One year later
Anthony William Black
I tried stood in the front of the mirror as I scowled at my reflection.
"Why do I have to wear this stupid thing anyway?" I said to myself.
I looked like a fucking penguin in my black and white tuxedo but Mom said that I had to wear it.
Even though I was technically only one and a half, I looked four and had been that way for a while. Grandpa Carlisle said that I would start to grow later but as of now, I was still the same. At least I would grow semi normally from here on out and I didn't have to pretend all the time. Dad said that we could even go to school next year if nothing weird happened.
Elena and Jonathan were the same as me. We hadn't really changed much physically but our mental development was astounding and we had far surpassed anything anyone could have imagined.
If the urge ever struck me, I could read at a high school level but most of the time I chose to run around and play. I was still a kid at heart.
"Anthony, are you in here?" Mom asked from the hallway.
"I don't want to wear this." I complained.
She stuck her head in, looking beautiful as ever in a pale blue gown that went down to the floor and had a dark blue sash across the waist, "Why not? You look so handsome."
"But it's tight. I can't breathe." I tried to loosen my collar but she stopped me with gentle hands.
"You can't take it off yet." Mom knelt on the floor so that she was eye level," Two hours tops and then I'll let you change."
"Why can't Auntie Leah get married some other time? I don't feel like dressing up right now."
"I know you don't but I expect you to be on your best behavior."
"I will." I hung my head.
"Yeah right." She fixed my bow tie, "I'm still paying from the stunt you pulled with your Uncle Emmett last week."
"Seth's foot healed fine. He's just being a baby."
"You twisted it all the way back." She rolled her eyes.
"It' was Uncle Emmett's idea."
"Sure it was."
Everything with the family was basically the same and for the first time since I was born, I didn't have to look over my shoulder for impending danger.
No more threats from crazy ass vampires, no more escaping sadistic armies, no more evil. Things in Forks were just as dull as ever. but I was happy that my family was safe. That also brought about boredom though. so my Uncles and I had taken to sometimes dangerous activities that Dad wasn't too thrilled about.
One time, I went cliff diving and Grandma Bella nearly had a heart attack. I still don't know what that was all about but, I was trying to be a better kid, I really was. If only my partner in crime would try also.
Jonathan and I were driving everyone crazy with our antics, but we had so much fun that it was hard to stop being crazy. We weren't necessarily bad boys although I knew we were giving Dad more than his fair share of gray hairs. He would be fine though. Dad had been through worse.
He was doing well. Not much had happened and the garage had suddenly turned into a massive enterprise so he was very busy, but always made time for us.
The community center, which seemed to take forever to build, was finally done around Christmas and it provided LaPush with a place where kids could go and stay out of the streets. It had a pool, gym, classes, and a lot of other things that Dad wanted to put in there. He was thinking about starting another one, but Mom said he had to wait until things slowed down or he was going to have a heart attack.
"I can't believe you've grown up so much." Mom brushed some hair out of my face but it was pointless because it just fell in the same place.
"I still look the same." I shrugged.
"Yeah, but in a little bit, you're going to be off to get tall, college and..." She hugged me so tightly, I couldn't breathe.
"Nessie," Dad knocked on the door, "Have you seen my tie?" He came into the bathroom, "What are you doing?"
"Our son is a grown man." She wiped her face.
"Oh lord, we're going through this again?" He sighed, "Nessie, they're just kids. We still some years with them."
"I know but, you they're all so old. I can't believe it."
"Why don't you go check on Elena?" Dad suggested and hugged her tightly.
It always surprised me at how much they still loved each other. After all these years and all the things they'd been through, the love between those two was stronger than ever. It was strange because I always thought that if you lived forever, you would get bored but my parents looked at each other with the same surprised eyes every time, like looking at each for the first time.
I didn't know if I would ever have anyone like that but if I did, I would have the perfect examples of what love really was.
Elena Marie Black
I twirled around in my pale blue dress and couldn't believe that I looked so pretty
"Lainey, you're going to make yourself dizzy if you keep doing that." Seth fixed his bow tie in the mirror of the bathroom.
"But it's fun." I stopped spinning, swaying slightly.
"You are going to be the death of us all, kid." He chuckled and tried to do something with his hair.
I tugged on his pant leg and he knew what to do. Seth lifted me up easily and sat me on the counter in his bathroom at his house. We were meeting everyone else later at the church.
Things between Seth and I just seemed to flow. I didn't know how else to explain it. He looked at me like I was the only girl on the planet and I know it sounds silly now, but I felt very strongly that Seth was mine, only mine.
I didn't know what to call the feelings I had for him. I loved Seth kind of like family but there was something more there that I couldn't pinpoint. He and I were just made for each other. We moved like magnets and he always seemed to know what I needed even before I did sometimes.
Our relationship was weird because even though I was years younger than him, Seth never seemed to tire of me or get annoyed that I was still a child. I could literally burn his house down and he would still buy us ice cream for dessert. Of course I would never think of doing such a thing, but Seth never seemed to even get mad at me.
I was worried that one day, things were going to change. I saw the way girls looked at him when we went to the park or to the beach. I guess he was handsome but that was like calling Anthony or Jonathan handsome. In any case, I didn't want Seth to be taken away from me. He was mine but how much longer did we have?
One day, he was going to find that one girl who made him feel special and then he would leave me. I hated to think like that but it was going to happen and I had to be ready for when it did. Right now, I was just happy that Seth didn't have a girlfriend and could spend all of his time with me.
He worked with Daddy at the garage and was really busy sometimes but he also made sure that we had our "date" every week. Once a week, sometimes more, Seth would take me out to dinner or a movie and it was fun to get away from the craziness of the house. We could do whatever I wanted and I liked that he didn't get bored of me.
"What do you think about these?" Seth held up a pair of silver cufflinks.
"I like the other ones." I went through the drawer and picked out some gold ones.
"But these are too flashy." He scrunched up his face, a habit that I had picked up.
"They're shinier than other ones."
"Alright." He chuckled and stuck them in his shirt sleeves, "Your mother gave me these for my birthday a couple of years ago."
"She knows her jewelry."
"That she does, Lainey."
"What do you want for your birthday this year?" I asked nonchalantly, acting like I didn't care but I secretly wanted to know so that I could make him happy.
"Well...our birthdays are almost on the same day."
"Really?" I never knew that.
He nodded, "I'm exactly a week before yours."
"We could have a joined birthday." I almost squealed.
"Whatever you want to do is fine with me." Seth said, trying to fix his mop of hair that would never look right but I liked it that way.
"You still didn't answer my question though. What do you want?" I repeated.
He thought for a minute, "I don't know. I feel like I have everything."
"No one has everything." I said very matter-of-factually.
"Really? Name one thing that I don't have and really need."
"I don't know..." I shrugged, "Your birthday is when you get whatever you want."
"I want you to be happy." He lifted me off of the counter and carried me into the hallway, "We can do whatever you want as long as you're happy."
His words melted my heart like they always did.
I put my head right in my favorite position, in the crook of his neck, as he carried us downstairs.
Jonathan Edward Black
I peeked my head around the corner of the door so I could get a better glimpse at her.
Diana was sitting on Grandma Esme's lap, looking as beautiful as ever in a light purple dress. She only got more amazing by the day but now, we almost looked the same age. I wasn't a baby anymore but she was still older.
I sighed and looked down at the daisy I had picked for her this morning. I wanted to give it to Diana so badly but I knew she would probably laugh at me.
It wasn't that I was in love with her or anything but I just like spending time with her. She was my best friend, outside of my siblings and I always wanted to make her laugh. She was so graceful and sometimes, I caught myself just staring at her for no reason. I was obsessed.
I felt a warm hand on my back, "Why don't you go talk to her?" Dad asked from behind me, in a tux like mine.
"No, she's busy." I backed away.
He chuckled, "I think she would like her flower."
"But she already has a whole bunch." I glared at the flowers she had in her hair that came from Grandpa Carlisle this morning, "Besides, she probably wants flowers from Anthony." I hung my head.
Dad knelt down to my level, fixing my collar, "You are too funny."
"Stop laughing at me." I got defensive like I always did when people laughed at me. If they weren't picking on my size then it was something else, especially from Anthony.
"Alright, I'm just saying that you are acting like you're about to get married."
"No, I just want her to like me."
"First of all, you're too young to be thinking about that and secondly, why don't you just talk to her?"
"Because I get all tongue tied." I sighed, frustrated and wished I could be more like Dad. He was so smooth and cool.
"You and Diana play all the time, what's so different now?"
"I don't know." I shrugged.
"Oh, boy. I thought I had more time." Dad ran a hand through his hair.
"I don't like her that way." I rolled my eyes. I knew what he was thinking.
"I know, but it's okay to have a crush." He chuckled.
"Well, then go give her the flower." He literally pushed me into the room.
Mama, Grandma Esme, Auntie Rachel, were all there in pretty dress. Auntie Leah had on a big white dress and was actually smiling. I had almost never seen that before.
"Hi, sweetheart." Mama came up to me, "What are you doing in here? Is everyone ready?"
"I don't know." I hung my head and twirled the flower in my fingers.
"Just go." She pushed me just like Dad had done.
I almost stumbled towards Diana who hopped down off of Grandma Esme's lap when she saw me.
"Hi, Jonathan. You look so handsome." She giggled in her bell-like tone.
"You look…nice." I stuttered. I wanted to say 'beautiful', but my mouth wouldn't let me.
"Is that for me?" Her eyes sparkled as she saw the flower in my hands.
"Yeah, but you already have some."
"No, this is perfect. I need something to put in my hair. How did you know?" She lightly took the flower from me and placed it in the side bun of her hair, "Does it look ok?"
I nodded like a stupid person.
"What's wrong?" She asked.
"No…nothing." I stammered again.
"Are you ready to go, sweetheart?" Grandma Esme came up to us and patted Diana on the back, "The flower girls always go first. Elena's already ready."
"Oh, ok." Diana grabbed her basket of flower petals, "Thank you, Jonathan." She kissed my cheek before skipping off.
I felt my face heat up and my mouth dropped slightly.
"Just give it a few years." Grandma Esme fixed my bowtie.
I didn't know what she was talking about, but I couldn't really hear here. My brain was kind of fried.
"Is everyone ready?" Auntie Leah asked frantically, "I can't believe I'm about to get married."
"I never thought you'd make it." Dad said from the door.
Mama just gave a tight smile and took my hand, leading me out of the room.
Anthony and Elena were in the hallway. I ran towards them.
"I did it." I jumped up and down.
"Did what?" Anthony rolled his eyes.
"I gave her my flower. She liked it."
"Really?" Elena smiled, "That's so sweet. Seth gave me a flower too."
"And I got nothing." Anthony threw his hands up in the air.
"Here you go." Mama leaned down and kissed his cheeks about a hundred times.
"Mom…" He groaned, "Leave me alone."
We laughed as he wiped the lipstick off of his face with a scowl.
"You all be good, ok?" Dad fixed us up and then wrapped an arm around Mama.
"Don't drop the ring, you two." She pointed at Anthony and I.
"We won't." We said in unison.
They gave us all smiles and kisses before walking into the sanctuary.