A/N - I'm back! haha! I am completely blown away by the response to Summer Vacation! Six hundred chapters, more than a million words and right now, over 12 900 reviews! You are all a writer's dream! So supportive and so amazing! So, I'll start the sequel with a huge thank you to you all! THANK YOU! With the new story, expect more of the same; love, romance and happiness with a tiny bit of drama thrown in to keep life interesting. The time frame of this story will be September to December, 2010. I plan on one last sequel to highlight all the happy moments in their lives: their wedding, their graduations, their first house, babies... All the good stuff. But, let's see how living together goes first! So, I will end this author's note how I always do: Enjoy!
Chapter 1 - Life Is Good
Saturday, September 4
The open highway, the wind through my hair, a kitten on my lap and my fiancé by my side. There was no better way to start a new school year. The summer had been amazing. When I moved back to Forks for the school break in May, I was innocent, shy, hopeful and I was fairly certain that I was in love with boyfriend, but hadn't admitted it to him, or myself, yet.
So much had changed. In a good way. I had grown so much. I gained confidence, became more outgoing, I trusted my feelings, I expressed myself. I made so many new friends, I repaired the strained relationship that I had with my mom, and I reconnected with my dad.
But, most importantly, I fell in love, I got engaged and I had lost my virginity; all with the same wonderfully perfect and amazing man. Edward Cullen. He was my world. He made me happy, made me want to be a better person, for him and for myself. I truly believed that he was the best thing that had ever happened to me.
Edward was the most patient, supportive and loving man I had ever met in my life. He would drop anything and everything if I needed him. He lived to make me happy, and he easily succeeded. I adored him.
And today, we were moving in together. We had leased an apartment not far from the University of Washington, Seattle. It was a great little place and I was proud of it, proud of us for taking this step.
And, Edward was just as excited as I was. And that made today even better. Yes, it was sad to leave our friends and family behind in Forks. But we were growing up, and doing it together. And I was so ready to face life head on with Edward by my side.
"You're pretty quiet over there," Edward said, bringing my hand to his lips and brushing a soft kiss to the back of my fingers. "Are you doing okay?"
"I'm perfect, Edward. I was just thinking."
"Oh, yeah? Anything kinky?"
I laughed, loving that he was always teasing, always making me laugh. "Wouldn't you like to know."
"I would, actually."
"Sorry to disappoint. I was just thinking about how far we've come this summer, how much we've changed."
Edward nodded his head, thinking about it, too. "We have changed, haven't we? Like, five months ago, the first day I kissed you, you almost passed out, and last night, you dragged me out of bed to make love with you on the beach."
I giggled. "Yeah. It seems like you've just made me horny."
Edward laughed. "No, but seriously, Bella. You're right. We're more mature, I think. And we have a solid relationship. I trust you more than anyone, and I know I can talk to you about anything."
I smiled, leaning over to kiss his cheek. "I love you, Edward."
"I love you, too, beautiful." Edward pulled up to a coffee shop in Port Angeles. "Need to pee?"
I laughed. "Of course I do."
We got out of the car and Edward took Robbie's carrier with him to stand in line at the counter. "Do you want anything? I need some coffee."
"Something slushie, I guess." I stood on my toes to kiss Edward's chin. "Be right back."
I ran to use the bathroom. As I washed my hands, I looked at my reflection. I actually looked as excited as I felt. And the only thing I could think was 'life is good.'
I walked out of the bathroom and smiled when I saw Edward sitting at a table with Robbie's carrier on the chair beside him. He was leaning down and talking to the kitten. So adorable.
"Hi, boys," I said, rubbing Edward's back before I sat down across from him.
"Your baby needs a walk, I think," Edward said, standing up. "I'm just going to take a pee. Our order is up next." He kissed my forehead, before running to the bathroom.
I smiled after him. It was funny when the 'I really love that man' moments struck. You wouldn't think stopping in a coffee shop for a pee break would be one of those moments, but it was. Edward was just the sweetest guy, ever. And it seemed I'd never stop being blown away by how much I was in love with him.
It was the little things, too. Like how he just stopped for me to have a bathroom break without waiting for me to ask. And he was so cute with the kitten. Eek. Girlie moment. I was so head over heels with him.
Our order was called and I hopped up to grab Edward's giant cup of coffee and my strawberry frappuccino. Edward wrapped his arms around me from behind and kissed my neck. "I can't wait to get you into bed," he whispered in my ear.
I closed my eyes and took a deep breath to control myself. Yep. I was right before when I told Edward that I was horny all the time now. But, it didn't help matters that he was whispering dirty things in my ear.
I turned around ran my fingers down his arm. "Settle down, babe," I teased. "We've still got another two hours to go in the car."
Edward laughed. "I'll try."
We stood outside and walked the kitty, before heading back to the highway. I fed Edward Heidi's peanut butter cookies, and it seemed like with our teasing banter we made it to Seattle in no time.
When Edward pulled up in front of the apartment complex, I couldn't help the huge smile that spread across my face. Edward parked the car and leaned over to kiss my cheek. "Honey, we're home," he said softly, making me giggle.
It took Edward and I three trips to the car to get everything we had packed up to our place. After the last load of bags and setting Robbie in his bed in the living room, Edward took my hand and pulled me back out the door. "What are you doing?" I giggled.
"You'll see," he said, crouching down to scoop me up bridal style.
I wrapped my arms around his neck and pressed a kiss to his lips. "I love you, Edward."
"I love you, too," he said as he carried me in the door. He kicked the door closed and carried me into our bedroom. He kissed my lips again, before setting me on the bed. "Now, I've got you right where I want you."
I laughed. "But we've got to unpack," I said, winking at him.
"I'm going to pretend you just said, we've got to undress."
I shook my head at him, but hummed as I watched him strip off his t-shirt and shorts. He climbed into bed with me, wearing just his black boxer briefs. And boy, did he look hot. He straddled my legs and sat back on my thighs. He set his hands on my stomach and slowly slid them up. I gasped as he squeezed my boobs. I closed my eyes and threw my head back. This felt too good.
Edward kept up with the gentle squeezing and massaging over my tank top and I was moaning. I couldn't stop it, either. His strong hands felt so good. "You are so damn sexy, Bella," he breathed. I reached down to pull my tank top up, but Edward beat me to it. "Look at this body. You're beautiful."
I smiled, rubbing my hands up and down his strong arms. "Ditto."
Edward laughed. "Do people still say that?"
I reached up and smacked his shoulder. "You have your fiancé half naked in our very own bed and you're making fun of me over outdated sayings?"
"God, I'm a stupid guy, huh?" he asked, winking at me before pulling my bra down in the front. He laid down on top of me and started in with the kisses. "I love you so much," he breathed against my neck. "I'm so happy, Bella."
I felt a little teary eyed at the sweet words he was whispering. I threaded my fingers through his hair and pulled his lips to meet mine. "I love you."
Edward reached under my back and unhooked my bra, before shimmying off my shorts and panties. We made love in our new bed, soft and slow. And, it was amazing. Edward pulled my back to his chest and wrapped me in his arms, holding me close. He kissed my shoulder and breathed in my skin.
"I can't believe this is my life," he whispered, chuckling. I smiled as Edward kissed my hair. Yes, life was good.