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AN: Here it is the final chapter. Allow me to apologize now for the long winded note here, but I have to thank some special people. These two women have become very dear to me and were also the inspiration for this story.
Sally, you are more than my beta. You are my rock and one of the best friends a person could ask for. It never matters the time, you are always there for me. You have helped me more than you know these last few days and I know that you will continue to be there for me, no matter what I need. You will never know how much you mean to me. You are my sister by choice. I love you!
Bee, through your writing you gave me the courage to express myself and let other's read my work. Through you, I met Sally, and several other women that I now consider friends. You are also my rock and I couldn't have made it through the last few days without you and Sally. Thank you for becoming my sister. I love you!
Although we have never met face to face, I know that the two of you will be there for me always, as I will be for you! Thank you, from the bottom of my heart.
Now…enough with the sap. Let's check in with the gang and see how their lives turned out.
1 year later
I sat at the table and looked around the room at my family and friends. Everyone was laughing and having a great time while enjoying the wine, beer and music. Emmett, of course, was enjoying the cake that Edward and I had cut not twenty minutes ago.
I looked down at my left hand and smiled. I was finally Mrs. Edward Cullen. It had taken a year to get this to point, and there had been fights and tears, but there had mostly been love.
Rose had given birth to my niece, Rebecca 'Becca' Jean Swan two months ago. Becca was a beautiful baby, with chubby little cheeks that I just loved to kiss. I couldn't wait until Edward and I started our own family.
"You look like you're thinking heavy thoughts, Mrs. Cullen," my husband said in my ear as he wrapped his arms around me from behind.
"Just thinking about starting our family." I turned my head and smiled at him over my shoulder.
"Hmm...We'll get started on that tonight, Baby." Edward kissed that place on my neck right below my ear, sending shivers down my spine.
I turned in his arms and leaned up to kiss his lips, smirking at him when I pulled back. "We already did, Sweetheart."
I watched as Edward's eyes widened and then filled as he looked at me, then down to my still flat tummy, and back up to my eyes. "Really?"
I nodded. "I found out last week. I wanted to tell you as your wedding gift."
"I love you, Bella." Edward smiled as he put his hand on my stomach, covering our growing peanut.
"I love you, too, Edward."
5 years later
I opened the back door and yelled for the kids to come inside, and for them to bring our children. Rose and Alice laughed. They knew the truth—our husbands acted like big kids.
The baby in Rose's arms began to get fussy. "Here, Bells. I think she's getting hungry." I turned and took my baby from Rose and sat down. Opening my shirt, I brought her to my breast just as the rest of our brood came barreling through the door.
"Mommy? Why is Aunt Bella feeding Jody like that?" Alice's son, Jon, asked innocently.
Alice looked at her husband and lifted her eyebrow, trying to make Jasper explain it to him.
"Umm...Jon, Aunt Bella is trying to make sure that Jo has all the best food possible. You ate like that when you were a baby, too. So did Becca."
Edward and Emmett were standing by the door, holding each other up while they tried to keep from laughing out loud.
"Oh, stop it you two!" I ordered as I removed Jo from my breast.
Edward walked over and took her, putting her on his shoulder and managing to coax a rather large burp from her little body. "Just like her uncle."
Emmett smiled proudly. "That's my girl."
I smiled, then turned and left the room, heading for the kitchen. My shadow followed me.
"May I help you make dinner?"
"Of course, Sweetheart."
And that's how our lives went. Emmett and Rosalie had Becca, and their second child would join us in a few short weeks. Alice and Jasper had Jon, but were trying again. Edward and I had had a bout of bad luck; I had miscarried twice before we saw a specialist who helped identify the problem. One minor surgery and I was pregnant not three months later, welcoming Jody Louise into the family.
Once the six of us decided to start families, Charlie and Sue had moved out to California to be near their grandchildren. Renee moved to the opposite coast and hadn't kept in touch as much as I would have liked, but I had learned to live with it.
I smiled as Becca helped me prepare the dinner that we had every Saturday, just so that we could catch up with what happened during the week. It was the one event that we all looked forward to and never missed.
10 years later
I stood back and watched my wife as she lay sleeping. She was just as beautiful today as she was the day I first saw her. Even back then, with her face stained with tears, I thought she was gorgeous.
I walked over, sat down beside her on the bed, and leaned over to kiss her cheek. "Time to wake up, Sleeping Beauty."
Bella rolled over and stretched her arms above her head, causing me to groan when a sliver of skin appeared at the bottom of her shirt.
"Hi, Baby," she smiled sleepily.
"Hi. Rose and Alice will be here soon. Are you all packed?"
Bella sat up and nodded. "Yep. Are you sure that it's okay with you that I go?"
I smiled at her; this wasn't the first time that she had asked me that since the three of them had decided to go away for a week.
"It's fine, Bella. Jo and I are gonna hang out and watch some movies, and Little E will probably hide in his books or something."
Our children could not be any more different. Jo was exactly like me, active and sporty. Little E, or Edward Matthew, was just like his mother. Clumsy to boot, and always with his nose stuck in a book.
"Edward, try to get him outside while I'm gone, please."
A horn sounded outside and Bella quickly kissed me and the kids before taking off on her adventure with her best friends.
I hated to leave my kids and my husband, but Rose, Alice and myself were in need of a break—from a lot of things.
Rosalie and Emmett had been having some problems. There had been a teacher at his school that had been pursuing him, and although he remembered nothing about it, he had apparently succumbed to her advances. It was later proven that she had drugged him, but Rosalie was still having a hard time of it.
Jasper and Alice had been unable to produce any more children, causing her to sink into a deep depression. However, when one of Jasper's clients had offered to let them adopt her unborn baby, she had snapped out of it. They were now the proud parents of not only Jon, but also twin girls, Kristen and Mallory.
Edward and I had had our rough patches over the years, especially when Tanya Denali walked back into my life. She had apparently gone out of her head, 'cause she decided that it was my fault her sister was dead, even though it had been almost twelve years.
She had set her sights on my husband immediately, and had Edward been a different man, I am sure that her plan would have succeeded. Lucky for us, her mother and father had shown up. Apparently, Tanya had escaped the mental facility that she had been living in for the last ten years.
I shook my head and turned to look at Alice. "Sorry, what?"
"You're thinking some heavy thoughts over there," Rose laughed.
I smiled. "Just thinking about everything that has happened over the last few years."
"Ah...Tanya?" Rose guessed.
"Jessica?" Alice wondered.
"Dammit, Alice! I could have gone all week without hearing that bitch's name!"
I laughed, full out belly laugh, bringing tears to my eyes.
"I...can't...help it," I said through my laughter.
The two of them ignored me while Alice continued to drive. The place that Rose had found for us was only three hours away from our families, but far enough that we would have no interruptions.
Before long, Alice pulled the car to a stop in front of a small beach house. The three of us gathered our luggage and walked inside. Once we were settled in our rooms, we joined up again in the living room. And as we sat and talked, the three of us got back to basics. It was just us again.
Three women, who had met over the internet and had formed a bond that has withstood the test of time. Through pain and heartbreak, love and loss, I knew that three of us would be friends for all time. Even if we had never met face to face, I knew that they would always be...my sisters.