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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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8. Chapter 8

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BPOV

My birthday came and went without incident. Alice insisted on baking me a cake and was never allowed to bake again. A seven-tiered pink cake was just too much. I think I had three slices of it. I made her donate it to a homeless shelter. I told everyone they were not allowed to get me a gift because they were already paying for the whole wedding after convincing Charlie that they felt obligated after everything that had happened. Edward was the only one who was allowed to get me a gift under the stipulation that it had cost less than thirty dollars or it could be home made.

I came home after class on my birthday to put my books away and found every inch of my walls and the interior side of my door covered in sticky notes. I thought it was Emmett playing a trick on me (which later gave me an idea about a practical joke to play on him) until I started to read some of the notes. “The way you look when you sleep”, “The cute snore you make when you are sick and sleeping”, “Your eyes”, “Your voice when you say my name”, “Your voice when you tell me you love me”, “The way you love my family”, “Your frustration when we try to pay for everything”, “The way you growl when you’re human”, “The way you’ll growl when you’re not”, “Watching you curl up and read a book”, “The way your skin feels on mine”, “The simple thumping of your heartbeat”, “The taste of your kiss”, “The smell of your hair”, “Your intelligence”, “Your determination”, “The way you let me kiss your tears away”, “Listening to your breathe”, “The way you hold a baby”, “Your unconditional love”, “Your sacrifices”, “The way you humor the pixie at all times”, “Seeing you behind the wheel of a fast car”, “Seeing you in comfortable pajamas”, “Remembering the first time you said my name”, “Our first kiss”, “Your acceptance of my family”, “Your love of my family and the way they love you”.

There were hundreds if not thousands of these notes around my room. There was one single sticky note written in red instead of the black like the rest. It read: “These, Isabella Marie Swan are the reasons how and why I love you and can’t wait to spend eternity with you as your husband. I love you with my life. Yours truly, always and forever, -Edward” It was my last human birthday and would forever be the best.

I was ready to pounce on Edward and make love to him as soon as he walked through that doorway, but I somehow found some restraint. I just shook my head in awe and ran into his arms planting kisses all over him while he laughed at me.

The next day, Emmett kept taunting us for the romantic gesture Edward had given me for my birthday, so we decided to get back at him. With the approval of Rose, we took packing peanuts and filled their bedroom full of them while he had a training appointment. Before we filled the room and shut the door, we rigged a can honey covered feathers to drop on his head when he pushed the door open. Because the room was totally full, he would have to give a little effort when opening the door causing the honey-feathers to just dump on his head. Jasper was home and thought it was hilarious just watching us set it up.

Esme got home from classes early as did Alice and Rose and all of us just waited in anticipation for him. He got home about an hour after we finished and went up stairs to change. It was silent for about five seconds before we heard “What the hell”, the door open, the bucket dump and “Aw shit”. The whole family busted out in laughter. Emmett came trotting down the stairs leaving a trail of honey, feathers, and packing peanuts behind him.

“See big brother, I don’t have to be a vampire to get back at you. Look at it this way: you’ll be able to attract more grizzlies this way.”

He had a sinister smile on his face and he came closer to me. He picked me up and threw me over his shoulder and ran down the back steps. I was airborne and tossed lightly into the deep end of the pool that he had finished at the beginning of August. As I came up for air, I saw the family watching us and smiling.

“You did it now, love.”

“Did what?”

“CAAANNNOOOONNBBAAALLLLLL!”

Suddenly there was a large wave of water coming at me and throwing me into a shallower end of the pool and back underwater. When I came back up, I was standing in two feet of water in the four-foot deep end of the pool. Water was dripping down from the second story of the house, the deck was soaked, and my family as inside laughing and waving. I turned around and Emmett was grinning at me.

“You just don’t mess with the best, little sister.”

That was the last time I had fun for a while. For the next two months I felt like I was drowning in schoolwork. Reading, papers, written and oral reports, mock lesson plans and exams took up pretty much all of my time. I essentially barricaded myself in my room. If I wasn’t in class, I was at the library, or in my room studying. I had everything I needed in there: a bed, clothes, a shower, and a well-stocked mini-fridge that Jasper restocked when I was out of the house.

The only time I really got to spend with Edward was when he was helping me study and outside of that, it was when he would watch me sleep. That left no girl time for a very disappointed Alice and Rose, no practical jokes on Emmett, and only brief five-minute calls I was able to make to Charlie and mom on Sundays. And on top of all that, I still had to coordinate with a local high school to student teach at.

I skipped out on traveling for Thanksgiving because I had a presentation for Child Psychology that was fifty percent of my grade. I promised to visit both Charlie and Renee during Christmas Break. In the mean time, Esme insisted on a small Thanksgiving dinner. I took a short two hour break from my presentation to eat dinner and then went right back to my presentation. It was taking over my life.

Three days after classes resumed, finals started. I thought that the genius who thought up that schedule should have been shot. I finished my last Fall Semester with at three-point-eight. I got a “B” in Child Psychology. On the critique sheet of my presentation, the professor noted that my graphics were hard to follow and the background was too busy, so he had to dock me for it. I could have thrown a hissy fit about it, but held onto the fact that I still had a three-point-nine-four cumulative.

It was finally Christmas Break and I spent the first week after finals ended with mom and Phil She insisted on a lot of beach time. She also tried to kidnap me to Disneyworld until I convinced her I was too old for Disneyworld and we settled on Sea World and Universal. It was really nice to have that much fun with mom. I confessed to Edward one night that I was grateful that she made me feel like a little kid because we would never have this type of fun again.

After a week with mom, I left to spend Christmas in Forks with Charlie I got there Christmas Eve and it dawned on me that I had not gotten anyone anything for Christmas. I let everyone know that their presents were late because they were ordered and had not arrived it-it was a little white lie with a hint of truth.

Charlie got a fish finder, Emily and Sam got a bunch of photo albums and scrapbooks for Brandon. Brandon got a colorful activity mat that had a bunch of rings, mirrors, and things that made noises. Jake mentioned, in one of the e-mails I never had a chance to reply to, that he had considered opening his own garage so I got him a mechanic’s handbook and a “how to” guide on how to open his business. I regularly got messages from him even if I didn’t reply to many of them. Sue got a bunch of cookbooks and some silicone bakeware while her son Seth got a blue face Fossil watch I won on eBay and her daughter Leah got a Visa gift card. I really had no idea what to get her and figured what would be more fun than spending someone else’s money.

Carlisle and Esme also got a bunch of photo albums. I figured there were pictures somewhere that were hidden away because they could not be displayed and they needed a proper place. There were also a few extra albums that would allow for pictures of any future weddings-plural. Emmett got three pairs of water wings for the pool, a shirt that read “Grizzly Bait”, and a new punching bag. I didn’t ruin his or beat it within inches of its life, but thought it was a nice gesture.

Alice and Rose got Tiffany’s heart ID bracelets with the word “Sister” engraved on them and I also ordered one for myself. Jasper got three old, leather bound journals. I thought it would be really nice to have his experiences as a Civil War soldier written down on paper instead of on a computer and thrown in a binder. I always thought history was best relieved when read from those who lived it.

I spent more on Edward than I thought I would have. It took a small chunk out of my savings, but it’s not like I’d be living solely on my savings or my teacher salary for long, if ever. I refused to use that card on their gifts, too. Edward got books of sheet music and some recording equipment. I loved the way he composed music and the way it sounded, but I also thought we shouldn’t be the only ones to hear it. It was too beautiful to be hidden away. I thought maybe, through the right channels, if the composer was kept anonymous, it could be heard and appreciated by the whole world.

eBay was becoming my best friend because I was able to get Renee and Phil partial season tickets through a broker on there. Once the tickets were available in March, he would get paid and they would get sent the tickets. They would be able to attend forty Marlins games ten rows behind first base. I also ordered a few wedding-themed frames for mom so she could display my wedding pictures throughout the house like I knew she would want to.

Angela told me not to get her anything because her dress, shoes, plane tickets to NY and virtually everything else was paid for. She said she would consider the jewelry set her Christmas gift for years to come. I ignored her, sort of, and bought her a gold evening bag that she could use for the wedding or any other formal event she went to.

Once I got a hold of everyone either and told them their gifts were late, besides being yelled at by Angela, everyone was fine with it. I later learned that was because they were reeling off other “good news” I had not been apprised of yet.

Charlie and I went over to Sue’s for Christmas dinner only to find that the whole pack had been invited over. Her house, although larger that Billy’s, was still not big enough for those wolves, their mates, and me and Charlie let alone all of that food or the gigantic table that held it. It was at dinner that I was filled in on the missing piece of the puzzle.

I was seated on a corner next to Jessica who had Jake on her other side, of course. Across from me was Emily, Sam, and Brandon. Quil and Embry were there with their respective mates as was Jared. Paul had yet to imprint. He was so hot headed and full of himself I wondered if he ever would and felt for his mate whomever she turned out to be. Charlie was busy with Sue in the kitchen as were Seth and Leah.

“So, Bella, how is the wedding planning going? You never call me, so I don’t know anything.”

“Yea, sorry about that Jessica. This last semester has been real torture. The planning is great. Alice fills in the gaps when I can’t make a decision or when I was too distracted by school to make one.”

“It must be nice to have someone like Alice on hand to help you out. You know I would have been willing to do that to, but you never call so I don’t know what you need help with.”

“Again, Jess, really sorry. Charlie and mom were lucky to get calls from me every Sunday for more than five minutes at a time. I barely had time for Edward outside of class, studying, and sleeping.”

“Well, you know the world doesn’t revolve around Edward and Bella’s wedding,” she said rolling her eyes, “like some people around here might think; other people around here having things going on too. Other people are getting married you know.” She sounded real upset that she was no longer the center of everyone’s universe, minus Jake.

“I’m sorry you feel that way, but I can’t control what people do or talk about. Trust me, as much as I would like to...wait, did you say other people are getting married?”

“Jake proposed,” she screamed at me flashing a diamond and gold circle solitaire ring at me.

“WHAT? I mean congratulations! That’s great,” I finished with a hug while feigning my excitement and glaring at Jake over her shoulder.

I pulled away from our embrace and she continued. “I thought about having the wedding this summer, but you and Edward are doing yours and you are the talk of the town right now, so what was the point if everyone was going to be talking about you on my-our day, right? So I decided we should have it next summer. I don’t mean to be selfish, but I want my own day and my own attention.”

I really wanted to burst her bubble and tell her that marrying Jacob Black was not going to trump my marrying the mysterious Edward Cullen, but I didn’t for the sake of Jake’s sanity and her father’s checking account. “Sure, sure. I can understand that. Actually, do you mind if I have a word with Jake alone? There are some details I need to get from him that I think he will give best. After all, I’ve barely had a chance to see him or talk to him in a year.”

“Um, sure, ok.”

Jake stood up and kissed her. She pulled him into this long, drawn-out, overtly obvious kiss. She was trying to mark her territory so I didn’t take her imprinter in addition to the man who she was infatuated with in high school who wanted absolutely nothing to do with her. I rolled my eyes and a few seconds later Jake followed me outside.

“Seriously, Jake! You are going marry her? She’s going to now be a part of like my extended family, now?”

“She’s my imprint, Bells. It’s not like I really had a choice. And hey, no dissing my future wife because now my extended family is going to include a coven of bl-vampires. I don’t’ know what to tell you Bells, I lo--,”

“Jacob Black, don’t you say it! I already know it and she just made that very clear, even if we both are already engaged. And speaking of engagements and weddings, I have a favor to ask of you. You are my best guy friend and have been for a few years even if you haven’t agreed with the decisions I’ve made. I’m asking only because Edward says that now you understand what he and I have and why he and I have to be together and you wouldn’t dare upset me about it.”

“Well, this sounds like it’s going to be a fun request.”

“If it helps, it really pisses Alice off because now she can’t see the future and we really need to.”

“Well that helps, but what is going on?” There was a hint of concern in his voice.

“Something is going to happen at the wedding,” I said taking one of the steps leading to the porch as a seat, “and we aren’t sure exactly about how Alice saw it. I had already decided to invite you, hell I had already asked Emily to be in the wedding. Maybe you guys were gone by the time he got there or weren’t close enough to make it blurry to her. Then again, we don’t know how her visions work anyway, but Alice had a vision of him kissing my hand.”

“Bella, you are rambling.”

“Sorry. There is an old, very old, acquaintance of Carlisle’s coming to the wedding. I’m telling you for two reasons. First, you and the pack should be aware because it could be dangerous, for everyone.”

“Bella, who is he?”

“His name is Aro,” I started as Jake took a seat next to me, “and he does not believe in the sanctity of human life like the Cullens do. He’s coming, and bringing some like-minded friends along. You cannot attack him, Jake. I know you are created to do that, but if you attack him, or the people he brings with him, it could start a war. They don’t even know that you exist. Aro is like the king or ruler of the vampires. If he died, it would be very bad for everyone in Forks, vampire, wolf or neither.”

“You can’t stop him?”

“Could you stop the president from coming to your wedding if he wanted to? Would you really want to be the guy who refused him? It’s the same precedent.”

“Why is he coming?”

“Well, that sort of boils down to being my fault.”

“How is that?”

“It’s ‘illegal’ for humans to know about vampires. Those that do are either killed or changed. Somehow he found out about me and he’s coming with the intention to give Edward and me an ultimatum of sorts.”

“What kind of ultimatum?”

“Six months,” I sighed.

“Huh?”

“He’s going to give me six months, Jake.”

“Six months to do what?”

“Six months to human. I’ll be able to have six months as a human, married to Edward, before I have to be changed; something about enjoying the humanity of marriage.”

“WHAT?”

“I know, Jake. Trust me, I know. I had my own reaction already and I’ve made peace with this. What other choice do I have?”

“How do you make peace with that?”

“By knowing it is eventually what I wanted; to live an eternity with Edward. It’s either die and leave every plane of existence on this Earth or have my heart stop beating and live some semblance of a life. It gives me the ability to have some sort of relationship with Charlie, Renee, you, the pack, and after a while, after I have my thirst under control, I can teach.” My phone started to vibrate in my pocket. It was Alice. “Jake gimme a sec. Hello, my favorite fortune teller. I’m talking with Jake right now, can I call you back?”

“That explains it.”

“Explains what, Alice?”

“Ask your mutt what he just decided.”

“I decided that I wasn’t going to leave the reception early like Jessica wants to. She wanted to eat and run. Usually, I have to give her everything she wants unless it puts the tribe, pack, or humans in danger. That’s why Sam was able to allow you to edit the treaty so-to-speak. He knew you were not going to be a threat.”

“Thanks, dog! You just made the whole day disappear including the most important vision of all!”

“Would you two like to speak to each other? It’s not like you need me.”

“No, I got my answer. Just be sure they know why Aro cannot touch them.”

“Got it. I’ll be home in a few days.”

“I know. Love you and try to stay away from the mutts so I can keep an eye on you.”

“Yea, yea. Love you, too. Bye Alice.”

“What was that all about?”

“Aro has a talent like Edwards, but his works with touch. If he touches you, he can hear or know every thought you’ve ever had. That’s why he can’t touch you; he can’t know that the wolves exist here.”

“I should get Sam.”

“Probably. He needs to be aware of all of this and something else. Oh, and Jake, if Jessica doesn’t want to stay at the wedding, she doesn’t have too.”

“Have you met Jessica? She can barely leave my side. I can hear her in there right now thrumming her fingernails on the table.”

“Great.”

“I’ll make sure she keeps her distance. I don’t want two bridezillas on my hands. I don’t think I’d even wish that on Edward.”

“Wow. It must be bad. You used his real name.”

“Bella, I proposed two days ago. TWO! She already has most of the wedding planned and she wants me to wear a pink suit.”

“HA! I thought I was bad. You have my sympathy.”

“Hey, you said there were two reasons I needed to know about the Aro, King of the Vampires guy.”

“The second reason is because I need to have your measurements.”

“Why?”

“Because I want you in the wedding.”

“Really?”

“Yes Jake, really. You have been my friend for years and you were my source of comfort and sanity for a long time. I owe you my life two times already. Edward agrees with me that it’s a good idea and it would me a lot to me.”

“I’m not wearing a dress.”

“Darn. Brown so could have been your color! Just get me your measurements before I leave tonight and I’ll take care of the suit.”

“Any idea of how much it will cost?”

“Just a dance.”

“That’s it?”

“Yep. You see, the Cullen’s are very generous when it comes to those the love and care about and for some insane reason they are paying for the whole wedding; from my dress down to the napkins.”

“That’s kind of amazing.”

“I know. You should have seen Charlie’s face.”

“Wish I could have been there. Let me get Sam. I’ll be right back.”

While Jake went to get Sam, I sent a text message to Edward letting him know that Jake agreed and that I missed and loved him. When Jake and Sam came outside, Jake had already filled him in on most of what I told him. There was one other thing neither of them knew.