So I didn't get this out Sunday night. Between the birthday parties and school work I didn't have time but I did try.
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I held my breath as I waited for her reply. She was staring at the ring that I held in my hand. I spent half the day picking out the perfect ring for Bella. One that was simple, because I knew Bella wouldn't want anything fancy, yet still beautiful, like her.
If I were human my heart would be beating out of control. As it was I was starting to get impatient but I wouldn't rush her. I wanted her to really think about it before she answered. I know her views on marriage weren't the most positive. I hoped that our love was stronger than that.
"Bella," I said softly. "If you don't want to… we don't-" I couldn't say the words. I tried to close my hand around the ring box but Bella stopped me. It was first time she had responded since I proposed.
"Yes," she said looking up. Her chocolate brown eyes locked on mine. "I'll marry you." She grabbed the ring from my hand and slipped it on her finger.
I flashed her the brightest smile and I heard her heart beat faster. I leaned forward and pressed my lips against hers. She responded immediately by throwing her arms around my neck and pulling me closer to her body. Today was hard on her and I felt bad for avoiding her. It wasn't on purpose. I was just afraid that if I spent more time with her I would blow it by blurting out the proposal somewhere else.
"I love you my Bella," I whispered in her ear. I lifted her off the ground with ease and carried her to our bed. I gently sat her down and crawled on top of her.
"I love you too," she replied. She pulled away long enough to pull off her top. Even after all this time I was still amazed by how perfect she was.
I reached over and undid her bra although all I wanted to do was rip it off of her. Alice wouldn't appreciate that so I took my time. My thumbs lightly grazed over her already hard nipples. She shuddered under my touch.
I felt her tugging on my dress. I had no idea when Bella got so bold but I liked it. I got on my knees and pulled the dress up over my head. Bella's eyes widened when she realized I wasn't wearing a bra or underwear. If I were human I would be blushing at the look of lust she was giving me.
She threw herself in my arms and kissed me. I ran my hands down her back and cupped her backside, lifting her onto my lap. I glanced at the jeans she was wearing and frowned. I ripped them off her body and tossed the pieces away from the bed. I ripped her underwear away from her body leaving her completely bare against my cold body.
Bella rocked her hips into mine. I moaned. There was no better feeling than having the warm body of my mate pressed against me. Her hand slipped in between our bodies. I could feel two of her fingers slip through my wet folds. "Bella," I moaned.
Her fingers slipped inside me and I moaned loudly. I gripped her hips as hard as I could without hurting her. I rolled my hips around trying to get her to go deeper and faster. "More," I groaned.
Bella pushed me down on the bed and pumped her fingers in and out of my body. I could feel my orgasm start to build but before I could go over the edge it all stopped. I growled at her until I felt her tongue on my clit.
I gripped the sheets, trying my hardest not to shred them. I was at the point that I didn't care anymore. "Bella please," I begged. She slipped her fingers back inside of me and pumped them as fast as she could while sucking on my clit. "Bella," I screamed as my orgasm hit me.
She gently pulled her fingers out and licked them clean. I growled and flipped her over before she had a chance to blink. I kissed her hard enough to bruise her lips. I felt a little guilty but the vampire in me didn't care.
My lips wrapped around her nipple and I felt her moving under my body. Her center was rubbing against mine and I moaned against her. I eased my hand between our bodies and entered her with two fingers. Her back arched against mine as I pumped my fingers.
"My beautiful Bella," I whispered. She moaned loudly as I kissed down her body.
I circled her clit with my tongue and smiled as she wiggled around underneath me. Her moans got louder as she grew closer and closer to the edge. I curled my fingers and Bella screamed my name as she came.
I crawled onto the bed beside her and gently kissed her forehead. "I love you," she said.
"I love you too Bella," I replied.
Bella and I were lying in bed several hours later. I was surprised she was still awake as she usually fell asleep after we make love. It was more now and we had been up all night.
I played with the ring on her finger. "We should get dressed," I muttered though I didn't try to move.
"No," she mumbled sleepily. "We should stay right here. Forever."
I smiled. As much as I hated what I was and as much as I didn't want Bella to become a vampire, I did like the thought of forever with her. "The Denali's will be showing up today," I reminded her.
"Do you think they will like me?" she asked, tracing circle's on my stomach.
"They will love you," I told her.
"Can you tell me about them?" she questioned.
I was surprised by the question until I realized we hadn't told her about them. "Well there's Tanya, the leader of the Denali's, followed by Kate and Irina. Irina is mated to Laurent while Tanya and Kate are unmated. Kate is a huge flirt so don't be surprised if she flirts with you." I growled at the thought.
"There's no need to be jealous love," Bella said gently cupping my cheek. "I'm yours and only yours." I closed my eyes and leaned into her touch. After a minute I opened my eyes and saw Bella staring at me. "You really are the most beautiful person I've ever seen."
I would be blushing if I were human. I pulled her closer to me so I could kiss her. "How did your talk with Edward go?" I asked when I pulled away from her.
"It was good," Bella replied. "He really does seem to feel bad for how he treated us. He even agreed to apologize to you for what he said." I was touched Bella convinced him to apologize for those comments. "Jasper said Alice had a vision about Victoria being in Texas."
The bed vibrated as I growled. I wouldn't let that bitch hurt my mate. I was going to rip her into pieces and make her watch as I burned them. "Rose, calm," she said softly, running her fingers through my hair.
"Sorry," I said taking a few deep breaths. I breathed in Bella's calming scent. "I won't let her hurt you. I will kill her myself."
"I know," Bella said. "I trust you Rose. I'm not afraid of her anymore."
"But you're afraid of the newborns," I said. I didn't need Jasper's gift to know that.
"I'm afraid someone will get hurt or killed," she admitted. "I'm afraid of you getting hurt and it being my fault. I don't want to lose you. I can't lose you."
"Shh, my Bella," I said pulling her on my body. "I will be fine and if me, or someone else, were to get hurt it would not be your fault."
I covered her mouth with my finger. "It will not be your fault," I said firmly, running my thumb along her bottom lip. "We started this and we will be finishing it. There are a lot of human's lives at stake if Victoria is allowed to live. None of us could sit by and let them die."
My phone vibrated from its spot on the nightstand. I sighed and pulled away from Bella so I could check it. It was a text message from Alice.
Sorry to interrupt but the Denali's will be here in an hour. ~Alice
"What's wrong?" Bella asked.
"The Denali's will be here soon," I told her. "We need to get dressed."
"I should probably shower," Bella said as she started to get up.
"No," I said grabbing her hand keep her from leaving. "Don't shower. You smell like me," I explained when she looked confused. "It will show the Denali's you belong to me and it will keep Kate and Tanya from trying anything."
I couldn't handle Tanya or Kate trying to steal my mate. It wasn't as though I thought they would try. They have been around long enough to know better but still, they loved to flirt.
She climbed back on the bed and cupped my face. "No one is going to take me from you," she promised. I held her hand against my face, enjoying the smell of her blood. "I thought I always smelled like you."
"You do," I told her. "However it's faint and unless a vampire is familiar with my scent it will be harder to them to tell you're mine. I will feel better after you're changed."
She dropped her hand. "You want me to be changed?" she whispered.
"I've had a lot of time to think about it," I confessed. "No matter how much I hate this life, I couldn't imagine spending it without you. So, after Victoria is dealt with, if you still want to be changed, I'll do it."
She leaned over and kissed me. "I love you," she said.
"I love you too," I said. "Come on, we need to get dressed before Alice comes looking for us."
Bella looked horrified at the thought of Alice walking in on us. While she dug around for some clothes I ran to my room and grabbed an outfit. I was back in Bella's room, fully dressed, before she turned around.
She frowned when she saw me. "You could have taken your time," she said.
I laughed and wrapped my arms around her bare body. "You can get me naked again soon enough," I told her.
She blushed and pulled away so she could get dressed.
We decided to walk to Peter and Charlotte's house. "What happens to me during the battle?" Bella asked. "All of you will be fighting, but what about me?"
"I'm not fighting," I said. I could practically feel her relief at the news. "I'll take you somewhere until the fight is over and we will stay of the way until it's over."
"What about the others though?" she asked. "I don't want you choosing me over them. What if they get hurt?"
"Bella," I said grabbing her hands. "You are my mate. It is my job to watch over you. The others would do the same thing in my position. They don't blame me for staying with you. In fact they would be more concerned if I did choose to fight."
She still wasn't sure it was a good idea but didn't say anything as we got to the house. We still had a bit of time before the Denali's arrived.
"Did you feed her at all?" Charlotte asked as we walked into the house. Charlotte was eyeing Bella and it was getting on my nerves.
Bella blushed. "We were busy," I said smirking at Charlotte. It was my way of letting Charlotte know Bella was mine.
Her eyes locked onto the ring Bella was wearing. "Oh my God," she squealed. "Alice, why didn't you tell us?"
Alice spotted the ring. "I didn't know," she said honestly. "I promised Rose I wouldn't check."
"What's going on?" Emmett asked confused.
"Bella and I are engaged," I announced.
I focused on Charlie and Edward's reactions. I had a good idea how the others would react and they didn't worry me. What worried me the most was how Charlie and Edward took the news. The others congratulated us while Charlotte excused herself to make breakfast for Bella before the others showed up.
"Congratulations," Edward said when it grew quiet. "I'm happy for the both of you." I stared at him, looking any sign of anger or deception. There was none. If he was upset he didn't a great job at hiding it.
Bella stepped forward and hugged her ex-boyfriend. Edward pulled away sooner than they both wanted. My thoughts showed exactly what I thought about them hugging, even though I knew Bella only cared about him as a friend.
"I am not a threat to your relationship," Edward said quietly enough that Bella couldn't hear him.
"Dad," Bella said turning her attention to her father.
Charlie hadn't spoken since we arrived. He seemed to be avoiding eye contact with us, probably because he didn't want to focus on the fact that my scent was all over her and vice versa.
"That is what you want?" Charlie asked. Bella nodded. "Then I'm happy for you." He stepped toward me and offered his hand. "Take care of my daughter."
"Always Charlie," I said shaking his hand.
Charlotte called Bella to the kitchen for breakfast. "Charlotte you didn't have to make so much food," Bella said staring at the mountain of food on the table which included bacon, eggs, sausage and pancakes.
Charlotte shrugged. "I wasn't sure what you like so I made sure I had a bit of everything," she said.
Bella and I sat at the table with Esme, Alice and Charlotte while the guys talked about the upcoming battle. They were way too excited about this. "So, are you excited about getting married?" Esme asked. "I know you didn't like the idea of marriage before."
Bella looked up from her plate. "It's not as scary as I thought it would be," she said. "I love Rosalie and that's all that matters to me." I smiled and leaned over to kiss her.
Alice closed her eyes for half a second before her expression turned horrified. "Don't you dare," she yelled at Bella. I growled at her for yelling at my mate. "I will destroy Rosalie's car if you try."
My head shot up. "You better not touch my car," I warned. I turned to my mate. "What did you decide to make her threaten my car?"
Bella looked guilty. "I kind of figured we could get married in Vegas," she said. That would do it. In all our years, and the many weddings, we had never once gone to Vegas for a wedding. Alice hated the idea of getting married in Vegas.
"Don't worry Alice," I said. "We won't get married in Vegas." Alice grinned. "We can have a small ceremony here."
The smile quickly turned into a frown. "I want to plan it," she said firmly.
"Fine," I agreed. There was no way around it. Alice would know exactly how to win any argument. I loved my sister but sometimes her gift was extremely frustrating. Alice bounced in her seat. "But all your ideas must go through Bella first and if she says no then you follow her wishes," I added at the last minute.
Alice looked back and forth between me and Bella. She sighed. "Alright then," she agreed though it pained her to do so. She closed her eyes again. "They will be pulling into the driveway in two minutes."
Exactly two minutes later I heard two cars pull into the driveway. There was a knock at the door and Bella jumped. Peter got out of his chair to go answer the door. "You must be Peter," a woman's voice said. I recognize the voice as Tanya's. "I'm Tanya Denali."
"Welcome," Peter said, stepping aside so they could come in. "Please come in. The girls are in the kitchen."
I moved closer to Bella as they walked into the house. They stopped in the living room to greet the guys. "Uh oh," Alice said.
"What Alice?" I asked.
"Charlie just found his mate," Alice said. Bella's eye's widened in surprise.
"Who?" she choked.
"Tanya," she replied.
Oh boy. This would be fun. "Do you think we can tell them to keep it in their pants long enough to get introductions out?" I asked. Bella blushed.
"I heard that," Tanya yelled. She walked into the room followed by Kate, Irina, Laurent, Carmen and Eleazar. "I can control myself for a few minutes."
Bella caught sight of Laurent and scooted closer to me. I didn't blame her. He was with James and Victoria when they started hunting her. "I guess she remembers me," the dark skinned man said. "Hello Bella."
Kate eyed Bella and I growled. "Oh calm down Rosalie," she said rolling her eyes. "I have no desire to steal your mate, though she does look delicious." She winked at Bella.
I crouched down in front of Bella. "Rosalie enough," Jasper said walking into the room. He was our unofficial coven leader and we did what he said whether we agreed with it or not. "She doesn't want Bella. We don't have time for this."
Bella touched my shoulder and I stood up and wrapped my arms around her. "Well that was fun," Tanya said. "Bella, I'm Tanya Denali, that's my sister Kate and my other sister Irina, you already know her mate Laurent. Those two in the corner are Carmen and Eleazar."
"Nice to meet you all," Bella said.
Eleazar was staring at Bella. "What is it El?" Carmen questioned.
"She's a shield," he said as Charlie came into the room and stood beside Tanya. "She's blocking me but I don't think she realizes it." He focused on Charlie. "And Charlie is a lie detector. He can tell if he's being lied to but he can't force the truth out of anyone."
"That's an interesting theory," Edward said. He was looking at Eleazar.
"What theory?" Jasper asked, looking back and forth between Edward and Eleazar.
"Bella seems to be a mental shield and Charlie's gift is mental. I'm curious if Bella can block Charlie's gift," Eleazar explained.
That was a good question. Then again Bella was such a horrible liar that Charlie's gift was unnecessary. Edward snorted.
"Can we test it?" Tanya asked curious.
"Bella," Eleazar said. "Could you please lie to Charlie?"
Bella looked at her father. She was quiet for a few minutes before saying, "Rose and I are getting married in Vegas."
Alice looked horrified once again, despite knowing Bella was lying. Eleazar focused on Charlie. "I know she's lying," Charlie said. "But if I didn't already know I wouldn't be able to tell."
"A strong mental shield," Eleazar said clearly impressed. "She's not even aware she's blocking Edward, Charlie and myself. I wonder… Kate."
I crouched proactively in front of Bella. I let off a warning growl. I knew exactly what Kate's gift was and I wasn't going to allow her to hurt my mate.
Kate took two steps toward us with her hands raised. "I mean no harm to the little one," she said softly. "Eleazar never would have suggested it if he thinks there's a chance she will be hurt."
"I'll try it," Bella offered, putting her hand on my shoulder.
I stood up. "If she gets hurt it's on you," I warned her with a glare.
Kate didn't seem bothered by the fact that I had just threatened her. Although she was more than ten times my age and would have no trouble winning in a fight between us.
Bella held her hand out for Kate. I held my breath as Kate took her hand. A minute passed and nothing happened. I sighed in relief. Kate frowned and tried again, this time on her highest setting. It would be enough to drop a vampire Emmett's size, and she had used it on him once because he asked.
Bella didn't react. "Amazing," Eleazar breathed. I pulled Bella into my arms. "You will need to be careful," he said. "If the Volturi finds out about her… Aro won't stop until he gets her." He paused for a second. "I'm assuming you're changing her."
"Yes," I said. "After Victoria is dealt with. The Volturi don't know about her and I have no intention of telling them."
"That would be for the best," Eleazar admitted. "What they don't know won't hurt them."
"About Victoria," Tanya said. "Laurent and Carlisle told us about her. Laurent mentioned her ability to escape. How do you plan on taking her out?"
"She wants Bella," Peter said. "I think if the opportunity to get Bella presented itself there would be no way she would run."
"We are not using Bella as bait," I snarled.
Peter held up his hands in surrender. "I wasn't suggesting that," he said. "But, you've already made it clear you won't leave her alone. If we kept her close enough to the battle so Victoria could find her—"
"Absolutely not," Charlie interrupted. "I will not have my daughter in danger again."
"Peter may have a point," Jasper said thoughtfully. Charlie and I growled at him. "Here me out. I don't like the idea of luring Victoria to Bella, however we should have Bella and Rosalie close by in case something happens."
"Jacob doesn't want Seth to be involved with the battle," Edward said. "But he can't force Seth to stay away. We could have Seth stay close to Bella and Rosalie as extra protection. He could take care of any stray newborns."
Jasper stroked his chin. "That could work," he said. "With the pack link you would know immediately if something was going on. Edward, go talk to Jacob and Seth and convince Seth that this is the best idea."
Edward nodded and excused himself.
"We still need a location," Eleazar said. "We need to be in control of where the fight will be."
"The woods would be the best place to hide Bella," Charlotte said. "Would it be possible to lead them somewhere?"
"What about the Big Thicket preserve to the northeast?" Peter suggested. "There's plenty of woods to hide Bella and a nice clearing for the rest of us."
Jasper turned to his wife. "Will it work?"
Alice closed her eyes. She couldn't see too far into the future because of the wolves but she could see enough to know if our plan would succeed. "It will work," Alice confirmed. "But we need Bella's scent to lure them. The newborns are already close by. If we plant her scent in the area they will come."
"When do we do this?" Laurent asked. We couldn't risk Bella's scent fading away so the battle would be fairly soon after we staged it.
"Next week," Alice said. "The battle will be next week. The day after Bella's scent is there."