|The Beautiful Life, the Most Beautiful Dead
Author: hillary adelheide PM
“Alice saw you and called us begging me to come find you.” He paused for another moment. “Bella, Alice saw you here in the meadow and..” he stopped again, hesitating, and the look in his eyes was hard to interpret. “She saw you levitating.”Rated: Fiction T - English - Romance/Mystery - Chapters: 12 - Words: 28,072 - Reviews: 61 - Favs: 43 - Follows: 58 - Updated: 11-09-09 - Published: 01-03-08 - id: 3990382
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"Alice saw you and called us begging me to come find you." He paused for another moment. "Bella, Alice saw you here in the meadow and.." he stopped again, hesitating, and the look in his eyes was hard to interpret. "She saw you levitating."
Disclaimer: I do not own Twilight or any of its characters or anything having to do with it. I heart you Stephenie Meyer, YOU ROCK!
I stood at the entrance to a meadow that I remembered as if from a dream. The forest appeared in layers: undergrowth, shrubbery, long and majestic tree trunks that seemed to sway back and forth, sweeping the cobwebs from the ceiling of heaven. The canopy stopped where I stood and was as perfectly round and never ending as a circle, the meadow was bathed in a warm sunlight. In the peaceful eternity of a forest this old I couldn't be sure that I wasn't dreaming. Something about this forest caught my attention and enveloped me in a trance, and it was something far more mysterious than the open deserts of Arizona, it was as if these very trees held a very ancient secret, a magic that only appealed to me, and I was struck by the sheer vastness of the world around me. This forest had existed so long before me, and would continue to do so for so long after me, and at that very moment I felt extremely insignificant in the scheme of things.
At first glance the forest was dead, something to walk past and observe, but I was taken aback at the realization of life around me. With a closer stare, the dim appearance of everything was met by an eerie glow somehow generated by the misty sunlight in the thick and nearly impenetrable Washington forest. The sharp contrasts of the colors captivated me. Somewhere... in the beauty of all things natural and alive, there stood something so beautiful in death... such beautiful death that his pale white body starkly drew my attention from the beauty of life surrounding us. Here I was, the epitome of life, there stood he, the bringer of death.
And yet, I loved him.
He stood, bare from the waist up, with his back to me. He stood on the opposite side of the clearing facing the forest, and if I could tear my eyes from him, I would stare as well. Something about the way his stark white body stood apart from the emerald green of the surrounding foliage entranced me. The light grew softer near his body and seemed to wrap him in with the sense of mystery that encompassed this forest.
A meadow stood between us- light, and all the boundaries between the living and the dead. We were gambling now with God, trying to undo what we were given no power to meddle in- however, we were stuck in a love that had trapped us both, and that we knew we could not exist without. Nothing but this, but the very laws of life and existence, of instinct and the bond between predator and prey, of the utter nature of what a human soul could withstand-nothing but the boundary between a vampire and a human could be such a worthy opponent to this love.
He was as still as a statue, and yet, he turned to face me so quickly I should have become startled. He could smile in a way that left me breathless each time I saw it. In one quick moment I began to run, and he nearly disappeared. Before I had hardly taken a step, I was in his arms. We were in the light now, and suddenly diamonds shot in every direction from his beautiful cold body. My body, so... weak in comparison, so boring, so human.
With a dazzling smile and a voice as sweet as his butterscotch eyes, he said to me, "come here love."
I laughed my childlike laugh, "I'm in your arms silly, how can I come closer?"
"Like this" he replied.
His lips met mine with a feeling that I could never quite identify. His touch traveled through my entire body and I lost control. I kissed him back fiercely as if I had no human behavior left. Oh, I wish I didn't. Just as I was beginning to become dizzy he pulled away sharply.
"Ahh, silly Bella" he said as he pulled away and smiled at me.
I gasped for breath and stared at his warm topaz eyes. He held me to him like a rag doll, showing me with his every vampire move how fragile my human life was. Oddly enough, however, he showed me that humanity itself does not cease as human life ends.
Soon enough the light began to dim in the forest. Although clearly outside the forest the day was still bright, inside the shade of the foliage everything was turning to shadows quicker. Edward turned his face up from where he had trailed his nose along my throat. He smiled sweetly at me and mentioned that Charlie would be worried.
Soon we were running, no, flying through the trees. At first I had been nauseous when Edward had taken me along at an inhuman pace, but now I was beginning to enjoy it. Better yet, I was beginning to look forward to the day that my own legs would be as fast as his. Then we could run side by side through a forest as beautiful as this.
We came out of the trees and came to an abrupt stop next to my truck. Edward gently swung me to my feet and I nearly tripped as I walked to the driver's side.
"Silly Bella" he said as he caught me, just in time, then he laughed his beautiful laugh.
"What would I do without you?" I said. I laughed too. Everything felt perfect after a day like this.
"A person as clumsy as you behind the wheel... we'll be lucky to make it back to Charlie's" he teased.
I smiled and ignored his taunting as I searched for a radio station.
"May I" he asked, reaching for the dials. "I'd prefer that you pay attention to driving, love."
I smiled and gave in, letting him complain about the amount of commercials. He grinned and took his shirt from the seat next to him, sliding it on in one fluid movement.
"Charlie would appreciate it if I were fully clothed." He grinned and I grinned back, imagining Charlie's face if Edward entered the house shirtless.
We chugged along at the normal speed of my truck, approximately a tortoise crawl according to Edward. When we reached my house Charlie's cruiser was not in the driveway. I turned to Edward, worried. He eyed me back, listening carefully for Charlie's thoughts.
"He's not here." Edward finally said. I had guessed as much due to the absence of his cruiser. I could see that Edward was listening also for Charlie's thoughts in a wider radius, trying to decide whether he was close by.
"He should be home by now" I said. Before I knew it, Edward was out of the truck and opening my door for me. He pulled me into his arms and carried me to the door.
"You know, I can walk." He laughed. "It's my excuse to hold you" he replied.
I reached up to kiss him. "Oh you never need an excuse for that."
For an instant we had forgotten our worry, but it diminished entirely when I spotted a note on the table from Charlie.
I stopped home to grab a bite to eat so you don't have to worry about dinner tonight. I went to give Billy a little company. He says he gets lonely with Jacob not around much. Would it hurt to give him a call? I'll be home later."
My stomach burned as I read the last bit of the note. I wondered if Edward could hear the increase in my heart rate at the mention of Jacob. I knew that he could, (vampire senses) but I only hoped he wouldn't question things.
I had not spoken to Jacob in weeks, I hadn't had the urge to go back since my crying had subsided. "Yes, Charlie" I thought, "It would hurt, it would hurt me extremely to call him." The way I had felt about Jake was something I had tried to forget, and while he crossed my mind from time to time I had for the most part stopped thinking of him. Every time he was mentioned something inside me screamed.
"Bella, love, are you alright?" Edward was looking straight through me with his topaz eyes, questioning the flurry of emotions that I was sure were displayed on my face.
"I'm fine Edward" I managed to choke out after I finally found my voice again. He stared into my eyes with a pained expression. "I thought everything was okay now..." his voice trailed off as he glanced at the note.
"It is, Charlie just threw me off by going out so late." I managed a weak smile. "I was just worried about him is all." He looked as if he didn't believe me. I continued, as if I needed to elaborate my excuse. "I'm just not used to everything going right around here. I was getting used to deadly vampires threatening me and my family."
His face finally relaxed as if he believed I was only worried about Charlie, though I was sure that my own face betrayed my guilt at my lingering pain for Jacob.
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