(One year later)
I was straightening up my apartment when I came across the National Geographic issue I was published in. I remember Emmett had gone out as soon as it hit the stands and bought a copy for everyone. Not only was it my best work ever, but it was also the cover story of that issue. Chris Johns said that he would hire me for more stories later, and maybe even one day a full-time job. I couldn't believe how much my life had changed in the past year. I remembered Alice and Jasper's wedding. Words…couldn't describe how beautiful it was. Edward had moved in with Rosalie, and they were getting married next year. They were also having a baby. But, Edward didn't know that yet. Emmett and I were still strong. We had had our fights in the past year, and we would sometimes walk away, say words we didn't mean, but we would always come back.
"Bella? You here?" I heard a voice call, and I smiled as Alice walked into my living room.
"Hey, Alice. What's up?" I asked, sitting down on the couch.
"Oh, nothing much. Jasper's at work, and I'm still feeling a little sick, so, I decided to come over for a little visit," she explained, sitting down next to me.
"Oh, and get me sick? Thanks, Alice, you're a real pal," I told her, rolling my eyes.
"I only do what I can," she said, and I laughed. We sat and talked for a while, until she decided to go home and start on dinner.
"Oh, hey, take it easy on Em, tonight, okay? He wants everything to be perfect," Alice told me as she left.
"What're you talking about? It's just dinner," I said, and she simply smiled before leaving. I then went to go get ready for my date, taking careful time in the shower. I picked out a deep green dress to wear, and silver heels. I was just putting in my earrings when Emmett came in.
"Babe? You in your room?" he asked, and I smiled.
"Yeah, I'm almost ready," I answered. I splashed on some perfume and walked out. Emmett was wearing a simple, black suit, but he made it look so much better. I gave him a quick kiss and picked up my bag.
I was nervous. I was pacing back and forth in Bella's apartment before she walked out, looking like the most stunning creature I'd ever laid eyes on, which she was. We went to our restaurant, the little Italian place I took her too a year ago. When I pulled her chair out for her, my hands nearly slipped off the back because they were sweating so much. I took a deep breath and calmed myself. I sat down across from her and took her hand. She smiled softly at me before taking a sip of her wine. With the candlelight on her face, and her smile on her lips, I'd never seen her look more beautiful.
"Marry me," I whispered, and she froze, staring at me. "Bella," I said, taking the small, black velvet box out of my pockets and opening it, "I love you more then words can describe. You're the reason my heart beats and my reason for breathing," I told her, taking her left hand and sliding on the white-gold band. "I love you. Will you marry me?" I asked, and waited with bated breath. She looked down at the ring, and when she looked back up at me, there were tears in her eyes. She breathed out one word, and with that one word, she changed my entire life.
(Three years later)
I was panicking. I paced back and forth in Emmett's and my bedroom, wringing my hands. I wanted to throw up, cry, and repeat the process several times. I wasn't sure if I was ready for this. I had just started my job at National Geographic. Emmett had just been promoted to Chief. Our lives were great. We had talked about this a little, but we hadn't talked about it happening so soon. We'd only been married for two years. When I thought about our wedding, I smiled. I remembered Edward walking me down the aisle, in place of our father. I remember seeing Cecilia Hale, Rose's mother, holding their three-year-old daughter, Lily. I remember the flowers and the people, but most of all, I remembered Emmett. Emmett, who had cried when I said my vows, and when he recited his, made me cry with the love behind them. Emmett, who had been there when Renee died, and I realized how much I missed her and wanted her to be my mother again. Emmett, who would always be there. I slowly walked into the bathroom, taking deep breaths as I did.
The four sticks sitting on the counter stared up at me, their positive signs making me jump up and scream with joy and happiness. I knew I had to tell Emmett. I went out and bought a little baby outfit, and wrapped it up carefully. I smiled as I drove to the station. When I pulled up, I could see Emmett inside, talking with Garrett. I got out of my truck and walked up behind him.
"Emmett, can I talk to you?" I asked, and he turned at the sound of my voice. He smiled and leaned quickly down to kiss me.
"Okay. Let's go to my office," he said, taking my hand. I winked at Garrett, who smiled at me and winked back. When we got to Emmett's office, he sat down in his chair and looked up at me. "This is a nice surprise," he murmured, and I smiled.
"I brought you a present," I told him, bring out the box from behind my back. He looked at me quizzically, but took it anyway. He opened it carefully, and when he saw what was inside, he stilled. He looked up at me, wonderment in his eyes.
"Bella…," he whispered, trailing off. I started crying, and I nodded, taking his hand and placing it on my abdomen.
"We're having a baby."
(One year later)
Alexander Anthony McCarty's cries woke me up. I groaned and rolled over.
"I'll get him," Emmett said, but I grabbed his hand.
"No, I'll get him. He's probably hungry," I said, and Emmett fell back on the bed with a thump. I got up and walked across the hall to our son's room, cooing him softly as I picked him up. I pulled down my shirt and he latched on, sucking gently. I sighed and leaned back in the chair, rocking gently. I switched him over to the other one fifteen minutes later, and then twenty minutes later, after some rocking and burping, he went back to sleep. I walked back to my bedroom and crawled back into bed. Emmett pulled me towards him and wrapped his arms around me, and I smiled in contentment.
"You're amazing," he whispered, and I pressed myself closer to him.
"You're amazing," I murmured, and kissed him lightly. He smiled against my lips and rolled over so that he was lying on top of me. He was just beginning to take off my shirt when Alex began crying again. Emmett groaned and swore softly. He got up and I made to sit up when he pushed me back down.
"I'll get him," he said, and then walked across the hall and picked up our son, cradling him gently. I smiled as I watched him. When I was pregnant, he would talk to Alex every night. Whether it was about sports or just life in general, Alex would never kick when he heard his father's voice. I tried keeping my eyes open, but as I listened to Emmett speaking in low tones to our child, I couldn't help but fall asleep. The last thought that went through my mind as I drifted was that I couldn't be more happier with my life.
(Five years later)
I cheered my son on as he raced down the soccer field, chasing the ball. He kicked it into the net and his teammates swarmed him. I saw Anna, Alice and Jasper's daughter, who was the same age as Alex, kiss him on the cheek, and I laughed quietly. My son was only five, and he was already a lady's man. Bella was sitting next to me, holding our two-year-old, Madeleine, who was laughing and clapping. I smiled at them, and Bella looked up at me and winked, and looked back at our son. I couldn't help but think of how our lives had changed. Rose and Edward had Lily, and then three years after that, another daughter named Kate. Alice and Jasper had Anna, and they had just announced that they were expecting again.
"Go Alex!" I heard Bella shout, and Maddie laughed and cheered with her. We hadn't told anyone yet, but Bella was pregnant again. I smiled at the thought of having another child, and I wondered if it'd be a boy or a girl.
Four months later, Bella and I were looking at the ultrasound screen, not quite believing it.
"Twins? We're having twins?" Bella asked, though she should hardly have been doubtful. I mean, she was a twin.
"Yep. It looks like you're having a boy and a girl. Congratulations," the doctor said before stepping out of the room. I leaned down and kissed her forehead.
"Oh my God. Twins, Emmett. Twins," she breathed, still staring at the screen. I chuckled quietly.
"We can handle it, Bella. Rose and Edward did," I explained, and she nodded. Rose and Edward had just recently had twins, two boys. Alice and Jasper were having a boy as well.
"It'll be a handful. With Alex, Maddie, and now twins. Can we handle it?" she asked, and I turned her head to look at me.
"Bella, you are the strongest person I know. You're beautiful and good at everything you do. I know that we can both handle this," I told her, and she nodded.
"Alright, let's do this. Because I have a feeling that these two are going to be a handful."
(Thirteen years later)
Bella was right. Gabriel and Eliza were a handful. With four kids, a full-time job, a house payment, two cars, and my nieces and nephews, my life was hectic. Alex, who was eighteen, was top of his class. Maddie, who was fifteen, was already attracting the boys. Bella would always laugh at me when I said I was going to buy a shotgun. Gabe and Eliza were thirteen, and were attached at the hips. If one got into trouble, the other was right there next to them. But I wouldn't have had it any other way.
"Emmett? I need to go! I'm going to miss my flight," Bella called, running around the house frantically. Even thought she still wrote, she'd stopped traveling once she had the kids. But, when Chris Johns had offered her one more job in Bangor, she had decided to take it. She would be gone for a month, but be back just in time for Alex's graduation.
"Alex, Maddie, Gabe and Eliza! Your mother's leaving; come say goodbye!" I yelled, and I heard door opening and closing, footsteps coming down the stairs. I also heard the front door open, and Edward and Rose, with their four kids, and Alice and Jasper with their three, all come into out living room to say goodbye.
"Alright, I'm ready. I'm going to miss you guys so much!" she said, giving each of our children a hug and a kiss. She kissed all her nieces and nephews, and then kissed her friends goodbye. I grabbed her bags and loaded them up into the car and waited patiently for her to come out. When she did, she was crying, and I smiled sadly at her.
"Babe, it'll only be one month," I told her as she dabbed at her eyes.
"I know, I know. But I'll just miss everyone so much," she said, and I grabbed her hand and held it as we drove to the airport. I parked and walked with he as for as I could. I hugged her and held her tight to me, burying my face in her hair.
"I'm going to miss you. I love you so much," I breathed, and I could feel wetness on my shirt.
"I love you," she whispered. She pulled back and kissed me, wrapping her arms around me.
"Come back to me," I said, looking deep into her eyes. She smiled her beautiful smile and kissed me once more.
Well, there you have it! They made it! I just wanted to thank each and every one of you who has put this story or me on Author Alerts, Favorites, and reviewed. You guys have no idea how much all the reviews mean to me. I have the best readers out there! I'm going to be putting up a new story within the next couple of weeks, and it will be titled "Secrets Revealed". Keep an eye out for it! Once again, thank you all so much, and I hope you enjoyed Cowboy Casanova