The events during that summer between Twilight and New Moon... basically a Jacob-free version of Bella and Edward romance, and the problems that ensue without the help of werewolves, vendetta-ridden vampires, or the Volturi. No danger or action, for the most part, just their relationship.
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1. Chapter 1
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"Edward, help me!" I gasped breathlessly into the forest clearing. The beautiful flowered landscape nestled between the aging forests had become a sanctuary to me over the past months. Whenever I needed to clear my head or simply spend time with Edward, we escaped to the clearing and inhaled the beautiful, clean air. Well, I inhaled, anyway. He, as usual, simply breathed out of habit, not necessity. But now, this clearing was anything but my sanctuary.
"Edward! Please!" I managed one more time, hoping he would finally turn and acknowledge me. He paused momentarily and gently raised a hand with his back turned to me, as if to say "not now". Calmly, at human pace, he placed one leg in front of the other, trying his best to ignore my pleas. What seemed like ages, but what took not nearly enough time, he was gone. I strained my eyes to see into the dense trees at the edge of the clearing.
No. Edward... I clung desperately to the hope that he would run back to my side and ease the growing pain that was throbbing in my chest, my gut, and my lungs. I wiped my eyes frantically, praying that I was simply in a terrible nightmare, but the ache wouldn't stop. He'll come back. Any minute, he'll come back and help me; he'll ease the pain. The pain was killing me. He'll come back. But I knew, unequivocally, that I was alone.
~The Night Before~
"Bella, you looked absolutely gorgeous at prom, if I do say so myself," bragged Alice, helping me out of the expensive designer dress she had forced on me earlier this afternoon. It was now half past midnight, and I knew I had to get home quickly before Charlie got upset.
"Thanks, Alice." I rolled my eyes, willing the words that were about to come to go back down my throat. "It was... fun." I sighed. "Not nearly as bad as I expected..."
"Well, of course it was fun! Most humans actually enjoy dances and parties. Heck, I haven't been human for fifty years and I still enjoy them." She chuckled.
"Yes, Alice, I'm aware. Let's all laugh at the awkward, unusual human. Besides, you are ridiculously graceful, so of course you enjoy showcasing your talents." She flashed a kind smile, and I laughed in return. We sat in silence for a length of time, contemplating the events of this evening. In all honesty, I couldn't be remotely upset about anything today. In fact, if I was being completely honest, today was ranked among one of the best days of my life. Sure, I hated dances and dressing up, but tonight it was all for Edward. Tonight, Edward and I danced until midnight (despite my cast-enclosed leg) and walked beneath the stars talking about our future. I recalled suddenly part of our conversation.
"Alice... when Edward and I went outside..."
"Oh, Bella... save me the details please!" she cringed, expecting to hear romantic fluff about her brother. I laughed.
"No, no. Alice, please." She rolled her eyes and smirked playfully. "I asked him about changing me, and... well... he lowered his head to my neck and asked if I was sure." She gasped. "He acted like he was going to, but then stopped. I think... I think he thought he would scare me out of it, but if anything I feel... excited. I want to change. I want to change for him, for you.... I just...I don't understand. Why won't he do it?" I stared at her expectantly, and she stared at me right back, as if willing me to understand.
"Bella, you know better than anyone else how stubborn Edward can be." She worked at my hair now, loosening the pins and letting it flow freely. "He's afraid, Bella. He doesn't want you to become what he considers a monster." She brushed my hair stiffly, and I could tell she was leaving something out. I contemplated her words. Sure, that was a genuine worry, but I knew what becoming a vampire involved. I knew the consequences, and I didn't care. It was worth it. It was worth it a hundred times over if it meant I could be with him forever. I tried again.
"Isn't it my decision?" I asked, pulling on my jean shorts from this morning and a t-shirt. "I mean... I know a part of him wants it. I know he loves me and part of him enjoys the thought of spending forever with me, like you and Jasper, but in the end don't I get to decide what happens with my life?"
She sighed. "Bell-", she began. She was cut off by Edward barging into the room. He hadn't changed from his tuxedo and I was struck again by how strange it was that this gorgeous boy, this Adonis, was my boyfriend. He looked breathtaking in anything, but the combination of his supernatural good-looks and the classic tuxedo rendered me speechless.
"Alright, ladies, time to go. Bella, I have to get you home, it's almost 1:00". I ripped my gaze away from his perfectly disheveled bronze hair and glanced at the clock. Sure enough, I had five minutes to get across town and through my front door. I gasped, but Edward grabbed my hand in one swift movement and gently led me towards the door.
"Thanks, Alice," I managed before I was whisked out the door and down the stairs. We made our way to the driveway and Edward, ever the gentleman, opened the passenger door to his Volvo and helped me in. Before I could blink he was in the drivers' seat and starting the car. Vampire speed always left me a little baffled. I chanced a look at the clock - 12:56 am.
"Crap! Charlie is--," I began.
"Going to be pleasantly surprised," he interrupted. "Don't worry, you're with me." He grabbed my hand and looked into my eyes, the dazzling topaz clearing all worries from my head. Smooth, I managed clear my head enough to think, distracting me from the fact that he's driving over 100 mph. I sighed, unable to remove my eyes from his gaze. No one should have that much power over another person just by looking at them.
"Did you have fun tonight?" I saw his perfect lips move to form the question. A second later, I realized what he asked.
"Oh! Oh...yes. Yes, I had a great time. Thank you." He smiled the perfect sideways smile that he knew I loved.
"I'm glad. You looked gorgeous tonight." I blushed unexpectedly. I could tell by his voice that he meant it wholeheartedly. The idea that any body looked worthy of decent in his presence was ridiculous. "We're here." I started, stunned. We were in my driveway, the porch light still on, and it was 12:59. I looked back at him, grateful. He simply leaned forward and gently pressed his lips against my forehead. Then, he whisked out of the car and before I knew it he was at my door, leaning down to help me and my broken leg out of the car. He half-carried me to the door and knocked twice.
"I love you," he managed to whisper before the door opened unexpectedly quickly and Charlie stepped onto the porch.