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"Congratulations, Carlisle. We're so happy for you!" I pulled him into a hug and kissed his cheek.

Esme had just given birth to a beautiful baby girl and the entire Cullen clan had convened at the house for a celebration dinner.

"Thank you, Bella. It means a lot to Esme that the family has all come to visit."

He was holding his first-born daughter's hand, Gabriella. She was a spitting image of her father: blonde hair and blue eyes.

"Daddy, can I go play with Christopher?"

Christopher was Rosalie and Emmett's 4-year-old son.

"Okay, sweetheart. Have fun." After he kissed her on the forehead, she ran over to the little boy and they began a game of tag.

Edward and I had just graduated from Dartmouth. I had been in grad school and working on my PhD for English and Literature and Edward had just been accepted into medical school.

"Bella, Edward!" Esme exclaimed as she walked into the living room "Are you hungry? Dinner is almost ready."

Just then Alice and Jasper walked through the door.

"Alice!" I ran over to her and wrapped my arms around her tiny frame. She hugged me back and we squealed with delight.

"Oh, Bella! I've missed you so much! How are you and Edward?" she looked around for a moment. "Where is my brother, anyway?"

I looked around the room and found Edward talking to Carlisle and Esme about something. Then, they pulled him into a tight embrace and Esme kissed his cheek. Carlisle congratulated him and shook his hand.

When he spotted Alice and I staring, he gave us a toothy grin and walked over to greet Alice, ignoring my questioning look.

Dinner with the family was a happy occasion. We all laughed and told stories of our current endeavors. Carlisle had remained a surgeon at the hospital. Now that they were aging, the Cullens never had to relocate every few years.

Esme worked in architecture and landscaping, but she was currently taking time off to take care of Gabriella and her new baby, Julianna.

Alice and Jasper had been living in Paris for the past year. Alice was in the process of launching her own fashion line and Jasper was willing to follow wherever she went.

Rosalie and Emmett had moved to California. Rosalie was a stay at home mom while her husband was a gym teacher at a local high school.

After our meal, we all convened into the living room. I held baby Julianna in my arms. I marveled at how beautiful she was. She fell asleep shortly after a game of peek-a-boo. I wondered what Edward's baby would look like. Speaking of Edward, he was staring at me in the most unusual way. There were multiple emotions playing on his face.

"What are you looking at?" I said defensively.

"You, Bella. You're beautiful."

His compliment made me blush and I ducked my head in embarrassment.


Throughout the drive, Edward and I held hands in the car. The Cullens had bought Edward and I an apartment in Seattle to encourage us to visit more often. When we walked through the threshold, Edward suddenly had his mouth on mine.

Ever since that first time, our physical relationship has never been the same. We were just as passionate for one another since the beginning. Even though we were human, the intense love and desire our relationship hadn't been phased throughout out our five plus years together.

His hands groped all over my body. Soon, our clothes were strewn all over the floor…


I awoke to the early birds chirping their songs and the sun just coming up, shining through the window. I was completely naked under the covers lying on my tummy. The warmth from the sun felt good on my bare back. Edward was stroking my hand and giving it a kiss every now and then. I felt his eyes on me, waiting for me to open my eyes.

"Good morning, Sleeping Beauty." He murmured.

The first thing I saw was his beautiful face. His deep, green irises mesmerized me and I lost my train of thought.

A gleam from the corner of my eye brought me back out of my trance. He held my fingers up to his face and kissed my ring finger. It was then I noticed that there was a ring settled there. Not just any ring, but the most gorgeous, magnificent engagement ring I had ever seen. I looked up to see his expression.

"Edward, what is this…?"

His gaze became very intent and he was looking straight into my eyes. It was as if he could see my soul, and he was pleased with what he saw.

"Isabella," he pronounced my name slowly and cautiously.

"You are the most important thing in my life, the most important thing to be ever. And, now that I am able to give you everything that you deserve, I would like to ask you to give me something…"

"Anything," I breathed.

He took a deep breath, his eyes scorching.

"This ring was my mother's and I want you to have it now."

He took my hand in both of his.

"Isabella Marie Swan, would you do me the greatest honor of marrying me?"

I briefly thought of what to say. Some options I was considering were down right romantic and gooey. Probably far cheesier than he though I was capable of, so I just answered simply.

"Yes." I whispered.

"Thank you." His face was plastered with happiness. Then, we kissed passionately and continued where we left off from last night…