This is the incredibly long awaited epilogue. I know this should have been out a long time ago. I won't blame anyone who was following this story to just completely skip over this. I didn't like my writing style and I got discouraged. Life got busy and things got in the way. My writing has had time to mature (not that I'm claiming I write spectacularly or anything. I'm still very out of practice) so I think I'm ready to give fanfiction another go.
After the night at prom, Edward had come forward with two propositions I would have to accept if I wanted him to be the one to change me. For the first proposition, Edward wanted me to wait until school was over for the summer so that taking me away on a "vacation" would be more readily accepted. This would be a vacation I would never return from of course. The plan was to tell Charlie I was going on a two month trip to Switzerland with the Cullen family and in reality we would be headed for Alaska where it would be easier for me to cope with my first few years of being a newly transformed vampire. After much persuasion, I managed to convince Edward to allow me to keep Charlie and my mom in my life. I would inform Charlie that I had been accepted into an elite school in Switzerland where I would finish out my high school career and then I would be attending a college there as well. When Edward believed I had complete control of myself I would be allowed to visit Charlie. My new appearance would half be chalked up to my extended absence and half to a Swiss special surgery (one that I had to have after a terrible accident). I accepted this condition without much fuss. The second condition however, I was much less keen on. Edward insisted that if he was to personally change me, marriage would come first.
Edward brushed his thumb carefully across my cheek as he tried to educate me on the variety of wildflowers blooming in the meadow. For the first several names, I was attentively listening and trying to memorize the information. However, I soon lost interest in the wildlife and instead half listened as I instead focused on the feeling of his cold thumb brushing ever so softly against my skin.
"Bella," Edward began. I turned slightly to see him after hearing the peculiar tone in his voice. "I have one last condition if you want me to be the one to turn you." I frowned feeling like I was in a similar situation to the popular children's book If you Give a Mouse A Cookie. If you give Edward one condition… he'll likely try to stall you from becoming a vampire for several months. If you give him two…. I mentally shuddered and steeled myself. I would not wait any longer than what I had already agreed to. Edward seemed to notice where my thoughts were headed. "I'm not trying to stall you any longer Bella," he nervously chuckled. "I've promised you forever and I intend to keep my promise. I just want to make sure all the bases are covered when I call you mine." I stared at him questioningly not yet understanding what he could possibly be hinting at. I belonged to him mind, body, and soul. A gust of wind blew through the meadow making the flowers sway and pulling my hair into my face. When I managed to tuck the strands securely behind my ears, Edward had moved to kneel in front of me."I'm going to spend the rest of my forever with you, Bella. That's already been decided, but as part of that forever I'd also like to be able to call you my wife. Isabella Marie Swan I have loved you from the moment I met you and I will love you until the day I die. You've made my dark existence worth living. Without you, my life would be void of meaning. Would you do me the honor of becoming my wife?" I couldn't utter a word. Marriage? I had never thought I would be the girl to get married. After all, my parents' didn't exactly work out very well. Its purpose seemed out dated and useless to me. Why did I need a piece of paper to tie me to the one I loved? "What?" I finally managed to choke out.
"It can happen here before we leave. Charlie and Renee would be able to see you one more time at an events most parents don't want to be absent from. It's a chance for you to get a little closer from the friends and family you'll be leaving behind for awhile. You don't know when you'll be able to see them again." I could tell he wasn't telling the whole truth. With a little thought, it wasn't difficult to realize what he was omitting.
"You're still concerned about my soul!" He sighed and took my hands in his.
"Bella, I don't want to risk your soul. If there's anything I can do to better your chances I'm going to do it. Besides," he smirked. "I'm old-fashioned. Are you really that opposed to being my wife?" If this would ease his mind, who was I to deny him. It's not like I was completely opposed to becoming his wife… and Alice would have a ball planning the wedding. My mom and Charlie would disapprove of course, but Edward was right. It would be a good opportunity for my farewells. "Please," Edward interrupted my train of thought bringing me back to the situation. "Say something."
"Edward," I leaned forward so our lips were only inches apart. "I would be honored to be your wife." He crushed his lips to mine pulling me close. One of his hands tangled into my hair and the other lay against my cheek. My arms snaked around his neck trying to get rid of nay space between us. Our lips moved in sweet synchrony. I wanted to freeze time. To stay forever in this perfect moment, just the two of us melding into one another as if we could become one body. All too soon Edward pulled away knowing my need for air was growing. I rested my head against his breathing heavily. "There's still one thing we have to do," I told him laughing at the thought. "You have to tell Charlie." Edward smiled and pulled me gently to my feet. "He might shoot you."
"I guess it's a good thing I'm bulletproof," he mused as he lifted me in his arms. I simply nodded in agreement.
"We are gathered here today to celebrate the joining of these two in holy matrimony," Emmett spoke. He had begged Edward and I to allow him to perform the wedding until we couldn't say no. Emmett winked at me and I smiled in return as he finished reading through the required words. Edward and I spoke our vows and Emmett declared us man and wife. Edward didn't bother waiting for his brother's cue. Instead, he swept me off my feet and kissed me with a passion that made me forget everything but him. I pulled him closer and kissed him back with equal vigor. The sound of someone cat calling broke us out of our moment and I blushed at our forwardness. Edward chuckled at my reaction and pulled me close. "How are you feeling Mrs. Cullen?"
"I'm wonderful, husband." Edward grinned and kissed the top of my head. Edward led me to the dance floor where I swayed on the tops of his feet to our first dance song. He then passed me off to Charlie so we could share a father daughter dance. As the music began I gripped Charlie closer to me trying to keep from crying. There was no denying how much I would miss my dad. "Dad?" I managed to choke out in a half sob. He pulled away slightly to see me.
"Yes Bells?" His eyes were watery with unshed tears.
"I want you to know that I love you. No matter what happens or where I go, I don't want to ever forget how much you mean to me." He looked slightly confused but nodded.
"I love you too, Bells. I'll still be here when you get back." I swallowed. Lying to him wasn't easy. I didn't trust myself to speak so I forced out a smile instead and held him close as the song ended.
Saying goodbye to my friends and mom wasn't any easier. Leaving them all to believe they'd see me in a few months was harder than I had imagined. Soon it was time for me to leave them behind. I hugged everyone one last time before Alice whisked me away to change into a dress more suitable for traveling. When Alice deemed me pretty enough, she walked me down stairs to where Edward was waiting by his car. "Ready?" His question was his way of giving me one last chance to change my mind on becoming like him. I took one last look at my parents and took his hand. I had never quite fit into my human life. I was always out of place, an outsider. When I met Edward it all came together. I was made to be by his side forever. The hole in my heart from leaving my human life would be filled by the love from the perfect man I had just married. I took a deep breath and let it out slowly.
"I'm ready." I got in the car and closed the door on my human life. Our next stop would be Isle Esme for a human honeymoon. It would be my last human experience before my life as a vampire would begin. Edward climbed into the car after me and took my hand. I smiled at him nervous but ready for alone time with him. There was finally nothing left to stand in our way. What could possibly go wrong on an island all to ourselves after all?
There it is. The end. Please forgive any grammar mistakes. I wanted to write this all in one go and get it uploaded before I put it off again. Thanks for sticking with the story. I appreciate it more than you know.