A/N: So I'm feeling tonnes better now! Thankfully, didn't think I was ever going to get over that flu! Thank you one and all to my reviewers for last chapter and all you well wishes for my health. Means a lot!
Anyway prologue below, hope I don't disappoint...see you at the bottom!
Edward's nimble fingers were trailing across my bare back causing goose bumps to appear where he touched. I let out the tiniest of moans only audible to us and he exerted more pressure.
I heard a loud exaggerated sigh from behind us and could only guess it was Rosalie. A girl I had still not managed to get on with well, but had so far managed not to hurt, maim or kill.
"Will you two ever get a room? We don't care to see your sickening displays of affection." I had learned that Rosalie's acerbic tone was the one she used with most people and that it wasn't something to be offended by as it didn't mean she hated you. I was still finding that hard to believe but I had repeatedly been told by Emmett that she actually didn't mind me. She flounced down across from us at the round table and grabbed the wine glass full of anything that contained no alcohol content. In Arizona they gave you a drink token and you were allowed one drink. Not that I wanted to be in Arizona right now or anything.
Emmet joined Rosalie in his monkey suit. She had forced him to wear a tuxedo to prom and although he wasn't happy, he would do anything for her. Jasper and Alice had been poking fun of him all night. Jasper had gotten off lightly according to Emmett, donned in just a smart black suit and white tie he actually looked perfect with Alice. Alice as usual had gone for the eye grabbing bright yellow dress which she had procured on our shopping trip to Seattle. She was going to go with a shorter cocktail version but we coerced her into the long puffy dress with the cute little bow tied at the back. She had straightened her hair, the ends curling out slightly in a short version of the Farrah Fawcett look. She looked amazing.
Rose had gone for the red elegant style with the huge slit almost reaching her ass. Every time she walked past I would have to refrain a snort. I had always known she was a little on the slutty side, but really, wearing that to prom? Come on!
I felt Edward pull me closer as the next song played over the sound system. When you say nothing at all, was always a favorite song of mine when it was first released.
"Fancy a dance m'lady?" Emmett asked his girlfriend who was more than happy to get up and dance with the big buffoon for some reason. If it were me I would be at least five of his giant footsteps away, his suit maybe smart but the shoes he picked... lets not go there. With Emmett's added ogre feet it would not be a good combination for Rosalie's feet. When we dated we didn't dare dance, with fear it would cause a catastrophe in the room.
I turned my attention to my own Prince Charming who was gazing at me, eyes full of emotion and love. I smiled shyly at him as I dove into his chest, pushing myself against his suit jacket. He was wearing a simple black suit and pulled it off like a God. My boy was everything. I sighed in contentment and his fingers began tracing circles on my back again.
"Bella, would you dance with me?" He asked while rubbing the back of his neck with one hand. I squinted my eyes, not sure if he was aware the damage I could cause with my Christian Louboutin peep toes. "I'm willing to take the risk Bella." He sighed as he looked at my feet. I smiled up at him, sure I couldn't feel anymore in love with him than I did at this moment. He was willing to risk his feet for a dance with me. He stood up and offered me his arm helping me up to my feet while taking me over to the dance floor.
"Let's get this over with." I sighed, I heard his deep throaty chuckle and I felt myself becoming more relaxed.
"I love you Bella." He whispered in my ear as he wrapped his arms tight around my waist. I intertwined my hands behind his neck, his hair tickling me slightly as I snuggled into his neck.
How you can speak
Right to my heart
Without saying a word
You can light up the dark
Try as I may
I could never explain
What I hear when
You don't say a thing
Edward pulled his head back from me and I looked up at him from my previous spot on his chest. He was beaming down at me. "You know, this song reminds me of you. You light everything In my world up with just your smile...you know how to play on my heart strings. You are amazing Bella." I blushed and smiled shyly back at him. I felt exactly the same.
"Edward you are the light to my darkness, I would be so lost without you." He grinned at me before leaning over and singing the chorus in my ear.
The smile on your face
Lets me know
That you need me
There's a truth
In your eyes
Saying you'll never leave me
The touch of your hand says
You'll catch me
Whenever I fall
You say it best
When you say
Nothing at all
Edward had gained mountains of confidence when it came to being in a group. He had successfully managed to work up courage and his geeky status was long gone. I was so proud of him, he was capable of speaking with Jasper and Emmett alone without me there holding his hand encouraging him on.
As the song tailed off we walked through the glass double doors into the cool night air. The school had hired out one of the halls in the area which was right on the edge of the trees, a small manmade waterfall added a tranquil noise to the scene. To the left the area for the prom pictures had been set up. They were playing on the waterfall for the pictures. They were being taken just in front of the metallic fencing, a small white bench with twinkling fir trees on either side. It was a pretty stunning scene which we had already had our picture taken at. It really didn't look as tacky as I had half expected it too. Although I would never have admitted my thoughts to Alice...the self-elected social chair for this year. Her organisation skills hadn't gone to waste it would seem, and she had loved forcing others to do her bidding. Myself and Edward included. No getting off because we were friends. And you knew better than to refuse anything Alice ordered you to do. Some poor freshman was asked by her to move something to the hall earlier on that day and he had refused as he walked away from her shaking his head and laughing. Ten minutes later he had returned with a part of the scenery for inside of the hall as a necklace carrying exactly what Alice had asked him with a fearful look on his face.
Edward leaned against the railings and pulled me in against him, my back towards him. I could feel him burying his head into my hair and sniffing. His hands snaked around my waist and I grabbed them with my own, holding them in place. He nuzzled into the back of my hair again; the curled tendrils tickling my shoulders as he moved them with his jaw.
"You look wonderfully beautiful tonight Bella." He complimented me for the millionth time, not that I minded. I was glad I had gone for the midnight blue floor length ball gown. I was sorely tempted to go with a much shorter version but decided that as it was prom it should be something special. The blue was a natural decision, Edward's favourite color on me. I smiled as I leaned against his hard chest.
"You look incredibly handsome tonight too Edward." He did look amazing in his black suit.
I leaned against him in silence for a few minutes, listening to the slow music playing in the hall, slightly rocking from side to side together in time.
"Can you believe we're moving to Rhode Island in a month's time?" he asked me.
"I know! I'm so excited about going. I still don't think Charlie agrees with us moving so close to each other" I giggled. Charlie did not want me living with Edward. He had made that more than clear. So until our second year at Brown we were going to be living in student accommodation just to appease him. Esme and Carlisle however had no problem with us living together and even offered to take out a second mortgage so we could have our own property. Whilst I had been extremely touched by their kind and genuine offer, I was too proud to owe my boyfriends parents a house.
Eventually they had wore me down and we had agreed that if we worked hard the first year at college and came out with great results for our first year they could pay the down payment on a house or flat for us. Of course we would be funding the mortgage ourselves. We had worked out whilst sitting down with his parents that it would be a worthwhile investment for ourselves and that payments would only be a hundred dollars extra a month. We both had plenty kept away in savings account, what with Edward's trust fund and the money Phil and my mom had put aside for me. Charlie also had surprised me just the week before by telling me he had been saving since he found out my mother had been expecting me in hopes to put me through college. He didn't think I would be offered a scholarship so the $70 a month, which he had never missed saving, had ensured I would not be in trouble money wise for a while.
I wasn't looking forward to leaving Charlie again - to move to the opposite side of the country from him but it was an adventure I was definitely sure I wanted to be a part of, and he did understand that.
"It scares me so much now that we've finished high-school. It just feels like the end of an era...you know? It's crazy." I confided. "I never thought I would make it to Brown." And I never thought I would... "Not until I met you." I twisted around in his arms and beamed up at my Prince, not wanting this moment to fade.
"Isabella Swan...You are an amazing woman. I can't wait to go to Brown with you. Even though we won't be living together for a year you're still sleeping over at mine." He winked at me and I giggled back. Our "sleepovers" were the most fun, they didn't always have to be of a sexual nature, there really was just some late night talking and film watching before falling asleep in each other's arms.
"Thank you for giving me the confidence to believe in myself Edward. I don't know where I would be without you." I cuddled into his chest and I could tell he was smiling.
"Aw there you guys are!" I heard a high pitched sonar scream and pulled away from Edward making a face.
"Alice. Didn't realize you were looking for us." I turned round to see her dragging Jasper along with her by his hand.
"Yes! Where did you vanish to?"
"Just wanted some fresh air."
"Oh! Did you get your pictures taken yet?" She was practically bouncing up and down with excitement.
"Yup, it looked lovely Alice, you've done a great job." I complemented her work, she had given me the hint and if I hadn't gone for it...well it was Alice so who knew. I felt bad for Jasper sometimes.
"Aw, thank you. I knew it would be great...it was my party!" She boasted as if the whole prom was just for her. I laughed and shook my head at her in amusement.
"So I was thinking, we should get a group picture of everyone...you, me, Edward, Jasper, Em and Rose! I think it would look great!"
"Yeah, kind of like a souvenir of college when we all move apart." I saw Alice's face fall when I mentioned this, she was going to be going to USC with Emmett with Rose going to UCLA. Jasper was to attend Jacksonville University. I knew that it would be more difficult for Jasper and Alice to deal with the difference between them, Alice was a very physical, touchy feely sort of person and we all worried how she would deal with being so far apart from Jasper. Then again, if anyone could make it work it would be Alice Brandon.
"Ok then! I'll go get Emmett and Rose, you two wait here." Her happy face was back on and she was officially back in her bossy boots mode. "Jasper! Come!" I laughed at her controlling nature with Jasper as he walked away like a puppy behind her. I could hear Edward chucking and looked up to see his amazing crooked grin flash at me before he twirled me around so I was facing the waterfall and he was pressed up behind me, pushing me into the railings. Holding on tight with one arm, he took the other one and moved my curled hair out of the way of my neck and left a trail of light kisses.
"We are going to have such an amazing future Bella." He whispered in my ear, his breath ticking my neck. I pushed my head against his and leaned against his cheek bone.
"I know; I'm so glad you're in my future." I told him with as much conviction as I could muster in my voice. He began peppering me with light kisses again and I melted back against him.
And if my life were a movie, there would now be the pan out and the edges would fade until the screen turned black with the end credits.
My Homecoming had been the best there could be, I had landed myself the starring role; I was the leading lady, the protagonist and I knew how to play it out.
But this wasn't a movie, I knew beyond a doubt that I would have many more happy memories with Edward, each more exciting and amazing than the last
My life was the real deal, drama, and craziness, romantic, funny, action packed and full of mystery, yet I wouldn't change it for the world.
High school was ending - it really was the end of an era. But with every end there is always a new beginning. Mine was with Edward. Together, Forever.
A/N: OMG! That was it! It's all finished! I really hope this story has lived up to all your expectations, I would hate to have disappointed.
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