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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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2. Chapter 2

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Bella POV

“Bella, how on Earth did you manage this? I don’t understand how you got him to agree to that.”

“Trust me Carlisle, I don’t understand it either.”

“I wonder if you have some latent talent that deals with influence. Your change could prove to be the most extraordinary of us all! Just don’t tell Alice I said that.”

“Slow down Carlisle; let’s take one challenge at a time. We still have to deal with Charlie tomorrow. I’d rather have only one mind-blowing experience per day, please.”

Snickering loud enough for me to hear rang out from upstairs. “Shut it, Emmett!”

Carlisle, ignored us and continued, “We’ve been thinking about that.”

“Who is we and what have you been thinking about?”

“Who is ‘we’?”

“Alice, Esme, Edward and I. We think having people around would lighten Charlie’s mood; it would make things easier on you three.”

“Ok, so what’s the plan?”

“A barbecue.”

“Um, excuse me?”

“Well, it is the Fourth of July. Charlie might be a little more apt to being reasonable if there are a lot of people around. And we should be keeping up appearances. You could invite some of your friends and –“

“Damn it all to hell, Bella,” shrieked Alice.

“What did I do?”

“The future just disappeared. What mutt did you just invite to the barbecue?”

“Oh, um, just Emily, Sam and the baby. She and Brandon were released yesterday so it may be too soon, but I thought after what Sam did for us it would be a nice goodwill gesture, plus it would be weird to not have someone from the Res around with Charlie here. And I think he would be the only one who would be able to keep his composure around us.”

“I think that’s a good idea, Bella. Alice, what do you think?”

“Carlisle, I don’t know. I don’t think we have anything to worry about, but I can’t be absolutely sure.”

“It’s a risk, but I think it would be a risk worth taking at this point.”

“Isn’t there something you are forgetting? You. Don’t. EAT! Don’t you think it would be obvious that the hosts of the party aren’t eating their own food? And what about the weather?”

“It should be overcast for the most of the day tomorrow, but the clouds do begin to part around sunset allowing a great view for some fireworks,” Alice said matter-of-factly, “and we can eat. It may taste like mud, dirt, and manure blended together might taste to you, but we can eat. We won’t digest it, so it will have to come up later, but we can deal.”

“Alice, I don’t know.”

“Oh, Bella, just trust me.”

“You realize I’m going to be freaking out from now until the minute it ends, right? This is such a bad idea,” I said shaking my head in disbelief.

“And don’t worry baby sis,” Emmett said coming down the stairs from his and Rose’s room, “I’ll cover the fireworks.”

“For Pete’s sake Emmett, don’t go overboard and please don’t burn down the forest.”

When it came down to it, they convinced me that it was good idea-no doubt with the help of Jasper- so I called some friends, including Emily, and invited them. Then I had to call Charlie and explain to him what the plan was. He was indifferent for the most part, but I could tell he hated the idea that we wouldn’t be on his territory.

The end guest list was the eight of us, Charlie, Sue and her two kids, Ben and Angela, and Emily, Sam, and Brandon. I sort of doubted that Leah would come since Emily and Sam were going to, but felt wrong inviting Sue and not inviting them. I told Charlie to warn Sue and Leah and I would handle Emily and Sam. I had a really bad feeling about all of this, but I considered it all a trial for our wedding ceremony. This would determine whether Edward and I eloped to Vegas or got married in front of all our friends and family.

*****

Carlisle barbecued under a gazebo on the deck because it was a little brighter than we expected it to be, Esme busied herself as the perfect, gracious host and spent a lot of time in the kitchen cooking and prepping the food, Rose and Emmett made their rounds talking with everyone as did Jasper and Alice. When things settled down, Rose and Alice helped Esme in the kitchen and the boys stayed with Carlisle, minus Edward. He was at my side, holding my hand, keeping me calm, and being my arm to lean on when I needed support-when Charlie got there.

Charlie came with Sue and her kids. Sue, being the wife to an elder of the tribe, was aware of the legends and kept her distance from me, but close enough not to rouse Charlie’s suspicions. Leah kept her distance from Sam and Emily minus a quick hello and a sweet greeting to Brandon.

Before everyone arrived, I had a thought: how would my vampire family react to the heartbeat of a newborn. I talked with Carlisle and he relayed that although the child’s heartbeat would beat quickly and be a temptation, everyone should be able to handle it, but just in case Jasper would keep some extra distance from the baby. He had been doing exceptionally well with me, but we wanted to take extra precautions.

Sam and Emily felt the same way. They mostly stayed around Sue and Charlie, but did spend some extended time with me and Edward. While I held Brandon, Edward touched his hand, with Sam and Emily’s permission, and Brandon grabbed onto his finger and cooed. It was very sweet and unexpected as we all gasped in amazement that he did not drop his finger at the touch of Edward’s hand.

We laughed as Edward pulled away and Brandon cried loudly. He would only stop crying when Edward was touching him. As soon as he fell asleep in my arms, Edward let go of his hand and I returned him to his mother. At that moment I thought there might just be a long-standing relationship between the wolves and vampires. I had certainly hoped so. But, I wasn’t really worried about that particular relationship at that moment. It was the relationship with my father that concerned me most.

“Hey dad could Edward and I talk to you for a minute? It’s really important,” I said pulling him away from Sue as they sat at the patio table.

“Super,” he groaned. Edward and I led the way to the empty living room. Edward and I sat together on the couch and Charlie leaned back in a chair crossing both his arms and legs, frustrated.

“Chief Swan, I want to apologize to you.”

“It’s about damn time, Edward.”

“What I did, and how I did it, how I left Bella was wrong. I will live with that for the rest of my life. It will be my biggest regret and I will do everything in my power to earn and keep Bella’s forgiveness and trust as well as yours. You had to pick up the pieces of what I did to her. You were there to hug her, hold her, and comfort her after I basically shattered her life. You saw things I didn’t and fixed things I didn’t know I had broken. I will be forever grateful to you for being there when I wasn’t because it allowed her to grow into this amazing woman that sits at my side right now.”

“Thanks for the apology and the realization, but it doesn’t take back what you did, how you hurt her, or erase the images and sounds from my head when she would cry or wake up screaming. You have no idea what it took to look into the eyes of my own daughter and see disappointment and sadness and know who caused it and not be able to do a thing about it.”

“No, I don’t, Chief Swan. But I do know what it’s like to look into the eyes of the woman I love and see hate, anger, disappointment and sadness and to know I was the root of all that. To know that the look in her eyes was my fault, that I caused her irrevocable pain. That the tears she shed in front of me were my fault, the anger in her voice as she spoke to me was my doing, That the hurt, confusion, and disgust in her face and ultimately in her heart was directed at me because of my actions.”

“Well, at least I know you get it.”

“I do. It took me three years, but I do get it. When she voiced her feelings and vented at me in front of my family, I got it.”

“You did that, Bells?”

“Oh, yes. I let him have for a good five minutes. The whole family was around. I needed for everyone to hear how I felt then. That was very important to me. I needed him to know how I felt, what life without him did to me, and how it affected my family. He needed to know that he no longer had a place in my life, that there was no one space carved out for him.”

“I am really proud of you for standing up, Bells. That was very brave of you.

“I learned it from you, Charlie.” Charlie sat in front of us beaming. “But now, I need you to hear me.”

“Bells, don’t ruin the moment,” he said losing his smile.

“He has earned a place back in my life, dad; a very important place. He did not just get a free pass. He had to earn it: my trust, my forgiveness, my commitment to the possibility of a future and slowly he has. I won’t say the way I felt about him in the past didn’t have an effect on me and the way I feel about him now or how quickly I fell back in love with him, but it did not rule or control my decisions or choices.”

“What are you trying to say, kids?”

“Chief Swan, I knew that I would have to work hard at getting her trust back and for her to allow me a place in her life. Her trust and love in me is the most important thing in the world and she has been gracious and remarkably forgiving enough to give me both of those things back. I will treasure them for the rest of our lives. She is the most important thing in my life and she is my future.”

“Again, what exactly are you to saying,” he asked sitting up.

“Charlie, I have asked for Bella’s hand in marriage and she has fulfilled my every fantasy and dream by accepting. I know it is what both of us want. Our love is still strong and we still have some growing to do and choices to make about our future, but we want to do them together as man and wife.”

He just sat there staring at us and that made me happy that he left his holster at home.

“Dad? Are you ok? Don’t you have anything to say about this?” He just sat there, silent.

“Just trying to figure out if I have enough time to run home and grab my gun before Sue realizes I’m gone.”

“DAD!”

“You accepted his proposal?”

“Yes.”

“You trust him?”

“Yes. You’ve called and had conversations, well partial conversations, with him over the past, what, six months? You’ve heard the way he answers your questions and how adoringly he speaks about me.”

“That reminds me, are you pregnant?”

“AHH! Dad, no! You have to have sex to make a baby and we’re both virgins.”

“Bella, watch your language! Don’t use that word around me.”

“Sorry, but you’ve been asking that question for months and I thought you should know so you can stop asking.”

“I had to make sure that I don’t have to ask Sam and Emily to let you have the baby for a weekend, just in case. You are going to finish school?”

“Of course, I will.”

“This is going to happen whether I like it or not, isn’t it?”

“Yes, dad.”

“Then why even bother telling me, Bells?”

Edward took this one, “Because you are her father and you deserve that respect. Especially after the lack of respect I showed you three years ago. I know it’s too late to ask for your permission, but I can ask for your blessing.”

“Don’t you even think about it Edward. My blessing is something you cannot have right now, buster.”

“I understand that.”

“However, under the right circumstances, you might be able to earn it. Only because I want my daughter to be happy in every way possible and not because I would have chosen you as her mate in life.”

“Thank you Chief Swan.”

“Do me a favor kids, give it at least a year before you get married. Give your relationship time not to feel new anymore. Time to know each other again and time to make sure that this is what you both want and not just residual feelings from back when things were good.”

“I was thinking the same thing Chief Swan. I was hoping she would agree to sometime in July or August so she would be able to graduate and we would be able to take a long honeymoon before she started teaching.”

“What do you think Bells? Does it sound like a plan?”

“Yes, I think so.”

“I don’t know what type of wedding you were wanting, but I’m sure your mom and I work something out the best we can.”

“Actually, Carlisle offered to pay for everything as a wedding gift.”

“That’s very generous of him. I don’t think I could let him do that though, Edward.”

“I’m sure you two can figure something out. And please don’t see it as a lack of respect that he knows. I spoke to him about my proposal after it happened. I wanted him to be aware and Bella and I wanted to tell you in person.”

“I’m just glad I’m not the last to know and you two approached me before telling everyone.”

“I know this is kind of sudden, dad, but remember what you said: support me.”

“Yet again, it’s biting me in the ass.”

“Actually Chief Swan, there is something that I wanted you to be the first to see. Bella and I have gone ring shopping and I cannot find anything worthy enough for her hand. It has since dawned on me,” Edward reached in his pocket and got on his knee, again, and pulled out a black ring box, “that she is more than worthy of this. Isabella Marie Swan, I’ve asked you once and you said yes so I’m hoping you’ll give the same answer now. My father gave this ring to my mother when he proposed and they were together until they left this earth. I believe they stayed together even after their hearts stopped beating and I think ring symbolizes a long everlasting love. Isabella Marie Swan,” he said as he popped the box open to reveal a platinum ring with a large princess cut diamond in the center surrounded by bezel-set round diamonds in a square setting, “will you do me the amazing honor and give me the privilege of spending eternity with you. Will you marry me?”

I don’t know what it was about that moment, maybe it was the ring, or the fact we were in Forks, or that my father knew and was in the room, but I started bawling and through my tears I replied, “Yes, Edward. I will spend eternity with you as your wife.”

As tears streamed down my cheeks he slipped the ring on my left ring finger and kissed it and then kissed me, keeping in mind our audience. I looked at Charlie after Edward’s second perfect proposal and his eyes were red and he was staring at the ceiling.

“Dad,” I said to him through my tears as I walked over to him, “are you—“ He stood up and just wrapped his arms around me. I heard him sniffle a couple of times.

“As long as you are happy, I will support this,” he said kissing the top of my head like a loving father would.

“Thank you,” I whispered to him.

“But if he ever hurts you again, I will shot him,” he said a little loud.

“I know you will, but you won’t have to, because he won’t.”

“I love you, Bells.”

“I love you too, dad.”

He pulled back from our embrace and wiped the remaining tears from my face. “Now these are the types of tears a father should be wiping away. I guess I should let you guys go make your announcement to everyone.”

“Chief swan,” Edward held out his hand to my dad for him to shake and they did.

“Wow, Edward. You’re cold.”

“Yea,” he chuckled, “I get cold so easily in here. Esme keeps the temperature low for her drafting computer upstairs. Heat can cause some serious damage to it.”

“Oh, well go on you two.” Edward and I made our way, hand-in-hand, back outside as Charlie followed and made his way back to Sue.

“Oh my God, Bella! I can’t believe I’m here at the Cullen’s house. This is so weird. I can’t believe you and Edward are back together. That’s awesome, I guess. I know if someone had left me like that I would have never looked at him again, but hey-whatever. It’s your life, I guess…” she was talking so fast after slamming into my body for a hug that I barely had a chance to have a thought to myself.

What the hell was she doing here? I didn’t invite her. “….I couldn’t believe it when it happened. It was like whoa-there’s the man I’m going to marry. It’s almost like I just saw a million dollars plopped right in front of me and was told it was tax-free or something. Oh, and don’t worry Jake told me all about you guys and what your family is Edward and your secret is safe with me, I promise,” she whispered. Suddenly she was screaming, “OH MY GOD! Bella is that an engagement ring on your finger?!”

Abruptly the whole world stopped. Jessica Stanley had just announced our engagement to everyone and Jake had apparently told her everything about, well, everything. I began to wonder if Esme would be willing to trade the shish-ka-bobs in for Jacob-werewolf-kabobs because I was going to rip him apart.