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Daunting

Summary:
Daunting Thank you, Marauder by Midnight, for the banner 3rd and last story in the 'Life in Love' series Sequal to 'Possibilities' "This is what we have been waiting for. This was the formidable fight. This was something that I wasn’t sure we were even going to win. Each pair of daunting red eyes stared back at me, filled with hope that they would win. Hoping, just like us, that they would live."


Notes:
Disclaimer-I'm not Stephenie Meyer-end of story


5. Lost

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I slung my duffle bag over my shoulder and headed down the stairs. Edward was right behind me.

"Where are you both going?" Carmen asked us as we were going towards the front door. Her long brown hair was pulled up into a bun on her head. She had a rag and lemon Pledge in her hands.

"It's Esme's cleaning day, isn't it?" Edward asked her, smirking as Emmett was on his hands and knees scrubbing the kitchen floor at human speed.

Part of Esme's rules (even though it was Tanya's house, Tanya had no problem with her house being cleaned), so I've heard, was that everything had to be done at human speed. Edward told me she believed that it built good character and that they should still remember that they are somewhat human as well. Plus, Esme thought we were all a little spoiled-I couldn't agree with her more.

"Whoa-hold up! This isn't fair! Mom, how do they get out of this while we don't?" Emmett exclaimed, gesturing to Jasper and him. Jasper was cleaning the sink, and Alice just picked up a vacuum and was cleaning the carpet in the family room. Rosalie was dusting with her I-pod on at full blast.

"Well, Cinderella," Edward tried so hard not to start laughing, "we can't stay. We have a…previous engagement to attend to. So sorry. But if you'd like, we can pick up a nice big pumpkin and a fairy godmother for you." Edward offered. Emmett flicked soapy water at him, but Edward neatly dodged it. Rosalie smirked at Emmett, still being able to hear perfectly through the headphones.

"Boys!" Esme warned from upstairs.

"When will you be back?" Esme asked both of us as she came down the stairs to see us off.

"We don't really know. We will have our cell phones with us, though." Edward explained.

“Alright, but be safe. I love you both." Esme said, kissing Edward and I on the cheek.

"Alice," Edward called over the loud noise of the vacuum. She turned it off (even if she could hear him fine anyway) and looked at us,

"Yeah?" she called.

"If you see anything, call my cell." Edward said to her. She nodded once, and her face became very serious. They stared at each other for a moment before she turned the vacuum back on. Obviously, I was missing something important.

"What-?" I asked him before he cut me off.

"Later, in the car." he said quickly before we headed out the door. Once in the Volvo, and at least two miles away and out of ear shot from the house, Edward started to explain.

"Alice has been seeing weird…visions- if you could really even call them that. She can get moving visions, and she can get still pictures. These visions are still pictures, but they are hazy-as if they were burnt before she could see them." he said.

I looked at him and away from the window,"who are they of?" I asked him. He tensed.

"We don't really know. Some of them are of the Volturi-she still keeps tabs on them. That doesn't necessarily mean that the Volturi and us will cross futures, though-there is no reason." He added, for I clutched the edge of my seat. I released my fingers. "Some are of a thunderstorm-we still have no idea what that has to do with anything. And some…" he trailed off.

"You can say it." I muttered, already knowing who the last were about.

"Some are about you." he muttered, now he was clutching the steering wheel a little too hard.

"Could she see what they were, though?" I asked him. He shook his head,

"Just that it was you in the vision. The rest is blocked off-burnt almost. I don't like that-that's why when she couldn't see your future we got a little…." He re-adjusted himself uncomfortably in his seat.

"Oh." I understood now. I didn't exactly help when I went down to La Push.

"You don't think the Volturi, the storm, and I have any connection though, do you?" I asked him.

"I don't know. If I had to guess, I would say no. but then again, it could be the same person who is burning or blocking the visions from Alice." He said.

"I guess we will just have to wait and see." I sighed. I knew Edward didn't like that idea. But he also knew that I was right. There was nothing we could really do about the situation.

***

"Where are we?" I asked Edward. I could have sworn we saw that tree for the millionth time. It had the letter 'L' engraved in its trunk- I had no idea what in the world that stood for.

"Well," he sighed, "we are in…er…we are on the continent of North America." He muttered, focusing on the road. I looked in the dashboard for a map…nothing. Though it didn't surprise me, vampires didn't get lost. It was like Wily Wonka growing vegetables instead of making candy-it just didn't happen.

"You can say it, you know." I told him. It was completely dark outside. We had been driving for hours, and I wasn't sure about where we were even headed.

"Say what?" he asked me. I sighed and leaned my head against the dashboard.

"We're lost." I told him, rolling my eyes.

"We are not lost." He disagreed; not looking at me-he knew I was right. I looked at him anyway.

"Then where in god's name are we?" I asked him. He mumbled something I couldn't understand and fidgeted uncomfortably in his seat again.

"I…" he started,

"Yes?" I asked grinning. He looked pained to say it,

"I don't know." He admitted.

"Ah ha! I told you so." I nodded happily to him as we passed the tree again. He sighed,

"What do you propose we do?" he asked me, driving the slowest I've ever seen him drive.

"We ask for directions, Edward." I said simply.

He rolled his eyes, "We are NOT asking for directions." I disagreed.

"Uh…yes we are. What? You don't want somebody to see that Edward the camping wonder is actually lost?" I smirked.

"No," he smiled back, "I just don't think anybody, human wise, is actually awake at 3 in the morning." He gestured to the clock to the left of me. I bit my lip frustratingly-what do we do now?

"Wait-I see a street sign up ahead! It's blocked by tree branches; we'll have to drive up to it." Edward pointed out happily. I looked about a half mile ahead-he was right.

"Finally we can see where we are." he muttered, stopping the Volvo and pulling the branch out of the signs way from reaching out of his window. I blinked a few times at the sign, making sure I was reading it correctly. I couldn't believe it.

"Not exactly, sweetheart." I started laughing as he looked up at the sign, completely puzzled before forming a coherent sentence.

"The name of the road is 'Lost Road'?" he asked me, as shocked as I was.

"Is that even possible?" He started laughing with me.

"Only this would happen to us." I laughed as he started the car again, driving off the road.

"Wait-what are you doing?" I asked him as he drove through a meadow and to trees. He parked the car carefully, making sure that it was hidden as best as possible.

"We're getting out here." He said simply, opening my door for me. My eyebrows furrowed in confusion as he got something out of the trunk. It was a bag, and he slung it over his shoulder.

"A tent?" I asked, finally recognizing what it was. He nodded, locking the Volvo and taking my hand.

"It makes no sense to waist gas in the car and drive around like two lost tourists when we can just wait a few more hours until somebody is up and can give us directions. Besides, you've never been camping before-this will be good for you." he explained, running with me until stopping in the forest.

"I didn't know you packed a tent." I told him as he took out a few metal poles and started putting them together at top vampire speed. I just watched-it looked like he had done this a few times.

"There." He said, finished. "I just thought that a tent would be nicer than sitting on the forest floor." He shrugged. His now topaz eyes glistened in the moonlight, even his hair shone. I looked at my hands; I was glistening slightly from the moon like he was. To a human, it would have looked like we were glowing. I smiled, walking forward to meet him. But something tripped me-my shoes caught hold of a branch. Edward snatched me from the ground before it could do any damage-though I probably would have left a mark in the hard dirt now that I was a vampire.

"You must be the only vampire who is clumsy." He murmured, picking me up and holding me against his chest, so that my feet were dangling.

"It's a gift, what can I say?" I joked before he leaned in and kissed me, stars surrounding us in the sky.

As I continued to gaze up at them, I realized that they looked close enough to reach out and grab. As if you could hold the star in your hand and look at it with wonder and amazement as it glowed around you.

But I had a star, and I could hold onto him. Edward and I lay in the tent, looking up through the skylight in the ceiling. Our hands were entwined and our backs faced the ground side by side as we waited for dawn….in the middle of nowhere.

I don't think I would have it any other way.