Falling for a Dark Soul @tufano79
Chapter 34

Disclaimer: None of this mine, nor do I claim to be Stephenie Meyer. I just like to dabble in the playground that she created with Bella, Edward and her Twilight characters. No copyright infringement is intended.

Up next will be Edward and will probably be the last real chapter before the epilogue. We’ll be leading up to Bella’s birthday and the triumphant return of Edward to MAC. This will span several months, from late August to, well … you’ll see.

Chapter Thirty-Four

Edward

“What are you doing?” Katie asked. Since I was still off for a couple more weeks, I’d volunteered to pick up Katie at school. She had taken off her uniform and was helping me make dinner. Or rather, I’d started dinner and I was trying to find a birthday present for Bella. I knew that last year, Bella ignored her birthday. This year, I wanted to celebrate her birth. “Edward?”

The lights of my life … the two most important people who brought me out of the darkness and into the light.

xx FFADS xx

The day of Bella’s birthday, I made arrangements for Katie and Bella to spend the morning and afternoon together. They were being chauffeured by Jeremy and he catered to their every whim. Katie managed to convince Bella to go to Fringe for a spa day. Afterward, they were going to have a late lunch with Alice and Rose before my part of her birthday would come into play.

“Same, Edward,” she whispered, pulling the blanket over our naked bodies. “Now, I want to take a nap before I get my own taste. We’re not done, Grinch.”

xx FFADS xx

Bella was standing in our bedroom, a bag packed for a two day trip to New York to meet with Victoria and Jane for another combined campaign for New Moon Cosmetics and York Towne Clothing. She’d be flying out later this morning after she dropped Katie off at school. “I feel so bad that I’m missing your first day back, Edward,” she frowned. “Alice scheduled this trip without consulting me.”

“I love you, too,” I grinned. “I’ll always love you.”

xx FFADS xx

The next couple of months flew by. Bella and I had settled into a routine. Bella and I would usually drop Katie off at school. My mom would pick her up and a couple times a week, we’d have dinner with my parents. Bella still hadn’t really done much driving, but she wasn’t as terrified when she got into a car. Nor did she have a panic attack when she was a passenger.

After spending the night just vegging out and wrapping some of the gifts that I’d picked up, tossing them under the tree. Bella went upstairs and before I unplugged the Christmas tree, I pulled out Bella’s engagement ring. It glowed and twinkled under the lights. With a smile, I closed the box and went upstairs.

Christmas Eve … I’m proposing on Christmas Eve.

I couldn’t wait.

I couldn’t wait.

A/N: Okay, I lied. There’s one more chapter after this and then the epilogue. This chapter is already a beast and I do not want to rush the proposal. Besides, I think that conversation between Edward, Katie and Bella needed to be had … the conversation about what to call them.

Anyway, the next chapter will be the MAC Christmas Eve celebration at Bella’s place with everyone and then those magical words from Grinchy, plus some citrusy actions. Leave me your thoughts!

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