Disclaimer: All things Twilight belong to the wonderful Stephenie Meyer. I just want to play with them for a while.

A/N: Okay, here's the compromise - an Epilogue instead of a sequel. btw it's all from Bella's POV. - Enjoy!

Chapter 8: Epilogue


"A Toast to the newlyweds!" someone on the other side of the room shouted. "To warm summer nights!" Another one shouted.

I looked at Edward in his black tuxedo before walking up to him and wrapping my arms around his waist while he embraced me in a warm hug. "It looks like that table over there is using this wedding to have their own little celebration," I giggled as we watched the group at the far end of the reception hall toast different occasions just to drink more.

"As long as we get to have our own 'celebration' later, I don't much care." Edward whispered into my ear as he nuzzled my neck, causing shivers of excitement to course down my spine. I still marveled at how lucky I was to have Edward in my life. He is absolutely the most wonderful person I have ever met. I still cannot believe it has only been seven months since we met at that Halloween costume party at the Eclipse.

"Getaroom" Emmett said quickly trying to disguise it as a cough. "Ouch!" he suddenly yelped as Rose smacked him upside the back of the head. I felt Edward's chest rumble with laughter at Emmett and Rose's antics as he lifted his head from my neck.

"I fully intend to." Edward replied, his green eyes smoldered as he lifted my left hand and kissed the diamond ring he had placed there just a short time ago. "Have I told you how much I love you?" He said as his eyes burned with the depths of his love for me.

"Yes, but I never tire of hearing it. Oh and did I mention… I love you." I said returning his love as I lifted my other hand to cup his cheek. He leaned his head into my hand and let out a content sigh.

"Okay you two, we get it. You're in looooovvve." Emmett laughed. This time, he ducked his head before Rose's hand could make contact with his head. As Rose's hand sped by, I noticed a flash of gold.

"Rose?" I questioned looking pointedly at her left hand and the simple wedding band she was sporting. I looked up at her with one eyebrow raised as a grin started to spread across my face. Rose looked at me and followed my gaze to her hand. She quickly hid her hand behind her back. Emmett quickly mimicked her movements as Alice, Jasper, Edward and I all suddenly looked at Rose and Emmett. Rose and Emmett looked down sheepishly, then at each other. They smiled at one another and shrugged before they turned and looked at the rest of us.

"We got hitched!" Emmett finally said as a blissful grin spread across his face. He turned his eyes back to Rose and looked at her lovingly while he pulled her into an embrace.

"What?" we all shouted almost in unison.

"Rosalie Hale!" Alice growled. "How could you do this to me? You didn't even let me plan your wedding." She said with a sad look on her face. Alice was our little planner and loved to throw a party. She begged like a mad woman until Edward and I consented to let her plan our wedding.

"She speaks." Edward laughed quietly in my ear upon hearing Alice's comments. Edward and I have made fun of Alice and Jasper on numerous occasions for all their 'wordless communication.' When we are around them, they just seem to spend most of their time staring at each other's eyes having conversations without speaking. Edward has taking to calling them the 'mental twins' because sometimes they are so into their little world that they will just get up in the middle of something and leave without saying anything to the rest of us; no explanations, to good-byes. Then, later they would insist that they had told us they were leaving and had said their good-byes. We thought for sure they would be the first ones to get married, but it looks like they will be the last.

"I'm sorry Alice, but you got Bella's wedding. That's something." Rose said apologetically. "Besides it was a spur of the moment thing." She said glancing at Emmett.

"Yeah, but Rose, you didn't even tell me and I'm family!" Jasper interjected.

"I know, but you are the first 'family' I've told." Rose said trying to sound bright.

"Can I at least do your reception?" Alice said with pleading eyes. "Please, please, please?" Rose and Emmett laughed and nodded. "Yeah!" Alice squealed clapping her hands excitedly.

"So… Give us the details. When did you get married?" I asked a little confused.

"Remember when we went down to Vegas last week for that body building competition?" Emmett asked. "I won by the way." he grinned. We all groaned and rolled our eyes. He'd only been telling us every second of every day that he'd won.

"Yeah, well… after Emmett's competition, he turned to me and said, 'Rose baby? I want you now and forever. Marry me.'" Rose said the last part in an imitation of Emmett's voice. Emmett hugged her and smirked.

"She couldn't get to the 'Chapel of Love' fast enough." Emmett chuckled as Rose lightly blushed.

"You dawg!" Edward laughed and hit fists with Emmett.

"So why didn't you tell us when you got back?" I asked.

"We didn't want to upstage today's events. We were planning on telling everyone tomorrow."

"Well, then… Congratulations!" I started to say as Edward joined me at the end. I hugged Rose while Edward slapped Emmett on the back.

"Oh, yeah!" Alice added. "I'm really happy for you!" she squealed.

"Welcome to the family!" Jasper said, shaking Emmett's hand.

I guess I wasn't too surprised by Emmett and Rose's announcement. Not when you consider that the night Rose met Emmett, they went home together and didn't 'surface' for 4 days. They moved in together 2 days later. To say I was a little shocked at how fast their relationship went was the understatement of the year. However, they are immensely happy together, and I can't imagine Rose with anyone else. Emmett and I have become quite close. He's become the big brother I never had.

When Emmett found out Rose owned a chop shop, he was speechless. But when he realized she actually did a lot of the mechanical work herself, he told her he would worship her forever. He even made a little scene of getting on his hands and knees, bowing up and down in front of her with in arms stretched overhead.

Rose, of course tried to play it cool when she found out Emmett managed a local chain of gyms, but her careful façade broke when Emmett promised to be her 'private' personal trainer. And just recently, the owner of the gyms offered Emmett a partnership in his company. I think it had something to do with Emmett wanting to open his own place. Emmett really knew his stuff and I think the owner realized if Emmett opened his own place, Emmett would give him some serious competition.

I looked over at Alice and Jasper who suddenly looked up at everyone after having one of their 'wordless' moments. "Well… since everyone is making announcements, we've got one too." Jasper said slyly.

"We're moving in together!" Alice squealed for the umpteenth time tonight in a way that only dogs could hear.

"Wow! That's great!" I said as I gave Alice a hug. Rose hugged Alice too as she expressed how happy she was.

"Dude!" Emmett said slapping Jasper so hard on the back it caused Jasper to lurch forward. Edward caught Jasper in a handshake as he steadied Jasper from Emmett's 'forceful' well wishing.

As Alice, Rose and I watched our guys banter back and forth, Rose turned to me and said, "Let me get a look at that ring, Bella. I just can't get enough of it."

"It truly is lovely and it really suits you, Bella. Didn't you say it was Edward's grandmother's ring?" Alice asked.

"Yes. A family heirloom; it belonged to his mother's mom, Elizabeth Mason." I said as I held my left hand out in front of me, admiring how the diamonds sparkled in the light.

"Hey, maybe Edward can help Emmett pick out something for me." Rose said with a smile. "Went we eloped, we just bought the rings provided at the wedding chapel. But Emmett wants to buy me a big ring and he wants it to be a surprise. So Bella, you be sure to tell Edward to advise Emmett, when it comes to a choice between a bigger rock or a better rock, always choose bigger." Rose whispered with a smirk.

"I'll be sure to let him know." I winked at Rose.

"Alice, I'm surprised you and Jasper are just getting around to moving in together?" Rose said turning to Alice.

"Well, I'm not." I interrupted. "Edward and I had a bet on when Jasper and Alice would move in together." I laughed.

"You bet on us?" Alice said, a little shocked.

"Yes, and I'm proud to say… I won!" I said puffing out my chest. "I told Edward that even though you and Jasper were joined at the hip and the mind, you wouldn't rush anything." I giggled and Rose joined me. "Edward thought you two would move in together after one month." I finished.

"You know me well, Bella." Alice smiled. "But the main reason we haven't moved in together is we haven't been able to find a place close to where we work that has big enough closets for all my clothes. I mean, I don't much care where we live as long as the closets are big." Alice said this like it was completely normal. I just chuckled and Rose gave Alice's shoulders a squeeze.

"Alice, you're priceless!" Rose laughed. Alice and Jasper are an interesting couple to say the least. Alice is so high energy all the time and Jasper is the epitome of laid back. But when they are together the affect they have on each other is amazing. Jasper just calms Alice, while Alice inspires an otherwise shy Jasper to be more outgoing.

Alice just opened her own dance studio that specializes in children's ballet, jazz and tap dance. The kids love her, since she's not much taller than her students are. She is such a little pixie! Jasper is a historian and specialized in historical document restoration. His secret passion is Civil War history and I've discovered that he's an even bigger bookworm than I am, and that's saying something.

"Dance with me, Love?" Edward said, suddenly in front of me with his hand held out for me to take. I looked up into his face and smiled as I took his hand.

"See you later ladies. I'm going to dance with my man." I shot over my shoulder to Rose and Alice as Edward led me out to the middle of the crowded dance floor.

"Are you enjoying yourself, love?" Edward asked as he pulled me into his arms and started to lead me around the dance floor.

"With you? Always." I said sweetly enjoying being in his arms as we twirled around the dance floor.

"You look incredible and that dress is simply stunning on you." He whispered in my ear. "I bet that dress will look even better on the floor tonight." He chuckled in my ear.

"Mr. Cullen, what are you insinuating?" I laughed in mock shock as I playfully hit his arm.

"Nothing we haven't already done, love." He purred in my ear causing my stomach to quiver. Suddenly he pulled away to look into my eyes. "Bella, sometimes I still can't believe you are mine. I feel like the love you've given me is most glorious gift in the world. I can't wait to start our lives together." Edward said in a voice rough with emotion as his eyes burned with his love for me. My eyes teared up at his declaration. When Edward asked me to marry him, it was the happiest day of my life. We went sailing on his boat and enjoyed a candlelight dinner. As we were enjoying the sun setting over the ocean, he got down on one knee, declared his love for me and asked for my hand in marriage. His words were really quite old-fashioned, even if he wasn't. I cried and told him yes, as he hugged me and twirled me around covering my face in sweet kisses.

To say that we are happy doesn't do it justice. I was continually in awe that someone as wonderful as Edward is mine. After we met at that Halloween party, we have been inseparable. I was so proud of Edward when he made partner last month at the law firm he works at. When he asked me to marry him, the women his law offices were quite disappointed to say the least. His secretary, Jessica still sends me death glares whenever I visit Edward at his office, which is at least once a week. Part of me really likes annoying her.

Jessica was never really a threat, but when I met Tanya, one of the paralegals at his firm, I was nervous. She was tall, leggy, and gorgeous with long strawberry blonde hair. However, Edward has assured me that he prefers brunettes. Tanya has made it clear whenever she gets the chance to let Edward know of her desire to 'hook-up' with him. Nevertheless, he has made it clear to her he's not interested. He confessed to me that he has a hard time being around her because she's so cold and calculating. She reminds me of an incubus or a man-eating predator. Edward tries to act stern with me when I refer to her as the 'predator'. I think secretly he loves my jealous side, even if it is unfounded, as he likes to remind me. Lately Tanya has backed off her advances toward Edward. I think that after he threatened to file a complaint with the Human Resources department citing sexual harassment and creating a hostile work environment because of her constant innuendos, she finally took the hint.

Edward was surprised to find out I was a professor a private university in the area teaching English and creative writing. He's been to some of my lectures, but tends to get jealous of some of the students who like to flirt. I assure him that there's nothing to worry about and that those students are harmless. They are probably hoping that flirting with me will give them a better grade, but he disagrees with me on that point. He tends to get a little jealous and protective. I've told him he can't visit my classes unless he can rein in his jealous monster. Secretly, I love that he gets jealous and wants to protect me. Edward has also been my biggest cheerleader in encouraging me to publish some of my own work. I'm currently writing a book.

As soon as the song we were dancing to ended, the wedding planner motioned to Edward to join her. He laced his fingers through mine as we walked off the dance floor.

"Mr. Cullen, I believe it is time to attend to some official wedding duties at this reception." She said as she eyed Edward appreciatively. Edward gently squeezed my hand as he felt me stiffen a little. "Are you ready?" She asked sweetly.

"Certainly, Miss Johnson." Edward responded politely as we walked toward the microphone at the head table. I stood off to the side as Edward cleared his throat into the microphone. Miss Johnson handed Edward and me our glasses of Champaign.

"Hello, everyone!" Edward started as he greeted everyone in the room. "I would be remiss in my duties as best man if I didn't get up and say something to the happy couple today." The room quieted down upon hearing Edward start his speech.

"When Tyler first started working at the law firm with me, I knew he was a wonderful guy who deserved to have someone special in his life. Little did I know I would meet that someone special for Tyler 7 months ago at the same party that I met my fiancé. However, when my Bella suggested that I introduce Tyler to Mike, realized they were perfect for each other. So, here we stand as witnesses to their love for each other. I hope you two are as happy as Bella and I are and that your love withstands the tests of time. To the happy couple; to Tyler and Mike." Edward finished by raising his glass in a toast as the rest of the room raised their glasses to the newlyweds.

After the toast, Tyler gave Edward a quick embrace followed by Mike, before Edward turned to me and wrapped his arms around my waist, kissing me on the cheek.

"Only two more months and it's our turn." I whispered in Edwards's ear. He tightened his arms around me as he kissed me behind my ear.

"It can't come soon enough for me." Edward said in my ear before pulling away to look in my eyes. "Do you think Alice would mind too much if we followed Rose and Emmett's example and eloped instead?" He said with a mischievous look on his face.

But before I could respond, we heard the evil pixie herself shout from across the room. "I heard that you two! Don't! You! Dare!" We laughed as we saw a fierce Alice glaring at us.

"Quick love, let's go before she kills us!" Edward said grabbing my hand as we made a mad dashed for the door, laughing.

"Love me forever?" I said, looking up at Edward as he held the door open for me.

"Always and forever." He said as he pulled me through the door and into his arms kissing me soundly.

the end

a/n: I feel kind of silly putting 'the end' here. I don't know why... but oh well.

A/N: Okay, NOW it is officially over :) with lots of fluff! I decided to compromise and give you all an Epilogue. I enjoyed writing this story and wanted to give it the happy ending it deserved before I moved onto other stories.

Of course, the only thing I enjoyed more was all the wonderful reviews I received. So here's a shout-out to all those who reviewed. Your comments and praise really made my day. I have a few readers I want to give a special shout-out too… Loulabelle – Thank-you for mentioning this story in your story. So be sure to check out her story 'Freedom and Fun'.

I also want to thank the following people for writing multiple reviews of my story and giving me lots of constant praise. It certainly didn't go unnoticed! Thanks to…. Loulabelle, sha56, Sohpia24, SarcasticProcrastinator-AMLF, Angel1066, goldeneyedfanpire, twilightobession, TriGemini, justanotherditzyredhead, Mrs. Alice Jonas, BriaBeth, FancyJumper, Angel1066, xPAMMyxProductionsx, PortableSwamp (btw, I love that name!), orbibluver, voldemortperfumes, abachochee, bleedinglove93, Cullen17, Twilight2010, and last but certainly not least punkiemisti. If I missed a name, I apologize. It certainly wasn't intentional! Of course I would certainly be remiss if I didn't thank my wonderful husband for reading my story and giving suggestions. THANKS DEAR! :p

Now, I've got some other stories I want to develop. I hope that I will have something up by this weekend. :) Thanks again for reading and reviewing! - SavageWoman