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Your Future Awaits

Summary:
bannerThank you to the wonderful Oh, Mike how will I go on for this Perfect Banner!!! Go read her stories! Bella feels a strong pull towards the Czech Republic, always dreaming of a strange man on the Charles bridge that she can never reach. So when she graduates high school and gets a mysterious letter stating that her tuition to go to university in Prague has been taken care of, she follows fate towards her destiny. But once there, will she finally unravel her mysterious dreams and the stranger within, or the danger lurking beneath them? AU and yes this is a BxE, but with a few twists along the way... Rated Adult for Lemon's in the end.


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15. Leave

Rating 5/5   Word Count 2026   Review this Chapter

"Excuse me, may I cut in?" I heard a velvety voice say. Oh God.

"Edward! What are you doing here?" I asked, surprised to see him here. I had thought he was going hunting with his brothers, something he shouldn’t neglect.

"Oh, Alice called me. Said you were having second thoughts about coming alone so I dropped what I was doing and came to my girlfriend’s rescue," he said with a swoon worthy crooked smile. "I’m sorry, I don’t believe we’ve met?" he said formally to Victor.

"Victor Scarling, Bella’s benefactor. You must be Edwin?" Victor said. I couldn’t help but wonder if he kept calling Edward Edwin on purpose.

"Edward. Edward Cullen." Edward said a bit tersely.

"Lovely to meet you. I shall leave you and Isabella then. Isabella… I look forward to seeing you again." Victor said as he tenderly kissing the back of my hand and walked away.

"You too…" I trailed off. I tried to ignore the feeling of loss when he walked away. Then I tuned to Edward as he resumed Victors place of leading the dance. "What’s wrong? What is the real reason you’re here?" I worried.

"Can’t I dance with you and there not be something wrong?" he said defensively.

"Edward, I’m not stupid. Tell me." I said irritated. I knew him well enough to know that something was up.

"Alice called. She saw your future disappear Bella, and it wasn’t due to Axton, seeing as he’s in the states for the next 2 weeks. She was scared something was going to happen so she called me to come since I can read what everyone is thinking. That way I can make sure you were safe. But now that I’m here I’m even more worried." He said seriously, his jaw flexing.

"Why?" I asked slightly frightened.

"Remember when I told you that I could anyone’s read mind, aside from yours?"

"Yes."

"Well now you’re not the only one," He said, "Your benefactor, Victor Scarling, is the other exception."

"What does that mean?" I asked, wondering how Victor could also be silent to Edward.

"I don’t know, and it scares me Bella. Alice and I couldn’t find anything on him when we looked him up earlier this week, absolutely nothing. Its like he’s a ghost, there’s no record of him anywhere. No birth date, no biography, we couldn’t even trace his accounts. I’ve never seen anyone hide their history this well before, aside from us. And now I can’t even read his mind? I don’t trust him Bella; I want you to stay away from him." Edward told me. The thought of staying away caused a ripple of emotions to flow through me. It was like hearing a family member had died.

"But Edward, if he really wanted to hurt me, he had the chance to do it already…" I tried to reason, almost frantic in my mind. "And he’s my benefactor; I have to keep in contact with him. What do you expect me to do, turn down his scholarship just so that I can stay away?"

"Yes."

"Are you crazy? I can’t do that!"

"I’ve thought about this Bella. You can do that and I could pay for your tuition. You could still go to university here with out having to deal with him." Edward seemed hopeful.

"Edward, I understand that you’re worried, but I honestly don’t think that you have anything to worry about. I don’t believe Victor would hurt me and I also don’t believe he is behind some sinister plan against me. Are you jealous; is that what this is about? I know you heard the last part of what he told me, but I promise you that right before you showed up we were talking about you and our relationship. You have nothing to worry about!" I explained. We had stopped dancing already and he led me to a private balcony overlooking the city.

"I have everything to worry about Bella! He has a heartbeat, he’s alive! He can give you everything I cannot. And by the way he was speaking, he obviously feels something," Edward said to me brokenly.

"But he can’t give me you… that’s all that I want. I don’t want him. He’s nice and charming, but he’s not you!" I whispered.

"I don’t deserve you Bella, you deserve far more than I can offer you! He pleaded.

"We’ve been through this argument before, stop telling me what I do and don’t deserve! I think I would know." I argued. "Edward, YOU are my life, my soul, my love. I would die if I didn’t have you." I said.

"I feel the same way Bella. I don’t know what I would do if you ever left. I’m just afraid that you’ll realize what you can have with out me in your life and decide you want it instead. I’m frightened that someday you’ll regret you chose me because of all the things I hindered you from having." Edward whispered. "I’m terrified you’ll leave me for someone as charming as Scarling because he can offer you a love with a heartbeat."

I had never seen Edward this vulnerable before and it tore my heart up inside. Watching him even consider the fact that I could leave him broke him to pieces right before me and nothing I could say was helping. He had this idea stuck in his head that I would leave him, that I would despise him for holding me back. This was an argument that I couldn’t deal with tonight, no matter how serious it was. My brain was fried, my feet were aching, and all I wanted to do was cry. My heart was tearing to pieces inside, one part of it begging for Edward to believe that I loved him and that my love would never falter, the other part aching for Victor, and I couldn’t understand it. When Edward asked me to stay away from Victor, I felt as if the world was falling around me. I didn’t understand the feelings going through me; it was as if someone were dying. I don’t want to give him up, despite the fact that I had just met him, and that was crazy! I felt as if I had known him my entire life, I felt as familiar with him as someone would their best friend. We had easily gotten along, and it was so easy to like him. The feelings I had towards him were not that of romance, I was certain, and they didn’t come near as close as those I had for Edward, but I couldn’t walk away from him. I know I had hurt Edward when I had argued about my association with Victor in the future, but I just couldn’t think about walking away from this night and never seeing him again. So with all this new knowledge and the stress of the day already, I did the only thing my over fried brain could think of… I asked Edward to leave.

"Edward… I can’t deal with this right now. I love you and I don’t know how else I can tell you to make you believe me. I’m in the middle of a banquet for school, and I still need to go back in there and pretend like everything’s okay. Thank you for coming and making sure I was okay, but I want you to go hunting with your brothers. You know you shouldn’t neglect your thirst. Just give me a day to cool off okay? Promise me you wont spy on my and hide out around the corner, just have Alice keep an eye out. Promise me." I asked.

"But Bella, it’s dangerous-" he began.

"I was safe before you, and nothing has changed," I said seriously.

"I promise." He said, hanging his head. He turned to leave, but I caught his arm, not wanting things to end the way they had.

"Wait…" I said as I pulled him to me and kissed his lips. His stone cold hard lips molded perfectly to my soft warm ones, it was like 2 perfect pieces to a puzzle. I grabbed a fistful of his hair and pulled him to me, expecting him to pull back, but he surprised me by gripping my hips and pulling me closer as he opened his mouth, begging for entrance with his tongue. I obliged, because who was I to deny him, and I felt the cool sensation of his tongue explore my mouth, reminding me of the cool feeling peppermint gives. I pulled back slightly, gasping for air and I kissed his neck as I raised myself on my tippy toes to whisper in his ear, "I love you Edward, but just give me one day please?" and I kissed him chastely one last time on the lips before I walked back inside, afraid that if I stayed any longer my hormones would have taken over and I would have lost my virginity right there on that balcony.

I made my way to my table feeling slightly dazed, realizing everyone was taking their seat as well.

"Are you okay?" Victor asked. "I hope I didn’t cause any problems."

"Everything’s fine." I reassured, hoping my lie was not caught. "What’s going on?"

"Oh, there is just a small speech to be given by the dean and then its over." He explained.

"Ohhh…"

30 minutes later, after the most boring speech I ever had to endure, I was being escorted outside to my car and driver. But as Victor and I stood waiting for at least 15 minutes, we realized he wasn’t coming.

"It seems as if your driver is not coming. May I give you a ride to your apartment?" he asked. "I would feel very uncomfortable if I allowed you to take a taxi or subway." He said.

"Um… well okay." I agreed. I couldn’t help but feel guilty after Edward had asked me to stay away from him.

"So where did your boyfriend run off to so quickly? I couldn’t help but notice he left right before the final speech." He asked as we sat in his car on our way to my apartment.

"He had to go out of town with his brothers, he just wanted to say goodbye before he left." I lied.

"He didn’t seem to like me very much." He pointed out.

"Well you did call him Edwin, after you knew his name was Edward." I confronted him. He smiled sheepishly.

"I won’t lie to you Isabella, I will never lie to you, and so I will admit that I may have done it to undermine him. And I will also tell you, I like you, more than I have allowed myself to admit. If I’m being honest, I’ve admired you since the first day I saw your application and the passionate plea to come to Prague. But I respect your relationship with Edward and I will not rival it. However, if I feel like I may possibly have a shot, I will take it. I would rather live knowing that I tried than never tried at all." He said taking my hand. I pulled it back, feeling awkward at what he just said. The car stopped and we pulled up to my apartment. He got out and opened my door for me, and walked me up to my front door.

"I apologize for being so frank in the car Isabella; please do not hold it against me. I meant what I said about not getting in the way of your relationship." he reassured.

"It’s just a lot to take in, it’s been along night. I love Edward, so please don’t try and aim for my heart." I said.

"If your heart is truly rooted with Edward, than why ask me not to try? Are you afraid that you may possibly change your mind?" he asked raising an eyebrow at me.

"I am afraid that I will hurt someone that doesn’t deserve to hurt. Goodnight Victor." I said closing my door.

"Good night, my Isabella." I thought I heard him whisper.