Ashley Anne Masen
Disclaimer: I do not own Twilight...Stephenie Meyer does, and she rocks!
I WAS FINALLY ABLE TO SPEND MY WHOLE LIFE WITH HIM. I could do it now. I was one of the Cullens now. But, why do I feel so...sad? Was it because I left Charlie, and Renee and…my best friend, Jacob? That was probably the reason why. But, at the very least, I could live with Edward forever. No one could come between us now. He won't have to be careful now. And my blood won't tempt him anymore.
I could do whatever I wanted now, except go out into the sun, and so what? As long as I was with Edward I won't need anything else. I was satisfied, I got my wish. Renee and Charlie asked me to visit, but it would be a shocker to them when I've been changed. So, I just limited myself to calls. And I visited them 5 times a year, for 3 years. And I stopped. I won't change, I won't age. It would be better to hide myself.
I was satisfied. Hearing their voices was enough for me. Hearing that they were alright was enough. Jacob would get angry at me sometimes, but then he would call me and apologize. But, at least we got along. I called Angela, and she was doing fine. Everyone was doing fine…especially without me. They were all happy, and as long as they were, I was as well.
Chapter 1: Family
I WAS GETTING READY FOR EVERYTHING. I needed to say goodbye to Charlie, Renee…and Jacob. I would no longer see them. It hurt me to think about that, but, I would have to face the pain sooner rather than later. And the only thing I could do for them now, before I became a vampire, was to say my goodbyes.
I had already said goodbye to Angela, Ben, and Mike. It wasn't that hard. I wasn't as close to them as I was with Jacob. I promised that I would keep in touch, and nothing more. They would naturally be shocked if I returned when I was already a vampire. And it made me wonder how I would look when I became one. Would I be as beautiful as Rosalie?
I invited them to the wedding though. And they were happy for me, well; Mike was a sore for a while. Until he finally accepted that he was no match to Edward Cullen.
I opened my eyes. I was still in my room, packing the last of my stuff. Edward had promised me that I could keep them. My room was silent for a while, until I heard footsteps outside my door. They were loud and clumsy. And after spending my time with the Cullens, I was able to distinguish who was outside my door. I sat up, for I had been thinking about lots of things, and I was lying on my bed. And as soon, as I swung my legs over the edge of the bed, there was a small knock, followed by Charlie's greeting.
"Bella, honey, are you awake?" he asked, warily.
I put on a smile. Knowing that this would be the last time I would see him, after the wedding. "Yes, dad, I'm awake. I'm just finishing up here. Come on in."
The door opened slowly, and Charlie's face appeared through the gap. "Do you mind having a chat with your dad?"
"Of course, I've got some spare time." I replied with a giggle.
He might be planning to stop the wedding, just like before, or it might be something else. So, I listened intently.
"Your mother is going to arrive in two hours, with Phil." He said, as he took a seat beside me on the bed.
"Alright… but," I hesitated. "Dad, you already told me that yesterday."
"Yes, I did. But I was just reminding you." He said. I could tell that he was a bit offended by what I had said. I then noticed that he was rather stiff.
"Dad, what's wrong? You aren't usually like this." I said, looking straight into his eyes.
He winced a bit. "I don't know what you're talking about, Bella."
So, he decided to keep it from me, well, I would get it out of him before sunset.
"Dad, you know I know you better than that." I said. "What's wrong?"
He frowned, and sighed deeply. "I can't hide anything from you, can I, Bella?"
I laughed, trying to lighten the mood a bit. "I guess not." That was easy.
"It's just that… When she remarried, it hurt me, a lot." Wow, so Charlie did love her. "She left so suddenly, and –"he sighed. "- When she brought you with her…I felt so sad. It's like a part of me was lost, and was never going to return."
I remained silent. And the smile on my face fell. So that's how he felt. I guess he still loves her then. I wrapped an arm around Charlie's shoulder. "Dad –"
"No, no…Don't interrupt me. Now that I've started I can't stop."
I nodded. And he continued, "But, since you started living in Forks, and when you told me that you wanted to live here, when I tried sending you back, It felt like that part of me had returned. And I was happy."
I allowed a small smile to appear on my face. But I knew that wasn't what he was really going to say. I waited. His face was thoughtful, but it also showed sadness. He looked down, and sighed.
"What I'm trying to say is that you shouldn't rush. You shouldn't think about marrying so soon. You just finished High School, and you're getting married. Unless you're sure that he won't leave you, or you won't leave him. Think about this, Bella."
I laughed. Edward won't leave me, since I agreed to marry him; he would turn me into a vampire himself. And we would be together forever.
Charlie looked rather angry. I guess he wasn't expecting me to laugh. So, before he threw a fit, and did something reckless, I explained it to him.
"Dad, Edward and I love each other." I paused. Then, I stood up and I walked to the window. "Whenever I look at him…I can see in his eyes that he won't leave me ever again. That he'd love me forever." And when I say forever, I really mean forever. "And besides, I would never be able to live without him. You, of all people, must know that."
He nodded slowly. "You really love him, don't you, honey?"
This time, I really smiled. I turned to face him, and then I nodded. "I love him very much. And it's long enough to last us a lifetime."
And I could tell that he had given up, because he smiled proudly. "It seems like just yesterday, I had you in my arms. You were so little, then. And now, you're moving out of the house, and you're getting married."
My heart throbbed with pain. Charlie was making it harder to say goodbye. Why did he have to do that?! I walked across the room, and knelt in front of him.
"I'll always be your little girl, Dad." I whispered. "Always…"
He smiled, and he hugged me, tightly. "I love you, Bella."
I hugged him back, just as tight. "I love you too, Dad."
I felt a few tears form in my eyes. And I allowed them to fall. We stayed that way for a while, until we heard the doorbell.
I sniffed. "That must be Edward. I'll go answer it."
He gave me a brief squeeze and he let go. "Alright, well, it's about time. We'd better get going. I'll be right behind you."
I ran down the stairs, careful not to trip and suddenly break something in my body. I wrenched the door open and smiled to see Edward, with a bouquet of flowers - Two, actually. The other one must be for Renee.
He was grinning like mad. He must've heard our conversation, then.
"Hi, Edward, did something good happen to you, today?" I asked, with a giggle.
"Yes, something very good happened." He leaned in and kissed me on the forehead. "By the way, these are for you." He said, as he handed me the bouquet.
There were various flowers in it. But the one thing that caught my eye was a single red rose, in the center of it all. The lavender and freesia was all over it, as well. And all in all, it was beautiful. I inhaled the sweet scent and I smiled at him.
"Thanks, Edward. I love it." I kissed him on the lips lightly. Not caring if Charlie would see. He would see me kiss him at the wedding anyways. I turned around and saw Charlie at the bottom of the stairs. He was a bit shaken, at seeing me kiss him, but I just smiled. I was in a very good mood. And nothing could ruin it. "Look Dad, it's from Edward. Isn't it sweet?"
He nodded, and he smiled. "There's a vase in the living room that can hold those. Why don't you go put it in? You can fix it when we get back from the airport."
"Alright," I said. "I'll be out in a minute."
Charlie and Edward went out the door, and out into the front yard. "Can your car accommodate five people, Edward?"
"Yes, sir, it can." Edward replied, thoughtfully.
I placed the flowers into the vase, and glanced at it once more. I decided to smell the freesia, since Edward had once said that I smelled just like it. After smelling it, I headed out of the house. I locked the door, as I exited. And I saw, Edward at the driver's seat, and Charlie was at the backseat. Edward saw me and started the car. I noticed Charlie nod. And I remembered that it was his first time riding in Edward's car. I smiled, and walked to the car. Edward got out of the car and walked to the right side, and opened the door for me. Stupid, handsome, masochistic vampire, why did he have to be so perfect?
I slid into the car, and he closed the door. He walked back to the driver's side with a smug look on his face. I shook my head, and sighed. The door opened and he slid in. And he started driving. He opened his CD player, and suddenly, my lullaby was playing. I looked at him, and he was still smiling that smug smile of his. I giggled softly. It was quiet for a long time, until Charlie broke it.
"So, you're into classical music, are you Edward?" he asked, curiously.
"Yes, sir, I really love listening to classical music. It's soothing." Edward replied, with a slight glance toward me.
And I decided to join in on the conversation, as well. "Edward plays the piano. And the music that's playing now, was composed by him." I said, proudly.
Charlie was silent for a while. "Really?" he asked, in amusement. "How long have you been playing?"
"14 years now. I started playing when I was 4. Even before Carlisle and Esme adopted me, I had already learned how to play the piano, and so, they bought me a piano of my own. I was really happy. They really are good people." Edward muttered. When he spoke of Carlisle and Esme, he spoke with pride.
"Ah, I see. That's a really nice composition, Edward. It has a nice melody, and it sounds very complicated. You must've really had a hard time in making this." Charlie said.
"Not really, sir."Edward admitted. "It was really easy, because I had my inspiration." He glanced at me, and smiled.
Charlie suddenly understood what he was talking about. "Ah, so, you made this song because of Bella?"
"Yes, sir, and now it's her song." Edward said. He said it with so much feeling, so much emotion, and…love.
I blushed and I looked out the window. The rest of the trip to the airport was quiet. Charlie seemed to be thinking about something. And Edward was smiling; he must've read something in Charlie's mind, that he found interesting or funny. We arrived at the airport after 20 minutes. At least, the silence gave me time to get ready. I was afraid of how Renee would react. I had told her before that I only had a crush on Edward and that I would get over it, but, of course, I was just lying. I couldn't tell her that Edward was my boyfriend, and besides it did go well, with my excuse. That I just fell down two flights of stairs and through a window. It matched really well.
We went in and went to the waiting area. It was just a matter of time before Renee and Phil would arrive. The airport was less crowded than usual, so it was easier to pass through. We found some seats, and Edward and I sat down. Charlie stood and went people watching.
"So," Edward whispered, but I could hear him clearly. "How was your day?"
I laughed. "Don't pretend. I know you were listening." I whispered back.
He shrugged and he took my hand and he caressed it with both of his hands. We stayed that way for a while, and then suddenly I felt something touch my ring finger. "You should wear the ring, Bella. Renee should see it."
I nodded. I didn't like wearing the ring. It was too...Well, I didn't really have a problem with it, but, I would wear it when we get married anyways, so…no harm done, right?
"Put it on yourself." I said, with a giggle.
"That's not a problem with me." He replied.
He slid the ring into my ring finger, and he kissed my hand. I smiled, and then, turned to look at Charlie. He was still looking for Renee and Phil. As I turned to Edward, Charlie suddenly said to us, "Renee and Phil are over there! Let's go, Bella, Edward."
Edward and I stood up and followed Charlie. Half-way there, Renee spotted us, and she ran to us. She engulfed me in a tight hug.
"Bella, dear…are you really getting married?" she asked, warily. "Tell me, it was all just a joke."
I shook my head. It seems that she hadn't noticed Edward yet. "No, mom, I am getting married." I broke free of her death grip, and grabbed Edward's hand. "I'm marrying Edward Cullen." I said, proudly.
She blinked. And then, she whispered in my ear. "I thought it was just a crush?!"
I shrugged. "He was hard to resist, Mom. And besides, like you said, he does love me. And I love him, as well."
She turned to Edward, and said, "Hello, Edward."
"Hello, Renee. It's nice to see you again." Edward said, as he smiled. "These are for you." He handed her the bouquet.
"Thank you very much, Edward." She nodded, and turned to Charlie. "Hello, Charlie. How are you?"
"I'm doing fine. Living with Bella was so eventful." Charlie said, as he smiled at me.
"Yeah, living with him was fun." I agreed. "Anyways, let's get into the car."
Phil was carrying two bags. And he was smiling. "Hello, Bella. I missed you, how are you?"
"I'm fine, Phil. And I missed you too." I faked a smile. I didn't miss him…not really.
Edward approached Phil. "Hello, I'm Edward Cullen. I'm Bella's fiancé."
"It's nice to meet you. I'm Phil." He replied.
"Let me help you. Those look heavy." Edward took one bag, and held it in his left hand. I smiled at Edward; he was trying to give a good impression. He really was perfect.
"Well, let's get going then." Charlie said.
We walked to the car. Edward and I walked hand in hand, and Charlie, Renee, and Phil were right behind us talking about the stuff that happened in Forks. When we reached the car, Edward opened the trunk and placed the bags in it. He shut it close, and opened the passenger's seat door for me. I kissed him on the cheek, and went into the car. He raised an eyebrow, and closed the door. Charlie, Renee and Phil rode at the backseats. He went over to his side, and he waited for the other three; Charlie, Renee and Phil, to get comfortable, before he started the car, and drove off. Renee was seated in between Charlie and Phil. Charlie, was behind me and Phil was behind Edward. Once again, Edward opened the CD player of his car, and Esme's favorite played.
"Oh, this is a nice song. So, you're into classical music, Edward? What's the title of this one?" Renee asked, curiously.
I smiled. It was like a repeat of what happened earlier. Only this time it was Esme's favorite, and not my lullaby. I glanced at him through the corner of my eye, and I quietly giggled. His face was smug.
"It's my mother's favorite. It doesn't have a title, but we like to call it Esme's favorite." Edward replied.
"But, shouldn't it have a title? Unless…" Renee asked.
"You composed this one as well, Edward?" Charlie asked.
Edward grinned. "Yes, sir, I composed this one, as well."
Renee gasped. "You're a composer?"
"Not really, but I do compose for fun. When I've got spare time, I try composing." Edward replied.
I was swelling with pride. They liked Edward. They were starting to like him. Of course, he could do everything. And then, I got an idea. What if Edward played at our wedding? Our wedding was going to be held at the Cullen's anyways.
"Edward!" I gasped.
He was suddenly alert. He stiffened as he asked me what was wrong. I glanced behind me, even Charlie, Renee and Phil were looking at my worriedly.
"It's nothing, I just thought of something." I reassured them. Then, I turned to Edward. "Why don't you play at our wedding, Edward?"
And at that very moment, Esme's favorite ended, and my lullaby started to play.
"That's a great idea!" Charlie agreed. "Why don't you play the song you composed for Bella and some other songs?"
"The song he composed for Bella?" Renee exclaimed.
"It's the song that's playing right now." I said, with a blush. Thank goodness it was dark. They couldn't see me blushing.
"It's a nice composition, Edward." Phil complimented.
"Thanks, Phil." Edward muttered.
Once again, the rest of the trip home was silent. They listened to my lullaby, and one by one they fell asleep. And Edward noticed that. Since they were asleep, he drove faster. The car was going 105 miles per hour. He held my hand and smiled. And he whispered in my ear.
"That was boring. I couldn't drive fast, and I couldn't hold your hand while I drove slowly. It was getting annoying."
I giggled quietly. "But, it was worth it, right?"
"Definitely." He agreed.
We were home in a few minutes. I woke them up and Edward carried the bags to the house. And we walked into the living room, where they were all situated.
"I'll be leaving now. I have to get home before it gets too dark. Carlisle and Esme would get worried. I'll see you all, tomorrow. If it's okay, I'll be driving you all to my house." Three confused faces turned to him. "Esme and Alice want to talk to you about the wedding." He explained to their confused looks.
They said their goodbyes, and I walked Edward out of the house. He kissed me briefly, and whispered, "I'll be back in a while. Alice says tomorrow's weather is going to be good. It won't be sunny, but, it isn't going to rain. It's just going to be cloudy. So, I'll borrow Rosalie's BMW m3."
"Alright, I'll wait for you." I whispered back.
He smiled at me, and suddenly he was by his car. The engine roared to life, and he disappeared. I closed the door, and walked into the living room, pretending to yawn as I went.
Renee noticed, and told me to go up to bed, and get some sleep. And I didn't object. I went up the stairs, dragging my feet, and went into my room to grab my bag of toiletries, and I went to the bathroom. I brushed and washed my body thoroughly. Then, I changed into a simple white shirt, and blue shorts. I went back into my room, and there Edward was. He was sitting on the rocking chair. And he was holding a box. I looked at it questioningly, and he chuckled and handed it to me.
"It's from Alice. She bought it for you." He replied.
I opened it and saw that it was a night gown. A baby blue night gown, she knew Edward thought that baby blue fit me perfectly. I sighed, and went back into the bathroom to change. As I went out of the bathroom, Charlie came up the stairs and looked at me.
"Where'd you get that dress?" he asked me.
"It's from Alice." I mumbled.
He nodded. He would agree with her…naturally. "Alice has good taste."
I laughed. "Yes, she does. Well, goodnight Dad."
"Goodnight, honey." Charlie replied.
I went into my room and saw that Edward wasn't there. I shrugged.
He must be in my closet.I thought. He'll be out sooner or later.
I walked to my bed and lied down. Charlie's footsteps sounded outside my door, and this time he went down the stairs. Probably to give some blankets to Renee and Phil. As I was about to put my blanket over my head, Edward appeared in front of me. He wrapped his arms around me, and he kissed my lips softly.
"How many times do I have to tell you not to cover your face?" he whispered, angrily.
"Just about a million, I guess." I giggled.
He rolled his eyes, and he started humming my lullaby.
"I love you." I whispered, as I drifted off to dreamland.
He chuckled. "I love you more."
I smiled. And I fell asleep.
The next day, I awoke to see Edward on the rocking chair; he was looking out the window. I sat up and walked across the room, to hug him.
"Good morning, love. Your hair is as messy as usual." He chuckled. "But, as I say, I love it."
I laughed. And I glanced at the window, and saw that Alice was right. It wasn't sunny, nor was it raining. It was cloudy.
"I'll be right back." I said, as I stood up. I went into the bathroom, brushed my teeth, combed my hair, and washed my face. I went back to my room, and Edward stood up.
"I'll go and get the car." He said, as he kissed my forehead. And in a flash, he disappeared. I went to my bag, and took out a tan sweater, and jeans. Then, I grabbed my coat from the coat hanger by my door, and put it on.
I headed to the kitchen, and saw Renee cooking. "Mom, let me do those." I insisted. She was cooking eggs and bacon.
She shook her head. "No, it's alright, dear. I'll do it. It's my job." She said with a smile.
I took my seat at the table and, a minute later, the doorbell rang. I stood up and walked to the door. "That must be Edward."
I opened the door and there Edward was. Looking like a famous model, as usual. He was wearing a black turtle-necked sweater, and jeans, and he also had his favorite coat - the one with the feathery hood.
"Good morning, Bella. How was your sleep?" Edward asked.
I shook my head, and laughed. "Good, I was very comfortable, you see."
At that, he laughed as well. "C'mon, your Dad's coming down."
I moved back to give him some space to enter, and he closed the door. He held my hand in his cold one, and rubbed circles on it with his thumb. We entered the kitchen and he took a seat on his usual chair. I wanted to sit on the one beside him, but he shook his head. Instead, I sat on the one across him. I frowned, and his eyes sparkled with humor.
"Good morning, Renee. That smells good." Edward said.
"Good morning, Edward. And thank you." Renee replied.
There was a scuffling sound at the other room, and was followed by footsteps.
"It seems like Phil is awake." Renee said. "Is Charlie awake yet, Bella?"
"Dad is in the shower. He'll be down in a while." I replied. Then, I turned to Edward. "He can come with us, today, Edward. He's taking the day off to help with our wedding."
Edward nodded. "Ah, I see. By the way, I brought Rosalie's BMW. Would you want to ride it with the roof, or without?"
"I want to ride it without the roof." I said.
"Alright then." He replied.
The footsteps became louder as Phil entered. "Good morning…" He walked over to Renee and gave her a peck on the lips, just as Charlie entered. Charlie froze.
"Good morning, Phil." Renee replied.
I stood up and walked over to Charlie, and I gave him a big hug. "Good morning, Dad! How was your sleep?" I asked, trying to act as cheerful as I could. I saw Renee and Phil look at me in surprise, but Edward remained calm and composed. Charlie jumped, and looked at me, his face showed surprise but in his eyes, I saw sadness.
Charlie… I thought. He was hurt…
"Are you hungry, Dad? I'll get your food ready, alright?" I went to get a plate, and then, I got some bacon and eggs for him. "Oh, and what do you want, Coffee or Milk?"
"J-just coffee." He replied as he took a seat beside Edward. He turned to Edward. "Good morning."
"What's wrong with you, Charlie? You seem a bit down today." Renee asked.
I gave him his plate, and went to make him a cup of coffee. I frowned. I was starting to like Charlie a lot more than Renee.
"I'm still…uh…a bit sleepy." He replied. "I'll be fine later."
I walked back to Charlie and gave him his coffee. I sat beside him because I knew he didn't want to sit beside Phil - or Renee for that matter. Renee handed me a plate and was about to hand one to Edward, but he didn't accept it. Well, of course he didn't.
"I just ate before I left." Edward said. He stood up to give the chair to Renee. And he went to lean on the counter.
Charlie stiffened as Renee sat next to him. But, he continued eating none the less. After a few minutes, he was already finished though. He went to the sink to wash his plate. But, I had already finished my bacon, and I went to wash his plate for him.
"I'll do those, Dad." I said.
"No, it's alright, Bella, honey. I'll do them." He insisted. I looked at him and decided to let him do it. He was trying to distract himself.
"Alright, Dad…you win. You can wash those." I sighed, and I went over to Edward. "How's Esme?"
"She's ecstatic, as usual. The wedding date is closing in and she can't wait." He said, with a chuckle. "She already thinks of you as her daughter, you know."
Edward grabbed a stray strand of hair on my face and he tucked it behind my ear. I sighed at his touch. It was relaxing, it no longer made me shudder but, instead it made me calm down.
"I know that." I murmured.
He smiled my favorite crooked smile. I stared at him. He really was an angel – my angel. Sent from heaven to be with me forever, but then he started laughing.
"What?" I asked.
"You are so adorable when you think!" he chuckled. Then, he moved closer to me and whispered in my ear, "I dazzled you again, didn't I?"
I blushed. "It's a good thing you know the effect you have on me." I said with a pout.
"Aw, love. Don't be mad!" he said, as he hugged me.
I began to laugh with him, but then I remembered that we were in the kitchen. With Charlie, Renee, and Phil in the kitchen. We weren't alone. Holy crow! How could I forget?! I spun around, and caught them staring at us. Renee looked disapproving, Charlie was shocked, and Phil was confused. Oh no…
I turned back to Edward. He was stifling a snicker. I stared at him in shock. He did it on purpose! How dare he! I pouted and walked out of the room.
"Bella," Renee sighed.
"It seems that I upset her. I'll go apologize." I heard Edward say.
I took the keys to my truck and opened the door. I ran out into the yard and slammed the door on my way. I unlocked the door and sat in the driver's seat.
"Bella," I heard Edward shout. "Hey, Bella,"
He made his way to me, and he opened the door, and knelt down beside me.
"What?" I asked, angrily.
"I'm sorry…I was just trying to lighten the mood a bit." Edward apologized. "For Charlie…"
"But, what if they changed their mind about you, huh? What would you do then, Edward?" I demanded.
Edward held my hand tightly in his cold one. And with his other hand, he caressed my cheek. "Forgive me…please, Bella."
I looked at him, and my breath got caught in my throat. He was begging…Edward Cullen, begging! I couldn't stay mad at him…not for too long…
"Oh, alright then…" I finally gave in. He smiled and then he planted his cold lips on mine. It only lasted a few seconds, but it was full of passion.
"I really am sorry." He said again.
"Really Edward…If you keep apologizing, I'm going to take it back." I muttered.
He laughed. "Okay, okay…Let's go, Charlie, Renee and Phil are on their way out."
"They're done eating? That was fast." I mumbled.
Edward walked me to Rosalie's BMW, after he locked my truck. He helped me get into the front seat as usual, and then we heard the door open. Renee and Phil were on their way to the car, while Charlie locked the doors.
Just like last night, Phil sat behind Edward, and Renee was in the middle. Edward started the car. When Charlie finished locking the door, he ran to the car, and took his seat, and shut the door. Edward drove off, and I noticed that he had his hood on now.
"Edward, what's with the hood?" Charlie asked, before I could do so.
"It's style sir. Alice kept insisting that I do this. She told me that she would ask Bella or you if I wore it." He replied, as if he was angry, but I knew that it was because we might pass some place that had a ray of sunlight. He really was a good actor.
Charlie laughed. "Alice is a good girl. Very smart, responsible, and stylish. You should be proud, Edward!"
Edward smiled. "Oh, I'm very proud of her."
I knew what Edward meant. He was proud of her because she always saw visions of me whenever I would get into trouble, and whenever an enemy was approaching.
The trip to the Cullen's mansion was quiet. Everyone seemed to be enjoying the cool breeze, and fresh air. Edward was humming my lullaby…
It took us a while to get to the mansion. The gates came into view, and I stared at them in horror. Alice had put flowers on it! And they were lavenders! I looked at Edward. He was grinning. He, no doubt suggested this.
"Edward…" I groaned.
"What?" he asked, innocently.
"It's beautiful! And it's just the gates!" Renee exclaimed. "I wonder what surprise awaits us inside."
As we got closer, the gates opened. And Emmett came into view. He was wearing jeans, a black shirt, and a white jacket. He smiled and waved.
"Hey! Good morning, Bella!" Emmett shouted, cheerfully.
I laughed, and waved back. Edward slowed down a bit, and said, "Hurry up and close the gates, and when you're done with that get back inside and tell the others." Of course, they would have to pretend that they didn't know we had arrived until someone announced it or if they saw us. Edward knew everything alright. He was a good liar…but in a good way though.
Emmett nodded, and Edward moved forward so Emmett could close the gates. Edward parked the car in front of the pathway that lead to the spectacular house. Renee and Phil were awestruck by the beauty of the Cullen's mansion.
"You have a nice home, Edward." Renee said, breathlessly.
"Thank you, Renee." He replied. "Esme is very particular about cleanliness. And she just adores flowers."
Emmett ran past the car in the slowest way he could. He ran up the steps, and opened the doors so he could enter. When they were closed, I'm pretty sure Emmett ran to Carlisle's room faster than he did just now. He ran his normal speed. And he might've told them as he ran up the stairs.
We got out of the car, and headed for the door, but then, the doors burst open. Alice danced her way to us, and kissed me on the cheek.
"Bella, how are you? Are you excited? I am!" she said, enthusiastically. Then, she turned to Charlie. "Charlie! How are you? I'm sorry I couldn't visit! I was just so busy preparing everything for Bella and Edward's wedding!"
"It's alright, Alice. I understand." Charlie chuckled.
Alice smiled and turned to Renee and Phil. "You must be Renee and Phil. It's a pleasure to meet you. You know, I feel like I know you already. Bella always talks about you."
I looked at Alice, she was smiling. I felt Renee and Phil's eyes on me. I smiled sheepishly. And Alice continued.
"Well, we'd better get in. Mom and Dad are waiting."
Edward wrapped his arm around my waist, and pulled me close to him. I put my left hand on his right hand and squeezed it. He smiled at me, and I leaned my head on his shoulder, and I sighed in contentment. We walked to the door, and Alice opened it. My eyes widened at the sight before me. It was beautiful – no, it was beyond beautiful…no words could describe it.
The long staircase had flowers on them. The room was decorated perfectly for the wedding. At the top of the stairs, was where Edward and I would exchange vows. There were lots of chairs, and flowers. I turned to look at the piano, and it was still the same, although, it was surrounded by flowers. It was very bright as well. On the other side of the room there were some tables, which was
probably the table for the food. I was so absorbed with the decorations that I didn't notice Carlisle, Esme, Jasper, Rosalie, and Emmett approach us.
Carlisle shook hands with Charlie. And Esme did the same with Renee and Phil. Emmett grinned at me, and Jasper was smiling as well. He must be satisfied with the atmosphere. And it meant that they approved. Charlie and Renee…they approved.
"I'm Carlisle. This is Esme my wife. And Emmett, Rosalie, Alice, Jasper, and you've already met Edward." Carlisle said, gesturing to each of them as he said their names.
"It's nice to meet you. I'm Renee, and this is Phil." Renee said, with a smile.
Things were going so well. I was getting excited; my human family would be spending time with my vampire family. This should be interesting.
"Well, we'd better get to work. I asked Edward to take you here because we needed your suggestion on the reception. We don't who to invite, we've only invited Bella's schoolmates, classmates, and friends, but we don't know about family. And we wanted to get to know you." Esme explained.
"We have no one else to invite, sadly. Charlie, what about you, do you have someone you want to invite?" Renee said, as she turned to him.
"The Blacks, the Clearwaters, and Sam Uley, and whoever they want to bring." Charlie suggested.
I felt Edward stiffen at my side, and I felt the tension in the room. Charlie was inviting the Quileutes…If Jacob, Sam, Seth, Leah and two of the Quileute's leaders – Billy and Sue - would come…then, surely…the whole pack would come as well…I invited Jacob…and naturally, Quil and Embry would accompany him should he come…but…
"Alright, then, Rose…" Carlisle said, calmly. "You're in charge of the invitations."
Rosalie nodded, and walked to the table, and I noticed that there were lots of envelopes on top. She sat on the chair and began writing. Charlie followed her to tell her the names.
I looked at Edward, and he seemed calm. Like he had been expecting it… Alice was busying herself with the decorations. Jasper looked uncomfortable, but Emmett was just grinning.
"You have a nice home, Mrs. Cullen." Renee complimented.
"Thank you, but, please, call me Esme."
Renee and Esme seemed to be getting along well. They both started talking animatedly, as they headed up the stairs. Phil was now left alone to wander the house. I shrugged to myself, and I hugged Edward, and sighed.
"Let's go to your room." I whispered. "I want to lie down."
I looked up at his face, and saw that he was looking at me worriedly.
"You don't feel well?" he asked.
I shook my head. "I just want to lie down."
"Alright then." He said, as he scooped me up and headed for his room. I laughed, and cuddled up to his cold chest. On our way, he hummed my favorite tune – my lullaby. I've learned it by heart, now…maybe I could join him…I breathed in and began humming. I looked up at him, waiting for his reaction.
He was surprised, but it was soon replaced by his wonderful crooked smile. I smiled back at him. We passed by Esme and Renee, and over his shoulder I saw that Renee was shocked as well, but Esme was smiling.
Our voices were in harmony…it's like they were meant to be together…just like me and Edward. And after a few days…I would be his…forever. Edward opened the door to his room, and entered. He shut it close with his foot, and a second later, we were both on the bed. I was sitting on him, and he had his arms around me. Trapping me, just like a bird in a cage. But, the difference was that I wanted it. I wanted to be in his arms so much.
He ran his hands through my hair. "That was the best song I've heard my entire life."
I giggled. "That was the second best song I've heard." I said, jokingly.
He gaped at me. "I feel offended." He muttered. And I laughed again.
I took his face in my hands and said, "It's because the best one is when you sing it."
He caressed my face, and he moved closer and kissed me. His hands memorized my face. I wrapped my arms around his neck, pulling him closer, trying to deepen the kiss. This kiss was one of the most passionate kisses we've ever shared. He put on hand on the nape of my neck, and the other around my waist. He flipped us around so I was underneath him. The kiss was gentle, sweet, and loving. We stayed that way for a while, until he broke the kiss. I was gasping, my heart was pounding.
"I love you…" he whispered in my ear, as he moved down, kissing my neck, his breath sending shivers down my spine. His lips grazing the hollow at the base of my throat, and moving lower.
"I love you too…" I replied.
He flipped us over again – I was on top – and he held my face in his hands, angling it up so that his mouth could reach my throat. My breath came out in loud gasps that it was embarrassing, but I couldn't care less.
He pulled my face back to his, so that my lips were now on his. He broke the kiss again, and his cold tongue traced my lips lightly. My head was spinning, my heart was pumping, and my body felt very hot, even under his touch.
"I love this bed," he said, a little breathless. "It's very useful."
I sighed. Here we go again. "But, it's rather unnecessary. Although, I could find a use for it…" I said, mischievously.
Edward laughed. "We could have our honeymoon here, you know." He said, with a grin.
"But, Carlisle, and Esme, and Alice and –"I said, before I could finish he sat up, so I was on his lap again. He moved my legs to the side so we were seated exactly the way we were a moment ago. His arms were around me once more, trapping me.
"Bella, do you think they'd actually stay and listen in on us?" he chuckled.
"But, where would they go? I mean…"
"They'd go hunting, or go visit Tanya's family. Oh, which reminds me…we invited them."
My heart pounded in my chest and I pouted as he said her name.
"I don't like her." I said in a tone that spelled disapproval, although I tried to hide it.
He must have noticed, because he buried his head on my shoulder.
"Bella, you are the only one…Don't worry about her. May I remind you that she's a strawberry blonde —not at all my type..."He reassured me. Then, he laughed. "You really are adorable when you're jealous. It's very enjoyable."
I curled myself closer to him, pressing my lips into the indentation over his collarbone. Inhaling his scent, the scent I would never get tired of, the scent that would forever be in my system. The scent of my angel, the angel who brought light to my life…
"I believe you." I whispered.
I felt him smile against my shoulder. He chuckled, and turned his head to kiss my neck. I shuddered. He looked up at me, a smug look on his face. This was bad.
"I think I found your weak point." He hinted. Oh no…oh no, no, no!
He grinned and planted another kiss, on my neck, causing another shiver to run down my spine. He laughed.
"Edward…" I complained. "Stop…"
"What if I don't want to?" Edward said, teasingly.
I thought about it for a moment. Something to joke about…something he might take seriously. What about the wedding? I could joke about that couldn't I?
"I'm going to call off the wedding." I said, flatly, trying my best to sound as if I meant it.
He froze, and moved back to stare at my eyes. "You wouldn't."
"I would." I insisted. "You know how I don't like this whole marriage thing."
"You wouldn't get what you want." He said.
"You're not the only vampire I know." I said, as a matter-of-factly.
"Alice wouldn't dare."
"Carlisle would." I said simply. "He promised, remember?"
Edward narrowed his eyes. And I started laughing.
"You're a terrible liar." He said. "You didn't fool me one bit."
"I didn't?" I exclaimed. My mouth dropped open, and my eyes widened. "But you…?"
"Nope, and besides," He said, as he buried his head against me shoulder. "I was pretending."
"Pathetic." I spat at myself. "I need to learn how to tell a lie, Edward. Would you teach me?"
He raised his head again, and looked at me incredulously. "You're unbelievable, you know. But that's what makes you unbelievably adorable."
Before I could respond, a loud laugh echoed outside our door. I recognized the boisterous laughter immediately. Of course, only Emmett laughed that way. But, then, I realized something. I stared at Edward.
"You knew?" I asked.
"He just passed by. Phil and Jasper are with him." Edward explained, quickly.
"Oh." I replied, although I knew that they could hear us even if they weren't anywhere near Edward's room. "What are they doing?" I asked.
"Jasper and Emmett are giving him a tour of the house." Edward paused. "Esme and Renee are in the hall, talking about us. And Charlie is examining the piano. Oh, and Alice, and Rosalie are out buying more stuff. They took Rosalie's BMW."
I nodded. Alice and Rosalie are out buying more stuff… Charlie was at the piano…I grinned at Edward. "Edward?"
"Hmm?" he murmured, as he put his head back on my shoulder.
I looked at him. "What are you doing? Is something wrong?"
"Nah, I'm just enjoying the bouquet." He replied.
"Oh," I twisted my fingers in Edward's hair, playing with each strand. They would soon be mine…every part of him would soon be mine. In a few days, I would be Mrs. Isabella Marie Cullen…Bella Cullen.
Hmm…It has a nice ring to it. I thought. I love it.
I giggled to myself, and I tightened my grip around Edward.
"What are you thinking?" Edward suddenly asked.
"I'm thinking about my name. Isabella Marie Cullen. Doesn't it have a nice ring to it?"
He thought about it for a minute. And then, he shrugged. I frowned.
"You don't like it?"I pouted. "Well, I'm sorry…Cullen isn't my last name you know! It's yours!"
He sighed. "I love it, Bella. I was just playing with you." Edward looked at me and slowly moved in. His cold lips were on mine once again. After a few seconds we broke apart. "Calm down."
The tips of his fingers traced my lips. He was about to kiss me when there was a knock on the door. Edward cursed under his breath. Suddenly, he disappeared, and I was sitting on his bed, and then before I could blink, he was back. There were magazines of wedding cakes, and magazines of houses.
The door opened and Jasper came in, with Emmett and Phil on his tail. Phil's mouth dropped open when he caught sight of Edward's room. His eyes moved to the bed, to the couch, and then to the sophisticated looking stereo.
"Hey," Jasper said as he walked to the couch. He was looking at Edward with one eyebrow raised, and I knew he was tasting the atmosphere with his unusual sensitivity. He lounged on the couch and said, "We're showing Phil the house."
"I see. Well, Phil," Edward muttered. Then, he caught sight of Phil's awestruck face. "Are you alright?"
Stupid, handsome, lying vampire… I thought.
When Phil didn't answer, Edward looked at Jasper meaningfully. Jasper nodded, and he grinned. I felt a wave of tranquility wash over me. And I glanced at Phil to see him close his mouth, and stand straight.
"I'm alright; your room looks splendid, by the way. And you've got a big bed, Edward." He muttered, moving around the room.
"Thanks." Edward flashed a smile at me. And I stifled a laugh.
"Edward!" Esme's voice ran throughout the hall. "Come here for a while!"
"I'm coming!" Edward called back.
Edward swung his legs over his bed, and he held his hand out for me. I took it willingly, and got off the bed as well. We walked out of the room, and I turned around to see Jasper, Emmett, and Phil behind us. We walked to the stairs, and descended it. Charlie, Esme, and Renee were at the piano. And I immediately understood. They wanted to hear Edward play. Edward walked to them, looking at Esme in confusion.
"What is it, Mom?" Edward asked. He looked at the piano, and to Charlie and Renee. Realization suddenly hit him. And his mouth formed a perfect 'O'.
"They want to hear you play, dear." Esme replied, with a slight laugh at his expression.
He nodded, and pulled me to the piano with him again, sitting me on the bench beside him. He smiled at me before he turned to the keys.
And then his fingers flowed swiftly across the ivory, and the room was filled with a composition so sweet, so complex, and so luxuriant, that it was impossible to believe that one set of hands played. I sighed, listening to my lullaby being played. I began to hum as well, and soon we were both humming. From the corner of my eye, I saw Renee and Charlie's amused expressions. I giggled, and turned to look at Edward, his head was half-turned so, he could look at me, but the music still surged around us without a break. He mouthed an 'I love you' to me, and smiled.
I smiled back, and mouthed an 'I love you' too. He turned back to the piano and continued playing. The music continued without any interruptions. When the song ended, Renee and Charlie were clapping.
"That was wonderful, Edward!" Renee complimented, dabbing at her eyes with a handkerchief.
Edward stood up, and bowed. "Thank you."
I stood up as well, and moved to Charlie's side. I whispered in his ear, "Isn't he sweet, Dad?" Even though I knew full well that Edward and Esme could hear.
It took him a while to respond, I knew he was deciding whether or not he would finally forgive Edward for leaving me before. But, in the end, he smiled. "Yes, you're very lucky to have a guy like him, Bella. Looks like I'll be able to give you to him, without hesitating." He whispered to me.
I hugged him. "Thanks, Dad."
"No problem, kid." Charlie replied, as he hugged me.
I smiled once more at him, before I ran back to Edward's side. He smiled at me, and wrapped an arm around my waist.
"Edward." Charlie said. "May I speak to you for a minute?"
"Sure, Charlie," Edward replied. "Might I suggest the yard?"
"Anywhere private would be fine."
Edward began to remove his arm from my waist, until I grabbed his sleeve. "I'm going too. This involves me as well, right?" I muttered, as I looked at Charlie and Edward.
"Bella, honey…" Renee began, but Charlie cut her off, mid-speech.
"Alright, it would probably be best if you heard this, as well." Charlie nodded to me.
I smiled triumphantly and turned to Edward. His eyebrows were raised, and I looked at him innocently. "Yes?"
He laughed. "It's nothing."
"You're weird sometimes." I giggled.
He shrugged. "Let's go."
The three of us walked out of the house. Charlie walked around a bit, before stopping under a tree and he turned to us.
"I wanted to talk to you alone, Edward, because I want to apologize for the way I acted towards you –"
"Sir, it was right of you to do that. I left Bella to suffer, and…I deserve to be punished for this. I doubt that she would be able to forget that, but I would try anyways. As a father, who wants to protect his daughter…it was the right way. And I'm the one who should be apologizing for –"
"Edward -!" How many times did I have to say that it wasn't his fault?!
Edward turned to me, and shook his head. "Bella, it really was my fault."
"No, you were just trying to protect me! It's not your fault!" I insisted.
"Why did you leave anyways, Edward? You love Bella don't you? Then why did you leave?" Charlie asked. He sounded more curious than angry.
"I left her because…I wanted her to finish her schooling. I didn't want her to get married at a young age. I wanted her to experience the joy of being single. And I thought, while I was still with her… There was the possibility of her thinking of getting married to me early." Boy was he good at excuses.
"Then, why did you propose to her?"
"I love her more than anything in this world. I wanted to be beside her forever. I wanted to protect her and make her happy. I decided that I would have to face the consequences of getting married at a young
age. I would even be willing to send her to a good College, to pay for everything she needed. As long as she was happy, I would be too."
Charlie considered his words for a moment, digesting what he'd just heard. He looked at Edward.
"You'd better take care of my little girl, you hear me?" He said after a while and he smiled.
I looked at Edward, a broad smile on my face. Charlie finally approved of Edward! Edward smiled his wonderful crooked smile at me, and I hugged him tightly. He hugged me back just as tight.
"But –"Charlie continued. "If I hear her complain about being mistreated in any way, I'll make sure that the last thing you'll see is my fist."
Edward and I broke apart to look at Charlie. "No sir. I will not mistreat her in any way. The thought never even crossed my mind. I will love and treasure Bella forever." He said it with so much love and happiness that I nearly cried.
Tears began to form in my eyes, but I wiped them. Both Charlie and Edward looked at me worriedly. But I shook my head, and went back into Edward's loving arms.
"I love you so much, Edward." I muttered into his cold chest.
Edward hugged me back. "I love you too, Bella."
I turned my head to Charlie, and he smiled at me. I looked at Edward, and he nodded. He let go off me, and I ran to Charlie, enveloping him in a big hug.
"Thank you, Dad. You don't know how much this means to me." I whispered.
"Oh, trust me…I do." He chuckled.
The two of us laughed, and Edward walked to us. Charlie put a hand on his shoulder.
"It took me a while to realize how you truly were. I didn't even get to know you. I'm sorry."
"No harm done, sir. Any father would be like that. I understood you completely. And…" Edward said. "Thank you…for Bella."
I broke free from Charlie and went to kiss Edward softly on the lips. We both smiled.
"Welcome to the family, Edward." Charlie said.
"Thank you, Charlie…Dad." Edward replied.
Charlie finally made up with Edward. They all agreed to our wedding. Now no one could stand between us…we'd be together forever.
This is my very first fanfic. I hope you guys like it.
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