Edward and Bella's love will last forever. No matter what he's done. Even when there is one last secret. She'll still love him when it comes to light. Right? IRIS MADE THE BANNER. SHE IS THE BEST IN THE WORLD!!
Self-insertion. Just so you know. Edward/Bella, though. Read and review! I have eight chapters written, but I'm overscheduled and easily distracted, so you'll have to bear with me. Thanks to my beta, Katherine!
13. Dancing Dreams
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The reception twirls by. It is a golden gleam of perfection. Remind me to thank Alice. If I liked parties, this would be heaven. Even for me, it is pleasant, though all it really is, is a barrier between me and what I want.
Specifically, Edward without careful rules, and hopefully without clothes.
I blush, of course, at the very specific, and very pleasant visual image that gives me.
“Hello, beautiful,” he whispers, and my heart quivers.
“I love you.”
“I love you too, Mrs. Cullen.”
I blush deeper. “I like the way that sounds.”
His smile is breath-taking. “So do I.”
We watch the dancers twirl. “We should dance.”
“Only if you want to.”
“I wouldn’t mind it… if you promise not to let me fall.”
He winks. “I promise… In that case, Mrs. Cullen, may I have the honor of this dance?”
He leads me out onto the dance floor and places one hand on my waist, the other on mine. I try to avoid breathing hard or throwing myself into his arms or passing out. I will never get used to him. Instead, I look at the dancers. I notice one of the purple-dressed bridesmaids is missing. So is Jacob.
That makes this perfect moment a little less sweet, but I’m still ecstatic. In Edward’s arms for eternity.
“Thank you, Edward.”
His angel’s face is slightly bemused. “For what?”
“For this, for everything. For waiting so many years, and finally choosing me. I love you so much, and you have no idea what a gift you’ve given me.”
“Oh, Bella. I adore you. You are the light in the darkness. The fire in the night… I can hardly believe you are really mine…”
We kiss again.
“AH!” I hear, and I know it is Jacob. I close my eyes, but I can still hear the footfalls of the wolf’s padded feet skittering across the forest floor.
A tiny moan escapes my lips… “Oh.”
“Bella. Do you need me to go after him?”
I notice the word need, not want. And though I want him here, want him happy, I know the two are mutually exclusive and what I need is for Jacob to run far from the fight tomorrow, the one that would tear his heart and loyalties and possibly even his body apart, and I need him to find someone who is meant for him and no one else, as I couldn’t be. “No. Let him be… he doesn’t belong in my life anymore.”
Finally, I let go of Jake, because, in the end, all he really was, was the dearest and best of friends, the other half of my soul, the one I couldn’t choose…
“Sorry, Jake,” I whisper, and Edward pretends not to hear.
Edward leads me to a chair. “Eat. You’re distressed.”
“Aren’t I the bride? Don’t I get to boss everyone around?”
“Okay. Please, darling, I humbly request you keep your strength up by eating this food painstakingly prepared for you.”
He smolders at me.
I grudgingly pick up a fork. I begin eating the salad someone has laid out for me. It is, of course, delicious. Alice has selected a perfect menu, considering, or even forgetting, that she lives off mountain lion blood.
Charlie stands, smiles. “I’d like to make a toast, to my beautiful Bella. Honey, I never thought this day would come so soon, but I’m glad you’re happy. I hope your happily-ever-after is just as beautiful as you are. I love you, and I’m so glad you came up here… my little girl…”
He appears to be tearing up.
Renee stands next. “You know I freaked out when Bella told me she was getting married… getting married at seventeen didn’t work so well for me… but I’m happy for her. She was always more mature than I was. And now my little girl is all grown up. She’s a woman now, and I look forward to seeing her grow to have a family of her own.”
Edward squeezes my hand, distracting me from the instant agony. I will never give Renee a grandchild to coo over. Charlie will never see me have my happily-ever-after.
Carlisle raises his glass. “My son, I have never seen you so happy as at this moment. In many ways, you were the most mature of my darling children, but finally you found the happiness all of us have. I am so glad.”
Esme makes what I assume will be the last speech. “When I had my first child so many years ago, I thought that his wedding would be the most beautiful moment of my life. I never saw him grow up, but I have seen you, Edward, become a man, and find a woman who loves you for exactly what you are. It is incredible to see the boy I loved so much find someone to complete him. Bella, thank you for what you’ve given my son.”
Surprisingly, she stands next. Her purple dress falls perfectly around her. Why couldn’t my one true love have slept with an ugly woman… “Hi. None of you know who I am, but I was a friend of Edward’s a long time ago. I’ve seen what happens to the two of them when they were apart, and it wasn’t pretty, but as Shakespeare said, the course of true love never did run smooth. Their love is the truest I’ve ever experienced, and they truly need each other. I’m glad to see that they will have each other… forever.”
I was surprised at this, and delighted. She was exceptional, wasn’t she?
Edward grimaces, so I distract him as best I can by placing my head on his shoulder.
Then I stand. Hey, everyone’s making speeches. I might as well take my turn. “Edward. I never knew what I was missing until I met you. You are everything, everything, I could have wanted. You are the most wonderful man in the world. I love you more than you can possibly know. Thank you.”
He stands, but I do not sit down. “No, Bella. Thank you. You are the woman who has brought light into my life. And now we will never have to be apart.”
I smile at the thought, and Edward kisses me as everyone present cheers.
Then we sit down and dig in.
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