Rose Red

Disclaimer: I don't own Twilight or New Moon, nor do I own the song featured in this chapter.

A/N: No flames, and be ready for some out-of-characterness. Picks up where New Moon left off. R&R!

Chapter 1: You and Me

"ISABELLA SWAN!" Charlie roared. I gulped and Edward squeezed me lightly. We stepped toward the door. I took a deep breath and Edward pushed open the door. It took all of my willpower to keep from bursting out laughing when I saw Charlie's face.

He had turned a strange shade of violet and his eyes and mouth were screwed up into a frown that looked like he was about to burst. His fists were clenched and he seemed to be ready to pound me.

"Ch-- Dad. I swear it's not mine. It's Jake's. He built it!" I tried to explain, but with little success.

"Edward, leave. Bella, you're grounded for another two weeks. No leaving your room except school, work and bathroom. I'll bring your food to you, and you may get off easy for good behavior. Got it?" Charlie explained. I tried not to let my jaw drop.

"Yessir. This means that I can't go to the Cullen's right?" I asked hoping, just hoping, for maybe the tiniest bit of sympathy.

"No seeing the Cullens except at school. Now to your room," he pointed up the stairs. I trudged into my room to see Edward sitting on my bed with the breeze blowing through the open window.

"Tough break. Sleep," Edward commanded. It was only seven! I looked at him like he was crazy. "Charlie goes to bed promptly at ten, right?" I nodded. "Then sleep and I'll wake you up at eleven and we'll sneak out." I couldn't believe this was Edward talking. "We're only going to my house." Only?! That was a heck of a lot better than my room.

I changed into my tank top and pajama pants and crawled into my bed. Edward wrapped his cold arms around me and I rested my head on his muscular chest.

"I love you," I sighed.

"I know. Sleep," He stroked my hair as I began to doze into a slumber. Just before I drifted into dreamland, I was suddenly aware that Edward wasn't wearing his shirt. I grinned and soon I was sleeping.

I dreamt of flames. Fire was all around. I was in a ring of fire, and Edward was on the other side. I tried to cry out to him, but no sound came from my throat. I felt a tear roll down my face, but it was evaporated by the heat. I outstretched my arm, reaching for him. He only snickered and walked away. I finally found a voice.

"Edward! Edward!" I cried. "Come back! Don't leave me!" He kept walking, but I could hear his voice.

"Bella? Bella, wake up." I bolted upright, nearly smacking into Edward's forehead. I was sweating and breathing deeply.

"Oh, Edward! Don't ever leave me!" I started to sob. He embraced me and tried to comfort me.

"Shh. I won't leave. I'll always be here, love. I'm in love with you, remember?" I nodded and checked my clock. Eleven thirty. I stumbled out of bed and searched for something to wear. Edward nodded toward the pile of clothes he had laid out for me. I grabbed them, not even regarding what they were, and headed into the bathroom. I flicked on the light and began to examine my garments. For a second I forgot it was almost June and it was starting to warm up.

"Hmph," I said. Edward had picked my blue bikini and shorts. Normally I would never, ever wear that bikini (Renee had gotten it for me as a joke for my sixteenth birthday.), but tonight I had a feeling I would need it. I pulled on the clothes and put on my tank top over the swimsuit top. I brushed out my hair and put it up into a ponytail.

I entered my room and Edward was already halfway out the window. He climbed down a bit more and offered me his hand. I just stared at it.

"I think I can manage," I stated. He rolled his eyes. How very unedward like of him.

"Suit yourself, but I know for a fact that you are accident prone," He teased. I crossed my arms, but then took his hand.

"So where are we going?" I questioned.

"Nice try, but it's a surprise," Edward answered. This time I rolled my eyes. As I stepped out the window, I studied Edward's features in the moonlight. His face almost glowed, it was so white. As we dropped to the ground, Edward literally swept me off my feet. I wrapped my arms around his neck and he took off running. I had not idea where we were going, but it didn't matter to me. As long as Edward was here, everything was perfect.

Before I even realized we had stopped, Edward placed me on something I didn't think I would ever be placed upon. A horse. Not just any horse, a really big horse. Great, something big and wild to fall off of. But suddenly, all was okay. Edward was on the horse too, and that made everything fine. He reached around me and grabbed the reins. The horse galloped forward and Edward rested his chin on my shoulder.

"You got a horse? For me? How romantic!" I teased.

"I can give it back to Jasper to give to someone else if you really want me to," He whispered.

"No. That's okay. I think I'll be fine." We sat in silence for a while until the beach came into view. We rode until we reached a table.

It was set for two, but only enough food for one. Two candles were lit and a rose sat on one plate. Edward slid off our transportation and helped me dismount. I walked to the table and was about to sit down, when Edward pulled out my chair for me. What a gentleman. I sat as he served me some soup and lasagna. It was the best thing I'd ever tasted. Who knew Edward could cook so well? He had a hidden talent. He took a remote from his pocket and clicked a button. My favorite song came on. I hummed along.

what day is it and in what month

this clock never seemed so alive

I can't keep up and I can't back down

I've been losing so much time

cause it's you and me and all of the people

with nothing to do nothing to lose

and it's you and me and all of the people

and I don't know why

I can't keep my eyes off of you

all of the things

that I want to say just aren't coming out right

I'm tripping inwards

you got my head spinning

I don't know where to go from here

cause it's you and me and all of the people

with nothing to do nothing to prove

and it's you and me and all of the people

and I don't know why I can't keep my eyes off of you

there's something about you

now I can't quite figure out

everything she does is beautiful

everything she does is right

you and me and all of the people

with nothing to do nothing to lose

and it's you and me and all of the people

and I don't know why I can't keep my eyes off of you

you and me and all of the people

with nothing to do nothing to prove

and it's you and me and all of the people

and I don't know why

I can't keep my eyes off of you

what day is it and in what month

this clock never seemed so alive

The song ended with grace. Edward seemed pleased with himself. The moonlight gave him a beautiful look.

"Change me. Please, Edward. I don't want Carlisle to do it. I want you to do it." I pleaded. His face turned to stone.

"No, Bella. I can't. I just won't let you do that to yourself. If Carlisle does it, then fine. But I won't be a part of this. I've already told you."

"But… Edward… I… I love you," I begged. He shook his head. I continued to eat my soup until I realized there was nothing left. I glanced down and stood up. I pulled off my tank top and shorts and headed for the water.

"Bella, wait," I heard Edward get up.

"I've waited long enough," I argued. His hand touched my shoulder and my heart melted. Why did that always have to happen? By this time, I was ankle deep in salt water and felt the need to go deeper. "Catch me if you can!" I smiled and dashed into the water, and fell flat on my face filling my mouth and eyes with salt water.

"Bella!" Edward ran over to me and pulled my face out of the bottom of the water. "Go slower. It works better." We waded for a while, then swam deeper. The water was warm enough not to freeze to death, but cold enough to cool down in. I ducked my head under and grabbed Edward's waist. When I emerged, I was met with Edward's lips on mine. My heart pounded. The moonlight must've gotten to us. His tongue pushed against my bottom lip, begging for an entrance. I parted my mouth and his tongue slid in gracefully. His hands rested on the back of my head and combed through my hair.

Something shiny flashed and I pulled away, breathless. The source of the flash was Edward's expensive watch. I glanced at it and realized it was already two o'clock. I started to swim towards the shore, but Edward held me back.

"It's Saturday," He explained.

"But Charlie still gets up early and I'm sure he'll wonder why my hair is wet."

We ran back to my house and Edward gently sat me down on my bed. He was almost out the window when he whispered, barely audible, "and it's you and me and all of the people, and I don't know why I can't keep my eyes off of you."