The Lost Daughter of the Russian Empire

Chapter 22

Bella POV:

I was shocked that my new found father had already found a new wife, my soon to be stepmother. I liked Esme, but I hardly knew her. I hardly knew my father so I shouldn't start judging. Alice was the first to run up and congratulate them both. I was happy for them, but why wasn't I happer? I said my congratulations and excused myself. Edward tried to follow, but I told him that I needed to be alone. I had to figure out why I felt the way I was feeling. I walked out to the garden and found a bench to sit on.

I am genuinely happy for them both, but I can't help but feel-jealousy? WHy would I be jealous of Carlisle and Esme? I was happy for them. I noticed out of the corner of my eye a man walking towards me. He was about my age as well. He had dark blond hair that looked as if he hadn't brushed it this morning, but on him it looked good.

"Hello, ma'am. Are you alright?"

I told him that I was fine, but he didn't buy it.

"You don't seem fine. Do you feel like telling me what happened?"

I felt very comfortable with him. Like I could tell him anything.

"Do you want the long story, or the short story?"

"I've got time."

I decided to tell him my entire journey on how I got here. Once we got that out of the way I explained how I found out that I was royalty, then found out that I was adopted into royalty. Then how I was able to find my birth father all in the same day. I also told him that I felt jealous of my new father and his new wife, who were childhood sweethearts got engaged. I then told him how I was happy for them both, but was confused as to why I felt jealous.

"Is that normal? I mean, to feel this way."

"I think you are afraid that since you found your father that once he gets married, you'll lose him again. That's not going to happen. You and I both know that. So just remember that he is still your father, and he's not going anywhere. From what you told me about him, he's not going anywhere either."

He had a point. I didn't want to lose my father after I had found him, but I knew that he was happy. I would just have to keep in mind that Carlisle wasn't going anywhere.

"I aslo sense a hint of jealousy, you didn't explain that. Why would you be jealous of your father and his fiance?"

"How did you get that from me nt wanting to lose my father?!"

"I am very intune with people's emotions and I know how to read people."

I wasn't sure if I believed him, but something about him said otherwise. Ithink it was also the fact that he sounded so sincere when he told me all of this.

"Jasper, what are you doing here?"

I jumped a bit. I didn't notice that Alice had snuck out here.

"Alice, I was coming over here to see if everything was alright. I mean you came over here with Emmett hours ago. Rosalie and I were getting worried."

"Oh, so you're the Jasper Alice has been talking about. I'm Bella, Alice's sister."

His reaction wasn't exactly what I was expecting. Apparently Alice and Emmett told him and Rosalie about me. This was evident when he proceeded to bow to me. I had to make him stop. I wasn't even sure If I wanted to become royalty.

"There's no need to do that. I'm not even sure that I want to continue being royalty."

This took both Alice and Jasper by surprise. Alice was sputtering something like, "You would get all the best clothing, get to see all the cute men, not that you aren't cute Jazzy." I laughed. Alice talked herself into that one. Jasper wasn't too happy, but Alice was able to convince that he was the only man for her.

"I talked to Madam earlier about this. She understands why I want this and she accepts it. She also gave me the option that if I ever wanted to become royalty all I have to do is to contact her."

"Oh Bella, that is so sweet that you put your new family first," She then slapped me on the shoulder, "but you are stupid when it comes to free clothing! Think of all the wonderful clothing you could have."

This made Jasper and I both laugh. Alice had a serious problem when it came to clothes. I think Emmett and I would have to hold an intervention. But something tells me that that was going to be a waste of time.

I excused myself and continued to walk through the garden I need to clear my head a bit, plus I wanted to give Alice and Jasper some alone time.

Edward POV:

I was at the piano again. I just couldn't stop think of Bella. Or should I be calling her Bellastasia? I don't know what to call her. But what I do know is that I am completely, head over heels in love with Bella Cullen. I knew that from the moment I heard her voice, but only recently confirmed it. I found out on the train that she felt the same way. I was sure of one thing. I wanted to marry her. I would have to talk to Carlisle.

I mean she was his daughter after all.

"You play beautifully Edward."

"Thanks Carlisle, by the way congratulations with Esme. I'm happy for the both of you." This was true. I was happy for them, but I felt kind of jealous that Carlisle was able to gather the courage to ask the woman that he loved to marry him.

"Edward, we've been traveling together for a long time, long enough to know when the other is hiding something. You know that you can talk to me about anything."

"Well it has to do with Bella. First off should I be calling her Princess Bellastasia, Bellastasia, or Bella now? I do love her Carlisle. I care about her a lot, but do you think she will still care for me after finding this out? I mean, I was that servant boy Carlisle, I was the one who helped her and her grandmother escape the castle."

He looked content and was there relieve mixed in? Maybe this was a good sign.

"Edward, I'm glad you told me this. I was beginning to wonder when you would tell me that you were in love with my daughter. And by the way I approve. And I would like you, Emmett, Jasper and Ben to be my groomsmen. Esme would also like Bella, Alice, Rosalie and Angela to be her bridesmaids. She will ask them herself so don't go spoiling the surprise."

"To late Carlisle, and you have my blessing to have the wedding here in my home. Esme is like a daughter to me, I would do anything for her."

I was happy that I had Carlisle blessing. Now I just had to pick the right moment to tell her. I also had to see if Angela, Alice, and Emmett approved of me proposing to Bella.

I saw Alice and Jasper sitting on a bench near the garden. I decided I would deal with the biological sister first. Then see how Angela would react. I'm sure somewhere in there Emmett would find out, but I was still going to teel him.

"Alice, Jasper, I would like to talk to you about Bella."

"You better not tell me that you plan on either leaving her or ignoring her like you did in Germany! Or so help me Edward Masen I will-"

"What I'm trying to say is that not right now, but very soon I would like to ask Bella to marry me. I want to make sure that it is alright with you."

Her expression turned from anger to excitement in a split second.

"That is wonderful news, and yes, I do approve. I apologize for that little outburst a few seconds ago. Bella told me about her entire journey, including the whole ignoring eacher other. Which if you ask me is completely childish."

Alice jumped up and gave me a hug that practically suffocated me. For a small statured woman she sure had a death grip on her. Jasper said his congrats and clapped me on the back.

One down, two to go.

I walked back inside and I looked for Angela, but instead I found Emmett, he was in the kitchen.

"Hey Eddie, want something to eat? I'm sure the cehf wouldn't mind whipping something up for you."

I had to control my temper. If I wanted Emmett's approval of proposing to Bella I needed to be nice.

"My name isn't Eddie, It's Edward. I don't like Eddie. That what the person running the orphanage called me whenever he wanted me to do something for him that often got me into trouble."

"Ok sorry, calm down. DO you have a beef with me?"

"No, I just don't like being reminded of my crappy childhood. Sorry."

"No problem man. So what did you want to ask me?"

"How did you know that I wanted to ask you something?"

"Well you were looking for me weren't ya?"

"Yes, but it's rather serious. It's about Bella."

His expression turned cold. Worried I think. "What's wrong with Bells?"

"Nothing is wrong. I just want to ask you if you don't mind me asking your approval for asking Bella to marry me."

His expression turned bright. He smiled from ear to ear when he heard that. He got up from his seat and gave me a bear hug. I had to remind him that I still needed to breathe and asked this meant yes.

"Well of course it does silly. Bells is crazy about you I can tell, but if you ever hurt her you'll have to answer to me." Strangely enough I knew that he was serious. I told him that I wasn't going to ask right now, so it needed to be kept a secret from Bella. I now had to go ask Angela. I think that she will be a bit easier. She is very friendly and open.

I looked around and I heard Noel's laughter from upstairs so that meant that they had to be upstairs talking and playing with Noel. I got to their room and knocked on the door. Ben answered.

"Hello, I heard the good news concerning Noel. Congratulations are in order." He accepted and let me into the room. I saw Noel on the floor playing with some of his toys. He looked so carefree. It was so adorable. But I was getting off track I was here for a reason.

"Angela, I know that you and Bella have been friends for as long as you both can remember. I want to make her happy, and that's why I would like to ask her to marry me, but not right now. I am here to ask you for your approval."

"Edward, I've seen the way you two look at each other. You two are meant for each other. You've had my blessing all along. There was no need to ask. But I do appreciate that you care enough to make sure that all her relatives and friends approve." She said with a wink. Apparently word travels fast in this house.

Things are looking very good. Now that I have all that out of the way, we can start preparing for Carlisle and Esme's wedding that is in a few days.

A/N: Ok, I know that I got this out faster than I usually do so yay to you ;) also, let me know if you would want the next chapter to be Carlisle and Esme's wedding or would you want a couple of chapters of all the preparations leading up to it...let me know in your REVIEWS


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