I'll Fight For Him
"How are we going to tell the family?" I asked Edward as I curled up to his side, still lying on the cool grass. He draped a protective arm over me and pulled me closer to his side.
"It's simple. We go in and say, 'Everyone, we're getting married.' And then show them the ring." He grinned.
"I know how to!" I whined, smacking his chest lightly, "I'm just…nervous." Edward lightly picked me up and placed me so that I was lying on top of him. He stroked the sides of my body soothingly.
"What are you nervous about?"
"Reactions." I stated simply and buried my face in his shirt. I felt his chest rise and fall as he sighed.
"That's nothing to be concerned about, love. Of course, I know that they will be ecstatic with the news. But even if they reacted badly, it wouldn't matter. I'm marrying you whether they like it or not." Edward said with a tone of finality and I couldn't stop the cheesy grin that spread across my face. However, I only had to think of one person and the smile was wiped off my face.
"What about Tanya?" I felt Edward stiffen beneath me. I glanced up at his face and saw his eyes narrow and press his lips into a thin line.
"What about her?" He replied in a tight voice.
"I don't think she'll be happy about this…about us." Edward's chest rumbled underneath me as he growled.
"Her opinion does not matter at all. If she can't accept us, then I cannot accept her. I will not stand by and watch as she insults you. I swear, if she puts one toe out of line again, I will rip her head off her shoulders, and I don't care if I make any enemies out of it."
I thought that I would cry after his little speech. He was finally going to tell Tanya to back off. Sure, he had told her off before, but it didn't seem to have any effect on her. I wasn't sure if I wanted her dead; I just wanted her to stop being a baby about me and Edward being together. I understand that she…likes Edward, but she should have realised by now that Edward was no longer available. The sooner she got that through her thick skull, the better.
I looked up towards the sky and saw the sun trying to break through the clouds.
"I suppose we should be getting back now." Edward sighed. I quickly pushed myself off him to allow him to stand when the sun burst through the clouds, illuminating the meadow in golden rays. I heard Edward gasp and I felt hands grab my shoulders and spin me to face him.
"What is it?" I panicked. He held me at arms length and looked up and down my body.
"You truly are an angel." He breathed, still looking over me. I looked down and saw that I was sparkling; like thousands of diamonds were imbedded onto my skin. If I was still human, I would be as red as a tomato.
"Lets go." I mumbled, still embarrassed. Edward took my hand and kissed my engagement ring on my finger and I giggled like a school girl. Entwining our fingers, we ran back to the house in record time. We burst through the door and entered the lounge quickly. My nerves soon took over when all eyes turned to us and I placed a nervous smile on my lips.
"Everyone," Edward began, not bothering to keep the smile off his face. The vampires looked at us curiously, apart from Alice who was practically bouncing in her seat.
"Yes, son?" Carlisle asked.
"Bella and I are getting married." He pulled forward my left hand tenderly so everyone could see the ring glittering in the faint sunlight. Silence took over for a millisecond until it was broken by a high pitched scream and something black and white crashing into us.
"Oh my gosh! Bella, please let me do your wedding! Please, please, please, please, please?" Alice looked at me with big puppy eyes and pouted adorably.
"Sure Alice." I chuckled.
"Eddie's getting hitched!" Emmett boomed as he slapped Edward on the back. I rolled my eyes; trust Emmett!
The rest of the hour was filled with "congratulations" and "welcome to the family". Esme was the person who got to me though.
"Finally, I have another daughter. I'm so grateful to you Bella; you have made Edward happy and I can't thank you enough. I know that you two will be very happy together." And she wrapped her arms around me and enveloped me into a motherly hug, which I easily returned.
"Thanks, mom." I whispered. She gasped and squeezed me tighter. Everyone was extremely happy for us, just like Edward said they would be. I was surprised when Peter approached us.
"Congratulations you guys. I wish you all the best in the future." He said timidly.
"Thank you Peter." Edward replied sincerely. I smiled brilliantly, happy that everything had gone smoothly.
But I caught in my peripheral vision a pair of golden eyes frozen over in shock, disbelief, hatred and anger;
Almost instantly, Edward snapped his head to her.
"What's wrong Tanya? Are you not happy for me and Bella?" Edward hissed from his clenched teeth. Tanya smiled sickeningly sweet at us, but I could tell that it was fake.
"Of course I am Eddie" I growled with Edward when she called him that. "I guess that I'm just so happy that I haven't given you my congratulations." Then she sauntered out of the room as if she owned the place. The room filled with tension until Rosalie snorted.
"Someone needs to screw her head on straight." I couldn't stop the smile that placed itself on my face. The tension died down, with help from Jasper, and the celebrations continued. Tanya still didn't return and I was happy, but I couldn't help but feel that something terrible was going to happen.
Isabella Marie Cullen.
Edward and Isabella Cullen.
Mr and Mrs Cullen.
These names had been running through my head all day after Edward had proposed to me yesterday. After the celebrations downstairs, me and Edward retreated to our room where we did some celebrating of our own. A lazy smile spread across my face. It was my first time at making love with him as his fiancé.
"Bella? Bella!" Alice snapped her fingers in front of my face.
"Huh? What?" I asked, shaking my head slightly.
"Wow Bella. I didn't know my brother was that good in bed." She giggled.
"Alice!" I scolded. She held her hands up in mock surrender.
"I'm just saying." She defended. I rolled my eyes. "Anyway, I think we should have lavenders, or freesias. Oh! Oh! Maybe roses?" She had spent an hour trying to come up with the best flowers to decorate the wedding. We decided that Rosalie and Kate would handle invitations, Irina would choose music for the reception afterwards, Esme would be in charge of catering and me and Alice would do the rest, although it was mainly Alice; I just replied to her suggestions with "umm" and "ahh".
Tanya didn't want anything to do with the wedding, although I couldn't really ask her because:
She still hadn't returned from when she ran off yesterday.
She hated my guts.
If I was completely honest, I wouldn't have really asked for her help anyway. I mean, I would love for us to at least get along in some way, but in the state of mind that she was in at the moment, I think that she would probably set my dress on fire as we were saying our vows.
"Bella, are you even listening to me!" Alice screeched. I couldn't help but play with her a little bit.
"Honestly?" I smirked. She shunted me off the bed and I fell on the floor with a thud. I was expecting Edward to come rushing up the stairs, but then I remembered that the men had gone out shopping to get tuxedos for the wedding. Edward didn't want to leave, but it took a lot of persuading from Alice and strength from Emmett and Jasper to drag him out of the house. I was also very pleased to see Edward and Peter getting along nicely too.
"Bella?" My head whipped to the door where the missing strawberry blonde was standing nervously, wringing her hands in front of her. Recovering from my shock I quickly scrambled off the floor and stood up, facing Tanya.
"Hello Tanya." I greeted formally. Her eyes darted around the room and settled on the wedding plans that me and Alice were looking at before. I saw anger flash in her eyes but it went away immediately. She turned her eyes to me.
"Can I talk to you for a minute?" She asked. I was at a bit of a loss at what to say.
"Uh, sure." She moved out of the way of the door and gestured for me to come out into the landing. I cast a swift glance at Alice who looked just as confused as how I felt. Slightly reluctant, I shuffled my feet out into the landing. Tanya shut the door behind her.
"Follow me." She took off outside and darted into the trees. I had a job keeping up with her, but I managed it somehow. We ran for five minutes until we came to a deserted clearing. The clouds hung heavily in the sky, making the earth go grey. Tanya stood in the middle of the clearing whilst I cautiously stayed at the edge.
"Bella, I want to apologise for my rude behaviour towards you. It was uncalled for and childish." My eyes widened and I froze. Had she finally come to terms with the fact that Edward and I were together? I swallowed awkwardly.
"Um, it's ok." I replied uneasily. She looked down then opened her arms out for, what I assumed to be, a hug. My senses immediately went on the defensive, but I did my best to push the feeling down; this could be my only chance to start over with Tanya.
I uneasily stepped into her embrace and she wrapped her arms around me like a viper. I was a bit uncomfortable so I gave her a few reassuring pats on the back, willing her to let go.
"I should have done this ages ago." She whispered. I pulled back slightly, but she still had her arms around me.
"What?" I asked.
"This." And then she lifted her hand and smacked me in the face. The force of the blow made me stumble back a bit as her arms vanished from my body. I looked up at her gleeful face in shock.
"Oh, you have no idea how long I've wanted to do that Swan." She sneered. My instincts rose within me, urging me to fight back, but I didn't know how to fight.
"Why are you doing this?" I whispered. I could see that her eyes were wild as she cackled.
"What do you mean? You've brought this upon yourself." In the blink of an eye, she pinned me down on the ground, "Do you know how long I've wanted to be wit Edward for?" She hissed in my ear. Something in my brain clicked; she was going to kill me so she could be with Edward. Abruptly, she flipped me over so I was on my back, Tanya hovering over me. She began screaming and kicking my stomach.
Right then I was reminded of a human memory;
"Welcome home Isabella." Phil sneered. He lifted his heavy boot and kicked me in the stomach several times. I did my best to hold in any noise so that Emily didn't hear anything. I was doing a good job until he rolled me over onto my back and slammed his boot down on my arm. I screamed out to the heavens, hoping that any minute this agony would end.
All I saw was red. I could taste revenge on my tongue as Tanya's blows kept coming. I would not let her ruin my new life which had been given to me. And there was no way in hell that I was letting her have my Edward.
As Tanya kicked me again in the stomach, I grabbed onto her ankle. She squirmed as she tried to get out of my grasp. With a terrifying roar, I launched her into the trees. I flipped myself so that I was in a standing position and then crouched, ready for her attack. I spotted her charging through the trees, a look of wild rage on her face. She skidded to a halt and mirrored my position.
"You bitch!" She screamed at me. I smirked and beckoned her with my finger.
"Come on, Princess. Is that all you've got?" She snarled viciously and I growled back. We both charged at each other and made a deafening crack when we collided, like two boulders crashing against each other. I knew that the vampires at home must have heard that, so I just had to keep Tanya busy until they came.
Remembering some of the moves Edward used on the man in the shops, I grabbed onto Tanya's shirt, drew my fist back and punched her squarely in the face. She screamed and backed off a bit, but it seemed that I'd only agitated her more. Good.
She lunged at me with her palms out, trying to grab me. I neatly dodged and slammed her face into the mud when she was in mid-flight. I flipped her over, like she did to me, and started punching her face. She tried to kick me off but I managed to pin her legs with my own.
"I HATE YOU!" She screamed as I kept punching. I laughed as she feebly tried to claw at my body, only ruining my clothes in the process.
"I hate you too." I smiled sweetly back at her. I looked down and saw that I was only in my bra and pants, caked in mud, with bits of shredded clothing surrounding me. Suddenly, our struggling cut off as we heard fast, rhythmic footsteps coming our way and I gulped; Edward had returned. I turned back to Tanya.
"I'm not going to let you marry him." She hissed determinedly.
"Oh yeah? And how do you plan on doing that, Princess?" I sneered. She bared her teeth and spat in my eye. I snarled as I tried to wipe the venom out of it. As I was distracted, she twisted out of my grasp and bolted into the trees.
"This isn't the end, Swan!" I heard her screech as her footsteps retreated. I roared terrifyingly in response to show her that I wasn't afraid.
Once I rubbed the venom out of my eye, I turned in the direction which I knew Edward was. I only had to wait a couple of seconds before he burst through the trees into the clearing. He took one look at me and his eyes widened.
"What happened?" He growled.
"Tanya." I replied in a cold voice. His eyes turned pitch black and his nostrils flared, venom dripping out of his mouth.
"How dare she!" Edward roared. I was about to agree when the rest of the family entered the clearing too. Once they saw me, they raised their eyebrows, apart from Peter who looked down. I immediately looked down and saw that I was lacking in the clothes department. My eyes widened in embarrassment and I tried to cover myself up. I heard the family sniggering.
"Stop looking at her." Edward snapped at everyone. He ran to my side and took off his shirt, pulling it over me. It was just big enough to cover me to the middle of my thighs. I couldn't help but marvel at his perfectly sculpted chest and abs.
"Emmett, Jasper. Find her. I want to teach that bitch a lesson." Edward snarled. His brothers nodded and took off in the direction that Tanya went. Edward ran a hand through his hair and wrapped an arm around my waist, crushing me to his side.
"I'm so proud of you." He whispered and kissed my forehead. I closed my eyes in content. I heard someone sniffle and snapped my eyes open to see Carmen looking heartbroken. She knew that her daughter had to pay for what she had done, but she couldn't do anything about it. I almost felt sorry for her. Almost.
After a few minutes of Edward whispering sweet nothings in my ear, Emmett and Jasper returned.
"She gave us the slip." Emmett said. Edward hissed and pulled me closer to his body.
"How?" He seethed.
"She crossed over to the dog's territory. We've told them to keep an eye out for Tanya." Jasper informed us. Edward nodded and they returned back to their respected mates.
"Let's go home." Carlisle said. We all nodded and started heading back home. I was happy now; Tanya was out of our lives. But I couldn't help but repeat her last words;
"This isn't the end, Swan!"