Every thing was perfect, I had Edward, Jacob wasn't a problem-why did she screw it all up? For a few precious moments Bella Swan's life and future were good and secure. Now with Fate, Victoria, and the Volturi intervening, what will Bella and Edward do to set there life together back on track?
Thank you to Nightrose for betaing this for me!!
1. Chapter 1
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I walked out of the gym, feeling jubilant. It was over, finally! Graduation was tomorrow, and then it would be summer. Almost everyone would be enjoying the warmer (though no less rainy) as they got ready for college. I wouldn't. Technically, in a few weeks I wouldn't be alive anymore, and I couldn't wait. I would become a vampire.
My smile grew even larger when I caught sight my own personal Greek god leaning against his shiny silver Volvo. I still marveled at his perfection. After a year you would think I would be used to it, but I wasn't. His crooked smile appeared, causing my heart to stutter. His grin grew bigger when he heard it.
I quickened my pace, wanting to get to Edward faster. I should have known better by now. When I was only about ten feet away from him, I tripped (presumably on the air). I was about to hit the ground when two marble arms caught me.
"Thanks." I muttered, whilst Edward chuckled at my clumsiness.
"You are welcome." He replied. "How was gym?"
"Bearable, considering that you weren't there." My voice was still a bit breathless from my sudden (but not uncommon) spurt of klutziness.
Edward led me to my door and opened it for me. He was always the gentleman. He got in his seat rather slowly for him, but he really couldn't move at vampire speed at school.
Soon we were speeding down the highway, going much faster than the speed limit as usual. We sat in a comfortable silence, enjoying each other's company. It was nice that we could do that, and not feel the need to fill every moment with meaningless chatter.
As we neared my house, I noticed a change in Edward's expression. His face became harder. Not exactly angry, no, he looked annoyed. I wondered if it was Charlie. Charlie wasn't thrilled with Edward's return. The way Charlie treated Edward was almost to the point of being rude, while Edward was as impeccably polite.
We stopped a few meters from my driveway. I threw a questioning glance towards Edward, but he didn't seem to notice it.
Edward got out of the car and was opening my door in the same second. He took my hand very gently and leading me to the forest beside my house.
"Where are we going, Edward?" I inquired. I hadn't seen Edward this agitated for awhile.
"Jacob Black wants to speak to us." Us? Why would Jake want to talk to us? He wouldn't even talk to me, let alone me and Edward.
It didn't take to long to find Jacob, he was only in the trees a bit. We stopped as soon as we saw him. He was even taller, which I didn't even thing was possible. Did these werewolves ever stop growing? He also didn't have that calm mask on; he looked happy, extremely happy.
"What do you want to talk to us about, Jacob?" I asked icily. I wasn't happy with Jake at the moment, because of his avoiding my calls.
"I have two things to say. First, you know how Sam and Emily love each other so much. It's because of this wolf thing called imprinting. You find the person you're supposed to be with forever. All you have to do is look at her, and boom! You found your soul mate! Jared imprinted on this girl Kim, and I... well... I imprinted on Lauren!" Jake burst out excitedly.
"That's great Jacob!" I exclaimed. "Lauren, really?" Lauren was the most stuck up and sullen person I had the displeasure of knowing, even worse than the girls in Phoenix. And that was saying something. It surprised me that Lauren was Jacob's soul-mate, she was the exact opposite of Jacob.
"Some kids from Forks came down to the beach and she was with them. While I was running around as a wolf, keeping watch, and I just happen to look at her. It's just like love at first sight. We knew each other when we were kids. Well, that was my good news, but I need to talk to Edward." Wow, he didn't even use a derogatory slur to refer to Edward.
"Yes?" Edward said.
"We know how you are going to have to change Bella, or that she wants to be changed, well, you and your family are going to have to be gone when you do it. We rearranged the treaty so that if you do it out of the state of Washington, it won't break the treaty."
"I'll tell Carlisle." He sounded relieved, like he had been expecting something much, much worse.
"I have to go, Lauren is waiting for me." He looked ecstatic at the prospect of getting back to her. This imprinting thing must be very strong.
He left. That's when I looked at my watch, "Charlie is going to kill me if I don't get in the house in about a minute."
"Charlie isn't going to be a problem, he's been thinking on letting you off the hook, he's going to tell you that you aren't grounded any more."
"Really? Wow, this has to be my lucky day, I've never had one of those before. Well, besides every day I'm with you."
"I can hardly be considered such a good fortune." Edward scoffed.
"You're right. You're much better then that." Was he ever going to see how amazing he was?
We walked in the door then, Charlie didn't seem too happy about Edward being there, but he wasn't as bad as he had been this morning when Edward came to pick me up.
"I need to talk to you both." Charlie said gruffly.
I looked at Edward, panicking. "His thoughts are calm. No need to worry yourself." Edward soothed me.
We sat down in the living room, Edward and I on the couch, while Charlie sat in his armchair.
Charlie looked as if he had given up, like his defenses were demolished. "Edward, I'm sorry for acting like this to you. I see that you love Bella very much. I forgive you. Bella, I forgive you too, you are not grounded anymore." Charlie said to my utter amazement.
"Thank you, Chief Swan." Edward said, respectfully.
"Thanks dad." I said, a bit breathlessly. I was still marveling at what just happened.
"Did you see Jake this afternoon, Dad?" I asked.
"No, but I talked to Billy and he said Jake was in a much better mood."
I nodded. What an understatement!
"Alice was wondering if she could borrow Bella for the evening, Alice has been wanting to go to a movie in Port Angeles with Bella for a while."
Crap, I really didn't want to shop with Alice. I would rather spend the rest of the day with Edward.
As soon as Alice's name was mentioned, Charlie's expression softened. He loved Alice. He was putty in her hands. "Sure, that would be alright. What are you doing this evening, Edward?"
"Carlisle, Jasper, Emmett, and I are going camping, starting the weekend early." I really hoped that wasn't true. A weekend alone with Alice would be a nightmare.
"That's good. When are you going to leave with Alice, Bella?"
"Right now, unless you wanted me to cook dinner for you first."
"No, no, you baby me too much, Bella, I'll be fine."
"Okay, bye Dad."
"Good-bye, Chief Swan."
"Bye, kids." Charlie seemed happy with his work.
As soon as we were off the porch, I rounded on Edward. "Why didn't you tell me about Alice before?"
"Because she and the rest of my family are going hunting, I'm not."
"Then why did you tell Charlie that?"
"Because Charlie would be more willing to let you go if Alice wanted to do something with you, would you like to go to the meadow, or would you rather me call Alice and ask her to stay home with you?"
I didn't even have to think about it. "The meadow, definitely."
We got into his Volvo, and he sped off. I kept my gaze concentrated on Edward, so I didn't look at the road. If I did, I would be sick. He stared right back at me for the longest time his topaz eyes penetrating me.
"What are you thinking about?"
"You." I answered truthfully. "What were you thinking about?"
"You, and your surprise."
I groaned, "You know I hate surprises."
"I know." I could almost hear the smirk on his face.
We arrived at the trail to the meadow then. He lifted me onto his back and took off running. I closed my eyes, wanting to enjoy the wind, and not wanting to throw up.
"We're here." Edward said when he pried my arms from around his neck.
He took my hand and led me to the middle of the meadow.
"Do you want to get your surprise over with?"
"Yes." The sooner the better.
He got down on one knee and said, " Isabella Swan? I promise to love you forever, every single day of forever, will you marry me?"