Epilogue

~9 Months Later~

Bella hummed happily as she stirred, sautéed, and chopped all the ingredients for her special dinner with Jake. They were celebrating their first anniversary together. It was sometimes hard for her to believe that she'd been living with Jake for a year now. She honestly couldn't remember what life was like without him. He was her world; her light on dark days.

Sneaking in quietly, Jake made his way into the kitchen and just watched his love cooking. This was always one of his favorite sights…his Bells in her comfort zone, humming while she prepared meals. He knew how much she enjoyed this task, above everything else.

He approached her back slowly, licking his lips as he watched her hips sway. When he reached her, she stilled, immediately feeling him behind her. Jake leaned down and whispered in her ear, causing a shiver to run down her spine.

"Close those beautiful eyes." She instantly obeyed; biting her lip in her nervousness as he slowly traced her side with his large hand.

Bella felt something soft touch her nose, but she didn't dare open her eyes yet.

"Breathe in, Bells." Jake said huskily.

His love smiled as she breathed in the wonderful scent of the roses before her. He placed a gentle kiss to her neck.

"You can open them now." He breathed.

Bella opened her eyes to find a gorgeous bouquet of red and pink roses…her favorite. She quickly turned in his arms and hugged him tightly.

"You are so sweet, Jake!" she squealed.

He hugged her to him and sighed with contentment. Jake loved this woman so much. She was his dream girl; everything about her excited and intrigued him.

They released each other and Bella put the flowers in some water and placed them on the table where she'd already placed candles and their finest china. She exchanged pleasantries with Jake before shooing him out of the kitchen to relax before dinner.

After Jake had showered, he returned to the dining room and found Bella waiting for him at the large window that overlooked the patio area. She beamed when she saw him wearing his best black suit with his gray shirt and tie.

He led her to the table and pulled out her chair before sitting in his own seat. They talked about anything and everything as they ate the amazing food that Bella had lovingly prepared. Jake complimented her on the way she looked in the dress she wore, as well as her cooking skills. She responded with shy blushes and thank you.

After dessert was finished, Jake put on some music and asked Bella to dance. They swayed in the candlelight and he sang along to the songs, causing Bella to giggle.

"Is my singing that bad, Bells?" he chuckled. She shook her head.

"No. It's just that you're so sweet and so good to me, I just can't believe that you're mine." She blinked back a tear as she looked into his dark eyes.

"I feel the same way about you, honey. That's why I wanted tonight to be special. I'm the luckiest man in the world." He stopped and looked down at her, suddenly very nervous.

He dropped Bella's hand then and got down on one knee, prompting her to cover her mouth. Pulling out the velvet box, he swallowed before opening it and looking up at his love once more.

"Bells, I love you so damn much. From that first night we kissed so long ago, up until now, I have never stopped thinking about you. I want to make you happy for the rest of your life. Can I do that, honey? Will you marry me?"

A tear slowly trickled down her cheek as she looked into his warm, loving eyes. "Yes. Of course I'll marry you. I love you more than anything." He slipped the ring on her finger and stood, capturing her lips in a fiery, sealing kiss.

When they came up for air, Bella looked at him nervously. Jake could sense her change in mood instantly. He swallowed thickly, his palms becoming sweaty. "What is it, Bells? You're not changing your mind are you?"

She gasped at his question. "Oh goodness no, Jake!" Bella grabbed his hands and prompted him to sit. "It's just….I'm nervous because I have something to tell you." Jake nodded. "Okay, lay it on me, babe." He tried to lighten the mood a bit.

Bella looked down, biting her lip, unsure of how to say it. Placing his finger under her chin, he gently lifted so she would look in his eyes. "It's okay, Bells. You can tell me." He whispered. She swallowed and then looked directly in his eyes, determination written all over her face.

"I'm pregnant." She waited with baited breath for his response.

"Really?" he gazed at her with raised eyebrows.

Bella nodded. "I went to the doctor this afternoon." Again, she worried her lip until he kissed it.

Releasing her, he flashed a huge grin. "That's awesome, honey! I'm gonna be a dad!" He picked her up in a hug, swinging her around. Jake steadied her on her feet and wiped the tear from her face. "And you're going to be an amazing mother." He said gently. Bella smiled and let the tears of joy flow freely. I'm gonna be a mom.

~The End~