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Don't Tell a Soul

Summary:
As he awaits the Volturi's decision with regards to his assisted suicide request, Edward writes to his family to say goodbye. What do they think, when they finally receive the letters, days later? Just added: Edward's letter to Bella when he believed her to be dead.


Notes:


3. Rosalie

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Rosalie never told a soul about the letter. Not Carlisle, though it might have comforted him, and not Emmett, though HE might have comforted HER. And certainly none of the other women, or Jasper, who was so emotional he might as well be a woman. She’d read it quickly and then destroyed it, knowing it would taint the others’ perceptions of him. Make him look inconstant in their eyes, though Carlisle might have understood. But then, for all she knew, maybe Carlisle was hiding a goodbye letter of his own. Hers arrived after Edward was home safe. After he was happy again, with Bella.

Rosalie,

I’m sorry I put the family in danger. But more than that, I’m sorry I brought humanity so close to you, because I know it caused you pain. And I’m sorry I could never be what you needed me to be – not in the beginning, when I couldn’t be your love, and not now, when I can’t be there to comfort you at our parting. Some big brother I turned out to be.

I know Emmett will take care of you, and I hope in turn, that you’ll take care of Alice and Esme. They will need your strength.

I’m leaving behind with you more love than I would have expected.

Yours,

Edward


She knew he’d left out the part about how he didn’t really regret a single moment he’d spent in Bella’s company, and she knew he’d left out how the love he was leaving with her was just brotherly affection. She recognized how generous he’d been, to leave those things out.

And for the first time, watching him with Bella, she was able to be happy for him, because of it. When he looked up at her, squinting a bit because he hadn’t quite caught the gist of her thoughts, she smiled a little. She could afford it, since Bella’s attention was elsewhere. I’m happier for you than I would have expected, she thought very clearly, and then watched as his face pulled up in a grin she’d almost never seen directed at her. And it was enough.