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The three hour plane ride was driving me crazy because all I could think about was my Bella. But eventually my flight landed in Seattle and I walked through security, heading straight for baggage claim. When I arrived at the conveyer belts I saw Alice and she ran over to hug me. "Hey Edward, how was your flight?"
"Okay…where's Bella?" I looked around to see if she was hiding somewhere, waiting to surprise me.
"She's not here." Something about Alice's tone immediately had me jumping to every possible worst case scenario.
"Alice what's wrong?" My stomach was in knots as Alice looked up at me.
"Edward, relax, she's not feeling well so she asked me to pick you up. Dad already checked on her, it's a stomach bug and she'll be fine in a day or two."
I let out a breath I hadn't realized I had been holding. The alarm went off signaling that my flight was now loading it's luggage onto the conveyer belt and I walked over to claim my bags. When I turned back to Alice, she was looking a little green around the gills herself. "Alice are you okay, you don't look well? Did you catch it from Bella?"
Alice shook her head. "No, I'm just feeling run down, I'm trying to finish up the fall line in time to get it manufactured and it's going to be the death of me."
I hugged my little sister to my side as we made our way to her car. I loaded my luggage into the back of her SUV and climbed in next to her. "So, how's married life treating you?"
Alice beamed as she turned to me. "It's perfect. I can't wait until you know what it's like."
"I may know sooner than you think." I muttered quietly, but Alice heard me.
I reached into my computer bag and pulled out the box from Cartier and handed it to Alice. She opened the box and gasped. "Edward, it's beautiful. When are you going to…?"
I shrugged. "I don't know yet, I'm not 100% sure if she's ready, so I'm going to wait until I feel she's a little more open to it. I think Bella needs for us to live together for a little while so she can see that we won't kill each other."
Alice laughed. "Don't wait too long, otherwise I'll go crazy! And besides, she's more ready for this than you think, just have faith."
I smiled and put the ring back in my bag. Alice drove to the condo and stopped by the curb, I looked at her perplexed. "Bella was planning something special for your first night together in your home when she got sick. Go ahead up and take care of my future sister-in-law." Alice smirked at me as she unlocked the doors. I got my bags out of the back and gave her a hug and kiss before I headed to our condo.
I put the key in the door and was amazed by what I saw. The entire apartment looked like we had lived here for months, with everything in its proper place. The great room was a warm brown, maybe a few shades lighter than a chocolate brown which immediately made me smile thinking of the chocolate brown of Bella's eyes. I poked my head in the second bath and the guest room and still couldn't get over how much Bella had accomplished. The room was a nice purple, and the bathroom was a pale gray. I left my luggage against the wall and looked around to see the large shadow box hanging over the fireplace. In it there was a copy of the condo letterhead and the note I had packed in the box.
I still hadn't heard Bella, so I decided to finish the tour before I disturbed her. The kitchen was next, and it was Bella through and through. A muted orange filled the space between the cabinets and the counters and continued into the laundry room. I poked my head into the eventual nursery and shook my head. Bella had painted it a soft green and set up my desk in there with a single bookshelf, both things that could easily be moved when they needed to be.
Finally, I reached the master suite. I pushed off my coat and opened the door, but when I got in there the room was empty. I hung the coat up in the closet and looked around. The sheets had been pulled down, so Bella had definitely been here, and then I saw the light in the bathroom peak out from under the door.
I walked over and pushed the door open to see Bella sprawled out on the tile with her hair flowing behind her off the towel her head was resting on. There was a thin sheen of sweat on her face and she looked awfully pale, even for her. I walked over to her and knelt behind her placing my hand on her clammy forehead. "You're home!" I could hear her attempt at a cheer in her weak voice as I bent down to kiss her cheek.
"I am, and I'm not going anywhere any time soon. How do you feel love?"
As she opened her mouth to answer, Bella flew out from under me and to the toilet. I quickly followed her, pulling her hair back and gently rubbing her back. When she finished, she grabbed some toilet paper and wiped her mouth before flushing the toilet. She tried to stand, and I helped her to the sink. "Edward, I don't want you to sit here and watch me get sick all night, please just go to bed, I'll be fine."
Bella began brushing her teeth and I used the opportunity to speak uninterrupted. "Bella, I'm not going to leave you in here to get sick all night by yourself. I'm staying right here with you. Now where are the towels?"
She took the toothbrush out of her mouth and motioned. "In the linen closet outside the second bathroom."
I went out into the linen closet and grabbed two large body towels and went back into the bedroom grabbing two pillows off the bed and a hair thing off her nightstand and then made my way back into the bathroom. I laid down the towels and then sat the two pillows down making a makeshift bed on the tile, handing her the rubber band to fix her hair, and then pulled Bella down onto the floor with me. "I've missed you baby. I hated going to bed every night knowing that you wouldn't be walking in at 4am."
Bella curled into me and I wrapped my arm lightly around her. "I missed you too, I'm sorry I ruined your homecoming, I had everything all planned out."
"Bella, all I need is to have you with me. By the way, I love what you did with the place."
Bella rolled slowly to face me. "Really?"
I smiled and kissed her forehead. "It's absolutely perfect; I only wish I could have helped."
Bella laughed and then looked at me from under her eyelashes. "And deprive me of going kitchenware shopping with Emmett while he fellated anything remotely phallic, I don't think so."
I stared at her, my mouth hanging open as I shook my head. "Emmett's a dead man; I'm so telling Rose that."
Bella giggled and then dove for the toilet and dry heaved for a minute. "Edward, can you get me some water?"
"Sure." I went to the kitchen and got Bella a glass of water and came back to see her shivering on the floor slightly. "Bella, babe. Why don't we go to bed and I can get you a garbage can in case you have to get sick again."
"Okay." I sat the glass of water on her nightstand and pulled the covers down all the way before going back into the bathroom. When she tried to get up she sunk back down to the floor, so I very gently picked her up and carried her to bed, doing my best not to jostle her. After I laid her down, I got the garbage can out of the bathroom and the bath mat outside the shower and set it up on the floor beside her side of the bed. Finally I picked up the towels and got our pillows and then climbed into bed with her, stroking her arm, happy to be home with her.
I woke up feeling slightly better, at least I wasn't getting sick anymore, but then I felt Edward's arm tighten slightly around me and all of that went away. "How do you feel baby?"
"Better, but now I'm starving. And I know I can't really eat anything yet, which really sucks." I pouted and Edward laughed.
"Well then, I'm going to go make you some soup. Don't move. I'll be right back." Edward rolled out of the bed carefully and walked out of the room with a quick smile over his shoulder.
I fidgeted in bed thinking about everything that had changed last night. In all honesty, nothing spectacular had happened, my plans went down the tubes with the first lurch of my stomach. Edward came home and I looked like hell, and he sat with me and tried to make me comfortable, he held my hair back while I got sick for crying out loud. He was so perceptive to my needs and so loving, he said that all he needed was to have me again, and I believed him. I was all he needed, and he was all I could ever hope for, and together we fixed those things about each other that required mending. It hadn't been a long separation in all reality, but it made me see just how much I loved him.
Edward returned with a tray that had a bowl of soup and a glass of ginger ale. Sitting on the side of it was a box that was uniquely wrapped in fabric with a large bow holding it in place. I ignored the food and picked up my present. Edward snickered to himself as I took the fabric off, sitting it on the tray as I opened the top of the box. Inside were six hand painted tiles each with a quote on it. I picked them up one at a time and studied them.
Those who wish to sing always find a song.
The measure of love is to love without measure.
Joy follows a pure thought like a shadow that never leaves. –Christopher Morley
Hope is the thing with feathers that perches in the soul. –Emily Dickinson
You were once wild here. Don't let them tame you! –Isadora Duncan
The greatest pleasure in life is doing what people say you cannot do. –Walter Bagehot
As I read each one I felt the tears begin to prick in my eyes. I looked up at him and he was smiling sweetly. "You told me you wanted to get some kind of artwork for the balcony, and when I saw these I thought we could hang them up out there. Do you like them?"
I took a deep breath and smiled back as the tears slowly escaped. "Edward, they're beautiful. That Emily Dickinson poem is my favorite." I put the tiles back as Edward grabbed a tissue so I could wipe my face.
"Now how about we try to get something in your belly? I don't want you to get dehydrated." Edward picked up the bowl of soup and sat it in his palm before raising the spoon to my lips while I opened my mouth to let him feed me. I was able to get down some of the broth, but we decided not to push it much beyond that. Edward gave me a quick peck on the temple and then told me to take a shower and then we could climb into bed and spend the day together. That was the best idea he had ever come up with.
I got in the shower and relaxed, finally beginning to feel a little better. Carlisle had said that I would feel better in the morning, but not to push it until I felt completely normal. So the idea of Edward holding me all day in our new home was fantastic. I turned off the shower and put on a cute nightgown, because I was determined to be as comfortable as possible. I brushed my teeth and put my hair up in a loose bun so I didn't get a headache on top of everything else.
When I walked back into the bedroom, the sheets were pulled up. Confused I pulled them down and my eyes focused on the small red box sitting in front of me.
"Bella." I spun around and Edward was right behind me, having used my confusion to sneak up on me. "The whole time I was away, all I could think about was getting back to you. I have never felt drawn to anything, or anyone the way I am to you. Your spirit has made me strive to be someone worthy of you." I felt this intense desire to interrupt him, not because I wanted him to stop, but because he had it backwards, I was the one who was unworthy of him. But I knew that he probably had a whole little speech planned, so I wouldn't ruin it. "For the past six months I have marveled at how lucky I've been, and that's why I tend to go for the grand romantic gesture. It seems to be our nature, to make elaborate plans and surprise each other just to see the look the others face when the realization hits. And all of that is wonderful. But that's not what makes a life together, this is." Edward took my hands in his and the realization he had been waiting for finally clicked. My jaw dropped open and I stared at him in disbelief. The little red box… "Last night when I saw Alice at the airport and she said you were sick, I lost my mind for a moment, and I couldn't get home to you soon enough. And then I got home, and you were so thrilled to see me, and all I wanted to do was take care of you. Holding you in my arms, feeding you soup when you're sick, looking into those awe-inspiring eyes of yours, the little things are what's really important. I bought this knowing that I would ask you soon, but watching you sleep last night, I knew what I had to do." Edward reached around me to pick up the box and then dropped down onto one knee. Ohmygod! This is really happening…he's really asking me! I wanted to scream and cry and kiss him, but I quickly realized I should let him actually ask me first. Edward opened the box and then looked into my eyes, holding them in the intensity of his gaze. "I would be honored if you would wear this ring and dance with me, because there's no one else I'd rather have as my partner. Isabella Marie Swan, will you marry me?"
My hand flew up to my mouth as the tears flowed freely and I shook with the joy I was feeling. I lowered myself to the floor and took a breath before placing a hand on either side of his face. "Edward…you've made…me so…happy. I didn't know I…I never imagined…" Still completely unable to form a sentence, I took another breath and then looked back into his eyes. "Yes!"
Bella seemed to honestly not know what was going on, which was making me both ridiculously nervous and tremendously excited to see what she would say when she understood that I was proposing. As I professed my love I watched her intently and smiled as her jaw dropped, then a moment later when I reached for the ring behind her, her breathing began to speed up and she stared down at me with wide eyes.
By the time I actually asked her to marry me she nearly collapsed to the ground. She was crying and shaking and then clutched my face in her hands. Bella tried to say something eloquent, but her words failed her, so finally she took a breath and simply said, "Yes!"
My lips crushed hers and she threw her arms around my neck. BELLA. SAID. YES! To me. Bella wants to marry me. I know we had danced around it, and talked in vague generalities and far off plans, but to be kneeling on the floor with her after she just made me the happiest man on earth was too much. When I pulled away to take a breath I was crying and we both reached to wipe away each others' tears. I took Bella's left hand and slipped the ring onto her ring finger and she beamed at me.
"Edward it's gorgeous!" She held her left hand in her right, examining it closely.
"It's a Cartier Ballerine; they say that it's inspired by the movement and grace of the ballerina. Plus, it has an antique design which, considering how upset you were to lose your mother's ring, I wanted to give you something that was in the same vein while still being absolutely you."
"Thank you. You have made me so happy." Bella's face was angelic, but then she shivered as a chill ran up her spine and I pulled her to her feet.
"We'll celebrate this properly when you're feeling better, but for now how about we just lay in bed, that way I can hold my fiancée." I couldn't help but smile saying the word and Bella smiled back.
Bella and I climbed into bed and she rested her hand on my cheek, looking deep into my eyes. I fell into those eyes, so happy that I would be staring into them for the rest of my life. After a few minutes Bella looked down and I pulled her chin up so I could look at her again. "Something wrong, love?"
Bella smiled, rubbing my cheek. "No. It's just when you look at me like that I get a little self-conscious. You look at me like I'm the only thing in the world, and that scares me, because I'm not sure I'm enough." I went to interrupt her, but she stopped me. "I know I'm being stupid, but no one has ever treated me the way you do, and I'm still trying to get used to it."
I cupped her face in my hands and moved my own face closer. "Everything that matters to me is in my hands at this moment. I would do anything for you baby, and I can't wait until I make you my wife." I leaned forward and kissed her sweetly as her arms wrapped around my neck, pulling me closer to her. After a moment, Bella turned so that her back was pressed up against my chest. I continued to look down at her, amazed at how her body fit perfectly against mine.
I had thought she was asleep when I heard her whisper, "What had you planned? If you hadn't come home last night to my camping trip in the bathroom, how would you have proposed?"
I kissed the crook of her neck and smiled against her skin. "I was planning on a grand romantic gesture. Something big and probably over the top, but then again that's me, always trying to prove my love. But then Alice told me you were sick and I was so worried, I didn't know what it was. Then I got home and started taking care of you and held you while you slept, and I stopped questioning whether I thought you were ready, or orchestrating something huge and decided to simply ask the woman I love to marry me, and she said yes."
Bella laughed a little and then grabbed the hand I had wrapped around her. "Like I could ever say no to you. But I'm glad that it was spontaneous, because it means you didn't script that little speech, not that I would have minded, but it means more that it was what you were thinking in the moment. I love you, Edward Cullen."
I tightened my arm around her, "I love you Bella Swan."
When I woke up several hours later, it was the lips of my love that were pulling me out of my sweet dreams. I opened my eyes to see Bella straddling me completely naked. "How in the world did I not notice this?"
Bella smiled down at me. "Because, I didn't want to ruin the surprise. I'm ready to celebrate with my fiancé."
Bella sat up on her knees next to me and I quickly got rid of my boxers before I sat up and kissed her again. Bella pulled me on top of her as she laid down, never breaking the kiss. I hovered over her, careful not to put my weight on her as I slowly made my way home.
Making love to Bella always felt like a religious experience. Not just the physical pleasure, but the emotional wholeness that it brought me. Every stroke was like an answered prayer, and it had been far too long in my opinion. So that was what I did, I worshipped my goddess, overjoyed to call her mine. As I thrust slowly, I felt Bella's fingers dig into my arms as she pulled me closer. "Edd-waarddd!" I laughed to myself at the frustration in her voice; she wanted me to quicken my pace. I began thrusting faster and deeper and my efforts earned a breathy moan.
"Bella…oh God…I…" My words continued to get stuck in my throat, so I put all my focus into showing her how good this felt. Within a few minutes I could feel her start to tighten around me as she closed her eyes and bit down on her lip. "Bella…open your eyes, I want to look at you when you cum."
Bella's eyes widened as she crashed into ecstasy, and the look on her face sent me following her quickly. My head rested on the pillow next to her and I took in her sweet scent. I rolled over and pulled Bella onto my chest, where she started kissing me before her stomach growled. She giggled quietly and then looked up at me. "I better go cook something before my stomach eats itself, you hungry?"
I nodded and Bella smiled, picking her nightgown off the floor before slipping it on and walking out the door.
Bella was feeling completely normal today, so we decided to go over to my parents for dinner. My mom quickly called everyone wanting to celebrate my return home. I was glad she had made that call because it wouldn't make everyone suspicious, so we might actually have a chance to tell them before they figured it out. Bella turned her ring around, so only a thin band was visible, giving us the element of surprise. As we pulled up to the driveway and saw that everyone was there already Bella stiffened slightly. I reached out and squeezed her hand. "Baby, it is going to be fine, they're all going to be so happy for us."
Bella laughed and turned to give me a quick peck. "I know, but this is big news, and we just moved in together, I'm nervous they'll think it's a little soon. Now, let's get in there before Emmett sees us and ruins our surprise by guessing it the minute we walk in."
"I'll kill him if he does." We got out of the car and made our way to the door. My mom opened it and pulled me and Bella each into a tight hug.
"Oh honey, I missed you. And Bella, sweetie, I'm glad to see you feeling better."
The rest of my family welcomed us and we quickly fell into conversation. "So Eddie, how do you like what Bella did to the place?"
I smiled and kissed Bella's left hand, not even getting annoyed at Emmett calling me Eddie. "It's beautiful, my girl has impeccable taste."
Bella laughed as Rosalie reached behind her and pulled out a bag. "I wanted to wait to give you this until Edward was back; I saw it and thought immediately of you."
Bella reached into the bag and pulled out a sizable pewter figurine of an Irish step dancer. Tears welled up in her eyes as she looked over to me. "Rosalie, it's beautiful…thank you."
I squeezed Bella's hand again and she nodded. I looked up at my family as she took her left hand in her right and slowly began turning her ring as I spoke. "Everyone, we have an announcement. Bella and I are engaged!"
The squeals erupted as Alice flew into Bella's arms and my mom did the same to me. We quickly swapped, and then continued to hug and kiss everyone as the congratulations filled the room.
Having Edward's family react like that erased any of the tiny fears I had held. Esme was quickly pouring the champagne that she had Carlisle buy off of a feeling she had this morning after talking with Edward, but I had been there for the conversation, so I knew it had to be her mother's intuition. As everyone toasted us, I noticed that Alice didn't seem to be drinking hers, but I wasn't planning on asking. After all, it was probably just my overactive imagination getting the best of me.
I wasn't the only one who noticed however, because a few minutes later Emmett wrapped his arm around her shoulder and boomed out. "You haven't touched your champagne Alice. What are you pregnant?"
The entire room fell silent as we turned to see the color drain from Alice's face. Edward stepped forward and took both of his sister's hands. "Al, are you?"
Tears streamed down her face as she spoke a mile a minute. "We were waiting until I was three months along to tell anyone, and I definitely wasn't planning on saying anything today and ruining your surprise. Edward, I'm sorry."
Edward pulled her into a hug as he ran his hands over her back. "Ali, what do you have to be sorry for?"
"I'm sorry that every time you have news I have something that tops it, and I'm sorry that everyone found out like this, but I'm mainly sorry that Emmett is such an ass!" With that everyone laughed and another round of congratulations stared as Esme ran to get Alice some ginger ale to toast with.
Alice was pregnant. I'm not going to lie and say that the green eyed monster wasn't lurking inside me a little, but I had everything I dreamed for, and I believed Edward when he said we would find a way to have a family. But I would never get to experience what Alice was going through. Alice pulled me aside while everyone else was fawning over our men and their good fortune.
"Bella, are you upset with me?" Alice looked honestly afraid of my reaction.
"Of course not. I'm so happy for you and Jasper. How far along are you?"
Alice smiled at the sincerity in my tone. "Almost ten weeks. Oh Bella, I'm so happy for all of us. You and Edward are going to get your happy ending, and I'm going to be a mom!" Alice hugged me tight.
"Let's just hope for the sake of the economy that you're having a girl, so that way you can have your own personal shopping buddy." Alice and I both laughed again and returned to the other room.
As we got ready for bed that night I could see that Edward was trying to figure out how to ask me about Alice's news. So when he pulled me close, I wrapped my arm around his waist and sighed into his side. "We're not out of options; it'll happen for us too. I'm not worried."
Edward kissed my hair and then lifted my chin to look at me. "You're really okay?"
A single tear escaped my eye but I quickly wiped it away. "I'm a little sad that I won't get to be pregnant, and the sheer fertility of your family is a little harrowing, but right now I have everything I want. I'll worry about that when it's time to."
Edward kissed me passionately and I looked deep into his eyes. "How did I get so lucky?"
I smiled and kissed him again. "I have such terrible luck, that you have to have some good luck just to balance us out." Edward laughed hard, shaking me too. I pulled him closer and fell asleep resting on his chest.
Edward and I had been living together for two weeks now and all those little things that people do that just drive you crazy were starting to get to me. I was coming home from the bar, before heading back later that night, and when I walked into the kitchen I lost my cool. "Edward!"
I heard him get off the chair in the spare room and come out into the main living area. "Bells?"
He saw me standing in front of the sink and stood on the other side of the half wall. "Edward, I know that you're working all day while I'm at the bar, but would it kill you to do a little cleaning. I mean we have a dishwasher for crying out loud, rinse the dishes and run it."
He walked into the kitchen and turned me to face him. "I'm sorry. I'll do it right now, and I promise that I'll be more domestic." Edward opened the dishwasher and began loading it in silence, but after half of the load was in he turned to me. "Is there anything else that's bothering you?"
"You drink out of the carton." He laughed and continued his work. "What about me, I have to be driving you crazy."
Edward thought for a minute and then answered. "You leave the bathroom door open when you're in there."
I looked at him like he was crazy. "Why does that bother you?"
"Because…it's weird. I can't explain it right, but you look so…helpless sitting there." I couldn't stop the cackle that erupted out of me.
After a few minutes I finally got myself under control and looked back over at him. "Okay, is that all?"
"I don't like the way you fold my laundry." Edward almost whispered.
I walked over to him and pushed him against the counter jokingly. "Fine, I will never do your laundry again. Better?"
He smiled my favorite crooked smile and kicked the dishwasher closed, turning it on before carrying me into the bedroom.
I was slightly suspicious of Bella this morning when the knock came at 6:30. I opened the door to see Emmett, Jasper and my father standing outside my door. "Eddie! You're 28 man."
"Go away Emmett!" I growled as I tried to close the door on them.
My dad's hand caught it and held it open. "Sorry son, we can't let you do that, we have strict orders. Get dressed and let's get going."
I went back into the bedroom to see Bella had scurried into the bathroom and had the shower running. I got dressed and made my way out to my kidnappers, annoyed that my birthday was starting so damn early.
We went to breakfast at a greasy spoon near the batting cages my dad used to take us to as kids. It had been so long since we had come here; it was fun to crank it out, and to have Jasper there to share it.
After I exited the cage and Emmett stepped up to the plate, Jasper settled in next to me to torment Emmett and make him lose the bet he had made that he'd hit more balls than either of us. "So Edward, have Bella and you talked about the wedding planning yet?"
"Bella wanted to get married at the Alexis Hotel, so we went to check it out but they don't have a date available until next June, so we didn't reserve it. Neither one of us wants to wait that long, so we're looking for other places."
"That sucks." Emmett was getting ready to swing so Jasper came up to the back of the cage and waited for the ball to come. "Don't screw up!"
Emmett swung and missed wide before spinning around to cuss him out. "What the fuck, man! That was not cool."
Just then another ball got pitched and nearly missed Emmett making him squeal and Jasper and I in turn busted out laughing.
After the batting cages we went to the driving range and had some more fun tormenting Emmett as he hooked everything to the right. I wasn't much better, hooking things to the left, when I got a text from Bella.
Take off your watch, its adding weight to your arm, and that's why you're earning the nickname 'leftside.'
I looked around quickly and saw no one with their phone and Bella was nowhere in sight so I took off my watch and sure enough, that little bit of weight from the watch I bought at Cartier with her ring had been throwing off my swing.
After that I was dropped off at Alice and Jasper's where I was put to work moving furniture out of the guest room as they began discussing paint colors. "You know its mean that you're putting me to work on my birthday."
Alice giggled and gave me a kiss on the cheek. "Bella wanted you to spend the day with your family, and I needed your help. You aren't really going to neglect your godchild, are you?"
I dropped the chair I was carrying. "You want me to be the godfather?"
Alice beamed at my excitement. "Yeah, and Bella's the godmother, we decided that you guys would be the perfect choice for our first kid."
I scooped my sister up in my arms and swung her around gently. "Alice, thank you! You have no idea what it means to me that you're asking us."
"No problem, but when you and Bella start your family, just remember that you were our first choice." I smiled and mussed up her hair.
"Deal." Just then my mom brought out soup and sandwiches for lunch. After that, we sat around and Alice took out my presents.
"Okay, these are from Jasper and I." Alice pushed two nicely wrapped presents in front of me and I began unwrapping them. As I pulled the paper off I smiled at the voice recorder that Alice had picked out for me. "This way you can keep it in your bag and if you forget your notebook then you can still record your idea so you don't lose it." I was looking down at the box thinking about how much I wished I had this when I was in LA because I would have recorded Bella's voice to bring with me, when Alice broke me out of my thoughts. "You hate it, I knew I should have gotten you camping stuff, but I thought this would be-"
I quickly cut her off. "Alice, I love it. I was just thinking about how much I wished I had it a month ago. Really, it's a great gift." I quickly unwrapped the second gift and immediately started laughing. "The Everything Groom to be Book?"
Rose and my mom laughed and Alice picked up the book. "Jasper called this his 'duck and cover' book. He said it was how he survived my craziness, so he wanted to give it to you."
Next I got a nice leather laptop bag from Rosalie and Emmett, and my parents got me a gift certificate for the dinner cruise around Seattle. It was about 5pm at this point and Alice informed me that I was now allowed to go home, so Rosalie and my mom dropped me off home without a word about what Bella had been scheming all day.
When I opened the door I noticed the lights were low and there were candles lit on the balcony, and closer inspection revealed that there was a small table set up for a romantic dinner for two out there. Bella's voice caught me off guard as she welcomed me home from the kitchen. "Happy Birthday."
I spun around to see Bella in a lacy dress, if you could honestly call it a dress. It was a black slip with a lacy overlay that was designed to destroy me. As she came around into the living room I noticed the heels she was wearing and how they made her legs look that much longer. Bella walked over to me and wrapped her arms around my neck as she kissed me, and I was all too aware of how her dress raised up because of how she embraced me. This was going to be a long night, but I knew that Bella went to a lot of trouble to plan this so I vowed to be good.
"Dinner's almost ready if you want to freshen up." I nodded and kissed her again as Bella made her way back into the kitchen.
I came out of the master bedroom and Bella was placing the last of the food on the table, and as I joined her outside she smiled and motioned for me to take the seat that gave me a view of not only her, but the city below. As I looked down at the plate of food I smiled, it was the same meal she had made for me at our date at Ballet Studio, and then I noticed the bottle of wine. "That's the wine you picked on our first date."
Bella smiled as I picked it up. "I had my supplier find me a case; I thought it could be our special occasion wine."
I decided to play with her a little. "Oh yeah, what are we celebrating tonight?"
Bella looked down and then peered up through her lashes. "We're celebrating the birth of the most amazing man I've ever known, and the man that I plan to spend the rest of my life celebrating." At that moment, Bella reached across the table and placed her hand on mine. I raised her hand to my lips and kissed it. Then she lifted her glass and I followed suit. "To my Edward, the stuff that dreams are made of." We clinked our glasses and then each took a sip.
We began eating and I moaned at how good Bella's food was, she could cook almost anything, but her chicken and Mac and cheese was the best meal I had ever eaten. After a little while Bella looked up at me. "I got a call from the Alexis Hotel today."
My eyes met hers and I knew instantly that it was good news. "What did they say?"
Her smile gave her away long before the blush that began to color her cheeks could. "They had a cancellation, and they wanted to know if we were interested in getting married on December 9th."
I dropped my fork onto the plate. "You realize that that's-"
"The one year anniversary of the day we met, yes, I was aware." Bella blushed a deeper red and I knew she was so excited to get her dream location around the time we wanted to get married.
"Did you make the reservation?"
"I go tomorrow to sign the contract and make the deposit."
I stood up from the table and pulled her out of her chair and kissed her before pulling her into a tight hug. "Oh baby, it's like it was fate, we're getting the date we wanted and you're getting your location. That's the best birthday present ever!"
Bella smiled and backed away from me. "I hope not, otherwise the rest of the night will be a disappointment." She giggled, pulling me back into a kiss. As we sat down, Bella hit the button on the control for the apartment sound system and the music of Linda Eder crooned out of the speaker in the corner of the balcony. We continued eating and talking about my day and some of the things Bella wanted to do for the wedding. She laughed at the book I got from Jasper and promised not to be a bridezilla, which from the sound of it, seemed to be a bad thing. Then she revealed that it was my dad who told her what to say in the text she sent me this afternoon.
As we were finishing our food, Little Things came on and she asked me to dance with her, and as the words started she sang along in my ear.
It's the whisper of the rain when we're sleeping
The familiar way the scent of you clings
In the coolness of the night
It's the little things
It's the honest way you ask how I'm feeling
And the way you still agree though I'm wrong
It's the little things in life
That carry me along
Listening to her sweet voice sing to me I felt such love for her, and I knew this song held special meaning. She was telling me that it was moments like this that mattered the most, and we were about to build a lifetime filled with them. The song came to an end with Bella singing the final lines as she looked into my eyes.
It's not castles and kings
It's the little things
It's the whisper of the rain when we're sleeping
Bella finished off the bottle of wine, refilling our glasses and turned to me. "Baby, stay out here while I get ready for the next part of the night."
"Of course love." Bella grabbed the plates and stacked them, bringing them into the kitchen. I looked up and saw the tiles I had bought for her were now hanging around the balcony and smiled. Bella was gone for a few minutes before I heard the dishwasher start up and then she came back out, blowing out the candles and bringing them in to sit on the bar top in the kitchen. Finally she called to me, "Baby, bring in the wine glasses." I picked them up and followed the sound of running water to the bathroom, where Bella had the tub nearly filled. I placed the wine glasses on the edge of the tub and Bella appeared behind me. "Get in."
I took off my clothes and climbed in, and Bella followed me. I pulled her to me and she laughed. "I like where this is heading."
Bella turned to face me and gave me a chaste kiss before moving to the other side of the tub. "All in good time, but first, I want to take care of you the way you do me." Bella reached for the shampoo and dunked my head, before lathering up my hair, being careful to keep her hair dry where it was piled on top of her head. After my hair was all soapy she grabbed the soap and a washcloth and washed me, lovingly rubbing my body. After that, I submerged myself and came up fully clean. Bella and I climbed out and toweled off carrying our half-filled wine glasses to the bedroom as the tub drained.
"Lay down on your stomach," Bella instructed as she took my glass and put on a robe.
"Bella?" She smiled and winked at me.
"We're almost there; just don't fall asleep on me like I did on you." With that Bella grabbed a small bottle of lotion and straddled my ass. I heard the lotion squirt out of the bottle as she lathered up her hands and then I felt her tiny fingers rub my tired muscles. "You're so tense baby; let's see if I can get some of these knots out."
Bella's hands on me were magic. Her touch was so firm, yet remarkably gentle as she kneaded my back muscles. She massaged my arms and neck as well and then slid up my back and massaged my scalp. The stiffness left my body and I felt more relaxed than I had in a while. Finally Bella kissed the back of my neck and climbed off my back. "You feel better?"
I turned to look at her and ran my hand over her cheek. "Bella, this has been the best birthday ever. It's like you knew exactly what I needed, even before I did, and then you made it happen. Thank you."
"We're not done yet, you still have a few more presents." Bella reached into her robe pocket and handed me a small box. I opened it and saw a silver bracelet.
I picked it up and saw the quote Bella had referenced from The Tempest, "'We are such stuff as dreams are made of.' Bella this is amazing, and you're right, we are."
Bella laughed and tapped me, trying to get me to rollover towards her. When I did, she quickly took up residence between my legs, before running her hands up my thighs and kissing the tip of my painfully hard erection. She slid her mouth over my length and went to work on me. The sensation of her running her lips and tongue and teeth along me was heaven and I was afraid that I might not last long, but my girl knew just how to bring me to the edge without pushing me over. Bella continued her ministrations as I bucked and grabbed hold of the sheets on either side of me. "God Bells, that feels so fucking amazing!"
With that bit on encouragement Bella continued on and finally reached down and began playing with my balls, which sent me hurdling over the edge. I called out her name as she drank me up and sat back up smiling. "Are you ready to unwrap your last gift?"
I looked at her with unfathomable eyes, what else could she give me that she hadn't already? Her hand took mine and placed it on the belt of her robe and I was instantly ready to open my final present. I pulled the robe open and slid it off before I laid her down and climbed on top of her.
I entered her, ready to feel her warmth and was not disappointed as we quickly found our rhythm. There were so many things that I loved about Bella, but the way we fit together had to be one of my favorites. Bella completed me and in the moments that we were intimate I felt such joy, it was indescribable.
Bella was panting and pulling my lips back to hers for a passionate kiss that was only broken so we could breathe. I pulled her closer to me as I picked up my pace and continued to plunge myself deeper into her. I could feel myself nearing my release so I kept up my pace and looked deep into Bella's eyes. "Cum with me baby, I'm so close."
Saying that always seemed to push her over the edge and her cries of pleasure in turn sent me to my end.
As we lay there, basking in our post-coitus glow, I rested my forehead on hers. "I love you Bella."
Bella ran her hand through my hair and then over my cheek. "I love you too Edward, happy birthday."
A HUGE I love you to stavanger1 from ffn, who read and reviewed every chapter of my story in the course of two days…you made me remember little things I had forgot, and it is what caused a lot of the little details from earlier chapters to pop up in this. Also to lilquackers, lanigirl96003, bammers, trobers and TwiAggie94 for showing me some early love over here! You're the new DwM crew!
To everyone who faved, alerted, reviewed or read this on both sites, your love and friendship has meant the world to me and I can't wait to see your reactions to the sequel, The Family You Make. The prologue will be up very soon as it is short!
A thank you to my sis Patti996 aka Patti25, who brought me to the world of fanfiction and A Cullen Wannabe, who brought me to this site. This was my baby, and my first story and you loved and nurtured me and your support has been amazing.