Chapter 16

They all stepped in.

I recognize them all from their pictures and their beauty is astounding as well. First walks in Eleazar and Carmen and I watch as they embrace everyone in hugs. Kate and Irina soon follow and last but not least, the woman whom I've been dreading, Tanya, strolls in ever so gracefully.

I watch her as she looks around the room for someone, ignoring everyone else and how her eyes light up at the sight of Edward.

"Oh Eddie" she purrs. "It has been too long."

Jasper sends me waves of confidence and I can't help but laugh at how silly I'm being.

"It has been a while" he replies curtly and all my jealousy vanishes. I have no need to worry.

"Everyone, this is Bella, Edward's mate. And this over here is Milo; Bella's best friend." Carlisle announces and I smile shyly at everyone.

I look over at Milo who is staring at Tanya like he's caught in some sort of spell. I give him a confused look and snap my fingers but nothing happens. Tanya finally catches his gaze and smiles beautifully at him.

"Hello, I'm Tanya."

Jasper raises his eyebrow at her and looks to Edward. Edward tries not to laugh and leans down to whisper in my ear, "Looks like I'm off the hook."

I give him a confused look but then I notice how Close Tanya is to Milo and even I can feel the love and lust radiating off of them. They are completely in their own world as they gaze into each other's eyes.

Wow. I officially don't have to worry, anymore.

"Well, we should let them get acquainted" Carmen laughs and turns to me, "Oh Bella. I have heard so much about you. I am sorry for all that you two have been through."

Not knowing what to say, all I can do is nod my head. All this attention will take some time getting used to.

"Are you mute?" Kate laughs.

"No. Just, shy." Esme smiles, which makes my face burn even more.

"It's just… overwhelming. I still have to get used to this life again. Things take time." I say.

"Seems like Milo is adjusting just fine." Emmett laughs which causes Milo to glance over at us.

"Having fun?" Edward smirks.

Milo's face turns red as well and I think that this is the first time I have ever seen his blush. Tanya looks as if she could do the same… even though she can't.

"Milo, do you want to take a walk with me outside?" Tanya asks him.

"It's freezing… but I'd go anywhere with you."

She smiles once again and grabs a winter coat from the rack by the door and leads him outside into the snow.

"So… does this mean Tanya has found her mate?" I ask.

"Looks like you're finally free, Edward." Emmett laughs.

Rose hits him.

"Emmett, stop." Carlisle says.

"Wow, Milo is in love. I can't believe it." I say.

"You're in love, too." Edward whispers.

"I am." I agree.

"We take things one step at a time."

"We do."

"I'll love you forever, Bella."

"Ditto, Edward."

"Geez, you're emotions are killing me; stop" Jasper moans and everyone laughs.

"I almost forgot you all were here" I admit.

"Ah, the powers of love… Tanya and Milo are in the same boat." Esme smiles.

"Things are going to be great. We have a great big family and now have two new additions. I couldn't be happier." Eleazar grins and then walks over to me to wrap me in a hug, which I return.

"Thank you. I feel the same way about all of you."

"I love you Bella. One day at a time." Edward smiles.

I snuggle into his side and breathe in his fresh scent.

"I love you too, Edward."

"I swear if I could cry, I would." Esme says all choked up.

"I'm finally home." I smile.

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