Summary: She's troubled, he's in a rut. They're complete opposites – but they've been brought together. She's a young, naïve stripper and he's the successful recently-single man who wants to help her. BxE . OOC.
Disclaimer: I don't own the Twilight saga.
A/N: So this concludes beautifully dishevelled. Sorry for ages between updates! I was switching internet service providers so the only place I had internet was at work :( Hopefully all good now. I'm working on some other stories, another All human one and one where Edward is a vamp...I figured it was time I try a vampy one! Anywho, here be the epilogue...
Epilogue: Eight Months Later
The alarm buzzed away – for the third time this morning. Bella groaned and reached to hit the snooze button but I rolled across her body and turned it completely off. "You've gotta get up, love," I told her.
"Fucking Alice," Bella growled, "couldn't she have a night time wedding? It's 7am!"
I chuckled and gently stroked Bella's cheek. She was always especially funny in the morning. "Hey, babe. Did you have a nightmare last night?"
"I might have, why?" She asked.
"You were tossing around a bit. You kept saying 'Edward, come back!'"
"Oh, gosh!" Bella blushed and bit down on her lip. "It's so embarrassing."
"Come on," I pleaded, nudging her thigh.
"Okay, well I had a dream it was our wedding. Only I was waiting at the alter for you and I was wearing a suit and you were walking down the aisle in a dress!" She exclaimed before we both burst out in hysterics. "It was so bizarre. Then you did a Julia Roberts on me and you RAN AWAY!"
I squeezed her thigh and pulled her body to me before capturing her lips in a kiss. I pulled away and stared into her deep, brown eyes. "Do you think that someday, this'll be us? I mean Alice and Jasper – do you think we could have a future like theirs?"
Bella looked thoughtful for a moment before smiling at me. "I think so, but only if you let me wear the dress."
I chuckled and pinned her down to the mattress and pressed my lips to hers again. Her tongue darted out of her mouth and licked at my bottom lip. I granted her entrance and moved my hands to rest on her hips. I extend my arms and pulled my body away so I could look down on my love.
She looked beautiful, as she always did. She was wearing one of my shirts, but it had ridden up revealing her lace black panties. As much as I didn't want to leave our bed – yes, our bed – I knew if we didn't soon, we never would.
"Come on, baby," I said, "you've gotta get up. Alice'll freak out if you're not there soon."
"Fine!" Bella exclaimed. She stood up from the bed and pulled her – well my – shirt off along with her panties. Tease. She sauntered into the en suite before I heard the water in the shower running. As much as I wanted to join her, I knew I couldn't. I lay back down, resting my head in my hands and reflected on how my life had changed over the past 8 months.
Bella worked full time at the hospital up until she started at college again, which she was really enjoying. She still worked part time at the hospital and often saw my father. She grew very close to him, most likely due to the fact that her father lives so far away.
Her relationship with Charlie will probably never be perfect, but right now, they're going okay. He's actually up for the weekend, but staying in a hotel. Bella said he could stay here – at our apartment – but he politely declined. I think they both knew that might be a bit much.
As for my other brother – Emmett – he and Rosalie welcomed a beautiful son into the family a little over three months ago. They named him Jackson and it was amazing seeing Emmett with him. He was completely taken with his little son, just as I was. It felt good to be an Uncle, too.
I could still hear the water running in the shower and I wondered how I ever went through life without Bella by my side. She moved in permanently five months ago and we're still in the honeymoon period. Sure, we both piss eachother off at times, but overall, I love coming home to her.
She cooks for me most nights and I've taken to giving her massages when college stresses her out. We're happy, incredibly happy, actually. Yes, we fight but our fights never last. We usually fight over stupid things like Bella getting frustrated when I try to help her with college stuff or if I steal too much of the covers.
Bella walked back in the room wrapped in a towel and opened up our wardrobe to her side, before opening mine up and stealing one of my shirts. She then pulled on some of her tights and piled her hair onto a bun atop her head. As casual as she was, she still looked beautiful. She rushed over to the bed and kissed my forehead but I pulled her down to me so she could give me a proper kiss.
She tasted like mint toothpaste and her smile as she pulled away had me wanting to pull her back into bed with me. "Bye, babe!" she hollered as she walked over to the bedroom door and pulled it open.
"Bye, love," I murmured, offering her a goodbye smile.
Edward always looked so sexy in the mornings, lying in bed, usually naked from the previous night's activities. It was really hard to walk away from him sometimes. However, this was Alice's wedding and so that basically translated to a huge effin deal.
I loved my sister to bits, but she was a total Bridezilla.
Only Alice would declare we had to be at the hair salon at 8am on a Saturday. It was just ridiculous.
I made my way downtown – stopping at Starbucks along the way, of course – and pulled up at the salon just before 8, skim latte in hand. Rosalie was yet to arrive, but Alice was seated in the waiting area, eyes wide and her hands patting up and down on her knees.
I sat down beside her and groaned. "Alice, relax."
She turned ever so slowly to look at me and snapped, "easy for you to say! You're not the one who had to stay away from your man last night and wake up for the day you've put a years worth of planning into! No! You were at home having sex with your boyfriend!"
I raised my hands, "woah!"
"I'm sorry," Alice murmured. "I'm just a little...skittish. Is that coffee?" She stole my cup from me and down what was left before handing me the empty cup.
"Jee, thanks Al," I muttered.
"Where is Rosalie?" Alice barked. "I don't care if she has a child now, it's my wedding day!"
"It's only just on 8," I said calmly.
Alice continued to fuss and pace until Rosalie arrived. From then on, it was all business.
My hair was styled into loose curls, with my fringe pulled back. Rosalie's was styled the same, except her fringe was swept to the side. Alice had grown her hair out for the wedding and had it pulled back, leaving some loose tendrils around her face.
She was fresh-faced, her make-up yet to be applied, but she already looked beautiful. Her blue eyes were sparkling and her cheeks were lightly flushed. She'd finally managed to calm down and she just looked beautiful and so happy and so in love.
Once our hair was done, we drove back to Rosalie's house where the make-up artist would do all our make-up and then the photographer would come and take our photos.
Charlie and Sue were already at Rosalie's, minding Jackson.
His eyes lit up once Alice and I walked in. We weren't even fully ready yet, but he made a point to tell both of us, as well as Rosalie, how beautiful we looked. Sue agreed and I managed to thank her politely and offered her a smile.
I'd probably never fully be able to accept Sue, but I was trying. She seemed nice enough, but I didn't really know her. Charlie, however, seemed so incredibly happy with her. He was looking well, too. Since the heart attack he'd focused on his health and he and Sue both maintained a very healthy lifestyle. He was looking leaner and in shape.
I was glad we were once again a part of one another's lives. He was my father, after all.
Jasper had a large bouquet of flowers sent over for Alice, who then proceeded to tear up. "How am I going to make it through today without crying?" Alice whimpered.
Rosalie laughed and told her, "you won't. Even I cried and Emmett's nowhere near as romantic as Jasper."
"So, Bella," Rosalie said, "how are things with Edward?"
"Fine," I murmured, "well, you know, great."
Rosalie gestured to the room and then to Alice who was smelling her flowers and sighing. "Is this going to be you any time soon?"
"Rosalie, no. Edward only just approaching 25 and God, I can't even legally drink for four months," I laughed.
"Alright, but someday, right? I mean you two already live together...." she trailed off.
"Someday, hopefully," I agreed, "but not until I finish college and the way things are going, I'd really like to do something post-grad. Maybe law."
"Woah,"Rosalie said, "stripper to lawyer? I like it."
"Argh," I groaned. "It's just an idea I'm tossing around. It'll probably be way too expensive and there's always writing which I'm still interested in. I just don't want to end up as an underpaid journalist writing community feature stories and I don't know, I guess I've always been interested in law but it's one thing to say you'll do it, it's a completely different thing to actually go to law school."
"Well at least you're lucky with Edward. That right there sorts out so many problems you could face. You don't have to worry as much about money because he has plenty of that, not to mention neither of you are paying rent or a mortgage. Just do what makes you happy, Bella. You deserve it."
"Thanks Rose," I mumbled, a little overwhelmed before Rosalie went to go check on Jackson..
Rosalie – as nice as she could be – still intimidated me sometimes. We had, however, gotten closer over the past year. I adored Jackson, too. Emmett was pretty good in my books as well. He was very sarcastic and loud, so completely different to Edward, but he had a good heart like Edward.
Then there was Jasper. It seemed like I liked him more and more everytime I saw him. Once I got over myself and realised all he ever wanted was to help me, we got on like a house on fire. He was quite reserved, but still very friendly and approachable at the same time. I'd never been bubbly and extroverted like Alice, so it was nice to be able to relate to someone like Jasper.
And the way he loved Alice, it was hard not to love him.
I looked up from my lap and towards Alice and saw that she'd started crying. It was only lunch time and she'd already shed the first tears of the day. She glanced up and when she noticed me looking her way, she managed to smile and laugh before she bounded over to me.
"Hey sis," I laughed and wrapped my arm around her.
"I'm trying to hold it together, but it's so hard," she muttered. "Everytime I try to relax, I think about Jasper and then I get excited and I just want to cry because I'm so happy."
"The wedding is going to be fantasticl," I told her. "You look beautiful, too. You're glowing and I really mean that. Like, you're really glowing."
Alice blushed slightly and ducked her head.
"Alice? What's going on?"
She wouldn't answer me.
"Alice are you....I mean, are you pregnant?"
Alice nodded and burrowed her face into the crook of my neck.
"Oh my god!" I exclaimed before pulling her into a tight hug. "Oh my god! Congratulations, Al!"
"Thank you," she whispered, "but don't tell Charlie. No one else knows, except for Jasper. We want everyone to think this is a honeymoon baby. I'm not far along, either. Not even past the first trimester so we just want to keep it quiet for now."
"Okay, I understand. Wow."
Rosalie re-entered the room at that moment and taking notice of mine and Alice's embrace, she cocked an eyebrow in our direction.
"Alice was just a little emotional," I told her.
Rosalie laughed and told Alice that she completely understood.
The make-up artist did Rose's and my make-up first. We both had smokey eyes with a light pink lip, while Alice opted for slightly lighter make-up around the eyes, and her lips were a touch darker. Then, it was time for us to get dressed.
Our bridesmaid dresses were black in a Grecian style which, unbelievably, suited both Rosalie and I. Once we were dressed, we went to assist Alice in doing up her gown.
She looked nothing short of perfection. Her dress was strapless and had a beaded bodice, complete with chapel train and French hem lace. Rosalie left Alice and I to have some space . We stood in front of the mirror, both of us trying desperately to hold back our tears.
"You look amazing," I told her.
She smiled at my reflection. "Thanks sis. So do you. I love that dress on you."
"Enough about me!" I protested. "Jasper is going to flip when he sees you."
Alice giggled and sighed dreamily, "hmm, Jasper."
"You're going to be a Cullen soon," I whispered.
"I have a feeling this is going to be you in a few years," Alice chuckled. "Swans to Cullens."
I rolled my eyes at Alice, but a part of me hoped she was right. I certainly did love Edward enough.
Alice and I returned to where the rest of the family was waiting and saw that the photographer had arrived. She made us pose outside in Rosalie's backyard for what seemed like ages. It was a surprisingly warm day, as well. Alice was very lucky with the weather. Any day in Seattle when it didn't turn gloomy and wet was very much lucky.
Once we were done with all the photographs, it was time for us to load into the stretch Rolls Royce Alice had hired and head over to the church. Alice, Rosalie and I filed into the limousine and set off towards the church.
Alice was quiet and I could tell she was incredibly nervous. She was fidgeting and her hands were shaking. I reached over and rest one of my hands on hers and she offered me a thankful smile. "You're going to have such a wonderful day," I told her.
"Nothing will ever compare," Rosalie agreed. "And the honeymoon will be amazing."
"You're so lucky," I sighed. "I would kill to go to Bora Bora. College is driving me insane. I'm in dire need of a break."
Alice looked at me and giggled, a sly small playing on her lips. I gazed to Rosalie who bit her lip and looked out the window.
"Nothing," they both answered quickly.
"Answering in unison always sounds suss," I muttered.
"Bella, stop being silly," Alice laughed.
"Alright, I'm going to let this slide because of your wedding day," I told Alice, "but you," I paused to point at Rosalie, "you, I'm going to drill at the reception."
Rosalie and Alice exchanged glances but said nothing. I huffed and glanced out the window.
After a twenty-minute drive, the church came in to view and while I was definitely not religiously inclined, it was a very beautiful building. Given that our side of the family was relatively small and the Cullen side wasn't overly large either, Alice opted for a smaller church.
Our car drove around to the side of church and I could feel my heart beating in and out of my chest.
Charlie was waiting outside the car for us and he took Alice's hand as she exited it. He kissed her on the forehead and told her for one seemed like the hundredth time of the day that she looked beautiful. We were ushered into the waiting room.
Rosalie was first to set off down the aisle. She smiled excitedly before twirling away and down the aisle.
"Your turn," Alice whispered in a shaky voice. I turned and pulled her into a tight hug and offered her a smile before setting off slowly down the aisle.
The first step I took, my eyes immediately went to Edward.
And boy, did he look absolutely amazing. He was wearing a black tux with a white shirt and thin black tie. I'd seen him in a suit, but the tux looked beautiful. His hair was untamed and sexy, as always, but the best thing about him was his smile. My smile. All crooked and glorious.
The expression on his face made me feel so loved. I couldn't focus on anything but him and momentarily, I allowed myself to pretend this was my day and he was groom, waiting at the end of the aisle for me.
Only once I reached the alter did I notice someone apart from Edward. Jasper and Emmett stood up beside Edward, both of them looking very handsome. Jasper looked nervous, but happy at the same time. He offered me a small smile and I took my place opposite him.
I gazed at the crowd and looked to Carlisle and Esme who were both beaming with pride. Esme smiled and offered me a little wave while Carlisle looked so completely happy. The feeling in the air was infectious and the feeling of love and family was overwhelming, but not in a bad way.
The wedding march started then and I refocused on what we were here for – my sister's big day.
Charlie and Alice appeared at the top of the aisle and slowly began walking down to us. Alice was tearing up. I looked over to Jasper and saw that he was too, but a gorgeous, eager smile was adorning his face. I knew in that moment that he would do everything he could to make my sister happy.
They made their way down and Charlie placed Alice's hand in Jasper's.
The minister read an introduction explaining about God and marriage. Then he asked if anyone knew if any reason why the marriage should not take place. Of course, there was no reason so the ceremony continued.
Then it was time for their vows. Alice and Jasper decided to write their own and with a confident voice, Jasper spoke of his absolute devotion to my sister.
"Alice, to put it short, you're my soul mate. I love you with every ounce of my being and I will promise to be there for you forever. I will be there for you through anything and everything – sickness and health, richer or poorer – and I will love you every single day for the rest of my life."
"Jasper,"Alice said, "to me, you're nothing short of amazing. I will cherish this wonderful connection we have been blessed with and I will love you more and more every day and in cherish and respect you. I take you to be my loving partner and I vow to love you for all eternity."
They then exchanged rings before the minister blessed them and declared them husband and wife.
"You may now kiss the bride," the minister announced. Alice squealed and eagerly wrapped her arms around Jasper's neck, earning a chuckle from us and the guests.
After they signed the registry – with Edward and I as witnesses – each pairing walked down the aisle and out of the church. Jasper and Alice first, then myself and Edward before Rosalie and Emmett.
"Hi, Beautiful," Edward whispered before placing a kiss on my forehead.
"Hey, sexy," I smirked. "You look really, really fantastic in a tux. I like this almost as much as your birthday suit."
Edward chuckled and squeezed my hand in response. "Well, nothing will ever compare to your birthday suit," he whispered in my ear. Typically, I blushed before folding myself into the limo behind Alice and Jasper.
Once the limousine took off, we headed to a garden to take photos as a group before we set off again towards the reception which was taking place at the Seattle Four Seasons – the same place I'd previously gone to a work function with Edward. That night didn't end so well, I could only help tonight would end much, much better.
We had pre-reception canapes and cocktails in the waiting room while we waited for all the guests to arrive in the function area. Once they had, the DJ called us into the room in couples and we were all seated at a long table at the head of the room.
After our meals, it was time for the speeches. Edward being the best man and me, being the maid of honor, had to make speeches. I sucked at speeches, but at least Edward went first.
Edward said lovely things about Alice before I took the mike and spoke about Jasper. Of course, by this stage I'd had a bit too much wine and was very generous with my praise of him. All in all, I was glad it was over with.
I was talking with Esme and Carlisle when I felt Edward come up behind me and wrap his arms around my waist. "Hi, Love," he crooned in my ear. Esme smiled warmly before excusing Carlisle and herself.
I whipped around to face Edward. "Hi," I breathed.
"I haven't been able to get any alone time with you," he pouted before taking my hand and leading me over to a secluded corner of the room. Edward didn't waste any time; he gently pushed me against the wall and captured my lips with his.
When he pulled away, my favourite uneven smile was playing on his lips. "There's something I want to tell you."
"No, no," Edward chanted, "it's good."
I smirked. "Well then bring it on."
"Your finals are coming up," he began.
"Yes," I groaned, dreading them.
"Then after that, you're finished for the year. So I've planned a little getaway for us. I've already spoken to Carlisle and cleared it with the hospital. How does Mexico sounds?" Edward asked, a twinkle in his eyes.
"Mexico?" I asked.
"Yep, Mexico. Cabo to be specific."
"Mexico....Mexico sounds wonderful," I squealed. "Can we afford this?"
"It's all taken care of. It was practically a freebie with all my parents frequent member points, I promise," Edward assured me, but I didn't entirely believe him.
"You're sure this doesn't put you out?"
"Not at all," Edward answered confidently. "Please, Bella? I think we deserve a romantic getaway."
"I love you," I told him. "So very much. I'd go anywhere with you. That being said, I'd very much love to go stay in a beautiful Mexican resort. Hey, did you talk to Alice or Rose about this?"
"I may have."
"Well now that makes sense. I told Alice of was envious of her because of her Honeymoon and those two were acting all sly!" I remarked.
Edward chuckled and kissed my forehead. "I love you, Bella," he whispered. "Forever."
A large smile stretched across my face and I stood up on the tips of my toes and wrapped my arms around Edward's neck. He complied, leaning down, before pressing his lips to mine.
Mexico or not, he made me so happy. I no longer need to hope for things, with Edward, I just knew everything would always be full of love.
I let Edward sweep me away to the dance floor and we ended up dancing away the night, though I attributed that in part to my champagne consumption.
"You know," I said to Edward between songs, "this will be us one day."
"Yep," he agreed. "Without a doubt."