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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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21. Chapter 21

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BPOV

I had to fight with my normal emotional and physical responses all day; they won. I needed to put on a façade for my family and I knew the sentiment was mutual. It was hardest to keep control when I was on the phone with mom. At least with Charlie I could see him, touch him, and hug him. The only thing I could with mom was listen to her voice and look at the picture of us at graduation. I tore me apart.

I took a few minutes after the call with mom to attempt to compose myself. I wiped the tears from my face and re-applied my make-up. Once I straightened up the room, I had an idea. I was looking for some paper, but found a few pads of sticky notes in the bedside table (Alice or coincidence?). I did a smaller version of what Edward had done to my room in New Hampshire. I told him much I loved him, my favorite memories of us, and why I loved him.

I placed the notes strategically around the room, in drawers, books, and in his clothes. I took the last sticky notes to arrange “I Love You” on the ceiling. I secured them with some tape I found after stubbing my toe on the end of the bed…I knew now it was all Alice.

Once I got downstairs I shot her a smile and she knew what it was about. We played with the family picture on Alice’s laptop for a while before deciding it looked best in Black and white and she printed me out a copy. I needed some way to have them with me when it happened.

Now, we just sat in the living room waiting for the inevitable. I didn’t know whether to just speak up and go first (Alice shook her head no), not be in the room at all at first (Again a no), or to be in the living room and let Carlisle do all the talking (Yes). Jokingly, I thought about putting a muzzle on Edward and she snickered at me. All eyes flashed from her and over to me; the tension was palpable.

We were in the living room with everyone sitting near me-hell, Alice was on me. She sat against my legs while I sat back in Edward’s arms. Jazz was between her legs laying his head on her chest. Esme sat next to me with her arm around my shoulders. Emmett was on the arm of the couch and Rose had her arms wrapped around his neck as she stood behind him. Carlisle was on the opposite arm holding Esme’s hand. We all faced the door in anticipation of what was to come. Sounds of wolves howling in the backyard broke the monotonous silence briefly, but we continued to wait.

And wait…

And wait…

And wait…

And wait…

.

And wait…

Finally Alice whispered, “They’re here.”

I looked at Edward and nodded my head indicating that it was ok.

Carlisle opened the door and greeted the three visitors, “Hello Jane, Alec, Demetri. What a wonderful surprise.”

“Somehow, I doubt that Carlisle,” countered the little blond girl.

“Please come in,” Carlisle said after a light chuckle. They followed him inside, but stayed in the foyer. “What brings you to Forks?”

“Aro has reconsidered his position on the human,” she said essentially turning her nose up at me.

“What do you mean by that, Jane?” Edward was sneering at Jane and that was probably not the best decision right now. I cupped his cheek with my hand to calm him down turning his face to me and away from Jane.

“What it means, Edward, is that he has decided that allowing the human to live would be more of a reward for breaking our laws instead of a punishment.”

“Her name is Bella,” Emmett retorted while grabbing the sides of the arm of the couch.

Jane ignored Emmett and continued, “Aro wants me to convey his apologies to you Carlisle and wants you to understand that this was not an easy decision for him to make.”

“Tell him I understand, Jane; we all do.”

“You all are quite calm for the news we have just brought; especially you, Bella,” she looked at Bella. “Perhaps you have foreseen this,” she questioned as her head turned to Alice.

“Yes, we’ve had the ability to prepare for your arrival,” I started, “and I’ve had the opportunity to prepare myself for what is to come.”

“Prepare yourself?”

“I have come to terms with the fact that I will……..die. A law has been broken and there should be a punishment. I will offer myself willingly.”

“Interesting.”

“What are your plans with me?”

“We will bring you back to Volterra. We will have a private jet waiting at the regional airport in Port Angeles. I think Aro would like to meet you and administer your sentence himself.”

Edward growled loudly. I looked back at him, his face still cupped with my hand, “Edward, we have talked about this. You have to let me go. It’s ok.”

“No it’s not,” came seething through his teeth.

“Edward,” I said with pleading in my voice and my eyes.

“No, Bella.”

“It’s going to be ok,” I said with tears peeking out of my eyes. “You know this has to be done.”

Suddenly his shoulders slumped and I knew he conceded.

“We will continue to proceed without resistance, but we do have two requests,” Carlisle said as he took the attention away from Edward and I.

“And they are,” asked the little blond brat.

“As I understand it, Alec had a talent which would allow our Bella not to experience any pain when the punishment occurs. We ask that, since we have not resisted and she is going willingly, that his talent be used when the time comes.”

“I believe Aro would be agreeable to that given your history.”

“Thank you, Jane. Our last request is that you allow us to say goodbye.”

“You have had time to prepare for this, thanks to the ability one of you has to see the future. Therefore, I will let you say your goodbyes, but you have forty-five seconds starting now.”

I got hugs and kisses from each of my family members; each with sorrow and regret in their eyes.

Finally Edward reached over to me and pulled me into his arms. “I’m not going to let you do this, love. You are my wife. They are not taking you.”

“Edward,” I whispered into his ear, “you know I have to do this. You know you have to let me go. Please, don’t fight me right now, please. I need you to promise me that you’ll be strong and that you’ll take care of Charlie.”

He did not move.

I pulled back to look him in the eyes, “Edward, please, please swear to me you will look after Charlie!”

“Bella, don’t do this! You don’t have to do this!”

I kept my gaze into his darkening eyes, “Yes, I do. It’s the only way to keep him safe, to keep them safe,” she said pointing to our family, “and it’s the only way to keep you safe.”

I traced his face, every inch of it, with my finger tips. “I have to keep you safe. I can’t let them get hurt because of me! I can’t let anyone get hurt because of me. My life is not worth the lives of everyone I love.”

He shook his head rejecting that line of thought.

I could no longer hold the tears back. “Don’t make this any harder, Edward. I need you to do this for me, please. Watch over Charlie and Renee and the Pack…and I guess even Jessica too.” I tried, and failed to make him smile-at least a true smile. I knew that crooked smile he gave me was a fake and he did it to placate me, but it was still as dazzling as the first time I saw it.

It did not take me long to find the last words I would ever say to my husband. “Edward Anthony Masen Cullen, you are my life and the only man I have ever loved. You have made every dream, want, need, and desire of mine come true. My love for you is everlasting and it will go on even after I’m gone because I know it will exist in your heart. I’m not asking you to spend eternity without me because I know I could not spend eternity without you, but I am going to ask you to take care of those I care about, please. Watch over them, keep them happy,” I had to stop because I was shaking so badly.

“Ensure that whatever they want, they get. Do for them what I would have, especially Renee. I was more of a mother than she was when I was with her and I don’t know how she’ll handle my…watch out for Charlie. After mom left, I was all he had-now he won’t have anyone except Sue. Don’t let him sacrifice the relationship he has with her because the loss of me is too great. Continue the relationship with the Pack; especially Jake, Sam, Emily, and Brandon-but don’t let them retaliate. I know Jake will want to.

I am thankful for every day, every moment I spent with you. The good was well…good and the bad…it made us stronger and brought even more good. Promise me, Edward. Promise me that you’re going to take care of them, that you’re going to do what I would do for them.”

He strained to find his response, “I promise. We all do.”

“Edward, I love you.”

“I love you too, Isabella Cullen.”

I smiled at him as he pulled me back into his chest. I knew this would be our last moment together. I felt passion and fear emanating off him as his lips hungrily crashed into mine. I felt a thick cold set of hands on my arms and I was ripped away from my husband. I was restrained by these arms and when my mind finally caught up with the speed at which we were moving, I realized we were outside and moving through the forest toward Port Angeles. With each step, each second, I was moved closer and closer to my death and further away from my family and the life I treasured.