15 years later
"Burgers are almost done!" I heard my wonderful husband yell out to our guests.
It was now 15 years later and today we had Jacob, Leah, Harry Jr., and their daughter, Aurora Genevieve Black, over for the afternoon.
They had Aurora when Harry was 2, naming her for the dawn since she was born around dawn, and for Jacob's grandma, Genevieve.
She is 13 and as beautiful as her mother, with her gorgeous smile and beautiful eyes.
And Harry was the spitting image of his dad, from the jet black short hair, down to the dimple in his chin.
Plus the wolf genes made him very built for a 15 year old teenager.
Yeah, Aurora and Harry were both wolves, just like their parents. They didn't need to phase as often, just whenever a stray rogue vampire came into the area they needed to take care of. But they loved it, there were no questions, no wondering.
And they knew about everything on our side as well.
Nessie was now 16, her little brother 15, and both were doing very well with their... "diets".
Edward trained me during my first year, then we worked on Nessie and Anthony as they grew, matured, and learned about their lifestyle and culture around them.
We were both afraid they would be angry with us, resentful even, that they would never grow past the age of 17 and 18, the ages I was when I had them. But that was far from the truth. They were happy that they would be able to spend eternity with us, always learning, always moving forward, just like their father had taught me to look at it.
Today, like every day, the kids were running around, wrestling and laughing and having a good time while we all sat in the shade and watched, laughing at them and catching up.
This was the first time we had really had a chance to sit down and see each other face to face for about 10 years. Edward and I had to do a lot of moving around to hide our secret, but when we found out all the people we knew had either passed on, moved away, or knew our secret, we knew it was safe to come back. So we moved back to Seattle, kept a VERY low profile, teaching the kids in home school due to their never aging, and Edward had a job at the hospital, but only part time so people would take longer to notice his "non-changing", and were very happy.
As soon as we got settled we called up Jacob and let him know we were back and wanted to see the family so we arranged for them to come up for the weekend.
Jacob had just finished telling a funny joke when Harry came up with a confused look on his face.
"Hey buddy, what's up?" Jacob asked setting down his beer.
"Uh, dad, can I talk to you in private?" he asked, fidgeting back and forth looking very uncomfortable.
"Sure, let's go inside and talk." Jacob said patting Harry on the back and walking into the kitchen.
"Wonder what that was about." I said to Leah.
She just shrugged, "I still don't understand boys." she said smiling.
We both laughed since we both knew it was true.
"What's so funny?" Edward asked from the barbecue.
"Girl joke." I simply said winking at him.
He just gave me his million dollar "I love you so much" smile and turned back to the meat.
Suddenly I felt a slight tap on my shoulder and looked up to see Jacob.
"Can you, me, Edward and Leah talk in the living room Bells?" he asked me.
"Is everything ok?" I asked getting worried.
"Yeah, yeah everything's fine just...we all need to talk." he said heading back into the living room.
I walked over to Edward.
"Meat's done." he said turning to me.
"Great, Jacob says he wants to talk in the living room." I told him.
"Is everything ok?" he asked concerned.
"I think so, Jacob won't say yet." I told him.
Edward just nodded and turned to the kids.
"Hey kids, we're gonna be inside for a minute, don't kill each other ok?" he shouted.
"Don't worry dad, whatever bone would get broken can be healed before anyone could blink." Anthony said with a grin.
"Anthony Mansen." I said in my most threatening tone.
He put his hands up as if to surrender, "Ok mom, just kidding." he said smiling.
When we all got into the living room Jacob sat down.
"Ok Jake, what's going on, you're starting to scare us." Leah said sounding nervous.
Jacob took a deep breath before looking right into Edward's eyes.
"Harry imprinted." Jacob finally stated.
"You're sure?" Edward asked.
"Positive, he's nervous around her, feels his entire center is orbiting around her, everything I felt for Leah when I imprinted." he said.
Suddenly I put two and two together.
"Nessie. It's Nessie." I stated already knowing the answer.
Jacob just nodded.
"He told me he felt funny and I asked him what he meant. He started explaining all the EXACT symptoms of imprinting. And when he said he looked at Nessie and felt it even stronger...I knew it was her. Before you get upset remember, we have no control over who we imprint on and I have raised my son to be a very honorable and wonderful gentleman." Jacob said looking at us both, waiting for our answer.
"Jacob can we talk in private for a moment?" Edward asked.
"Sure, we will go talk to Harry." Jacob said standing up with Leah.
I stood up and started pacing. There was just so much going through my head. Harry had imprinted on my daughter. We saw Harry and Aurora as our own children. Nessie was the one I was closest with, due to the rocky relationship her dad and I had when I was pregnant. Did I want Harry to become the closest person for my daughter? Could I let her go like that? I realized that this was going to be the hard part of this situation.
"Bella?" Edward asked bringing me back to reality.
"Yeah?" I asked, wondering what was on his mind.
"Let me in?" he asked, practically pleading.
I opened up the shield we had found out I was able to emit as a vampire, that made it impossible for him to read my thoughts as a human, and let him see all the questions and thoughts bouncing around in my head.
After I had shared everything, Edward came up and kissed my forehead.
"I feel the same way. She's my baby girl, and I'm her number one man. I am trying to be ok with this too. We could tell them no, let Harry just bury his feelings deep down inside and pine after Nessie for the rest of his life." Edward suggested.
"But if we do, neither one of them will be happy. I can hear Harry's thoughts and he wants nothing more than to be Nessie's everything. Friend, boyfriend, husband, lover, father to future children. If that's even possible. He LOVES her Bella. More than anything." Edward said, looking at me the same way he has since the first day I met him...with pure love, admiration, and pure hope that I would understand.
I knew in my heart every word he said was right. I just...needed to let go and accept it. And I know I can.
I just nodded to him and held him close.
"You ready?" he asked me.
"No, but I will be." I told him.
"Jacob, can all three of you come in here please?" Edward called out.
A few moments later Harry, Jacob and Leah came back out.
Edward initiated the conversation this time.
"Harry, Bella and I have talked and we decided to tell Nessie about the imprinting. We will tell her and see how she reacts and go from there ok?" Edward told him.
Harry just nodded as Edward stood up to go outside.
A few moments later Edward and Nessie came back inside.
"What's going on?" Nessie asked.
"Sit down sweetie." I said patting the spot next to me on the couch.
She sat down, looking very wary, not that I could blame her.
"Jacob, I think this is something you need to tell her." Edward said sitting down on the other side of her.
"Ok, Nessie, you remember when your mom and dad explained how me and Leah met? And they explained imprinting?" Jacob asked her, getting started.
"Yeah, it's like the entire earth circles around that one person. They're all you can think about, dream about, or see. It's a wonderful, beautiful thing." she said with a smile on her face.
She was always a die hard romantic, inside and out.
"I'm glad you feel that way, because...Harry has imprinted." Jacob told her.
"That's great! But why are you telling ME?" she asked.
But then realization hit her.
"Unless..." was all she said as she looked right at Harry.
The look they were giving each other said everything, and nothing at the same time.
"Yeah Nessie, it's you." Harry said nervously.
I knew why he was nervous, he was afraid Nessie wouldn't accept him.
But then she did something that surprised everyone.
She jumped up and ran over to hug Harry.
After the shock wore off Nessie let go of Harry and just grinned.
"Do you know how long I've had a crush on you?" she asked, shocking everyone even more.
"Really?" Harry asked, probably the most shell shocked out of all of us.
"Really! I've been hoping for this since before you became buff." Nessie informed all of us.
At this comment we all started laughing, from relief and excitement, as Harry and Nessie embraced again.
Jacob's voice brought us all back.
"Ok, kids let's sit back down and talk about this." Jacob said.
Edward scooted closer to me, and Harry sat next to him, Nessie sitting on his lap.
"Now, I know this is a wonderful, exciting thing for both of you. But understand you don't need to act on anything right now. You're both still kids and can just enjoy dating and seeing each other until you're older. Then if you decide to get married and spend the rest of your lives together we will fully support you. Even if you don't want to get married, but still be together." Jacob said, concluding.
"Thanks dad, I think we just wanna be together right now, and will discuss the future as it comes." Harry said.
"Exactly." Nessie said smiling.
"Ok, great." Jacob said smiling.
Suddenly we heard Anthony in the yard.
"Mom, Aurora is starting to drool over me, can we eat yet?" he called.
I just chuckled and smiled. I wouldn't be surprised if they were next for imprinting.
"Yeah, let's go eat." I said as we all got up and headed outside again.
5 YEARS LATER
I couldn't believe today was happening.
I mean, I could because it was happening, but I was sure the shock was never going to wear off.
You see, today, Harry Black and I were getting married.
We had found out 5 years ago that he had imprinted on me, then we dated through high school, and we're now attending the same college, me through the computer, him through the campus. We had been dating for 4 years when he proposed.
We were up on a special place in the mountain that had become "our spot".
We were sitting there enjoying each other's company, when he suddenly said "You know, in this moment, I'm thinking about our folks."
This threw me for a moment.
"We are here, alone, in our special romantic place, and all you can think about is our parents?" I asked, getting a little ticked.
Harry just chuckled.
"Not like that baby. Just...how happy they are. I mean, the love that you can just SEE in their eyes when they look at their spouses. Your mom and dad, as well as mine. I just hope to have that with you forever." he said kissing the back of my head.
I turned my head to look at him.
"Well I'm not going anywhere." I assured him.
"I know, and I want to make sure of that...forever." he said suddenly looking serious.
"What do you mean?" I asked, not sure where this was going.
Suddenly Harry set me up so I was on my knees looking down at him, as he was still a little closer to the ground.
"Renesseme, I love you, and want to be with you for the rest of our...unnaturally long lives. I couldn't imagine my life with anyone else and I hope you feel the same way. Enough at least..." he reached into his pocket. "To say yes." he said as he took my hand and stood us both up before he knelt down to look up at me.
Suddenly I saw the beautiful ring in his hand and realized what was happening.
And couldn't be happier.
"Renesseme Cullen, will you marry me?" he asked.
I couldn't say yes fast enough that day.
And after a year of planning, saving money, and support from our family we were here today.
I was getting prepped by Aunt Alice and Aunt Rosalie as Mom got ready in the other room.
The only sad thing about today was that Grandpa Charlie wouldn't be here.
He had passed earlier this year from a heart attack and wouldn't be able to celebrate with us.
But Grandpa Carlisle, Grandma Esme, Grandma Renee, Grandma Sue, Grandpa Phil, Uncle Joseph, Uncle Emmett, Uncle Jasper, Uncle Seth, Mom, Dad, Uncle Jake, Aunt Leah, Anthony, and Aurora were all here today.
Mom and Dad had decided to tell Grandma Renee and Grandpa Phil the truth when they wanted to come visit me and Anthony one year. They felt it was wrong to keep them out of their grandchildren's lives and knew they would keep our secret. It was better this way, Anthony and I got to know our grandparents and uncle, and as long as the Volturi was kept in the dark, no one's lives were ever in danger.
"You excited?" Aunt Alice asked me.
"Nervous actually." I confessed to her.
"Don't worry, you'll be fine." Aunt Rosalie assured me as she put the final touches on my hair.
"Dad won't let you fall, just like grandpa on my wedding day. And Harry couldn't be happier for today." I heard my mom say from the door way.
I looked over to her and smiled.
"Oh sweetie, you're so beautiful." Mom said as she came over and hugged me from the back.
"Thanks mom." I said enjoying the hug.
"Just don't smudge my masterpiece." Aunt Alice warned as she walked over to grab my dress.
"Don't worry Alice, she would be beautiful even if I smudged it." my mom said kissing my cheek.
The dress was exactly what I wanted, a beautiful white, strapless dress that hugged my form perfectly, and slightly cascaded out around the hips, with ruffled appearance on the outer most skirt.
After I put my dress on Aunt Alice and Aunt Rosalie left to get dressed so it was just me and mom in the room.
"Mom, I have a question." I said, a little nervous.
We talked about everything but this was still an awkward question for me to ask.
"What is it sweetie?" she asked.
"Do you think that I will be able to have kids? Harry and I were talking about it and we hope we can, but if not we will look into adoption." I asked, not sure of the answer.
"Honestly sweetie, I don't know. I mean, you are half vampire and we both know your menstrual cycles are there, but not consistent. You only cycle about 2 to 6 times a year. So, maybe, but like you and your brother, it's something that we don't have a definite answer on yet. But if I was able to have 2 healthy, happy children, anything is possible." she said smiling.
I just smiled and hugged her.
"Thanks mom." I whispered in her ear.
Suddenly we both heard a knock at the door.
"Are we interrupting?" dad asked.
"No, come on in." I said turning around to let him see me.
"Bella, I think you're no longer the most beautiful woman in my life." Dad said talking my hand and having me twirl.
Me and mom both laughed at that.
"That's fine with me, she IS gorgeous." mom said grinning.
As dad hugged me we all heard Anthony clear his throat.
"It's almost time." he reminded us.
I took a deep breath, trying to calm all the nerves that were now rushing through my system.
"It's gonna be fine." mom assured me before kissing my forehead.
"You and Anthony better head down, we follow after Aurora and Anthony." dad said walking over to me.
Mom kissed my cheek one more time, smiled at me, and said "I love you sweetie." before heading out the door.
Anthony came over and hugged me and just smiled and said "Good luck." before he headed out as well.
"You ok?" dad asked me as I turned and started to pace.
"Yes, and no." I said starting to wring my hands together.
"I'm nervous that he's not gonna be at the alter." I confessed to him.
"Renesseme, I went in to see Harry a few minutes before coming in here. He is worried about the exact same thing, but he's willing to go out there and wait for you. Are you willing to walk out there to him?" he asked me.
I already knew the answer and just nodded, knowing that it was the right answer.
"Alright then." Dad said smiling and embracing me.
Suddenly we heard a knock on the door.
"It's time." Aunt Rosalie told us.
"Ready?" dad asked me as he pulled me back a bit.
I just nodded as he took my arm to lead me down the stairs.
We were luck enough to be able to have the ceremony and reception at mom and dad's place.
Uncle Jasper had gone through the online paperwork to become an ordained minister so he would be performing the ceremony today.
I honestly wouldn't have that any other way. It was just the way I wanted today. It was just family and our closest, most intimate friends. A small, simple ceremony just for us.
Mom was walked down the aisle with Uncle Jacob and Aunt Leah, then was Aurora, my maid of honor. Anthony was up next to Harry as his best man.
"Just don't let go yet daddy." I whispered so only he could hear me.
"I'll never let go of your heart princess, just...share it with someone new." he assured me by squeezing my hand.
We received the nod from Emmett that it was time to walk out.
"Ready baby?" dad asked me.
"Yeah." I whispered as I put one foot in front of the other.
The steps were like lead, each one heavier than the next.
Then, I looked up, and saw it.
That pure, wonderful love that filled Harry to the brim, spilling out of his eyes in the form of tears.
In that moment if dad hadn't had a hold of me I would have run up to the alter and embraced Harry in that moment and never let go.
But I had to take my time, walking down the aisle to let everyone "ooh and ahh"over me, according to Aunt Alice at least.
We finally reached Uncle Jasper, Anthony... and Harry.
I felt dad squeeze my hand before raising it up to kiss it, then kissing my forehead and looking me in the eyes.
"I love you, now and forever. Never forget that." he softly reminded me.
I just nodded and kissed his cheek.
"Love you too daddy, now and forever." I told him.
He then looked at Harry.
"You take care of her. Promise me." he pretty much ordered Harry.
"I promise sir, until the day I take my last breath, I will protect her and take care of her." he swore to dad.
Daddy just nodded before taking my hand, and giving it to Harry.
Harry squeezed my hand and gave a beautiful smile before we turned and stepped forward to Uncle Jasper.
"Please be seated everyone." he requested.
"Thank you all for coming today. We are here today to join together two people, as well as two lives. Harry Jacob Black, and Renesseme Elizabeth Cullen." Uncle Jasper said.
"Harry, if you would please repeat after me." he requested.
Harry simply nodded and turned to look at me.
I didn't hear Uncle Jasper, just Harry's voice.
"I Harry Jacob Black, do solemnly swear to take Renesseme Elizabeth Cullen as my lawfully wedded wife, to honor, cherish, love, nurture, and protect her all the days of my life. I love you Nessie." he concluded, using my nickname.
I felt the tears start to roll from my eyes and silently thanked Aunt Alice for applying tear proof mascara today.
Suddenly I heard Uncle Jasper's voice.
"Renesseme? Repeat after me please?" he asked me.
I nodded and tried to listen for his voice, but knew the words by heart, because they came from my heart.
"I Renesseme Elizabeth Cullen, do solemnly swear to take Harry Jacob Black as my lawfully wedded husband, to honor, cherish, love, nurture, and protect him all the days of my life. I love you too baby." I whispered that last part.
"And now, for the rings?" I heard Uncle Jasper request.
I turned to Aurora to get Harry's ring from her, then turned back to face him again.
"Harry, please place the ring on Renesseme's finger as you repeat these words: With this ring, as a token of my unending love and devotion, I thee wed."
Harry repeated the words, never looking away from my eyes.
"With this ring, as a token of my unending love and devotion, I thee wed." he swore to me.
Then it was my turn.
I, once again, didn't hear Uncle Jasper but knew the words exactly.
"With this ring, as a token of my unending love and devotion, I thee wed." I swore to Harry, now and forever.
"And now, by the power vested in, and by all the witnesses here today, I now pronounce you man and wife. Harry, you may kiss your bride." Uncle Jasper said with a huge grin on his face.
In the moment when my husband kissed me for the first time, time stood still. It was the most wonderful, exciting, and romantic moment of my entire life up to that moment.
After a few moments we started hearing the applause and came back to reality.
I kissed him on the cheek before we started walking back down the aisle, this time as husband and wife.
The reception was perfect. We danced with everyone there. I danced with Uncle Emmett, Uncle Jasper, Uncle Seth, Grandpa Carlisle, Grandpa Phil, Uncle Joseph, and Anthony. While Harry had danced with Mom, Aunt Leah, Grandma Renee, Grandma Esme, Aunt Alice, Aunt Rosalie, Grandma Sue, and his sister Aurora.
I was dancing with Harry for the fifth time that night when we suddenly heard a familiar voice.
"Mind if I cut in?" dad asked.
"Of course sir." Harry told him, kissing my hand before giving it to dad.
"You want to stand on my toes like you did when you were little?" he asked me grinning.
In response I smiled and gently placed the toes of my shoes onto his and laid my head into his chest.
"I'm gonna miss this, being the only man in your life, seeing you in your jammies at breakfast, hearing you and Anthony give each other a hard time every 5 minutes, all those things I didn't realize I would miss, til now." he told me, kissing my head.
"Daddy, we're not moving very far away, just a few miles out of town." I reminded him.
"I know, it still seems like miles and miles away to me sweetheart." he said making his embrace just a little tighter.
The song ended, and the next thing we heard was Aunt Alice's voice.
"Alright, if everyone would have a seat, we are going to do the toasts and then serve dinner." she said with her beautiful grin on her face.
We had arranged for it to be just our parents and Anthony and Aurora. It wasn't that we didn't want other people to make toasts, it's just the way we planned it.
First to go up was Harry's dad and mom.
"Well, first off we just want to thank everyone for coming tonight. And wish to make a toast to the new couple. When Harry was born me and Leah hoped and prayed that one day he would find someone he could love as much as we love each other. And now, we couldn't imagine anyone better for him than Renesseme. Just like we know he is perfect for her. Me and mom wish you all the luck, happiness, and joy in the entire world. May you have many happy years together. To Harry and Renesseme." Jacob concluded holding up his champagne glass.
"To Harry and Renesseme." everyone repeated.
Then Leah stepped up to the microphone.
"Well, Jacob said most of it, I just want to say I love both Harry and Renesseme and hope them all the happiness and love in the world." Leah said, blowing us both a kiss.
"To the bride and groom." Leah said, raising her glass.
When they stepped down, mom and dad got up to give their speeches.
Dad stepped up to the microphone first.
"When I met Bella, I didn't think I could love another woman more. Then Renesseme was born. The moment I looked at her...I fell in love with her. It's been hard admitting another man loves her now, and I must share my little girl, but I know Harry is a good man who will take care of her, and love her, and protect her now and forever. So...I give her to you Harry, take care of my baby girl. And Renesseme, I love you now and forever and ask you to take care of Harry as well. To the happy couple." Dad concluded, holding up his glass.
Next was mom's turn.
"When Renesseme was born I didn't want to ever let go of her. Probably because I knew this day was coming. Like Edward, it's hard to let go, but I know I'm giving her to a wonderful man who will take care of her, now and forever. All the best to both of you. Renesseme, your dad and I love you with all our hearts, now and forever. And Harry, welcome to our family, and take care of her. That is your charge from us. To Renesseme and Harry." Mom said with a smile and a raised glass.
After the toasts we had a light dinner, then me and Harry went to change our clothes and get our bags.
Grandpa Carlisle and Grandma Esme were letting us use their Isle for our honeymoon. It's so quiet and secluded we felt it would be perfect for us.
Uncle Jasper took my bags from me at the bottom of the stairs to put them in the car.
I was checking my purse to confirm I had our plane tickets when I felt a hand on my shoulder.
"You ready?" Harry asked me, taking my hand.
I just smiled and nodded my head.
We headed out, through the confetti and bubbles, to see our parents waiting by the car.
Harry released my hand to go hug his parents while I fell into mom and dad's combined embrace.
"Have fun, be careful, and let us know when you get there." mom whispered in my ear.
I just nodded, assuring her I would.
"Love you Nessie, and we will see you soon." daddy whispered in my other ear.
I felt the tears start to flow as I swallowed the lump in my throat and simply nodded.
"He's waiting for you." dad whispered.
And I knew he was literal as well as figurative in his comment.
I kissed them both on the cheek.
"I love you both so much and I will let you know when we get there." I assured them both.
I then turned to see Harry holding the door open for me, as well as holding his hand out for me.
I took his hand, which he kissed with a grin on his face, and let him help me into the car.
He then got into the driver's seat and started the car.
"You ready?" he asked me.
"Yeah, now and forever." I assured him.
We waved to everyone as we drove out of the driveway.
We were about 5 minutes away when I got a text message.
It was from Dad.
'Just wanted to say one more time, we love you. And you were the best Unexpected Surprise we could have ever gotten.'
I sent a text back.
'Love you and mom too. And I will always be your Unexpected Surprise daddy.'
And with that I put my cell phone away, grabbed Harry's hand, brought it up to kiss it, and celebrated the life I had, and the life we had ahead, together.
WELL EVERYONE, THERE IT IS, THE FINAL CHAPTER OF UNEXPECTED SURPRISE. I WANT TO THANK EVERYONE FOR READING, I HOPE YOU ALL ENJOYED THIS STORY AS MUCH AS I ENJOYED WRITING IT. I DO HAVE ONE REQUEST. EVERYONE WHO READS THIS LAST CHAPTER, PLEASE REVIEW AND LET ME KNOW WHAT YOU THINK OF THE CHAPTER AS WELL AS THE WHOLE STORY. I REALLY WANT TO KNOW. BUT THANK YOU FOR READING.