A/N Here it is! See you below!
Fill Me with Your Poison Epilogue
Edward Cullen stood at the top of the cliff, watching the water crash against the rocks below. The lack of sunshine, coupled with the cool mist from the water, made for a rather cold, raw day, but to him it was perfection. His first wedding had been incredible, and while it was fantastic, and fitting for a vampire, this one was going to be even better because it was just about Bella and him. Today there would be no killing, unless Jacob Black was stupid enough to show up. Then, all bets were off.
It had been quite a month since Bella had become his bride. Marcus had taken to leadership like he'd been born for it, and having a focus after all these years mourning his lost love had given him new life. The humans were relatively ignorant of the coupe that had taken place. Rumors swirled about a wedding massacre, but since it was vampire on vampire, there was really nothing to be done and no way to confirm it.
Renee had returned to Washington with Edward and Bella. The whole flight from Volterra to Seattle had been spent catching Renee up on the past decade of her daughter's life. While it wasn't quite the honeymoon he had imagined, Edward couldn't have been happier to have his wife's mother back in her life. He smirked as he remembered her reaction to the things Charlie had said to her beloved child.
"He called you a what?" she screeched, her eyes narrowed to angry slits, hands clenched at her side. "I'll kill him myself. Why did you let him live?" she demanded of Edward.
"Mom, I didn't want Edward to kill Dad," Bella told her. "I knew he was going to be angry, and of course, I didn't know what had become of you, so when we figured that out…yeah, he said some awful things, but he's believed a lie for a long time."
"That's no excuse," Renee hissed. "Nothing excuses him calling you a whore and telling you that you're dead to him, Bella. You're our child. I don't care if you'd killed his best friend. He should never turn his back on you."
"You know Charlie," Bella said with a shrug.
"No, I don't think I do. The Charlie I knew loved us both. He doted on you and he was a good father. Being hurt, thinking I'd abandoned you must have been awful for him. But it's one thing to hate me and another thing entirely to hate you just because you didn't fit into the little mold he was trying to cram you in. We both wanted better for you than Forks. You were going to be the first female president," she said with a smile.
"She still can be," Edward piped up, laughing when Bella swatted at him.
"I don't want to be president. I have you both. Just a few months ago, I couldn't ever conceive of having my mother back in my life or finding the man that I'd love beyond reason. I couldn't be happier with life just as it is now."
"I'm happy for you. Both of you. Even when I wasn't that aware of everything around me, I could see the love you two shared. I envy it. Nothing I felt for Phil made me look at him the way you two look at each other."
"Well, Mom, now you have a chance to find it for yourself."
"Maybe. But first I want to see your father."
Bella shot Edward a look, and he grinned at her, delighted. He couldn't kill Charlie; he'd promised Bella. But Renee could. And she very much wanted to right now, though when it came down to it, could she really end her husband? He didn't know, but he wanted to find out.
"I don't think that's a good idea…" Bella started, but Renee held up her hand.
"He needs to know that I didn't just leave the two of you of my own volition. He needs to know that I'm alive and technically we're still married, unless he divorced me in absentia." She shrugged, not seeming bothered by that. "And most of all, he needs to know that the way he treated you is not going to be tolerated. I don't give a damn if he hates me until the day he dies, but he damn well is going to know that the next time he disrespects you will be the last time he breathes."
Edward applauded as Bella sighed. "What he thinks doesn't matter."
"It shouldn't, but I know my girl. He hurt you. I won't tolerate that, and I know your husband won't. I've seen firsthand what he does to those who harm him and the ones he loves."
"I've thought of many ways to kill him, if you're interested," Edward volunteered, getting another smack from Bella. He chuckled and pulled her onto his lap. "You made me promise not to kill him, but you didn't say anything about thinking of ways to do so."
"What am I going to do with the two of you?" she asked, trying to sound admonishing but failing miserably. Bella had never been more beautiful, positively glowing with happiness. She meant it when she said she had everything she wanted now that she had Edward and Renee was back.
"Are you ready?" Emmett asked quietly.
Edward turned away from the water, smiling at his brother. "I'm an old hat at this by now."
"Yeah, this is a lot less eventful than the last time. Think her dad is gonna show?"
Edward laughed. "Fuck no, not if he knows what's good for him."
Renee had made them take her to Forks straight from the airport. No amount of cajoling from Bella had swayed her, and Edward had kept out of it, not wanting to side against his wife but not so secretly on Renee's side in the matter of dealing with Charlie. He was more than happy to drive her to her old house.
"Look at this place," Renee sneered, staring at the overgrown weeds and general shabbiness of the house that she'd once kept pristine. It hadn't been big or fancy, but it had been hers and she'd taken great care of it. "He doesn't raise his daughter right, he doesn't make simple repairs to the house, and what does he do? Drink, fish, and watch sports. Useless prick."
Edward snickered as she kicked the back tire of Charlie's squad car. Since she was a vampire, the whole side of the car collapsed inward.
"Mom!" Bella scolded, though she was biting back a smile.
"Oh, who cares? I'm sure it's just another thing to hate me for." Then she marched up to the door and started beating on it. "Charles Alexander Swan! You open this door right this instant!"
"This is going to be great," Edward whispered to Bella.
"He's probably going to have a heart attack," she fretted.
"He'll be fine," Edward assured her. No way was he going to let Charlie die of natural causes if he died today. It better be by Renee's hand, or his.
"What the infernal hell?" Charlie was yelling as he flung open the door, gun in hand. He froze when he saw his wife standing in the doorway, a furious look on her face, her red eyes burning into him. "What are you doing here?" he demanded, stupidly lifting his rifle, as if it could protect him.
"What am I doing? I'm here to have a little talk with you, Charlie. Put that ridiculous gun down right now."
"No. I have nothing to say to you. Maybe I can't kill you with this gun, but I can put a dent in that hard skin of yours."
Renee hissed and grabbed the gun, bending the barrel and tying it into a knot. Charlie gaped at her, and Edward let out a laugh. He already loved his mother-in-law.
"Now, if we're quite done being stupid, I'd like to come in and speak to you."
"You can't come into my house," Charlie told her.
Renee tossed back her head and laughed. "Your house? Did you forget whose parents gave us this house when we got married? It's my house. And if you don't stop being an asshole, I'll see to it that you're evicted from it."
"You're legally dead. It's mine now," Charlie told her with a smirk. Edward marveled that he was stupid enough not to be afraid of his wife. Anger burned the fear away, he guessed.
"So you had me declared dead, even though you knew I was alive. I think that's probably illegal, don't you, Edward?"
He smiled. "Sounds like fraud to me. I can get in touch with a lawyer if you like."
"Well, that'll depend on Charlie here. A lot of things depend on what he says in the next few minutes."
"Why are you here? You made it pretty damn clear years ago that you didn't want me; I hardly think you've changed your mind now. And why are you with Bella? You didn't want her either." Charlie's words were filled with all the hate he'd felt for her since she'd left.
"I'm here to clear up a few things. Don't worry. I don't want you or this house, seeing as you've let it go to the dogs."
"What do you want, Renee? And why are you here, Bella? I've said what I needed to say to you."
Renee reached out and grabbed Charlie by the neck, slamming him into the side of the house. "That's one of the things we're going to talk about. If you ever, ever, say one disrespectful word to or about our daughter again, I'll kill you. I'll crush your bones to bits, and I won't feel one bit sorry about it. Do you understand me?"
Charlie couldn't respond because he was turning red, his windpipe blocked by Renee's powerful grip. She flexed it and released him. He fell to the ground, gasping.
Renee bent down and got right in his face. "I've heard every awful word you said to her. How could you, Charlie? I understand why you hate me, even though that was misplaced, too. But our daughter? You were supposed to protect her, to love her and support her. She's happy, and you can't be happy for her because she became something you despised? You're a disgrace of a human being."
"At least I am a human," he managed to force out between deep breaths.
"Ahh, yes, vampires are awful. We ruin everything. Guess what, Charlie? I didn't leave you on purpose. I was more or less brainwashed by a vampire with a special ability. I never wanted to leave you, and I certainly didn't want to leave Bella."
Charlie shook his head slowly. "Are you forgetting I was there? You told me that you didn't want our boring little life anymore."
"And in what world did that sound like anything I'd say?" Renee demanded. "You knew me, Charlie. At least, I thought you did. How you could even think that I'd walk away from us, from our child, like that is beyond me."
"Fucking vampires. They changed you."
"Yes, they did. Against my will."
"Which only goes to show that I'm right about them."
Edward rolled his eyes and tightened his hold on Bella. He wanted to take her away from her father forever. He was sick of Charlie's stubborn attitudes.
"Which only goes to show that you're a narrow-minded idiot. Not all vampires are bad, just like not all humans are good. You wouldn't have a job if that were the case." Renee shook her head. "It doesn't matter. I'm not here to convince you that you're wrong about me." She looked at her daughter. "I'm here to tell you what an asshole you are for throwing our daughter away."
"She knew how I felt and she didn't care. She just let that vampire seduce her and-"
"She didn't let anything. He is her mate. The one for her. Just like, once upon a time, you were the one for me. I seem to remember that my parents weren't all that thrilled when I chose you, but they supported me anyway."
"That was different. I'm a human. You didn't have to become something you weren't to be with me."
"Didn't I? You weren't exactly in the same monetary bracket my parents were, and I had quite a bit of adjusting to do. They disapproved, but I didn't care. Why you wouldn't think of that when you were treating your daughter like crap is beyond me. You know what it feels like, Charlie."
"I did my best by her. She chose to leave me behind."
"She went to school! Which we wanted for her! We wanted her to get out of Forks and make a great life for herself."
"And she threw that all away to become a vampire."
Renee growled. "You stubborn fool. Look at her! Can't you see how special she is? She's found her place. She's the most powerful vampire that I've ever seen. She's happy and in love! She'll never get sick, never die. Why wouldn't you want that for her?"
Charlie furrowed his brow, glancing between his wife and his daughter. "I don't…she became what I hate. And she knew that. Maybe you didn't leave because you wanted to, but you still left. And I hardly want you back now, so if you're here for that…"
Renee threw back her head and laughed. "That's rich! Any love I had for you, any memory of it, died when I heard the way you treated Bella. No man that I would ever give my heart to would turn away from his child the way you did."
She jabbed her finger into his chest. "I'm here to tell you how wrong you were. I'm here to tell you I'm ashamed of the man you became and that I'm happy Bella managed to find a family who loves and accepts her for who she is and who she was meant to be. I'm here to tell you that she has me now, and she doesn't need your crappy parenting. And I'm here to remind you that if you ever dare to speak one bad word to or about her, I'll end you. That's a promise. You stay in this home that you managed to turn into a dump. It's reflecting perfectly the person you are now. You're not the man I thought you were, Charlie. I'll forever regret the years I lost with Bella, but I'm grateful that I didn't waste them on you."
And with that, she whirled around and walked over to where Edward and Bella stood. "Come on, baby. We're done here."
Bella glanced back at her father, watching from the doorway. She hoped she saw a flash of regret in his deep brown eyes, but it didn't matter. "Yeah, we are."
They hadn't heard from Charlie again, and Edward was glad. He had someone keeping an eye on him, just in case, but thus far he wasn't making any trouble. The other human bane of his existence, Jacob, had taken off when he'd heard that Bella married Edward in Italy. He'd been angry with his father for taking Edward's charity and supporting Bella and had left without a word. Edward was prepared to deal with him when and if he ever returned. He'd toyed with hunting him down but decided that he wasn't important enough to spend the effort.
"Are you sure you're okay with being here?" Edward asked Emmett. The first wedding, Emmett had had something else to focus on other than the union of mates. This time, there was no such distraction.
"I am," Emmett assured him. "Marcus and I talked a lot about things, and I'm going to wait. I have all the time in the world for Rose, if she changes her mind. I want her to be happy, and I'll do everything in my power to see that she is. Maybe someday you'll be standing next to me at our wedding. I'm going to hold on to that, for now."
Edward marveled at his brother's strength. "You're a good man, Emmett."
Demetri took his place between Emmett and Jasper. "Thanks for inviting me to the second shindig," he told Edward. "This one has some lovely new eye candy." He smiled at some of Bella's college friends who'd made their way to LaPush. "I love humans."
Edward laughed. "Just don't sneak off with the bridesmaids until after the reception, okay?"
"I'll try to restrain myself." He sent a seductive smile to a blonde sitting in the third row. "Maybe."
Edward shook his head. "You're incorrigible." But that was all he said as the music started up and the ceremony began.
Jessica and Lauren made their way down the aisle, shooting looks at his brothers as they took their places. He was pleased to see Emmett wink at Lauren. Maybe, just maybe, he'd fill the time while he waited for Rose. His brother deserved a good time. Jasper, of course, had plans for Jessica later. His brothers really did like humans.
Just like last time, all thoughts flew out of Edward's head the instant his Bella stepped into his vision. She was equally as beautiful as she was last time. This gown was strapless, with a shiny belt and then a layered skirt that made her look like she was floating through a soft cloud. She was an angel, slowly moving down the aisle, her hand on the back of Billy's wheelchair, her other arm linked with Renee's. Her hair was long and flowing over her shoulders, curling beautifully, and her face was flawless.
As she stepped to him and they took their vows in front of real friends and family, Edward thanked whatever being had brought Bella into his life. For far too many years, he'd been consumed with the need for vengeance and power, when all he'd really needed was her. The irony that she was powerful enough on her own to make the world theirs wasn't lost on him. It just wasn't important. At least not right now. They had decades, or centuries, to decide if they wanted to take more than what they had found in one another. They already had everything they needed.
He remembered the song that she'd told him reminded of her that first night they'd met. Was he a devil or an angel? It didn't matter. He'd be whatever she wanted. Always.
A/N So that's the end! I know some of you wanted complete resolution on Emmett and Rose but I prefer it this way. Some want her to run back to Em, some, I think, want her to stick to her guns. This way, either could have happened, if you want to know my personal preference, go ahead and ask :)
As to Charlie, there was no way Renee was going to be mated to him after the way he treated her daughter. Also, it is very rare for human couples to end up being vampire soulmates as the beloved (HAHA) Sulpicia told Bella. So, Renee hopefully has a mate out and about somewhere.
I hope you had a good time with this story. I really enjoyed challenging myself to do something different, third person and very little humor (some has to sneak in, it's me after all).
As I sit and watch the talk of the death of Robin Williams, someone I grew up watching all my life, I feel the need to tell you to be kind to everyone. You never now what's lurking beneath the surface of even the funniest, happiest seeming person. Depression is an awful thing. And if you're feeling alone, remember you have people who love you, even if they're people you've never met. Everyone matters.
There's no easy way to transition from what I just said, but I do want to thank Jenrar again for her beta work. I never knew how many mistakes I made until she came along! I'd also like to thank Angela for continuing to read every single word I write. She's been with me since before the fandom and through ofic. One of those people I love even though we've never met!
I'm taking a mini-break and hope to have the first chapter of the Sideline sequel ready to go with the kickoff of the NFL season in September. So just a few weeks away! Thank you and see you then!