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In My Time

Summary:
In My Time by Awsomealice94 Thank you Marauder by Midnight for the banner Isabella Marie Swan and Edward Anthony Mason were just sixteen and seventeen before they met, their destinies never seeming to cross paths. Living in the very outskirts of Chicago, Bella doesn’t want to be married as quickly as society wants. Edward wants to help assist President Wilson by fighting in the World War. Plans seemed to all change when, unexpectedly, with one little spark, a fire seemed to ignite the both of them. Through troubles beyond comprehension, the times of properness and society, influenza on the rise, and abhorrent losses- perhaps even their own deaths, the two of them must concur them all. But can they? A love story to the fullest-but of course, even the best love stories have tragedy and losses nestled inside. (2nd most favorite on the site! Thanks guys! Also-In My Time was on display in Waterstones Bookstore, located in Oxford,United Kingdom for a twilight event)


Notes:
- alright, I have a VERY good feeling about this story, and I am hoping you will too. Disclaimer- I own nothing, I just write fan fic, and I love doing it :)


12. Dinner

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“Bella, dear!” my mother called, walking up the stairs. I heard her footsteps get closer as I looked at myself in the mirror. My hair was done; Angela had stopped over to help me- she was so kind. She calmed me down today when I burst out and told her all of my worries about tonight. Even if I was calmer, butterflies were still taking flight in my stomach.

“Dear, I have your new dress here! Let’s see if they did a good job. I had to pay extra for it to be done in a few hours.” She reminded me as if to say ‘you better not complain because I paid good money for this’.

I turned my attention to her as she set a long but short box on my bed. She opened it up and held the dress up for admiration. I felt my eyes get bigger, and I gritted my teeth to keep from gasping aloud.

It was gorgeous, even if I wasn’t one to love dresses. It was lavender and white and, starting at my right shoulder, lace trailed down to the waist. There was a lavender bow at the waist which then led to a flowing skirt that was cut in an intricate design at the bottom. It looked perfect and flawless-everything that I wasn’t.

“It’s amazing.” I breathed.

My mother nodded in approval. “Let’s just see how it looks on you first.” She was subtly implying that I should be getting ready, not staring into space. I got up from my seat by my mirror and walked over to her. She helped me put it on-I had to admit I could hardly breathe. She tightened my corset a little too tight-but I could just loosen it when she left my room, as I always did growing up.

I looked at myself in the mirror once it was on. The dress was comfortable, aside from the constricting corset.

“Edward won’t take his eyes off of you the entire night, I’m sure of it.” Mother nodded with even more approval. “I will see you downstairs,” She warned, “Edward should be picking you up in his family’s car very shortly.”

“Alright.” I nodded to her. As soon as she left I asked Lena, the family maid, to help me loosen the corset. I smiled thanks. Once I could breathe, I descended down the stairs, playing with my engagement ring as I did so.

“Bella, dear you look absolutely stunning.” Father managed to say once I sat down in the living room. He looked as if he was in pain-either that or he was about to cry.

“Very beautiful.” My mother agreed.

“A little too beautiful.” I heard father mutter under his breath. He never really liked the idea of me growing up. I suppose he never had thought to worry about me falling in love so young. I guess we were both wrong.

There was a knock on the door, and one of the maids rushed to answer it. Then another moment later she appeared at the doorway of the living room. “Mr. Mason has arrived.” She announced.

Father nodded his okay and Edward appeared in the room.

“Good evening, Mr. and Mrs. Swan.” He said to them.

“Hello, Edward..” Mother said with a smile.

“You’re here to pick Bella up, I assume.” Father said to him.

Edward nodded. “Yes, sir.” He replied respectfully.

“Well then, Edward, keep her safe.” I wanted to roll my eyes when my father said that to him. I didn’t trip that much…

“Always, sir.” Edward promised and held out a hand to help me up out of my chair. I took it, our hands fitting together like puzzle pieces.

“Hello Bella.” his eyes were big and my favorite smile was on his face, “You look absolutely gorgeous. You put the most ravishing rose in bloom to shame.” He said to me.

I blushed crimson. “Thank you, Edward.” I said as he escorted me out of the house. I heard my mother sigh happily behind us. He helped me into the car and then sat next to me once I was seated. His driver drove down the road.

“Bella, there are no words to describe how happy I am that you are coming to my home tonight. My mother and father already love you-there is no need to be nervous.” He said to me, taking my hand.

“Am I that easy to read?” I asked him, blushing.

“Actually, no. I find you the hardest to read of all the people I know. You are not an open book, Bella.” He chuckled.

That took me by surprise. “Really? I wonder why that must be.” I said to him.

“Perhaps it is that I cannot stop marveling your beauty- it is quite a distraction, you know.” He said smiling.

“I’m a distraction? And I always found you to be the distracting one!” I laughed.

“Why me?” he asked, laughing with me.

“Well,” I said looking down and blushing, “you are just…so perfect. Edward, you make my heart stop every time I see you.” I admitted to him. I did not mean to say so much, it just blurted out.

His free hand touched my cheek gently as I blushed even more, “My heart stops every time I lay eyes on you.” he whispered. His eyes told me that he was making sure it was okay, and I nodded slightly. He leaned in slowly, his hands holding both sides of my face compassionately. Then he kissed me, my eyes closed as I felt as if the whole world had stopped its never ending rotation just for this moment. He gently pulled back.

“I love you, Bella.” He whispered.

“I love you too.” I whispered back to him.

“Are you a little less nervous, now?” he asked me smiling.

I nodded, “I’m almost calm.” I said to him, though it was obviously a lie.

“Just look into my eyes if you get nervous.” He suggested. I smiled.

“Alright.” I agreed as the car came to a stop. There were very few cars around where we live; they had just started to distribute them last year. I still wasn’t used to the feeling of being someplace in such a short amount of time and all you had to do was sit in a comfortable chair.

Edward got out first and then opened my door, helping me out.

“You will be fine, my mother and father just want to know you better. My Mother wanted to talk about some wedding ideas after dinner, I think.” He whispered to me as we walked up to his house. “Look into my eyes, remember.” He said to me, sensing I was getting nervous again. I looked up at him and he smiled, squeezing my hand gently.

“Wedding dates are fine to talk about.” I told him as we were at the door.

“Isn’t it just the least bit weird to you that we can even be saying ‘wedding dates’?” he asked me.

“Yes, a little. Or a lot.” I admitted.

“I never saw myself getting married until I found the right woman. You are the right woman, Bella. Even more then I could have ever asked for.” He promised.

“And you’re the right man, Edward.” I smiled, blushing. The butterflies in my stomach were now in a frenzy.

“Thank you. On the count of three then.” He smiled at me, holding my hand still, the door knob was held by his free hand.

“One, two three.” We said quietly together as he opened the door. I suddenly realized he was just as bit as nervous as I was. We would always be in this together.

“Edward! Bella! So good to see you, sweetheart.” His mother greeted us at the door. I smiled as she hugged me.

“Thank you for having me.” I said as she pulled back.

“Oh, of course, dearest. You are family now, or will be soon. Of course, I already view you as a daughter.” She said. Before I could say thank you, Edward’s father walked to the front room.

“Bella, how nice to see you.” he said to me.

“It’s nice to see you too, Mr. Mason.” I smiled kindly.

“Oh, call me Edward.” He said to me.

“Edward.” I nodded, smiling back at him. My Edward squeezed my hand gently. I looked up at him-his eyes were so bright with happiness I couldn’t help but feel the same way.

“Why don’t we all go to the sitting room, dinner should be ready soon.” Edward’s mother said as I was being towed by Edward into the correct room. I sat down next to him on the love seat and Edward the first and Elizabeth sat on two chairs across from us..

“Bella, we wanted to tell you how much we approve of you, dear. I wouldn’t let just any girl come along and steal my little boy away from me. You’re perfect, sweetheart. More than I could ever ask for my son. We see a difference in Edward-he is always happy no matter what.” Elizabeth said to me. I was too shocked to say much,

“Thank you. You don’t know how much that means to me.” I said to her. She smiled,

“Of course, dear. You don’t need to thank me-I should be thanking you.” she said.

“You’re smarter than those other girls, Bella. And I can tell you love my son, just look at the two of you!” Mr. Mason said, “Don’t they look like us when we were their age?” he asked Mrs. Mason. She nodded, her soft auburn hair staying perfectly pinned up.

“Oh, they do!” she agreed, her green eyes brightening.

“At any rate, we think of you as a daughter, now.” He said to me. How I wished I could think of something smart to say now! I was a bit flustered.

“Thank you, Edward. You are both so kind-I only wish that Edward and me will have a marriage as wonderful as yours.” There, that wasn’t too bad-I hoped anyways.

“Edward you have truly found a gem.” Mr. Mason said to him. He chuckled, never letting go of my hand.

“We hoped that we could talk about details for the wedding. Though your Mother is the person who is mainly planning it, we are getting together to discuss dates and such-all of that boring stuff. The fun floral and dress decisions come later, I’m afraid.” Mrs. Mason said to me.

“Oh, of course.” I nodded.

She smiled. “Splendid!”

***

I listened to the crickets chirp quietly outside-natures lullaby. My eyes were slightly closed as I lay in bed.

Tonight’s dinner seemed to have gone as smoothly as possible. Mr. and Mrs. Mason were two lovely people that I knew I would always get along with. It made all the sense in the world why Edward is such a gentleman; Mrs. Mason and Mr. Mason had raised him.

The wedding date was officially announced at the dinner table-apparently Elizabeth had gotten to my Mother before she told me. August 2nd….it wasn’t so far away.

I was too tired to worry….

I turned on my side and closed my eyes. I knew that I would dream happy dreams of Edward and I tonight. And those were the best kind of dreams.