New Life, New World
We've all heard it before, Edward leaves, Bella gets changed into a vampire, and after years, she meets Edward again. But what if this time there's a twist?
22. Forever and Always
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It was the morning of my wedding and I was a nervous wreck. I had already taken my shower after being shoved forcefully by Alice into her Italian marble bathroom. Now, I was pacing up and down her carpet so forcefully and for so long that I was getting worried looks from Rosalie who was perched precariously on top of Alice and Jasper’s white suede couch. Alice wasn’t in the room yet because she had to go make sure that Emmett wasn’t destroying the flowers she had so carefully arranged the night before.
Alice entered the room right then and saw me pacing up and down the length of her room, probably tearing up her soft blue carpet. “What are you doing?! You are supposed to be getting ready,” She exclaimed, stepping in my path to cut off my pacing.
“Alice, how am I supposed to get ready when I don’t know where my dress is,” I asked frantically, motioning around the room, which was bare of wedding gowns.
“Oh! Right, that,” Alice hurried over to her closet and pulled out a big dress bag that had David’s Bridal printed on the front of it. “Now, get in the bathroom, we have to do make-up and hair and we have very little time!”
I went quickly into the bathroom, trying to escape her wrath. As I ran straight into the bathroom, I said, “Alice, we have loads of time, the wedding is at twilight.” Right then, I got the first ever glare from Alice Cullen. Being on the receiving line of one of her glares is not a good feeling, trust me.
Sitting down, I saw Alice come up in front of me. “Okay,” Alice said, “Rose is going to do the masterpiece that will be your hair, and I will do your make-up.” She stated, not leaving any room for disagreement as she picked something up from the counter and stood in front of me. “Close your eyes,” She said. And that was the last thing that was said to me and Alice was the last thing I saw for the next few hours as Alice lightly applied make-up to my face and Rose tugged at my hair.
“Alright, turn around away from the mirror,” Rose ordered from behind me, “Don’t open your eyes, Alice will help you into the bedroom to put on your dress.” Alice’s cold hand guided me into the bedroom and she told me to open my eyes so that I could put on my dress.
She unzipped the bag in which held my wedding dress. When she opened it and I saw it for the first time, I gasped. The dress was strapless and beautiful. It was white in color and a slit with tulle underneath it and a beautiful ribbon tied right above where the slit started.
Alice and Rosalie helped me into the dress and I smiled as the silky material glided over my legs. Rose zipped it up as Alice placed the veil at the back of my head. The veil pooled all the way to a little past my knees and I twirled around a bit when Alice and Rose backed off so I could fully get the feel of my first and only wedding dress.
“Okay, so now you can look in the mirror, but Rose and I are going to get dressed so you can take in the full feel of your dress. Alexandra and Emily are also here, getting ready in Emmett’s room and we’ll be in there if you need anything. Edward is in his room with Jasper and Emmett. Do not go in there, I repeat, do not go in there. If you do, this whole wedding will go wrong,” Alice exclaimed as she and Rose left the room.
I giggled as I remembered Edward not liking the idea of him not being with him over night. Alice had come into his room at 11:59 to take me out and went to extreme measures to make sure that he didn’t see me today. Breathing, I turned around to look in the full length mirror. Gasping, I realized that Rose and Alice had pulled off their best job yet.
Rose had put a thin headband in my hair that looked like a chain of ivy and then she had curled all my hair, letting in hang loose on my shoulders. Alice really hadn’t put a lot of make-up on; all she had done was apply a soft, sparkly eye shadow to my eyelids and put a clear gloss on my lips.
I heard the door open, figuring it was Alice or Rose; I stayed in front of the mirror, admiring their handiwork. “Alice, Rose, you guys did an amazing job,” I gushed to my best friends who I assumed were standing behind me.
“Yes, they did do a gorgeous job,” Not a soft voice, but a deeper voice said from behind me. Gasping, I turned around to see which of the men had snuck into the room. I was taken-a-back when I saw that it was Aidan standing behind me.
Bringing my hand up to my mouth, I whispered, “Aidan.” Nodding, he stepped forward, looking gorgeous in a black tux and white tie.
“Hi, Bella,” He said, walking up in front of me. Still speechless, I looked at my best friend who had disappeared a few months ago, and who had not even gotten an invitation due to none of knowing where he was. “Speechless, are we,” he laughed softly, moving forward some more.
I nodded my head, still not knowing how to respond to the person standing before me. Finally, I got my voice back and asked, “Where did you go?”
Sighing, Aidan took my pale hands in his and said, “I had to get away to do some thinking. Where I was, doesn’t matter. What matters is that you are getting married to the love of your life in about twenty minutes downstairs. My whole family is here to watch you get married and I wasn’t, so I thought it should be a family event, so I came back.”
Tears came to my eyes as he finished his small speech. Raising his hand, he wiped a tear off my cheek. “Aw, Bells, don’t cry. You’ll ruin your make-up for your big day.” I laughed and took a tissue out of a nearby holder and carefully wiped away the rest of the tears, trying not to ruin the work Alice had done.
“So, you came to see me get married,” I asked, looking up at him with bright eyes.
Smiling, he nodded his head. “Everyone else knows I’m here, Danny nearly killed me when he saw me, but other then that, yeah. But, I really wanted to see my best friend get married.” When he said this last part, I smiled and flung my arms around his neck and hugged him tightly.
“Thank you, this means the world to me,” I whispered in his ear.
“Your welcome, Bells. But, I have something for you, to make up for how much of a jerk I was and to say ‘best wishes’ on your wedding day.” Aidan held up a long velvet box. Knowing it was jewelry, I glared at him. “Just open it, jeeze,” He grumbled.
Taking the box, I smiled at him and opened it to find the most gorgeous necklace. It was a small diamond hanging on a simple chain. I gasped, “It’s gorgeous.”
“I thought you’d like it. I know you don’t like extravagant things, so I got something that I thought would match your dress and was nothing over the top,” He muttered, looking at his shoes.
“Thank you,” I said, throwing my arms around his neck once again. The door opened again and I saw Emily, Alexandra, Alice, and Rose coming the door.
“Aww,” I heard Emily gush from the doorway. Glaring at my sister, I backed away from my best friend.
“Well, I better get down to the ceremony, apparently your soon to be husband wants to talk to me about something,” Aidan made a face as he waved his hand at my sisters and backed gracefully out of the bedroom.
Looking at Alice, I saw she had a huge smile on her face. Gasping at her, I exclaimed, “Mary Alice Brandon Cullen, you knew about this the whole time, didn’t you?”
With a proud look, she nodded her head. “Oh! Do you like the dresses,” She asked motioning around to the identical dresses she, Rose, Alexandra, and Emily were wearing. Except, Alice’s was different. Alice’s dress was lavender in color while Rose, Alexandra, and Emily’s dresses were all a canary yellow. The dress itself was gorgeous; it had spaghetti straps and flew gracefully down to their feet in rolls of satin. The top of the dress was bunched up, to make it appear as if there was a bunch of wrinkles on the dress.
I smiled and nodded. “Are you ready,” Alexandra asked, giving me a smile from under her mass of blonde curls.
Looking at all of my sisters now, I realized how blessed I was. I had two families who cared for me to the point where they would leave me for my sake and loved me so much to stand up with me at my wedding. Nodding my head, I took Emily’s outstretched hand and followed the four down the stairs towards my fate.
As we descended the last few steps, I saw Danny waiting for me at the bottom with his hand held out to me and a smile on his face. “Let’s do this thing, Bells,” He said, helping me down the last few steps and into the Cullen’s foyer.
The wedding was taking place right out the Cullen’s backdoor, the wedding aisle starting straight out the glass doors that led out to the backdoor. A white carpet (according to Alice is “Swan Cream”, but to me, it looked white. Right then the wedding music started.
“Alright, Alexandra, you go first,” Alice ordered and Lex picked up her flowers, straightened her back, and walked out the open front door with grace. Emily followed her with Christian on her arm, Rose and Emmett next, and then the maid of honor and best ban exited the house.
Looking down at me, Danny gave me an assuring smile and led me forward to walk down the aisle for the first and last time. As I made my entrance, I didn’t look anywhere to look at the way Alice had tied lilies to the back of each chair or the arch above which Carlisle was standing, but my eyes flew straight to Edward. His beautiful topaz eyes held mine, captivated.
He looked striking in a classic tux; black pants, jacket and bow tie with a red shirt. His smile widened as I walked further down the aisle. Carlisle looked to Danny as we stopped at the arch. “Do you give this woman up for marriage to Edward Anthony Masen Cullen?”
Looking to me, Danny affirmed, “Yes, I do give this woman up to Edward Cullen to marry.” Smiling, he kissed my cheek and handed my hand over to Edward who took it and I stood up behind him in front of Carlisle.
“Well then, let’s continue these proceedings. Does anyone object to this union, if so, please step forward and give reasons as to why,” Carlisle said, tense, looking around on the lawn chairs. After a tense, quiet moment, Carlisle continued. “I have known Isabella Swan and Edward Cullen for a very long time. One of them being my son and the other being a young lady who graced my family with her presence so long ago, these two have amazing amounts of character and humility, I am not surprised they found each other. Now, Edward and Isabella have decided to right their own vows instead of using traditional vows. Edward, would you like to start?”
Turning to face me, Edward smiled with the softest smile, “Bella, we were once separated by the forces of situations I will not bring up now, but, the most important thing is, that we found our way back to each other. We have experienced trials and tribulations over the time we have been together and apart. I love you with all my heart and that is the only thing that matters to me right now. Our love has brought us back together and will keep us together for many years to come. Isabella Swan, make me yours,” Edward finished, squeezing my hand softly.
Smiling at Edward, I began my vows, “Edward, my life before I ever met you was dim, not much excitement, not much love from those who weren’t my parents. But, the moment you told me you loved me for the first time; you made me the happiest person on earth. I was lifted up so high; I thought my feet would never touch the ground again. Well, they never did. Even when we were apart, I still loved you, so I was still floating. Right now, in this spot, in front of our family and friends, I think I’m in outer space.” The Denali Clan, who had been invited, laughed along with everyone else.
“Alright, let’s begin the initial vows. Edward Anthony Masen Cullen, do you take this woman to be your lawfully wedded wife, to have and to hold, in sickness and in health, in richer or poorer, and through good times and bad?”
Smiling, Edward nodded, “I do.”
“Do you, Isabella Marie Swan, take this man to be your lawfully wedded husband, to have and to hold, in sickness and in health, in richer or poorer, and through good times and bad?”
A small tear fell down the side of my face, landing on our interlocked fingers. Edward met my eyes quickly, worry in his eyes. After another tense moment, I nodded my head, “I do.”
Giving us a small smile, Carlisle said, “Does anyone have the rings?” Emmett, who we decided to give the job of ring bearer, came forward and hand over the two white gold rings. “Please place these on each others left ring finger,” Doing just this, Edward and I placed each other’s ring on each other’s hand.
Smiling, Carlisle finally said, “You may kiss the bride.” These word hardly registered with me as I felt Edward’s hand on the back of my head and brought me into the most passionate, yet soft, kiss that he had ever given me. As the kiss continued, growing in intensity, we heard Emmett howl and people clapping loudly. Edward pulled away, not looking away from me.
My eyes never left his either, a smile playing across both of our features as he picked me up bridal style and carried me down the aisle. Rice rained down on us every step of the way and some of it hit Edward’s back as we walked into the house, later when we talked about it, we assumed it was Emmett.
Laughing, Edward sat me down on the plush white carpet, twirling me around to look at him. “Well, Mrs. Cullen, I do believe that we are now husband and wife,” Edward said, giving me his crooked smile that had melted my heart so many years ago.
“Yes, Mr. Cullen, I do believe you are right. Now what will do for eternity,” I asked him, smiling back, trying my best to dazzle him.
“Well, we’ll have to get back at Emmett for throwing the rice at us and getting it stuck down the front of your dress,” He laughed, pointing at a piece of rice that had teetered on the front of my dress and then fallen down the front. Laughing, I nodded my head. “And, we’ll love each other during all those years.” I smiled back, and replied with the quote that was inscribed on both of our wedding bands.
“Forever and always.”
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