Special thanks to my beta, Twilight-BellaC.
Today is our anniversary. Ten years ago, this day was the day that Bella and I got married. Alice, of course, went wild trying to plan a party. And so here we were, trying to talk Alice out of her wild party that she was planning.
"Please? Pretty pretty please with puppies on top?" Bella and I looked and each other, and burst out laughing.
"'Pretty please with puppies on top?' Where'd you get that one, Alice?" Bella choked out through her laughter. Alice just rolled her eyes at us. Bella leaned into me, gripping my shirt, and I instinctively wrapped my arms protectively around her, even if I was only protecting her against my insane sister.
"Alice. No." I said as soon as I had recovered from my laughter. She frowned at me, and I saw her visions briefly - me and Bella laying next to each other in our meadow, staring deep into each other's eyes as we held hands. That vision faded, and I heard Alice's thoughts.
See, doesn't that seem boring? I frowned at her, and she stuck her tongue out at me. Just curious about the future, I changed my mind, persuading myself to believe that she wouldn't go too far overboard. Alice started jumping up and down, and Bella looked at me in confusion. I just shook my head, and glared at Alice.
"Show me the vision. NOW." I demanded. She grinned at me, and her vision filled my mind. There were pink streamers everywhere, and music was blasting. It was a literal re-creation of our graduation party, down to the flashing lights and booming music. The pack was even there, with Jacob holding our Nessie's hand. She was a woman by now, and officially "together" with Jake. Their whole situation still made me angry, and I pursed my lips.
Edward, focus on the vision!!! Alice's thoughts came to me clearly, and I frowned at her once more before going back to my evaluation of her vision. All the vampire couples were twirling away in the center, with Bella and I in the middle. Off to the side, I saw Jake nervously approach Nessie, and dimly heard him ask her a question tentatively. She blushed in return, and I clenched my teeth.
"Alice, no way." I said firmly, glaring openly now. She pouted, and I picked up on her thoughts.
Fine then, party pooper. How about this one?This was a much more romantic setting. The whole family was in formal dress, seated around a table. In front of us were a few plates of food - not that we would eat it. Bella and I were seated next to each other, with Nessie on Bella's right. And next to Renesmee was.....Jacob. I shook my head at Alice.
"Alice, not that one either." She frowned again, and the scene changed. Port Angeles, with Alice gripping Bella's arm as she dashed into a store. I chuckled aloud at the look of horror on Bella's face - Bella had never been that fond of Alice's shopping sprees. Alice looked at me hopefully. I shook my head again.
"Sorry, Alice. No way." I changed my mind back to the idea that I had never changed in the first place, and the pleasant vision of Bella and I in our meadow once more filled my brain. I smiled happily. Alice glared.
Fine then. Your choice. With that, Alice stalked away, and a second later, I heard her playing happily with Nessie in the house, all signs of her former irritation gone. I chuckled, and Bella turned to look at me.
"Edward, you know I hate surprises. And you know what happened....last time we....you know, partied?" Bella looked nervous as she said this last bit, and I instantly realized why. The memories of her painful birthday came back to me, the party that had made me leave her. I winced, and Bella stared up at me anxiously.
"Sorry," she mumbled quietly, looking down. I extended a finger, and tilted her chin back up.
"It's okay, love. You're one of us now, you're not going to get hurt." Internally, I beat myself up for ever daring to leave her.
"Besides," I continued, "We're not partying. I was positive on that fact."
"So that was what pissed Alice off so bad?" Bella smiled, her beautiful lips curving up in a gorgeous smile. Her golden eyes glistened with happiness as she looked at me, and I smiled back at her before leaning down to kiss her.
"GET A ROOM!" Emmett's deep voice echoed through the house, followed by laughter, including that of our young daughter. I sighed, pulling back from Bella's arms wrapped tightly around my neck, and stared into her eyes.
"Don't mind if we do, Emmett," I called back, whisking Bella into my arms and darting through the trees to our cottage.
We came back to the house for the evening as the sky got dark. Emmett glanced at us as we came in, and chuckled. I glared, reading his thoughts, but he absolutely had to say it aloud.
"So, the lovers are back, are they? Get some good action?" Emmett chortled loudly as Bella buried her head in my chest.
"Emmett!" Esme scolded, looking slightly amused, slightly embarrassed by her son's behavior. "That's an inappropriate comment!"
"Emmett, why do you always have to be so embarrassing?" Bella moaned, hiding her head in my shirt. I rubbed her back soothingly, and we sat down on the couch. Together, we watched Rosalie and Alice paste the latest of the pictures into Nessie's baby-and-childhood album, which they had insisted on updating. Nessie skipped over to us, and put one of her hands on my cheek, and the other on Bella. In her thoughts, she was asking if it was okay to go for a walk in the forest with Jacob. She withdrew her hands, and Bella and I glanced at each other. Bella shrugged, and I turned back to our daughter.
"Just let me talk to Jacob first." I said firmly, and walked out the door, Jacob following me.
When we were a safe distance away from the house, I looked at Jacob pointedly, who was shuffling his feet in the dirt.
"You know what I'm going to tell you, so I don't have to say it, right?" I commanded, razors in my voice.
"Right," Jacob mumbled. "I promise not to kiss her, touch her, or do anything inappropriate to her at this stage in our relationship." I frowned at Jacob's hair, as his face had never ceased to face the ground during our whole conversation.
"You know that I would prefer that to be never in your relationship, but that will do for now. Go ahead. And when you go and get Nessie, could you tell Bella that I'll meet her at the cottage?" I streaked away into the forest without an answer, ignoring the fake gagging noises that I heard behind me.