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Dream's Shadow

This is my take on the over- and usually poorly- done plot. Edward leaves Bella again. She is changed and they meet again in the future. There will be a big twist! Requested by Iris. Banner by Iris!

Try it! I know stories like this usually stink, but I thought I'd give it a try. I own nothing. Stephenie Meyer owns all.

28. Chapter 28

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“So, wedding’s back on?” Alice interjects.

Edward and I share a meaningful look. I want to marry him. I’ve realized that. I want to know he will never love another. I want a guarantee with a ring and a certificate. My Edward, mine and no one else’s. I want him to promise a promise that’s sacred to him, that he won’t be able to break, that he holds paramount. Something he wants to swear. He wanted me to marry me… I think he will still, I think he will ever leave once I want to wed him. It is another step towards believing.

“Alice, don’t be ridiculous. I am totally unworthy of Bella’s forgiveness, much less her hand in marriage. She shall forgive me when she feels ready. And I shan’t ask for anything more, an instant before she’s ready.”

Alice pouts.

I turn to Edward. “I still want to marry you. Actually, I really want to marry you. More than I did before… there’s nothing in my life but you. Not that there ever was.”

He stares at me, ridiculously beautiful, disbelieving. “Really? Oh, Bella… I don’t deserve you.”

“You’re so wrong.”

Alice scoffs. “Okay, wedding back on. Once we defeat the evil vengeance-obsessed… oops, I’m not allowed to tell you that. But after we, erm, settle down again, I’ll make you the perfect wedding! I love you! Bye!”

She dances off. “I’ll have to buy a new dress… and talk to Esme, and…”

The energetic chattering trails off as she disappears, leaving us alone.

“Bella. Bella, Bella, Bella, I love you. You want to marry me? The most precious angel in the world, willingly giving herself for eternity to a demon who betrayed her time and again?”

“Could we cut the ‘I’m so unworthy’ crap? It gets sort of tedious.”

“Your wish, my command.”

I see the first shadow of his smile, the one that once belonged to me, ghost across his face. His light-heartedness is beautiful. After a while, it spreads, to the same smile he wore when he first proposed, wider than I can imagine, like angels in heaven. Glorious.

“I will get you the ring as soon as I can. Once they tell us what on earth is going on, I’ll evaluate the situation, figure out how dangerous it is, and whether or not I can get the ring back.”

“The ring doesn’t matter, except… it was your mother’s. I think that matters. That’s the only thing that does. I don’t care about diamonds. You’re the only shining thing in my life, and I don’t care what else sparkles as long as you’re near me.”

He smiles. It isn’t the glorious smile, the angel in bliss smile, but it’s a different kind of joy. The smile that used to be mine every day, crooked, gleaming even in total darkness, perfect and happy. Finally, I see the man who was mine.

I wish I knew he still was. The smile goes a little way towards proving that, though.

“You are fantastic, Bella. Unbelievable. I can’t imagine any woman as unselfish as you.”

I smile too.