When Edward loses all memories of Bella, the two of them must work to regain their relationship, his memories, and figure out the mystery of how it all happened.
2. Chapter 2
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We trekked through the forest in silence. He matched my slow human speed without complaining. I looked over to him, and he was deep in thought. “What?” I asked.
He looked over to me, smiling a small smile. “I am feeling extremely guilty right now,” he admitted.
“Why?” I asked.
“Well, you have so many memories of me, and yet… I don’t remember anything about you.”
I flinched. That hurt… like the wound was dug out deeper.
He noticed. His brows furrowed.
I looked back to the forest ahead of me. Edward looked away, too. He seemed to see something in the distance ahead of us. “Is that it up ahead?” he asked.
I couldn’t see it yet, but knew it was in the direction he was looking. I nodded. He seemed anxious in anticipation. We walked for about a half-mile, before coming to the opening of the meadow. Edward looked around in amazement at the beauty of the meadow.
“Wow,” he breathed, smiling. The clouds above us were thinner now, giving light onto the clearing. That made Edward frown.
“What?” I asked.
“The sun,” he said, looking cautiously at me. Oh, right. He doesn’t know that I’ve already seen him in the sun.
“Yeah, don’t worry. I know about that,” I said, smiling in memory of him, sparkling magnificently in the sunlight like a diamond.
“Oh,” was all he said, looking away, uncomfortable. Why was he uncomfortable?
“Come on,” I said, pulling him forward. He stepped into the sun slowly, watching my face.
Though I had seen it so many times before, I couldn’t help but to stare. It was so mesmerizing; I couldn’t look away. He smiled sheepishly at me. I beamed back, still pulling on his hand. He let me lead him to the middle of the meadow. When we got there, I sat down in the grass. He sat down about five feet from me. I worked hard not to frown.
Edward looked around the meadow again, taking in everything from the flowers dancing in the wind to the bubbling creek hidden behind the trees. “Wow, it’s really beautiful here,” he said in amazement.
“Yeah,” I agreed. “This… this is your meadow. You came here whenever it was sunny, because… well, you obviously couldn’t come to school…”
“How old are you?” he asked suddenly, taking me off guard.
“Nineteen,” I said cautiously.
“Aren’t you a little old to be in school still?” he asked.
“I’m not in school anymore,” I corrected. “This happened last year and the year before.”
“But I’ve never been here before,” he said, confused.
“Yes you have,” I corrected.
He sighed. “You mean there is more I don’t remember?”
I frowned. “Apparently…”
He was still frowning, seeming confused about something.
“Edward?” I said quietly.
He waited a minute, still lost in thought, before turning slowly to smile at me. “Yes?”
“Nothing,” he lied.
I sighed, shaking my head. “Edward, I’ve known you for two years. I know your tricks. You can’t lie to me. Tell me what’s on your mind…”
He moved, at a human pace, to place his elbows on his knees, resting his head in his palms. He stared at me, seemingly mesmerized. “You keep surprising me like that,” he chuckled. I smiled, not entirely sure what he was talking about…
“So,” I said slowly. “What’s bugging you?”
He sighed. “I was just wondering…” he trailed off, his tone wary.
“Edward, you can ask me anything,” I sighed. Now I knew what Edward felt like when I was curious about vampire marriage…
“Well, I was wondering two things actually…”
“Well…” he seemed uncomfortable. But apparently, curiosity got the better of him because he sighed. “I wanted to know… how can you do this?”
“Do what?” I asked, curious now, too.
“How can you be with me like this? You know how dangerous I am to you, how I am more dangerous to you than anyone else, and yet you are almost perfectly at ease…” he trailed off, looking directly into my eyes.
I smiled. “I love you, and I trust you. You’ve known me for two years, and you’ve never once attacked me, so why should you now? And besides, I stopped being afraid of you a long time ago. And I was barely afraid of you then.” I was grinning then.
“You aren’t afraid of me… at all?”
“No.” I answered honestly. “The only thing bothering me is how you can forget so much so quickly… There’s no way a vampire can forget like that on its own… so someone must have done this…” I trailed off, trying to figure something out.
“Why would someone make me forget you?” he asked, his musical voice making me lose my train of thought for a moment.
I gasped suddenly. Edward stared at me. “Bella?” he said slowly. “Are you alright?”
“The Volturi,” I said, understanding.
“The Volturi?” he echoed, confused. “Why would they want me to forget you?”
“Well, Marcus kept complaining about how I knew too much, and he was surprised about how strong our bond was. Maybe someone in the Volturi has an ability that…. wipes away memory or something… it would solve a lot of problems for them.” When I finished, I felt a feeling of rightness, like my subconscious was able to see that this was the truth.
“Wow,” he said, suddenly grinning.
“We must have really upset the Volturi if they would be willing to go to such lengths to separate us.”
“Too bad for them, it didn’t keep us apart for long…” I was grinning, too.
Something buzzed, and there were vibrations coming from Edward’s pocket. When he pulled out a small, silver cell phone, I saw Alice’s name on the caller ID.
“Yes, I’m with her…” Alice was talking about me? But I thought she didn’t remember me either… none of them did…
“……” The voice was excited now, louder.
For a few minutes after that, he was talking too fast for me to hear. His brow furrowed.
“Ok…” he said, speaking at a slower speed again. He turned to me, handing me the small phone. I took it, confused.
“Hello?” I said cautiously.
“Bella!” Alice’s tinkling voice came from the phone.
“Why doesn’t Edward remember you?”