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Choice

Summary:
Edward and Bella have been married for two months now. Bella still hasn't reconciled with Jacob, and her transformation is only one week away. Then...Bella becomes pregnant. Choices will have to be made. Choices that could change Edward and Bella's lives forever. ^^ This beautiful banner was made by the talented Vatina!CHAPTER FIFTEEN: SHADOWS IS UP! (THE LAST ONE, GUYS!) :(BUT LOOK OUT FOR THE SEQUEL...SUNRISE!


Notes:
This story is based on a theory that my wonderful friend, Maria, and I had. Hope it works! I don't own any of it. All belongs to the wonderful Stephenie Meyer! © Edwards Rose 2007


2. Chapter 2: Facing the Music

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Chapter Two: Facing the Music

EDWARD’S POV

The wind shrieked through the trees of the forest, causing dry and crinkled leaves to rain down upon my head. I leaned casually against the hood of my Volvo, drumming my fingers lightly against its glossy surface. It was autumn in the Olympic Peninsula…I could tell as I breathed in the sweet, pure air.

“Are you ready, Edward?” Carlisle asked behind me.

“Yes,” I replied softly. Like it did for my every waking second, Bella’s face swam before me, and I smiled.

“Thinking of anyone in particular?” Jasper asked innocently, walking up behind me.

I couldn’t help but smile. “Maybe.”

“I could tell. You were getting all gooey-eyed on me.”

I playfully elbowed him in the ribs, and he returned it.

“Boys!” Esme’s voice floated over towards us, firm, but not angry.

Jasper and I instantly stopped, putting on acts of mock remorse. Then, the four of us began to walk into the forest. I kept my eyes trained on the fringe of trees ahead, preparing for the blood-lust to soon wash over me...

Suddenly, Alice’s thoughts echoed around my head:

“Edward, you need to come home.” Her voice was calm, but had a slight edge to it.

“What’s wrong?” I asked sharply, knowing she would see what I was saying. I thought of my clumsy and accident-prone Bella.

“Well, Bella’s alright…relatively. I think you should just come home, though. You can go hunting later.”

Instantly, I dragged myself out of Alice’s mind, and back to the real world. She had blocked me out after that…repeating the opening lines of The Aeneid in Latin.

“Carlisle!” I called.

He turned around to face me, his expression puzzled.

“I’m going back home…Alice says something’s wrong. I’ll take the Volvo, you still have the Mercedes.” With that, I left my family behind me and ran back towards the car. I slid onto the seat, dug the keys into the ignition, and slammed on the gas.

I watched the speed dial gradually go over one hundred, and only after one thirty, was I satisfied. Trees and hills sped by me, all melding into one. Alice’s words still rang loud and clear…was Bella alright? She couldn’t be sick, when I had left her this morning she was fine. Had she tripped over something…? I pushed down harder on the gas until the road ahead was one long and giant snake. The road back to Bella.

BELLA’S POV

I sat there in numb silence. I leaned my head against the bed post while Alice gently blew cold air onto the back of my neck.

Her voice was worried as words streamed from her mouth in a consistent babble. “I’m so sorry, Bella. I shouldn’t have sprung it on you like that! I was just so excited…”

“’S fine, Alice,” I replied in a slurred voice.

My brain still hadn’t connected with the rest of my body. Was this really possible…? Well…it kind of was. I had fulfilled my promise to Edward, and he had granted me my wish. I almost smiled. At least he hadn’t killed me…yet. But how could vampires have babies? They don’t exactly have…the necessary fluids. Wasn’t that kind of necessary, though?

I was having a baby…that meant taking care of someone else…not just me. Two people for Edward to worry about constantly. What would everyone in Forks think? The Cullens? Charlie, Renee? Jacob…?

I felt my forehead break out into a clammy sweat…I needed to stop thinking. I needed to breathe…in and out.

“Alice?” I asked abruptly, pulling myself somewhat together.

“Yes, Bella? Oh, I really am sorry! I…”

I cut her apologies short. “Are you sure about this, Alice?” I asked shakily.

The ghost of a smile flitted across her perfect features. “Positive.”

“Edward…” I croaked. My voice sounded strange…like a person deprived of water for days. Would he not want me anymore…?

I managed to snatch a look at Alice. Her eyes were suddenly scared, and she was nervously fidgeting with the covers on the bed. “Bella…”

Her expression nearly sent me into hysterics. “Alice, what did you do?” I asked slowly, my voice tight with anxiety.

“I’m sorry, Bella. You were out cold. Well, Edward’s on his way home…”

I flopped backwards onto the bed and covered my eyes with a pillow.

I was getting ready to face the music.

EDWARD’S POV

As I pulled into Forks city limits, I slammed on the brakes. My personal radar warned me of a policeman…and not just any policeman.

It was Charlie.

I watched the speed dial gradually inch down to sixty and I felt impatience creeping over me as he pulled up next to me. A somewhat suspicious expression was playing across his face, and I nearly laughed at his own thoughts:

“Why isn’t he with Bella? Maybe they had a fight and will get a divorce! No, no…I shouldn’t think like that. I have to admit, the guy has taken pretty good care of her and all. Even if they are starting college a little late…”

“Hello, Charlie,” I said smoothly, flashing him a smile as he rolled down his window.

“Edward…nice to see you. Why aren’t you with Bella?” his tone was friendly, but slightly condescending.

I repressed the urge to laugh. “Oh, I just needed to run out and pick a few things up for Carlisle. I think we may be having a camping trip soon.”

“Why do they always go on so many hiking trips? I bet they have enough tents and poles to last for a lifetime! Newton's must love them. Good kid, Mike Newton! Stop it, Charlie. She married Edward. I still can’t see Bella going hiking…”

His thoughts quickly changed into words. “Wow…you’re getting Bells into the wild outdoors?” he chuckled.

I responded with a polite laugh. “Yes, sir.”

“Well…I guess I’ll see you later. Have Bella call me, alright?”

“I’ll do that, Charlie.”

I watched as he slowly pulled away and headed off in the opposite direction. My fingers tightened on the steering wheel, and then I was racing down the deserted street. I felt anxiety wash over me in waves as I heard Charlie:

“I hope they stay in Forks. I have no idea how I could cope without Bells. I wonder if Bella and Jacob are having a fight again…hopefully she didn’t punch him. I haven’t seen that kid or Billy in months. Oh, great…another guy is speeding…”

His thoughts quickly focused on his job and I felt a sharp pang. I was taking Bella away from Charlie forever…away from her world, all she knew. She said that I was her world now, but how could that be possible? In a world, one needed light. I'd had no light inside of me since 1918. I couldn’t bear to do that to Bella…but I had to.

I peeled into our long driveway, its tangled ferns causing water droplets to spray onto the car. I breathed a sigh of relief as I saw the house…home. Bella was here. I cut the engine and raced towards the door, taking the porch steps two at a time. My eyes raked over the room until I spotted Emmett and Rosalie. They were both sitting on the sofa, Rosalie idly stroking her silky hair and Emmett tossing a baseball in the air.

Emmett’s gaze turned towards me. “Edward...how come you're back?”

“Where’s Bella?” I snapped, my impatience getting the better of me.

“Upstairs with Alice,” Rosalie said without looking up.

I swept up the polished staircase until I reached the end of the hall. I yanked open the door, and surveyed the scene ahead of me. What was I expecting…? Bella lying bruised and bloody on the carpet? Having a window smashed because she fell out of it?

But not this.

Alice was sitting on the bed next to Bella, whose face was paler than usual. When I entered, they both looked up. Alice slid off the bed and gave Bella a kiss on the cheek. She danced past me and gave a stern look I narrowed my eyes, and crossed to Bella as the door closed.

“Bella?” I questioned, concerned. I knelt in front of her, taking her now icy hands in my own.

She turned her brown eyes on me and her face turned a brilliant shade of red. “Edward…?” she asked in a choked voice.

I pulled her into my arms and kissed the side of her neck. “I’m here, Isabella. What’s wrong?”

I felt her fingers tighten on my arm. “Edward…you won’t ever leave me again, will you?” her voice was so small and terrified. I hated to see her like this…whatever was bothering her.

I managed a small chuckle. “What kind of silly question is that? Nothing on this Earth could make me leave you…unless you want me to…”

“No, no!” she said forcefully, tightening her grip on me.

“Then…what’s wrong?” I asked.

She took a deep breath, her voice gaining strength as she spoke. “Edward…I’m pregnant.”

Her words echoed around the room loud and painful. What had I done...?