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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.


7. Absence

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

Chapter 7

Absence

"It so falls out,

That what we have we prize not the worth

Whiles we enjoy it; but being lacked and lost,

Why, then, we reck the value"

- William Shakespeare, Much ado about Nothing -

I was so glad to see Jacob again. We had ended up walking along the beach. He looked happy! I hadn't seen him this happy in a long time. There was a new gleam in his eyes. When he smiled his whole face lit up like a light was shining from within him. Suddenly he froze. "What's wrong Jake? What is it? I asked concerned as I saw his hands curl into fists. I reached my hand up and placed it in his face trying to calm him down. He started shaking, the vibrations making his hair fly across his face. He was about to phase, and I was dangerously close to him! "Shhh, It's OK. Jake! Tell me what's wrong" I was getting desperate. I couldn't see the reason for his reaction and he wasn't looking at me. When he did I took a step back and gasped. His eyes were a brilliant crimson red. How could this be? What happened?! I heard a growl coming from behind me and I stumbled as I turned to run. I felt a huge weight knock me down. Then, I heard him "BELLA! NOO!" Edward was screaming. I wanted to run to him but someone was holding me down. I couldn't breath! Growls erupted all around me and I kept trying to struggle against my captor. Suddenly everything was silent, I couldn't even hear the ocean. What had happened? Where had everyone gone? A thick cloud of smoke started to rise, covering the sky. I recognized it at once. NOO! I could see Jacobs form standing by me, his eyes glowing. The smoke covered everything throwing the whole world into darkness.

I woke up gasping for air, I could feel Edward's cold hands on my face brushing my hair back.

"Shhh! Bella, it's OK love, it was just a dream, I'm here" He said frantically attempting to calm me.

"Oh, Edward" I threw my arms around him bawling.

"Don't cry love, it's over now, you're safe. Take deep breaths" He offered as he held me, cradling me like a small child.

I tried to do as he said, inhaling his beautiful scent. It helped immediately and I regained control of my sobs.

"Are you better now" Concern colored his voice. I just nodded I couldn't open my mouth to speak yet. "Do you want to talk about it? It might make you feel better"

"No" I said my voice shaking a little.

"That's fine, if you don't want to talk now. You gave me quite a scare, I've never seen you have such vivid dreams" His tone was anguished.

"I'm better now" I said finding my voice. "It was just a bad dream" A horrible nightmare, but I wasn't about to tell him about it and make him worry about his wife loosing her mind. He kept rocking us back and forward until my body relaxed.

After I had calmed down, I got ready for the day and had breakfast in the huge unused kitchen. Edward was taking me over to Charlie's so I could get my truck that had been parked in front of the house since the day before the wedding. Charlie opened the door before we even made it to the front porch.

"Bells" He said giving me a quick hug. "I've missed you kiddo. How's married life treating you?"

"I'm great dad" I said walking inside the house.

"That's good to hear" He said then turning around to Edward that had been standing on the doorstep. "How's my son in law? I see you've been taking good care of my little girl"

"Yes sir, that is my purpose" Edward was always so polite and formal.

"Well I'm glad. Come in, have a sit" Charlie said leading us to the living room.

"Thank you Charlie, but I really must get going. I have a few errands to run and Carlisle is expecting me back at the house" Edward explained giving me his crooked smile. He was letting me know that he was giving me privacy to talk to Charlie.

"Oh, OK then, say hello to your folks for me"

"Of course" He turned to me and gave me a chaste kiss. "See you at home, if you need anything call me, I'll have my phone with me"

"Kay, love you" I said from the door as he walked to the car. He turned around and winked at me smiling. "Love you too. Be safe"

After he had driven off I closed the door to face Charlie, I pulled his arm and led him to the kitchen. "So dad, What have you been up to?"

"Oh, not much, mostly work. It's been kind of slow. Just an accident on the 110 to La Push the other day, one of those big logging trucks flipped over; caused a mayor road block, tore up a good chunk of the pavement with it....."

Why was he babbling? He looked nervous.

".......other than that not much"

I got up and decided to inspect the kitchen, I was sure by now there'd be no food left in the house and I'd made up my mind to replenish his supplies before I left for Dartmouth. I didn't want for him to starve. I opened the refrigerator and was shocked to see that it was full. Not only that, but there must have been at least five Tupperware containers full of food and labeled for different days of the coming week. Charlie sensing my astonishment cleared his throat.

"Oh...er...those are Sue's. You know, Sue Clearwater, you remember her?" He said studying his feet.

"Of course I remember Sue. Edward is good friends with her son; Seth" I said.

"Oh, yeah"

He was actually blushing, it made me want to smile, I could already feel the corners of my mouth twitching up, but I wasn't going to pry. I was however incredibly grateful that Sue had taken it upon herself to take care of Charlie. Maybe after I left he wouldn't be alone. "Well that's nice of her, I thought you would've starved by now"

"Hey, for your information young lady, I took care of myself for seventeen years before you moved back here and I think I fended pretty well" he said crossing his arms in his chest and jutting his lower lip stubbornly.

"Yeah right" I said teasing him. "You need a recipe to make ice cubes"

"HA, good one" He laughed. "Oh Bells, I've really missed you"

"I know dad, I've missed you too. Done any good fishing lately?" I asked

"Nah, I don't have anybody to go with, and I hate fishing alone" He said dejectedly

"How about Billy? You too used to go all the time"

"Billy has been felling ill lately; his diabetes is affecting him a lot" He said concerned.

"Oh, that's too bad. I'll make sure to drop by and see if he needs anything. It must be really hard for him, now that Jacob isn't around, to be all alone in the house." I had a brief flashback of the dream I had last night, but put it out of my mind promptly, Jake would never hurt me. No matter how upset he was by my decision.

"He's not alone. I didn't tell you, Jacob is back"

What? Jacob came back? Relief and sorrow washed over me. Relief, because he was back. Sorrow, because I knew it wouldn't change a thing.

Charlie noticed my surprise.

"He showed up about two days after the wedding. I must say I expected Billy to give him a hard time for taking off like that, but Billy was happy as ever"

"Have you seen him? How is he?" I tried to sound indifferent.

"He's pretty good actually" He said with caution, I guess I wasn't fooling him. "I saw him a few days back, he looked happy. I hadn't seen him like that in a while so maybe it was a good thing he took some time off. It must be hard loosing his mother when he was so young and then having to take care of his dad. He's been carrying the weight of the world on his shoulders for a long time"

He kept on talking and I nodded here and there not really paying attention. Jake was happy. At least that's how it seemed to Charlie. Hope flooded my heart. Maybe he would forgive me for all the hurt I had cost him. No. I couldn't let myself think that he would forgive me. But at least he was happy and I couldn't ask for more.

I made burgers for lunch and cleaned up a bit for Charlie. He was in an unusually chatty mood. I sat on the little recliner chair in the living room and folded towels while Charlie watched a game on TV.

"Did I tell you Jacob has a new girlfriend?" He said when the commercials came on. I dropped the towel I had been folding. "Yeah" he continued "Met her the other day when I was up at Billy's. Think her name is Lizzie, pretty little thing, all freckly. Anyway, she's been helping Jake take care of Billy and Jake looks crazy about her" He gave me a furtive glance.

So that's what had brought on the change in Jacob. Had he imprinted? I was determined to find out, even if he didn't want to hear from me. I still cared about him, he was my best friend.

"You did the right thing kiddo" Charlie said when I didn't comment. "You don't have to worry about him anymore, he's fine now"

"Mmhmm" Was my brilliant reply. The commercials where over and Charlie went back to his game.

Wow. Jake was in love. I should be happy about him. Then why did I feel like I had lost something very important to me. I had. But I had lost it a long time ago. I was genuinely happy for him, but that didn't change the fact that I had lost his friendship. And although I might one day earn his forgiveness I would never regain his trust.