A/N: Okay, so here it is. The final chapter of To Win Is To Lose. I would like to thank all of my readers and all the readers who reviewed.
There is one last thing I would like to ask you loyal reviewers to do. When you do review, if you could just tell me your favorite part of the story, it would make me really happy. It might also help encourage me to write a sequel.
Disclaimer: None of the characters are mine. Nor are any of the quotes used.
"Edward, where are we going?" We had been driving around for almost an hour now. Every time I asked this question, the reply I would get is,
"You'll see when we get there love. It's supposed to be a surprise." He answered for about the fifth time. The only clues I had was that I had to wear comfortable shoes and that the wait is worth while.
"Fine, can you at least tell me how much longer? This car is a senior citizen, and shouldn't be driven for much longer." We had taken my truck, much to Edward's dismay. I told him that if I couldn't know where we were going, we would at least take my truck.
"No more time at all love." The truck came to a stop outside of...woods.
"Um Edward are you sure?" He simply nodded his head and got out of the car. He walked around, opened my door and stuck his hand out. I graciously replied, and he helped me down from the truck. We walked hand in hand over to the front of the trees.
"Edward, I know the last time you told me there was more, there was. But now, I see nothing but trees." He laughed, and answered,
"Silly Bella. We have to climb to get there." I laughed mockingly with him, and we started our journey.
About twenty minutes and three falls later, Edward came to a stop. He turned around to face me and smirked. He then placed his hand over my eyes, to which I groaned.
"Edward, what are you doing?" He laughed again. If it wasn't such a musical sound, I would be so sick of it.
"I told you Bella, it's a surprise. You can't see until it's perfectly ready." I heard the rustling of leaves, and suddenly there was a cold hand pulling me. When we stopped, Edward began.
"Now, I know it may not seem much to you, but I think it is simply beautiful. Like you. So I thought it would be a nice surprise for you." He pulled his hand away from my eyes and what I saw made me gasp. We were on top of a mountain, and the sight was simply breathtaking. I could see all of Forks and some of La Push along with Port Angeles.
"Edward, it's so beautiful. Why would you think I wouldn't like it?" I turned to face him, but he had his back to me. I called hi name again, and he turned.
"I'm sorry Bella. I don't know why I just got the feeling you wouldn't like it."
"Well, I do. Very much so. Is this the meadow you were planning on showing me when we went to the other one?" That was a confusing sentence. He seemed to be in deep thought, probably trying to figure out what I had just said.
"Yes Bella it is. I couldn't take you here before because of the climbing. But now that I've shown it to you, and you seem to like it, this is our spot." I looked at him, astonished. I knew he was a romantic, but I never thought of him to be the type to pick out a place for us. I nodded my head so that he wouldn't get worried.
"Great! Now, come lay with me." He walked into the center of the meadow, and then he laid himself out on the grass.
"I don't know Edward. Don't you think Alice would have a fit if we came home all dirty?" He laughed again.
"No she won't. She knows where we are and will excuse our uncleanliness." I laughed and went to go lay beside him. He put his arm around my shoulder and I sighed in contentment.
"I love you Edward. You know that right?" I knew he did, but I still had to hear him say it.
"Of course I know Bella. And you know I love you, correct?" I nodded my head vigorously, and he grabbed my shoulder and rolled me on top of him. I laughed, and he pressed his lips to mine. It was nice and slow, passion and love just oozing from it. He pulled away, and I placed butterfly kisses on his face. He laughed and I stopped to look at him. He was so handsome and beautiful. I wasn't sure which word was most fitting. Or if either one of them were good enough. But I just couldn't seem to find any other words.
His green eyes were bright as he opened them back up again. His lips pulled back into a crooked smile and his eyebrows lifted.
"What exactly are you staring at Bella?" I heard his voice but wasn't sure I wanted to respond right away. His face was just so...captivating.
"You, Edward. I'm staring at you." My eyes kept darting around his face, and his cheeks began to redden.
"Edward Cullen, are you blushing? I thought only I did that." We laughed, and I kissed him again. He was chuckling against my lips, and the vibrations were sensational. I pushed my lips harder on his, and his parted. He licked my lower lip, and I let his tongue enter my mouth. We lay like that for who knows how long, in that same exact position. After a while, we pulled away from each other and stared into the other's eyes.
"I love you Bella." Edward's voice was smooth like velvet, yet the tone was strong.
"I love you too." I found it so odd, that even though we knew how much we loved each other, we still felt the need to voice it. Saying it out loud was like proof that all of this was real and not a dream.
I rolled off of Edward, and he stood up. He stuck his hand out for me to take, and he helped me up.
"Are we leaving so soon?" I was puzzled by his actions. We didn't have any other plans today, why couldn't we stay? He chuckled, and looked down at his watch.
"Bella love, I don't think I would use the term 'soon'. We've been here for over three hours." That seemed impossible, time went by so fast when I was with Edward.
"Why do we have to leave though? I thought we didn't have any other plans?" He smiled and took my hand, leading me towards the trees.
"The day of surprises isn't over yet love." I smiled, slightly afraid of what he had planned next. But then again, this last surprise was simply wonderful.
She was so intriguing, the was she was sometimes so oblivious as to what was going on. But then again, she could be so brilliant, and know more about me than I do.
As we were driving home, I held her hand and there wasn't much said. With Bella, we could say everything we had to, without saying anything at all. Silence speaks louder than words sometimes with her.
We pulled up to the house, and I turned the truck off. Bella got out of the car, and waited for me to come and meet her.
"Are Alice and Rose going to take me away soon?" Her voice was fearful and whiny. She sounded so cute.
"Unfortunately, Bella I believe they are. I'm sorry, I know you don't like it much. If it makes you feel any better, you look even more sexy than normal." I whispered the last sentence in her ear, and she gasped. It was such a lovely sound, and I would be sure to make it come out of her mouth more.
We entered the house, and Alice and Rose came bounding down the stairs. Bella groaned and I hugged her. She made a whimpering noise as Alice and Rose grabbed her arms, and led her up the stairs.
I hoped that Bella wouldn't be upset with this surprise. She was so unpredictable sometimes, that I never know exactly what her reaction would be. I hoped that she would enjoy this, though. If she didn't like it, I could always persuade her otherwise. I smiled to myself and went to go find my brother and best friend.
"Bella would you quit moving around. I'm gonna get eyeliner all over your face if you don't stop." Alice could be so annoying sometimes. But I still loved her and Rose like sisters all the time.
I stopped wiggling around, but I was just so nervous. What else could Edward have planned for tonight?
About an hour later, Alice and Rose said I was finished. I looked at myself in the mirror, and was astonished at what I saw. I was dressed in a light blue halter dress. It criss-crossed in the back, leaving my back nearly bare. It cut lower than what I would normally wear, slightly below my knee.
My make-up was done a little over the top. I had dark blue eye shadow and black eye liner. My lips were even redder and more full than normal, and I had very little blush on.
My hair was mostly up, with a few strands loose and lightly curled. I had small, midnight blue clips placed randomly throughout my hair.
Strangely, Alice and Rose were dressed up as well. Alice had a long, purple, spaghetti strap dress on, which really brought out the highlights in her hair. Her eyes were smoldering, with her lips glossy.
Rose was dressed as pretty much her usual self. She had a red, strapless dress on that cut mid-thigh. She had only red lipstick, not needing anything more.
I made my way downstairs, and Edward must have heard me coming. He came bounding around the corner, and was nearly out of breath when he stopped. His eyes were never staying in one place. He would look at my eyes, then move down my body. Then he would look at my hair, and then back at my eyes. While he was busy looking me over, I took the time to see what he was wearing. He had a white button down shirt on, with the top three buttons open, showing off a little of his chest. He had black slacks and dress shoes on. He looked
I continued walking down the stairs, and Edward met me and began steering me towards the door.
"Oh Edward, won't you at least let me take some pictures?" Esme came out of the dining room, holding a digital camera in her hand. Jasper and Emmett followed her out, and there were dressed very similar to Edward. They both had black slacks and shoes on, but Jazz had a dark blue shirt, and Emmett had a slightly cream color. They both also looked wonderful.
"Come on Edward. It's only a few pictures." He turned to face me, eyes wide with fear.
"You don't understand Bella. With Esme, it's never just a few pictures." I looked at him, and then over at Esme. She looked incredibly hurt.
"Oh please Edward, she looks so upset and you know how happy it would make her." He nodded his head, and Alice and Emmett groaned. There was suddenly a flash going off in the background.
About twenty minutes and over 100 pictures later, we were all leaving. Edward and I were in the Volvo, Jasper and Alice and were in the Porsche, and Rose and Emmett were riding in the Jeep. We figured it would just be easier to take separate cars, than all trying to fit into the Jeep.
Edward and I stopped by Charlie's house to say hello, and I still had no idea where we were going. We left Charlie's and then we drove over to the school.
"Edward, we're not going where I think we are, are we?" He laughed.
"Well Bella, if you think we're heading to prom, than you're correct." I moaned.
"Edward, why are we coming here?" He smiled and parked the car, as Alice and Emmett pulled in on either side of us.
"I thought it would be a nice surprise, and that we would have a good time. But if you don't like it, we can go back home." His voice fell on the last sentence, and I didn't want to upset him. So I opened my door and stepped out. Edward escorted me into the school's cafeteria. There was some slow song playing, and Edward instantly put his hands around my waist. My arms locked around his neck, and we began to sway.
"Now Edward, I make no promises that I won't step on you." He chuckled.
"Don't worry Bella, it's all in the leading. And I happen to be an excellent dancer if I don't say so myself." I laughed as the song ended. I suddenly felt a tapping on my shoulder, and turned around to see who it was.
"If you don't mind Edward, I would love a dance with Bella." Jasper was standing there, Alice standing with Emmett, and Rose waiting behind Edward.
He let go of me and I turned to Jasper. The song began, and Jasper and I began to dance.
"Well Bella, I want to say thank you once more. You really brought Edward back. It's been really great getting to know you and I look forward to learning more." I smiled back at him.
"I really love him Jasper, I'm sure just as much as you love Alice and Emmett loves Rose. He's a wonderful guy. You all are." He smiled and spun me around.
"Are you a Shakespeare fan Bella?" I was slightly startled by his question, but still answered in a calm voice.
"Actually I am Jazz. I think my favorite quote is from A Midsummer Night's Dream." I paused for a moment, and when I began speaking again, Jasper was talking with me.
"Love looks not with the eyes but with the mind; and therefore is winged cupid painted blind." We laughed, and the song ended.
"Am I that obvious?"
"No Bella, that is also my favorite quote." I gave him a look of surprise, and turned to face...Emmett.
"If you would share this dance with me Bella, I would be very happy." I laughed at him. He could be so strange sometimes. We began dancing, and this song was more upbeat. I was very relieved, for I was afraid that slow dancing with Emmett would result in me being on the ground.
"Than you Bella, for bringing my brother back." I chuckled, and he looked so hurt.
"Bella, I'm trying to explain how happy you've made our family, and you're laughing at me. I know I can be a little goofy sometimes, but right now I'm really being serious."
"No Emmett, it's just that Jasper said the same thing when I danced with him." He began mumbling something that sounded along the lines of "Well fine then Jazz. Beat me to everything why don't you." I laughed again and the song ended.
There was suddenly a pair of cool arms around my waist.
"Hello again love. I've missed you."
"Edward, we've been a part from each other for like five minutes." He began breathing into my neck.
"And that's five minutes far too long Bella." I smiled and he led me outside. There was a slight breeze and I shivered. Edward walked us over to the car, and pulled out a jacket. He handed it to me, and I kissed him as a thank you.
"Thank you Bella. For everything. You've brought so much light into my life, it's indescribable. I love you so much, and I want to spend the rest of my life with you." I gasped. I had pictured me marrying Edward before, but to hear him say it, was unbelievable. I
"I love you too Edward, so much. And I would love to spend the rest of my life with you." He leaned in and pressed his lips to mine. This moment would be one I would remember for the rest of my life. I was sure that Edward was the one, and looked forward to whatever obstacle was coming at us next.
Well there you have it. It's finally finished. Thank you so much for reading my story.
Oh, and the quote "SILENCE speaks louder than words" as far as I know, it comes from Nicole (Pandora).
Thank you once again for reading and reviewing.