Bella and Edward try to find a way to make Edward human again.
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3. Chapter 3
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It seems like he’d been gone for hours but it was only an hour and a half. I couldn’t stand to wait anymore, I opened the fridge, trying to find something appealing but there was nothing I really wanted. So I took a glass and filled it with water, I drank slowly and sat back on the sofa, moving my legs nervously. Then, as I was going to get up to look by the window, I heard the noise of the key in the door. I almost dropped the glass. I put it back on the table in front of the sofa and ran to the door, where Edward was now standing. I stopped in front of him and looked up at him. He was still the same as before he had left. It didn’t work out and I was a monster because I knew he had felt hope. Hope to be human again. Hope to be with me the way he wanted it. And I began to hate myself for believing it could work.
“Didn’t it work ?” I asked in a small voice.
His face was unreadable as he took my left hand in his and placed it on his chest. At first, I didn’t understand why he was doing this but then, I felt something beating under my palm. His heart. That’s when I realized his skin was as warm as mine. Joy passed through my face but I didn’t understand why he looked the same as before. His eyes were still golden-brown, his skin was pale and he was still inhumanly beautiful.
“It… It worked ?” I asked again.
“I will keep my physical traits for the rest of my life from now on, but apart from this, I’m entirely human.”
I couldn’t answer at first, I had so many things to ask him : how it happened ? What did the witch tell him ? Was there a condition to his humanity ? I didn’t have time to think more, he was caressing my hair. His eyes were hungry. Not with the thirst of course, this was over. He would never yearn for my blood again now. I looked him in the eyes and caressed his face. It was still soft as silk but it was definitely warm, as warm as me. We both caught our breaths and he suddenly kissed me. This was nothing like yesterday, this kiss was so much more passionate, much more hungry. And I knew that I wouldn’t trade this moment for anything else in the world. He put his hands on my waist and pushed me to his body, it didn’t feel hard as stone anymore ; I locked my hands in his hair and kissed him more tenderly. I moaned as he lifted my legs around his waist and led us to the bedroom ; I had never felt something like this before : The electricity passing through my body was like connected to his own, I knew he could feel it even though he wasn’t a vampire anymore. He laid me on the bed and caressed the right side of my body with his hand. My fingers ran under his t-shirt, his warm chest was extremely soft under my hands ; his breath was unsteady and rough. Mine was too. Then he stopped kissing me and looked at me.
“Are you sure Bella ?”
“I’ve never been so sure in my entire life Edward. I love you and I want you right now.” And I kissed him right back before he had enough time to move. I carried on exploring his chest with my hands while he began to undo the buttons of my shirt, that’s when I realized the sun was shining outside. He wasn’t sparkling anymore and I admit I missed that. I loved the way he sparkled in the sun, it was so beautiful, so inhuman too ; he noticed I was less concentrated and stopped : “Are you okay, love ?”
“Yes, I was just telling myself I missed the sparkling.” I smiled at him.
“Are there other things you regret ?” he asked, sounding worried.
“No, of course not Edward. I don’t regret anything else, I’m happy right now. I’ve never been so happy, I swear.”
I caressed his face and he undid the last button of my shirt. I suddenly felt nervous and I knew he was feeling the same way. This was the very first time for both of us. My heart was racing like it never did before, I put my palm on his heart and his was also racing.
“It’s going to be ok, Edward. We belong together.”
“I know,” he kissed my cheek slowly, “You must tell me if I hurt you.”
I nodded and forced him to sit. I lifted his t-shirt and he took it off, putting it on the side of the bed ; then he gently removed my shirt, revealing my grey bra. His eyes didn’t leave mine while he did this, he certainly felt how embarrassed I was. Then, he kissed me again and laid me as he slowly brushed my jaw and my neck with his lips, he kissed it and went down to my collarbone. His warm lips were caressing my skin and it made me shiver, he came back to my lips and slowly undid my bra. He kept on kissing my skin until he reached my pants, he took them off and slowly caressed my legs. His hands were trembling, he was as nervous as me ; I pulled him to my face and kissed him passionately.
“I want you now,” I whispered at his ear. He nodded and removed his pants and briefs, then he carefully took off my underwear, softly caressing my skin at this place.
“Will you tell me if I hurt you Bella ?”
“Yes.” I said, my voice was pretty confident.
I was resting in his arms, my face hidden in his neck. This moment of bliss was priceless ; I still had my hand on his heart, little by little, his heartbeat calmed down. I looked up at Edward, he smiled at me and caressed my hair. I reached up to kiss him, there was no danger anymore now. I heard his stomach growled and laughed out loud.
“I’m not the only one anymore now. I’m sorry I completely forgot about this, you must be so hungry…”
“That’s true actually, yeah. I’ll check out what’s in the fridge.”
I got up, took his hand and pulled him to me. “You know what ? I’m going to help you or you’re going to be sick because you would have eaten too much or eaten something bad.”
I took my clothes, Edward took his and we got dressed. Then, he hold me in his arms.
“I’m so happy with you, nothing could be better for me now. And I hope it’s the same for you.”
I chuckled. “Of course, it’s the same for me Edward. I couldn’t be happier than I am now. I love you and I know you love me the same.”
We kissed and I led him to the fridge. I opened it.
“So, let me remind you of human food : milk is essentially for breakfast but you can also drink some at any time of the day, same for fruit juices. Meat, vegetables, pastas and potatoes are for lunch and dinner. Same for cheese, usually. As it’s already 4 pm, I think we can go for fruits. What do you think ?”
He studied the fridge and said : “I think it’s ok.”
He began to eat the strawberries entirely, I took his hand : “No, you have to remove the stalk before !” I laughed at the look on his face. “Oh,” he replied. He removed it and ate the strawberry. I waited for his reaction.
“That’s delicious !”
I smiled widely. “And it’s better with sugar !” I pointed the sugar and he tried. “You’re right !”
He ate almost all of the fruits and drank some milk. After approximately 10 fruits, I told him : “I think you should take it easy now, or you’re going to run to the toilets.” He made a face. That made me laugh even more.
A moment passed and Edward said, seriously : “We should go home, I have to tell my family. The witch told me they could come see her if they wanted.”
“Did she ? That’d be awesome, especially for Rosalie !”
He nodded but I knew he was doubtful. “What is it ?” I asked.
“She can see to the core the good and the bad people, she gave me humanity only because I was a good human before. Rosalie was kind of a good person too but she’s so selfish… I hope it won’t blind her judgement.”
“Oh,” was all I could reply.
He gave the key back to the receptionist and we climbed in his Volvo. He took his cell : “Alice-”
I waited, only hearing the edge of Alice’s voice. After a while, Edward said : “She sees us as humans, she decides referring to who we were as humans, Alice. So I think you could all be human again too but… I’m not sure about Rosalie. What do you think ?”
After 2 seconds, he laughed out loud. “We’ll be here in-”
“Ok.” He hung up.
“What did she say ?” I asked.
“She waits for us to talk to the others. For Rosalie, she’s not really sure. When she was human, she could be very nasty and selfish already ; so we’ll see…”
“What would happen if she doesn’t want to turn Rosalie ?”
“I don’t think she would kill her, Rosalie was not someone good but she wasn’t evil either.”
When we arrived at his home, I felt nervous. He was human now after all, they could smell his scent. He saw the worry on my face and told me : “Don’t worry, everything’s going to be fine.”
Alice came to greet us and hugged Edward in her arms. “Hey, I didn’t thought you would smell so good !” And she laughed as she kissed me on the cheek : “And I’m so glad to finally meet you Bella ! Oh you smell awesome, no wonder Edward… Er… Nothing !”
I was a bit taken by surprise by her joy. “I’m glad to meet you too,” I mumbled. Then, she opened the door to let us come in.
Everyone was in the living room. Carlisle immediately talked to Edward : “This was very risky but you had the courage to take it for Bella. I’m so proud of you.” Edward smiled at him and looked at Esme.
She came to us and greeted me with a smile : “Nice to meet you Bella.” I smiled back, her face was so sweet. Then, she turned to Edward and put her hand on his chest, right above the heart : “That’s very sweet, Edward. You know what it means ?” He nodded.
I looked up at them, confused. “I lost a baby, that’s why I jumped off a cliff. And if I’m human again, I could have another one.” She turned to Carlisle who smiled at her.
“Oh, yeah, sure.” I understood now. That’s when I noticed Rosalie, she got up and came to us. She stopped a few inches in front of me.
“I suppose I didn’t leave a good impression of me. Look, I’m sorry if I scared you or something ; and I guess I have to thank you for Edward, he’s perfectly happy now, isn’t he Jasper ?”
Rosalie carried on. “So, I must tell you how important it is for me to be human again. I wanted a baby when I was your age, I wanted to marry a good man who could give me the chance to be a mother. But he just didn’t, instead, he left me almost dead in a street. That’s when Carlisle found me. I know I may not deserve a second chance but I think I should try… Emmett and I are going now.” She turned to Carlisle as she said that last sentence.
Carlisle thought about it for a second and nodded. “Just be careful.”
She nodded and turned to Edward : “Where is she exactly ?”
“Battle Creek Road, in the middle of the woods. You’ll smell her easily. Stop running a few miles before her hut, and think about me, think that you’re in my family. But I guess she already saw all of you in my mind. Maybe you should all go now.”
“Why do you think that ? I wouldn’t want her to be afraid.” Carlisle said.
“Believe me, she won’t be. She told me you could all come if you wanted, I think it’ll be fine. Alice ?”
She concentrated, looking far away and nodded. “Edward’s right, it’s going to be fine. We should try actually.”
Carlisle nodded. “We’ll be right back.” And they were all gone, leaving Edward and I in this huge empty house. I looked at him in amazement and he said : “I used to be the fastest.”
“Show-off,” I mumbled, winking at him. “So can I visit the house ?”
“Sure,” he took my hand and led me upstairs. He pointed the rooms that belonged to Rosalie and Emmett, Alice and Jasper, and Carlisle and Esme. And then, we were in front of the last room : his. There was 2 walls made of glass : the view was breathtaking. I noticed that it was a bit messy and chuckled.
“What ?” he asked.
“It’s messed up.”
That’s when I noticed all the CDs. “Oh, you got so much music… You listen to everything, don’t you ? Debussy, and Alicia Keys, and Paramore.” I chuckled again, we had the same taste.
Then he took me in his arms and said : “I’d like us to live together.”
“Er…” As soon as he said that, I imagined Charlie’s reaction. No freaking way. “I’m not sure Charlie would agree, Edward… I’d love to but…”
“Mmm, I guess you’re right. Maybe you could sleep here tonight to begin with, what do you think ?”
“I’ll tell Charlie Alice wants me to sleep here.” I agreed.
He smiled back and kissed me. At first, it was a tender kiss as he did when he was a vampire and then it grew more passionate. I held him tightly against me and he locked his fingers in my hair. He released me and sighed : “Well, we’d better go,” he teased me.
“Sure,” I mumbled. We walked to his car and he drove me home.
“Don’t be too long,” he said before I get off the car.
“I promise,” I said as I kissed him.
This was so new to me. I could kiss him anytime now. There were no restrictions anymore, we were like totally free. And this made me happy. Very happy. I opened the door and called : “Dad ?”
“Bells ? Is it you ?” Of course, who else ?
“Yes, er…” I walked into the living room. “Alice Cullen would like me to sleep at her place tonight.”
He stared at me and his face turned red. Crap, this wasn’t going to be easy. “Alice Cullen ?”
“Yes, we’re great friends.”
“Will her parents be there ?” he asked.
“Yeah sure, and the rest of her family as well. They’re all really nice.” Except Rosalie, I thought.
“Will they drive you at school tomorrow ?” he asked.
“I’m taking my truck.”
“Ok.” And he looked back at the TV. The worst had passed. I sighed with relief as I went upstairs and began to get my things ready for tonight. I had a shower, dried my hair and went back to my room without turning the lights on as it was not so dark yet.
“I expected you to be longer,” a voice said.
I jumped and turned around. Edward was lying on my bed, looking at the ceiling.
“Oh my gosh, you scared the hell out of me ! How did you…”
“Well, apparently I still have my flexibility,” he made a wide smile.
“Oh, good. So you still can climb my house ?”
“Of course.” I laid next to him.
That relieved me. Honestly, I wasn’t ready to tell Charlie I was moving. “So, could we wait a little before moving together, I wouldn’t like to have a heart attack.” He laughed.
“I don’t mind, as long as I can see you every night,” he smiled as he caressed my cheek.
“Can you run like before too ?” I asked, curious.
“No, and that’s unbearable to be honest. I liked to run fast.” He sighed.
I chuckled. “You’ll get used to be human again.” He laughed and kissed my cheek. “This is the human part I prefer,” he whispered in my ear and carried on kissing my cheek. He didn’t lose anything of his dazzling power.
“Well, I like this human part of yours,” I said. Then, I kissed him. Everytime we kissed, it was the same wave of electricity passing between us ; there was no way we weren’t made for one another. He locked me in his arms as I locked my legs around his waist. And his cell rang.
He released me and took it : “Alice ?”
“Oh my God, Edward, that’s amazing ! It worked !! For all of us, well, honestly she talked a bit longer with Rose but it’s ok. I’m sure she’s already planning on having lots of babies !” And she laughed out loud. Wow : I already knew Alice was a cheerful person but she sounded really happy now.
“I shouldn’t be surprised, guess Emmett would better get ready for that !” He laughed. “Can I talk to Carlisle please ?”
“Yes, sure,” she replied.
“Carlisle, I still can climb Bella’s house, I think it’ll take a little time for us to find out what abilities we lost and the ones we still have.” Edward explained to Carlisle.
I got closer to Edward to hear Carlisle. “Well, I think you’re right. And we can all thank Bella for this.”
“About Bella, do you mind if she stays home for the night ?”
“Of course not, she’ll always be welcomed.” Carlisle replied. “And Alice will be very happy.”
“Happy for what ? What’s going on ?” I heard Alice ask.
“Nothing, nothing,” Carlisle replied. I chuckled.
“Well, I’ll see you later, we’ll be here in about an hour.”
“Alright,” and Edward put his cell back into the pocket of his jacket.
“Shall we ?” He asked as he got up and took my bag. I took the bag and said : “You go into the car, I’m coming, it would be better by the door for me.” He nodded and jumped out the window.