Previously: "Alice, would you be my maid of honor?"
Her eyes grew and she wrapped her eyes around me with a squeal.
"Of course! Oh Bella, thank you!
"Well, you are my best friend," I explained.
She pulled back with a smile. "Back at you, Bella. This is so amazing. You're getting married. I mean, Rosalie and Emmett get remarried sometimes but we've all gotten used to that as it happens so often. This is so exciting!"
I really had to admit it, this actually was very exciting.
As plans for the wedding got into full swing, I continued to get more and more excited. It was spectacular to think that I was going to have Edward forever. Every part of me was excited. Even the part of me that was sad to say goodbye to my biological father, Charlie, still acknowledged the fact that there was nothing I wanted more than to marry Edward to be able to stay with my family for an eternity.
Mom was slowly working through her aversions to my becoming a vampire. Although she was still quite far from being happy about my impending immortality, she was beginning to show signs of excitement towards the wedding plans. She was even actively helping Alice pick out the bridesmaid dresses for the wedding. Alice was to be my maid of honor but I wanted Mom to be my bridesmaid and she seemed happy about that.
As school slowly progressed, the invitations were sent out. On the invite list was the Denali's (our cousins), the Irish coven which I remember being found of when I met them on a vacation as a child, Charlie, and a European couple (Charles and Makenna) that Carlisle was close friends with and apparently Edward was friends with as well. All together that added up to (including my family) 17 guests, which drove Alice insane to think there would be an uneven number to the wedding and that's how an additional three members were added to the list: Jaspers' friends Peter and Charlotte and another of Carlisle's European friends, Alistair. That made for an even 20 guests which was much more acceptable to Alice.
Charlie was very shocked by the news of my wedding. I remember the conversation the two of us had in his living room after he received his invitation:
"Bella, you're barely an adult. You haven't even graduated from high school yet," Charlie reasoned. His face was pale and he looked more than a little queasy.
"The wedding isn't until after graduation. Listen Charlie, I know it's sudden but it's the right decision," I affirmed confidently.
"You're so young…" his voice trailed off.
"I know," I replied. "I just need you to trust me. I know what I'm doing." He sighed deeply and sat down in his La-Z-Boy recliner. I sat down on the couch and waited patiently. After a few moments he looked at me and asked,
"You know what you're doing?"
"Yes," I responded surely. We both fell silent for several minutes. Finally, he asked hesitantly,
"Could you bring Edward with you for dinner next week? I'd like to get to know him better."
I sighed, relieved that he no longer seemed like he was about to be sick. "Yeah, sure," I agreed quickly.
So the following week, I brought Edward over to Charlie's house so that Charlie could spend time with him. When Charlie answered the door, Edward immediately extended his hand. After a moment of Charlie suspiciously staring at Edward's hand, he shook it.
"Hello, Chief Swan. It's a pleasure to see you again," Edward greeted. Charlie nodded gruffly and motioned us into the house.
"Hey, Charlie," I greeted and he responded with a slight smile,
"So, what's for dinner?" I inquired. A woman I recognized as Sue (a cream skinned woman with long black hair that Charlie had been getting relatively close too) emerged from the kitchen.
"I made a roast. I hope that's good with everyone," she said kindly.
"That's sounds wonderful. Hello, I don't think we've met. I'm Edward," Edward replied.
"Oh, hi! I'm Sue; it's nice to meet you," Sue welcomed. "Well, come on everyone, dinner's waiting."
The rest of dinner was awkward to say the least. Charlie would ask Edward questions such as "What are your grades like?" "Do you have a job?" "How will you support Bella?" "Are you going to go to college?" "Could you handle work and college?"
Edward answered all these questions flawlessly and after every answer he gave there would be a long awkward silence before Charlie would fire off another question. Sue and I tried to make polite chitchat to fill the void but it was relatively useless. The only real relieve was that Sue's food was delicious. Speaking of which, I couldn't figure out what Edward was doing with his food. I knew he wasn't eating, as he didn't eat food, but every time I glanced over at his plate, some of his food had disappeared. I would try to remember to ask him about it later. Finally, at around seven-thirty, dinner was over and Edward and I were able to start heading home.
"Well, that wasn't so bad," Edward reported.
I raised an eyebrow. "Really? I thought it was very uncomfortable."
He shrugged. "Everything he asked seemed reasonable enough. What would you like to do now?"
"Honestly?" I asked and he nodded. "I want to go home and cuddle," I admitted sleepily with a yawn. I had found the dinner to be quite exhausting.
He smiled my favorite crooked smile. "Alright, Bella. Let's get you home." Once we were home we spent the rest of the evening cuddling on the couch watching reruns of the Big Bang Theory where I fell asleep. When I awoke the next morning, I discovered that Edward had carried me up to bed and I was snuggled against his cold, firm body.
"'Morning," I mumbled happily. He replied softly,
"Good morning. Did you sleep well?" He asked as he moved his head to kiss my forehead.
"Yeah, I did."
"I'm glad. Alice is downstairs panicking," Edward informed me.
"Why?" I asked as I sat up.
"Well apparently we're back to having an uneven number of guests. We just received Charlie's RSVP and he's bringing a guest.
"Oh he must be bringing Sue," I replied. "Doesn't she know that when you consider that she and Mom will be in the wedding ceremony and so will Jasper that that'll still be an even number of guests in the audience?"
Edward shrugged. "That's not enough to keep it from bothering her." That made me chuckle a little. I wasn't really interested in details like that about the wedding but I knew that Alice cared quite a bit about meticulous things like that.
"I'm sure she'll figure it out," I responded.
"Probably. What would you like to do today?"
"Let's go to our meadow," I suggested and right after I had breakfast that's just where we went. We spent the better part of the day cuddling in our flowery meadow in utter bliss.
A/N: Next chapter will be graduation!