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Dream's Shadow

Summary:
This is my take on the over- and usually poorly- done plot. Edward leaves Bella again. She is changed and they meet again in the future. There will be a big twist! Requested by Iris. Banner by Iris!


Notes:
Try it! I know stories like this usually stink, but I thought I'd give it a try. I own nothing. Stephenie Meyer owns all.


20. Chapter 20

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We run side by side into the night. It is crystal clear, a rare occurrence in any town the Cullens inhabit.

Each individual stare is lovely, trickling tears of delight into the sky.

Little points of light bleed pale radiance into the perfect darkness of night.

Reason, as he put it in one memorable conversation. They are the reason. And again I have reason. I can think and know. I have reason to live.

Not bliss, but a functioning ability.

Once life was pleasure. Now it is painful… but in his presence, though unfulfilled by love, it exists.

My musings are interrupted. “Come on. We’ll need to run. We’re hunting several miles away.”

The rush of speed is different on my own feet. It is agonizingly familiar, but I enjoy the way my feet fall on the ground. The contact reminds me I am real, though not whole.

Though I touch the forest floor myself, instead of being a helpless rider upon his back, it is achingly familiar- and oddly enjoyable.

I like the speed. It is invigorating. I feel very alive here.

I have a huge urge to say who I am. I want him to know. I want to tell him.

“We’re here.”

The forest is wide and full of lovely trees. It is quite beautiful. Everything in the area is serene, lovely, perfect… just like his face. He turns it to me, so peaceful. “Isn’t it pretty?”

“Very beautiful.”

He smiles, and my heart flutters in a way that would be silly even if I wasn’t a vampire disguised as a boy talking to someone who has broken my heart not once, but twice, and quite spectacularly at that.

“Shall we?”

“Certainly.”

We stand silently for several moments, waiting. Footfalls come then, the great padding sounds of large animals.

They make their way to us. It is a pair of wolves.

My breath, though not precisely needed, is suddenly painful to take in.

I have two very clear options. I can either reveal myself right here, right now, or do this indescribably painful thing.

It will remind me so much of him, of the second heartbreaker, I doubt it is even possible.

Yet I hold little hope Edward loves me. He may very well hate me for deceiving him, and I can’t allow that to happen. I need time. I need to gather more evidence.

I can betray the lesser love, the one that betrayed me… or I can keep the hope for the greater passion, though it is a hideous lying one with but a slim chance of redemption.

Is there nothing in the world that can’t hurt me?

Edward leaps first, grabbing the neck of the large male, a deep gray in color, with his delicate long fingers, and sinking those perfect teeth deep into it.

I remember how I once wanted to see him hunt. It is beautiful and powerful.

Then the animal falls drained to the floor.

It is my turn. I have a choice to make.