Hello everyone, Mystery here. I hope you're all doing well. I just wanted to share a little short that the Benjamin Button movie inspired. This is just the first bit, I didn't really want to post a list of bits of the story, so I'm going to try putting the idea into an actual short story. I'm exploring an AU (I guess) of Bella getting pregnant during New Moon and finding out after Edward leaves. I hope you like it. I typed this on the app, so I apologize if the format is a bit wonky.

I started counting down the days from a week before my birthday. I never looked forward to my birthday, especially after meeting Edward. Sometimes I would stare at him and suddenly think how strange it was that I was becoming older than him. And I would continue to until I was 'changed'. I had asked to be changed for my birthday, he refused of course, but made a compromise...

"Okay, okay!" I said with my hands up, before we started arguing about the idea of 'purity', 'religion', what made someone a monster, how being immortal was a 'gift', and how immortality would rob me of 'mortal gifts'.

"Then there's something else I want," I continued. His pained expression became mixed with fear and uncertainty. I shifted where I sat on my knees in my bed, him perched at the end of it.

"Bella, I would give you anything you want, if I can do it," He said. I inhaled the breath and blew it out, tucking my hair behind my ears and shifting some more.

How could he say 'no'? He's a boy, surely he'd want this. Then again, he's from the early 1900s. Things were different then.

"I..." This distance isn't working. I scooched over until I was pressed against him. He sat still.

"I hope that it's something you want too,"

"What is it?" He asked, still suspicious. I couldn't be mad that he was currently thinking I was trying to hurt him in some way. My nerves were getting to me. To be fair, only he could hurt me, I think. I think he could easily forget me. He had all the time in the world to do so.

I craned my neck upwards and whispered: "I want you to sleep with me," He looked down, brows still furrowed.

"You want me to sleep with you?"

"Y-no..." I straddled him and brought his lips to mine. He obliged and partook as he always did. I wrapped my arms around his neck, his hands found my waist, and I snuck one of mine up his shirt.


"Don't you want to?" I asked breathlessly.

"You're a hundred years old but you're still just a boy," I continued.

"It's not that I don't want to, of course I do, it's just-" I trapped his lips in mine and moved one of his hands onto my breast.

"Just what," I whispered. I opened my eyes and saw his darkened with a different kind of hunger, his mouth slightly agape. He shook his head, not saying no, and looked away. He would be blushing if he could, I think.

"Are you sure?"

"I know I want to with you," I said, nodding.

"Out of all the things you could ask for, a car replacement, you choose this?"

"Hey, leave Chuck out of this. He's reliable and that's all I need." He chuckled to himself.

"It's not funny Edward,"

"I'm not laughing at your expense, it's just-"

"Were you planning to remain a virgin forever? A-are you?"

"Of course I am! You're the only woman I've ever been with," He said in a husky voice. Charlie was sleeping in the other room.

"I'm honored you've chosen me Bella, I just... need time." I was a little disappointed it wasn't happening now, but I did say 'for my birthday'.

"Okay," I said. I tangled myself from him and gave him space. He seemed perplexed by that for a moment.

"Bedtime for the human,"

"I don't want to," I grumbled.

"You never do, but we have school tomorrow," I tried to say something then laughed.

"I was going to say, imagine the disappointment on the teacher's faces when they see Edward Cullen cutting class, but I think Carlisle is the only parent in the world who wouldn't care about that!"

"You're right. Esme would scold me,"

I ended up falling asleep to him playing with my hair.

-So that was why I was looking forward to my birthday. I had considered getting lingerie for it, but figured it was a bit much and I didn't want to make it ultra important (even though it was). But I did settle on a black lace set. I still wanted to entice him. Red might have looked too much like blood, I figured black was safe and still sexy. I remembered hoping the store clerk didn't recognize me.

I was hoping I'd know what to name this short after typing it, I'm not even sure how to create a new story on the app yet, but I'll figure it out I guess, and give this short it's own home. Requiem too, I do love that one and think about it from time to time. Anyway, I'd love ideas for a title.

It's kinda nice to be back. No, I'm not done with Requiem.