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12. Get This Party Started On A Graduation Night!

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Graduation. It was the culmination of the first eighteen years of my life. Looking back, my favorite memories were all centered on Edward. The memories of the first time we'd met, the first time we kissed, and the day we got married were all swirling around in my head as we progressed through the line.

The Cullens, meaning Alice, had forgiven Edward and me of our marriage indiscretion, and had planned a massive graduation party for Edward, Alice, and I. In my opinion, this was the final phase of our torture before we were truly forgiven. Alice had flipped! I'd seen the bill for the party supplies, and suffice it to say, she could have bought a town with that money. My party outfit was outrageous, but Alice was a force of nature when it came to getting her way.

Finally, Alice, Edward, and I were called up for our diplomas. Mr. Green handed us our diplomas and shook our hands. This brought a memory of two weeks before, when he'd had to break up a fight between Mike and Edward while in the cafeteria.

- Flashback-

As we walked into the school, Angela hurried up to us and started to chatter at fifty miles an hour. "Edward and Bella, Eric made me run the article. Attalia and Mike were behind it. Well, Attalia was behind it, and Mike went along with the plan. Don't hate me for printing the article! I didn't want to. I-"

I cut in, "Angela, what are you talking about? What article?" I was confused, but intuition told me to be scared, very scared.

Edward snagged a paper from a passing student, turned to the front page and, pointing at the feature article, snarled, "That article. Mike will die for this."

I looked down and saw my picture staring up at me. The headline read, "Why Mr. and Mrs. Cullen Really Tied the Knot." I quickly scanned the article, which had printed every rumor that had flown around the school, my face becoming more and redder as I progressed. Attalia was my cousin and Mike was my friend...sort of. How could they do this to Edward and me? They had printed theories that I was pregnant and theories that we'd been "taken."

To say the least, our day was not very pleasant. Sarcastic comments and rude insinuations were thrown at us throughout our classes. It wasn't too bad, but I felt sorry for my poor husband, who had to hear what our fellow class mates were thinking as well. Edward's fists were clenched for the entire school day.

When we arrived home, Edward nearly put his fist through Charlie's kitchen wall. Quickly, he flew out the back door for a long, calming run. Upon returning, his demeanor had become much more pleasant and he apologized for his rude behavior. "I'm sorry, Bella love. There really is no excuse for my atrocious behavior. I just lost it. It took all I had to make it through the school day, so when I returned home, my anger eked out. Please forgive me! I'll-" I cut him off with a kiss.

-End of Flashback-

As we threw our caps up in the air, Edward caught me in a tight hug and passionately kissed me. Attalia, who happened to be standing next to him, screamed in outrage. I think I even saw a few tears gracing her artificially flushed cheeks. Poor girl.

After that, I was dragged over to my parents, who heartily congratulated us all on our graduation. "Oh Bella, I can't believe you're a grown, married woman now!" Renee gushed, "Now, I don't want to be a grandmother too soon." I flushed crimson, while Charlie turned purple.

"No worries, Renee. We don't plan on starting a family for a long while yet." Edward was as calm and cool as ever. Dumb vampire!

"Oh, that's good to hear. Education is vital, you know." Renee was rambling. She had always pushed education while growing up. Before Edward, I would have followed her advice to the hilt, but when you cross paths with the love of your life, you have to run with it.

It was then that I noticed Jacob, Quil, and Embry making their way through the hoards of people surrounding newly graduated students. "May we talk with you and Bella?" Jacob asked in a deep voice.

It was hard to think of Jacob as that grown up. He had grown so much! I still thought of him as the cute, little teenager that had asked me to dance at prom.

"Yeah, let's go outside." Edward replied. He put his arm around my waist, guiding me out into the drizzle that always came down upon Forks.

Embry got right down to business, "Bella, what are your immediate plans for the future?" He asked.

"I'm going to college, Embry." I answered.

"Right, 'college.' I'll believe that when pigs fly!"

"I don't think it's any of your business what my husband and I intend to do with our time. I'll be fine. 'College' is what I want to do." As I spoke, all three Quileute boys began to look nauseous. I repeated, "I'll be fine. I know what I'm doing. Don't worry." Throughout our conversation, Edward was as stiff as a corpse. We still hadn't discussed my conversion. I think he'd been hoping I had forgotten.

"Charlie and Renee are looking for us, Bella. We need to get back. Phil thinks we're making out behind the gym." We both smiled, "Jacob, Embry, and Quil as we have not as yet broken the accord, your hands are tied. The next move is ours. Please excuse us. Have a good day, boys." We calmly walked toward the car, where our family was waiting for us.

Alice had already returned home in her new, shiny, yellow Porsche she had received as a "graduation present" from a rich uncle on Carlisle's side of the family. In reality, Jasper had purchased it for their umpteenth wedding anniversary. I could only hope Edward knew that a car was not an option for our upcoming anniversary. He would be dead, if he pulled a stunt like that!

Edward and I rode to the Cullen mansion, where Alice played guinea pig Barbie doll with me. After she was finished, I surveyed the finished product, and had to admit that overall, it wasn't too bad. Leggings, a mini skirt, flats, a tank top, and cardigan was a look both Alice and I could deal with. The family lined up in the living room, I mean “Club Cullen” awaiting our guests' imminent arrival. As the doorbell rang, Alice declared, "All right, let's get this party started!"