Bella and Edward try to find a way to make Edward human again.
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6. Chapter 6
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When we came back to the house, I noticed that the garage was open, and Rosalie’s car was not here anymore. Damn, I forgot about this. Rosalie, she wanted to have a baby so much.
“What about Rosalie ?”
“Don’t worry, even with the spell the witch did, she couldn’t have babies. I wonder why the witch lied to us... Edward would have known it... Whatever, maybe she could block some of her thoughts.” She shrugged.
We get off the car and she led me into the house.
“Where’s Edward ?” I asked as we were in the living-room.
“Fourth floor, you can go see him if you want.” I frowned at her.
“Everything’s gonna be ok, your scent is everywhere in the house. He’s beginning to get used to it again.” I nodded. “Tell him to get downstairs then.”
“Ok,” and I went upstairs. I knew Edward could hear me coming because my heart was racing. As I walked to the door of what should be our future flat, I stopped and took a deep breath and then I knocked. “Edward ?” My voice sounded afraid. Half a second later, he was opening the door. His eyes were amber.
“Can I come in ?” I asked as if I was talking to him for the first time. Silly me.
“Sure,” he said, letting me enough space to pass. “Did Alice tell you-” I couldn’t catch my breath. He had taken me in his arms and was now kissing me. Very carefully.
“I’m sorry if I scared you this morning,” he was now caressing my hair.
Tears were beginning to fill my eyes. “No, I’m the one who is sorry Edward, I shouldn’t have-” He had put a finger on my lips. “Don’t do this, you’re not responsible, the Volturi are.”
He carried on. “And Alice told me, I honestly don’t know if I can do that Bella. And I don’t want to take any chances.”
“What do you mean ?”
“I don’t want to drink your blood, I really don’t know if I could stop. I’d rather stay a vampire and be with you for the rest of your life.”
“No ! Not with all the plans we’ve made Edward ! We have to try ! Alice will be here, she will stop you if you can’t.”
He looked at me for a long time and said : “We should get downstairs now, Alice’s waiting for us.” I took his hand.
“Ah finally,” Alice teased us as she saw us in the living-room. “Let’s go.” And she led us outside.
“Where are we going ?” I asked.
“In the woods, we need a place that is calm.” Alice replied.
After 1 mile approximately, Alice stopped in front of a clearing. A really beautiful clearing. There was a lot of light coming from the sun hidden behind the clouds and a little creek was pouring on the right. I looked up at Edward, he was smiling at me but his eyes still looked worried.
“It’s going to be fine Edward,” Alice said. “Come.”
We followed her to the middle of the clearing. There was a circle of what looked like lavender but I wasn’t sure.
“Is it lavender ?”
“Yes, purple is said to be peaceful, since Jasper can’t be here... And it also epitomizes sensitivity and the depth of feelings.” I simply nodded.
“Alright, we have to place around the circle, holding hands all the time.” Alice said.
We did as she said and held hands. I felt that Edward was tense. Very tense. This made me worried even more.
“Oh Edward, couldn’t you relax ?? You’re giving Bella palpitations !”
He frowned at her but relaxed a bit and caressed my hand with his thumb. It worked.
“Good, now let’s get started. And don’t release hands, we have to stay connected.”
She began to say an incantation in Latin, but I didn’t get a single word of course. After several seconds, she stopped and looked at me. Then at Edward.
“Now,” she whispered. “Don’t forget to suck the venom back at the same time.”
He nodded and looked up at me. I handed my arm to him, still holding his hand.
“I promise I’ll stop.” He seemed to say this to convince himself but deep inside, I believed his words. I nodded. Then he put his lips on my forearm and slowly bit me. At first, it was just a little pinch on my skin but then something much more painful invaded my arm. I tried not to scream and bit my lip. I felt the blood leaving my body.
“Edward, it’s enough. Stop now !!” Alice cried. Two seconds later, he stopped and groaned. Edward caught his breath and slipped his hand on the bite. To stop the blood from pouring, he tightened his grip.
“Are you ok ?” Alice asked me.
My head was spinning a little but I could bear it. I nodded weakly and said : “Yes, let’s carry on.”
She said another incantation and suddenly a powerful blinding blue light came out from the middle of the circle. If Edward and Alice weren’t holding me so tightly, I would have broken the circle and ruined everything, as usual. I opened my eyes and looked at them, trying to see through the little green lights dancing in front of my eyes. Alice was staring at Edward who was staring at me.
“It worked : I can’t smell your blood anymore.” And he smiled hugely.
“I knew I was the best,” said Alice laughing out loud. She released my hand and Edward held me in his arms. Then, he helped me to get up. My head was really spinning now and I had to hang on his t-shirt not to fall. “We should get you to Carlisle,” he said.
He carried me in his arms, still holding my forearm. I closed my eyes and hid my face in his neck. His lilac smell overwhelmed me.
I couldn’t remember if I had fainted but when I opened my eyes, I was on our bed – the one in the flat – and the sunshine was warm on my face. I sat, ran my fingers through my hair and looked for Edward. He was standing next to me, his skin sparkling in the sun. I caressed his face. “How do you feel ?” he asked.
“Better, did I faint or something ?”
“A little yes, but mostly you were tired.” He smiled his crooked smile. I jumped in his arms and held him tight. That’s when I noticed the bandage on my arm.
“You see, it was worth it.” I told him, pointing my arm.
He sighed and shook his head. “Yes, it was. I must admit. Oh I brought you some ‘pains au chocolat’, they’re excellent.” I took one and began to eat it.
“Thank you, so what about the-” And then, it struck me. “Wait, what did you just say ?”
“They’re excellent,” and he laughed.
“You have to eat food now ? I don’t understand, I thought this spell was just going to desensitize you to me.”
“Not to you, to your blood,” he corrected.
I rolled my eyes. “Oh you know what I mean.” And he gave me a kiss.
“The spell Alice did is very new, she experienced it actually. We were her guinea pigs in a way. I need both, food and blood. But more blood than food of course.”
I nodded and sat on his knees, facing him.
“Well, everything is fine in the end. Alice’s going to try to find a way to make Jasper desensitize to human blood.”
“Do they resent me ? Esme...”
“No, Bella. How many times should I tell you ? This isn’t your fault. And Esme is very happy to have us, we’re like her children in a way.”
I tried not to cry but my guilt was too important. Edward wiped my tears. “Don’t cry, my love.” He held me in his arms.
“But they were so happy to be human again, you were so happy, this is unfair.” I was especially thinking of Rosalie, she wanted to be human. Even without babies.
“You’re right, this is unfair but certainly not your fault. Like I said, it’s because of the Volturi.”
“How could they know ?”
“They have powers too, but much more advanced. They saw what we did.”
I gasped. “Will they see what we’ve done today ?”
“No, we didn’t break any rules today.” He kissed my cheek. “So what about our plans ? Do you still want us to live here ?”
“Of course ! And actually, we could begin to buy some stuff like decoration, a new TV...”
He smiled and kissed me. “Anything you want.”
“Anything ?” I teased him.
“Er… It’s quite late Bella. Charlie’s going to be worried.” I looked up at the clock and he was right, it was 5.30 already. I pouted.
“Oh, yes, you’re right. Will you come tonight ?”
“Sure, as soon as you’re done with having dinner.”
I kissed him as he was holding me and led us to his car.
Before getting off the car, I kissed him again and said : “I love you.”
He caressed my cheek : “I love you too. You’d better go, Charlie will be here in 2 minutes.”
I nodded and came into my house. Charlie came home 2 minutes after indeed. The dinner was quite calm even though I was a little excited to think that Edward was coming then, or maybe he was already here actually.
“So how was your day at the Cullens ?” he asked.
“Mmm… It was good, we went for a walk into the woods, they showed me the house. It went very well.”
“Ok, well that’s good to have friends. Especially friends like the Cullens. They’re good kids.”
“Yes, they are.” Not exactly kids of course, I thought to myself.
“So what how’s it going with Edwin ?” he suddenly asked.
“What ?” Edwin certainly meant Edward…
“I heard you and Edwin Cullen were hanging out.”
“Dad, it’s Edward. And er… yes actually, we’re hanging out.”
“Is it the big one with the Jeep ?”
“No, Emmett is with Rosalie. Edward is the reddish-haired one.”
“Mmm, he looks like a good boy for you Bells.”
“He is.” I approved. Edward was so much more than good for me, he was made for me.
I took his plate and washed it. Charlie went to the living-room then, I hurried to dry the dishes and went upstairs. The lights was already on, Edward was on my bed, smiling.
“Edwin ?” he said, referring to Charlie.
I rolled my eyes and sat next to him. “Looks like he’s approving you at least.”
“Yes, that’s good because I’ll be around a lot.”
“You’d better be !” I said, laughing.
He lifted me and put me on his knees. “So, I think tomorrow, we could begin to buy some stuff for our apartment. After school I mean. What do you think ?”
“Mmm… Sounds good to me. I can’t wait to move actually. We’re going to be happy.”
“Aren’t you already happy ?” he teased me, caressing my cheeks.
“Of course I am. I love you.”
“I love you.” He replied.
“Forever ?” I knew I was taking the risk to get him mad.
He looked at me, his eyes less warm and sighed. “Bella…”
“What ? You’re the only one I want, always.” I had taken his face in my hands.
“I’ll always be here for you, all your life.”
“I don’t want this. I don’t want to get old with you staying 17 forever, Edward. I don’t want you to see me dying. I don’t want to die if you’re here with me.”
He looked down but said nothing. “Bella, your soul is too precious for me to destroy it.”
“Don’t you want me forever ?”
“It has nothing to do with my love for you, you know it.”
“So what ? What could possibly change ? I’ll be the same inside Edward, I know that I’ll still love you the same. Maybe even more.”
He shook his head in disbelief. I tried another thing. “Listen, do you imagine when I am 40 ?? What would people think ? A 40 year-old woman with a boy who looks like 17 ? It doesn’t make any sense Edward. And…”
“And what ?” He caressed my hair.
“What if you weren’t in love with me anymore when I get old ?” I was looking down. He lifted my chin with one finger.
“I’ll always be in love with you Bella. My feelings are like my body, they are locked the way they are now.”
“I want you to do it.” I insisted.
He just sighed, it wasn’t a no at least. “Edward ? We could be together for eternity.”
“So you want to be a vampire now ? What if I was still human now ?”
“I would have stayed human, there’s no way for me to live without you.”
“What do you mean ?” He asked, frowning.
“I mean that if it was me instead of you, I couldn’t bear existing without you afterwards. Could you live without me when I die ?”
“Of course not.”
“So what are you planning ?”
“I would kill myself then.”
“What ?? Perfect, if you don’t want to do it, I’ll ask someone else, you’re not the only vampire I know.” I was mad at him now. Mad because I wanted him, and only him to do it.
He stared at me to study my expression and I could see he was mad too. “Oh and who are you going to ask ?” He asked, sarcasm in his voice.
His eyes narrowed, he perfectly knew Carlisle would do it without any problem.
“When do you want to do this ?”
His question surprised me. Would he give in so easily ? “Mmm, I don’t know, for now I feel good as a human. But I won’t wait over 20.”
He shook his head but chuckled. “You’re one in a million.” He kissed me and laid me on the bed. “No no, bathroom time for now. You may not need to shower but I do.” I gave him a little kiss and went to the bathroom.
The shower relaxed me, I hurried to dry myself and stumbled several times. Fortunately, the bathroom was small enough for me to catch the furniture or the washbasin before I fall down. This time I hadn’t forgotten to look for new pajamas in my wardrobe, my Mom had certainly put this satin pink nightgown in my luggage and I haven’t even noticed. I smiled thinking about Edward’s reaction when he’d see me wearing this. I got out of the bathroom, closing the door slowly behind me and went downstairs to say good night to my Dad.
Then, I came into my room. I saw Edward’s eyes widened when he saw me. I chuckled. He cleared his throat.
“You’re very pretty,” he said, a little edge in his voice. Was it… shyness ?
I laid next to him and he wrapped his arms around me. “So… what do you think ?”
“The nightgown ?” He asked.
I rolled my eyes. “Of course.”
“Mmm… You should have worn this way before today.”
“You would have told me I was not helping you, I didn’t want to provoke you.” I replied calmly.
He smiled. “Well, that’s right. Thank you.”
“But now, it’s ok. I can seduce you,” I teased. I couldn’t even believe I was saying this.
He chuckled. “Sure.” And he kissed me passionately.