Hello, all. I know it's been a lifetime and I've probably lost reviewers but seeing as how this is the end it doesn't really matter all the much...wait I'm lying. I love reviews. Who doesn't? Anyways, you'll read all my excuses for being gone so long at the end. Oh and some important information you need to know about it.
Much love to Little Silver Rose who beta'd this for me. She is so awesome, I can't even put it into words.
Disclaimer:"Wooo! This has been one helluva ride. I have fun and I hope you did, too. R4L owns a Mac and shares a dorm room with her sister. I own these characters. Until next time..." S.M.
"Oh, wow! Look at the view! It's beautiful." I sighed.
The wind felt good in my hair and blowing against my skin. The sky was a kaleidoscope of colors as the sun set. The sun blazed a bright orange-red against the dark blue waters of the Atlantic Ocean. It was beautiful. I'd never seen anything like it before. I didn't jump as a pair of warm strong arms wrapped around me from behind. I leaned my head back against Edward's chest and he rested his chin on my head.
I sighed contentedly.
I was glad to finally be able to go on a vacation. I felt it was well deserved after these last few years.
About a month after the trial Emmett, Rose and Jasper graduated high school. Not only was the event fun, it was also surprising. Esme's water broke right after the principal called Rose's name so she could receive her diploma. The crowd went crazy as they all scrambled to figure out what to do.
Carlisle, of course, had sense enough to calm everyone down, get her out of the auditorium and to the car. Carlisle had brought the car around while Clair, Alice, Edward and me held and fanned Esme. Edward and me helped her into the car when it arrived and Clair said she'd wait for the others because she know they would be rushing out the moment they got the chance and all of us couldn't fit in Carlisle's Mercedes. Esme was in labor for twelve hours before little Mason Andrew Cullen came at 9:57 p.m. weighing 6 lbs 3 oz. He had Carlisle's blonde hair and Esme's eyes. He was adorable.
The summer went by pretty fast. Edward helped me practice field hockey because I went out for the team at school when school started. We made it all the way to the championship and won. I was named MVP and got a two-year scholarship to the University of Phoenix playing field hockey. Nothing as exciting as Esme's water breaking happened at our graduation but it was pretty good nonetheless.
The summer before college started my mother finally contacted me. We spent hours on the phone and I found out that Phil had helped her get away and that she had pressed charges against Perry. His sentence got doubled because he was charged with abused and the murder of her unborn baby. I don't think he was too happy about it but I wasn't there, of which I was grateful. My mom and Phil moved to Phoenix right before I started college and I visited them frequently. They met the Cullens and it was like one even bigger happy family. Renee also found out she was pregnant and we were all ecstatic. I was glad that she was able to finally be happy after all she's been through.
I don't think we all planned to go to U of P but we did. Emmett went to get his bachelor's in Physical Education and Rose went to get a degree in business management. She talked about opening her own garage. Jasper was a history major. I'm not sure what he was going to do with that. I didn't talk to him about it much because it always bored me to tears. They were in their last year.
Edward was going to get his degree in music. He always did love it. He wants to open up his own studio and I knew Rose was going to help him with it if he asked her. Or maybe even if he didn't. I was going to get my bachelor's in English. I was hoping to become a writer or maybe even and editor for a large publishing company.
We finally got a chance to all get together and go on this cruise that we were supposed to go on three years ago. Even Claire and Mom and Phil came along with two-year old Annie, my little sister and almost four-year old Mason. The two little ones had taken quite a liking to each other. They were practically inseparable.
Everyone was in the main dining area eating breakfast. I had woken up very early and went out to the deck to enjoy the view. I have been out here quite a lot since we started our voyage four days ago and Edward soon figured out that if I disappeared this is where he'd find me. And he always did.
And I loved him for it.
I turned in his arms and wrapped mine around his neck, resting my forehead against his.
"I love you," I whispered. "I have been so happy these past couple of years that sometimes I have to pinch myself to make sure that I'm not dreaming."
Edward chuckled and my eyes opened to met his bright green ones.
"I have to do that sometimes, too."
I laughed and then pressed my hand against my stomach. Edward's eyes darted down and his eyebrows rose. I grabbed one of his hands from around my back and pressed it to my growing stomach. The baby kicked against our hands and huge smiles lit our faces.
"Wow, that's unbelievable." He gasped.
"I know. She's never kicked that hard before."
His eyes met mine, surprised. "Before? You mean she's been kicking?" I nodded. "How long?"
"Oh, since we've been here, I guess. It was so subtle I barely noticed until now."
I grinned as she kicked again and Edward kissed me.
Our baby was actually a surprise. We had planned on having children but not until we were out of college, which wasn't for another year, but this happened and we couldn't be happier. We changed a room in our small house into a nursery and let Alice have free reign over the colors and Esme could design it any way she wanted, even though I had a feeling it would be just perfect.
"You know, you are still a mystery to me." Edward said when we broke apart.
"I have yet to figure you out because you keep surprising me. But I don't mind. I love you for it."
I smiled, happily.
Things were changing, but things were good. Our family was growing and I knew it would continue to do so because we were all here for each other and nothing could tear us apart.
Whew! *wipes sweat from brow* This was a long ride and I'm glad to made with you guys. I'm sad to see this story go but there's far more where that came from. I hope I tied up all the lose ends and if I didn't well...use your imagination. Lol.
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