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Chapter 1 My personal life
I'm sitting here at my vanity getting ready to go out for my 28th birthday. Oh, joy. Please don't get me wrong, I'm looking forward to tonight. It is just my best friend planned this. If you knew her, you would know what I mean. She goes overboard on everything. Alice does not know what a simple quite dinner with friends mean. That is all I asked for. Alice just said "Bella you only turn 28 once. So let's live this up." So now it is a party for 100 for my closest friends and I think ALL my co-workers. It is in a hotel in a town 15 minutes from here. The town we live in does not have what Alice was looking for to have this event at. Let's not forget the open bar, the caterers and the DJ. But when it is all said and done I love my best friend. Alice is one of a kind.
Sitting here looking back I realize that this year marks some milestones in my life. 20 years ago I met my 4 best friends. Alice, Jasper, Emmett and Rose. This was my first year at my new school. Our 3rd and 4th grade year. Alice, Rose and I were in 3rd and Jasper and Emmett in 4th. I remember getting to school early that day and going to the playground to waste time. I was sitting on the swing looking and this happy little girl came running over to me. We talked for a few minutes while two boys and a little girl came over to us. Alice introduced me to her brother Emmett and his friend Jasper and Jasper's sister Rose. Then Alice stood and put her arm around me and introduced me as her best friend Bella. We all become best friend fast. One teacher in our small school called us the 5 musketeers. We were connected at the hip. Emmett and Jasper come like the brothers I never had. Rose and Alice where like my sisters.
It was 15 years ago this year that Jacob joined our little group. He fit right in. He had just moved into our sleepy little town. His father took a new job not too far from here. It was in a bigger city. But they decided they wanted the small town living. It was a big change for them to move off the Indian reservation they lived on their whole lives. So, our small town, population less the 1500, was perfect for them. Okay, so our town is not really a town it is a village. But we all loved it here.
It was also 10 years ago this year that Jake and I got married. He took a job as a security guard job at a nuclear plant not too far from here. I worked as a CNA at a hospital nearby. (I started working there when I was 16.) I worked in the TCU (transitional care unit). (I still work at the hospital, but now I have my RN and I'm the head nurse of the TCU. Our floor is like a rehabilitation unit. We help people get ready to go home after surgery or other health problems. Not all our patients go home. If after physical therapy they still cannot take care of themselves we help place them in different care units. Most go on to nursing homes. And, now Jake is head of security at the nuclear plant. He also travels one week a month to 3 other nuclear plants to train other security guards.) That year Alice, Rose, Jake and I had our High school graduation. A month later I turned 18 and then 2 weeks later Jake and I got married.
I remember that day like it was yesterday. Alice was my maid of honor. Rose my bridesmaid. Emmett and Jasper were the best men. We had it at a park on the river. It was breath taking. Alice, Rose and I waited on a small path in the tree around the corner from where all the guest where seated. In front of the guest was a white arch with bright pink orchids on it. Alice also had a few of the same orchids with the white roses I carried. Alice and Rose did a beautiful job on the whole thing. The music started and Rose walked around the corner and down the little path that lead up to the arch and stood to the left . Just a few steps behind Rose was Alice. They looked just gorgeous in their soft pink dresses. Nothing too fancy, just a simple strapless dress, the hem came just above the knee. The music changed and it was my turn. I took a deep breath and walked around the corner. I stood still for a few seconds. I looked right at Jake. After 3 years of dating he still took me breath away. He stood about 6'4 and had strong shoulders and very built upper body. He looked like a body builder. I loved the look of his deep copper skin in the sun light. His deep brown eyes looked at me and a huge smile spread across his face. I thought I was going to past out. The simple look of love in his eye told me I was doing the right thing. I knew in that one moment this was meant to be. I could not see my life without him. My dad lightly squeezed my arm and said "He is waiting for you, Bells." Then Charlie's hand had to stop me from running to him. Jake took my hand from Charlie and we said our vows. When the words "You may kiss your bride.", Jake turned to me and put his arms around my waist, picked me up and kiss me soft and deep. All the love we felt for each other passed through our lips. It was a bit overwhelming. I felt like I was going to pass out. Then he broke our kiss and whispered in my ear "Now you are my forever." I whispered back "There is no other place I would want to be but with you forever."
I felt a soft hand running up and down my back. It bought me back to the here and now.
"Alice will kill us if we are later." Jake whispered in my ear. Then I felt his lips on my ear.
"I'm ready." I turned to look at him. I could get lost in his eyes and he knew it. I just sat there and stared in his eyes.
"Bells we really need to go." He chuckled at me.
"When this is over I get you all to myself, right?" I asked his with a big smile.
"I would have it no other way." He smiled back at me.
"Okay, let's get this over." I laughed
I was dressed in the outfit Alice had laid out on my bed for me to wear. She picked it all out. Shoes and all. Right down to the bra and panties. She sure knows how to go overboard on things. Got to love Alice. We walked out of our bedroom and down the hall, turning off lights as we went. At the front door he turned on the outside light. He took my hand and put it in the crook of his arm and walked me to the car. Opening the passenger side door for me to slide in and closed it softly. After 10 year still the perfect gentleman. Just thinking that still makes my heart falter. He got in the driver's side and leaned over to my side and gave me kiss.
"Happy Birthday, Beautiful." He said in my lips. With that, we were off to my party.
On the way to the party my mind drifted back again. I was remembering the 6 of us trying to figure out how we were going to go to college together. After graduation Emmett and Jasper did some traveling. They took the year off so we could all go to college together. We all decided to go to the community colleges in our area. I was already working, so it was not a big step to go on to nursing school. Jake decided to work until I was done, then go. After I was done he went and took a few courses that help him with his job. Which was a good call. When the head of security job came open those courses he took helped him get that job. Alice and Rose took a small business course and started a wedding and party planning business. They are great at it. They have had people come from a 100 miles away to have them plan their parties. Emmett went on to Law Enforcement, he now works for the state patrol. I don't think there is a better job out there for Emmett. If you did not know him, his big built body would scare you. I don't think anyone runs from him, they just look at him and are scared stiff. Jasper went on to become a counselor, he works through the hospital. He helps patients and their families. I really like working with Jasper. He just has away about him that just relaxes you. It really helps with his job. We all have gone on and became really successful in our lives. We all have found the loves of our lives. Alice and Jasper where married just a few years ago. Rose and Emmett are getting married next year. We all are really happy. I really do not think things can get any better.
"Honey, we are here." Jake's soft lip's on my cheek pulls me back. "What have you been day dreaming about?"
"Nothing really. Just remembering." I tell him.
"Good things I hope."
"When I think about you, it is always good things." We kiss and get out of the car.
It was 6 a clock. I was right on time. It looked like from the parking lot everyone was here. I squeezed Jake's hand and I took a deep breath.
"Let's get this over with." I said trying to calm myself. Why was Jasper not with me? I could really use his calming presence. Jake opens the door for me and I took one step in and was shocked. The big room was beautiful. There was nice banner across the back wall saying "Happy Birthday Bella". The many tables had beautiful pink and white flowers and balloons as center pieces. The tables were placeed around a dance floor with the DJ stand in front. Waiters where walking around with trays. I know it sounds cheesy, I loved it. I just like everything simple. Everyone was sitting around tables talking in small groups. I could see where my work friends were and my other friend were. Then in a high chirpy voice I heard Alice.
"Bella you are later." She yelled and came running at me and threw her arms around me. Almost knocking us over.
"Alice, I'm not late. We are right on time." I laughed at her excitement. Right behind her was Rose, Jasper and Emmett.
"Happy Birthday little sis." With that, Emmett picked me up in a big bear hug.
"Emmett I cannot breath." He laughed and put me down. Rose and Jasper wished me a happy birthday. Then I went to say hi to everyone. Then we sat to eat. After dinner I went to see the girls from work and met their husbands. We sat and talked a bit. I found where Angela and her husband Ben where sitting with Jessica and Lauren, some other nurses from work. I have known Angela and Ben for years, we went to school together.
"There is the birthday girl." Angela stood up as I walk over to her. She gave me a big hug.
"Thank you and thank you guys for coming." I was so happy to see her outside of work.
"We would not have missed this for anything." Jessica said from across the table. I did like Jessica but she was not my favorite person. I had a feeling she could be a little of a backstabber.
"I'm glad you came, Jessica." I said with a smile on my face. "What are we talking about? Any good talk going around?"
"We were just talking about the new doctors that are moving here. I heard they are father and son. The son is only 29 and has been a doctor since he was 20. He finished med school at like 19." Jessica knew everything. You know the kind.
"I heard they where the best surgeons in Chicago and they are moving close so they can work in Iowa City once and awhile." added Angela.
"When are they going be setting up shop here?" I have not heard anything about the new doctors yet.
"From what I heard, sometime next week." Lauren said. I really did not know why she was here. Everyone knew she and I did not get along. I think she is jealous of me. She does have a few more years of nursing then me. So, when the head nurse's job came open she thought she was going to get it, but I did. Our hospital has a high turnover rate, a lot of people leave to go on to bigger hospitals. I just stayed here. I was happy here. I have worked this floor for over 10 years. Nobody was there anymore from when I first start as a CNA. So, the D.O.N thought it made sense for me to get the job and that was all the mattered.
"That is all we need. Another smart ass doctor who think he knows it all." Jessica chimed in.
I felt a hand on my back and turn to see Jake standing behind me. I turn back to the girls and you should have seen the look on Jessica and Lauren faces. This is the first time they have met Jake. Jake is a gorgeous man. He is tall with a strong jaw line and slim but not too slim nose. His deep brown eyes are breath taking. I missed his long jet black hair. He wore it short now. He smiled at the girls.
"Jessica, Lauren, This is my husband Jacob. Jake this is Jessica and Lauren, they are nurses from work." I introduced them to Jake. You should have seen their jaws drop. It was pretty funny.
"It's nice to meet you two. Do mind if I steal her for a dance?" He asked.
"Of course, not Jake. You two have fun." Angela said while giving me a hug.
"Good night. I'll see you girls bright and early tomorrow at work." Then I walked hand in hand with Jake to the dance floor. As soon as we step a foot on the dance floor our song came on. "Keeper of the Stars" by Tracy Byrd. Jake leaned down and wrapped his arms around me. Then we danced cheek to cheek. I just loved to breath him in. He had this wonderful woodsy / musky smell to him. No after shave or cologne could cover that smell. I could dance like this with him forever. But, I knew Alice and Rose would not let me. So, when the DJ played Nickelback "I Want to Be a Rock Star". Rose and Alice ran over and pulled me away from Jake. He walked over to Emmett and Jasper. They just stood there and laughed at us dancing with each other. The DJ played all my old favorites. Bon Jovi, Poison, Warrant, and Kiss. I was started to think they were going to keep on the dance floor all night until the DJ slowed it down again. Jake came to reclaim in his arms. We danced in each other's arms to Bon Jovi's I'll be there you.
"I don't know how to thank you for that." I whispered in his ear.
"Saving me from Rose and Alice. My feet are killing me from all that dancing."
"Oh, I did not do that for you. I just wanted to hold you again." He laughed "But I'll think of a way for you to repay me for it later." He added. I could feel his cheesy smile on my cheek.
"In that case I say it is time to head home." Then I turned my face to the side to kiss him.
After our dance we went over to say good night to everyone. The party was already dying down. A lot of the people had to work in the morning. I gave Jasper and Emmett big hugs and thanked them for everything and said good night. I left Jake there to talk to the guys about their Friday guy's night out tomorrow.
"Alice and Rose, thank you two so much for this great party. How did I get such good friends like you guys." I said as I pulled them into one big hug.
"Bella, it was no problem. You know that. Alice goes looking for reasons to throw a party." Rose said playfully hitting Alice in the side.
"I only throw free parties for Bella." Alice playfully defending herself while throwing her arms around me, then kissing me on the cheek with a big popping kiss.
"I love you both too. Okay, lunch tomorrow. Meet me at work. We will plan our girl's night out then. Okay?" I said. I was really looking forward to it. We had to put it off for the last few weeks because they had a big party they were working on. It was last weekend. So girl's night was a go for this weekend.
"Sound great. We will meet you at 11:00." Rose agreed.
We hugged on last time. I went and got Jake and headed for home. It was a long night. The drive home was nice and quiet. I went and took a nice hot shower. Let the hot water relax my tired back. Then I slipped on my night grown and sled into bed and into Jake's waiting arms. Our lips met and it turned into a hot passion filled kisses. He let his hand slide up my back to my shoulders then slipped the straps of my night grown down. His lips moved down as the gown did. Once I felt his lips on my breast I was in heaven.