The Twilight Twenty-Five

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Prompt: #1

Pairing/Character(s): Edward/Bella

Rating: M

Word Count: 500

I can't believe we're making this journey for the last time. How many buses back and forth from Forks to UDub have we ridden on? Too many to count. It took six years, but my girl and I have both graduated. Finally. Bella with a masters in library science, me with a degree in secondary education.

As she sleeps in my arms, in her favorite ratty sweater and godawful afghan her Grandma Swan made, I think about our future. I think about white dresses, diamond rings, and picket fences. See, my girl and I made a deal in high school. She promised she'd marry me after we finished college. The ring is burning a hole in my pocket.

He thinks I'm sleeping, but I'm not. I'm enjoying the feel of his strong arms around me. He thinks I forgot the promise I made after our junior prom, but I haven't. How could I forget one of the best nights of my life? We made love for the first time under the stars and he asked me to marry him. I told him as soon as we finished school. I know he talked to Charlie at Easter. Edward is nothing if not thorough.

I know his family will want a big wedding, but I don't need it. I just need him. The wedding isn't important. I'm ready for what comes after- the marriage. I want to go to sleep with him every night, and wake up in his arms every morning. I want to cook his favorite meals. I want to take care of him, the way he has always taken care of me.

Charlie is waiting in the cruiser to pick us up when the bus finally pulls into the station. It's late and I'm starving. I just want to eat, shower, and sleep. Tomorrow. I think he'll ask me tomorrow.

This is it. Today is the day. I've been in love with Bella Swan since I was in kindergarten, and today, hopefully, she'll agree to be my wife. I've packed a picnic in the back of my ancient Volvo. My parents want to buy me a new car for graduation, but I'm not quite ready to part with this car. Too many good times. Too many happy memories.

Bella is waiting on the porch when I pull into her drive. She has on a baby blue sundress and hot pink chucks. My girl wears her chucks with everything, whether they match or not. She's the most beautiful thing I've ever seen.

We drive out to first beach and unpack lunch. Bella brought the godawful afghan for us to sit on. Two-thirds of the way through the chicken salad sandwiches, I pull out the ring. I'm done waiting. I feel like I've waiting a lifetime already. The smile on my girls face tells me everything I need to know.

She's mine. Finally.

A/N: Special thanks to GeekChic12 and Lellabeth for betaing, encouragement, hand holding, and general awesomeness. They write beautiful words and you are missing out if you're not reading them.