AN: First let me say I am so sorry for the lack of update. RL was a mess and then writer's block hit me head on. I was finally able to write and this was almost finished when my computer died and I lost everything. Needless to say I was a bit discouraged. Now I am back and decided to get this thing done.
So here is the epilogue for Love in the Real World. I decided to end it here and add outtakes at a later date for some missing events. I hope someone is still out there reading this. It has been a learning experience and I am glad I did it.
Epilogue-One year later
It was hard to believe that it had been a year since I had come to work at the resort. Honestly the time flew by so fast that it felt like no time at all. Thankfully after the holidays wrapped up, life settled down into a sense of normalcy. Lord knows we needed some time with a little less drama.
Looking back I wouldn't changed a single event of the past year though because each event played its own role in bringing me the most important person in my life-Edward.
Thankfully life really did calm down in the past 6 or so months. We finished working the busy ski season with the rest of the family before finally taking 2 vacations just the two of us. The first being the trip I had gifted to Edward for Christmas. It had been a fantastic gift that we had both enjoyed many times over.
The second was a trip for Edward to meet my parents. I don't think Edward considered that much of a vacation though. He was so nervous for weeks before we left that I thought he might need a tranquilizer to get through the 3 days we were there.
Apparently the fact that my dad was a chief of police, and therefore armed with multiple firearms added to Edward's unease.
My dad spent the first day trying to make Edward as uncomfortable as possible, but after he and Edward went fishing together the next day things completely shifted. I am still not sure what happened that day, but I was just relieved that Edward came back without fish hooks sticking out throughout his body.
The chirp of my phone indicating that I had a text message shook me from my reverie.
I grabbed it off my desk and smiled as I read the message on the screen.
My beautiful girl-
Any chance you have time to do me a favor?
God I insanely loved this man! I decided to play with him a little bit and quickly typed in my response.
A favor, huh? You aren't propositioning while I am at work are you?
I hit send and was rewarded almost immediately with a reply.
No, naughty girl, but I may take you up on that later!
I need you to bring me my tool kit. I forgot it and can't find another patrol member to bring it to me. Do you have a few minutes?
I glanced at my desk calendar and there was anything pressing at the moment, so I sent a quick reply on my way to Alice's office.
On my way! Where should I bring it?
I leaned in the door to Alice's office after sending the text.
"Hey, Alice! Edward just texted me and asked if I could run his tool kit out to him, He Can't get a hold of any of the guys. Is that okay?" I asked knowing she wouldn't care, but it was still the right thing to do.
"First of all you don't even have to ask you twit! Secondly, my brother probably didn't even try to get someone else. He just wants some midday day nookie!"
"Alice!" I shouted at her. Sometimes having a best friend that was also your boyfriend's sister was a little weird.
She just laughed at me and waved me off.
Being the more mature person I stuck my tongue out at her on the way out the door. I could still hear laughing at me when I walked out the door.
I glanced at my phone and saw Edward's reply.
Thanks baby! Just bring it to the warming hut! See you soon.
I smiled at his admission of love. Edward was always telling me he loved me and to some it may have gotten old, but I loved hearing it from him.
I walked the short distance to the equipment building and sure enough there was no one around. Thankfully in the past year I had received multiple lessons on how to use the variety of equipment here on the resort. I had driven both the snowmobiles and ATVs multiple times. I even had my own custom made helmet. Emmett and Edward both called it my 'crash helmet' and truth be told they were fairly accurate, Not all of my rides on the machines had ended well.
I grabbed the tool kit that Edward needed and strapped it onto the smaller snowmobile before grabbing the matching keys and driving it out of the garage.
Once I had cleared the areas that were more heavily populated with skiers, I let the snowmobile go to a much faster speed. I may not be the speed junkies that the rest of the Cullens were, but I did love the exhilarating feeling that rushed through my veins as the cold air whipped around my face.
The snowmobile glided effortlessly along the path to the warming hut. We had been getting several inches of new snow each day and it made fr a great base to the slopes and surrounding areas.
I reached the warming hut in about 15 minutes and quickly pulled my snowmobile in beside Edward's. His was much sleeker and faster than mine, but they looked well matched sitting their together. I grabbed the tool kit off the snowmobile and walked to the door.
I couldn't help but remember the last time Edward and I had been in this hut together. It was definitely one of my best life moments. I wondered briefly if Edward had thought about that day when he had called me to bring him the toolbox.
I pushed the door open and the sight that met my eyes answered that question for me immediately.
He definitely remembered!
I vaguely heard the toolbox clatter to the ground as I took in the scene before me.
There were hundreds of white candles of all shapes and sizes spread around the hut on every available flat surface possible, and there was a fire crackling away in the fireplace, and in the middle of it all was Edward standing there just watching me.
After a few seconds he slowly walked towards me and wrapped his strong arms around my waist.
"Do you know what today is?" he whispered in my ear as he gently kissed the sensitive spot under my earlobe.
Being the ever articulate woman that I was I answered, "Tuesday?"
Edward chuckled against my skin which did not help the coherency of my brain one bit.
"Well beautiful, I can't fault that answer. It is Tuesday, but it is also exactly one year from the first time I brought you here. Which to me is the day that my life became worth living."
Dear god how did he do that? I few sentences and I was done for!
With one more kiss to my cheek, he led me over to the couch in front of the fire and sat me down on the soft cushions. I was expecting him to join me, but instead of sitting beside me he knelt on the rug in front of me.
"I am guessing that by now you have realized that I didn't really need the tools. I just needed a way to get you here. I wanted to celebrate this day with the one person who makes my life complete and worth living."
I could feel the tears start to pool in my eyes. He was just so sweet that I had a hard time controlling the overpowering urge to throw him down on the rug and kiss him senseless.
"I feel the same way about you," I whispered as I gently ran my hands down his face.
"You have no idea how happy that makes me, Bella. I can only think of one thing that would make this moment any better."
Now that was strange. What in the world did he mean by that?
The answer to my internal questioning became quite apparent a moment later.
Edward shifted his position on the floor so that he was no longer kneeling in front of me, but was kneeling on one knee instead. Then he reached into his pocket and pulled out a small velvet box.
"Isabella, will you marry me, and make this the first of many years together?"
I was a complete mess at this point and the tears were freely flowing down my face. I have no idea how I got so incredibly lucky to have such a wonderful man love me like this one did, but I was definitely never letting him go!
So I yelled, "Yes!" before leaping off the sofa and into the arms of my future!
AN: I hope that this wraps it all up for the readers that are still out there. It was definitely an experience, and I have a great respect for those writers out there that do this on a regular basis.
If you feel so inclined please leave any final thoughts. Also let me know what outtakes you are interested in seeing. Thanks again!