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Without You

Bella is on her own when she finds the clearing. When Laurent finds her there, her werewolf saviors are nowhere to be found. Is Laurent a good guy, or will his bad side overcome him? Thanks a jillion to MRSBellaCullenBlack for the wonderful banner!!! :D

So, I had this story on here for a little bit... but then I deleted it. I totally forget why, actually. So, if you've read it already, you don't have to review... until I put up new updates, that is :)

24. The Big Day

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The following morning, Alice woke me up at nine-thirty in the morning. I had slept over at the Cullen's house so I could be with Renee. Esme insisted that they stay at the house and not at a hotel. Renee had me up until one in the morning while she talked about her newest interests and fads that she was interested in. I managed to keep away from the subject of Laurent, surprisingly.

“Bella! Wake up!” exclaimed Alice, jumping onto the bed that Emmett had put together the night before. He loved building things, and he got a kick out of making something he would never use. “You have to open your eyes right now so I can make you wonderful for the wedding in six hours!”

I opened my eyes slowly. “Why? I have hours?” I groaned.

“Don't care,” she answered simply.

“Where's Laurent?” I asked, rubbing my eyes.

She gasped. “Bella, you can't see him before the wedding! That's... that's totally breaking the wedding rules!”

I sat up. “But I want to see him!” I exclaimed. “Laurent!” I called.

Alice giggled. “All of the boys have him quite occupied. And by occupied I mean they took him out of the house so he wouldn't sneak in to see you before the wedding.”

I glared at her. “Alice, that's just mean.”

She grinned. “Oh, I know! It's so fun!”

She pulled me out of bed and waited very impatiently as I got dressed. I figured that it was a simple jeans and t-shirt day. It surprisingly wasn't raining outside, which was probably why Alice had planned an outside wedding. She must have seen it.

“Okay! Now you get to see it!” she squealed as soon as I finished tying my shoe. She took my hand and dragged me down the stairs.

“Morning, Bella,” said Esme as we passed through the kitchen. She was putting the final touches on an extravagant wedding cake. It had to be at least three feet tall.

“Morning,” I mumbled. Alice took me out of the kitchen quickly and threw open the back door.

“Tah-dah!” she said. Their backyard had been made over wonderfully. Lights hung from the trees, and flowers were everywhere. To the right was a long white carpet that led to an arch. In front of the arch were a few rows of benches, where the guests would sit during the ceremony. On the left, she had a massive table, which I assumed was where she'd put all the food. There were small round dinner tables stacked on top of each other, waiting to be placed in their appropriate spots.

“I'm not done yet, but this is what I have so far,” she said, smiling.

“Wow, Alice,” I breathed. “It's beautiful.”

“I know. So your mom will be up in a few minutes and she'll want to talk to you alone. I'll have Rosalie take you into her bathroom, and she'll insist that she can't leave while she plans your hair and makeup. I know that you and Laurent haven't thought of anything to tell her yet... I haven't thought of anything yet, either,” she explained. “Rose, come get Bella! I have to finish this!” she called.

“But wait, wha-” I started.

“Come on, Bella. Your mom is already up, so I have to get you upstairs,” said Rosalie. She picked me up and rushed me up the stairs. Her bathroom was even bigger and more stocked with beauty products than Alice's.

Right on cue, Renee yelled, “Bella, where are you?”

Rosalie pulled out a chair and thrust me into it. She quickly set about a million different products on the counter and plugged in a curling iron. “I'm in Rosalie and Emmett's bathroom, mom!” I replied.

A minute later, she entered the room. Rosalie started picking up stray pieces of my hair and spraying them with something that smelled like watermelons. “Hi... I was going to ask if you wanted to go to breakfast, but it looks like you're a little busy,” she said.

“Yeah, Rosalie is kind of busy,” I said, shrugging.

“Alice planned all of this so quickly, I couldn't plan anything for Bella's hair. I have to try a few things first,” confirmed Rosalie, trying her hardest to sound pleasant.

“Oh,” said Renee. “Well, I'd like to talk to you anyway.” She sat on the floor by my legs. “Tell me about Laurent!” she giggled.

I smiled. “Laurent is amazing. He's nice, he's a gentleman, he is funny, he can cook.” I stopped myself before spilling something that would have made things awkward. He's immortal.

“Oh, he sounds lovely,” sighed my mom.

I nodded absent-mindedly. Something had occurred to me in that second. He was immortal, and I was not. He would live forever, but I'd only have a short time with him. I didn't want the few years I had... I wanted to be with him forever...

Alice burst into the room a second later, interrupting my train of thought. “Bella!” she exclaimed. She smiled tightly. “I need to talk to you about something. Something urgent.”

Renee stood up. “Can I help with anything? Just give me a job, and I'll do it. Phil left earlier this morning with Carlisle, and I have not been given anything to do!”

Alice paused. “I think Esme would like your help in the kitchen.”

Renee nodded and then left the room.

“You really want Renee to help with the kitchen?” I laughed.

“I'm not worried about that right now. What I'm worried about is the vision I just had,” said Alice, raising an eyebrow.

“And what was your vision about?” I asked. I had a feeling I knew...

“Oh, just a certain someone on her honeymoon being changed by someone else,” she said. “Bella, you know how we feel, but you really can't expect to be changed then. Wait until you're back here...”

“I didn't even know that's what I was planning. I mean, it would be nice...” I trailed off.

She sighed angrily. “Bella, just wait. You know Laurent will never agree to it now.”

“Okay,” I murmured. Maybe I'd wait. I knew she was right about Laurent. He would probably wait as long as Edward wanted to.

She shook her head and left the room, leaving Rosalie and me by ourselves.

“Bella, I don't think you should be changed at all,” said Rosalie

“Oh, thanks,” I said. “Would you just like me to move out of the country all together, too? Laurent does have a place in France, you know.”

“No, no, no,” she said. “I just mean that... well, you have everything! A husband, a loving family, and you get to be human! Why would you give that up? It's so... so stupid!” She pulled a piece of my hair a little too hard.

“Ow! I'll still have my husband and my family if I'm a vampire,” I insisted.

She shook her head. “Do whatever you want,” she spat. “Just don't come crying to me in a hundred years when you're bored out of your mind.”

I struggled to stay silent. I had a feeling that under no circumstances would I ever go crying to Rosalie... ever.

The hours passed quickly. Rosalie finished my hair and makeup after two hours. I went from being dressed in my jeans, to practically being thrown into my wedding dress. An hour and a half before the wedding, I heard the boys come home. I was still in Rosalie's bathroom. Alice was trying to teach me how to walk in heels.

“Laurent!” I exclaimed. I knew he heard.

A moment later, his voice was at the bathroom door. “Bella?” he asked. “How are you holding up in there?”

“Terribly! You try being cooped up with Alice when she's on a party fueled high!” I exclaimed.

Alice scowled. “Bella, if you don't practice right now, you are going to fall right on your face when Charlie walks you down the aisle.”

“I would not let you fall, Bella,” said Laurent assuringly.

Alice walked over to the door. “Laurent?” she asked sweetly.

It was silent for a moment. “Yes?” he asked suspiciously

“Go!” she exclaimed.

He laughed. “Sorry, Bella! There seems to be something I have to do way at the other end of the house.”

After that, it seemed time went even faster. Fifteen minutes before the wedding was supposed to start, I began to feel faint. I was in Rosalie's room. She, Alice, and Esme were getting into their dresses. Rosalie, Alice, Esme, and Carmen were going to be my bride's maids. The only problem was, Carmen hadn't gotten there yet. I sat down on the bed and put my head in my hands.

“Don't mess up your makeup,” said Rosalie.

“Don't worry about Carmen,” said Alice. “She'll be here in just a minute.”

Sure enough, Carmen burst into the room a moment later. “I'm here! Where's the dress?” she asked quickly.

After Carmen threw her dress on, she, Rosalie, and Esme left the room. Alice was the only one left.

I looked up at her from my perch on the bed. “Oh my God, Alice. I'm so nervous.”

She smiled. “Don't worry, Bella. You love Laurent, and he certainly loves you back. You have nothing to worry about.”

Charlie knocked at the door, then, and entered the room. He was grinning sadly. Alice nodded at him, and then bustled out of the room. I heard the music start.

“Come on, Bella... we have to go now,” he said.

I nodded and managed to make it to him without breaking an ankle. He looked slightly uncomfortable in his suit, but other than that, he actually seemed happy. He took my arm, and led me out of the room. We headed as quickly as we could towards the back door.

“You don't seem as angry as you were,” I commented.

He laughed. “Well, you're happy, Bella. That's all I ever really want.”

I felt tears spring to my eyes. “Thanks, dad.”

When we got to the back door, Alice was making her way down the aisle with Jasper on her arm. When she reached her spot, I knew it was my turn to walk. Charlie led me slowly down the backstairs. I had to look at my feet to make sure I wasn't going to trip. I took a deep breath before I looked up. I knew that my entire family would be there, and so would some of Laurent's... or so I though. He said he had people he had to invite.

When I was sure I was not going to fall, I looked up. I realized that there were people in the seats on either side of the aisle, but I had no desire to look at them. I knew that the ones on Laurent's side were vampires, but I didn't care. The one I really wanted to see was standing straight ahead. Laurent was dressed in a simple black tux. The moment I looked at him, I couldn't stop smiling. The beautiful man standing there would be mine forever. No, not forever, for as long as I lived.

I had to keep myself from frowning. I wanted him for much longer than a lifetime. I wanted him forever. I knew he noticed that something was wrong, because his smile fell a little also. When I finally made it all the way down the aisle, and after Charlie sat down, he took my hand.

The minister started to drone about how he had known the Swan family for as long as he could remember.

“What is wrong?” whispered Laurent.

“Nothing,” I replied.

“You realized something when you were walking,” he countered. “What was it.”

I sighed. “I want you forever.”

He tried to hold in a laugh as the minister told a story about when I was little. “In a few minutes, you will have me forever.”

I shook my head. “I'll have you for as long as I live, not forever.”

He didn't have a chance to reply. After our vows, the minister grinned. The next part must have been his favorite part.

“Do you, Laurent Chevalier, take Bella Swan to be your lawfully wedded wife?”

Laurent smiled. “I do.”

“And do you, Bella Swan, take Laurent Chevalier to be your lawfully wedded husband?”

I felt a tear run down my cheek. “I do.”

The minister laughed jovially. “You may now kiss the bride!” he exclaimed.

Laurent stepped forward. Before he kissed me, he whispered, “Forever.”