Chapter Sixteen

Author Note: Wedding! Okay so seriously the song A Thousand Years cover by Boyce Avenue listen to it while reading this chapter!

Disclaimer: the usual…


Heart beats fast
Colours and promises
How to be brave?
How can I love when I’m afraid to fall?
But watching you stand alone,
All of my doubt suddenly goes away somehow.

One step closer


Bella POV

I took my first step down the aisle, memories flashed across my mind. The very night I had met Peter, the soft yellow of the candle bathing him in warm light. The way his skin had burned warmth through the blanket on where he helped me.

The way his eyes blinked in confusion and wonder as he took in my face after his attack. The daisies I had found in my room that night, not needing to be told they were from Peter.

Our first embrace… kisses… the way he smiled… our hands intertwining on the way to town… His question to marry him…

With each memory I knew deep down in my heart that this man before me was my other half, my mate in both human life and hopefully vampiric. A smile pulled upon my lips as I grew closer to him, tears pooling in my eyes Henry and I came to a stop before him.

“Dearly beloved, we are gathered together here in the sight of God, and in the face of this company, to join together this Man and this Woman in holy Matrimony; which is an honourable estate, instituted of God….” The Priest droned on, fading into a white noise as I grasp Peter’s hand firmly.

I could see the joy and love shining in his eyes as he stared down at me, his hands returning the added pressure.

“So much love there Darlin’…” Jasper’s voice whispers… “I wish I was there to see what you were…”

I couldn’t help but smile, soon my brother you will be able to. We will be with you soon and then you shall be the one to share the beautiful day with us.

I have died every day waiting for you
Darling, don’t be afraid I have loved you
For a thousand years
I’ll love you for a thousand more

“I love you.” Peter mouths.

“And I will love you for a thousand years and more.” I reply causing him to shake his head slightly in disbelief with a smile.

“Into this holy estate these two persons present come now to be joined. If any man can show just cause, why they may not lawfully be joined together, let him now speak, or else hereafter for ever hold his peace.” There was silence, no one dared to make a noise. I cast everyone a smile, earning many in return before turning my eyes back to Peter.

“Peter, wilt thou have this Woman to thy wedded wife, to live together after God’s ordinance in the holy estate of Matrimony? Wilt thou love her, comfort her, honour, and keep her in sickness and in health; and, forsaking all others, keep thee only unto her, so long as ye both shall live?” The priest asks, powerful and yet softly at the same time.

Peter’s eyes danced with joy and his smile seemed to soften more as he raised his free hand and tucked a strand of hair behind my ear. “I will.”

The priest turns to me, a smile upon his face. “Isabella, wilt thou have this Man to thy wedded husband, to live together after God’s ordinance in the holy estate of Matrimony? Wilt thou love him, comfort him, honour, and keep him in sickness and in health; and, forsaking all others, keep thee only unto him, so long as ye both shall live?”

Time stands still
Beauty in all she is
I will be brave
I will not let anything take away
What’s standing in front of me
Every breath
Every hour has come to this

One step closer

“Who gives away this bride?” The priest asks, but my mind was only focused on Peter.

“I, Henry Bennett, do.” Henry replies, placing my free hand in Peter’s outstretched hand. I closed my eyes for a second, taking in the warmth that filled my body as my hands clasped my Peters.

“Please, join hands and declare your consent before God.” I let go of Henry’s hand, thanking him softly as he made his way to his seat where Lilly was wiping her eyes before looking back towards Peter.

“I, Peter, take you, Isabella, to be my wife. I promise to be true to you in good times and in bad, in sickness and in health. You are my reason to breathe and you have shown me the love I have always dreamed of. I will love you and honour you all the days of my life.” Peter whispers out, his voice shaking ever so slightly.

I let go of Peter’s hands quickly to wipe the tears from my eyes before uttering my own vows.

“I, Isabella take you, Peter, to be my husband. I promise to be true to you in good times and in bad, in sickness and in health. You are the echoing beat to my own heart, my soul mate and I will love you and honour you all the days of my life and forever more.” I breathe out, adding my own additional words to the pre worded vows to make them as much as my own words.

I faded out the blessings of the ring, unable to hold my silent laughter as Peter tickled my palm softly with his thumb, causing him in return to chuckle. I remember breathing out ‘I do’ in the right part before I found myself being directed by Peter’s eyes to my hand. I let out a small gasp as I took in the ring before me.

It was much like my Engagement ring, except this one had a sapphire and it looked to be handmade, the silver smithed into a swirling set that lead up from the band to the stone. Unlike the flat gold swirls of the engagement ring, this band rose above it.

“Oh Peter…” I breathe out.

And all along I believed I would find you
Time has brought your heart to me
I have loved you for a thousand years
I’ll love you for a thousand more

“Isabella, take this ring as a sign of my love and fidelity. In the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit.” He whispers, slipping the ring perfectly on my finger.

I cast Lilly a panicked look when I realised I didn’t have Peter’s ring with me, causing her and other to chuckle as she rushed up towards me with a blush on her face before placing the ring I had asked her to graciously get for me.

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It was a gold band, which had the same swirl like pattern in my engagement ring, with our initials engraved in the small flat section on the top. “Peter, take this ring as a sign of my love and fidelity. In the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit.”

Looking down at out joined hands with our rings shining brightly together I knew I would have to get Alice to get us new ones, I was unsure if I would be able to take it with me. Which broke my heart ever so slightly, I wouldn’t be able to wear the one he had made me.

“Bella, I don’t know why, but I will…”

“I now pronounce you husband and wife, you may kiss the bride!” The priest finalised causing everyone to cheer as Peter pulled me flush against him. My arms instantly went around his neck as our lips touched. My tongue brushing up against his bottom lip, asking for his in return; the world seemed to fade away as we deepened the kiss.

Pulling back I couldn’t help but look up at Peter, “Hello Husband.” I breathe, causing his smile to widen.

“My wife, my wife, I will never tire of saying it. I am so happy that you are my wife, I couldn’t have asked for anyone else.” He breathes, pulling me into a hug.

A chorus of throats clearing caused us to pull back to see the family waiting, my face blazing with a blush as we were directed over to where we needed to sign the certificate with Ma Whitlock, The Marriage Certificate. I couldn’t help but let the love and joy bloom in my chest as I traced the words across the delicate piece of paper.

“Thank you, Mr and Mrs Whitlock.” The Priest says with a warm smile as he takes the signed paper for him and handed us our own which was immediately passed onto Ma Whitlock to keep safely.

“We’re married.” I breathe out, causing him to laugh.

“Yes we are!” He cheers before sweeping me up in his arms and begun to dance around the people and out towards the barn where we were having our reception so to speak. Though we stopped for one second to lift my train before continuing, our laughter echoing the field as others began to sing us in our impromptu first dance.

I have died every day waiting for you
Darling don’t be afraid I have loved you
For a thousand years

I’ll love you for a thousand more

And all along I believed I would find you
Time has brought your heart to me
I have loved you for a thousand years
I’ll love you for a thousand more

“I love you Peter Whitlock.”

A smile. “And I love you Isabella Whitlock.”


Author Note: Well… WELL?

TDFS

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