This song goes out to my fiance, Bella Swan," he smiled, his eyes focusing on mine. Everyone cheered and a few eyes landed on me. But that didn't matter. All I could see was Edward.

I heard Edward string the first few chords of the song, never taking his eyes off mine. Then he approached the mike, took a deep breath and sang,

I don't want this moment to ever end

Where everythings nothing without you

I'll wait here forever just to, to see you smile

'Cause it's true, I am nothing without you

His eyes burned into mine, his voice was beautiful and the way he sang the song was as if he were pouring out his soul for the world to see.

As the got to the chorus, my heart started beating quickly. I felt my body tingling.

I don't want this moment to ever end

Where everythings nothing without you

As the song came to a slow, Edward jumped off stage and approached me. Everyone's attention was on the gorgeous man. As he came close, he placed his hand on my cheek and kissed me. A kiss so full with passion, the whole room around us started to slowly disappear. There was only me and Edward.

As we pulled away, breathing heavily, he whispered, "I love you," into my ear before smiling and jumping back on stage to sing the last verse of the song.

I want you to know

With everything I won't let this go, these words are my heart and soul

I'll hold on to this moment you know, 'cause I'd bleed my heart out to show

And I won't let go

Everyone cheered and before I knew it, tears were spilling out. I couldn't help myself as I started to cry out of happiness.

As the trio bowed, Edward approached me again and before he could say anything, I placed my finger on his lips. "I love you too," I breathed, looking up, drowning in the depthless sea of green, "Thank you."

He smiled at me.

How was it that this gorgeous, talented, perfect man managed to fall in love with me, out of the millions of people in this world. How was it that my life which had started out dreadfully had changed so drastically? For once, I was truly happy. Truly content. Truly complete. I thought as I smiled to myself.


Sorry the last half of the story seems rushed. I really have to go and study now. But you guys are happy that I updated, right? Right??

Well, unfortunately, this will most probably the penultimate chapter to this story. I'm not sure about a sequel, I doubt it. I wouldn't want to ruin what's already fine the way it is. I'm not sure when the last chapter will be coming up but expect it after October. :)

Anyway, wish me luck for my exams! Have to go study history now.

If you liked this chapter, or if your happy that I have finally updated, leave me a 'woot!' :)

-Sabrina