Well here it is, the conclusion to Playing with Eddie. I laughed, I cried, I threw up from nerves. I hope you all enjoyed the ride, cause I sure did. Thank you all for being awesome!
"Alice, fucking get over it, I'm not wearing that shade of pink!"
"Why do you always have to be so damn difficult? It'll look great!"
"I don't care. You know I hate pink lipstick."
"I don't know why anyone puts up with you!"
"You're just mad because you want to re-live this vicariously through me. Listen, I asked you to do this because you are my best friend, and I love you, but I get some say."
Alice threw her hands up in surrender as she smoothed the front of her dress. Rose walked back into the room, carrying a bottle of champagne and three flutes.
"Oh, thank you baby Jesus!" Alice exclaimed as she popped the bottle open and handed one to me.
"Bella's getting ornery, Rose."
"Shut up, Alice, you are only making it worse! I feel your pain Bella." Rosalie replied and rolled her eyes. I laughed.
"Mom, can you help me with my necklace?" I asked my mother who was waiting patiently in the corner, smiling while my best friends and I bickered over the minute details of my makeup and hair.
"Sure, baby," she replied and slipped the round diamond I wore every day over my neckline and clasped it.
Esme flitted into the room while I was swiping on my deep red lipstick as Alice scowled at me in the reflection of the mirror.
"Stop scowling at me. I'm under enough pressure as it is."
Her scowl turned up into the biggest smile I had seen on her all day. "You're right. Red does look better."
"Lord, help us get through this day," Esme said under her breath.
I spun in the mirror once more, making sure everything was exactly how I wanted it. Hair in place makeup in place…gown fastened, Rose, Alice….
"Where's DAD!?" I asked and looked around the room.
"I'm here, I'm here!" he said and rushed out of the bathroom.
"Bella, you look beautiful," Esme said and kissed my cheek.
My mother kissed me, too, with tears in her eyes," I'll see you down there my beautiful little girl."
"Ma, don't cry, you're going to make me cry!" I exclaimed as she gave me a small wave.
"I have tissues!" Alice exclaimed and held one in front of my face.
As I composed myself, I heard Claire de Lune on the piano being played downstairs.
"How could he play that at a moment like this? He knows I love it when he plays this song," Then the tears fell.
"Shit," I said and sniffled and reached for the tissue dangling in front of me. I quickly dabbed my tears and stood upright.
"Are you ok, honey?" My father asked and held out his arm for me to take.
"Yes, actually. I'm perfect…." I turned to face Alice and Rosalie who were swiping at tears as well. "Well don't just stand there, girls. It's go time!"
They laughed and each gave me hugs.
Jasper was singing Queen's "Another one bites the Dust" under his breath as I looked out onto Lake Washington from the windows of my new great room. It was a beautiful day. I looked down at the lawn. The back of everyone's heads looked like specks from up here.
Fucking hell, I loved this house. I laughed as I thought of Bella's face when she saw the final price of our new home on Mercer Island. I thought she was going to have a stroke. I had been doing really well at my job, like really, really well, and so was she. I told her we could afford the expensive price tag, and that I had to start spending my money somewhere. She wanted to stay in the townhouse we had grown to love for the past eight years, through college and after that, but I had had enough. Trying to convince her to even look at new homes was like pulling teeth. So I found this place and told her she had to see it for herself. When I finally drug her here kicking and screaming, her mouth dropped open and she squealed that high pitch excited Bella squeal.
She loved the view, the infinity pool overlooking the lake, the dock for our future boat, and the closets. It had her at hello, just as she had me. The FOR SALE sign was in the front of the townhouse the next day.
"Shut the fuck up Jasper," I nudged him.
"You really shouldn't cuss in front of all these fucking people," he said.
"I'm sorry Ed, I shouldn't have given him whiskey," Emmett said as he smacked him in the back of the head.
"Is my tie straight?" I asked and turned to the two of them.
"For the millionth time, yes, ya douchebag," Emmett smiled and punched me in the shoulder.
"Boys, calm down," my father said and chuckled.
I turned and sat at the piano bench, and began playing Claire de Lune. I knew Bella could hear it upstairs, and I was playing it for her.
Esme walked up to me and gave me a kiss, "Edward, it's time…"she said and grabbed my father's hand.
Rosalie and Alice came down the front staircase, both looking stunning in their matching champagne colored dresses clutching bouquets of flowers. Alice surprised me by busting out in tears and running into my arms.
"I love you, brother," she said and sobbed.
"I love you, too, Alice."
"Alice Cullen Whitlock, please don't cry on your brother's suit," my mother said as she began to cry, too.
"Sorry," She said and sniffled. She pulled out some tissues and dotted her eyes, as she handed one to my mother who did the same. "We love you son," my father said and patted me on the shoulder.
"Edward you look so handsome," Renee stated as she took Phil's arm.
We walked over to the pool area, which led down a double staircase, where we were to walk down to the back lawn that overlooked the lake.
My mother and father went out first, followed by Renee and Phil. Then, Rose and Em, and Alice and Jasper. I took a step outside and took a deep breath.
The violinists began to play the procession music, and I smiled as I thought about my bride.
Don't trip, don't trip. Fuckity fuck.
"Did I say that out loud?"
"I still can't believe you are marrying the boy."
"I'm teasing, Bella."
I was convinced my dad never got over the fact that we lied to him in college. He showed up unexpected at "Bella and Alice's' house when we were sophomore's and busted us living with our boyfriends. He forgave Alice, but somehow I don't think he wanted to forgive Edward. Since I was 20 at the time, he couldn't really do anything about it but tell my mother. Renee was fine with it, so he was defeated in the end.
I had made it down the staircase inside the house unscathed, and now we were walking down the steps that led to the yard. I heard the opening notes to the wedding march and took a few deep breaths. I squeezed the hell out of my father's hand and my bouquet as we walked down the stairs. I couldn't look at Edward. Not yet.
I thought back to the day when he proposed.
We just moved into this monstrosity, and Edward and I were drinking wine on our deck and watching the sun set over the lake. He held me close to him and kissed my cheek.
"Do you know how much I love you?" he asked and kissed my hand.
"I think I have a pretty good idea," I laughed.
I smiled at him, and didn't understand what was going on when he dropped to one knee.
"Isabella Marie Swan, I have loved you since the day I laid eyes on you all those years ago when I was a stupid kid in high school…."
"Oh my god!" I exclaimed as I finally figured it out.
"You're beautiful, smart, stubborn as hell, and pretty much everything I could ever ask for in a woman. Would you do me the honor of becoming my wife?" He held a ring out to me that he had clutched in his hand. Wait. Scratch that, not a ring, a sliver of platinum with a giant rock that sat on top of it.
"Yes Edward! Yes, baby!" I exclaimed as I blubbered. He slipped the ring on and smiled up at me. I dropped down to his level and hugged him tightly.
"I love you so much Edward. I can't wait to marry you." I heard him sniffle as I squeezed him tightly.
I watched as one hundred and sixty three guests stood up just for me. As soon as my feet hit the aisle on the grass, I allowed myself to look.
He was standing there, with a stoic look on his face, like he was thinking about something really hard.
When our eyes met, he smiled so wide. Then it was like I had tunnel vision. All I could see was him. When we made it to the end of the aisle, my father placed my hand in his.
"Hi." I said with tears in my eyes as I handed my bouquet to Alice. Fuckin A. He looked so delicious. I couldn't wait for later.
"Hi sweetheart," he said and smiled.
We both turned to the officiant and he began the ceremony…
"We are gathered here today…"
She looked stunning, gorgeous, beautiful. There weren't enough adjectives in the English language to describe her. She nudged me and smiled as she turned to me. Shit, I hadn't been paying attention to the damn ceremony because I had been staring at her the whole time.
"Edward, do you take Isabella for your lawful wedded wife, to live in the holy estate of matrimony? Will you love, honor, comfort, and cherish her from this day forward, forsaking all others, keeping only unto her for as long as you both shall live?"
"Oh, yes. I do," I said and smiled at her. She had tears pooling in the corners of her eyes, and I had to stop myself from grabbing her into a hug.
"Isabella, do you take Edward for your lawful wedded husband, to live in the holy estate of matrimony? Will you love, honor, comfort, and cherish her from this day forward, forsaking all others, keeping only unto her for as long as you both shall live?"
"Hell yes I do."
I chuckled and turned to Jasper who had my ring for Bella, and Bella took my ring from Alice.
"Repeat after me, Edward."
"I , Edward, take you Isabella, to be my wife, to have and to hold from this day forward, for better or for worse, for richer, for poorer, in sickness and in health, to love and to cherish; from this day forward until death do us part."
I slid the ring onto Bella's finger, making her mine forever. Her lip began to tremble as she repeated her vows to me.
"You may now seal the promises you have made with each other with a kiss."
I grabbed both her hands, and threw them around my neck and kissed her hard, while everyone cheered.
"Ladies and gentlemen, I present to you the loving couple, Mr. and Mrs. Edward Cullen!"
My tongue found it's way into her mouth as people continued to clap. Bella smiled against my lips, and kept kissing me until the officiant cleared his throat.
Oh, right. There are people here. I took Bella's hand and put it in mine, and we made our way down the aisle, smiling and laughing at one another as I led her back into the house.
I pulled her into a hug," I love you," I said and kissed her again.
"I love you too, Mr. Cullen."
The night was beginning to wind down, Edward and I were sitting at a little table outside after hours of dancing under the twinkling outdoor lights and paper lanterns. He held my hand as I sipped my champage. Alice and Rosalie were right when they told me my wedding day would be over so fast. They were both married last year, Alice at the beach, Rosalie in a chapel in Forks. Their wedding's were beautiful, but mine was the best. But maybe I was a little biased. I felt a tap on my shoulder and looked up.
"Well, well. If it isn't the Black's," I said and gave Jake a hug.
"You guys did great up there," Jake said and gave Edward a pat on the shoulder.
"Hi Leah," I said and gave her a hug and a kiss on the cheek, "and hello there little Adam," I said and scooped the baby Black into my arms.
"We still on for golf when I get back from my honeymoon?" Edward asked as he swung his arm around Jake's shoulders.
"You know it, bro. Tell Emmett to bring his A game, I have to beat him this time," Jake said and smiled.
I remembered back in high school when Jake thought he was in love with me. Edward ended up having a long talk with him about how I was his destiny and he was mine, so there was no possible way he could ever love me, because his own destiny was out there, too. I had to practically beat the conversation out of him because he just kept saying 'it's a guy thing, I don't want to talk about it.' So apparently Jake agreed maybe it was maybe more lust than love, and ended up being friends when they found they had a mutual love for automobiles. After we left for college, and after a few months of dating Leah, Jake was pretty much convinced that she was his happily ever after. Thank God for that...
"Guy's we're heading out, and just wanted to tell you bye and best wishes and all that mushy stuff. Have fun in Fiji!" Leah said as she took Adam from me. I kissed them goodbye as Jake snaked his arms around me and kissed me on the cheek.
"Bells, Bells, Bells. You look so beautiful. Edward is still one lucky asshole," he chuckled and released me.
"I am one of the luckiest assholes alive," Edward said and put his arm around my waist. I don't think he ever forgot the kiss Jake gave me and was quick to put his arms around me when Jake was around. I rolled my eyes.
"And don't forget it," Jake said and put his arms around Leah and Adam and escorted them up the lawn.
I kissed Edward on the mouth, long and sweet.
"I love you Mrs. Cullen," he said and scooped me into his arms, bridal style.
"I love you, Eddie," I said and kissed him on the nose, "Now take me to bed, my handsome husband."
"You don't have to tell me twice, wifey," he said and began to carry me toward the house.
Awwww…it's over. Whew!