Thank you every one who enjoyed the story and thanks to everyone who reviewed I really hope you ALL enjoyed it. This story was inspired by the song: Need To Be Next To You By Leigh Nash the lead singer of Sixpence None The Richer.
Chapter 20 – Next To You
Veronica rolled around slightly as she rolled into something hard and warm. When her eyes fluttered open she saw a hard chest staring back at her. A rumbling chuckle vibrated the body that was attaché to the chest. She looked up and came face to face with Paul's soft onyx eyes as laughter dancing in them. Paul smirked as he leaned down and kissed her lips softly. "How long have I been out?"
"A good few hours; you needed the rest though." Paul informed her. "Embry's awake and has been asking to see you. Dr. Cullen is in checking him out right now. I was going to wake you when doc finished. Apparently he and Leah had patched things up; she's walking around with a cheesy smile on her face and can't stop staring at the engagement ring on her finger."
Veronica smiled softly. "I'm glad they fixed everything." She started honestly. "I want to go see him. Will you wait for me outside and take me home once we finish? I really want a shower and get in my own clothes."
Paul chuckled as they stood up from the bed. "Of course I will. I'm ready for a shower of my own. Maybe I'll even join you." He watched as she blushed slightly and he laughed again as he kissed her lip softly. They walked downstairs and joined everyone in the kitchen.
A few minutes later, Dr. Cullen walked out of the room and smiled. "I removed his stitches, he healed absolutely perfectly. I've told him I don't want him to phase for at least two days. After that he can go crazy." Sam thanked Dr. Cullen as they walked out of the house.
Leah walked out of the room and went to Veronica. "He wants to see you if you're up for it. I'll stay out here and keep these nosy hearing enhanced bastards away from your conversation."
Veronica giggled as she watched Leah usher every one with enhanced hearing out of the house. "Thanks." She called over her shoulder as she turned on her heals and walked into the room. Embry was standing by the window when she walked in.
Embry's eyes drifted over to the bedroom door when it opened and closed. As soon as he locked eyes with his little sister he walked over and pulled her into his arms. His eyes closed up tight when she began to sob against his chest.
Veronica swatted is chest. "I can't believe you put your life on the line. Are you fuckin crazy? You could've been killed Embry. I don't care how mad I get at you or what kind of fighting we do. I don't ever want you to die. You're my big brother and no matter what happens you're one of my best friends Embry. I love you. I don't even want to know what my life would be like without my brother."
Embry frowned as he held his sister tighter. "I love you too Roni. I know I fucked up but I'll spend the rest of my life making it up to you I swear on my life. I never want to go through life without my little sister in it; not ever again." Embry kissed the top of her head a couple of times.
"You don't have to make it up to me anymore. You saved Paul for me. And you're still alive; I forgive you. I forgive you times a thousand. I just want you to stay in my life." Her voice sounded as if she was almost begging him.
Embry smiled widely. "I will, I promise; forever."
"Good. Now go kiss you fiancé. She's been missing you." Veronica teased as she turned and left the room, but not before she gave him one last hug and kissed his cheek,.
Paul had been sitting on the front porch steps when his head turned back and watched as Veronica walked out of the house. Paul stood up as she walked down the steps. "Do you guys get everything worked out?"
Roni nodded. "Yea, we've both agreed to just forgive, forget and move on." She stopped on the last step as she brought her hands up to Paul's shoulders as her hands slid up and cupped his warm neck she leaned over and rubbed her nose against his.
When she leaned into him his arms automatically went around her as she buried her face in the side of his neck and giggled against his bare skin. Paul couldn't help the groan that escaped his mouth. It was blissful torture when she would giggle against his neck. It didn't matter how many times she did that he would never get tired of it or get used to it and it always made him weak. But for her he would be anything she wanted; weak strong - whatever.
"How about that shower now?" Her sweet lips whispered in his ear and he was almost willing to take her back inside Emily and Sam's and was tempted to take their upstairs shower hostage for the remainder of the night.
Paul nodded curtly as he suddenly lifted her from the porch steps and carried her to his truck he had run back to their house and grabbed his truck and drove it back. He placed her in the truck next to him; she snuggled up to him as he drove. He nearly came unglued as she sat on her knees and her soft lips made their way around the side of his neck and ear. "If you keep that up beautiful I'm going to crash."
"Hmm, I don't think you will. You're all about protecting me. You'd never put me into harm's way." Her breath brushed against his ear; as her lips tickled the shell of his hear. Her tongue brushed against his ear lobe and he swallowed hard. "I love you. I really can't wait until we get married. I want to be married to you for the rest of my life. You're the only person I want to share my life with."
Paul's hand patted her knee. "I love you too. I love you with everything in me baby."
After much love making in and out of the shower; they both passed out in each other's arms. The vampire threat was back down to a negative level, but they would always patrol. There was always a vampire who thought they were smarter that the wolves. Too bad they never realized just how stupid they were until it was too late and the wolves had torn them apart.
-6 Months Later-
Embry chuckled as he watched Veronica fidget in front of a full length mirror. She looked absolutely beautiful from head to toe. She was wearing a simple white spaghetti strapped dress, it stopped just above her knees and her feet were encased in white heels that strapped around her ankles. He couldn't believe how beautiful she looked. Her hair was left down with a few sporadic curls in it.
Veronica looked over her shoulder at Embry; he looked so handsome in his tuxedo. Veronica walked over and fixed his tie. "So how nervous is Paul?"
Embry chuckled. "Last time I saw him a few minutes ago he looked like he was ready shit purple twinkies."
Veronica couldn't help the giggles as they spilled from her lips. She pushed up on her toes as she kissed his cheek, making sure her lip gloss didn't leave a mark. "C'mon let's get married."
Embry nodded. "Absolutely little sister." He held out his arm as Roni placed her hand in the bend of his elbow and led her out of the small room as they stood in front of the double doors that were hiding the alter to the church.
"Good lord don't let me fall." Veronica whispered to her brother who just nodded in complete understanding.
The double door were flung open and Veronica locked eyes with Paul who was standing at the alter; Embry was right he looked EXTREMELY nervous. As they walked towards the alter, she let a smile take over everything as she winked at him to let him know he could calm down.
Once Veronica was standing next to Paul, Embry took his place next to Paul as the double doors in the back of the church opened again to reveal Leah standing in a beautiful strapless floor length white dress; at her side Seth smiling brightly as he smiled down at his sister. Leah couldn't keep the twinkle out of her eyes as Seth walked her down to the alter and she took her place next to Embry.
As the couples turned to face the pastor, the double wedding was underway.
Forty-five minutes later, the double wedding couples were dancing on the floor at their double reception. Paul twirled Veronica around the floor several times. "See I told you I'd make it up to you."
Veronica smiled softly. "I know you've always been good about keeping your promises. Think you'll be able to keep those same promises and more when we start having babies?" She felt Paul's arm tighten around her waist as he light kissed her lips and spun her around a lightly.
"Absolutely, tons more promises. Anything you need I can promise. I swear on my life. It's all worth it for you Roni. You're my wife and you will be for the rest of our life on this Earth. We're going to be next to each other forever. I don't want you next to anyone else but me." Paul practically pledged.
Veronica giggled as she nodded. She knew he wasn't kidding. He may have been a goofball some days, but she knew when it came to making and keeping promises, he would NEVER let her down. "I'm always going to need to be next to you. I don't want to be next to anyone else. I guess we'll see. I'll have to put you to the test for the next six months."
Paul suddenly stopped as his smile slid off his handsome face. "Veronica, what are you telling me? Are you telling me what I think you're telling me?"
Veronica's smile lit up the whole dance floor and suddenly Paul had noticed the glow she had on her face and had practically had on her all day and for a while. "In six months I won't be the only one next to you. You're going to be a daddy and I'm going to be a mommy." Roni giggled as Paul slowly sank down to his knees in front of her as he wrapped his arms around her waist and softly kissed her lower abdomen.
Paul stood up as he kissed her lips passionately. "Let's just go home already. I'm ready to lay next to you for the rest of my life starting tonight."
Veronica couldn't agree more.