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My Idea for Breaking Dawn: The Ultimate War

Summary:
The werewolves refuse to allow Bella to marry Edward and become a vampire. They are willing to do anything--ANYTHING--to stop that from happening. More barriers threaten to keep Bella and Edward from acquiring their ultimate happiness and they must once again fight for what they want--what they NEED.


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28. Chapter 28: Final Good-byes

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My heart was pounding in my chest as we came to a stop outside Charlie's house. How could I say good-bye to my parents forever? I loved Edward and I wanted to be with him forever, so it was a sacrifice I was more than willing to make, but it didn't make it any easier.

"Bella," Edward said, softly, pulling me out of my jumbled and chaotic thoughts, "We need to do this quickly. No waiting around. I'm sorry, but that's the way it has to be."

"Any ideas on what I should say? Why I'm saying good-bye, I mean?"

"We'll just say we were stopping by before the honeymoon and we'll come up with an excuse later. We can't do everything now, Bella."

I stared out the window, tears threatening to flow down my cheeks and I closed my eyes, allowing them to. "Will they be okay? When the Volturi comes--will they pose a threat to them at all?"

"No." He said, reassuringly, "They mean no harm to Renee and Charlie. They have a job to do, once it's done, they'll be gone. Out of our lives for good. I assure you, everything will be okay."

I reached up to wipe one of my tears away, but it did no good as more spilled over and I didn't even try to wipe them away, as there was too many. "This is harder than I thought it would be," I choked out, before sobbing hysterically, my shoulders shaking, my whole body trembling uncontrollably with each sob.

Edward immediately pulled me into his arms, holding me against his chest, and tucked my head beneath his chin. "I know, Bella, I know," he whispered, "I'm so sorry. No one should have to make this decision."

I could hear the regret in his voice and as much as I wanted to rid him of it, I couldn't escape the horrible thoughts of never seeing Renee and Charlie again--the destiny of blood lust and horrid desires ahead of me.

Right now, I could no longer see the good in my decision; only the worst. Never seeing my parents again, knowing that while they will one day die, I never will. I will live forever without them. The fact that I will be a creature that may appear beautiful on the outside, but on the inside, I will crave and need blood. I will never want anything else, but blood.

That thought scared me and for a second, I considered changing my mind and calling it off. Packing Renee and Charlie up, bringing them with us, and running away from our troubles until they went away. Edward was the fastest, was he not? Could he not outrun the Volturi?

Immediately, I came back to my senses and silently scolded myself for even daring to have such thoughts. How dare I want to put them in danger like that? How dare I question my need to be with Edward forever? I had made my decision long ago. I would let nothing stand in the way of our relationship. If that means I live off blood for the rest of my life and lose Renee and Charlie, so be it.

Call me selfish, but I had lived a life without Edward Cullen and it was my hell. My parents wanted me to be happy; I knew that. The only way I could be happy was to be with Edward. A future without him was not a future I would ever want. I did not want to lose my parents, but I could not lose Edward. He was the one thing I could never live without. He would help me with the loss of Renee and Charlie, but even they couldn't help me with the loss of him.

"I love you, Bella," Edward whispered, against my hair, which he had just kissed.

I pulled back and looked at him. He wiped away my tears and said, softly, "Bella, if you don't want to do this, you don't have to. No one will ever force you to. We can protect you and Renee and Charlie from the Volturi. We'll fight if we have to, but we won't let anything happen to you guys. I promise."

"NO!" I almost yelled, "Edward, please, don't! Stop trying to sway me; it won't work. I'm doing this, okay? Nothing you say will change my mind. I can do this. I have you. I can do anything so long as you are by my side, I know that now. You'll help me?"

"You better believe it," he said, with a small smile, "With your lying skills, they'd see right through it and probably figure out everything. How about I do all the talking; explain what I can; and you just be responsible for the good-byes. Deal?"

I nodded and he smiled, "Okay, let's go. We can't put it off any longer."

He opened the door and pulled me out of his side, holding me close as he helped me up to the porch.

We got inside and I called, through a hoarse voice, "Mom, Dad?!" I cleared my throat and was greeted with Renee's cheery voice, "Bella!"

She ran in to greet us, followed by Charlie's trduge in. "What are you two doing here? Shouldn't you be gone by now?"

I looked to Edward for help and he tightened his arm around me, to assure me, and said, "Yes, we are, but Bella couldn't possibly leave without saying good-bye to you two first. She had to come see you first."

Renee's face lit up at that and she smiled, "Aw, Bella!" She pulled me eagerly into her arms, kissed my head, and said, "Oh, sweetie, you have a good time now. I love you so much, honey. Take it easy."

I forced a nod and smiled, through my still watery eyes. "I will. I love you so much, Mom. You have no idea what you mean to me. Everything I am is because of you. You are the best Mom a girl could ask for. Please, always remember that. Know how much I love you."

She laughed, "Oh, Bella, honey, you're going on your honeymoon; you're not dying! But, thank you, I"ll be sure to remember that. It's not everyday that you get praise like that as a parent."

I forced a rigid smile and Edward whispered, "Bella, you have to do it."

I ignored it and ran my fingers through Renee's hair, experimentally. "You have such beautiful hair. I'd never noticed before." I chuckled softly and she furrowed her eyebrows, "Are you sure you're okay?"

I nodded, "Never better."

She released me and I turned to Charlie. I took a deep breath and held it, not sure exactly how to say good-bye to him. It was always so awkward, especially lately. But, I knew I couldn't live the rest of my life without having said a decent good-bye to him first.

He smiled weakly and I threw myself into his arms, not caring how awkward or strange it felt. He was taken by surprise at my sudden sentiment that I usually closed myself off to. He wrapped his arms hesitantly around me and I buried my face in his shoulder.

"Thank you for everything, Dad. I know you've always only wanted what was best for me. And though we've had our disagreements on what that is, I want to thank you. If it wasn't for you, I would be nothing right now."

He pulled away and said, seeing through my facade, "Bells, what's the matter? You're never like this."

"it's nothing," I shook my head, "Just know that I love you, okay? And no matter what happens, I will never, ever forget what you have done for me by accepting Edward as your own son. It means everything to me to know that you've done that for me. I will never be able to repay you."

"I love you, too, Bella. So much. Please, know that and know that no matter what I did, I only did for that very reason. I only wanted you to be the very happiest you could possibly be. And I had to make sure Edward was the one who could make that a real possibility. You're my little girl; I could never give you away to anyone unless that someone was really special." He looked to Edward as he said that and smiled warmly. Edward returned it and Charlie turned his attention back to me.

"Have fun, you two. Okay? Call when you get there."

I couldn't answer, for the fear that my voice would give me away, so Edward answered for me. "We will. Good-bye, Renee, Charlie. Thank you for giving me the greatest gift I could ever receive."

They smiled and looked at me. I returned it timidly and then hugged them both desperately, eager to take in as much of them as I could.

Eventually, I pulled away and said, with my voice trembling, "We better get going. It's--we--we're in a hurry."

They nodded and Renee said, "Have fun," while waving enthusiatically and Charlie said, "Be careful, you two. Please."

Edward smiled, "You have nothing to worry about. Thank you both so much."

"Love you," I said, waving weakly to them both, as Edward led me out to the volvo.

I turned and watched Renee and Charlie standing on the porch, both waving their good-byes to us, until we turned the corner and I couldn't see them anymore.

Then, I turned back around and said, "Gah, how do you do it? Deal with loss?"

He smiled sympathetically, "After several decades, they become a mere memory and the only thing that will matter is that you will have the most important part of life with you always." He reached over, took my hand, kissed it, and squeezed it lovingly.

I smiled. "Thank you." After a moment, I said, "Oh, I had an idea. I doubt it's possible, considering Jasper's difficulty coping with the whole no human blood thing--" Edward snorted at my bluntness and I glared at him before continuing on, "--But, is there anyway that maybe he could be outside the room I'm in and use his powers to diminish the pain maybe? I was thinking maybe that with Morphine will help make the transformation easier."

Edward considered that and then shrugged, "I suppose we can try it. Worst comes to worst, it doesn't work, we send him away."

"Where are we going?" I asked, noticing that we weren't headed towards the house.

He said, "Carlisle doesn't want to do the transformation at the house. There's this little warehouse right outside of Port Angeles that's been abandoned for, like, fifty years. We'll do it there. Less suspicious."

I nodded, "Okay." I stared out the window and sighed, leaning my head against it, losing myself in the depths of the grey skies that hung over us.

"Are you ready for this?" He asked, half-tauntingly half-curiously.

I looked over at him, considered it, everything that went with it, and nodded, saying truthfully, "Yes. I am totally, 100% ready for this. I'm ready for forever."

"It will be beautiful," he said, smiling, "Now. Now, that I have you, it will always be perfect."

I tightened my hand around his and said, with a smile, "Let's do this."

He returned my smile and stepped on the gas, increasing the speed to almost 180.