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Chapter 4 Gesture_暮光之城:破晓 Breaking Dawn

 The wedding flowed into the reception party smoothly—proof of Alice's flawless planning. It was justtwilight over the river; the ceremony had lasted exactly the right amount of time, allowing the sun to setbehind the trees. The lights in the trees glimmered as Edward led me through the glass back doors,making the white flowers glow. There were another ten thousand flowers out here, serving as a fragrant,airy tent over the dance floor set up on the grass under two of the ancient cedars.

  Things slowed down, relaxed as the mellow August evening surrounded us. The little crowd spread outunder the soft shine of the twinkle lights, and we were greeted again by the friends we'd just embraced.

  There was time to talk now, to laugh.

  "Congrats, guys," Seth Clearwater told us, ducking his head under the edge of a flower garland. Hismother, Sue, was tight by his side, eyeing the guests with wary intensity. Her face was thin and fierce, anexpression that was accented by her short, severe hairstyle; it was as short as her daughter Leah's—Iwondered if she'd cut it the same way in a show of solidarity. Billy Black, on Seth's other side, was notas tense as Sue.

  When I looked at Jacob's father, I always felt like I was seeing two people rather than just one. Therewas the old man in the wheelchair with the lined face and the white smile that everyone else saw. Andthen there was the direct descendant of a long line of powerful, magical chieftains, cloaked in theauthority he'd been born with. Though the magic had—in the absence of a catalyst—skipped hisgeneration, Billy was still a part of the power and the legend. It flowed straight through him. It flowed tohis son, the heir to the magic, who had turned his back on it. That left Sam Uley to act as the chief oflegends and magic now___Billy seemed oddly at ease considering the company and the event—his black eyes sparkled like he'djust gotten some good news. I was impressed by his composure. This wedding must have seemed a verybad thing, the worst thing that could happen to his best friend's daughter, in Billy's eyes.

  I knew it wasn't easy for him to restrain his feelings, considering the challenge this event foreshadowed tothe ancient treaty between the Cullens and the Quileutes—the treaty that prohibited the Cullens from evercreating another vampire. The wolves knew a breach was coming, but the Cullens had no idea how theywould react. Before the alliance, it would have meant an immediate attack. A war. But now that theyknew each other better, would there be forgiveness instead?

  As if in response to that thought, Seth leaned toward Edward, arms extended. Edward returned the hugwith his free arm.

  I saw Sue shudder delicately.

  "It's good to see things work out for you, man," Seth said. "I'm happy for you.""Thank you, Seth. That means a lot to me." Edward pulled away from Seth and looked at Sue and Billy.

  "Thank you, as well. For letting Seth come. For supporting Bella today.""You're welcome," Billy said in his deep, gravelly voice, and I was surprised at the optimism in his tone.

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