I am a huge Twilight fan but didn't really care for Breaking Dawn. This story begins where Eclipse leaves off, with Edward and Bella still together as vampire and human. This story is both romantic and suspenseful, full of twists and even a new vampire clan threatening the Cullen's way of life. What would happen if Bella hadn't become a vampire yet? There's only one way to find out!
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Charlie was sitting on the couch with the remote control in hand when I went in. I was surprised to not see Billy there.
“Dad, where’s Billy?”
“Oh, Jacob came and got him about 30 minutes ago. Don’t worry; I was only alone a half hour. I swear I didn’t leave the house, Mom. So tell me about your day? How did it go?”
“Uh, it was good.” I proceeded to tell him about my classes and the campus. I left out the scary vampire stuff.
“So Dad, are you ready for some dinner?” I had to think of a way to get him off of that couch.
“By dinner do you mean more rabbit food?”
“I thought I would make some roasted chicken with potatoes and carrots tonight.”
“Sounds good. You know Bells; you don’t have to wait on me hand and foot. I’m sure you have some studying to do.”
“No, not really. Today was basically just an introduction to our professors and classes.”
“Well, why don’t you spend some time with Edward? I don’t want you to think you have to be here for me all of time.”
“Dad, if I didn’t know better I’d think you are trying to get rid of me,” I said suspiciously.
“Don’t be silly. I just feel bad that you’re spending almost every minute of your time doting over me. You’re young; you should be out with your friends.”
“I’m right where I want to be, Dad. Really.” I knew he meant it but couldn’t help thinking he wanted me gone for some reason.
When the chicken was done I called Charlie to the kitchen.
“Yum, it smells great. You really are quite a cook, Bells. I don’t know where you got it from. I can barely open a can of soup and your mom, well, you’ve tasted her food.”
Charlie noticed that I didn’t have a plate out for myself. “Aren’t you going to eat?”
“No, Edward actually took me out for pizza after classes were over. I’m not very hungry.” It was always good when I could throw something like that in. Even though Edward didn’t eat human food it was good to give people the illusion he did.
Charlie must have heard me rummaging around the living room. He got up from the table and saw me lifting up the couch cushions.
“What are you doing?” He said with a certain amount of alarm in his voice.
“Umm, I lost an earring a couple of days ago and…wait, what is this?” I pulled out a manila envelope with the word confidential stamped on the outside. I recognized it instantly. It was a police case envelope. Charlie had brought them home almost every night from the office.
I held the envelope up in one hand, “I thought you said you didn’t leave the house today?”
Looking busted, Charlie sighed “I didn’t. My deputy Mark brought it over to me.”
“Dad, you know what Carlisle said, no working!”
“Bells, I am going stir crazy here. Besides, it isn’t even my case.”
“If it isn’t your case why did you have Mark bring it all the way over here for you.”
“It’s something I’m just keeping an eye on. There’s been some trouble in Port Angeles lately and I wanted to keep on top of things. It technically isn’t even work.”
“What kind of trouble?”
“Nothing you need to worry about. Now can I please have my file back?”
“Ok, I’ll let you have this one if you promise to stick to doctors orders from now on.”
“You have my word.”
Now that Charlie was fed and relaxing comfortably on the couch channel surfing, I decided to go to my room and look through all of the information I got from my classes today.
I was pleasantly surprised when I flicked on the light and Edward was there, lying on my bed smiling at me.
“You’re early,” I said as I sat on the bed, on top of him, straddling my legs across his stomach.
“I missed you,” he said quietly as he pulled me down to kiss him.
I felt my heart pounding in my chest as I stretched out, now laying on top of him. His sweet scent and heavy breathing made my body feel like it was on fire from head to toe. I was glad his body was so cold or I might have overheated.
He flipped me over and now was on top of me, bracing himself on the mattress with one hand so he didn’t crush me. His other hand had grabbed my leg and bent it up so our hips were crushed tightly together. I started to shiver as he kissed up and down my throat, behind my ear, moving back to my lips.
“Too cold?” he grinned, knowing very well that wasn’t why I was trembling, as he kissed me again. I couldn’t believe this was happening. Edward didn’t seem to be pulling away. Could this really be it?
His kisses grew stronger now; his lips moving urgently and harmoniously with mine. He gently moved his hand from my leg to my head, pushing my hair back away from my face and looked at me like I have never seen him look at me before. “Bella Swan, you are making it harder and harder for me to resist you.” He gave me my favorite half grin and kissed me passionately again.
“Then don’t,” is all I could get out before he kissed me again.
I was literally having an out of body experience when Edward jumped up in a flash and hid in the closet.
There was a knock on my bedroom door.
“Bella, I’m going to turn in early and do some reading. I’ll see you in the morning.”
I heard his footsteps walking away down the hall. “Ok, good night.” I was hoping Charlie didn’t hear my heavy breathing. It was all I could do to spit those three words out.
Edward slowly opened the closet door and I could instantly see that familiar, worried look on his face. It was over.
He came and sat back on the bed and grabbed me up into his lap. “That was a close one.” I knew he wasn’t talking about Charlie almost busting us.
He quietly laughed at my disappointed tone. “You are quite determined to have your way with me aren’t you?”
“I’ve made no secret of that, Edward.” I was too close to him. I could smell him and it wasn’t helping me regain my composure.
I got up from his lap and went over to my computer to check to see if Renee had emailed me. She worried if she didn’t hear back from me the same day.
“So what did Carlisle have to say when you talked to him this afternoon?” I had to think of something else to get my heart rate down.
“He doesn’t think we have anything to immediately worry about. There has been no news on any kind of attacks in the area lately so we are just going to keep an eye on things. Alice will be on the lookout of course and we will try to keep tabs on them at school.”
It hit me when he said “no news on any attacks in the area.”
“Edward, remember when you told me about Charlie’s other visitor today?”
“Yes, he was obviously worried about you finding out.”
“Well, the visitor was someone from the station. They had brought him a file; that is what he was hiding under the couch. Charlie didn’t tell me what it was exactly, but he did say it had something to do with some trouble in Port Angeles.”
Edward sat up and his eyes suddenly looked a million miles away. I knew he was trying to read Charlie. He sat there quietly for the longest time. I was trying to read his expression but it was stone cold, blank.
He finally looked up at me after about 10 minutes. He looked worried. “Charlie is reading the file right now. There were two gruesome killings in Port Angeles a couple of weeks ago. The police are trying to keep it under wraps so people don’t panic.”
My eyes grew wide, “Do you think it was them?”
“I am fairly certain it was. It would be too much of a coincidence as they arrived in town right about the same time.”
“What are you going to do?”
“Nothing tonight. I want to stay here with you. If there was any danger Alice would have let us know. I will talk to Carlisle and the others again tomorrow when I go to pick up the car.
Edward and I spent the rest of the night going through our course information we got today. He was very careful to keep a safe distance between us. He said he had used up all the self-control he had for one day.
When I woke up he was gone already. I looked over and on the pillow next to me was a note:
My Dearest Bella,
I went back to the house to change and talk to Carlisle. I will pick you up at 7:30.
I wanted to let you know I had a wonderful time with you last night. I wish it could have gone further but you know why it couldn’t. It is getting easier for me my love, every time it gets easier. My desire and love for you are definitely winning out over everything else. Please be patient with me. We will get there.
All my love,
Edward was prompt as usual. Charlie had convinced me he didn’t need a babysitter today and since he already had the file he wanted, I believed him.
When I got into the car I immediately asked Edward how his conversation with Carlisle went earlier.
“Carlisle agrees that the murders were probably their doing. He still thinks that we don’t have anything to worry about right now but he is concerned about their hunting habits. They are too close to home so he is going to work on a plan to have a sit-down with them to make them aware of our concerns. Right now he just wants us to play it cool.”
When we got to Peninsula it was raining cats and dogs. It was a little easier today finding our way around campus to our classes. My heart started beating a little faster as Edward walked me to my final class of the day, photography. I know Edward had said there was nothing to worry about but I couldn’t help being nervous given my previous experience with other vampires.
I looked up at him as when we got to the door I was surprised Edward walked in with me instead of saying goodbye.
He shrugged his shoulders, “I called yesterday afternoon, they had an opening…….”
It probably should have made me more nervous that he thought he needed to be there with me but I felt relieved instead. Nothing made me feel safer than having Edward with me.
A couple of minutes had passed by before they walked in. Megan in all her perfectness was leading the way, Nathan and Alexis followed. I didn’t think it would be possible, but they looked even more beautiful than yesterday.
Megan looked up and gave me a quick blank glance, then seductively stared down Edward, winking at him again and licking her lips. Edward didn’t acknowledge her; he just turned to look over at me, smiled, and grabbed my hand.
I don’t know how long I sat there with my mouth hanging open in shock by her actions, but Edward was right on top of it. He held my hand tighter and rubbed tiny circles around the back of my hand with his thumb, trying to comfort me as the professor talked about the famous photographers of the world such as Ansel Adams and Annie Leibovitz. I am sure he mentioned many more but my thoughts were obviously elsewhere.
I thought I heard an assignment given out but wasn’t sure. Hopefully Edward caught it. As class was dismissed, she got up and looked only at Edward this time. She smiled at him revealing her perfect teeth and then the threesome took off.
Everyone was out of the room now but the two of us. I saw Edward get up and scratch his fingers on his head, as if he was trying to think of something to say.
“Um, Bella, are you ready to go?” He sounded as awkward as he looked.
Still holding on to my hand, he had never let go once, he pulled me up and grabbed my books for me with his other hand. I just stared ahead, still not believing what had just happened.
He started to chuckle. “Oh Bella, you aren’t going to let her bother you are you?” He laid the books down on the desk and pulled me close, wrapping his arms around me tightly. I wrapped my arms around him too, squeezing him with every ounce of strength I had in me. I decided I was going to stay right in this same spot forever and never let him go.
He started laughing a little harder, “Sweetheart, we are going to have to move and leave here eventually.” I didn’t budge.
Another minute passed before he pushed me away a little. He grabbed my chin with his hand and forced me to look up at him. Shaking his head with a smile, “What do I have to do to make you finally realize that I only have eyes for you?”
“Edward did you see her? Did you see the way she looked at you? Did you see how incredibly beautiful she is? How… how can I even compete with that?”
He grabbed our books again and grabbed my hand and started walking us out the door, talking in a very casual, non-shalant voice, “Question one, Yes, I saw her. Question two, as far as the beautiful part goes, I have seen much, much better.” He squeezed my hand and smiled, still looking ahead as we were walking. “And question three, as far as competition goes, there is none. There never could be. In a competition you win something and there is nothing for her to win. You already own my heart.”
“Well, can you at least tell me what she was thinking? I mean, I know what she was thinking, but details would be nice. It would be good to know what I’m dealing with.”
“It really doesn’t matter what she was thinking one way or the other, Bella. It is irrelevant. I am a little concerned about it though.”
“Why are you concerned? She isn’t thinking of molesting you is she?” I was sure she was. I thought about it several times a day myself.
He laughed. “No, it is nothing like that...well…..not the part I am worried about anyway.” He looked at me and winked. “What worries me is that she really isn’t thinking these things, it is more like she is telling me these things, like she knows I can hear her.”
“What? How can that be? Do you think she’s like you and can read minds too?”
“I don’t know. I suppose that could be a possibility.”
Great, now I couldn’t get rid of the image of them having some kind of mind sex, like internet sex without the hassle of having to type.
“I certainly hope that is not the case,” he said, concern in his voice. “That would make things a lot more difficult if things end up getting, well, ugly for lack of a better word. We wouldn’t have that advantage over them.”
“Anyway, can we change the subject please? I don’t want to waste any more time on someone who is so unimportant. I would much rather talk about something that is important, like you.” He smiled as he opened the car door for me.
The rest of the week was pretty much the same. Megan continued to brain flirt with Edward which he swore adamantly he paid no attention to. I was actually relieved it was Friday and I wouldn’t have to worry about it for a couple of days.
We were going over to the Cullens after school as Charlie insisted I was spending way too much time at home. I was looking forward to it as I hadn’t seen Esme since this whole thing with Charlie happened.
Edward was very quiet and distracted on the ride like he was very deep in thought. I asked him if everything was OK and he insisted it was. I decided not to press him on the issue and leave it alone. I couldn’t allow myself to think he was lost in thought about her. It would drive me insane.
It appeared that Esme was just as happy to see me as I was to see her. We sat in the kitchen and caught up while Edward was in the living room talking with Carlisle, Alice and Jasper.
When we walked into the living room I heard Edward say, “No, it was unlike every other time. It has never been like this before. Something was definitely different. It was like I was watching myself on a movie or something. And Carlisle, your theory is wrong. There is no way, not in a thousand years would I ….”
“What’s different?” Esme asked.
They all stood there like deer caught in the headlights.
“Nothing important,” Edward said.
Alice chimed in “It appears that Edward is stealing from me.” She sounded annoyed.
“No, I’m not,” Edward mumbled through his clenched teeth.
“What? What is going on? Edward?” He turned to look at me with confusion and anger in his eyes.
“Great, thank you Alice,” sarcasm was heavy in his voice.
“Bella, why don’t we go up to my room to talk about this? Esme, I’m sure Carlisle can fill you in. C’mon,
let’s go.” He forced a smile and grabbed my hand.
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