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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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3. Chapter 3

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Bella POV

“Jessica Stanley I am going to kick your ass,” I hissed under my breath low enough that she wouldn’t hear it, but apparently it was loud enough that Edward did. He started to laugh (I think I actually heard him snort) and when Jessica stared at him he feigned a cough.

“Jessica,” Jacob started, “maybe we should give Bella and Edward some room to breathe,” he started to pull her back. He knew that “I’m-going-to-kick-her-if-she-doesn’t-shut-up” look. They walked away together. As my eyes followed them, I uncontrollably let out a growl and then I noticed everyone was watching us. Crap.

“Calm down there, cougar,” Edward whispered into my ear, “we have an announcement to make to our family and friends.”

I took a deep breath, “Um, hi everyone. I guess there was, sort of, an ulterior motive behind this barbecue. Sometime next summer, Edward and I will be getting married,” I threw my hand up, palm in, to show off my ring. I heard squeals of glee from the girls, the most high-pitched from Alice and Rose, acting as if this was the first time they heard the news. Carlisle and Esme congratulated us then walked over to Charlie and congratulated him and mentioning that they would all now be family. I could only imagine the thrill he was getting from that thought.

All the girls basically tackled me as they came to greet the future Mrs. Edward Cullen and see the ring. The guys came up and shook Edward’s hand, even Sam and Jake. My legs almost went out from under me when that happened. Imprinting sure did have a hell of an effect on him. The yard was now basically divided into the sexes. The girls talked about the wedding, dresses, bridesmaids, and all that fun stuff. I had no idea what the boys were talking about, but I didn’t trust all of Emmett and Jasper’s snickering.

Edward and I may have been having separate conversations with our guests, but we were having our own conversation each time we looked at each other. We just wanted to be back in each other’s arms. Everyone else could have disappeared and we wouldn’t have cared. We just wanted each other. Esme noticed how I kept shifting my stance and inched closer and closer to Edward’s side of the yard.

“Excuse me everyone, it’s starting to get a little dark. I have dessert waiting inside. How about we retreat inside for a little while Emmett and Jasper get the fireworks ready? Bella, Edward, would you mind helping them? You know pretty much how they want it done and I’m sure they’ll be in need of your help,” she said turning to me and winking at me quick enough that only certain people would see.

“You are keeping them as far away from the tree line as possible right,” my Police Chief of a father asked. “I don’t want to have the fire department called out here tonight.”

“Of course Chief Swan,” answered Jasper sending a wave of reassurance through all of us, “we did the measurements to be sure.”

“Good, good,” he commented as he was the last one to turn and retreat inside the house.

“Alice says we have about fifteen minutes before they’ll start lighting them. What do you say we visit a special place of ours?”

“That sounds like the best idea I’ve heard all day.”

“Care to travel a la spider monkey?” I chuckled loudly as he helped me hop on his back, out of the sight of our guests.

The wind blew through my hair as I closed my eyes and held on tightly around his neck while he ran. I loved how agile he was, ducking each branch and tree. I pressed my head against his ear and just took in his scent. I wondered how his smell would change after I was changed. My thoughts were interrupted as he stopped and slid me off his back and into his arms. We were in our meadow. It was still as amazing as I remember; even more so now that we were back here together again. He inhaled my hair and looked passionately into my eyes.

“I can’t believe today went so well.”

“Do you think Alice would have let you go through any of that if it wouldn’t have worked out for the best, love?”

“Edward, she couldn’t see the future, it’s not like she knew.”

“Maybe she didn’t know one hundred percent, but she did see us here, in each other’s arms with my mother’s ring on your finger.”

“Well then, I guess it was all worth it.”

“Anything that keeps you, my Bella, happy and in my life is always worth the risk.”

“I love you Edward Cullen.”

“I love you soon-to-be-Mrs. Edward Cullen.”

“How long do we have before we have to go back?”

“About five minutes.”

“That’s not long enough.”

“I know, but about an hour after the fireworks start, everyone’ll be gone and you’ll have me all to yourself.”

“Now that’s my idea of a perfect night.”

“Mine too.”

“Can you just hold me right now? I just want to feel your arms around me.”

“Of course,” he agreed as he guided me to the floor of the meadow.

I rested my head on his chest and he wrapped his arms around me tightly. It was the middle of July, about eighty degrees, and pretty humid, but thanks to Edward, I was cool and very comfortable. We watched the stars and cuddled for the remainder of our alone time then I hopped back on him and we ran back to the house just in time to walk with Jazz and Em keeping up the idea that we helped them set the fireworks up.

Always out to overdo it, Emmett’s presentation or spectacle of fireworks blew everyone away. It was like New Years and Fourth of July all around the world combined into a forty minute presentation in our backyard in Forks, Washington. Every person there was very impressed. I made the decision in that moment to not allow Emmett, in any aspect or capacity, help plan the wedding.

After the spectacle to end all spectacles was over, our guests decided it was time to leave. Edward and I were at the tail end of the farewell line. There were many congratulations, hugs, and kisses. Jessica told me to call her later that way she could help me plan the wedding; she also self-appointed herself my maid of honor. I was going to have to bring her down a couple of notches, gently…perhaps.

Jake was quick with his goodbye, barely acknowledging Edward. I don’t know if he did that because he was eager to get Jessica out of there before “that look” came back or because he didn’t want anything to do with him yet. It was more than likely the latter.

I didn’t get to spend much time with them, but Ben and Angela were as gracious and sweet as ever. They were a last minute invite I had no idea they were even in town until Alice told me. I told Angela to keep her schedule free next summer because I did want her in the wedding. I also wondered when Ben was going to finally propose to her.

Sam and Emily were next in line and gave us congratulations. I also asked Emily to be a part of the wedding and she generously accepted. I told her I’d try to keep things down to a minimum so she wouldn’t be too busy between raising Brandon and trying to reign me in. Sam and Edward shook hands. Edward nodded at Sam answering some unspoken question I was going to ask him about later.

Sue, Leah, and Seth were next with Charlie trailing behind them. Sue was very amiable toward both me and Edward. Part of me couldn’t help thinking it was just because Charlie was behind her. Leah congratulated us and told me if I needed help, to ask her and she’d be willing to do it. I started to wonder what exactly was going on between our parents for her to feel obliged to say that.

Seth was a sweet kid. He had taken a liking to Edward for some reason almost following him around like a little puppy all day. It was cute. He hugged me and told me although he barely knew me I was a better sister than Leah and then ran off so she couldn’t hit him.

Charlie approached Edward and held out his hand. Edward held out his hand to my dad and shook it. “Thanks for coming Chief Swan.”

“Since it seems we are going to be family, you can call me Charlie.”

“Thanks, Charlie.”

Dad pressed his lips together, raised his eyebrows and shrugged as if to say “whatever”. He then gave me a great big hug. “Bella, I love you very much. If this is what you want and what will make you happy, then I want it too. But you are going to be the one to tell your mother and Phil.”

“Crap. Da-”

“Nope,” he said interrupting me and pulling back, “that part is on you. Have fun.”

Charlie was the last of our guests to leave and I was kind of happy to finally have some quiet time in the house. By the time Edward and I walked in, the house was spotless and the backyard was already cleaned up.

“Hey, not fair. You guys threw this and I should at least have helped clean up.”

“We work faster.”

“Ha Ha Alice.”

“Hush, Bella. Why don’t you and Edward go up to his room and spend some time together alone? It’s getting late and you’ve had a taxing day.”

“Fine, but only because you are forcing me to.”

“As if I would have to force you to spend time alone with my brother.”

By the time she had finished her sentence, Edward had already whisked me upstairs and into his room. By the time we had arrived in Forks, he had a bed brought into his room so I would have a place to sleep. He didn’t like the idea of me sleeping on the floor, even if I didn’t care. The sheets on the bed were amber and the comforter gold. It reminded me of his eyes.

Alice had been planning this all along because when we got to our room she had lit candles on the bookshelves and around the windows. What Edward did not know was that I had snuck up here during the barbecue to “go to the bathroom”. While I was up here, put the picture of the meadow in the summer on the bookshelves. The candles were strategically placed around the frame to illuminate it in the most magical way.

I didn’t know what Alice expected to happen with all these candles tonight, but it wasn’t going to. Something about waiting to make love to him until after we were man and wife appealed to me. Edward pulled me into the bed with him and we cuddled under the blankets. He kissed the top of my head, ran his fingers through my hair and hummed my lullaby until I feel asleep.

*****

When I woke up the next morning, I was in Edward’s arms and he was just watching me sleep. He smiled as I opened my eyes, stretched, and then conformed it around his.

“I don’t want to get up or out of bed.”

“Neither do I,” he chuckled, “but unfortunately, Alice says we have to.”

“Her visions are subjective. If we change our mind, her visions change.”

“You are quite clever, but there’s one problem.”

“And that is?’

“You’ll find out soon enough, but I’ll tell you anyway. Charlie called your mom.”

“He told her! He told me last night that it was….Edward why are you shaking your head no and smiling that smile at me?”

“He didn’t tell her about us exactly. But he did tell her that you had something to tell her. She’s called your phone six times already.”

“Six times!? What time is it?”

“It’s twelve after ten. Charlie apparently called her about eight-thirty and she’s been calling every fifteen minutes.”

“She never did have any patience. Edward, I see that look. What else are you holding back?”

“Alice says she thinks you’re pregnant.”

“Good God! What is it with my parents and me being pregnant?”

“Well you are absolutely intoxicating and irresistible.”

“I am, am I,” I coyly questioned as he pulled his face closer to mine.

“And there she is.”

“What,” I disgruntledly questioned.

“Your phone, it’s vibrating on the nightstand. I put it on the charger last night after Alice came in and changed you into your pajamas.”

“Edward, you guys can just wake me up next time.”

“You were so peaceful. We didn’t want to.”

“Were you in the room when she was?”

“No, I didn’t want to be anything but a gentleman.”

“Are you saying you don’t want to see your future wife naked,” I snickered grabbing my phone.

“NO. Of course I want to, but not until we are man and wife. Are you just going to ignore your mother?”

I ignored him. “Stick in the mud.”

“Stick in the mud? I’ll show you a stick in the mud,” he snorted as he started tickling my sides. I had wiggled myself halfway off the bed when he pulled me back up. “She’s calling again, you should answer that.”

I groaned as I flipped the phone open. “Hey mom!”

“Oh, hi baby. I didn’t wake you or interrupt anything, did I?”

“No, it was just one of your eight-thousand phone calls that did,” I teased.

“I couldn’t help myself! After you father called me this morning and told me you had some big news I couldn’t hold back. You know I can’t hide my excitement and I’m anything but patient.”

“Ok, well then I guess I should tell you the big news. Mom, I’m—“

“Pregnant! I knew it! It’s happened a bit sooner than I would have liked it to, but it’s something that we can deal with, baby. Whatever your choice is whatever you de—“

“MOM! I’m not pregnant and I’m fed up with that being everyone’s first assumption or thought. No, I’m not pregnant. I’m getting married. Edward and I are engaged and are getting married,” I all but screamed at my mother. I did not mean to come off so harshly with her.

“What? Oh my! Honey, I’m so happy for you! That’s amaz—wait did you say Edward?”

“Yes, Edward.”

“Like Edward, Edward? Not another guy you happened to meet at school who was named Edward?”

“No mom, the same Edward from high school, from Forks.”

At the end of my sentence, he held his hand out for the phone that way he could speak with my mother. He basically repeated the same things to Renee that he first said to Charlie from when we got back together and from last night. She accepted his apology with ease, but on the condition that he does everything in his power to make me happy for me the rest of my life. He told her he would have it no other way, but preferred to do that for eternity. He knew how to work my mother, the romantic.

He handed the phone back to me and we sat in bed, with mom on speakerphone, making wedding plans. We chuckled every time Alice groaned from downstairs because we were making a bunch of decisions and then something would cause us to make another one.

Now that I knew how to torture her, I did for a little fun. When we were deciding colors, Edward would throw out a color and I would decide on that one. Then I would throw one out and he would agree to it. When mom threw one out, we both would decide on that one. It got really bad when I had no idea what color chartreuse was and had to have each of them describe it to me. We could hear her grunting downstairs and Emmett chuckling. We did the same thing with the flowers and bridesmaids dresses.

We had to stop when Alice barged into our room sulking and pouting. She did join in on the decisions once we stopped taunting her. We were able to finalize a few things: we would get married on June thirteenth, the colors would be chocolate brown and honey gold which served as symbols of each of our lives, and the flowers would be red roses. Alice was heavily set against me having an off-the-rack dress, but I insisted because it was my day.

We settled on an off-the-rack dress, but would “allow it” if, only if, it was picked from this store, Kleinman’s, in New York. Esme, Alice, Rose, my mom, Angela, and myself would go out there during Labor Day weekend since no one would have classes or work. Alice, of course, said the family would pick up the tab for any and all expenses and would send each person their ticket when she got them. She also insisted we check out the tuxes at Hugo Boss.

It was noon by the time we got off the phone with my mom and I was starving. I got cleaned up and dressed and went downstairs to find Rose and Esme sitting at the kitchen table with a piece of paper in front of them that they were concentrating very hard on. It has a bunch of circles on it with six lines around the circles and people’s names on the; the seating chart.

“Um, ladies, what’s that?”

“Just the seating chart for the reception. We thought we would save you some time,” Rose answered.

She turned the sheet toward me as I sat across from them. “Who are they?” I pointed to a table with the names Irina, Carmen, Eleazar, Tanya, Kate, and a blank line strategically placed around it.

“Those are our friends from Denali, Alaska: the Denali coven,” explained Esme.

“So they are vampires?”

“Yes, but they believe, as we do, that human life is sacred and only hunt animals.”

“So they would be ok at the wedding; able to control themselves.”

“Of course. We would not put you, your friends, or your family in danger if they weren’t.”

“Can I meet them before the wedding?”

“I’m sure we can arrange something. Let me go give them a call and propose that.” She was out of my sight before I even had a chance to blink.

“I would just feel more comfortable knowing them before they showed up. The last thing I want to turn into is a bridezilla and start demanding irrational things.”

“Bella, I think Alice would be delighted if you did. My sister has many plans for you and I don’t think you asking to meet your guests is an outrageous request compared to what Planner-zilla over here has planned for you.”

A set of cold hands touched my bare shoulders (I was wearing a strapless burgundy dress that Alice bought me in Paris) and I jumped. “I’m sorry, Bella, I didn’t mean to startle you,” Esme apologized as she rubbed my shoulders. “I have good news! Carmen and Eleazar say we are more than welcome to visit and are very excited to meet you. We could leave and drive up as soon as tonight if you like. We’ll need to hunt before we go, but that would leave you some time to spend with Charlie or you could relax around the house.”

“Thanks Esme.”

“Actually, if you want to go visit Charlie, you can take my convertible and go now. Alice and I can handle your packing, or make Edward do it.”

“Your convertible? Seriously?”

“Yea,” she said tossing me her keys, “I know you don’t drive like a Cullen yet, so I know it’s safe.”

“Thanks a lot Rose,” I replied furrowing my brow.

She smiled and stuck her tongue out at me.