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"What are you wearing," he asked, his voice low and husky.
"Nothing," I whispered.
"Nothing!" he groaned into the phone making me giggle. "Why aren't you dressed!"
"I was about to change into my bikini when you called. We're about to get in the pool," I told him.
"Meet me at the gazebo in Kate's garden," he said. "Stay in what you have on now."
"My birthday suit?"
"You're fast, no one will see you!"
I sighed and shook my head. I knew that I could probably make it to the gazebo and back undetected but tonight I was all Tanya's. She going to marry John in the morning and tonight was her bachelorette party of sorts. Edward would just have to wait to see me. I missed him too even though we had only been apart for a total of five hours but we would have to get out of our honeymoon phase eventually. We had after all been married for three years.
"Goodbye Mr. Cullen," I purred and hung up the phone before he had a chance to reply. Naturally he called me right back but I just laughed and sent him to voicemail. I rummaged through my closet pulling out a black bikini. I dressed quickly and went down to the indoor pool where all the girls were waiting for me.
"Lovely of you to join us, sister dear," Tanya said as she sailed smoothly through the water back stroking.
"Edward," I shrugged by way of explanation.
"This is all very disgusting. I mean what could you two possibly have left to talk about? You're attached at the hip!" Irina exclaimed.
"He wanted me to meet him naked at the gazebo," I said.
"Well that is conversation I can get behind," Irina said as a naughty smile covered her face.
"I'm sure you can," I rolled my eyes before descending the marble steps into the water.
"I still say we should have gone to some clubs in Moscow! This is your last night as a single girl! No more slutty dresses and clear heels," Irina pouted turning to Tanya.
"Actually John loves my slutty dresses and clear heels. My collection has grown quite a bit thanks to him," Tanya replied thoughtfully.
Kate and Esme giggled from where they sat on the edge of the pool only letting their legs dangle in the water.
"Figures he'd be into all things tacky," Rose snarked.
"Says the girl who I caught wearing a leopard print latex catsuit two months ago," Tanya responded.
"I love you too, cousin."
It had taken Rosalie a little over a year to decide to come to Russia and that was only so that she could attend mine and Edward's wedding. Once she arrived though, Esme worked on her incessantly to stay. It only took Rose three days to agree.
Her relationship with Tanya quickly mended but it took a little longer for her and John. They remained tense and hostile toward one another for quite a while. Over time the ire waned but they were still nothing more than cordial to one another.
"Latex, Rose?" I asked scrunching up my nose. "Gross."
"Don't knock it until you try it," she shrugged seemingly unashamed.
Sometimes I felt like Rosalie would have fit right in with my sisters had she been part of our family first and not the Cullens. She and Emmett had quite the sex life and I, along with everyone else, occasionally had the misfortune of walking in on them in various locations. They never seemed to care though, they would just keep on humping each other like nothing was amiss.
"You know it's times like this that I miss being human," Kate murmured dreamily. "A little Russian vodka would make this night complete."
"That and some chocolate. I'll never forget and always miss chocolate," I added sadly.
"Hey!" Tanya exclaimed slapping the water. "This is not a human reminiscent moment! We should be talking about men and marriage and sex!"
"Men and sex, I can do," Irina said. "Marriage? Not so much."
"Well we'll handle that point," I smiled gesturing toward all the married girls. "Just because you're getting married doesn't mean things have to change. Your love is the same, the commitment and devotion to one another is the same, you two are the same. Only the label changes," I said.
"He might feel a little more possessive too," Rosalie put in.
"As will you," said Esme.
"I don't think I can feel any more possessive," Tanya replied a little shyly.
"I should hope not!" Alice laughed. "When we went to that festival a few months back in St. Petersburg I got a vision of you actually detaching that poor girl's head and she had only smiled at John!"
"It was a fleeting idea and I knew that she was thinking something awful because Edward glanced at me with that arrogant ass smirk he gets when he knows something you don't!" Tanya replied defensively.
I just shook my head in response. It was quite entertaining to watch Tanya and John's relationship unfold. They were both either overly affectionate and attached or hell raising mad at each other. The rage usually arose from jealously because truthfully they both were insanely possessive and demanding of each other's time. It was cute in a fucked up and borderline unhealthy type of way.
The rest of the night was spent laughing and talking about Tanya, John, sex, and men in general. It was just an old fashioned girls night, but as the sun replaced the moon in the sky the party ended and Alice leapt into action.
She of course was planning the wedding and was like a militant midget bossing everyone around and growling to insure she got her way. The boys arrived at the house promptly at 8:00am and Edward found me immediately.
"You're dressed now," he frowned.
I punched him in the gut playfully before wrapping my arms around his neck. I kissed his lips and looked into his beautiful golden eyes. I sighed realizing that his beauty still took my breath away just as it had the day I first laid eyes on him.
I dropped my shield to tell him. While my shield is down I also thought back to when I wet and naked after getting out of the shower last night.
"I won't stay this way,"
"Bella," he narrowed his eyes in warning. "Don't tease me."
"What do you mean?" I asked innocently while recalling the last time I had him in my mouth. He growled making me laugh as I pulled away from him. I was about to go up stairs to Tanya where she had to stay since John was in the house but Alice stopped me.
"I need you to go to the airport with Jasper," she said.
"Um, can we not send the girl who tried to kill, Paul?" John interjected. "I think this will go a lot smoother if we send someone more peaceable."
I turned to glare at John with my hands on my hips. "I'm not peaceable?"
"Well you're not known for your even temper," he replied. "But even if you were, don't you think it would be wise for them to be picked up by someone who they don't feel threatened by?"
"Whatever," I huffed.
"Don't be salty, B. I just really need this to all work out," he said and I can see just how much he meant it in his eyes. After leaving Forks, John waited a few months to let Sam cool off and then tried relentlessly to gain his nephew's forgiveness. He called, wrote, and e-mailed the entire pack nonstop. It wasn't until a few months before John proposed to Tanya that Sam started to come around by returning an e-mail. It was an angry yet heartfelt e-mail but it gave John the hope he needed to persist.
They kept up a steady stream of e-mails until John told Sam that he had proposed to Tanya and that they would be married three months later. Sam then called in his congratulations. John extended an invite to Sam and the rest of the pack and they surprisingly accepted.
"It will work out. Sam wouldn't have agreed to come if there was anymore animosity right?" I replied softening my tone.
"Right," he nodded exhaling audibly.
"Okay, then, John, you go hunt and Esme will pick up the pack with Jasper," Alice said.
John had been the typical newborn; crazy with bloodlust, unpredictable mood swings, and completely unaware of his own strength. Luckily there was more than enough of us to help him. It took about a year and a half for John to lose the mood swings and understand his strength. The bloodlust, we learned, however, would always be a part of him. John needed to feed at the very least two times a week. It tripped us out that his eyes would only remain bright gold for a day before they began to darken. Carlisle had a field day asking him all about how he felt and pondering other possible effects his wolf gene would have had on John's transformation. It turned out that animals didn't flee from him like they did the rest of us. Hunting for John was quite easy. He could simply walk over to the animal and bite, there was no chasing what so ever. As a result Emmett and I often went hunting with him to scare away his animal and liven up his hunting trip…and also to piss John off.
I watched as he left the house, before finally making my way to Tanya's room. She was there with Kate and Irina. They were doing her nails, Irina on feet and Kate on hands.
"John's left to hunt?" Tanya asked.
"Yea, just now," I nodded.
"Good," she breathed. "Some of the wolves will be bringing their imprints and I don't want him to suffer throughout the ceremony."
"Well he'll be the only one not suffering. I remember the smell of those mutts. This will be the happiest day of my sister's life and all I'll remember is how rank it was," Irina grumbled.
I snickered but Kate tapped Irina's arm making her yelp as Kate used her gift to shock her.
"That was so uncalled for!" Irina exclaimed.
"Well don't be a bitch! Those guys are John's family. I would have given anything in the world to keep in touch with my family after I changed. John has that opportunity and we should do everything we can to help and accommodate him!" Kate hissed.
"I was only joking," Irina muttered disgruntled.
They finished her nails in silence and after they were done Rosalie came in to do her make up. After Rose, I stepped up and styled her hair. She had picked a half up, half down look and I executed it flawlessly with loose spiral curls falling after a chignon at the crown of her head. I stepped back after my work was done and smiled.
"You're stunning," I said and hugged her tightly.
"You are," Irina agreed with a smile.
"Thanks," Tanya replied with a heavy sigh. "I'm so excited! I just can't wait to marry him!"
My smile grew as I remembered feeling exactly like that before my own wedding. I was off the walls with excitement and the minutes just seemed to drag. I was delighted to see Tanya this happy, this excited. I was glad that she's found someone who would keep her that way for the rest of forever.
I couldn't help it. I had to hug Bella a second time. I could see how happy she was for me and I just felt the need to be close to her today. We'd been through so much in our relatively short time together and our bond has only strengthened because of all the happenings before this day. I'll never regret adding her to my family and I'm so glad I get to call her my sister. I wrapped my arms around her again and she squeezed me tightly letting me know that she understood how I felt and felt the same way.
"I love you so much, B," I whispered.
"I love you too," she responded.
We held each other for a long time until Hurricane Alice burst through the door carrying four garment bags which I'm sure contained my dress and those of my sisters. I could never chose a maid of honor so I simply had three bridesmaids. John had chosen Sam to be his best man and he would walk down the aisle with Kate but only because she beat out the other two in rock, paper, scissors.
"Okay ladies," Alice said dropping the bags on my bed. "I need you dressed and ready to go in thirty minutes," the mad midget demanded.
"Sure thing," Irina replied, none of us suicidal enough to do anything other than exactly what Alice said. She left the room as quickly as she entered and we all immediately started to dress.
I chose burgundy for the bridesmaids' dress but let them chose their own design. Irina of course chose the sexiest dress she could before it tipped the scale at slutty. It was haltered with a deep but tasteful v-neck, nonexistent back, and it hugged her hips quite snugly. Kate's dress was a one shouldered number with a split that ran high up her thigh. Bella's dress was off the shoulder with a sweetheart neckline. It was very feminine and very Bella. My own dress was pearl colored with a corset bodice, a big ball gown skirt with intricate draping, and a three foot train.
"I can't wait until John sees me in this," I smiled at my own reflection.
"Well no need to wait any longer chickadee," Alice said as she blew back into the room. "It's show time!"
She walked around the room inspecting all of us and telling us how beautiful we looked. I gave all my sisters hugs and kisses before they left me alone in the room. I could hear all the commotion going on outside where the wedding would take place. It was sunny outside so everyone would be in their sparkling glory and that made me happy. I felt like a priceless gem and I wanted to look like one as well. When Alice returned to the room, she smiled brilliantly and embraced me.
"I'm so happy for you, cousin," she said.
"Are you ready?"
"Well let's go!"
I walked down to the backdoor just off the kitchen and out on the trail that led to the ceremony. When I was finally able to see all the guests, I overlooked them all because the only person I was interested in seeing was John. He looked magnificent in his black tux, his hair was pulled back into a ponytail at the nape of his neck, and he shined radiantly under the sun. My breath caught in my chest and I got the all too familiar feeling of needing to cry but not being able to. He stood at the end of the aisle with my heart in his able hands, the key to my happiness in his pocket, and his love and devotion for me in his eyes. I'd been searching for this man for more than a millennium and he'd surely been worth the wait.
The Denalis knew a lot of vampires and most of them had been excited to attend Tanya's wedding. Because I was privy to their inner thoughts, I knew that it was because they were all well aware of Tanya's previous succubus lifestyle and were too incredulous to not come and see her be tied down to one man. It pissed me off that they weren't here solely because they were happy for her but I never said a word because I wouldn't dare do a thing to take away from the pure bliss that appeared on her face when she arrived.
"Hey, what's that look?"
I turned to find Tanya right beside me. I let my face relax into a smile and shook my head.
"Nothing you need to worry about," I replied.
"Good. You shouldn't worry about it either then. There are more pressing matters at hand," she said.
"The bride would like to dance with you."
I smiled and immediately swept her into my arms and twirled us out to the dance floor. She giggled and gracefully followed my lead into a waltz.
"So how does it feel to be married after all this time?" I asked.
"Fabulous!" she breathed closing her eyes. "Better than I could have ever imagined! John just makes my heart sing. As corny as it sounds, it's one hundred percent true."
I nodded my head knowing exactly what she meant. I glanced over at my own spouse and found her in the arms of none other than Mr. John Uley. He looked just as happy as Tanya and though he was enjoying the conversation he was having with Bella who he had developed a close camaraderie with, part of his mind was solely focused on Tanya.
"I have it on good authority that he feels the exact same way," I replied with a smirk. She rolled her eyes.
"I'm sure all he can think about is our trip to Forks after the honeymoon. You should have seen the look on his face when Sam said that we could come back any time we wanted. He just lit up," Tanya smiled.
"I did see and I have to admit that Rose may have been a tab bit happier. She was calm on the outside but on the inside there was mental dancing and cheering,"
"And there I was thinking that she had started to like it here," Tanya laughed.
"Oh she has," I assured her. "We're going to ride out our stay here but she's just glad that we have the option to go back when it's time."
"Such a brat," Tanya muttered shaking her head.
"But we love her anyway."
We danced in silence for a while before Tanya picked up the conversation again.
"I'm glad that we could get back here," she said. "I'm glad that after everything you are still one of my best friends. Your friendship means so much to me and I'm sorry that I jeopardized that before."
"It wasn't entirely your fault. We both made mistakes, so I'm sorry too. But we've been over this many times before. Let's not do it again today. Today is about you, John, and all the joy the future has in store for you two," I told her.
"Bella's a lucky girl," Tanya said smiling up at me.
"Hmph! He's the lucky one!" Bella said suddenly dancing beside Tanya and I. I rolled my eyes but really I agreed with her completely.
"Wanna take this maggot off my hands?" John asked.
I sighed exasperatedly, " If I must."
Tanya kissed my cheek before she and Bella seamlessly traded dance partners without missing a step. I pulled Bella tight against me and kissed her neck. I loved feeling her against me. Her body corresponded perfectly with mine and she was the most exquisite being in the world to me. I still couldn't believe that she was mine and more than that, that she wanted to be mine. There were plenty of days where I felt I didn't deserve her but I was glad that I had her anyway.
She brought her hand up to cup my face and kissed my lips, "I love it when you look at me like that. You make me feel as if I'm the most beautiful only girl in the world."
"You are, baby. You are."
The dance floor soon became crowded with couples and Bella and I decided to go sit down. We went over to the gazebo that I suggested we meet at last night. Unfortunately there was no real fun to be had there because the guests would still be able to see us. We sat on the bench and Bella sidled up to my side and I wrapped my arm around her. We watched the other partygoers dance and glitter faintly under the setting sun.
"Kate's been with that guy Garrett for quite some time now," Bella said watching her sister giggle as Garret whispered pretty but sincere words into her ear.
"Yea Kate's been with him all day but when's the last time you saw Irina," I asked her scanning all the minds on the estate to see if I could locate her. When I did, I wished I had just left her be.
"She's with that vampire with the dreads," I groaned.
"As in with him?" Bella asked and I nodded my head.
"Classic Irina," she sighed.
"True," I agreed.
"At least everyone is happy though. I mean really happy. Today there is no reason for worries, fears, or drama. Today everything is perfect, hopefully it'll stay that way. Do you think that it will?" she asked.
I looked around at our family's smiling faces and felt the love that was thick and palpable in the air around us. I thought back over the past several years and it seemed that almost everything that could go wrong, already did. The problems had been solved, relationships had been formed, mended, and strengthened. I could see no reason why our current state of contentment could not hold for the rest of our existence. I turned to my wife and kissed her lips briefly but passionately.
"Yes, Bella. I really do think it will."