The house was in a happy chaos, if that even makes sense. Things had been quiet for the last month or so. We had to deal with a few other vampires causing trouble, but apparently the holidays made everyone mellow out.
Alice was bouncing around constantly putting up decorations and hanging mistletoe. I swear every inch of the house was covered in garland and holly. And don't even get me started on the tree. Alice had sent the boys out two weeks ago to find her "perfect tree". Why she didn't go with, I'll never know, but they had to make three different trips before she was satisfied.
Once she was happy with her tree she made them drag out all of the ornaments that they had collected over the years. I was recruited to help her decorate the tree. There was every kind of ornament possible. They had been collecting them every year since they had been together, starting with just Carlisle, Esme, and Daddy. Esme had started the tradition and when Alice came along she took it over.
I was hanging a lion ornament on the tree when Daddy came up to me.
"You know that that particular ornament is mine right?" He asked.
"Oh, I'm sorry." I took it off and handed it to him to hang back up. He laughed and shook his head.
"I don't mind you hanging it up angel. It's just that each member of the family has an ornament that is special to them. Mine is this lion." He had told me the story of how he called himself a lion and Momma a lamb when they were dating. Momma came to stand next to him and hung her little lamb ornament on the tree next to his lion. She smiled up at him and took his hand in hers.
Then the rest of the family, hearing what was going on by the tree, came filing in from whatever activities they had been in. I watched each of them go to one of the ornament boxes and rifle through them until they found their special ornaments. Esme walked up to the tree and placed an ornament depicting a mother holding a child on a branch.
Carlisle stepped forward then and set an ornament with the medical symbol on the tree. He gave me a smile and pat on the shoulder and then he went and sat down next to Esme on the couch to watch the rest of the family.
Alice bounced up and down as she put a little purse ornament on the tree, with Jasper right next to her with his little Soldier. They both smiled at each other and took a step away from the tree to make room for Emmett.
He looked a little sad as he placed his grizzly on a branch, and then as far up as he could reach, he placed a glass angel ornament on a branch. He then came up behind me and wrapped his arms around me and kissed my cheek. I smiled and snuggled into his embrace.
Jake and Ness were the next ones to put their ornaments on the tree. Jake's ornament was obviously a wolf. Ness had a red heart that she set next to Jake's. They were spending Christmas at the big house. Alice had already made sure that the house we bought them as a wedding present was close enough to us to visit at least once a day.
I sighed happily and made my way into the kitchen to check on the cookies that were baking in the oven.
"Where ya goin baby?" Emmett asked as I turned to leave.
"Just to check the cookies." I said, smiling.
"The cookies are fine for now honey, come here for a minute." Daddy said as he waved me over to him and Momma.
I went and sat down on the couch next to them. Daddy reached behind us when Carlisle handed him a box wrapped in green paper.
"An early Christmas present." Daddy said as he handed me the box. I pulled the silver ribbon loose and tore at the green paper. Lifting the lid of the box I gasped.
"Wow." Was all I could manage.
Inside of the box was an ornately painted water lily ornament. I hadn't even thought that I didn't have one when they were putting all of theirs on the tree.
"What are you waiting for, go put it up there!" Ness told me.
I stood up and walked over to the tree and placed it right in the center, surrounded by all of the other families ornaments. It looked like it belonged there. Just like I belonged with all of them.
We spend the rest of the day just hanging out and cooking the food that Jake and I would be eating tomorrow. As well as baking cookies for Santa. ( Emmett told us we just HAD TO or else none of us would get presents). Once the sun went down we all piled into the living room and watched It's a Wonderful Life, which I fell asleep to halfway through. I barely remember Emmett carrying me up to my room and setting me in bed.
The next morning I was woken up by Emmett and Ness jumping all around my room singing Jingle Bells at the top of their lungs. I groaned and threw a pillow at them.
"GO AWAY" I yelled. Ness just laughed and crawled under the covers with me. I thought she was going to let me sleep, but then she started poking my forehead right between my eyes, It was worse than Chinese Water Torture. I tried swatting her hand away but she didn't leave.
"Wake Up." She said in a singsong voice.
"No" I growled at her. I was not a morning person.
"Fine. Have it your way." She said as she got up and tore the covers off of the bed. It was COLD!
"Damn you! Alright I'm up, I'm up." I grumbled, throwing my legs over the side of the bed and standing up. She threw some clothes at me and pushed me into the bathroom before I could say anything else.
The shower did wake me up I felt better once I got a good soak in. I dried myself off and put my hair into a casual ponytail. I slipped on the jeans and red shirt that she put me in and made my way to the kitchen when to find some food. I stepped out into the hallway and was hit with Daddy playing jingle bells on the piano.
"Not you too!" I yelled down the stairs once I got to them. I heard him laugh but keep playing.
Everyone seemed to be congregated in the kitchen, which I thought was hilarious because only two people in the house actually ate food. I sat down at the table next to Emmett and glared at him for waking me up so rudely.
"What?" He asked, giving me and innocent look.
"You know what." I barked at him. Esme handed me a plate of pancakes and I started shoving them in my mouth. I was starving.
"These are great Esme!" I said as I finished off the plate.
"Alright, You're the last one who we needed to wake up and now you have so can we open presents now PLEASE?" Emmet whined.
"You're like a 5 year old." I mumbled under my breath. Which of course he heard.
"Am not." I just looked at him with an Are-Too look.
"Come on, come on. Let's go, Present time!" Alice said as she bounced around from person to person. Apparently Christmas morning made everyone turn into 5 year olds. I got up and followed everyone into the living room. There were piles and piles of presents under the tree. We spent the next few hours opening up presents and cleaning up the paper.
I got almost everything a girl could ask for. Plenty of clothes and accessories from Alice, Music from Momma and Daddy. Books from Jasper, A charm bracelet from Jake and Ness with miniature versions of everyone's special ornament on it, and tickets to the ballet from Carlisle and Esme. I had never been to a ballet before but always wanted to go. I didn't get anything from Emmett, but I didn't really mind. This was my first real Christmas and that was enough of a gift.
"Well I guess that's everything." Esme said as she got up to start cleaning up all of the paper and ribbon that was strewn across the floor.
"Actually there's one present left." Emmett said as he stood up and went behind the tree. I heard him rustling around and then he pulled out a tiny black velvet box. I heard Alice squeal and Jasper clamped his hand around her mouth to keep her from screaming.
Emmett walked right up to me and then he got down on one knee. OH MY GOD!
"Liz." He said. HOLY CROW! HE'S NOT... "You know I love you with everything I am." OH HE IS! "And if you'll let me, I want to spend the rest of my life showing you. You are my best friend. You are my confidant. You are my partner in crime. And now I'm asking you to be my wife. Will you marry me, Liz?" He said as he opened the box revealing a round cut sapphire ring with diamonds lining the platinum band.
I was speechless. I was shouting to myself "TELL HIM YES YOU IDIOT" But my mouth just didn't seem to work. I was bawling my eyes out as I threw my arms around him and hugged him as tight as I could.
"I take that as a yes?" He chuckled nervously as he hugged me back.
"Yes, You can take that as a yes" I told him as I pulled his lips to mine. The kiss was explosive. Fire and Ice and passion and heat all rolled into one kiss that I prayed would never end.
However, my darling brother in law clearing his throat ended it.
"Come on lovebirds! Let me see the ring!" Ness squealed as I squealed back. I saw Emmett stick his fingers in his ear and gave him an apologetic look.
I stood up and made my way over to Ness and Alice who both grabbed my hand and drug it right to their faces, inspecting my ring.
"Aww it's beautiful and so you. It's perfect." Ness said as she started to cry. We were both crying now and I could tell the boys were getting uncomfortable. Momma and Esme came over and I could tell that if they could they would be crying too. They both wrapped me in a hug and we were just a pile of tears and sobs and "Congratulations" and "I'm so happy for you's" Once we had all calmed down, Daddy came up to me and with a sad look on his face pulled me into a hug.
"I just got you back." He said. I wanted to cry again.
"I'm not going anywhere. I promise. I'll always be your baby girl first." I said to him.
I looked around the room at my family, who had now moved on to congratulate Emmett. And then it hit me. Everything that I had been through in the last year had all resulted in this one moment. I finally knew who I was and where I belonged.
I was a Cullen.
(A/N): I'm so sad. Who I Am is complete! I want to thank everyone who reviewed this story. and especially my most faithful reviewers Allythevampchick, Blue Tulips, Imafanpire, Saanah4, mommy2matty, Mrs. Brianna Emmett Cullen, hetzel4, chechuu-cullen, and Jaspersgirl2106. You guys got me through this story and kept me updating. THANK YOU!
As for my next fic, I'm still undecided. I've got one that is stuck in my head and will probably end up being written first. However for everyone who voted for the sequel don't worry! It will be written, I just don't know what order I'm going to do this in yet. I'm taking a week of from writing to get all of my ideas in order and figure out what I'm going to do next, so put me on your author alert so that when I start the next story you know about it!!
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