This is the official end to the story. I am working on an Aftermath post-epi. No promises on when that will be posted because I am only half done with that.
Thank yous and new story info at the bottom.
SM owns Twilight and chacters, I just own this little diddy.
Shattered into Oblivion: The Epilogue
Ending Notes from the Publisher:
When it came time for publication, neither Bella nor Edward had anything left to say. Both made a comment about this project leaving them raw and exposed. Leaving me, their publisher and editor to fill in the gaps.
It took the couple five years to write Shattered into Oblivion, mostly due to impending trials and working on themselves before taking any steps in the direction of writing a 'self help book'.
When asked about the trial, Bella and Edward's answers are always simple and polite. They wish the best for them both, and their rehabilitation will remain in their prayers. Bella's break down after the trial was aired all over E! News, along with other celebrity gossip shows, but none bothered finding the reason for the emotional outburst. When I spoke to her about this, her only answer was she felt vindicated.
James is currently serving a maximum sentence in a disclosed location—a sentence Edward doesn't think is enough. Though Bella quickly amends, "What man would be?"
As many of you know from watching magazines and all the many celebrity news shows, the couple have gotten married, and are currently residing in Seattle with their families. Bella has been drug free since the 'incident' and reportedly, rarely entertains the idea of ever returning to that life style. When I talked to her regarding the subject, her answer was "I have everything I could ever want in life, why would I do anything to ruin it?" Her words were spoken with a soft hand on her stomach, and a gentle smile toward her husband. She has a glow about her that brings out a beauty no photograph could capture. She looked truly radiant.
I asked them how they were doing as a couple and both responded with an enthusiastic, "Amazing."
Bella elaborated. "We've never been better, we've finally found the balance, and we work hard every day to keep it steadfast. Edward just opened his own clinic so he only works nine to five; while I work at a little boutique downtown (Seattle) and make sure my hours correlate."
"We talk all day every day, even if it's just a phone call to tell the other we love them, or we miss them. This whole experience not only opened our eyes, but showed us what we have to do to have a healthy relationship while living such busy lives," Edward added, all the while not being able to take his eyes off his bride.
Even as an outsider, I could see the love radiating between the couple. There were moments of intimacy that made me feel as if I were intruding on a private part of their lives that wasn't to be witnessed by anyone other than themselves. Their hands always remained interlocked, Edward's thumb brushing the top of Bella's hand.
"Do you regret getting out of the modeling game?" I asked, hoping for a little more insight.
"I haven't really gotten out of it. Just taking some time off. Rosalie and I have worked on several projects together. We were both in a runway for an up and coming designer named Alice Whitlock. It's all about balance. If I want to take a job, I do, if I want to lay low, I do. I've found the happy medium and I don't want to upset it by moving back to LA and jumping back in head first. My agent (although he doesn't like it) understands, and is happy I've turned my life around."
When I asked if the Alice Whitlock she is speaking of in this interview is the Alice from rehab, she simply answered, "The names in my story have been changed. But I will confirm she is a dear friend that has helped me out in many ways. I, in many ways, owe her my life, and I love her from the depths of my soul." She spoke with a tone of finality, indicating the issue was closed.
"Edward, how do you fit into all of these changes?"
He finally looks at me, his eyebrows raised slightly, as if he were pondering his answer before giving me any information. "Bella and I have a policy. Modeling is her dream—"
"Was, my dream," Bella interjects.
"Was her dream," Edward chuckles. "If she wants to pursue it, then we will. We will find the balance in that when or if the time comes, but we're doing it together this time. The last time we attempted it, we treated it as if modeling was her life, being a doctor was mine. This time around, it's our lives. They are a joint entity, and we will treat it as such."
"I have to say, I've known you guys for about five years now, and I've never seen you this happy, what's the secret?"
Bella leans her body into Edward's side and smiles. "Communication, soft stolen kisses as often as possible."
"Telling each other you love one another relentlessly throughout the day. It's impossible to ever hear those three words enough. You can never overuse 'I love you'," Edward interjects.
"Cuddling while watching TV, eating meals together, going to bed angry so you can have awesome make up sex," Bella adds. Edward smiles.
"There is that old saying that you're never supposed to go to bed angry. No fights are supposed to take place in your bedroom. We do the opposite. All of our fights take place in our bedroom. It's our room, our space to air it all out and get passionate. We have our separate rooms if we need time, and we respect that, but our bedroom, is just what it's always supposed to be, our sanctuary."
Whatever this couple is doing, it's working. The many times over the years I've seen them on red carpet events while supporting friends, or sitting in the front row of fashion week, they are always happy, always touching, and always together. They laugh together, cry together, and rejoice together as a single unit. It's beautiful to see, and it gives many others the hope of finding that balance in their lives..
Edward and Bella have been asked to do numerous reality TV shows, each one for something different. MTV wanted to continue the Newlywed series, the couple declined, wanting their private life to remain as such. A life doctor drama, the couple once again said no, Edward's job is not his life, and he will not treat it as such.
The newest development is TCL requesting to host a "Day in the Life of Expecting." The show would follow Bella day in and day out, documenting doctor's appointments, cravings, morning sickness, and mothering an unborn child. The couple was happy to announce that by the time this book is published, Bella will be about six months along, and both are ecstatic about the idea of being parents.
They haven't decided whether or not to open their lives for the documentary, but they are entertaining the idea of making home movies along the lines and selling them to TLC at a later time. This slight change gives them the privacy they want, along with the intimacy they already have. Edward is excited about the prospect of capturing every step of the pregnancy, but is more entrapped by the idea of becoming a father.
The couple thanks you for reading, and wishes you the best through the hardships that have brought you to this point in your life.
After many debates, and ultimately Bella wining, we have been encouraged to enclose the number for the US national help line. Please, if you suffer from drug abuse, or have been raped, do not feel as if you are alone. As this story very well told you, people in all walks of life has similar problems.
Drug Abuse Hotline: go to hdrugabuse (.) gov/nidahome (.) html to find the numbers for your area
Thank you to everyone who reviewed, added, favorited, followed, read. You all seriously are what keep me going in this game. Without you, I think I would have lost my passion a long time ago.
Kim, my first line of defense. Chick, I don't even know what to say. Your support is uplifting and keeps me grounded all at the same time. you're one of a kind and I love you dearly.
Tif, my offense. You make my writing what it is. You find all the punctuation errors and make them right. We've been through so much together, especially since we live so far away. I'm truly blessed to count you as one of my besties!
Gee-oh-gee-oh-gee. I've sat here for five minutes thinking of what to say about you. You are single handedly the one person that can bring me to tears in two point five seconds. The best part is the tears are usually from laughing, so it's all good. cheese-sauce, I don't know what I would do without you. Why does Ausie have to be soooo far away? Thank you for all of your added support and insight into this story, you truly helped me make it into what it is.
My other story, (Correction, my NEW story) has been started and the prologue was just posted. Check out Ever, Ever After. **keep in mind, story name may change, because the betas and I are still going around on that. (gee, hurry up and remember the name!)
I got the inspiration from the Carrie Underwood song, Ever, Ever After off the Enchanted soundtrack. And kinda ran with it. It is every much fairytale centered, and I have a feeling at least two of the characters will steal your heart.
It is a very upbeat, angst free story in which Bella and Edward have a one night stand and three years later meet up. Find out what's changed, and what's remained the same.