FINALLY! The last chapter! I'm SO SO SO SO sorry. Forgive me! I cannot give any good excuses for why Life had held me captive for so long. I hope this chapter does my absence justice. Enjoy. R&R.
BTW...I do not own anything.
Chapter 43 - Worth the Wait
2 years later…
I couldn't focus. I could hear a voice, but it sounded indecipherable as it was a faint noise in the background. My heartbeat was beating erratically inside my chest. That's all I could hear and feel at the moment. Then…there was Edward, his deep green eyes boring into me adoringly. He was the reason why my heartbeat was pounding. The intense gaze in his eyes was mesmerizing. He smiled down at me and I melted. That's all I could see and focus on. Just him. Nothing else.
"Bella?" Edward whispered softly.
"Hm?" I said, still in a zone.
He squeezed my hand lightly. I had broke out of my moment of trance and realized what I needed to be doing.
"Oh! I do," I said softly, blushing furiously and I bit my lower lip out of embarrassment.
Edward's smile became wider, flashing his perfect teeth. He released one of my hands he was holding to brush my lower lip away from my teeth with his thumb, his eyes full of love. His touch always calmed me, but excited me at the same time.
"Edward, do you take this woman? To have and to hold…." the voice had drifted off into a mumbling in the background again. Edward lips moved as I read them mouthing I love you. All I could do was smile back at him, trying to hold in my oncoming tears. His velvety voice stated his "I do," and the tears finally fell. I didn't give a damn anymore about my makeup.
Oh my, this is it!
I'm finally Mrs. Edward Cullen.
"You may now kiss…" the minister began, but Edward didn't give him a chance to finish.
Edward pulled me towards him quickly, planting a passionate kiss for everyone in the congregation to witness. I put my hands upon his face and returned the kiss ardently. Again, my heart jumped wildly in my chest. His scent was intoxicating enough to send me into a whirl of dizziness. He still made me weak.
Applause thundered in my ears. Edward pulled away, kissing my wedding band softly before we turned to face our family and friends. We both beamed with utter happiness.
Alice handed me my bouquet and I noticed her stream of tears down her cheeks. I embraced her. Nothing needed to be said between us. We knew exactly how we both felt. I was happy, she was happy for me.
The Wedding March music played in the background after the minister introduced us as Mr. & Mrs. Edward Cullen. Edward led me down the steps of the alter and we both walked down the aisle, gripping tightly onto each other's hand, beaming. Once we were at the back of the church, Edward picked me up, twirling me excitedly into a circle. I giggled delightfully, placing my both my hands on his beautiful face.
"I love you Mr. Cullen," I announced.
"Mrs. Cullen.." he paused for a moment, relishing in the sound of it. Then repeated it a few more times. "And I love you, Mrs. Cullen," he finished still swirling me around.
"Edward! put me down! So I can kiss my husband!"
He put me down and the passion I could see in his eyes were more prominent than before. We peered into each other's eyes with awe before connecting with a kiss. This kiss was genuinely soft, full of emotion.
"Save that for later! It's time to party!" Emmett proclaimed, shaking us out of our love bubble. "Congrats, brother!"
"Thanks Emmett," Edward returned. He was rewarded with a hearty slap to his back by Emmett.
Emmett turned to me and the silence that followed after his congrats was atypical for him. He was always full of comments or outbursts.
"I am so happy for you, Belly button. Congratulations, baby girl," Emmett said softly, giving me one of his infamous bear hugs, strong and protective.
He kissed my cheek and my tears couldn't help themselves as they fell onto his suit jacket, leaving dark marks on the fabric.
"Shh-shh," he tried to calm me, squeezing me even tighter.
I did not realize that I was sobbing with emotion. This day was just full with so many of them. Nervousness, anticipation, anxiety, love, happiness, so many rolled into just a few hours.
Emmett wiped my tears away, smiling down at me.
"I got tears on your jacket," I stated, trying to wipe them off with my hand.
"Aw don't worry about it. I'll get it dry cleaned. I'll send the bill to Mrs. Cullen," he winked. There was the Emmett I knew.
I giggled and slapped his shoulder playfully.
Then there was the familiar squeal that pierced my ears. It could only belong to one person.
"Bella!" she squeaked.
I don't know how she could run in heels but anything is possible with Alice. She practically threw herself at me and hugged me with strength that could break bones. She was so tiny! Where did that all come from?
"Alice," I croaked as the air left my lungs, "I can't breathe."
"I can't believe it! Ok, I knew this was going to happen, but oh my goodness! You're a Cullen!" she was still squeaking.
Excitement started to build inside of me realizing I was finally Isabella Marie Cullen.
Holy shit. Wow.
"Mrs. Isabella Cullen. Congratulations is in order, darlin," Jasper announced, standing next to Alice.
Jasper gave me a warm hug, issuing his congrats.
"Thank you, Jasper."
Everyone started to gather at the back of the church. The photographer that Alice had hired motioned for the wedding party to prepare for pictures and we followed. Edward offered his arm and I happily placed mine around his, taking his lead back into the church for pictures.
An hour and a half later…
I know, waiting two years to get married is a long time, but I getting married to the man of your dreams would only happen once in your lifetime. And that man of my dreams was Edward. My first and last love, now my life and my husband. This was a dream though, this was real. I could burst!
I wanted to have a perfect wedding, a moment to remember of how I became Edward Cullen's wife. Thanks to Alice, the maid of honor, my right hand, she made it possible. She arranged everything and she knew how to create a phenomenally beautiful wedding. I'd have to thank her later in my own way of how much I appreciated everything she has done.
Our wedding was different than a traditional one. I had made Emmett my best man and Edward had donned Alice his maid of honor. It worked out quite perfectly.
We sat at our designated table at the reception when the sound of clinking forks against glass started to fill the large room and I smiled at the cue to kiss my husband. I turned and Edward was already waiting for me, inches from my blushing face. We slowly closed in, kissing each other softly. Edward ran his finger down my cheek, lining my jaw, and the guests of our wedding awed at the affection he just gestured. I blushed more furiously now, at the reaction of everyone who attended our special day.
"Never gets old," Edward mentioned, his grin catching my full attention.
Alice took this moment to start the toast.
"I'd like to make a toast to my brother and my sister," Alice announced on a microphone. Everyone turned to watch Alice as she stood next to me with microphone in hand, a champagne glass in the other.
"All I have to say is FINALLY!" The room filled up with laughs and giggles. "It's about time guys. You two were meant to be with each other and I'm not the only who knows that. And I know it's not traditional for me to thank my own brother on his wedding day, so mark this rare occasion on your calendars ladies and gentleman! I'm thanking Edward, my knucklehead brother." Chuckles and giggles erupted, once again, from Alice's joke. Then, Alice became more serious, her voice much softer, "but thank you Edward, for I can truly call Bella my sister."
Edward smiled and nodded his head at Alice.
I can feel tears well up on the corners of my eyes from Alice's touching words. Yes, she was right. We are now finally sisters, even though we felt like we have been since we were kids. Although, Edward and my marriage made it much more definite.
"I'm not done, yet!" Alice sniffled. I could tell she was getting sentimental about her speech. "Bella, when we met back in high school, I knew we were going to be great friends, but I never knew in depth how our friendship would blossom into something unique," she swiped a single fallen tear from her cheek. "I love my brother dearly, he is a wonderful man. Don't let that get to your head, oh dear brother," Alice waggled her finger at Edward," but you don't need me to tell you that, Bella, how lucky and deserving you are to have Edward in your life. But…Edward is also completely lucky to have you." Alice grasped my hand and squeezed it. "You have no idea how much you are a tremendous presence in his life. In our lives. Edward wouldn't be Edward if you weren't there to fill the other half of him. You two are not complete unless you have each other. You two belong to each other, perfectly. Oh, I'm rambling. Let me just say congratulations you two. I love you guys…" Alice lifted her glass to us. "To Bella and Edward."
I couldn't help it, but I stood up and hugged Alice tightly, tears starting to fall on my maid of honor's shoulder.
"I love you too, Alice."
We both kissed each other on the cheek, wiping each other's tears, as we pulled away. Edward embraced his sister also, his eyes red rimmed with unfallen tears. You could tell he was trying to fight them back from Alice's speech. They whispered words to each other I could not hear. It wasn't my place to anyway. This was their own conversation meant to be only for their ears.
Of course, this was the time for lug-head, Emmett, my best man, to pipe up.
"I guess it's my turn to wish my condolences?" Emmett chuckled after he spoke, grabbing the microphone from Alice.
He was lucky that there was others who thought his joke was funny.
"Edward, will you place your hand over Bella's?" Emmett asked.
I placed my hand on the table and Edward grasped it, squeezing my hand lightly while we both looked up at Emmett. He paused for a long moment before he spoke again. Emmett's face was pensive.
"Edward? This… will be the very last time… you will ever get the upper hand."
Guffaws from everyone in the room erupted. I couldn't help but laugh at him, shaking my head. Edward's head was cocked back with amusement, his body shaking with a hearty laugh.
"Kidding, Bella. I love you! And I'm very happy for you both & only wish the best for you and Edward. To the bride and groom," he finished, raising his glass and swigging some champagne from his flute.
"Um, thanks? I think?" I said with a smirk. He bent over to give me a kiss on the cheek. After, he gave Edward a very manly hug and slapped him heartily on the shoulder.
The DJ announced on the microphone next that it was time for the first dance of Mr. & Mrs. Edward Cullen. Edward and I made our way to the dance floor and started slowly swaying to the song At Last by Etta James. This was Alice's doing. I knew it was.
"Perfect. This turned out to be so perfect, Edward," I started.
"You're perfect, my love," his smile was heart-melting.
"I love you so much," I couldn't help the emotion that flooded back into me.
"I love you too, baby," Edward returned, kissing my forehead.
"Did you picture it to be like this?" I asked him.
"No. What I pictured it to be is nothing compared to the actuality of it," Edward finished.
Could he be anymore amazing?
"Thank you, Bella," Edward said.
"For what?" I asked.
"For becoming my wife. For loving me. For being you," his eyes bore into mine as we danced slowly.
"No, don't thank me Edward. Thank you. All of this wouldn't have happened if you would've never fell in love with me," I started. "I could have loved you my whole life and nothing would have happened and none of this wouldn't have mattered if…"
"Stop right there. What made me fall in love with you was you. You. You loved me from the beginning, never ceased for a moment. You loved me for me. This all began with you. Everything you did, every clumsy move you made, every blush, the person that you are. I fell in love with you."
"Edward, but.." I tried to interrupt.
"You still don't realize that everything that you have done affected me in a way so strongly that it was inevitable."
"What was inevitable?" I asked.
"Us. This. You and me," Edward finished.
His words were very powerful. I gave up trying to have him see my perspective of it. It didn't matter. This was now and I was here now with my husband. I wasn't going to dwell in the past when all I wanted now was to hurry and start my future.
"Ok, Edward. I won't argue, but I'm letting this one pass just this one time. So this is the last time you're getting the upper hand," I nodded my head in confirmation, then giggled.
Edward chuckled, pulling me closer to whisper in my ear.
"Oh you are going to pay for that Mrs. Cullen. Just wait," his voice was velvet and seductive.
I blushed. Very deeply thinking about what was to come.
"I can't wait," I told him.
6 months later…
I couldn't believe it. I was numb. This was unreal!
"Oh my gawd," I said and sat down. I needed to sit down.
Suddenly, the phone rang. I let it ring three times, then picked it up.
I was silent at first, then spoke, "…hello?"
"Bella? Are you okay?" Edward's voice spoke over the phone.
"Yes! I'm fine. I was just…" I didn't know what to say next. I was still in utter shock.
"Baby, you're going to leave real soon, right? Emmett is asking for you. Alice is already here and I'm in the room, too, helping Rosalie focus," Edward interrupted, speaking rather quickly.
"Yeah, sorry. Yes, I'm on my way right now, but I need to talk to you as soon as I get there, okay?" I told Edward with seriousness in my voice.
"If we have time, baby. Rosalie is already crowning," Edward's voice was serious.
We were still living in New York. Alice moved in with Jasper after Edward and I had gotten married. We were planning to move back to Washington later in the year, to be closer to his parents and mine, but I didn't want to move just yet. Not until Rosalie had her baby.
Edward was doing his residency at the hospital, for now. It was lovely that Edward had the hookups and helped Rosalie to have a private room during her labor and delivery. When needed, Edward also helped Rosalie with Lamaze classes during her pregnancy, free child CPR classes for Emmett, & no limit to the visitors that was allowed in Rosalie's private room.
"Ok, I'll see you soon. Bye," I didn't give Edward a chance to bid his goodbye and hung up my cell phone.
I knew Emmett would want me to be there as soon as possible, he needed me. I need to leave now or I'd be late! I smiled as I looked down at the sink in the bathroom. Then I left, grabbing my purse and keys on the way out.
8 hours and 3 minutes later…
"It's a boy!" Emmett came out of the delivery room, a wide smile apparent on his face.
I jumped up from my spot on the couch in the waiting room and rushed towards Emmett.
"Congratulations!" my hugs could never outdo his.
"Yay!" Alice jumped for joy, "how big is he? What's his name? How's Rosalie? When can we…"
"Darlin, darlin, slow down. Give Emmett a chance to speak," Jasper tried to calm the extremely excited Alice.
"Hey! Leave me alone! That's our god-son in there, Jasper! I wanna know!" Alice stated.
Edward came out of Rosalie's delivery room, adorned in his scrubs and a mask tucked under his chin. He didn't delivery Rosalie's baby boy, but he was able to stay and help as much as possibly needed. Rosalie and Emmett considered themselves blessed to have Edward's help.
"He is 7 lbs, 16 ounces, 19 and a half inches long. And we named him Benjamin Isadore McCarty," Emmett announced.
Emmett walked toward me, smiling as he spoke.
"Rosalie and I agreed to give him the middle name of Isadore, because it was the closest to Isabella that we could think of," Emmett told me.
The honor I felt in that made me very emotional, especially in the recent state I was in, but I held the tears back.
"I'm so honored, Em. Thank you, I'll be sure to thank Rosalie too!" I gave Emmett a hug, putting my arms around his massive waist.
"You are the reason why we're together, Bella," Emmett said.
"I didn't even realize.." I broke off into thought.
"How sweet!" Alice broke me out of my thought. "Wait a minute, I had a thing to do with it too, Emmett!"
"I know that and…" Emmett and Alice started their own conversation, leaving me to my thoughts.
"Penny for your thoughts?" Edward was behind me, placing his arms around my waist, speaking into my ear. I hadn't realized he had snuck up on me.
"Edward, we need to talk," I started.
"About what, my love? Oh, have I told you lately how much I missed you?" he told me.
"I missed you too and don't change the subject," I said, taking his hands and holding them with my own. "I love you," I paused, "...daddy."
"Bella, did you just call me daddy?" Edward sounded incredulous.
I placed his hands on my belly, emphasizing my point.
"Yes. Because you're going to be a daddy, Edward."
"Wh-? Dadd-? Are you pr-?" Edward stuttered, turning me around, looking me up and down, resting his eyes on my belly.
"Yes!" the tears I held back momentarily finally fell.
Edward's eyes were wide and rimmed with unshed tears.
"Are you serious? You're serious? We're going to have a baby?" he was still unsure.
"Yes, Edward Cullen. I'm pregnant! We're going to have a baby!" I stated it as clear as I could, hopefully enough for him to stop doubting.
"Holy shit! Holy... WE'RE GOING TO HAVE A BABY!" Edward practically yelled in the waiting room for everyone to hear. He placed a chaste kiss then embraced me tightly.
Everyone turned towards us. Everyone's eyes were wide with astonishment. Emmett broken the silence and boomed loudly like thunder.
"No way! Wow! Wait till I tell Rose!"
"I'm going to be an Auntie!" Alice jumped up and down.
She ran towards Edward and gave him a congratulation hug. Then she calmed herself when she turned towards me, rubbing my still flat stomach gently.
"Hello baby. I'm your Auntie Alice! I can't wait till you're here so I can spoil you," Alice bent over, speaking to my belly softly.
"You're Auntie Alice is silly, isn't she?" I said to the little bean inside me.
"Oh Bella! I'm so happy for you! This is frickin' fantastic! I'm going to call mom & dad. I think Edward's too stunned to speak to them right now," Alice said, her head turning towards Edward's still figure on a chair.
Edward's face was blank as he sat motionless on the chair. I made my way to him and touched him on the face.
"Baby? Are you okay?" I asked him softly.
"Bella, I'm going to be a father," he said gently, motionless.
"Does that bother you?" my face faltered.
"No! It's amazing!" Edward faced me, a single tear falling from his eye. "This is amazing. You're amazing."
He stood up and placed an urgent kiss on my lips.
"I love you so much," Edward said as we touched foreheads together, closing our eyes.
"I love you, Edward."
"I want more," Edward was starting to not make sense.
"More what?" I asked, curious to what he was talking about.
"More kids," he said.
"We have to have this one first, Edward" I told him.
"I know, but I want to have many children with you," Edward looked at me.
I smiled. I was speechless. Nothing else needed to be said. Edward understood that I wanted the same thing. My tears were proof. I wiped them with my hands and sniffled a little before I spoke. I grabbed his hand and pulled him toward the doors to the delivery section of the hospital.
"Come on. It's about time I meet Benjamin," was all I said as I pulled him towards the door.
When I look back to the time I thought myself plain, uninteresting, not courageous to do anything daring, I smile and see the massive changes that's happened to me over the years. I have surprised myself with what I have done, especially when it came to Edward. I have made the first move, initiated that kiss, and everything fell into place after that. I thought of his words to me when we danced at our wedding and he absolutelyl was right. I began it all. I started a love that will never cease.
Was all those years of loving Edward in high school without his knowledge of it existing worth the loneliness and pain?
I wouldn't change a damn thing.
Author's Note: So?