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So this is the final chapter of Blind Date from Hell. I hope you have all enjoyed the ride.
This chapter is a little shorter, but I feel like everything that needed to be wrapped up is.
I do not own Twilight or any of it's characters.
Chapter 34 – A Good Year
Seven months, 1 week and two days. Seven and a bit wonderful and incredibly intense months that I had officially been dating Edward Cullen, the self-confessed man-whore.
No one was more surprised than me at Edward's lifestyle change. I'll admit that it took me a while to completely trust him, to feel safe in the knowledge that he wouldn't revert back to his old ways. To Edward's credit, he never made me feel bad about my moments of doubt. In fact, he always went above and beyond to make me feel like the only woman in the world. Well, his world anyway.
I had met his family the second week that we had been dating. His mother Esme was incredibly gracious to me, and one of the most engaging and charming women that I have ever had the pleasure to meet. She instantly made me feel welcome in her home, and made no secret of the fact that she was beside herself that her little 'Eddie' had finally brought someone home to meet them.
Carlisle was equally welcoming, though he wasn't as prone to gushing as his wife was. The constant smile on his face was enough to tell that he was pleased, and combined with the pats continuously to Edward's back made me feel like I truly was a welcome addition to his family.
Rose had been supportive for the most part. It took her a while to thaw, but she had become Edward's biggest champion over the months that passed when she realised the depth and sincerity of his love for me. Between her pedestal and Emmett's praises, these days you would think that Edward was the second coming of Christ. She was constantly commending him, then smacking Em on whatever body part was closest and telling him to be more like his brother. Total turnaround, complete one-eighty.
Of course Alice and Jasper were happy for us both. If you asked Al, she'd tell you that she knew we were meant to be from the beginning, and never to bet against her. Jasper would just lovingly smile in her direction and nod his head in agreement.
We had been happy for so long now, that it almost felt like we had never had any doubts about each other. Not that we didn't argue or disagree. We had our ups and downs like anybody else, but the downs didn't last long and the ups were oh so delicious.
I thought back to the day when he confessed that he loved me. His words had made my heart flutter, my head spin, and though I knew that I was indeed falling hard for him, I also knew that I was in no way ready to confess love for him. While I knew he would have been over the moon to hear me say those words, I couldn't quite form the words to release them.
The funny things was, two days later while he waited by my car, I all but jumped him in my eagerness to be closer. Recalling that conversation made me equal parts delirious and embarrassed.
"Whoa, not that I'm complaining, but what was that all about?" Edward asked me after I jumped on and attached myself to him.
"I just missed you I guess," I replied, feeling a little sheepish even as I said it.
"Well I missed you too, sweet." Edward held me tighter which I didn't think was possible and pressed a kiss to the top of my head.
Was it possible to feel butterflies and anxious, yet calm and content at the same time. I wasn't sure, I had never felt like this before, but it was exactly how I felt at that moment.
I took a deep lungful of Edward's scent and looked up at him, while a smile played on my lips.
"I love you, Edward," I whispered, tucking my head back into the crook of his neck and wishing that I didn't have to move. Ever.
At first I thought that he hadn't heard me, he hadn't moved a muscle or uttered a word. I started to wonder if he had second thoughts about me and our relationship.
"Edward?" I questioned, about to go into full-blown panic mode.
"Shhh, sweet. I'm just enjoying the moment," he murmured back.
Only moments later, he swept the hair back off my face and kissed me soundly.
"And you. I love you too, so very much. I'll never let you forget that Bella."
Yeah, that's right. I was such a hard nut to crack that I lasted two whole days before I told him that I loved him back. So much for taking my time, but seriously, could anyone really blame me? It was impossible not to love every single little thing about him, even the self absorbed, arrogant moments that popped up every now and then.
Today was Wednesday, which meant an early start for me. They were always my longest days as I met with the students who worked on the school paper to discuss upcoming issues.
I grabbed an apple on my way out of the door, and just before I closed it, I heard a loud 'bye Bella'.
I poked my head around the corner of the door and noticed Alice and Rose standing in the hall, both with secretive smiles on their dials.
"Aren't you guys going to be late for work?" I asked them both, to which they both just shook their heads.
"Look, I would love to stay and discuss all of the ways that you are both behaving strangely, but I seriously don't have the time. I'm going to be late, so I'll speak to you both this afternoon."
"Oh, I'll think we'll hear from you before then Bella," Rose added with a wink.
"Yes, I can say with almost certainty that we will, Bell," Alice said, and continued with, "I just have a hunch." With that nothing else was said and they both went back to their rooms, hands in the air as they waved goodbye. I could do nothing but stare as they retreated to their rooms.
Well, that was strange, but given the fact that I was extremely late, there was no time to dwell on it.
My morning meeting went as well as could be expected, and I hurried toward my class as my mouth watered in anticipation of my morning coffee. Edward had persisted in his morning ritual of bringing me coffee and the paper, but had given up on the notes. While I loved them, I knew that they wouldn't appear forever, so I cherished each and every one that I received in the past.
I reached my desk and snatched my coffee, eager for the little boost that it would provide me. As I gulped down the hot beverage, I picked up the paper only to notice a note stuck to the front.
My hear rate doubled and my fingers trembled as I picked off the note and began to read.
Give her two red roses, each with a note. The first note says 'For the woman I love' and the second, 'For my best friend'.
My heart was in my throat when I heard a throat clear in the doorway. There Edward stood, two red roses in his hands, both with notes attached.
With deep breaths and slow strides, I made my way over to him as he held out the first rose. Sure enough, the first flower had a note attached, which clearly read For the woman I love.
I lifted it to my nose to catch its scent, then leaned in to kiss Edward on the cheek. He pulled back from me with a grin, and handed me the second rose.
Again there was another note attached, which I pulled off and read.
For my best friend, I read quickly, and looked up again to smile at Edward. He didn't say anything and just nodded towards the note in my hand.
Confused I looked at the note again, and saw that there was actually more to the note.
For my best friend.
Two lives, two hearts joined together in friendship, united forever in love.
Bella, will you marry me?
If time could stand still, then that was the perfect moment. I was afraid to look Edward in the eyes, afraid that I wouldn't be able to keep myself even semi composed.
I held still in the same position for what felt like hours. Millions of thoughts rushed through my head at the same time, all fighting for dominance. The only one that I could make any sense of though, the only thing that felt right was one simple word, the most important word in the English language.
"Yes," I gasped.
"A million times yes," I added, as I felt the tears as they ran down my cheeks. In no time Edward had lifted me off the floor and was twirling me around, laughter ringing through my classroom.
When I was back on the ground, Edward cupped my face and wiped my tears away with his thumbs, all the while smiling the smile of the victorious.
"I'll see you at lunch," he whispered to me when the bell was heard. "I'll be the one with the little blue box," he added as he winked and started to head off to class. He turned to give me one last look and smile just before he rounded the corner.
I continued to stand in that doorway; long after my students had filed into the classroom. My thoughts were consumed with Edward. From the most horrible of blind dates, to contrived indifference and finally to this all consuming love. My blind date from hell had turned into my love straight from heaven. Corny as all get out, yeah, but it's the truth.
I pulled out my phone; I had to make just one quick phone call.
"Alice," was all that I said.
"Bell, I had a feeling I might hear from you this morning, and you know better than to bet against me," she chuckled into the phone, clearly pleased with herself for instigating the whole blind date fiasco.
"Now, I want to hear all about it. Every…tiny…detail." Alice had settled in for a lengthy conversation. It looked like my class was about to have a study period.
"Before that Al, I just have two words for you," I said, barely concealing the joy in my voice.
"Thank you." And I meant it, from the bottom of my heart.
A/N: So that's it. I hope you all enjoyed it, as much as I have enjoyed writing it. I am incredibly happy to have finished my first fic, but sad that it is now over at the same time.
I am about to start another story, at this time it is titled 'Resolutions'. Already a few chapters in, so hopefully I will be able to get the first chapter up soon. Here is a basic summary.
It's New Years Eve. Four best friends and four new years resolutions. What lengths will they go to, to make their resolutions become a reality.
It will be a little more serious than this story, but still have a little humor thrown in, so I hope you all give it a chance.
So for one last time, I would love to hear your thoughts.....
Til next time.