The Wedding and After

Beach Fun

Chapter Sixteen: Beach Fun

In the morning, the sun woke me up. I wasn't used to this anymore, having lived in Forks for nearly two years where the sun hardly ever shone. I loved it but more important was my love for the person lying next to me. I rolled over and Edward was smiling at me.

"Good morning, Mrs. Cullen. Did you sleep well, love?" Edward greeted me with a kiss. I smiled, as always, at being called Mrs. Cullen.

"Good morning, Mr. Cullen. Yes, I always sleep well in your arms, sweetheart." I told him, snuggling closer.

"Are you hungry, my darling? I'll make you something to eat if you like." He smiled as he spoke.

"No, I'm not hungry. Are you?" I shot back playfully.

"Actually, I went hunting while you were asleep. I left right after you finished talking. I didn't know you were worried about getting pregnant." He said with a sly smile. I had been wondering about that, I now realized.

"Not so much worried as curious. Can vampires have children?" I asked him.

He smiled at me. "No, vampires cannot have children. When a human becomes a vampire, it freezes the body where it is. The venom shuts down the reproductive organs. There is no possible way for me to get anyone pregnant."

I thought on this. "Well in that case." I rolled over and started making love to him again.

Afterwards, I lay on his chest for a few minutes. I didn't want to stay inside today. I got up; I stepped around the pile of the shredded remains of the clothes we had been wearing last night, and went to the suitcase. I pulled out our swimsuits and handed Edward his.

"Come on, I want to see the beach. I'm not in the mood to stay inside all day today." I said as I started putting on my swimsuit.

"Yes, ma'am." Edward replied and obediently put on his swim trunks. They were black and fit snuggly to his perfect body. It was incredibly sexy. I knew that he was thinking the same thing about mine. My swimsuit was a bikini in dark blue that fit well to my curves. Edward was probably really enjoying the sight.

I grabbed a clean towel, took Edward's hand, and walked out the French doors. Edward was very bright in this sun and I reveled in his beauty and the feel of the hot sun on my skin. He led me down the beach to a collection of tide pools. We watched them intently or at least I did. Edward seemed more interested in watching me as I watched the tide pools. I love tide pools but I was always afraid of leaning too far over and falling in. I wasn't worried about that now, not with Edward next to me. He wouldn't let me fall in.

After a while, Edward said, "Darling, I don't see the point in wearing swimsuits on a private island. The closest intelligent life forms are in Hawaii, quite a few miles south of here. No one will see us." He huffed in exasperation.

"I'm not being self-conscious, sweetheart. I'm not comfortable swimming in the ocean naked. Come on." I shouted and ran for the shore. He had no problem catching me. We splashed in the surf and played in the sand. It was exactly the way a beach should be; hot sand, sunny, and cool ocean spray.

Edward was definitely the better swimmer. I wrapped my limbs around him tightly and he swam the perimeter of the island. It was all around beautiful. All the colorful tropical flowers and birds were breathtaking. I loved this island and I got to stay as long as I wanted. Edward would stay here with me, too.

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