[banner removed by admin - please keep banners within 300px by 150px] I found a secret hiding in the Alaskan wilderness while on summer vacation. Now I need to keep that secret safe and protected. But what affect will it have on me? What will happen if its exposed? What will I sacrifice to keep it safe? AU,REG PAIRS
3. Chapter 3
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I woke up this morning full of anticipation to see Edward again. However, quickly felt a crushing feeling envelope my chest, he was not here. I could not smell him. Where did he go? Did I bore him so easily? I did not even bother hiding the look on my face, why bother no one was here to see it anyway. After slumping into the chair in the kitchen, I found I could not even eat. I do not know why it surprised me that he was not here, no one wanted me around. Why should he be any different?
"Bella?" His sweet voice caught me guard.
"Bella are you ok?" I wanted to say 'I am now' but I am a coward.
"Yeah, I'm fine sorry," I think my voice cracked. Eek!
"You just looked so far away," Yeah, like another galaxy.
"No, I am good. Just lost in thought, that's all."
"I hope you don't mind, I ran to the store for some fresh food, all you have is that prefab'd crap." Really? Why would he be so nice to me?
"You didn't have to do that. I don't mind eating the easy stuff my dad grabs me."
"No, I did it because I wanted to." Hunh?
"Okay, well thank you."
I could see he was looking for a way to cook it without a stove. However, that was not a problem; I had a tripod for the fireplace for when those rare moments struck that I did feel like cooking. He watched me as I set it up and started the fire again. It was as if he never saw anyone cook over an open fire before. Then again, he probably hasn't, after all his world has electricity, running water, stoves, microwaves and endless amounts of crap that people seem to think they can't live without. Nevertheless, here, I had just what I needed. After breakfast, I changed and started for the door.
"Big plans today?" He asked.
"No, just some gardening, would you like to come?"
We walked for a while just talking and getting to know each other better. It was strange that after one day with him, I knew I could not go back to being alone. Just the thought that he would be leaving made me shudder. He was a little surprised when just before the river we entered another clearing. That is where I have my garden. I think the size surprised him but I never said it was small. He seemed to find it amusing as I tended to the plants while he lugged water from the river. It normally took me a lot longer, but with a second set of hands, it went really fast.
As I watched her finish the gardening, I looked back at our day. I left early to shop for breakfast for Bella, but she was up when I got back. She looked sad for some reason, but she was not willing to share why.
"Bella are you ok?" Please say something.
"Yeah, I'm fine sorry." Her voice cracked.
"You just looked so far away," so distant.
"No I am good. Just lost in thought, that's all."
It really had me worried. What if she was that way because I came back? I think that would cause my heart to break. I concluded early this morning, that I definitely had some serious feelings for Bella. However, what are her feelings for me? I decided to see if Bella had any feelings about me, slowly of course. I waited until we were walking back talking before I brushed my hand against hers. She did not flinch away so that is a good sign. After a few more brushes, I decided to be bold and on the next brush I slipped my hand into hers while watching for her reaction. All she did was look up at me with those beautiful brown eyes and shyly smiled at me. I could not help but smile back. She could not know that inside I was soaring.
I found myself again worrying about her eating. When she took a can of pasta out for dinner and I cringed. I know human food tastes like dirt to vampires, but that stuff cannot taste good to anybody. I think the best part of my day was actually that night when Bella and I just laid on a blanket in the clearing watching the northern lights dance across the sky. I know we have both seen them before, but it was different watching them together. And like last night, I carried her to bed when she fell asleep on the blanket. Watching from my perch on the couch, I hoped she would talk in her sleep again and I was not disappointed.
"Carlisle run with me, will you?" Out of earshot would be preferable.
"What can I help you with?" I wish I did not have to tell him this.
"It's Edward; he's not coming back for the rest of the summer. The hooligans jumped him
again and he left running. He found me in the clearing this afternoon with Bella."
"Oh, I see, I wish the others would just leave him alone for Pete's sake. What did you tell him?"
"The truth, he asked if he could hide out there for a while. I told him he could stay as long as Bella was comfortable with it. Carlisle do you think it was right for me to leave Edward with my most prized possession?"
"Eleazar, Edward would never hurt her. You know him well enough to know he would protect her if necessary. Who knows it might be good for both of them."
"But…that's not what I meant; they've both been alone their whole existence. What if they mate? Would I lose her? Would she have to bear mate splitting if he leaves? So many things can go wrong," None of which I wanted to witness.
"I think time will answer all those questions. I will admit just the thought that Edward might find someone to love, would please me to no end. In addition, if it is Bella then he would be very lucky and her as well. If I know Edward, when and if he finds his mate, he will take very good care of her."
"I do have to say in spite of the fact that I'm very protective of Bella, she has been alone far too long and I would like to see her find someone with whom she could spend her existence. Honestly, if it turns out they do bond, I think Edward would be an excellent mate. You won't say anything to the others, will you?"
"No my friend that is your secret to reveal, and yours alone. What did Carmen have to say about it?"
"She was optimistic that Bella could at least come out of this with a friend, if not more.
She really worries about Bella, but Bella for some reason will not come here anymore. Carmen looks at Bella like a daughter and she is worried Bella does not feel the same way. What will you tell them about where Edward is?"
"I'll simply tell them the truth, 'Edward ran off because of the way they treated him and he'll be back before we leave,' hopefully they won't go in search of him. I know Alice and Esme will miss him the most. I do not understand why they cannot leave the boy alone. He will fall in love in his own time with a mate that suits him. But no, they have to push him; if it keeps up they may push away permanently and that scares me more than anything does. Maybe tomorrow we should take a run out there so I can do my yearly visit with Bella?"
"I think that's a splendid idea, let's get an early start, we'll say were going hunting."
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