Here it is everyone, the chapter we've all been waiting for!! Many of you have already guessed correctly of Bella's secret, but I hope everyone enjoys the chapter.
Without further ado…on to the LAST CHAPTER!
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I rolled my eyes, and sighed into his neck.
"Edward?" I whispered.
"Yes?" He murmured.
"You're cute when you're jealous." I stated, before kissing him softly on the lips.
The days quickly flew by, and the next thing I knew it was the eve of the anniversary party.
Needless to say, I was nervous. When I confided in Edward about it, he reassured me that I had absolutely nothing to worry about. I felt somewhat better after speaking with Edward, but I still didn't feel comfortable about the party.
Alice on the other hand, was completely in her element. The day after Carlisle informed us of the party, Alice was already calling around and making arrangements for the event. I remember walking into the living room, where I saw Jasper leaning against the doorframe, and Alice was shuffling around the room like a pinball.
She had a notebook and pen in her hands as she walked from one side of the room to the other. She would tilt her head to the side, while squinting her eyes, muttering something quietly to herself, and then jot something down in the notebook, before moving onto a different angle of the room.
"She's a heck of a little whirlwind huh?" I laughed softly to Jasper.
Jasper chuckled, "Yeah, she gets like that sometimes." He drawled in his soft southern accent. "But it's best to let her do her thing though." I looked over to Jasper, and I could see the love he held for Alice, plainly on his face. He had a soft smile playing on his face that made his blue eyes twinkle, as he watched her move around the room, like a butterfly.
I quietly excused myself, letting them have their moment together.
Now I was sitting on my side of the bed, with my feet on the ground, thinking about the guests that would attend tomorrow. I had accidentally overheard that most of the guests had already arrived, and I felt my nerves getting the best of me again. I wasn't really nervous about who the guests were, but more like what the guests were. I again, thought of how I would be in a room surrounded by wolves and a shudder raked through my body.
"Are you cold love?" Edward suddenly asked behind me, the bed dipping down under his weight.
"Gah!" I gasped, placing my hand over my now pounding heart. "Jesus, Edward you scared the shit out of me!" I said with a shaky laugh as I looked at him over my shoulder.
I saw him frown slightly, "Bella, don't cuss. Such ugly words shouldn't come out of a pretty mouth like yours." He sighed looking at me pointedly.
"Oh get off of your high horse already Edward!" I shot back, "Besides what are we, six? Give me a break here."
He pulled his eyebrows together in confusion of my outburst. "Bella is something bothering you? Did I do something to upset you?" He questioned softly.
I turned to look down at my hands, as I sighed guiltily for snapping at him, "I'm sorry Edward, I'm just really nervous about tomorrow." I could hear Edward start to move around, and I soon felt the bed dip down directly behind me. I was enveloped in warmth as Edward scooted up directly against me. His legs resting on the outside of mine, making it to where I was sitting between them. He pulled me tightly to his warm, broad chest, wrapping his strong arms around my waist, with his chin resting on my shoulder.
"You have nothing to be nervous about, everyone is going to love you." He murmured into my ear. Then he started placing butterfly kisses along my neck and shoulder. I shivered involuntary, turning my head to give him better access to my sensitive neck.
"I think you have a biased opinion." I breathed out, and Edward slowly started rubbing his hands up and down my sides.
Edward placed his hands on my shoulders, turning my around to where I was now facing him. "Me? Never." He replied huskily, as he shot me his famous crooked smile that made my heart melt, before leaning and capturing my lips with his. I wrapped my arms around his neck holding him firmly to me, as his hands trailed down my back to the hemline of my shirt.
I pulled back from Edward slightly, moaning softly as his hands went under my shirt, pressing on my back to hold me to him. I twisted around fully, wrapping my legs around his waist and sitting on his lap. As I did so, I made sure to subtly rub against his hardening cock. When I was finally settled, I blatantly ground myself on him, causing his hips to buck up against me.
He groaned into my shoulder, and his fingers dug into my back dully. Before I realized what he was doing, Edward suddenly stood up and quickly turned us around so I was laying on my back, and he was hovering over me. I scooted myself as best I could to the center of the bed, and Edward easily followed me like a magnet. When we were situated on the bed, Edward pushed up on my shirt, quickly pulling it over my head, and discarding it over the side of the bed.
I reached up and wrapped my hand around his neck, pulling his head to me and I kissed him fervently. As I hooked my fingers into his silky soft hair, Edward began to lazily rub his body against mine, slowly creating friction between our bodies. As I played with Edward's hair, I remembered something when we first kissed on Charlie's couch. I gently tugged on Edward's unruly locks and then massaged his scalp afterwards, suddenly his hips jerked into mine, and Edward abruptly broke our kiss, grunting loudly. He quickly shed his shirt, followed closely by his pajama bottoms and boxers.
And, I hastily followed suit by pulling off my own remaining clothes.
Edward was sitting up on his knees, when he shook his head at himself. He looked down at my face, and I suddenly felt ridiculously shy in front of him, and I quickly averted my gaze.
I felt his hand snake under my chin, making me meet his eyes. When I did I saw his liquid emerald eyes blazing into my own doe eyes, and a wide smile spread across his face, showing me his perfect, straight, white teeth. "So beautiful." He breathed quietly, before settling himself between my legs.
I smiled back at him, "You make me blush, Edward Cullen." And before he had a chance to answer, I kissed him with everything I had. He gently held my waist to the bed, holding me in place, before he slowly pushed into me.
Another moan made its way up my throat, but Edward silenced it, by keeping his mouth locked with my own.
Edward set an easy pace of just steadily rocking his hips into me, ever so slowly, building me up. I thoughtlessly dug my nails into his back, and he hissed lowly in response.
"Ed-Edward, more." I panted to him, as I tried to push my hips up to meet his rocking hips. He grunted in response, suddenly pulling out and thrusting back into me, again and again. We tried to keep our lips together, but his thrusting and our wanton pants, made this an impossible task. So, Edward just let his lips ghost over mine, making it so breathed the others' pants.
I reached up, lacing my fingers through Edward's hair before tugging lightly on it, causing him to jerk and grunt every so often.
"Edward." I breathed. He pulled his chest away from mine, as he reached up and grabbed a hold the headboard. His hair fell, sexily into his eyes as he looked down at me through hooded eyelids. He pursed his lips and breathed heavily through his nose. I saw his jaw clenching and his nose flare, his new angle helping him thrust deeper, and at a different angle.
"Fuck Bella, I'm close!" He panted, speaking for the first time, I whimpered at his words as they proceeded to help push closer to the edge.
"God Edward, I'm right there!" I squeaked. He took his free hand and hooked it under my knee, hitching it up to his waist. And that was all it took to shove me blissfully over the edge, and I clenched down around his cock. Edward's thrusts became erratic and he grunted each time he pumped back into me, making him sound almost animalistic. Not long after, his body shuddered and he pushed into me as deep as he could go, and I felt his hard cock twitch inside me before his release.
Edward slowly let go of my leg, and I reached up to brush the hair out of his eyes. He slowly pulled out, hissing as he did so, and rolled onto his side. I scooted as close to him as I could get, and he wrapped in his warm embrace.
Both of us fell asleep easily.
The next morning I was abruptly awoken to someone pounding incessantly on the bedroom door. I felt Edward stir behind me as he grumbled, "What in the hell?" Then he groaned to himself, falling back on the bed. "HANG ON!" He yelled at the door.
"What is it?" I asked groggily, trying to clear my sleep hazed head.
"Alice." He said simply.
As if on cue, "Come on, we have to start getting ready!" She yelled her voice slightly muffled by the door. I heard a dull 'thump' and imagined Alice stomping her foot impatiently. I laughed at the mental image before slowly rolling out of bed, and putting on my shirt and pajama bottoms. I looked over my shoulder to see Edward was also grabbing his discarded bottoms, before I made my way to the door.
I looked over my shoulder again, and slowly opened the bedroom door and came face to face with Alice. "It's about time!" She huffed indignantly, "Okay now, hurry up and get in the shower Bella, we have to start getting ready." She said as she ushered me to the connecting bathroom, shutting the door behind me without another word.
I took my time in the shower, letting the hot water relax my taunt muscles and just using the time to think. Even after being assured multiple times by Edward and the rest of the family…I was still nervous. I didn't realize how long I was taking until Alice started knocking repeatedly on the door.
I don't know why I'm so anxious, Edward will be by my side the whole time. I held onto this thought like a lifeline as I slowly got out of the shower, and toweled myself off. When I opened the door, Alice was standing there tapping her foot impatiently.
"Bella, you're killing me here. We don't have time for you to lollygag around!" She said in a rush, as she pulled me out of the bathroom and showed me the dress we had picked out for me to wear. Edward chuckled to himself as he jumped into the bathroom. "Now hurry up and put this on." She commanded, making her way out of the room, when I finally spoke up.
"Take it easy Al, there's plenty of time before the party." I muttered.
She turned to look at me with a sweet smile on her face. "There would have been, if you guys didn't sleep in!" Alice shot back sarcastically. Confused by this, I glanced over at the alarm clock, 1:22.
"Aw shit!" I quickly ran to the bed and grabbed the dress. I'm pretty sure I heard Alice say "Exactly." But I couldn't be sure.
It was 1:22 and the party was set to start at 3:00.
Once I got into the dress, I opened the bedroom door for Alice. "Good, now let's go." She smiled as she grabbed my hand and led me to her room to do my hair. I was pleasantly surprised that she finished after forty-five minutes. All she did really was make my curls more pronounced, and clipped my hair down on the side of my head, keeping it all tumbling down my back.
"Okay, all you have to do now it grab your shoes and a simple piece of jewelry." Alice smiled at my reflection in the mirror, before turning around and retrieving her own dress from her spacious closet.
"Thank you Alice." I stood up, and gave her a small hug before leaving her room.
"It was my pleasure Bella." She beamed back at me.
When I got back to our bedroom, I saw that Edward was already out of the shower and loosely dressed. When he heard me enter, he turned to look at me, a crooked grin spread across his face. I took a moment to admire what he was wearing. He had on his black dress pants and shoes, with the laces undone. He was also wearing a white button up shirt under his black suit vest, with his tie, tied but hanging loosely around his neck.
All in all…he was devastatingly handsome.
Edward crossed the room stopping directly in front of me. "You look absolutely beautiful, love." He said huskily.
"You look incredibly handsome, yourself." I answered softly, standing up on my tiptoes to kiss him softly.
"You keep this up and we won't be making an appearance tonight." He groaned when I pulled away.
I giggled at him, "Esme would be so disappointed if we didn't show up for tonight though." I said as I walked over to the closet to get my shoes. After I retrieved them, I sat on the bed and started putting them on and watched Edward finish getting ready.
He used one of his hands and scrubbed his face with it. "Esme would get over it and be fine." He countered as he sat down on the bed beside me to tie his own shoes. I couldn't help but laugh at him again, "You're too much sometimes." I leaned over and kissed his cheek, and then Alice suddenly appeared at the door.
"People are starting to show up, let's get this show going." She said excitedly, bouncing in her spot outside the door.
Edward turned to look at me, "You ready?" I nodded my head in reply, and he stood grabbing his suit jacket off of the bedpost and shrugging into it. When he was finished, he stuck his hand out to me, "Alright then." He nodded. I placed my hand in his and he pulled me gently to my feet, a small smile playing on his face. "Lead the way Alice." He chuckled, as she squealed and turning to quickly descend the stairs.
The beginning of the evening went by surprisingly smooth. Just like Edward said, everyone I was introduced to were extremely polite. I don't know how many times I had to say 'thank you' that evening. A good portion of the guests came over to Edward and I to congratulate us in finding our 'other half'.
Nothing about anyone's demeanor gave them away for what they really were, and I have to say I was slightly surprised by this also.
Edward never once strayed from my side, and for that, I was grateful. The guests were pleasant and all, but I still would rather not be left alone. Whenever we moved around the party, Edward would either take my hand, or place it on my lower back. And, when we stopped to converse with other people, he would wrap his arm securely around my waist or tangle his fingers loosely through mine.
Right now, Edward and I were once again talking to Eleazar and Carmen Denali. Not talking about anything of any importance just trivial everyday banter, when I nudged Edward. He turned and smiled at me, "Hey, I'm going to get myself something to drink, any requests?" I asked quietly.
"Yeah, my request is that I get you something instead." He was already excusing himself from the group, before I interjected.
"Edward, no I can get something, you stay here." I tried fruitlessly.
"Love, it would be quicker and easier if I went and got you something, I can get around the crowd better, and I'm not wearing heels." He reasoned, shooting a pointed look at my heels. I sighed in defeat knowing that he wasn't going to back down, "Okay fine." I huffed, he smiled and turned to leave, but I stopped him by placing my hand on his arm. He turned back to me with his eyebrows raised in question. I took a step towards him, pulling his arm so he leaned down to me. "Thank you Edward." I whispered in his ear, before placing a kiss on his cheek.
He nodded and turned away, leaving the room, in the direction of the kitchen.
I head someone clear their throat behind me, and I turned back to Eleazar and Carmen, but someone else had joined them. "Bella, I would like to introduce you to our 'daughter' Tanya." Carmen beamed at the strawberry blonde standing beside her.
As soon as I looked at her appearance I instantly felt shameful for standing next to her. Even though I'm a female, I had to hand it to Tanya…she was gorgeous. I swallowed thickly, "It's a pleasure to meet you Tanya."
I saw a frown flash across her face, but was quickly masked away. "Indeed." She clipped.
"Oh look there's Jasper and Alice, let's go say 'hello' to them." Carmen gushed, pulling on Eleazar's arm. "Excuse us." He said politely before turning to follow Carmen.
I gulped uncomfortably, trying to subtly look for Edward.
"He probably ditched you." Tanya sneered suddenly, catching me by surprise.
"I'm s-sorry?" I stuttered, internally cursing myself for acting so weak.
She shrugged nonchalantly, "Edward. I'm sure after spending so much time with the likes of you, he bailed the first chance he got when he realized his mistake." Her hard eyes piercing straight through me, like a knife through butter.
"What-What do you mean 'his mistake'?" I asked weakly, wishing desperately for someone, anyone to come help me.
"You're human!" Tanya hissed, "I don't get what someone like him would see in you!" She spat cruelly at me.
I could feel my eyes prick, as my vision blurred, and I tried my hardest to will the tears away. I didn't want her to see that her words were actually getting to me, but I couldn't help it. I remember when I first got to the mansion, I said the exact same thing to Edward, and he was furious at me. I made another attempt to find Edward, and my eyes finally found him in the crowd. It looked like someone had stopped him to chitchat as he was making his way back, because he was holding a drink in his hand that he got for me.
"That's not true, he's-" I started but Tanya quickly cut in.
"He's using you for company until someone better comes along. Did you really think that he would give up this life for you?" She tsked, giving me a fake sympathetic look.
I couldn't take anymore of Tanya's cruel words. Only because I had said her exact words when I was first brought to the mansion, so she had hit home. I suddenly turned quickly to the nearest exit, pushing my way through the crowd.
And, I ran.
As I was making my way back to Bella, I felt someone lay their hand on my shoulder. I turned to look at them, and saw that Garrett had stopped me.
"Garrett what can I do for you?" I asked, trying to remain polite.
"Nothing, I just wanted to give my congrats for the both of you. It's good to see that you're not the lone ranger anymore." He smiled clapping his hand down on my shoulder. I smiled, nodding my head in agreement. "Indeed, I have never felt so much contentment in my life, as I have since Bella arrived."
Garrett shot me a broad smile, "Well, again, congratulations." And, he quickly turned away to mingle with others.
I turned back to where I had last seen Bella standing, and saw instead that Tanya was standing there. Her head was turned away as she seemed to be watching something. I quickly made my way over to her, "Tanya," I called.
She turned to me, a huge smile spreading across her face, "Edward, you look wonderful this evening." She beamed at me, but I ignored her comment.
"Where is Bella?" I asked, looking around for any signs of her, I felt my heart rate pick up minutely.
"She left." Tanya answered simply, shrugging her shoulder.
"She what?" I barked in question, her demeanor quickly getting under my skin.
"She left, and if she knows what's best she will stay away." She turned again to look at something.
I followed her gaze and saw that she was looking at the hallway leading to the staircase. Suddenly, it all clicked together and panic shot through my body. "Tanya, if you know what's good for you, you will be gone by the time I get back." I seethed through gritted teeth, and I pushed my way through the crowd, I could feel my hands shaking as I got closer to the stairs.
When I finally got to them, I ascended the stairs two at a time, trying to get up three flights as fast as I could. When I finally got to our room, I immediately saw the dress she had been wearing laid out on the bed, and as I got a better look I saw a note laying on top of it.
I know the things that Tanya said are untrue, but it helped me make a decision that I have been tossing around. Almost my whole life I have been trying to hide what I really am, but ever since I met you, that task has become impossible. I'm sorry that I'm leaving without notice, but I need some time to figure myself out again.
But I promise you, that I will return.
All my love, Bella.
Panic wasn't nearly the right word to describe how I felt at this exact moment. I looked helplessly around the room, and saw that some of the dresser drawers had been left open, in her haste. My whole body was trembling, my heart was racing in my chest and my mind was quickly becoming cloudy.
Suddenly, I distinctly heard the sound the back door closing.
I rapidly shed my suit off, and grabbed a pair of jeans, pulling them on as I ran out of my room. Once I had them on, I took the stairs three at a time, until I leapt over the remaining stairs. I grabbed my rope pack of shorts, t-shirt, and shoes, running to the back door, when Alice suddenly appeared.
She can't be that far ahead of me, I will be able to catch up. I thought desperately to myself.
"Edward, you're not going to believe this!" She yelled excitedly, as I wrenched open the back door.
But, what I saw shocked me frozen in my spot.
Just about to reach the tree line, I saw a large, chocolate brown wolf disappear into the trees. "She's one of us?" I breathed incredulously, I turned to look at Alice, and she wore a blinding smile on her face.
"Alice, tell the family we're going away for a bit." I said over my shoulder, already letting my mind go, I easily shifted without breaking stride. I was surprised that I could sense Bella's thoughts; as she continued on and I could somewhat gauge the distance between us.
I took off in the direction where Bella had disappeared in.
If this was what it took for her to come back, then I would follow her, and stand faithfully by her side, as we went Into the Unknown.
'I'm coming with you, love.'
AN: If everyone hates me, I would understand! Haha. This is a scene I had from the VERY beginning of the story, and to tell the truth I'm pleased with the way the chapter turned out.
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