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Now and Forever

Yes, the hole in my chest had vanished, leaving behind only wholeness-there was no pain, no anguish-just comfort and hope flooding in me. I never wanted him to let go.

This is a one-shot I found in my drawer that I had written a while back and thought it would be nice to share.

1. Now and Forever

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.Whenever I'm weary

From the battles that rage in my head

You've made sense of madness

When my sanity hangs by a thread

I leaned out the window, letting the chilled breeze waft in my face. The silver moonlight spilled through the trees and fell in glittery patterns around my window. The night was silent and still except for the sound of the nocturnal animals creeping into the night.

The agony in my chest wasn't there anymore. It was as if the pain didn't even exist before. There was only an ache-a good one-that longed for the arms of my lover. Unconsciously, I wrapped my arms around my stomach and drew in a deep, calming breath. I wasn't going to do that to myself anymore-I was no longer going to force the danger upon me for his voice, because I had the real thing back and this time he wasn't leaving. I carefully unwrapped my arms but there was no hurt still in me.

I exhaled that same breath and watched it create a mist in the air. I rested my chin on my folded arms on the windowsill and waited. He would be here soon.

I lose my way

But still you seem to understand

Now and forever

You will be my man

Gentle, icy lips brushed the side of my neck and my eyes flew open in surprise. "Edward!" I gasped, shaking myself of the cobwebs of sleep. My heart had sprinted ahead of me and I pressed a hand to it, willing it to calm. Though, secretly I was pleased. How long had I waited for my heart to react like? Too long.

He chuckled softly, leaning his cheek against my forehead, "Did I startle you? I didn't mean to."

"No," I lied breathlessly, closing my eyes and resting my head on his shoulder. "I must have fallen asleep, did you just get here?"

"Yes," he breathed, his lips now touching the tip of my nose. He paused and I could see his golden eyes watching me in the darkness. "You're tired," he stated, than lifted me without waiting for a answer; he carried me to me bed.

I snuggled against his granite like body and he pulled my quilt around my shoulders. I wrapped an arm around his waist and laid the side of my face against his chest, listening to his steady breathing.

Sometimes I just hold you

Too tired of pretending to see

I'm holding a fortune

That heaven has given to me

He was humming softly and the sounds of my lullaby drifted around my head. It soothing and gentle. His hand rubbed my back in rhythm and his head rested on mine. My heart quickened when I felt the cool touch of his lips against my hair. I thought I heard him laugh.

I try to show you

Each and every way I can

Now and forever

You will be my man

Suddenly Edward rolled away, "Charlie," he hissed and disappeared into the darkness. I snapped my eyes shut and listened to the creak of the door as it eased open. I felt a shaft of dim light fall on my face. I laid still, breathing deep and even.

It seemed like an eternity, though I knew Edward was nearby. My body ached for his arms, for the loving touch of his lips. I realized I had been holding my breath when only seconds later (though it felt like lifetime) when I suddenly felt him drawing my close to my chest. Relief washed over me and I let out a soft sigh of content.

"Are you alright?" he asked.

"Stay," I whispered sleepily.

"I promise," was his solemn reply. "I promise."

Now I can bet my glories and always be sure

That I won't be alone any more

If I only know that you're here all the time

All the time

Edward was humming again, holding me in his lap as he rocked. This was our reunion. He held me close and protectively-like he was shielding me from the uncertain world that surrounded and the nightmares that poisoned so many of my dreams. Yes, the hole in my chest had vanished, leaving behind only wholeness-there was no pain, no anguish-just comfort and hope flooding in me. I never wanted him to let go.

I could feel myself drifting but forced my eyes to stay open, wanting to savor this moment for the rest of eternity. I knew, then in Edward's arms, that I was to stay until the end...and beyond that: forever.

Until the day the ocean

Doesn't touch the sand

Now and forever

You will be my man

The gentle darkness of sleep pulled me deeper into its waiting dreamland. The sounds of my lullaby faded until it was only a background thrum-a reassurance. I clung desperately to these shreds of sound, not wanting to fully render to unconsciousness. But it was a vain battle.

I tightened my hold on his hand as slumber overtook me and I sank deep into Edward's arms. Vaguely, I felt him incline his head above me and I could feel his cool, sweet breath against my ear.

"I love you."

Now and forever...you will be my man