My longest chapter so far and surprisingly hard to write! Only four more chapters left of this story :)
Chapter Twenty Five
Mr and Mrs Cullen
A month passed, and it was time for the Cullen Wedding. Hermione hadn't even begun to tackle her own wedding, the thought of that much to do in so little time making her have a borderline panic attack.
Hermione wandered through the Cullen house, her eyes taking in all the minimalist décor. Amongst this, various wedding items filled the house.
Hermione gave a wide smile. "Hello, Esme."
"What are you doing in here?" Esme asked curiously.
"I'm looking for Bella. Which way is her room?" Hermione replied.
"Just up the stairs, love. Rose will show you the way." Esme smiled, waving over Rosalie who was putting some flowers on the sideboard.
"Right this way." Rosalie said, leading Hermione up the stairs.
Hermione followed the blonde vampire in an uneasy silence. It was clear that Rosalie wasn't keen on her, but she didn't know why. Perhaps the Vampires knew there was something different about her and Remus, but they weren't saying anything.
"Here you go." Rosalie motioned towards a door to the far right, before turning and walking away.
Hermione shrugged and crossed to the far door. She knocked on it.
"Come in." Bella called.
Hermione pushed open the door and gave a small smile when she saw Bella sat at her dresser with Alice fiddling with her hair and her mother, Renee, sat off to one side.
"I can come back."
"No, come on in." Bella gave her a smile. "It's great to see you."
"You excited?" Hermione asked, perching on a stool to the left of Bella and next to Renee.
"Nervous." Bella confessed, fiddling with her hands.
"You'll be fine. You love him." Hermione placed her hand over Bella's.
Bella gave her a small smile. "Without you, this wedding wouldn't even be happening. Not this soon anyway. Thanks to your hypnosis."
"Hypnosis?" Renee looked at Hermione in surprise.
"Yeah, I've been practising, uh, hypnosis ever since I was kid. I discovered I had a talent for it when I was little, I managed to hypnotise some bullies, and began to properly learn it around eleven." Hermione explained, giving a tight smile.
"Oh, how fascinating." Renee beamed. "You know, I tried to learn how to do it once. I didn't have the knack for it though."
"Not everyone does." Hermione gave a secretive grin, thinking about her acceptance letter to Hogwarts.
"There, all done." Alice announced.
Renee, Hermione and Bella gasped as they properly took in her hair.
"Wow, it looks amazing." Renee whispered, reaching out to touch her daughter's hair.
She paused and let her hand fall to her lap, as if she didn't want to spoil something just so beautiful.
"I look…beautiful." Bella breathed, sounding as if she didn't believe it.
Hermione smiled. "You do. Now, I'd better go find Jacob."
Bella gave her a grateful grin and turned back to the mirror, staring in awe at Alice's handiwork. Hermione bobbed her head as she slipped past Charlie just outside the room and hurried down the stairs, and outside to find her seat.
Jacob looked up at Hermione with loving eyes. "How was she?"
"She looked lovely, but very nervous." Hermione said, placing a kiss on his cheek.
"You will you be like that on our wedding day? Nervous, I mean." Jacob smirked.
"Worse." Hermione chuckled.
Jacob caught sight of Esme, Alice and Renee taking their seats. "It seems like the wedding is about to start."
Hermione sighed and leant on Jacob. "I love weddings, and the Cullens have really done a lovely job with the decorating."
Jacob snorted. "If like this kind of thing."
Hermione looked at him. "Is that just because of your natural aversion to them?"
"Maybe." Jacob grumbled with a small smile on his face.
As the opening strains of music began to swell, Hermione and Jacob fell silent. They watched, along with the others, as Bella began to glide down the aisle. She looked beautiful in her crisp white dress, all sleek and elegant, with a long train.
Edward held out his hand for his bride, taking her from her father's firm grasp. The two stood side by side, a big smiles on their faces.
"Ladies and gentlemen, we are gathered here on this glorious day to witness the union of Edward Cullen and Isabella Swan." The pastor began.
"It's Bella." Bella corrected, shyly.
A small laugh ran through the crowd and the pastor gave a head bow with a small smile.
"My apologises. Bella Swan. Before we being, does anyone know any lawful reason why these two should not be wed?"
Jacob looked at Edward and smirked. 'Technically, you're dead. Does that count?'
Edward shot him a small glare, quick enough so only Jacob and his family could see, and turned back to Bella once more.
When there was no answer, the Pastor continued with the ceremony. Finally, it came to the vows. The last thing before Bella and Edward became man and wife, or vampire and wife, as case was.
The pastor turned to Edward. "Edward, do you take this woman to be your lawfully wedded wife? In sickness and in health, for richer or for poorer, to love and to cherish for as long as you both shall live?"
"I do." Edward replied.
Bella gave a tearful smile.
The pastor turned to Bella. "Bella, do you take this man to be your lawfully wedded husband? In sickness and in health, for richer or for poorer, to love and to cherish for as long as you both shall live?"
Bella took a deep breath. "I do."
"By the powers invested in, I pronounce you Man and Wife." The pastor announced. "You may now kiss the bride."
Bella was all too eager to kiss Edward and the couple exchanged an enthusiastic first kiss as man and wife.
"I present to you, Mr and Mrs Cullen." The pastor smiled.
Cheers rang out through the assembled crowd as Edward and Bella began to walk back down the aisle, thanking and hugging various people as they descended the aisle.
Hermione and Jacob followed the rest of the guests to a large marquee at the opposite side of the Cullen's house. This was the reception venue.
Hermione gasped as the saw the inside of the marquee. From the side into the centre of the roof were silk strips and fairy lights lit the entire room, giving it a wonderful, romantic glow that rivalled candlelight.
Flower arrangements sat in the middle of the tables and small cards told the guests were they were sitting. Jacob snorted when he saw Jessica and Lauren were sat by the dirty dish trolley and bins. Then again, they had always been a bit two faced with Bella, and everyone else for that matter.
Hermione and Jacob quickly found their seats. They were sat with Angela, Ben, Rosalie, Emmett, Carmen and Eleazar. Hermione swiftly noted the similarities between the Cullens and the Denalis.
They were obviously Vampires too.
"Everyone, I am pleased to present, for the second time, Mr and Mrs Edward Cullen!" Alice said into the microphone.
The guests all clapped as Edward led Bella into the marquee. She was blushing deeply, not really enjoying being in the limelight. Edward chuckled and leaned in to whisper into Bella's ear.
"Everyone is admiring your beauty, and they are all happy for you. Relax and try to enjoy yourself."
Bella gave him a shy smile, grateful he was at her side. "Thank you."
The meals were served quickly and the mortals didn't even notice that none of the vampires ate a single bite. Of course, both Hermione and Jacob did. They watched as Emmett's meal got smaller and smaller while the confused Ben's meal got bigger.
Jacob even helped out the concerned looking Carmen as she tried to figure out what to do with her dinner. He offered her his plate and quite happily wolfed down both his and her dinner.
Jacob sighed as the last of his dessert slid down his throat to settle in his stomach. He rubbed it and gave a small groan.
"Filled up now?" Hermione smirked.
"Just about." Jacob smiled. "I'm just glad I have a high metabolism."
Alice quickly crossed to the microphone and cleared her throat, drawing attention to her. "Bella and Edward will now have their first dance as a married couple."
Bella's face changed to a worried expression. Edward gently kissed her cheek, knowing what she was feeling. It was a well known fact that Bella Swan was not the most graceful of people. Edward led her onto the dance floor and twirled her around with all the ease of an experienced dancer.
As Bella spun back into his arms, Edward lifted her onto his feet. Her dress covered the fact that she was standing on his feet and the two began to glide around the floor.
"Bella must have had dance lessons." Angela murmured, watching the couple.
"Yes, dance lessons." Emmett snickered, before he was walloped over the head by his own wife.
After the music changed, more people began to drift out onto the dance floor with the couple, including Carlisle and Esme and Renee and Phil. Bella gently got off Edward's feet. She knew she couldn't hurt him, but she was more worried about tripping over his feet and making a fool of herself.
She squeezed his hands and walked over to the table where Hermione and Jacob were still sat.
"May I have a dance with you?" Bella asked Jacob.
Jacob glanced at Hermione, who simply smiled, before nodding. "Sure."
Jacob led Bella onto the dance floor and the two began to shuffle from side to side, the more traditional way of dancing at weddings.
"You look beautiful." Jacob told Bella.
"Thank you. I'm so glad you came. I thought that you might not." Bella admitted, avoiding Jacob's gaze.
She still felt guilty at the way that she had treated him both she and Edward broke up and when they got back together again.
"I almost didn't. But then I found Hermione. We've both moved on, and are happy now. Congratulations, by the way." Jacob replied.
"Yeah, we have. Thanks." Bella smiled.
Hermione watched as Jacob led Bella onto the dance floor. She didn't feel threatened in the least, knowing that both were truly in love with another.
"May I have this dance?"
Hermione looked up at Edward in slight surprise. "Of course, but why?"
"Well, it seems my bride is dancing with your fiancé so I might as well do the same." Edward shrugged.
Hermione and Edward twirled out onto the dance floor. Edward had been dancing for years and Hermione remembered perfectly the lessons she had had with McGonagall just before the Yule Ball in her fourth year.
"You are a good dancer." Edward complimented.
"Thank you. We were taught in school." Hermione replied.
Edward nodded. "I should be thanking you, for helping Bella."
"It was nothing." Hermione said quickly and awkwardly.
"I've never heard of hypnosis that is quite so detailed before." Edward pressed.
Hermione shot him a look. "I don't know what you mean."
"I think you do, witch." Edward stared long and hard at her.
"Excuse me?" Hermione feigned innocence.
"Eleazar has had experience with your kind before, he knows what you are." Edward continued.
"I have no idea what you are talking about." Hermione sniffed, pulling away from the Vampire and walking away.
She was careful to keep her heart rate steady even when her mind was racing. She easily located Jacob and tapped him on the shoulder.
"May I cut in?" She grinned.
Bella stepped back, saying she was going to find Edward, and Jacob swept Hermione into his arms.
"Are you alright? You look a little, worried." Jacob asked.
Hermione gave a smile and leaned up to kiss him. "I'm fine now."
Please Read and Review. Next time: Hermione gets an offer of help for her wedding from an unusual source.