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Too Far

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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5. Chapter 5

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Effortlessly he led me through the hospital corridors until we reached Carlisle's office. Edward worked his charm on the receptionist and she went to fetch Dr. Cullen while we sat in the waiting room. His arm draped around my shoulder and I couldn't help but notice the few young, gorgeous nurses that eyed me with disdain and awe as they noticed Edward. This happened often, probably because word was spreading that the hot young Cullen was here to see his father and every woman in the building was dying to catch a glimpse of him. Every time somebody glanced in the direction of the male model with his arm around the crippled girl, Edward just hugged tighter around my shoulders and would place a tender kiss in my hair.

"They are so jealous, it's almost painful to listen," Edward breathed in my ear. Chills went down my spine at his voice but I managed a retort.

"I think they're just wondering why someone like you is with someone like me," I offered.

He chuckled lightly and shook his head, not the reaction I was expecting.

"No... I'm pretty sure it's jealousy, and I would know. You really have no idea how beautiful you are, do you?" He said this while lifting my face up to meet his eyes with one finger and for ten glorious seconds it was as if only Edward and I were in the room, completely oblivious to the world around us.

"Miss Bella Swan, are you ready?" I jumped out of my reverie in Edward's eyes and looked up to another startlingly handsome face. Carlisle stood with his doctor's coat on, clipboard in hand, eyeing us with a sparkle of humor and happiness. "Good morning, son," he addressed Edward. We all rose as a team and headed towards his office, Edward's fingers securely entwined between my own. The door shut behind us and I turned to Carlisle.

"Thank you so much for doing this. I know today was one of your off days because of the weather and all."

"Please, Bella, it was no problem. You were my only real business here today and it's my pleasure to remove this cast." He gestured to the plastic bed and I hopped up, eager to be free of my restraint. Edward stood by my side as Carlisle began the slow process of cutting off the cast with a tray of tools that I hadn't seen before. As he worked, he gave me the usual suggestions and warnings that doctors give after the removal of a cast. Before I knew it, he was finished. In fact, he probably had used his vampire super speed to get it off quickly. He then nodded towards Edward, no doubt telling him to make sure I followed the doctor's orders.

"Well, that's all. I finished earlier than I should have in normal situations, so I'm going to go back and finish some paper work. You two should probably wait twenty more minutes to leave to ensure nothing looks suspicious."

"Thanks, Carlisle, so much," I stretched my leg and flexed it, relishing in my new-found freedom. Then I flopped back on the plastic bed with a loud sigh and closed my eyes.

"You two have fun today," I heard Carlisle say slyly as he shut the door and left me and Edward alone. I felt Edward climb onto the plastic bed with me and curl an arm under my head so I would have a neck rest. I smiled and opened my eyes and turned to see him staring at the ceiling with a worried expression on his face.

"Edward, what's wrong?" I wondered aloud, concern etched in my brow.

He sighed quiet and long, and then shut his eyes and spoke.

"I know I scold you and beg you to be careful but, as odd as it may sound, I really love being there for you... like a true gentleman-a knight in shining armor, if you will. It's how I was raised, Bella."

I stared at his face in confusion. What was he getting at? I decided to press him on.

"I like it, too, most days," I smiled a little, hoping to encourage him.

"The thing is," he began, with uncharacteristic caution, "if I change you... I won't have that anymore. You'll be agile and quick and strong. You'll be dangerous for others, but not necessarily yourself." He paused again, and I began to understand where he was headed. "What I'm trying to say is, I think I'm going to miss being able to protect you. You getting your cast off made me realize that...you won't need me anymore..." He breathed quietly and then looked over into my face. I couldn't help but throw my arms around him and bury my head in his chest.

"Edward, you'll always be my knight in shining armor, and don't you ever forget it. Even if I lost all my clumsiness I would still need you, like the air I breathe or the blood in my veins. I'm nothing without you." I decided to ignore the fact that once I was a vampire I would no longer need air or blood-at least not in my veins...

He nuzzled his head in my hair and whispered, "I love you."

I whispered, "I love you, too," into his ruffled black shirt and I rubbed my hand along his arm. It seemed like we never said those three special words enough, even though we probably said them more than any other couple I had heard before. We exchanged a simple, sweet kiss and then lay together silently side by side in the doctor's office until our twenty minutes was up.

I mentally planned my attack as we walked back through the hospital, again with every eye on us. I figured that the quicker we stopped by the Cullen's home and did whatever it was Edward needed to do, the quicker we could get to the clearing and I could finally convince Edward that he should change me. If I was lucky, he might do it today. I squirmed in anticipation as he shut the car door to his Volvo and we headed out of the parking garage and back into town.