Epilogue: Happy Birthday
Three Weeks Later
I tiptoed across Bella's bedroom floor, wincing every time the wooden floor creaked.
Today was Bella's birthday, and I wanted her to wake up to the cake I worked so hard to make for her. Well, it wasn't really a cake. It was actually a cupcake with a candle on it…but I still worked really hard to make it. The little cupcake was made from scratch.
I sat next to Bella on her bed, watching as she rubbed her eyes, finally waking up.
She popped her eyes open immediately.
Bella had been excited for this day. She was obsessed with our age difference. She got annoyed when people thought that I am way older than her. She always told them we're only three years apart, and now we were again. It's just that her birthday is so far away each year.
She sat up in the bed, grinning.
"You bought me a cupcake?" she laughed.
I snorted. "I made this." I lit the candle, holding it out to her. "Make a wish," I told her.
She grinned, leaning over to blow the candle out.
I watched as the grey cloud of smoke slowly swarmed up to the ceiling.
"Thank you," she said. She wrapped her little arms around me, kissing my neck.
"No problem," I said uneasily as her warm lips continued to kiss my neck.
"So, um, what was your wish?" I asked, clearing my throat.
I always had to keep Bella from going too far with us. We might only be three years apart, but I was legally an adult, and she was still a kid. I told her we had to wait until she was at least seventeen, and it drove her crazy. I couldn't blame her. It wasn't like I was perfectly fine with the idea either.
"That we could go to the willow tree," she said. "Just you and me."
I grinned. "That can happen."
Bella and I were now at our willow tree. She was sitting with her back to the tree, my head in her lap.
I just continued to stare up at her the entire time. I watched as her hair had red streaks in it from the sunlight shining on it. Her eyes were sparkling as she looked around at the long leaves that surrounded us. She was beautiful.
"What are we going to do?" she asked me suddenly.
I furrowed my brow. "What do you mean by that?"
She sighed. "What are we going to do now? I have to go back to school in three days, and then you have to go back to work once your shoulder is better. So what do we do right now?"
I sat up, sitting next to her.
"We can do anything, Bella. There's nothing more to worry about, or decide. We're just going to…be."
Her eyebrows scrunched down, the crease returning.
"I'm not used to that I guess," she said. "It's been awhile since I could just be…normal."
"Do you want to be normal?" I asked her, grinning.
She nodded. "I do. Do you?"
I laughed. "I haven't felt normal in six years. Now would be a good fucking time to start."
She laughed, leaning her head on my shoulder.
"What about us?"
"What about us?" I asked.
"I mean…you know, what about us?"
I sighed. "It would be nice if I knew what you meant by that."
"I mean, what are we going to do - our future together."
I didn't want to tell Bella I had thought about this. I had thought about this a lot, actually. I always thought about marrying her. I wanted to marry her. I could just see her walking down the aisle, Charlie holding her arm. I imagined us getting married under the willow tree, where we first kissed. It would be embarrassing to tell her I had actually thought about all this.
"Well, what do you want to do?" I asked slowly.
She stood up, raising her chin.
"Do you really want to know?" she asked.
She took a deep breath, her cheeks a light pink.
"Okay, well, this is what I want. I want to go to school, and you go to school, too. I want us to both go to college together, and then we graduate and do whatever it is we want to do. Then, we get married and have a ton of babies. I want them to look just like you - especially your eyes. Then we raise them together, and they grow up, and we grow old together." She looked at me, her face completely red. "That's what I want." She took a deep breath.
I just stared at her.
She bit her lip, her face becoming so red I didn't know it was possible.
"If that's not what you want…then that's okay with me. It's just…I want that. I really want that. And-"
I put my hand over her mouth, grinning.
"Just…shut up," I said again. I removed my hand.
She took a deep breath. "Right, sorry. I just ramble a lot. It's a really bad habit."
I continued grinning at her embarrassment.
She bit her lip, staring down at her dirt covered shoes.
"So, what do you think?" she asked finally.
I pursed my lips, staring up at the sky through the leaves.
"How many babies are we talking?"
She grinned, jumping up to hug me.
I lifted her up. She was so light.
She wrapped her arms and legs around me, stuffing her face in my neck.
"I can't wait, Edward," she said giddily. "Our life together is going to be so amazing."
I just kissed her.
Our life together was going to be amazing. It already was.
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