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The Escort
by Nollie Marie

I got everything I ever wanted…
Bella's POV

"I know, I'm sorry but I am stuck here at the gallery," Edward said over the phone. "There is no way I am going to make it tonight to take you."

I felt like crying. For many reasons. Well one because Edward wasn't here, I always missed him when he wasn't beside me. And on top of that, tonight was our anniversary when we first meet (I know a silly thing to keep track of but Edward and I count that as our first day together). But more important, although our anniversary is important, tonight was Suzanna's annual charity event.

And Edward couldn't make it!

"Why don't you take Emmett or Jasper?"

I grunted. "Emmett is taking Rosalie out for dinner and then later on romping around in the sheets while Jasper is chartering to Alice's every needs tonight, whatever those are."

"Really, Bella, if I could get out of this, I would."

"How did this last minute meeting get scheduled anyways?" I asked, raising my eyebrow.

"Remember Ms. Hoperinger?" Edward asked.

I giggled. Oh I remembered all right, that smart elderly woman had Edward wrapped around her bony finger. Was it no wonder that Edward got sucked into this meeting?

"Now you know how," Edward stated.

I sighed.

"I guess I'll go alone," I said sadly.

"I really am sorry," Edward said.

"It's okay, I'll bring a stick to beat Mike off with," I stated.

I heard Edward growled which caused me to smirk.

"You better," Edward said.

I laughed.

"You better be home when I get back from Suzanna," I stated.

"Tell Suzanna I said hello."

"Will do…Love you Edward."

"Love you too, babe."

And with that I hung up with a sigh.

Edward had become a well known artist in the city, after that first showing I went to. He held a showing nearly every two months, with new paintings that sold right away, and at least one that contained me somewhere within the painting. I loved going to Edward's showing. He doesn't let me see what he is working on, in fact he moved his studio to a different location. He said that looked more professional and also that it left his condo just for the two of us.

I had ended up moving in with him about a month ago. It was a good idea, considering the amount of time I was here…and how much stuff I left here anyways.

My new book was to be released in the new year and Alice had done the front cover and the author's picture, but of course. Her and Jasper FINALLY are expecting! I was so excited to hear that she was pregnant. She was only three months along and she was positively glowing with motherhood. She's constantly going to baby stores to look at baby things.

Rosalie, who I swear is a little green monster on her shoulder at the fact that her friend was pregnant and not her, showed a friendly face when we went shopping with Alice. Alice knew how Rosalie was feeling and constantly made Rosalie feel the baby move. I think that is helping a lot…that and the fact that Rosalie is going to be able to spoil the baby until she has one of her own. Lots of love to go around.

Her and Emmett were getting seriously close to marriage. I had a funny feeling that if Emmett doesn't pop the question before New Year's that Rosalie might.

Meanwhile, Edward and my relationship was perfect. Well…semi-perfect with a few bumps here and there…like tonight.

I sighed and gathered my handbag. I had gotten all dressed up, sexied up as Alice likes to call it, for Edward…and he wasn't here. I sighed and stepped outside.

And my eyes widened.

There on the street was a white limo, with a driver holding the door open.

"Good evening madam," he said to me after I locked the door and started towards the long white thing. "Mr. Cullen truly is sorry he couldn't occupy you tonight."

I swallowed and smiled shyly. "Thanks," I said, and slid in.

I was in complete awe at the inside of the thing, taking in every thing. There was a bucket of champagne, chilled, and to flutes waiting to be used. Everything that I had seen in all the movies.

I didn't realize we had been driving, until I looked out the window and noted where we were.

"Uh…we're not going in the right direction," I said aloud, turning towards the open window where the driver was.

He looked at me in the mirror with a smile. "As a matter of fact, Ms. Swan, we are going the right way. There is a note by the champagne for you."

I looked. Well…so there was. I picked it up and read it.

I hope you and Edward have a wonderful time tonight. I'm expecting a large contribution from the Cullens.

I blinked. You…and Edward…wonderful time…tonight…wait a minute.

The driver chuckled and closed the window.

I hated surprises! Where was I going?! What had Edward planned? And did Edward really have a meeting to be at? I bet not.

I waiting and watched to see where we were going. This was like the first time when Edward took me to meet his parents for the first time, saying one thing and then surprising me at the last minute. At least his parents were charming and lovely enough to excuse my mess at the condo. I noted then where Edward got his manners from.

I didn't realize we had stopped until the door opened beside me.

"We're here miss," the driver said, offering me his hand.

I swallowed and got out.

We were down by Trinity River, the local river in the town, by the spot the locals called the Lovers Willow. There standing under the willow by the waters edge, was Edward, dressed in the same clothes I saw him in that morning.

I swallowed again and walked slowly towards him, glad that Alice put me in flats this time.

Edward took my hand and brought my wrist to my lips, placing a tender kiss there.

"Happy anniversary," he said, smiling as he then leaned forward to place a kiss to my lips.

I let him.

"You are in so much trouble," I said, playing around.

Edward chuckled and led me towards a little table, draped in white, with candles in the center of the table. He held my chair out for me, allowing me to sit there. And then he proceeded to feed me with wonderful Italian dishes and then fresh raspberries for dessert. It was purely divine.

"Edward," I sighed, smiling. "Tonight was beautiful."

He smiled and took my hand.

"There's one more thing I have left," Edward said.

There was a glimmer of something in his eyes, something playful.

"You know I hate surprises," I said, stiffly.

Edward chuckled and reached into his pocket of his pants. "You'll like this one," he said.

And then offered me a ring. I gasped. There nestled in the Tiffany blue was a beautiful engagement ring.

"Holy shit," I breathed and Edward laughed out loud.

"Is that a yes?" he teased.

I smiled. "Most definitely," I said.

He smiled, lifting the ring from the box to slowly slide it on my third finger on my left hand. To finalize the moment, he leaned forward and gave me a long kiss.

"So…how was your night?" Edward teased, smiling as he moved it chair to beside mine so that I could cuddle next to him.

I sighed, resting my head on his shoulder. I smiled and said, "I had gotten everything I had ever wanted."

and so much more.


Well what do you think? Sadly, I'm not writing a sequel to this story. I think that it ended just perfectly and I can't ruin or add to it.

But anyway, I'm not totally gone from the FanFiction world. I posted my new story, A Dream Come True, last night. So once you're done REVIEWING, go take a look at that story.

Well, what are you waiting for? Hop to it!

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PS—Check out The Escort page on my website for the songs that helped/inspired this chapter AND also the beautiful dress that Bella was wearing AND the beautiful engagement ring that Edward gave Bella.