Well... The end is here!
I'm quite sad right now, and it was very poignant being able to give Edward and Bella the ending I've been waiting to give all these months.
I'll not hold you guys back, I just hope you all enjoy this final chapter, and you've enjoyed this journey with me!
Artist: Sleeping At Last
Song: Turning Page
I've waited a hundred years, but I'd wait a million more for you.
Nothing prepared me for, what the privilege of being yours would do.
If I had only felt the warmth within your touch.
If I had only seen how you smile when you blush.
Or how you curl your lip, when you concentrate enough.
I would have known what I was living for all along.
What I've been living for...
Isn't it funny how life works?
I find it fascinating how a person can go from having everything, to nothing, to everything again, in such a short space of time.
I guess, to him it wasn't a very short space of time… He's told me countless times how everyday felt like a year when I wasn't with him… But to me, it hasn't really been that long at all.
To me it was like I'd never been gone.
I've never left Edward's side since he got out of the hospital. I took him home, put him straight to bed, and then I acted like the best nurse possible.
He recovered quickly.
Within a few weeks he was fully back on his feet, and we made our home into even more of a home for the both of us. We started work in the hospital together, and even now I can't describe the feelings that run through me when I see him at the nurse's station in his suit trousers and shirt, writing up his notes before he goes to see another patient.
It makes me fall in love with him even more.
Over the past few months I'd started speaking to Renee a bit more too. I'd called her after Edward got out of the hospital and told her what happened. She sounded relieved that Edward was okay, and slightly guilty that she'd gotten out of the car.
By the time Christmas came around, everything was back to normal… Completely back to normal.
Edward and I spent Christmas in our house. We woke up together, we had breakfast together, opened our presents together, got dressed together (then undressed, then dressed again), and then we headed over to Esme and Carlisle's for dinner.
Just after Christmas I got a phone call from Renee. She told me about Charlie's will, and how all the money had been left to her. She was going to give it to Edward and I, to perhaps put into savings for our future children, or to use for ourselves… But we said no. We had plenty of our own money. We didn't need Charlie's.
The last I heard, Renee had given half the money to charity, and the other half she'd used on an extravagant wedding for herself and a man called Phil, a man she'd loved for years apparently. Whatever money was leftover they used to move to England, and I was happy that she was happy.
At New Year's Esme threw her traditional town party. It seemed so surreal as Edward and I danced that he was in front of me, and nothing stood in our way anymore…
That was when I realised that it would always be surreal, even when we were an old married couple.
And then, as we all counted down the seconds until midnight, his arms had wrapped around me, and he pulled me close as I glanced up at him. We smiled widely at each other as the countdown ended, everyone cheered "Happy New Year!" and our lips met the others gently before we whispered, "I love you… Forever."
One year later:
My body was pressed tightly against Edward's, and I sighed as I felt myself waking up, attempting to stretch my body as best I could without waking him.
But of course, a second later I felt his hand tighten around mine, and then his lips had found my forehead, and then he was whispering words that made me smile like "I love waking up next to you."
I raised my head to look at him, "Merry Christmas." I smiled.
He laughed, "Merry Christmas, baby."
And then he waited. He waited for me to say what I always said every Christmas.
Because the Christmas day all those years ago, when I was only 17… That was the first time I told him I loved him.
I cuddled myself closer to him, reaching up with one hand to touch his face, "I love you," I whispered softly, before I gently pressed my lips to his.
He smiled against me, kissing me back for a long second before he pulled away, "I love you too… And I have a present for you… A secret one before we open the rest with the others."
I'd completely forgotten that the Cullen's were spending Christmas at our house this year.
I watched as Edward reached across to the nightstand, opening the drawer before he pulled out a small box, wrapped in gold paper.
He handed it to me, and I raised an eyebrow at him, "What is it?"
"Well… Normally people open it to see what's inside… It's just a theory."
I giggled, hitting him gently on the chest, "Don't get smart with me, Cullen!"
He laughed, running his hand down my back slowly, "Okay, just open it."
I tore the paper of as slow as possible, just to torture him a bit more. But when I saw the box, I got a little too excited and I snapped it open quickly.
There nestled in the cushion was a long silver bracelet, diamonds twinkling gently as they clustered along the edge.
I felt my mouth drop open, "Edward how much did this cost you?"
"That doesn't matter." He murmured, before he reached for the bracelet, turning it over slightly so I could see that there was something engraved on the back.
I love you… Forever.
I felt a smile break out on my lips as I reached for him, hugging him close to my body as I plastered kiss after kiss on his lips.
"I love it. I love it so much. Thank you. I love you."
He chuckled, trying to match my kisses, "I'm glad."
"Put it on me?" I asked, finally pulling away enough so he could breathe. He took the bracelet from the box as I held out my wrist, before he gently put it on.
I smiled when he was finished, placing one more long kiss on his lips before I remembered that I had a present for him too… But I didn't even know how to say it…
I took a breath, and automatically Edward's posture changed too as he tried to look at me, "What is it?"
I raised my eyes to look at him, "I have a present for you too." I smiled.
"You do?" His eyes widened, "What is it?"
He glanced around the room, his eyes landing on the nightstand, and I couldn't help but laugh because he always got so excited when it came to presents.
I put my hand on his arm, shaking my head, "No… I have to tell you something."
He blinked a little, resting back against the pillows, "My present is you're going to tell me something?"
I nodded, "Yes."
"Okay then." He was confused, but he'd understand soon… If I could get the words out of my mouth.
I looked at him, "Well you remember… Last Christmas… When we were saying how it would be nice to have a year with just you and me… And then maybe… We could start adding to the family…"
Edward's eyes were glued to mine, and for a second I thought he was going to catch on, but his next words shot that theory into the water.
"So… You're saying you want to start a family? You want to try for a baby?" He smiled.
At the innocence of his words, added to his facial expression, I couldn't help but laugh.
I placed my hand over my mouth to try and control the giggles, before I shook my head and grabbed his hand, entwining our fingers, "No… We don't need to try for a baby…" Our eyes burned into each other's as his widened to the size of saucers, "Edward… I'm pregnant."
He was frozen to the spot. His hand was tight in my own, our fingers entwined so tightly I thought they'd break off. His eyes were wide and unblinking, and as I stared back at him, I saw him let out a breath as a smile broke out across his face.
"You're… You're pregnant? Like, really pregnant? Like you aren't just taking the piss, are you Bella?"
I let out laugh, tears brimming in my eyes, "Of course I'm not taking the piss!"
"When did you find out?" He moved from the pillows until we were both in sitting position.
He looked like he was about to explode.
"Well, I'm a few weeks late… But I only took the test yesterday… Thought it was be a good present to keep for today."
"Good present? This is the best present ever!" He lunged for me then, wrapping me in his arms as he kissed the breath out of my lungs.
He pressed me back against the pillows, kissing my lips, my neck, my chest, all the way down to my stomach.
I watched as he pressed a gentle kiss on my stomach, a stray tear dripping down his cheek.
He glanced back up at me again, a wide smile on both our faces, "You're happy then?" I asked, "You want the baby, right?"
He let out a breathy laugh, "Bella, three times in my life, I have been so happy I could burst… The first was when I met you, the second was when I married you, and the third was when I got you back… This is another one of those times… I can't even describe how happy I am…"
"So you don't think it's too soon?" I clarified.
"Not at all… We've had the past year to ourselves, just me and you… It's been the most perfect year… But now we can add to the family…" We grinned at each other before he glanced down at my stomach again, "I'm calling a girl."
I giggled, "Edward it's probably neither right now!"
"I don't care, I'm still calling a girl." He grinned.
I laughed, running my hands through his hair before I glanced at the clock on the nightstand, "We'd better get up… I'm sure everyone's already awake and waiting."
He nodded, pulling us both out of the bed before he kissed me gently, "I love you… Thank you so much… We are going to be the best parents that baby could ask for…"
"Definitely." I agreed with a smile.
We got dressed into some pyjamas, before he grabbed my hand, "We get to tell everyone now!"
I laughed as he opened the bedroom door and headed for the stairs.
We got halfway down the hall just as Alice appeared at the top of the stairs, "Oh, I was just coming to see if you guys were awake!" She smiled, "Merry Christmas! Everyone is waiting –"
She trailed off, her eyes focusing on me, before they travelled to Edward. She gasped suddenly, her eyes flickering down to my stomach as they widened.
"Oh my gosh…" She whispered, "Okay, go downstairs… Don't tell them yet, just let me grab the camcorder!"
She flitted off suddenly, and I heard her gentle squeal as she reached the bottom of the stairs.
Edward and I turned to each other with wide eyes, "How the hell does she do that?" I asked quietly.
Edward shrugged, laughing gently, "God only knows."
I heard the bedroom door click slightly, and I squeezed my hand a little, expecting to find Edward's fingers entwined in my own.
But he wasn't there.
I opened my eyes, glancing at the empty pillows beside me.
My head shot up at the sound of his voice, my lips breaking into a smile as I saw him standing by the door, dressed in his boxers and holding a tray of food complete with a bunch of roses.
"Good morning." I smiled back, sitting up in the bed as he came over towards me.
He set the tray on the nightstand, before lifting the bunch of roses, "Happy Anniversary." He grinned as he crawled onto the bed beside me.
I laughed, accepting his kiss before I took the flowers, "Happy Anniversary… Wow ten years."
"Ten years." He nodded, "And I love you more and more every single one of them."
"Aw, aren't you sweet." I giggled, smelling the roses gently, "They're beautiful… Thank you."
"I have another few presents waiting downstairs… Thought we could have breakfast first."
I nodded my agreement as I set the flowers at the end of the bed, "Your present is in the wardrobe… Do you want it now?"
"Let's eat first." He nodded, "I'm sure you're both hungry."
I sat back against the pillows, smiling as Edward placed his hand on my swollen stomach, placing a soft kiss on the skin, "Good morning to you too, little one."
"Not long now." I smiled, placing my hand on top of Edward's, "Two weeks."
"Two weeks." He nodded, "And then we get to see our little girl."
"Hey, don't keep saying little girl because if she's a boy, you'll be disappointed!" I chided softly.
But Edward smiled, "Whether she's a girl or a boy, I will not be disappointed… I just have a feeling she'll be a girl."
I laughed, rolling my eyes as Edward moved to grab a plate from the tray. Just as he did so, I felt a sharp pain in my side, causing me to gasp loudly and Edward to drop whatever piece of cutlery he was holding.
He turned around to face me, his eyes widened a little, "You okay?"
"I think it was the baby kicking…" I whispered, feeling the pain seem to roll right around to my back, causing me to need to stand up.
I pushed out of the bed, standing up as Edward rushed around to my side. He took my hand, just as we both saw the water beginning to pool on the floor.
I squeezed his hand, and I wasn't sure if it was out of fear or excitement.
"Your… Your waters just broke?" He made it sound like a question, though we both knew that was exactly what had happened.
"Edward… I think it's time."
My words seemed to snap a reaction out of him, because suddenly he was helping me to sit down on the bed. He kissed my forehead gently, murmuring words to himself as he went to the wardrobe, lifting out clothes for both him and me.
I sat watching him, rubbing my stomach as another sharp pain resounded through it, causing me to moan in pain. Edward's eyes flashed to me, and I could see the sweat breaking out on his forehead as he came towards me.
He helped me into my sweat pants and one of his t shirts, before he made quick work of putting on his own clothes. He grabbed his shoes and pulled them on before taking mine and slipping them on my feet.
Then he went to the wardrobe, grabbing the baby bag we'd packed a few weeks ago, just encase something like this happened. He checked everything was in it, running his fingers through his hair as stress seemed to come over his entire body.
I held my hand out for him, and he came over to me quickly, "What is it? A contraction?"
"Edward…" I whispered gently, reaching up to take his face in my hands, "Calm down… Our baby is coming…"
"I know, we need to go to the hospital."
"No, listen to me… The baby is coming… Everything is fine… We've sorted it all, we've got the bag packed, we've got ourselves ready, we've got the nursery ready, we've got everything we need… The next time we come into the house we'll have our baby with us… Don't stress out, just enjoy it."
I watched as he took a long breath, resting his forehead against mine before he kissed my lips gently, "I love you."
"I love you too." I smiled, "Forever."
He nodded, "Forever… Okay, let's go."
He slung the bag over his shoulder, taking my hand as we walked from the bedroom. At the top of the stairs I got another sharp contraction, and God love that husband of mine, I squeezed his hand so hard but he didn't even flinch.
We got to the bottom of the stairs, and Edward grabbed his car keys and his phone from the table by the door.
We got into the car, and Edward rung Esme's number as he started the engine and drove down the drive.
"It's time." He said, laughing a little with tears in his eyes, "We'll meet you guys at the hospital."
After that it seemed like a whirlwind.
Edward got us to the hospital safely. He took me straight to maternity, checked me in with the nurse, and had me safe in the bed with the baby bag in the cabinet beside me fifteen minutes later.
He never left my side.
The doctor came in, gave me medication for the pain of the contractions, the midwife checked on me numerous times, the Cullen's came in to see me before leaving to go to the waiting room again… All the while, Edward was beside me, his fingers entwined with mine.
The birth was hard. It happened in the evening on the 5th August, even though my waters had broken early that morning. The Cullen's sat in the waiting room, the staff helped me along the way, but it was Edward that helped me the most… He was by my side, holding my hand, wiping the sweat from my forehead, listening to my screams, crying with me, laughing with me, talking to me, telling me how much of an amazing mother I was going to be, telling me that I'd just have to deal with him spoiling our baby just like I had to learn to accept that he loved to spoil me too…
Our baby was born at 6pm on the 5th August…
A beautiful, perfect, little girl…
Edward cut the cord with one hand, still holding mine with the other, and beaming as the Doctor confirmed the baby's gender and her cries sounded through the room.
He came back to my side as they cleaned the baby, "I told you she was a girl." He laughed, squeezing my hand tight, "You did it, baby… I'm so proud of you…" He leaned down to press his forehead to mine, "Thank you… I love you so much… You're so beautiful…"
I reached up with my free hand, smiling as I let out a breath, "I love you too."
"Mr and Mrs Cullen?" The midwife's voice sounded behind us as we shared a gentle kiss, "I think the baby wants to meet her parents."
We pulled away from each other, glancing at our baby as the midwife carried her towards us.
Edward let go of my hand so I could take her, but I grabbed his hand again as soon as the baby was comfortable.
We stared at her for a long minute, watching her gentle smile as her cries stopped and her eyes opened up to us.
Edward and I let out a breath, and I could feel tears brimming in my eyes, just as Edward reached up to wipe his.
I glanced at him, smiling softly as I saw the love shining out of him for both me and his daughter.
"Shall I go bring the rest of the family in?" The midwife asked, just as the Doctor congratulated us and left the room.
We both nodded before turning back to each other once she'd left the room, sharing an intimate kiss for a long minute before we heard the distinctive click of a camera.
We both turned to look at the door, seeing Alice just under the doorframe, snapping our baby's very first picture.
Cuddled in her mother's arms, her father with his arms around them both, and her parents sharing a kiss of joy.
"Now one with you guys smiling!" Alice chirped.
Edward and I laughed, smiling for the camera as Alice took another picture before she gently slipped the camera back into her bag.
The Cullen's all filed into the room, cooing at the baby girl in my arms as they all noted how Edward had been right all along.
They all cried. Even Emmett and Jasper.
The midwife came in a half hour later to check on us, and was kind enough to take a photo on Alice's camera of the whole family. Edward took the baby from me, and we all watched in amazement as he cuddled our little girl close to his chest, running his finger down her cheek before he spoke ever so gently to her and her face broke out into a smile.
She was passed around everyone before she eventually made her way back to me and Edward. We sat on the bed with her, not able to take our eyes of our little miracle for longer than a second.
"Any names?" Esme asked, tears still falling down her cheeks.
Edward and I nodded, "We have a first name." He explained, "It's… Amara… Amara Cullen."
"Amara?" Esme tried the word on her tongue, "It's… It's beautiful… Very unique."
"What does it mean?" Rose asked, her eyes never straying from the little girl in my arms.
"Forever." I answered, smiling at everyone before meeting Edward's eyes, watching him grinning back at me.
"And middle names?" Carlisle asked.
"Well… I was thinking something to do with today… 5th August… It's our anniversary." I glanced up at Edward, and he nodded in agreement.
"What were you thinking?" He asked.
"It's been ten years today, right? So… The gift for ten years is Aluminium…"
"You're going to name her Aluminium?" Emmett asked, his eyes wide.
I laughed, "No… Shorten it… Ali? Maybe…" I glanced at Alice, "Alice?"
I watched as she gasped, tears springing to her eyes like on a trampoline, "Alice?" She asked, as if she never really heard right the first time.
I looked up at Edward, watching as his face broke out into a smile, "I like it."
"And Esme." I nodded, "We'd already decided on Esme for a middle name too."
Esme placed her hand over her heart, shutting her eyes, "Thank you."
Edward and I turned our attention to Rose at the end of the bed, watching her as she gently rubbed her own tiny baby bump, "Rose?"
"Yes?" She smiled.
"Would you do Amara the honour of being her godmother?" Edward asked softly.
Her face seemed to radiate the sun as she smiled widely, "I'd… I'd love to."
"And Jasper… Will you be her godfather?"
"It'd be my pleasure." He nodded, calm and happy.
Edward and I turned back to look at our baby. I leaned against Edward's chest as I held her, and his arms held my own.
"Amara Alice Esme Cullen." I whispered, smiling down at her.
"And she has the best Grandma in the world." Esme smiled from the bedside.
"And the best Grandfather." Carlisle added.
"And the best uncle." Emmett put in.
"And the best auntie!" Alice grinned.
"Definitely the best godmother." Rose smirked.
"And the best godfather." Jasper smiled.
Edward reached up to run his finger down Amara's cheek, and we both chuckled softly as she smiled, "And she most certainly has the best mommy and daddy…" He whispered before he turned his head to look at me, his eyes brimming with love and happiness, "I love you so much, Isabella Cullen."
"I love you too, Edward Cullen." I smiled back at him.
We reached forward to press our lips together, kissing softly before we whispered on the other's lips, "Forever."
And that is how the story goes… Sometimes things in life try to hold you back, sometimes they try to ruin your happiness, or stop it from happening at all…
But if you believe that what's meant for you will never pass by you, you will always find your happiness.
It may take days, months, years…
But you'll find your happiness, your true love, the one you're meant for…
Because, if it's meant to happen, it will.
And... That's it!
I would like to take this opportunity to thank EVERYONE who read, reviewed, favourited, followed this story. You guys have no idea how much your support means to me.
I'd never thought my stories were that good, but with all your amazing reviews, and all the feedback and support I've gained throughout this entire experience, I can't help but love you guys for it!
Although this is the end for this story, maybe someday inspiration might strike and I'll make a second story. Also, the Edward's outtakes are now going to be an official story, so hopefully I'll see you guys over there!
Lastly, now that this story has ended... I'm going to start a new project that's been flying around in my head lately, and I wanted to know if you guys would be interested in reading it.
It's called One Million Emotions and this is the summary:
Isabella Swan has only ever had one crush. She was eight years old, her best friend was Alice Cullen, and Alice's brother Edward was the most beautiful boy she'd ever seen. But he was ten years older than her, he was 18 and moving away to College... He never came back. He fought with his family and never returned to Forks... So Bella never saw him again.
Now Bella's 18, she's moving to New York, hoping to find more than just a College experience... She wants to find love too.
But of course, Edward Cullen still runs around in her mind. And she tells herself that he's far too old for her...
So then why does she start speaking to a mysterious 28 year old man, someone she's too attracted to for her own good, someone she connects with on another level, someone she can't tear herself away from.
Two people, one passionate affair, and one million emotions.
Would you guys be up for that story? If so, review and let me know :) The first chapter will be up tomorrow if I get enough support for it!
And so lastly, before I hit "complete" for this story, I'm saying a BIG thank you to everyone! I'm glad I got to share this journey with you, and yes I'm quite sad it's over, but Edward and Bella are happy, right? So all is good with the world :)
And please, one last review?
I hope you all enjoyed!