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Master of Ceremonies

Summary:
Please read A B.A. in B.S. prior to reading this one...it will help you quite a bit. This is the second part of a three part series. Edward and Bella have grown quite a bit since he left...to the point they got back together AFTER Edward earned Bella back and then proposed. And he did all this after they talked to Charlie! So, here comes the bride, the groom, all the wedding fanfare, and many suprises inbetween. Oh...and lots of lemony goodness too. Again, some OCC, but you'll likey. Please bear with the first 10-11 chapters as they are a buildup to a kickass twist in chapter 12! Update 8/12/11 I've just added 3 new chapters and I hope you enjoy them. There's a bunch of fun stuff starting and on it's way!!I've also added some references from one of my fav UK shows into one of the chapters. I hope I described them well enough so you know which episodes I refer to. I am loving the reviews I am getting...but I do wish there were MORE! C'mon peoples-give me a few clicks of the mouse, a few keystrokes, and maybe about twenty seconds of your time...you know you want to!
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11. Chapter 11

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BPOV

“I’m surprised all of you made it down, Jake.”

“Like we would really miss your graduation, Bells? I mean c’mon you are growing up and there are only so many more events in your life that we’ll be able to go to.”

“I know,” I said as we walked along a wooded trail behind the house.

We retreated to the house after graduation for another magnificently prepared meal by Esme. Dad, Sue, and Leah had a flight at five and Mom and Phil had a flight at six, so we drove them to the airport at the same time. Sam, Emily, and Brandon left about thirty minutes after graduation ended for the airport. They had an early flight back to Washington because one of Sam’s cousins was graduating from high school in Tacoma early the next morning. The balance of my audience: Seth, Paul, and Jake, had decided they would run back to Forks a while after sunset; they wanted to take the scenic route. Both Emmett and I got on them because they were essentially waiting until the full moon came out to phase and go home.

“Hey Bells, if you don’t want to go through with it, you don’t have to.”

I bowed my head slightly, “Yes I do. I didn’t tell you, but we had a visit a few weeks back from the Volturi.”

He stopped in his tracks shaking, “I thought you said that no one was coming until the wedding?”

“We think this is the way that everything was supposed to transpire. Two Volturi, Alec and Jane, showed up at the house and found out that Edward and I were getting married. Carlisle thinks that the word about our wedding has been making the rounds in the vampire community. When they got a hold of the information, they went sneaking around the house, we got wind of it and twenty minutes later they were there.”

“Why didn’t the psychic see it? How did anyone else find out?”

“Her focus has been off. It’s been on me and the wedding and who knows, they may have never made a decision or choice about where they were going until it was too late for her to see. We don’t know. We just know that Alec and Jane showed up. And I have my suspicions that it was that bitch Tanya who let the cat out of the bag.”

Jake stood there looking at me astonished that I was using that type of language. I put my hands up and waved off his expression and any questions about whom and what I was talking about.

“I guess everything went ok,” he asked appeasing me and changing the subject.

“Besides the scariest and most dangerous little girl I’ve ever seen being inches away from my neck and her brother telling me how tasty I smell, yea everything was ok.”

He became more agitated immediately.

“Hey, Jake,” I said putting my hand on his chest to calm him down, “I was protected. Emmett was next to me as was Edward.”

“I hate that you were in danger.”

“In seven months, I’ll be stronger and indestructible and I’ll have a power.”

“I know, but what exactly can you do with it,” he asked as he started to calm down.

“Keep people out of my head,” I said non-chalantly.

“Like that’s anywhere someone would want to be anyway?”

“Shut up, jerk. You’re the dog with the empty brain. No, wait, it’s your girl—“

“Bella, don’t hate on Jessica; besides she’s my fiancée, not girlfriend.”

“Well excuse me Mr. Labels. Sorry, sometimes my thoughts skip my brain for processing. I blame Emmett.”

“Well stupid is contagious.”

“OH! So that’s why Jessica’s like that. She’s been around you too long.”

With that, I took off running back to the house and within seconds Jake was in wolf form and hundreds of feet ahead of me. By the time I reached the lake, Jake was leaning against a nearby oak tree strumming his fingers against the bark.

“Took you long enough.”

“Hey, I’m the only one here that’s human; you could’ve given me at least a little head start.”

“Since when did you start asking for preferential treatment?”

“I’m not asking for preferential treatment, merely trying to level the playing ground. Don’t worry though; our roles will be reversed once I’m changed.”

“HA! That’s what you think. I’ll still be able to take you as a vamp.”

“No you won’t; at least not for the first year. I’ll be a newborn and will be the strongest one in the family.”

“Is that supposed to scare me?”

“Don’t believe me? Just wait. Hey, how did you get out of having to bring the old ball-and-chain with you today?”

“Took you long enough to notice.”

“Hey, at least I did notice.”

“She had two finals today and one tomorrow. There was no way she was going to make it and no way I was going to miss your graduation. Our separation almost goes against all things imprint-related, but I guess where there is a will, there is a way. And it helps that we’ll only be apart for less than twenty-four hours. She’ll be at my place by the time I get back.”

“Geez, you two are worse than me and Edward.”

“Um, that’s just not possible.”

“You ever think about the fact that you’re going to look like your about nineteen for who knows how long and she’s going to age.”

“Same with you and Edward.”

“Nope. He’ll always look like he’s about seventeen and I’ll look about twenty-two. Jessica will continue to age,” I started to snicker, “and she could be forty and you still look like a teenager. What if you are mistaken for her son or, even worse, her grandson!? I would love to be there for that.”

“Keep it up, Bella. I’m going to throw you in the lake.”

A howling laugh came from the house behind us. I knew Emmett had heard that.

“What’s that all about?”

“Nothing, absolutely nothing.”

“I’ll just ask Emmett,” he called back to me as he ran toward the house.

“Great, another thing he gets to tell Jessica,” I sneered as I followed him.

As I approached the house I decided that I didn’t want to go in yet. I rolled up my indigo-colored capri pants up to my knees and sat down on the edge of the pool and let them dangle in the warm water. I leaned back on my hands and just watched my family in the kitchen.

Most of the boys were laughed and horsed around; the Pack boys scarffed down food at the same time; the girls looked at magazines and yelling at the boys. Esme was played gracious host and refilled bowls as they emptied (thank God she had stopped by the store last night), but also sat with the girls on the other end of the table and went through magazines with them. I reveled in the splendor of my family; the way they complimented each other. I thought about what our marriage meant: in three weeks, we were going to be merging two families.

Then I backtracked on that thought by realizing that we were not going to be merging two families, we were going to be merging two families and three species; two were mortal enemies, two were prey and predator, two were the guard and the guarded and each species belonged in at least two of these categories. Our love, Edward’s and my love, was going to take all of that and chuck it out the window. Our love made this happen. All of the pain and suffering we went through was worth it in that one moment because we had inadvertently made a family; our family.

What dampened my mood was realizing that the wedding planning had to be finished, we had to move to Forks (at that point I still needed to pack), we had to find a way to deal with the Volturi, and decide on when or how I was to be changed. I had to clear the voices out of my head, so I stripped out of my clothes and down to the sky blue tankini that Alice bought me when Emmett finished the pool and dove in. For once I was going to have the pool all to myself; I was going to relax.

After I came up for air, I pulled myself onto one of the air mattresses. Luckily, I was the only one who could float, so I was the only one to use it. I swept my arms through the water to create a wave-like motion. I closed my eyes and shielded the world from my mind. And that’s exactly why I did not realize that someone else was with me in the pool.

I was startled and rolled off the air mattress when I felt cold fingers lightly stroke my thigh. By a stroke of “luck”, I rolled into the arms of my betrothed. I was mesmerized by the way the moonlight hit his skin and it just barely made him sparkle.

“That was not nice.”

“What? I’m not allowed to touch my future wife?”

“No, you’re not allowed to scare the life out of your future wife by almost feeling her up.”

“You didn’t say that last night.”

“You didn’t scare me last night.”

“You know, people say that fright is an aphrodisiac.”

“People also say that they’ve been probed by aliens and have seen a yeti.”

“And I bet it’s those same people who believe in vampires and werewolves.”

“Touché.”

“And the Yeti is real; she was Emmett’s first girlfriend.”

I giggled as he pulled me in for a sweet, short kiss. As we became more enthralled in our make-out session, Edward abruptly stopped and pulled slightly away.

“Haven’t you ever heard of never starting something you can’t finish? That’s cruel and unusual punishment.”

“I’m sorry love, but I’m sure you’d like to say good-bye to Jake and the rest of the Pack. They’ll be leaving shortly.”

“You’re so good to me Mr. Cullen.”

“It’s because I love you Future-Mrs. Cullen. And I have a feeling that you’re partially excited to send Jake home and back to Jessica.”

“Yep,” I laughed evilly.

“You realize being with her is not torture for him like it is the rest of us. I’ve seen the manner in which he regards her.”

“Damn it, you’re right.”

“Sorry love,” he almost crooned as he climbed out of the pool with me still in his arms.

He set me down and wrapped me in a towel just as the Pack descended the stairs. We said our goodbyes and hugged briefly before they phased and ran home. Edward grabbed my clothes and led me up the deck stairs to the kitchen. He fed me some leftover lasagna from our celebratory meal.

“We were talking with the wolves earlier and came to a decision.”

“And what’s that decision.”

“We are moving back tomorrow.”

“What?”

“It would give you time to settle in, spend time with your friends, and time for Esme to get started on our house before the wedding.”

“That’s a great idea, but why did you have to talk about it with the wolves?”

“We wanted to make sure they were ok with it since we were moving things ahead of schedule; just a sign of respect.”

“I’m glad they were on board! When do we leave?”

“In about an hour.”

“Huh?”

“After you’re done eating, I’m sure you’ll want to shower the chlorine off of you. I’ll pack you a bag of things you might need for the drive to Forks. Alice has already packed most of your room, but left you a few things to choose from.”

“Damn pixie; she already knows what I’m going to take.”

“We work faster and yes, I know what you’ll take, but it is your decision,” she exclaimed from upstairs.

“The rest of our bedrooms are packed and we just need to pack the kitchen, living room, and then your bathroom.”

“We are really going home tonight, aren’t we?”

“Yes, we are. We’ll be back in time for you to cook Charlie breakfast in the morning. Since our old cars are still in Forks, Emmett and Rose will drive the moving truck back, Alice and Jazz will drive back in her car because she insists on bringing it along, Carlisle and Esme will be in Esme’s Mercedes and I will drive us back in yours.”

“Well you just have all this figured out, don’t you?”

“It helps having fortune teller in the family.”

“You’re welcome,” came from the voice upstairs.

“For being so short, she sure is cocky.”

“You are just now noticing this?”

“No,” I shook my head, “I just want her to realize it.”

“You don’t change what’s not broken,” she cooed from upstairs.

I laughed and shook my head, “I don’t know what to do with her.”

“Neither do the rest of us. However, I do know what to do with you?”

“And that would be,” I whispered inching closer to him as he sat next to me. I started to run my hand up his thigh.

He put his hand on mine and stopped the upward motion, “Oh no, Miss Swan. We have to get you ready to move. We’re going home.”

He gave me a quick peck on the lips before taking my empty plate and fork. He proceeded to wash, dry, and packed it after wrapping it in bubble wrap. He was done by the time I stood up and walked two steps from the table. There was a swift pat on the butt, a laugh, and a long gone fiancé.

I slept for part of the drive to Forks, but my excitement kept me awake once we hit Iowa. I had to take a human moment and could not fall back asleep. I was almost an exact replica of Alice on a shopping spree in Paris. A matter of hours later we were in Forks. The house was quickly filled with a homely feel once we arrived. Before I even made two trips upstairs to our room with boxes, my vampire counterparts had already unloaded the cars and moving truck, unpacked, and cleared out the empty boxes.

Damn vampires.

Alice and Esme decided to go to the 24-hour grocery store to pick-up some food for me and anyone I wanted to invite over. She insisted I live in this house as if it was my own; what was theirs was now mine.

Jasper, Emmett, and Carlisle went to re-acquaint themselves with the grocery store in our backyard that was the forest; Edward stayed with me.

I watched the sky change colors as the sun began to rise. I yawned widely.

“Mmmm, seems like someone needs to a couple of human hours,” was lightly whispered into my right ear as two strong, hard arms wrapped around me.

“You might have a point.”

“Might?”

“You heard me.”

“Don’t make me put you to bed.”

“Why you dirty old man!”

“Don’t tempt me.”

I laughed softly then squealed as he removed an arm from around my waist and moved it to under my knees. I was swung upward, spun in a circle fast enough to send my hair twirling, and gracefully laid down on the bed.

He slipped in behind me after placing a blanket between us. He kissed my cheeked and started to hum my lullaby. I don’t remember hearing anything behind the second stanza.