Chapter 9 –Completion
Edward and Bella attended graduate school together, along with the rest of the Cullen siblings. As far as their relationship, Edward respected Bella's space when she asked for it and she did the same for him, though he rarely wanted it. They hunted together; he played her lullaby constantly and composed a new song for her called "Remembering Bella." The Cullen's was living in New Hampshire for four years now. In this time, Bella earned two graduate degrees, rivaling Emmett's degree count. While hunting, Edward and Bella came across a pack of wolves. Bella did not hunt them, because they reminded her of her Quileute pack friends in La Push. They hunt bears and deers instead. After hunting, Bella came across a meadow that was similar to their old field in Forks. She laid in the middle of the meadow, while Edward watched her. She closed her eyes and she felt him get closer to her. She smelled freshly picked flowers and opened her eyes. Edward was sitting next to her with the bouquet in his hands. He let the flowers fall on her face, which made her laugh. Then she felt a thunk against her chest. Bella picked up a flower and saw a diamond ring hanging from the stem. She sat up, looking at the ring. Edward was now on one knee in front of her taking the ring from the flower. "Bella, I told you that I am going to show you that I will never leave you again and this is one of my actions. I love you more than anything. More than my family, my life and my existence, because without you, I have none of those things. Isabella Marie Swan, we have spent the last few years together, building our relationship and I want spend the rest of eternity with you building a life, will you marry me?" Bella watched him slip the ring onto her finger and she lowered her head, hiding her eyes. When she looked back at him, she smiled and nodded. He took her face in his hands and kissed her strongly.
When they walked home, Alice was bouncing in her seat. Everyone was in the living room, watching them. "She didn't say anything," Edward whispered to Bella. Bella smiled at everyone. "You all have taken me into your home and accepted me as family. And now, Edward and I are going to make it are going to make it legitimate." She showed her left hand, "We're getting married. That's why Alice looks like she strung out on sugar." The room erupted with laughter and praise. Esme hung the both of them; Carlisle kissed Bella on the cheek and hugged his son. Jasper, Rosalie and Emmett hugged Bella together. Alice stayed on the couch. Bella smiled. "Alice, how long would it take you to put together a beach wedding? And order your dress; you're the maid of honor." Alice darted at Bella, almost knocking her down with a fierce hug. "Thank You, Bella." "Also, Rosalie, I need you to be the musician. And Esme, you handle the flowers and keeps in the boys in order." The women all screamed and hugged Bella, pushing her up the stairs to discuss the wedding details. Bella and Edward had a small ceremony on a beach, under the full moon. Their family friends attended the small wedding. Everyone stood in the sand, while Bella and Edward stood in the surf, the wave crashing on their ankles as they were declared man and wife.
It has been eighty years since the wedding. The Cullens returned to Forks. There have been several additions to the family, including cars. Bella now owned a Range Rover HSE, in silver, matching her husband's silver Volvo. Also, she owns a new red Kawasaki Ninja 650R. Edward got a matching one in black. Esme started her own company as an interior decorator, with Alice as her partner. Rosalie began her own fashion line on the internet and Jasper began painting and sold his work to small galleries. Carlisle started his own private office and Emmett worked as his associate. Bella walked to boundary line and met with the alpha of the pack, Ephraim Jacob Black. She requested permission to cross onto their land to see Jacob. Ephraim complied. He took Bella to his father. Bella stood in front of Jacob. A bittersweet reunion. Bella stood at her former love's grave. "Hey Jake. It's me. I wanted you to know, I married Edward. I have five graduate degrees and two PhD's. Except for Carlisle, I am the most degrees. I killed Victoria years ago. Crushed her skull with my own two hands. I wish you could have seen that. I'm glad you're finally at peace. I love you, Jacob." Bella turned back to Ephraim. "I don't know if you're father told you about me." "He did. He told me everything." Bella smiled slightly. "Well, then I want you to have something. You're father gave me this and I think you should have it." Bella gave Ephraim a small silver ring. "It was a promise ring he gave me. He wanted us to get married, but you know what happened. For him, and slightly for me, when you meet the one you are supposed to be with, give it to her." "Thank you and I will. I know my father loved you very much." Ephraim walked Bella back to the boundary line, where Edward waited for her. "Thank you, Ephraim. Also, you look just like your father. Just as handsome as he was." Bella walked to Edward, who took her in his arms. They bounded into the forest and walked back to the house.
Edward scooped Bella into his arms, ran back to the house and jumped into their bedroom window, and sat on the bed. She was in his lap, her face pressed into his neck. "Are you alright, dear? You're so quiet." "He was the last. My dad, Phil, my mom, Alexis; my step-mom, Evan and Diane. Now Jacob. They are all gone. They all had full lives. Evan and Diane's kids; we help them financially and that does help, but they will be gone soon too. You were right; this is the lot we deal with, but it is slightly easier, when you get to say goodbye." Bella looked at him, her eyes sad. "All of them came and went, but we remained. This would have been a lot harder, if I didn't have you. Thank you." "Don't thank me, I should be thanking you. For loving, forgiving and marrying me." "And for putting Rosalie and Emmett to shame." They both laughed. "Yea, I'm surprised Esme even told us they were moving again." Edward said. "You were her first son; she couldn't let you go like that." "Yea, so let's not bring down this house." "That'll be hard. But I have an idea. Evan's son said we could move into Charlie's house. He doubt's he coming out here. Just an idea. We could reinforce it." Edward smiled at her, cupping his hand to her cheek. "You have completed us, you know?" "Yes and you all completed me. This was the life meant for me." Edward crushed Bella to him and sighed. "There was so much I wanted you to have." Bella put her fingers on his lips. "And you gave it all to me. A big family; a wonderful husband, amazing sisters, erratic brothers, loving parents and a soul mate that I would do anything for. I am complete." Edward raise his lips to hers, kissing his wife. "My Bella, Happy Anniversary." "Happy Anniversary to you, my true love, my Edward." They looked into each other's eyes and engulfed themselves with each other. Holding each other, Bella breathed, "I was born to make you happy." Edward looked her "I have nothing if I don't have you." They resumed their passion, now and forever.