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Awakening Dusk

Summary:
Bella and Edward's story after Eclipse. A new chapter in their relationship, Bella's change, a new treaty with the wolves. A conflict in the Volturi coven will make them choose a side. Canon. Not OOC "Bella" he called.I turned to glare at him. "What do you want Edward?He was in front of me in a flash. His eyes were on fire, they smoldered. One of his hands pressed on the small of my back and the other tangled in my hair. "You". His voice was low and husky. "All of you. Every part. Right now".Create your own banner at mybannermaker.com!BellaandEdward4-1-1-1-1.jpg picture by bedazzledangel


Notes:
This is my first story. It's sort of how I expected Breaking Dawn to be. I hope you enjoy it.


5. Necessity

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Disclaimer: I do not own Twilight or any of it's characters. They all belong to Stephenie Meyer.

Chapter 5

"Necessity does the work of courage"

- George Eliot, Romola -

It had been a week since we arrived on the island. It was beautiful. We had gone snorkeling (well, I had snorkeled. Edward just flaunted his ability to go underwater indefinitely) in the coral reefs. We explored the caves and took hundreds of pictures of the lush vegetation and colorful birds that had made the island their home.

A cleaning crew came on the third day of our arrival, and besides the cleaning they also restocked the kitchen. Edward had been doing all the cooking, insisting that I should take a break from kitchen duty since I always did all the cooking for Charlie, and that very soon he would not have a chance to do this for me because I would be changed. I was very impressed by his culinary skills and complimented him about it. He just smiled and said ‘Food Network'. Ha! Got to love him.

Another thing the crew did was bring our mail. I received a cryptic letter from Alice.

-"Why do I see you wearing Edward's clothes for bed?

I packed a whole coordinated wardrobe for you!!

Have I not taught you anything Bella?!"-

I flushed a deep crimson at the thought that Alice had been peaking on our honeymoon. I thought about replying back with a threatening letter about how if she kept spying on us I would commit the ultimate crime of fashion and wear white after labor day. But then I rethought about it and decided against it; it was a loosing battle to go against Alice and frankly I was too much of a coward to even try it.

I did get to wear some of the most frightening bathing suits I had ever seen in my life. These itsy bitsy pieces of string were no bigger than a deck of cards. One of these aforementioned suits was a tiny, black, two piece number that consisted of two little triangles to cover my chest and tied around mi neck and back, the bottom was also two geometric pieces, cut low to ride over mi hips and tied with a little bow on each side. I did have the satisfaction of watching Edward's eyes pop open wide when I walked out of the house wearing it. That's right hon. Think about it!

I had stuck to my decision like glue. Until Edward was ready I would not press the subject. But much to my disappointment he had not made a move! We kissed all the time but he was always so unnervingly under total control of himself. I loved making out with him, I could do that forever but I was ready to take the next step and wished he would just get over his fears already! We were married, and just the thought of the possibility of fulfilling our vows was enough to make my knees buckle.

However, I was feeling a little more confident with the clothes Alice had picked for me and decided that tonight I would give the lingerie a try. I wasn't trying to torture Edward but I thought he needed a little inspiration. I wouldn't allow myself to feel guilty about it. I'm his wife, and I was woman on a mission!

Today the crew arrived once again and Gustavo -the youngest member- approached us as we lounged on one of the sofas in the living room. He proceeded to hand me a white envelop and a rectangular, brown package. He was all smiles as he gave me the box, muttering something in Portuguese that I had no idea what meant, but by the murderous glare that Edward gave him I could guess it was some sort of compliment. I returned the smile and thanked him. As the man receded to his work Edward snatched the envelope from my hand.

"Hey!" I reprimanded him. "That's mine".

"Nope. Not yours. Ours" He clarified giving me a side glance and lifting his eyebrow. "See? It's addressed to both of us". He held up the envelope out of my reach so that I could read it.

I recognized Alice's handwriting. "It's ok. You go ahead and open it. It's probably another threat. Maybe she laced it with anthrax this time".

Edward started laughing as he tore open one of the sides of the envelope and took out the letter. His smile widened in his face.

"Well? What is it? What does it say?" I asked him.

"Rest assure it's not a threat. It's about what's inside the box".

I waited. He just sat there smiling at me and toying with the box, turning around and around in his hands.

"And?" He just loved to make everything a mystery. I tried to grab the box from him but he was just to fast. Stupid vampire speed!

He chuckled. "You'll like it. It's our wedding pictures".

"Oh." I was exited to see how we looked. I knew Edward of course looked perfect all the time, but I was curious to see how we looked together. Alice had done a magnificent job of beautifying me so that I looked my very best.

Edward started ripping out the tape of the box.

"Hmm" he paused. "Maybe we should go on a picnic today and we could see the pictures there".

"Why can't we look at them here?" I said motioning to the sofa.

"Because Gustavo is about to come in here to start cleaning the floors and we'll have to move. Their going to be here for a couple of hours." He stated.

Just then Gustavo entered the room and said something to Edward who replied back in perfect Portuguese motioning to me. I just nodded, I had no idea what he'd said.

Edward looked at me then with a knowing smile. "How about we go somewhere more private? There's a little secluded beach not far from here. We could use one of the small boats from the shed. And the crew will be inside so they won't see me in the sun as we leave. What do you say?"

"Ok" I conceded. "I'll go pack some food in case I get hungry". I got up and headed for the kitchen.

It surprised me when Edward snagged me before I could get away and wrapped his arms around my waist lifting me off my feet to give me a passionate kiss on the lips. He placed me on the floor and chuckled into my hair before he walked out the back door to get the boat ready. I didn't know if his giddiness was because of my surprised expression or Gustavo's, who just stood there glued to the floor holding a broom.

Ten minutes later we were on our way to the isolated beach Edward had mentioned. The boat was small and it had no engine. But I guess when you have superhuman strength to lift minivans with one hand, paddling a little boat trough the ocean was a piece of cake. I did think that the speed in which we were moving would bother Edward. He never liked going slow. But he said that he didn't mind as he was in no hurry. He paddled contently over the gentle swells of the ocean looking at me. We got to a small bite shaped inlet that hid a tiny white sand beach. The forest almost engulfed it leaving only a few yards of sand before disappearing completely under the dense vegetation.

Edward jumped out and pushed the boat to the shore. He picked me up and cradled me to his chest so I wouldn't get my dress wet. Since we weren't going swimming I had worn one of Alice's dresses. It was a strapless pale blue cotton dress, with a wide skirt that reached just above the knee. We spread a couple of blankets on the ground and sat down to look at the album.

The rest of the day we spent talking, laying in each others arms while we took in the beautiful view of the ocean. We also collected sea shells that were scattered in the sand. I had eaten lunch when Edward announced that we should be heading back. He took the blankets back to the boat and sited me inside. He pushed the boat to the water and jumped in effortlessly.

I flipped through the album that rested on my lap, absently studying my parent's pictures. They looked so happy standing there beside me. Renee looking exultant as she pretended to fix one of the folds in my veil. Even Charlie was smiling while holding my hands in his. Alice had a lot to do with Charlie's good mood. She had subjected him to hours of fittings while Charlie complained about felling stupid and muttering something about his tuxedo being a monkey suit. But his comments were halfhearted because Alice had a way of charming him and getting him to do just about anything she wanted. When she told him that he looked debonair all dressed up, his face got all red and he couldn't keep a smile from crinkling his eyes.

"Have I told you how beautiful you look today?" Edward said breaking the silence.

"Thank you". I replied.

"What were you thinking? Before. When you were looking at the pictures." His expression was blank, like he was hiding something from me.

"I was just thinking about Renee and Charlie. How happy they look". I answered honestly. Whatever was bothering him couldn't have anything to do with the photos.

"You miss them". He stated.

I had a bad feeling about where this conversation was headed.

Thick clouds appeared out of nowhere fading the color of the ocean. The wind started to pick up a bit. It begun to drizzle and Edward pulled the sculls faster.

"Of course I miss them Edward. Their my parents". I said rolling my eyes at him trying to keep the mood light.

"You don't have to say goodbye to them yet, you know?" He said making his voice a little higher so that I could hear him over the pounding rain that was falling on us now.

"What do you mean Edward? I have to say goodbye now. I can't do that after I'm changed. I think they'll notice a difference in me if I were to suddenly try to kill them. They might get suspicious." I was attempting to keep my rising anger at bay, but failing miserably.

"What I mean Bella is that there is still time. We could go to Dartmouth in the fall and spend Christmas with Renee in Florida. She would love that and I know you would be happy too if you got to spend time with her".

Was he joking? Was this a rerun of all the arguments we had the past year? Maybe he wanted to back out from our deal! NO! Tears started to fall down my face, mixing with the raindrops that splattered on my skin.

"EDWARD!" I shouted. "I'm tired of having this conversation! Why can't you just accept the fact that I have made up mi mind about this! Are you going back on our deal? You promised! After we were married." I couldn't believe what he was saying.

"No Bella. No. I'm not breaking my promise. I just want you to know that you have choices. That I would wait. I don't want you to regret not taking the opportunity to go to college and have a career before your change. I don't want to condemn you to an endless adolescence of having to go to high school every couple of years and never moving forward! YOU could have that freedom Bella! You have options now. But you won't after you're changed. You can never go back!"

We were close to the shore now and I momentarily considered jumping out.

"I know I have options! And yes I have thought about them. But the only choice I want is to spend eternity with you! And yes, I am well aware that the change is irreversible. But if I were to base every decision I make on the fact that I might regret it someday I might as well just huddle myself in a corner and just let life pass me by. I am sure of this Edward Cullen. I don't regret marrying you. And I don't regret choosing this life. I love you Edward. And you are just going to have to respect my judgment. I CHOOSE YOU!"

We had reached the beach and I jumped out. I was soaked to the skin and my dress was sticking to my legs. I turned my back on Edward who was standing on the boat looking at me with an unnamable expression. I just ignored him and started for the house.

"Bella" he called.

I turned to glare at him. "What do you want Edward?

He was in front of me in a flash. His eyes were on fire, they smoldered. One of his hands pressed on the small of my back and the other tangled in my hair. "You". His voice was low and husky. "All of you. Every part. Right now".

He crushed his lips to mine with an eagerness I had not felt before. A fire started burning low and deep inside me, flashing across my skin. It was like an explosion had gone off in my chest, consuming every part of me. I wrapped my arms around his neck and melted into his chest, my feet dangling inches from the ground. Slowly this time he leaned down and lifted me in his arms, his lips moving in the hollow at the base of my throat. He walked at an inhuman speed in the direction of the house. I clutched his shoulders trying to get even closer to him. We were both panting heavily as we reached the porch. Without breaking his stride Edward bounded through the door. His lips pressed under my jaw as he placed me on the floor. I could feel the wall behind me as he pressed against me kissing me with a new urgency. It was passion, lust, but also raw need. I reached the front of his wet shirt and started undoing the buttons. I ran my hands up to his chest until I reached his shoulders. He shuddered the tiniest bit at my touch. I brought my hands down his arms removing his shirt and it dropped to the floor. His hands curled around my rib cage and he swept them back until I felt his finger gently caressing my back as he pulled down the zipper on my dress letting it fall off. His breath came rougher now and he moved his hands down my hips to my thighs. He pulled me up and I swathed my legs around his waist. I brought my lips to his and he started climbing up the stairs to our room. We were still kissing as we flopped to the bed. He was everywhere. His hands moving across my body, waking sensations I never knew existed. I don't know what happened to the rest of our clothes; nor did I care. This was the most powerful and beautiful moment of my life. Edward buried his face in my neck and I gasped while I felt a sharp pain as our bodies connected. But the pain started to subside as our tangled bodies moved synchronized to a new rhythm.

The only sounds: our ragged breathing, our hushed kisses. Our bodies had become one now, two souls, one heartbeat.

We lay there next to each other trying to slow our breathing, our hands interlaced.

"I love you". He said bringing our hands up and turning to his side to face me.

"And I love you". I said as I moved to his chest and closed my eyes, falling asleep in his arms.

****

The sun, hot on the bare skin of my back, woke me in the morning. I could hear Edward humming in the shower. It was the sound of pure bliss. I assembled the white sheets around me and gathered them in my chest. I walked out into the balcony feeling like I was walking in a cloud. All this happiness, all this perfection seemed unreal.

"You are an angel" Edward said from behind me.

I turned. His smile was so beautiful it almost hurt to look at him.

"Good morning". I said smiling back.

He stood behind me and engulfed me in his arms as we looked at rising sun in the horizon. A new beginning.