"Oh my God Bella!" Leah ran to meet me at the door. "What happened?!"
"What did that hateful old bitch do now?" Jake grumbled right behind her.
"She wanted me to sign a prenup." I laughed, throwing myself into the couch.
"She wanted you to do what?!" Charlie's eye's popped, instantly furious. "Of all the nerve. To continue this. To act like you're that kind of woman." He mumbled to himself.
"What a nasty hag that old cow is." All of our head snapped to Sue, none of us had ever heard anything like that come from her sweet mouth before. "What?" She threw her hands up. "She is!"
I erupted with laughter. "I love you Sue." I managed to get out between giggles, thankful for the lighter mood.
"What did Edward have to say about it?" Alice finally made her way into the room picking at the coat to Charlie's tux.
"That he wouldn't sign it, and he wouldn't allow me to either." I shrugged.
"Good!" Jake huffed. "Are you ok Bells?" I looked up to find a sea of concerned faces looking down at me. They all looked like they were counting down for the nervous breakdown.
"I'm ok." I sighed. "Edward is handling it." I smiled, proud of him defending me.
"You don't think she'll show up at the wedding do you?" Charlie's brow wrinkled with concern.
"Oh I dare her to try to crash this wedding." Alice scoffed. "I have worked too hard, and they have spent too much money." She fumed at just the thought.
"I don't know what's she's willing to do anymore." My stomach twisted with another thing to worry about. I could just picture it, right before the "I do" my crazy mother in law running, shrieking down the isle. "Oh God." I groaned falling over on the couch.
"Oh!! I know what will make you feel better Bella!" Alice bounced across the room, "Charlie, go put your tux back on, let her see the finished product." Her eyes danced, and Charlie looked like a broken man.
"Come on Alice, I just took that damn monkey suit off." He whined.
"For me daddy?" I pouted, pulling out the daddy card.
"You women are going to be the death of me. Evil! Pure evil, every last one of you!" He grumbled, stomping up the stairs to change, all of us still left in the living room bust into laughter.
We spent the next hour poking fun at Charlie until he finally had enough and huffed out the door to go fishing with Billy.
"Edward's here!" Leah announced from the living room. "Oh, Carlisle and Rosalie too."
My stomach twisted, I didn't want a big scene about the damn prenup, I just wanted to pretend like it hadn't happened and get this damn wedding over with already.
"Bella?" I had expected Edward, but it was Carlisle's voice instead.
"Hey." I smiled.
"I wanted to speak with you, to apologize." He looked at the floor.
"Don't." I interrupted. "You don't have to say anything. It doesn't matter. She can hate me all she wants, she can think of me whatever she wants. It doesn't matter, I'm still marrying Edward, and I'm still going to love him." I rushed out.
"You don't want to talk about it." He smiled. "I understand. I just want you to know that I already consider you to be a daughter, I love you, and I am very proud that Edward has found you to share his life with."
"Thank you." The tears fell before I could stop them. Stupid wedding hormones making me a weeping idiot.
Carlisle quickly crossed the small kitchen and wrapped me in a warm fatherly hug.
"If I had known you were going to make her cry, I'd have never let you talk to her." Edward chuckled from the doorway.
"Shit, if he hadn't made her cry I would have fallen over." Alice giggled, breezing past Edward into the kitchen. "She damn near fell out on the floor, bawling her eyes out earlier when she spilled her water."
"Shut your face." I glared at her, trying not to smile. "Stupid wedding." I mumbled.
"Bella…" silence "Bells…" silence, followed by a gentle shake. "Bella wake up…" Silence. "BELLA"…more silence and a then a nudge.
"GO AWAY!" I grumbled into my pillow.
"Damnit Bella get out of this bed! It is your wedding day, and you will not ruin it for me!" There was the Alice I knew and loved.
"Ruin it for you huh?" I opened my eyes grinning.
"Yes, for me! Because you, for whatever stupid reason, are incapable of appreciating just how magical today will be!" She huffed, throwing clothes at me. "Get dressed!"
"It's early, I don't get married until tonight, why do I have to get dressed?" I whined.
"Because I have to do your manicure and pedi. Have you seen your toes lately?" She looked disgusted.
I wiggled my toes, sure the nail polish was chipped, and I hadn't actually done anything to them since Leah's wedding, but they didn't look that bad.
"Yeah, it's going to take a few hours." She chuckled.
"How come you're doing it?" I asked.
"Right, cause there are so many other options for a mani and pedi here in Podunk?" She rolled her eyes. "We don't have enough time to go to Boston."
"Where's Edward." I suddenly noticed I was all alone in my bed.
"Gone." She called over her shoulder, digging through a shopping bag.
"Well obviously." I climbed up from the bed. "Where is he?"
"I don't know." she shrugged. "With his dad, and Charlie I think. Anywhere but here. He can't see you today. You know this." She glared, daring me to object.
"That is the stupidest tradition ever." I complained, missing him as I tugged a sweater over my head.
"Yeah, yeah." She rolled her eyes. "Now get downstairs, Leah is waiting for us! Time to make you beautiful." She squealed.
"Great!" my voice dripped with sarcasm as I trudged down the stairs.
Alice practically threw me on the couch, and then I was attacked. Leah grabbed my hands, and Alice took my feet.
We giggled and laughed, telling stories about our men. Leah always had the best, Emmett was always nailing, gluing, or hammering himself to something. His latest had been smashing his thumb trying to hang molding in their apartment.
"Wonder what Edward is doing?" I sighed, missing him even more with the story telling.
"Probably getting the surprise ready." Leah slipped, her eyes popping with shock as soon as the words left her lips.
"Say what now?" My head snapped up.
"NOTHING!" Alice glared at Leah.
"What surprise?" I demanded.
"There's no surprise, I was just joking." Leah lied horribly.
"He promised! No gifts!" I glared. After he had gone way overboard at Christmas, spending more than I even dared to ask, we promised no gifts for the wedding.
"It's not really a gift." Leah, wrinkled her face, feeling guilty and trying to fix her slip up.
"Humph." I folded my arms across my chest.
Alice hadn't been joking when she said it was going to take hours to do my feet. We were on hour 3 and she showed no signs of stopping, buffing, polishing, massaging for probably the fifth time. Leah had finished my nails about two hours ago, and settled for just keeping me entertained through Alice's torture. My anger with Edward and his compulsive spending habits had long passed and I was back to missing him. Wanting this to all be over with, so we could just get back to being us.
"Done!" Alice beamed proudly.
"Finally." I sighed, standing up to stretch.
"Don't complain." She glared.
"I'm sorry." I honestly did feel bad. "I appreciate everything you're doing so much!" I pulled her in, squeezing her tightly.
"You're welcome!" She grinned.
"So what's next?" I let out a deep breath.
"Well, now you get to relax for a while." she flipped through a planner. "I'm not going to start your hair until five, then you're make-up, and then the dress of course." She ticked each thing off on her fingers.
"Ok." I was relieved at the break.
My relief lasted only about an hour, and then I was left in the house all by myself. Alice and Leah both off finishing up final details. I had begun to wear a path in the living room carpet, pacing back and forth, worrying. What if it suddenly decided to rain. What if I fell walking down the isle. What if the lights got too hot, and sets the whole damn forest ablaze. What if they can't set up the reception on time. What if Esme shows up and ruins the whole thing. Oh God, what if Edward finally comes to his senses and doesn't show up!
Jake came through the door and started laughing at me immediately.
"Freaking out?" He grinned.
I just nodded.
"It's going to go fine Bells." He pulled me into a hug. "Alice is out there screaming, yelling, and threatening, trust me, she's got this." He chuckled.
"What if he changes his mind Jake?" I gasped at the pain of just thinking about it.
"Oh shit Bells." He groaned. "Come here, let me show you something." He took my hand, pulling me out the door.
"Where are we going Jake?" I groaned, resisting his tug a bit, but knowing it was useless, he could drag ten of me along if he needed to.
"Just come on." He pulled me towards the path.
"I'm not supposed to see this yet. Alice is going to kill you." I warned as we got closer.
"She can try." He laughed. "you need this." He tugged again.
"Oh. My. God." I gasped as we stepped into our meadow.
"I know right." He snickered. "Alice doesn't play around."
"No shit." I breathed, taking it all in.
It didn't even look like the same place, I would have never guessed it possible but the meadow was actually more beautiful than it had been before. Everything was soft, subtle, but amazing. Soft cream colored fabric draped elegantly, dashes of red thrown in, giving it just the perfect splash of color. Roses, white and red roses, everywhere, places I'm not even sure how she had roses, there were roses. The gazebo had completely transformed. It wasn't the tiny plain structure it had been just a couple days ago. It was breathtaking, decorated with flowers, lace, candles, absolutely breathtaking.
"Now do you see all of this?" Jake smirked.
I didn't say anything, I just continued to look around, astonished.
"He did all of this, he helped Alice on every single detail. Do you think a man would go through all of this and not show up?" He rolled his eyes at the idea. "Edward loves you Bella. He doesn't have to say it, he doesn't have to talk about it, it just radiates from him." He squeezed my hand. "I know I sound like a chick right now, but it's true."
"You do kind of sound like a girl." I giggled.
"Shut it." He bumped his hip into mine. "We've been friends for a long time Bells. You know me better than anyone else in the world, and I know what you're thinking before you do. I couldn't stand the thought of you marrying someone any less worthy of you. He will show up."
I took in a deep breath, completely calmed. "Thank you Jake." I threw my arms around his waist.
"You're welcome, that's what I'm here for." He chuckled.
"I love you!" I muttered into his chest.
"Love you too Bells." He kissed the top of my head. "Now we need to get out of here before Alice sees us! Race you!" He darted off.
"No kidding!" I giggled. "She'll have your head." I laughed as we ran down the path together, just like we had done so many times when we were kids.
"Are you ready?" Alice laughed, snapping the hair straightener at me.
"As much as I'm gonna be." I plopped in the chair, ready for her to weave her magic.
She started right away, getting my hair straightened and defrizzed. Leah chatted happily, taking my mind from the hell that was Alice tugging at my scalp.
"OUCH DAMNIT ALICE!" I yelped, finally understanding Charlie's misery during his fittings.
"Hold still." She demanded, no remorse for my pain at all.
"You two are hilarious." Leah giggled.
"Yeah you didn't think it was so funny when it was you in this chair." I glared.
"I didn't whine like a little girl." She stuck out her tongue.
"That's true. She wasn't nearly the pain in the ass that you are." Alice chuckled.
"You guys wouldn't have it any other way." I laughed.
"True." The both said together.
"So you know Edward picked the song you two are dancing to tonight right?" Alice asked, muffled by the comb handing out of her mouth.
"Is that the surprise?" I asked, hopeful for a hint.
"Nope." Leah sang.
"Ugh!" I groaned. I hate surprises. "Is it at least a good song?" I asked, a bit afraid. Music is important to me, it was most of my life, I had made a career from it after all. Edward's taste in music and mine was very, very different. He loved classical music, it was the only thing he listened to while he painted, it relaxed him, and he still had a love for playing the piano. I on the other hand needed guitars, loud drums, and a harsh voice, crooning lyrics that hit hard. If he wasn't listening to classical, it was pop, or mainstream rock with I loathed much, much more than the classical. Unoriginal and boring, not my thing. It had never been an issue, he'd still go to shows with me cause it made me happy. We kept our ipods separate, and dealt with the other's complaining on road trips when we had to compromise. Whoever drove, picked the music.
This was a big deal though. This was our first dance as husband and wife. This song would be attached to us for the rest of our lives. I cringed at the idea of some horrible Hinder, Mariah Carey, or Brian McKnight song being tied to me forever.
"Ummm, it's different." Alice giggled.
"That bad?" I groaned.
"It's a nice song. I probably wouldn't have picked it, but it's nice." Leah smiled.
"Great." I laughed.
"Done!" Alice declared with one last breath stealing puff of hairspray.
"YAY!" I bounced. "Let me see." I started to jump out of my chair only to be pushed back down by the wedding Nazi.
"I don't think so!" She scoffed. "You don't see anything until it's all done." I pouted, but knew better than to argue.
"Not too much!" I pointed my finger and warned as she dug things from a make up bag.
"I know." She rolled her eyes and sighed, before dabbing foundation under my eyes.
I was relieved that the make up process didn't take long, she could hardly do much damage in twenty minutes.
"Time for the dress!" Leah squealed, holding up the fluff.
It took every bit of both of them to get me into the thing. I still swore it was too tight. Alice still swore it was perfect, and unless I wanted to end up naked halfway down the isle that's how it was supposed to be. She quickly cinched the ribbon around my waist, and with a sigh, and once over glace she smiled, turning me to the mirror.
"Wow." I mouthed. I touched my face, just to make sure it was really me, and this wasn't a dream.
"You're prefect!" Leah sniffled back a tear as she placed the veil on my head.
"Gorgeous. Absolutely gorgeous." Alice squeezed my shoulders.
I just stood there, mouth slightly open.
"Well, what do you think?" Alice demanded, disappointed with my lack of gushing.
"You are amazing." I gasped.
She had done my hair up. A bun on the top of my head, curls hanging here and there from it. I looked almost undone, but I knew she had strategically placed each strand. This was obviously an ode to my favorite messy up do, but more, it was like art. A few curled strands fell around my face, framing it just right. My make up was subtle, slightly smoky around my eyes, but done in light, natural tones so it wasn't dramatic, it just blended. I knew Alice was talented, but this, I never expected.
"And fifteen minutes to spare." Alice announced, smug.
"Fifteen minutes?" I almost fell over.
"Bella! Are you ok?!" Leah braced my back, looking at me like I was crazy.
"I just didn't realize it was so close." I took a deep breath and steadied myself. He'll be there…He will be there I chanted to myself.
"Charlie is already outside waiting, are you ready?" Alice asked, with a peck on my forehead.
"Not even a little bit." I closed my eyes taking in a sharp breath. "Let's go." I stood up linking my arms with my two best friends.
A smile spread across my face as we stepped into the path, the lighting made all the difference, it was beautiful.
"Here she is." Leah beamed at Charlie.
"Wow..Bells…" Charlie stuttered. "You are truly the most beautiful bride I've ever seen." He grinned and I blushed.
"Shut up pop." I hugged him.
"I'm gonna go make sure everything is ready." Alice hissed, dragging Leah along with her.
"So are you ready for this kid?" Charlie smiled down at me.
"I have no fucking clue." I chuckled.
"Hmmm." He looked concerned.
"I don't have any doubts pop." I smiled, easing his worry. "It's just that I never, never in a million years thought I would be doing this. Do you remember any mention of marriage in my plans?"
"Yeah well, I always said your plans were stupid." He laughed. "You've got a man who loves you Bells, and I mean really loves you, and you love him too. The two of you will do fine together." And there were the wedding hormones again. Charlie's speech, mixed in with the sound of "Canon in D" floating through the air, coming from the small band I had seen setting up earlier, had me in tears.
"Don't cry Bells." Charlie quickly wiped the tears from my cheek.
"Just don't let me fall." I sniffed one last time as the music changed over to the wedding march.
"I've got you baby." He smiled down before stepping off.
My breath hitched as we crossed into the meadow. It was easily the most beautiful thing I had ever seen, and the lights, they were exactly what I pictured. They twinkled above, millions of them, making it look like the meadow was glowing.
Finally, my wide eyes made their way from the meadow to focus down the isle, and I was corrected. The man standing at the end of the isle waiting for me, far out shined the lights, the flowers, and the draping fabrics, he was the most beautiful thing anyone's eyes have ever seen.
I squeezed my eyes closed tightly for a second and then reopened them, a huge smile spreading over my face when it was verified that he was in fact, real. His black on black tux with a red tie matching the ribbon tying my waist looked amazing against his smooth skin. His eyes were the magical green sea that had trapped me so many times. I chuckled to myself when I finally found his hair. He was standing there grinning, looking calm and confident but I knew him well enough that the hair told his secret. It was standing, crazier than usual, a sure sign his hand had been raking through it most of the day, his nervous habit. It was soothing to know I wasn't the only one who had been freaking out a bit.
I flinched, locking eyes with a horrified Alice as she saw and I felt my shoe catch on the ground. Here it was, the beginning of my nightmare, I was going to fall flat on my face walking down the isle.
"Whoa kid." Charlie whispered, tightening his grip on my arm, keeping his word, and not letting me fall. I squeezed his hand tightly, a silent thank you. Alice giggled, let out a deep breath, and gave me a wink.
When we reached Edward, his smile was blinding and his eyes were dancing. Charlie hesitated just slightly, barely enough to notice before kissing me quickly on the cheek and handing me over to the most handsome, perfect man in the world.
"You're breathtaking." Edward leaned in to whisper in my ear.
"You too." I blushed, causing my favorite grin to creep across his face.
The music stopped, and the Father Paul started. I knew I should have been listening, I'm sure he was saying beautiful things, things I might want to remember twenty years from now, but his words held no interest for me. My mind was totally engrossed on my Edward. I focused myself completely on memorizing his face, wanting to always remember the fear, nerves, excitement, love, adoration, and peace all etched in his eyes.
I don't know how long it was that I stood there adoring my soon to be husband, but I was brought back by a few chuckles, a firm squeeze of my hands by Edward and an expectant look from the priest.
"Oh." I smiled, trying to regain myself. "My turn." I chuckled before spouting off my lines, blushing at the crowd of giggles behind me. Thank God Alice had made me memorize all this because if not, I'd have made a total ass of myself, I hadn't heard a single word the priest had said.
I smiled as I slid Edward's ring on his finger. I had it made just for him. White gold, and the band was a twisting Celtic love knot…never ending.
The priest went on some more, and I must have said the "I do" at the right spot because the next thing I knew, he was pronouncing us husband and wife.
"You may now kiss the bride." Father Paul barely had the words out of his mouth and Edward had me crushed against him. I sighed, relaxing into his kiss.
"I present you, Mr. and Mrs. Edward Cullen." He smiled, and Edward pulled me tighter before turning to a cheering crowd.
"I think you should let the dress on. It's gorgeous, plus think of the pictures." Leah pouted, as I dug for the "after dress" Alice had insisted on.
"I think you should let me take the dress off." Edward grinned tackling me onto the bed.
"Uh, hello, still in the room dude!" Emmett shouted, hiding his disgusted face in Leah's neck.
"So then get out!" Edward grumbled over his shoulder. I giggled as he continued to fumble with the dress.
"EDWARD CULLEN!" I cringed at the sound of her voice, knowing she was about to spoil all of our fun. Edward groaned into my neck. "Please do not think I am above killing you on your wedding day!! Get off of her now before you ruin the dress!" Alice demanded, standing at the foot of my bed, hands on her hips.
"Back off tinker bell, she's my wife, I get to do what I want with her." He laughed.
"Oh I'll show you tinker bell." She tried not to laugh, grabbing him by the ear and twisting.
"OUCH ALICE!! FUCK!" Edward rubbed his ear, pouting.
"That was fucking fantastic!" Emmett said between bouts of laughter.
"Bella get up! You have to get changed!" Alice grabbed my hand pulling.
"I thought we had two hours?" I complained.
"You do." She threw the after dress at me. "So like I said, start getting ready. And YOU." She jabbed a finger at Edward. "OUT!"
Alice primped, plucked, and fussed over me for the next two hours. Who'd have thought it'd be this much work to get less dressed up?!
"Ok now you're ready to go be congratulated." She smiled pulling me out the door.
"Finally." Edward rolled his eyes, wrapping his arms around my waist. "So how does it feel?" He whispered.
"How does what feel?" I giggled.
"Being my wife of course." He pulled back, giving me a sweet kiss.
"Oddly enough, it feels quite similar to being your fiancé, or your girlfriend even. A little more doom though." I grinned.
"I love you." He laughed, carrying me down the lit path.
As soon as we stepped back into the meadow we were surrounded, a blur of faces, some I didn't even know congratulating us and wishing us well. It was crazy, I felt like I had been through a tornado by the time we sat down at our table.
"Wow." I breathed sitting down.
"No kidding." Edward laughed. "You really are beautiful. Do you know that?" He traced light designs on the top of my hand.
"You know, I think I've heard you say that before." I grinned.
"Get used to it." He leaned across to give me a kiss.
"Hmmmm." I smiled, "I don't know about that beautiful thing, but the kissing I could definitely get used to." I leaned in to feel his soft lips again.
The party buzzed around us for a few minutes, I was passed back and forth between people I knew and loved, and people I had never met before. I overheard a few conversations asking Carlisle where Esme was, he shrugged it off to not feeling well. I honestly did feel a little bad that she wasn't here, but I figured it was her loss and her own fault so I didn't dwell.
"Thank you for coming everyone!" I heard Jake's voice call over the crowd. Edward and I both turned to find him standing on a makeshift stage in front of the DJ booth. "Where are Bella and Edward?" He asking, holding his hand above his eyes, scanning the crowd.
"Right here!" Edward yelled, and I waved, making our way to the stage.
"Ok then." Jake smiled awkwardly, and I chuckled, knowing his fear of talking in front of crowds. "According to Alice, it's time for the bride and groom's first dance."
I froze, and groaned, horrified again to find out what Edward had picked.
"No faith in me." Edward chuckled, seeing the look on my face.
"What did you pick?" I muttered in his ear as he lead me to the middle of the dance floor.
"You'll see love." He grinned.
He wrapped his arms around me, and the music started. I groaned, knowing the song instantly, definitely worse than I expected.
"John Denver? Annie's song? Really Edward?" I cringed.
"This is a beautiful song!" He defended. "Have you ever actually listened to the words?"
"No, can't say that I have." I rolled my eyes, who the hell listens to John freaking Denver?!
"Well then listen, and you will clearly see that I love you more than you love me." He chuckled, and I tucked my chin in to his shoulder, actually listening to the song for the first time.
You fill up my senses like a night in the forest,like the mountains in springtime, like a walk in the rain,like a storm in the desert, like a sleepy blue fill up my senses, come fill me let me love you, let me give my life to you,let me drown in your laughter, let me die in your arms,let me lay down beside you, let me always be with let me love you, come love me again.
The song drifted into an instrumental part, and I tried to hide my face, not wanting him to see the tears or admit he had been right.
"Don't hide your face from me love." He whispered in my ear, tilting my head to him. "Are you crying." He kissed me.
"This song, is beautiful." I sniffed. "I love you Edward."
"I love you too baby." He grinned. "See, even the music journalist can stand a lesson in music appreciation sometimes." He chuckled.
I just nodded, and snuggled closer, letting him carry me along with the music.
You fill up my senses like a night in the forest,like the mountains in springtime, like a walk in the rain,like a storm in the desert, like a sleepy blue fill up my senses, come fill me again.
We continued to sway for a few minutes, just enjoying holding each other. Trying our best to ignore the sea of flashes coming from every direction.
"So was this my surprise?" I smiled up at him.
"Huh?" He tried to pretend he had no clue.
"You've been ratted out Mr. Cullen so you might as well spill it. Especially since we agreed no gifts." I did my best angry face.
"Our friends have very big mouths." He chuckled. "Actually no, this is not your surprise, along the same lines though. That is the only hint you'll get and just so you know, it's not technically a gift, and so it doesn't fall into our previous agreement." He winked.
"Not technically a gift." I snorted, still swaying with him.
"It's not," He smiled innocently. "A gift is something you wrap, something you can take home with you. This is something you can only save here." He lightly traced his index finger down my chest, stopping at my heart. My knees wobbled at his light caress, damn this man.
"And I can't have any more hints?" I pouted.
"No ma'am." He grinned, kissing me before leading me off the dance floor.
"How does it feel to be a married man son?" Carlisle smiled proudly as we took our seats.
"Absolutely amazing." He looked at me, tucking strand of hair behind my ears.
"Good." Carlisle beamed. "Welcome to the family Bella!" He wrapped me in a tight hug.
Everyone had settled in for the most part and Alice announced that it was time for the meal. The wedding party, consisting of Alice, Rosalie, Leah, Emmett, Jasper, Carlisle, and of course Edward and I sat at a long table facing everyone. The rest of the guest all calmed down and took their assigned seats as well.
Emmett stood, clinking a spoon against his champagne glass, calling everyone to attention.
"Apparently it's speech time." He chuckled. "When Edward asked me to be his best man, I was floored. We've been best friends since the day we met our freshman year at Harvard. He kept me grounded and out of trouble through school, and I've kept him out of trouble since he met Bella…well, mostly." He grinned at my glare, thinking of the strip club incident. "I have to tell you, this man sitting here beside me, he's totally different than the one I met six years ago. He's a better man, a stronger man, a happier man. There's no question where these changes came from. This gorgeous woman holding onto him takes all the blame. I'm proud of you Eddie, I'm proud to call you my friend." He chuckled at his voice cracking. "Now on to this lovely little thing sitting here in white." He wagged his eyebrows at me. I giggled, rolling my eyes. "Well, let me tell you, if Eddie hadn't met her first, she'd have been mine." He laughed. "You can look at her and know she's beautiful, you can talk to her and know she's smart, funny, and full of spunk. But if you really want to know her, then you can't look at her, you need to look at Edward. You need to see the ways he's better because of how amazing she is. If you look at him, if you know him, know what he's been through, and then see him here smiling today, you'll know this woman is forgiving, probably too much for her own good. You'll know her heart is bigger than anyone else's in this room. You'll know that she brings laughter and love where ever she goes. I couldn't have found a better wife for Eddie, or, friend for myself." Edward kissed away a tear, as I sniffled over Emmett's sweet words. "I love you both, you're my best friends. For you both, for the rest of your lives, I hope you'll be as happy as you are right now. And Eddie, if you screw this up, I'm kickin your pretty boy ass!" Everyone laughed as he leaned down to kiss me on the top of the head.
"I love you asshole." I chuckled into his ear.
"Love you too. Congratulations." He winked before sitting back down.
"Ok Everyone!" Alice called everyone back to attention. "The meals are going to be served now. Please giver your server your meal card."
"How hard did you have to battle Alice to get these?" Edward chuckled, shaking the tiny box of rasinettes from the plate in front of him.
"Oh you have no idea." I laughed. "But it was worth it, tacky or not, they're our candy." I kissed his lips, and snatched the box from his hands.
"Good God, those things bring out the worst in you…cheater." He grinned.
"Remember what happened last time we had this argument?" I raised an eyebrow as I popped a raisin in my mouth.
"Hmmm," he smiled. "And I thought I was going to have to wait until after the party to get you to tackle and straddle me."
"God, I love you." I laughed, wrapped my arms around his neck and kissed his perfect face.
The rest of our reception was, perfect, absolutely flawless, and so much more than I had ever hoped for. I had without a doubt never laughed, cried, and blushed so much in one night. There were no doubts, I had picked this perfect place for our wedding. For Jake and I this meadow had always represented everything that held our friendship together, love, laughter, and honesty. Those were exactly the words I would have picked to describe this day, and what I hoped would define the rest of Edward's and my life together.
"Think maybe I could get at least one dance tonight?" Jake chuckled, snapping Edward and I out of each other.
"How could I not dance with my best friend." I smiled, taking his hand.
"Hurry back love," Edward kissed my forehead before Jake lead me to the dance floor.
"You've got a friend? James Taylor really?" I laughed as the music started. "What is with you boys and the oldies tonight."
"Hey give me a break, you have no idea how much internet searching I did to find a song that I could actually dance with you to." He laughed. "God I'm still really horrible at this."
"Yes, you definitely are." I giggled as he stepped all over my feet.
"I'm really happy for you Bells." He smiled down at me. "It's kinda weird though."
"What is?" I asked.
"I don't know. I've spent so much time being the man in your life, the one you depended on, it's weird being replaced." He sighed.
"Jacob Black." I stopped moving. "Do you honestly believe anyone could ever replace what you are to me?"
"I know." He smiled. "You know what I mean though."
"Yeah, I guess I do." I smiled, and lay my head back on his chest. "Did you think you'd ever see the day I'd be married." I snorted.
"Of course I did. You're amazing Bella, it was only a matter of time before you found someone who deserved you." He spun me around.
"It's your turn now." I smiled.
"Eh, I doubt that. I'm no good at dating. I mean hell, I've asked two women to marry me, both of you said no, and now look, you and Leah are both married." He chuckled. I snorted, louder than expected, earning us curious looks.
"Well Jake, I'm sure you're a bit more charming now than you were when you were eight." I laughed at the memory.
"I don't know about that Bells, I picked dandelions and everything. I'm not sure I'll ever have more game than that." He laughed.
"You'll find her Jake." I leaned up to kiss his cheek. "Thank you by the way."
"For what?" He asked.
"For loaning Edward and I our spot." I squeezed him tight.
"Don't thank me Bells. All of our best memories growing up took place here, this is where you were meant to get married." He kissed the top of my head as the music stopped. "Now, I believe someone is missing you." He smiled, nodding towards Edward who was fidgeting, watching us.
"I love him so much." I sighed, looking at my perfect man.
"I know…" Jake smiled, pushing me towards Edward.
I made my way back to him, wanting nothing more than to feel his arms.
"Don't sit down." He smiled, taking my hand and leading me right back to where Jake and I had just been standing.
Before I could ask what the hell was going on, the DJ had requested everyone clear the dance floor.
"What is this Edward? We already danced?" I was confused.
"Your gift…well your non-gift." he grinned.
"Non-gift." I snorted.
"It's not a gift, it's a promise. One I should have made to you almost five years ago. I should have ran to you, gotten on my knees and begged you to forgive me. I was a coward then and I'm so sorry. But I'm making this promise now." I felt a hundred eyes on us, all watching, listening to the words he was saying to me, feeling a bit self conscious, knowing all of them knew our story.
He nodded to someone behind us, and suddenly there was a whole band on the stage…a whole fucking band, how the hell had I missed that?!
The music started, I knew the song right away, well I knew of the song, but didn't exactly know it. "You got me the freaking Rolling Stones?" I chuckled, typical Edward, going overboard.
"Not quite." He laughed. "Not for lack of trying though, and I almost had them, however it seems Mick is very insistent on the whole retirement thing this time around. Their manager however, swore this was the best cover band around." He grinned, before his face turned completely serious. "I know you'd never admit it, because I know you'd never hurt me by bringing it up, but I see it. I see the worry on your face when I have to go out of town. I see your relief on your face when you wake up and I'm still there. Even today, our wedding day, I saw the look on your face when you saw me waiting for you, you looked surprised that I showed up. I'm not leaving you Bella, not ever. You are my wife, I love you. No more doubts, no more worries. Nothing, not my crazy mother, not another woman, not a fight, absolutely nothing could take me away from you." He smiled, and I melted, as he pulled me closer, his deep, emotional voice singing in my ear.
Childhood living is easy to doThe things you wanted I bought them for youGraceless lady you know who I amYou know I can't let you slide through my handsWild horses, couldn't drag me awayWild wild horses couldn't drag me awayI watched you suffer a dull aching painNow you decided to show me the sameNo sweeping exits or off stage linesCould make me feel bitter or treat you unkindWild horses, couldn't drag me awayWild wild horses couldn't drag me away
He was holding me up, I couldn't do it on my own, the emotion in his voice as he sang to me was too much, the song was too perfect. He knew me so well. He knew to propose to me with a song, and now he knew to fix the only problem our relationship has ever had with a song as well. He knew my head thought music at all times, that if he wanted to get something across this was the way to do it. It finally sunk in. Completely. He was mine.I know I've dreamed you a sin and a lieI have my freedom but I don't have much timeFaith has been broken tears must be criedLet's do some living after we dieWild horses, couldn't drag me awayWild wild horses we'll ride them somedayWild horses, couldn't drag me awayWild wild horses we'll ride them someday
The music, and his voice in my ear slowed before coming to a stop. I glanced around, everyone was gone. It was just us, here in this perfect meadow, in our perfect moment. He still cradled me to his chest, swaying to the now ended song.
I held onto him tighter, all the of the wishing this day would just be done and we could get on with our lives, but now, I wanted desperately for it to last forever.
"I don't want it to end Edward," I felt the tears streaming. "I don't want to let go." I cried into his chest.
"Don't ever hide your beautiful face love." He tilted my chin up to him. "You're my wife Bella, this never ends. And you most certainly better not ever let go." He leaned down, brushing his lips against mine.
"Forever?" I searched his watery eyes.
"Forever." He promised, pulling me into his chest.
Holy crap, it's over?! I cried, when I had to type "THE END"…yes I'm very much aware that I am a sap, but who can blame me for wanting to hang on to Edward, seriously? LOL. Ok, so quite a few people have asked me if I'm planning a sequel to this, and the truth is…I have no freakin clue. It's very possible, but probably not for a while. I've started a new story called "The Edge." I have two chapters of it posted already, and will have a 3rd up soon. This story has my mind captured, so I'll be focused on that for a while! Please come check it out!
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