Disclaimer: Not mine…just playing with SM's characters. The plot is all mine though so no stealing it. Stealing is bad.
A/N: Thank you so much for reading & reviewing! I am SO sorry that I haven't replied to everyone's reviews! I promised myself when I started fic that I would always respond, and I'm disappointed in myself that I haven't kept that up on this story. My goal is to resume responding to all reviews again.
Anyway…I would say that there is less than 5 chapters left in the story. After this chapter we'll be doing a lot of time jumps so I hope you all pay attention to that. :-D
Special thanks as always to my friend and beta eternally_addicted for making all of my nonsense make sense.
From this moment I have been blessed
I live only for your happiness
And for your love I'd give my last breath
From this moment on
I give my hand to you with all my heart
Can't wait to live my life with you, can't wait to start
You and I will never be apart
My dreams came true because of you
- Shania Twain, "From This Moment"
Chapter 28 – From This Moment
"I think I'm going to be sick."
"Just breathe, Bella. Everything is going to be fine."
Bella shook her head. "I'm going to puke."
Alice let out a huff and adjusted a tendril that has escaped from Bella's updo.
"Rosalie! Angela! Anyone! Someone get in here and slap some sense into Bella!"
Rosalie, Angela, Renee, and Esme quickly appeared in the doorway to the suite in which Bella was currently getting ready in.
"What is it, baby?" Renee asked, kneeling in front of her daughter.
"She thinks she's going to throw up," Alice responded for a silent Bella, who was still sitting with her eyes clenched shut and breathing deeply through her nose.
"You're not pregnant are you?" Rose asked.
"Rose!" everyone, including Bella, shouted.
"What?" Rosalie replied with a shrug. "It's an honest question. She could be."
Bella stood up shaking her head vehemently. "No…no, Edward and I have a plan in regards to…to babies. It can't be that. I'm just…I'm just nervous."
"There's a plan for my grandbabies?" Renee asked eagerly.
"Please, mom…not now," Bella muttered as she headed into the bathroom. She leaned against the sink and focused on clearing her head and calming her stomach.
The women were all holed up in two connecting suites at the Kahala Hotel. Elizabeth Masen and Nessie were in the other room with Caroline, Timothy, and little Kai Cullen while the rest of the women were in the suite with Bella helping her get ready. Kai was Esme and Carlisle's little boy, who was a few months younger than Timmy. The men were all together at Edward and Bella's home getting ready, and also making sure that everything for the ceremony and reception was going to be ready as well.
When Edward and Bella had planned their wedding, they decided that they wanted it to be a small affair, and it was decided that their backyard would be the perfect backdrop with the ocean right there and all of the green grass and flowers in the yard. With help from Alice, Bella was able to order flowers, rent chairs and tables for the reception, and an archway for the pastor to stand under. Bella hadn't been able to see what things looked like over there today, but Edward assured her that everything would be perfect.
"Emmett just texted me. He said everything is going to plan," Rosalie said from behind Bella.
"Good…that's good," Bella said with a nod, her eyes closed.
"Do think I could have a moment alone with her?" Bella heard from behind her. She smiled softly, recognizing the voice of her best friend. She heard the bathroom door close softly, and she let out a loud breath.
"Okay, Swan, spill it. What is going on with you?" Angela said, her voice soft but serious and a bit worried.
"I…I don't know. I'm being silly aren't I?" Bella asked, as she turned and faced her best friend.
Angela smiled and reached for Bella, wrapping her up in a hug.
"You're not worried that Edward isn't going to be there or something, are you?" Angela asked quietly.
"I don't know," Bella said, squeezing Angela tighter. "I still feel like everything has been too perfect. I'm waiting for the other shoe to drop."
"Oh, Bella! There is no other shoe!" Angela exclaimed, pulling back to look at her friend. "You and Edward have already been through so much. You don't honestly think that there is anything that could keep him from marrying you today, do you?"
"I don't know! Maybe this is my crazy Bridezilla moment okay? I'm entitled at least one of those aren't I?"
Angela chuckled. "Yes, I believe you are."
"Don't all brides feel this way? I mean, like, I know Edward will be there, but…ARGH! I'm just crazy, Ang. What the hell do I do?"
"You calm the eff down and get ready to marry the man of your dreams."
Bella took a deep breath and flashed her best friend a smile. "Okay. I can do that."
Before Bella got to the door, Angela's hand on her arm stopped her.
"And, Bella, there's not a chance you really are pregnant is there?"
"No!" Bella exclaimed. "I promise."
"Okay…because you know not all pla—"
"I know…but just trust me. It's just my nerves and being crazy."
Angela chuckled. "Okay. I think your mom might be a little harder to convince though."
Bella let out a huff. "Can't she just be happy I'm marrying Edward? The grandbabies can come later."
"Don't worry, Bella. It could be worse. You could have my mother who calls every month to see if Ben and I are trying yet."
"And when exactly are you and Ben going to be trying?"
"Shut it, Swan. Today is all about you and Edward. We can talk planning for babies and married life after you're Mrs. Masen…uh, junior or whatever Edward is."
Bella laughed and opened the bathroom door, rejoining the rest of the gang. Caroline had joined the women now, along with Elizabeth.
"Oh, Caroline…you look so pretty!" Bella exclaimed, kneeling to the young girl's level. Caroline was a little old to be a flower girl, but there was no one else Bella and Edward wanted to be a part of their wedding in that role. She would be walking down the aisle with Patches, who was acting as their ring bearer since little Timothy and Kai were still too young.
"Thank you, Aunty Bella," Caroline said, giving a little twirl in her light green dress.
"Caroline, do you have something to give to Bella?" Elizabeth prompted.
"Oh!" the little girl cried. "Yeah! Edward told me to give this to you! He said it would match the colors you picked for your wedding and that it's yours except he changed it a little bit."
Caroline handed Bella a small jewelry box, and Bella accepted it gratefully. When Bella opened the small golden box, she gasped when she saw what was lying there. It was the green jade heart pendant that Edward had given her when they were teenagers. She thought it had been lost forever. Inside the box was a note written in Edward's handwriting.
I gave you my heart once, and I thought it was lost…but it found its way home. My heart has always belonged to you, Bella. Keep it close always. I love you.
Both Renee and Elizabeth gasped when they saw the pendant.
"I thought it was lost that…that day…" Renee said quietly.
"Edward never told you he had it?" Elizabeth whispered. "All this time, Bella. He's had it all this time."
"What is it?" Alice asked, feeling out of the loop.
"Edward gave it to her when they were teenagers," Angela answered as tears began to fall down Bella's cheeks. "He gave it to her and she never took it off. Not once."
Bella picked up the pendant and cradled it in her palms. She thought her necklace had been lost forever, stolen by a mad man, and used to hurt Edward. Bella never thought she would see it again, and had thought about it since she and Edward had reunited. Bella had wished she still had one of Edward's precious gifts from when they were teenagers, and here, Edward was returning one of them to her on their wedding day, over ten years later.
"He made it into a bracelet," Bella murmured.
"Well, it goes perfectly with your colors," Renee said moving in front of Bella. "Let me help you put it on."
Edward had attached the pendant to a white leather chord, and Renee fastened the two ends around Bella's left wrist.
"It's perfect," Bella whispered, looking down at her wrist.
"Well, it's also perfect because it can be your 'something old'," Alice piped up.
The women all chuckled and Bella wiped away her tears.
"Good thing we didn't do your make-up yet," Rosalie said. "That would've been a disaster."
Bella chuckled and wiped her cheeks one more time for good measure.
"Well, let's get my make-up on and get my dress ready. I've a got a man to marry in a couple of hours."
The women all cheered and Bella got swept away to sit in front of the mirror again. Whenever she felt that nervousness in her stomach trying to return, she simply looked down at the bracelet on her wrist and smiled.
Edward Masen's heart belonged to her, just as hers belonged to him, and today, they were finally going to become man and wife.
"The girls are upstairs putting the final touches on everything," Emmett said, patting Edward on the back.
"Did you see Bella? Is she okay? Is she nervous? How—"
"Dude…relax," Eric said, cutting Edward's rambling off.
Edward's ears pinked and he gave Eric a sheepish grin.
"Sorry…I can't help it."
"Like Eric said, relax, man. Everything is going to be fine," Emmett said with a grin, before he walked off to meet some of the invited guests.
The guest list was small, and that was what both Edward and Bella had wanted. Their guests included:
- Renee and Charlie Swan
- Elizabeth Masen
- Angela Webber-Cheney and Ben Cheney
- Rosalie Cullen-McCarty and Emmtt McCarty
- Esme, Carlisle, Caroline, and Kai Cullen
- Alice Brandon and Jasper Whitlock
- Carmen and Eli Brandon
- Seth Kurihara
- Vanessa, Eric, and Timothy Yorkie
Including the pastor who was performing the ceremony, it was going to be very small, and intimate, with just their closest friends and family. Edward looked out at their backyard and smiled. Everything looked perfect.
The archway where the pastor was going to stand was right at the edge of the property, with the ocean providing the perfect background. It was made of bamboo and draped with gauzy white fabric and garlands of white tuberose and green orchids. The white pathway that Bella would walk down was decorated with purple orchids and Edward knew that their flower girl Caroline would add a few more as she walked down the aisle with their ring bearer Patches. There were chairs on the both sides of the aisle, and instead of doing a bride's side and groom's side, the chairs were arranged in a semi- circle around the archway.
For the reception, tables and chairs would be set up, and Edward and Bella decided to get catering from their favorite local spot, Side Street Inn. It wasn't fancy or over the top, and it was what they both wanted.
Edward took a deep breath and went to search for a bottle of water. It was almost sunset, and the weather couldn't have been more perfect. The weather had cooled down a bit, and Edward no longer felt uncomfortable in his black suit. He also felt even more comfortable as he kicked his slippers off. Everyone would be going barefoot for the wedding, even Bella. Just as he was taking a sip of his water, Alice came skipping down the stairs from the bedroom.
"Are you guys ready?" she asked, stopping at Edward's side.
Edward took a final sip of his water and nodded.
"We have to get your leis," Alice said, moving towards the kitchen.
All the guests were getting beautiful purple orchid leis, but there were a few others who were getting something different. Charlie, Emmett, Ben, and Eric would be wearing the traditional maile leaf leis. Edward was also wearing one, though his included pikake flowers intertwined. On the women's side, Elizabeth, Renee, and Angela all had on tuberose leis. Edward was told by Alice that Bella had a "gorgeous" and thick lei of pikake to wear around her own neck.
"You guys all look so handsome," Alice nearly squealed as the men got all of their leis situated. Eric would be standing beside Edward as his best man, Emmett and Ben would be escorting Renee and Elizabeth, and Charlie would of course be escorting Bella.
Edward had greeted all of the guests who were there, and soon, everyone was taking their seats and Alice was pushing he and Eric to join the pastor up by the archway.
"It's time!" Alice practically sang.
Even with her busy schedule, Alice had become their unofficial wedding planner, and as everyone took their seats, Edward saw Alice give a wave towards the house.
"Are you ready for this, brah?" Eric asked, leaning in to whisper in Edward's ear.
"Never been more ready in my life," Edward whispered back.
There was no music playing as Edward watched the back doors to the house intently. There was a screen blocking the doorway, so Edward couldn't see Bella through the windows. The first to round the screen was Elizabeth, on the arm of Ben. They both gave Edward wide smiles as they came down the aisle and Ben led them to their seats. Next came Renee, on Emmett's arm, and Edward's pulse began to pick up speed. He fidgeted, knowing Bella would be coming next. Renee gave him a smile, while Emmett gave Edward a thumbs up, and the two went to take their seats. Angela and Eric were next, the matron of honor and best man, walking arm in arm with wide smiles on their faces. The two had gotten together to talk about their best friends, and both Angela and Eric agreed that it was about damn time Bella and Edward tied the knot. Their love had survived the toughest of times and separations, and there was nothing more beautiful than that. Angela took her place on Bella's side, and Eric gave Edward a wide grin as he took his place next to him.
"Just wait until you see Bella, brah…you won't know what hit you," Eric whispered.
The pastor's loud direction of, "please rise" almost made Edward jump, and as he watched all of their friends and family stand from their seats, things seemed to come to a near halt, happening in slow motion.
Charlie stepped around the screen first, and even from this distance, Edward could tell that his eyes were misty. However, he looked like the proudest father in the world. Edward saw her delicate arm first, looping through Charlie's extended one, and when she stepped around the screen, Edward felt like he had forgotten how to breathe.
The green and white bouquet of flowers stood out against the backdrop of Bella's pure white dress, but Edward hardly gave the flowers a second thought. The dress had a short train that trailed behind her, and Edward grinned as he watched Bella begin to walk and he caught glimpses of her bare feet peeking out from under her skirt. He didn't know the fashion terminology, but Edward knew that Bella looked stunningly beautiful, and he would remember the way she looked in that gown walking towards him for the rest of his life.
Bella had decided to forego wearing a veil, and Edward was glad for that. He didn't want anything obscuring his view of his gorgeous soon-to-be wife. She had a flower pinned in her hair, which was pulled up in an artfully created mess of curls, and Edward knew that the blush on her cheeks, and smile on her lips were one hundred percent real and all for him. Edward started to breathe again when Eric, who was his best man, nudged him with his elbow.
Charlie paused in front of Edward, hesitating before he took Bella's hand in his own.
"You take care of my little girl, Edward," Charlie said sternly, though Edward could hear the twinge of sadness in his voice.
Edward swallowed heavily even though he and Charlie had talked about Bella becoming his wife many times.
"I will, Sir."
Charlie turned and placed a kiss on Bella's cheek.
"I love you, Bells," he whispered, before taking her hand and placing it in Edward's.
"I love you, Daddy…" Bella whispered back, her eyes closed and a tear escaping down her cheek.
As Charlie turned and walked to his seat, quickly swiping as his cheeks as he went, Edward took Bella's hand and brought it to his lips, placing a light kiss there. Bella sniffled as she looked up at Edward with watery eyes, and he smiled, reaching up with his free hand and wiping away the tears that trickled down her cheek.
"No tears today, beautiful," Edward murmured, a smile on his lips. "Today I only want you happy."
"I am," Bella replied, her voice still shaky. "More than I can say."
"Me too, baby, me too. Let's get married."
With grins plastered on their faces, Edward and Bella turned to face the pastor, who looked on the couple with nothing but joy.
The ceremony itself was short, and it felt like it flew by to Edward. Before he knew it, he felt like the pastor was saying, "I now pronounce you man and wife."
It was when he heard those words, that it really hit Edward. Isabella Swan was his wife. The girl he had been in love with ever since he was teenager was finally his. The other half of his heart, the only woman he ever wanted at his side…Bella was finally tied to him in every possible way. As he looked down at Bella, who was positively beaming up at him, Edward felt his eyes prickle. Bella reached up and smoothed away a tear that trickled down Edward's cheek.
"Today, I only want you happy, Edward…my husband," Bella murmured for only him to hear.
Edward reached up and covered Bella's hand with his.
"I am happy…my beautiful wife."
With that said, Edward eagerly leaned down and pressed his lips to Bella's, before picking her up and swinging her around in his arms. Bella squealed against his lips, and when Edward pulled back, her laughter mixed in the air with the cheers of their family and friends.
"We're married," Bella said with a soft giggle, as Edward held her in his arms.
"We're married," Edward murmured back before pressing his lips against Bella's once more.
It was like they were the only two people there. The catcalls and cheers of their friends and family drowned out by the pure bliss of knowing that they were finally married. They had made it through everything, and now, they were officially man and wife.
When Edward and Bella finally turned to face their family and friends, they were met with nothing but smiles. Renee Swan could barely contain herself, and she rushed forward, pulling Bella and Edward into her arms.
"I'm so happy for you two!" Renee cried.
Charlie, as usual, was right behind her. "Renee, calm down, woman! Let them breathe!"
Renee released the happy couple, and turned and smacked Charlie on the arm.
"Don't even pretend you aren't happy for them, Charlie Swan."
Charlie grunted in response, and soon Edward and Bella were surrounded by the rest of their friends and families, hugging people left and right, with wide smiles on their faces. There was never a more perfect wedding, and Bella and Edward had never been happier. Edward had the next couple of weeks off from the tour, and he had their honeymoon all planned out.
After pictures were taken with the amazing backdrop of the sunset and ocean, tables and chairs were set up and everyone began to eat and catch up with one another. Of course, now everyone wanted to know when Alice and Jasper were going to settle down, and the topic of babies also came up, but everyone was generally happy to be together again.
Since joining Edward on the tour, Bella hadn't seen her friends from Esme's clinic as often, and over the years it was a struggle to make sure they could all make time to catch up when Edward and Bella were actually home in Honolulu. However, there was always time set aside, and it was always fun whenever the entire gang got together.
Music was playing softly from speakers spread out across the yard, and there were twinkle lights hung all through the trees, with round paper lanterns hanging on lines between the trees. The night was clear and beautiful, and the stars were shining above the ocean. Bella sighed happily as she leaned into Edward's side. Everything had turned out absolutely perfect.
"Happy sigh, Mrs. Masen?"
Bella grinned and turned her head, leaning up to kiss the side of Edward's neck.
"The happiest of all sighs, my husband."
Edward tilted his head and looked down at his stunning wife. His wife…Edward was still trying to wrap his mind around the fact that they had finally said, "I do". He leaned down and kissed her softly before he pulled back a few inches.
"Call me that again…my wife."
"My husband," Bella murmured happily. "My husband, my husband, my husband."
Bella punctuated each, "my husband", with a kiss all over Edward's face, and he could do nothing but grin, loving the sound of those words leaving Bella's lips.
"You really won't tell me where we are going for our honeymoon…my husband?"
Edward chuckled. "You can't sweet talk it out of me…wife. It's a surprise, and one I think that you are going to like."
"Why can't you just tell me? How am I supposed to know what to pack? We've been to some of the most exotic places in the world, where else could we possibly be going? Please, baby…just a little hint."
"Hmmmm…" Edward hummed. "I guess I can give you a hint."
"Tell me!" Bella said excitedly, bouncing a little in her seat.
Edward chuckled. "Well…we've been to the airport in this city."
"Seriously? That's my hint?" Bella shouted.
"Just let me surprise you. I promise you won't be disappointed."
"This all seems too good to be real," Bella said with a sigh, leaning on the railing in front of her.
Strong arms wound their way around her body, followed by a chin resting on her shoulder.
"I wanted you to have a perfect honeymoon, baby. Does it top Paris? Tahiti?" Edward murmured in her ear.
Bella turned in Edward's arms, pressing herself completely against his body, as Edward pressed forward, trapping her between his hard body and the railing behind her.
"You did good, baby. I was always disappointed that we flew through SFO, but never actually stopped to see the city."
"I didn't think you wanted to go on some tropical paradise honeymoon. And we're schedule to go to France in a couple of months anyway."
"Well, this is absolutely perfect, Mr. Masen. You did good," Bella said with a grin before nipping at Edward's bottom lip.
"Mmmm…Mrs. Masen, don't start things you can't finish. We are supposed to go out to eat dinner."
"We have a couple more days left here. We can eat later. Right now, I want my husband to make love to me as we look out at the lights of the city and the bay. Then in the giant bathtub in the bathroom. Then our giant king sized bed…we can fit dinner in somewhere between the bathroom and the bedroom…"
"Christ, woman…" Edward groaned. "What you do to me…"
Bella chuckled and began kissing and nipping at Edward's neck.
"Come on, baby. Make love to your wife. We'll eat out and sight-see more tomorrow."
Bella dragged Edward inside from the giant terrace of the suite Edward had gotten for them at the Mandarin Oriental Hotel in San Francisco. The suite was stunning, and the giant terrace with views of the entire city and bay was just the beginning of it. There was a lavish bedroom with a king sized bed and floor to ceiling headboard, and a bathroom with a giant tub for soaking and a rainforest shower. There was a couch that was situated in front of sliding doors that lead out onto the terrace, providing Bella with a view she was happy to take in every morning as she had coffee, watching the bay come alive. However, all she wanted right now was for her husband to make love to her on said couch, with no other lights on, but those of the city around them.
Their honeymoon had been a dream so far. San Francisco was an iconic city, and Bella enjoyed exploring every bit of it with Edward. It also didn't hurt that Edward was more loving and romantic than ever. It was like he couldn't bear to not be touching her for even a minute. He was always holding her, kissing her, and wrapping his arms around her as they walked. Then when they were alone in their hotel room, well, that was a completely different story.
Bella couldn't get enough of Edward's touch, and Edward was the same. They spent lazy mornings making love as dim light filtered in through the curtains, or fully enjoying their walk-in rainforest shower. Their nights were spent in much of the same way. Somehow, they managed to fit in sight seeing, and hitting all the well-known spots in the city.
They went to the famous Pier 39 to eat crab and have the famous sourdough bread, as well as look at the sea lions and take a tour of Alcatraz. They walked to Ghirardelli Square and had ice cream sundaes, and walked further along the Embarcadero, exploring all that the area had to offer. They spent another day exploring the Ferry Building and tasting the different food offerings the variety of vendors sold. They eventually picked up cheeses, wine, bread, and meats and had a little picnic before they walked with dozens of others to take in a baseball game at AT&T Park. It was an experience that Edward was told they couldn't miss out on, and Bella was happy to go with him.
Other days were spent exploring all that Golden Gate Park had to offer in terms of museums and gardens. They even went to the iconic Castro district just for fun, and Bella bought a naughty shaped cookie, which she teased Edward mercilessly with while she ate it. He jumped her as soon as they were inside their hotel room door after that.
They stopped at the Golden Gate Bridge before they made their way up to Napa for a few days, and even managed to spend some time in Sausalito exploring. Edward had planned for them to be away for nearly three weeks, and though their time was winding down, every day was something new for them to explore and see.
The air was cool, and with the sliding doors wide open, they didn't even need to turn on the air-conditioning in their room. Bella's hands became frantic as she pulled at Edward's clothes, and both of them smiled as they tumbled onto the couch. While they had always had incredible chemistry, and the sex had always been amazing, there was something that was different between them while they were on their honeymoon. They were more playful, yet still passionate and intense, and willing to explore different things. Like, for example, the quickie they managed to have in Golden Gate Park. And even now, on the couch in front of the open terrace window, where anyone in a neighboring building could see them, was something that they never would've done at home.
Bella giggled as Edward crawled up her body, nipping at her thighs, stomach, and breasts, pausing there to worship her body. The cool air from the outdoors, combined with the way Edward's heated skin felt against hers, caused Bella's nipples to harden and her skin break out in goosebumps.
"Edward…" She sighed, as she buried her fingers in his hair, tugging slightly.
"You drive me crazy in the best ways…" Edward growled, as he moved up to nip at Bella's neck. "I can't get enough of you."
"Tell me it will always be this way," Bella nearly moaned out. "Tell me we'll always need each other's touch."
Edward chuckled and bent down, placing a kiss on Bella's nose.
"Baby, I'm gonna want you even when I'm old and grey."
"Oh, Bella…I promise you that and so much more. So much more."
Edward made love to her then and there, slowly, his thrusts slow but hard, making Bella cry out and pull at him with her arms and legs. Edward kept their movements slow on purpose so that he could take in the way Bella looked, the only light in their room coming from the surrounding city. The different colors splayed across her skin, and Edward took in her beauty, watching as she cried out his name while she came. It was a sight he would never get sick of seeing, and always got him that much closer.
Bella felt delirious, caught in a euphoric daze that she had come to know as her post-Edward-caused-orgasm high. She could barely think straight, and after all the sex that they had been having on their honeymoon, Bella almost felt like these post-orgasmic highs could almost cause the same kind of brain damage as drug induced highs. She let out a loud moan as Edward began to move faster, his hips grinding against hers as he whispered in her ear.
"You have no idea how fucking hot you look when you come, baby," Edward growled through short pants of breath.
"Edward…" Bella moaned, throwing her head back, and raking her nails down his back. He was grinding against her, hitting just the right spot, and Bella could feel the euphoria building again.
"Oh, fuck…are you gonna come again for me, Bella?"
Bella's resounding cry echoed off the walls, as did Edward's before he collapsed on top of her, his body spent, but heart racing. The pair didn't move for quite some time, letting the sound of the city below mix with their breaths as they came down from their respective highs. Bella stroked her fingers over Edward's skin softly, tracing the lines of muscles in his back, and loving the feeling of his weight against her. It was never crushing, and Bella thought of his body as an anchor, keeping her from floating away in bliss.
A cool breeze passed through the room and they both shivered. Edward finally pushed himself up, and stood, naked as the day he was born, and completely not caring if anyone could see him.
"Come on. Let's go warm up in the bathtub. Then we can order some room service and relax some."
The two enjoyed warming up in the bathtub, and of course, as it often happened when they shared a bath, hands roamed, water sloshed all over the floor, and the two ended up taking a shower in order to really clean off. Neither Bella nor Edward could really explain this insatiable desire for each other, but it was their honeymoon, and they were going to enjoy every single moment of it.
Bella was lounging on their bed, wrapped in a thick and fluffy white robe, as she waited for Edward to return from the living room area. He had ordered a feast for them, and Edward returned with an assortment of steamed dim sum, Singapore noodles, and Nasi goreng, which was an Indonesian style fried rice. Edward served them both before joining Bella in the bed, also clad only in his robe.
They ate in silence for a bit, both starving after having worked up quite an appetite, but soon Bella spoke.
"Did you do anymore thinking about what Eric talked to you about?"
Edward hummed as he chewed his noodles, and swallowed before taking a sip of his water. Bella knew he was stalling a little. Prior to the wedding, Eric had brought up the fact that he and Edward couldn't be professional surfers forever. The lifespan of any professional athlete was not that long, and Eric was already starting to think of ways to support his family after he retired. He had proposed an idea to Edward about forming a surfing brand company, one that sold clothing and other surfing accessories. Edward told him he would think about it more after the wedding. Finally, Edward took a deep breath and spoke.
"I think he raises a valid point. We're not going to be surfing forever and…and well, if we want to start a…a family, then we're going to need some income to support us."
Bella couldn't stop the smile that spread across her face when Edward mentioned the word "family". Ever since they had gotten married, she had been thinking about the next step, and their plan for babies. She knew they weren't ready just yet, but it made her heart flutter to hear Edward talk about it. He was always a little nervous when the topic of babies had come up, but he was so good with little Timmy when they babysat him for Eric and Nessie.
The first time they watched Timmy was when he was just a little over three months old. Bella thought Edward was either going to drop him or throw up, he looked so scared, but things turned out to be okay once the initial panic subsided. Now, Edward had no problem carrying Timmy around, and always let Eric and Nessie know that they were willing to babysit whenever. Bella smiled as she thought about the future.
"I think that it would be good to look into. When we go home you should really sit down with Eric and talk to him. I think the two of you could really come up with a good business plan."
Edward grinned. "You think so?"
Bella rolled her eyes. "Are you fishing for a compliment, dear husband? Because I'm pretty sure I gave you enough of those on the couch earlier and in the bathroom…"
"Minx…" Edward growled, leaning over and placing a quick kiss on Bella's lips.
"Be serious though okay? Sit down with Eric and really talk about a plan. Given how successful the two of you are, I think it could be huge."
"We'll probably have to part with some of our sponsors," Edward sighed. "I don't know…you're right though, I'll talk to Eric when we get home."
"Good," Bella said with a smile. "I can always go back and work for Esme too."
"Bella…" Edward grumbled. "You know I'll be able to provide for us."
"I know that, but if we're going to be stationary in Honolulu, then I see no problem with going back and working for Esme. If I just stayed home all day I would go crazy!"
"Don't go all caveman on me, Edward Masen just because you're my husband now. I can work and I can contribute to our family."
When Edward saw the fire in Bella's eyes, he knew she was serious. He didn't want to have such a serious conversation on their honeymoon, but he also knew that there was an easy solution to all of this.
"I'm sorry, Bella. If you want to work you most certainly can. I just want to make sure that you're happy and that I can give you everything that you want in life."
Bella sighed, and moved their plates to the side tables before crawling into Edward's lap and straddling him. She cupped his cheeks and kissed him softly.
"The only thing I want in this life is you, Edward Masen. I can't think about the future without you being a part of it."
"I promised you that I'd be by your side until we're old and grey, and then even after that. Like Jack and Rose in Titanic. We'll always be together."
Bella giggled. "Always making fun of my love for that movie."
"Well…it is ridiculously tragic…but, they end up together in the end for eternity in heaven or whatever you want to consider that ending. I can be onboard with that as long as you're the one I spend it with."
"I like the sound of that…but let's not talk about heaven or anything like that anymore. That won't happen for a long, long time."
"Okay," Edward said with a soft smile. "What would you like to talk about then?"
"I think I would like to just cuddle with my husband if that's okay."
"I think that can be arranged."
The two fell back into the pillows and sheets, giggled and whispering sweet words and dreams for the future. They cuddled and kissed softly, and loved each other late into the evening. There would be more to think about and decide when they returned home and to real life, but for a few more days they would continue on in their blissful honeymoon state.
Well? Yes? No? I apologize for the wait. Being a real grown up with a full time job is hard :-( LOL, I'm kidding, but my lack of free time has been an adjustment. Anyway, I hope you all liked this fluffy chapter. Not much left in the story now. Next few chapters should have quite a few time jumps. :-D
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