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Stay With Me

Summary:
What would have happened if Bella had answered Edwards call instead of Jacob? WHat if he knew Bella wasn't dead? What if he came back...?


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3. Edward's Home

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I knew I was dreaming. Edward was sitting on my bed, like a Greek god, looking out the window. I had just walked in when he noticed me. He smiled and opened his arms out wide, waiting for me to jump on his lap. I was overwhelmed, one, that he was here, two, that he acted as if nothing had happened. I walked up to his arms and sat on his lap but when I sat down, he was gone. He just disappeared and I sat there in my room crying. I screamed…..

I woke up on the Cullen’s couch. Alice had heard my scream and was by my side as soon as I opened my eyes. I must have looked terrible because she was asking a billion questions per second.

“Are you O.K.? What happened? Did you have a nightmare? Do you need a drink? Are you hungry?”

“Whoa Alice. I’m fine. I just had a bad dream.” I got up suddenly. Today was the day. No wonder I had that nightmare. I couldn’t believe it. After so long, I should be furious, I should never want to see him again. I loved him though and the thought of looking at those beautiful topaz eyes brought chills down my spine.

“Come on Bella. I’m not sure when Edward will be here. He seems to be changing his mind a lot.” she hesitated to see my reaction. To my surprise, I stayed awkwardly calm. “But you still need to be dressed at least when he gets here.”

“Alright,” I sighed. I followed Alice up the stairs to her closet as big as my room. I pulled out a nice pair of jeans and a blue T-shirt I had bought the other day.

“Don’t you think you should wear something a bit more, I don’t know, fancy?” Alice asked.

“No, I don’t want this to be weird. Besides, he said he loves blue on me best.”

“Alright. Come on let’s go find something for you to eat.” We walked back downstairs and into the kitchen to be greeted by Esme.

“Hello Bella,” She greeted, “How are you? You look lovely today.”

“Thank you Esme.” I found some eggs in the small fridge they managed to keep, and cooked them on the only pan they had. I was surprised they even had a stove, but they had to look normal to fit in so for that, I was grateful. I had about two bites before depositing the rest into the trashcan. The last thing I wanted to do was get sick on this day. Alice was sitting across from me, she looked as if she were far away, so I didn’t disturb her. When I got up, she seemed to notice and grinned.

“What?” I asked. She grinned even bigger.

“Nothing.” I knew something was up, at least it wasn’t bad. But then I thought about it, and I knew. He would be here soon. My stomach felt tighter, and I was glad I hadn’t ate the rest of the eggs. I went to the living room and stared out into the vast wilderness. It looked so peaceful, so calm.

I saw something stir in the forest, it startled me. I didn’t see it again until it stopped moving. I gasped. There he was, walking towards me, slower than I had ever seen him walk. I felt the tears welling up so I bit my lip to try and stop them. He was staring straight into my eyes. I looked at his, topaz, and more golden than ever. I’m sure he was taking precautions, since we hadn’t been together in so long.

“Bella,” I heard him whisper. The door was open, I hadn’t noticed but Carlisle had opened it for him to enter. He walked into the room, I couldn’t believe it. He looked like an angel, not meant for someone like me.

“Bella I-,” he stopped, as if not sure what to say. He was staring hard at me, waiting for my reactions. I stared at him too, but quickly looked away. I couldn’t get his face stuck in my head again. What if he just came to talk? What if he didn’t stay? I couldn’t take any chances. Then I was furious. It was a strange feeling, I couldn’t believe it but I was angry he left, angry he hurt me. Why would I want him back?

When I realized was I was saying to myself I sat there in shock. I loved him. Nothing could change that. I could never be mad at him. My earlier reactions started my river of tears. I broke into terrible sobs and Edward was at my side in a second. He grabbed me more delicately than ever but I drove myself into him, my face buried deep into his chest.

“Bella I’m so sorry. I shouldn’t have left. I do love you. Please forgive me.” I sat there crying for a few minutes. When I regained control of myself I felt him pull me closer to him. I shivered at the chill of his skin but it soothed me.

“Edward, of course I forgive you. I love you. You’re everything to me.”

“I’m glad,” He smiled my favorite crooked smile and pulled me back so he could see my face. He still looked worried, and guilty. I didn’t want him to feel that way. I wanted the past to be the past. I wanted him to stay with me forever. Carlisle put his hand on Edward’s shoulder and I jumped. Edward seemed surprised too, as if we had been in another world and Carlisle had just intruded.

“Welcome home son,” Carlisle said. He looked relieved, as if all the problems in the world had been solved. Edward let go of me to hug Carlisle but quickly wrapped his arm around my waist. We turned around to see the whole Cullen family by the door. They all smiled but once again, Esme was the first to move. I could tell she was crying, and she ran up to Edward to kiss his cheek and Edward hugged her with his free arm.

“Welcome home dear,” She sighed.

“Thanks Esme.” Next came Emmett, with his enormous bear hug. He picked Edward off the ground forcing him to let go of me, and swung him around. They both laughed ecstatically. Edward came back to my side and wrapped his fingers with mine. I smiled as his cool skin met mine. If felt so good , even if it sent chills down my body. The line a hugs came again. After everyone was done, Edward pulled me close and whispered in my ear.

“Come with me.”

“Alright,” I said.

“Carlisle, we’ll be back later, alright?”

“That’s fine, just bring her back O.K?” He grinned. Edward laughed too and then pulled me along behind him.

“You’d best close your eyes,” he said, as he slung me onto his back.

“I wouldn’t miss this for the world,” I smiled. He had that look again, of guilt. I felt terrible. I hadn’t meant anything by what I said. I just didn’t want to forget this day. Then we were flying through the forest. We were only moving for about two minutes, before he stopped and let me drop from his back.

“O.K. We need to talk,” he said. I sighed. This is what I had been dreading since the phone call.

“Alright,” I breathed, “let’s talk.”