The Duet: FINAL CHAPTER!!! a.k.a. Weddings Can Be Anywhere; Even Scotland

It was perfect.

The sun was just setting, sending the most brilliant colors across the sky; pale rose, vibrant gold, tangerine, blazing red…the list goes on. The white lattice arch was positioned perfectly, so that we were bathed in it. Pastor Eric (ironic, because that's actually the name of my pastor), the man who would be marrying Edward and I, with the help of some local men, carried it out onto the hill for our ceremony. The lattice was covered in local flowers I had picked on the way. Pastor Eric identified them as lilac Field Bindweed, white Hedge Bindweed, and creeping thistle.

I was wearing the dress I'd most liked at the wedding shop, a white (duh) taffeta strapless ball gown with silver vines on my torso and silver beaded leaves placed on my skirt in strategic places. Edward was ravishing in a black suit and bow tie. We'd chosen well for our wedding. Scotland was a wonderful place.

But that is a HUGE leap from where I last left off.

Let me go back a mere nine hours ago…

It was the day of the concert. Alice had finally stopped avoiding me, opting instead to be in my jock strap every single minute. As much as I missed her, I could definitely use some space. Edward was also having to fight her off to even hug me (Alice claimed he'd ruin the lotion and sparkling cream she put on my arms and legs. Devilish little pixie).

By three pm, we were at the amphitheatre, checking sound equipment and doing run throughs. Although not thrilled with Jacob's performance (or presence), he no longer had the argument that Jake could not play. He was miffed about the extra tickets Jake asked for to invite the Coffee Monster staff to see us. By then, it was five, and time to change into clothing and makeup. Security was going to open its doors at five thirty (who would actually come an hour and a half early to a concert?)

Finally, it was eight o' clock, and the theatre was PACKED. People were standing shoulder to shoulder from wall to wall. Some were even sitting on top of each other, it was that crowded. I started hyperventilating, thinking I would be performing for all these people.

Two arms wrapped around my waist as Edward's green eyes came into my vision. "Big crowd tonight for your unveiling."

"Yeah." I breathed out. Edward immediately noticed my tension.

"You'll do great, Bella. I know you will." He held me tighter to reassure me. And it did. I knew that even if I went out there, voice cracking, forgetting lines, and tripping over myself, Edward would be there to comfort me. Always.

The announcer came on, "Are you ready, ladies and gents, for the GREATEST NIGHT OF YOUR LIVES?!?" The audience went nuts. A few hats that made its way onto the stage were pulled off by security.

"Go get'um tiger. You're first." Edward smiled lovingly at me. "Remember relax." He leaned in to give me a kiss…

And I put a finger to his luscious red lips. At his confused look, I said, "Alice would kill you if you smeared my lipstick now."

His answer was to grin devilishly. I strode past him, trying to look sexy and sophisticated, but ruined it when I squealed when he slapped my butt.

" Pervert." I mocked him.

"Only for you, my dear." Came his reply from behind the curtain. I was already striding toward the mike, chanting to myself you can do this, you can do this. Just like the Little Train that Could.

"How's everybody doin' tonight?" I asked, talking into the mike. Their response was to scream. "Well, let's get started. Here's some old favorites."

I sang my three debut songs and prepared for my next one. "This is new, so enjoy!"

More screaming. I took a deep breath and began.

What if I told you

It was all meant to be

Would you believe me,

Would you agree

It's almost that feelin'

That we've met before

So tell me that you don't think I'm crazy

When I tell you love has come and now...

A moment like this

Some people wait a lifetime,

For a moment like this

Some people search forever,

For that one special kiss

Oh, I can't believe it's happening to me

Some people wait a lifetime,

For a moment like this

Everything changes

But you did remain

Something so tender

I can't explain

Well I may be dreamin'

But 'till I awake

Can we make this dream last forever

And I'll cherish all the love we share

For a moment like this

Some people wait a lifetime,

For a moment like this

Some people search forever,

For that one special kiss

Oh, I can't believe it's happening to me

Some people wait a lifetime,

For a moment like this

Could this be the greatest love of all

I wanna know that you will catch me when I fall

So let me tell you this...

Some people wait a lifetime

For a moment like this

Some people spent two lifetimes,

For a moment like this

Some people search forever,

For that one special kiss

Oh, I can't believe it's happening to me

Some people wait a lifetime,

For a moment like this

OHHHH, LIKE THIS

OHHHH, YEAH, 'cuz people search for every moment people wait a lifetime,

For a moment like , like this.

Then Edward came on stage. The crowd started to scream, obviously. The girls were going especially crazy. All of a sudden, something landed on the stage, and before the security could get to it, I saw it.

It was a bra. Seriously, a pink, heart covered bra with Edward's name on it. MY Edward's name on it.

Before mentioning it, however, we had to sing the next song. We didn't want to do all happy, moving, love songs, so we decided we needed to mix it up a bit.

Edward:

Livin my life in a slow hell

Different girl every night at the hotel

I ain't seen the sunshine

In three damn days

Been fuelin'up on cocaine and whiskey

Wish I had a good girl to miss me

Lord I wonder if I'll ever change my ways

I put your picture away

Sat down and cried today

I can't look at you while I'm lying next to her

I put your picture away

Sat down and cried today

I can't look at you while I'm lying next to her

Me:

I called you last night in the hotel

Everyone knows but they won't tell

But their half-hearted smiles tell me somethin' just ain't right

I've been waitin' on you for a long time

Fuelin' up on heartaches and cheap wine

I ain't heard from you in three damn nights

I put your picture away

I wonder where you been

I can't look at you while I'm lyin' next to him

I put your picture away

I wonder where you been

I can't look at you while I'm lyin' next to him

I saw you yesterday with an old friend (Me)

It was the same old same how've you been? (Edward)

Since you've been gone my worlds been dark and grey (Together)

You reminded me of brighter days (Edward)

I hoped you were comin' home to stay (Me)

I was headed to church (Me)

I was off to drink you away (Edward)

Together:

I thought about you for a long time

Can't seem to get you off my mind

I can't understand why we're living life this way

I found your picture today

I swear I'll change my ways

I just called to say I want you to come back homeI

found your picture today

I swear I'll change my ways

I just called to say I want you to come back home

I just called to say I love you, come back home

They loved it, and I breathed a sigh of relief. But the nerves quickly came back as I realized that it was my song, the one Jacob would be in, next. Jacob, after being introduced by the announcer, grabbed his violin and headed to my right. Edward was already sitting at the piano to my left, cracking his fingers.

"Wow…packed." Jacob breathed, drinking in the thousands of people. "Is it always like this?"

"You'd have to ask Edward." I whispered back. The stage manager was signaling me to go.

"Alright, guys, this is the last song of the night." A collective groan was heard, and my spirits soared. The liked us. They liked me. ME. A girl from a little town, who met and fell in love with a teen idol. How lucky could a girl get?

Edward began playing and I took a deep breath.

Suddenly I, am in front of the lights

Everything, I'm feeling

Scary and beautiful at the same time

And every day

I try just to breathe

I want to show the whole world

The truth inside of me

Suddenly people know my name

Suddenly everything has changed

Suddenly I feel so alive

In the blink of an eye

Jacob prepped his violin.

My dreams begin to reign

And burst into the melody with such confidence and power my fears were instantly swept away.

Suddenly time, feels like the wind

It changes everywhere I go

I'm just trying to fit in

Now here I stand

And I'm still just that girl

I'm following my heart

In this amazing crazy world

Suddenly people know my name

Suddenly everything has changed

Suddenly I feel so alive

In the blink of an eye

Suddenly I am center stage

Suddenly I am not afraid

Suddenly I believe again

In a blink of an eye it's happening now

As my dreams begin to reign

I want to say love me for me

What's inside

I'm gonna be positive, not run away, so much for you

This is my life

Jacob's and Edward's duet began and it was amazing, astonishing…brilliant.

Suddenly I am center stage

Suddenly I am not afraid

Suddenly I believe again

In the blink of an eye

My dreams begin to reign

I ended to thunderous applause. The entire audience was on their feet, clapping, stomping, whistling like crazy. And suddenly, everything was ok.

Jacob was standing behind me, waving his violin. Wondering something, I whispered in his ear, "Hey, Jacob?"

"Yeah?"

"Why'd you play your violin for me? You usually don't like to perform for me"

A wolfish grin spread across his face. "Thank your fiancee over there. That whole I-don't-want-Jake-playing-with-you was all a hoax."

I was about to ask why, when I realized that Alice did this one time too. Must be the genes.

After accepting the roses they brought out (Edward…geez! Overkill!), I was whisked into a limo and blindfolded. Edward sat next to me, but other than that, I hadn't a clue about anything pertaining to the car or the destination. Fifteen minutes later, the car stopped dead, and fell silent.

"Bella?" Edward's musical voice asked.

"Yes?"

"If you could choose between a totally overdone wedding with your family, my family, the staff, famous people, Tanya (he growled that name out…good boy) and assorted other people in a cupid theme with five marble fountains and eight layered cake you can't eat or a small wedding with me and you in Scotland, which would you pick?"

Based on what he described, Alice was in charge and had definitely taken my "do whatever you want" statement way too far. So I didn't have to think twice.

"Scotland."

"Thank god." He breathed. I ripped off my blindfold just to see what could have been my fate.

Alice had indeed secured a section of Central Park for the wedding and used a Cupid theme. Cherubs held up the white cloth draped everywhere and the ground was covered in white petals. A white carpet lead straight to the Cupid stature surrounded by chairs, where I assumed we were to be married. And indeed, about two hundred people that I didn't even know were attending my so called "wedding."

Thanks, Alice.

So I didn't feel an ounce guilty when we drove to the airport, hopped on a plan, and arrived in Scotland nine hours later. Quickly renting a car, we drove to an old village that Edward had heard looked spectacular in the morning (it better, it was SEVEN FUCKING AM!) The wedding dress was in the trunk (thanks Alice) and the local ladies helped dress me up.

So here we were, saying our vows in the setting sun (if I calculated it right, it takes nine hours to get from New York to Scotland, and Scotland is seventeen hours ahead of us so…that equals late afternoon, early evening?). I didn't think anything could be more beautiful than this.

"And do you, Edward Cullen, take Bella Swan to be your wife?" Pastor Eric asked.

"I do." My love said, gazing at me.

"And do you, Bella Swan, take Edward Cullen to be your lawfully wedded husband?"

"I do." I stated firmly, staring back at my love.

"Then I know pronounce you man and -"

"ISABELLA MARIE SWAN!!!"

That cry was bellowed from across at least four acres of land, and came from a very small, very angry little pixie.

"JUST WHAT DO YOU THINK YOU ARE DOING?!?"

"Um, Edward?" I said as I saw Rosalie, in a tight red dress and stilettos, looking a bit disheveled appeared next to Alice.

"Yes, love?" Edward asked as a grimy Emmett and even dirtier Jasper materialized behind their partners.

"I think we should run." I whispered, afraid the dangerous woman would hear me.

"I agree completely." He said grabbing me in a bridal carry and hauling ass down the hill toward our rented Hummer.

"STOP RIGHT THERE, YOU SHITBAGS!!"

"Oh dear," I squeaked. "Alice only cusses when she's really, REALLY angry."

"No worries. She can't catch us on foot."

And so our dream wedding was put to an end as a devilish, pissed off pixie chased us, along with one angry sister-in-law and two very unfortunate men, all the way to the city, before attacking me with threats of another BIGGER wedding.

And that is the story of how I became Mrs. Isabella Marie Cullen.

THE END! FINALLY!