So here it is, the end to this little story. I'm slightly sad, but happy to see this end. Hope you all are happy with the end. As always this was Beta'd by the awesome and always supportive Laurazuleta18.
Disclaimer: I don't own Twilight.
"Honey you sure about this?" my dad asked me for about the millionth time since I told my family my decision. "You could always go to Syracuse like your old man did. It's a great school and has a great teaching program."
"Dad, I'm already here and unpacked," I reminded him as I gestured to my side of the room.
"Still, I hate my little girl being so far away."
"Yeah, but I'm happy about it," Jake commented as I gave him a playful shove.
"Well I'll be happy that you won't be here to always go through my things and listen to my phone calls." I replied sticking my tongue out at him.
"What will I ever do to fill all my free time?" he sighed tapping his finger against his chin as if he was in deep thought.
"You can teach me how to play some of the video games," Dexter answered excitedly.
"I guess," he shrugged smiling throwing his arm around a smiling Dexter as they walked out to the hallway.
"Mom, please don't cry," I told her trying not to tear up myself. I was going to miss my family but I knew I had to be here, and here was where I belonged, I wasn't going to second guess myself again and mess everything up. I learned my lesson before and I was going to finally correct it.
"I'm sorry, it's just I'm gonna miss you sweetie," she smiled a bit sadly hugging me tightly. I eagerly hugged her back. "I know you have to do this, and so does your father even if he doesn't want to admit it. You be safe and we're just a phone call or plane ride away," she reassured me holding my face in her hands as she kissed my cheek. I nodded, we had talked about this late into the night many times and she knew as much as anyone how much I needed to do this. She left following my brothers and my dad stood there a bit sheepishly.
"I better get going, too. I have the keys and I know your mother is a blubbering mess. I'm afraid of what she'll be like when Dexter goes off to college," he smiled and I couldn't help but laugh. Mom loved us all, but Dexter was definitely a little mama's boy more than Jake.
"I'll miss you dad," I told him.
"I'll miss you too, Rosie. You sure this is where you're supposed to be. If you're worried about the late admission fee, I'll gladly pay that for you to go to Syracuse so you can be closer to home."
"Dad, you know I have to do this. I can't keep thinking 'what if'. And if it's horrible here maybe I'll transfer for next semester or year. But right now I have to be here. What if it was you and mom? Wouldn't you be doing what I'm doing?" I asked though I knew the answer.
"But this is different," he grumbled.
"Sure it is dad," I smiled.
"You just be safe okay," he told me pulling me in for a fatherly hug. You know that hug that can only come from a dad. The kind that makes you feel safe and no matter how old you get, it still makes you feel like that little girl that would crawl into her dad's lap for a bed time story, or run to him from any danger because nothing could ever hurt daddy. "You make sure he knows that if he messes this up, he'll have Hell to pay. Because nobody messes with my little girl, now you be good and don't forget you are here to get an education. You're not here just for him or go around partying."
"Yes, daddy," I smiled as we pulled apart.
"I love you baby girl," he smiled a bit sadly and I saw tears start to form in his eyes. Damn it, my dad is about to cry and after seeing that I couldn't hold the tears at bay, I felt a few spill from my eyes.
"Love you, too, Daddy," I told him with a shaky breath as he kissed my forehead and gave me one more quick hug.
"Call me if you need anything at all no matter what time it is." I nodded that I would, we said our goodbyes and he left, leaving me alone in my room. I had yet to find out who my roommate was, but she already looked like she moved in and was probably exploring the campus since all her things were neatly organized on her side of the room.
"May I help you?"
"Yeah, I was here helping my brother move in and then went to wonder for a bit and got lost. So could you tell me what building and room Jasper Whitlock is staying?" I asked. The lady looked me over as if she was trying to decide if I was telling the truth or not. Jasper and I looked close enough to be siblings. We both had blonde hair and blue eyes, granted both those features were slightly different shades of those colors, but still close enough.
She must've decided I was telling the truth or just not cared weather I was or not. I tried to patiently wait as she typed away on her computer and clicked on different items.
"He's staying in Pennsylvania Place, room 158," she told me.
"Thank you," I smiled as I walked out of the building and pulled out my map quickly. God why did it have to be so far away, I sighed. Thankfully I had brought my bike knowing I would hate to have to run or walk across campus, so I got on it and memorized where I was heading before I set off.
At least this little fun bike ride across the campus helped me to learn where different things were for future reference. Before I knew it I was parking my bike at the small stand in front of the building and putting a quick little lock on it. Thankfully someone was going in a the same time I got there so I didn't have to wait for someone to leave and act like I was supposed to be there and just heading in as they left.
Walking up to the door I was fine, but now for some odd reason I was getting nervous when I was standing in front of it. It could be that he could be mad at me for what I did, or maybe he would see it was me and slam the door in my face. Or what if…no, I couldn't even think of that possibility. Slowly, I lifted my hand up and knocked on the door, waiting what felt like forever.
The door finally opened and there was a tiny girl with spiky black hair standing in front of me. She was smiling at me and looking me over, not in an I'm-measuring-you-up kind of way, but just more looking at my outfit.
"I like those earrings," she smiled. "I'm Alice," she told me holding out her hand and I took it a bit cautiously. She seemed nice and really friendly.
"I'm Rose, but I must've gotten the wrong room because I was looking for Jasper Whitlock."
"No, you have the right room, but he's in the shower right now," she winked.
"Oh, okay, I can just come back at another time."
"Don't be silly I'm bored. I love my Jazzy, but sometimes he can be a girl and take his time in the shower. You must know him, so why don't you come in and we can get to know each other."
Before I could protest I was quickly pulled into the room and made to sit down on a bed. I quickly learned that she was a quick talker and was able to hold a conversation with little input from me. But she seemed nice enough and we were laughing when I heard Jasper's voice.
"Hey Darlin', do you think that I should…Rose," he said stopping half way through his sentence.
"Hey…Jasper," I replied giving a small wave not really sure what else to do.
"How do you two know each other?" Alice asked a bit confused. Most of the time we were talking she was talking more about the school and herself.
"You remember that girl that Em met on the cruise?" She nodded. "Well…" he trailed off gesturing towards me.
"Wait…she…the cruise…Emmett? You're THAT ROSE?!" she squealed making me and Jasper cover our ears. I waited to see if it was going to be anger or just not caring or a beat down by the half pint. "Jazzy can you believe it? This is so romantic. I refused to believe that it was done and I kept telling him that, didn't I Jasper? Now you're here and oh my God you have to change. Where's your room and what clothes do you have? I would say that you can borrow my clothes but I'm obviously too small for you. Not saying you're fat but you're tall and modelesque."
"Alice, darling, take a breath," Jasper told her as he put a calming hand on her shoulder. She took a breath and I swear that she was about to ramble some more but a look from Jasper told her to just stay calm.
"What are you doing here Rose?" Jasper asked without any emotion in his voice.
"You know why," I told him. "I'm sorry for what I did and—"
"It's not me you have to apologize to," he interrupted me. "I'm not mad at you, it was just really hard seeing Emmett be a zombie after the cruise. He's always been full of life and happy since I met him freshman year. But when all that happened between you two it really killed him, for once he was quiet more than loud."
"I don't know if I can imagine that," I laughed a bit and they both joined.
"Yeah, it was hard to believe that he was like that. But like I said he's the one that deserves to hear the apology from you. I'm not gonna tell you he's gonna welcome you with open arms, but I know he misses you and maybe after a little bit of time you two can be together and we can finally have the Emmett we all love back."
"Where is he?" I asked, I desperately needed to know. I've waited too long and I needed to see him now.
"He's at the practice field, we'll take you over there," he smiled as he and Alice got up and he grabbed his keys.
Alice hooked her arm through mine as she continued to chat and talk up a storm. "Is she always like this?" I asked Jasper looking over the top of her head.
"Even worse," he joked as she slapped his chest.
But her idle chattering was at least keeping me distracted from what was going to happen. Before I knew it we were parked outside a field that had a normal iron gate around it and some steel bleachers on both sides. You could hear whistles and yelling coming from beyond the fence but the team and coaches were blocked from our view by the bathrooms. If I thought I was nervous when I knocked on Jasper's door, it was and iota of what I felt right now.
"Go they're gonna be done soon, unless they got in trouble and have to practice longer than normal. But just go inside and I'm sure you'll know what to do when the time is right," Jasper told me wrapping his arms around Alice who was vibrating with excitement.
"Isn't this romantic Jazz?" she sighed as she smiled at me.
"Well it is only if they do the whole make up right away," he laughed as he kissed her head. It was a bit comical to see him bend almost in half to kiss her.
Giving them a little wave I walked around the bathrooms and walked towards the practice field. When I saw the team in view I tried to keep my heart under control. Now I felt a little stupid and I should've had Jasper and Alice come with me so I wouldn't look so stupid sitting by myself. Looking around I saw some people sitting around on the bleachers. Some were sitting in small groups and others were just sitting there not looking too interested in what was really going on. Taking a deep breath I walked over to the side hopefully able to stay out of the way.
Sitting there I couldn't stop my leg from bouncing like crazy. My heart was beating rapidly and my nerves and stress were on end. Worst case scenario, he cusses me out and makes me feel like I'm not even good enough to be the dirt on his cleats. Best case scenario, we run towards each other and I jump into his arms as he holds me tightly and we go on as if nothing ever happened.
A loud whistle pulled me from my thoughts and I saw the team huddle up and take a knee forming a circle around who I presume was the head coach. He talked to them, but I don't think any one sitting in the stands was able to hear him. Then the team got up and the coaches walked off to the side talking to each other as the guys seemed to be huddling up and getting excited and riled up. Then they were all jumping around and hollering before they let out what I could only describe was a mix off yells, grunts and battle cries. When they separated they all looked to be all smiles.
That's when I got my first look at him. He was smiling and joking with one of his teammates. It looked like he was helping him with something as they stayed in the middle of the field. Most of the team was already gone and a few were hanging around talking to the coaches or some of the other people that were sitting in the stands.
I stood up slowly, and that's when his eyes met mine. It was like everything else melted away and it was like it was just the two of us. My body froze not sure how he would react, but when I saw that he was making his way to me. Before I could even make it a conscious thought I felt my legs move towards him. I started to critique everything about my appearance. My hair was probably a mess from it being slightly windy. I barely had any makeup on at all. All I had on were a pair of shorts and an old The Who t-shirt that I've had for a while and it was pretty worn, but I loved it. The only thing I could be thankful for was that the shorts were short shorts so they helped to show off my butt a bit and made me look better than normal shorts would.
Before I could even think I was standing before Emmett, just half a foot separating us, but he quickly closed that distance taking one more half step. All the worry I had about how I looked, how he would react to me and just everything melted away when his fingers gently grazed over my cheek.
"It's not a dream," he mumbled. "I was worried I was going crazy," he sighed as he looked into my eyes.
"Emmett…" I trailed off wanting to say so much but not sure how or even what to say.
"Rose," he smiled slightly placing his whole hand on my cheek cupping it softly as I leaned into his touch. All the memories I had of how he made me feel with just one touch, could never compare to how it really felt. My heart was beating faster, slower and harder all at once. The huge moths fluttering around my stomach were making me giddy. Even the hot temperature, like a small flame igniting inside my body, heating me up.
"Emmett…I…" I mumbled still not sure what to even say. Before I could even over think it anymore he pulled my face to his crushing our lips. Instinctively, I wrapped my arms around his neck burying my hands into his cropped hair. I missed it being longer last time I saw him, but I couldn't complain at all knowing that he was here with me, bruising my lips with his kisses.
Slowly, we pulled away needing oxygen and just stood there leaning our foreheads together. When I opened my eyes I saw his beautiful brown eyes staring back at me just like they did during spring break. But what really had me surprised was that look in his eyes, that look that he gave me those last days of the cruise. That look of love and want that was so familiar in his eyes to me, but yet so unexpected in a moment like now.
"I love you," he told me and now I was the one wondering if I was dreaming. This couldn't be possible and he couldn't be this forgiving. Shaking my head I tried to keep the tears at bay. So many emotions were running through my head and heart. It was just too much to be able to take at once.
"Emmett—" I started but he cut me off.
"I know we have a lot to talk about. And not just to talk about but to work through. But I haven't stopped thinking about you since I got back here. At nights I would dream about you and I would wake up in physical pain because it was just a dream. I don't want that anymore. I want you, just you and me forever. Even if you say no, I'll do everything in my power to make sure you end up with me, because you belong with me Rosie. And I belong with you. You're already right here," he told me taking my hand placing it over his heart, "ever since I met you. And I've tried to live without you and even tried to keep telling myself that you were happy and that's all I wanted so I should be happy too. But I just couldn't do it.
"Hell I even came to see you, but when I saw you laughing and happy with a group of friends I left with my tail between my legs. Mostly, because I was afraid that's what you wanted. You wanted a life away from me, because you never met me or even called me when we docked. I know I'm being selfish to not even give you an option to have a life away from me anymore, but I can't…I just can't…" he trailed off and I could see all the hurt and sadness in his eyes. It made my heart break knowing that I did that to him.
"I'm so sorry," I told him once I was able to find my voice. "That day got crazy, because we had to dash home because my grandma was rushed to the hospital. I was hurrying and a complete mess that morning and when I was being dragged by my dad to get off the boat I was by the railing trying to get my phone out and I dropped it in the water. I should've just came and met you but my mom was a mess, worrying about my grandma, my dad was trying to get us home, Jake was being a pain in the ass and Dexter didn't know what to do because he was worried about mom being so out of it. And, damn it, I'm just so sorry.
"I know, like you said we have a lot to talk about and work through, but I want it all with you. I wanted it since the cruise, I just didn't know it. We could've already had all of this, but shit happened, and I know that's no reason or excuse but—" he effectively silenced me with a kiss and I couldn't hold back the moan as our tongues glided against each other's. Or lips molded together and I cursed the pads he was wearing that made it impossible for me to feel his body fully against mine.
"McCarty, get off my field and get a room," a voice yelled and I looked over to see his coach looking at us.
"Yes, sir," Emmett said smiling and before I knew it I was picked up and thrown over his shoulder.
"Emmett, put me down," I protested as he ran to the parking lot and he stopped as he opened the door to what I presumed was his truck. He gently sat me down in the passenger seat as he took off his jersey and pad tossing them in the bed of the truck. I couldn't help but smile as I ran my hands down his chest and abs as he stood before me shirtless.
"Like what you see, baby," he smiled wiggling his eyebrows at me. I couldn't help but smile back. Emmett on the cruise was amazing, but Emmett's body during, or well, before football season was absolute perfection. He took my hands from his body making me pout a bit before he kissed them both gently making me smile again. Then I noticed a simple necklace around his neck. It was a basic black cord with what looked like a basic silver ring hanging from it.
"What's this?" I asked fingering it trying to get a better look at it.
"Oh, ummm…nothing, we can talk about it later," he replied as if he was embarrassed by me noticing it. He took it off sliding it over his head and tried to put it in the glove box, but I snatched it away from him.
"Is this a ring?" I asked confused
"Maybe…" he trailed off.
I looked up at him a bit suspicious as I undid the simple cow hitch knot and saw that the knot itself was covering the small but beautiful diamond.
"Emmett…" I mumbled hearing my voice crack a bit. "What…is this…did you…it's not…" I tried to get all my questions out at once.
He sighed taking the ring from me, "This ring was for you. I was going to give it to you the last day of the cruise. No, it's not an engagement ring, but I figured it could be more of a symbol that we wouldn't be half assing this and just a reminder that I would and will always be there for you. I don't care if you call me just to bitch about a messy roommate or to come and help you with homework. I'm here for it all, and I want to have it all with you. So, even though we both realize there's a hell of a lot we need to discuss, will you accept this ring?"
All I could do was nod. This was it, both of us really making things work out and giving it our all and in it for the long haul. I couldn't help but contain the smile that broke out on my face.
"We have a lot to do," I told him as he got a mischievous smirk on his face.
"Yes we do," he replied raking his eyes over my body that made desire well up deep inside of me.
"You know what I mean," I said making his eyes look at mine, so that we could get back on track and not get too distracted…well not yet anyways.
"I know, Rosie, but we have all day and then…" he trailed off smiling and I knew he was thinking about what all night was going to entail, "forever," he finished.
"Forever," I repeated pulling his face to mine as we kissed gently, softly and lovingly. "Do you know what's also forever?" I asked gently scratching my nails against the back of his head.
"I plan on it," he smiled my smile. And I knew that I made the right decision. It was a bit bumpy getting here, but now that I was here, I wasn't giving this, us up…ever.
And that's the end. Hope you enjoyed the journey.
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