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Forever After

Summary:
Bella has a nightmare about her wedding day where her beautiful, but mysterious groom is attacked by a monstrous wolf. After she wakes up, she goes looking for the groom where she remembered she had noticed him in real life only a few days before. When their meeting is interrupted she wonders, why is everyone trying to make decisions for her? and why is Edward so dangerous? Banner courtesy of Eternitys_Charm Based off of the movies (and the book) Ever After, and Twilight.


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6. Chapter 7

Rating 5/5   Word Count 1677   Review this Chapter

I really was becoming the prince charming. My confidence was almost bursting out of my body. I had never been like this, I was always the shy and together princess, but now I was ready to just march up to a vampire and tell him that I loved him, or just tell him that I knew what he was…So I wasn’t entirely over my shy faze, but I was definitely getting there.

I wanted to look my best for the perfect stunning vampire that I could never live up to. I stuck on a blue dress and my beaded crown, well it wasn’t necessarily a crown, but it was close. I had one of the maids braid my hair, and I looked as good as I was going to get.

I didn’t bother taking a carriage because this was something that decidedly couldn’t be expressed in front of anyone else besides Edward; instead I took a horse. Of course riding side-saddle in an extravagant dress was not the easiest thing to do, especially for a klutz like me, but luckily I didn’t fall off once on the ride to Edward’s large castle.

I slid off of the horse and started walking toward the house. My pace became slower as I second guessed myself, but I never stopped and turned around, or I never got the chance because Edward opened the door and stepped out while I was still on my way. I couldn’t read his face. It looked like shock and delight? Or was it just anger?

“Hello Edward.” My voice cracked on his name.

“Princess.” He bowed, and I curtsied out of respect.

“Really Edward, you don’t have to call me that. Call me Bella.”

“If you insist Bella. May I ask what I can help you with?” I could just say I was lost, but…

“I need to talk to you.” There, I started the conversation, I can’t stop now. His face turned hard, and I suspected that he could tell what I wanted to talk to him about. He let out a sigh.

“If this is about me finding you-” I cut him off.

“Edward just hear me out okay? I know.”

"Know what?" I gave him the hardest look I could.

"Edward, you know what what I'm talking about." I started to raise my voice.

“Then maybe we should take this somewhere else.”

“Why?”

“Just please, Bella. I will listen to you if we don’t talk here.”

“Alright.”

“I’ll go get the carriage.”

“I don’t think we need anyone else coming, Edward.”

“I know that. That’s why I’m driving.” I thought I saw a slight smile on his face, but he masked it way too quickly for me to truly know.

He came back with a small one-horse carriage built for two people.

“I think it would be sufficient if there was no talking until we’re at our destination.” I let out a hard breath, not willing to argue with him.

“Fine with me.” And we rode in silence, but the truth is, I would have been too terrified to talk anyway. Edward was truly a maniac; he drove the horse as fast as he could over the rough road until we came to an abrupt stop at an old church. Before I knew it, Edward had walked over to my side and held out his hand to help me step down.

To my surprise, this was still a working church. I heard the monks singing their angelic songs from outside the building.

“I thought we were going somewhere private.”

“We’ll walk around the grounds, but this was the main place we wanted to come. Nobody will bother us here, and they won’t be able to hear us either.” We set off in the general direction of the woods, and the voices of the monks started to fade. “So what did you want to tell me? Or rather, what do you know?” His brow furrowed into a worried expression. I decided I would just say it.

“Your skin is pale white and ice cold, you’re strong, fast, and well,” I looked down feeling the blush creep up into my cheeks, “attractive.”

“And should this all mean something to me?”

“Edward, I know what you are.” Silence.

“Say it.” He paused, “If you’re not scared, then say it.”

“Vampire.” The word had barely escaped my mouth and he immediately stopped.

“Bella,” He spun me around to face him, “ask me the most basic question. What do we eat?”

“I know you won’t hurt me.”

“Bella, I’ve killed people before.” He warned.

“It doesn’t matter.” He just stood there for a while, anguish overcoming his beautiful features.

“Are you afraid?” I took a deep breath to make sure I sounded undaunted.

“No.” I turned my body all the way toward him and stared at him straight in the eye to prove my point.

“Come with me.” He altered directions and started walking at a fast pace as I tried to keep up.

“Where are we going?”

“Your meadow.”

“But that’s miles away!”

“I know. Now that you know what I am I can show you how we run.”

“Run?”

“Yes, remember? We’re fast. Here.” He held out his arms, and I started to walk over to him, when he suddenly lost patience and scooped me off of my feet.

I felt a sudden rush of wind on my side, but couldn’t tell we were moving besides that, until I opened my eyes. He ran so smoothly, dodging any trees or rocks in his way at a blinding speed. I should have closed my eyes because I knew that I wouldn’t feel good after this, but I couldn’t keep my eyes off of Edward or the scenery whipping by us in a blur. Now that I sat in his arms I felt the freezing temperature of his skin, but I wouldn’t mind as long as it was him holding me. I realized then and there that it wouldn’t be able to survive without this vampire by my side. I didn’t even care that his diet consisted of blood, all I cared about his soul.

There was a sudden jolt, and I realized we had stopped. Edward set me down in my meadow. The clouds were still out, but I couldn’t deny the allure of the scenery. I walked forward and toppled over, cold hard arms catching me before my face hit the ground.

“Are you alright, Bella?”

“Yeah, I just-I think I need to sit down.”

“Put your head between your knees, it will help.” I did as he said and waited for the queasy feeling in the pit of my stomach to go away.

“I’m sorry about that.”

“It’s not your fault Edward, I’m the weak human.” I lifted my head to see Edward standing several feet away.

“So…”

“Bella, how did you find out?”

“Well, it was mostly because you saved me in the lake. But I didn’t do it entirely on my own.”

“What do you mean, Bella?" Lines formed on his forehead. "You’re so hard to read!”

“Well, I talked to Jacob Black. What do you mean?”

“Some vampires have special abilities, like me. I can read minds, apart from yours.”

“Is there something wrong with me?” I could definitely think of a couple things, like being clumsy, asking stupid questions…

“I’m the one that hears people’s thoughts, and you’re the one that thinks there something wrong with you?” He was right.

“So you know everything people think.”

“Well, not all over the world. Anyone in a few miles radius, but I can pick out the people I know better than others.” This would take some getting used to.

“So does your family have any other powers?”

“Yes. Jasper can feel and manipulate emotions. And Alice, the rather short woman you were with at the lake, she has premonitions.”

“So she’s a vampire too?”

“And I thought you were perceptive. Yes, she is, and so is her sister.”

“So you know them because they’re vampires?”

“Yes. Actually, my coven, or family,” he smiled, “was just me, Carlisle and Esme until we came here this week. Now were thinking about taking them in too because no one knows they exist around here, and Jasper and Emmett seem to have fallen in love with them.”

“That’s wonderful. Too bad there’s not a vampire for you.” Did I just say that! Wow, way to be subtle! I might as well shout, Pick me! Pick me!

“Yes, well I have other interests.”

“Are you saying-“

“Yes, Bella.” We had neared each other throughout our conversation, and now he was leaning even closer, and suddenly he was gone.

I turned frantically trying to find the vampire I knew I wouldn’t be able to catch.

“I’m so sorry, Bella. I lost a bit of control.” I looked over to my left where I saw Edward standing at the edge of our clearing. “I promise to behave,” he purred, “I don’t want to hurt you.” He spoke unintentionally in a seductive tone, and then he was suddenly sitting ten feet away from me.

“Is that how it is with all humans?”

“The blood?” He smiled crookedly, almost laughing incredulously. “No. You see Bella; your blood is particularly enticing to me. It’s so, enchanting that it makes me almost want to break my habit of drinking animal blood.” My breath started coming out hard.

“You’re afraid now?”

“No.” He laughed freely now, it was the most pleasurable sound I had heard through all my years.

“You really should be. I’m the world’s greatest predator. Everything about me invites you in. My face, my smell, my voice. As if I would need any of those things.” He disappeared again, reappearing behind me in no less than a second. “As if you could outrun me.” He tore a hulking branch off of one the many trees and through it against another, making it snap. “As if you could fight me off. You need to be afraid of me, Bella.”

“But I’m not. I would rather die than stay away from you.”

“You don’t know how long I’ve waited for you. I couldn’t bear hurting you.”

“Edward, the worst thing you could do to me is leave. I wouldn’t be able to survive without you.” He turned me around again.

“And so the lion fell in love with the lamb.”

“What a stupid lamb.”

“What a sick, masochistic lion.” He placed his hand over my heart, feeling my now erratic beat. Edward loved me. Edward loved me.