This is my first fan fiction and I didn't really want to write it but it's been on my mind for about a month so I gave in and decided to write it for all of you. I had a lot of fun writing it and I hope you like it! Without further ado….

When You're Gone

Chapter 1: Edward's Point of View

It had been almost a year since I made the biggest mistake of my long everlasting life. I left the only woman I had ever loved and ever will love, Bella Swan.

Today was her 19th birthday, and I was utterly miserable. I knew I should have been showering her with gifts, no matter how much she hated receiving them. She should have been securely snug in my arms, so I could protect her from the rest of the world, but she wasn't.

I was cooped up in northern Michigan, rotting away. There was no one to blame but myself.

A plan had formed in my head one year ago after her disastrous birthday party. As hard as it would be, I had to leave her, even if it would only be temporary. I would allow Bella to graduate high school, go to college, and experience life the human way, not in the way of the damned.

When she graduated college, I would check on her, just to make sure she was ok. At least that was what I told myself. If she wasn't happy, I would beg for her to take me back. Even if it took me years.

But if she was happy, no matter how much pain it would cause me, I would let her go. She would live the rest of her life peacefully, and my world would fall apart.

I wanted more than anything in the universe to jump in my Volvo and speed all the way to her home in Forks. Then I realized I didn't even know if she still lived there. I had no idea if she even went to college! What kind of a man was I?

Edward, cool it, Jasper thought towards me. My emotions were driving him crazy. I know you're upset about what today is, but you need to stop being angry with yourself. "Alice said things will work out for the best, Edward," he said aloud.

I wanted to believe that. I really did. But I missed Bella so much. Just her name made me cringe with misery. I avoided blinking just because every time I closed my eyes, her face appeared behind my lids.

It was 10 AM. Carlisle and Esme were out hunting, and my siblings and I were all together in the living room of our cabin watching music videos.

Well, Emmett and Rosalie were watching music videos. She was sitting on his lap in a large recliner chair, simply enjoying his company. I couldn't help but feel horribly jealous.

Alice was relaxing on the other end of the couch from me, gently stroking Jasper's hair, who was sitting on the floor. They both read separate books, paying no attention to the television.

"Yes," Alice spoke. "I promise you everything will-" she stopped abruptly as she zoned out and her eyes glazed over. A vision. A few moments later she blinked, bewilderment clear in her eyes.

"What did you see?" Jasper turned to ask her. I wasn't patient enough to hear her answer. I looked into her mind, trying to find it, but she blocked it. She recited French in her mind instead. This infuriated me.

"Uh…it's going to rain tomorrow," she finally answered.

"Alice, what did you see?!" I prodded. I was beyond irritated. The only visions she blocked from me were the ones about Bella.

"EDWARD!" Rosalie and Emmett screamed in unison. I snapped my head in their direction. They had both fallen to the floor, and were staring wide-eyed at the television. I looked towards it quickly, wondering what in the world was so important on the stupid T.V.

It was a black and white music video. The only instrument I heard was a piano being played by a woman with long dark hair, but her back was facing the camera.

And then I heard the most beautiful and familiar voice I had ever heard, and a face I never in a thousand years expected to see.

It was Bella.

So what did you think?! I was really excited to post this and I really want some feedback! Read and review! Criticism is welcome. )