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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.


29. Chapter 29

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Love, sweet love, never leave me again. Love, love, stay here forever… forever. I don’t need anything more than that.

That’s all.

He didn’t look up, and I sigh. Nothing had gotten through to him, no matter how hard I tried to transmit my thoughts. Evidently I couldn’t access Edward’s mind anymore than he could mine.

“Bella?” Esme asked.

“Yeah?”

“Why did you dress up like a boy? Seems kind of excessive.”

“Well… It wasn’t my idea.”

“Whose was it?”

“Alice’s.”

Alice spun indignantly and glared at me. “No it wasn’t!”

Time for another admission. Another lie. Will this one be as easily forgiven? “Well, you wouldn’t remember it. I can control thoughts. I lied about my power. So I told you who I was and then I took the memory away. So Edward couldn’t read it.”

“Why didn’t you just tell us who you were?”

“Because I…” I thought Carlisle had told them this. “I didn’t… I didn’t know if you’d want me… if Edward… I…” I couldn’t say it, not with him staring blankly right at me. It was impossible to admit how I’d believed his lies, not with those eyes poring into my soul.

“I have a confession to make, to all of you.” Edward saves me. “Bella didn’t leave me… I left her. I lied to all of you because I couldn’t bear living without her if all of you hated me.”

“Oh, Edward.” This is Esme, who goes to her son, as little able to stand the guilt on his face as I am. “We will always love you, no matter what you do.”

“I know… but you’d go back. You wouldn’t let me leave her twice, and you’d have been right. Because I thought that if we left her alone, she could be happy, with Jacob, and because I couldn’t, couldn’t take her soul… I’m sorry.”

There is a heavy silence. The first to react is Alice. She stands, looks at Edward, and hurls herself at him.

“Alice!” Jasper screams.

She is a tiny irate ball of fury. “How could you? How could you? Why didn’t I see this? Edward, how could you?”

He doesn’t react at all. Her fists are pummeling into him, and he doesn’t so much as move. Not only does he not try to fend her off, which he could, since she’s so small, he doesn’t even try to move away. He just sits in the sand as she attacks.

We watch in stunned silence for a second. Finally, Jasper reacts. “Alice! Leave him alone.”

“Jazz, he… he… he… I didn’t even get to say good-bye… he…”

“I know, Alice, I know. But he’s still your brother. It’s called a mistake. Now leave him alone, please.”

She does, but Edward still doesn’t move.

My turn. “Edward? Please. Please, don’t hate yourself. We all love you, and you know it.”

“Why?”

“There isn’t any why about loving someone. You just do.”

Of course, there are plenty of reasons to love him. He deserves so much more than i can give him, being what he is... perfect in every way. But even if he were the monster he sees himself as, he would still be the only one for me.