Edward, Bella, and Renesmee/New Beginnings

Chapter 26

Parker sat there for what seemed like forever before meeting his brother's eyes.

"I-I think...I mean, maybe I will give your lifestyle a shot, but I warn you now that if it doesn't work out I'm gone to the volturi. There is no way I can live without her or my true family." He turned to Emmett. "Forgive me brother? Forgive me everyone?" He turned and looked around. Everyone looked to Emmett to see his response first. Emmetts smile was slow but genuine.

"Of course. Welcome to the family." He reached down and helped his brother up.

They shared a look a lifetime of memories coming to the surface. Them running through the forest, helping their mom in the kitchen, learning to hunt with their dad. Playing with their siblings. "Its truly good to have you back. I've missed you."

Parker smiled his first genuine smile in what felt like ages. Maybe this lifestyle wouldn't be so bad after all. He looked around the room. He cleared his throat. "I am grateful that you all are so forgiving and willing to accept me into your family. I am also aware that I owe a lot of you an apology." He turned to Bella. "I am truly sorry that I put you and your daughter in danger. I intend to apologize to your daughter as well. What is her name?"

"Renesmee, and thank you I appreciate your willingness to change, and also accept your apology." Parker smiled at her. "But, I warn you, you ever hurt or double cross our family again. We will not be so forgiving next time." Parker nodded.

Alice flitted over to him and stopped a couple feet in front of him. "Parker, welcome to the family. Don't worry you will be happy with this life style." She winked at him. Parker looked puzzled and turned to look at Emmett. Next thing he knew he was wrapped up in a hug from Alice. The look of astonishment was enough to have everyone laughing.

"Don't worry you'll get used to her hugs." Jasper chuckled.

"And her obsession to fashion." Bella added.

"And her incessant happy attitude." Rose added. They all laughed again, and Parker turned to Edward.

"I owe you the biggest apology. I endangered your entire family, your mate, daughter, and for that I am truly sorry." Edward started to say something and he put his hand up. "And may I add that when you came in just now you were truly terrifying. I think out of everyone I may fear you the most. Not because you are the strongest, but you have the most to lose and will fight even harder not to lose it. And for that I envy you." Parker finished. Edward looked at him.

"Thank you. You are correct, I will fight for them. All of them. Welcome to the family." He paused then added. "I will add the warning my wife gave you is a serious one and one I'm sure all of us will gladly reinforce." He held out his hand to Parker. He looked at it. Then took it. "Welcome to the family Parker. " He then pulled him into a hug.

"Thank you." Parker mumbled.

"Now if you will excuse me I will go inform our friends that all is well and we can all go home. I think something fishy is brewing there. Nothing bad just interesting." Edward turned to leave but not before catching Alice's smirk.

Jake and Renesmee called it a night and were getting ready to leave Jakes house. They said their goodbyes to Charlie and Billy after getting a phone call from Bella filling them in on the situation.

They made it to their house just as everyone else did. Alice told Edward that Jake wanted to speak with him alone so he waited behind.

Renesmee sent Jake a knowing and encouraging look. Then turned to be embraced by her mother. Everyone else went in talking and laughing all at the same time. Once everyone was inside and the door was shut the silence surrounded them.

Edward was trying hard not to read his thoughts but he thinks so loud and the not knowing was driving him crazy. Jake cleared his throat pulling Edward from his thoughts.

"Ok, look, I uh, love your daughter, with all my heart, and uh, well its more than just me imprinting. She is kind, caring, loves everyone, fights for what she believes and has a gentleness that is...just." He smiled just thinking about her. "Amazing. There is no one like her, and...and with your permission I would like to marry her. " Edward stood there stunned. He knew that this would happen eventually, but he didn't realize it would be so soon.

Inside the house Jasper noticed something wrong. Among all the happiness and joy he was feeling he also felt a wave of nervousness and worry. He tried to focus on where it was coming from and found it to be Renesmee. He made his way over to her. "Come on lets go outside on the back deck." He smile and sent a wave of peace over to her. She smiled at him.

"OK, whats on your mind uncle Jazz?" She asked sweetly.

"Well, I could ask you the same thing little miss." He drawled. She blushed and looked down. "Whats with all the nerves and worries?" She looked up at him through her eyelashes.

"Well, promise not to say anything?" He held up his and and marked and x over his heart.

"Promise." She looked at him straight on a huge grin splitting her face. She looked around and tried to keep her voice low. "Jake proposed...he is asking dads permission now." He smiled at her beaming face.

"Well, then I suppose a congratulations is in order." He wrapped her in a hug. "And don't worry about your dad he loves you and wants you to be happy."

Edward had a million thoughts running through his mind. Was he ready for this and was Bella. Renesmee was their baby. They just got her back he didn't want to lose her again. He shook his head he can't think of it like that. He had been alive long enough to know that this is what happens. They grow up and they move on but never away. He looked at Jake who was waiting anxiously.

"Jake, we have been through a lot in the years we have known each other." He paused. "And I couldn't be happier knowing that you will be there to take care of my little girl. Welcome to the family. " He walked over and embraced Jacob.

They were stunned to hear a burst of applause come from the house. Everyone had gathered on the front porch to watch the scene unknown to both of them. Jake saw no one but Nessie. Their eyes met and everything else faded away. Nessie made her way down the stairs. Jake met her halfway, and took her hands.

"Nessie," Jake heard Bella clear her throat. A few people chuckled. "Renesmee, I love you with all that I am. You brighten up my day if its been bad, make me laugh if I'm sad and just spend the simple quiet moments with me. I want to spend the rest of my life like that with you...forever." He took a second to collect himself. "Renesmee will you spend forever with me as my wife?" He stood there gazing into her eyes.

Renesmees stomach was like a million butterflies. She could feel the tears on her cheeks but didn't care. This was the moment she was waiting for. Jakes speech was amazing and was everything she wanted for her future. She gazed into his eyes and with all the emotion and love she could muster she said one word.

"Yes." They embraced and kissed to the applause and cheers from their family.

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