A/N: This is a sequel to Serendipity. It will not make sense if you have not read that story. This story picks up a few days after the gang returns to New York.
Disclaimer: Twilight and its characters aren't mine. They belong to Stephenie Meyer I just play with them.Forever and Always Chapter 1: Announcement BPOV
I hate having to dress up. I hate having to wear a dress, and I hate every single piece of clothing I own. I couldn't believe that Esme and Carlisle would be arriving in a half-hour and I still was not ready.
I wanted to look extra nice tonight, because we were going to be telling his parents the big news. I had already broken the news to my mom and dad over the phone, since I knew there would be a long lecture on the importance of being sure of what I was doing. My mom had even asked me if I was pregnant. They weren't thrilled, but they were content by the fact that we had decided on waiting a while before getting married.
Edward, on the other hand, wanted to tell his parents in person. He had a much better relationship with his parents that I had with mine, and I really loved seeing them interact. I knew that Esme and Carlisle would be thrilled, but I was still nervous. I wanted to look my best.
"You know another outfit isn't going to appear in your closet just because you stare at it." Edward said leaning on doorframe with a silly grin.
"I know." I answered with a frown. "It's just I haven't the slightest clue what to wear."
"You look gorgeous just the way you are." He said seductively his eyes tracing my body. His gaze was enough to send electricity through me even when he was at least ten feet away from me.
"I'm sure your parents will appreciate me wearing a bra and thong to dinner. We do not need another repeat of the last time they were here." I said as I finally picked out a simple black skirt and red top.
"You look magnificent, Love" He whispered in my ear as I put on my earrings.
"Thank you." I answered fixing the collar of his white dress shirt.
"My parents are sure to know the moment they see you." He began.
"Why is that?" I asked.
"I think they expect it, and they will look directly at your left hand. My mother will at least. I think she thought I was going to ask you Christmas Day." He explained before there was a small knock on the door.
"I'll be ready in a minute." I told him putting on my perfume as he let his parents in.
"So what's this big announcement?" I heard Esme immediately ask Edward, and I couldn't help but smile.
After taking one last look in the mirror, and hiding my engagement ring in my purse, I made my way to greet my future in-laws. "Bella, darling." Esme immediately greeted me pulling me into a warm hug.
"How are you?" I asked giving Carlisle a hug as well.
"I can assure you that we are both extremely curious as to why you asked us to come over this weekend." Carlisle replied obviously trying to figure out our big mystery.
"Let's head to dinner." Edward urged helping me into my coat chuckling as he noticed I had removed my ring.
"It's not polite to leave us in suspense, Edward." Esme complained as we walked out into their black Mercedes.
"It's also not polite to be nosy, Mom." Edward retaliated giving his mom a kiss. "You'll find out during dinner, and I can assure it is nothing bad."
The ride to the restaurant proved to be extremely long. Esme kept glancing towards the back seat trying to figure out what the announcement. I even caught her a few times looking at my left hand and stomach. She was obviously trying to determine if we were engaged, pregnant, or both.
After ordering dinner, I could tell that the frustration was getting to Esme. "Well, we asked you to dinner, because we wanted to tell you something." Edward began as his parents listened attentively. "As you know Bella and I love each other very much, and about a week ago I asked her to become an official part of our family and she agreed." He explained as I saw tears well up in Esme's eyes.
"We're getting married." I added taking out the ring as Edward placed it back on my finger.
"Welcome to the family, Bella." Carlisle said as he got up to give me a hug as Esme hugged her son tightly.
"Bella." Esme said as I felt my own tears. I genuinely felt that they wanted me to be part of the family, a type of family I always wanted to be a part of. "I knew it was only a matter of time."
"How did my son ask?" Esme inquired. "I hope you made her feel like a princess, Edward."
"Ofcourse, mom." Edward answered as the food arrived.
"It was perfect, and so romantic." I added before explaining to them how he had asked.
"That's my son." Carlisle said proudly. "He doesn't do anything half way."
"Carlisle, we need to throw them an engagement party." Esme said as her eyes lit up.
"Really that's not necessary, Esme." I answered. I couldn't allow them to spend money on me, and I hated being the center of attention.
"Nonsense, Bella. Ofcourse we'll be throwing a party." Esme replied with a smile. "I love planning."
I was about to protest when Edward stopped me. "Bella, this is one argument you're not going to win."
Carlisle nodded. "My wife tremendously enjoys planning parties. And she's not going to give up the chance on planning her only son's engagement party."
"Just nothing big." I conceded.
"Have you set a date?" Esme inquired trying to figure out when would be the best date for the party.
"We haven't discussed that yet, mom." Edward answered.
"When does your semester end. We can do it right after that, and we can have it at our house in Chicago." She started reminding me of Alice.
"Early May." I responded biting my lip nervously.
"So we'll have the party early in June, and by then you two would've set a date." Esme stated happily. "I can't believe my son is getting married."
The rest of dinner passed with Esme throwing out ideas. It didn't take me long to realize that the party was going to be anything but small.
"Edward, how big is this party really going to be? You know I don't like all the attention." I said to Edward later that night after his parents had already left.
"I know that you don't like parties, Love. But humor my mom. She's doing this, because she loves us. And she knows you're not going to want a huge over the top wedding." Edward answered kissing the top of my head as I combed my hair.
I sighed. "I just don't want them to feel like they have to."
"They know they don't have to, but they want to. Do you know what my mom said to me before leaving." He asked me as I shook my head. "She thanked me for giving he the daughter she never had."
"She really thinks of me as her daughter?" I inquired surprised by the revelation.
"My mom always wanted to have a daughter, Bella. She always wanted to give me siblings, but she was never able to. And honestly I think she feels guilty for that. And I knew from the moment I saw you two interact that you will filling that void for her. Do this for me and my mom. I know it may sound selfish, but I want her to be happy." Edward explained.
"Ofcourse, I'll do it." I answered kissing him lightly. Esme was a great person, and I loved her dearly. I would not take away the only chance she'll have to plan her son's engagement party.
A/N: There is the first chapter! What do you guys think?
I hope to continue to update the way I always do, but the two updates a day will be a lot harder as I start school again tomorrow, and we are nearing the end of the semester. But I still plan on updating everyday or as close to everyday as I can.
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Next Chapter: Back to School and Reactions from Bella's parents