One year later...

I woke up in bed, alone. I knew why, but it didn't mean I enjoyed it. I stretched slowly, yawning. I looked over at the clock to see that it was just seven in the morning. I had gotten use to getting up this early, but I didn't like it. But, since Bella and I decided to go back and get our masters together, it was kind of needed.

I crawled out of bed and pulled on my flannel pajama pants. I went to the bottom drawer of the dresser and pulled something out of a box that my mother sent me, and stuck it in my pocket for later. I knew I would need it soon enough.

I padded my way into the living room to find Bella sitting underneath the Christmas tree, arranging all the gifts before everyone got there. We were having a pretty good size get together this year, not that I minded. It was Bella's idea and I would happily go along with anything that she wanted. As long as she was happy, so was I.

"Whatcha doin, darlin?" I said softly as I walked up behind her.

"Getting set up. Then I was going to start making brunch for everyone." She said, looking up at me with a smile.

She looked beautiful. Her hair was a beautiful disarray of curls, her gorgeous eyes glittering in the light of the tree. Bella was wearing the silky little night gown that she had bought for me for our one year anniversary, just under two month ago. She must of realized my appraisal because she blushed and looked down, going back to work. She moved a rather big box to the back, setting up other gifts around it.

"Is that mine?" I asked playfully.

"Yes," she giggled. "And, you'll have to wait for it."

"Aw," I pouted a bit. "Alright. Well, you know, you didn't have to buy me anything big."

She shrugged daintily. "I knew you'd like it. Doesn't matter what the size is."

"You can be such a hypocrite sometimes." I teased. "I didn't buy you anything too big."

"Good, just the way I like it." She smiled.

I sat behind her, putting my legs on either side of her. She leaned back, resting against my bare chest. Her wonderful scent swirled around my head, making me a little drunk. I breathed in deeply, trying to control myself. I pulled the velvety box out of my pocket and brought it in front of us, my arms wrapping around her in the process. "Then this should be right up your alley." I said, kissing her bare shoulder.

I lifted the lid slowly, exposing the diamond ring inside. She mewed softly. "Oh, Jasper..."

"Marry me, darlin?" I whispered in her ear softly.

I didn't expect the reaction I got. Though, did I ever rarely expect the things she did. She whirled around and wrapped her arms around my neck. Her lips crashed into mine, kissing me passionately. I, we, fell back with the force of it. "Yes!" She giggled. "Of course I'll marry you."

I smiled brightly and kissed her again. My fingers worked into her hair while my other hand went to her backside, holding her tightly to me. It took me a moment to remember the ring, which had landed somewhere beside us in the excitement.

I grabbed it and took her hand, slipping it onto her tiny little finger. She pulled back her hand to look at it, beaming. "This is amazing. You didn't have to spend so much on me though."

"I paid for shipping. Family heirloom." I told her, brushing a strand of hair out of her eyes. "It was my aunts. But, I would have paid a million dollars to see that smile."

She blushed brightly and leaned down to kiss me again. This kiss was slower, sweeter, deeper. Her perfect lips melded to mine, delicious and sweet. I carefully rolled her over so that I was on top of her. I brought my lips to her neck and kissed it gently, breathing in her wonderful scent.

I kissed to spot where her heart was beating hard in her chest. I kissed it, looking up at her as I did so. Her eyes were closed, her head tilted back slightly with her full lips parted. I loved that look on her face. I kissed lower, pushing the silk off of her breasts.

"Jasper, we have guests coming." She complained half heartedly as I kissed every inch of her pale breast except for the beautiful pink hard nipple in the center. Her back was arching slightly, her nails digging into my shoulders.

"What time?" I asked, swiping my tongue over the pebble like nipple.

"Mm, nine."

"Plenty of time." I smiled, lowering my mouth to her chest. I brought her nipple fully into my mouth and suckled it gently. She moaned softly, her fingers moving to my hair. Her hips ground against mine.

"Oh, Jasper, yes..." she cooed softly, massaging my scalp.

"I think that's my new favorite word." I smiled as I kissed my way down her silk covered stomach, my hands pushing the fabric up as I went.

She giggled softly. "You are so cheesy."

I groaned when I saw that she wasn't wearing panties. She must have just slipped it on when she got out of bed this morning. The idea made me hard, her sitting bare in front of me this entire time. "And, you are sexy." I said, running my fingers over her thighs.

This made her blush. "I was planning on getting better dressed in a little bit."

"I'm glad I caught you when I did then." I grinned, lowering my mouth to the waiting sweetness underneath me. Her hips bucked as soon as my tongue touched her clit and it made me smile. I loved that I knew what to do to her. She moaned, bending her legs at her knees.

I sucked the sensitive nub into my mouth, gently pressing my fingers inside of her. She cried out, her back arching a good five inches off the ground. I knew we didn't have a lot of time, and she would be upset if we took so long so I decided to go ahead and bring her the first of what was going to be many orgasms today. We were off for the week and I had already stocked the kitchen so we didn't have to leave for days. I planned on making love, fucking her, making her scream on every piece of furniture in this house. I gently bit down on her clit, pressing a second finger inside of her tight little body, curling my fingers while I went.

She groaned loudly, gasping for air. I knew she bit her lip to keep from getting too loud. I pulled away and kissed her thigh, my fingers still inside of her. "Bella, I want to hear you."

"Jasper," she moaned weakly.

I brought my thumb to her clit, still pumping in and out of her. I lowered my mouth to her breast, taking as much of it in my mouth as possible. "Louder."

She instantly clenched around my hand all while screaming out her pleasure. It was the best feeling in the world. Watching her on that high, that I gave her. I slowly pulled my fingers away, sliding them up her hip as I kissed her red swollen lips.

"I... I.. n-need to take a sh- shower." She stuttered and panted out, causing me to grin.

Without another word I picked her up and flung her over my shoulder. She squealed loudly, giggling all the while. "Jasper! What the hell are you doing?"

"You said you needed a shower. That sounds like a great idea to me."

I set her on top of the counter and peeled off her gown. She sat, watching me curiously, legs crossed at the ankles as I prepared the shower for us.

"Why do I feel like I'm just going to get dirtier?"

I slipped off my pants, kicking them to the side. "I have no idea. I am a perfect gentlemen."

"You are perfect. And, you can be a gentlemen. But..." She hopped off the counter top and walked past me, making sure that her hand grazed my hard on. I hissed softly, closing my eyes. "I know you."

She climbed into the shower and it took me a moment to shake off some of my foggy lust as I climbed in after her. Bella was already starting to soap up her body when I came in. I took the bar from her and began to wash her stomach. She leaned against me, lulling her head back to look at me. "I love you."

"I love you too." I smiled, kissing her lips before lowering my mouth to her shoulder. "Mrs. Whitlock."

She giggled. "I'm going to have to get use to that."

"Yes, you are." I brought her left hand to my lips and kissed it. "My wife."

She turned in my arms, wrapping her own around my neck. "I love how that sounds."

"Me too. Wife, lover, friend, maybe mother to my children one day." I said, kissing her forehead.

He hand brushed down my torso, then briefly gripped me. Using the water she massaged me for a moment. "Why don't we just stick to practicing for now?"

"I thought you didn't want to get dirty." I said in a strained voice.

"No, I said I'd probably get dirtier, not that I didn't want to."

"Well, in that case." I grinned brightly, grabbing her up in my arms. She squealed, wrapping her arms around my neck while my hands went straight to her firm ass. I gripped it tightly as I pressed her against the tiles, pressing myself inside of her during the process.

She threw her head back, her legs wrapping around me tightly. Bella giggled breathlessly. "Bunch is going to be so late."

"Do you care?" I said, pumping into her hard and fast.

"Not a damn bit."


Bella rush to the door when she heard the knock. She was now in a hurry to try to get everything started before it was lunch time. I was helping of course, since, well, it was my fault she was running so far behind.

"Hey Alice!" She said brightly, pulling her into a hug. "I'm sorry, but brunch isn't ready yet."

She giggled. "Oh, I figured it would be late." Alice commented, tugging in Seth behind her. I shook his hand and pointed to the TV. He looked at me gratefully and headed over to the couch.

"What do you mean?" Bella asked as the girls walked back towards the kitchen. I followed, going back to the veggies I was cutting.

"We came by early to help you out." She said vaguely.

"Oh... Oh!" Bella blushed, looking down at her feet.

"Sounds like you two had a good time." She teased.

"Oh, leave her alone, Alice." I heard a male voice say from behind us. I turned and smiled slightly.

"Merry Christmas!" Bella said brightly, going to give him a hug. "Where's Tanya?"

"Bathroom."Edward answered, shrugging out of his coat. "What can I do to help?"

"Go keep Seth company." Bella giggled, going back to breaking the eggs into a big bowl.

"Drag his butt in here. He needs to help too." Alice said, hand on her hip.

"I'd rather go keep him company." Edward said honestly, earning a glare from Alice.

"Go on. If we need anything we'll call you." Bella said, shooing him out.

We had become friends again. I don't know how. It just seem to happen. The jealousy faded, as did the anger. And, it didn't hurt that Edward had become extremely wrapped up in his new love, Tanya. Who, by the way, easily became part of our group. She was a little bossy, but caring. And, she was a willing doll to Alice.

Just then, a very uncomfortable Tanya walked in. Her hands rested on her now extremely curved belly. Somehow she was still graceful in her movements, or as graceful as a seven month along pregnant woman could be. She plopped down at the kitchen table. "What can I do?"

"Not have the baby on my kitchen floor." Bella teased.

Tanya rolled her eyes. "Not for another two months."

Alice giggled and handed her a bag of potatoes, along with a peeler. I knew Alice hated doing that part and was happy to pass it off.

When we found out that Tanya was pregnant and it was, in fact, Edward's, I almost died. Of laughter. Bella, on the other hand, was completely annoyed. Of course her mind went to the 'why not me?' place and I simply had to convince of her one thing: Tanya probably tied Edward to the bed and didn't give him a choice. She didn't think that was amusing. I could tell the first time that I met her that she wouldn't put up with any of his crap and apparently, she didn't. The thought still made me snicker to this day.

Bella hummed to herself, mixing the eggs while adding other ingredients. "You're pretty chipper," Tanya complained.

"Oh, I guess Christmas has just put me in a good mood." She said, putting the eggs in the hot pan. As she shifted the pan over the heat Alice squealed, making everyone in the room jump.

"Or, it might have to do with that big ass rock on her left hand!" Alice jumped up and down.

Just then two very nervous men rushed into the kitchen, looking confused. "What's the matter?" Edward demanded.

"They're getting married!" Alice sang.

"At least give her a chance to confirm it, Al." Tanya rolled her eyes, going to another potato.

Bella's hand was less than an inch away from Alice's as she examined the ring. She was practically dancing in place. "This is gorgeous. Good job, Jazz." She said, completely ignored Tanya's earlier comments. "Seth, you better be taking notes." She said teasingly.

"Don't worry, I am." Seth replied, rolling his eyes.

"So, you two are getting married?" Edward asked thoughtfully.

I nodded, smiling a little bit. I felt a bit bashful saying it to him. In the back of my mind I was worried that he'd deck me or something, but it didn't happen. He just nodded, still thoughtful. "Congrats."


"Well, if Alice is done scaring the crap out of me, I'm going back to the game." Seth teased

"The screaming or the marriage hints?" I yelled to his retreating form.

"Um, I'll get back to ya." He chuckled.

Alice shot him a harsh glare, causing him to laugh a little. He went behind her, wrapping her arms around her waist and lightly kissed her neck. "Ally, baby, you know I want to marry you."

"That is the weakest proposal in history." Tanya teased from her spot at the table.

The rest of the day went back and forth like this. No one left the kitchen after that until all the dishes were done and it was time to open presents.

I looked around the picture in front of us. Alice was happily playing with the new hair straightener that Seth got her, of course trying it out on him. He allowed her to do it with a dopey smile, just happy to be close to her. Tanya and Edward were wrapped up in their own little world, her sitting in between his legs. His hands rested on her stomach, chin on her shoulder while she examined the not so cheap tennis bracelet that he got her. And then finally, Bella. She sat cross legged with the books I got her, already on the second chapter by the looks of it. I scooted closer to her and lightly kissed her temple, so not to disturb her. She leaned into my touch.

"Happy?" She asked quietly.

I nodded and kissed her again, this time on the lips. I was happy. No one was angry. No one was mad at the other person. No one was jealous of the others relationships. This is how I wanted every Christmas to be. Surrounded by friends and loved ones.

That's really the end!

So, was it everything you hoped for?