A/N: I do not own Twilight or the copyrighted material mentioned in this chapter. No copyright infringement intended.
So here's that special moment in Jasper and Edward's lives I mentioned in the last outtake! :)
Outtake: No Greater Love
I looked deep into the eyes of the man I loved more than anything in the world. He is the man I would do anything for. I would give my own life if it came to it. Taking a deep breath, I took Jasper's hands in my own and recited the vows I'd written.
"Jasper, you are the love of my life and I know my love for you will never waver. Even during our years apart, you always held my heart. I promise to love you forever and will always stand by your side and support you during times of joy and times of sorrow. I truly believe that our souls are forever entwined. Thank you for loving me. Thank you for being you."
Tears slowly slid down Jasper face as I finished my vows. Gently wiping them away, I whispered, "I love you so much."
Jasper took a deep breath and closed his eyes briefly as he prepared to say his vows. When he opened them again, they shined with love and devotion.
"Edward, I have never experienced a love so strong, so uplifting and so right. I literally have to pinch myself every day to convince myself that this, that you, are real. I know I can accomplish anything and be anything with you standing next to me. I promise to always love you with the same ferocity and intensity I've felt since day one. It's so easy to love you, E. I will do my best to make you and our daughter the happiest people on the planet and will love both of you until my last breath. Thank you for your beautiful gift of love."
Overwhelmed and bursting with love, I clenched my jaw in an effort not to break down in tears. I will never understand how I was so lucky to have a man like Jasper love me, but I wasn't going to question it. He loved me and I loved him. That's all that mattered.
After giving us a moment or two to gather ourselves, Pastor Weber spoke.
"Edward, do you take Jasper to be your husband and partner? Do you promise to love him and protect him in sickness and in health, for richer or poorer, for as long as you both shall live?"
"I do," I answered.
He then turned to Jasper asked the same.
"I do," he whispered, tears, once again, filling his beautiful blue eyes.
This moment was a long time coming. I was standing in front of God, our parents, family and friends committing my life to Jasper and promising to be with him for the rest of our lives. I'd been waiting for this moment since we first became a couple in college, knowing then that I wanted to spend the rest of my life with him. Even though we had a few bumps in the road and almost lost one another, we were both given a second chance. After we reconciled, I promised myself I would do anything to keep Jasper in my life. At the time, he still felt pretty horrible for being the catalyst for the demise of our relationship, but I told him it was all in the past. What mattered now was starting our new lives together.
Pastor Weber looked at me and asked me to slip the ring on Jasper's finger and I did so reverently. Once it was firmly in place, I looked into Jasper's eyes, brought his hand to my lips and kissed the ring. Jasper then took my ring and placed on my finger slowly. I looked up at him and noticed that he had his eyes closed and seemed to mouthing something silently.
Very quietly, I leaned forward and said, "What was that, Jas?"
He looked up at me startled and chuckled nervously.
I wanted to press further, but obviously I couldn't with an audience. He smiled at me, his dimples blazing, and I wanted to so badly to pull him to me and kiss him silly. I think I even started bouncing a little in anticipation.
"Now that Edward and Jasper have given their vows and presented rings to one another, it is my honor to now pronounce them husbands. You may kiss."
We both smiled as I gently placed my hands on either side of his face and softly pressed my lips against his. Immediately we heard whooping and whistling. Due to our own laughter we, unfortunately, had to end our kiss, but I knew it would be one of many soon to come.
As we turned to face our guests, Pastor Weber said, "I would now like to present to you Misters Edward and Jasper Cullen-Whitlock!"
The crowd erupted in applause and screams as we made our way down the aisle. Once we were alone inside the house, Jasper grabbed me and kissed me like his life depended on it.
"Mmmm," he hummed. "I love you, Edward Cullen-Whitlock."
"I love you too, Jasper Cullen-Whitlock."
We leaned in for another kiss, thoroughly enjoying ourselves, when our parents burst through the door.
"Okay, you two! It's time for pictures. Control yourselves for a couple more hours and then you can ravage each other."
"Mom," I exclaimed. I'm sure my face turned as red as the apples on the counter.
She turned and laughed with Jasper's mother, Emily, making both of us squirm with embarrassment.
I figured I could hold out for just a couple more hours, but that was it. I wanted to properly ravage my new husband and no one was going to stand in my way!
While Jas and I planned our simple commitment ceremony, I asked him what he thought we should use for our first dance.
"I don't mind, E. I trust your judgment."
"Are you sure," I asked a little surprised.
"Edward, you live and breathe music. I know you'll choose just the right song."
I leaned in and kissed him, drawing his attention away from a law book he was reading, and whispered against his lips.
"It'll be perfect. As long as you're there by my side and in my arms, Poison could be playing I wouldn't care."
Jasper's shoulders shook with laughter.
"Well, I guess I should draw the line there. I don't think Talk Dirty to Me would be appropriate for a wedding."
Plunging my tongue into his mouth, I rubbed it against his and felt his body respond in kind.
Pulling away, I looked into his lust-filled eyes and whispered, "Yeah, but it's fucking appropriate for the wedding night. How about we practice right now?"
Smirking that sexy smirk of his, he lifted an eyebrow, grabbed my hand and took me into the bedroom where we made hot, passionate and rough love.
And yes, he most definitely talked very dirty to me that night.
As Jasper and I stepped onto the dance floor for our first dance together as husbands, I began to fidget as my nerves started to increase. Sensing this, Jasper pulled me close and whispered, "Edward, whatever you chose, I know I'm going to love it. Just relax and let me dance with my husband."
I instantly calmed and nodded my head at the DJ.
For weeks I'd wracked my brain for the perfect song for our first dance. Jasper loves so many different genres that it was a blessing and a curse. I wanted a song that exemplified our love, but trying to find it in a sea of thousands was daunting. Remembering Jasper's immense love for jazz, I figured I'd stick with that genre. While listening to one of his Billie Holliday cds, I found the perfect song that encompassed everything I felt for Jasper in perfect detail.
Pulling Jasper even closer, I wrapped my arms around his neck whispered "I love you" into his ear as the first notes of the song played. He immediately recognized the song and wrapped his arms tighter around my waist.
As Billie's voice filled the room, I couldn't help but sing along….
There is no greater love
Than what I feel for you
No greater love, no heart so true
There is no greater thrill
Than what you bring to me
No sweeter song
Than what you sing to me
You're the sweetest thing
I have ever known
And to think that you are mine alone
There is no greater love
In all the world, it's true
No greater love
Than what I feel for you
When I'd sung the final note, I pulled back and looked into Jasper's eyes.
"Did you like it, love," I asked.
"E, that was perfect. Thank you so much."
Leaning in, Jasper placed the sweetest, most tender kiss on my lips as we allowed our love to fill and overwhelm us. Much too soon, we were being shooed off the dance floor and participated in the rest of the requisite wedding reception traditions.
When it was time to cut the cake, I became very nervous. I'd asked Jasper many times not to smash it in my face, and he promised he wouldn't, but the mischievous glint in his eyes made me worry. As we fed each other the cake, Jasper kept true to his word and didn't get icing or one crumb on my face. I, on the other hand, may have moved my hand a little to the side so a little icing landed on the side of his face. Before he could react, I immediately leaned in and licked it off. The goofy, slightly dazed look on his face was priceless and I beamed at him in return.
Jasper and I thought it would be fun for each of us to have a special father/daughter dance during the reception so we each had our own time with Ali and she would feel extra special. Ali loved the idea, so we eagerly looked forward to our dances with our little girl.
I watched as Ali and Jasper walked out on to the dance floor hand-in-hand. Ali smiled up at Jasper and they assumed their dance positions. My heart felt as though it swelled exponentially as I looked at the two most important people in my life. The song started and I listened carefully to the lyrics as my husband twirled our little girl around the dance floor.
Can't forget the day
That she walked into my life
It was just the kind of thing
That was so right on time
After all the love changes
My heart had locked the door
Then that girl released her magic
And made me love once more
Like the warm rays of the sun
Her sweet love came shining down on me
All at once turned my life around
And with one kiss, she set me free
She's given me joy, joy, joy
That girl, she brings me joy…
I literally had to fight back the tears as I listened to the lyrics and realized they perfectly described the depth of love Jasper felt for Ali. She is, for all intents and purposes, his daughter and Ali certainly considers him her Dad. I couldn't be happier. Not only did I have the love of my life, but my daughter had a second parent that she could trust and adore.
When the final notes drifted away, Jasper knelt in front of Ali and gave her a tight hug, practically lifting her off the ground as she giggled with delight. I could see her mouthing "I love you too," into his ear and my tears, which I had successfully kept at bay throughout the song, fell. Jasper joined me and carefully wiped away my tears telling me that a sweet little girl was waiting for me. Gathering my composure, I kissed Jasper and joined the other love of my life.
Bowing in front of her, I held out my hand for her to take as our song began to play, the bass riff instantly recognizable. This song was everything I felt towards Alice and I watched with utmost joy as she beamed while I spun her around.
I got sunshine,
On a cloudy day.
When it's cold outside,
I've got the month of may. Well
I guess you'd say,
What can make me feel this way?
My girl, my girl, my girl.
Talkin' 'bout my girl.
I've got so much honey,
The bees envy me.
I've got a sweeter song,
Than the birds in the trees.
Well, I guess you'd say,
What can make me feel this way?
My girl, my girl, my girl.
Talkin' 'bout my girl.
By the end of the song, I had picked Ali up and was holding her in my arms and we moved gracefully around the dance floor. At the very end, I dipped her back and she squealed and giggled. It was perfect.
After the reception, Jasper and I immediately left for our honeymoon in Australia. I was ecstatic because I'd never been. Jasper had traveled there years before, but never had the opportunity to do much sightseeing because he'd flown in to meet with an important client. Now we could just bask in the sun and enjoy each other's company and love.
As I looked back on my life, now that I was in such a wonderful place, I couldn't help but get a little overwhelmed by how great everything turned out. I was able to get out of a loveless marriage that was no good for either of us, reconnect with and marry the love of my life and have a wonderful daughter. Things couldn't get much better than this, but I knew I had a lifetime of happiness and fun in store with Jasper by my side. I couldn't wait to start the next chapter of my life safe, secure and loved in his arms.
Well, that's all folks! I thought today, Valentine's Day, would be the perfect day to post this last outtake. I wrote a majority of this a long time ago, way before many of the other outtakes, so I always knew I would end the story with this beautiful event in Edward and Jasper's lives. Just in case you may have forgotten or were curious, Alice is seven years old in this outtake, which was mentioned in chapter 21. Even I had to go back and confirm! LOL
While listening to Amy Winehouse's cd, Frank, last year, I heard her cover of the song There is No Greater Love and felt it was the PERFECT song for Edward and Jasper's first dance. It is such a gorgeous song! Since Jasper is a jazz lover, I used the Billie Holiday version for the story, but Amy's version is just as good. If you want to listen to either version, here are the links.
Billie Holiday – http: / / www(dot)youtube(dot)com / watch?v=nuBihDMK14U
Amy Winehouse – http: / / www(dot)youtube(dot)com / watch?v=crbO3ac7gXk
Here are the songs Jasper and Edward danced to with Alice. :)
Blackstreet – Joy http: / / www(dot)youtube(dot)com / watch?v=07vnBwaQF-k&ob=av2e
The Temptations – My Girl http: / / www(dot)youtube(dot)com / watch?v=LbAaLdLguLo
I've had such a wonderful time writing this story and sharing it with all of you. I definitely fell in love with this family and it warms my heart that you did as well. Even though I'm clicking 'complete', there is always the chance that I will revisit Edward, Jasper and Ali in the future. I know I won't be able to stay away from them for too long.
Thank you to everyone who placed this story on their alerts and favorites lists and left such kind and wonderful reviews. Your sweet words really encouraged me and brought me a lot of joy.