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The Strength of Love

Summary:
Edward and Bella have been in love since they were kids.Their love of horses brought them together and then later broke them up.Now when a new opportunity at love appears will they take it? Or is it too late? Can love really withstand anything? AU/AH


Notes:
Ok so this idea has been floating around in my head foreeeeeeeeeeeever now I hope you enjoy.


1. Prelude 12/21

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Prologue:

BPOV

Horses have always been my thing. I’m so klutzy on the ground that it’s practically a disability, and yet when I mount a horse suddenly I’m graceful. I’ve been riding since I was 6 and now at the age of 21 I’m one of the best riders in the state. The only other rider who could ruin my chances at the Kentucky Rolex event is Edward Cullen.

Edward and I used to be friends. We’d go and play at the barn and help with chores in exchange for lessons, or we’d go take a couple of the ponies out for a hack in the woods, but then we started showing. Edward’s mother, Elizabeth, and my mother also used to be friends too, but not anymore. When Edward and I started showing on Woodland’s horses they started some competition, which slowly broke up the friendship between both them and us.

I miss Edward’s friendship. I miss the way his unruly bronze hair would never stay down and the way we could talk about anything and everything. I’ve tried more than once to reconcile with Edward, but it’s as if his parent’s competitiveness rubbed off on him and now he’s just like his mom.

Sometimes I can see the old Edward in him. When he’s on a horse and they take down a pole or when one of us has a great ride I can see that caring spirit. When he does knock down a pole, he doesn’t take it out on the horse. He simply assumes that it’s his fault and when one of us has a really good ride I can see the pride he has and every once in a while he sends me his crocked smile and I can imagine that he still cares. But then it’s as if he catches himself and suddenly he’s back to being an asshole.

I suppose I let my mom’s spirit rub off on me too because sometimes I just get that sense of smugness that for once I’ve beaten him at something. And then I catch myself, the last thing I want to do is treat anyone the way he treats me.

It’s hard though because I loved Edward. I knew even when I was younger that Edward was the one. He was the one I was going to spend the rest of my life with. Apparently I was wrong. Now it’s just me and King and we take things one day at a time. Because that’s all you can do in life, take it one day at a time. You never know what’s going to hit you around the next bend in life. You just have to trust in yourself. Someday I’ll get my Edward back. Someday.

EPOV

It’s strange how life changes. One minute your happy and hanging out with your best friend and the love of your life, though you don’t know it yet, and then the next day your mom is telling you that you can’t see this girl anymore and that she’s a bad influence. You don’t know what to do because you love and trust your mother, but you also love your best friend. So you go against your mother and continue to see her, but as you get older your mother starts to get more forceful until you’re afraid that if you don’t listen someone might hurt your love.

So you do as your mother says and you avoid Bella and focus only on your riding. You start entering show after show and get blue ribbon after blue ribbon, but it’s never the same. You miss the days where you used to go with Bella down to the river to swim with the horses, or the days when you would sit out in the fields and stare at the clouds. You realized during the days after separating from Bella that you love her and when you tell your mother this she flies off the handle and threatens Bella’s life. And then breaks down in front of you, saying she’s sorry and that she didn’t mean it. So you comfort her, but inside you wonder…would she really?

So you protect your love in the only way you can, you continue to stay away from her. Every now and then you see her somewhere and you are appalled by what you see. Her eyes have bags under them and she seems like a zombie, but you can’t do anything about it. It slowly breaks your soul until there isn’t anything left. So you throw your life into horses. Horses are where you’re safe and you can tell them everything and it stays a secret. They are therapeutic and you appreciate that.

But now Bella hates you and you understand that completely so you put up and act to keep her from knowing your real feelings, because if she did, you don’t know what would happen. So you stay away, but you watch her from a distance, her guardian angel, though you are far from an angel.

But now with your mother in the hospital and your father already dead you need her more than ever.