AN: here we are, last chapter. I enjoyed writing the story and hearing all your comments. Thanks so much for your reviews and the PMs and the many compliments. I don't like lengthy author's notes... so here it is... let me know what you think :)

Chapter 18

Paul was feeling restless, finally when he had enough he took off his mobile and wrote a text.

Jacob, take her the fuck back or I'll hunt you down.

He looked up and met Sam's eyes. "What? She's my mate, and he better get her back in one piece and not have tried anything with her or I'll rip his arms off him."

"He loved her even before you knew who she was." Sam said trying to defend Jacob.

"He probably did, but she choose me and he'll have to move on. Honestly Sam I get that all of you are rooting for him, but I love her and she loves me back." Paul replied.

Sam looked surprised. "Did you say love?"

Paul passed a hand though his hair feeling embarrassed to admit it with his Alpha. He knew the way the pack thought that he wasn't a one woman's man. But he had changed, Bella had changed him. "Yeah, I'm totally head over heels for her. She's just… amazingly stubborn, brave and beautiful. The kindness of her heart is equal to her beauty."

Sam smiled showing that he was amused. "I never thought I would live to see the day that a woman would bring you to your senses. Paul, I'm happy for you… really. I'm just sorry that Jacob won't have his happy ending, he loved that girl through so much."

Paul sighed. "I know Sam, but if you asked me if knowing what I know now if I would choose her again… I would. And I'm sorry too for him, but she's mine and I won't give her up not for him, for the pack or for my tribe."

Sam nodded. "You have my support."

Jared then said. "And mine, I'm happy for you bro."

Paul smiled and relaxed, his two friends were finally standing by him. His phone blipped.

We'll be there in an hour.

"He'll be back with her soon." Paul informed Jared and Sam.

Paul started pacing back and forth until he felt her, she was close. The door opened and he met her eyes. Nothing else existed, she ran into his arms and he kissed her, his mouth crushed hungrily on hers, she replied by opening her mouth and engaging his tongue in a heated battle. His hands slid automatically around her waist and he pulled her closer hearing her moaning.

A throat was cleared and Paul moved his mouth away and looked up to see the shocked faces of Sam and Jared and the saddened face of Jacob. He refused to apologize for kissing his mate, but he felt slightly guilty to witness Jacob's pain.

"Jacob I…" He didn't really know what to say because he wasn't sorry to have fallen in love with the woman in his arms, he wasn't sorry to spend the rest of his life with Bella Swan.

"Paul, don't say anything." Jacob replied. "I know that the situation was really… quite complicated. I do love her but my wolf knew the connection your wolf had with her. I don't know if it's because I'm destined to be Alpha but there were a lot of times that I wondered how you didn't notice it. Bella and I talked a lot, and I know now that she loved me enough to leave Edward. Unfortunately fate brought her away from me and I know of the legend of our tribe, the Spirits have blessed your union with her."

Bella had buried her head in his chest, she wasn't saying anything. He could feel her pain, he knew what she had given up when she had chosen him over Jacob and he would forever be grateful that she did.

Jacob took a deep breath and went on. "I wish things were different, but now I can try to move on. She's human and she's happy, although I would have wanted that with me… well, I know you'll take care of her and she really loves you… God knows why."

Paul chuckled, and so did Jared and Sam.

"What are your plans Paul?" Sam asked.

Paul looked down at Bella while she looked up at him, their eyes met and he almost stopped breathing. He had missed her so much.

"Paul?" Jared said and Paul looked at them and noticed their amused stares.

He growled, but then smirked. "I know… I'm totally whipped."

Jacob smiled, although his smile didn't reach his eyes. Paul's respect for him increased tenfold, Jacob Black was an honorable man and Paul wished him to find happiness with another woman.

"Swan?" He said and when she looked at him he went on. "What do you say to make an honorable man out of me? I want to marry you the Quileute way. I know you won't be able to have your identity back, but with some explanation we can involve your dad in your life. We can't live in Forks, but there are a lot of places we can visit after the ceremony. We'll choose where to live together."

Bella smiled softly at him. "I would love to marry you… and I talked with Jacob, my dad is dating Sue so he found out about vampires and werewolves. We can definitely talk to him though I won't be able to show my face in Forks ever again."

"So Mrs. Lahote, shall we go back then?" He asked her.

She nodded. "Yes."

Paul turned to look at Sam. "Do you think Old Quil will officiate the ceremony?"

"I'll make sure he will." Sam replied.

"After that we'll have a very long honeymoon." Paul told Bella smirking at her.

She laughed and walked out of his arms. "As long as you haven't got weird ideas about me, you and a truck ever again. I'm going to say goodbye to Emmett and Rose."

When she left he turned to see his brother's puzzled expression, he shrugged his shoulders. "You don't really want me to tell you about my sexual fantasies…"

Jacob placed his hands on his ears. "I don't want to hear anything else. I'm leaving… I had enough of you. I'll see you and Bells soon." He nodded to him. "Take care of my Bells or I'll kill you."

Paul nodded back. "I will… and thank you. I don't know if I would have been so accepting."

Jacob smiled sadly and then left. Sam and Jared bid their goodbyes and followed Jake out.

Bella came back with a smile. "So Mr. Lahote will we have time to stop to a thermal spa before the wedding?"

He laughed and nodded. "Are you ready to spend the rest of your life with me?"

"I am. There's no one else I would rather be with. I love you Paul." She whispered.

He took her hand in his and kissed her wedding ring. "My wolf and I do too."