Disclaimer: Me: EDWARD! I'VE MISSED YOU DARLING!
Edward: Oh no, here we go again.
I totally own Edward. Well, just the one in this story.
I'M BACK! (: I was sitting in chem. Today and I was like "why don't I start the sequel to my first fan fiction when I get home?" And that's exactly what I'm doing.
Thank you all who've supported me along the way in Edward, my best friend, my boyfriend. Hopefully, this story will live up to your expectations.
Now…on to the prologue/ first chapter!
The day was going by faster than I believed it ever could. It seemed unreal to me that graduation was already here. Edward and I had to rush to get our caps and gowns on, for we spent a little too much time eating breakfast; which was all Edward's fault. He didn't realize breakfast didn't include going to the couch for a quickie, which turned into a longie. I just hoped that Alice wouldn't be disappointed in my lack of effort on my hair.
We decided to meet up at the stadium in which our graduation was taking place. Edward's parents were going to be there with my parents, seeing as Esme promised me nice pictures for my scrapbook.
Right now, I have to wait in line for my name to be called so that I can receive my dipolma. I've finally gotten my English degree after fumbling through the idea of getting a degree in Music and Art. It seemed unreal that my time in college is officially over. I've had so much fun while it's lasted. I know Edward enjoyed his time, too. He took up a degree in music, which gives him the option to teach. There really isn't much that he could do with his degree, but teaching is something that suits him well. I'm just concerned that the girls are going to develop insane crushes on him, and have "hot for a teacher" moments. I wouldn't blame them, that's for sure.
Alice and Jasper ended up getting married last year in the summer, in a very fancy wedding. Everything was luxurious, seeing as it was Alice's wedding; there was no way she could do it any less extravagant than what she had done.
Emmett still hasn't proposed to Rosalie, and I'm not sure if she's okay with that. I know she's a tough girl, and I'm sure she could wait for him to propose when he's ready. It's just hard to explain it, because you never know these things with her. She's been dating Emmett almost longer than Alice and Jasper have dated, and they're already married. Maybe I'll just have Edward talk to Emmett about this.
On the note of proposals, Edward hasn't proposed to me either. I don't mind that in any way, not yet at least. I'm just wondering if maybe, somewhere down the line, we'll be able to move forward in our relationship, instead of the continuous flat line we're on.
Once I heard my name, I walked across the stage, focusing on not tripping over anything as I made my way to the podium. The Dean shook my hand, and gave me my dipolma with a stiff "Congratulations".
I followed the line down to the seating area, all but running to my parents.
"Great job, Bells." My father told me, as I hugged him tightly.
"Thanks dad." I told him. When I stepped back from him, I noticed my mom standing next to him, dabbing her eyes.
"Please don't pull this 'my baby's graduated! I'm old' stuff right now." I laughed, hugging her too.
"If that happens, and Renee considers herself old, then I must be old, too!" Esme said, patting my mother on the back.
"What is all this talk about getting old? Let them enjoy this without you girls going mid-life crisis on the poor kids!" Carlisle said, with Edward walking beside him.
I, of course, got giddy seeing Edward, and charged at him. He scooped me up in his arms, spinning me around.
"Happy graduation, lovely." He said, kissing my cheek.
"You, too." I told him, putting my hand on his cheek. "I'm so proud of you."
That was the truth, because I am proud of him. He's gone through so much to get to this day. He went through almost a year of therapy, just to be able to walk properly again. He was up until ungodly hours of the night, practicing his pieces, and studying for exams. I've never known anyone with the determination and drive that he has, and for that, I praised him.
"You did wonderfully, too. I can't wait until we find jobs and get started with our life together." He said, setting my feet on the ground.
"I couldn't agree more with you." I replied, leaning up and kissing him.
I saw a flash, and knew that it was Esme making good on her promise.
When we pulled away, Edward and I turned simultaneously to glare at her, although my glare was playful.
"I couldn't resist. Trust me when I say you'll love this picture."
"How about I take a picture of you, Carlisle, and Edward?" I offered, which in turn, started the picture war.
After thirty different photos, Alice, Jasper, Rosalie, and Emmett came bounding down the aisle.
"There you guys are! We've been looking all over the place for you!" Alice said, locking her hands around my neck in a hug. "I can't believe you started pictures without me!"
She made her way down the line for hugs, and I was also passed around for hugs between Emmett, Jasper, and Rosalie. We shared congratulations, took many more pictures, and finally left to have dinner at the Cullen's house.
When we arrived at their house, I noticed a catering company van sitting in the driveway. Leave it to the Cullens to not do anything half-assed.
"Of course your mother would hire a catering company for our dinner." I told Edward as he opened my door.
"It is my mother. Where do you think Alice got all her enthusiasm from?" He replied, taking my hand and walking with me into his house.
Dinner was served in their dining room, which is only used on special occasions. The meal consisted of delicately grilled chicken, green beans, a casserole, and a few fancy side dishes that I couldn't identify. I did try everything, and it was delicious. When it was time for desert, that was when the conversation really started to flow.
"Do you know where you guys are going to be moving to?" I asked Emmett, before taking a bite of cheesecake.
He looked warily at Rosalie, who was looking down at her plate.
"We haven't really decided yet. I'm not sure if we want to stay in Pittsburgh, or move out toward the West coast."
I could sympathize with Rosalie on why this might bother her. If Emmett hadn't proposed yet, she might not believe that he was in it for the long haul, and might even find it useless to move in with him if the relationship wasn't going anywhere. I instantly felt my heart clench.
"I understand. That's a difficult choice to make." I told him, praying that someone else would turn the conversation.
"Jasper and I might move into a house soon, you know, because we'll need more room once the babies start coming." She smiled, grabbing Jasper's hand under the table.
"Excuse me." Rosalie said, getting up from the table and walking briskly away.
I watched her go, and then excused myself too.
I found her in the spare bedroom, sitting on the bed with her head in her hands.
"Rosalie, what's wrong?" I asked her, standing in front of her. She looked up at me, her eyes almost forming tears.
"I just wish I had what Alice had. I hate feeling angry at her whenever she brings things up about her marriage, but it just seems unfair! I don't even have a hint to where my future with Emmett is going, and she's already talking about having children? That's ridiculous! I don't know what I'm doing with him, when he obviously doesn't love me enough to offer me forever."
I understood where she was coming from, and sat down next to her.
"I know it's hard right now, but you've really got to talk to him about this. That's the only way you'll find out where you guys are headed." I said, patting her hand. "Things will work themselves out, I promise you."
"Thanks for the talk, Bella." She said, hugging me. I told her that I was there any time she needed me. With those final words, she took a deep breath, and we left to go back to dinner.
"I've really screwed up now, haven't I?" Emmett asked once Bella had gotten up from the table.
"What's going on with you two?" I asked him. I'd never heard about them having relationship problems.
"Rose wants to get married, and I just haven't found the right time to propose. I have the fucking ring in my dresser drawer! I just freak out every time I try to ask her. It's like the words get caught in my throat. And now, she's going to leave me because I just can't man up and ask her!" He groaned, putting his face in his hands. This was the first time I'd ever seen Emmett get emotional like this; it made me uneasy.
"Talk to her about it." I told him. "You'll fix this if you just tell her your intentions."
"He's right. Women just need to feel secure in their relationship." Jasper said, like the psychiatrist that he is.
Emmett just nodded his head, and we continued eating dessert in silence when Bella and Rosalie came into the room.
They sat down in their respective seats, and I noticed that Bella looked a little more disgruntled than she did before. I wondered if maybe she was upset like Rosalie was that I had proposed to her yet. Maybe she was expecting marriage too, and angry because I haven't put a ring on her finger yet.
I was hoping that I was reading too far into this. I just hope that everything turns out for us like it should.
When we got back to our apartment after dinner, Edward seemed quieter than normal.
"What's going on, Edward? You seem so lost in your thoughts." I asked him, rubbing his back as we walked down the hall to the bedroom.
"Nothing, I'm just…well… did you want to get married?" He asked me.
I gasped. He must have understood what I interpreted, because he further explained:
"I'm not proposing now! I'm just wondering, given the situation between Rosalie and Emmett, I thought we should talk about it."
"I want to get married, when the time is right for us. I just want you forever." I told him, as he changed into his pajamas.
"I want to give you forever. I couldn't think of any better way to spend my time than with you." He told me, wrapping me up in his arms, and laying me on the bed.
I kissed him, and thanked God that we were both on the same page.
Because forever with Edward sounded really damn good.
AN: How was it? Was it everything you guys thought it would be for the first chapter of the sequel? (:
I'm curious, so that I know how to write this story. Do you guys want a decent amount of lemons in this story. Like…more than one? Hahah. Give me your feedback, because I love you guys! Hahah I'm so glad to be back!