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Bella ran into Victoria when Edward left her, and fifty years later she is back in Forks with her family. They've formed a band; Tourniquet. An ironic name, to be sure, seeing as they're all vampires...


12. Proposal

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Bella’s POV

I was silent for a very short moment. How had I guessed? Oh, right. He loved me.

“Yes,” I whispered, knowing he would hear me. “I’ll marry you.” His face lit up, and he slid the ring onto the third finger of my left hand. He stood and pulled me to my feet, and I threw my arms around his neck enthusiastically.

“Oh, finally!” a familiar voice exclaimed from the doorway, and I looked over to see Lee grinning at us, Michelle by his side as usual. I stuck my tongue out at my little brother, and he laughed before running away. Michelle waited long enough to hug me and smile her congratulations, before following him silently. Edward was staring after them with a frown, and I laughed.

“That’s what Alice saw, wasn’t it? That’s why they disappeared earlier,” I presumed, and Edward grinned at me.


“I just have one question,” I said slowly. Edward waited, but I could see the slight worry in his eyes. I smiled. “What took you so long to ask?”

Life continued as normally as it could for two families of vampires, soon to become one. We’d be moving in with the Cullens after graduation, after Tourniquet announced their retirement and before I married Edward. We’d decided, reluctantly, to wait until then before we went through the formalities. After all…we were supposed to be eighteen-year-olds in high school. It really wouldn’t be a good idea if we revealed our engagement. I wore the ring like a fashionable gold band around my right-hand third finger, and hid the gems against my palm. I was extra-careful not to crush the delicate stone, for I had a habit of clenching my fist when something irritated me. And lately, with the girls and guys of my school fawning over me and my family, I was getting irritated a lot more easily.

“Bella, cool it,” Michelle whispered during English. I realised I was almost griding my teeth, and forced my jaw to relax as the three girls up the front of the class finished their project presentation. Honestly, did the topic have to be ‘Bands from 2002 until now’? I mean, seriously! Couldn’t these girls have found another band to do, other than Tourniquet? At least the whole class hadn’t chosen Tourniquet…they couldn’t choose the same band as another group. Michelle and I had chosen a band from fifty years ago, the one we did some of our covers from; Evanescence. We’d already done our presentation, which was definitely the best because I’d been there when they’d been most popular, and we had the most factual information. Unfortunately, because they’d done Tourniquet, the three girls would probably get the best mark. Oh well…

By the end of lunch, I was so relieved there was only one more class I had to attend. And Biology was with Edward, so that was another tick on the ‘what makes my day’ list. Not that I was recording or counting… I slid into my seat, slipping my hand into Edward’s, and smiled as I heard one of the boys at the back of the class mumble something about a wasted effort. I’d not even realised he was trying to get my attention on the way to class. Oh well. That was what happened when you were engaged to the most perfect man on earth…although, my sisters would be quick to disagree. They happened to be a little biased…but then, the boys were my brothers. I rolled my eyes as our Biology teacher wheeled an ancient TV set into the room. Not another video…I could barely keep my hands off Edward as it was! So how I was going to keep my hands to myself through an hour of a movie at the back of a barely-lit classroom, I did not know.

I managed…barely. It was hard to stop myself from throwing myself at him, but I managed. Just. When we left the classroom, I could tell he was just as relieved to get out. Probably because of the thoughts of the students there… I wasn’t paying attention where I was walking, and almost ran into Michelle.

“Bella! What's wrong?” she asked worriedly. I shook my head.

“Nothing’s wrong, Michelle,” I sighed. “Just wasn’t looking.” She cocked her head at me and blinked.

“That's not like you…what have you been doing to her, Edward?” she asked with a grin. I rolled my eyes and kept walking, ignoring Michelle and Lee’s snickers as he joined us. Edward grinned, and I wondered what he was thinking about. I’d ask him later.