This is what we're up, up against?
And every minute is a minute away"
Up Against – Taking Back Sunday
"I once heard that if you sit in the sun long enough your body gets cleansed," Alice said while flopping on her back to tan.
Rosalie and Alice were sprawled out on towels tanning while Esme and I stayed under the umbrella looking out at the pretty ocean.
"I'll burn," I told Alice.
"I've got this sunscreen that's pretty epic," Rosalie told me.
"Girls," Esme chided. "Leave Bella alone. This vacation is for her."
It really wasn't, though.
This vacation was for the rest of the Cullen's so they could be a part of my marriage.
And if I got a trip to Hawaii for that then bring it on.
"Thanks," I told Esme.
"Emmett!" Rosalie said lowly, dangerous.
He was directly in front of her with a bucket of water in hand, tipping it ever so gently so it would look like he was going to spill it on her.
Emmett just smiled and nudged his head in Alice's direction.
Alice was oblivious with her head ducked down, but Jasper was above her with a big bucket of water in his hand.
I heard Rose sigh and Emmett helped her to her feet so she wouldn't get soaked.
Alice, though, took the sigh as a sign Rosalie was annoyed and said, "You two, its vacation. At least try and get along."
"They are," Jasper said smoothly as he dumped the water on her back.
"I hate you. I hate you. I hate you!" Alice yelled hopping up, brushing her hands in her hair to make it dry faster.
"I love you. I love you. I love you!" Jasper said to her.
"I'd run," Emmett told Jasper.
"Yes, sir," Jasper said jogging away from his girlfriend.
"Ugh!" Alice yelled. She gave a wicked look to Emmett before taking off after Jasper.
In the distance we could see Jasper jumping into the water away from Alice, but Alice followed him right in.
When hours before, she refused to get in because her fear of sharks. Jasper eliminated her fears.
Esme put a hand on my shoulder. We had both been starring off at Alice and Jasper.
"He's going to marry her soon," she whispered to me while plunking on her sunglasses to cover the circles under her eyes from being hung-over.
"He told you?" I asked directing my attention to Esme.
"No," she said. "I have a feeling."
"Your feelings were wrong about Bella," Emmett said dumping his bucket of water onto himself.
He sat down on the towel with Rosalie towering over him with her arms crossed.
"Emmett Cullen," Rosalie seethed.
I hadn't seen her get really truly angry at Emmett, ever.
They've flirted-fight, but never this…
Whatever Esme's first feelings of me, they must have been bad.
"No, dear," Esme said to Rose. "Don't fight. It was nothing horrid, believe me."
I breathed a sigh of relief on the inside.
"If he proposes at this beach," Edward said coming up behind me with Carlisle in tow. "I'll be pretty…"
"Happy," I interrupted him and he shook his head.
I sat down under the umbrella with Bella at my side and Esme on the other.
"I think you'd be happy," Esme agreed with Bella. "Even if he did it the same spot you proposed. You'd get over it."
I sighed as Bella opened her mouth, "Plus, they deserve it. I've never seen two people so destined to be together."
Our gaze fell upon Jasper and Alice. Jasper was basically holding Alice in the water. She was flailing her arms in the arm like she was nervous, but Jasper just stayed calm trying to get over her irrational fear.
I'd always liked Jasper, he was in-fact, my friend before he and Alice ever laid eyes on one another.
I felt Bella's hand grasping for mine as I held onto her hand tightly.
"I think you two," Emmett proclaimed, "need to get away before you get all lovey-dovey."
"Don't speak," I replied. "When you and Rose got married, I swore I was going to lose my eyes after seeing so much of both of you."
Bella laughed and I gave her a mock hurt look.
"Oh, shush," Esme said. "Carlisle, could you get me some ice?"
"Sure thing," he said smugly. He'd been watching from afar, always watching us so when we came for advice he'd have something wise to say.
Today, he was just laughing as Mom would yawn or put on sunglasses. He was enjoying her not being perfect in public.
"Wiped," Emmett said making a sound. "I'll never be like that."
"Hah!" Rose and Bella snorted.
"You already are," Bella said. When Emmett looked at her indignantly she spoke again, "I mean, when you were about to pour water on Rosalie, and don't lie you would of if she didn't catch you, you stopped when she asked."
"I…" Emmett began.
"And, you're always holding those tiny tissue packets so you can clean Rosalie's heels if they get stuck in mud and she won't be mad at you," Bella said.
Emmett's mouth turned into an 'O' as I laughed out loud. "Really?"
Bella nodded and Emmett turned to Rosalie.
"You told them!"
"Just Bella," Rosalie shrugged.
Emmett looked ready to kill, so I took Bella's hand a little tighter as I stood up and dragged her away with a wave to everyone else.
"This is a test," Bella said mocking the first words we spoke to one another right before we entered my parents' home and she entered my family's life for real.
We were sitting at a table waiting for my family to meet us for dinner. We were outside and had a great view of the ocean. Not that it mattered when I had Bella's face to look at.
"And it's a huge deal," I said.
"They're going to hate it," Bella said.
"Yes they will," I replied.
"But, you'll still love it, right?" She asked.
"Right, because I love you."
I laughed as my family came into view and all sat down in their respectable spots while arguing and talking over one another.
"We have an announcement to make," I proclaimed rising my wine glass in the air.
Emmett melodramatically tapped his knife to his wine glass until it shattered. "Ouch."
"Oh, shut up," Rosalie laughed.
"You may hate it," Bella announced.
"But I love Bella," I replied. "And she's wonderful in everything she wears."
"Wait!" Alice squeaked. "What the hell? This is about clothes?"
"We're getting there," I mumbled. Bella elbowed me.
"Not exactly, um… this is about signing us all up for hula classes."
"Hula classes? Huh?" Emmett asked.
"It's where you wear those skirts and learn to dance their dance…" Bella said.
"I have to wear a skirt?" Emmett asked his eyes becoming the size of saucers.
"Yep," Bella laughed.
"No!" Emmett yelled standing up.
"With shorts underneath," I laughed as he sat back down.
"What was your mother's first impression of me?" Bella asked as we lounged while watching Emmett dance around the room in a hula skirt.
"Huh?" I asked.
"She said something earlier…"
"What do you mean?" I asked getting a bit fed up of my family's drama.
"Nothing bad," Bella replied shrugging it off.
But I wouldn't have that. After a few hours of dancing around the rooms with the instructors I walked over to my father and asked him to go into the hallway.
"What's wrong?" He asked.
"Nothing," I said. "I was just curious as to what Mom's 'first impression' of Bella was?"
"Edward!" Bella whined as the rest of the family came out of the room.
"Oh, dear, don't fret," Esme said. She was more chipped after the dancing with the family.
"Then would you tell us?" I asked as the rest of my family listened intently.
"I thought Bella was the missing puzzle piece of your life," Esme said. "You used to always come home on holidays with a frown upon your face and were constantly on that cell phone of yours. I thought it was just school, but when Bella came into our home…"
She reached a hand to Bella. "It was like you were you again. I was so worried you were becoming someone else that you didn't want to be, but the moment Bella walked into our home and you defended her against Alice, I knew she was perfect."
"Wait." Rose interrupted ruining the perfect moment after all of two minutes. "So why was Emmett being all, 'You were wrong, Esme.'?"
We all faced Emmett. He shrugged and said, "I think Bella's more of our daily entertainment and food source than Edward's woman."
Rose punched him in the arm and everyone began to laugh.
When we got to the hotel, the elevator was jammed and it forced us to take the stairs.
"Race!" Emmett called out taking off into a sprint. A packet of tissues fell out of his pocket and Jasper picked them up with a laugh.
Rosalie took off her shoes and began chasing after Emmett.
Alice hopped onto Jasper's back and screamed, "Go!"
I looked at Bella, who laughed, and began taking off while holding my hand. I could've gone faster, but I'd stay with Bella.
The race was somewhat close, until Alice took the tissues from Jasper's hand and flung them at Emmett. It hit him in the head and he became bewildered and stumbled, picked up the tissues, and ran up the stairs. He was beat by a triumphant Rosalie. She stuck her tongue out at all of us 'losers'.
We didn't care.
Esme and Carlisle went to sleep, and everyone else piled into our suite.
"Give these back to your boyfriend," Emmett said throwing the packet of tissues at Alice. She caught them.
"Sure," she giggled. She skipped over to Jasper and reached into his coat pocket, her eyes turned huge as she met her eyes with Jasper's. "No," she breathed.
"Yes," he whispered.
"Oh my God," Alice said as Bella came up beside me and nudged me like I should know what was going on.
"I wasn't planning to do this here, but I don't have a choice now, do I, darling?" Jasper asked Alice.
"Nope," Alice beamed.
Jasper quickly gave Alice a kiss and kneeled down on one knee. Alice's hand was still in Jasper's pocket and he gently grabbed her hand giving it a kiss and never letting it go.
"I love you," he said simply. Alice still hadn't brought her hand out of the jacket. What the hell? Was there another bag of tissues in there and Alice was excited?
"You're my whole life," Jasper said.
Emmett opened his mouth, but Rosalie quickly put a her hand over it and shook her head. What the…
"And we've been waiting for this for… forever. You give me hope, you give me love, will you please give me the pleasure of being mine?"
"As long as your mine," Alice said kneeling down to Jasper's level so she didn't have to reach down into his pocket.
"Now, if you'll let me…" Jasper said easing Alice's hand out of his pocket with a black velvet box was pulled out.
Jasper opened the box and put the ring on Alice's finger. She looked at it and squealed.
"I love it!" She yelled and took Jasper's hand again. "We're going to go celebrate…alone… see you all tomorrow!"
Jasper smiled sheepishly at us while he followed Alice.
"Dude, be respectful!" Emmett screamed. "She's my sister!"
"She's my life," Jasper shot back with a wink as they left our room.
"I love you," Bella whispered into my ear.
I turned and faced her as she rested her head on my chest. "Bye Rosalie, bye Emmett." I replied closing my eyes.
"Gah, get all romantic, what's up with everyone?" Emmett grumbled while they exited the room.
"This is how it's supposed to be," I replied. "Just me and you, baby."
"With your family in the hallway," Bella laughed.
"Of course," I replied.
"I wouldn't have it any other way," Bella said standing on her tippy-toes to kiss me.
These are not for each chapter, but are in chronological order. FYI.
Up Against (Blackout) – Taking Back Sunday
Down and Out – The Academy is…
Jaime All Over – Mayday Parade
The Taste of Ink – The Used
The Future Freaks Me Out – Motion City Soundtrack
Girl Next Door – Saving Jane
The Glory of Love – New Found Glory
The Runaway – Something Corporate
It's Not Your Fault – New Found Glory
Secret Love & The Fastest Way to Happiness – This Providence
This is For Keeps – The Spill Canvas
Inevitable – Anberlin
Brat Pack – The Rocket Summer
Twilight – Thriving Ivory
And that's it… for now. I may post outtakes at another time. I'm going to post the playlist on my profile, peeps.
And I'm sorry for the wait. I can spit out a million excuses… but I'll spare you all.
I love you all so, so much. And I had a great time writing this. Check out my other stories. And please, please…