Previously… (BPOV)

"I hate every single one of you guys!" I laughed, slapping them. "But thank you!"

A/N: Song used: "Long Live"-Taylor Swift

Disclaimer: I don't own Twilight.

Thanks to my beta Demelza Llivell for working her magic on this chapter!

- July, 1 2007 -


The day before graduation, Edward, the band, and I got together to write the graduation song. It was a sweet, up-tempo song about the memories of high school and being scared of growing up and moving on. It took us an hour to write, two hours to rehearse with the band, and a minute to say we loved it. Kate and I cried, thinking of the memories of high school, and Edward gave us both a hug. Both of our families came over to Edward's house to hear it, and we girls cried again.

- The Next Day -

The whole school morning was used to get ready for graduation day.

I can't believe I'm graduating today, I thought happily.

I couldn't believe that I was well on my way out of high school to start a career already. I squealed a bit, so excited for the upcoming future. I would miss my friends and family, especially Angela, considering we've known each other since we were babies. I'd also miss Rose and Alice, even though they would be coming with me to Seattle. But I was ready to start living my life, fully experiencing it, along with my best friend.


Just the thought of his name made me smile more. That took me back to a few days ago, when we were alone on prom night at my house. Our talk made so many doors open, yet some still remained closed. He never told me when he'd break it off with Tanya, and that got me worried a little bit. How could he like me and feel 'hung up' on her as well? Only time would tell how that would work out.

In the early morning, Rose and Alice did my hair and makeup, despite my complaints that we were all going to be wearing caps to cover our hair. "Appearance is everything," Alice insisted. I just rolled my eyes and let her work her magic on me. When both girls were done, they let me see their "masterpiece." My makeup was simple: Light black eyeliner and eyeshadow to bring out the brown in my eyes. I didn't wear any blush because I did that naturally on a regular basis, and my brown hair was curled and some pieces were pinned back.

"Thanks, guys," I said, hugging them. We went to get ready and put on our gowns, and we were on our way to Forks High School. The Cullen family was meeting us there, considering that Edward was graduating.

The graduation ceremony at the football field was nice; Ben was valedictorian; his speech was pleasurable and made the audience chuckle here and there. It was times like those that I wish my parents were here to see us. How proud they would have been of us. I squeezed my mother's ring on my right finger, sending a silent prayer to them. When Edward's name was called, almost all of the Senior Class, including Emmett and Jasper, cheered for him, and Esme took a bunch of pictures with her camera. When Edward got up to the podium to receive his diploma from the principal, he winked at me, and my heart skipped a beat. Tanya, however, gave me the dirtiest look, but didn't say anything. Guess the fight at prom was enough for her.

The cheers were even louder for me, surprisingly. I blushed a deep red as I walked up the podium to get my diploma. Rose and Alice waved from their seats, and I waved back, smiling. I saw a flash of light from the corner of my eye. Esme waved to me, and I waved back, tears pricking at the corners of my eyes again.

Ben announced the Class of 2007, and we all threw our caps in the air in praise. Edward found and hugged me, and then, the strangest thing happened. I thought he was going to kiss me. He had this glassy, warm look in his eyes, and he kept looking down at my lips. I didn't know what to do, so I just closed my eyes. At the last minute, he decided to kiss my forehead instead.

He laughed, "We did it," and held me close. Amazed, I held him back. I sighed, listening to the quickened beating of his heart. Then, I felt an annoying tapping on my shoulder. I turned around and saw Tanya there. Her gown was zipped down past her big breasts, showing her white tank top underneath. She had a wide, plastic smile on her face, but I could tell her eyes were furious.

"Hey, guys," Tanya's sickly sweet voice sounded. "Just wanted to say congratulations!" And then she gave Edward a big, long hug, which he reluctantly returned.

She let go slowly, and just walked away, swaying her hips back and forth. I suddenly felt smaller than I usually did, and I looked down, tears filling my eyes.

Edward saw me and started to say something, but then, our families came in.

"Baby bro!" Emmett boasted, giving his youngest brother a hug. "Congrats! You too, Bells!"

I quickly wiped my eyes and tried not to sniffle. "Thanks," I said, faking a smile.

"You okay, Bella? Your eyes are really misty," Jasper observed.

"Yeah, fine," I cleared my throat.

"You don't look fine..." Rose said.

"I said I'm fine," I forced. "Just graduation sadness, that's all."

"Well, a bit of grad song will help cheer you up!" Emmett smiled, then turned to everyone else. "Grad party at my house!"

The whole senior class cheered, and I smiled through my tears.

We all left to the Cullen home. On our way there, Rose helped me out of my cap and gown without letting me fall. Rose and Alice would change when they got to the house. When we arrived, the band's van was parked in the driveway, and we saw Sam and Seth unloading the van with the music equipment.

I couldn't believe we'd be playing our graduation song in front of our whole class! Before, I was nervous, but now, I was excited because I knew how the crowd would act this time.

Around an hour later, the Cullen house was transformed into a party setting. Dim lights, streamers with the blue and gold FHS colors, food, drinks — with no alcohol this time — and music. The stage was all set up, and everyone was crowded around it. I was shaking with anticipation as I was going over my vocal warm-ups and drinking water until, finally, it was time to go on.

Paul started the intro, and the crowd cheered as I started walking and singing:

(Italics: Bella. Bold: Edward. Bold and Italics: Both.)

I said remember this moment, in the back of my mind
The time we stood with our shaking hands
The crowds in the stands went wild
We were the Kings and the Queens
And they read off our names
The night you danced like you knew our lives
Would never be the same
You held your head like a hero
On a history book page
It was the end of a decade
But the start of an age

Long live the walls we crashed through
All the kingdom lights shined just for me and you
I was screaming long live all the magic we made
And bring on all the pretenders
One day, we will be remembered

I said remember this feeling
I passed the pictures around
Of all the years that we stood there
On the side-lines wishing for right now

(Edward and Kate)
We are the Kings and the Queens
You traded your baseball cap for a crown

When they gave us our trophies
And we held them up for our town
And the cynics were outraged
Screaming, "This is absurd."
Cause for a moment a band of thieves
In ripped up jeans got to rule the world

(Edward and Bella again)

Long live the walls we crashed through
All the kingdom lights shined just for me and you
I was screaming long live all the magic we made
And bring on all thepretenders
I'm not afraid
Long live all the mountains we moved
I had the time of my life fighting dragons with you
I was screaming long live that look on your face
And bring on all the pretenders
One day, we will be remembered

Hold on to spinning around
Confetti falls to the ground
May these memories break our fall

I then sat near the edge of the stage, facing the crowd.

Will you take a moment, promise me this
That you'll stand by me forever
But if God forbid fate should step in
And force us into a goodbye
If you have children some day
When they point to the pictures
Please tell them my name
Tell them how the crowds went wild
Tell them how I hope they shine

Long live the walls we crashed through
I had the time of my life

I saw Angela beside me and reached for her hand, with tears in my eyes. She held mine back, happy tears shining her eyes, too.

With you.

I saw Edward's hand, and he helped me on my feet.

Long, long live the walls we crashed through
All the kingdom lights shined just for me and you
I was screaming long live all the magic we made
And bring on all the pretenders
I'm not afraid
Singing, long live all the mountains we moved
I had the time of my life fighting dragons with you
And long, long live that look on your face
And bring on all the pretenders
One day, we will be remembered

The crowd cheered and clapped, and I saw a few girls crying and leaning against their friends and boyfriends' shoulders. I looked to Edward, and he kissed the top of my head.

A/N: Reviews are better than you and your potential boyfriend singing together about graduation! That was a mouthful o_O lol