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My Idea for Breaking Dawn: The Ultimate War

Summary:
The werewolves refuse to allow Bella to marry Edward and become a vampire. They are willing to do anything--ANYTHING--to stop that from happening. More barriers threaten to keep Bella and Edward from acquiring their ultimate happiness and they must once again fight for what they want--what they NEED.


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14. Chapter 14: Assurances

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I felt very uncomfortable, but once Jasper's effects reached me again, I couldn't help but feel better almost immediately. Everyone was in the same place as before, except Edward was sitting in the other chair across from the one Charlie was sitting in.

Everyone turned to look at me and smiled. Edward looked at me and smiled his crooked smile before gesturing for me to go sit in his lap.

I obliged and he wrapped his arm of the chair and my legs hung off the other arm. He had one hand around the small of my back, resting on my waist, while the other was resting on my knee.

"You look gorgeous." He said, so that only I could hear it--and probably his family could, with their sensitive hearing, but there was no way Charlie and Renee could.

"Thanks." I muttered, not wanting to fight over the "Who-looks-better-than-whom" factor right now.

Charlie cleared his throat to break our concentration and then said, coldly, to Edward, "You were saying?"

Edward, regretfully, looked away from me to look at Charlie, and continued as if nothing happened, "The Quileute tribe has a...prejudice, I guess you can call it...towards our family--"

"I think it's more of an Edward in particular prejudice." Charlie interrupted bitterly.

"CHARLIE!" Renee smacked his arm and glared at him while I yelled, "DAD," threateningly.

He rolled his eyes and shifted his weight awkwardly in the chair. Carlisle came in and said, softly, "No, Charlie....They do have a problem with my whole family and they are willing to do whatever it takes to keep Bella from marrying Edward. They will do anything--and I do mean anything."

Charlie grimaced, "Why?!"

Carlisle shrugged, "It's complicated...they just have their differences with me and my family...and they don't want Bella to join our family."

Charlie scoffed, "That is utterly ridiculous! You are one of the best families I have ever known. Bella is doing herself well by joining you."

"You don't really believe that, Charlie." Edward said, softly, "We all know how much you dislike me and with good reason....I deserve...so much more than the cold shoulder after what I did to Bella. My apologies are useless because...I honestly don't deserve your forgiveness, yet alone Bella's."

Charlie grunted in agreement and I scowled angrily.

"But..." Edward continued, "I am sorry. The words are insignificant and worthless coming from me, but my regret is very significant. I think if you can feel half the pain I felt leaving her, you would understand that it wasn't by choice. It definitely was not by choice. And I wish more than anything that I can go back and undo all the suffering I caused, but I can't. Everyday that I have to live with myself, knowing all the pain and suffering I put Bella through is that much more painful."

"GOOD. Now, you know the hell she went through for you." Charlie said, bitterly.

"DAD!" I hissed, glaring at him.

Edward continued again, though, "Charlie, Bella is literally my angel...you have no idea how long I searched for her, never thinking I would find her, thinking I was destined to spend the rest of my life alone. When I found her, I let herr go, knowing how much I don't deserve her, thinking she would be better off without me to complicate her life. I never realized how much pain and suffering would come with that one mistake. I lost her once and it was unbearable....I literally could. not. survive without her. A life without my Bella is not just a life not worth living...it is no life at all. Please don't ask me to return to that place...to my hell. Don't ask me to give her up. I cannot do that again, I am not strong enough to live without her again."

Charlie simply stared at Edward, not knowing how to respond. Edward had more wisdom than any man Charlie's age could dream of acquiring in a mere lifetime and it was clear, even to Charlie, that Edward was something else. Edward was an incredible man who truly loved me. It was clear that Charlie could see this.

Edward now looked pleadingly to Charlie and even to Renee. "Charlie, Renee, I love Bella more than anything...I need to spend the rest of my life with her. I want your blessing, but with all due respect, whether or not I get it will not matter. I am marrying Bella and nothing...not even the Quileutes can stop me. I assure you, nothing is powerful enough to take Bella away from me. She is my heart, my soul, my world. And nothing could ever replace her."

Renee looked like she was about to cry and Charlie looked stunned. I smiled at Edward and he tightened his hold on me.

Charlie eventually stood up and looked down at Edward and said, firmly, "Get up. You like walks so much...join me for one...let's go."

Edward smiled politely and nodded, "Of course." He helped me up and began following Charlie out the door, but I stopped them.

"Wait a minute!" They stopped and turned to look at me. I approached Charlie and detached his gun from his belt, when everyone made to get it from me:

"BELLA, NO!"

"Bella!"

"Put that down!"

Edward merely stepped forward, but I cast him a confident look and he stepped back. I opened up the gun chamber and dropped the bullets out into my hand, handed the gun back to Charlie, who took it numbly, with disbelief, and then I said, "Just in case you try to kill him...you won't be armed."

Everyone stared at me in disbelief: Edward looked annoyed with my recklessness and grimaced at me. Charlie looked amazed that I actually knew how to unload a gun. Carlisle looked concerned, but sighed in relief. Emmett looked amused that I had the guts to do it and he smiled proudly at me. Rosalie was to her feet, looking somewhat freaked out. Alice was now behind me, ready to take the gun from me the second I got it. Esme had her hand over her heart and the look of a concerned mother was definitely written on her face. Renee looked concerned, but bewildered. Jasper stiffened for a second, but then continued his waves of calm, stronger now.

I smiled smugly, "Didn't know I could do that, did you?"

"How'd you learn THAT, Bella?" Emmett asked, excitedly.

I shrugged, "Eh--long story. Let's just say I got tired of being a helpless klutz all the time."

Charlie turned back to Edward, "Let's go. Now."

He led the way and Edward followed him immediately. I turned back around and sighed.

Alice stood up and said, "So...we'll leave you and Renee alone. I'm sure you have a lot of catching up to do."

"Thanks." I said, with a smile. Everyone left except for Renee and me, so I walked over to the couch, sat down, and she joined me. "So, where's Phil?" I asked, trying to sound conversational, but failing miserably.

"Back in Florida. Your dad called me--HYSTERICAL--saying that you threathened to move out if he didn't let you marry Edward, so I came to force him to come talk to you two in person. Phil decided it was best to stay in Florida." I forced a smile and she said, giddily, "Oh, Bella...Edward is such a sweet guy....I had no idea how much he loves you. You're so lucky to have found him."

I nodded, "I know I am. He tends to be a little exaggerative when it comes to me."

She shook her head, "No, it's amazing. He really is a great guy, Bella."

"More like perfect." I corrected, "I don't know why he's so convinced he doesn't deserve me. It's me who doesn't deserve him. He is so beyond beautiful."

"Oh, sweetie...you deserve each other. You truly were made for one another."

I smiled, "Thanks, Mom," and then leaned in and hugged her. I sighed, relieved, and closed my eyes, feeling surprisingly at peace, considering everything else that was going on.

When she pulled away, she said, "So, I hear we're moving up the wedding?"

I groaned, "Don't remind me."

She chuckled, "We have a lot to do...do you need my help? She seemed freakishly thrilled; it was very horrifying.

"I have nothing to do with the wedding plans; ask Alice. She's covering every preparation from the hors d' oeuvres--" for those eating, I added mentally, "--to the location of it all."

"You aren't planning anything?!" Renee sounded incredulous.

I rolled my eyes, "No, Mom, I don't want to do anything except walk down that aisle, say 'I do', and get it done and over with."

She forced a chuckle, "Wow....Charlie and I really screwed you up, didn't we?"

I furrowed my eyebrows, "What are you talking about? You taught me common sense: that it is beyond ridiculous to get married young and that it is usually, most of the time, a huge mistake."

Renee shook her head, "You obviously don't really feel that way, Bella, otherwise you wouldn't be marrying Edward."

I cringed at the overuse of the "M" word, "Mom, please..."

"Why else would you get married almost right out of high school?!" She said, with an irritated chuckle.

I closed my eyes, "It's complicated....Trust me, if Edward wasn't so damn stubborn about the issue, we would remain legally single, but he refuses..." I trailed off remembering the way I felt when I did finally agree to marry him...confused, irritated at his persistence, angry that he used my one weakness against me, but mostly...happy....because whether we made it official or not, we would always be together. That was why I hadn't argued it further, because I knew that it was impossible for us to be doomed to failure. After everything we've been through together, nothing could penetrate our relationship.

Renee sighed, "Bella, you are not me and Charlie. We were immature teenagers in lust, mistook it for love, and thought that it would last forever. We weren't ready for commitment; we just convinced ourselves that we were."

I stared at her and she continued, "It is clear that you two are more than just in love...you are soulmates...I have no doubt in my mind that marriage will not drive a wedge between you. Marriage is not what destroyed mine and Charlie's relationship. It was our rushing into it and not being ready. Honey, you and Edward were made for this: for standing across that altar from one another and saying the words: 'I do'. You're going to be fine."

I smiled, "Nonetheless, I have no interest in being involved in the decisions. It's just more stress that I don't want or need to deal with. Why are you so eager anyway; you hate planning stuff like this."

"Not when it's for my daughter." She smiled and I returned it.

"In that case, you can spend the day with Alice and Esme making last-minute plans while I wait for Edward to return to make sure Charlie doesn't kill him."

She chuckled once, "Good plan."

"Alice!" I called and she peeked around the corner. "My mom wants to help you with the wedding plans." I shuddered involuntarily.

Renee stroked my arm soothingly and then Alice came over and said, excitedly, "Yay! Esme and I can use all the help we can get. Renee, come on. We're going to go for some last-minute shopping in Seattle."

She stretched out her hand and Renee took it and said, "Bye, Bella," as Alice led her out of the room.

I shook my head and rolled my eyes, irritably. Oh, no! Wedding fever had infected Renee too. The one person I could count on to be on my side--gone to the other side. I groaned and leaned my head back on the headrest of the couch, sighing wearily. I was so exhausted after everything: I got a max. of three hours of sleep last night.

I closed my eyes to merely rest them, but somehow, I lost myself in the very tempting depths of sleep.