Sorry for the delay with this chapter….it's going to be the last one! I'm really sad to be living my beloved characters like this. This chapter is going to be quite fluff filled!
I was aware of the smile stretching across my face as I watched Bella, but I didn't try and stop it. We were sitting on the beach, and Bella was determined to build the perfect sandcastle. And oh, I wasn't allowed to help her, because apparently I would ruin all her fun.
"I can tell you're staring at me." Bella said calmly, her back to me as she struggled to finish her creation before the sun went down.
"So?" I teased. "Maybe that was my intention."
"You, plan ahead? Yeah, right!" Bella laughed and I lunged for her playfully, but she easily slid to side, barely avoiding me. "You'll never get me!" She yelled, getting to her feet and running down the beach like a child. And I was right behind her. But every time I was close enough to grab her, she'd veer to the side and change course.
And then her clumsy side broke through and she fell onto the sand. I dove for her, both of us laughing hysterically at that point.
"You win." She gasped as I pinned her down into the sand. I smirked and pressed a kiss to the side of her lips.
"I certainly do." I whispered against her lips, and she smiled up at me.
"I love you." She murmured, reaching up and stroking my hair, her long fingernails grazing my scalp slightly.
"And I love you." I said in a low voice, planting kisses all around her lips, but never on them. She rolled her eyes and leaned forward in an attempt to capture my lips with hers, but I pulled away slightly, kissing her nose with reverence. "You're a goddess, baby." I whispered, my voice hoarse. "It's like you were specially made to weaken my knees every time I hold you in my arms." I moved beside her so that our bodies were spooning and I could feel each of her tantalizing curves against my side.
"Do you ever wish things had happened differently?" She asked after a few minutes of blissful, content silence.
"Differently how?" I questioned, playing with her hair.
"Like if I hadn't gotten pregnant with Dora when I did. Or if we had met….under different circumstances." Her fingertip lightly traced the muscles on my abdomen and I shuddered slightly under her feather-soft touch.
I thought for moment before shaking my head.
"I don't regret how most of our….experiences happened. But I wish I had been a different man when we met."
"Hmmm…I liked you." Bella laughed. I snorted.
"I was a complete fucking man whore. And I treated you like shit." I pointed out, and Bella tensed a little.
"Well, you've more than enough made up for it." She said lightly. "Honestly, Edward? You're too good to me. I don't deserve all that you've given me."
"Yes you do. In fact, you deserve more. You, my one and only love, deserve everything I've ever given you and much more."
"There's only one thing I really want, though." Bella pouted, sliding her hand under my shirt and moving it slowly up my chest.
"And what would that be?" I asked in a quick breath. She had no idea how all her little touches were affecting me.
"Your heart." She whispered, letting her hand pause directly over my pounding heart.
"You already have it, love." I chuckled. "You've had it for nearly ten years." I added, and Bella smiled; moving her hand out from under my shirt to my lips. I chastely kissed her finger, making her laugh. I would never get tired of that sound.
"Hey, lovebirds!" Someone in the distance called, and Bella and I both craned our necks to see who was calling us.
Carlisle, Esme, Emmet, Rosalie, Jasper, Alice, Andrew, Cecily, Dora, Ryan, Lynnette, Ella, and Claire. Ella was perched on Emmet's back, while Esme tenderly held Claire. They all stormed towards us, Andrew yanking his little sister along, Carlisle wrapping his arms around Esme's slender waist, and Jasper scooping Alice into his arms.
Our family is an extremely beautiful thing to watch. So much love, fun, and care packaged into a not-so-small package.
"What did we miss?" Alice asked when they approached and sat down in the sand. Jasper kept his arms around her, keeping her in a tight embrace.
"We were just talking about how much we missed our obtrusive, nosy family." Bella said dryly as we both sat up and Lynnette snuggled into my lap.
"Be nice!" Emmet pouted, sticking out his bottom lip. Rosalie responded my fiercely kissing him. Everyone started catcalling and booing until they finally broke apart.
"Maybe we should keep things PG for once. We are in at a public beach" Bella said in a lilting voice, cocking her head. Emmet snorted and threw a shell at her. It landed in her lap, in between her legs, and I oh-so-helpfully retrieved it for her.
"You're one to talk!" He scoffed, although a playful smile was stretched across his face. "Can anyone say, doctors lounge?" Bella and I both blushed a little, remembering that particular encounter from ten years ago.
"Okay, there are children present." Esme scolded, but she too was grinning for ear to ear. It was hard to stay mad for long with our family.
And I wouldn't trade it for anything.
Sniffle. I don't want to give them up! I loved these stories to pieces and really appreciated the feedback and everything. You guys rock, I love you for reviewing and sticking with the story.
Xoxo- Melodyella aka Mellie