Joy is a flower that blooms when you do. ~Author Unknown
The future is always beginning now. ~Mark Strand, Reasons for Moving
I came down the stairs, "So, how's Renee and Phil?" I asked, it was a question I'd been dying to ask Jasper and Emmet ever since they got back from Florida, that and how they got back so quickly. "They're good, and Alice told me you ask, we traded our tickets with someone else," Jasper answered. I nodded, "That was nice of them."
"It was, that and they were feeling very generous," Jasper smiled. "I wanted him to make people feel jumpy and stupid, but he said, 'No, Emmet that's manipulating!'" Emmet mimicked. Jasper narrowed his eyes, "I do not sound like that."
"Yes you do, and it would have been very funny if we made people feel stupid!" "No, Emmet it wouldn't have it would be childish and disrespectful," Jasper told him. Emmet opened his mouth to retort when Esme stepped in, "Emmet, stop bickering with your brother, he did the right thing. You should listen to him more you know."
Emmet snorted, "No thanks, I don't want to be a killjoy like Edward." I covered my hand over my mouth, to refrain from laughing, "What?" "Ya heard me," Emmet answered, smugly.
Edward growled and crouched, Emmet grinned and crouched as well they circled each other, waiting for the right moment to attack. "Not inside the house! You'll break my furniture!" Esme shouted, sternly. They stood upright and raced outside, I turned to Esme, "Is it alright, if I go visit Seth?" I asked. I felt like I should especially since he was so injured, I felt guilty after all they wanted to kill me and me only.
I remember meeting Seth once, he was a nice kid and he was so young, "Yes, he's upstairs fourth door on your right," she answered. "Thank you." Esme nodded, I ran upstairs and skidded to a stop in front of the door. What if he was sleeping?
"Come in," someone said, I smiled, I guess not. I opened the door and closed it quietly behind me, "Hi, Bella," he greeted. "Hi, Seth how do you feel?" I asked. "Fine, I mean I'm in a bit pain but Carlisle gave me some pain meds, they're wearing off, but I'm ok," he answered.
He smiled nervously, "Too long?" I smiled, "No, I understand, I'm sorry you got hurt." "It's alright, besides it's not your fault, those vampires are vicious huh? I'll be more careful next time."
I frowned, "Next time?" "Yeah, if another bad vampire comes through town you know the La Push pack will take it out!" Someone groaned downstairs, "I begged him not to ever say that aloud, I really did."
"Be quiet, Quil!" Seth hollered, hearing it as well. I chuckled, "Well, ok Seth, I'm just glad that you're doing well." Someone chuckled in the other room, "Her sentence began and ended with 'well'."
Seth smiled, "That's Brady." "You and Seth have a really shitty sense of humor," someone else commented, his voice was deeper and rougher than Seth and Brady. "Shut up, Paul!" Brady yelled, Seth nodded in agreement. "Anyway, Seth I really am sorry, I didn't mean to drag you into it."
"It's ok, Bella. Besides, I should be thanking you, if it weren't for you and Emmet those newborns would have killed me, you guys saved my life." I smiled, "No problem, I'd do it again if I had to."
I stood up to leave, "Oh, and Bella?" I turned around, "Yeah?" He grinned, "Emmet and Alice were right you kicked butt."
I ran through the woods, feeling the wind blow my hair and listening to all the sounds around me, I felt so free when I ran, I understood why they loved speed so much, "Enjoying yourself?" Alice asked. Without opening my eyes, I nodded and continued to run I opened my eyes and jumped over a log just in time."
Not that it would ever trip me, it would most likely crumble into sawdust if I didn't jump over it, "Bella, what flowers do you want for the wedding?" Alice casually asked, "Alice, I told you that I didn't care about the decorations or the food, or the reception, marrying Edward is enough for me."
She grimaced, "What if you don't like the flowers I pick out?" I sighed. "Pick freesias, and honeysuckles," I told her. She smiled, "It's settled, freesias and honeysuckles!" She ran off into another direction, leaving me alone with nothing but my thoughts, Edward and I decided we didn't want a long engagement, in just two weeks I'll be Mrs. Bella Cullen. I smiled, just thinking about it, Edward proposed two monthes after the fight with Victoria and the rest of her newborn army.
He took me to our meadow after we hunted, everything was setup beautifully, the meadow was lit and the sky was surprisingly clear, we laid in the grass together, reminscing over everything we've been through, he took my hands in his and admitted that he wished to marry me someday. I agreed, a few weeks earlier I was wondering about it myself.
"I know that we are already together, that you love me and I most defintely love you, I am tired of waiting. We've been through so much, I know what my existence was like without you, it is something I don't ever want to face again."
"Me either," I whispered.
"There's nothing holding us back, I want to marry you so much, I want to see walk down the aisle in a white wedding gown, I want to look you in the eyes and say 'I do' and kiss you on the lips, I want to be with you in every way possible and never let you go, because you are the most incredible, breathtaking, strong, and intelligent woman I had ever known and I am in love with you so please would you do me the honor of marrying me?"
My mouth fell open in surprise, I was so stunned his proposal so unexpected, he held out the ring to me, my eyes kept flickering back and forth between the ring and Edward's face, "Yes," I gasped. I smiled, and hugged him, "Yes, yes! I will marry you."
He smiled, and slipped the ring onto my finger, he smiled up at me and kissed me on the lips, "You're my fiancee now." "And soon to be bride," I reminded him. He held my hand, "I am so happy, I knew how you felt about marriage before." I nodded, "I changed my mind." He sighed happily and we layed down on the grass, and looked at the stars.
I wish I could invite my mother, but even though Renee was oblivious to most things, she'd certainly notice my drastic look in appearance. I sighed again, and caught the scent of a mountain lion, I grinned and raced after it, I lunged towards it when my head collided with anothers.
I fell back, "Ow," I groaned, I sat up and watched as the mountain lion ran away. "Sorry, love," Edward apologized. "We've got to stop doing that, this is what? Two times now?" I said. He nodded, "I didn't hit you too hard, did I?" I shook my head, "No. I'm alright,you?"
"I'm fine." "Do you want to go get that mountain lion, now?" I asked. "Ladies first," he said, and gestured towards the direction the mountain lion ran off to. I smiled and followed the scent, the mountain lion didn't run off very far, I crouched down and waited for Edward.
"Ready?" I asked, he nodded, "Ready." We lunged and grabbed hold of the mountain lion, soon it was drained and buried in the ground, I wiped my mouth, "That was satasifying."
"Very," Edward agreed. "I didn't know you were going to hunt," I commented. "I wasn't, but I had a strange craving for mountain lion," he replied. The sun broke through the gray clouds, causing our skin to sparkle, Edward reached out for my hand and pulled me to his chest and kissed me hard on the lips, I pulled away, "Not that it wasn't enjoyable, but what was that for?" I asked.
"Because I can," he answered. "You know, I'm glad that Jacob isn't in love with you anymore." "I know you are, when I told you that he imprinted on Vanessa, the first thing you said was, 'Good for him, now he wouldn't be trying to steal you away from me'.
He frowned, "Well, he was." "Edward he's my best friend, and a werewolf it wouldn't have ever happened." "But, he still loved you." I sighed, "Not anymore, he has Vanessa." "Exactly, my point."
"You know, you still haven't told me where we're going for our honeymoon," I told him, changing the subject away from Jacob's past feelings of me. "That's because it's a surprise," Edward responded. My shoulders slumped, "But, I want to know!"
"Well, you have to wait when we get there," he said. I pursed my lips, "Why won't you give me one hint?" I asked, as I jumped on his back and wrapped my arms around his neck, just like I used to when I was human. "Because, it'll ruin the surprise, why won't you tell me what you're going to wear for the honeymoon?" he asked.
I giggled, "Because, it's a surprise!" I kissed his neck and hopped off his back, "Fine, I can see where you're going with this." I held his hand, "Two years ago, I never thought this would have happened."
"Two years ago you were an assassin, now you are going to be my bride, but I feel the same two years ago I never thought this would happen either," Edward said. I smiled and we walked at a human pace in silence, I put my hand over the key on my neck, the key that could unlock the same place I lived as an assassin.
Sometimes, I wondered if they were more people besides Lenny, Henry, and Melissa who still wanted to be assassins, I thought if they would ever try to find me to get the key. "What are you thinking about?" Edward asked. "Nothing," I answered, I smiled up at him, "Nothing too important anyway."
I knew I shouldn't dwell in the past, I don't think I was actually, right now it was all about my future with Edward and my family, looking forward to the eternity that we would spend together.