Our first couple of days back in New York were a chaotic blur. Alice had us scheduled down to the minute. Bella and I had been handling it well, completing everything on the task list and, generally spending every waking moment apart from each other. I’d been around for both Emmett and Alice’s weddings and I knew what to expect. I had warned Bella, but it was still overwhelming, and probably even more so because it was our wedding.
Bella had hit a wall our second day, breaking down in tears over a broken fingernail because she knew Alice would throw a fit about how it would look in pictures. Later, she’d completely lost her shit when Emmett told her he spilled something on Rose’s bridesmaid dress. She was a sobbing mess until Rose returned from putting Peter down for a nap and assured her that Emmett was lying and being an asshole. It didn’t take long for Bella to laugh about it, but it certainly took it’s toll.
I couldn’t say that I was at my best either. I’d almost come unglued when my mom told me that Emmett had made Bella cry.
I hadn’t heard about it until much later, when we were cleaning up the kitchen and getting ready to go to bed. I was fuming, and my mother had kept me busy by forcing me to help her hand wash the dishes, when they could have easily gone in the dishwasher.
“Edward, look at me.” She put her hands on my cheeks, forcing me to focus on her. “Take a couple of deep breaths and listen to me. Your brother is just being his ridiculous self. He thought it would be funny, but he doesn’t seem to remember that his jokes almost got himself castrated before his own wedding.”
I chuckled a little. Emmett never took anything seriously. The days leading to their wedding had been a nightmare, with him acting like a fool and Rose threatening his balls at every turn.
Esme grabbed the end of my nose and tipped my head towards her since my attention had drifted. “Emmett and Bella are friends. They joke around. He felt awful when he upset her, probably worse than when he upsets Rose because he knew you would be angry.”
I groaned and pinched the bridge of my nose. “Of course I’m fucking angry.”
“Stop.” She spoke quietly, covering my hand with her own and pulling it away from my face. “You’re allowed to tell him he was a jerk, but then you need to drop it. I don’t want you fighting this weekend. I know how you two are.”
“Don’t ‘Mom’ me. You may be getting married in two days, but I’ll always be your mother.”
I sighed and nodded. “Fine. But I am going to tell him he was a dick.”
“I know you are baby, but do it with words, not your fist. Now, go on up to bed. Get a good night’s sleep and talk to your brother tomorrow.”
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The morning before the wedding, I woke up before Bella and made my way to the beach for a run. While I was tempted to wake her and take a few minutes for ourselves, I really needed to get away from everyone and pound out a couple of miles on the sand. By the time I got back, my head was clear, and I felt a thousand times better. I still wanted to kick my brother’s ass, but no more than any other day, so it was a definite improvement from the night before.
The kitchen was full of activity. Mom and Bella were dishing up pancakes and eggs while Emmett, Alice, Jasper and my father sat around the dining table. Rose had taken the twins to yoga and baby Peter was eating cheerios in his booster seat. My dad was reading a medical journal while the others fought over the newspaper. Emmett snagged the sports page from Jasper with a victorious grin, then shoved a piece of toast in his mouth.
I slipped behind him as I made my way around the table and smacked the back of his head. I grabbed the paper as he flailed around, shocked and choking on bread crumbs.
“What the hell, bro? What was that for?”
“You know what it was for.” I sat next to him and sipped my coffee, and just to be a dick I didn’t even open the paper.
“Um, I wouldn’t have asked if I did.”
I looked around and saw several pairs of eyes watching us, including my mother, who’d turned her back on the stove.
“You upset my fiancée yesterday, ya douche.”
He groaned and threw his head back. “Are you kidding me? Beezinator, you need this fool to fight your battles? I thought you were tougher than that.”
My mother pointed a spatula at him. “You better stop right there, young man. You made the bride cry yesterday, and that is unacceptable. Don’t you dare do it again.”
“Aw, come on. You know I was teasing, don’t you, Bella? I was just making a joke.”
What he had done wasn’t actually a big deal, but emotions were running high, and I just needed to hear him apologize.
I set my mug down on the table. “Just tell her you’re sorry, and we’re all good.”
He rolled his eyes at me before looking back over to Bella who was watching him cautiously. She stood in the middle of the kitchen with a towel over her shoulder, her lower lip worried between her teeth.
“Now, Miss Bella, beggin’ your pardon,” he said with the fakest southern accent I’d ever heard.
There were groans all around the table as Emmett stood and made his way into the kitchen and got on his knees in front of Bella. He put his hand over his heart and gave her a pleading look.
“Please forgive me for trying to be funny yesterday. It is clearly a massive oversight on my part, and it will never happen again.”
Emmett stood and chuckled, playing to the crowd as he walked back to the table. Bella raised an eyebrow, and I loved her even more. I knew what she was going to say before she opened her mouth.
“You didn’t say you were sorry.”
He stopped, mid-step, closing his eyes and clutching his heart as he turned back to Bella. “You wound me, Bee’s Knees. The apology was implied, but I’ll spell it out. I am sorry. From the top of my nose to the tip of my toes, I am sorry.”
Bella flipped her hair over her shoulder and muffed out a breath. “Just don’t let it happen again.”
She tried to look haughty and serious, and she pulled it off—until Emmett wrapped his arms around her and placed a big smacking kiss on her forehead. At that point, she laughed loudly and hit him over and over with the towel.
Esme and Bella put more platters of food on the table, and we all settled down for breakfast, eating and talking quietly. When we were mostly finished, Bella made her way around the table refilling coffee mugs until she got to me. She put her hand on my shoulder and topped off my coffee before setting the carafe on a trivet and leaning down to give me a kiss.
My arms had automatically gone around her neck, holding her close. I returned her kiss, taking it a little further just to torment my brother. I regretted it as soon as I did it though because just kissing her made me want so much more.
Sighing as I pulled away, I grinned up at her. “Mmm. Good morning to you, too.”
Alice’s chin rested in her hand, and she had a dreamy smile on her face. “You two are so sweet.”
“Sweet?” Emmett guffawed. “They’re a live action porno!”
Everyone laughed, and I knew without looking that Bella was blushing like crazy. Sure enough, I saw her red cheeks as she climbed into my lap and hid her face in my shoulder.
“No, seriously, Ed never dated much after high school. I started to wonder if he’d changed teams, but Bella has reconfirmed his stud status.”
Jasper laughed, and my sister shook her head and tried to reassure me, “Speak for yourself! We never thought that.”
“Stop it,” my mom tried to sound stern, but she was chuckling too. My family was so inappropriate.
My father had been quiet for most of the meal, but it was pretty typical of him to wait until we got out of control and then reined everyone back in. I figured he was about at his breaking point, and when Emmett started to sing porn music and make up a stupid storyline I knew I was right.
“Bow chicka wow wow! Edward takes Bella up to his bedroom…”
Carlisle closed his magazine and slapped it on the table. He looked around at us and sighed.
“I believe we have a wedding to finish getting ready for. While this morning’s conversations have been…enlightening, you’re all on my last damn nerve.” He stood and took a deep breath, putting his hands on the back of his chair. “So clean up the kitchen, go upstairs and take your showers, have a quicky or whatever you need to do, and let’s get on with the business at hand.”
We all watched him with slack jaws as he carried his dishes into the kitchen, gave my mother a kiss and whispered in her ear before going upstairs.
“Um, I’m just going to-” My mom laughed and glanced at the staircase and then back at us as she untied her apron. “Yeah, you kids clean up down here like your father asked.”
She headed up the stairs without a backward glance and we all cracked up laughing. My entire family was a bunch of crazy perverts. Bella gave me a squeeze, and I laughed even harder. I loved how well she fit in with the Cullen insanity.
And I knew she was right about being near my family eventually. I wanted our kids to grow up with this. To have crazy family moments with a big family. To have siblings and cousins who would be their best friends through thick and thin. In a couple of years, after Bella and I had time to be ourselves and do what we wanted, not what Alice planned or what my father thought was the best course of action, we’d come back and find our place in the chaos.
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The house filled up throughout the course of the day. Jasper had picked up Charlie and his girlfriend while the rest of us ran around doing last minute wedding things. Garrett and Angela showed up late in the afternoon with Colin, Brady and Bree. I showed them around and we sat on the beach and had a couple of beers before everyone had to get ready for the rehearsal. Bella and I spent all of about ten minutes together from the time we finished breakfast until I made it upstairs to change into my suit.
The rehearsal went off without too many issues. Alice had clearly spent a lot of time with the events planner from the resort as they both referred to notes on things and repeatedly reminded each other of past discussions and plans. I knew Bella had been given much more input in the planning than I had, but it was still kind of bizarre to see the way that so many little decisions all came together. I couldn’t wait to see it with all of the decorations in place, and I hoped it was exactly what Bella wanted.
Eventually, we all made our way from the beach back up to the resort for cocktails and dinner. I was thrilled because I thought I would finally get a chance to spend a few minutes talking with Bella, but I would soon find out that wasn’t the case.
Oh, sure, we were seated next to each other, but as soon as everyone sat down, Carlisle and Charlie stood and waited for the group to quiet down.
I took Bella’s hand in mine, giving her a quick smile, then my father cleared his throat and began.
“Friends, family, we’d like to welcome everyone to the beach. We’re so glad you could join us to celebrate with Edward and Bella.” He looked at us for a second and sighed before shaking his head and grinning. “I had a hard time understanding when Edward chose Seattle for his residency. I couldn’t understand what he would find there that he couldn’t get here in New York, but the first time I saw him with Bella I knew. Everything happens for a reason, and Edward, Bella, I’m so glad that you’ve found yours.” He raised took my mother’s hand and his champagne glass. “Congratulations. We love you both.”
There was a chorus of ‘Cheers!’ and ‘Hear, hear!,’ as well as the clinking of spoons on water glasses. Bella leaned over and gave me a kiss, probably longer and deeper than the group was expecting, but I wasn’t stopping her.
“Enough already!” Charlie’s voice was deep, as was the rumble of his laughter. “Plenty of time for that after tomorrow, and most importantly where I don’t have to see it.”
Bella and I pulled apart grinning and her face was already getting pink from her father’s teasing.
“I want to thank the Cullens for having us all here for the wedding. We, ah, don’t have resorts like this in Forks, do we Bells?”
He took a drink of his water, and I could see the slight tremor in his hand. I couldn’t even imagine what it would be like to give my daughter away. Charlie and I had gotten to know each other, but she’d certainly been his much longer than she’d ever been mine. They’d had a rough go of it, the two of them without her mother, but they loved each other fiercely.
“Anyway, Bella was one of those kids who had to grow up fast. It was just the two of us for a long time, and I was a workaholic. I didn’t realize until she was older that she never really got to be a kid-”
“Dad,” she started to interrupt him.
He shook his head and cut her off, “Hey, this is my speech. I practiced it, kiddo.”
“He did,” his girlfriend Sue nodded at Bella, smiling.
“Anyway, Bella has always been a strong, independent girl, and I’m glad that she’s found such a great guy in Edward who can appreciate that, but who finally takes care of her the way she deserves too.”
His eyes were full of tears, and so were mine. Hell, I’m not sure there was a dry eye in the room. He licked his lips and let out a breath before raising his glass.
“To Edward and Bella, and forever together.”
There was applause that time as everyone clinked glasses and toasted us, but I’m not sure Bella noticed. As soon as Charlie finished speaking she was out of her chair and around the table hugging him. I considered joining her and hugging her father as well or at least shaking his hand, but I didn’t want to embarrass him. Charlie was a man’s man, and I knew that a quick word of thanks later would more than suffice.
Bella eventually made her way back to her seat and dinner was served. By the time we got to dessert I was exhausted and ready to call it a night. As the minutes ticked by I felt my tension rising, then Bella leaned over and kissed me just below my ear. She put her hand on my leg, gently making circles with her thumb on the top of my thigh.
“Relax,” she whispered, “by this time tomorrow we’ll be married.”
I look at her for a second, surprised, stunned, excited, I’m not sure what I was, but then I smiled. Hugely. And I took her face in my hands, giving her a hard and fast kiss on the lips.
“I love you.”
She giggled and rolled her eyes, then turned back to continue talking with Bree and Angela about some outdoor concert they wanted to go to in Seattle when we returned from our honeymoon.
When the meal was finally over, I thought we would be able to leave, but Garrett found me and led me to the bar. We grabbed drinks and made our way out onto the deck, sipping our drinks and watching the waves.
“Bella told me to occupy you for a half an hour.”
I smiled. “Bella or Alice?”
“Bella. Alice said you could help her with something, and I swear to God your fiancée growled at her.”
“There’s been a lot of helping going on the last couple of days. I think Bella and I are both over it.”
We were quiet for a few minutes just listening to the water crashing on the shore before pulling back out into the ocean. I was struck again at how glad I was we’d chosen the beach for our wedding. It was perfect for us.
“You ready for this?” Garrett asked me quietly without turning his head.
“Yeah.” I took a deep breath and let it out slowly. I felt fine, good even. No jitters or cold feet. “I thought I’d be pretty nervous, but I’m ready. I kind of wish what we just did on the beach tonight was the real deal because I’m tired of waiting.”
He gave a quick laugh and shook his head. “I’m sure you haven’t gotten laid since you left New York. You’re just horny.”
“Ah, but I have. We stopped off and had sex in your bed on the way back from the airport.”
It was quiet for a couple of seconds before he turned to me, a shocked look on his face.
“You’re serious, aren’t you, ya fuckin’ perv? I couldn’t figure out why the fuck our sheets were in the dryer and the other room was all made up.”
I shrugged. “What can I say? My family is one hell of a cockblock. I was planning ahead.”
“True that.” Garrett laughed. “Your mom freaked Ang the fuck out today talking about childbirth. I’m not sure she’ll ever let me near her with giant G again.”
I rolled my eyes at his ridiculous name for his cock.
“Anyway, man, I’m happy for you. I know I’ve said it before, but this could have been a colossal cluster fuck. Instead it’s…Just like your dad said, you and Bella were meant to be.”
“Thank you. I don’t really know how it all worked out this way, but I’ve decided to stop questioning it.”
“For real? No more worrying about people finding out about Craigslist?”
“I didn’t say I was high, you dumbass, I said I stopped questioning my luck for finding her.”
“Seriously,” he sighed and shook his head, “everybody here comes from somewhere that they would just as soon forget and disguise.”
“Did you just quote R.E.M.?”
He shrugged. “It’s in the playlist Angela made for this weekend. It kind of grew on me.”
“You’re so whipped.”
“I don’t mind whips, and even better, neither does Angela, but I’m sure I’ve told you this.”
“Is our thirty minutes up?”
“Not even close.”
“Fuck it, I’m going to go help Alice.”
“What? No! You can’t leave! When did you become such a prude, after you had that quickie in my bed? Bastard!”
I laughed as I made my way towards the building. “Love you, G.”
He waved me off, but I knew he’d be in right behind me to help with whatever my sister came up with because that’s the kind of guy he was.
When I reached the door and looked back, sure enough, he was crossing the deck behind me.
I thought about my dad’s toast, and how he may have been right that I’d gone to Seattle to find Bella, but I knew that finding Garrett had been important too. He’d been there for me through some crazy times and had stepped into Riley’s shoes when I didn’t even know I needed him.
“Hey,” I held the door open and waited for him. “I know I’ve said it before, but thank you. For everything. For being my first friend in a strange city, for putting up with my bullshit and being my partner in crime. I’m not sure I would have made it in Seattle without you. I’m glad you’re my best man, G.”
Never one to let things get too serious, he waggled his eyebrows and laughed.
“You haven’t heard my speech yet, big E.”
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Man, I think that was as hard for me as it was for Charlie. Someone pointed out that I’ve been posting this fic for over a year, and I can’t seem to get my head around it. Has it really been that long? Wow. Thank you all so much for sticking around.
Okay, so no more putting it off – the wedding you’ve been waiting for is in the next chapter!
Chapter title and lyrics quoted are from R.E.M. – Supernatural Superserious from 2008.
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