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Bella's Gift

Summary:
The summer after Breaking Dawn ends, Bella decides she wants to do something special for Edward. After Alice tells Bella that Edward's human birthday is approaching, they both decide on the perfect gift. Just a short, two chapter one-shot. Follows the original story line almost exactly, with only two minor changes (see authors note in chapter one!)


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1. Chapter 1

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It was June 19th, the night before Edward's birthday. He never mentioned his birthday while I was human and I had never thought anything of it, because he had told me that vampires didn't celebrate their birthdays. There was no need - they were no longer aging. However, when Edward and Alice had insisted on celebrating mine, even though I had clearly stopped aging three days prior when Edward injected his venom into me, I began thinking why not? I had asked Alice when Edward's birthday was, hoping to surprise him. As far as I could tell, it worked. If he had any idea, he wasn't showing it.

I purposefully tried not to talk about my plans much around the others, for fear they would think too much about it and spoil the surprise when Edward was around to listen to their thoughts. Over the last month or so, I wracked my brain to try and come up with a gift that I could give Edward that would tell him how very much I appreciated all that he had given me.

I knew that I was almost proficient at lifting my shield. I didn't tell anyone about that after Zafrina and the other vampires that came to our rescue earlier that year left, again fearing that Edward would somehow find out. I wasn't sure exactly if I wanted him knowing that I could lift my shield away from my mind. If he did, he would insist on me keeping it away almost all the time so that he could hear my thoughts. And I enjoyed having my thoughts to myself. But I knew it was what he wanted more than anything. And I couldn't think of anything better to give him, so I was considering it.

Half desperate to find something else to give Edward, I talked to Alice one day while Edward was spending some father-son time with Carlisle. I rarely got a chance to be away from Edward, so I jumped at the opportunity. Of course, she knew what I was going to ask.

"You already know Edward would love anything you give him, right?" she said.

"I know, but I want it to be something really special. Something that says how much I love him and appreciate all that he has given me over the last few years. Something that truly communicates how I feel about him."

"What about your blood?" she asked. My blood? I was a vampire now. I no longer had any blood. What was she talking about? Then it the memory came to me. Distant and fuzzy, I remembered the conversation that Alice and I shared in my bedroom one day, months before the wedding. Carlisle had drawn blood that very afternoon, hoping that the prick in my arm would heal before Edward came back from his hunting trip with his brothers. He still had the pint of blood stored somewhere for safe keeping.

"Oh!" I said suddenly. "Wow. I can't believe I actually forgot about that. Actually, Alice, that's a great idea!"

"I know," she said smugly.

Alice's eyes went glossy and I knew she was scanning the future to see how my gift would be received. "You should save a small vial of it in a separate location. It is, after all, our only supply. Edward is kind of attached to your blood, and he wont want to taste it if he thinks that's all there is."

I sat on the sofa in the cottage, waiting for Edward to finish playing his lullaby for Renesmee before she went to bed, thinking about that conversation with Alice, several weeks prior. She had obviously seen that I had been wavering on my other gift idea. I remembered how she merely smiled as the vision filled her mind, telling me that it would be a very good idea to give him both, and left it at that. I was still unsure, though. My mind was still the only thing that was 100% mine. And a small insecure part of me still wondered if Edward would still love me the same way if he knew what I was really thinking. Perhaps my mind wouldn't be as unique as he thought it was.

Edward returned to sit next to me on the sofa. I was pretending to watch the evening news while I was thinking these things over. "Anything good happening in the outside world, Bella?" he murmured when I didn't look at him right away.

"Mmm..." I shrugged. Honestly I had no idea; I hadn't been paying attention. Suddenly he scooped me up into his arms and carried me to the bedroom, leaving me breathless. It still amazed me when he did things like that. He set me on the bed and started kissing down my jaw line.

"Edwar..d," I said with a shaky voice. He made a noise that I suspected was supposed to be an answer to my calling, but his lips never left my skin. "I wanted to talk to you about plans I made..." I paused. "for tomorrow. Special plans." I put a small emphasis on the words tomorrow and special.

His lips stopped. He slowly pulled away from me and eyed me speculatively. "What sort of plans?" he asked carefully. I am sure he was well aware of when his human birthday was, and was wondering if I knew too. I suspected he would be as uncomfortable with a big birthday celebration as I would be...or still am.

"Sorry, Alice ratted you out." I said quickly. He moaned in defeat.

"And you thought you should get back at me for not ignoring your birthday by throwing some big celebration for mine?" He asked, incredulously.

I laughed. "Not exactly. I'm being merciful. I thought we could do something, just me and you."

He immediately relaxed. "I'd really like that Bella. What did you have in mind?"

"Well, our meadow would look beautiful this time of year, and that place has always been special to us." It was where our relationship began. "I have a couple things I want to give you when we get there. Don't worry, I didn't spend any money." I winked.

He chuckled and leaned into kiss me. When he pulled away, he murmured, "That sounds wonderful, Bella. I love you."