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I did need human time. But mostly I needed time to figure out how to do what I wanted to do next. I took a hot shower and contemplated the beautiful creature lying on my bed, waiting for me. I had thought my next few steps out, but actually doing them thrilled and terrified me.
I brushed my teeth and ran back into my room. I normally dressed in the bathroom, but today I returned to my bedroom wearing a soft, white robe Alice had bought purposely for my wedding day. I was to be the bride in white all day.
Edward raised his eyebrows when he saw what I was wearing. "Bella, what is this?"
I smiled and lay back down on the bed next to him. We faced each other. Edward's expression hovered somewhere between amusement and concern. I smiled, "Alice bought me this to keep the 'theme' of the day – all in white today. Do you not like it?"
He chuckled, "No, I very much like it. What little there is to like. But... you – in that, this close – you make me nervous."
My plan was working and I was elated. Still so very nervous, but I couldn't believe the sight of me in such fairly normal attire could elicit this response in Edward. I snuggled in closer to Edward and grabbed his hands in mine.
"I trust you. I know you won't hurt me." I said to him as I kissed his hands.
I looked up to catch him smiling his astonishing crooked smile at me. "Oh, Bella. That isn't what I meant. I mean… we've made it this far. Tonight, you'll be my wife. Let's not lose control now."
Sometimes I wondered if he really still couldn't read my mind.