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So this is the end of OFNW, I can't thank you all enough for sticking with me throughout this story! I never expected this big of a following! I'll continue writing hopefully, I have a couple ideas, and hopefully you'll continue to read them! Enjoy the chapter, I think you will.
Epilogue: Edward's Wish
(End of their senior year… 3ish years in the future)
"I just can't believe it," Alice said as she pulled the gown off the hanger and lifted it in front of her in the mirror.
"That we are graduating?" I asked, "Me either"
"No, well, yes that, but that they are making us wear these hideous gowns," she frowned, "I mean, seriously, how do they expect anyone to look somewhat attractive in them?"
I rolled my eyes, "Alice, really, you haven't changed at all since we came here."
She stuck her tongue out at me, "I have too"
"Oh really?" I asked her, "Ok, how?"
"Well," she said while unzipping her gown and putting it on, "For one, when we first got here, I was a lonely girl, desperate to join a sorority and get a boyfriend. And now I have a boyfriend of four years, and I'm president of our sorority!" she said happily.
"I meant personality wise," I said.
"Well, clearly that hasn't changed in either of us, you're still stubborn as anything, and I'm still amazing." She laughed and tugged on my oversized sleeve.
Sighing I looked in the mirror and the two of us, standing there in our graduation gowns, wondering where all the time had gone. You know that saying time flies? Well, it truly does.
I didn't turn away from the mirror when I heard knocking on our apartment door, "Must be the guys, I'll go let them in," Alice said, skipping out of our room and towards the door. I just stood frozen, looking at my reflection in the mirror.
Yesterday my parents had gotten in town and we'd gone out to a celebratory dinner and they kept commenting on how much I'd grown up and how proud they were of me. Tonight Alice planned a party through our sorority, calling it our one last hurrah.
I snapped out of my daydreams when I saw a figure coming up behind me in the mirror; Edward.
"Hello, love," he whispered into my ear, snaking his arms around my waist from behind and handing me a red rose.
"Hi," I said twisting around in his arms so I was facing him. I smelled the rose "It's beautiful"
"Just like you" He said, and I blushed.
"Can you believe today's the day?" I asked, changing the subject.
He looked at me nervously but quickly replaced it with a smile, "Nope, I keep thinking back to the days when we were mere freshman, it seems like only yesterday."
"It does, doesn't it," I sighed.
"Are you sad about graduating?" Edward asked, noticing my lack of enthusiasm.
"No, not quiet, just … we're going out into the real world tomorrow, Edward. I just don't want anything to change, you know?"
"Things might change, Bella," he said, "but I know one thing that will never change."
"Oh?" I asked, looking up at him curiously.
"My feelings for you," he said and I grinned and kissed him lightly.
"Right back at you, mister," I said, nudging him playfully.
"Oh, no you didn't," he said, and started wiggling his fingers at me.
I screeched and started to back away from him, but he was too quick for me and quickly picked me up and started to tickle me.
"Edward," I laughed, and tried, in vain, to squirm away, "Ed-Edward!!" I continued to laugh hysterically. "Stop!"
"What Bella?" he said, still tickling me, "I can't hear you."
"Stoppppp," I managed to get out through my fits of laughter.
He laughed and gently set me down, I glared.
"You're mean," I pouted, "I'm mad at you."
He bit his lower lip and some of his hair fell into his face, creating an irresistible expression, "I'm sorry."
I gave in, I'm hopeless I know.
"Bella, Edward," Alice came to the door, "We should probably get going"
"Alright, let's head out," I said.
"Wait, don't want to forget these," Edward said, picking up our hats.
"Heaven forbid we forget the equally hideous hats," Alice muttered, but took hers nonetheless.
I tried to take mine, but Edward insisted that he'd carry it for me, I thanked him and we made our way to the car.
Everything that happened in the next couple hours blended together. I remember getting there, then separating to get in alphabetical order, sitting down and then finally getting my diploma, and to my (and I'm sure everyone else's) I didn't trip, didn't even stumble. Afterwards we all met up again, our parents congratulated us, gave me two roses and then we took photos and eventually made our way back to our apartment to get changed for the party.
"We're officially college graduates," Alice screamed once we were back home.
"I know!" I said, now excited and happy.
"Alright, so we only have two hours to get ready for this party," Alice said and I could tell she was mentally trying to plan out a schedule that made most sense.
"I'll go shower," I suggested. I wasn't going to argue with Alice today about her obsessive makeovers, plus I wanted to look good seeing as though this would be the last time I'd see a majority of my classmates.
"Perfect," Alice said, and started to pull out our outfits.
I showered quickly and then dried my hair while Alice showered. Since she had short hair, it only took her a couple seconds to dry her hair, while it took me a good twenty minutes.
I finished drying my hair just as Alice stepped out of the shower.
"Alright, let's get to work," Alice said, cracking her knuckles dramatically and walking towards me.
I gulped but remained silent as she worked my hair into a couple different styles before settling on one. My hair had a slight wave to it, and she pulled back part of it and pinned it up in various ways in the back. I loved it.
"Alice, it looks beautiful," I told her.
She smiled sweetly at me, and pulled out the makeup. Just as she was opening the mascara the doorbell rang.
"Expecting anyone?" I asked her. She shook her head and asked if I could get it since she wanted to dry her hair real quick. I agreed and walked to the door, and when I opened it I saw Emily, Danny, Tanya and Kelsey all standing there, each holding a rose.
"Oh my god, guys!" I screamed and hugged them each, "Well this is a surprise," I said, gesturing for them to come in.
"Sorry we didn't get here before your graduation, but our plane was late," Emily explained, "but we do have something for you." She said, and they all handed me their roses.
"Thanks guys," I said, adding them to the pitcher of roses that I had been getting randomly throughout the day, "You know, it's so weird that you gave me these today," I explained, "People have been giving me them all day, so random" I shook my head, and if I didn't know any better I could have sworn I saw them all exchange pointed glances.
"Weird," Emily laughed, "Anyway, we don't want to be in the way, so we're going to go, but we'll see you at the party, Alice already gave us directions."
I was upset that they were leaving so soon, but I did need to get ready, "Alright, bye, see you all soon"
They left and I walked back to Alice, "So you weren't expecting anyone?" I asked.
"No, who was it?" Alice asked obliviously.
"Emily, Danny, his girlfriend Tanya and Kelsey" I said, sitting back down in the chair.
"That's a nice surprise," Alice murmured while pulling out the mascara again.
"Uhhu," I said as I opened my eyes wide so she could apply it, "Funny though, they said that you had already invited them to the party, how could you have done that if you didn't know they were coming?" I asked innocently.
The mascara slipped and ran a line of black down my cheek, "Crap," Alice muttered, grabbing a tissue and wiping off the mess, "I knew they were coming, but I wanted it to be a surprise." She smiled her killer smile at me.
"Oh, well, thanks, it was an awesome surprise!" I said, "Best graduation present ever, really."
She lit up at that, "Thanks, but you might want to save judgment for that until later"
"Wait, what?" I asked as she moved onto my eye shadow and foundation. "Alice, you didn't get me anything else, did you? You know how much I hate presents"
"I didn't, I promise," Alice swore.
I narrowed my eyes, "You better have not."
She simply laughed and after another couple minutes finished my makeup and moved onto her own.
Twenty minutes or so later, she finished hers and she showed me the outfit I was to wear tonight. It was a dark blue sun dress with a white tie around the middle, matched with blue sandals and a pair of silver earrings Edward bought me for our two year anniversary.
It was comfortable, yet cute, and I knew Edward loved the color blue on me, so it made it all the better.
"Alice, you have yet again outdone yourself," I said looking into the mirror after we were both fully ready.
"Thanks Bella," she said and then the doorbell rang yet again.
"Expecting someone this time?" I asked, smirking.
"Yep, Jasper," Alice said, jumping up and running gracefully to the door. "Hey hon" she greeted him.
"Alice, you look stunning," Jasper said, kissing her.
She giggled and then turned to me, "Doesn't Bella look amazing?"
Jasper nodded, "Beautiful as always, Bella" then looked at Alice who nodded feverously.
Jasper disappeared into Alice's bedroom and came back out with two more roses, "For you Bella" he said, handing them to me.
"One from both of us," Alice said, bringing me the vase I'd been putting all the roses into throughout the day.
I placed the two news ones in the vase, counting nine total.
"Thanks," I said, eying them curiously, "So you're in on the whole rose deal too?"
"What rose deal?" Alice asked, placing the vase back down on the table.
"I've been getting roses all day from random people, first Edward, then my parents, then my friends, and now you two," I said.
"Ouch, we aren't your friends?" Jasper asked, faking hurt.
I rolled my eyes, "You know what I mean. But at first I didn't think anything of it, but now … well now I'm just getting suspicious"
Alice shrugged, "Don't know what you are talking about, Bella, get your things together though, we're meeting Edward at the party."
"Fine, don't tell me," I said, then got my purse and applied a new coat of lip-gloss- Alice really had rubbed off on me throughout the years.
We arrived at the party early, since Alice was hosting it she insisted that she be there when everyone arrived, which was fine by me, meant I didn't have to make that awkward entrance everyone else does.
"So, how'd you find out about this place?" I asked Alice, looking around at the room she had booked.
Usually we'd just have the parties at the sorority house, or somewhere on campus, but Alice thought since it was our last one, we should go somewhere nice.
"My dad's friend actually owns it, it's pretty cool, there is this entire garden out back through those doors," Alice said pointing through double doors at the back of the room.
"Well it's gorgeous," I told her.
"Glad you approve," she said sincerely and went to greet some guests that were arriving.
Edward didn't arrive until the party had been going on for a good twenty minutes; he looked flush but still incredibly god-like.
"Hey," I said.
"Hello," he smiled his wicked smile at me and bent down to kiss me, "You look incredible tonight."
"So do you," I said, noticing his dressed up jacket and slacks.
"Would you like to um, dance?" he asked.
I nodded and we walked out to the dance floor and swayed to the music. Over the years I had gotten slightly better at dancing, I wasn't amazing, but I didn't suck quite as much either. Then again, I guess having Edward Masen as my dancing partner did improve my skill a little, and it forced me to take dancing lessons with Alice Sophomore year so I wouldn't embarrass him as much, although he claimed I could, but I didn't believe him. I mean, I embarrassed myself when I danced.
"What are you thinking about?" Edward asked.
"Oh, just you," I told him.
"Really?" he asked, eyebrow raised, "What about me?"
"How stunning you look tonight," I said.
"Funny, I was thinking the same about you," he said, "That and that I must be the luckiest person alive."
I rolled my eyes, when Alice and Jasper came over next to us.
"What's up guys?" Alice asked, bouncing up and down.
"Not much," I said, "You?"
"Oh, you know, being typical host and talking to people awkwardly for a couple minutes before I move onto someone else."
"It's impossible for you to be awkward, Alice, everyone is automatically drawn to you," I told her.
"True," she said then laughed, "but that doesn't mean that they aren't awkward."
"Really, you are too much sometimes" I said.
"Yea, well, um, I guess I will leave you two alone, come find me later tonight though Bella," Alice said, looking at Edward who was looking at me.
"Alright, have fun entertaining everyone," I said.
"Bella, would you like to accompany me outside briefly," Edward asked formally as Jasper and Alice walked away. I could have sworn I heard Alice squeal as she retreated.
"Of course," I answered. He took my hand and led me flawlessly through the crowd toward the double doors. He opened one for me and I walked through, immediately feeling the cool air and taking a deep breath of it.
"It's so nice out tonight," I mused, looking up at the clear sky and seeing the stars and bright full moon shinning back at me.
"It is," he said, taking my hand again and walking me through the garden until we reached a gazebo in the center.
It was lovely, being in the gazebo, surrounded by flowers in the middle of a cool early summer night.
Edward handed me two more roses that sat on a bench at the side of the gazebo, "For you, love"
I mentally added up the total to eleven for the day, wow.
"Thank you," I said, smelling them and putting them back down again.
Edward bent down behind a bush and suddenly music filled the air.
"Would you care to dance?" Edward asked, holding out his hand.
"Yes," I said, taking his hand as he spun me around, "Edward, this is perfect, how did you set this up?"
"Alice found the place," Edward said, answering half my question.
"I don't think I've ever heard this song before," I thought out loud.
"I wrote it," he said simply and I gazed up at him in amazement.
I knew he wrote music, and played the piano, but I had never actually heard him play anything before. "You're playing this?"
He nodded simply, "I wrote it for you actually, a couple years ago, I was just waiting for the perfect time to play it for you. I have many compositions written for you actually, I'd love for you to hear them some day."
"I'd love to hear them," I told him, stunned that he wrote this beautiful piece about me.
He spun me around again as the music died down and turned into another song just as beautiful as the first, then he let go of me and ran a hand through his bronze hair.
"Bella," he began and took a deep breath, "I love you"
"I love you too," I said.
"Bella, I never told you this, but remember that day nearly ten years ago when we played that last game of capture the flag, when I tagged you and you fell?"
"Yes," I said, wondering where this was going.
"Well, I fell in love with you that day. I might not have known it then, and I sure wouldn't have admitted it, but that was the day and ever since I've known you were the one for me. When I saw you again, at that first party on campus, I thought I must be dreaming, I thought I had missed my chance with you way back when, but I was awake, and you gave me a second chance. Bella, I've spent the most amazing four years with you, and I wouldn't trade a single moment of any of those days for anything in the world. You've shown me beauty and grace and passion, and love and every day I wake up and thank God that he brought me to you. I can't imagine living a day without you, and I never want to. I want you to be by my side for eternity. Please let me love you the way you deserve to be loved. Please let me make you the happiest person on earth." He reached up a wiped a tear away from my cheek. "Bella?" he asked.
"Yes?" I managed to get out.
"Can I use my wish now?" he asked.
I nodded, unable to get speak even another syllable.
He took hold of my left hand and got onto one knee, "Isabella Marie Swan, my wish, my only desire in life is to be your husband. Will you marry me?"
I let out a gasp and nodded quickly, his eyes sparkled and he pulled out one last rose from his pocket and handed it to me, making the grand total of the day twelve. Then he pulled out a small jewelry box and opened it for me, revealing the most beautiful ring I'd ever seen.
It was classic, a bigger diamond in the middle, and two smaller ones on each side all placed on a silver band. Yet it was so much better then any other ring I'd ever seen. Maybe it was the fact that it was from Edward, maybe it was the fact that it represented our love, or maybe it was a combination of both.
He slid it onto my ring finger, and kissed it. Then he stood up and kissed me so fiercely, so passionately, that my knees actually gave out and I had to lean against him for support.
Ten minutes, or maybe three hours for all I knew, we decided to head back to the party to announce our engagement.
"So everyone else knew?" I asked on our way back.
"Yep, last night I asked your father's permission, and then every rose that people gave you today symbolized their consent" Edward smiled.
"You asked my dad?" I asked, surprised he made it out alive.
"Of course, he wishes us all the best of luck," Edward said, squeezing my hand, "And he said that if I ever hurt you, he will personally kill me."
I laughed, that is so Charlie.
"I told him I would let him gladly, but that I never intend to hurt you"
"I love you, Edward Masen, so much," I murmured into his lips then kissed him.
"I love you more, soon to be Isabella Masen," he whispered into my ear.
Isabella Masen, yea I could definitely get used to that.
A/N: There it is- the end of OFNW! I really can't thank you all enough for your endless support throughout this story! When I first posted it I thought it might be a couple chapter story, that maybe I'd finish, maybe I wouldn't. I never, ever, in my wildest dreams thought it'd turn out to be a thirty-two chapter story with over three thousand reviews – that is simply insane. I'd like to give a special shout out to indianaxxjones, if you're still reading this, because you were my very first reviewer ever! And to everyone who's been with me since the beginning. Thank you for waiting through my sometimes long gaps between updates and always giving wonderful reviews! I really just want to give each and everyone of you (new and old readers) a giant hug and maybe … maybe even Edward for a day! Maybe, I'll consider it. Lmao. But, thanks again. Review one more time? For old times sake? :-)
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