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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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20. Imprints

Rating 5/5   Word Count 2118   Review this Chapter

The days following the bonfire were interesting, to say the least.

Charlie hovered over everything, something he never did while I was in high school. Ever since Edward and I had told him we were engaged, he had made sure to know where I was, who I was with, and what time I would be home. It was irritating. He seemed to like Edward, they had bonded over many a sports game recently, but I think the idea that he was engaged to his daughter off set him a little bit.

Then, there was the hovering Alice. She never ceased to bombard me with wedding details, and I had to constantly remind her that the wedding wasn't for another three and a half years! I was able to spend some time with Esme, Edward's mother, and I had so much to fill her in on since I had been in Forks last. It was almost as if she were my second mother, nurturing as ever. I had lunch with Angela, and had even done some shopping with her, not realizing how much I had truly missed her.

Things with Edward, however, were not that perfect. Things were off between us, almost as if there was a wall separating us. After the night of the bonfire, he had been somewhat distant, always thinking of something else. I worried that he was over-thinking the Victor situation, and I prayed to god that he wasn't.

I knew in my heart that I would only ever want Edward, but why did he have to doubt that? And between Charlie's constant watch, and Alice's hovering, it made it nearly impossible to talk to him about it. So when Edward came and interrupted my conversation with Emmett about sea monkeys to ask if I had wanted to go out for a bit, I couldn't help but jump up in the air and head for the door.

"Love, why are you so excited?" He asked, walking with me out the door.

"Because we haven't had a chance to be alone, and I've missed you...us." I said, walking towards his car.

"I've missed us, too. This way, love." He said, walking toward the back of his house.

"Where are we going?"

"I have some place I want to show you," He said, throwing me one of his dazzling smiles. He threw me on his back and we were quickly rushing through trees and branches until suddenly we were in the center of a large meadow. I had never ran with Edward before, and it was definitely an experience. My muscles had gone into shock and he had to untangle my arms and legs from his body, then help me to sit on the floor to regain my balance.

"That.... Was.... A.... Rush," I panted, still catching my breath at what had just happened, "Is that you running or flying?"

"Running, silly Bella. Are you okay, are you hurt?" He asked, concern filling his voice.

"I'm fine, just disoriented," I said truthfully, "Edward, what is this place?" I asked.

"It's our meadow, Bella."

"Our Meadow?"

"Yes, It used to be where I came to think and reflect, and ever since I met you, I've wanted to bring you here. The beauty of the trees, the wildflowers, the stream.... It reminds me of you," he said, sitting down next to me.

"Wow...," I breathed, taking in what he just admitted. We slowly laid back onto the natural cushions beneath us, and I snuggled into him, my arm draped across his chest. "Why have you been so distant, Edward?"

"I've been thinking about what will happen once we return to Prague," he said.

"And what do you think is going to happen?"

"I think you'll finally see what everyone else does. That you and Victor belong to each other, and you'll leave me for him," He said, his voice breaking slightly.

"I will never leave you, Edward," I said firmly.

"Bella, I know what you dream. I can hear you speak his name at night. I know it's his hands you dream of at night. I know its his body inside you that makes you moan at night. Bella, you belong to him," He said.

"I belong to no one.... But my heart belongs to you," I said, "When we return, I'll go and listen to what Victor has to say like you asked me to. But Edward, I will return to you."

"We will see," He whispered, holding me close. We laid there silently for what felt like hours until he rose suddenly and helped me to my feet. "It seems that we have visitors at the house," he said, his jaw clenching.

"Who is it?" I asked.

"Axton and someone you know.... Jacob." And with that, we were off once again for his house. Once we got there, it was a little bit easier to regain my senses. We hand in hand walked up to the house and entered through the back door, making our way to the living room. We walked in, and saw the Cullens on one side of the room, and Axton and Jacob on the other.

"Jake? What are you doing here, and with Axton?" I asked, completely confused at the scene before me.

"Bella, what are you doing with leeches?" He asked right back.

"Marrying one," I said. I could see him slightly shake, my comment obviously upsetting him.

"We came to warn you, all of you," Axton said reluctantly, sending a glare towards Emmett.

"Warn us?" Carslise asked.

"Please sit...," Esme said, motioning to the sofa, Jake and Axton both reluctantly sat, as did some of the Cullens.

"Look, I don't like being here, and I really wouldn't have come had it not been for Bella," Axton said.

"Why for me?" I asked.

"Because he imprinted on you," Edward said through clenched teeth, a growl coming from his chest.

"You know as well as I do that I couldn't help it, leech," Axton shot back at him.

"You WHAT?!" I said.

"Imprinted. Basically, the universe decided to make you my world, and now I'm bound to you, in anyway you want. You want a brother, you got it. You want a friend, you got that too. You want a real lover, I can help with that," He said, lifting his eyebrow at Edward.

"I have a lover thank you. What happens if I don't accept?"

"Bella, it doesn't really work that way," Jake finally spoke up, "You obviously don't want him as more than a friend, which is usually the way that it works out, but to not be in your life could destroy him. Even just being your friend or body guard will complete him."

"But he's a werewolf, he hates everyone I love," I said.

"Unfortunately, I have to accept that now. Your unhappiness is now my own. When you were in Prague, and I was stuck here, I could sense suffering, and I had no idea why. I felt the pain you were in emotionally and it tore me up inside. I understand you're going to marry Edward, and I accept that. But can I just be your friend, your body guard, anything? Being away from you is torture," Axton pleaded.

"But, won't you give up your life and chances just to be my friend?" I asked.

"I'll lose my life if I'm not your friend. Anything you request, I have to do. I'm bound by it. If what you wanted was for me to find a wife and be happy, I could do that. If you wanted me to be celibate for the rest of my life I would do that too. As long as I'm still in your life, I would still be happy," He explained.

"Then I want you to find a girl that makes you happy Axton, some one not me. And we can be friends, as long as you stop trying to kill my family," I said sternly.

"Done. I promise not to kill them. Doesn't mean I have to like them though."

"No, it doesn't. But it does mean that you will try. What happened with your sister, it was an accident. Emmett didn't intentionally do it. Just like you had no power to control who you imprinted on, he had no control over the bloodlust. Just... try to get along." I asked.

"I'll try."

"We still don't know why you came to warn us." Jasper spoke up, always the warrior.

"Right before I left Prague, I snooped around and found out some crazy stuff about this guy named Victor Scarling." Axton began. "He figured out what I was and kicked me out of the country, severing all my ties to get back. What I found out before I left is insane. He thinks Bella is the reincated version of his girlfriend. And he NEVER AGES!! He's like immortal or something," Axton explained dramatically.

"Yes, we know already," Edward and Alice both said at the same time.

"You know? Which part?" Axton asked confused.

"All of it. And it's true, all of it," Edward said.

"Why would this be dangerous to Bella?" Esme asked.

"Because think of it.... You have a guy that has been alone for a few hundred years with a broken heart having time to wallow in his distress, then he meets Bella who is eerily similar to his dead fiancee. It's like the plot to the perfect If-I-can't-have-her-no-one-can story. You honestly don't believe he wouldn't go to extreme lengths to keep her?"

"I've talked to him. He may be immortal, but he's not crazy. He wants it to be Bella's choice on who she chooses. She is supposed to talk to him when we return to Prague to hear the whole truth. Then once all the facts are out in the open, she will make her decision." Edward explained.

"Why are you here, Jake?" I asked, tired of hearing about Victor.

"Axton came to me for help. He came to Forks because he knew you were from here and he picked up our scent and told us everything. Since he was all by himself, he's now a temporary resident in La Push. It's cool to know we're not the only shapeshifters out there. I want to apologize Bella, for the way I acted before you left. I should have never left you out. I'm sorry." He apologized.

"It's okay, Jake. I understand now. You didn't have a choice. But I hear from Charlie that you found yourself a girlfriend, what's her name?" I asked, things going back to the way they were when we were friends. I felt our friendship blossom again, despite the problems we had when we were a couple. He and I were always good at being friends.

"Actually, she's my imprint. And...um, that's kinda why Axton and I have become fairly close. It's his sister. Vanessa is her name. She came to visit him when he decided to stay, and.... Well, I imprinted."

"And he better not hurt her, I don;t think I could handle losing another sister." Axton said, shooting a glance at Emmett.

"Enough. You know what I want Axton, for you to spend 10 hours a week with Emmett bonding. I think you two might actually get along once you forgive him."

Axton and Emmett both looked at me with their jaws hanging open.

"Edward, you gotta control your woman there. She's crazy," Emmett said, still in disbelief.

"I think she has a point, actually," Alice said.

"As you wish," Axton mumbled.

"I do wish," I said, smiling at him. I mouthed a small thank you, and he just nodded, blushing.

We continued the rest of the night, Jake and I catching up, which was hard for him I could see because he still wasn't comfortable around Vampires, and him telling me about Vanessa.

Axton starting his 10 hours by playing Xbox with Emmett.

Alice and Rosalie flipping through Bridal magazines, trying to figure out their bridesmaid outfits.

Edward and Jasper making arrangements to return to Prague tomorrow, and Carlisle and Esme sitting on the sofa, watching it all.

It was truly an odd and unlikely night. Seeing the civility between Jake and Axton and the Cullens, I began to believe that everything was possible. Maybe it would even be possible to ignore the feelings I have for Victor and return back to this.

This was my future, not an estate with Victor Scarling. At least that was what I kept telling myself. The memories were only coming more frequently and more vividly. But the only memories I wanted in my head were these, being here with my family and friends....