AN- Oh my gosh, you guys I am so sorry for the wait. I have recently started my other story A Century Later, and I have been so wrapped up in it that I have neglected T.T.S.O.F. I hope this chapter makes up for it. I will try to alternate between stories, but it might be hard. Usually, I update when an idea pops into my head. I rarely just sit here staring at my computer screen trying to think of the next chapter. Thanks for your patience!

-S.

Chapter 5 Shopping

When the final bell rang, I grabbed Edward's hand and headed for the parking lot. I smiled to myself as I reveled in its coldness. I loved this man, er, vampire with all my heart.

"What's made you so happy?" Edward wondered.

"You." I whispered, as if on reflex.

"Sometimes, I wonder if you love me too much for your own good."

"I can never love you too much, just never enough."

When we reached the Volvo, our conversation was cut short.

"Good, you're here. I was just about to drag you out of the school myself, literally. Think of what that would have done to my manicure!"

"Alice, is it even possible for your nails to break?" I asked, turning to her.

"Yes, if I used them to drag his rock-hard butt out here!" she screeched, glaring at Edward. "Now, come on," She said, turning to me. "we need to get to Port Angeles to start SHOPPING!"

She then pulled me from Edward's arms, and into the back seat of her car. Alice moved so quickly, I was afraid someone would notice.

"Alice! Someone will see you!"

"Oh, relax, Bella. No one will see. And besides, I would be able to see beforehand if something were to happen."

As she closed the door, I yelled a quick 'I love you!' in Edward's direction and we were off. Only after he was out of sight, did I notice that Rose was also in the car. I didn't want to say anything to ruin the comfortable silence, for it was no secret that Rosalie wasn't very fond of me.

A few minutes later, Alice began a conversation.

"So, Bella, before we buy anything, we need to do some planning; you know, colors, flowers, foods, that sort of thing. We also need to pick out a location. I know it's a lot to throw at you all at once, but I want to have things organized and ready so that nothing is last minute."

"Um, Alice, you do realize that we have a year to put this together, right?"

"No, Bella, I don't think she does." Rosalie stated from the passenger seat.

Alice sighed, and I could see her eyes role through the rear view mirror.

"Yes, Bella. I completely understand that. Is it wrong for me to want this wedding to be perfect? I mean, after all, this is my brother and sister we're talking about."

"I understand that you want to help out and be a part of this, but I almost feel like you are more interested in my wedding than I am."

"That is not true! I just want the best for you guys. So come on, talk. I need details!"

"Shouldn't we have talked about this with Edward present; you know, before you sped away, and left him staring at your disappearing car?"

"Why should he be here?"

"Um, well, Alice, if you hadn't noticed, this is sort of his wedding too."

"As a matter of fact, I did notice, but, in all honesty, do you really think he cares?" She paused, but it wasn't enough time to respond to her question. "It doesn't matter to him where you are, what you're wearing, or who is there to witness it, as long as you are together, and are bound in holy matrimony one way or another, I don't think cares."

"But I don't want to take away all of his decisions, he deserves to be a part of this."

"He will be; I mean, you can't exactly have a wedding if the groom isn't present."

"Alice, you cannot possibly be serious?"

"Actually, I can. Now, let's get back to the matter at hand."

"I want something simple, small."

"Do you realize that you are already making this difficult?"

"No."

I heard her mutter "So stubborn." under her breath.

"Alright, what else, any food, color, or theme, you'd like?"

"I was thinking that the colors should be white, and scarlet, and that I should carry roses in my bouquet. Also, I want the ceremony to be held in our meadow."

"Hmmmm," she mumbled, deliberating. "I like that idea." She finally said.

"Wow, she actually agreed with you." Rose encouraged.

"I know. Amazing, isn't it?" I said. We both laughed.

"Hey!" Alice pouted playfully.

"I'm sorry Alice, but Bella is right, this is her wedding after all."

"Whatever." She muttered.

A few minutes later, we pulled into a shopping center parking lot.

"Okay, so for now I was thinking that we could start with decorations and other things like that first. We won't need to start looking at dresses for a couple of months, and things such as music and food have not been decided yet."

I sighed in relief. At least I would not spend hours on end sitting in a mall trying on everything the store has to offer, today.

We followed the signs through the store until we found party supplies. I was surprised that a store this small had so many things to offer. Good thing I already have a color scheme in mind, or this would be impossible.

"Alright, so we know what we need, and in what color, but um, how small are we talking here, Bella?"

"Not your version."

Her smile faltered. "Oh, I know, but we need to know how much of everything to get."

"Hmmm, let's see. Charlie, Renee, Phil, Angela, Jessica, Ben, Eric, Mikeā€¦ That's about it for my list of invites. I don't know how many people you are planning on inviting." (You might be thinking 'Where's Jacob?' But remember, this is before New Moon. Before they had a chance to get close.)

"Well, there are the Denali's, Carlisle may have some other friends he'd like to invite, and, are you sure there isn't any other family you would like to invite?"

"No, just my parents and Phil."

"Okay, so we should get enough stuff for about, forty people."

"Thanks for not going too overboard, Alice."

"Of course." She said while grabbing things off of shelves. She and Rose went to work immediately pulling things down, and stacking them neatly in the cart.

When they were done, our cart was filled with tablecloths, settings, china, (Of course the Cullens didn't have any need for it previously) flower vases, candles, and strings of lights.

"That ought to do it for now," she said with a sigh "we'll get the tables and chairs at a later date as well."

Both Rose's and my mouth dropped into much defined 'o's.

"Alice, I am shocked! You just willingly agreed to stop shopping, and we haven't even been here for an hour!"

"Yeah, Ali, what happened?" Rose wondered.

"Well, I know how much you don't like shopping, even if it is for your own wedding, and I know how much you'll want to be with Edward, in light of what happened on Saturday."

I froze. That hit a sore spot. Saturday. I almost lost him on Saturday. I almost lost myself, but I could care less about that part. It was only him that mattered. Only Edward.

"You're right, let's go!"

"Calm down, Bella! We'll be home soon. Nothing is going to happen. I have been watching the future carefully."

"And? What do you see happening?"

"Well, it's all very fuzzy, because we managed to stop such a monumental thing from happening. That old future was set. This one is new, and forming. It'll take time to see it clearly, but I can assure you that everyone is safe. Edward is safe.

I let out a breath that I didn't know I'd been holding. Thank you. I thought toward nothing. Just thank you.

AN- Again, I am very sorry for the long wait. I also want to apologize for the length of this chapter. They will get longer. Those of you that are waiting for the suspense, and action, don't worry it will come; and Vicki is sure to make some appearances soon, too.