The Happily Ever After

I've seen dreams that move the mountains
Hope that doesn't ever end
Even when the sky is falling
And I've seen miracles just happen
Silent prayers get answered
Broken hearts become brand new
That's what faith can do

I felt very disoriented, tired and weak. I opened my eyes to see the most beautiful arrangement of Gerber daisies in a rainbow of colors sitting beside my bed. Then I saw Edward standing there with his familiar crooked smile. His hand came up to cup my face gently, "Hey gorgeous, how are you feeling?"

I didn't answer him at first, how could I answer him with a breathing tube in? But then I noticed there wasn't a breathing tube. I took a deep refreshing breath to clear my head and was surprised that I did so without discomfort. I'd made it.

I gave him a big smile as I reached up my hand to pull his face to my lips. He willingly met me with a gentle kiss. "You still have a little ways to go, but you're going to be fine. Actually, maybe even better than before. We'll talk about that later, first, is there any pain or discomfort?"

"No," I spoke out, my voice still a little wraspy. I noticed my parents in the background then and they came over and gave me kisses and hugs as well. In fact now that I looked around, the room was filled. Emmet and Rosalie; Jasper and Alice; Carlisle and Esme were all huddled into the small room. They all fussed over me for a few minutes before Carlisle spoke up.

"Alright, lets clear it out and give Edward and I a chance to check her over, she still needs rest, and maybe a good meal," Carlisle suggested to Esme. The room slowly emptied out and left me with my personal heroes: the love of my life and his father, now my father as well.

They both gave me huge smiles that I tried to return. Carlisle did a basic check, listening to my heart and lungs, checking my blood pressure and such while Edward checked my eyes and temperature.

"All perfect," Edward commented to me as he reached his pen out to tap my nose. I smiled at the gesture.

"How long have I been out?" It was one of the questions on my mind.

"Five days," Edward didn't miss a beat.

"Five days?" wow that was a long time, "will this remedy work for the others?"

"Yes," Carlisle responded. "Though I suspect it would only take a couple days regularly. It only took you longer because we had drawn it out so long and you were very weak. Your body not only successfully overcame the sickness in the hibernation, but it also seems to have made some small changes too."

I looked at him with question, "What do you mean by changes?"

"Nothing bad Bella, so far as I can tell. Your gills have taken on a stronger and more permanent state. Though we have not tested anything I suspect you will be able to breathe under water in both forms, like your ancestors did once."

I was intrigued by the possibility, "Can we go down to the pool?"

"Absolutely, but let's get you some breakfast first," Carlisle seemed anxious as well. Carlisle reached down my arm and removed the IV that was still there. "Can you sit up for me?"

I pulled myself up and swung my legs over the side of the bed. I noticed I was still wearing one of those not so fashionable hospital gowns that ties in the back and leaves your rear exposed, Edward probably got a kick out of that. Speaking of the devil he walked over to stand on my other side and gave me a crooked grin. I looked at him crossed: you heard that didn't you?

He gave me a slight nod, keep your mouth shut Edward Cullen. "Yes, Mrs. Cullen." I gave him a surprised look as he continued, "I know it's not official yet, but I wanted to practice. Practice makes perfect," he reached down and fumbled with my hand and fingered the graceful little ring that still encompassed my finger.

Today would be the day I finally gave back to Edward what he had given to me so many years ago: life. I had always thought that our wedding would be the most wonderful moment of my life; and it was. But today was perhaps something even more significant, today marked the first day of our lives together. For the past ten years we had lived together, and enjoyed every moment of our youth together. We spent two years on a honeymoon and the past eight in college. Edward finished his medical degree one last time and I completed a Masters in English Literature and a Bachelors in Marine Biology. Just two weeks ago Alice and Jasper drank of me, to start their human lives along with Carlisle and Esme who had joined the human race a little over a month ago. That left just Edward.

I took my last swim in the ocean this morning; I knew it was my last. I loved everything about being a mermaid, but I'm eagerly awaiting the next phase in my life. I suppose that's what makes today so special: the chance to change. For so many countless years the Cullen family had simply gone on existing. It seemed a little sad to think that now one day they would die, but more importantly they got the opportunity to live, and no one appreciated that more than the Cullens.

"Are you excited," I asked my husband.

"Like you wouldn't believe. There is so much about life that I can't wait to experience: no longer hiding or lying, no more thirst or cold, and I'll be able to make love to my wife without restraint or fear, and starting a family of our own. This is all I could have ever hoped for, and so much more."

Edward now stood behind me and moved my hair off my shoulder. I could feel his cool breath on my neck as he placed a small kiss over my artery. "I hate to break that beautiful skin of yours," he whispered into my neck.

I giggled a little at the tickling sensation, "it will heal Edward, join me, drink." I reached up my hand behind me and wrapped my fingers around the back of his neck. Edward gave another kiss to my neck before opening his mouth and biting down. As he drank he pulled me back into his body and sat us down on our bed. The pulling sensation was soft and controlled though the bite was sharp. Edward laid us down together as he sealed the wound and his own change took place.

Only moments later he sat up and rolled me to the center of the bed, straddling me now on his knees. My eyes gazed into the new sight that was my Edward. I reached up and ran my finger tips over his still beautiful face but now flushed and full of life. His eyes were the most mesmerizing shade of hazel. I couldn't hide my joy as he smiled back at me. He reached down his hand and held a few fingers to the pulse point on my neck, "I can't hear your heart anymore, it's a little disorienting."

I reached up my hand and placed it on his chest, feeling his heart pounding away, "my heart is right here, has been for some time now," I explained.

Angela Renesmee Cullen was born August 16th, 2023. She joined a very large family, with quite a few cousins. Though Edward and I tried, we were unable to conceive any other children. Yet I didn't feel at all deprived. Angela was the most wonderful thing to happen in my life since Edward himself.

Edward was the most amazing and supportive father, not that I had expected anything else. Angela made her first shift at fifteen, she was gold, not that it was so uncommon anymore. Our tribe made a full recovery after Carlisle had found the cure so many years ago. Not only did mermaids thrive and multiply in the years that followed, we became stronger. Black accented mermaids became the rarity, while silver and gold were more common place, just as Alice had once seen. Over the years, some vampires even sought us out, seeking the human life they once enjoyed. The Denali family, friends of the Cullens, were amongst the first after Edward to make the change back to human.

Life with Edward, Angela and the rest of the Cullens was, well, the happily ever after I had always wished for, but never thought I would get.

Somewhere beyond the sea,
Somewhere, waiting for me,
My lover stands on golden sands
And watches the ships that go sailing

We'll meet beyond the shore,
We'll kiss just as before.
Happy we'll be beyond the sea,
And never again I'll go sailing!

Author's Notes:

Song Credits:

"What Faith Can Do" by Kutless and "Beyond the Sea" by Bobby Darin, no copyright infringement intended.

So ends my little story, thanks to everyone for coming along with me. I hope the end didn't disappoint. I've had several of you ask if I plan to write anything else, and the answer is in fact yes. I've had another little story in my head now for a few weeks and I plan to share it with you. Since you've come this far with me I'll give the inspiration behind it: "The most dangerous evil in all the world is the one that believes it is doing good." That's all I'm going to give you for now, add me the your "favorite authors" if you want to get an update when the first chapter comes out, probably in a week or so. Thanks again!!