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Perspective

Summary:
Edward told Bella he had talked with his father and brothers regarding their wedding night. This is my version of that missing moment from between Eclipse and Breaking Dawn and includes what Edward and Bella do to prepare for their first night together as husband and wife.


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17. Chapter 17

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After talking with Charlie, I went to help Bella in the kitchen. I found her at the sink with her hands elbow deep in soapy water. She didn’t see me at first, so I took the time to observe the way her hair brushed her face as she leaned forward. The way her brow creased in concentration as she scrubbed an offending dish.

Extracting a hand from the water, she placed the pan in a rack beside the sink. That’s when she noticed me. “Hi,” she whispered.

I walked up behind her, burring my face in her hair. “Hello, love.”

She went back to washing the dishes. I stood behind her with my hands resting lightly on her hips. Her scent was incredible. I wanted to run my nose along her skin and inhale as deeply as I could. But I was trying to control myself. We would have time for practicing later.

That brought a smile to my face. Practicing. As much as our practice sessions caused me pain, they gave me just as much pleasure. More.

Bella set the final dish in the rack and pulled the plug to let the water out of the sink. My thumbs were absently rubbing small circles on her sides. I didn’t realize what effect my small gesture was having on her until she leaned back against my chest and a soft moan escaped her lips.

I stilled for a second, unsure if I should continue. Charlie was just in the next room. Bella made the decision for me by turning to face me, pulling my head down to hers.

I felt the heat from her mouth moments before her soft lips pressed into mine. She moaned at the contact and my hands flexed where they rested on her hips. Her hands came up to find my hair, pulling me closer as she deepened the kiss.

My love. How I had missed her. Three days was too long. I wrapped my arms around her waist and let my hand trail up her back to tangle in the ends of her hair.

Bella’s breath was coming faster now. So was mine. Her smell filled all my senses. It was strongest at the end of the day, just before she showered. The scent torturing me now wasn’t masked by fake store bought scents. It was all Bella. My Bella.

I broke our kiss to give her some air and ran my nose down her jaw to her neck, giving in to the impulse I’d had just minutes before. I could see her pulse beating quickly beneath her skin and couldn’t resist my desire to taste her. My cold tongue touched her warm fire.

A small trickle of venom joined the burn down my throat. But it was worth it. She was worth it. She tasted unbelievable. And her reaction… Her breathing sped even faster. Bella pulled at my hair, sending electric sensations down from my head to the rest of my body. Her back arched and her head tilted to give me better access. I could not love her more.

My nose brushed against the skin of her neck from ear to collarbone before starting the route again, this time with my tongue. I forced myself to go slowly, enjoying the feel of her hot skin beneath the ice of my tongue and ignoring the monster and his reactions.

Bella was gripping my shoulders now. If I had been human, her fingerprints would have stood as a memory of this moment on my skin. Her breathing… There was no other way to describe it other than panting. I wasn’t doing much better though. I was breathing so quickly, so deep, that there was no relief from the fire. No brief respite between one breath and the next.

I heard movement from the other room and forced myself to stop. Bella moaned in protest, refusing to let go of me. When I tried to pull back, her hands found my hair again and she used my solid form as leverage to pull her mouth back to mine.

As much as I didn’t want to be caught by Bella’s father, at that moment I didn’t care. I let myself sink back into the warmth of my love. Her body molded against mine and her fingers scrapped my scalp.

My arms held her until I heard a throat clearing behind me. Bella surprised me by pulling away first. She didn’t go far though as she turned to face her father and grabbed my hand. “Hi dad.”

I was expecting a full on blush from Bella, but there was only a light tinge of red to her cheeks as she spoke to her father. Charlie stood staring at us, his mind trying to find some kind of response. He wanted to kick me out, tell me to keep my hands off his daughter, but he knew he couldn’t do that. We would be related soon.

Finally, he just grunted, went to the refrigerator to grab another drink and headed back into the living room. His thoughts were full of contempt for me, as usual. I was stealing his little girl. Nothing would change that, in his opinion. And he was right. I was stealing her. I was stealing her away from him forever in a way he could not possibly imagine.

Bella pulled me from my thoughts when she said, “Well that went better than I thought.”

I looked at her as realization dawned. “You planed that. You wanted him to catch us.” It wasn’t a question. The answer was clear on her face.

She turned to me and placed a hand on my cheek. “Edward, I love you.”

I smiled. “As I love you.”

She smiled back, “But…”

“But? What’s wrong, Bella?” What could she be thinking?

Her hand ran lightly along my jaw sending bolts of fire along my face. “But Charlie needs to accept that we are together,” she sighed, “and that we’re getting married.” She stepped closer to me. I could feel the heat from her breath. “He’s never going to do that if he never sees how we are together. I want him to see how much you love me.”

I shook my head. She was wrong. “Bella, Charlie will never accept me.” My hand came up to brush across her beautifully swollen lips. “He doesn’t think I’m good enough for you and he’s right.”

Her face contoured in a rueful look and I knew what was coming. “Edward Cullen. Don’t you dare say that. It’s me that doesn’t deserve you, not the other way around.”

I sighed. She never saw herself clearly even after all this time. “Bella I’m going to take you away from him forever. He should hate me.” I could see she was about to protest. I placed my hands on both sides of her face and leaned in. The breath of my next words waffled across her lips. “The only thing I can do is promise to love you forever; to take care of you for him; and that I will do, love. I will do everything in my power to make you happy.” Closing the short distance between us, I placed a chaste kiss on her lips, sealing my words.

~

At ten o’clock I said my goodbyes and headed back to my house, promising Bella I would return around midnight. When I arrived, the house was full of activity. As soon as Alice saw me she changed directions and skidded to a stop only two feet in front of me.

“You're back. I thought you’d be staying with Bella tonight.”

I smiled and reached out a hand to ruffle her hair, but she ducked. “I am. I just came home for a couple of hours to let everyone know I’m still alive.”

She stuck out her tongue at me. “Very funny, Edward.”

The sound of my laughter brought Esme down from her room. She moved quickly to embrace me. “Oh honey, welcome home. How’s Bella?”

I returned the embrace. “She’s good.”

She smiled. “I’m glad. She was missing you this weekend.”

It was then I realized we had never talked of our weekend apart as we usually did. Our day had been spent cuddling on her couch. There hadn’t been a lot of talking. There had not been a need. We’d both missed each other and only wanted to enjoy the other’s presence once again.

Obviously she’d spent some time while I was away with my family. I was glad of that. At least she had not been alone.

“I missed her as well.”

Esme patted my cheek. “I know you did, dear.”

There was concern on both her face and in her mind. I realized Carlisle must have told her about my running off. “I’m fine.”

She gave my cheek a final pat, “Of course you are, Edward…”

Jasper and Emmett came barreling into the room next and I had not even made it to the stairs. “Edward!” Emmett shouted when he saw me.

“Hi, Emmett, Jasper.”

The smile on Emmett’s face was telling, even if I couldn’t read his thoughts. “Feeling better now? Was Bella able to lift your spirits?”

The sexual undertones he was sending were embarrassing. I knew exactly what he was asking and I wasn’t going to give him the satisfaction. “Bella is well and I do feel much better with her near.”

He knew I was being deliberately obtuse and tried again. “Did you get any practice time in, little brother? You're running out of time before the wedding you know.”

I didn’t say anything, Edward, and I won’t. Came Jasper's thoughts. I appreciated his discretion on what he was willing to do for me.

I refused to get into a battle of sexual comments with Emmett. Turning to the stairs once again, I began to leave. I heard in his thoughts. He was about to try again. “I’ll be ready for my wedding, Emmett. Don’t worry.”

~

I spent the next hour and a half up in my room listening to music and thinking over the things I wanted to try with Bella tonight. She had earnestly not minded feeling my arousal for her today. Although it was still a strange concept for me, I was happy. And scared. And even more aroused all at the same time.

We needed to talk about some things, but tonight I just wanted to be with her. I did want to bring up Seattle though. I was hoping she would be as thrilled about it as I was. I wanted to spoil her a bit and share my passion of music with her. Then of course there was the hotel.

Before I could forget, I pulled out my cell and made reservations for our weekend. First I called and secured tickets to the symphony, dinner was next and finally the hotel. I chose to take her somewhere downtown so we would not have to go far after the concert.

I glanced briefly at the clock on the bedside table before getting up to shower and change. I didn’t plan on leaving her tonight.

As I stepped into the shower and let the warm water flow over my body, I let my mind drift again to Bella. I wondered what it would be like to take a shower with her once she was my wife. Would she want that? I thought about it for a minute and decided she would. She seemed to like my body as much as I enjoyed hers. The thought of being able to see her completely sent shivers through my body and I felt myself react.

What would her body look like as the shower streamed over her skin? I had let my mind wonder as I’d waited for her to take her showers in the past but had always stopped myself before things got out of hand. But before I had not been considering the very real possibility Bella would be my wife. I would be able to show her my love physically. My mind came back to reality quickly as I both felt and heard the tile beneath my hand cracking.

Forcing my hand away from the wall, I closed my eyes and banished the thoughts from them. This is exactly why I needed Jasper's help. Just the thought of her so close to me and the possibility of our physical love was sending my strength out of control.

I turned the water off and quickly got dressed. Locating Jasper in my thoughts, I made my way to he and Alice’s room. He was sitting on the bed with Alice’s head in his lap. Her eyes were closed but she greeted me as soon as I entered the room.

I looked straight at Jasper. “Tomorrow night?” I asked.

His hand never stopped its movement in Alice’s hair. He just nodded. Find me when you’re ready.