And here we are. At the end. I loved writing this chapter. It had me smiling the whole way through, and I hope it does the same for you guys.
I'm sure you all know but now, but there is going to be a sequel, which I'll reveal the title at the end of the chapter.
Thanks so much to everyone who has reviewed, and everyone who has stuck with me through this entire thing. I hope you like this chapter.
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"I'm not sure about this," I admitted to Alice. She was over at our apartment, getting ready for the Cullen's New Years Eve Blowout. Yeah, apparently they had a party for everything.
In the past week, things had gotten a lot better. Christmas morning had been..well, you know, but the rest of the day had been really nice. Edward and I had worked everything out, and all of us had an amazing Christmas dinner and spent the rest of the evening opening presents and watching It's A Wonderful Life.
The next day Esme and Carlisle had asked Edward and I to come to dinner. It had been awkward, to say the least, but I had gotten a sort of apology from Esme, and they had insisted that we come to their New Years Eve party, which I guessed was a way of saying that they were going to make an effort to get along and move on. At least I hoped it was, so I had agreed.
Alice ran a comb through her black hair, playing with the curls in her short hair. She and Jasper, apparently, were quite an item now. She was helping him find a job at one of the resturants in town, and they were together. All. The. Time. "It's going to be fine, Bella, really. Mom's not going to do anything, she's really trying to be better. It's going to be a great party," she said the last part a little too enthustically, and I glanced at her wearily.
"Seriously, Bella, don't worry about it," she said, glancing at me in the mirror.
She was wearing a causual purple dress, and wearing purple and gray makeup that brought out her blue-gray eyes. She looked great, as always. Beside in the mirror Rosalie was finishing her mascara. She was wearing a deep blue strapless dress.
I was wearing a strapless white dress. It was simple, but it was pretty. I had thrown a blue cardign over it, and I had air dried my hair earlier, so it was wavy. I was only wearing mascara and a little lip-gloss, at Alice and Rosalie's insistience that I had to wear some make-up. I didn't feel like I needed to try to impress the Cullen's anymore. Or really, anyone, for that matter. I liked the dress, I liked the way I looked, I was happy.
Oh, and I was wearing that rose necklace that Edward had given me. I loved it.
The three of us drove over to the Cullen's together. Alice and Rosalie were pratically bouncing in excitment, rambling about how this year was going to be the best year, and this was going to be the best party. I had a strange feeling they knew something I didn't.
I was sort of afraid to find out what it was.
Edward met at us at the door, a smile on his face. "Hey. You look gorgeous."
I smiled, blushing. "Thanks."
He wrapped an arm around my waist, and kissed me.
"Geez, let her walk inside first," Rosalie said, rolling her eyes as she walked by us.
I laughed, and let Edward lead me inside the house. Apparently the new years eve party was more of a family thing, Edward had told me before. I saw Esme and Carlisle, and I saw Tanya, and Edward's grandfather, and a few other people I regonized from the Christmas party. It was a small party, but the Cullen's had still gone all out, the living room decked out in gold and party elements. The TV was turned on to A Rockin' New Years Eve, and food and champange was everywhere.
Carlisle and Esme came over to us, and wished us both a happy new year. They were nice, so I didn't really care that it was a little forced. I wished them a happy new year back, and honestly I hoped that they had one. Maybe they would learn to get to know a person before they judged them. At any rate, I was going to take the high road here, and I was determined to be nice to them.
Edward handed me a glass of champange, and I sipped as we mingled around the rest of the room, saying hello to everyone.
A slow song came on the TV, and Alice snatched up Jasper, who was talking to Grandpa Cullen, and started slow dancing with him. It was so like Alice, to not care who was here, or where they were. She wanted to dance, so she did.
I smiled as I watched them, wishing that someday I could even be half as fearless as her.
"Come on," Edward said, suddenly, getting to his feet and holding out his hand to me.
I raised an eyebrow, surprised that he would want to dance. He shrugged his shoulders in a 'what the hell' way, and I laughed, getting up and taking his hand. He wrapped his arms around me, swaying slightly to the music.
Within a few minutes most of the people were dancing with their dates, and I laughed, leaning into Edward's chest.
"This is nice," he decided.
I smiled against his shirt. "Yeah, it is."
We spent the a good part of the rest of the evening dancing to the TV. Fast songs, slow songs, whatever. The more champagne we drank, the happier the room got, and soon we were all dancing and belting out lyrics. It was one of the best New Years Eves I had ever spent, I realized.
Eventually I got too hot though, and Edward seemed to realize this-or maybe he felt the same way-and he dragged me out onto the porch off the side of the house. It was up off the ground, and you could see the stars from here.
It was about fifteen minutes till New Years, and I smiled, walking over to the edge and looking up at the black sky. "It's beautiful."
"It is," he agreed, coming to lean against the railing beside me.
"What do you want this new year?" he asked me, after a moment of silence.
I glanced at him, and shrugged. "I don't know. I don't really think about that stuff that much. Live for today and all that. But I guess I just want to be happy. To have fun. To be with you."
He smiled, wrapping his arm around my shoulders.
"What do you want?" I asked.
"I want to get more time off work. I want my parents to chill out a little bit, I want to spend more time with my friends. I want to learn how to play the guitar. I watn to be happy, I want to have fun. I want to spend a lot of time with you. I want to spend all my time with you."
I couldn't stop the smile that spread across my face. "So we want the same things."
"Yeah, I guess we do," He said, and I could hear the smile in his voice.
Inside we could hear Alice annouce that it was five minutes to midnight.
And then it happened. The last thing I ever expected.
Edward moved his arm around from my shoulders, and moved to stand in front of me. He looked nervous, sort of excited, and then he dropped to his knee.
I stared at him, wondering if I was really seeing what I thought I was seeing.
Was Edward proposing?
He reached into his pocket, and he pulled something out, a little black jewerly box. He popped the lid open, and the moonlight made the diamonds laid into the band sparkle. "Bella."
"Oh my gosh." Oh my gosh!
He chuckled at that. "Bella, I love you. I want to spend the rest of my life with you. I knew...I've known for months that you were the only one for me. I love you. Will you marry me?"
I still couldn't believe this was happening. He had just proposed to me. Edward freaking Cullen had just asked me to marry him. He had a ring. He was on his knee!
I must have been freaking about this inside for a while, because suddenly his voice brought me back. "Bella?" he asked, sounding a lot more nervous.
I laughed. "Sorry," I said, giggling. "I was just...I can't believe this!"
"Is that a yes?" he asked, still sounding afraid.
I laughed again. "Yes! Of course it's a yes!"
He got back to his feet, and crashed against me, holding me close against him. I could feel tears in my eyes, and I laughed again, bceause I was happy, and squeezed his neck. I couldn't believe this. I couldn't believe that just happened!
After a moment he pulled away, and he held out the ring to me, letting me get a good look at it. It was a simple silver band, with two spahires and one diamond in the middle, but they were set into the band so they didn't stick out. They were beautiful. It was different, it was simple. It was perfect.
"Edward, I love it," I marvled, running my finger over it.
He smiled and pulled it of the box, slipping it onto my ring finger.
Inside I heard Alice shouting, and then everyone else.
Ten. Nine. Eight. Seven. Six. Five.
Edward pulled me aganist him, kissing me.
Four. Three. Two. One.
We pulled at one, and he looked up, and so did I.
Above us fireworks were going on.
I smiled. "I love you."
"I love you too," He said, grinning, and then he was kissing me again.
Happy New Years.
*squee* Like I said, I really loved writing that.
Anyway, the title of the sequel is going to be a New York Wedding.
And that's all for NYF!