Disclaimer: It'd be amazing if anyone could mistake my work for the doings of one Mrs. Stephenie Meyer. Based on the book 'Twilight', I own nothing but my imagination and things you do not recognize.
This is pretty much my first fan-fic. Please be generous. I know I'm not the greatest but all you're great support would be appreciated. :D. Thanks. So this is pretty much supposed to be my own version of New Moon. I obviously am no where near as talented as Stephenie Meyer but you know, I try. Ha-ha. I'd appreciate if you'd review also being kind. So this pretty much picks up on Bella's birthday, just as SM said New Moon would. Enjoy folks.
It was hot. Now I mean, it was pretty much nothing compared to the weather in Phoenix, but it was hot. I rolled down the window of the shiny silver Volvo in which I resided in the passenger seat and let my hair flow around my face in the wind. I heard a soft chuckle to my left and turned to look at my beautiful Greek God with a smile plastered on my face.
"You look absolutely gorgeous with your hair dancing around your face like that Bella," Edward said as the blush crept into my cheeks.
He smiled and gently brushed his fingertips across my cheek as he usually did when I found myself blushing.
Edward Cullen; the most amazing thing that's ever happened to me. The sweetest guy—strictly speaking—anyone would, actually could ever meet. Sure, he was a little overprotective but that's just because he cares about me. Not that it bugs me or anything, I mean, I'd probably be dead right now if it wasn't for Edward. And I love him for it with every part of my body and soul. My still human body at that. You see, Edward isn't like every other seventeen year old guy at Forks High School. For one he can run at an inhuman speed and never trip, two he's probably one of the strongest people I know (besides Emmett of course), and three he thirsts for my sweet scented, inevitable blood but he refuses to change me.
"I don't know why you just won't do it!" I remembered, from our conversation two weeks earlier.
"You know exactly why I won't do that to you Bella!" he had said reaching for my hands and placing them on his stone cold face. "Do you think I could live with the regret of knowing that I have taken everything from you? Your life, your family, your dreams?"
"Edward don't you get it? You are my life. I love you with everything I have. I'm willing to do this to be with you forever and give up everything I'd ever dreamed of before. This is my only dream. How can you take that away from me?" I'd been using this approach for quite some time now but it didn't seem as if he'd crack. Edward had glared at me with such hate in that one moment that I hadn't brought up the subject again.
At the memory of our previous fight my face twisted in confusion and sadness and Edward has chose that moment to look at me from the drivers seat of the Volvo.
"What's wrong?" he asked with a slightly confused frown on his face.
I quickly changed my face expression and smiled sincerely, trying to reply in a normal voice. "Just thinking, that's all."
He wasn't buying it. "Bella is there something we should be talking about?"
I deeply urged to scream at him and tell him exactly how I felt about him changing me. How I wanted to be a part of the Cullen family. I didn't care if I'd be immortal and have to spend the rest of my life as a blood-sucking monster. I just wanted to be with him.
I settled on giving him a reassuring smile and taking his cold hand into mine. I resided to looking out of my window at the colored autumn leaves falling from the many trees. This was probably one of the last days to be expecting this kind of weather in Forks and I wasn't giving up a single minute of it. It was a wonderful day to have had my birthday on and I couldn't have asked for any more. One small thing had been bothering me though. Not like it really made a difference to me because I loved him all the same, but Edward had forgotten. I'd tried my best not to look hurt this morning when he'd picked me up for school, his usual self with his shiny car waiting in the driveway. No card, no note, not even a simple 'Happy Birthday Bella,' with a kiss on the cheek. I had not expected this at all.
We drove quietly at an extremely high speed for about another minute before reaching the unmarked, unpaved path leading up to his house. I gave him a confused look.
"I thought you were bringing me home. Charlie will be angry if I'm late again." I said simply not convincing myself, or Edward that I'd rather go home.
"Charlie's been taken care of, don't you worry," he replied as a smirk played across his lips.
I really enjoyed the company of the Cullens. They really cared about me and I always felt welcome in their home. Apart from them being vampires, they were a really laidback loving family. I'd found they all enjoyed themselves when I was around also, with the exception of Rosalie, but even she was coming around. I truly loved the Cullens with all my heart and definitely wouldn't mind spending centuries upon centuries with them.
We'd pulled into the front drive of the hundred year old faded white house and came to a complete stop. Before I'd even had time to unbuckle my seat belt Edward had my door open and was gently pulling on my hand.
"Hurry Bella, I have a surprise for you."
I looked up at him and quickly pulled my hair back up into a pony tail. "What sort of surprise?" I asked while catching the strands of hair that were falling out of my grasp.
"You'll see inside." He said with a sly smirk on his lips.
He gently tugged at my arm and stopped abruptly at his doorstep turning to me quickly.
"Bella, what's your favorite color today?" he asked simply.
"Pink," I answered and before I could say another word he interrupted me.
"Is topaz still your favorite stone?" he asked with a slight look of amusement in his eyes.
"You know it is Edward." I said giving him a twisted look of confusion. "Now will you please tell me why you're asking me all these ridiculous questions on your doorstep?"
He turned me gently towards the door and placed his cool hands over my eyes. I heard the old door creek open with one push of Edward's hand.
"No peaking," he said simply as he guided me further into the room pushing me gently from behind.
"Ready?" he asked me with a slightly amused tone in his voice.
Before I had a chance to answer Edward pulled his hand away from my eyes and I jumped nearly a foot into the air as his whole family jumped out at me from behind furniture.
"SURPRISE!" they all shouted in unison smiling lovingly at me.
I looked up at Edward wide eyed with a huge smile on my face in disbelief. This whole time I'd thought he'd totally forgotten about my birthday, but that little devil was planning this all along.
Alice swiftly glided over to me and nearly toppled me over giving me a bone-crushing hug.
"Happy Birthday Bella! I almost died again not being able to spill the secret to you!" Alice said excitedly as she handed me a gift wrapped in a deep pink paper. "Open it."
I sat down on the leather couch in the middle of the living room and looked up at them all. They were eagerly waiting for me to open up the present Alice had handed me but before I could help it a tear dropped from the corner of my eye. They all looked at me with a slight frown, probably wondering what they had done wrong.
"Do you not like it Bella?" Esme asked me simply.
"Of course I like it!" I nearly shouted at her, "This is probably the nicest thing anyone has ever done for me! I've never met people as generous as you guys and…just thanks for everything!" I said quickly at a loss for words as more tears rushed down my face happily.
The five vampires looked around at each other and started laughing at my unexpected outburst. I joined in after a few moments realizing how silly it must have been to have a human girl crying over nothing in their living room.
I turned back to the present in my hands after a couple more seconds of uncontrolled laughter when I heard a voice from the top of the staircase leading to the bedrooms.
"What's the babbling bimbo crying about this time?" Rosalie asked from the position she stood.
"Lay off it Rose," Edward said with a demanding voice and forceful look in his eye.
"Hmph." Rosalie turned around and made her way back up the stairs with a look in her eyes that looked next to tears although I knew she could not cry.
Emmett quickly mumbled something too fast for me to understand and placed a black box on the table then quickly ran up the stairs after Rosalie. I looked around at the family with a concerned look and my eyebrows raised.
"Is it a bad idea that I'm here today?" I asked worriedly due to Rosalie's outbreak.
"Of course not sweetie, Rosalie is just having a hard time…adjust I'll say to you being human and in our house." Esme answered with a smile.
"I'd trade with her any day," I mumbled although I knew every person in the room had heard.
Edward shot me a glance then quickly eased back up into a smile. "Open your present baby, we're getting impatient."
I turned back to the perfectly wrapped pink box on my lap and began to tear at it. After picking off the paper and opening the frighteningly white box underneath I gasped as I stared at the most beautiful white sundress I'd even seen. I picked it up carefully in my hands and looked at it closely. It had tiny white jewels attached down the side and a tie at the front. It was the most beautiful dress I've ever had the pleasure to own. I looked up at Alice with a big smile and jumped into her already opened arms.
"Thank you so much Alice! I absolutely adore it!" I said.
"No problem Bella, you know how much I just love shopping for you. It was screaming your name the moment I saw it." She said with a proud smile across her face.
I sat back down on the couch and suddenly had a card pushed into my hand. "From Carlisle and I," Esme said happily as she handed me the card.
I opened the card swiftly in one rip of the envelope and pulled out a plain pink and white piece of cardboard. I quickly read over the happy birthday note written inside and looked at the plastic card that had fallen out. I read it and realized it as a gift card for one of the popular department stores located in Port Angeles. I glanced at the amount on the card and nearly dropped it.
"Esme," I said quietly, "You know I can't accept this!"
She looked at me brightly with her beautiful face and put her hand up, "You know our money is pretty much yours now dear, accept it. It was a gift."
I smiled at her appreciatively and accepted the black box now being pressed into my lap.
"This is from me and Emmett." Jasper stated from his place beside Alice as he looked at me with an adoringly calming smile.
I quickly pulled back the black paper eager to see what the two boys had gotten me. Inside the box were three new books. Ones I hadn't seen before but from the cover I knew they were loaded with horror stories of vampires. I smiled and laughed at their gift and knew I'd enjoy reading the books dearly and pointing out to them all the mistakes clearly written on the pages.
I turned to where Edward was standing behind me expecting to find his pale face looking at me. I was startled to see that he wasn't there, as I'd thought he'd been the whole time. I turned to the rest of his family and stood to give them all hugs.
"Thank you guys very much for all these gifts. This has been the best birthday ever!" I reached the last vampire and went to throw my arms around his neck, then remembering Jasper's request that I not get too close to him. He took his hand and gently ran his hand down my face and smiled.
"Be sure to thank Emmett for me okay Jasper?" I said to him.
"Sure thing buttercup." He said as he took Alice's hand and walked them both towards the staircase. Alice turned around to me and gave me a quick wink and a smile.
I turned around quickly expecting to see Carlisle and Esme still standing in their original places only to find that they had also disappeared. I began taking my gifts and putting them all into a pile while cleaning the wrapping paper when the softly struck keys of a piano reached my ears. I smiled slowly as I recognized the tune being played as Edward's sweet song that I loved so much.
I turned around to find my sweet Edward sitting at the grand white piano hitting the keys of the keyboard with such grace that it was hard to believe he was inhuman. I quickly walked over to the piano bench, tripping only once, and sat down next to Edward. I closed my eyes enjoying the swift flow of the music and felt Edward turn towards me.
"Are you having a good day Bella?" he asked with a hint of amusement in his voice.
"Of course Edward, although I thought you'd forgotten my birthday…" I said trailing off.
Edwards smile grew ten times wider then it had been, "Well that's the whole point silly, I wanted tonight to be a surprise for you."
I smiled back at him and threw my arms around his middle and rested my head on his shoulder. "You're basically the best Edward."
He slowed his playing down and I noticed that the beautiful song was coming to a close. After the last key was struck I sighed deeply with a crooked smile on my face.
"Anything for you." he said as he quickly stood pulling me up beside him. "Are you ready for your real gift?"
My eyes lit up and I gently reached up to pull his head closer to mine slowly placing a kiss on his lips. "You didn't have to get my anything Edward, you're all I need." I said speaking more so to his lips.
He held me out at arms length. "Of course I had to get you something, you're my girl."
He took my hand and eagerly pulled me along up the stairs. He was worse then a little kid on Christmas obviously excited to give me my gift. We passed the many rooms leading to Edwards, and finally stopped at the end of the hall. "I want you to close your eyes with no peaking Bella."
I closed my eyes tightly and felt Edward's eyes on my making sure I was doing as I was told. He grasped my hand tightly and led me into his bedroom. When I felt I was standing in the middle of it and I'd heard him close the door, I felt his cool breath against me ear.
"Open your eyes," he whispered quietly.
I slowly cracked my eyes open and was dazzled by the sight in front of me. There were shelves of books beyond books sitting right in front me. It was like heaven; except better due to the presence of the love of my life. Edward led my shocked body to a small leather armchair that had been added to the room and pulled me onto his lap.
"There's something special I wanted to show you."
From the lowest shelf he pulled out a big black photo album bound with ribbon. On the front was a painted picture of what I recognized as our meadow. It was stunningly gorgeous. It felt as if I was at the meadow looking around me at the greening trees and the sprouting flowers. I drew my eyes away from the beautiful painting and slowly opened up the album. The first page was a picture of me and then a picture of Edward, both facing each other with a heart in the middle. Both of our smiling faces looked so happy in that one captured picture and I remembered the event immediately. It was the only time I'd spent with him during the summer with a camera and we'd enjoyed every second of it. Alice sat on the grass snapping pictures at us every chance she got, never leaving a second out. I turned the pages of the photo album and noticed that all the pictures we're from that one amazing day that I had been lucky to share with the people I loved.
I got to the middle of the album when the tears started falling. I can never seem to control them. They just always come. I turned the page once more to find that the next page was completely blank. I turned the page again to find the same thing with the next one.
I looked up to Edward with confusing eyes and he gave a soft chuckle. "Those pages are for the rest of the times we have together Bella. You mean so much to me and I love you more then you could ever imagine."
I looked deeply into his eyes and let the tears fall. I knew this was a special moment, I knew it was probably one of the happiest moments of my life so far, so I have no clue why I brought myself to say it.
"So why won't you change me?"
His expression immediately changed, and in that second when I saw his eyes flash in anger I knew I'd definitely said that wrong thing. He gently slid me off his lap got up and leaned his head against the wall. After a few minutes of an awkward silence and my constant crying he came over to me and scooped me up into his arms.
"Bella how many times do we have to argue about this? You know what my answer is, and I'm sticking with it. It's not a matter of how much I love you or how much you mean to me." He said looking sincerely deep into my eyes.
I nodded and sniffled as he brought his hands to my face to wipe away my tears. I knew he hated when I cried. But sometimes I just couldn't help it. First they'd been happy tears from the gift he'd gotten me…but when his eyes looked so angry I'd gotten scared. I leaned into his chest and rested my head where his heart would have been as he gently stroked my hair.
"Did I scare you Bella?" he asked quietly almost scared for my answer.
"Of course not," I lied but I knew I didn't get it past him.
"I'll try not to get so upset over it next time," he said slowly, "The last thing I want is for my dear Bella to be scared of me."
He tickled my sides being extra careful to not use all his strength and I couldn't help but giggle. I took his solid face into my hands and looked at him and smiled, "I love you Edward Cullen." I said with as much passion and sincerity as I could.
"As I do you Isabella Swan," he said while placing a soft kiss on the tip of my nose.
I lay comfortably in his arms for a few more minutes before he reached over and selected the nearest book on the closest shelf. "Read to me Bella?"
I took the book from his hands and opened it. The smell of a brand new book that's never been opened reached my nose and I inhaled deeply. I started reading the first couple of sentences and then recognized the book as my favorite. u Pride and Prejudice. /u I'd quickly read through the first five pages then looked up to see Edward with his eyes clothes breathing deeply. He noticed the pause in my reading and looked down at me happily.
"You smell exquisitely scrumptious while you're reading Bella," he laughed as he seen the look I was giving him.
I laughed with him. We'd gotten used to him referring to me as something that he'd wanted to take a bite into as a joke of course. "You wouldn't believe the effect your scent has on me either Mr. Cullen. It's quite alluring."
"Well how do you expect fine young women like yourself to be attracted to such a beast as me?" he said with a wink.
I started laughing again. "There's no way that you'd ever compare to a beast. Well not in my book anyways."
Edward quickly glanced down at the book in my hands and I started laughing even harder. I knew he was kidding around but the look on his face had been so serious I almost believed him. He took the book out of my hands and gently placed it back on the shelf. He lifted me up as if I weighed nothing at all and laid me down on his black leather couch, him holding himself up over me. He bent down and brought him gentle lips to my neck. He trailed kisses along my collarbone, up the side of my neck, and eventually up my face proceeding to my jaw. His cool lips finally met mine and he kissed me with such passion that it made my heart melt and my knees weaken. When he broke free from the kiss he gently kissed his way back down my neck and gently let his teeth graze my pulse point. Almost without thinking, I pulled his head closer to my neck trying to get as close to him as possible.
Edward gave a low growl and quickly pulled his head back from me. "I'm so sorry Edward!" I said apologetically with my arms still around his neck.
"Never do something like that again Bella," he said sternly, "I nearly bit you."
I nodded in understanding and kept looking into his eyes. When I could tell he'd finally calmed down I pulled his face close to mine and pushed my lips to his. He'd broken from the kiss and sat up with a smile on his face, pulling me up with him.
"One more present Bella," he said laughing at my groan.
He pulled a long, dark blue box from the pocket in his pants and handed it to me. I sat staring at the box for so long that Edward had asked me if I was going to open it. I opened the long box with shaky hands and stared in disbelief at the beautiful pink stone in the middle of the sun emblem on the necklace. The chain was made out of a very pretty material, white gold I'd guess and shone in the moonlight as I turned it in my hands. The beautiful golden sun had seven rays coming out of the side and each one had a different colored stone. The pink stone in the middle was beautiful and made the necklace stand out.
"Edward, it's absolutely beautiful." I gasped at a loss for words for such a beautiful thing. "Will you put it on me?"
I took my hair to one side and Edward clasped the necklace around my neck. "Beautiful," he said.
"Thanks Edward it's a really pretty necklace." I said holding it in my hands.
"I was talking about you of course," Edward said and leaned in to kiss me on the cheek.
He stood up and took my hand. "Bella, you have to go home now. I told Charlie I'd have you home before it got too dark out."
By the looks of things, it seemed Edward had already been a little late. It was dark outside and the moon was barely visible behind the clouds that had protruded as night fell.
Edward lifted me up swiftly intohis arms and brought me downstairs at a tip top vampire speed. He quickly gathered my things for me and made sure that I had all my new gifts and things. When he opened the front door for me ushering me out, I turned around quickly. "Goodbye Cullens." I said in my normal voice.
"Goodnight Bella!" five voices bellowed back at me.
I smiled, satisfied and turned on my way out the door. I seen Edward shake his head and smile at my usual way of saying good-bye to the Cullens. It still amazed me that they could hear me through the walls and all the floors up in their bedrooms. Edward held open the door to his Volvo for me and I sat in and clasped my seatbelt. Too quick to be human, he was beside me in the driver's seat with the engine roaring.
The ride back to my house was pleasant. We sat in silence as we held each others hands humming to the simple tune of Debussy. When we finally reached my house Edward lifted me out of the car and placed me on my front doorstep. He kissed me gently and returned a piece of fallen loose hair to its place behind my ear.
"I'll be in your room waiting," he said with a slight smirk on his angelic face.
And before I could reply he was out of my sight. I walked into my house and found the usual sight of Charlie sitting on the couch watching his favorite baseball team.
"Hey Bells," he said as I entered the room, "How was you're birthday?"
I smiled slightly. "Probably one of the best birthday's I've ever had."
"That's great to hear sweetie." He replied smiling. "There's a little something up in your room for you from me and your mom, why don't you go check it out?"
I laughed in my head at how ironic it was that Edward was in my room and my father had no idea. I quickly went up the stairs two at a time, without tripping I may add, and opened my bedroom door. There on my computer desk was a brand new laptop computer. I always didn't know what to do.
I ran back down the stairs quickly and flew into Charlie's arms. "Thank you so much dad!"
"You deserve it Bells," he said with a proud smile on his face, "You needed a new one anyways."
After talking to Charlie about computer programs and such for a few more minutes I excused myself to bed as it was getting late. I made my way up the stairs into my room of total darkness.
"Edward?" I whispered questioningly.
"Here as always my love," came the sweet reply from Edward from his place at the edge of my bed.
I reached my hand out for him and he pulled me close to him, "Thank you for the best birthday ever." I said with much more meaning then he'd ever know.
"You're all the welcome Bella, you know I'd do anything for you."
I smiled at him and quickly grabbed my toiletries bag from the corner of my room. I looked to Edward and opened my mouth when he put his hand up, "A human minute, I know. Go right ahead."
I smiled gratefully and quickly went into the bathroom and combed my hair back into a tight pony tail, brushed my teeth, and washed my face. I walked swiftly back into the bathroom, tripping over the hall rug but catching myself before I fell. I walked into my room and pulled out a paid of pink shorts and a long white t-shirt. I looked at Edward to make sure he wasn't looking, and of course he wasn't, and changed as quickly as I could before jumping into bed.
A tight arm pulled me down and wrapped around my body. I'd grown used to falling asleep with Edward in my bed, just lying with me as I fell asleep. He breathed against my hair and quietly hummed my song to me. The most soothing way I could think to fall asleep. His hands gently stroked my sides and I began closing my eyes in tiredness.
Before sleep finally hit me Edward whispered in my ear, "Happy Birthday sweet Bella, I love you with everything, you mean the world to me."
And my eyes closed for the last time that night and I drifted off into a dreamless sleep.
A/N: OMG! That was probably one of the hardest things I've ever written. Haha but I really enjoyed writing it. I know, it probably sucked. And it did drag on but I couldn't think of much. I hope you liked it anyways. Reviews please? And thank you ahead of time. Tell me everything you think about it. I know it was a pretty long chapter just to have been one day, but come on it was Bella's birthday! Had to make that extra special ;). Hope it worked. Probably not but that's okay. As long as I like writing, I hope there's at least one person that likes reading it. Love you all! 3