A/N: So this is it!! The last stop on this crazy train called Meded Hearts! WOW! What a fun ride it has been! Hopefully this ties up all loose ends that were out there! I really really really really appreciate all the great reviews you guys have given me!! Someone asked me in a review during the last chapter if there was going to be a sequel to this story. At this time I'm going to say no. My next story will be up soon and I'm not done writing that yet. I am not the type of person that can handle two stories at once...so...I am going to stick with Beaches of Life for now and once that is over I might revisit the idea of a sequel!!
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So I hope everyone had a great and wonderful holiday season! Here is a to a New Year!! Enjoy the last chapter and thanks again for all of your reviews!!!
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6 Months Later
"Bella…LET'S GO! We are going to be Laaattteee." Alice barked up the stairs to our bedroom.
I sighed our bedroom. Just the thought sent my mind spiraling into the depths of ecstasy that was had in the confines of these four walls.
Jacob and Melanie were thrown into jail. After my assault the Rush police department contacted the Seattle police department about Jacob only to find he was wanted for several warrants. More than four girls had come forward with stories of abuse and rape. I was upset and sad that Jacob had turned into such a monster, but you can't save everyone. Right? His time served would be split between New York state and Washington state. He was in for several years of prison.
Melanie was serving eight months behind bars for her little escapade on the dark side. Once out of jail she was not allowed within 1,000 feet of Edward or myself. I was relieved that the text messages and emails had finally stopped and hoped Melanie could just move on once she was out of jail.
Edward viewed taking care of me as a full time job after the incident. He insisted I stay with him for at least a month after I was released from the hospital. I happily obliged that request. He worked mostly from home only leaving to go to job sites for a few hours at a time.
My house was completed two months later and Edward and I had a serious discussion about me moving back in there. Our decision was mutual that I would live with him, but I didn't want to sell my house. I wanted to be able to go there and work if I needed to or just sit in the living room if I wanted to. So Jasper, Em and Edward sat down with me and drew up a contract to buy the house from me with a clause included that stated I could use it anytime I wanted. They kept it up as their model restoration home to show potential clients. They filled the inside with before and after pictures that all of us had taken at some point in time.
Shortly after that contract was drawn up and signed the County Historical Society contacted Edward about the house. They found after several records searches that the house was a landmark for the Underground Railroad. They asked if a special plaque could be placed in front of the house and if they could take tours through the house several times a year. Edward, Jasper and Emmett agreed happily.
I was pleased with the way things had turned out. I loved my house from the second I stepped foot in it, but there was something about Edward's house that made me feel like I was home. I was drawn to it and it sucked every fiber of my being in.
"BELLA" Alice shouted now while her tiny feet stomped up the stairs.
I shook my head to clear my thoughts and hurried into the closet. "I'm coming Alice" I huffed out in annoyance.
"This night is obviously important Bella. Not just for me and Rose, but for you too and you are taking your sweet time getting ready." Alice chided as she flitted around our closet searching for something that I would most likely not want to wear.
"Alice" I whined as she held out a red dress. "Edward likes me in blue." She giggled slightly and shook her head as she pulled out a navy blue dress.
I nodded my head in approval as I slipped the dress over my head. "Now let's go before we are seriously late."
"Alright" I sighed as I slipped on some strappy blue heels that matched the dress. I was thankful that my hair and makeup had been done earlier in the day.
Alice led me down the stairs and out to Rose's car. We were speeding off down the highway in no time. My mind began to drift to Edward. I hadn't seen him all day and I couldn't even fathom what he, Jasper and Emmett had planned.
Rose and Alice were eerily quiet also. The question and wonder hung in the car like a thick fog. The fact that they asked us to meet them at the scene of our very first triple date left me in an answerless lurch. I couldn't even imagine what they had planned.
Alice huffed impatiently as we pulled into the parking lot. "Alice you need to relax" Rose scoffed. We were all a little moody and impatient at the evening to come.
"I know this is going to be a big night you guys. I can feel it…I…I can sense it's going to be big." Alice rushed with her words as Rosalie put the car in park.
We all climbed out of the car and made our way to the front door of the restaurant. I glanced around the parking lot and noticed there were hardly any cars around. "Are you sure you got the time right Alice?"
"Yes Bella. Why?"
"There are like four cars in the parking lot. I wonder what's up with that?"
Rose and Alice both shrugged their shoulders after glancing at the cars and moved forward towards the front door of the establishment.
We stepped into the restaurant and immediately my senses were assaulted with a variety of stimuli. The scent of the food was so enticing it made my mouth water. The room was dimly lit with thousands of candles scattered around the restaurant. Gentle chords of what sounded like a violin were swirling around my head. I was immediately at ease and my questions were the furthest thing from my mind.
"Good evening ladies" The host smiled. "Right this way please." He stepped away from the podium and led us into the main dining room, which only had one table set up. The rest of the tables were moved to create space for a dance floor. There were several musicians at the far end of the room, but the violinist was the only one playing. As we got closer to the table Edward, Jasper and Emmett all stood from the table with beaming smiles.
I walked quickly to Edward returning his smile with a broad one of my own. He quickly enveloped me with his arms and whispered, "you look absolutely stunning. I love that color on you."
I pulled back slightly and whispered my thanks and he gave me a quick kiss. He kept his arm around me as I surveyed the room around us. It dawned on me that there were no other customers.
"Did you guys rent the whole restaurant out?"
"Yes" he replied sheepishly as Alice and Rose looked around in awe.
"This must be a very special occasion," Alice chirped as she winked at me.
"It certainly is" Jasper replied as he held a seat out for Alice. Edward and Emmett followed suit. We settled into comfortable conversation as the wine flowed and one delicious course of food followed another.
A comfortable silence fell over the six of us as we finished our main course. I decided now would be a good time to bring up what this occasion is all about.
"So…" I started as everyone looked up from their plates. "Are you gentlemen going to tell us what this evening is about?"
Edward grinned and said, "how about we dance first?"
I nodded as he stood and held his hand out for me to join him. The others joined us immediately and soon we were all twirling around the make shift dance floor to a beautifully orchestrated version of Debussy's Clair de Lune.
Edward hummed soothingly in my ear as he pulled me around. He rested our hands on his heart and I could feel the erratic thumping. "Are you nervous about something?" I whispered as I looked up through my lashes as his perfect features.
His face flashed with worry momentarily before his mouth twisted into that perfect lopsided grin that I adored. "Nope" he replied simply.
The last chords of the song hung in the air as the boy's led us back to the table. We all took a seat as the waiter brought out our desserts. There were three plates and each one had two forks. I smiled at the rather large piece of chocolate cake in front of me and looked at Edward who was staring at Jasper with large eyes. Emmett seemed to be into this silent conversation too. I chuckled lightly at whatever tricks they had up their sleeve and grabbed a fork.
I reached my fork up to slice through the cake when I noticed what looked like a real gemstone flower in the middle of the frosting. "Hey what's that?" I asked as I looked up at Edward who was beaming down at me. I looked over at Rose's confused expression and then Alice's knowing expression curious if their cake had the same thing.
This is no practice or moment that could have prepared me for what happened next. I felt like I was seeing everything in slow motion. My attention was still focused on Rose and Alice as I saw Emmett and Jasper rise from their seats and kneel down. I felt my jaw drop as I slowly turned my head to look at Edward only to find him staring up at me from his one kneed position on the floor.
I gasped as Edward pulled a small blue box out of his pocket. "Oh Edward" I cried as he opened the box. Silent tears streamed down my face as I stared at the ring nestled in its velvet folds.
"Isabella you have to know that you make me the happiest man on the planet. I would give my life for you, my love. You are my everything. Will you marry me?"
I opened my mouth to say yes, but nothing would come out. I nodded my head violently as he took the ring out of the box and placed it on my left ring finger. I stared at the beautiful flower shaped stones now shining from my finger. A single sapphire sat in the middle of the white gold setting and diamonds fanned out from the middle creating petals. "It's absolutely beautiful Edward. Where did you find something like this?"
"I had it made. My Grandmother's engagement ring was exactly the same as that, but it was lost in a house fire a long time ago. Luckily my Mom had pictures of it. So I took one and had it made to my specifications of course." I smiled at his euphoric expression and stood pulling him with me. I crashed my lips to his as he squeezed my body to his.
I broke from the kiss when I heard Alice's squeals. "WE ARE GETTING MARRIED!" She chanted as she jumped up in down in Jasper's arms. I looked to Rose who was smiling so wide I thought her face might break.
"We've got some serious planning to do girls!" Rose said mischievously.
"That we do" I nodded as I turned my attention back to the man of my dreams. "I want the first day of the rest of my life to be absolutely perfect."
"You can have anything you want Bella. Just ask and it's yours." Edward smiled and crashed his lips to mine once more. "Anything at all…" he whispered as he pulled me into his chest for a tight hug.
A/N: So there you have it!! Thanks again for all the great reviews you guys have given me-they are seriously WIN! That shit makes me giddy!! One last reminder to put me on Author Alert for my new story The Beaches of Life. The first chapter is currently being beta'd and I plan to have it up by the beginning of next week!! One last time...show me some love and review!!! :) Thanks for coming along for the ride!!
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