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I sat in the passenger seat of the stationary silver Volvo, staring blankly ahead at the Cullen's driveway. The task that I had to do was not pleasant, but could not be put off any longer. The time had come to tell Charlie that Edward and I were engaged. An involuntary shiver raced down my spine. Edward's marble hand instantly reached over to rest on my thigh. He turned to look at me with his golden topaz eyes.
"Are you alright?" he asked.
"Yes," I lied.
"We don't have to do this, not if you don't want to."
"I want to." I bit down on my lip trying to calm my nerves. "Let's go."
Edward turned the key and the engine hummed to life. I glanced sideways at his face. He was looking at me, concern coloring his eyes. Not able to hold his gaze, I looked down, pretending to show an interest in my fingernails. I was afraid to voice my fear of the impending situation.
The one thing that had been drilled in my head by both of my parents was about the concept of marriage. Their marriage did not end happily, and they didn't want the same to happen to me. "Getting married straight out of high school was a bad idea," my mother said. "Go to college," Charlie said. Of course, I had been accepted to the University of Alaska . My tuition had been paid by the Cullens, much to my dismay, and I was planning on leaving in late August. This was all a hoax, for the real reason I was leaving was so that Edward would be free to transform me into a vampire.
I wasn't sure how my parents would take the news. Renée would probably put on a happy face, pull me into a hug, and whisper in my ear "We'll talk later." Charlie would most likely not be so easy going. After Edward had left me last fall, Charlie had taken a strong disliking to him. Charlie was gracious enough to let him come over everyday after school now, but as to how he would react to our engagement – I wasn't sure what to expect. He could be silent, or he could yell, which was a rare occasion in itself. Before I could decide which was more probable, we arrived at the house.
Edward turned the ignition off, but did not make a move to get out. He looked at me with intent eyes.
"Are you ready?" He leaned closer and brushed his lips against my forehead.
"As I will ever be," I said, my lips searching for his.
Cold marble met warm skin for a brief moment before he pulled away. He gracefully got out of the car and opened my door. His hand extended down to me. I took it, not knowing whether I would be able to stand on my own. His cold arms pulled me close, his sweet breath cascading down my face as we stood in front of the house. The sparkling diamond ring on my left hand reassured me.
"Hey Charlie!" I called as Edward and I walked in through the front door. The sound of the T.V. could be heard from the den. Charlie was most likely lying on the couch, drinking a beer, and watching Saturday Night football. I probably should have picked a better time to talk to him, but I couldn't stand the anxiety any longer. Edward held my hand and we calmly walked into the den. Charlie looked up at us for a brief second, and then turned back to the game.
He looked up again, "Edward."
"You might want to turn the T.V. down for a minute." Edward stated coolly.
Charlie reluctantly turned the TV down and sat up on the couch. He spread his legs, clasped his hands together and rested his elbows on his knees. "What's up?"
Edward wrapped his arm around my waist and kissed me on the forehead, all while slightly nudging me foreword. Apparently, he felt it was right for me to tell Charlie.
"Um…" The words I had rehearsed countless times escaped as I racked my brain for something to say. Edward squeezed my waist and turned my face towards his with his free arm. He eyes stared deeply into mine. In that moment I forgot how anxious I was, and the words I had rehearsed suddenly returned. He brought my face even closer to his and kissed me, reassuringly, on the lips. Usually he wasn't so forward about his feelings, but I guess that didn't matter anymore.
"What is it Bells?" Charlie got up nervously, and moved closer to Edward and me. He seemed to want to take me in his arms, but Edwards grip held.
"I… uh." This shouldn't be so hard. Hadn't I already known that I wanted to spend eternity with Edward? Hadn't I already known that this was coming? Hadn't I already known what to say? I swallowed, hoping to restore some moisture to my suddenly dry mouth. I kept wishing that Edward would just say it, but I knew he would wait on me.
"Bella?" Charlie was clearly sounding worried.
I took a deep breath. Try to sound happy, I told myself. "Edward and I are engaged." I thrust my left hand out to show him the ring.
Charlie was taken back. At first he looked confused, then he looked at the ring, then Edward, then the ring, then Edward. He did this so many times I thought his head would fall off. He looked at me with worry in his eyes, pleading even, to not do this now. I felt my resolve fading.
"Yes, isn't it wonderful?" Edward sounded genuinely happy. He probably was.
"Oh, well… that is something. Er… congratulations." Charlie stuttered.
"Thank you." Edward paused, his smiling face faded into a serene expression. "Charlie, you don't have to worry. I promise I'll take good care of her. You don't have to worry about me leaving her ever again. I learned my lesson, and as long as she wants me, I'm here." He kissed me tenderly on the top of my head. "The wedding will be in a few months, and I'm sure Bella wants you to walk her down the aisle."
Charlie and I both shuddered. He looked at me with sad eyes. I met his gaze, afraid of what I would see. He stared deeply, trying to see if this was what I truly wanted, if this was the right choice. Tears started to brim over the edges of his eyes.
"Oh… Dad. Please don't cry!" I pleaded.
"Sorry. So sorry." He cleared his throat. "Surely you two would want to go out and … celebrate or something. If you don't mind, I'll just return to my game." He hobbled slowly over to the couch, sat down and turned the volume back up.
"Thank you Charlie. I think Bella and I will do just that."
I looked up surprised. We had not said anything about celebrating, and he knew I wasn't overly thrilled about this situation. His gaze met mine and his eyes sparkled. I did not know what he was thinking, and that frightened me.
"Um… yeah. I'll just go up to my room and get my purse." I figured playing along would be the best idea. I slowly walked up the stairs to my room, letting my mind wander. Where could Edward want to go? I opened my closet doors and reached into the depths to retrieve my purse. I took a quick glance in the mirror to smooth my hair, and headed back downstairs. Edward was waiting for me exactly where he had been. Charlie still looked unsure, or hurt, or possibly both.
"I guess I'll see you later," I said.
"Be home by ten," he paused, "well, I guess the curfew doesn't apply now, that you are going to be married..."
"Don't worry Charlie. I'll bring her home by ten." Edward said, his voice dazzling Charlie.
"Okay." Still dazed, Charlie turned his attention back to the game, although he appeared to not be paying attention to the action.
"Let's go." Edward wrapped his arm around my waist and led me out the door. He opened the passenger side door, motioning for me to get in.
"Don't I get to drive to this mysterious place we're going?" I asked, eyebrows raised questioningly.
"Of course not!" he said with fake surprise. "You wouldn't know where to go."
As I got into the car I muttered, "You could give me directions." I couldn't be sure, but I thought I heard him laugh under his breath. He got into the drivers seat, quicker than possible by a normal human being. You would think that after all this time with him, I would be used to it. Of course, I thought, soon I would be able to move like that, too.
He hit the accelerator, speeding swiftly through the streets. I crossed my arms, trying the sulking tactic to get him to tell me where we were going. Edward knows I don't like surprises, but he still enjoys tormenting me with them. His hand reached over and held my own. Despite my best efforts to stay mad, I couldn't help but grin. Edward saw, and grinned himself. He rubbed his thumb in circles on the back of my hand. My eyes slowly left our hands and to look at his eyes, but they were surprisingly focused on the road. My eyes wandered down his perfect face, sumptuous lips, and sculpted chest. They followed along his muscular arm to his hand which rested lightly on the black steering wheel. My gaze fell on the speedometer, where the needle hovered just under a hundred and ten. I audibly sighed and Edward instantly looked over.
"Edward, would you please slow down. Just because I am going to marry you doesn't mean you can keep ignoring my pleas regarding your speed."
He laughed, clearly amused. "You are about to marry a vampire, and yet you're still more concerned about my driving."
"Yes." I tried to remains serious, but a smile tugged on the corners of my mouth.
The sky was darkening, quickly becoming twilight. I thought of how my life, my human life was like the twilight, quickly coming to a close and a new chapter of my life would soon be breaking like the dawn. My thoughts dwindled away and I became content to sit silently in the Volvo with Edward, until I remembered I was being held against my will.
As I started to ask when we would get to this "mysterious" place, Edward said, "We're here." He turned to look at me, smiling sweetly. We both climbed out of the car, arriving finally at the not so unfamiliar place.
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