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Pack Boys

Summary:
Everything started so innocently, a simple bonfire upon the beach, but then things got complicated. Lives were changed and hearts were shocked... (A La Push gang Fan fiction) Image Hosted by ImageShack.usChapter 25 is out!!!


Notes:
We had a little too much fun with the packs valentine's day one shot, so we decided to make it into a whole story!


25. Wedding Accomplisments

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"Abby, seriously, if you don't stop moving, I'm going to have to knock you out in order to get this dress on you," I told her, swatting at her arm as she once again fiddled with the lace that rested on her waist at the moment.

"I'll stop. I'm just really anxious. This is a big step, ya know?" She sighed, smiling into the mirror. I couldn't help but feel like a mother as I lifted the dress the rest of the way up, and Emily and Kati helped to hook up the rows of buttons on the back.

Abby was seriously more than a friend to me sometimes, I felt like I watched her grow up even though I was growing up right there with her. This day was so special to her, it made me so happy to see her so happy. For her whole life, I had been waiting until she straightened out to the woman I knew she could be; to the woman that was sitting here today.

"Mashaal, do you want something to eat? You've barely eaten all day," Emily said to me as she turned the curling iron on for our own hair. All three of us bridesmaid's were going to go with the curls falling down look, while Abby sported the beautiful waved look.

"Yeah, can I have some of those awesome muffins you make?" I asked. Emily smiled and nodded, leaving the room and coming back in an instant with a basket of those wonderful banana nut muffins. I seriously was so into planning the wedding that I hadn't even thought about eating anything myself.

"Emily you're gonna have to give me the recipe for these amazing things," I told her.

"Sure thing."

From the last week, we've been partying non-stop and getting ready for this big day. Abby's bachelorete party was just a few days ago, and it was something that I could never forget…too much fun to fit into one night.

"You look so gorgeous," Kati whispered. I was also happy beyond belief that Kati was once again with us. It was the three musketeers again, just like those hot summer camp days, when we would look up into the stars and make wishes of a perfect day like this.

"You think so?" Abby asked. She seemed to be inspecting herself, so I assured her of the obvious.

"It's perfect," I said. Of course it was. I had planned every last minute detail, and I was not going to let anything go wrong. Abby looked prettier than I'd ever seen her before, mainly because of the bridal happiness that seemed to glow around her.

My mind seemed to wander as we fixed everything and slowly walked out of the house, down to the beach. This last week had gone so…perfectly. I remembered back to a time when being happy everyday seemed so foreign to me, but now it was impossible to not be happy.

Embry grinned at me, snapping me back to the present. I let go of Abby's dress and took my place as maid of honor behind Emily and Kati. We held a small bouquet that was a miniature of Abby's and watched as Claire, Quil's life, threw the flowers down the boardwalk that served as the aisle for the ceremony. She used the practiced steps that I had taught her and when she got to the end, she bowed and smiled at me, and I winked at her, letting her know she had done perfectly.

Emily and Kati began to walk and I followed them, looking Embry in the eye as he stood behind Paul. Before I could stop them, glimpses of my future came to my mind. A future of where I would be walking to him, to be married to him, to start my real life with him forever. I took my place next to the alter and tried not to giggle as he winked at me. I straightened up and signaled to Brady to start the bridal march music, and he clicked on the play button on the tired boom box. I watched as Sam held Abby's arm and walked her down the aisle, giving her hands to Paul. He seemed radiantly happy, and I was glad that I had matched his tuxedo's tie with her dress. They looked so wonderful together, and it took another signal to Collin to keep taking the pictures.

Billy's voice of promise cleansed me, taking away the weight over my shoulders as he preformed a perfect ceremony. All of the details seemed to work themselves out, and I found myself utterly lost in the look of Embry's dark eyes as he looked over the altar at me.

I forced myself to focus as the vows seemed to dwindle happily to an end, resting on Abby and Paul's joyous faces. The words were spoken, seeming to be from another time, a time where only happiness could happen on days like these…

"Do you, Paul, take this woman to be your lawfully wedded wife, to have and to hold, for richer and poorer, for good health and bad, for as long as you both shall live?"

"I do."

"And do you, Abby; take this man to be your lawfully wedded husband, to have and to hold, for richer and poorer, for good health and bad, for as long as you both shall live?"

"I do."

"I know pronounce you man and wife, you may now kiss the bride."

As they kissed, I couldn't help but feel as if all my planning were so worth it. She would be happy for the rest of her life, and I could let her go, not worrying about the needless things that I always worried about.

As soon as they let go, Embry crossed the aisle and ran up to me, pulling me close and kissing me as well. I smiled into the kiss, feeling the curve of his lip move against my own.

As planned, the ceremony ended with three boys, Collin, Brady, and Seth letting go of hundreds of white balloons into the sky. I waved to Abby as they both got into their newly wedded truck and drove home to get ready for the reception.

"I love you," Embry whispered into my ear as he held me close to his body. "

I love you too. Thank you for helping me with all of this. Only you could know how perfect I needed everything to be," I smiled up at him. He had stayed awake with me on the nights where I sobbed because I missed my family, on the nights that I was so enveloped in planning that I forgot to sleep, and on the nights where the both of us couldn't keep our hands off of each other.

"No problem, it was fun," he said jokingly as he helped unload the one food table from Jake's truck.

Jake came around and helped me put the dinner out onto the table, and I noticed something in his eyes.

"Jake, what's wrong?" I asked him, touching his arm as he passed me.

"Huh? Oh, nothing," he said, shrugging.

"No, I know something is wrong. Tell me," I said, using my soft voice and sitting down on one of the logs we had set up. He pulled up a seat next to me, and sat down with his head in his hands.

"It's just that…the last time I went to a wedding, I was seeing my…my…" his words seemed to choke him and I held his hand for support. I looked up and Embry smiled at me, nodding. I knew how hard it was for other people to get through to Jake since that Bella girl left him.

"She was your best friend, she loved you, Jacob," I said. For a second, I internally wanted to hurt this Bella girl for hurting Jake, but then I thought of her father, and how much she was probably in love with that Edward guy. So what if he was a vampire? They were still in love. But still, Jake got the worst end of the stick.

"Yeah, she did. I always told her she loved me, but she always said she loved him more," he said quietly, lifting his head and looking out to the ocean.

"Jacob, she did what she had to do. I know it hurt you in the worst possible way, but I personally think you should move on now. The time of grieving is over, it's been a year. She is happy, and you should be happy too. I don't like seeing you unhappy," I told him. He smiled slightly and looked at me. I thought he would be angry, because whenever someone else told him to move on, he would abrupt into anger that hid his grief.

"I know, I know…it's just that…everything reminds me of her, you know? Whenever I try to find someone else, it seems like their hair is the same, or their eyes, or their smile…something is always there to remind me how she left me," he sounded so broken, it made my own heart break.

"Jacob, I know there is someone there for you," I said. He scoffed and looked away, but I kept going.

"You don't know it yet, but there is a girl waiting for you to be hers. She is going to be better than Bella in a way that she would be yours and only yours. She will make you more happy than you could imagine, and she'll change your mind about everything. Trust me, it happens." I smiled.

He looked at me. Just stared for awhile, then finally smiled. "Thanks, Mashaal. Thank you very much. I've been waiting to hear that, but no one wanted to tell me that. They just either trashed Edward or told me to move on. Thanks."

"No prob. Hey, I try," I laughed. He laughed also, and we both got up, our hands falling. I was so glad I had finally gotten through to him, to tell him it was going to be okay. He really needed that--he seemed to walk a bit lighter as he went to go help the other boys get the dance floor ready.

"Solving problems is your best suit, eh?" Billy's smooth thunder of a voice came from behind me. He grinned at me, and I felt like a little girl getting caught at doing something good.

"I guess," I smiled, shuffling my feet into the soft sand.

"Keep it up girl, you're helping the world with that smile of yours," he chuckled, wheeling himself off to get a snack where some of the boys were grilling the hot dogs and corn I gave them earlier. I felt someone's warm arms fold around my waist and I leaned back into his broad chest. I felt accomplished, to say in the least. Very, very, accomplished.

"You look beautiful, Mashaal. Like a princess," he whispered to me. I smiled and turned slightly, letting his lips fall onto mine.

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After everything had been set up, I had just enough time to go to Embry's car and change into my new beach outfit: a pink sarong that wrapped around my body like a flowy dress, and under was a surprise for only Embry after this was all over. The reception started with me fixing up Abby's ruined make-up and hair. I didn't mind at all really, because it was her wedding, and if she wanted to celebrate with her husband during the hour between her wedding and reception, it was good for her.

Embry and I took our seats next to Jared and Kim, and she smiled at me. We had become friends over the last week when I was introduced to everyone else basically in all of La Push. Paul's parents sat next to them, and his mom seemed tired already. It must be something to watch your son getting married.

I left the table to help carry the dinner out, even though Embry kept pulling at the trail of my dress and whimpering for me to sit down with him. I pleaded with him until he let me go, making me promise to sit down after the dinner.

At last, I carried out my personal masterpiece. I had worked on the two tier wedding cake with special thick creamy coconut frosting and fluffy moist white inside for hours. Abby helped by licking the spoon, and Emily helped by cleaning the dishes afterward. I watched Abby and Paul cut into it, and then received a piece myself, as Embry held my hand tightly.

"Did you make that?" He asked, noticing the oohs and aahs as everyone bit into the cake.

"Yup," I grinned. I was pretty damn proud of myself, I've got to say.

"Wow," he mouthed, kissing me with cream on his lips. I giggled and smeared a white frosting flower onto his nose. His eyes narrowed.

"Don't you dare put any on me, this dress is way too good for that," I warned him.

"Don't worry. I'll get you later on tonight," he grinned, his eyes dancing.

After most of everyone left, only the pack members and their dates were there, and we all glowed in the amber-colored bonfire light. Paul got up and made a toast, making me slightly teary. But when Abby stood and gave her replying toast, I went all out and bawled happily. I silently thanked Emily for remembering to use the waterproof mascara for all of us. I stood up and raised my own lemonade, smiling at the couple as they sat down and stopped their loving kiss.

"I just want to say that I'm really happy my best friend got married to a good guy, and I'm glad we could all be here to see it, and I know she'll be happy forever," I said, slightly hiccupping from my tears. Everyone clapped and I sat down, a bit embarrassed.

"Great food!" Jake yelled at me from the other table consisting of all the other pack boys. I laughed and hid my face in Embry's shoulder.

"Let's dance!" Someone else yelled, and I heard the music go up. Embry put his finger under my chin and brought me up to look at my face.

"May I have the honor, love?" He asked in a false gentleman's tone. I snorted, Embry? A gentlemen? Funny stuff.

"Yes, you may, kind sir," I replied, letting him hold my hand as we glided to the dance floor. Abby and Paul were there also, and Jared and Kim were on the other side, but all I could really see was Embry's adorning expression as he looked down at me.

"So." I wrapped my arms around his shoulders. He was so tall, even though I was in high heels, he still had to hold me for balance.

"So…" he leaned down and licked the shell of my ear. I giggled and sighed into his chest.

"I love weddings," I told him.

"I never did before, but I do now," he replied. We danced for a while, lost in each other's embrace.

When I told him my feet were getting tired, he picked me up and carried me over to the bonfire. The music had dwindled down and the other couples were simply enjoying each other's presence. The fire was on a jutting rock at the edge of the cliff that looked out into the dark ocean and it seemed to warm me on the inside also. We stood there and I'd never felt more secure.

"Mashaal," he suddenly said, facing me towards him.

"Yes?" He was silent for a while, pulling a strand of my hair and tucking it behind my ear.

"I've wanted to ask you something since the first time I saw you, but I didn't think you were ready until now…" he spoke slowly, as if trying not to scare me. I was confused.

"What is it?" I asked, unable to think of what else he could ask me.

"I've loved you before I even knew you…like all my breaths depended on you, like every time I woke up in the morning, I was waiting for you. The list of things I love about you is too long for me to tell."

He suddenly kneeled down in front of me and I gasped audibly, my breath catching. He held my hand and grinned at me with those beautiful almond-shaped eyes of his, and his face seemed to glow from the firelight combined with the moonlight.

"So…if you love me even in a tenth of the way I love you, I was wondering…" he paused for an aching eternity of a moment. “Will you be mine forever?"

He pulled out a ring from the pocket of his jeans and held it up to me. The glitter of a diamond twinkled and it seemed to spark bliss into me.

"Yes," I let my breath out. "Oh my God, yes."

He slowly slipped the platinum band onto my finger and stood up to draw me into a kiss faster than I would have imagined. The kiss was sweeter than ever, holding promises of the future, almost like fireworks were exploding over us.

Forever

… I could never have imagined this perfection.