3rd Person POV
After Edward flung her into the bolder, Victoria raced through the trees her natural gift allowing her to feel that Edward was not in pursuit so she assumed that he was with the wolf. Those Cullens were the strangest vampires she had ever come across, however she had no doubt that he would be hot on her trail soon. When she attacked Jacob, she heard a howl off in the distance and instinctively knew that it was too far east and not near the others. She was already near the water so she decided to take a swim up north around the small peninsula and come back south closer to the lonely howl. Victoria emerged from the water and wrung the extra water from her clothes, normally she didn't care, but she wanted to be able to move easily.
As she moved quickly the terrain began to get more rocky as the elevation grew higher and higher. Her gift was evasion and so she didn't normally pursue danger, but her instincts told her that this was where Bella would be and as she got closer she began to smell her. It was different, with the faint smell of wet dog mixed with multiple different smells that Victoria knew to be the Cullens, especially Alice. Bella baffled Victoria and she couldn't figure out how one human girl could have such an impact on her.
To Victoria humans were stupid and weak, she could murder hundreds in a matter of minutes if she wanted, how Bella remained alive was quite a mystery. She wanted Bella to suffer for being simply a pain in the ass, but even more so Victoria was curious about Bella. How was this girl able to surround herself with things that most humans considered to be monsters?
Victoria felt confident if the Cullens had not gotten involved then her army would have completely decimated the wolves. Once Victoria knew she was heading in the right direction she climbed up into the trees and began to softly float from branch to branch, trying not to jostle or give away her approach. She could feel that Edward was once again after her.
Edward followed her scent to the water and then assumed that she would head south towards either La Push or Forks. So Edward ran along the shore line, but he was running the wrong direction.
Victoria did not know that, but could feel Edward's pursuit which made her nervous and anxious. She saw Seth and Bella, she was awake, sitting at his side, and running her hand down his back. When the battle started, Seth kept flinching, while he watched his sister and brothers fighting and his movements kept Bella from sleeping. Alice and Bella continued to ask Seth yes or no questions, and for the first time he wished that he could speak in wolf form.
When Alice wasn't asking Seth questions she was trying desperately to see her family, especially Jasper. If there was ever a time that she was desperate to see his future it was then. She would get flashes of Jasper tearing apart a vampire, but then one of the wolves would get involved causing her to loose the image. It was extremely frustrating for Alice, and her head was starting to hurt trying to see things that were either fuzzy or just simply not going to appear. Alice probably should have been watching for Victoria's decisions, but she had to choose because she can't see two futures at the same time and Jasper was her priority.
There was a strong wind that helped disguise Victoria's movements and because Alice was worried and distracted trying to see her family, no one noticed Victoria getting closer and closer. Had Alice not been there or Bella not have so much vampire scent on her, Seth probably could have smelt Victoria coming, but with him already sitting with one vampire, smelling another one coming would have been more difficult. Victoria felt that, if she could incapacitate Alice and kill the dog, then she could take her time with Bella, and not have to rush it. She saw Alice leaning against the rock, with her eyes closed, deep in concentration as Victoria leaped from the tree, landing over Alice and immediately tore her tiny head from her body. Then she ripped Alice's arm and threw it at Bella, but Seth's paw smashed it into the ground.
Bella screamed and Seth howled fiercely as he stood over Bella, while she scampered behind him. Seth could feel that Leah and Jacob were on their way, but it didn't help him know how to fight and protect at the same time. He felt so unprepared and he was scared that he was going to let Jake down by not keeping Bella safe.
“You're next, dog!” Victoria hissed, and leaped at Seth who dodged once, but then instantly Victoria pounced again landing on Seth's back. He tried to buck her off, but he also had to try and be aware of where Bella was. The wolves smelled so terrible to Victoria that she really didn't want to bite another one, so instead she used both of her hands to squeeze hard on Seth's shoulder crushing the bones there. Seth whimpered as Victoria continued to move down his back crushing as many bones as she could. The further Victoria went the harder it was for Seth to remain standing and ended up crumbling to the ground.
“No! Please, stop hurting him!” Bella screamed as she scrambled to her feet. “You only have a few seconds before the rest of the pack and Cullens know you are here. Take me instead.” Bella wasn't sure what Victoria had planned for her, but based on the warning the Laurent gave, it was going to be something slow and painful. Bella just hoped that it was slow enough that Jacob could find her before Victoria finally killed her.
“You really are a stupid girl.” Victoria hissed, as she sprung towards Bella. “Climb on and I'll let him live.”
Bella leaped onto her back, praying that she wasn't making the stupidest decision of her life.
I leaped, landing next to Leah and began to search for Bella, but I couldn't see her anywhere. Seth, where is Bella? I asked.
I thought she was here. She was right behind me. Seth answered panicked.
Where is Victoria? Leah asked.
I don't know. Seth began to cry and his body shook, which caused him to howl in pain.
The rest of the pack and the Cullens arrived. Jasper ran to Alice and frantically began to piece her back together, with Esme's and Carlisle's assistance. Leah continued to comfort Seth trying to get him to relax so his body could heal, his crying and shaking was making it worse. I began to sniff around trying to find Victoria's scent but it seems that she must have been up in the trees where her scent is much harder to trace. The harsh winds were making it extremely difficult.
The moment her pieces were back in place, Alice snapped back to life and she began screaming about Victoria.
“Victoria, has Bella!” Alice screamed.
Immediately my snout was in her face, and Jasper looked at me cautiously. Where? Where did she take Bella! I growled, and suddenly I heard Edward's voice interpreting it for me. It's about freaking time you showed up, I mumbled.
“Sorry, I followed her scent to the water and then I thought she would be heading back towards La Push for Bella, so I went that direction. I didn't realize that she figured out that Bella was here. I heard everyone running here, so that is when I changed directions and started running.” Edward explained.
“She is going back to Seattle, but hasn't decided specifically where.” Alice answered.
Let's go! I insisted.
Jake, we can't go chasing her around Seattle as wolves. Embry said, worried that I was going to get mad at him for contradicting me.
We need you, Jake. Leah insisted. Sam deserves to have you here, when we bury him.
I whined, because I knew that they were right. I needed to stay here for my pack.
“Jacob, Bella is alive . . .” Alice stated.
How do you know that? I questioned.
“Because Victoria is still planning different ways to kill her.” Edward answered fiercely.
I couldn't decide if I felt relieved or even more nervous. Of course I was glad that Bella was still alive, but I hated to think of what torture she would endure. Promise me, that you'll bring Bella back to me.I said to Edward.
“I will, Jacob.” Edward promised.
ALIVE! I clarified. And truly alive, not a frozen over corpse that moves.
“I'll do my best.” Edward answered.
I knew that was just going to have to be good enough, because that was the best answer he could give me.
The Cullen family ran together towards Seattle, except for Carlisle who offered to stay behind to treat Seth. Seth wasn't able to phase back yet so everyone, but myself, phased back and carried Seth towards La Push. I ran back to Sam, and I saw his broken and stiff body. I phased back and knelt down by his side, and I couldn't hold it together any longer. I cried for my alpha and wished that he would have been able to train me. I cried for my pack family who lost their leader and was now going to be following me. I cried for Bella and I wanted her here with me and not in the clutches of a sadistic vampire. I was so scared, so alone, and continued to cry until I couldn't cry any more.
Then with shaking arms I lifted Sam's body and carried him home. I knew that my life was never going to be the same, from now on, I was alpha.
Aww, thank you I am really glad that you liked Jacob's proposal from his pov. I really felt like that ring would be great for Bella.
I'm glad that you enjoyed her dress shopping, and I thought it would be good to let you all see how things are between her and Edward now. Certainly being called the groom would have been difficult for Edward and same for Bella as well.
This chapter was so much fun, HAHA, I'm really glad that you enjoyed the kidnapping of Jacob (or them trying to kidnap him). I still laugh when I think of the awkwardness of the moment for Charlie to walk in with his gun. :D
Oh yes!! Can't forget that, hehe.
Chapter 18 – Wedding Bells
My wedding was one hour away and I took a deep breath to calm the excitement that was building in the pit of my stomach. Bella Swan was about to become Bella Black and with that I would become her husband.
“Oh come on,” Quil rolled his eyes. “Please tell me you are not nervous.”
“Good, because you can't even get cold feet if you tried.” Embry grinned.
“Haha,” I rolled my eyes, but smiled.
“What if Bella got cold feet?” Quil looked panicked like it was a real possibility. “Dude, you so should have married her in Vegas.”
“Shut up,” I punched him. “Bella will be fine, she wants this just as badly as I do.”
Embry laughed. “No one wants this as badly as you do.”
“Okay, fine.” I conceded. “She still wouldn't . . . She is not a runaway bride.”
“That is assuming she makes it even close to the alter.” Embry mumbled, as the first thing I could find went flying through the air and into the side of his head.
“Dammit, Jacob! I was just kidding.” Embry winced and rubbed his head.
“Sorry,” I half apologized.
“We were both kidding Jake, you have nothing to worry about.” Quil said, trying to backtrack into more neutral territory.
“Besides Bella has Leah, Emily, and Rachel with her, so they will smooth out any jittery feelings she might feel without any trouble.” Embry said confidently.
“That is true,” I said, taking a deep breath.
I was getting ready at Quil's house and Bella was at Dad's house. I had already showered and had my black dress pants on and Charlie was bringing Dad here in a few minutes. We were mixing traditional and tribal together, for the wedding. I had on a solid cream shirt with long straight sleeves and a russet brown deerskin vest that felt like soft leather. On the back was a huge eagle with his wings spread wide in flight and he was flying towards the sun that was on the back of my right shoulder. The eagle and sun were carved into the leather and stained a very dark brown, almost black. On the front of the vest, on the right side the sun that was on the back spilled over onto the front. There was a wolf and a young woman holding her hand to the wolf. She had long hair that looked like it was being blown by the wind. On the left side of the vest, in Quileute, was mine and Bella's love story.
Quil and Embry both wore black pants and also had the same cream shirts and tan colored deer skin vests. They had the same eagle and sun on the back, but both of their's were blank on the front. If either of them had been married it would have their own story and whatever picture they chose on the front. Quil had short hair like me and Embry had grown his hair out and it was combed smooth just past his shoulders.
Dad came dressed in black dress pants, a cream long sleeve shirt, and his vest was dark from age. He wore it each time he performed a wedding over the years. His vest told the love story of my parents on one side and on the other showed a black bear standing up on his hind legs with his paws on the shoulders of the woman. She looked up at the bear and placed her own hands over the arms of the bear. She wore a long dress that dragged on the ground behind her.
I braided Dad's hair and placed the headdress on him, most likely for the last time. While technically I was chief already, I felt like it was important for Dad to wear it for our wedding and then I wanted to have the same ceremony, that was done privately before Sam's funeral, to take place in front of the tribe.
I knew that those in the tribe would know very well the significance of Dad passing on this headdress from himself to me. Though I have been chief since the day that Sam died, today there would be no further doubt.
Charlie wore black pants and a dark royal blue dress shirt and a green and light blue tie. Dad told me that Sue took Charlie shopping several weeks ago to find the clothing that he needed. I laughed, thinking about what kind of shopping trip that would have been like.
We had a quick lunch of several sandwiches and then we went over to the beach. It had rained that morning, however now the clouds have cleared and the sun shown brightly. It smelled perfect like sunshine, rain, and the sweet scent of the yellow, red, pink, and white roses. The rest of the guys helped to set up the white folding chairs, once the rain lifted. Between the tribe and those in Forks, we were expecting to have a large crowd.
There was a temporary enclosed gazebo like shelter that was set up for Bella, Leah, Rachel, and Charlie to wait in. I socialized and spoke to those that I knew, helping to escort people to find a seat until it was time for me to take the stage next to Dad. There was one large wooden platform that Dad, Bella, and myself would stand on, then Quil and Embry would be on one side and Leah and Rachel would be on the other. I didn't want to have to choose between my two friends so I didn't have a “best man” and told them I didn't care which one of them held the rings as long as one of them did.
(start song: Watership Down Instrumental - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eTtcvQKWqRc&feature=BFa&list... -- Sorry if not in the US it probably won't work)
“You ready, Jake?” Dad asked.
“Yes, very much so.” I answered.
“Let's get this party started.” Quil grinned.
Dad nodded and a flute and guitar began to play as Dad, Quil, Embry and myself got in place.
I smiled brightly as Rachel came down. Bella let the girls pick out whatever dress they wanted to wear as long as it was blue. Rachel's dress had one sleeve with beads on her shoulder and the royal blue material went at an angle across her chest, and was tight along her waist, showing her baby bump. Leah had a tight sleeveless dress that had a slight scoop in the front and was turquoise with thick shiny blue stripes that went in random directions across her body. Leah's hair has grown out to just above her shoulders and she wore it straight. Both girls looked really amazing and had bright smiles on their faces, as they turned to watch the isle.
Next came eight year old Claire, wearing a pale green dress and four year old Tommy, wearing black pants and a dark green, short sleeve dress shirt. Tommy held in one hand a small pillow that held our rings and the other arm was propped on his little hip with Claire's arm looped through his. In Claire's hand she had a wicker basket filled with red, yellow, and purple wild flowers that she dropped along the isle. There was a white runner that was draped across the pebbly sand to make it more comfortable to walk on, because everyone was barefoot. Tommy gave the pillow to Quil and he quickly untied the rings, slipped Bella's into his pocket, handed mine to Embry, and gave the pillow back to Tommy. Claire waited for Tommy and then they both went and sat down with Emily.
The flute and guitar's music shifted smoothly into Canon in D, then Renee stood, in a beautiful teal dress, and everyone else stood with her. I saw Charlie slightly before I saw Bella and she was beyond words for me. I stood motionless as I let my eyes roam over the most beautiful person I have ever seen.
“Breathe, Jake,” Dad whispered softly.
I took a deep breath and remembered to release it slowly. Bella's dress came gracefully off her shoulders and then flowed over her body in soft layers, showing her bare feet as she walked. Her hair was braided in the front on either side of her face and came into a rounded bunch at the nap of her neck. On the crown of her head there was a lacy veil that draped across her shoulders and down the middle of her back. To most it would have looked like typical lace, however I knew from pictures that it was the same that my mother wore and woven into it were several animals and Quileute words. Around her neck she wore a large shell that was painted with a paw print that showed the nail marks digging into the dirt and was aligned with white, brown, and turquoise beads around her neck.
With each step that Bella took, my smile stretched further across my face, until it was almost hurting. I looked at Charlie and he seemed to be holding back a laugh, so I could only wonder what I looked like, but honestly I didn't care. Bella mouthed 'hi' to me, grinning as her beautiful brown eyes sparkled. She had just a touch of makeup on around her eyes and a soft pink color on her lips. She had one arm looped through Charlie's and in her hands she carried her bouquet, which had one large white lily with a pink center, as tribute to our almost wedding in Vegas, surrounded by smaller red roses and tall white feathers arching out on one side.
Charlie and Bella stopped right before the stage. Charlie moved his hand to her elbow, leaned over, and kissed her cheek. “I love you, kiddo.” He whispered to her.
“I love you too, Dad,” Bella replied and I saw a small tear form in the corner of her eye and she blinked rapidly to keep it at bay.
Then Charlie nodded his head at me and placed her hand in mine. “You take care of her.”
“You know I will.” I promised.
Charlie took his seat beside Renee and Phil, next to Sue.
“Hey beautiful,” I whispered to Bella as she stepped on the platform in front of Dad.
“Hey,” Bella smiled brightly.
Behind Dad we could see the ocean and there was the soft rhythm of the waves, lapping against the shoreline. He spoke to the crowd and I was completely absorbed into Bella. The place could have caught on fire and I probably wouldn't have noticed as we spoke our vows and exchanged our rings.
I turned to Bella, taking her hands and placed them over my heart. “Bells, I love you. I have wanted you for so long and I am so excited to have you as my wife, as my best friend, and one true love. I promise to cherish you today, tomorrow, and forever. You are who I want to laugh with, cry with, and grow old with.” I gave her a quick wink and her smile widened. “I will love you faithfully, through the best and the worst, through the difficult and the easy. Whatever. . .” I paused, and took a breath. “Whatever, may come, I promise I will always be there. I love you.” Then I reached my hand out to Quil, he handed me her ring, and I slipped it on her finger.
Then Bella took my hands and placed them over her heart. “Jacob, you have been so patient with me. First, being my best friend and helping me like no one else could. It is a very good thing that you are great at fixing things.” Bella smiled and I shook my head slightly. “Your love has made me whole when I thought I could never be repaired. I am truly honored to be your wife and to call you my husband, my partner, and my Jacob. I promise to love you faithfully, always trust you, and to honor you in all I say or do. I love you.” She then reached her hand to Embry, he handed her my ring, and she slipped it onto my finger. I had never worn jewelry before and Bella and I looked and looked, before finding a ring that I liked. It was a charcoal black titanium with a Celtic woven design around it.
Dad had a soft warm smile throughout the ceremony and his rich voice filled the air, as he placed his hands over Bella's and mine. “Now you will feel no rain, for each of you will be the shelter for the other. Now you will feel no cold, for each of you will be the warmth to the other. Now there will be no loneliness, for each of you will be the companion to the other. Now you are two persons, but there is only one life before you. May beauty surround you both in the journey ahead and through all the years. May happiness be your companion and your days together be good and long upon the earth.”
He dropped our hands and rolled back a little bit. “Jacob, would you like to kiss your bride?” Dad said, smiling.
“Yes!” I grinned.
Bella and I were facing each other with our hands joined together. I took a small step closer and slid my hands up her arms until one rested on her shoulder, next to her neck. Bella's hands went around my waist and my other hand cupped her cheek as I tilted her lips to reach mine.
“I love you, so much, Bells.” I whispered to her as my lips found hers. We kissed deeply, holding tightly to each other and ended with a sweet peck as we looked into each other's eyes.
“And I love you, Jacob Black.” She whispered back, giving me another quick kiss.
“You had better, Bella Black.” I grinned.
Bella giggled and we both looked back at Dad, he was smiling. “You two are just too much.”
“It is just that animal magnetism that she can't resist.” I winked at Bella and I heard our friends that surrounded us laugh.
“No,” Bella shook her head, “it is because your so hot.” Bella tried to say with a straight face and failed miserably.
“Oh, is that it... I've always wondered.” I smirked.
“Jeez, you two are pathetic,” Quil mumbled. Bella and I looked at him and then back at each other, giggling.
“Just wait . . .” Embry whispered back.
“For what?” Quil asked.
“Till, it's your turn.”
“Sure, sure,” Quil rolled his eyes, but had a small smile.
“Jacob, are you sure you want to do this now?” Dad asked.
I looked over at Bella and she nodded her head. “Yes,” I answered.
Bella squeezed my hand before walking over to stand next to Leah and watched as I walked around Dad and removed the headdress from his head. I placed it in his lap and there was a soft drumbeat and someone played the wooden flute as I knelt down. Dad spoke in Quileute and English, giving me his blessing and placed the headdress on me. I could feel the feathers down my back as he secured the band around my head..
“Jacob,” I lifted my eyes to his and he swallowed thickly before he placed one hand on each of my shoulders. As he spoke his voice was strong, and the awe that I felt was the same as the first time that he placed it on my head. “When you are in doubt, be still, and wait; when doubt no longer exists for you, then go forward with courage. So long as the mist envelops you, be still; be still until the sunlight pours through and dispels the mists – as it surely will. Then act with courage.”
“Yes, father, I will.” I whispered.
“I know.” His eyes glistened with tears, as one trailed down his cheek. I knew that he was proud and so was I, feeling stronger and more confident.
I looked around the gathered group and it was different doing this for the second time. I could see the pride of my friends and I was so glad that Bella was here for this. The headdress was the same one I wore for Sam's funeral, but I decided to not have the wooden wolf attached to it. There were feathers that draped over my shoulders and down my back.
“Stand, my son, my chief.” Dad said, swallowing thickly.
I took a deep breath and stood up, bowing slightly and then I held out my hand to Bella and she took my hand as she stood by my side.
We led the way between the rows of chairs, the short distance to the resort. Not being able to predict what the weather was going to be like, we decided to have our reception in the main hall of the resort. There were several white table clothes with green and blue candles and shells scattered over a mirror placed in the middle of the tables.
Bella had a three tier white wedding cake with conversation hearts scattered around it. On the top was a man and woman sitting on a white branch. Those close to us would know that the wood had been taken from “our” driftwood bench that we always sat on when at the beach. There were small sandwiches, fruit, cheese, and vegetables to eat and punch to drink. My cake was about six inches tall and on the sides it had faded red icing layered like boards, the top was purposefully uneven and sloped like shingles. There was a red and a black toy motorcycle, leaning on either side of the “door”.
“Wow, it's my garage.” I said completely amazed.
“I know, I wanted it to be a surprise.” Bella replied proudly.
“You are so amazing,” I said, kissing her softly.
We sliced the cakes and fed pieces to each other. Bella refused to let go of her piece until I placed her piece in her mouth. I wanted to be insulted that she thought I would get cake on her, but I totally would have. We sat down with a small plate of food and spoke to our friends and family that had gathered for our wedding.
(start song: Storybook Story http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KFe3TjflQKA&feature=mr_meh&l... )
Once we finished eating we shared our first dance together. We simply moved side to side and I thought it was pretty pathetic until Charlie and Bella danced, now they can't dance.
While they were dancing, I danced with Renee.
“I don't think I have ever seen a happier couple.” Renee commented.
“Well, that is probably true. I can't imagine anyone being happier.”
“It's really fantastic.”
“What is?” I asked.
“I don't feel like I have to tell you to take care of her or treat her right or any of the things that parents are supposed to say, because I know that you will.”
“Yeah, you are right. Any random advice?” I asked.
“Not really, you and Bella have something that I have never seen before. Don't lose it.”
We settled into a comfortable silence as we finished our dance. Then there was a stream of dance partners some from the tribe that I didn't know real well and then also Rachel, who cried through the whole thing. Leah told me she would cut off valuable parts of my body if I ever hurt Bella, kissed my cheek, and then went on like that was completely normal. Kim and Jackie were sweet, and it was really great to catch up with Jackie.
“Are you having a good summer, Jackie?” I asked.
“Yes. I swear you and Bella are just adorable.”
“Yeah, I know.” I answered confidently.
Jackie laughed and rolled her eyes. “Not the least bit bashful about it, I see.”
“Should I be?”
“I can't think of a good reason.” Jackie said, shaking her head.
“Just wait, your time will come.” I told her.
“Do you know something, I don't know?” She raised her eyebrows in question.
“Nothing official, but come on. . . There was a time when I thought you and Embry might get married before I did.”
“Well that would have been a crime.”
“I'll have to arrest Embry or something if he doesn't get his act together soon.”
“Arresting your best friend, that is nice . . .” Jackie shook her head slightly.
“Being my best friend doesn't give him a free pass to be an idiot.”
“Thanks, Jake. Embry isn't going anywhere and neither am I, so I am not in a hurry.”
“Alright, but if I ever need to give him a helpful nudge you let me know.”
We gave each other a big hug and I felt her release a contented sigh as I kissed her hair.
Embry came and got Jackie and I saw Bella dancing with Newton. Bella and Mike have kept in touch casually while she has been in college.
“Bella!” Quil yelled.
I heard Bella excuse herself with Mike and turned to Quil. He picked her up and twirled her around in a circle and then placed her back on her feet and they both jumped, bumping their chests together.
“Seriously?” I yelled. “You did not just chest bump my wife.”
“Oh yeah!” Quil grinned mischievously and Bella rested her hand on his shoulder laughing.
“Jeez . . .” I shook my head, as Quil spun Bella around and began to dance with her.
“What am I going to do with him?” I mumbled.
“I could help you come up with a few things.” Emily smiled.
“Oh really?” I held my arms for her to dance with me. “Please, do tell.”
Emily laughed and we began to dance. She actually had some really fantastic ideas and we were both laughing so hard that she had a few tears fall down her cheek. I brushed her tears away and we looked at each other.
“Em, do you think that you will be able to marry again?” I asked.
“I don't know, Jake.”
“I hope so.”
“Why?” Emily asked.
“Because you deserve to be able to move on. No one would doubt how much you loved Sam if you were able to find love again.”
“Maybe . . .” She whispered softly. “I guess it would be good for you to not take care of me anymore.”
“Whoa, that is not what I meant.” I held her chin softly to tilt her head up to look into my eyes. “Emily, you are not a burden or a 'responsibility' so do not think that, even for a second.”
“Thanks, Jake,” she said, but didn't look convinced at all.
“The time that I spend with you and Tommy, I spend because I enjoy being with you both. I don't see that changing, just because I'm married.”
Emily nodded her head silently. “It will probably be nice for you to not have to go back and forth from Seattle.” She offered, most likely to change the subject.
“Yes, that will be fantastic!”
“I'm so happy for you, Jacob.” She said, as she rubbed her hand over my shoulder and back.
“Thank you.” I kissed her forehead and hugged her tightly as the song came to a close.
I took a deep breath and looked around the room. Dad, Charlie, and Sue were talking to Renee and Phil, Bella was dancing with Paul, Seth was dancing with his girl Amber, Embry was with Jackie, getting some food and looked to be joining Quil, Claire, Emily, Tommy, Jared, Kim and their little one Nicole at one of the tables.
“Hey, little bro,” Rachel said, draping her arm around my shoulders.
“Hey, I'm thirsty, you want to walk with me to get a drink?” I asked her.
“Sure.” We walked over for some punch and I poured myself some, drank it completely, and then poured some more. “Goodness, Jake, you weren't joking.
I drank the refill slower and I noticed that Rachel seemed a little quiet. “Are you alright?” I asked her.
“Yes, I just miss Becca.”
“Yeah, maybe I made the wrong decision to go visit her instead of her coming here.” Rebecca called several months ago when she was purchasing her plane tickets and offered to have Bella and I come to her and she would pay for our tickets if we wanted. I talked it over with Dad, Rachel, and Bella, we all agreed to have Bella and I go there.
“No, Jake, it will be amazing for you and Bella to go there. I went for a week one summer while I was still in college. She is also coming down after I have the baby, so I'll see her soon.”
I finished my drink and I heard Rachel snicker.
“It is a good thing that he is imprinted,” Rachel said, as I turned around, looking where she nodded her head towards Paul and Bella. Paul was giving Bella another dancing lesson, he wasn't quite as aggressive as he had been at prom, but still had his hands on her hips and I could tell that he was moving them for her.
“Does that bother you?” I asked her.
“Nope, I trust them both completely.”
“However, I would like to dance with my wife. You want to come interrupt with me?”
Rachel and I walked out and separated Paul and Bella so that we could dance with our spouses. It was great having Bella back in my arms. “Hey, stranger,” I smiled at her.
“Yeah, I'm exhausted.” She rested her head on my chest and her arms were limp around my neck.
“We have a plane to catch this evening so you can't go to sleep on me quite yet.”
Bella took a deep breath. “Alright.”
I took Bella's hand and walked with her to Leah and Jackie. There was a small room that they took Bella to help her get out of her wedding dress and into a comfortable light green strapless dress. I changed as well into some khaki shorts and blue stripe polo shirt.
As we changed, everyone gathered outside.
“You ready for this?” I asked Bella.
She reached her hand out and I took it. “I'll be right beside you.”
“Perfect,” I smiled, and we exited to an onslaught of bird seed.
Author's Note: I know that some of you probably thought something would happen to stop the Wedding, but I just couldn't do that to them. Maybe I'm too emotionally involved in my story, but I don't really care. :D
Bella's Dress (3rd one down) - http://www.jogjalifestyle.com/2009/08/02/rosa-clara-2009-bridal-gow...
Thank you :D
Maybe I should have put that author's note at the beginning, lol, then you could have enjoyed the chapter. :D
Awww, thank you so much. It was a beautiful chapter and wedding, for a beautiful couple.
Hehe, you are awesome :D