A/N: Here it is! The sequel to Phases of the Moon! I really, really suggest reading it first, or PMing me for an overview, but it's not terribly long. I would suggest reading it so you understand this story. I'm not Stephenie Meyer.
"Cooter! Come here, boy!" I yelled as I watched my dog run though the Condo that I had shared with Bella for a little over a year. I still remember how she reacted when I took her to the pet store to buy him.
Bella and I walked into the shop where we had bought the fish for the biology project that brought us together. I held her hand and walked over to where the puppies were. They were all in cages. There were tons of purebred dogs. But they weren't for Bella. She instantly walked over to a little fluffy black dog that was shaking, and was far too thin. The saleswoman walked up to us "How are you two today? See anything you like?" She asked Bella pointing toward a yorkie. "I want this one." Bella said not averting her attention from the black dog. The woman's eyes went wide in shock. "Are you sure? I mean, he's just a stray. No one even knows what breed he is." The girl reasoned with Bella. She just shook her head as her long dark hair cascaded back and forth like a pendulum. "I'm sure. I want this one." She said. She looked at the puppy and I knew I couldn't tell her no. Ten minutes later we were picking out leashes and collars and toys.
I smiled at the memory of how happy I made Bella that day as I waited for her to get home. Her last class ended 45 minutes later than mine so she was always a little bit later coming home. Bella and I had come a long way since we were awkward teenagers. I remembered being 17 and thinking that I loved her, but I now I know how it truly feels. And my feelings for her only grew stronger every single day. I began to grow impatient as I watched the door. I went through that everyday. I would get home and try my hardest to busy myself until Bella walked through the door.
I finally heard the key enter the lock and I jumped up to greet my Bella. She walked through the door with an exhausted look on her face. It was finals week and she was taking it very hard.
"Just the man I want to see." She giggled as she wrapped her arms around my waist and kissed me full on the lips. I would never grow sick of her.
"It's Friday! Which means, no more finals!" I said excitedly. She giggled some more. She buried her head in my chest and inhaled deeply. She lifted her head once Cooter started whining. He loved Bella almost as much as I did.
"Hey buddy!" She said as she knelt down to give him some attention. She stood back up.
"I guess I should start dinner." She shrugged. She began walking toward the kitchen. I grabbed her waist and pulled her back toward me.
"Nope." I said as I kissed her neck. "I'm taking you out tonight. I bought you a dress, and come lovely shoes with no heel, and you're not going to complain because I do these things because I love you." I told her. She sighed.
"I love you, too. Thank you." She said giving me a kiss. She was beginning to get used to me spoiling her. And she was in for a big surprise.
"Everything you need is on the bed, Love. I'll go warm up the car." I said.
It never took Bella too long to get dressed or ready. She woke up looking gorgeous; she didn't have to work hard. After about twenty minutes she walked out in the blue dress and simple black flats I bought for her. I grabbed her coat and wrapped it around her. Winter's in Chicago are harsh and it was about to roll in. "You ready to go?" I asked. My heart was thudding a hundred miles an hour.
"Yes sir." She giggled. We walked back out to the car that had been running. I put her in the passenger seat as quickly as I could so she wouldn't get cold. I ran around to the driver's seat.
"How was your day?" I asked her. I needed her to talk to me. I needed to hear her sweet voice so I didn't go mad.
"It's going much better now that I'm with you. I miss you when we're away from each other." She admitted with a blush.
"I do, too. So it looks like we'll have to be together forever." I said.
"I hope so." She kissed my hand before placing it in her lap while I drove with the other hand. I was glad she had responded that way. It put my hand at ease the slightest bit. "So what did you do today?" She asked, keeping the conversation going.
"I went to school, took two finals, and then I waited impatiently for you to come home, like I do everyday." I chuckled. She smiled sweetly at me as I pulled up to the Valet. He took my keys and I led Bella into the restaurant.
The décor was perfect. The entire room was lit dimly with chandeliers and candles. We had a table at the far corner of the room.
"Edward! This place is gorgeous!" She exclaimed just a little too loudly. She got a couple of rude stares from people, but I didn't care about them. The lovely blush came about her cheeks.
"I thought it was well suited for a relaxing night." I told her as I gave her shoulders a gentle squeeze.
"Does this mean I get a full body massage later?" She giggled, but seductively somehow. She always knew just what to say or do to get me going.
"If that's what you want, your wish is my command." I told her. I placed a small kiss on her cheek and then pulled her chair out for her. Seeing her delicate face lit up by the candle reminded me how lucky I was, and how much luckier I might become.
She blushed, just like always. The waiter came to our table. He looked Bella up and down. He obviously approved of how beautiful my woman was. How nice of him.
"Hello. My name is Gavin. I'll be serving you tonight." He said. "I would like to recommend the roasted duck, it is our specialty." He informed us. I almost bust out laughing at Bella's face.
"No, thank you. I'm pretty sure we will be having the mushroom ravioli, for my girlfriend here, and I will have the Saltimbocca, thank you." I said as I handed him the menus.
He nodded and left, coming back promptly with a breadbasket. Bella nibbled idly on one of the pieces of bread. She was so adorable.
We made small talk for about fifteen minutes until the server came back with our food. We ate fairly quickly. As soon as I noticed Bella was finished I knew it was the big moment.
"Are you alright?" She asked. I was a little taken aback. I thought she hadn't noticed my fidgeting or stuttering, but of course she did.
"Yes. I'm fine." I said as I stood up. It was the moment of truth.
"Edward? Where are you going?" She asked her eyes laced with panic. I didn't go anywhere. I walked over to her seat and grabbed her hands turning her toward me before I got on one knee. Her face froze in shock. She didn't even notice that everyone in the restaurant was staring at us.
"Bella." I started.
"What are you doing?" She asked in a daze.
"You and I have been through a lot together." I said. I took a few breaths and stared into her endless brown eyes before continuing. "I wake up every single morning happy that I'm next to you, and I go to bed always wanting you in my arms. When I'm not with you I go crazy. You're my life, and I can't tell you how much I love you. I don't even think I can ever show you. But I would be honored if you would give me the rest of our lives to let me try and show you. Will you marry me?" I said as I pulled out the ring I had been carrying around for three months. She gasped a little bit.
"Oh, Edward. Of course I will." She said with her eyes shining in tears. She was beautiful, and she was mine.
A/N: You all know the drill. The chapters will get longer. I'm so excited for this story! Review? And let me know what you all think!