A/N: Well, it's taken me longer yet again to write the next chapter, please don't be mad but school's crazy so I'm trying my best to make it all work, this was the best I could do *insert puppy dog eyes. As always my thanks goes out to all of you who bother to read this story and to add me to your favorites. And to those who leave me those awesome reviews, Raven's twimom, Lulutbo and Shirley. You guys rock!
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To everyone: Well, here's the last chapter of this story, I'm sad to see it end but I hope you guys liked it all the same. Just let me know what you think, it always makes my day to read your thoughts!
Just the Way You Are
Five years later
I couldn't believe it was our fifth wedding anniversary already. Time had gone by so fast. We were going to celebrate our anniversary tonight. We had already recreated our entire honeymoon last year, first the week in Crete just enjoying each other's company and being in love like we have been the entire time since we first met and then the two weeks of traveling all over Europe that Alice had arranged for us for our honeymoon the first time, visiting some of the world's most romantic sites like Rome and Paris. It had been amazing. The weather had thankfully been the same as it had been our first time there so both Bella and I could walk around freely.
A lot had happened in the past five years. We had moved to our home in Seattle, it had been a small house, Bella hadn't wanted it any other way although she knew I could afford it, and we had been perfectly happy going to school together every day and coming home together. It had been so much better than I had imagined it would be and I was grateful for every moment I had with my wife.
After we had both finished college, Bella decided she had been human for long enough now and she had convinced me, after arguing heavily for a few weeks, to change her. I hadn't been happy about the entire thing but she had made up her mind and as she told me 'there was no point in delaying the inevitable, it would only make matters worse'. Strangely enough Rosalie had actually been her strongest ally in this fight. Rosalie, who wouldn't have wished this existence onto her worst enemies, had actually helped Bella come up with ways to convince me, some of the crueler ones actually involving withholding sex and trying to convince me how much more perfect making love would be when we would be 'equals' in her words.
Bella had pleaded with me for days at a time, refusing to talk about anything else and even though I could see that it was hurting her, she knew what she wanted and she made my life hell until I gave it to her. I couldn't stand the look of disappointment on her face any longer so I gave in at a certain point. She had already finished her education and she had told me there wasn't any other 'human experience' she needed to be human for now, she argued she could work when she was a vampire as well.
It was remarkable to see the restraint she had shown when she had been a newborn, not one slip up, no human blood in her system and hardly any temper tantrums or mood changes, she was truly divine in every way. It were her perfect self-control and her unconditional love that had allowed her to even maintain a relationship with both her parents. Her father rather not know anything about what had happened, he was just happy that Bella was happy and he was willing to overlook all the changes if it meant keeping his daughter in his life. Her mother had been a different case altogether. Bella had already told me she was insightful and that her mind didn't quite work the same as anyone else's but she had insisted on knowing everything there was to know about what had happened to Bella, Bella and Renée had no secrets and their relationship had never been tighter.
"What are you smiling at?" Bella asked lovingly, breaking me out of my thoughts.
"Just thinking about your first year as a vampire," I told her sheepishly.
"Quite an eventful year that was," she remarked jokingly.
"Actually I was marveling over how well you handled everything back there, you're an amazing woman Bella and I'm happy to have you as my wife," I said sincerely.
"I'm the lucky one," she replied lovingly.
"Ah, even with vampire vision, you still don't see me clearly," I responded with a smile.
Bella just laughed and kissed me sweetly. It wasn't long before the kiss turned into a passionate one and I was getting ready to make a run for the bedroom with Bella in my arms. But Bella wasn't having that.
"Not now love, not yet," she murmured.
"Why not?" I demanded with a pout.
"Because we're first going to celebrate our anniversary like you planned," she said evilly.
"I've rethought my plans and I've thought of a better one," I replied suggestively.
"Be patient Edward, we have all night for that," she promised, saying the one thing that would be able to convince me.
"Well alright then, I guess we should get ready for our date then," I said still pouting slightly.
Bella left our cottage to meet Alice in the main house.
After we had finished college, Bella had suggested we go live with my family again in Forks. My mother had been thrilled at the prospect of the remaining two of her children coming home again and she had understood that we would want some privacy away from them as well so she had built us a cottage not far from the house as a welcome home present. It was perfect and although Seattle had been our first house together, this was really our home.
I had initially planned on taking Bella to New York for a couple of days to relive the week of our engagement but Alice had told me that it was going to be completely sunny the entire time so there was no way we would be able to go outside during the day. I wanted to do something special for our anniversary but then I realized what mattered most to Bella was time alone with me. And that was exactly what tonight was going to be about. I was going to take Bella to our meadow. Ever since Bella had come into my life I had thought of the meadow as ours. I vividly remembered the first time I brought her there.
We were in Forks for a weekend with our family and the weather was beautiful, it was sunny and warm, a rare occurrence in Forks.
"Would you mind going somewhere just the two of us today?" I asked Bella, knowing the answer already.
"I would love to!" she replied enthusiastically.
We made our way to the meadow, walking the last bit through the woods slowly. I knew Bella was a bit nervous about walking these treacherous paths so I had offered to carry her. She declined smilingly but held onto my hand like her life depended on it all the same.
The first few steps into our meadow were precious. Bella was looking around completely awestruck. Then she turned to me, scraped her throat and blushed heavily while fumbling with her hair nervously.
"I have something to confess," she started nervously and I was instantly worried.
"I think I fell in love," she continued cautiously following with a short pause to take in my response. It felt like my world shattered. Of course I wouldn't deny her happiness in any case but the idea of her with someone else killed me.
"Oh," was all I could say.
Then she broke down into a breathtaking smile and continued "with this meadow." I glared at her for putting me through that but smiled quickly after.
"Did you really think you were going to lose me that easily?" she said mock angrily.
"You are human after all," I replied, still a little taken aback.
She had actually turned a little mad at me, telling me that she was never going to love anyone else and that I should start trusting her or she would have to take desperate measures. I wasn't willing enough to find out what those measures were going to be so I scooped her into my arms and we spent the rest of the day cuddling and kissing and enjoying each other in the meadow.
I smiled at the memory. I knew better now, I wasn't afraid that Bella was going to find someone else who was better for her than I was anymore. I knew the depth of her love and the fact that her humanity wasn't standing between us anymore, and with that the fact that I wasn't good for her, had actually helped with this realization.
I made my way to the main house after I had changed into my 'neat clothes', the same clothes I had worn when I had proposed to Bella. Not long after I had entered the house Alice theatrically made her way down the stairs.
"I now present you, Mrs. Bella Cullen," she said while motioning towards the top of the stairs.
There was my love, in a beautiful red dress that set off incredibly against her pale skin. It made her look like a vampire in some way but more sexy than anything I had ever seen her in outside of the bedroom at the same time.
"You look amazing," I said appreciatively while taking my love's hand.
"Thank you, you're not so bad yourself," Bella replied lovingly.
"Well, you kids have fun, don't stay out too late," Emmett said jokingly while we made our way to the door.
"Have fun!" the rest of my family called after us, some with more innuendo, Jasper and Carlisle, than others.
"So where are we going?" Bella asked when we were in my car.
"You'll see soon enough," I replied with a smile.
The drive to the meadow wasn't long and it didn't take Bella long to figure out where we were going.
"You're taking me to the meadow?" she asked and I could tell she was excited.
"Yes I am," I replied.
"I love it there," she sighed happily.
"I remember," I told her with a mock glare.
"Sorry about that, but you really should have known better," Bella shrugged while throwing me an innocent look.
We walked into the meadow and it was just twilight. I had laid down a blanket for us to sit on with a vase filled with flowers, a candle and a wine bottle.
"I was hoping to have a picnic with you actually but since neither of us eat anymore these days, this was all I could do," I said with a smile.
"It's beautiful but why the wine bottle? Are you going to tell me that vampires do drink alcohol?" she said while raising one eyebrow at me comically.
"No silly, trust me, Emmett, Jasper and I tried once but that didn't really go over so well," I said with a smile. "But I wanted to pretend anyways, so I prepared this bottle for us, well actually I prepared a couple of bottles," I said, a little self-conscious now.
Bella took a deep breath and I could see her eyes darken slightly. "You filled it with mountain lion?" she asked surprised.
"Yep," I said with a smile.
Bella's breathtaking smile was all I needed to know she appreciated the effort. We sat down on the blanket and I opened our bottle and poured two glasses.
"This is amazing Edward," Bella said softly after sipping her 'wine'.
"I'm glad you like it love," I replied happily.
We sat there, enjoying each others' company in silence, for a while. Then Bella seemed to remember something and she shot up.
"I'll be right back," she said quickly. "Don't move!" she ordered.
"Yes ma'am," I replied while becoming completely still.
Bella ran off and before I knew it she was back with something in her hands.
"I have something for you, my dad recently gave it to me, I had forgotten about it completely and he said he came across it while cleaning out my old room," she explained while handing me the package. "I wanted to give it to you sooner but I kept waiting for the right moment and now this seems to be it," she said with a smile.
I opened the present and pulled out a small black notebook. I curiously flipped through the pages and noticed it was something written in Bella's handwriting.
"I know how much you hated not being able to be inside my head through the months we were apart and I happened to have kept a diary, I have it pretty much memorized and I remember most things about my human life pretty vividly," she started with a smile. "At least the things that actually matter, so from when I met you onwards." I shook my head, still not grasping why an amazing girl like Bella would have been interested in me but happy she had been. "So I figured you should have it, so we have no secrets and you can feel, at least for a little while, like you're actually in my head," she finished and I was extremely touched by the gesture.
"You're amazing! Are you sure it's okay for me to read it?" I asked to be certain.
"Are you kidding? I don't have anything to hide, it's not like you hadn't noticed how crazy I have been about you from the start right?" she added jokingly.
I quickly scooped my wife into my arms and spun her around while covering her in kisses.
"You're too much, you know that?" I asked lovingly.
She just kissed me back and hugged me tighter.
"I love you," she whispered in my ear and I couldn't believe how much our close contact still effected me every single time.
"As I love you," I replied. "But now that we're exchanging gifts anyways, I have something for you as well," I told Bella excitedly. I could tell from the expression on her face that she wasn't happy, even after 5 years of marriage, she still had trouble accepting gifts from me.
"I don't like it when you spend so much of your money on me," she said immediately.
"It's your money too love," I told her for the umpteenth time.
"In that case," she started with a sudden flash of insight in her eyes. I always loved it when I could see her cook up something in her mind, it meant something interesting was going to follow. "I don't like it when you spend so much of our," she said while rolling her eyes, "money on unnecessary things while others could use it so much better. If it truly is our money like you say, than I should have a say in the matter right?" she challenged and I smiled at my beautiful bride.
"You are absolutely right, but normally your say isn't rational," I said jokingly. "But if you're really set on this, I guess I'll discuss the finances with you before acting from now on, as long as you promise to be a little bit more reasonable, if you want I can show you how much money we really have," I offered.
"No!" she exclaimed horrified. "I don't want to know, ever! But why don't we make a deal, I won't bother you about money anymore and you can spend it as you please, as long as you give away an equal amount of money to a charity every time you spend something," she said.
"That sounds reasonable," I replied, proud that Bella cared so much about things like charity and other people's wellbeing, she was truly remarkable in every sense! "But for now, I didn't spend any money on the present, well alright I may have spent 3$ on it or something but I swear I didn't spend anything more!" I promised.
"Alright, I guess I can accept that then," she said, enthusiastic as ever.
"I'm glad you're so excited," I said while rolling my eyes at my love.
I retrieved the gift I had made for Bella earlier and handed it to her. She opened it quickly and from the look on her face she was actually surprised.
"What's this?" she asked curiously.
"It's a CD of our relationship," I explained. "The little book inside the CD case explains what I was feeling or thinking with that particular song and what part of our relationship it reminds me of."
Bella opened the case and took out the book carefully. She started reading out loud.
"Number one, Daniel Beddingfield, 'If You're Not the One'," she read.
"That's the song I had in my head from the moment I had first met you," I continued for her.
"It's such a sweet and beautiful song," she said, clearly touched. "Number two, 'Airplanes' by B.o.B.," she continued and raised her eyebrow at me in question.
"That's Emmett's fault really, he used to listen to that song. But I was quite miserable when you weren't with me and I knew we couldn't technically be together and a wish seemed to be appropriate at that time," I explained.
"Ah," she said before continuing on. "Number three, 'I Wanna Be Close To You' by Avant."
"The title says it all," I said with a smile.
"Number four, 'No You Hang Up', I think I can figure this one out, I loved our daily phonecalls, they were the highlight of my day," she said smilingly and I just kissed her in return.
"That song also reminds me of when I told you about what I am."
"I hated that we didn't speak for so long afterwards, I didn't care about your secret! I loved you!" she said sternly.
"I know love, it wasn't smart of you but you have no idea how thankful I am for that every single day," I told her with a smile.
"Song number five, 'Far Away', our Nickelback concert! I had such an amazing time then!" she said enthusiastically.
"Me too love, I was so happy you were so glad to see me," I said sincerely.
"Of course I was! I was madly in love with you! Still am for that matter!" she exclaimed. "Number six, 'Right Here, Right Now', High School Musical, my best human Christmas!"
"I'm so thankful you love my family the way you do," I told her seriously.
"What's not to love?" she asked with a smile. "They're all amazing and they have treated me like one of their own from the start even though I was clearly not, I love every single one of them!"
"Number seven, 'Joy Of My Life'? That John Fogerty song?" she asked.
"Yes, you surprised me with that visit, it was extremely sweet and touching and it felt so great to come home to you," I explained.
"It was nice to wake up next to you." She sighed. "Sometimes I miss sleeping, just so I could wake up next to you, but being awake with you 24/7 still is so much better, it's better than my wildest dreams!" she told me a little embarrassed.
"I still feel like I'm dreaming when I'm with you all the time," I replied.
"Song eight, this is quite a long list!" she said surprised.
"We've been through a lot," I answered with a shrug.
"'Nothing On You' by B.o.B.," she continued to read.
"You still wasn't convinced you were the only girl for me," I told her with a smile.
"And still that fact is puzzling to me," she admitted.
"Unbelievable." I rolled my eyes at her adoringly.
"Number nine, 'To Love A Woman', ah, your performance, I was so shocked to see you break out of your careful protection for a change and really let go, it was extremely nice to see it," she said sweetly.
"I'm just happy you didn't run away screaming," I replied jokingly.
"You wouldn't be able to get rid of me that easily," she teased.
"I wouldn't dream of it love," I continued seriously.
"I know. Number ten, 'Bleeding Love', that's such a pretty song, I love it!" she said appreciatively.
"The song reminds me of our proposal," I explained.
"I still can't believe you did all that! It was the perfect proposal!"
"That's what I was going for, you deserve it love," I said smilingly.
"I love you so much!" she said suddenly before throwing herself into my arms and kissing me passionately.
I could feel my eyes turn darker instantly and hers were mirroring my feelings but she got herself under control quickly.
"Not yet," she said while kissing me softly once more.
"Not fair!" I pouted.
"Number eleven," she continued, ignoring me. "'Saturday Night's Alright For Fighting'?"
"Uhm, Emmett was being his usual self at my bachelor party, Carlisle reminded us of this song," I admitted a little uncomfortably.
"Boys will be boys," Bella said while rolling her eyes at me adorably. "Number twelve, 'From This Moment On', our wedding song, that's my strongest memory of our time together while I was still human, my favorite memory," she explained lovingly.
"Our wedding was perfect," I agreed.
"Then again, maybe this is my favorite," she said smilingly while continuing on with the list. "Number thirteen, 'Burn It Up', I still can't believe Rose and Alice actually talked me into doing that! I felt so uncomfortable," she exclaimed still horrified.
"You were so incredibly sexy Bella, Adorable and sexy at the same time, you should never be ashamed of anything, especially not around me! I was so happy you did that for me, I knew how hard it was for you and I have to say you did it perfectly!" I said enthusiastically.
"Thanks," Bella muttered and I knew she would be blushing had she still been human. "Last but not least, number fourteen, 'Just the Way You Are', by Bruno Mars. What does that remind you of?" she asked curiously.
"Just this, you really, have you heard it before?" I asked.
"I don't think I have," she admitted.
I pulled out the small CD player I had taken with me so she could listen to the song and the moment she heard the lyrics she started to smile at me while rolling her eyes.
Oh her eyes, her eyes
Make the stars look like they're not shining
Her hair, her hair
Falls perfectly without her trying
"You still don't see me clearly," she said while shaking her head.
"Exactly my point of this song!" I explained while we listened to the rest of the song.
Yeah I know, I know
When I compliment her
She won't believe me
And it's so, it's so
Sad to think she don't see what I see
I threw Bella a meaningful look and she just stuck out her tongue in return but I could tell she was touched by the song.
But every time she asks me do I look okay
When I see your face
There's not a thing that I would change
Cause you're amazing
Just the way you are
And when you smile
The whole world stops and stares for a while
Cause girl you're amazing
"Just the way you are!" I finished the sentence.
"I love your gift Edward, it's the sweetest thing you could have given me!" she said softly before kissing me again.
This time I wasn't going to let her get away with it that easily. I pulled her on top of me as I lay in the grass and started kissing her with as much fire as I had been feeling for her from the beginning. I was the luckiest man in the world for being allowed to kiss her and be with her in this way, she was simply perfection and there was nothing in the world that could compare to this.
A/N: Well that's the end of this story. I hope you enjoyed it. I sure loved writing it, although it took me all a little longer than I had expected I don't know when I'll have the time to write another story, I hope soon but my life is a bit crazy with school and everything right now so no promises! :D I have some ideas for One Shots that I might be able to put into a story soon and I have two half finished stories aside from that so if I have inspiration it might be that I'll be done sometime soon but we'll see how it goes ;) Otherwise there's always my 6 week long Christmas break to work on a new story ;)
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