(A/N): SURPRISE!

*Runs and hides*

Oh, and thanks so much for my beta RandomatGedz!


A Second Chance

Chapter Nine

"Edward, what did you do?"

"What? I thought this is what you wanted…"

"Are you kidding me? This is the farthest thing from what I wanted!"

"Don't worry about it, Bella, please. You're going to get used to it…in time."

"I highly doubt it." I grumble.

I know that I'm acting insane, but I can't help it. This time Edward went all out.

"You didn't have to buy such a large house. An apartment would have been just fine." I tell him as I glance up at the house, no, a freaking castle, we'd parked the car in front of. We'd landed in New York a mere hour ago and Edward had brought us upstate to the house he's bought.

"There's a park and great schools nearby…safe neighborhood, too. I thought it would be a great place to live." He says, frowning in worry.

I guess I'm being a bit ungrateful, but he had really taken me by surprise.

"Wow, you really thought of everything." I admit, and he smiles.

"I bought the house the day you agreed to marry me. If you don't like it, I can put it back on the market and we can start looking for something else."

I sigh. He'd really put a lot of effort, not to mention money, into this.

"Maybe, I should see the inside first." I concede.

Edward smiles happily as he leads me inside the house/castle. Turns out it is already fully furnished.

"I bought the furniture because I wanted you to be comfortable as soon as we got here, but of course you can change anything that you don't like." He explained hastily.

"Oh no, everything looks great." And it did look great. The entrance is magnificent, and the entire house looks so cozy and comfortable too.

I stop looking around when I notice a grand piano next to the French style windows in the huge living room.

"You play the piano?" I ask him, surprised.

Edward nervously runs his fingers through his hair, "Uh, yeah. You didn't know that?"

"No, Riley never mentioned it."

"I started taking lessons when I was five years old. Mom insisted. She tried to convince Riley as well later on, but he was more interested in football than music." Edward smiled fondly at the memory, and my heart squeezes painfully.

He notices my expression and his smile quickly disappears, "I'm sorry…"

"It's alright, we can talk about Riley. I don't want it to be awkward between us whenever his name is mentioned."

"Of course," Edward nods.

"So, is there anything you can't do?" I tease him trying to lighten the mood.

"Nope, I can pretty much do anything and everything." He jokes.

"Hm, now I'm determined to make it my mission to find your one weakness Mr. Cullen."

He looks at me for a second before smiling sadly.

"I'm sure you will someday," He says. "Come on; let me show you to your room, you must be exhausted." He ushers me upstairs before we can talk any further and I'm left wondering what the hell had just happened.

My room is perfect. It's spacious and fully furnished with comfortable chairs, a sofa and a huge queen sized bed. He even included a few bookshelves against the wall that are already full to the brim with books.

"Do you like it?" I'm startled out of my silent admiration of the room by Edward's soft voice.

"Like it? This is perfect!" I exclaim enthusiastically.

Edward grins happily.

"Great, I'll leave you to unpack and rest then. Oh, and Mrs. Stevens left us some lunch if you're hungry."

"Mrs Stevens?"

"She's the housekeeper," He explains. "She comes over every day to do some cooking and cleaning, so if there's anything you need her to bring over, food or anything else, just ask her and she'll do it."

"Oh, okay." I nod.

Edward walks out of the room and closes the door behind him. I let out a breath I hadn't known that I was holding.

I slowly look around the room again and walk to the bed where I throw myself back on it and close my eyes.

Exhaustion doesn't even begin to cover how I feel right now.

I'm getting married tomorrow.

To Edward.

That's the only thought floating through my head right now.

Everyone would be flying out here for the wedding and they will be staying for a couple of days.

Sure, it would have been easier for everyone if we could have gotten married in Forks but Edward said that it takes much less time to get the paperwork done for the wedding here in New York than back in Washington.

We aren't really in any rush, but it seems like both Edward and I have subconsciously agreed to do it as fast as possible before we change our minds.

I continue to lie there and stare blankly at the ceiling, trying to clear my head and maybe relax for a while, but it's completely useless.

I have no idea how much time has passed before I hear a knock on my door and Edward hesitantly pokes his head in.

"Hey, is everything okay? You haven't come down for lunch, so I came up to check how you were doing."

As if on cue, my stomach growls loudly and my face turns red in embarrassment.

"Food is already in the microwave, care to join me?" Edward smiles, amused, I nod silently and follow him down to the kitchen.

We eat together in companionable silence before I go up to change and have a shower in the ensuite bathroom attached to my bedroom.

I could definitely get used to this.

By the time I'm done, Edward has the popcorn ready and a movie already popped into the DVD player for us to watch.

I snuggle into the large sofa in the living room while Edward takes the other side. We keep our distance, as usual. Honestly, the effort it takes me to maintain a safe distance from him at all times is beginning to wear on my nerves.

Not because I want to be closer to him, absolutely not.

It's just that it usually turns awkward or embarrassing and I'd rather just have an easy relationship with him than all this stiffness.

Turns out that Chasing Liberty is the movie Edward picked out.

"I didn't know you were a fan Mandy Moore." I tease him.

"Hey, she's a national treasure!" He jokes, "Besides, what's not to like about her?" He wiggles his eyebrows implying that he was very much a fan of her physique.

"Hey!" I throw one of the sofa cushions at him, which he catches easily. "You're not supposed to comment on other women's' looks in front of your fiancée, unless of course it's to say they don't compare to her beauty and elegance."

"Wow, Bella, I never figured you for the jealous type."

My face heats up, "I'm not jealous!"

Edward smiles silently for a second before turning back to the TV.

"You're right on one thing though," He speaks softly. "She doesn't compare to you."

I'm struck silent as I stare openly at him while he watches the movie.

"You're missing the best part of the movie, Bella." He says as he passes the popcorn bowl.

I finally snap out of my haze and turn back to the TV.

I don't notice it at the time, but my mouth curves up into a smile.

OoOoOoOoOoOoOoOoOoooOoOoOoOo

Today is my wedding day.

I sleep in a little late because we're getting married at city hall in the afternoon.

Edward and I have a quiet breakfast together which he prepares. He said that he'd given Mrs. Steven a vacation for the week.

Our family and friends arrive a little later. They'd barely made it to the hotel to change and then came directly to our house.

Elizabeth does not show up, however, which doesn't really come as a surprise to any of us.

But Edward Sr. managed to make it, in spite of that. God only knows what would be waiting for him when he gets back home to his wife.

I truly felt sorry for my father-in-law.

Alice helps me prepare as I dress in a simple white dress that falls an inch above the knees.

"Oh, you look so pretty! Wait, let me snap a quick photo!" Alice gushes as she reaches for her Iphone and takes a couple of photos before we leave.

I cannot help but laugh heartily at her enthusiasm.

She pauses in her task and smiles widely at me.

"What is it?" I ask.

"It's good to see you laugh like that again." She says. "Edward must be really good for you."

"He is." I admit. "He's been really there for me in the past few weeks; I couldn't have done it without his help."

"Oh, and I've been meaning to ask. How are you guys doing in terms of sleeping arrangements?" She inquires with a knowing glint in her eye.

"It's just that," She goes on, "This room looks way too girly to be Edward's as well."

I'm miraculously saved from replying by a knock on the door.

Edward walks in slowly, looking fantastic in a grey suit.

"Hey," He greets us, looking only at me as he stands a few steps away.

"Hi," I reply.

"I'll give you guys a few minutes," Alice announces as she walks to the door, "Don't take too long now." She says with a knowing grin that only results in my face turning beet red.

"You look beautiful." Edward says as soon as Alice is out of ear shot.

"Um, thank you. You don't look so bad either."

"Are you ready?" He asks as he offers me his arm to hold onto.

I nod silently as I wrap my arm through his and we walk out of my room.

The drive to the city hall is very short, maybe too short according to my fraying nerves. Edward sits next to me in the car and holds my hand in his the entire way as if he's afraid that I'm going to bolt as soon as I open the door.

The ceremony was very short, I don't think it took more than ten minutes, which was more than fine by me. I'm not sure why I was so nervous since I've had more than enough time to prepare for it.

Maybe it was due to Alice's remark back at the house, or our family's smiling and hopeful faces during the ceremony. It may also be due to the way Edward was looking at me right when we were announced husband and wife.

The moment I feel like I'm really ready to bolt, however, is when Edward leans in for our first kiss as man and wife. I lean back minutely afraid of what was about to happen and how it would completely change us, and Edward seems to notice my hesitance.

He does something unexpected, however, and wraps his arm around my waist pulling me flush against him before finally touching my lips with his.

And I'm completely lost.


(A/N): So about the long wait, sooooooooooo sorryyyyyyy! Life has been pretty hectic lately…If you're on FB with me, then you already know that my mother was sick for a while and then after she got better, work just got worse and I got really busy, so I'm really very sorry about that and I do want you all to know that I've read all of your reviews and want to thank you so much for all of your amazing support!

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