Bella gets mono. Edward blames himself and feels guilty for hurting Bella again. Bella still is paranoid that Edward will leave her and starts to have convincing dreams that he will leave while she is recovering.
i wrote this a long time ago, just for myself. review and tell me if you like it and i'll keep posting. its 8 chapters now but i might tweek the end a tad. Set after Edward comes back at the end of new moon.
4. Chapter 4
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I was woken up by my stiff body, needing to move around a little. I rolled over, without opening my eyes and realized I had no idea where I was. My eyes shot open and my view made me even more confused. I was in a bed, one with rails. How did I get here? I blinked, confused and I heard his voice.
“Good morning, sleepy.” His voice came from behind me and I rolled back over into the position I started in. Edward’s beautiful face was looking down at mine, happy but worried all the same. Looking down, I saw that my hand, complete with IV, was still held tightly in his.
I looked up at where I was, clearly in the hospital. Why was I here? Edward had said he was taking me to… “Carlisle,” I said under my breath, putting my free hand on my head. Of course he would take me to the hospital, what was I expecting?
After a moment of silence, Edward seemed to know the direction of my thoughts. “What was I supposed to do Bella? You collapsed…twice. And you had a temperature of 103. I’m sorry but I had to bring you here.”
“I know, it’s okay. I know you mean well,” I said in a quiet voice, my hand still on my head.
Again, we were quiet for a minute until he asked, “Bella? Are you alright? Does your head still hurt?” I shook my head no and took my hand off my face, looking at him instead. His words came flooding back to me. He had said good morning. It was lunch time last time I knew. How long had I been sleeping?
“What time is it?” I asked him, confused.
“About 7:30. Charlie was here all night; he just left a little while ago to get ready for work. He said to call him if you can later this afternoon,” he answered me quickly, glad that I wasn’t in pain or angry with him.
“Afternoon? I have to stay here all day?” I asked, dreading his answer.
He laughed softly but answered, “No, probably not. Hopefully you will be out of here by then. Carlisle will be up soon to check on you. He’ll probably want you to eat some breakfast and maybe take a nap before you can leave though. Just to make sure everything’s okay,” he said, carefully avoiding saying what I wanted to know.
“Are you going to tell me what’s wrong with me?” His expression looked guilty for a minute and then he gave me a little smile. That worried me.
“You have mono, love.” He said it and watched my reaction. I was careful to not let my face show any emotion. It could be worse. People got mono all the time. What was worrying me was the look on Edward’s face. He looked like he would be crying from guilt if he could.
I rolled my eyes while I said, “And I’m assuming you have found some way to blame yourself for this.”
“Only because it’s my fault, Bella. I’m the one in your room all night…distracting you from getting your sleep. Sleep that you obviously need,” he said quickly.
He was going to continue but I stopped him, “Edward, stop it. This is not your fault. You didn’t stop me from sleeping. If I wanted to sleep, I would. I want to be with you more,” I tried to explain. It was probably true that I stayed up too late with Edward but I wasn’t about to waste time I could be spending with him with something like sleep.
“I’m not going to argue with you about this. Even if you don’t blame me, I do and I will make it up to you. From now on, you’re getting 8 hours of sleep. Every night. I will make sure of that,” he said with finality. It seemed a little unrealistic to me and if he thought we were done with this conversation he was mistaken. I would drop it for now but I wouldn’t forget.
I glared at him for a minute but his face was so guilty I couldn’t stay mad at him. I took my hand; the one he had been holding all night and pulled it to my face. I kissed the back of his hand and breathed in his sweet smell. It made my head swirl pleasantly.
“Thanks for staying with me,” I said with a smile, trying to lighten the mood.
“I’ll always stay with you, love,” was his answer.
“I know you will,” I assured him.
Just then, my door opened and I took my eyes away from Edward. Carlisle came into the room and smiled down at me.
“I see you’re finally awake, how are you feeling? Edward told me you had a headache. Does it still hurt?” Carlisle asked with concern in his voice, clearly in doctor mode.
“I’m fine. Edward was overreacting. I feel normal, just tired,” I desperately tried to convince him. I wanted to go home and I knew Carlisle would want to keep me here almost as bad as Edward.
Carlisle nodded and continued, “Well you’re going to be tired for a while. I assume Edward has told you that you have mono,” I nodded and he continued, “You’re going to need lots of sleep and we’ll get you your meds that you will have to take for a while. You’re also going to be out of school for a little while, at least two weeks.” He paused for a minute and looked at Edward. Edward nodded and I recognized it as one of there silent conversations, Carlisle asked Edward something that he wasn’t sure he would want me to know. Carlisle continued so I assumed that meant Edward didn’t want to keep it from me. “We already talked to Charlie and got it all worked out. You don’t have to so don’t feel pressured, but you really shouldn’t be alone for a few days while you sleep and Charlie has to go to work so, if you’d like, Charlie said you can stay at our house for a while. You could also still stay at your house and someone would stay with you there if you want.”
“No, your house is good,” I said quickly. Edward chuckled but I didn’t care. At least something good was coming from this.
“Alright well, I want you to eat some breakfast and get a little more rest before you leave. I’ll come back later to check on you and then you can leave,” he told me, just like Edward said.
“Can you take the needles out?” I asked. I hated needles and the IV was making me a little queasy.
He laughed and told me, “I need them to stay in for a little while, Bella. Your fluids were a little off when you came in. I’ll take them out when I come back, I promise.” He headed for the door and I thanked him, a little disappointed all the same.
Once the door had closed, I looked up at Edward who was smiling at me. I got the feeling from his look that he knew something I didn’t. “What?” I asked him, curious now.
He didn’t answer me but leaned down and pressed his lips to mine, gently. “I assume you know how mono is spread…” he suggested as he kissed me again. I knew mono was called the kissing disease but I didn’t know how that affected him. He was a vampire and couldn’t get sick like humans could.
“Yes…but I don’t see how that has…anything to do with you,” I said between his kisses.
He pulled back and inch or two to explain. “Well since people at school are going to know that you have mono and since we haven’t really kept this,” he closed the gap between us and kissed me again, “a secret, I can’t really just show up to school tomorrow…”
I gasped, excited now, “You get to stay with me!”
“Exactly,” he smiled against my lips. This sick thing really wasn’t too bad after all. And it kept getting better.
He stopped kissing me right before a nurse came in to bring me breakfast. I tried to sit up weakly but I was so tired I didn’t make it far without Edward. He pulled me up into a sitting position. When I swayed dizzily, he surprised me by suddenly appearing behind me on the bed and supporting me by letting me lean up against his chest and wrapping his arms around my waist. I ate my breakfast and when I was done, Edward shifted me into a more comfortable position and I drifted off to sleep in his arms, somehow, still exhausted.