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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 :)


15. Happy 17th

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~Isabella Marie Swan’s Point of View~

September 13th…….

It was a wonderful date for a number of reasons. One, I was able to see Edward. Two, I could officially walk on my newly mended ankle again. Three, I would finally be turning 17, which meant the same age as Edward.

“Bella, dear do you need help walking down the stairs?” my father asked as he saw me leave my crutches in my room. There would be no need for those horrible things from now on. I found that they made me even clumsier than normal.

“I think I have it under control, but thank you Father.” I shook my head and held the banister for support. I was more careful than normal, and I noticed that Father was walking very close behind me to snag me if I fell. I held my breath till the very bottom, and then let it out.

“I did it!” I exclaimed, turning around to face him. He had a look of relief on his face,

“Thank you, God.” He nodded before turning to his office. It felt weird to have a shoe on my foot, after having a cast on for so long. I walked outside, now taking advantage of being able to go wherever I wanted without somebody with me. I was finally reveling in my newfound freedom when I ran into somebody.

“Edward!” I exclaimed, running into his arms. I haven’t been able to run in ages, it seemed. He picked me up and spun me around. He chuckled and set me back down gently,

“Look at you, walking again!” he said to me as I took a step back. I smiled,

“What are you doing here?” I asked him, eyeing the flowers in his right hand. He smiled back at me,

“I came to see you, and to give you these.” He held out the bouquet of flowers. They were a beautiful blue and lovely purple mixed together-Forget-me-nots. I knew for a fact that they stood for true love. I blushed, despite how much I tried not to, and took them.

“Thank you.” I said to him. Our relationship had grown over the last month. I found he could read my expressions a little more, but he still said that when it came to him trying to figure out what people were thinking, I was the hardest. At any rate, something happened when he saved me from the fire. It was even more proof and confirmation that we loved each other.

He put his hand gently on my cheek and kissed me, “you are so very welcome.” He said.

“Where were you headed, love?” he asked me as we both walked inside to put the flowers in water.

“To see you.” I said, trying to avoid my mother’s eyes. But nothing ever got passed her.

“Edward, dear! How lovely to see you. Oh, what beautiful flowers.” She greeted us both as we entered the kitchen. I took Edward’s hand-showing how sorry I was for my over-reacting mother. He winked at me before answering my Mother.

“It is nice to see you too, Renée.” He said to her. I went to get a vase as my mother whispered something to Edward. I bit my lip, straining to hear what they were saying to each other. I filled the vase with water and put the flowers in it. I walked over to the dining room table and set them in the middle.

“You two weren’t just happening to talk about a secret were you?” I asked the two of them curiously. My mother shook her head,

“No.” she said quickly before walking out of the kitchen. My eyebrows furrowed together as I tried to think of what they were possibly saying. I turned to Edward,

“You…er…wouldn’t happen to…let me know-” I began before he placed a finger on my lips,

“No, Bella. I’m so sorry, but I have sworn to secrecy.” He said before kissing my forehead,

“All right.” I sighed, giving up for now.

“Cheer up-you’ll find out sooner or later.” he pointed out, kissing my cheek. It was a surprise…..I hated surprises. “Would you like to go into town with me?” he asked. I smiled,

“Of course.” I nodded. The September air in the mornings was quite nippy, so I grabbed a light coat and gloves before I left the house. A hat wasn’t needed, seeing as though there wasn’t much sun to get into my eyes.

“So what book has my bookworm been reading lately?” Edward asked me as we walked hand in hand. I gazed into the stores windows every now and then, but it still felt amazing to walk downtown again.

“Nothing, really,” I insisted, “Romeo and Juliet…but that is just about all. I’ve been too busy with the wedding to read much.” I explained. It was true-even though Elizabeth and Mother were planning everything, I, the bride, had to have the final say on EVERYTHING. That included not only rehearsal dinner details, but ceremony, and ball details too. As for any other thing that I could possibly think of that went into a wedding, they wouldn’t tell me anything. When they wouldn’t I shrugged it off-it was one less thing for me to do.

“How is the planning coming? I’m so sorry that-” he began. I shushed him,

“It’s alright, Edward. I just have to finalize everything Elizabeth and Renée hand me. I just look at it and say yes or no. There is just a lot of yes’s and no’s to say.” I explained. It wasn’t customary for the groom to do much in the planning, at any rate. The groom usually bought the house.

“Thank you, Bella. For doing all of that.” he said to me, his emerald eyes looking into mine. I didn’t know where we were walking to until he stopped at the park, where our Independence Day ball was always held. Where he proposed to me just two months ago.

“Anything for you.” I smiled as he kissed me.

***

“Edward, where in the world are you taking me?” I asked him, for the millionth time. First he stole me away from my house, and now it seemed we were just walking around town at night in circles. I hadn’t even eaten anything yet!

“I know it seems a bit obvious, but please just trust Me.” he pleaded, leading me out of downtown, and down a pathway.

“Obvious? Edward, I have no idea why you insisted me on coming on this adventure! Besides, I’m not even dressed for this.” I pointed out, still following him. This pathway may have looked familiar, but at dark it was hard to see what anything was.

“Love, I thought you would have figured it out by now…,” he tried to hide a smile but it didn’t work, “would you like me to carry you then? You are perfectly dressed, and you look beautiful-but if-” he asked, smiling.

I sighed,“My ankle doesn’t hurt, it’s alright Edward.” I smiled too even if I was a bit frustrated, “but I do love you carrying me, at any rate.” He smiled back, and picked me up so that I could lay my head against his chest. I could hear his heart beat, and somehow that comforted me. He also kept me warmer when his arms were around me.

“I love you.” he said to me, kissing my head. I looked up at him,

“I love you too.” Suddenly he stopped and set me down gently.

“I’m supposed to blind fold you now.” he looked down at his feet first in shame but then looked up. He looked like he would burst out laughing at my expression of shock, but he coughed instead to hide it.

“I beg your pardon?” I asked him.

“Bella, I was directed to do this-it’s supposed to make you more surprised. But I think you have no idea what is going on already-the blind fold is basically useless. But I have too.”

“Edward Anthony Mason-I must be truly insane for saying this but-go ahead and blind fold Me.” we were standing on grass now, but that was all I could tell. As he blindfolded me I noticed it didn’t make much difference. I still didn’t know where I was.

“We are almost there, Bella.” He promised me as we started walking, he had his arm around my waist firmly in case I tripped or fell. I was directed left and then right and then left again before the background behind my blindfold was lighter.

“There is a step.” He told me, helping me up it before I heard a door open. Then I felt him take my blind fold off. My eyes tried to re-adjust to the sudden bright light.

“SURPRISE! HAPPY BIRTHDAY BELLA!” I heard everyone exclaim. How stupid was I! Of course my mother and he were talking about a surprise birthday party for me this morning! And of course that was the surprise all along since it was my birthday! And of course Edward had to get me out of the house. It was all so obvious, and yet I didn’t realize it at all. I felt so stupid.

“You’re right, it was obvious.” I said to Edward before I said thank you to everyone.

“You know, you are now officially my age.” Edward said to me. Mother and Father were upstairs, getting ready for bed. I yawned, and snuggled my head into his chest. His arms held me, and he covered me with a blanket as we watched the fire dwindle down. The party was over now, and the maids had finished cleaning up after it. Edward would have to go home soon, but I wanted to enjoy his company as much as possible before he did so.

We were on the couch, and Edward kissed me softly on the cheek.

“Yes, I suppose you’re right.” I said back to him.

“Does it feel any different? Going from sixteen to seventeen?” he asked me. I smiled back up at him,

“No not really.” He smiled back,

“We are getting married in two weeks.” He murmured in my ear.

“I can’t wait.” I whispered, before closing my eyes.