epilogue

I walked out of the bathroom and into the bedroom. I mentally made a note to myself that I wouldn't be doing that again. Then I walked down the hall and into the living room. Carlisle, Esme, Alice, Jasper and Edward were all there. Rosalie and Emmett had been on another honeymoon, but would be arriving in a day or two to help me as need arose. As I walked in they all stood.

"I'm ready." I said, simply.

Edward looked very tense. He was so nervous. I knew that if he had his way he really wouldn't be doing this, but I also knew it was his decision that had confirmed that the time had come. He looked over the t-shirt and jeans outfit I was wearing, and chuckled.

I asked him what he found funny, "I was remembering when Alice dressed you up for the prom. At the time you thought it was because I was going to change you. Apparently you've realized it isn't a black tie affair." He smiled.

Alice giggled musically, Esme laughed like a bell, Jasper sort of snorted in an amused way, and Carlisle grinned widely. I laughed too, "I just didn't think waking up dressed to the nine's would be conducive to anything I might have to do right away," I said, thinking of the hunting I would likely have to do. Edward sobered up quickly as I reminded him. I walked up to him, pushed myself on my tiptoes and kissed him on his perfect nose. He grinned again, and I stepped back.

We were in Alaska, out in the wastelands beyond Juneau. It had been decided that keeping me away from civilization until I was more in control would be wise. Edward had found a wonderful little home with miles of forested land surrounding it. He was still going to change me as promised, but Carlisle was there in case of any problems.

Esme and Alice were my moral support squad for the time during my change, and Jasper was there to assist me with his abilities if it was at all possible. Esme and Carlisle had been visiting for a week.

Alice and Jasper had just arrived in her new, yellow-by-request, replacement Porsche. Edward had grown quickly tired of Alice's continual internal monologue of moping on the subject, after that horrible time with Aurelio. He'd replaced it as soon as he was able to order one. I loved having my family there, but if I was honest with myself, I was looking forward to the fact that once my change was completed, it would just be Edward and I, for some time.

Edward asked me to lie on the sofa. He leaned forward and kissed me, much as he'd kissed me last night, and the reminder made me blush.

Edward seemed to have decided he wanted to experience everything with me as a human one last time before I was changed forever. It was an exciting night, and it made me warm all over remembering it. Edward traced his nose down my throat, and down the rest of my body, noting the extra warmth.

Carlisle cleared his throat suddenly, and I laughed. Edward sat back up, and flashed my favorite crooked grin. He kneeled down next to me, took my hand in his, then placed his other hand under my elbow, stretching my arm straight. He leaned over my wrist and looked at me from the corner of his eye.

"I love you, Edward," I said.

He smiled, a little sadly and looked me full in the face; "As I love you." He turned back to my arm, and his teeth sank into my wrist.

~THE END~

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