Chapter 27: Mates For Eternity
The woman gazing back in the mirror could not be me. She looked elegant, her pure white dress flowing down to the floor, trailing behind her, her brunette hair cascading down her back in soft curls, the dress clinging tightly to her perfect body, her face beautifully enhanced with makeup, glowing in happiness.
No, it was not me.
"Oh Bella! You look absolutely beautiful!" Esme gushed as she ran to hug me.
"Be careful of her dress!" Alice warned from the makeup chair that she had Emily pinned to. Esme slowed her movements and gently hugged me, being careful not to ruin my dress. After I let go of her, my eyes immediately went to Carlisle.
"You look gorgeous Bells." Carlisle smiled, giving me a hug too.
"You don't look too bad yourself dad." I smiled. Since the encounter with Tanya where I almost died, I realised how close I was to the Cullens and I had started calling Esme mom, Carlisle dad, Eleazer uncle and Carmen aunt. Plus the fact that Carlisle was giving me away today.
I was getting married today.
"There, all done!" Alice clapped. Not too long after I heard Emily squeal with delight.
"Thank you, thank you, thank you!" she screamed. Alice had placed her in a lavender dress which matched her own. (A/N; Picture of Alice & Emily's Dress on my profile)
"How long before we have to go down?" I asked nervously.
"Two minutes!" Alice chirped. My eyes widened as I realised that I would soon be Edward's wife.
"Then I'd better get going!" Esme smiled. She gave me a kiss on my cheek and headed downstairs. I closed my eyes and took a deep, calming breath from my nose, calming my nerves. I heard a low throaty chuckle and snapped my eyes to Carlisle.
"Nervous?" he asked, amusement clear in his eyes.
"Is it that obvious?" I asked sarcastically. He chuckled again.
"It's always nervous on the first time."
"First time?" I quizzed, raising an eyebrow. He smiled brilliantly at me.
"Yes. Emmett and Rosalie have been married forty six times." My eyes widened.
"Forty six?" I asked incredulously; surely I had misheard. Carlisle simply nodded. "Wow." I murmured.
"It'll be forty seven when we've finished high school." Alice piped in but somehow, it didn't surprise me.
"I think I'll only do it once." I decided, followed by laughter from both Carlisle and Alice.
"Oh Bella, here." Alice said, handing me a bouquet of lavenders. I sighed as I breathed in their heavenly scent. I saw Alice give Emily a basket of Rose petals and hand her some blue contacts. Emily grumbled as she put them in, making her blood red eyes look violet. She had promised me that she would try to start feeding on animal blood.
"It's time!" Alice squealed. I instantly heard shushing from downstairs as somebody started playing my soft lullaby on the piano. Alice gently pushed Emily towards the open door as she glided downstairs, occasionally spreading flowers as she walked. I quickly lifted my veil and placed it in front of my face. Carlisle linked my left arm in his right, placing his hand on top of mine. My engagement ring shone in the light and I smiled down at it. Alice winked at me as I heard the wedding march. Alice danced gracefully in front of us as we descended down the stairs. I sneakily looked to the piano and was shocked to find it being played by Rosalie; I didn't know she could play! Her hair was tied up in an elegant bun with a blood red dress clinging to her body, down to her feet.
As I entered the room, everybody was standing and suddenly gasped and started whispering at how beautiful I looked. I ducked my head shyly, embarrassed about the compliments, but when I looked up again, I quietly gasped. Edward was waiting for me at the alter, a loving smile on his face. I looked over his body and knew that my heart would have been beating a mile a minute if I were still human. He looked absolutely stunning in his tuxedo, his hands clasped in front of him, waiting for me. (A/N; Picture of Edward's Tuxedo on my profile)
I had the sudden urge to run up the isle and kiss him senseless, but I managed to refrain. I saw Minister Webber looking through his Bible as I was coming up the isle. I subtly looked around and saw most of the school here, with part of the Volturi and of course, the Denalis. Before I knew it, we were up the isle. I hugged Carlisle and he handed my hand over to Edward, who took it in his right hand. Carlisle went to stand by Esme and I saw Jasper, who was Edward's best man, nod at me. I looked up as Edward lifted the veil off my face and put it behind me. We both smiled at each other as he stroked my cheek. We both turned to Minister Webber as the crowd sat down.
The wedding was short and sweet. Me and Edward exchanged such powerful vows that some of the girls were in tears. He placed my wedding band on the finger with my engagement ring and I did the same for him. (A/N; Picture of Edward & Bella's Wedding Rings on my profile)
"I now pronounce you husband and wife. You may kiss the bride." Minister Webber told us, smiling. Edward smiled too, nodded and turned to me. He placed on hand on my waist and the other one cupped my cheek as I placed both of my hands on his chest. We both leaned in until our lips met. As they did, applause rang out through the room as our lips melted together, pouring with love and passion. We soon pulled away and were immediately greeted with hugs and congratulations. Everyone was then told to move outside to the gazebo where the reception was being held.
Edward wrapped his arm around my waist as we led the crowd outside. It wasn't cold which was good for the humans. We all gathered around the dance floor where me and Edward were supposed to dance first. The song "My Heart Will Go On" played as me and Edward gently danced to the music. At the end of the song, Edward kissed my lips, earning a chorus of "aww" from the crowd before they applauded once again. After that, the dance floor was free for everyone and food was up for grabs. Me and Edward cut the cake together, even though we weren't going to eat it.
The night was filled with laughter and dancing and for once, I felt truly happy. There was no guilt, no sadness, no anger; just pure happiness.
As the afternoon carried on, Edward dragged me to thank everyone for coming and to hear messages from loved ones.
"Welcome to the family." Carmen greeted warmly as she hugged me gently. I spotted Kate and Irina with Laurent and Garrett and they raised their glasses to me, cheering, causing me to laugh. But then I saw Emily in the corner, sulking.
"I'll be back in a minute." I whispered to Edward over the music. He nodded and turned to Eleazer, who started congratulating him. I glided over to Emily and sat down beside her.
"What's wrong?" I asked, my voice concerned. She shook her head.
"Nothing." She mumbled. I tilted her chin with my finger.
"What's wrong?" I asked again, gazing into my eyes. She stared back for a minute before sighing.
"I just wish I could get my happy ending." She said, looking down. I sighed with her.
"There's someone out there for you." I assured her. I looked around and suddenly saw one of Angela's little brothers, Owen. He was about 11 years old with scruffy black hair and brown eyes. I noticed that he was looking at Emily with love in his eyes and I smirked knowingly.
"Hey Em, who's that?" I asked innocently, pointing to Owen. She glanced up and when she saw him, she gasped, her mouth hanging wide open. I giggled lightly.
"His name is Owen." I nudged her and winked before I stood and went to find Edward.
"Owen." I heard her whisper behind me. I found Edward talking to Demetri but his back was turned to me. So I covered his eyes and leaned up to his ear.
"Guess who?" I breathed and he shivered delightedly. He spun around and held me in his arms, resting his cheek on the top of my head; I had discarded the veil a while ago.
"I missed you." He whispered, before I could respond, Alice came over t us.
"Come on Bella!" she squeaked and pushed me in the direction of the house.
"What Alice?" I asked, clinging tighter to my Edward.
"You need to get changed to go on your honeymoon!" I looked at Edward.
"I'll see you in a minute." I mumbled and he chuckled.
"I'll be waiting, Mrs. Cullen." I melted when he called me that and kissed him quickly, allowing Alice to drag me away. We ran up the stairs and entered Alice's room. She locked the door and flew to her closet, throwing a midnight blue strapless dress with black netting and black ballet flats. (A/N; Picture of Bella's Honeymoon Dress on my profile)
I took off my wedding dress and slipped on the blue dress. I ruffled my hair a little, sighing in relief as I didn't have to have it perfect anymore.
"Ok, your trunks are in the car and Emmett will be driving you to the airport." Alice informed me, handing me a white cardigan.
"Where is Edward taking me?" I begged. Edward had kept it a secret from everyone, but Alice must have seen where we were going. She shook her head and smiled.
"He'd kill me if I told you." She giggled. "Now go!" she gently pushed me out of the door. I went down the stairs and saw everyone gathered around the front door. I spotted Edward leaning against the doorframe, watching with a smile as I walked over to him. He had changed into a light blue button down shirt with dark blue jeans and dark grey trainers. He held out his hand to me and I grasped it firmly in mine.
"Are you ready?" he whispered in my ear.
"For what?" I replied, confused. He chuckled and ran outside where we were suddenly bombarded with confetti. We made it to the limo and ordered Emmett to drive. He laughed but complied, speeding out the drive and onto the main road. I sighed, leaning onto Edward's chest.
We made it to the airport after an hour. Emmett got out suitcases out of the boot and handed them to Edward. We said our goodbyes and got on a plane to Rio, but Edward said it was only stop. On the plane, I kept seeing human eying me and Edward, but I laid my head on his lap and he stroked my hair whilst I kept trying to guess where we were going.
Once we got off in Rio, Edward took me down to the harbour where we jumped in a speed boat. We travelled quickly as I watched the sunset in the west. After half an hour, we were finally there.
"Bella, do you see that light over there?" Edward pointed in front of him. I looked up and saw a glowing light. As we got closer, I saw an outline of a small island. I could see a jungle surrounding the beach with a little cabin on it.
"Where are we?" I murmured.
"This is Isle Esme." Edward smiled.
"Esme?" I choked. It wasn't possible, was it?
"It was a gift from Carlisle to Esme. They let us borrow it for a while." Edward slowed the boat down and we came to a stop on the beach. Edward grabbed the suitcases in one hand and lifted me up bridal style in the other. He jumped out of the boat and made his way towards the cabin. He kicked open the door and carried me over the threshold. I instantly fell in love with the cabin as it felt homely. Edward switched on all of the lights until we stopped in the bedroom. Once he switched those lights on, my eyes immediately fell on the white king-sized bed located in the middle of the room. Edward put me down and left for a moment to put the suitcases away. I walked over to the large window, which was also a door, and saw a lagoon located just outside of the cabin. I was suddenly aware of the cool fingers that trailed along my neck.
"I was wondering if you wanted to come for a midnight swim with me?" he whispered, trailing his fingers down my back. I gulped and nodded my head. I slid the door open and was met by the cool air. I took off my ballet flats and cardigan and ventured out onto the sand as it sank softly between my toes. When I was near the water, Edward pulled me to him so my back was against his chest.
"I was thinking, now that we're alone, we could be more…thorough." He murmured against my exposed shoulder. I shivered in delight and nodded my head. Edward gently spun me to face him, and I looked up into his gorgeous eyes. I undid the buttons on his shirt and he dropped it to the floor. Then, I pulled off his jeans as he gently pulled off my dress. Our chests touched and electricity ran through my whole body. I looked down and saw that he had removed his shoes and socks so I took off his boxers as he took off my panties. We were both stark naked now and Edward brought me in for a slow kiss. I started to feel aroused, wanting him, needing him. Edward's hands explored my body hungrily. He plunged his tongue into my mouth and nipped my lower lip. I gasped and responded, pushing our bodies closer together. I broke the kiss and he took my hands, walking backwards into the water, tugging me along. I didn't look at anything but his face as we waded into the warm water. We kept walking until the water was waist high until Edward stopped and wrapped his arms around my waist. He pulled my in for another passionate kiss before leaning his forehead against mine, looking lustfully into my eyes.
"I love you, Bella." He whispered.
"I love you too, Edward." And I did with all my heart because we were mates.
Mates for life.
Mates for eternity.
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