The last four years had been the craziest, most stressful, but best years of my life. And I knew the years to come were only going to get better. I had worked hard and everything had finally paid off. Today I was finally graduating from Medical School.
I couldn't believe just how much had happed during the past years. Carlisle's surgery had been successful, but the recovery had been long and painful. There were days when he was sure he would never be able to practice medicine again. But I had always remained positive. I never allowed him to give up. It took him a little over a year before he was able to perform a surgery.
Not everything that had occurred had been negative. Emmett and Rosalie had just married and they would both be graduating college in a year. Alice and Jasper were inseparable. The two had been dating almost as long as us, and I really couldn't be any happier for them.
I sat in the auditorium in a sea of black robes with Edward, Angela, and Jasper. I knew there were countless speakers droning on and on about our future and our responsibilities, but none of that mattered. My attention was solely on the bright and proud faces of Carlisle and my family. I knew that without their support I would not be where I was today.
Carlisle, Alice, Emmett, Rosalie, Anna, my parents, and Edward's parents all sat in the front row directly behind the graduates. Jane still hated me, but had accepted the inevitable. I was not going to go anywhere.
I smiled at Carlisle waving at him as my row was finally called to stand. I stood behind Edward bouncing almost in place as we began to move forward. I felt that each step I took was taking me closer to fulfilling my dreams. After today I would be on the road to having it all. I had my career and a wonderful other half. And very soon Carlisle and I would have a baby.
I had just found out that I was two months pregnant, and I really couldn't be happier. It wasn't planned. After all I still had to do my surgical internship and residency. Carlisle and I weren't even married. But I knew we would work things out. I just couldn't wait to tell him the good news. We were going to be parents.
"Here, I go!" Edward whispered to me as he stepped onto the stage.
I smiled proudly at him as they called his name. I was really excited for him and Angela since I was well aware of the fact that he had plans to propose to her after our graduation party. Edward had confided in me his plan, and I had even helped select a ring. I really felt as if Angela was the sister I never had.
I took a deep breath as I handed my name card to the speaker on the podium my eyes meeting Dr. Volturi's. I was extremely grateful that he had allowed me to continue my studies. I knew it was due to his kindness that I had been able to remain a student.
"Dr. Isabella Swan," The speaker stated causing me to smile brightly. I felt as if everything was really falling into place.
I walked across the stage turning to the audience before bending my knees. Dr. Volturi placed the ceremonial hood with the school colors over my head before allowing me to straighten. A huge sense of accomplishment seemed to wash over me.
"Congratulations, Dr. Swan," he stated with a smile as he shook my hand.
I was officially a doctor.
The rest of the ceremony flew by in a flash. Before I knew it the graduating class was presented and we able to head out of the auditorium outside. I was in a complete daze as I stepped outside. It was very hard for me to believe that I had made it this far. I still had a long way to go, but this was a major step in the right direction.
"Congratulations!" Edward said as he hugged me tightly practically lifting me off the ground.
"Can you believe we actually did it, Dr. Masen?" I questioned with a huge smile. Edward and I had always dreamed of being doctors, and now we were.
"I always knew we would, Dr. Swan!" Edward wrapped his arm around Angela as I heard Emmett's booming voice through the crowd.
"We're so proud of you, sweetie!" my mom gushed as she brought me in for a hug.
"I can't believe my little girl is a doctor." I felt like a beach ball being thrown around from one set of arms before finally getting to the most important person in my life.
"Congratulations," Carlisle said with a huge proud smile as he moved a loose strand of hair from my face.
I smiled at him shyly before his lips met mine in a sweet and lingering kiss. I couldn't help but melt into his arms as I realized what was happening. We were both standing in the same courtyard we had first seen each other four years before. But we no longer had to hide. I could kiss him any time I wanted. We had taken a chance and it had been completely worth taking.
A/N: I know its an extremely short epilogue, but I didn't want to drag it out. There were countless ways to end this, but I truly felt this was a fitting end. This is definitely the last chapter. This story is now complete.
I have been asked a few dozen times about a sequel. I do not have a sequel planned, and I do not think there will be one. I am currently working on my new story, Vendetta at Twilight. And I am in the process of planning out another project. A sequel is not in my plans.
I want to thank everyone again for giving this story a chance. I know I do not have the time to answer reviews, but I do read them. Your words of encouragement keep me writing. And your response to this story is astonishing.