(((I am so sorry; I didn't mean to wait so long!)))(((I still don' own this!)))

The school day is now over and I haven't given Bella a chance to ask me about me heartbeat.

But I know the question is coming soon, no mater how much I manage to delay.

Bella was sitting on a bench next to the lockers while I got what we would need for our homework from them.

"Edward, my, like, love!" Great, now I also have to get Jessica away from Bella and myself.

"Edward?" Bella asked, scared.

"Yes, Bella?"

"Who is that and why did she call you that?"

"That's Jessica Stanley, and she deranged," that got a giggle out of Bella.

"Edward, my, like, love, what, like, is this…thing…doing, like, next to, like, you? Are you, like, taking it, like, out to the, like, dumpster for, like, a teacher? How, like, sweet of, like, you!" Bella's breathing went un-even, as if she was trying to hold back tears.

I ignored Jessica and kneeled next to Bella, grabbing her hand and rubbed small circles on her back. Jessica glared at her thinking, "Like, what does, like, he, like, see in that, like, little, like, crippled, like, tramp?"

Jessica got braver. She walked closer to me and sat on my leg, seeing as I only had one on the ground and my other foot was used to keep my balance. She then wrapped her arms around my neck.

"Really, like, don't, like, see, like, why you, like, hang out, like, with her."

"Thanks okay, you can just leave us alone. I can't see how you can miss the fact that we don't want you around us."

"FINE," she huffed, "I will leave you alone!" But her thoughts betrayed her words, 'that, like, little, like, tramp, stealing, like, away, like, MY, like, man. I'll, like, show, like, her!' I tuned out her thoughts; I will never let her get to my Bella. Hmm, my Bella, I like that.

"Bella," I whispered, getting her attention.

"Yes?"

"Can I take you somewhere?"

"Where would that somewhere be?"

"It's a surprise," she groaned.

"I hate surprises," I had to laugh.

"You'll like this one," I hope.

"Okay," she gave in, looking into my eyes. I smiled and helped off of the bench and onto her feet.

"Then let's go," I said, leading her to my car.

The ride to the meadow, well, as far as you could go in a car, was fast.

"Edward?"

"Yes, my Bella," wait, that wasn't suppose to come out! How is she going to take this? Will she think I'm possessive?

She smiled at me and blushed. That's good…right?

"Well…uh, are we going to hike?" she looked scared.

"Don't worry, Bella, I would never let you fall," I smiled at her and she returned the gesture. I grabbed her hand and started for the woods.

"Wait…the path?"

"It's not on the path, Bella. Trust me?"

"Always," she replied without having to think about it. I think that made my heart grow three times the original size.

"Then lets go," we set off on the five-mile hike. Bella tripped a couple of times, but she never hit the ground.

We where almost there, when the sun made it's appearance. Why hadn't I asked Alice if this was a good idea? That's right, because it was a spur-of-the-moment type of thing.

I glanced nervously at my Bella. What am I going to do?

"Bella?" I asked before we could walk into the sun.

"Yeah, Edward?"

"I want to tell you something, but you can't tell anyone, not ever."

"I wont"

"Promise?"

"I promise," she replied firmly.

I took a deep breath, "I'm not human," she didn't look surprised, and did not start screaming bloody murder.

"I know, but…"

"But what?"

"But I can't figure out what you are exactly. It doesn't really matter, but I a curious."

I was flabbergasted. How can she not care if I'm not human?

Bella blushed and laughed at my dumb-founded expression.

"How-what-ugh. How can you not care?"

"I just don't," she replied simply, "I don't believe you are going to hurt me, or you would have already done it. Even if you were to hurt me, the only person concerned about my well-being seems to be you."

"But-but what if I'm the bad-guy? The villain?"

"I don't care."

"What if I'm a creature of the night? A bloodsucker? A monster?" She looked appalled.

"You are not a monster, Edward!" she said, shocking me to the very core.

"I'm a vampire, Bella, of course I'm a monster."

"No, Edward. You are not a monster! I can't believe that you are a monster!"

"I have to kill innocent animals to drink their blood!" She took a short pause at this new information before continuing.

"See? Animals. You said animals, not humans. You are not a monster."

I have to let her see how bad I truly am for her. I run away from her, faster then she can see. I made sure to stay out of the sun. I ran over to a tree with a low, thick, branch. "You don't know how fast I am. I could kill you before you have the tie to blink," I reached up and snapped the branch from the tree. " You don't know how strong I am. I could kill you with a touch that was meant to be light," I slammed the branch in to a nearby tree, shattering it.

"But you wont," she said with a slightly shaking voice, "unless you really don't care about me."

"Of course I care about you," I was in front of her now, still in the shade, "That's why I brought you here. I-" I had already come to terms with my loving Bella, but actually telling her…that's another story.

"You?" she prompted.

"I-I want to show you something," I took both of her warm hands in my cold ones and brought us out into the sun.

She gaped, and I lead us over to the middle of the meadow. She was still staring as I lay down on the slightly moist ground.

"Are you going to sit down or just stare?" I asked jokingly. She blushed and plopped down as best she could.

She reached out a hand to my arm tentatively, but let it drop in the lap, "Can I-" she tried to form the question in her mind some more, but I got what she was trying to do.

"I wont bite, promise," I teased. She blushed again and began to trace the now-dead veins in my arms and I sighed contently. My eyes closed on their own accord.

"Edward?"

"Yes?"

"I-uh-never mind," I propped my self up on my right elbow and looked at her. Bella's attention was seemingly focused on my left arm.

"What is it?"

"Does it look the same everywhere?" this was not the question she was going to ask, I knew that.

"Yes," I took of my shirt to prove it. Bella just stared at my abs as if they had started speaking French to her. It was making me uncomfortable and I started to shift around in my seat.

"Was there something else you wanted to say?" I asked, drawing her eyes back to my face.

"Oh, um. No, no. Nothing," she is lying, I know it.

"Bella, you can trust me. What is it?"

"I know-I know I can. It's just-" She cut herself off before she could tell me anything else.

"Just what, Bella?" I pulled her into my lap and tucked her head under my chin. She fits perfectly.

"I-I love you, Edward," I sat in stunned silence for a second, a smile slowly forming on my face. The silence may have only lasted for a second, but that was long enough for Bella to turn around and face me.

I stared into her eyes, "I love you, too, Bella," I attacked her lips with my own. She was stunned into staying still at first, but then started too kiss me back.

I got too much for me and I was across the meadow in less then a second. "Edward?" Bella called in a frightened voice.

"Over here," I called, she started to move towards me, "No, wait a second." I took a deep breath and started towards her. I stopped a couple yards away from her and sat down.

"Edward?" she asked again.

"I'm okay, it's just that…your blood got to be too much."

"Oh…I'm sorry," I let out a chuckle at the apology and scooted a bit closer. Apparently, that wasn't enough for her. Bella opened her arms wide, as if she was a small child wanting a hug. Went closer, so that I was sitting right next to her, and lay down. She lay down with me, her head resting on my chest.

"We need to get you home," I said as her eyelids started to drop.

"No, I'm fine-" she yawned.

"How about I show you how I travel?"

"Sure," she mumbled incoherently.

"Okay," I started off, running into the woods. I glanced down to see Bella staring out wide-eyed. I chuckled softly as I came to a stop in front of my car. "Bella?"

"Yeah?" she said, slowly coming back to life. She still had her arms wrapped around my neck, as they where when I was sitting.

"Are you okay, Love?"

"Yeah…I think."

(((So? Was it good for such a long wait?)))