A/N: All my shit is going to be at the end.
Dresses are on my profile.
The last one.
Considering Bella said she wasn't a planner she managed to whip together a New Year's party in less than a day.
She had called Easton, Rose, and Emmett and all of them were in cars or on planes and on their way here. She'd also phoned up some of her university friends and invited my cousins Leanne and Kristen.
She even left a message for Alice, but none of us really expected her to attend.
She gave me the color scheme for the party, blue and silver, and told me to go out and get decorations and cups and plates and things while she started to prep food for tomorrow.
I did as she asked and brought everything back to her place and placed it on her kitchen table. "What do you want me to do with this?" I asked looking from the bags to her.
"Just leave them there. I'll deal with them tomorrow." She walked over and kissed me. "Thank you."
"No problem, darlin." I brushed some of the hair out of her eyes and kissed her forehead.
"I have to go home." I said, running my eyes over her face. "Now that Alice is gone my mom is alone in the house again."
"What about Jasper?" She asked dipping her finger into something, tasting it and then adding something else to it.
"He comes and goes. My mom is trying to deal with Alice and she thinks it's best if Jasper isn't there for that. It makes no sense."
I didn't get it. What did it matter if Jasper was there or not? I guess she wanted to be candid, and they may say things about Jasper that she didn't want him to hear.
"Do you think Alice is going to forgive your mom?" She leaned up against the counter and crossed her arms.
"Maybe," I had no idea. Alice was a strange girl and did complete one eighties that made absolutely no sense and had no reason or warning. "Personally I think she will, but it's gonna be a while."
She nodded and stared off for a second before she came back and looked at me and smiled. "So, you're gonna go then?"
"Are you going to be alright?" I asked her knowing that she would make fun of me for asking her that.
"Yes, I think I'll make it one night on my own." And then she walked over to me and hugged me tightly.
She could make it one night on her own, but I knew she was going to miss me just as much as I was going to miss her.
She kissed me and showed me to the door. I left and drove home as fast as I could because I was really looking forward to sleeping in my own bed. As much as I loved the bed that Bella and I shared, there was just something about the bed that you grew up sleeping in.
My mother was on the phone when I came in. She was sitting at the island running her fingers over fruit as she stared at it intensely, whilst the person on the other line screamed at her.
It was Alice.
I could tell by the pitch and tone. I had been on the receiving end of that shrill scream many a time.
I tip toed around my mom as I opened the fridge and looked for something to eat and found nothing that was readily available to me.
I took a second look at the pear that my mother was running her fingers over and snatched it away, taking a bite as she briefly looked at me and then went back to staring at whatever fruit was left.
I watched cartoons as I briefly caught snippets of their conversation. The words 'happiness', 'sorry' and 'Jasper' were used quite frequently.
She hung up about an hour later and shuffled over to the couch to plop down beside me and sighed.
I looked at her and grinned. "I bet you wish I'd choked Alice with the umbilical in the womb, huh?"
She looked back at me with exhausted eyes. "You need to stop hanging out with Jacob." She said pinching the bridge of her nose with her fingers, slowly turning her head away from me.
"Why is that?" I asked.
"Because you've become prone to saying things without thinking first." She sighed.
I laughed. She was right I was saying stupid things more and more now that I'd been hanging out with Jake more frequently. "Is Alice still unwilling to talk?"
"She's listening and she gets it, but she doesn't care." She looked at me. "She has every right to be angry. She can't believe I did what I did." She laughed. "To be honest with you, I can't believe I did what I did."
"You did make a choice mom; and what did you think was going to happen?" I turned my body towards her.
"I know. I'm just doing that stupid thing were I want everything to be perfect right away." We sat in silence for about ten minutes. "She's going to come home for your birthday. That's when she wants to see me next. She thinks that is a reasonable amount of time to let her get over this, if she can, and maybe then we can discuss it."
We were silent for a little while longer before I asked a question that I'd wanted to ask the night before, but decided it was more appropriate to wait. "Is what you're doing worth it?"
"What?" She looked over at me quickly.
"You're sleeping with your daughter's ex-boyfriend, this isn't the O.C. mom." I ran my hand through my hair.
"I feel like it is the right thing. I know it sounds stupid and it's just the beginning but I feel like Jasper and I could be great."
"Or you could be two broken people using each other to feel better?" I looked away from her. I felt bad for making her feel even worse than I knew she already did.
Again we were silent for a little while. "How do you feel when you're with Bella? When you look at her?" She asked me. I saw her look at me from the corner of my eye.
Was she honestly going to try to compare her affair with Jasper to my relationship with Bella?
I sat there and tried to think of the best way to describe the love I had for Bella. I knew no comparison would ever come close, but I tried my best.
"My love for Bella is like a Beatles song." I turned to look at her and saw her eyes narrow. "It feels like something that has always been there for me and I can't imagine my life without it; now that I've felt it and heard it."
I stopped not really knowing where I was going with this. "It makes me feel happy, and calm and overjoyed to be alive, so that I can experience it. I feel like no matter what, everything will be alright and I always feel better when I'm with her; just like when I hear a Beatles song." I shrugged knowing I hadn't described what I meant very well.
She smiled. "You did a horrible job of describing that." And then she laughed.
"Yeah well," I shrugged again and then looked away from her. "But you can't be trying to compare what Bella and I have to what you and Jasper have together?"
I saw her body go rigid. "Why not?"
I looked at her again. "Because it's not the same thing,"
"It's kind of the same thing." She said defending herself.
I liked it. My mother never stood up for herself and fought for something she wanted. She always gave in to whatever any of us said. But not anymore, and it looked good on her. Her eyes had passion and purpose behind them and there was a flush to her cheeks.
"Because Bella isn't the mother of my ex-girlfriend,"
"No, but she is the ex-girlfriend of your best friend." She looked at me and then I started to realize how similar our situations actually were.
"You've known Bella what, four months? I've known for Jasper five years. He was always attracted to me like you've always been attracted to Bella and like she's always been attracted to you, but she had Jasper to worry about. I have always been attracted to Jasper but he was too young and dating Alice, so that's a little different but also very similar.
"I've only been with Jasper for almost two weeks, but you haven't been with Bella much longer than that. What is it? Three weeks?" I looked away from her with my mouth agape.
"So tell me again why I can't compare Jasper and I to Bella and you?" She grinned.
I shook my head as if to clear it. "I'm gonna go to bed." I said standing.
She laughed. "Okay sweetie."
I bent over and kissed her forehead. "Night mom,"
"Night," She rested her head back on the couch and I went up stairs.
I brushed my teeth and stripped down to my boxers and set my alarm for seven o'clock. Bella had given me only one job for tomorrow, New Years Eve, and that was picking up Rose and Emmett from the airport. Their flights came in an hour apart from one another.
I settled into bed and started counting my breaths. I had to now because of Bella and even though she wasn't here with me, this little thing we did was. Before I knew it the roaring sound of my alarm clock was waking me up.
I showered, brushed my teeth and got dressed. I could smell coffee and food cooking downstairs. I made my way down really looking forward to breakfast, to see Jasper pushing my mother against the counter, making out.
When the fuck did he get here? What was he doing here this early in the morning? Did he come over after I went to bed? Had he been here all night?
It caught me off guard because it was the first time I was a witness to their affections. It made it so real and the shock caused me to trip over my feet and fall down the rest of the stairs.
I got to the bottom and stood up quickly, as if there were strings attached to me and they pulled me. I looked at them as they looked at me and I waved. "Hey."
"Hey." Jasper replied moving away from my mom.
"Morning honey," My mom said as she pulled out a plate and put it on the island, motioning for me to sit.
We said nothing as I piled food onto my plate. Jasper and my mom ate from plates they had all ready started.
I looked back and forth between them. "Could you guys not do the whole relationship stuff when you know that I am in the house?" They both looked down and nodded. "I'm okay with the idea, but I just don't want to see it in practice; at least not yet."
"Sorry man." Jasper wouldn't even look at me.
"Sorry Edward." My mother's cheeks were slightly pink.
I stood up. "I gotta go to the airport and pick up Rosalie and Emmett for the party."
They both nodded.
"Are you guys still coming?" I pointed at them.
"Yeah, I think so." My mom replied.
"Cool. I'll see you later." I walked out the front door and got into my Volvo, heading towards Seattle.
I got there a little after eleven. Rose's flight wasn't due till quarter to twelve so I found the gate, bought a magazine and a drink and sat down.
Her flight was fifteen minutes late and she emerged with five bags. I stood and shook my head then strolled over to her.
She was wearing an expensive looking coat with fur trim and high heeled boots. No matter what she was doing, Rosalie always had to look her best.
I was impressed she was able to tote that many bags and still look composed. She spotted me and strolled up, releasing all her bags. "Hello Edward." She said removing her sunglass and smirking at me.
"Hi Rosalie," I said, staring at her and grinning.
She laughed a little and threw her arms around my neck to hug me. "Happy New Year," She said still giggling.
"Happy New Year to you too," I said wrapping my arms around her and hugging her back; embracing our new friendship.
She pulled away, looked at all her bags and then back up at me with a grin. "Get my bags fuck face."
"Awe, there she is." I held out my arms like I'd just found something I'd been looking for. "There's the Rose that I know and love."
"Here I am." She said getting one of the bags and her purse, while I juggled with the others. We went to wait for Emmett who came out about forty five minutes later. I let them have their completely inappropriate reunion in the middle of the airport.
Emmett only had one bag so he helped me get all of Rosalie's back to my car. I grumbled that I couldn't have parked any farther away even if I wanted to.
We stopped off at both Emmett and Rosalie's place and I took a twenty minute power nap in Bella's bed while Rosalie got sorted and made phone calls.
It was so easy to fall asleep in her bed because it smelled just like her and even though she wasn't with me, it felt like she was.
It then occurred to me that this was the most amount of time we had spent apart since we had officially started dating. Not since Charlie's death had I been away from her for more than a couple of hours.
It had almost been a day and I wondered if we were turning into one of those couples that always needed to be with each other.
No, I just loved her was all.
It also occurred to me that I hadn't been in this apartment since the night Jasper came back. It made me wince when I thought about the time that Bella was ignoring me. The time when I wasn't sure she would pick me, be a part of my life.
I gripped the white comforter and smiled. I knew this bed was soon to become a staple in my life.
"Let's go you lazy fuck." Rosalie said knocking on Bella's door waking me up.
I loved how even though we were now friends and on good terms, my name always seemed to have a 'fuck' somewhere in it.
We headed out and Emmett slept in the back seat while Rosalie talked and talked and talked and then talked some more on the way to Forks.
She asked me questions which I answered loosely. I knew all the answers and could tell her in full detail, but I wanted Bella to have her own time to catch up with Rose. So I just told her about how my Christmas was and what I'd done.
I left out all the drama. Partly because I didn't want to answer all the questions about my mom and Jasper, and partly because I knew Bella would be able to gossip better.
We finally got to Bella's and Rosalie bolted, running for the house.
I spent the night before New Years Eve alone and although I missed Edward terribly, I really enjoyed the time I had to myself because it was my first night alone since my father died. I always had someone with me or in the house, and the peace and quiet was nice for a change.
Well Tobey was there but I still considered myself alone.
I went to the fridge and got myself one of the last beers, then sat down on my couch. I looked around my house, our house actually: mine, Edward's and Charlie's. It was still his. Everywhere you looked there was something to remind you of him.
I opened the beer and started to watch Fight Club because it had been ages since I'd seen it. I pulled my laptop up onto my lap and began researching culinary schools in Seattle, while Tobey slept beside me
I finished the movie and put my laptop away, still not too sure which school I wanted to go attend but at least I had a better idea.
I went upstairs set my alarm for nine then started counting my breaths. Tobey curled up beside me and fell asleep almost instantly.
I woke up about a minute before my alarm. I went down stairs to make some coffee and started preparing things for that night.
After a couple of hours I heard the car roll into the driveway and I dropped everything, jumped up and down, clapped and giggled all in one motion. I fucking giggled.
I looked out the window and saw Rose running towards the house.
I bolted to the foyer and waited for her as she took the steps two at a time then leapt into the house, hugging me immediately while wrapping one of her legs around my waist.
"I missed you so much."
She moved her head from the crook of my neck to look at me and then planted a kiss on my lips and went back to hugging me.
"I missed you too, Rose." I said laughing looking at her new coat, it probably cost a small fortune and I knew that I would one day borrow it and never return it.
"I never want to spend that much time away from you ever again."
"It was less than two weeks." I laughed again and heard Emmett and Edward come through the door.
"Hells Bells." Emmett came towards us and wrapped his arms around the both of us and squeezed.
We broke the hug. I'd barely noticed Tobey standing at our feet, wagging his tail and panting with his tongue hanging out.
Rosalie's eyes widened as she dropped to the floor. "Hello Stoop!" She said picking him up. Tobey licked her face. "I love him." She said looking at me.
"Stoop?" I asked kneeling down.
"Just the first word that came into my head," She shrugged and looked back at Tobey, playing with his ears and talking to him in a baby voice. "Hello Stoop, who's the most handsome boy in the world? You are." She touched his nose and then kissed him.
She looked up at me and then around the house. "You redecorated."
I nodded. "Do you like it?"
"It's your home and now it feels like it when I walked through the door." She smiled and looked down at Tobey again and then back up at me. "Do you have something we could eat? The plane food was awful."
I laughed and motioned for them to follow me into the kitchen. I made us all grilled sandwiches while we talked about everything that happened since we'd been apart.
Rosalie did most of the talking. God I missed her.
"And then me and my grandmother got super drunk and sang Push It."
"Naturally." I said looking at her and grinning.
"There is nothing funnier than hearing your seventy-five year-old grandmother scream 'push it real good' into a microphone! Although I don't think that my father will ever be the same again." She started laughing. "And what happened with you guys?"
I told her the Jasper/Esme story and about what happened with Alice.
"Esme is a Mrs. Robinson?" Rosalie's eyes where wide, her mouth agape.
"She's not a Mrs. Robinson!" Edward said. I felt bad, I kept forgetting Esme was his mom.
"She is sleeping with her daughter's boyfriend."
"Ex," I chimed in.
"Regardless. That is a Mrs. Robinson." She stopped talking and just stared at the table and then looked up at us again. "That's pretty bad-ass and fucked up, all at the same time."
"Elaborate." Edward said, clearly not pleased with the topic.
"Well it's fucked up because you know Jasper and your mom. But it's bad-ass because it's Jasper and your mom! That's legendary and I'm not even from this town." She smiled at the both of us with a look on her face that suggested Edward was crazy for not understanding what the hell she was talking about.
"Your mom is pretty hot and to score with a hot mom is like having a three way, it all falls into the same category." Emmett chimed, sounding very reasonable.
"How much longer am I going to have to put up with this? It's not like I slept with my mom." Edward was irritated and I wished that I could shut Rosalie up, but I knew that was impossible. I just sat back and hoped that he kept his cool.
"It a good thing too because that would be illegal and gross, besides, the teasing would never go away; not until Jasper and your mom broke up. But it should be a lot lighter in about a week." Rosalie took the last sip of her drink and then continued. "Plus, I'm going to lay it on Jazz a lot worse than what I'm laying on you."
She smiled like a bitch in his direction and I couldn't help but smile too. Rosalie was being exactly who she was, no matter what; there was no brain to mouth filter. "Plus I thought you said you are okay with this."
"I am. I just don't want to talk about it all the time. I'm not ecstatic they're together but you can't choose who makes you happy, and I know the feeling of being kept apart from something that you want more than anything." He looked over at me. "I didn't want to be that obstacle cause when you really want something you do everything in your power to get it. Who am I to stop them?" He shrugged and squeezed my hand.
"You did everything in your power to get Bella?" She questioned him.
"Well she's my girlfriend now ain't she? And I did break your nose on my way to get her now, didn't I." He grinned and I did as well.
Rosalie smiled and leaned back. "Touché,"
"I have to go home and get my things for the party tonight. I'll be back a little later." Edward said as he stood and kissed my head. "Thanks for the mid afternoon lunch dinner thing." And then he left.
I looked over at Rosalie. "We and by 'we' I mean all three of us." I said making a circling motion. "Need to get ready for this party. So we can get most of the food ready, Oh!" I said cutting myself off. "I'm gonna go to culinary school in the fall." I told them with a dopey grin on my face.
"Really?" Rosalie asked her smile even bigger. "You never cook at home."
"Yeah, well it's an interest that I've always had and has peaked as of late." I said.
"I'm happy for you babe."
"Yeah Bells, you can make all this crazy shit and then I can eat it," Emmett said rubbing his stomach.
"Yes, you will get to be my tester Em." I looked back at Rosalie. "Ok like I was saying before I interrupted myself, we need to prep food then we are putting shit in the oven. Then Rose, you are going to get dressed and I'm going to come up and you are going to help me.
"Emmett, while Rose and I are upstairs you watch the food; take things out of the oven and put things in the oven. I'll explain it to you in detail when the time comes. Then once we're ready, you can go and change if you need too, then people should start showing up." I looked back and forth between the two of them. They wore scared looks on their faces. "Don't worry guys it'll be fun." I grinned. "Let's get 'er done."
And we did.
They were such a big help and most of the food was either in the oven or ready to go into the oven, so I finally went upstairs with Rose. We got ready together while Emmett sat down stairs drinking beer and watching Robocop 3.
We giggled, talked and Rosalie showed me how to do my hair properly as opposed to the 'wrong way' I usually did it.
It was nice to have her here with me again. She hadn't been away from my life for a long time and just those few short weeks without her had taken a toll on me. It was so nice to have a real, true girlfriend to talk to.
"Do you notice how much drama is in our lives?" She asked looking out of the corner of her eye.
"I think we crave it. I think we would go crazy without it. We bring it upon ourselves." I said running my finger along my bottom lip, evenly applying the gloss.
"Yeah, you're right. Just imagine how boring our lives would be if we weren't choosing between boys all the time."
"Or getting punched in the face,"
"Or sleeping with our friends mothers,"
I grinned. "We would just have to live life like normal people."
Rose stopped everything she was doing and looked at me. "Ew."
I laughed and checked myself in the mirror and was pleased with my little purple cocktail dress that I'd bought when I was in high school and had never worn it.
It had a satin bust and chiffon ruffles in an empire waist line. It wasn't too sexy, it was classy. Rose, of course, was wearing something short, black and sparkly which made her look like a Goddess rather than a woman.
I went down stairs and found Emmett in the kitchen taking some food out of the oven and placing a new tray in. "Hey Bells you look awesome." He grinned and then looked past me to his girlfriend. His jaw dropped.
He pushed her into the living room out of my sight.
I started organizing food onto plates when I heard the front door open and close then Edward came in. I turned and smiled at him. He was holding some champagne in his hands. "Well don't you look beautiful," He said smiling walking towards me and putting the champagne on the counter, pushing himself into me, kissing me.
"You look nice as well." He was wearing jeans, a white dress shirt, a skinny tie and some black loafers. "Very indie,"
"Is it too Adam Brody?"
"I would say just the right amount."
He grinned and placed the champagne in the fridge and then the door opened again and in walked two people I expected to see, one that I didn't and a person I had never met before.
Jacob and Renesmee walked in hand in hand, followed by Ashley and a man who I assumed was her date.
"Hey." I said totally unsure of myself, shooting a quick glance in Edwards's direction as I approached them. "I'm so glad you guys could come."
I looked them up and down; Jake had put no effort into his attire and was wearing a Sex Pistols t-shirt and some jeans. Renesmee was wearing a red dress that cut in at the waist and had a layer of sheer black material over top of it. "You look beautiful Ness. Do you guys want something to drink?"
Jacob just ignored me and went into the kitchen and started looking at the food.
"Just like juice or pop for me. I'm driving tonight." She smiled and I told her that we had drinks set up in the living room and that she could help herself to whatever she would like.
I turned to Ashley and her date and smiled as warmly as I could. "Hey Ash it's weird that you're here."
She shrugged and the sequins from her blue and gold dress reflected the light onto her face. "Renesmee invited me, and my boyfriend was in Forks dealing with his business, so I figured that this seemed like a good place to celebrate the New Year." She smiled at me and I felt Edward come up behind and wrap his arm around my waist.
"Hey Ash what's up?"
"Just here to have a good time, ring in the New Year." She looked up at the man standing beside her and then back at us. "Guys this is Bill my boyfriend."
Bill was a good looking guy and much older than Ashley by at least ten years. He was pale with smouldering good looking. It made me a little uncomfortable standing next to him. "It's nice to meet you." He said looking at me. "And nice to see you again Edward," He had a thick Southern drawl.
"You two know each other?" Ashley and I said at the same time.
"Yeah he sold me Tobey." Edward said running his hands through his hair.
I looked over at Bill. "You breed dogs?"
"Why yes I do. I have a store here and a store in Seattle. I met Ashley in the Seattle store three weeks ago. She just started volunteering there." He looked at her and planted a kiss on her lips. He looked up at Edward and I then smiled. "Please excuse me." He backed away and went into the living room.
I looked at Ashley. "You found yourself a real Southern gentlemen there haven't you?"
She looked down and blushed. "Yeah I have. He's older than me, too."
"I noticed." I said meaning it in a good way.
She looked up at Edward and opened her mouth like she was going to say something but instead she just pointed to the living room. "I'm gonna go and get a drink. Thanks for having me Bella." She smiled and walked away from us.
I looked up at Edward who was looking down at me. "Well that was awkward." He let go of me and walked back into the kitchen and I followed.
"It actually went a lot better than I thought our first run in with – Jacob!" Jacob had eaten two platters of finger food and was working on the third. "Get the fuck away from the fucking food." I started smacking him.
"What?" He was getting up, taking some of the food with him.
"You do realize that other people are here tonight and at some point would like to eat this food as well." I was staring at him with my hand on my hips.
"You are making more right?" He had a puppy dog look on his face.
"Yeah but that's not the point." I said walking over to the oven when the timer went off.
"I promise I will not touch anymore food until everyone has arrived, and I will eat in moderation when they do." He looked proud that he was going to restrain himself.
"Okay thank you." I said turning back to my food.
Edward had taken a seat and popped one of the quiche into his mouth. I glared at him. He shrugged. "What? I only had one."
I grinned and then passed the grin onto Rosalie who had come into the kitchen. She spotted the champagne Edward had left on the counter. "Babe, did you get the champagne for me?"
"Yeah," I said rolling my eyes, moving the pastries off the baking sheet then moving to the fridge to get out the shrimp, and I swear I heard Jake drool when I did.
"Awe that is so sweet," She came over to me and wrapped her arms around my neck and then took a shrimp and popped it into her mouth.
"Are you drunk?" I asked her.
"Just a tad," She put her thumb and index finger up to her eye and showed me how drunk she thought she was.
I looked up to see Jasper standing in the door way and I heard Rose gasp. She hadn't seen Jasper since she'd learnt he was seeing Esme. I knew she would have a thing or two to say about it. She was in luck because Esme was nowhere in sight.
"Hey there mother lover." She laughed.
"Hey Rose." He grinned. "Always a pleasure," His voice had a slight sarcastic air to it.
I heard Edward snicker.
She kept laughing and then started singing. "I'm a mother lover, you're a mother lover. We should fuck each other's mothers."
"Fuck each other's mom's." Jacob sang his mouth full of food, finishing the handful he took before I yelled at him again.
Rosalie smiled and walked over to him and they high fived. "I'll push in that place where you came out as a baby."
Jake and Rosalie kept singing not realising Esme had come in. She was wearing a very tight black and white dress. She looked great. I would have done stuff to her.
"And when I'm in your mother, I'll never use a rubber." She was dancing around the kitchen now.
"Oh!" Jake threw his hands in the air and laughed which was cut off when he finally saw Esme.
"Cause every mother's day need's a mother's night." She bumped into Jasper and then turned around, finally seeing Esme. Her eyes went wide and everyone in the room tried to hide their grins.
"Hey Esme what's up?" She was trying to play it cool and be as nonchalant as possible. "You look great."
"Thank you." Esme said blushing. Tucking some hair behind her ear and grabbing Jasper's hand.
They were a couple and they had no problem letting everyone know it. I was strangely proud of them for not backing down.
She started nodding. "So you heard our rendition of Mother Lover, yeah?"
"Yeah," Esme seemed like she was trying to be polite. She didn't want to embarrass Rosalie, but I could tell she already was.
Rosalie clasped her hands together and grinned stupidly in defeat, and looked at all of us. "Well I've embarrassed myself." She laughed nervously. "So I am going to go binge drink till I pass out." She turned and walking into the living room.
"Not till you pass out babe." Emmett ran after her.
Esme came around to show the full awesomeness of her dress. It was tight and short and I knew that Edward couldn't have been pleased. She looked more like his sister than his mother.
I looked over at Edward who had a defeated look on his face, he ran through his hands up in the air. "Seriously mom,"
Jake was staring at her with his mouth open and Jasper was eye fucking the shit out of her. I even noticed Emmett checking her out from the living room.
Edward was looking at all of his friends checking out his mother, and then he looked at me and stood. "Even my girlfriend is checking you out."
"I'm gonna get a drink." He walked out of the kitchen mumbling. "Stupid MILF mom, why can't my friends have hot moms?"
Emmett must have heard him. "Hey Cullen you take that back! My mother is a graceful and beautiful woman."
I laughed and handed a tray to both Esme and Jasper. "Could you guys do me a favour and put those-" I looked over at my shoulder quickly to find Jake eating the food again. "Jacob-fucking-soon-to-have-nine-fingers-Black, what did I tell you about the food?"
He looked at me with wide eyes. "To eat it?" He shrugged with his mouth full of food.
"Get out." I pointed towards the living room.
He followed Esme and Jasper out and I was left alone in the kitchen. I leant up against the counter and took a deep breath. It was only nine. I really did suck at this entertaining thing.
More people showed up. Edward's cousins who had a serious talk with Esme about Jasper, a few people that Edward knew from town and a few of mine and Rose's friends from Seattle.
And then he showed up.
It felt like years since I had seen him. He came in hand in hand with Taylor and headed straight towards me.
"BELLA!" He scooped me up in his arms and I wrapped mine around his neck as the widest smile spread across on my face.
"I missed you Easton." I said kissing his cheek. "How have you been?"
He let go of me and looked at me. "You could have called me Bella."
I could have called him. "I've been super busy. You know personal stuff."
He nodded. I know he could have commented on my father's death but instead he just smiled and hugged me again because he knew this was not the time for that talk. "Taylor brought bottles of champagne. Can we put them in the fridge?"
"Go for it." We parted and Taylor came in with the bottles.
"Hey Bella," He put them in the fridge and then came over to me and hugged me. "You look beautiful."
"Thank you Taylor. You look very handsome." Both he and Easton were in casual suit. I turned and pulled something out of the oven and set it out to cool.
I turned to look at them. "Please go out, mingle and have fun."
By eleven my house was filled with people. Every person that had no plans in Forks had heard there was a party at Chief Swan's place. My house was flooded with a mixture of strangers and people that I loved.
I'd barely sat down all night. I was too busy playing hostess and I told my self that Rose could throw the next party.
I ran into the kitchen, spotted a bottle of tequila and took a shot. I breathed in deep and turned to see Edward standing in the door way. "Hey good looking," He cocked his eyebrow.
"Hey." I sighed out.
"You've been all over the place tonight." He came over to me. He sauntered over actually.
"You're drunk aren't you Mr. Cullen?" I said smirking, running my hands up and down his arms that were now snaked around my waist.
"Just the slightest shade," He grinned and started kissing my neck. "What do you think the odds are of someone catching us right here?"
"I'd say they're pretty high." I laughed.
He moaned like he was in pain and he brought his face up to mine to kiss me. I kissed him back, pushing my body against his and then I pulled away. "I actually want to party at my party."
Edward smiled at me and took my hand. "Let's go have a good time."
I noticed that Rose and Emmett were nowhere to be seen and I assumed they were upstairs decimating my childhood bed.
I sat and drank and talked with some people I'd never met and caught up with the ones that I had.
"Hey we have thirty seconds!" Yelled someone I couldn't see. People started to scramble and a few people started counting down right then.
Was it really almost midnight?
I felt a hand on my wrist and turned to see Edward. It was the first time I had seen him in an hour. "Fifteen seconds!" He grinned.
I looked around as everyone got into pairs. I watched Jasper and Esme leave the room so they could have their moment together without Edward having to see.
"Ten! Nine! Eight! Seven! Six!" Everyone shouted.
I had five seconds left of the year that had changed my life. And not really just my life but the life of everyone I knew.
Well apart from Rosalie and Emmett.
I thought that everyone was happy, well maybe everyone except for Alice. But truly, and it may have made me a bad person but I didn't really care if she was happy or not. She'd made her bed and now she had to lie in it. Everyone had something in their life that made them happy.
"HAPPY NEW YEAR!"
It was the New Year. I looked up at the man that had made the changes in my life. He was looking at me with love. He loved me more than anything. He was my family now. Well a part of it. I had so many people that loved me and I knew that I would never be alone and where ever he was that was where my home was; he was my home.
My father had died but everywhere I looked in our house, I knew he was alive and with me. I would always carry him in my heart.
Edward smiled and brushed the hair away from my face. "Happy New Year, Bella." He whispered.
"Happy New Year, Edward." I smiled.
He leant in and kissed me and I knew that all the years to come would be happy ones because he was in my life.
So I'm done that was the last one and I hope I didn't disappoint too much. It is hard to wrap up stories like this one cause they could really go on forever.
I am going to be late for class posting this but it is totally worth it. Sorry for how long it has taken me to post this one. I am in school and if any of you have ever been a student you know it is a colossal pain and takes up like all your time.
I am not going to be posting any epilogues. There will be none of this 10 years from now business and we find out that Bella and Edward are married and blah blah blah. I am not going to do it. If any of you want to write spin offs of this story feel free. Send them to me and I will link them to the ends of chapters of my new story.
I will be posting the prologue to my new story The Taste of Blood tomorrow so if I am not on your Author Alert list add me please and thank you.
Okay I wanna thank Saranic for taking the time out of her life to edit this monster. You kept my in check and you did an amazing job. I love you. XOXO.
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Thank you to everyone else that took time to read this. I thought I was the most horrendous writer of all time and doing this really boosted my confidence so thank you all for your kind words and helpful criticisms.
I know I am missing something but if I remember I will just tack it onto one of the A/N for TTOB.
We have come a long way baby and I can't believe that I actually wrote a story this long. I know I am being super dramatic but it is the last update. So that's it I hoped you liked the chapter and the story and I hope you like all the stories I eventually write.
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