A/N: Thank you to my beta, Breath-of-twilight, for checking for errors. I know, I know. I suck. I have no excuse than I am busier than I have been in years. I miss you guys and I don't want you to think I've abandoned you. So without further ado, here's your update. Feel free to slay me in your reviews for my total lack of updates.
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All the Loves of Our Lives
"So you love me, huh?"
He smiled the most glorious smile I'd ever seen and nodded his head yes. The warmth that swept through my body felt so good. To know that this amazing man loved me felt like the only thing I could ever need in the world.
"So, what do we do now?" I was curious because I just wanted to be with him. I didn't want him to leave. I wanted him forever.
The rational part of my brain was telling me I was crazy, that I had completely lost my mind.
How could I possibly feel what I was feeling?
This could all be one terrible mistake and all I was doing by being so open was setting myself up to fail.
Just like with Riley. I had let myself fall into a relationship with him, and look where that got me.
"Hey, I can see the wheels turning in there. You don't have to think so hard, and we don't have to have all the answers right now. No decisions need to be made right this minute."
"We really need to get ready to meet Rose and Emmett," Edward reminds me.
I had totally forgotten about the dinner we were supposed to be having. It was like the rest of the world had faded away and it was just me and him.
"Right." I looked over at the clock, and it was already five-thirty. If we didn't hurry we were definitely going to be late. As I walked towards the stairs, I realized that Edward wasn't following me.
"Where are you going?"
"I don't really have anything acceptable to wear here. I want to make a good first impression on Rose and Emmett. I'll only be gone a few minutes."
"Do you promise?" I hated that I sounded so needy, but I was just a jumbled mess inside and him being away from me made my stomach clench.
"Of course, Bella. I'll be back in a minute." He turned and disappeared down the hall.
The void that replaced his presence was oppressive.
I stood there for a second, not knowing what to do with myself.
I needed to snap out of it. He promised that he would be gone for just a little bit. Surely I could function being apart from him for just a little while.
I felt ridiculous. I had never been this dependant on a man. I wasn't sure what came over me, but I needed to shake it off, get going, and soon.
I ran up the stairs, taking two at a time, taking my clothes off as I went. I jumped into the shower, quickly washing my hair and body. I was worried about getting my hair dried before we left, but it just wasn't a possibility. It would usually just fall in soft waves down my back when I left it to dry naturally, so that would have to do.
Stepping back into my room, I found a long, off the shoulder shirt and leggings that would have to suffice for my appearance. I pulled on my knee high boots and made my way back down stairs. Edward still wasn't back, but I held my anxiety at bay, knowing he'd return any minute.
I heard the door click and the tell tale footsteps on the linoleum before I saw him. He had on a pair of dark wash jeans and a white button up with his sleeves rolled up to his elbows. He looked so handsome, and I couldn't wait for the time where we could be alone again.
"You look beautiful. Are you ready?"
"Lead the way," I said, smiling up at him.
I locked up the house and took Edward's offered hand in my own. He led me to his car and made sure I was safely inside before making his way around to the driver's side.
The drive to the restaurant was quiet, each of us just enjoying the others company. Edward parked the car curbside and then made his way over to help me with the door.
It felt so good to be standing next to him. His possessive arm around me made me feel incredible. I was so proud that this man was mine that I couldn't wait for him to officially meet Rose and Emmett. I just knew that everyone would get along perfectly.
As we walked past the windows to the restaurant, Rose and Emmett were seated in a cozy booth by the window. Neither noticed us as we walked by. The scene before us was such a beautiful, private moment that it brought me out of my Edward haze. Back to reality, where I still had responsibilities to family and friends, a life that was different than the last few days, which I just couldn't forget about. It was where I wanted Edward to be with me, never to leave again.
As we entered the restaurant, the hostess was there to take us to a table when I heard Rose call for me.
"Bella, Edward, over here."
We smiled at the hostess and made are way over to the table.
"I'm so glad to see you guys. Emmett, you remember Bella, and this is Edward." Rose beamed at Emmett.
Emmett smiled and shook Edward's hand. "Nice to meet you. Bella, it's great to see you."
"I hope you haven't had to wait for long." I glanced at the clock on my cell phone and noticed we were still a few minutes early.
"No worries. Emmett and I just thought we'd get here early, have a drink, and get a table."
Conversation after that flowed easily. Emmett and Edward started talking and kept a conversation going through the entire meal. Rose and I would look at them and smile, both equally happiness that things were going so well.
Rose and I discussed the wedding and the fact that it was coming up so soon. She was glowing with excitement, and I couldn't help but feel the same. Rose hadn't ever been as happy as she was with Emmett. They complimented each other so perfectly, and it warmed my hear t to know that he was going to be a great husband to her.
We stayed at the restaurant, eating and drinking wine, until it was ready to close for the night. Neither Edward and I nor Rose and Emmett were quite ready to call it a night, so I invited them back to my house for a bit more wine and conversation.
After paying the tab, we all drove back to my house and I got a strange feeling something was going to happen. I couldn't quite place my finger on it, and it was starting to make me anxious.
"Is everything okay? You seem awfully quiet," Edward asked, glancing at me from the corner of his eye.
"Yeah, I just feel a little strange, maybe it's the wine." I smiled and shrugged it off. I wasn't ready for the night to end, and if I kept thinking about what could be wrong, I'd be ready to call it a night.
"You'd tell me if something was wrong, though, wouldn't you?"
"Of course, I wouldn't keep anything from you."
"I'm having a lot of fun tonight. You have some very special friends."
"I'm so glad you like them. You and Emmett seem to be getting along well."
"He and I have a lot in common. I haven't had close male friends in a long time."
"I'm so glad…" I cut myself off when I noticed the figure standing at my door as we pulled in the driveway. I could see the lights from Emmett and Rose's car as they pulled in the driveway, but I couldn't take my eyes off the look on Felix's face.