I still don't own Twilight and I'm no longer holding my breath for that to happen.
BELLA, WILL YOU MARRY ME?
That's what it said on the Jumbotron at the stadium. And then there was a picture of Bella with Edward looking expectantly at her. Everyone at the game was looking expectantly at her. Waiting with baited breath for her answer.
Bella looked up at the screen, all her worst fears about being the center of attention coming to the surface. But with a brave face and a fake smile, Bella turned to Edward and said "Yes."
The crown went wild! The smile that broke out on Edward's face was ear-to-ear. He grabbed Bella and pulled her in for a very enthusiastic kiss.
Edward could hardly contain his happiness and Bella could hardly contain her nerves. By the time they reached Bella's apartment, they were both emotionally exhausted.
Sitting on the loveseat in her living room, Bella turned to face Edward. "Um… we need to talk."
"I know. We have wedding plans to make."
"Yeah, about that…"
They'd only been dating a short time, but Edward could read the concern on Bella's face clear as day. Edward returned her expression with a look of confusion and worry. "About that?"
"Um, yeah. Uh…there isn't going to be a wedding."
"What do you mean there isn't going to be a wedding? You just said yes to my proposal in front of thousands of people! I have witnesses!"
"Of course I said 'yes!' I didn't want to humiliate you in front of all those of people. But the thing is, you really don't know me."
"We'll have a lifetime together to get to know each other. I told you when I met you that I wanted to marry you. I wasn't joking."
"I never said you were. And you've made it abundantly clear since we've been dating for a whole three weeks that those are your intentions. However, if you really knew me, you'd know that asking me to marry you on a giant screen in front of millions of people…"
"Thousands of people, not millions."
"Well, to me it felt like millions. Millions of eyes on me. Millions of people making some sort of judgment about who I am and what I'm going to say. If you really knew me you'd know that what you did is the absolute worst way to ask me. I hate being the center of attention, Edward. I mean really, really hate it! And the person that I'm going to spend the rest of my life with, if that ever happens, would know that about me. So no. My answer is no. It doesn't mean I don't want to see you anymore, but no, I don't want to marry you."
Bella's body sagged at the release of all the emotional weight she had been carrying.
Edward looked down, taking the information and mulling it over for a while. Finally, he looked up at Bella with a clarity and resolve that scared her a little. "You're right. The person you spend your life with should know that. And I do now. Thank you and I'm so, so sorry that I cornered you and made you feel so uncomfortable. But Bella, I would never intentionally hurt you. I hope you know that. However, you also need to know that I'm not giving up. I will find the right words and the right setting that will get you to say 'Yes.'"
Upon hearing Edward's declarations, Bella couldn't help but feel guilty over her tirade. How could she not be flattered by his determination to win her over?
Bella looked at Edward with shy contrition, gaining courage from the affection in his eyes. "Maybe all we need is time."
"Maybe you need time to get to know me and I need time to catch up to you," Bella said with a nervous laugh. Even she was caught off guard by her own words as she wasn't prepared for what her heart was guiding her to say. "And I'm glad, Edward."
"About what, Bella?"
"That you're not giving up."
"Not gonna happen," he said with a slight smirk. "Can I kiss you now?"
A/N Many thanks to my pre-readers kikki7 and prettyflour. Without them, you would have really hated Bella. Hopefully you don't now.
And thanks for sticking with me.