Alright, you've been waiting for it, and here it is, their honeymoon! This is my longest chapter, and I really tried to take my time with it. I wanted it to be done tastefully and sweetly, and hopefully you'll see it conveyed that way. For the most part, it was a lot of fun to write, but a couple of spots seemed to take me forever to work through to my satisfaction. I'm really hoping that you all like this!
Without a doubt, this had been a perfect day; it was second only to when I realized that Carlisle loved me too. Here we stood, upon the top of a hill, experiencing the same gorgeous sunset that we had been treated to the previous day. "You know, Esme, you haven't had the delight of the water yet."
"I've been enjoying the company so greatly that I forgot how much I love to swim."
"How about a dip, then?"
"That sounds wonderful, Carlisle! Oh, but I don't have a suit." I frowned.
"Yes you do. I packed your bag carefully with the help of a very kind saleswoman. I'll change into my bottoms up here and you can change on the boat; I've already put your suit out."
"I'll see you in a minute!" I darted down the hill and back up to our boat. I was a bit apprehensive in lifting the suit up. But once I did, I was relieved that it was simple. Instead of straps on the arms, it would loop around my neck, and there was a lovely skirt for the bottom. Not only that, but it was lavender, my favorite color. I slipped it on, immediately wishing that I had a mirror. I'd never considered myself a vain person, but tonight was special and I wanted to look my best. I wanted to know that I could make Carlisle weak in the knees, like he did to me every single time that our eyes have met. I remembered that I had a pocket mirror in my purse and that I had (thankfully) tossed it on the boat. I had to search for a minute, but I found it. My hair had been simple for the wedding, and I had had a small crystal flower pinning my hair back. I decided that to fit the theme, I should use real flowers for my hair. I managed to find some bobby pins to take place of the crystal, and I used an elastic to secure my hair into a braid that was then completed with a white daisy taken from my bouquet. I was finally pleased with how I looked for tonight, and I knew that Carlisle would be too.
I tried to keep an even pace, but I was so excited to be with him that I couldn't help but stagger; which is pretty hard for a vampire to do. It took all of my power to compose myself, but I tried to focus on the sand beneath my feet, and the number of steps that it was taking to reach the water. Looking up, I saw him; back to me, and seeming to sparkle even by the moonlight. He was my own personal Adonis; the blonde hair, the strong physique, and the compassion that only added to his glow. And now, he was mine forever. I gently placed my hand on his shoulder, and kissed his arm. Slowly, he turned around. "I knew it would fit! You look ravishing, Esme." The biggest grin spread across my face.
"So do you, handsome." I jokingly patted his chest and batted my lashes. He laughed, and I was very thankful that he had a good sense of humor. I sighed. "This is all so unbelievable. Everything is so magnificent." Without speaking, he took my hand and began to walk me towards the ocean. We stopped a couple of feet away, and waited. Soon, the water was rising and brushing our feet. It was so warm and unexpected that I sniggered. Carlisle smiled down at me. He was proud of his planning, and he had every right to be. How could someone not love a night like this? Keeping me close, we entered the waves. I had never felt more relaxed and at peace with my life. I took the daisy out of my hair and gingerly placed it on top of the water and watched it float away into the night. Turning myself to Carlisle, I planted a small kiss on the bottom of his chin, and he pressed his forehead against mine. I could stay like this for eternity; staring back at his golden eyes, feeling safe and loved.
Then, perhaps it was the kid in me, but I suddenly felt very playful. Well, it was my honeymoon, wasn't I supposed to feel this way? I snuck out one of my hands and prepared to have fun. I formed a cup under the water and allowed it to pool. I couldn't control myself, I "attacked" and splashed him with the water. The look on his face was priceless. A tad shocked, but amused. I then recognized the impish grin that spread across his face; he was ready for a fight. I slipped out of his grip. "Carlisle Cullen, if you so much as think about splashing me I'll-"
"Oh, but I do believe you started it, my dearest Esme" And with that, I felt a gush of water hit my face. He couldn't hold back laughter after seeing my expression.
Oh, it is so on now.
A full on war ensued. We were running around, jumping, splashing, and laughing. We felt like children again. Then without thinking, I ran and crashed right into him, bringing him under the water with me. I tickled him mercilessly and we rolled about on the floor. And as he was practically begging for me to stop, I continued my celebratory spontaneity and kissed him with a passion I had no idea I possessed. I have no clue what took over me, but Carlisle didn't seem to mind. I ran my hands through his silken hair as he held my face; we only parted out of reflex to catch our breath, and we began to surface. "Carlisle?"
"I'm not thinking about the water right now."
"Neither am I." He lifted me and I was cradled against his chest as he exited the ocean. While walking, he spoke into my ear "I have another surprise for you." I looked up at him, feeling confused. What more could he possibly give me? This evening had already been perfect. "Esme, look ahead on the path." And there it was, our own little house. The outside alone was so stunning that I couldn't begin to imagine the inside. He opened the door and carried me through the threshold. I heard a click, and the room was illuminated. It was beyond striking. The white and black, and the pop of color here and there, it was gorgeous. "I hope you don't mind. I know how much you love to restore, but I wanted this to already be done for you to enjoy."
"Carlisle, it's….it's…. I'm speechless!"
"Is that good or bad?"
"Very good!" We then reached a grand and intricately carved door. Carlisle set me down, and placed his hands over my eyes, completely blocking my sight.
"Esme, I'd like you to open the door." I cautiously pulled the door handle and was led a few feet. "Now, open your eyes, Esme." I was greeted by a breath-taking sight, and my senses were practically fighting to take everything in. The room was dim, lit only by candles placed randomly throughout the area. My nostrils flared a bit to inhale as much as possible. There were red and white rose petals scattered all over the room and their fragrance, combined with Carlisle's signature scent was a treat unlike any other. I could hear music in the background; Frank Sinatra, my favorite. "May I have this dance, milady?"
"Carlisle, we're soaking wet!" I chuckled. "But of course you may." He offered me his hand, and I accepted. As we were spinning around the room, time seemed to be forgotten. We were all that existed. "Carlisle, I love this song."
"It's your favorite."
"Esme, I love every little thing about you, and I never forget who you are, what you love, and what you don't."
"Carlisle, I know you've already done so much for me, but would you do me one more favor?"
"Sing to me?"
"I'll sing you a million songs if it makes you happy." We continued to sway as he crooned along to the music. "With each word your tenderness grows," He traced my smile with his finger. "Tearing my fear apart..." He held me closer, "And that laugh that wrinkles your nose," and placed a kiss on the tip of my nose. "It touches my foolish heart." He set me on the bed and kept serenading me. "Lovely... Never, ever change. Keep that breathless charm. Won't you please arrange it? 'Cause I love you ... Just the way you look tonight. Mm, Mm, Mm, Mm, Just the way you look tonight." I smiled at him.
"Carlisle, that was incredible, even better than Frank!" Oh, how I wish that Carlisle could've blushed then, because he would have.
"You flatter me."
"No, no! I mean it, sweetheart!" I rose to my feet. "Carlisle, I would never lie to you. You're being too modest. Everything you've done tonight has been beyond my wildest dreams, take some credit." I wrapped my arms around his neck as he cupped my face.
"Thank you, Esme for making me feel so loved. Your smile and voice is all I need to lift me."
"Oh Carlisle!" I let my head rest on his chest and sobbed. If tears could fall, my face would be covered.
"Are you okay, honey?"
"I'm more than okay, I'm wonderful! This has just been so….so…" I couldn't finish my sentence. Carlisle lifted my head and kissed me. I tittered to myself. "I'm so overcome by emotion, that I almost forgot why we came here."
"That's perfectly fine, Esme. We won't do anything until you're ready."
"What if I said that I was ready now?"
"More than ever." Our lips met adoringly and he wrapped his arms around me, rubbing my back. I shuddered a bit at the unexpected contact. I had my hands stroke his hair, and walk along his neck. I felt him grinning into the kiss.
Before I knew it, we were on our sides in an embrace on the bed. He pulled his mouth away, and looked at me with a bit of a timid expression on his face. "Are you alright, Carlisle? If we're going too fast, you can say something, because I-"
"Esme, we're not going too fast, it's just that I'm…."
"Well, I've never done this before."
"So that's why you're nervous." He nodded shyly at me. "Carlisle, I'm feeling a bit anxious too. This is new to me as well. When I was with Charles," I fought back a hiss. "it was all about what he wanted. I've never had someone care about me so much or someone who worried about my feelings. When I had to be intimate with him, I never thought about it. My mind, my body, they were numb and I would try to forget that I was there. Carlisle, I'd say that I'm a virgin too."
"I'd never thought about it that way. It will be a first for both of us."
"And a great one."
"But, I'm not entirely sure of what to do."
"You're a doctor, Carlisle. You know what to do."
"I was taught that it was to be for my enjoyment, but I want to be sure that you are comfortable and that I'm not the only one who's having fun."
"Everything will be fine. We'll work together, and it will come naturally." I kissed him one last time. He rubbed my arms and we began our journey as one. He was my missing piece, and I, his. And we did work together, forming something neither of us had known before.
As I was taking in this pleasure and this closeness, all I seemed able to focus on was him; his smell, his now disheveled hair, and the looks that would cross his face. Whenever our skin would touch or he would caress me I would want to moan. It felt as if a shock was being sent through my body with every single bit of contact. So this was it, making love, not sex, but love. What an underappreciated feeling.
I opened my eyes after lying with him for the remainder of the night and after hearing countless sweet nothings whispered into my ear. Carlisle felt me stir and rested his chin on my head. "Wow." That was all I could manage to say. He chuckled.
"Yes, wow. Last night was quite an experience, wasn't it?"
"Words can't describe it." I turned to him. "Carlisle, I can't believe the trouble you went through for all of this. I would've been happy with something smaller."
"I know, but I wanted you to feel like a queen."
"Carlisle, you always treat me like a queen."
"Well, you deserve it, and you better get used to it, because I'm only going to spoil you even more as time goes by." I smiled and nodded at him. I knew that he was completely serious. I don't know how someone tops giving their wife an island and the greatest night of her life, but knowing Carlisle, he'd find a way. He'd find a way.
I know the ending may seem a bit odd, but it just felt right to stop the chapter there, and I've got to go with my writer's instinct. =] I'm thinking of possibly writing another one or two chapters about some sweet moments on the island and arriving back home, and if I do, I hope to have them up soon. But either way, I'd like to thank you all for reading. Your support has meant so much to me. I wasn't expecting such a great reaction, but you've made me pleasantly surprised. You are all the greatest!