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This is the chapter a lot of you have been asking about. Without further ado, enjoy!
The following month was here and gone before I could even stop to think. In the month that passed, Cassie and I found an awesome place for the office. Okay, technically, it was Emmett who found it. When that kid said he was looking for offices for me, he wasn't kidding. One of the first places he picked out, we fell in love with. It was perfect. There was a small lobby in front with our personal offices off the to side. The lobby connected with a large show room for carpet, fabric and paint choices with a large table in the middle for clients to sit at.
We even found the perfect secretary who doesn't miss a single thing. Her name? Alice. Yes, our little Alice has a job. The idea popped in my head when Cassie, Edward and I first checked this place out. Not two minutes later, Edward got a call from her saying she would love to work for us. I swear this family is like a cult, there are rarely any outsiders. We can't even get a secretary outside of the Cullen clan. Not that I'm complaining, I love Alice, she has been amazing. Our company, Sparrow Interior Design, is slowly coming around and gaining business. Slowly. We kept with the pirate theme of our names for our dear friend Jack in California. We have racked up some major bills placing ads in every newspaper with only few calls concerning those ads. Cassie had to remind me countless times that we can't become a well known company over night. It takes time, and patience I don't have. Especially since I don't know how much longer I will be human. That is so weird to think about. On one hand, I can't wait to be practically invincible and have the world at my fingertips, but on the other hand, I want to prolong changing because of my baby company and not being able to see Cassie and Rob for a long time. Although, I should really suck it up. I already made my decision when I moved here. I can't exactly go back now, not that I would want to.
I stared at the phone, willing it to ring with a customer. Something hit me on the head, snapping me out of my daze. I blinked a few times, looking around. A ball of paper was sitting on the floor next to my desk. I looked up to see the perpetrator.
Cassie smiled, her arms crossed over her chest. "Go home, you are so out of it."
I shook my head. "No, I'm not. I'm fine. I still need to get stuff done."
She snorted. "What are you talking about? There's nothing to be done! Babe, in order for us to be busy, that would require us to have customers."
I narrowed my eyes at her.
"Which, we will have, in time." She retreated. "But for now, there's nothing to do. It's 5:30, no one's gonna call now asking us to do their house. So just go home. I am too." For the first time, I noticed her purse hanging over her shoulder. My shoulders slumped in agreement. There really is no point in being here any longer. Cassie smiled, noticing the change.
"Yeah, alright." I stood up, and opened a drawer, grabbing my purse. Alice hadn't been coming in to work because there had been no point. We really didn't need a secretary yet. Our newborn company was just that: new. So new that Cassie and I could handle it all right now. I fished my keys out of my purse, walking around the desk. Cassie flipped the light off as we left the room. Walking out of the main door, we locked it up, heading for the parking lot.
"Well, I'll see you on monday, unless you want to hang out this weekend." Cassie suggested when she got to her car.
I nodded. "Yeah, I'll call you. When we hang out, I don't want to talk about work."
"Oh, I'm sure we'll have more interesting things to talk about." She smiled.
"Like what?" I frowned, unlocking my car.
She shrugged. "I don't know. Anything is more interesting than work these days."
I laughed as we got in our cars. I threw my purse into the passenger seat and started the car, pulling out of the parking lot. A half an hour later, I parked the car in the driveway. I flipped the visor down, looking in the mirror. What is the point of putting make up on if it's gone by the end of the day? I wiped under my eyes, removing the black substance. I flipped the visor back up, getting out of the car. I grabbed my purse, and shut the door, heading up to the house. The door opened before I even reached it.
Alice was standing on the other side, smiling from ear to ear. That's never a good sign.
I shook my head. "Not tonight Alice, I'm tired."
She grabbed my arm, pulling me up the stairs. "We haven't dressed you up in a while. It's fun. You have to admit, it makes you feel pretty and rejuvenated, especially after a day of work." I had to agree with that.
We walked in my room to drop off my shoes and purse. "Where's Edward?" He's usually the first one to greet me when I get off work.
"He's hunting." She shrugged. That's odd. He went yesterday with Emmett.
I was used to this routine by now. When Alice wanted to play dress up with me, I made sure I had on my nude colored strapless bra, nude undies and my fuzzy green robe. I quickly changed into them, wondering what Alice was gonna dress me in this time. She guided me to the bathroom when I was dressed. Rosalie was standing next to the sink.
"She's gonna do your hair and make up." Alice smiled, and closed the door, leaving me and and the blonde one. This is different. Alice normally does everything.
"Come sit," Rosalie gestured to a dining room chair sitting in front of the sink. "I wanted to talk to you, and Alice suggested this since she wanted to play barbie anyway." She smirked.
"What's up?" I walked over and sat on the chair, crossing my legs.
Rosalie started brushing my hair. "It has taken me a long time to get to this point. To accept who you are in this family. I know I haven't been the best supporter of you and Edward, but I do want to see him happy and with you, he is. So if it takes you joining our family for him to be truly and forever happy, then I'll support the union between you two."
Wow. I was not expecting that. "Rosalie, I...I don't know what to say." I paused. "Thank you."
She pinned the top half of my hair back in bobby pins. She then took the curling iron, curling the bottom of my hair into soft, loose curls. "I'm not done yet so don't thank me just yet. I really wish you could see what you would be missing, Elle. A big family with little ones calling you momma. It's a dream that Alice, Esme and I all share and want but will never have. When the time comes, just remember what you'll lose and be happy about that decision. Once you are one of us, you can never go back."
I started to nod, but she stopped me by placing her hand on my head. "Sorry," I apologized.
She smiled, looking at me through the mirror.
"I understand what you're saying Rosalie. Really, I do. But that's the thing with me, I've never wanted kids. I still don't, so to me, I'm not giving up anything else. I know there are sacrifices I have to make to be with him and this family and I am more than willing to make those sacrifices. You guys are the world to me." Rosalie did my make up as we talked.
"I don't think I will ever understand not wanting to have kids. However, everyone is different, and it's time that I realize that what I want for you and what you want for you are two separate things. There's no point in me being a bitch about it anymore. I can't change your mind any more than I can stop being a vampire. I guess what I'm saying is..." She sighed. "I support your decision."
I was taken back. I never thought I would hear those words fall from Rosalie's lips. Never in my life. What is happening? Am I dying? Is she just making me feel good before I meet my demise? "I never thought I would hear you say that. You have no idea what that means to me."
She smiled. "You like the make up?" And just like that, the conversation is dropped. I looked in the mirror. My eyes had that smokey eye affect that I could never accomplish on my own. I had a little cover up on and some light pink lip gloss. I don't need any blush. I do that well enough on my own.
"Yeah, I do." I locked eyes with her in the mirror. "Thank you." She nodded, knowing the double meaning behind the words. The bathroom door opened and in walked Alice.
"Ready to get dressed?"
I nodded, following her down the hall to her room, leaving Rosalie to clean up. Alice headed straight for her closet. "I was saving this dress for a special occasion and I think this constitutes as that." She pulled out a long garmet bag out of the back of the closet. In one swift movement, the plastic was removed. Underneath was a deep plum colored floor length dress. It was a one shoulder type dress and had a piece of fabric that fell in the back from that shoulder. It's beautiful.
"How is this a special occasion? We're just playing around, right? Right?" I raised my eyebrow. Tell me we're playing around.
"Sure, sure." She waved me off. "Just wear it anyway. It gives me an excuse to go shopping." Alice then grinned, with an all knowing smile. "You make Edward happy. I haven't seen a vision of the two of you where you're not smiling and care free. You bring that out in him, and I think he does the same for you. I love you like a sister and I always have. Now come here and put this on."
I took off my robe and stepped towards her. In a whoosh of sleek fabric I was covered in the beautiful dress. I carefully pulled my hair out of the dress while Alice spun me around to get the zipper.
She spoke as she worked on it. "You make the void in this family disappear and make us finally feel complete. I'm glad Edward is over his brooding phase. That wasn't fun." I felt her shake her head. "I love you Elle, but I really wish you would just let us call you Bella. Deep down, that's who you'll always be to us. The crazy human that fell in love with my anti-social brother and stole his ice cold heart."
I smiled. "And I have no intention of giving it back. But I am not Bella. Yes I am back with Edward but I've still changed. I'm not the person I was. In a sense, I am, but I've changed too much and come too far to go back to being her. Even if it is just going by her name. Nice try though."
Alice shrugged. "I tried."
I laughed, turning back to her. "Are you gonna get dressed up to?"
"Not this time." She smiled. There's something fishy about that smile.
"So I guess we're stuck with calling you Elle then." A voice came from behind us. We turned to see Jasper leaning against the doorway. "Not that I mind. I like the name, actually."
"Thanks. I kinda like the name Jasper too." I smiled. He walked forward with a couple small boxes in his hands. Alice disappeared out of the room once again.
He handed me one of the boxes. I immedialely recognized the other box in his hand. It was my necklace that Edward gave me. I opened the little one, revealing a pair of dangly diamond earrings. Starting at the top, the diamonds get bigger as they go to the bottom with six diamonds in all.
"What is this?"
"They're earrings." He said simply.
I looked at him. "Thank you captain obvious. I mean, whose are these? Esme's?"
He shook his head with a smirk on his face. "No. They're yours. They are a gift from Esme and Carlisle."
I snapped the box shut. "No. I don't like gifts. It's not my birthday. Or christmas for that matter. No."
He cocked his head to the side. "Just shut up and take them. You'll insult them if you don't, and you know they're pretty." I can't deny that. I sighed and opened the box again. Leaning against the bed, I set it on the comforter, taking out my own earrings.
"Elle," He started, quietly. "I know what I did on your 18th birthday can never be erased but I will make up for it one day. I promise you that. I know you still carry doubt and pain from that time deep down inside of you. I can feel it, no matter how much you try to hide it."
I put in the diamond earrings. "Jasper, that's not true. I don't hold that against you nor do I even think about that day. What happened, happened. I'm fine, you're fine. We're okay."
"Elle, I've told you before, emotions don't lie." He walked around me, taking my necklace out of the box. I moved my hair out of the way. "Just promise me that you'll let go and embrace what you had Edward have. It's one of a kind. The kind most people dream about and don't get to achieve in their lifetime. I don't need my gift to see how you feel about him."
I felt the cold of the diamond rest on my chest, his cool fingers brushing my neck to clasp the necklace together. My hand instinctively went to the jewel.
"Not just anyone would take him back after leaving like he did. That right there shows how much you care about him. I admire you for that. When we were painting that day and I first picked up on the fact that you loved him after so many years, it blew my mind. I know he never stopped caring about you, but to find out that you felt the same way, it's amazing. It takes a strong person to take someone back after they burn you like that. Honestly, if I was put in that position, I don't think I would."
My eyes welled up with tears. I never knew that's what Jasper thought of me. It's so sweet. A few tears spilled over on to my cheeks. He turned me around, pulling me to him.
"Thank you Jasper." My voice was muffled by his shirt.
"You are more than welcome. You are my sister and I love you. If you ever need to talk about anything, I'm here. You know that, right?" His fingers rubbed small circles in my back.
I pulled away, nodding. "I love you too Jazz. Right back at ya if you ever need to talk."
He smiled. "Thanks. I think Esme has your shoes." I turned around just in time to see Esme come in with a pair of strappy silver heels in her hand. She smiled at Jasper, dismissing him. He squeezed my shoulder and left the room, closing the door.
She stood there for a moment with her lips pursed. "If I could produce tears, believe me they would be streaming. This is very emotional for me."
"Esme, what's wrong?" I walked over to her, placing my hand on her shoulder.
"Nothing is wrong, dear. Just the opposite actually. I don't think I've ever been so happy." She set the shoes on the floor, taking my hands. "I don't think you know how long I have waited for Edward to be as happy as he is. I would sit and worry about his well being for days on end. Of course, he'd read my thoughts and think they were nonsense, and tell me he was perfectly fine. However, I saw the way he would look at Rosalie and Emmett and Jasper and Alice. He wanted what they have but didn't think he was worthy of that happiness, until he met you. You opened his eyes to show him that despite the faults he thinks he has, he deserves someone like you. If my son had lived, I'd have wanted him to be exactly like Edward, and I would want my daughter to be exactly like you. I can't express the feelings I have for you two. I am overjoyed that you have found each other."
"Esme, I only hope I can live up to your expectations of being your daughter."
She bent down, slipping a shoe on my foot. "My dear, you have already surpassed my expectations. I hope I can meet your expectations of being your mother."
I met her on the ground, putting on the other one. "You already have." We stood up, and she gave me a hug. A light knock sounded at the door.
"Come in Carlisle." Esme turned towards the door as her husband walked in.
"You look beautiful Elle. Shall we?" He extended his arm.
I took a deep breath. "I guess." I linked my arm with his and we left the room. At the top of the stairs, I could see the house had a soft glow to it. All the lights that I could see were off but it was still lit somehow.
I leaned into Carlisle as we headed down the grand staircase "Carlisle, what is all of this? What's going on?"
He smiled, whispering back. "You will see soon enough." We stepped off the last step onto the main level of the house, rounding the staircase. I gasped. Every flat surface in the house was covered in white candles of all shape and sizes, flickering beautifully. This can only mean one thing...No. I'm not going to let my mind go there.
Carlisle led me down to the basement, and sat on the couch. He patted the spot next to him, which I immediatley took. "Life isn't as simple as most people tend to think in the beginning, but as time passes new challenges arrive and you have to fight your way through different obsticals. Some may have it easier than others but a constant battle that most people have is finding the one they love. The one they can give their heart and soul to. Our life isn't easy, but it is made better once each of us found our other half. You're lucky Elle, you found yours while you are still human. The trials ahead will be much easier than they were for Jasper, Alice, Emmett, myself and of course Edward. I've considered you my daughter the day Edward figured out he was in love with you. I know you two will make each other happy now and in years to come."
I just stared at him in adoration. "Thank you Carlisle. I have no idea where all these speeches are coming from, but they mean the world to me."
Carlisle stood up, pulling me with him. He enveloped me into a light hug. "We mean every word."
"Elle!" Emmett bounded into the room, scooping me up and away from Carlisle. I love my Emmett hugs. I wrapped my arms around his back, breathing in his scent. It's kind of a woodsy and old spice mix. Perfect scent for Emmett.
"Em, I kinda have to breathe." I coughed after a couple minutes.
"Oh, right." He set me down, his hands trailing down my shoulders until he was holding my hands. "Sis, I've dreamed about this day since our little Eddie laid eyes on you. I thought he was trying to bring home a snack, not a girlfriend, but here you are. I can't wait to live out the rest of this life with you around, it'll be a blast." He squeezed my hands lovingly. "Sis, I love you and I'm excited to have some great memories and fun in the future." He winked with a smirk on his lips.
"Emmett, she will not be having threesomes with you and Rose when she is a vampire, nor with Alice or Jasper so you can watch. And I swear if you even think that again, you'll be sitting at the bottom of the ocean for centuries!" Edward yelled from outside the house. The sliding glass door was open so I could hear him perfectly.
I laughed. Threesome? Yeah right! Well, maybe when I have better vampire boobs. No. There's only one person I want.
Emmett chuckled. "Damn. Well Elle, your man awaits you in the garden." And queue the butterflies in my stomach. Funny, they weren't there before. I pressed my lips in a tight line as I stepped across the room. I heard a loud smack come from behind me. I looked back at Emmett. He gave me an encouraging smile, while rubbing the back of his head. Rosalie was standing next to him with her arms crossed, glaring at him. She flashed a smile at me before going back to glare at her husband. I turned back around, taking a deep breathe. The moon was exceptionally bright so it was easy to see. There was a stone path off of the deck leading to the side of the house. How did I not know this was here? The path continued in a spiral around rose bushes of every color and size. Standing in the middle was Edward wearing dark slacks and a whilte button-up shirt, staring off into space. His shirt almost looked fairy tale blue in the moonlight. I slowly walked the spiral before meeting him in the middle. My heart was beating a million beats per minute. I bit my lip then remembered I had lip gloss on. I immediately stopped. Instead, I chewed on the inside of my cheek.
"Hi," I said timidly.
He turned, smiling. "Hi there. There's nothing to be nervous about," he said softly. My heart gives me away every time. Edward walked up to me, brushing a loose strand behind my ear.
I laughed nervously. "At least you know what this is all about." Although I bet I know what's going on. That thought made my stomach rumble.
Edward smiled his crooked smile. "Elle, I messed up in the beginning and I will forever be making up for it. I can't imagine my life without you. I've been there and I don't want to go through that again. I want to be by your side forever, if you'll have me. I love you more than anything in this world. You are my world."
"I love you too, Edward." My voice was shaky. I was not winning the battle against my nerves.
He bent down on one knee. Oh my God. This is really happening, isn't it?
"I have wanted to do this for so long." He pulled a ring out his pants pocket, holding it up to me. "Elle Swan, will you marry me?"
I didn't hestitate. "Of course!" I stepped forward. Ignoring the ring, I cupped his cold face in my hands. I kissed him softly, yet passionately, trying to convey everything I felt for him. He pulled me to him as he stood up, never breaking the kiss. Our lips moved together like they knew exactly what to do. After a minute or two, we broke apart, our foreheads resting against each other. Without looking, he took my left hand, sliding the ring on my finger.
"I love you." He said softly.
"I love you too," I repeated.
The sound of people clapping pierced the silent night. I looked around in bewilderment, spotting Edward's family along with Cassie and Rob standing on the deck on the second level of the house. Heat rose to my cheeks. How much of this did they see? I bent my head down to hide my blush as Edward took my hand leading me back to the house. As soon as we stepped into the house, we were met with a slew of people hugging the both of us. The word congratulations chorused through the crowd. The lights were now turned on while the candles still burned.
Cassie pulled me to her, giving me a big hun. "Congrats babe. A year ago I never thought you would get married, now look at you," She glanced down as she pulled away. "And look at the ring!" She pulled my hand up, inspecting it. For the first time, I looked at the jewelry on my finger. It had three diamonds sitting in a row. The middle diamond was bigger than the two on either side of it. It looked to be at least a carat with the other two sitting at about a half. The whole thing looked to be set in white gold, although I wouldn't put it past Edward to get it in platinum. It was gorgeous. Definitely more than I ever expected.
"This is gorgeous. Would you tell Edward to give Rob some pointers?" She stared at my hand, turning it every which way to see it flash in the light.
"I heard that," Rob called out.
"Love you honey!" She giggled. She pulled me in for another hug. "I am so proud of you babe!"
"Thank you. Hey, so that's why you wanted me to leave work, isn't it? You're a sneaky one!" I pulled away, laughing.
"Guilty!" She shrugged, smiling.
Alice appeared at my side. "So do you want a summer or a winter wedding?"
I coughed. "Um, let's take it one step at a time, shall we?" I caught eyes with Edward across the room. He smiled and was at my side in an instant. Cassie flitted to the other side of the room, chatting with Rosalie.
"Alice," he warned.
"Just curious." She smiled sweetly.
Rob appeared at my right side opposite of Edward. He slung an arm around my shoulders. "Well look at that," He raised up my left hand. "You're being domesticated Elle."
I laughed. "Yeah, I know. Scary thought, huh?"
"Nah, it's a good look for you. I'm happy for you babe."
"Thanks." I hugged him from the side. He kissed my cheek before turning to Edward, my fiance. Wow, those two words together feel so foregin. Edward. Fiance.
Rob held out his hand. "Congrats, man."
Edward smiled, shaking his hand. "Thank you." Rob gave him a look that I think said something like 'break her heart, and I'll break your face'. You know, the normal big brother stuff that he's obligated to say. Edward nodded in understanding.
The rest of the night went by in a breeze. As Rob and Cassie left, I promised I would call her before monday so we could hang out. With all of the candles snuffed out, Edward made our way up to our room. As soon as the door was shut, he gathered me in his arms, kissing me feverishly which I happily reciprocated. This room was still only lit by candles, giving off a romantic vibe.
"Have I told you that you look amazing tonight?" He asked in between kisses.
"No, I don't think you have." I kissed his cold nose.
"Shame on me then because you look beautiful and sexy tonight. I'm sorry I didn't tell you sooner." His lips skimmed down my jaw, landing on my neck where he placed feather soft kisses. I shivered at his touch. He kissed down my shoulder and onto my arm, all the way to my fingertips. I grabbed his head, pulling him back to me. Thank God these shoes give me height. I hooked my arm around his neck, bringing him closer as I devoured his lips. Such sweet lips. My other hand snaked it's way to his hair, tangling itself in his soft strands. One of his arms wrapped around my waist while the other slid down the side of my body, resting just below my hip. His fingers kneaded the skin there under the thin fabric.
"Edward," I moaned, my voice was full of need.
"We shouldn't. I could hurt you." He kissed me in between words.
"I know." I couldn't help but be a little disappointed. He slowly walked us to the bed, where he turned me around to sit. I scooted back while he tended to taking my shoes off. As each high heel came off, he kissed the calf, running his hands along my bare legs. He climbed onto the bed next to me, sliding me up to the head of the bed. He laid on his side, resting on his elbow while I was on my back, looking up at him. His lips caught mine and my eyes fluttered closed. I don't want to ever stop kissing him. His tongue licked my bottom lip. I parted them and he slipped it in. I rushed to meet him, my tongue flicking at his. I heard him groan and smiled inwardly. After a few precious seconds, he pulled away.
"Not tonight," He licked his lips, staring at my own.
I bit my lip. "I know."
He kissed me once more. "But believe me, on our honeymoon, you will be mine."
"I already am yours. I don't know what's stopping you," I looked up at him, brushing his hair out of his eyes.
"Elle, are we really going to get into this now?" He raised an eyebrow.
"No, I guess not. We'll save that argument for another night. Does that mean we can't make out?" I looked at him, hopeful.
He smiled a little devilish smile. "I suppose we can do that for a little while longer."
I grinned, pulling him to me as I captured his lips with my own. Tangling my hands in his hair, I pulled him so he was half on top of me, and yet none of his weight was on me. He placed his hands on the bed on the other side of me, catching himself.
I sighed, pulling away. "You know, you can lay on me. You're not gonna kill me with your weight."
He pressed his lips into a thin line. "I don't want to hurt you."
Sliding my hands to the front of his head, I cupped his face. "Edward, you are not going to hurt me. I trust you. You need to trust you."
Edward paused for a moment. "I can try."
I smiled, "That's all I ask." For now. I pulled his face back towards me, kissing him. Ever so slowly, he lowered his upper half on top of me. I could feel his cold skin through his thin shirt. I grinned into the kiss, running my nails down his back. He hissed as he broke away, kissing down my neck. His cold lips felt amazing. I shivered as he made his way down to my shoulder before he returned to my lips, where he stayed there for the remainder of the night.