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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 :)


19. Wedding Bells

Rating 4.5/5   Word Count 2660   Review this Chapter

~Edward Anthony Mason’s Point of View~

“Told you we’d get you here safe and on time.” Collin clapped a hand on my shoulder as we practically ran into the church.

What are you still doing out here?” Mother asked me, obviously upset. She looked like she ran, or walked really fast, to get to the main doors. It was a large church, in the city.

“Mother I-” I began to explain, following Leo and Collin by hiding my baseball and glove behind my back inconspicuously.

“Edward, dear-I’ve been looking all over kingdom come for you!” she told me, exasperated, “And you two,” she pointed at Collin and Leo, “please go with Edward downstairs and to the right. That is where you men will be getting properly dressed. Your Father and I brought your tuxedos, Edward.” she told me.

“Alright, Mrs. Mason.” Leo and Collin walked quickly away from her, towards the stairs, still hiding their gloves.

“Mother, this is for Bella to wear tonight. Could you give it to her?” I asked her. I pulled out a jewelry box from my pocket. Father had gone with me to buy it yesterday. Bella could only wear jewelry that I had given her tonight, and inside was an exquisite diamond necklace and bracelet to match. I handed it to her.

“Of course. Edward-I’ll come see you before the ceremony starts. But I need to go and make sure everything is in order-I’ll need to greet a great deal of guests as well.” She informed me. I nodded,

“Thank you,” I told her. She smiled before turning and walking the other direction.

“Mother?” I called. She turned back around, “You look beautiful.” I told her. She smiled a thank you before walking again.

“Ed-these things are a nightmare to put on.” Collin complained as I entered the room we were supposed to get ready in. He had most of his tuxedo on, all except for the bow tie, gloves, and the flower he was forced to wear. Leo looked like he was having trouble with his bow tie, and his peaked lapel was in a disarray.

“Now boys,” Father started to say, walking towards us. He had his tuxedo on perfectly-but he had years of experience on his side. Collin looked up and Leo glowered at Father’s perfect bow tie. “Stop messing around. There is a proper way to get dressed, and this is not It.” he gestured to Leo’s lapel.

“Mr. Mason, then how am I supposed to-?” Leo began.

“Here is a lesson on bow ties-they aren’t simple, but with practice you can tie them in your sleep.” Father informed us. Collin rolled his eyes, thinking nobody saw. It looked like he was thinking ‘we know that, so how is that going to help us?’

“First make a knot around your neck like this,” Father un-tied his to show us. Collin and Leo followed.

“Then fold that shorter end in front of the other and that should form a bow-which should be horizontal in front.” Father waited patiently until Leo and Collin did it. “Bring that longer end in front of the shorter one now.” He directed them again.

“Now you’re going to do the exact same thing that you did before, forming a second bow, but with the different end.” He told them. That seemed to puzzle Leo for a few seconds until he understood. I already knew how to do this-Father always took pride in lecturing people. Mother would always joke that he missed his calling and should have been a professor.

“Take that second bow and put it under the first one, tuck it securely into that space here,” he gestured with his finger as he did what he told them to do, “and then finally adjust it so it looks proper.” He made sure theirs both looked decent before nodding in approval.

“If you need any more help I’ll be towards the main doors, helping your mother.” Father told me before leaving. The door shut with a click. I stood there, grinning smugly. It was funny when both of them didn’t understand something that I did.

“If it wasn’t your wedding day I’d wipe that stupid smile off of your face with my fist.” Leo threatened-but he was suppressing a smile himself.

“I wouldn’t be doing this for any other friend, Ed.” Collin told me before picking out a white flower of some sort and pinning it by his lapel.

“I know.” I said before walking over to my tuxedo. I quickly pulled all of my dirty clothing off. I put my shirt on and cufflinks, then my pants. Once my suspenders were in place (I never liked to wear them) I slipped on my black shoes. I pulled on my vest and cummerbund, smoothing out any wrinkles that my Mother might nag me about. I tied my bow tie in a matter of seconds (Leo looked like he wanted to hurt someone-most likely me), and then donned my black jacket.

Collin handed me a bigger white flower and I pinned that on the jacket before looking at myself in the mirror. The person I stared back at looked nervous, excited, and stiff. I relaxed my shoulders, but the tuxedo was too uncomfortable for me to pretend it was just a normal day.

“The wedding bands are tied securely to the ring bearer’s pillow.” Collin announced, tying the rings himself. He went into another room to give it to my younger cousin who would be the one carrying them down the aisle.

“Make sure they are-that would be the last thing we needed-the wedding bands getting lost.” Leo snickered at the thought. Collin rolled his eyes as he came back.

“Well, don’t you look dapper?” Collin grinned, looking at me. I gave him a look between annoyance and disbelief.

“Yes, very dashing-give us a spin, would you?” Leo joked and Collin and he burst out laughing.

“Is everyone ready here?” Mother’s voice asked from outside the door.

“It’s okay Mrs. Mason-we’re ready.” Collin called before Mother walked into the room.

“You boys look marvelous. Go out towards the main doors-you’ll see the wedding party there waiting for the ceremony to start. As soon as your cue comes, you both walk down the aisle like we rehearsed.” Mother instructed them. It was definitely close to when the wedding was supposed to start, and my heart started racing.

I suddenly realized that Bella-who would be my wife in a matter of minutes- was someplace in the church too. And that she may be feeling the same as me-she may be in need of support and I couldn’t see her. Or what if she hurt herself?

“Mother, is Bella alright?” I asked her quickly.

“Yes, Dear. She’s fine-she stubbed her toe once, I believe-but nothing major.” Mother answered. I sighed with relief-she wasn’t hurt. But she probably looked beautiful…my heart suddenly ached with desire and longing to kiss her lips or look into her eyes. And I couldn’t.

“Dear, I wanted to let you know that you fell in love with the right woman. You are happy, and that is all I ever wanted for you. It’s time for you to grow up now, I see that. But just know that whatever happens, I love you with all of my heart, dear. That will never change. You keep up what you are doing, and great things will be waiting for you. I love you, Edward.” Mother told me.

“I love you too, Mother- and thank you.” I didn’t expect that from her. Okay-so I sort of did. She smiled, tears rolling down her cheeks before she hugged me.

“Don’t cry.” I told her-I expected much of this as well. She dabbed her eyes with her handkerchief,

“A mother has a right to on her only sons wedding day, remember.” She smiled before gesturing me to follow her. I looked once back at the mirror, realizing that this was the last time I would see my reflection before I was married. The last time I belonged under my Mother and Father’s household. I was starting a new life, and these would be my last steps from my old one.

“Dear, walk up there and stand nicely. Now is not a time to lack good posture.” Mother told me, as we came into the main room of the church. I nodded, descending towards the alter. I, luckily, didn’t have to walk all the way down that long aisle-and I felt bad that Bella had to.

“Edward,” Father stopped me. I turned around and looked at him.

“I’m not one for speeches, but you know that I am very proud of you, son. You’re smart and you’re strong. The best of anything. Your mother and I love you, and we know we could have never raised a better son than you.” he told me. I smiled, touched.

“Thank you, Father.” He hugged me quickly before finding his spot. Mushy gushy stuff wasn’t his favorite thing in the world. He liked things that were short, sweet, and to the point. Most everyone was in their seats and ready for the ceremony to begin. I stood next to the altar, properly in place, and then waited.

A minute later music started to play from the quartet far behind me. The two double doors opened and Leo walked down the aisle, followed by Collin. I didn’t have a best man-I could never choose between the two. They both took their places to the left of me and I watched the ring bearer walk down. Then it was Angela Weber and Jessica Newton that followed after.

That was when the flower girl skipped down the aisle, Diana’s curls bouncing as she moved. She waved once to me before walking to stand in front of Jessica. I smiled and waved back (which was followed by a murmur of laughter) before looking up and back to the double doors. The signature wedding march started to play, and I felt like my heart had stopped. This was it. My breath caught- This was really it.

There, walking towards me was the most beautiful women I had ever laid eyes on in my life, her arm slung around her father’s for support. She was an angel, her fine porcelain skin glowing under an exquisite white and lace gown. She was holding a cascading bouquet of white thorn less roses, Lilly of the valley, baby’s breath, and forget-me-nots. Under her veil were two brown eyes that I knew well, and a face that always made an appearance in my dreams. She was wearing the necklace and bracelet I asked my Mother to give to her.

“Bella.” I breathed. She was perfect. I quickly realized I was smiling, and that smile couldn’t turn into a frown-even if I wanted it to be. My heart felt like it was burst from my chest.

Bella and Mr. Swan came to a stop at the end of the aisle, in front of me. “We are gathered here today to witness two of god’s children, Edward Mason and Isabella Swan, joining together in holy matrimony. If anyone can show just cause as to why these two cannot be joined lawfully together, let them speak now or forever hold their peace.” There was silence as I held my breath before the pastor continued, “Who gives this woman to be married to this man?” he asked.

“Her Mother and I do.” Mr. Swan answered. Then he lifted Bella’s veil. My breath caught again at how beautiful she was. I took a step forward then, my eyes never leaving Bella’s face as Mr. Swan took Bella’s arm and put her hand in mine. For a second, it looked like he never wanted to do this in his life, but then he turned around and sat next to Mrs. Swan, who was dabbing her wet eyes like my mother. Bella handed her bouquet to Angela before turning to me. She blushed and smiled at me, as I smiled at her. I held her shaking hand in my trembling one and turned us to look at one another, the priest on the right side of me.

“Edward Anthony Mason, do you take Isabella Marie Swan for your lawful wedded wife, to live in the holy estate of matrimony? Will you love, honor, comfort, and cherish her from this day forward, forsaking all others, keeping only unto her for as long as you both shall live?” he asked me. I nodded,

“I do.” A tear rolled down Bella’s cheek, a smile never leaving her face.

“Isabella Marie Swan, do you take Edward Anthony Mason for your lawful wedded husband, to live in the holy estate of matrimony? Will you love, honor, comfort, and cherish him from this day forward, forsaking all others, keeping only unto him for as long as you both shall live?” he asked her.

“I do.” She promised.

“Edward, please repeat after me.” the priest began telling me my vow and I repeated it to Bella,

“I Edward take thee Isabella to be my wedded wife, to have and to hold from this day forward, for better or worse, for richer or poorer, in sickness and in health, to love, honor, and cherish, 'til death do us part.” I vowed to her.

“Isabella, please repeat after me.” the priest began telling her vows and she repeated them.

“I Isabella take thee Edward to be my wedded husband, to have and to hold from this day forward, for better or worse, for richer or poorer, in sickness and in health, to love, honor, and cherish, 'til death do us part.” She repeated.

“May I please have the bride’s ring?” he asked towards Collin and Leo. Collin un-tied the ring and then handed it to Leo, who then handed it to me.

“May this ring be blessed so he who gives it and she who wears it may abide in peace, and continue in love until life's end.” The priest said. With my left hand I held hers, and then with my right I slipped her engagement ring off and put her wedding band on first before putting her engagement ring on after.

“With this ring I thee wed. Wear it as a symbol of our love and commitment.” I said, in a soft tone of voice I only used with her.

“May I have the Groom’s ring?” he asked. Angela, who had gotten it off of the pillow before the ceremony started, handed it to Bella.

“May this ring be blessed so that she who gives it and he who wears it may abide in peace, and continue in love until life's end.” He said before Bella took my left hand in hers, slipping the band on my finger.

“With this ring I thee wed. Wear it as a symbol of our love and commitment.” She said it loud enough for only those around us to hear.

“I now pronounce you husband and wife.” He declared. “You may kiss the bride.” He told me. I smiled, holding her face gently in my hands and kissed her. I’ve never felt so elated in my life. The feeling of love for her was so strong it almost took my breath away. We pulled back and over the clapping and wedding bells I whispered in her ear the three words that never meant so much before,

“I love you.” She smiled and answered,

“I love you too.” We turned around, hand in hand to face the crowed,

“Mr. and Mrs. Edward Mason everybody.” The priest announced. We walked quickly down the aisle and out of the church doors. We walked in the church as single people, and now we were married. I kissed her again as a shower of rice was thrown over us.