Chapter Thirty-Six

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Disclaimer: None of this is mine, nor will it ever be (sigh). I like to play with the characters that Stephenie Meyers created and make them do pervy things or become angels with a bad attitude.

One more real chapter with Edward. We're going to explore Bella's powers, enjoy some alone time and finalize their bond. Then, we'll have the epilogue, with some returning characters. This chapter comes with a lemon warning along with a tissue warning ... Thank you for reading!

Chapter Thirty-Six

EPOV

We'd been in Scotland for a month. Bella was taking to her new life as a Dominion Lordship with ease. Though, having me train along with her, made things much more comfortable for both of us. She was also healing, laughing and finally putting her human life, tragedies, fear and insecurities, behind her. Her final few paychecks from the school district were donated Child Protective Services, along with a hefty donation from one of my many off-shore accounts.

When we weren't training and strengthening Bella's angelic powers, mainly her shield, Bella and I were walking the grounds of the gorgeous castle that Esme had gifted to me, per Carlisle's instructions from his letter. It was put under my name. I didn't want to accept it because I'd already taken his Lordship position. It seemed wrong for me to take his castle. But, Esme was adamant. It would appear that there was going to be some restructuring of the legion. Since I was in training, I wasn't privy to the information.

Not yet.

According to Esme, I'd be ready soon. Bella, however, was probably going to train under me for at least a year, honing her skills and growing as an angel, healing as a woman. Esme talked with her when they had their flying lessons. I could see my mate, my love, blossom under her love and finally find her strength.

Now, while we were enjoying our time in Scotland, I let Bella take control of our relationship. Yes, we were mates. No, we hadn't formalized the bond as angels, but I was planning on doing that soon, using both angelic customs and human traditions. I was going to ask her to be my wife. I wanted to give her a ring and give her the human wedding she'd always dreamed of, with Charlie giving her away and seeing her in a white dress, walking down the aisle to me. I'd purchased a ring for her and was waiting for the perfect time to propose.

Alice and Esme didn't understand why I wanted to do this, but living among humans for so long, I realized how big a deal having a wedding could be. Charlie backed me up. I remembered her dreams when she was human. Some were nightmarish memories from her childhood, but the few good dreams were of weddings. Specifically, our wedding. I wasn't going to deny her, even if she was an angel and we were mated for life. I wanted to give her a wedding, a ring and a promise of forever.

Truly forever. Not a human forever, but angelic. All eternity.

Bella and Alice were in town, indulging in some much-needed shopping and girly pampering, while I was reading and relaxing with Felix. His head was on my lap while I gently scratched behind his ears. His tail thumped and I looked up. Esme came walking into the library, sitting down across from me. She scrubbed Felix's belly. "Everything okay?" I asked, closing my book after marking my spot.

"Good," she nodded. "I just spoke with Gabriel. He feels that you're almost ready to take over. How do you feel?"

"I'm not as overwhelmed, but I'm anxious to propose to Bella. What if she says no?" I whispered.

"She won't," Esme snickered. "He thinks that once you've finalized your mating bond, you'll be ready for your new position."

"Position? I don't understand. I thought I was a Dominion," I said.

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