"She has never been as beautiful as she is at this moment..." I murmured under my breath to my best man.
Seth grinned cheekily, as he whispered back. "Better watch out or someone might steal her away."
I growled under my breath at him, then fell silent as my darling wife-to-be dazzled everyone watching, with her radiant smile. Renesmee looked to her right, smiling at the mostly-vampiric crowd standing there. Then she looked to her left, winking at Quil and Embry; never missing a beat of her dance down the aisle.
Edward glanced up from his place on her arm; beaming at Bella, and... Are those tears in his eyes? He glared up at me, as he heard that thought. And now Renesmee was standing before me in all her glory. I held my hand out for her to take, but she ignored it, placing her palm to my cheek instead. I staggered a little as her memories flooded my brain.
Seven years ago; I see myself, the first time I held her, blood trickling from where she bit me.
Six years ago; I stand before her, worry clear on my face. I see my lips form the words; "Did I hurt you, Ness?" and I hear her bell-like laughter in response.
Five years ago, and she is taller, stronger, wiser. I see myself, on the beach in La Push; being tackled for a hug. I can feel the love radiating between us.
Four years ago, and I see myself staring with absolute wonder. "What is it, Jacob?" I hear her voice like a melody, infused with embarrassment. "You-you're beautiful." I see myself stutter.
Three years ago, and I see my lips form the words "I love you." I feel her joyous response, as she whispers "I know."
Two years ago, I see her reaching up to caress my face and my head bowing down to kiss her. I can taste her surprise and happiness in our first kiss.
One year ago, and I see myself on bended knee. I can feel her confusion turn to joyous surprise, as I ask her "The Question".
That image is replaced by my face as it must look now. I see the tears glistening in my eyes, and I can feel the unspoken question in her thoughts.
"I'm perfect, love. I'm just a man who's about to have his wildest dreams come true."
In response, tears spring to her eyes, and she mouths, "I love you."
Edward placed her hand in mine, with a rueful smile.
"Better take care of my girl, wolf." He muttered, only half-joking.
"No worries, bloodsucker." I answer in the same tone.
Bella and Nessie glare at us, looking so alike. Then Mr. Weber stepped in.
"Dearly beloved..." My brain flutters in and out, until I hear those crucial words.
"For as long as you both shall live?"
My heart is steady as I announce firmly: "I do."
~Merryde Anne Tavora~