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Thicker than Blood

AU. Best friends are forever, but when Elizabeth's best friend disappears, the entire world will never be the same, and forever takes on a whole new meaning. Bella Swan
born in 1881
Died 1899
body never recovered How will the story change??

This was the Challenge by lions_lambs

11. Refreshing eternity

Rating 5/5   Word Count 1087   Review this Chapter

My mind reeled at the impossibility of everything that was happening. In movies that I have watched, when people kiss, everything slows down, so that a split second stretched on for an eternity.

This however was no movie, the second I felt his lips against mine, my body decided to not listen to my mind. I reveled in the feeling of his strong hands gripping my hips. The smell of him filled my senses, clouding them.

And then in a single moment, the spell that hung over me broke open, and horrible reality flooded in. I wrenched myself away from him, and instantly missed the contact. I bereted myself mentally as I staggered slightly.

With all the decorum I could muster I straightened up, smoothed out my skirt, and while looking him straight in the eye, I slapped him hard across the cheek.

His eyes cleared of their wild confusion but they did not lighten from their dismal black color. The color so like the look of Indian ink upon pure white paper.

“I think it would be best if you removed yourself from my presence at the moment.” My words came out cold and stern, so different from the tears that I cried inside.

“Bella…” His tone was soft, so unlike the commandeering snobbish tone I had begun to equivocate with his voice.

“Please,” my voice came out pleading, reflecting my true feelings more then I wished. “we both know what we think of the other. Please, just let me be.”

“I can’t.”

“Edward, be a gentlemen and leave me along.” He tried to grip my hand, but I wrenched it away.

"I can't do that." He all but growled at me.

"Yes, you can. Just go back. I won't follow. I'll leave and it will be like nothing ever happened. I can disappear again, and it won't be like this. Please, for the love of God and all that is holy. Just leave me.” My inner sobs began to surface, my voice breaking unevenly as I spoke out loud.

Why did I even care?

This boy, or rather man, drove me insane. He unleashed the inner anger that usually was kept bottled up inside my passive soul. He made me relinquish control, and be the supposed monster that he saw within all of our kind. It was in the endless moment when our lips touched that I began to fall for the gentlemen that was hidden below his mask of morose and self loathing.

My mind yelled for me to leave, but my heart begged me to stay a little longer if only to be in his presence.

“Isabella.” His voice cut low within my murky mind. “Do not force me to go. I…” He seemed to be at a loss for words. “I do not understand my own motives or wants in this circumstance. I should go as you so clearly wish me to, but I’m a selfish creature by nature, and I crave your…company.”

Edward stepped forward, firmly grabbing my waist within his hold. “I can’t and won’t let you run from me. No matter how much I wish that you repulsed me, that I could see a monster inside of you, I can not but catch glimpses of a girl that no more wishes harm on a person then she could kill a spider. You are a lady like none I have seen. You share the same mannerism that ghostly remind me of my mother, yet there is something about you, some aura if you will, that attracts me.” His fingers danced along my cheek, holding tightly onto my chin.

His words and actions confused me further. He hated me, he loathed me, I despised him, I felt sick at the sight of him, yet here he was professing what some would perceive as his love for me. He was contradicting every word he had ever spoken to me.

I wanted to believe him. In my world, I was most likely to become an old spinster, left to care for my father. Yet here this handsome wealthy man was begging me to see that he was attracted to me, and in his own selfish way wanted me. I no more knew what to think, than I knew what to say.

I let my eyes drift cold, relishing in the feeling of his skin against my face. “What is it that you want?”

He whispered softly, his breath just skirting my neck.


The girl in the mirror standing in front of me was still slightly strange to see; sparkling gold eyes that were actually happy, and shone with love. My dress was crisp and white, a spring flounce that was one of the few casual items that Alice allowed me to have.

It was awe-inspiring to see the amount of clothes that pixie deemed to be needed for the proper society. I still hid from the price tags and shied away from the stares we received when about town. I was not used to such stares, and they bothered me, expect of course if it was Edward looking at me.

It was hard to imagine that I had lived life so afraid, so harshly for the passage of so many years. I had quite taken to animal blood, like a babe to milk, and didn’t thirst for the blood of any of those humans we lived among.

“Darling, we are going to be late if you don’t hurry up!” I heard his voice echo up the stairs and into our room.

“I’m coming.”

I looked away from my reflection and trounced down the three flights of stairs and straight into his arms.

“I’m ready.” I smiled, as I snuggled into his embrace. Edward grabbed my hand and pulled me out side and down the gravel drive way to his beloved Volvo.

Always the gentlemen, he opened my door for me, before running over to the driver’s side. As he whipped the car into drive, he held my hand as he skillfully navigated through the maze of streets that was Forks, Washington. Pulling into an open spot, he grabbed both our books before leading me onto the campus.

“Welcome to High School.” I smiled at Edward, and kissed him on the cheek.

“Thank you.” We both knew I wasn’t talking about enrolling me in high school, and I swear, I saw Elizabeth smiling down at me from heaven above.

After all, there are many things thicker than blood, and one of them is love.