It's been a week since we got back from phase one of our plan and next week is the anniversary of Emmett's change. I know it's a day that's always held sadness for him but he never told anyone else about it but me. I knew I wanted to do some thing special for him to make this day of sadness into one of joy and happiness, so I racked my brain for days trying to come up with an idea that was good enough but couldn't come up with anything. Towards the end of day three I got to thinking about our plan to follow Alice and Jasper to the Mall of America when it came to me. God I am a genius. I made all the arrangements, bought everything that I needed and wrapped it in a big box. It was filled with some things he would need for his surprise as well as some things that I wanted him to have for the trip. A new pair of converse, some vintage frayed jeans, a hooters shirt, a pair of Oakley's, and a new I Pod full of perfect music for his surprise. Now all I have to do is wait until the big day.
After what felt like weeks, the big day was finally here and I just couldn't wait to give him his gift. Jasper keeps giving me weird looks because he is picking up on all the excitement I am sending out. I am practically bouncing in place waiting for Emmett to come out of his room. Finally, an hour later he finally comes out and makes is way over to me, giving me his trademark "Emmett smile". When he reached my side I couldn't stop myself, I threw myself at him, gave him one of our huge bear hugs and screamed "HAPPY ANNIVERSARY BLACK BEAR". His eyes got big and he honestly looked surprised. I ran to where I had everything hid. I came back with hundreds of brown and black balloons, party hats and his box. I hadn't seen him this happy in a long time.
By this time the entire family came down to the living room to see what all the commotion was about. Rosalie being the bitch she is was upset that some one other than herself was getting any attention. She looked at us and asked "What is all this about, what's going on?" Emmett looked at her and shrugged his shoulders. Ok, it's time to get this show on the road.
"Well as we all know today is the anniversary of Emmett's change. Well I know that he is always a bit off this day every year. He is my best friend, my black bear so I wanted to change this day into a day that will have happy memories for him from now on, so I planned some thing for us to do."
I turned went and picked up the box, turned to him and said "Emmett, I can't thank you for being such a great friend to me and being just an amazing person, I hope my gift helps you have nothing but great memories of this day from here on out."
He looked at me with venom filled eyes and took the box and said "Wow Bella I don't know what to say. You are the best friend anyone could ever ask for. Thank you so much brown bear" He then slowly opened the box and started to take things out. The first thing he pulled out were the Oakley's. He smiled so big and put them on. Rosalie looked pissy, but I didn't care, this was about making my black bear happy. Next he pulled out the new converse. He pumped his fists in the air and put them on. I swear the smile on his face was so big it looked like it hurt. I loved to see him this happy and I knew it would only get better as he pulled things out of the box. He reached back into the box and pulled out the vintage jeans and hooters shirt. He looked at me, laughed, launched himself at me to give me a bear hug then ran upstairs to change into them. As he made his appearance Jasper was bursting with excitement and joy, Alice was her normal bubbly self, Edward looked bored, Esme and Carlisle looked happy and Rosalie looked like she was going to claw my eyes out for buying him these things.
I looked at him and said "Looking good black bear". He just beamed at me. He dove back into the box and pulled out the I pod. He looked at me with a huge grin and hooked it up to the docking station on the fire place. First song on it was "Highway to hell". He pumped his fists in the air and started to dance. Of course I couldn't let him dance alone so I joined him. We were laughing the whole time and even got Jasper to dance with us. When the song was over I turned the I pod off and told him there was some thing else left in the box. His eyes sparkled and ran back to the box and pulled out the folder. He opened it and his eyes went round as saucers and he froze right where he stood. After about 5 minutes he snapped out of it, looked at me and quietly said, "Bella, are you serious? You really did all this for me?" Alice was nearly bursting with curiosity and finally screamed out "Emmett what is it, what did she get you?"He turned to me and just hugged me and whispered "Thank you" in my ear. I knew that everyone was going crazy so I asked him if it was ok if I told every one and he nodded. He was far too emotional to speak at the moment.
"Well you all know how Emmett and I feel about having fun right?" Every one nodded their heads in agreement. "Well I got him a road trip for us to take together. But not just any old boring road trip, we are road tripping to every single amusement park on the continent. We leave as soon as he is ready and will be gone for a few months if not longer. We are taking his jeep and just winging it. You know the rules of a kick ass road trip right Emmett."
"DAMN STRAIGHT BELLA" he screamed. He was so happy that I wanted to cry. Edward looked ecstatic all of the sudden as did Rosalie. Huh, I wonder what that is all about?
Emmett was bouncing in place thinking out loud. "OMG I have to pack, I have to gas up the jeep, I have to…" I cut him off at that point and said "Emmett, we aren't packing anything. We are seeing where the road takes us and buying what we need when we need it".
At this little bit of information he picked me up and swung me around in circles. "Bella you are the BEST! Can we leave now?"
I smiled at him and said "Black bear I was hoping you would say that, you've changed into your traveling outfit, got your shades, your road trip music and we've got every thing else we need, lets bounce!"
He ran to our parents hugged them, grabbed my hand and the folder, ran out of the house screaming "Bye everyone, love you".
I told everyone bye though my laughs. He threw me in the passenger seat, hopped over me to his seat and gunned it.
The next several hours passed with the two of us singing along to every single song on the play list and talking about how much fun we were going to have. When we finally reached California he pulled the jeep over to the side of the road. He was uncharacteristically quiet and stayed that way for close to twenty minutes. Just when I thought I was going to burst with curiosity, he turned to look at me and had so much emotion in his eyes it just took my breath away.
I reached over and pulled him to me and just held him. Then I whispered in his ear "Black bear, I did this because I love you and want nothing more than for you to always be happy. I can't stand to see you hurting or sad. I knew that this day always held great sadness for you and I just couldn't sit allow that anymore. Plus, we both know we have more fun when it's just us." He just laughed and hugged me tighter.
"You are so right brown bear, you are so right." He righted himself and got back on the road. I let him drive for thirty more minutes before I tell him I want to pull over and get a room for the night. I have another surprise for him and we will need a room. Since neither of us were high maintance bitches, we decided to stay at a Motel 6. Once we get into the room I tell him to sit on the bed with his eyes closed and to listen to his I Pod so I could run out to the jeep and get the bag I had hidden in the back seat. I decided I would go human speed to make him wait just a bit longer than he thinks he'll have to wait. After all, what's a surprise without the anticipation? I knew he was going to love this next surprise and I was far too excited for him to see that I had bought him an X Box, a PS3, and a Wii to play at night or when we were staying in a hotel having down time. When I couldn't take dragging it out any longer I yanked the ear buds out of his ears and told him to open his eyes. When he did he got the biggest smile on his face and picked me up, crushing me into his chest and swung me around saying "Brown bear, thank you so much!" As quickly as he had picked me put me back down on my feet and said "So, care to get your X Box on with me?" I simply laughed, nodded my head in agreement and settled in for a night full of gaming with my best friend.
Even though the next three days were going to be rare over cast, rainy days in California, I knew that we would need a different vehicle to travel in. After all, the Jeep isn't really vampire friendly when the sun was shinning. I asked Emmett if I could drive because there was some thing that I needed to take care of before we headed for Disneyland. He agreed and got into the passenger seat. Once we pulled out of the hotel I told him to look in the glove compartment. He looked confused but did what I asked and pulled out a brand new PSP and a big book of games and movies for it. He thanked me and dove right into the games. An hour later I pulled up to where I needed to go, a Hummer dealership. He was really into his game because he didn't even notice we stopped driving, let alone where we were. I got his attention away from his game and told him we were there. He looked up from his game and I could tell he was confused. I turned to him and said "Emmett as you can see we are at a Hummer dealership. I knew that we wouldn't be able to travel in the jeep long because of the sun. But, I didn't want to leave your jeep behind because I know you hate it when Rosalie tinkers with it without your permission. So this is another part of your surprise road trip. I am going to buy you a brand new hummer with all the bells and whistles we need and you want. I'm not going to make you trade in your jeep so we can have it stored some where or shipped back to the house if you'd like."
He looked at me in shock and couldn't speak. Well, well, well, it looks like I am one very talented vampire. I must be if I was able to make one speechless. Very talented indeed!