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Crimson Moon

Since Eclipse came out, this is extremely outdated, and I haven't written in a while and considered discontinuing it, but some extremely nice people said I should keep going!!! (You all deserve cookies and hugs, by the way). So, once again: Bella and Edward are finally married, but when some of the Cullens' close friends have tragedy thrust upon them, and an unwelcome visitor (at least to Bella) comes to stay, what will happen next? Teen rating is a safety net....there are some incredibly prude people out there. It isn't really that bad, but whatever. Reviewing my story would be like a little kid seeing Santa and Rudolph on Christmas!! You know you want me to feel like that!!!Chapter 9 is up!!! Finally!!! WOOHOO!! R&R, cause ya know I love hearing from you!!

It's just something I'm trying my hand at...review and tell me how I did. Pwease??? *pouts adorably*

6. Chapter 6

Rating 4.5/5   Word Count 1093   Review this Chapter

I opened my eyes slowly, trying to focus them on something. As I became more aware of my surroundings, the noises got louder until I had to cover my ears just to concentrate. Through it all, I heard a laugh. I winced, then looked around to see who it came from.

He was there, sitting in the grass next to me. I gasped, then jumped up in a lightening quick motion, without falling over. That disoriented me for a moment, but I ignored it and jumped into his lap, knocking him over. I stared in shock.


"Uhhhh...Bella, love, could you sort of, you know, let up a bit? You're a bit stronger than you used to be."

I looked down at myself, and him. I nodded, then slowly got off his lap. He shook his head.

"Nope. I didn't mean let up that much. You've put me through too much worry to let me let go of you for the next fifty years." And he pulled me back into his lap and kissed me thoroughly. Much more passionately than ever before. This kiss went on for a very time, and got deeper and deeper as that time passed. A throat clearing broke us apart.

I refused to get off his lap, but I just looked up. Alice was standing there, holding Jasper's hand in one of hers, and in the other she held up a compact mirror. Jasper stood there, looking slightly embarrassed, but with a huge grin on his face. Alice looked at us impishly, then wiggled the compact.

"Don't you want to know how you look?" I glanced at Edward. His opinion was all that mattered to me. He nodded.

"You look beautiful, but see for yourself." I nodded back at him and jumped up, again confused myself, but I shook it off and jogged towards Alice, going much faster than I was used to at a normal jog. I glanced around in bewilderment, confused as to how I hadn't tripped over anything yet. Oh, well, I'd figure that out later. Alice held out the compact for my inspection, and as I looked into it the breath came out of me in a huge whoosh.

I was gorgeous. My face was paler, but considering how white I had been before, it wasn't as noticeable. My lips were fuller, a deeper color, but not so much as to look unnatural. My hair, once straight, now fell in slight waves to just past my shoulders. I looked at my eyes though, and gasped. They were a deep, blood red, like one of the "non-vegetarian" vampires.

"What's wrong with me? Why are my eyes like that?"

Edward laughed. "It's all right, love. All new vampires' eyes are like that. It's just the residual blood in your system. It will fade in about a year."

Oh. Well, someone could have mentioned that. I shrugged, then bent over as a huge, spastic pain went through my abdomen. I curled into myself, wondering what was wrong, when a new scent overcame the other ones in my nose, taking up all my attention.

"What is that?" Edward's face, previously in a grimace of worry, relaxed. Comprehension dawned.

"That's the smell of blood, dearest. You're thirsty, and you need to hunt. Carlisle, Esme, Emmett, and everyone caught a deer for you. Come with me." Alice, grinning, skipped off, dragging Jasper along with her. I looked at my husband-I grinned at that-holding out his hand for me. I took it, and we set off running.

This was interesting. I could keep up with him, and the speed was exhilarating. I loved it, and for once, didn't trip over anything. Maybe my clumsiness was gone forever. Suddenly, the cramp came again, and I jerked to a halt, making Edward stop also. I bent over with the convulsion, but knew that if I wanted this to stop, I'd have to keep going.

I stood back up slowly, nodded at him, and prepared to run again. He smiled at me, staring for a moment.

"What?" I asked.

"I love you, Mrs. Cullen."

I had to grin again at that. "I love you too, Mr. Cullen."

He smiled at me, and we began to run again. I didn't know how far away the others had gone, but we were there soon enough. The smell of the blood intoxicated me, but slightly sickened me at the same time. Could I do this? Could I kill another living being? I looked at the dead deer lying in the middle of another clearing. Okay. So I wouldn't have to kill it. Somehow, that didn't make me feel any better.

I slowly took a step towards it, hesitantly. Then another. And another. Finally, I was right next to it, and fighting my instincts the whole time. I looked back at the whole family, and saw the confusion and slight astonishment at my restraint on some faces. Last, I looked towards Edward, who was looking at me with resignation and encouragement fighting each other on his face. I nodded, then sank down to my knees next to the deer and drank deeply.

At last, I stood up. The pain was gone, but I still felt an odd sensation in the pit of my stomach. Oh well. I looked back at everyone and they were all standing there with huge smiles on their faces, making me feel self-conscious. I somehow felt blood rush to my cheeks. Darn. I had thought I would stop blushing.

As I looked at Edward, a grin lit up his face and he was standing next to me. His movement, before lightening-quick, now seemed normal, and with my more sensitive eyes I could see where he went. He bent down to whisper in my ear.

"I'm glad you still blush. It's too bad that that will fade eventually, but I'm going to enjoy that while I can." Then everyone was crowded around, hugging Edward and I and kissing us both on the cheeks. I smiled and reached for Edward's hand, and as he wrapped his arm around my waist and pressed his cheek against my hair, and as we were surrounded by my new family, I felt at home. I was right where I belonged. For now, at least. But we couldn't rest until Victoria was caught.