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This one-shot fanfiction takes place during Edward, Bella, and Alice's graduation party. This fanfiction was formerly titled I Don't Want to Miss a Thing; I've changed it due to additional chapters!!! If you read this, please enjoy!!!

Bella's POV

3. When You Look Me in the Eyes

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Bella’s POV

Edward stood up, pulling me to my feet as he did so.

“I have another song for you. You don’t have to sing this one. I would like it if you would sit in a chair on the stage. I’m inviting others to join me, and I’m also going to ask if their ladies will come up as well.”

I stared at him accusingly as he pulled me to the front of the crowd. He grabbed the microphone.

“I’ve got a special song in mind, but I need some volunteers. We have five microphones so I need four guys from the audience that are completely in love with their girlfriend. If those volunteers could bring their lady up to the stage with them, I would appreciate it.”

Ben started towards us, dragging Angela behind him. Her face was bright red; just like mine. No one else volunteered.

“Is this all the help I’m going to get?” Edward was having too much fun with this. Jasper walked onto the stage with Alice at his side. Emmett was next to join us. Rosalie looked like she didn’t mind being on stage.

“Can we get one more person? No, well guys, I guess it’s just a quartet. Let’s get started.”

Edward turned to the machine and selected a song. The music started and I felt my face get redder when they began to sing. It sounded amazing.

“If a heart is always searching, can it ever find a home? I’ve been looking for that someone; I can’t make it on my own. Dreams can’t take the place of loving you. There’s got to be a million reasons why it’s true.

“When you look me in the eyes and tell me that you love me. Everything’s all right when you’re right here by my side. When you look me in the eyes, I catch a glimpse of heaven. I find my paradise, when you look me in the eyes.

“How long will I be waiting to become a better man? Gonna tell that I love you in the best way that I can. I can’t take a day without you here. You’re the light that makes my darkness disappear.

“When you look me in the eyes and tell me that you love me. Everything’s all right when you’re right here by my side. When you look me in the eyes, I catch a glimpse of heaven. I find my paradise, when you look me in the eyes.

“Everyday I start to realize, I can reach my tomorrow. I can hold my head up high, and it’s all because you’re by my side.

“When you look me in the eyes and tell me that you love me. Everything’s all right when you right here by my side. When you look me in the eyes, I catch a glimpse of heaven. I find my paradise, when you look me in the eyes. When you look me in the eyes and tell me that you love me. Everything’s all right when you’re right here by my side. When you look me in the eyes, I catch a glimpse of heaven. I find my paradise, when you look me in the eyes.”

I wiped away the tears that had developed in my eyes. Edward pulled me into his arms. Angela was crying too.

“Have you figured out exactly what you mean to me, yet? Don’t you see that nothing would make me happier than if you would agree to marry me? I’m so desperate for you to say yes that I’m debating getting down on one knee here and now. But I wouldn’t do that. I won’t force you to agree. I just love you so much. I want you to be mine for all eternity.”

“I’m already yours forever.”

“I want everyone to know you’re mine. I want everyone to see that you are the most important part of my existence. I want to feel a wedding band on your left hand every time I hold it. I want to hear you say ‘I do’. I want you to be Isabella Cullen.”

We were back to our private place in the corner by now. His pleading was wearing down on my resistance, and he knew it. I loved him so much, but marriage was still a little extreme if you asked me. He knew he would get his way at some point, but I was defiant. I wasn’t going down without a fight. He kissed me as I pondered this. As usual, the feel of his lips on mine erased every thought I had. He sighed as he pulled away.

“Alice and Jasper want to talk to us in the kitchen.”

We walked into the kitchen and Alice was looking exasperated.

“Bella, will you please just say yes? Do I need to have Jasper show you just how much Edward loves you?”

“Bella, you didn’t feel the intensity of his emotions while we sang. I had trouble keeping control of my voice.”

“Don’t try to guilt her into saying yes.”

“We aren’t. I just think that she needs to feel the truth.”

I thought about what they were saying and decided to brave it. “Show me,” I said, looking at Jasper. The feelings that flooded through me were so strong and sure. Pure, undiluted love; the feeling was so powerful that it was almost impossible. One person couldn’t feel all of this. Of course, vampires were different. If all of your senses sharpened then surely your feelings would be able to grow farther than what a human thought possible. Edward pulled me into his arms, and I was glad for the support. The weight of his love was bearing down on me intensely. Tears were falling from my eyes as I looked into his. I could see the conviction of what I was feeling in his expression. He kissed me, and I wondered how I had ever believed what he had said when he left last September. I felt the feeling grow and intensify. What? This could be stronger? I couldn’t see how even a vampire could handle such a strong emotion. I finally collapsed from the feeling. It immediately receded. I looked into Edward’s eyes again.

“How could anyone handle all of that at once; vampire or not?”

“Now do you see what you mean to me? I couldn’t survive one second without you in my life.”

He kissed me with a new kind of intensity.

“The word love doesn’t even come close to describing the way I feel about you.”

He pulled me closer to him. I was still marveling about what Jasper had shown me. Edward’s love for me was more powerful than anything I had ever seen. Even Sam couldn’t possibly hold that much love for Emily. I was luckiest woman in the world. I had never known just how deeply he cared for me. Knowing that, how could I not say yes? How could I not marry my very own miracle? He was everything to me, and I wanted everyone to know it. Alice smiled at me. Jasper was keeping me from crying my eyes out. And Edward was looking at me with an expression that I had never been able to identify, until now. I could finally see the intense, passionate love for me in his eyes. I hadn’t understood it before, but now it was clear. I wondered, briefly, how I could have missed it. Alice’s voice pulled me away from my thoughts.

“Come on; let’s get back to the party.”

Emmett walked into the kitchen and handed Edward something. He hid it before I could get a good look.

“I don’t know whether I’ll need it, Emmett. I hope so, too. You have no idea.”

Emmett walked out of the kitchen and Edward looked at me.

“Do you see my side enough to marry me, yet? I want to spend the rest of my life with you. I know that we’ll always be together, but I want you to be my wife. I want us to be Mr. and Mrs. Edward and Isabella Cullen.”

I looked into his eyes and instantly saw my future with him. I saw the wedding; me in a white dress- I shuddered and the thought- Edward in a tux, waiting for me at the end of the aisle, Charlie walking me toward the best part of my life. I could see it all and it made me smile.

“You win. I love you, Edward. I’ll marry you. Charlie isn’t going to be thrilled about this though, and I don’t even want to think about what Renee is going say.”

He pulled me into his arms and spun me around.

“Thank you, my darling angel. My dear sweet Bella, I love you so much. Will you change your mind if I propose to you in front of all of the guests?”

“You just want to see the look on Mike’s face when I say yes,” I accused teasingly.

“No, not completely; I figured that you wouldn’t want to have to tell all of our friends separately. This way is easier. I propose up on the stage and everyone hears you say yes. Everyone knows and all you have to do is listen to ten minutes worth of congratulations. Telling Charlie and Renee will be stressful enough; I’m trying to make this easier. So, what do you say?”

“That is easier. We’ll do it your way. I love you.”

“I love you, too. Let’s go.”

He was so excited that I couldn’t help but be happy. I had betrayed myself, but as long as Edward was happy it didn’t matter. We waited for the couple on the stage to finish their song. After that he pulled me onto the stage with him.

“As some of you know, I love Bella more than anything imaginable. She is the best thing that has ever happened to me.”- He turned to me and got down on one knee; the crowd gasped in unison- “Isabella Marie Swan, I want to spend the rest of my life with you. I couldn’t fathom any other future for myself. Will you marry me? I am nothing without you.”

Tears fell from my eyes as I smiled down at him. “Yes, I’ll marry you.” He pulled a ring box out of his pocket and put the ring on my third left-hand finger. He stood up, pulled me into his arms, and spun us around in circles again before kissing me. The crowd cheered and awed. Carlisle, Esme, Emmett, Rosalie, Jasper, and Alice came onto the stage. I was pulled into multiple hugs by my future in-laws. We made our way to the audience and the congratulating began. It lasted about ten minutes then we were able to escape back to our corner. Tomorrow was going to be difficult, but tonight was all I wanted to worry about. Edward kissed me passionately at random intervals, and that eased my mind. By the end of the summer I would be Mrs. Cullen. The thought bothered me a little bit, but I couldn’t dwell on it for long before Edward’s lips found mine again. Tonight was all that mattered. The rest of life could be fretted about later. I was engaged to my own personal miracle. I let that sink in. It wasn’t such a bad thought. Edward was mine for eternity; I could deal with a change in last name and title. After all, I was getting so much in return!