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Master of Ceremonies

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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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28. Chapter 28

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BPOV (Time warp! Sorry if you are confused-if you are, let me know and I can explain it)

“Ah, Bella, you’re awake,” Aro said to me while holding out his hand. I reluctantly took it and he helped me sit up.

I was on a plush red velvet chaise with an oak frame. I looked away from Aro’s putridly red eyes and examined the new room we were in. Accenting the high ceiling were two tall and wide windows that were placed a couple feet apart and were outlined by golden curtains.

There was a wardrobe between the windows and a bed on the wall cattycorner to that. It was a maple four-poster bed with a thick mattress and light brown comforter with gold embroidery. It was piled high with pillows and panes of gold silk were wrapped around the maple support bars that were placed between each poster. On each side of the bed was a simple bedside table with a gold lamp.

The chaise was angled in the corner opposite the bed. To my right was a large flat-screened television which had been mounted to the wall in front of the bed. Under the television was a set of shelves stacked with various dvds and on top of it was a small stereo. To the left the entertainment area was a bookshelf with three shelves and some very old, but non-tattered books, they could have been first editions, or first drafts for all I knew.

“Do you like it, Bella? Is there something else you desire? We would be willing to provide you with anything you wish, within reason, of course.”

“It’s nice.” As I said this I had to stop myself from telling them I just wanted to go home.

“Wonderful! We want to make your stay here as comfortable as possible.”

“My stay,” I asked as I gently took my hand away from his after realizing he was still holding it.

“Well, we can’t let you travel in such a delicate condition, can we?”

“Delicate condition?”

“Oh, of course you do not know. Bella, you are with child! It’s a wonderful revelation!”

“Impossible,” I whispered to myself, “I’ve only been with…..”

“Yes, you’ve only been with, Edward correct,” he asked with sinisterly raised eyebrows.

The thought occurred to me that the only reason I was still alive, which was still a thought that had not fully sunk in, was because I was having a child fathered by Edward. The idea was crazy and out of some weird and fantasy-ridden book, but apparently it was real.

“Well, it seems that this is a time for celebration, my dear. We have asked the best chef in the city to prepare an authentic Italian meal for you. You must be famished. A guard will be posted outside your door to provide you with anything you desire, again within reason.” (read: we’ll give you anything you want to keep you happy and the baby healthy and there’ll be a guard outside your door so you can’t escape or contact the Cullens or anyone else.)

“Um, thank you,” I quietly said.

“I’ll have your meal brought into you shortly. There’s also a door over there,” he pointed to a door right behind the main door which was almost invisible at our angle, “that leads to a bathroom. We have provided you with variety of organic toiletries as well as clothing. A doctor will be brought by later to examine you,” he said as he stood up. “For now my dear, please enjoy your room and let us know of anything you need.”

He started to walk out of the room with Demetri, Alec, and Jane behind him, but my words stopped him. “Aro, I do have one request.”

“Yes,” he asked as he turned around.

“I request that, if at all possible, you keep Jane and Alec away from me. They frighten me and I would hate to put any undue stress on the baby.”

Jane glared at me as Aro agreed to my request, “Of course.” He continued his way out the door behind Caius and his minions followed.

I laid back on the chaise and thought of the irony: I left Edward to save our family when in reality I was pregnant and my child was saving me only to likely put them in danger at a later time. I wondered how I was pregnant-how could it even be possible? The science behind it didn’t really matter to me because I was pregnant-I was having a baby. I put my hands on my stomach and rubbed it back and forth.

“I have never met you, but I can tell you a couple of things; first you are loved more than anyone could have ever been loved, you are very special, and lastly I will do anything and everything in my power to protect you. Your father and I love you very much.”

There was a knock at the door and when it opened there was a cart filled with food wheeled in; fettuccini in a pesto sauce, homemade rolls, braised chicken, sautéed green beans and corn and strawberry gelato. It smelled delicious, but I also had a craving for something else: rare steak.

“Is therea something elsea you would likea miss?”

I bit my lip and then spoke, “Would it be too much trouble to have a steak, rare?”

“No, not ata alla miss. Anything youa want, you shalla have. I, Giovanni, willa take care ofa you.” He smiled and left the room, leaving the cart of food. I wondered what was done to him to make him so willing to work for the Volturi…or for that matter, was he even a willing party?

I was famished and dove into the fettuccini and it was the most amazing thing I had ever tasted. The green beans and corn had hints of thyme and rosemary and the chicken had a hint of honey or something sweet.

I had not noticed the pitcher of water and orange juice in the center of the table. I was wary about drinking it, but considered that Aro would not do anything to hurt my baby. Soon Giovanni returned with my steak and I tore into it. I could smell the rusty-salty odor of the blood and it made me a little woozy, but I wolfed it down anyway. When I was done, I savored the strawberry gelato with each spoonful.

Giovanni had remained in the room with me until I finished. “Was ita good?”

“Giovanni, it was amazing. Thank you.”

“If you ever geta hungry, I am ata your disposal. Anything you wanta, Bella. It is quite the perfect name for sucha a beautifula woman.”

I blushed as I told him thank you.

“Just tella the guarda at youra door what you wanta, and you shall have ita as quickly as I cana make it.”

“Thank you so much Giovanni.”

“Mya pleasure,” he said before wheeling the cart out the door.

I had no idea what to do next; read or watch television or just look out the window. It didn’t really matter because there was another knock at my door and Aro came in with a human man.

“Bella, I present to you Dr. Bellasari. He is an Obstetrician and will be caring for you during your pregnancy.”

“Hello,” I greeted him solemnly. I wanted to see his credentials and his degree, but who was I to ask in my condition in a vampire castle?

He spoke perfect English as he greeted me and asked me to get on the bed and lie back so he could examine me. My eyes widened and I looked to Aro. I was in no way comfortable doing this in his presence.

“Do not worry, my dear. I will be just outside the door.” It was that thought that scared me the most.

I did lie down on the bed as doctor lifted up my shirt over my stomach and poked and prodded my belly. He had machine brought in; it was a mini-sonogram. There was a cold jelly squirted onto my stomach and the handle was placed onto my stomach.

“Do you hear that?”

It almost sounded as if someone was blowing bubbles or banging something underwater. “Yes, what is that?”

“Look here at the monitor,” he pointed toward the screen.

“See that large ball?”

“Yes.”

“That’s your baby’s head.”

“Oh my gosh,” I gasped.

“And that long slender stick with

coming out of it?”

“Yes?”

“That’s your baby’s spine.”

I could only smile as ballooning tears came down my face.

“See that pulsing right there?”

“Yea,” I lightly answered.

“That’s your baby’s heart.”

“Her heart?”

“Her?”

“I d—I don’t know why I said that. It just seems right; like she’s a girl.”

“Well, based on how far along you are, we should know that in a few short months.”

“How far along am I?”

“About four weeks,” he answered after wiping the jelly off my stomach.

I did the math in my head and realized there was no way that was possible because four weeks ago I was in the midst of planning lesson plans, studying for finals, and finishing final projects-not having sex.

“That’s not possible.”

“Well, it could be a few days off. I’ll have to do a physical exam to be fully certain.”

“No, still not possible; my husband and I were not having sex then. I actually hadn’t been all that intimate with him for a while before our…”

“Oh my God; it’s not possible. May fourteen was the first time I had made love to my husband since March. What’s today’s date?”

“The seventeenth.”

“So how am I four weeks along in four days?”

“The sonogram was correct and the child’s measurements were correct as well. Given that the baby’s heart does not start beating until it is eighteen days into gestation, you are indeed at least three weeks along.”

“You don’t believe me do you?”

“Miss, in this city, I do not necessarily disregard the impossible as impossible so quickly. Now, I will leave you a bottle of prenatal vitamins. At this point, I ask you take two a day. It seems you are growing quickly and I want to make sure you are not malnourished. Also, eat what you want when the craving hits-do not deny your body what it needs. Get plenty of rest and no caffeine and do not overexert yourself.”

“Yes doctor.”

“I will be back tomorrow to prove our theory: one day’s time equals one week’s gestation.”

“Ok.”

“You will likely have to come to my office in a few days so I may do a proper physical exam. And please miss, do not try to persuade me to do anything that would not sit well with my employers. My loyalties lie with them.”

I nodded sadly and he turned to leave as the door opened. He stood there with Aro for a moment and then left as Aro entered my room.

“I hear your child is fine, Bella. That is wondrous news. Now, I insist that you rest up. If there is any book, magazine, or newspaper you would like to read, any television show or movie you would like to watch, please let your personal guard, Felix, know immediately. I understand that vitamin D is important during a pregnancy as well and I’m sure we can arrange for you to take a walk outside for an hour or two each day, accompanied by one of our loyal human guards for your protection. We would not want anything to happen to you in your delicate condition in a foreign city. Now please, rest.”

He smiled widely and left shutting the door behind him. I was sure the comment about not anything happening to me meant me attempting to run away and being caught and killed. I would remain on the best of my behavior, for my child only.

The next day the doctor came by and confirmed our theory; my child was indeed progressing a week for each day that passed. All of my vitals were perfect and I was starting to develop a growing bump. Giovanni continued to bring me amazing meals and snacks. He would stay and talk with me while I ate. His was the only human contact I had besides the doctor.

The doctor continued to come by every other day for about a week. On day twelve (week twelve) of my pregnancy, a day filled with dark gray clouds throughout the sky with no sign of any sunlight, Felix accompanied me to the doctor’s office for my first physical exam which confirmed what we already knew minus one tidbit.

“The heartbeat seems louder now,” I commented as we listened to her hearbeat.

“Yes it does, and there’s a reason for that.”

“It almost sounds like an echo.”

“That’s because it essentially is.”

“What do you mean?”

“There are two heartbeats.”

“You mean…twins?”

“Yes, miss. You are having twins.”

Once he said that and pointed out the second head on the sonogram, I could not stop staring and my babies-our babies.