Alternate Breaking Dawn. Me, being me, much like Alice being Alice, I thought I would throw in an alternative ending. I love the one that's there but I hate saying goodbye so this keeps me connected somehow.
I personally like SM's Breaking Dawn, but I got to thinking about what people were expecting, and then I figured, WHY NOT?
So I guess I will pick up from the end of chapter one of Breaking Dawn, and I hope that no one will be offended at my little attempt here.
Like I said, I really like Breaking Dawn . . . Please do not throw anything harder than a cushion at me, I am a wimp! lol.
All things Twilight belong to the AWESOME Stephenie Meyer. ;0P
Chapter Two - Preparations
I was so frustrated, Alice, wanting to make sure that all traditions were followed, insisted that Edward stay away the night before our wedding, I disagreed whole heartedly and insisted this be the one tradition that was excused from our very traditional, yet unusual, wedding.
"Nope, I will not bend on this, Bella. The two of you are pushing the whole luck thing as it is, I will not let you start your marriage with that on my conscience."
Edward chuckled lightly from the couch. I turned on him, my bottom lip jutted out emphasizing my point. He bit his lip clearly resisting the audible laugh that was building. He was undecided on how to proceed. We both knew Alice's temper, but he didn't want to upset me. He was torn.
"I have things to do, Bella, I will be taking Edward with me, what I need for you is sleep."
"I think I can handle that." I sighed, I knew better than to go up against Alice, but it was worth a try.
I made my way over to Edward and lightly dropped myself in his lap. His eyes were a warm gold, he'd hunted last night, so I hadn't seen him then either, he had made sure I was asleep before leaving though. He stroked my face gently with the back of his hand and his face nuzzled into my neck.
"I miss you already, Love." he whispered, his cool breath sending a ripple down my spine.
"You could come back." I whispered under my breath.
"Bella," Alice laughed, the bell sound reverberating around Charlie's relatively small living room. "Did you forget that I can see decisions like that? It's only going to be a couple of hours, and I'm hoping you'll be sleeping through them."
I rolled my eyes and cuddled into Edward's cool chest. His arms twisted around me gently pulling me closer. I could actually see Alice's point, were were an unusual matching, and I was a veritable danger magnet, but I was hoping that would change when I finally got my wish.
I was finally going to be accepted into the family, in every sense of the word, I was going to be changed, but not before my one small demand was 'attempted'. That was all I could hope for, an attempt. Edward and I were going to try and consummate our marriage before I was made, more durable, as Edward put it.
I couldn't deny I was scared. I had wanted this for a while now, but that didn't take away the risks, the risks that scared Edward, why he was so against the attempt.
Now, we were less than twenty four hours from our wedding night, he seemed to be more agitated than normal, although he hid it well, and I was scared out of my mind, but I still wanted it.
Edward kissed the top of my head gently, and sighed. We hated being apart and this week had been more torturous than normal because of all the arrangements being made. He'd been organizing the wedding night for us, which concerned me. Edward had insisted that we stay close to home when we tried, because his fear of hurting me was so great. He wanted to know that Carlisle would be close should anything go wrong. I understood the necessity, but knowing that it had been discussed with my soon-to-be father-in-law, made it all the more embarrassing. The fact that nothing was ever out of hearing range of the others Cullens', had also been a problem.
Emmett had been the worst with the taunting, even Rosalie had taken to reprimanding him about his comments. Rosalie and I were working on our friendship but she still intimidated me to no end.
"Come on Edward, I have some thing I want you to do for me tonight." Alice sang as she picked up the binder she'd been keeping all of the wedding plans in.
Edward exhaled loudly and stood with me in his arms. His kissed my forehead gently before setting me on my feet.
"Sleep well, my love." he whispered as he planted a kiss on the top of my head.
"Hardly," I pouted and stood on my toes to kiss him. His arms tangled around my waist and pulled me to him. His cool lips molded to mine and they moved harmoniously together. I could definitely do this forever.
"Don't be so dramatic, Bella." exclaimed Alice as she headed towards the door.
Edward planted a final kiss on my forehead, and then he and his sister were gone. I still hadn't gotten used to their speed, and I doubted I ever would, as a human. I hated that I would be left alone with my thoughts again.
I stood in the empty room and looked around, this would be the last time I was here, it was a sad feeling. Charlie, between being upset about the upcoming wedding, and searching for Jacob, was trying to spend as much time as possible with me. He was out picking up our gift, it was something I had been upset about for the last two weeks, I'd been trying to pick Edward's mind about it, but he wasn't letting up. He didn't want to take the surprise from Charlie.
Looking at the clock it was only five. I had a couple of hours before I could even justify going to bed, and I was alone. I had cleaned the house top to bottom so Charlie wouldn't have to do it, and I had planned on making him something special for dinner, I just didn't know when to expect him.
I had to do something. I worked on making Charlie's dinner, hoping he would be back before it was completely ruined. My mind worked overtime these days and I found myself over thinking everything. I tried to throw my thoughts into the task at hand, but it was never that easy. Instead, my mind wandered to the conversation I'd had with Seth the previous day. Jacob knew I was concerned, why hadn't he given them something? I always knew he wouldn't have been happy about me checking up on him, but knowing that I was the reason for his absence stung me. I couldn't just let it go, it's not who I was, and even though I knew our love for one another would never be enough, I couldn't stop the nagging feeling that haunted me.
"Hey, Bells. Smells good." Charlie's voice had me jumping a foot into the air. I pressed my hand on my chest as my heart beat against my ribcage.
"Dad, you scared me."
"Sorry, I thought you heard me come in." he laughed. "What's for dinner, the smell is wonderful."
I smiled at the comment, Charlie had been making comments like that for the last couple of days. I'd been making meals and freezing them for him, so he would have at least something edible when I was gone.
"Your favorite fish fry." I said smiling. I had acquired some of Harry's fish fry from Seth. I knew it was Charlie's favorite and it seemed like one of the only parting gifts I could him.
"Seth, Sue still has the recipe and Seth threw a batch together for me. I put the rest in the refrigerator."
Charlie took a seat in his usual chair as I served dinner. I placed his plate in front of him and kissed him tentatively on the forehead, I was growing nostalgic. so much had happened in this small room, the yellow cabinets were still the same as Renee had painted them. Edward and I had been through so much in this room, we'd confined ourselves in it when I was grounded earlier this year. It all seemed so long ago, and so much had happened since then.
"What was that for?" he grumbled with his mouth full.
I raised my eyebrows and ignored the question. Charlie shrugged and dug back into his food. I picked gently at the fish on my plate, my appetite had diminished due to my nerves.
"What's on your mind, Kiddo?"
"Nothing, Dad. Just check listing, making sure I have everything done. I have left instruction for heating up the food on the refrigerator, just make sure you don't put any metal in the microwave, it's really no good for them. The rest I have put oven instructions on."
"Bella, I can look after myself, had been for seventeen years until you graced me with your presence." he chuckled lightly.
"Doesn't stop me worrying about you, dad." I sighed wistfully.
Charlie grunted at me.
"So, you nervous about tomorrow?" he asked, before taking another bite. He was unusually talkative considering there was food present.
"Aw, Dad, please don't start that again." I laughed, I knew what this question lead to, we'd been having this conversation more and more as the wedding drew closer. "I'm happy, and you know I'll keep in touch."
"I just don't see what the rush is."
"Hmm," I placed my index finger on my chin thoughtfully, raising my eyebrows.
Charlie sighed, he was giving up again. I knew he would never tell me to go and live with Edward in sin, we had him cornered on that and he knew it. It was the only arsenal I had, and I often pulled it out when he threw this question at me.
The rest of the meal passed in a comfortable silence, I had always loved that about Charlie, we could sit in complete silence and not feel the need to fill it with mindless chatter. It was one of the things we had in common. I could easily not talk for hours and not realize it, I had spent many days like that with Charlie the first week I had spent in Forks. It had been so new to both of us then. Now I couldn't imagine not living with him.
I spent the evening with Charlie watching the game, he'd tried to change the channel so I wouldn't be so bored, but I knew it was getting close to the end of the season and the games were becoming more important. I just wanted to spend time with Charlie. Time had slipped so quickly and silently past us that this was the last time I would call this home, it was the end of an era.
As I lost myself to my thoughts again, I considered my wedding night. I didn't want to think there was a need for Carlisle to be close, and in all honesty the thought horrified me. There was no escaping the fact that the family knew what we were doing, it was a simply fact of weddings, everyone knew what the bride and groom did on the night of the wedding. It was the thought that the family would be in earshot. Wasn't there enough embarrassment in the first time without an audience. I felt my cheeks warm again and ducked my head before Charlie could see.
I knew there was really no point in dwelling on the situation, Edward would have it no other way. Unfortunately, this still didn't help me to stop thinking about it.
"You alright, Bells?" Charlie asked narrowing his eyes.
"Fine, Dad. I was just thinking about giving Mom a call at the hotel."
Charlie nodded at me and his head once again disappeared into the game. I was glad he let it drop, this was difficult enough without being consistently questioned about how I was feeling, or whether or not I was nervous.
I stole myself away from the living room and picked up the number to the hotel.
"Room 417, please." I asked the polite receptionist on the other end of the phone.
"This is Renee."
"Mom," I sighed into the phone happily.
"Hey, Bella. Is everything alright?"
"It's fine, I just wanted to make sure you had everything before I went to bed."
"Bella, Alice has done more than enough for us to be comfortable, you don't need to worry about all of that. How are you feeling?"
I rolled my eyes. "Great, I just want it all to be over with, I can't stand this anticipation."
Renee laughed lightly, she knew me so well. "Just relax and enjoy it, Bella. I have a feeling this will be the only wedding you'll ever have so take your time and don't rush it. Alice has gone through a lot of trouble, in fact, I would apply that to all of the Cullen's. They seem to have welcomed you with open arms."
"I know, mom."
"Well, get to bed sweetie, and try to relax. I'll see you tomorrow."
"I will." I sighed. I knew she was right but relaxing at this point was easier said than done. "Night, mom."
"Goodnight, sleep well."
I hung up the phone and leaned against the counter. I was wishing Edward was here. Everything was so much easier when he was in my line of sight, when I could touch his cool skin, hear his velvet voice. I felt so anxious when I was away from him.
I walked back into the living room, Charlie was still glued to the television.
"I'm going to bed, Dad."
I slowly made my way up the stairs to my room, another night without Edward was going to be difficult, but I was happy that, after tonight, there was never going to be a reason for separation anymore. It would be the two of us, a family within the Cullen family. It was one of the things I was looking forward to, although the pain they'd all warned me about still played a large part in the back of mind.
I pushed open my door and smiled at my room, there were so many memories here, every night, except of course for a short period I hated to remember, I had slept in Edward's cool arms in that small bed. We'd had so many conversations in the small rocking chair.
They memories were like ghost playing in my head, my memories of my time with Edward were so strong, I really didn't want them to fade when I was changed. I would hold onto them and hope that they pulled me through it.
I changed into my sweats and threw myself on the bed. The memories still replayed in my head. I found myself smiling.
"I would love to know what you're thinking." The velvet voice pulled me from my reverie and I sat bolt upright. Edward was leaning against the window watching me, his crooked grin in place.
"Edward, you came back." I hopped out of the bed so quickly, I lost my balance and fell into him. He caught me gently and settled me on my feet, wrapping his cool arms around my waist.
"I couldn't not say goodnight. Alice gave me the okay, she wants me to get you to sleep and then leave, she's worried about circles appearing under your eyes." he chuckled.
I didn't mind the reasoning behind the visit, I didn't even mind that he wouldn't be with me all night, I just cared that he was here now.
He swung me up into his arms and placed me on the bed gently, his body took it's place next to mine. I watched him closely, I still couldn't believe this exquisite creature was mine.
He leaned forward and brushed a strand of hair from my neck, and kissed the spot he'd just cleared, my body reacted instinctively and shuddered at the cool lips pressed against my throat. My heart thundered in my chest and the caress of his fingers worked down my arm.
"Aren't you supposed to be helping me sleep?" my voice was uneven and heavy.
"Mmm hmm." he sighed.
My eyes closed and I let my mind follow his fingers. This was always so torturous, he was all I would ever want. My breaths picked up as his hand traced down my side.
"Behave, Bella." he sighed.
I smiled and felt his lips crush against mine. My arms twined around his neck and pulled him closer to me. I could never get enough of him. As always, he broke away entirely too soon, My head fell into the pillow and my breaths came as pants.
"Sleep, my Bella." he whispered into my ear.
How exactly he expected me to sleep when he teased me like that, I would never understand, but I relented and laid my head on his cool contoured chest.
The humming began almost instantaneously. My lullaby, it worked every time. I let the memories dance behind my eyelids as my mind grew heavy, each one had Edward in it as they played through my mind. I would never love anyone as much as I loved him, and after tomorrow, I would have an eternity with him.
I woke up confused and alone. I hated not waking up to the coolness on my cheek, because it meant Edward was no longer holding me. I was however glad about the dreamless sleep, I was hoping I would be shadowless as Alice had requested.
I stretched out along my bed and turned to my side. The room was empty, Edward and Emmett had moved the small amount of my belongings to the Cullen house yesterday, but it was still my room. The blue of the walls, the scarce furniture. It was still home to me in so many ways.
The small silver phone that was resting on my night stand vibrated filling the room with a buzzing sound as it danced across the surface. It was annoying enough to be one person, Alice.
I picked up the phone and flipped it open.
"Good Morning, sleeping beauty."
"Will you be gracing me with your presence this morning? We have so much to do, I need you up and ready to go, so get in the shower and i'll pick you up in thirty."
"And cheer up, Bella. This is your wedding day."
I giggled into the phone, I had no idea where it came from or why it had escaped, but I felt inexplicably happy.
"Thirty minutes, Bella."
"Yes, Alice. I'll be waiting."
"I highly doubt that." she giggled before hanging up.
So this was finally it, my wedding day. I had been dreading this day since I had given Alice the thumbs up, yet here I was giggling like a school girl. Perhaps being out of the loop helped, I had no pressure, no decisions to make, all I had to do was walk down the aisle and say I do. Easy, right?
I just had to keep my eyes away from Tanya, she was exquisite, not Rosalie exquisite but her own kind of beautiful. I had been nervous about her arrival because of the wolves, especially seeing as Seth was attending the wedding, but Edward had assured me that there would be no retaliation.
Tanya had been graceful and very accepting of me, but I couldn't get past the looks she had given me when she thought I wasn't looking. There was no callousness in her gaze, just confusion, as though she couldn't understand Edward's draw to me.
It was something I often wondered about, not that I was complaining. I just felt so plain, I would never understand why he'd chosen me. I knew that our connection was deep, but it never covered my insecurities. Would I be beautiful enough as a vampire?
"Bella, are you up?" Charlie's voice reached me from outside of my door.
"Yes, dad. Alice just called, she'll be here in thirty minutes, so I'm going to jump in the shower."
"Okay, I'll be downstairs if you need me."
Strange. "Okay, Dad. Thanks."
I took a long shower and let the hot water relax my body. I was no longer tense or worried. It was pure excitement now, something I really couldn't explain.
I threw on some sweats and grabbed the last of my belongings as I dressed. This would be the last time I would be in my bedroom at Charlie's house, I had to make sure I had everything before I left. Alice had left me a backpack to fit everything into.
I looked around my small room and felt a pang of homesickness. This was going to be more difficult than I had ever imagined, but it was the last step to my new life, my forever with Edward. I heard the knock on the door signaling Alice's arrival.
I turned around and exited my room for the last time, pulling it closed behind me.
A/N: I want to get some feedback before I continue, this is meant to carry on from Stephenie's first Chapter. Like I said before, I know some people don't like how she wrapped up the story but I thoroughly enjoyed it, I am on my second go around. ;0)
I just thought I would offer an alternative, hey it's what we do right? LOL
BIG HUGZ -L-