I raced down the busy street, running like I had never run before. No time to be clumsy, I thought to myself as the sun beat down on my skin. The crowd was cheering and being jovial as their celebration went on.
The street was long and tiring, but I didn't think to slow down even the slightest for one second. My mind worked frantically over the many possibilities of stopping Edward from making the worst mistake of his and my life.
I can't live with myself if I am too late. I tried pushing the worst case scenario out of my mind but it just kept coming back like a re-occurring nightmare.
This is a nightmare. I thought as I pressed harder, seeing the mid-day sun rise higher. I pushed people out of the way as I raced against time. The clock was visible and it was the only reason I had not gotten lost.
Dead ahead, I saw him. Sorrow was spread across his beautiful face. I tried running quicker and constantly screamed after him.
"Edward! Don't! Edward, I'm here!" I screamed, flailing my arms, hoping to grasp his attention. He didn't hear me. Tears streamed down my face as the clock struck 12.
"Edward!! Nooo!" I tried to stop him, but the throngs of people were impossible to push by.
Edward stepped out into the noon sun and then he was revealed. Just like the first time I saw him in the sunlight, the sight was shocking, His whole body sparkled and he had a grin on his face with his arms held out wide. Everyone turned to see Edward's shining body standing in the sun.
"No! Please No!" I screamed as Edward suddenly disappeared. I fell to my knees and cried.
"Edward," I breathed, "I love you! Please come back, please!"
I awoke with a start, screaming Edward's name. I felt tears fall down my face.
"Bella, Honey? What is it? What happened? Are you ok?" Edward flashed by my side in a blink of an eye, comforting me, I grabbed his shirt and cried into his shoulder.
"Oh my God. Edward. It was...terrifying." I said, thankful to have him in my arms.
"What was-- Charlie's coming," he said and he got up and was gone.
Not to my surprise, I heard Charlie's footsteps coming down the hallway.
"Bells? You alright?" he said through the crack of the door.
"Yeah Dad. I had a bad dream, I am sorry i woke you up." I said, trying ot hold my tears back.
"Okay, are you sure?" he said sleepily. I nodded. Edward didn't return to my room until Charlie's door was shut.
"Bella. Tell me what happened," he said, immediately embracing me once again.
"I had the worst nightmare. Remember last year in Italy when you were going to step into the sunlight? I asked, my voice trembling.
"Yes..." he said, his golden eyes looking at me.
"In my dream, i was too late. You stepped into the sun and then...then you were gone. You left me alone," I tried to calm myself down; kind of wishing Jasper was here.
"My love, it was only a dream. It's alright now, I promise. I will never leave you alone again." Edward hel me.
Time seemed to stop as he held me in his cold, hard arms. I finally calmed down and he pulled me away.
"Rest Bella. You need sleep, you looked exhausted," he said laying me down and then laying beside me.
"No fair," I said as he hummed in my ear. I slowly, but unwillingly, fell asleep. I feared what my dreams would bring, but surprisingly, I had none.
I woke to find Edward beside me, eyes closed.
"Edward?" I said puzzled. Why was his eyes closed?
He didn't answer, so I just shrugged and got up to go to the bathroom. When I returned, Edward still had his eyes closed.
"Come on Edward, we have to go school," I said poking his hard abs.
"Oooh, that tickles," he said smiling, still keeping his eyes shut.
"Really?" I said, wondering if he did have a weakness that I could use against him.
"Nope," he answered, clearly lying.
I smiled. "I knew you were perfect. Don't you have any flaws?" I asked hoping he would tell me.
"Yea." My face lit up. "You."
I frowned, "That doesn't count."
"Yes it does. Now go put food in your stomach and let's go to another day of fun!" he said sarcastically. "I'll meet you outside. He kissed the top of my head and was off. i sighed as I got up to go down to the kitchen. I was surprised when I saw Charlie still downstairs, sipping his morning coffee.
"Morning Bells," he said as he saw me come downstairs.
"Umm, hey Dad. Why aren't you down at the station?"
"I'm…uh...going late today. I woke up a bit too late and so I'll just go for a later shift," he said, not looking me in the eyes.
"Ok then," I said, looking for something to have for breakfast. I found the last pop tart in the box and decided that it would have to do.
"Well, I am off for school, have a good day," I said, heading straight for the door.
"Wait, Bella, can we talk?" Charlie said, putting down his coffee and faced me.
"Sure, I Guess," I said, walking slowly back to where he was sitting.
"Okay. Please don't get mad at me, but it's what your mother feels is best for you..."
"What are you talking about?"
"Well, Renee knows how much time you are spending with that Cullen kid, and...well…she doesn't think it's right. I don't see why you spend so much time with him in the first place either. But she thinks that a little sunshine might do you good..."
"Wait," I interrupted, "I am NOT moving to Florida."
"It isn't set in stone yet...but your mother misses your company, and Bella, I think it might do you good too."
"I am almost about to graduate, I am not moving."
"Bella, don't be stubborn."
"What? So that's it? i don't get any say in this? Do you not want me to live here anymore? Because if that's the case then fine...I won't!" I stormed out of the house, leaving Charlie in shock. I had a tear streaming own my cheek and was completely flustered.
Does he not want me anymore? Maybe he is just saying that Renee wants me back, so I'll leave...
I saw Edward leaning against his Volvo. "He loves you Bella. He doesn't want you to leave. It was your mother's idea. I heard him all night arguing with her over it. He doesn't really like me, but he loves you and doesn't want to see you leave," Edward said, sensing my frustration.
"But he said that it would do me good."
"Your father happens to be an excellent liar," said opening the car door for me.
"What am i going to do? I don't want to hurt Renee's feelings by saying that I don't want to move back with her." I said, putting my head in my hands.
"Don't fret, my love, your father has already considered telling Renee off about the whole situation."
"Really?" I asked, hopeful.
"No, I'm lying. I just so happen to have mind powers that I don't use to help the love of my life not worry her pretty head about things that aren't meant to be worried about," he said with a crooked smile. "Of course he thought that. Now, stop worrying and enjoy your last week of high school."
"It's not going to be my last," I whispered so soft that if I weren't with Edward, no one would have even heard it.
"What is that suppose to mean?" he said harshly, but his voice still had that beauty he had when he spoke softly to me.
"You know exactly what it means, Edward," I said with the same amount of harshness that he had given me.
"Bella." He said sternly.
"What!? You know that it is true! We will eventually move to another place and go to high school all over again. Carlisle can't stay much longer, he doesn't even look 25 let alone 35 like he is claiming now; you said it before. We'll have to start over and I will have plently of graduations," i argued back. He thought for a second.
"I want you to have a normal graduation. You'll have plenty of them but I want you to have a human one. You need as many human experiences as you can get." Edward sat silently after he had spoken.
I didn't answer him back because, partly, I knew he was right. I did want to have those experiences before Carlisle changed me, but I wanted to be with Edward more than I wanted the experiences. I gazed out of the window and watched the blurred images pass by. We pulled into the school parking lot and Edward got out to open my door for me.
"Please don't be mad at me Bella." Edward pleaded as he helped me get out of his car.
"I'm not mad...I'm. I just want you to get it through your head that I want this. I want to be with you forever and if I give up a few experiences, then it's perfectly fine with me." I tried to convince him of my point of view.
"I know. I just want you to think it through."
"Ok. Let's get into class, there is no point in arguing, I've already made up my mind."
"Fine." Edward held my hand as we made our way through the hallways. I was so upset that me and Edward had argued that I didn't even realize that he had let go of my hand. English went by without a word from Edward. Finally in Trig class I asked him why he had glared at Mike Newton the entire day.
"Because he is a deranged little..." Edward softly, still glaring at Mike.
"Why--What is he thinking?" I asked, but I didn't understand what he had said at the end of the sentence because he had spoken so softly.
"He is plotting to break us up." Edward said coldly.
"Why would Mike do that?" I asked, wondering why mike would do something so low, and decided that there had to be a reason for his thoughts.
"Oh, He isn't going to do it, the chicken, he is going to see if Jacob Black will agree to do it," he emphasized Jacob's name in disgust.
Still confused, I asked, "How?"
"He isn't sure yet."
"Edward. He is a teenage boy. What chance does he have against you?"
Edward thought about that for a moment then finally nodded. "Yes i suppose. But I don't see why he would want to hurt you like that."
After school Edward too me to his house. Carlilse and Esme were out hunting for two weeks and Rosalie and Emmett had left to go to Europe by themselves. The only ones left were Jasper and Alice who were sitting in the living room, watching the television.
"Oh, Hey Bella! How are you?" Alice said as she stride across the room and gave me a big hug.
"I'm great!" I lied.
"You're a bad liar," Jasper said, obviously sensing my frustration, not taking his eyes off the T.V.
"Bella...?" Alice questioned me.
"Well..." I told her what had happened this morning; Edward put his word in ever now and then.
"Wow. Charlie said that?" Alice said.
"Yeah, But Edward says that Charlie is going to get Renee to let me stay,"
"Well that's good!" Alice said, relieved. But somehow I sensed worry around Edward and Alice. Her eyes flashed toward Edward and their eyes met. She frowned and walked off.
"What was that about?" I asked as we mad our way upstairs to his room.
"Oh nothing, Alice has just seen a lot of things lately." he answered briefly, then went over to his CD player and put in some Mozart.
"Edward...I know you and Alice better than that. What's going on?" I asked impatiently. I hated when they hid things from me.
"Don't worry. The visions have changed so many times that it isn't even a concern anymore. Now may I be too bold as to ask to share a dance with you?"
"I can't dance Edward, You know that." I answered, stepping away from his opened arms.
"Please? Humor me." he said. He looked at me with his gorgeous golden eyes and I finally gave in.
"That isn't fair." i said.
"What isn't?" Edward said softly.
"Your way of dazzling people, especially me."
"I don't make you or anyone else do things. I just sort of...coax them along, that's all."
"Fine don't believe me. I'll just have to eat you for dinner if you don't believe me then!!!" he said playfully.
"You know," I said, puling myself so close that I could feel his breath on my hair, "that would be too bad,"
"Mmm. Your right, it wouldn't be too bad, it'd be horrible."
"Yea, I guess. You know what?" i said quietly.
"You've changed a lot over the past couple years."
I nodded. "Yes, you are much less...tense...around me. Are you immune to my floral scent now?"I said playing around.
"No never. It'll never get old" he said seriously.
We say down on his couch and just talked for a while about random things. That was one thing that I liked about Edward. The way that he would just listen to me and let me speak my mind.
"You should get home," Edward said, looking at his watch.
"Ugh. Do I have to?"
"Yes, Charlie didn't go to work today."
Edward shrugged. I pursued my lips and got up.
"Fine, be that way," I said, frustrated.
"I will. Let's go." he said, grabbing his keys.
The drive was quiet. I wondered what Edward was thinking. He isn't telling me something...I know it. What is going on lately?