Mr. Webber declared us husband and wife, and then Edward's hands reached up to cradle my face, carefully, as if it were as delicate as the white petals swaying above our heads. I tried to comprehend, through the film of tears blinding me, the surreal fact that this amazing person was mine. His golden eyes looked as if they would have tears, too, if such a thing were not impossible. He bent his head toward mine, and I stretched up on the tips of my toes, throwing my arms- bouquet and all- around his neck.
He kissed me tenderly, adoringly; I forgot the crowd, the place, the time, the reason…only remembering that he loved me, that he wanted me, that I was his.
I awoke to see my mother gently slapping my face. The light outside seemed too bright. Where was Edward? Weren't we supposed to be on our honeymoon? Where was he? Why was Renee standing over me?
I sat up quickly, now seriously concerned. Looking around, I realized that I was laying in my living room…in Phoenix!
"Mom!" I screamed at the top of my lungs. Maybe she would be able to shed some light on these dire circumstances.
Started, she asked, "What's wrong, Bella dear? Where does it hurt?" Renee was truly worried.
"How did I get here?" I inquired urgently.
"Haven't we already had this talk, Bella?" She sounded slightly put out.
"No. Not that talk. Why am I in Arizona? Why am I not in Forks?"
"Forks? Bella, you hate Forks. Why would you be there? You hit your head. You don't know what you're saying." My poor mother was confused.
Jumping to my feet, I declared, "I need to call Charlie. Mom, I need to move to Forks. I can't explain, but I just feel that it is right. Besides, if I'm not here, you can travel with Phil. This will kill two birds with one stone."
"If that's what you really want…." Renee sounded unsure.
"Yes." I answered, confident.
Five minutes later, I was talking to Charlie. He had been surprised that I would call him at work. However, once the situation had been explained to him, he came around.
"Sure Bella. I'd love for you to come live with me. When do you want to leave?"
There was a pause as I checked to see what today's date was. It was imperative that dates be kept in their dream format. "Could I come up this weekend?"
"Bella, that's in three days! Are you sure?" Charlie was confused.
"Yes dad. I'm one hundred percent sure. I'll need internet access in my room, and a car would be great. I'll need a little help with the car…." I trailed off, biting my lip. I wanted my red truck back!
Charlie thought for a second, and said, "Don't worry about the car, I know of something."
"Thanks dad. You're the best."
"See you soon, Bella." His voice was excited. He really was a great dad.
I had been too shy to ask if the Cullen family wasn't just a figment of my imagination. They had to be real. Edward had to exist. If he didn't…well, I didn't want to think about the ramifications.