Ok, so this thought popped into my head one day, what would Edward and Bella's wedding be like if Alice had allowed them to go to Vegas. Originally started out as a one shot, but kinda grew, so it's going to be about five or six chapters. I've got the first four done and I've started on five. Feedback will be greatly appreciated so I can adjust and add to what I've already done with suggestions.
BTW, I'm not Stephenie Meyer, nor do I claim to be. All characters are hers. Thanks for letting us play with them a bit.
I groaned in frustration once again. Alice had "kidnapped" me for the afternoon while we waited on Edward, Emmett and Jasper to come home from hunting so we could start work on wedding details. I knew my eyes must be glazing over. She wanted to have details to share with Edward when he got home but I wasn't cooperating. The only thing I wanted was an arsenal of excuses as to why Vegas would be so much better than this.
I knew Alice was calling my name but I was too far gone to respond yet.
"Bella." This time I registered the hand waving in front of my face.
"Where are you? I've been trying to get your attention."
"Ohhh…" I quickly pulled my mind together and reluctantly looked across the table to my future sister in law. "You wanted to show me something?"
Between the two of us on the large dinning room table every imaginable wedding magazine and book Alice could have managed to get her hands on was spread out and open to random pages with sticky notes sticking out of some to mark pages. Most of the books I had found out belonged to Rosalie. Of course, she had already had several weddings and Edward was sure that after the spectacle Alice was going to put on for us, Rosalie would need to one up with another ceremony of her own.
"Yes…Here look at this, ohh and here is another idea and I thought this was cute too."
Alice started shoving books across the table. "What exactly am I looking at this time?" I knew I was whining, but really, we'd been at this for hours. My brain was numb and I really couldn't tell the difference between all the variations of floral arrangements, invitations and decorations Alice was throwing my way.
I snuck a look at my watch. Any minute, Edward had said they would be home by five, it was now a quarter till. At that moment even I heard the front door open and the laughter of Edward and his brothers filtered through the house. I shot a glance across the table, Alice was just as thrilled to have Jasper home. We both raced, her much faster than I, from the room to meet them in the living room.
Alice and Jasper were already caught up in one of their silent conversations. Emmett was heading up the stairs calling out for Rosalie and there was my Edward, waiting on me.
I breathed a sigh of relief to see him standing there. It never got real easy when he left, but I was getting better at not hurting so much when he was gone for these short trips, or showing how much I bothered me. Soon, very soon if things went my way, I would be able to go on those trips with him.
Edward was in front of me in the blink of an eye and had me wrapped in his arms, his lips pressed against mine. I stopped breathing for a second. The suddenness of his movement had startled me, then my brain caught up with my body and I wrapped my arms around his neck and held him to me.
He gradually parted from our kiss and buried his face in my hair and breathed in. "I've missed you. I couldn't wait to get home."
I smiled and looked up into his now light golden eyes. They were smoldering with a different kind of thirst than that of for blood. "You have no clue…..I have never been happier to have you home."
Edward smiled at my remark. I had grown quiet accustomed already to referring to the white mansion in the woods as home. I was sure if Edward's heart could flutter it would have every time I made that remark, I knew it always put a smile on his face.
Edward released me from his hold and grabbed my hand as he led me toward one of the long white couches. Alice and Jasper had long disappeared. He settled himself in the corner and pulled me to his lap. I curled up there resting my head on his shoulder. Even though his chest was hard as stone and cold as ice, it was the most comfortable place in the world to me, to be snug up against him. I felt the warmest and the safest here.
Edward sighed and ran his hand through my hair. "So, what have you and Alice been up to this afternoon?" Edward chuckled to himself as I groaned AGAIN for the millionth time it seemed in a few hours.
"Please, just put me out of my misery. I swear Alice has been summoned from some kind of hell on earth to torture me with wedding details. I guess immortality gives you an infinite amount of patience, but well, I just don't have that much reserve."
Edward was silent for a few moments. I moved my head so I could look into his face to see what he was thinking.
"This whole wedding planning and actual wedding ceremony, whole nine yards thing is really getting to you isn't?"
I felt slightly ashamed. Edward deserved me to be a bit better about the whole thing, but it just wasn't in me really to be the star of some big event. I nodded my head as I blushed slightly.
Edward smiled slightly at my blush. He caressed my cheek. "What's the blush for this time?" he mused aloud.
"I feel bad about not totally being into this whole wedding planning, but really, it's just not me. Isn't it enough that I've agreed to actually get married? Can we not have a huge event about it? The only thing that could possibly happen if I'm put in the center of attention on a big event is my injury somehow." I was whining and begging, but if I needed to I would grovel.
Edward stared into my eyes for a few moments continuing to stroke my cheek then my hair. "We can always do Vegas, I promised that once and you turned it down."
I deflated a bit. "I know, I know, I just…..I wanted to give Alice the opportunity, and I know the whole traditional ceremony and having our family there means a lot to you, but honestly…." A thought suddenly stuck me, well it had been brewing for a while, but now was the opportune moment to mention it to Edward. I paused for a moment gathering my nerves. "You know, she could come with us, who says we had to be the only two that go, your family could come, Charlie and Renee and Phil, it could be a small event. But all of us. It doesn't have to be at some cheesy place, they have nice little chapels in some of the larger hotels."
Edward gave me a quizzical look. "Seems as if you have put a lot of thought into that last statement."
"Well, I have been stuck here all day with Alice and her wedding planning books. My mind tended to wander." I gave him what I hoped was a dazzling smile. Maybe if I could dazzle him I could get my way. That's what he did to me all the time. It wasn't fair that the dazzling worked only one way.
He thought about it for a moment. "You sure? She could still manage to go overboard, this is Alice were talking about."
"I heard that!! And if you wanted to discuss sneaking off to Vegas without me, you should not have done it in the house!" Alice yelled from somewhere upstairs. "Besides. I've seen it already, it'll be lovely, just a intimate family affair."
I smiled real big then. "That settles it, Vegas it is."
Charlie had never been totally happy with the whole, his little girl is getting married at 18 and I don't think he had totally forgiven Edward for leaving before either. So, when I came home to let him know that we had moved the date of the wedding up to this upcoming weekend and that we were all going to make a family trip to Vegas, the silent treatment I received for most of the evening was expected. I knew he would need his time to work through the idea.
I heard the front door open and then Charlie coming down the hallway to the kitchen. I hoped by making his favorite meal he might unfreeze a bit.
"That smells wonderful Bells." He had hung up his coat and gun belt and was now looking over my shoulder. "What's the occasion? I only get the royal treatment on special days."
I shifted slightly nervous, one from the question and two from his proximity. Could cops smell fear? Edward had said once that vampires could if the fear was strong enough. I shook the thought from my head.
"Nothing, no occasion. Can't I cook a nice meal for my dad? Besides, I won't be here cooking for you much longer." I could have smacked myself for the last statement. It was out before I could stop it. This was not going to help my case. I heard Charlie muttering under his breath as he turned and walked away.
Charlie went to catch the news while I finished up dinner. I quickly set the table, giving Charlie a large helping to hopefully soften him up a bit. Maybe with a full tummy he wouldn't be in the mood to argue so much.
A short while later he leaned back in his chair and threw his napkin on his plate. "That was great Bells."
"Thanks Dad." I mumbled into my plate. I was still pushing most of my dinner around on the plate with my fork.
"You're as nervous as a cat in a room full of rocking chairs. What's up Bells? Are you getting cold feet about the wedding? You know, you don't have to do this so soon." He sounded hopeful at his last comment.
I sighed and placed my fork down and looked up at Charlie who was eyeing me suspiciously, but with a gleeful look in his eyes. I'm sure if Edward was here he would be cringing at the thoughts my dad was having. I'm sure they revolved around us pushing the wedding back indefinitely. I was about to burst his bubble.
"No, Dad. I'm not getting cold feet I'm certain about Edward."
"Oh." He set his chair back down on all four legs and got up to take his plate to the sink.
He didn't probe me further knowing I would finish when I got ready.
"Actually, it is about the wedding though."
"We're not pushing the date back." The silence hung in the air as Charlie had his back to me as he rinsed his plate.
"Actually, we're moving it up a bit. Kinda like to this weekend." I rushed out the last bit.
I heard the plate clang in the sink as Charlie lost his grip on it. I saw his neck turn red and then purple and I waited for it to go back to a light shade of red. Eventually he turned around.
"This weekend?" His voice was cautiously calm. "What's the big rush? Isn't ten weeks enough of a rush? You're not pregnant now are you?"
"NO! Not pregnant dad! I'm still a…..you know." I stammered a bit as I turned five shades of red now. I cleared my throat hoping to be able to continue "Anyway, well…….you know me. I'm not one for a big production. I was getting claustrophobic trying to plan that big wedding. Edward had promised whatever I wanted I could have. So, I've pulled a trump card and we're going to Vegas."
Charlie's face started to flame again. I had to stop him before he blew his blood pressure through the roof. "Wait! Wait! It's not just the two of us. It's going to be a family event. All the Cullens, Mom, Phil and you. We'll all fly in on Friday afternoon and Saturday evening we'll have the ceremony. I am giving Alice that much freedom. To take care of the details. Actually, her and Jasper are leaving Wednesday. Tomorrow."
I waited for Charlie to say something. Anything. He just stared for a moment before heading off towards the living room mumbling on the way, "going to watch the game."
I sighed and put my head in my hands. At least he hadn't yelled. But he hadn't said much of anything either. I got up and started to wash the dishes. I stopped in the middle of scrubbing a pan when the phone rang.
"I got it Dad."
I dried my hands and answered the phone. "Hello"
"Hey, it's me. So, have you told him yet?" It was Edward. I smiled at the concern in his voice. He knew how nervous I had been when I had left his house to come home.
"Yeah, and he didn't go through the roof over it, but he isn't exactly talking either. He just stalked off into the living room."
"Do you want me to come over?"
I really did. I really really wanted to be with Edward. However that would not include cuddle time, it would involve us either sitting in the kitchen or having to sit on opposite sides of the living room with Charlie eyeing us suspiciously.
I lowered my voice so Charlie couldn't hear. I knew no matter how low I whispered Edward would understand, super sensitive vampire hearing. "No, just wait till later. I need to stay here tonight as well, even if it's in silence. He's only going to have me in his house for like three more nights."
"I understand. I'll see you later once he's gone to bed." I smiled.
"Ok, later. Bye. I love you."
"Love you too." And with that I heard the click of the call disconnecting.
I decided I would suffer through an evening of baseball, just to spend the time with Charlie.
I picked up a book on the way into the living room and settled myself into the recliner.
"Bells, you don't even like baseball, what are you doing?"
"Just wanted to spend time with you."
Charlie eyed me warily and then just sunk down into the couch further. I could tell he was having a really hard time with the concept that I would be married in less than a week now instead of the weeks we had originally.
We spent the next few hours in silence as he watched the sports channel. Every now and then I caught him looking in my direction. Eventually the game ended.
Charlie got up and stretched and made a production of yawning when the game was over. I sat the book I was reading down and looked up at him.
"Well, I guess I better go to bed." I just nodded. "Night Bells." He turned to head up the stairs.
"Hmmm?" he stopped and turned towards me again.
"Are you really upset? I mean like mad at me. It was my idea to go to Vegas."
He lowered his head for a moment and sighed before looking back at me returning to sit on the end of the couch closest to where I was in the recliner.
"Bells, I'm not mad. I guess I just got thrown for a loop. It's been hard enough knowing I was going to lose you at the end of the summer to college, and then well….you and Edward spring the wedding on me. I thought I had more time to prepare."
"We'll be back to Forks. We won't be leaving for college till the end of August." I mentally cringed at the lie I was telling my dad. Yes, we would be back in Forks. I would do that. I would spend the rest of my summer here a newlywed. When we leave in August it won't be for college, it'll be so I can join the Cullen family permanently.
"I know…just I'm fine. I'll be there, don't worry about that." He patted my knee to reassure me. "So, when are we leaving?"
"Ummm, not sure. I guess I'll get the plane tickets from Alice before her and Jasper leave tomorrow."
"Ok, well I'm going to bed. See you tomorrow."
I sighed and slumped into the recliner thinking for a while. That wasn't too bad. Charlie would be ok and I'd get to spend the rest of the summer here and he would see how happy I was with Edward and then maybe it wouldn't be so bad for him when I left. Knowing how happy I was. Plus, if things went well on our wedding night, I would get a bit more of Edward while I was still human as well. So, really everyone was getting a bit of what they wanted. Charlie was still getting time with me before I left, for me time with Edward and for Edward me as a mortal and his bride. This was going to work well all the way around.
I made my way up the stairs to my room. I could hear Charlie snoring across the hall already. I walked into my room not turning on the lights knowing exactly where my pajamas and my bathroom bag was. I let out a small gasp when I saw the rocking chair move slightly. Edward was already waiting on me. I smiled as I made my way over and he held his arms open so I could sit on his lap. He pulled me close and his lips met mine. My heart skipped a few beats as Edward let our kiss intensify a little more than usual. I snaked my hands up his chest and around his neck and held him as close and as tight as I could. Edward laughed lightly at the pouty face I made at him when he pulled away.
"I was enjoying that."
"Me too, however…"
"I know, I know boundaries. Well, you better be working on letting them down, you don't have ten weeks anymore, you have four days. We'll be married in four days. I still expect you to keep up your end of the deal."
Edward sighed and looked at me. "I know. I figured you would remind me of that."
"Of course." I smirked back at him.
"So, what about the other agreement, besides your ridiculous obsession with your hormones?"
"Oh, you mean, you changing me?"
Edward nodded. "Will you want that sooner as well?" I could tell it was burning him up a bit to think he was going to have even less time with me human.
"No….no that can wait. I can give you and Charlie that much. I told Charlie tonight he would still have me around this summer in Forks it's just I'll be a married woman a bit longer before leaving. We can stick to our original plan of leaving for college at the end of August."
Edward smiled at that thought. "Good. I didn't want to take your humanity, your blush so soon." He stroked my cheek as he spoke.
I blushed at his comment. Whenever he mentioned my uncontrollable display of my emotions it always caused my cheeks to flame. Emmett had figured out that my blush was a bit of turn on for Edward so he used it often to taunt him. One night it got so bad that Edward had to order him to stop.. Then I blushed even harder and went to hide in the garage for a while that night.
"You know……." I decided I would do my own bit of taunting, "if things work out pretty well on Saturday night you know after the ceremony, which I'm sure despite your pessimism will, I might get a bit more of my wish as well……" I trailed off as I leaned forward to kiss Edward. He just groaned as my kisses left his mouth and I made my way down his throat. He eventually pushed me back slightly so I could frown at him again.
"Bella….." I could hear the frustration and warning in his voice.
"Fine, fine….you think I'm going to explode now, you just wait…." I got up and started to dig around the foot of my bed for my pajamas and stalked off to grab my bathroom bag. Before I could get it Edward had it in his hands and holding it out of my reach.
"I'm sorry, it's just, you try so hard sometimes to undermine my control."
"You have the control of a rock." I mumbled.
"No I don't and you are better than you think at making me want to lose what little I have. But we can't afford that. I don't want to hurt you."
I sighed and dropped my pajamas as I wrapped my arms around his waist. "You won't because you don't want to. I trust you. Completely. I promise. I'll behave myself till then ok?"
"You don't have to behave or apologize or anything. I want to be with you as much as you seem to want to be with me, but I never, ever want to hurt you. I couldn't live with myself if I did. Intentionally or unintentionally."
"I know, that's why I trust you. Now, can I have my stuff back? I need to go and take a cold shower now."
I picked up my pajamas off the floor and Edward gave me my bag back.
"I'll be waiting on you when you get back."
I nodded and gave him a quick kiss before heading off to the bathroom.