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It's been six months since I moved to Chicago with Edward. When I first told my dad that I was moving he was a little concerned, but after I reminded him that it was in fact him who told me to follow my heart, he gave me his blessing. Then of course when he met Edward officially and saw for himself how much Edward loved me, he wished us both well, but of course made me promise I would visit often.
Since I left, my dad has been to Chicago three times to visit. I think he got used to Edward's plane real fast and knowing he could see me whenever he wanted made him and me feel better.
The first two times my dad came to visit alone, but the third time he brought Sue along. It was then he told me that he had asked her to marry him and she had accepted his proposal. I was truly happy for my dad and Sue that they had found love again in each other. The wedding was in just a few days back in Forks.
Since I have been in Chicago, I have completely decorated our home with the help of Esme of course. It no longer looked bare and sterile, it looked lived in for the first time. And for the first time it felt like my home.
Edward could not be happier about the transformation our home had been given. I think he likes coming home from the office to find me in the kitchen or in the tub waiting for him. I think the tub is his favorite way to find me in the house.
The great room didn't need much decorating since that was the only room in the house that looked lived in. I just added some of own touches around the room like pictures on the mantel above the fireplace of Edward and I, one of me along with Rose and Angela, one with me in between Charlie and Edward, and of course one of my other favorite guy, Lucky. I added some artwork to the walls, and some knickknacks here and there.
I also decorated the den on the first floor making into more of an informal living room with big couches and a big screen TV. It was a warm and comfortable room where most nights Edward and I found ourselves.
My next challenge was the upstairs; all of the bedrooms were empty except for the master bedroom. There were seven other bedrooms and all of the doors had been closed since Edward moved in. I had to change that. I made one of the rooms into an office for myself. Edward had his study on the main floor and I wanted a room where I could work as well, so I chose one of the smaller bedrooms at the end of hall for my office. I also made three of the bedrooms, the ones that had their own bathrooms, into guest rooms. So when our families and friends came to visit they would have a nice place to sleep. I left the two bedrooms that were closest to the master bedroom empty; I'll never forget the day when Edward asked me why.
"What about the other two bedrooms?" He asked. "What are your plans for those?"
"Uh, I thought I'd keep them empty for now," I replied.
"Why? Did you run out of ideas for them because I'm sure my aunt could give you one or two, like maybe another library or a dressing room?"
"No, I have an idea for them, it's just not time yet."
"Okay, you lost me babe, what am I missing?" He asked.
"I left those rooms empty because they are the closest to the our room."
"Oooo-kay," he said still perplexed.
"Edward, ever since I have moved here I have envisioned a lot things in this house… family holidays, birthdays… little feet running around."
His eyes widened as he finally got the reason why I left the rooms empty. It was almost as if pure joy was being injected into his body like a drug. He smiled at me and then pulled me into his arms.
"You want… babies with me?" He asked.
"Of course I do Edward," I said. "I mean do you… want that with me? I mean if not we can make the rooms into whatever…"
"Are you fucking serious?" He asked cutting me off. "Bella, there is nothing more that I want. I want to marry you and I want to have babies with you… lots of babies."
"Whoa there handsome," I said with a smile. "Lots of babies? I was thinking like two?"
"One, two, ten, I don't care," he said as he kissed me. "I love you so much and one of these days I am going to put a ring on your finger and then we can start the baby making."
I smiled as I came out of my memory and glanced down at the beautiful diamond ring that rested on my left hand. Edward had asked me to marry him just two days after we had the talk about the bedrooms. He told me that he had that night already planned out way before our conversation.
It was during a school day on a Friday that I got a text from Edward asking me to meet him for an early dinner. When I pulled into the restaurant, Edward was waiting for me in his black dress pants with plum colored dress shirt cuffed at the elbows and he was holding one single long steamed pink rose.
"I'm having a déjà vu moment," I said as I walked up to him.
"Good," he said. "Then my plan is working."
"Come, Miss Swan, dinner is waiting," he said as he handed me the rose and took my other hand in his.
We walked into the restaurant and then further back into a private room. When I stepped inside, I gasped. The room was completely filled with pink roses and there was a table set in the middle of the room. Just one table in the whole room.
"I wanted us to have dinner in private tonight," Edward said leading me over to the table.
"Yes I can see that," I said as I sat down taking in the aroma of the roses. "This is really beautiful Edward."
"I'm glad you like it."
After eating dinner, Edward moved his chair over so that he was now sitting next to me. I looked at him at confusion as he spoke.
"That first day we met I knew I wanted to spend the rest of my life with you. I knew I was going to fall helplessly and hopelessly in love with you. And then I fucked up so badly that I thought I was going to lose you forever, but you gave me another chance, and I will never take the second chance for granted."
Tears pricked in the corners of my eyes as I listened to his words. Edward reached up and wiped one of my tears away. I then noticed as he waved his hand to the waiter and then music filled the room. I knew the song; it was one of my favorites. And then finally the meaning of this evening clicked in my head and my heart.
Forever can never be long enough for me
To feel like I've had long enough with you
Forget the world now we won't let them see
But there's one thing left to do
Now that the weight has lifted
Love has surely shifted my way
Today and every day
Say you will
By now the tears were streaming down my face as I heard the music and looked at Edward who at this time had slid down to the floor on one knee in front of me.
"I love you so much, Bella," he said. "I love you more than anything in this world. Will you please make me the happiest man on the planet, will you marry me?"
I was choked up. I was so in love with this man, after everything we had been through, after all the pain and separation, love had conquered all. I wiped at my face and looked in his deep green eyes.
"Yes," was all I needed to say.
Together can never be close enough for me
Feel like I am close enough to you
You wear white and I'll wear out the words I love you
And you're beautiful
Now that the wait is over
And love and has finally shown her my way
Today and every day
Say you will
And then Edward let out a loud whistle and I laughed when I saw Lucky come into the dining room. Of course there were no dogs allowed in the restaurant, but since it was Edward Masen's dog, an exception was always made.
"I think he would have been upset if I didn't let him be in on this as well considering how mad he was at me when you left," Edward said as Lucky came to sit beside him. "He loves you too."
"My two favorite boys," I said and then my attention went to a bright red ribbon that was hanging around Lucky's neck. I followed it down and at the end hung a ring.
Edward gently removed the ribbon from Lucky's neck and slipped the ring off it. It was the most beautiful thing I had ever seen. A three-caret princess cut solitaire and the band had diamonds all around.
Edward slipped the ring onto my finger for a perfect fit and I crashed my body into his.
Living in Chicago has definitely been a change of pace for me. There were a lot of adjustments to be made, one being allowing Edward's housekeeper Carmen come in twice a week to clean. I knew the house was too big for me to clean on my own, but it took a minute to get used to someone else cleaning up after me. I did however relieve her of her duties of doing the grocery shopping. I wanted to do that since I was going to be doing the cooking. I loved to cook and Edward's kitchen made me love it even more. When you love to cook, there is nothing better than a fully stocked kitchen at your disposal. Carmen was more than happy to let me do the shopping as she told me she never really knew what to buy at the store so she usually kept to the staples.
I was doing a little better with getting used to Edward's wealth. He had given me my own debit card and told me I could use it on whatever I wanted. It took me almost a month to use it.
Edward had also been going to the office more frequently since I started teaching at a prep school in the city and was gone during the day. Edward tried to tell me I didn't have to work if I didn't want to, but I wanted to. It was nice to actually teach because I wanted to and not because I had to. Edward felt he should put more time in the office since he was back in Chicago full-time, but he also continued to work from home on some days.
I also got involved with Edward's foundation. On some projects, I worked side by side with Alice and she and I have become very close. She was still with Jasper and I had a feeling her ring was not far off. Edward had definitely warmed up to the notion that his best friend was going to marry his cousin and be an official member of his family. I think it brought Edward and Jasper closer as well.
Nights were my favorite time of the day. I usually got home from school at about 3pm and then I'd have dinner ready in time for when Edward got home around 5pm. Edward always insisted on cleaning up after dinner since I cooked, but it became a team effort most nights. After we'd eat we would almost always find ourselves in each other's arms stretched out on the couch in the den. It was just the two of us just being together.
"So are you ready to go back home for your father's wedding?" He asked.
"I guess so," I said. "Don't get me wrong, I'm happy for my dad. I'm happy that he found love again and I know my Mom would be happy for him too. I guess I'm just a little nervous about going to the wedding."
"Well," I started. "It will be the first time in almost three years that I'll see Jake. I mean I just don't want to things to be awkward."
I had thought about seeing Jake again when my father told me he and Sue were getting married. I mean Sue was his aunt, of course he would be there, and I knew I should not give two fucks about seeing him, but the whole thing just left a sour taste in my mouth. I knew I was with Edward now and that he loved me, but Jake was apart of my past that I did not want to revisit.
"Babe I wouldn't worry about his fucking ass, he didn't know the good thing he had when he had it, in fact I might shake his hand."
"For what?" I asked looking at him.
Before he answered me, he pushed me down on the couch and rested his warm body completely on top of me.
"Because… "He started as he kissed my nose. "…his loss and stupidity was my gain and destiny," and then he kissed me sweetly on my lips.
Our kisses turned heated and the next thing I knew, Edward had pulled me down onto the push carpet.
"The floor, really?" I asked looking up at him as he started pulling at my shirt.
"Yeah, we never did it on this floor before, so why not?" He asked lifting my shirt over my head and then making his way down to my jeans.
Having sex in every room and on every surface in the house sort of became a mission for us since I moved in and he was right somehow we neglected the floor in the den.
Time to rectify that.
We tore at each other's clothes in a hearted rush until we were both on the floor naked. I gasped when Edward flipped us over so I was on top of him.
"Oh is this how you want it Mr. Masen?"
"Yes," he said breathless. "Sometimes a guy just needs to be fucked senseless." I laughed as he repeated the same words I said to him after our time on the kitchen counter back in the Condo.
"Well then," I said as I lowered myself on him, taking him all in, making us both cry out. "Fucked you will be."
I raised myself up and slammed back down on him. His hands gripped my hips as mine rested on his chest for leverage.
"Fuck… Bella," he moaned.
I continued to bounce on him up and down and swirled my hips around him. I threw my head back as he thrusted inside me making me cry out. He was so deep as he filled me completely.
"Oh god, Edward, you're so hard."
"For you… only you," he said moaning.
My thighs began to tighten as I moved on him and as if he sensed it, he grabbed my hips again and moved me up and down on him allowing me a minute to catch my breath. I then took control again and pounded myself up and down on him. I raised my body up until he was just about out and then moved back down taking him all in again and again and again.
"Bella…" he moaned as he reached down and began rubbing my clit. "You are so wet around me. Come with me baby."
He rubbed me harder until I finally let go letting my orgasm take over my body. Edward followed with his own release and spilled himself inside of me. I collapsed on his chest in a sweaty mess as he arms encircled me.
"Damn, that was fucking intense," he said kissing my shoulder.
"I'll say." I rolled off him and fell on my back. "So I guess we can scratch this floor off our list,"
He laughed as he rolled to his side and kissed me hard on my lips. "Yes I think we can."
A few days later we had arrived back in Seattle. It was nice to be back at the condo where things began. I was happy that Edward agreed to keep the condo, it meant a lot of me, and I couldn't imagine letting it go.
"Nervous about tomorrow?" Edward asked walking into the bedroom as I was laying out my dress for my father's wedding.
I turned to look at him and my mouth fell open. He was just out of the shower and only wearing a pair of pajama bottoms that hung so low on his hips. His hair was still damp and I could smell him from across the room.
"Uh… no, I'm not nervous," I replied. "I'm actually happy about tomorrow."
"Even about seeing Jake?" He asked as he crossed the room to where I stood and took me in his arms.
"No, I'll never be happy about seeing him, but I don't care anymore. You're with me and that's all that matters. It's my father's wedding and I'm not going to let my douche bag ex-boyfriend ruin that."
"Glad to hear it Miss Swan soon to be Mrs. Masen."
I smiled at him and fell into his chest. I loved being in his arms.
"Come on we need to go to bed, we have a long drive tomorrow." I said as I released myself from his hold and walked over to the bed.
Edward climbed in next to me and switched off the light. I snuggled into him and fell asleep.
The next morning we made the drive to my father's house, which was also the location for the wedding. When plans were being made, my father asked me if it would bother me to have the wedding at the house. I knew he was thinking about my Mother but I also knew he deserved to be happy and my Mother would want that for him.
"Dad," I said I got out of the car and was met by my father.
"Hey Bells," he said taking me into his arms.
Edward had gotten out of the car and walked over to us.
"There's the groom to be," Edward said shaking Charlie's hand.
"That makes two of us, I suppose," Charlie replied. "Good to see you Edward."
The three of us walked into the house and I made my way out to the backyard. It was a nice day surprisingly enough for Forks and my dad's backyard looked beautiful. There was an aisle lined with white flowers that led to an arch in the middle of the yard completely adorned in white lilies.
"Dad, its looks so beautiful out here," I said. "I am so happy for you."
"I'm glad to have your blessing Bella," he said hugging me again. "You know I will always love you mother."
"I know dad," I said. "Come on, we all need to get dressed, I'm sure Sue will be here soon."
"Wait Bella," Charlie said stopping me. "Jake being here, are you going to be okay with that?"
I look over at Edward who had joined us in the yard and took my hand. "Yes dad, I will be okay with that. I have Edward and he loves me, Jake is in the past."
"Okay Bells," he said. "Let get this thing started."
As we started to walk back in the house my dad called out to Edward making us both turn around.
"I just waned to say," my dad started as he looked at Edward. "Thank you for loving my daughter."
"Well she's very easy to love, Sir," Edward replied.
"I knew you were a good man when you showed up here that day knowing I had a gun. That was very brave of you kid and it showed me you would do anything for her, even take a bullet." Charlie said.
" I would," Edward said. "And thank you for not shooting me."
"No problem, just take care of my Bells and we won't have any problems." Charlie said with a chuckle making us all laugh.
"I think I can handle that," Edward replied.
Tears welled in my eyes when my dad put his arms around Edward for the first tome and Edward hugged him back.
A short while later we were all dressed. Sue along with her son Seth and Jake had arrived at the house. I was upstairs in my old room putting the finishing touches on my dress when there was a knock on the door. I looked over and saw Sue standing in the doorway, dressed in a simple ivory dress with flowers in her hair.
"Hi, can I talk to you?" She asked.
"Sure, come on in." I said. "You look beautiful Sue."
"Thank you, so do you," she replied. "Bella I just wanted to thank you for being so amazing about all of this and I wanted you to know that I love your father and that I know he will always love your Mom as I will always love Harry."
"Sue, I started. "You don't have to tell me any of this. I know you love him and I am sincerely happy that you two were able to find each other after you both of your losses. I'm happy my dad has you especially with me living in Chicago now. I don't have to worry as much that he's eating or has clean clothes. I'm glad he has you, really I am."
"Thank you, that mans a lot to me," Sue said wiping a tear form her eye.
I smiled at her and then leaned in to hug her. I felt her wrap her arms around me and it felt nice. After a few more seconds, we pulled apart.
"Uh Sue… is Jake here?" I asked.
"Yeah he's here," she replied. "But don't worry about him, I told him to be on his best behavior."
"It's been a long time since I last saw him," I said. "I guess it's now or never."
I left Sue to finish getting ready and headed downstairs. I was dressed in a deep purple halter dress that fell right above my knee. When I reached the top of the stairs, I took a deep breath wand walked down. I made my way to the backyard and my heart stopped when I saw Edward talking to Jake.
I slowly moved toward them and relaxed as soon as Edward's eyes landed on me and he smiled.
"There's my beautiful girl," he said as he took my hand. "You look beautiful."
"Thanks you," I said and then looked at Jake. "Hey Jake it's been a long time."
"Hey Bella," he said. "You look well."
"I am, thanks. I see you met Edward?"
"Yes, he was just telling me that you two are engaged."
"Yes we are," I said glancing down at my ring.
"Well that's great, I'm happy for you Bella," he said. "I'm glad your life turned out to be great and I just wanted to say that I'm sorry for the way things were all those years ago… I –"
"You know what Jake, its fine," I said cutting him off. "There's no need to go back there, I'm happy now." I said clutching Edward' arm. "All that matters today is your aunt and my dad."
"You're right, I'm sorry," he said as he looked down at his hands. "Well it was good to see you Bella." He then looked at Edward. "You have a great girl."
"I know I do," Edward agreed as he kissed my cheek.
The wedding got underway and tears fell from my face as I watched my dad and Sue exchange their vows. It was truly a beautiful ceremony and I was happy for my dad and at peace with the loss of my mother.
I looked down at the diamond ring that sat on my left ring finger as Edward held on to it. I looked over at him as he raised my hand to hip lips and kissed the finger that his rang sat on. I was so happy and knew that everything I had gone through in my life, all the pain I had suffered was worth it because it had brought me to Edward.
Edward Masen was my heart and my home and I knew his love would keep me safe and warm all the days of my life. And soon I would be his wife.
Large iron gates opened at Illinois State Prison. A man with shoulder length blonde hair walked through the gates into the open air.
As he walked through a woman with long blonde hair got out her car and ran towards him. When she got to him she jumped in his arms and wrapped her legs around his waist and kissed him.
"You're finally out," she squealed. "I missed you so much James."
"I missed you too Lauren," he said as he kissed her back and then placed her on her feet. "Come, we have unfinished business to attend to with a certain billionaire."
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