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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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5. Chapter 5

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Bella POV

Carmen was able to convince Tanya to visit some other friends of theirs for the remainder of our trip. I was quite elated when I woke up and she was not around. We spent four more days with the Denali Coven before heading back to New Hampshire. We spent those days talking about histories, families, the wedding, and what brought me to this decision to marry Edward and to change who I was. They were deep, philosophical conversations for the most part.

We flew back to New Hampshire after our trip to Alaska and spent the weeks before classes began just being a typical family; family dinners, shopping, hanging out, girl’s nights by Alice and Rose’s enforcement of course, video games, and pool digging. Yep, pool digging. I made a random comment one night about how cool it would be if they had a pool. I wake up one morning to find a fresh, large hole in the ground behind the house and Emmett with a shovel and mixing cement.

“Emmett, what on earth are you doing,” I questioning opening the back door and looking down at him standing between the deck and what would be our future pool.”

“You said you wanted a pool baby sis, so here you go.”

“Seriously, Em?! You just decided on a whim to dig a pool?”

“Yep, It’ll be about eight feet deep on one end and decreases as it gets to the other where I’ll put the stairs. There’ll be a diving board in the deep end. I’m thinking about putting in a steel slide thick enough to withstand our weight. I’ll make it heated so you can swim any time you want. Alice demanded it be saltwater instead chlorine so it won’t dry out or discolor your hair.”

“I should have had you around when I was six and wanted a pony. And that doesn’t mean you go out and buy me a stable and some horses either. You’d end up mistaking them for your midnight snack. Where’s Edward,” I asked sitting down in one of the patio chairs.

“He’s enrolling in classes. I think he’s doing psychology again. He called Jenks and had his latest set of transcripts altered and sent over. I think they’ll make him a senior with you. He thought he would be back by the time you got home.”

“Who’s Jenks? I think I’ve heard that name before.”

“He handles any and all papers we need: birth certificates, transcripts, social security numbers, everything.”

“I’m guessing he’s paid handsomely so he doesn’t talk?”

“That and he’s scared shitless of Jasper.”

“Nice. Control by fear,” I scoffed.

“Hey, in this type of life, it’s sometimes necessary to keep our lives secret and intact.”

Alice came through the back door with a glass of orange juice in one hand and a plate of bacon and eggs in the other. She set them down in front of me and expanded the patio umbrella to block the sun out. I started to munch on the crisp bacon as Alice and Emmett talked about how to design the rest the pool and the new patio that was to surround it. As they were deciding on adding an infinity hot tub on the side closest to the house, I noticed Edward walking up the stairs. He kissed me hello/good morning and sat down next to me.

“Did you get everything taken care of?”

“Yes. I had my transcripts evaluated and will be taking my last thirty-three credit hours at Dartmouth and will graduate with you in May.”

“Yet another cap to go on the wall, huh? The house is going to be decorated with them by the time the next decade is over.”

“And just think you’ll be able to add yours to it, too.”

“And if I want to start my own wall in our place?”

“Our place?”

“Yes, I’ve been thinking about it. I just want to have some space to ourselves; not too far away. I just think it would be nice not to have to worry about having the whole family hear me when I’m in the bathroom, when I have indigestion, or when we are…you know.”

“Esme will actually be happy to hear that. She had to kick Rose and Emmett out after a few days because they were, let’s say overzealous.”

“Only because you couldn’t handle it, brother. Don’t worry sis, it’s not like you have anything to worry about. It’s not like Eddie there could even compare to yours truly.”

“Eww, Emmett! Shut up,” I said looking at him. I turned my attention back to Edward. “So, do you want to go looking at apartments or houses or something?”

“Actually, I had another thought. Rose and Emmett had a house built near the main house as did Alice and Jasper. We could do that, too. Somewhere close by but out of hearing range.”

“Edward, that’s a little much. I don’t need you to build me a house.”

“I wouldn’t have mentioned it, but now that Esme knows, she’s insisting on it.”

“What? How?”

“She’s in her office right now putting the design together. She thinks she knows the perfect spot out beyond the lake.”

“Esme! That’s not necessary!”

“Don’t be silly dear,” she yelled out a window, “of course it is! I treat all my children equally and I’ll do for you two as I did for Alice, Jasper, Emmett, and Rose. Consider it my wedding gift.”

“You’re paying for the wedding already,” I whined.

“And what’s your point?”

I looked at Edward, “I’m not going to win this one, am I?”

“Nope. It’s better to give in now. Her mind’s already made up.”

I groaned.

He leaned in and whispered in my ear, “Just say thank you.”

“Thank you, Esme.”

“You are very welcome dear,” she proclaimed just before I heard the window close.

“She only has your best interests and wants at heart, love.”

“I know, but you know I don’t like lavish gifts.”

“Trust me when I say she’ll absolutely keep your tastes and preferences in mind. You will love it.”

I sighed in defeat, “I trust you and her. Now if was Emmett, I’d be worried.”

Two seconds later a mud clod was thrown at just the right angle that it landed on my plate, on top of my eggs. Emmett was so going to get it. Edward got a sinister grin on his face and signaled for me to hop on his back. He grabbed the mud from my plate and we flew down the stairs. He chucked it at Emmett just as he threw another one at us, but Edward dodged it with grace and ease. Edward stopped moving briefly so I could see the mud he had just thrown hit Emmett in the face. I almost squealed in glee as our mud fight commenced and Alice screamed that if mud got on her clothes before she got a chance to change she would make us shop at thrift stores for the next decade, not that any of us really cared.

I didn’t know how, but I ended up with mud in my nose. I was sneezing dirt for three hours. After being hosed down and being semi-dried off with a towel provided to me by my future husband (with his help, of course), I was allowed in the house by Esme. I went up stairs and took a shower to wash all of the mud and caked on dirt off of me. After the mud was gone, I decided to take a bath, too. I just wanted to soak for a few hours in silence and relax. I kicked Edward out of my room and made him go play videogames with Emmett, ones that would not get anyone dirty or break anything in the house.

When I entered my room again, I found a set of rolled blueprints on the bed. I unrolled them and found the design for my and Edward’s new home. It was like an expanded cottage with a wrap-around porch. There were three bedrooms. One master suite that sort of mimicked my bedroom here and took over the whole left side of the house and two extra rooms labeled “Bella’s Office” and “Edward’s Office” that spanned the right side with an extra bathroom between them. Each bedroom had French doors that opened to the porch. The living room was expansive with room for a piano and fireplace which was already drawn in. The kitchen had an island in the center which was to hold the range and some extra counter space. She left room for a flower garden in front.

The right side had a multi-car garage with a covered walkway to the house. There was a little bridge that was going to be built over some sort of waterway, like a creek, that would empty into the lake. She had the landscape planned out with lots of odd sized rocks and flowers and even a little waterfall.

It was very simple and sweet. It was our home. Only, there was something about it that did not seem like home. There was something missing. Not in the design necessarily, but just something that was not there. I kept looking at the design and could not put my finger on it. It took me about three and a half minutes of studying the plans to figure it out. There was writing on the bottom left-hand corner of the blue prints that caught my eye:

Edward and Bella

First House, First Draft

New Hampshire

I knew what was wrong. I walked over to Esme’s office and knocked lightly on the door.

“Come in, Bella. I see you got the first draft. What do you think?”

I took a seat in front of her computer desk as she shut her laptop lid. “I think they are amazing Esme, but there’s one thing that sticks out to me.”

“What is it? Whatever you don’t like I’m sure we can fix.”

“I’m not sure it’s that simple.”

“I’m sure it is. I’ll just have to erase some lines here and there and re-do some measurements. It’s not going to be a problem.”

“My problem is not the house. It’s absolutely perfect.”

“Oh. Then what is it, dear?”

“It’s the location.”

“I thought you might not want it to be that close to the lake. We can move it further back. There’s good, rich soil out there for miles and we can just expand the trail to the house and your drive way of sorts by a few hundred feet.”

“It’s not the proximity to the lake, either.”

“What is it then, sweetheart?”

“It’s the state.”

“The state? What do you mean?”

“The last thing I want to do is uproot the family, so I’m in no way asking you guys to follow us and I still have to talk with Edward about this, so feel no pressure at all and no obligations either.”

“Bella, you want to move back to Forks after you two are married, don’t you?”

“I know. Sounds asinine, doesn’t it?”

“Absolutely not! That’s where your father is, where your friends are, where your Godson is, and where you and Edward initially met. There’s so much there for you. I absolutely understand.”

I took a deep breath, “It just doesn’t feel right to be anywhere else, right now. I’m only going to be around for so long and I want to spend as much time as I can around my family and friends...and around Charlie.”

“That is very smart of you, Bella.”

“So you wouldn’t mind building a house up there? I’m sure we can find a small piece of land to call our own.”

“You certainly will not.”

“Esme –,”

“We have more than enough land out there and it will be familiar territory.”

“Esme…I…you are being so generous.”

“You are family, Bella. Get used to it.”

“I guess I don’t have a choice, huh?”

“Exactly,” she started as there was a knock at the door.

“Come on in, son.”

It was my future husband. “I heard your conversation downstairs.”

“Of course you did. At least I can still keep you out of my head,” I chuckled.

“Even if you didn’t, you’d still keep me on my toes. If moving back to Forks is what will make you happy, then I’m on board; anything to make you happy”

“Really?”

“Of cor—,” he stopped as I bounded out of my chair and jumped into his arms wrapping each of my limbs around his body and planted cute little kisses all over his face. Esme cleared her throat and I turned red then slid out of his arms in embarrassment. Edward laughed while buried my head in his shirt.

“I see we are moving back to Forks next year,” said the fortune teller as she squeezed into the room.

“What are you talking about, Alice? Edward and I are moving back to Forks, not you guys. You can live wherever makes you all happy.”

“Don’t you get it Bella? A whole, solid family makes us happy and therefore we are going to do what keeps us together and if that means moving back to Forks, then we move back to Forks. I’m sure we could keep up the rouse for another year or two. Then we can say you are going to teach abroad or across the country or something.”

“Ok, then what about your jobs and finishing school?”

“Rose is in her last year like you, Emmett can try to start another fitness business in Forks, Esme and I can still work on houses up there and finish our projects out here and I don’t have to finish school, and I’m sure that Carlisle will be more than welcomed back at the hospital.”

“You realize you really don’t have to do this.”

“Yes we do.”

NO, you don’t.”

“Bella, you only have so much time before you become one of us, before you can’t see your friends and family anymore, before you have to cease most contact with them. We didn’t have a choice or have time to prepare for that, you do. We want to give you every opportunity to spend as much time with them and to, hopefully, make your goodbye easier, even if it is a fraction of a fraction of a percentage. We would even follow you to Florida if you want to live closer to your mother.”

“Alice --,” I started but she looked at me with a look that made me stop. “I’m not going to win this one eithger, am I?”

“I thought we already understood that. Frankly, I don’t even see why you try to put up a fight.”

“So we are moving back to Forks then?”

“After graduation and don’t worry, everyone is on board.”

“Even Rose?”

“Yes. She can’t wait to get back and see everyone’s faces when she is in town shopping and looks exactly the same.”

I looked up at Edward, “so then maybe we should have the wedding in Forks, too?”

“It would make things more accessible for everyone. We’ll have to get your mom and Phil out there.”

“Don’t worry, she wouldn’t miss it for the --,” I was interrupted by a loud gasp. She was blank-having a vision.

“Alice,” Edward asked very cautiously.

“Edward, did you see?” She had fear in her eyes as she looked to him while she replayed her vision for him inside her head even though he had already seen it.

“NO!” Edward growled loudly grabbing onto me and pulling me into him. That brought a caravan of curious, and highly stressed, vampires into Esme’s office. It started to feel way too cramped in there.

“Edward, Alice, what is it?” Carlisle had a very concerned look on his face.

“The Volturi, they know about Bella,” the words seethed through Edward’s teeth.

“But how,” Jasper whispered pulling Alice to him. She grabbed my hand and held it securely.

“I don’t know,” she said softly, “I only saw Aro kissing Bella’s hand.”

“You didn’t see any of the Guard? What about Jane, Alec, of Felix? He wouldn’t have left Volterra without them.”

“I don’t Carlisle! I told you what I saw. I don’t know who was there with him or how he found out.”

“What does this mean,” I asked heavily confused.

“It means you may not have as much time as a human as we thought.”

“Was it deciding to move back to Forks that did this? If we don’t’ move back, will it not happen?”

“Try it. Let’s see.”

She blanked and then spoke, “No. The decision was not on your end. It was theirs. Something happened that caused them to decide to come there that had nothing to do with your decision, Bella.”

“Edward, he’ll know,” Jasper spoke darkly.

“What?” I demanded, “What will he know?”

“He’ll know about your ability to keep me out-your shield, the moment he touches you. He has a talent similar to mine, but it’s only active, so-to-speak, if he touches someone.” He took a deep, long, unnecessary breath, “And he’s a collector. He collects vampires with great talents, especially natural and latent talents like yours. He might want just on the sheer possibility of what your talent may be. We will do everything in our power to protect you.”

There was another loud gasp and everyone tensed. Alice was having another vision, but it was quick.

“And you’ll be able to defend yourself alongside us,” Alice smiled, slightly.

“What do you mean?”

“Six months, love,” Edward said answering for his sister. “He’ll give you six months.”

“From when, Edward? When?”

He took my chin in his hand and kissed away my frightened tears. “June thirteen. He’ll give you six months from June thirteenth, our wedding day.”

I shook my head in disbelief. “That’s not long enough, Edward it’s not long enough. It’s not long enough to say goodbye to everyone: dad, Jake, Sam or Emily or Brandon, Angela, or my mom. It’s not long enough.”

“Shh. Shhh, love, I know, I know.” He took my face in both his hands and spoke very seriously, “The Volturi are not the type of people you say no to. You do what they say, or face dire consequences. We could run, but Felix, one of the highest ranked members of the Guard, is a very talent tracker. He would find us and all of us could --,”

“But,” I blubbered trying to find a solution that would give me more time, “what about the Wolves? This is what they do! They take care of vampires. That’s their job.”

“Bella,” Carlisle began, “the Volutri must not know about the Wolves. They will not honor any treaty we hold with them.”

“So, either I change by the fall, or I risk the lives of everyone I know.”

“It is an impossible predicament, Bella. We will stand with you on whatever choice you make.”

“I won’t risk the people I love out of selfishness. I won’t let others die because I’m a coward.”

“Bella, just because you don’t want to change, yet, or because you don’t feel ready doesn’t mean you’re a coward.”

I wiped the tears from my eyes trying to garner enough strength and courage to face my destiny, “I was going to spend an eternity as a Cullen anyway. This is, and always has been, my destiny. The fates have just decided to make it happen a little sooner than planned.”

“Love, are you sure about this?”

“I will not put your lives in danger when I can just as easily not risk them at all. I have thirteen and a half months of humanity left and I’m going to cherish each day as much as possible before we have our forever.”

“Bella, we were going to wait until your trip to New York to give you this, but under the circumstances, I feel now may be the most appropriate time.” Carlisle fished a black card out of his wallet and handed it to me. “Use this credit card anyway you need: in an emergency, for plane tickets to see your mother or Charlie, a vacation with your parents, something for the Uley’s, anything including what you need for the wedding.” I looked closer and found my name embossed into the card. It was one of the first of the last things that would bear the name Isabella Swan. “There is no credit limit, and I will not hear of it being too much.”

I looked between Carlisle and Esme, “Thank you both very much.”

“Is there anything we can do for you now, Bella?” Esme asked, “Anything at all?”

“Um,” I said biting my bottom lip, “I think right now, I just need some time alone. To wrap my head around all of this-to take it all in,” my voice started to falter at the end and millions of tears were just streaming down my cheeks soaking my chest and my shirt. “Edward, I really need to be alone. I know every fiber of your being wants to be with me right now, but I just need time right now.” He kissed my forehead and let his lips linger there longer than usual. I gently pushed past him.

I walked to my room and shut my door behind me. I leaned against it and banged it once with the back of my balled up hands. I slid down until I was sitting on the floor with my head in my hands. At that moment, I wasn’t ready for it. I wasn’t ready to change. I hadn’t been able to experience half the things I wanted to experience with Edward while I was a human and I only had a little over thirteen months to make it all happen. How was I going to explain it all? How was I going to do it? It was too soon. It was all happening too soon, but I didn’t have a choice.