DISCLAIMER: I do not own Twilight or Dirty Dancing. I just happen to be a sucker for 'Happily Ever After.'
Dirty Dancing in the Twilight
Epilogue – Part Two
Where was I? Oh, yeah. Three months ago, I met Bella. That month – falling in love with her, trying to leave her for her own good, and finally realizing I can't live without her – was the most intense month of my life, but the most surprising months of my life came next…
The end of the season show lasts until the wee hours of the morning because everyone is having so much fun learning new dance moves and enjoying the music Jasper and I chose. Eventually I have to think about where I'm going to spend the night. I know Bella will be going back to her cabin with her family, and I debate between crashing on Jasper's couch and sleeping in my car.
"Edward," Old Man Newton calls out to me. "I'm really impressed with the way you've updated this show. It's time for the Lodge to get with the times. I would like to offer you a permanent position. Of course, I can't condone having a guest in your quarters, so I would still need to write you up for that."
"Mr. Newton, can I have a few days to consider your offer?" I ask.
"Yes. Just let me know by the end of the month. In the meantime, you're welcome to sleep in your old cabin," he tells me, though he's clearly shocked that I haven't accepted immediately.
I walk Bella back to her cabin and tell her I'll see her in the morning. Alone in my own bed, I stay awake for several hours examining my life, trying to decide what I want to do. I need to be able to support myself and someday, hopefully, Bella. I know how to dance and give dance lessons, but I don't want to do that for a living. I could give music lessons, but that will be hard to make a good living at. I want to play and write music, but that's not an easy industry to break into. It would require a lot of hard work and luck to impress the right people. Obviously, I need a backup plan. If music can't pay the bills, I'll need an education to fall back on. A degree in business might even help with my music career. It all makes sense, but I can't believe I'm going to school. With that thought rattling around my head, I finally fall asleep.
After just a few hours of sleep, I need to get up and find Bella because I know they're leaving soon. I find them in the Lodge finishing breakfast. To get some alone time so I can tell her about my plans, I walk her back to her cabin to help her pack.
"Bella, I know you're going to spend the next month and a half in Forks with your dad. I'm heading back to Seattle. There are some things I need to arrange," I begin.
"What's going on?" she asks.
"I've decided to enroll at UDub. I want to study music, but I know I need to have something more practical in case that doesn't work out, so I'm also going to study business. I'll be crashing with Jasper at his parents' house until I can find a job and save up some money."
"When will I see you again?" she mutters.
"Hey," I say, lifting her chin so she'll look at me. "Soon. I promise. I tried to stay away from you. It didn't work out so well for either of us. You are my life now, Bella. I'll come visit you at your dad's, and you and Alice will be in Seattle before we know it," I say.
Since I need to know where Charlie lives, Bella and Alice ride to Forks with me and Jasper. We help them get settled and visit for a while, but it's a long drive back to Seattle, so even though all four of us are miserable, Jasper and I head out with promises to come back soon. My cell phone buzzes before we even leave the town limits.
I miss you already. Drive safe - B
The closer we get to Seattle, the more nervous I feel about crashing at my aunt and uncle's. I haven't seen them in years, and I don't want to impose, but I should have known better. As soon as we pull into the driveway, Aunt Jane is out the front door and welcoming us both with open arms. She immediately pulls us inside and sets food in front of us as Uncle Alec walks into the kitchen.
"Edward, we're thrilled that you've come to stay with us. Jasper told me you've decided to go to school. We want you to know that you are welcome to stay here as long as you need. You just focus on school and don't worry about finding an apartment right now. You're family, and you belong here," Uncle Alec says.
Bright and early Monday morning, I'm at the UDub Admissions Office registering for classes. Luckily, I made the deadline for Fall semester. It feels like I'm signing my life away with all of the financial aid forms, but there's no other way I can afford this.
As I'm turning to leave, the girl behind the counter says, "You know, since you're a Music major, you might want to check out the campus radio station, KEXP. I hear they're looking for a DJ."
"Thanks," I tell her. Why had I never thought of a radio station? The station on campus won't pay, but it's a great way to get experience, then I can apply at a real station. I ask her for directions and head straight over there. As soon as I walk in I can tell it's a laid back place, and I can see myself here.
There's only one person working, so I wait for him to finish talking and start the next song. He comes out to the lobby and says, "Hey, I'm Ben. What can I help you with?"
"I'm Edward. I hear you're looking for a DJ," I tell him.
"No. I play guitar and write some music, but no DJ experience," I respond.
"Edward, I have a good feeling about you. Let's give it a shot and see how it works out," Ben says. "Come back around 4:00 tomorrow."
I thank him and head outside to send a text to Bella.
I'm the newest DJ at UDub's KEXP. Miss you. –E
It's been almost two weeks since I've seen Bella. I can't believe how much I think about her. We text each other several times a day and talk every night, but it's not the same as holding her in my arms. The one nice thing about the distance is that we have really gotten to know each other. We have "what's your favorite…" text sessions where we ask each other random favorites from ice cream flavors to colors to holidays to movies and on and on.
Early Saturday morning, Jasper and I leave for Forks. We can only stay one night because we don't have much money for two nights in the hotel room, but it's better than not seeing the girls at all. I can't wait 'til they move to Seattle next month.
We can't just sit around the house with Charlie watching us, so we decide to go for a hike. We walk through the woods for what seems like hours and suddenly wander into a meadow. It reminds me of the place where Bella and I practiced lifts at Beaver Lake, and from the look on her face, I can tell she's thinking the same thing.
Sunday morning we all drive to La Push to hang out at the beach. When Bella offers to show us the tidepools, she manages to slip and fall in. She doesn't think it's nearly as funny as Jasper, Alice and I do. I really do try not to laugh too hard, but she eventually starts cracking up with us. After all, she can't help that she's clumsy, but there's no point trying to pretend it's not true.
Before we know it, and way sooner than we're ready, it's time for Jasper and I to head back to Seattle with promises to come back in a few weeks.
Working at KEXP is more boring than I expected. To pass the time, I record a few notes on my guitar to use as background music while I'm talking and for intros to songs and advertisements. The more time I have, the more creative I get, changing the notes to reflect the product or the upcoming song. It isn't much, but it helps me beat the boredom. When Ben and a couple of the other DJs notice what I've done, they ask me to come up with songs for them, too. It helps pass the time.
I've noticed that Aunt Jane casually finds a way to talk about my dad more and more. She's trying to get me to call him, but that's not going to happen. Although, I do feel guilty for not letting my mom know I'm in town, so I call her when I know Dad won't be there.
"Hello?" she picks up after three rings.
I pause for a minute, wishing I knew what I wanted to say. "Hey, Mom." It's better than hanging up.
"Edward!" she sounds so happy to hear from me. It turns out I didn't need to worry about what to say because Mom barely stops talking long enough for me to get a word in. She finally pauses and says, "So what's new with you?"
I can tell it hurts her feelings when I tell her that I'm staying with Aunt Jane, but she knows I don't have much of a choice. I haven't talked to Dad in almost two years, so there's no way I would expect to stay with them. "I enrolled at UDub for the fall. I'm going to study music," I tell her.
I hear her gasp. Then silence. Then more silence.
"Mom, did you hear me?" I ask.
"Yes, Edward. I heard you. I'm so proud of you," she says, her voice breaking.
"Mom, are you okay?"
"I'm fine, Edward. Can you meet me for lunch tomorrow?"
"Sure, Mom." That's weird. I wonder why she needs to go so suddenly. She tells me the name of the place where she wants to meet, and we hang up.
At noon, I walk into Solar Eclipse. When I round the corner, I see my mom is not alone at the table. My first instinct is to leave, but I decide this is the first challenge in my road to becoming a responsible adult. I take a seat and greet them both as politely as possible. There is an awkward silence for a few minutes, and I'm beginning to wonder if it was a mistake to stay.
Suddenly, my dad starts speaking. "Edward, I owe you an apology." Whoa. That's unexpected. "It was never my intention to make you feel like a failure. I admit I have been extremely disappointed in some choices you've made, but I need you to understand that I was only disappointed in your lack of direction and ambition. Your desire to be a musician instead of a doctor has never mattered to me, and I didn't realize you thought it did, but I had a very enlightening conversation with my sister this morning. She told me she overheard you and Jasper talking. Your aunt also told me you enrolled at UDub. You might not believe this, but I'm really proud of you." He takes my stunned silence as an invitation to continue. "Edward, we invited you to lunch today to talk about your trust fund. You were so angry that you never let me explain some things. The condition placed by your grandfather was that you only have access to the trust fund if you are enrolled in or have completed college. So I called my attorney this morning and reinstated your access."
It takes several minutes for me to wrap my mind around what he said. Even then, I was at a loss for words. "Thanks, Dad. I'm not really sure what to say. I guess I owe you an apology for leaving and not giving you a chance to explain anything."
I know we have a long way to go, but it's a start. I leave lunch feeling more comfortable with my parents than I have in years. I can't wait to tell Bella about this, but I decide not to tell her about the trust fund. I'll surprise her with that.
"Hello?" I answer, not recognizing the incoming number.
"Mr. Cullen?" a male voice asks.
"Mr. Cullen, my name is Benjamin Amun. Siobhan Liam, the station manager at KUBE, is an old friend of mine. We met back when I was the musical coordinator for Earth, Wind and Fire. She called me a few days ago to tell me about a local songwriting talent."
"I'm not sure what you're talking about," I admit.
"Mr. Cullen, I am an agent representing production music writers," he says in a tone that implies I should know what that means.
"I'm sorry, but I'm still not sure what you're talking about."
"I work with several television and radio stations in the Los Angeles area. I help them find musicians to compose anything from advertising jingles to sitcom introductions to video game backgrounds. I've been listening to your station, and I spoke to Ben, who told me you are the person I need to speak to. Mr. Cullen, I would like to represent you."
My legs give out, and I find myself sitting on the arm of the couch. I can't believe this. I must have done something really great in another life because everything in this life is coming together better than I could have ever dreamed.
"What exactly does that involve, Mr. Amun?" I ask.
"Well, I'd like to meet with you to hammer out the final details, but the way it usually works is that I contact you whenever I have a customer in need of a new composition. You are not required to relocate to Los Angeles. In fact, there's really no need for that. If what I've heard so far is an accurate indication of your talent, I expect to be able to offer you at least twenty orders a month. It's up to you how many you want to accept. The pay varies, but that should earn you approximately $10,000 a month."
"I'm very interested, sir. When would you like to meet?" I say.
We make plans to meet for breakfast the next day. As soon as we hang up, I call Bella to tell her my news. Jasper and I will be there this weekend, but this news can't wait.
The drive to Forks doesn't seem as long this time as it has the last two times we've come to visit. Maybe it's because Jasper and I are finally picking up the girls for their move to Seattle. No more two weeks with nothing but daily phone calls and texts. No more three hour drives to see my girl. Bella and Alice will be in the dorms not too far from Jasper's house.
On the drive back to Seattle, Alice and Jasper are in the back seat, oblivious to our presence. I decide this is the time to tell Bella about my trust fund.
"Bella, there's something I need to tell you. It's nothing bad," I say quickly when I see her start to panic. "I told you that I've been talking to my parents again, but I didn't tell you that they've reinstated my access to my trust fund," I begin.
She looks as shocked as I was when my dad told me, so I continue. "You know my contract with Benjamin is going really well and keeping me busy. Since I don't have to worry about moving for this job, I've decided to buy a house. At first I thought I would surprise you, but I found one that I really like, and I realized that I want your opinion, too. It's close to the campus, which is great. It has a room that will work perfectly as a music room, and there's still a room for Jasper. He's going to move in with me since he can't afford a place of his own yet."
"Edward, that's great. I'd love to look at the house with you," she finally says.
And that brings us to tonight. It's my girl's 18th birthday. Some people may think it's too soon, but I know there will never be another for me. My life is going in the right direction, and I finally feel like I deserve her. Last week when I was in Forks to help Bella move, I pulled Charlie aside and asked for his permission to ask Bella to marry me. It's a little old-fashioned, but I feel like I need to do whatever I can to improve his impression of me. This morning, I met Mom for breakfast to get my grandmother's wedding ring. I pat my pocket every few minutes to reassure myself that it's still there.
Bella looks absolutely gorgeous when she opens her dorm door. She's wearing a dark blue dress that wraps around her beautiful body and hugs her in all the right places. My girl is wearing high heels. I smile, knowing Alice must have dressed her.
We arrive at Serafina, where I reserved a secluded booth overlooking the water. There's no way I'll be able to wait until we're finished eating, so as soon as the waiter takes our order, I slide out of the booth and onto one knee. Bella looks confused for a split second before her mouth falls open and a blush colors her cheeks.
"Isabella Swan, I promise to love you every day of forever. Will you do me the extreme honor of being my wife?" I say, trying to keep my voice even.
Bella doesn't even hesitate. She launches herself into my arms, practically knocking me over. "Yes! Yes!"
"Dance with me," I say, standing up and offering her my hand. Bella puts her tiny hand in mine, and I lead her to the rooftop terrace, nodding to the DJ as we head to the dance floor. Bella giggles when she hears the opening notes of The Time of My Life. I put my hand on her waist and pull her tight against me. This is our song, so my girl and I are dirty dancing in the twilight.
a/n – Thanks for reading!