So this is sooner than I thought!
I am glad that so many of you enjoyed this story! I had started to write it as a creative release, but like I had mentioned, I needed motivation to give it an ending. The response I received was more than I could have imagined. With all of the emails about this story being reviewed, favorited, and alerted. It was amazing!
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"I don't even know why I bother to do my own hair and make-up," Bella complained, frustrated as she tried to put in her earrings. "Alice is just going to redo it all or have a stylist redo it when we get there."
It was Christmas Eve, and also the day of Rosalie and Emmett's wedding. Alice had worked her magic and was able to reserve a couple of different churches that Rosalie may have been interested in. Then the three women, along with Emmett, went to visit them. The first two were either too small or too big and Rosalie dismissed them right away. Emmett and Bella were afraid that this was going to be a long painful process. However, as soon as Rosalie stepped into the third one, she declared it to be perfect. She claimed it was the right size and just had this overall feeling that she was meant to get married here.
"You look lovely," Edward said as he watched his girlfriend, for the seventh time, walk into the living room and then disappear back to the bedroom. "So will you calm down, please?"
Bella wore a red, a-line silhouette, satin, strapless dress. Everyone told her she looked beautiful in it. However, Bella's only concern was not tripping on it when she walked since Rosalie had picked a dress that was floor length.
"I am calm, but you know that Alice will have something to say if everything is not perfect," she told him as she walked back into the room. "Then I will have to hear about it, even if it's not my fault."
"Oh she won't be that bad," Edward said, though he was not sure if he believed it himself. It was eight in the morning, though, and he did not have much fight in him. The wedding was to start at eleven, but of course they needed to be there early.
Bella began shaking her head. "She flipped out when I did not wear the right shoes to her tea parties when we were younger, I can only imagine how she will be at this wedding."
For the past two months, leading up to the big day, Bella has been doing her best to help out with her friend's wedding. This meant that she has been working alongside wedding planner Alice. Not her best friend Alice. This person was completely psychotic and obsessed with perfection. This was not the warm and bubbly friend that she loved. This was the side that the people who worked with Alice got to see.
Two weeks ago Bella had considered disconnecting her phone to prevent Alice from calling her. She had made Bella her right- hand woman. This position entitled phone calls at one in the morning about flower arrangements and seven a.m. trips to argue with the baker about strawberry icing. Bella's maid of honor position that she was sharing with Alice, consisted of making different fittings for her dress as well as Rosalie's. As much as she loved her best friends, Bella could not wait for the Emmett and Rosalie to say "I do."
"I think she has matured since then," Edward called down the hallway. "She may not be any taller, but she has definitely eased up since she was younger."
"I wish you were right," Bella said as she walked back into the room. She was bundled up in a long black pea coat. "Are you ready," she asked him. "I can't sit still any longer."
"This is you sitting still," Edward asked when she stopped in front of him. "You look beautiful. Do you know that?" He was eyeing her up and down.
Bella shook her head. "You cannot even see the finished product," she said walking towards him to fix the collar of his coat. "Thank you though," she told him as she pulled him in for a kiss.
"No. Thank you," Edward smiled at her.
Bella rolled her eyes at him. "And Edward you don't look too shabby yourself." Pause. "But you should have listened to me when I told you not to sit down. Your tux is now wrinkled."
"I really should learn to listen to you."
"Yes you really should," Bella told him. "Now we should get going. You can drive. I think I will be too exhausted to drive home later." She grabbed her scarf and wrapped it around her neck.
"Yes from all that dancing we are going to do." Edward pretended to waltz with an imaginary partner.
Bella shook her head. "I told you. I am only dancing one or two songs. No need to make a fool of myself- not in front of your parents."
Today was the first time that Bella would be meeting Mr. and Mrs. Masen. They had flown in from London to watch their nephew get married. Bella had known from the beginning that they were on the guest list, however when Edward had informed her that they would be arriving the night before the wedding, it all seemed to hit her. They were supposed to pick them up from the airport last night, but they had called and told them that their flight was delayed and they would not be in much before one.
"Hey," he said stopping her from walking to the door. "They are going to love you," he assured her.
"I hope so," she sighed.
"Silly Isabella, "Edward shook his head.
"Fine I will trust you, but be sure to keep me away from the champagne and wine just in case."
"You would fit in very well with our side of the family, thoguh. They are known for making a scene around the holidays. I had an uncle who got completely sloshed at the family New Year's party," Edward said opening the door. "To make a long story short, my mother now has pictures of Uncle Teddy wearing my aunt's dress."
Bella shook with laughter. "That's fantastic. I will have to see that picture someday. At least they are funny. When the Swans get drunk, there is a lot of yelling and cursing. Which reminds me- we should keep my mother away from the wine as well."
"It is all going to be fine," he reassured her as he pulled his keys out of his pocket. "But still try to save some of your energy for later tonight," he said giving her a wink before walking out the door.
"Where did you learn how to charm a woman, Masen," Bella yelled after him. He was lucky that his accent sounded so romantic.
Bella could have cried as she watched Rosalie walk down the aisle with the sound of the Wedding March in the background. She was a beautiful bride, dressed in a white gown that made her look like a queen. The skirt was full and made of lace. The bodice was lightly beaded. ()
What completed the look was the smile that Rosalie wore under her veil. There were several emotions displayed on her face. The most important was the love she had as she stared at Emmett. She only had eyes for him. Then of course there was the look of complete happiness. The look that she was getting everything she has always wanted.
Just as she was wiping away a tear from her eye, Bella glanced over at Edward who was standing next to Jasper and the other groomsmen. He was looking at her with a grin on his face. She had told him that she was not going to cry. He said that she would. Bella just gave a small shrug of her shoulders and smiled at him.
"Now do you Rosalie Lillian Hale," the minister's voice brought her attention back. "-take Emmett Dale Cullen to be your lawfully wedded husband, to love and to cherish, to have and to hold; and do you promise, forsaking all others, to cleave to him and him alone, for as long as you both shall live?"
After watching Emmett and Rosalie drive away, the eighty wedding guests started to make their way to their own cars. About half of the guests- most of them family- were headed for the wedding reception that was going to be held at a hall in town. Most of the friends that had been invited, gave the couple best wishes, before leaving. Several of them had to get back to their own families for the holiday.
Bella and Edward knew that they would be the last two people to leave the church. He held her hand as they searched the thinning crowd for his parents. Mr. and Mrs. Masen would be riding with the young couple to the reception so they could not leave until they found them. Bella was getting even more anxious as they searched.
Edward had gone out to greet them when they had first arrived with Esme and Carlisle. Unfortunately, Bella had been getting her hair and make-up redone at the time. She has not been formally introduced to them yet. However, she did notice the couple sitting in the third row of pews on the groom's side. Bella knew that they had to be Edward's parents. He looked just like them.
"Mum, Dad," Edward addressed his parents as they walked towards them.
As if she needed more evidence that these two people in front of her were Edward's parents. Bella observed several similar features. Edward had his mother's reddish- brown hair and her green eyes. He had Mr. Masen's nose. As well as his tall, lean build. Edward was a couple of inches taller than his father.
"I would like you to meet my beautiful girlfriend, Isabella Swan," Edward's introduction left Bella blushing. "Isabella, I would like you to meet my parents, Edward Sr. and Elizabeth Masen."
"It is so wonderful to finally meet you," Elizabeth said pulling Bella in for a hug almost immediately.
"Thank you Mrs. Masen. I am so excited to be finally meeting you both, as well," Bella smiled. Mr. Masen gave her a light hug as well.
"Oh call me Liz, dear," she said with a wave of her hand. "You are even lovelier than Edward described. Which is surprising considering how much he talks about you," she said throwing Bella a wink.
"Okay, Mum," Edward said trying to cut his mother off.
"Do not get so flustered, Edward," Liz laughed. "I am only teasing. Now shall we get going?"
Bella and Elizabeth Masen walked several paces ahead of the two Edwards as they made their way out to the car. "I may have been teasing him, but Edward truly does admire you a great deal."
"I feel the same way about him," Bella told her honestly.
"I can tell," Liz told her giving a knowing look. It was one she often saw on Esme.
Both women had opted to sit in the back of the Volvo on the trip to the reception hall. Bella could hear Edward discussing recent politics that have been occurring in England with his father. At some points of the discussion, one of them would raise their voice in disgust. Bella watched with fascination at their father-son exchange.
"They have been doing this ever since Edward was a junior in high school," Liz said beside her. "Soon they will switch to discussing football- soccer."
"Now that was not so bad," Edward said as they walked into the party. He had his arm draped around Bella's waist, as he pulled her close to his side.
"They were both very nice. Your mother has to be one of the sweetest women I have ever met," Bella told him.
"She is pretty amazing." Edward smiled with pride. "So, what did you and my mother talk about," Edward asked her.
"Oh you know, typical girl stuff- the wedding dress, the flowers, you."
Edward shook his head. "Do I even want to know?"
"Probably not," she said sweetly. "However, if you get a pair of rocket ship pajamas for your birthday, you should have a pretty good idea as to why."
With that, Bella kissed Edward on the cheek before excusing herself. She wanted to find Alice and see if she needed any help. Edward just stood there in amazement as he watched his girlfriend walk away. He did not hear his father come up behind him until he put an arm around his shoulder.
"Son, you look like a man who is in love," his father said simply.
Edward nodded his head.
Bella passed Eric and Ken in her search for Alice. "Darling, you look absolutely beautiful," Eric said giving her a kiss on the cheek.
"Thanks, you both look amazing as well," Bella complimented the couple after hugs were exchanged. "Hey, have either of you seen the wedding terror- I mean planner."
Eric frowned. "About two minutes ago. We tried to commend her on putting together such a perfect wedding, but she walked right by us. She told us there was a crisis in the kitchen she had to attend to."
"Of course there is," Bella sighed. "Okay, well I am going to go rein in Alice, but you two should enjoy yourselves and I will see you both in a little bit."
"Good luck," Ken wished her.
"Thanks," she mumbled.
Bella walked into the kitchen to see Alice arguing with the owner of the catering company. "See I specifically said red shirts for the guys and white blouses for the girls. And what color do your servers have on? Red and green."
"It's Christmas Eve, Ms. Cullen," he said trying to reason with her. "They were just getting into the holiday spirit."
"I understand that, Alexander," Alice said tapping her foot. "However the theme for this wedding was to be centered on red and white- not red and green. Do you see red and green napkins or table cloths out there?"
"Alice," Bella said loudly. "How about I take care of this and you go relax. Enjoy yourself. This is our best friend's wedding."
"Bella how do you expect me to relax, when something can go wrong at any moment," she said shaking her head at her friend. "No, I am going to go make sure that the DJ plays the right song for their first dance."
"What about Jasper," she asked.
"He will be fine," Alice shook her head. "He understands what I am doing here." She then disappeared back into the hall.
"That Ms. Cullen," Alexander said shaking his head. "She is quite a nightmare."
"She's not that bad," Bella said with a smile. "By the way, your servers look fine. It is Christmas after all."
"Thank you Ms. Swan," he said nodding his head.
Bella walked back out to find Edward. She had only made it a few feet when she felt someone pulling on her hand. Bella looked down to find a little boy who must not have been older than six standing next to her. He had one of his hands pulling on her own and the other was tugging at her dress.
"Well hello there," she said kneeling down. "What is your name, handsome?" Bella smiled as the little boy's face lit up. He was dressed up in a suit with a little bow tie and suspenders.
"Ryan Marcus Hale," he told her standing up tall. Bella figured he must be one of Rosalie's younger cousins.
"It is very nice to meet you Ryan," she said shaking his hand. "My name is Bella."
Ryan stared at her with big eyes for a moment before responding. "You are really pretty Bella."
"Aw aren't you such a sweetheart," Bella said ruffling his hair. "Thank you." When she stood up to walk away, Ryan tugged at her dress again.
"Did you need something, little man," she asked him.
"Will you be my date for the wedding," he asked her shyly.
"Aw," Bella smiled at him. "Well Ryan, I did come here with a date, but I can always have a second one."
"Yay," he screamed.
Bella gave him a kiss on the cheek before standing up. As she took a step, Ryan started to follow her. Bella smiled at him.
"Say, Ryan did you want to help me find my other date," she asked him. He nodded his head excitedly. "You do? Thank you. You are going to be such a big help."
After asking the boy's parents if he could tag along, Bella stuck her hand out for Ryan, but he wanted her to carry him. So she leaned down and scooped him up. She carried Ryan on her hip as she walked through the people.
When she had found Edward, Renee' was talking to him. Bella could hear her mother laughing as she approached them. Edward was being his typical charming self.
"Hey," Bella greeted them. She gave her mother a one-armed hug. "I would like you all to meet my new friend, Ryan." Bella turned to the side so they could see the little boy.
"I'm one of her dates," Ryan told them proudly.
"Edward, it looks as if you have some competition," Renee' joked.
Edward raised his eyebrows at him. "Really? Well it is nice to meet you, Ryan. I'm her other date, Edward."
Ryan frowned at Edward. "I'm her favorite date." Bella smiled as Edward let out a chuckle.
"Ryan," the little boy's mother called. "Come over here and say hi to your Aunt." His mother thanked Bella for keeping him entertained. Bellahad assured her that it was no problem. She also promised Ryan a dance.
"Wasn't he sweet," Bella asked her mother and Edward.
"Adorable," Edward laughed.
"You always have been good with children," Renee' started. "I think you will be an excellent mother someday. Soon, hopefuly."
Bella could feel her cheeks go red. "Okay, mother." She said trying to cut her off. She also noticed a wine glass on the table behind her.
Great, she's been drinking.
"Well I am just saying, Bella," Renee' continued. "Hell, I was married at twenty and had you by the time I was twenty-one."
"Yes, but see how long that relationship lasted." Bella tried to keep her voice even. She looked to see how Edward was reacting to this conversation. He had an amused expression on his face. "Come on mother, let's go find Phil." Bella steered her mother away from Edward.
"Oh relax, Isabella," Renee' snapped as they walked towards her husband. "That man obviously wants to marry you someday."
"We have only been dating for about five months, mom. Don't scare him away with baby talk."
Renee' shook her head her. "Worrying over nothing."
"Hey, Phil," Bella greeted her stepfather. "Look who I found."
Phil wrapped his arm around Renee'. "Thanks, Bella. So how's the truck running?"
"Real good," she told him. Bella was about to add something else when her phone started to vibrate in her black clutch. She looked down to see the number she had been waiting for, appear on her phone. "If you will excuse me."
Bella hurried towards the kitchen. She then let herself out through a back door. It was quieter outside. She took a deep breath before answering the phone.
"Hi am I speaking to an Isabella Swan?"
"This is she," Bella answered as she started to pace the sidewalk.
"Hello, Isabella. This is Thomas Davis, from Newmark Publishing Company. Do you remember me?"
"Of course, Mr. Davis. How are you?" Bella did her best to stay patient and polite; when in reality she just wanted to ask if they were going to publish her book.
"I am doing great thanks. I know its Christmas Eve and I don't want to keep you away from your family for too long. I just wanted to inform you that we have decided to publish your novel."
"Seriously," Bella, lost her professionalism. "That is great. Thank you so much!"
Mr. Davis let out a laugh. "You're welcome. You deserve it. We will call you sometime this week to hammer out details, but we will probably print 10,000 copies and see how well that goes."
"Wow that's a lot."
"We are very confident that this book will be a big seller."
"Thank you so much. Merry Christmas, Mr. Davis."
"Merry Christmas, Ms. Swan."
When Bella hung up, she had jumped up and down and let out a shout of joy. She had to control herself from running inside to find Edward. She could not wait to tell him. He had been the one who had pushed her to submit a copy of it to Newmark in the first place. Edward had always told her she had something special.
When she had finally composed herself, Bella walked back into the hall. Everything appeared to be running smoothly. She did realize that she missed Rose and Emmett's first dance as husband and wife. They were both currently doing the electric slide with Rose's younger cousins- including Ryan- as well as Esme and Liz. The rest of the crowd was cheering them on. At one point, Esme and Liz attempted to pull Carlisle and Edward Sr. Both had refused at first, but with a little persistence, the two men joined their wives on the dance floor.
Everyone appeared to be having a good time. Bella craned her neck as she looked for Edward. However, Bella spotted Alice instead. She was standing in front of what looked to be a spilled soda, tapping her foot. Bella walked over to her friend.
"Everything okay," she asked.
"It would be if someone would actually clean this up," Alice answered annoyed.
"Hey it's spilled soda. Everything else is going great." Alice opened her mouth to argue, but Bella cut her off. "Yes, even with the Christmas colored servers."
"It is going pretty good," she said looking around. "We pulled off a pretty good wedding. It would be great however if someone actually cleaned up this soda. That kid said he was going to get a mop about," she checked her phone, "seven minutes ago. If you want something done you just have to do it yourself." Alice started to march towards the kitchen. She only got so far, before Jasper stepped in front of her.
"Excuse me, baby," she told him. When he did not move, she tried to step around him. "I need to take care of something, Jazz."
"Why don't you take it easy, Al," he said holding her hands. "You have been working too hard. Relax."
"Jasper," she said squeezing her hands before releasing them. "I am busy."
"Too busy, to answer one question for me," he said grabbing her hand before she could walk away.
Alice let out a sigh. "Fine. What?" She had stopped to look at him.
Once she was standing still, Jasper dropped to one knee in front of her. The look of annoyance changed to one of shock. She let out a gasp when he reached his hand into his pocket. He pulled out a small black box.
Bella looked over at Rose, who had a look of excitement on her face. She had turned around and told everyone to quiet down. Jasper had asked Rosalie and Emmett, earlier, for their permission to ask Alice at their wedding reception. He did not want to take attention away from their special day. Rose had agreed right away. She had told him it was the perfect idea.
"Alice Cullen, you are a woman that can drive me insane, a woman who painted my living room pink, a woman who I watched tackle a full grown man at a black Friday sale, a woman who never ceases to amaze me, and most importantly the woman that I love." he said with a smile. "Will you marry me?"
Alice looked as if she did not know whether to cry or shout for joy. For once she was speechless. She began to nod her head as she started to hop up and down.
"Yes," she yelled when she recovered. "Absolutely. Yes!" Alice stuck her hand out as Jasper slid the ring onto her left hand. He then stood up and picked Alice up off the ground.
Bella could not wipe the smile off her face as she watched her best friends' happiness. Rosalie had started dancing with Emmett again, as a slow song came on. Jasper and Alice, feet back on the ground, had their heads huddled together as they stared into one another's eyes. They did not even have to speak. They had always been able to communicate without words.
"Well there you are," Edward walked over and wrapped his arms around her waist. "I thought you and Ryan rode off together in the back of his Mum and Dad's minivan."
"Who says that we are not still planning to do so?" Bella turned around in his arms. "Hello," she said once she was facing him.
"Hello," he greeted her with a kiss on the nose. "Would you like to dance? This is a slow one."
Bella bit her lip. "Sure, but it's all on you if I knock someone out by accident." She allowed herself to be led onto the floor with the rest of the couples. She glanced around and saw Renee' and Phil, Carlisle and Esme, Edward Sr. and Liz, Ben and Angela, Mr. and Mrs. Hale.
Edward placed his hands on her lower back. Bell wrapped hers around his neck. She allowed Edward to guide their movements as they swayed to the music. She looked up at him and tried to remember why she ever feared this. Edward looked at her and tried to remember how he had ever felt complete without this woman in his life.
"You know I am a little surprised," Bella started. "If Alice is supposed to know everything, how did she not see this one coming?"
"I was thinking the same thing," Edward admitted.
"I guess the stress of planning this wedding distracted her," Bella decided.
"True. Just look at you." Bell raised an eyebrow at him. "Well I mean you have been rather stressed lately. However, I do not think that this wedding has been the only reason why." Edward gave her and understanding look.
"You are right," she told him with a shrug. "Well it's a good thing I don't have to worry about those two things anymore." Now it was Edward's turn to raise his eyebrow at her. Bella just smiled up at him.
"They are going to publish it?"
Bella nodded her head. "Yes! Mr. Davis, one of the men I had my meeting with, told me they would call after the holidays to talk details, but they are going to print 10,000 copies to start." She started to feel the same giddiness that she had felt earlier.
"Isabella, that is fantastic," he said pulling her in for a hug. "I am so proud of you!"
"Thanks," she said. "But I wouldn't have been able to do it without you."
Edward shook his head at her as the two resumed dancing. "You would have pulled it off without me."
"I doubt it," she told him seriously. Edward opened his mouth to argue, but Bella held up her hand. "Hey, you were the one who showed me that love, truly does exist. You were my number one inspiration in finishing a book that I had originally started writing for cynical reasons. I had been using previous heartbreaks and my parents' failed romances as my inspiration." She paused for a moment to take a breath. Edward was patient as he waited for her to continue. "You were the one who motivated me to do something with it. You believed in me during those moments when I wanted to quit after not hearing back from the other publishers. So I should be thanking you."
Edward reached a finger up to wipe away a tear that slid out of her eye. "Anytime, Isabella." He leaned down to press his lips to hers. Bella could feel her knees growing weak, the way they always had when he kissed her.
Bella rested her head on his chest. She could hear his heart beating in his chest. "I love you."
"I love you too." He leaned down and kissed her forehead.
I thought this would be a fun little part to add. I hope you all enjoyed it!
And Thank you so much again for reading this
****Reminder****If you are sad to see this story come to an end, I will be writing a sequel. I could not let go of Bella and Edward's relationship.
Here's a fun little hint: This story will take place two years in the future. It will be over a 9 month or so time span ;)
Much love until next time,