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Chapter 42: Goodbyes.
Embry halted the car behind Jared's car. There were four cars parked outside Emily's house because of the pack. I stepped outside of the car, meeting Embry who was standing there looking at me with a soft smile on his face.
He took my hand and we made our way to the house. From outside I could hear everyone talking and laughing. I was going to miss this when I went away to New York. At least I would know people here because of Alex.
We entered through the front door and everyone cheered. I looked at them puzzled.
"Why are you guys cheering for us?" I asked, confused.
"Because you're finally here meaning we can finally eat. Emily made us wait for you guys to arrive before we could all eat." Jared explained.
"Damn, you guys sure took your time to get here. What'd you do? Jump each other out in the parking lot?" Paul snorted.
"No, I was just talking to my parents about something." I replied.
"What something?" Embry asked, looking curiously at me.
"Nothing, I'll tell you later ok?" I said. He looked at me cautiously for a second before nodding his head in approval.
"Ok. so Emily how about that graduation dinner?" I asked her.
She laughed, "Ok, Paul, Seth and Embry come help me put all the food onto the table." Emily instructed.
"I'll be back in a minute babe." Embry said, kissingmy forehead before following Emily, Jared and Pauk into the kitchen.
"Gab, here's yours and Embry's seat." Rachel announced, calling me.
"Ok thanks." I responded.
"So Gab, what's that something you were talking to your parents about?" Jacob asked.
"Oh nothing, it's not that important." I said, shrugging my shoulders to try and assure them it wasn't a big deal. But it is.
"If it's not important, why can't you tell us?" Quil asked, raising an eyebrow at me.
"Because it's none of your business." I replied, sticking my tongue out at him.
"Oh right then." he said.
I hated this. I hated lying to my close friends but I couldn't tell them. Not now. This was supposed to be a happy night and I wouldn't let this ruin it.
The boys and Emily soon returned, holding plates and bowls filled with food.
"Woah, you've really outdone yourselves Emily." I exclaimed, staring at all the food that was being laid out on the table.
"Oh this is nothing. I'm just so happy that you guys have graduated." she responded, giving me a hug.
"You spoil them guys. What will happen whenever they have a family and have to cook by their own?" I teased.
"I bet you Paul would be buying those frozen dinners from the grocery store." Quil said, making everyone laugh.
"Hey, Rachel can cook for me right?" Paul said, looking at Rachel.
Rachel scoffed at him. "I'm not the only one who's going to cook, you better start to learn."
"Hey Emily, where's Sam?" I asked, realising that he was the only one missing from here.
"Oh, he's away to quickly buy some soda. In my rush to have all this food prepared for tonight I forgot to buy drinks." she explained.
Embry came and sat beside me. He tugged at my hand and I looked over at him. As soon as I did, he planted a soft kiss on my lips making me smile at him.
"Guys, no PDA at the table." Emily reprimanded.
"Sorry." Embry apologised, throwing a wink at me.
"Mhm." Emily replied.
Sam had arrived with the drinks soon after and we all dug into the food. Emily really did outdo herself, the food was delicious!
"So Kim, Jared told us you were going to University. Which one did you choose?" Emily asked over dinner.
I choked on the pice of chicken I was currently chewing on. Embry started patting my back and handed me a glass of water. I chugged the water down my throat and started coughing.
"Are you ok?" Embry asked.
"Yeah." I managed to say.
"That's what you get if you eat to much chicken." Rachel teased.
"Sorry guys. Kim, your answer?" I said. Damn please don't ask me.
"Oh yeah, um I chose the University of Washington. It's not close to the reservation but at least it's only a five hour drive." Kim answered. "Thank god it's not somewhere like New York or something."
"What about you Gab?" Kim asked and everyone's eyes turned to look at me.
I gulped. "Um, you know I still need to... you know... yeah. Embry I need to talk to you now." I said grabbing his hand and yanking him out the door.
I let go of his hand and told him to follow me through the forest. He nodded and walked behind me. I didn't even know where I was going but then I had a good idea. I stopped.
"Embry, do you know the area you took me to during Christmas and gave me this locket," I said, hodling the small heart between my fingers, "can you take us there please?"
"Yeah sure. But Gab what's wrong? You've looked so tense all day." he said looking worried.
"I'll tell you once we're there." I replied. He simply nodded and took my hand as we began to walk through the forest again.
We soon reached a clearing, the same one we went to during Christmas.
I hugged Embry and faced him.
"What's bothering you baby? Please tell me."
Instead of replying, I kissed him.
He pulled away. "Baby, please just-"
"Just shut up and kiss me." I said, pulling his face back down to me so I could kiss him.
We kissed for god knows how long and in that moment, I almost forgot about my problem. Almost. But then I was cruelly taken back to reality by Embry who pulled away.
"Gabriella, seriously. Tell me."
I sighed and took a deep breath. Guess it was now or never.
"Embry... I'm moving to New York."
He didn't say anything. He just stared at me with an expressionless face.
"You're kidding right?" he said, laughing but I could tell it was forced.
I pulled away. "No Embry, I'm not. I got accepted into NYU and I'm moving in two months." I said with my back turned to him.
I don't think I could look at his face twisted with pain as I told him that.
"I... I thought you applied to go to the University of Washington with Kim?" he said, swallowing thickly.
"I did apply. But I wasn't accepted. I was only accepted in NYU." I said, turning to look at him.
"How long is your course?" he asked, clenching his eyes shut.
"Three years." I whispered.
He opened his eyes and I regretted looking into them. I could only see pain which made me flinch a little.
"That's a long time." he replied, walking over to me and taking me into his arms.
" I know." I said, putting my head on his chest.
He pulled away and looked at me. Suddenly, he got down onto his knees. He pulled out a small jewellery box from his pocket and I gasped.
He opened the box to reveal a diamond ring. The ring had three diamonds on it. There were two clear and one blue.
He grasped my hand in his. "Gabriella Russo... I love you so much. I couldn't imagine my life without you. I know we've had a few problems along the way but I believe that that only made our love stronger. Will you please do me the honour of marrying me?"
I stood there staring at him. Marriage? I hadn't even started to think about that because I thought it wouldn't occur until a couple years later. I was only turning nineteen this year.
"I know you think this is too early. But Gab, I don't want to rush you. I'd be willing to wait until you get back from college to marry you if that's what you want. We don't have to rush into things. We're barely adults anyway." he explained.
"Oh Embry. Of course I'll marry you." I replied, smiling down at him. "There's not a single thing that would make me say no to you. But can we wait a few years? I mean, as you said we're barely adults." I said.
"You'll really marry me?" he said, standing up smiling brightly at me.
"Yes! In a couple of years though." I added, smiling back at him.
He took me in his arms and twirled me around happily. He put me down and grabbed my lips in a kiss.
"Oh Gab, I love you so much. I need to start saving up for the perfect wedding for you now." he teased.
"As long as I get to marry you, it will be perfect. Plus I don't even want that many people at it; a simple wedding with only family and close friends would be nice." I said.
"Simple wedding it is." he said, slipping the ring onto my left finger. "Come on, let's go tell everybody the news."
The past two months seem to go by in a blur. Alex's family had agreed to let me stay with them while I went to university in New York which was a good thing. I never knew how much stuff I had until I had to pack it all to bring to New York. Thankfully, Embry was there to help me out.
I was so worried about telling my parents about my engagement but turns out, Embry had asked my parents' permission to marry me before asking me. I smiled as I looked down at my engagement ring.
I was at the airport with the pack and my family. I was trying to hold back my tears because I didn't want to cry in front of them.
I went round giving everybody hugs and everybody told me little messaged that made me laugh and some made me want to curl into a ball and cry but I held my emotions in. Until it came to Embry.
"I'll come back to visit every holiday Embry. I'll call and text you everyday so make sure you've got your phone with you." I said, tears starting to come out.
"Come here." he said, pulling me into a tight hug. I couldn't help it anymore. My tears started to come out and it seemed impossible to stop it.
"I'm going to miss you so much." I said.
'I know, I'm going to miss you so much more." he said, staring me in the eye and kissing my forehead. "Remember, call me if there's ever a problem, no matter what time it is. I'm just a call away." he said.
I nodded and he wiped my tears away.
"Don't worry so much Gab. Those three years will go by quickly and then you'll be back with me here." he said, offering me an assuring smile.
"What did I do to deserve you?" I teased.
He winked at me.
Just then the speaker announced that all the passenges to New York should make their way through the security and go to their gates.
Me and Embry shared one last kiss before we pulled away.
I stared at everybody and grabbed my small backpack. I waved at everybody and they did the same in return.
I walked through the security but before they could disappear from my sight, I mouthed 'I love you' to Embry. This was just the beginning of our story.
Love really does have complications. But take it from me, it's worth it in the end.
That's it! Stay tuned for the sequel! and remember to review aswell! Xx