Mr. Banner was busy.
And so did everyone in my workplace.
Today was the day when our bookstore would become the venue of the book launching.
Thanks to Edward.
He spoke to my boss and after having some negotiations, my boss agreed to hold the event in his bookstore. Like I said, it has been a while since that kind of event was held in this place.
I've met the author of the book once and also the publisher. Even though my boss' bookstore was not famous, but they seemed pleased about it.
Edward came to the event the day of the event. He watched me moving around to prepare the venue and when nobody noticed, he dragged me to one of the aisles and kissed me hard.
"What was that for?" I asked him when he broke the kiss.
He smiled and caressed my cheek. "I miss you."
I made a face and laughed lightly. "Can we wait until the event is over? Gosh, Edward. The author is your colleague. Make a good impression for him, will you?"
Edward shrugged. "I don't need that. He knows I'm madly in love with you."
Sometimes his words were so sweet.
I raised my eyebrows. "Are you always like this? Seducing every woman between the aisles of the book shelves?"
"What every woman? I only have one woman."
I rolled my eyes and hit his head with a paper which I hold playfully.
"Go sit down while I try to do an event here."
Edward chuckled and kissed me briefly before he held my hand and we emerged from the aisle. It was a good thing no one seemed to realize we were missing.
The event ran smoothly and everyone looked happy. Edward called me when his colleague and the publisher were going to leave our bookstore.
"Thank you for everything, Miss Swan. You are very helping," the publisher complimented me. She was a middle aged woman with red hair and green eyes; although they were not as beautiful as Edward.
I smiled. "The pleasure is mine. I'm looking forward to have another event here."
"Bella is a very smart woman. She also likes to read and wants to become an editor. Perhaps you can help her-" Suddenly Edward said and my eyes widened.
"Really? That would be great. Come to my office on Monday, Miss Swan. Perhaps I could do something about it," the woman answered back and gave me her business card.
"T-thank you," I stammered.
She smiled and walked out from the room, followed by Edward's colleague after he shaking my boyfriend's hand.
When they were out of my sight, I turned to Edward.
"What have you done?"
"Just gave you an opportunity. I heard she needs an editor and I remember you want to become one…so, why not?"
I exhaled. "I feel like I owe you if I do get this job."
Edward chuckled and kissed my forehead. "You owe me nothing, beautiful. Just promise me you'll never kick my ass."
I finally got the job and I guessed kicking Edward's ass was out from the option if he did something stupid.
I looked over at Edward who fidgeted on his seat. I smiled slightly.
"Edward, just relax. My father won't bite," I assured him. We were on our way to see my dad in Forks. Well, actually I was accompanied Edward to see my dad.
"Yeah, he won't bite, but he has a gun," he said nervously.
I rolled my eyes. "This is your idea so just deal with it."
Edward sighed and ran a hand through his hair while the other hand still gripped the steering wheel. "I know. I'm sorry, baby. I just feel nervous. I'd rather face a murderer in court rather than this."
I smirked. "Are you saying that a murderer is better than my dad?"
Edward's eyes widened. "No! That was not what I meant."
I giggled. He was definitely so cute when he was nervous. I kissed his cheek. "Don't worry. I was just joking."
He took a deep breath while I was laughing softly.
Actually Edward didn't need to feel nervous. My parents already knew about us, but Edward insisted he wanted to introduce himself properly. Such a chivalrous man that he was. And of course the fact didn't help to make Edward confident enough to meet my dad.
I held his hand when we walked to my dad's front door. It was passed lunch time and we would return to Seattle in the afternoon.
"Here goes nothing," he murmured when I knocked the front door.
I only shook my head and the front door opened. I smiled. "Hi, Dad."
My dad gave us a small smile. "Hi, there, honey. " And then, he looked over at Edward. "You must be Edward."
Edward smiled and his confidence somehow returned. "I am. It's a pleasure to meet you, Chief Swan."
My dad gave him a slight nod.
The rest of the meeting ran smoothly. Edward and my dad looked comfortable and I only smiled seeing both of them. When the time was arrived for us to go back to Seattle, my dad spoke briefly to me while Edward was waiting next to his car.
"So, is that him?" my dad asked.
I nodded and blushed slightly.
"He looks like a great guy. I hope you both are happy together."
I smiled. "Thanks, Dad. And yes, I'm happy."
My dad pursued his lips. "But, he's not a dirty lawyer, right?"
I blinked. "Huh?"
"You know…the one who plays dirty in the court?"
I rolled my eyes. "Of course not, Dad. I don't want to be with him if he's like that."
My dad nodded. "Then, I gave him the right answer."
My dad shrugged. "You'll see."
And today we were on our way to Phoenix to see my mom. Again, it was Edward's idea. He was determined to introduce himself to my parents.
We arrived in Phoenix when the day turned twilight and there was no other way than stay the night in Phil and my mom's house. Edward was less nervous this time perhaps because he already talked to my mom several times before.
My mom greeted us and ushered us to have dinner first. My step father, Phil, was still practicing baseball so he was not home yet. My mom looked so happy she could finally met Edward and they talked just like old friends. When Edward used the bathroom to have a shower and changed his clothes, I sat with my mom in the living room watching TV.
"I like him, Bella," my mom told me while her finger pressed the buttons from the remote randomly.
I smiled. "Thanks, Mom."
"He knows about the cards, doesn't he?"
I nodded. "I read him a few times."
My mom nodded thoughtfully.
I bit my lip and looked over at her. "Mom, will you be a Tarot reader for the rest of your life?" That was one question I wanted to ask to my mom since the beginning of my relationship with Edward. I wanted to know if Phil ever felt bothered by her skill in reading those cards. Edward often assured me he didn't mind, but I wanted to make sure.
She sighed and turned off the TV. "Maybe. Why do you ask?"
She smiled and stroked my hair. "Being a reader is your choice. The cards won't go anywhere even though you don't touch them for a long time. But, people around you will probably still need your ability. You can do it to help others if you don't feel want to do it personally."
She got the point.
My mom kissed my cheek. "He's a wonderful guy, Bella. I can see he loves you so much; a reader or not."
I smiled and blushed.
"Do you want to have your shower? Edward will sleep here or unless you both…you know…" My mom grinned.
I rolled my eyes. "With his chivalrous behavior, I bet he will sleep here in the couch."
My mom giggled.
One year later
I unpacked my box in the corner of the room. Today I was moving in with Edward. It was a big step in our relationship and I was sure there would be another in the future. We already in the relationship for a year and we knew each other family well so when Edward asked me to live together with him I couldn't say no. I knew he was serious about us.
"Hey, baby. Are you busy?"
I turned around and saw him popped his head on the door.
"Um…no. What's wrong?" I asked him curiously.
"I…uh…I bought you a new pack of cards and I wanted to try it with you. Could you read me?" he bit his lip, a gesture which positively he learned from me.
I blinked. "Uh…sure."
I got up from my spot and followed him to his living room. My boxes were scattered around the apartment, but Edward didn't seem notice. I made a mental note to unpack as fast as I can.
We both sat on the couch and Edward glanced at me nervously.
"Are you alright?" I asked him again.
"Err…yeah…" he gave me a pack of cards and I looked over to the pattern on the card. It was beautiful and complicated. I had no idea where he bought these.
I gave him a look before I shuffled the cards and told Edward to tell me when he wanted me to stop. He took a deep breath and then he said stop. I put the rest of the cards on the table and flipped open the card on my hand.
This was not a Tarot card.
My heart hammered in my chest and I looked at Edward in a daze.
He gave me a small smile. "What do you say, Bella?"
I looked again to the card and made sure I wasn't wrong, but the letters on the card were still the same.
'Will you marry me?'
My eyes watered and I laughed shakily. "Did you know you will have this card before?"
Edward grimaced and took the pile of cards on the table. His cheeks were slightly pink when he showed me the cards. I bursted out laughing when I saw all the cards were the same. All of the cards were having the 'will you marry me?' quotes.
"You don't want to take chances, do you?" I asked him, smiling while I wiped my unshed tears.
"I work with chances every day, Bella. But, I don't want to play chances with you. I want to be with you and you haven't answered my question yet?" He looked deeply into my eyes. "Will you marry me, Isabella Swan?"
I smiled widely. "Yes."
Edward blinked. "Yes?"
I laughed. "Yes."
He laughed breathlessly and kissed me deeply. After a moment, he ended the kiss and pulled out a black box from his pocket. He opened it and I gasped in amazement. Inside the box was my engagement ring, simple yet so beautiful. Edward took the ring and placed it on my left ring finger. He kissed the ring and the back of my hand before he stroked my face.
"My fiancé," he whispered.
I smiled and blushed. "Did you already ask my dad for his blessing?"
He grinned. "Of course I did."
I furrowed my eyebrows. I didn't remember him ever called my dad in front of me or maybe he called my dad behind my back...but, still I was curious.
Edward shrugged. "When we met your dad over a year ago."
I racked my brain for the memory and almost gasped when I remember my dad told me, "Then, I gave him the right answer."
At that time I knew Edward already planned to marry me and already asked my dad, but he still waited until I was ready. Oh, that man. Still held onto his chivalrous way.
"You already planned this since one year ago?"
"Actually I planned this since we were only friends. That was why I wanted my parents to know you in the beginning of our relationship. I told you before, baby. I'm serious about us."
This man was so good to be true.
I stroked his cheek. "I love you."
Edward's eyes glinted and he kissed my forehead. "I love you to, Bella. So much." He looked into my eyes lovingly. "Do you remember the last time you read me a year ago?"
"In your living room?" I asked him.
Edward nodded. "You didn't tell me what the card was. What is it, Bella? I'm curious until now, but I always forget to ask you."
I smiled. "That card is The World."
"And you said it was a good card," Edward piped in.
"It was and still does."
He looked at me curiously. "How so?"
"It tells us full happiness is also to give back to the world, sharing what we have learned or gained. Or you can say you'll have a new life," I explained to him.
Edward smiled and wrapped his arms on my waist and pulled me close. "I'll have my new life with you. It's a good card."
"Will you continue to read the cards?"
I took a deep breath. "What do you think?"
My fiancé shrugged. "I don't really mind. That's your skill. It comes handy in some situations."
I rolled my eyes and hit his chest playfully. Edward only grinned and pinned me on the couch before he kissed me senseless.
That card was not only meant for Edward, but for me too.
And I guessed my journey had just begun.
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