EMPOV:

I am 72 years old. My body is warn, my heart has been broken, and now I am alone. My wife, Rosalie passed away some three years ago.

My parents have been long gone. My children are married off and have lives of their own that don't much involve ol' dad. I see Alice every now and again, with her daughter, Jackie. She's been taking care of Alice ever since Jacob died 10 years ago. I don't know why, but he thought it would be a smart idea to jump off of a cliff. Seems he suffered a heart attack on the way down.

Today. The rest of my heart is being buried. My Bella. Jasper is still around, although at the moment, he's almost catatonic.

Here we are, at the church for her funeral. Everybody is dressed in black and they crying. Her children, yes they had two more, sat in the front row. Jasmine was still beautiful, her blond hair just had a hint of frosting on it. They had two sons, Noah and Ason. They had their wives and their children with them. One of Bella's granddaughters, Micah, looks just like Bella.

Once the pastor got up to say some things, you know, the things they usually say during funerals, Jasper took his place up at the podium and began to speak.

"Isabella Marie Swan-Hale was and is my soul mate. She was and is my whole world. Our time on this earth has been a long one. It has been full of twists and turns, ups and downs, ins and outs. We'd struggled through hard times, and loved every minute of the good ones." His voice was shaky. "She was such a good friend to all of those around her. She was a wonderful professor, a superior mother, and the best wife a man could ask for. I ask that you don't take this day to cry over my wife, but I ask that you take this day to remember her life. Celebrate it. Revel in the good times that you may have shared with her. Her death only means that she will be going on to bigger and better things." He pointed up toward the ceiling. "Now, I'd like for Alice Black to come up and say some things.

Alice slowly made her way to the podium. She pushed her glasses on her nose and pulled out a piece of paper. "Bella Swan was a friend of mine through thick and thin. She was the glue that held our group together, and when she left some odd years ago, that bond slipped apart." She looked over her glasses at me. "Lucky for us, when she was around, our whole world was better for it. When I was down, she'd encourage me to move along. That's what she did, she pushed. And Bella pushed every day of her life. When this sickness took over her, she pushed until she had nothing else to push for." Alice's chin trembled. "She and I had something in common." She laughed. "We both loved Jasper Hale. But, apparently he made the better decision of sticking with Bella." She winked at Jasper.

Alice walked down off of the podium to where Bella's lifeless body lay in the casket. Her arms were layed to her sides. She looked peaceful. Alice placed a kiss on her forehead. "I love you Bella Bear." She took her seat.

The pastor stood behind the podium again and asked me to say a few words. I did as I was asked. Jasper put his hand on my shoulder before I stood up to go.

I sucked in a huge breath, trying to steady my trembling voice. "What can I say about Bella Swan-Hale?" I breathed in again, steadying myself. "Failure was not an option for her. She and I have been best friends since before we can remember. She was OUR best friend." I looked at Jasper."We were her protectors. However, it seemed she didn't need much protecting. She was feisty, opinionated, and intelligent. She was beautiful. God was she beautiful. I can see her in each of her children. I have been blessed, truly blessed to have her in my life as long as she was. She got to live a long and useful life upon this earth. Bella, I won't say good-bye." I was crying. "Bella, I'll say, see ya' kiddo. Goodbye means forever. I can't wait that long to see you again."

As I stood to go off of the podium, I felt my heart explode. The last thing I remember, I hit the floor.

~*~

"Where am I?" I tried to open my eyes, but the light was too bright.

"We're in my room, stupid." It was her voice. I shot my eyes open.

"How. What?" I was confused.

"We're in my room, Emmett. What are you so confused about?" She laughed.

"We're dead. Bella. We're not alive anymore." I hurried.

She smiled warmly at me and put a hand on mine. "This is our heaven."

I gave her a confused look. "Your room is our heaven?"

She nodded a little. "Well, not just my room. I mean, it'll be as if we were 18 all over again. Before I left. Before we were miserable."

I really looked at her and she was younger again. She was her 18 year old self. She was wearing that Ohio State hoodie that she left for college in. I was still confused.

"What happens to everybody else? I mean. I want them here too."

She grinned. "In time. When it is their time, they will join us. They're part of our heaven, too. But, for now, it's just you and me, kid."

I sat there for a moment, trying to make sense of all of this. "Why me?"

"I'm sorry?"

"Why me, Bella? Why not Jasper to go back and be with in your heaven?"

She looked at me seriously. "It's simple. I had my whole human life with him. It was spectacular and it was fulfilling. It's like... a second chance. I love Jasper, and I always will. But, when he arrives here, he won't remember anything. He won't remember we were married, but only that we were best friends."

I smiled and kissed her on the forehead. "What about your kids?"

She smiled. "I won't have to worry about them for quite a long time. They're going to be around for awhile."

With that, we walked downstairs and to the back yard. "I found this in my stuff." She smiled and handed it to me. "It's the poem you handed me that night when you came to confess your love for me. Will you read it to me?"

I took the poem and smiled. "Absolutely."

"The sun has come.
The mist has gone.
We see in the distance...
our long way home.
I was always yours to have.
You were always mine.
We have loved each other in and out of time.
When the first stone looked up at the blazing sun
and the first tree struggled up from the forest floor
I had always loved you more.
You freed your braids...
gave your hair to the breeze.
It hummed like a hive of honey bees.
I reached in the mass for the sweet honey comb there....
God...how I love your hair.
You saw me bludgeoned by circumstance.
Lost, injured, hurt by chance.
I screamed to the heavens....loudly screamed....
Trying to change our nightmares to dreams...
The sun has come.
The mist has gone.
We see in the distance our long way home.
I was always yours to have.
You were always mine.
We have loved each other in and out
in and out
in and out
of time."

"I love you, Bella Swan."

She kissed my forehead. "I love you, too Emmett McCarty."

This was it. Our heaven. Just having each other back. And the poem was never more fitting. We have loved each other in and out of time.