A/N: This chapter is long and (if I do say so myself) one of the best I've written so far. I really hope I get more than 8 reviews this time. A shout-out to all of you who reviewed AND favorited!
When I entered the clearing, I was greeted by a chorus of excited vampires. I admired the small paper lanterns that were strung around the perimeter of the wide circular space. Along with the lanterns, there were small tables with elaborate purple centerpieces, a white tent housing enough food to feed every human in Forks, and a wooden panel sitting next to a large stereo system, which I supposed to be a dance floor.
After scrutinizing the decorations, I began to wonder where we all were. I glanced around the clearing.
"Of course," I gasped. The wild flowers that were peeking of the grass, the sheer perfection of the clearing…
I thought back to the first time Edward had brought me here.
I remembered that day perfectly lying there in the grass, his shirt revealing his sparkling, statuesque figure… That was the day he first kissed me. That was the day I finally realized how much I truly loved him, and how much he loved me.
The memory brought tears to my eyes. I couldn't believe he had changed his mind. There was only one thing I could think of Edward wanting to do here, and it was the thing I wanted most. I wiped the tears away and turned to face him.
"Thank you," I said, "It's perfect." I stood on my tiptoes and kissed him again, deciding that, if he was being lenient with his rules, I might as well take as much as I could get.
He broke away from me after a second. "Bella, you don't even know what this is for," he said, confused.
"Maybe not, but we're standing in our meadow. You wouldn't have some trivial graduation party here. Thank you for changing your mind, Edward, thank you," I whispered as I tried to kiss him again.
He pressed his finger to my lips to stop me. "Bella, what exactly do you think is going on here?"
"Well, you're going to change me, aren't you?" I said cautiously.
He sighed. "Bella, do you honestly still think that taking away your life is a formal occasion?"
"Well I…that is…" I felt silly for thinking so. I knew Edward's view on me becoming a vampire. It foolish to think that he'd be celebrating at an event like that. "Then I don't have any idea why we're here," I sighed dejectedly.
He chuckled and took my hand in his. "Well you were right about it not being a graduation party. I would consider this an event a bit more thrilling than you becoming a vampire, not to mention less painful for both of us," he finished with a small grin.
Edward brought me to the center of the large wooden panel. He glanced at Emmett who was holding a small remote that I could only assume controlled the stereo next to us. As Emmett pressed a few buttons, Alice and Jasper, Esme and Carlisle, and even Rosalie made their way onto the dance floor. They were all smiling brilliantly; every pair of eyes twinkling with excitement. Esme looked as if she would have cried if she could. Carlisle embraced her and gave her a small peck on the cheek. I turned away blushing, feeling like I was intruding on a private moment.
As we stood out there on the wooden panel, soft piano music began to fill the air. Edward smiled at me and bowed.
"May I have this dance?" he asked politely.
Normally I would have avoided dancing at all costs, but the look on is face made it impossible for me to say no. I sighed, "I guess so."
As we danced, the music grew louder and the couples around us made their way to the edge of the dance floor. After only a few minutes it was just Edward and I. As the song faded out and transitioned into the next one, we grew slower until we were almost at a stand still. The second song grew louder and I recognized my lullaby.
We stopped dancing completely and Edward bent down to whisper in my ear.
"Bella, my Bella,"
He kissed my neck.
"I love you more than anyone else I've ever met in a century of life."
His lips grazed against my throat, sending chills up my spine.
"I love you more than life itself."
He moved his lips to my jaw.
"I will always love you. If I live to be ten thousand years old, I will still love you."
He stopped right at the corner of my lips.
"Bella?" he whispered, this time waiting for a reply.
"Yes?" I answered, my voice wavering.
He pressed his lips to mine with startling intensity. I kissed him back, seeing how far he'd let me go. I could feel his cool breath on my lips. I parted my lips and let his electrifying breath fill me. He broke away and placed an icy hand on my cheek.
"I love you," he whispered once more as he reached his other hand inside his tuxedo jacket. He was pulling something out when he suddenly froze.
He closed his eyes tightly. I grabbed his hand, which was still resting on my cheek.
"What is it?" I asked.
"Not here," he growled, ignoring my question, "Not now!"
"Edward, tell me what's going on," I pleaded once more.
He stared directly into my eyes, but said nothing. The bliss had been substituted for anguish and frustration. "I am so sorry, Bella," he said quietly, "I have to go." He kissed my forehead and left me in the middle of the dance floor. Alice was instantly at my side.
"Don't worry, Bella, we'll have everything straightened out in no time," she said in an attempt to comfort me.
"Alice, what's going on? What's wrong?"
Before she could answer, a loud hiss could be heard from Rosalie, followed by a series of thunder-like crashes in the distance. Alice sprinted off and positioned herself with the rest of her family at the far end of the meadow. Edward said something to Emmett before turning and running to my side.
"What's going on?" I demanded.
Edward sighed and ran a hand through his tousled bronze hair. "We're having a few…uninvited visitors," he said bitterly, "Thanks to your friends at La Push, Alice had no way of seeing them."
Before I could reply, an unbelievably loud sound of boulders crashing into one another came from the forest. Edward took a protective stance in front of me. Just as he did this, four enormous wolves entered the clearing from different sides. Two of them I recognized as Paul and Embry, the other two I did not know.
Everything grew silent aside from my own heavy breathing and the growling of the wolves. I knew the wolves had broken the treaty by coming this far over the line. Only one person would have been important enough to chase this far.
Right on cue, a cacophony of snarling preceded the entrance of Victoria and two other vampires, and the two werewolves that were trailing only feet behind them.
A/N: sigh Cliffhangers are so much fun. Now, I have two things to ask of you good people. First, I would like to ask everyone not to kill me for cutting Edward off right before the big reveal cowers in fear. And second, like I said last chapter, I feel like I'm leaning a little towards the OOC side. Do you agree? Should I rewrite parts to fix it? Or do you just want to know what happens next?
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P.S. If you ever get a chance to watch Legally Blonde: The Musical, DO IT! It's totally "Ohmigod, ohmigod you guys!"