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If I could, I'd buy all my reviewers ice cream. You guys make my day! Without further ado, here's chapter 5 for you all.

Chapter 5- Reunification

It has been two days since that surreal dream. Two days since I had woken up.

Two days since the regret started to sink in. Right about now, it feels almost like I'm drowning in it.

I am still in the hospital. But thanks to Edward, I will be released in about an hour if everything checks out properly.

I really love that kid. With all my heart. Edward is really a great young man.

He did have a medical degree under his belt and he used it against the hospital to get me released earlier than usual.

After all, I had surgery and I had to be under a physician's supervision in case of an emergency.

Actually, I thought it was a good thing that Edward had a medical degree.

Despite the fact that he couldn't be around blood normally, he sure tried. And I was proud of that.

I believe that I will actually be needing medical supervision from Edward.

With the constant pulse of pain throughout my body, the fact that I have fevers on and off and bouts of nausea and headaches, I couldn't even think straight sometimes, much less make a medical decision for myself.

I knew that Edward would take care of me in this rough time.

As for the fact that I am indeed still human, it seems to have finally settled down in my mind.

I've come to accept it for the past two days. There was nothing I could do anyway.

Jasper came up with the idea that maybe the wounds I have will hurt more as the venom spreads throughout my body and after a certain amount of time, I will experience a change back to my original vampire form.

It sounds plausible to me...so I guess I will just go with that explanation as to why my wounds hurt so unbearably.

The family came to visit earlier this morning while Edward spent the past two nights by my side.

Emmett was, of course, cracking jokes like usual. He seemed a bit quieter than usual though, and I can fully understand why. But, nevertheless, his convivial attitude perked me up a bit.

Alice seemed almost scared to see me. She stood by the door for a full minute like a statue before she even took a step towards me. And when she did, she wouldn't let go.

I actually had to remind her that I was a human and, in fact, did need to breathe. Esme had to pry Alice off my bed just so she could get to talk to me.

The sound of Esme's voice was like the undermined calm during a storm. Her presence alone helped me to recover. I didn't realize just how stupid I had been to try this stunt until she told me that she loved me. At that instant, the world seemed to melt around me. But when she kissed me, the world disappeared.

Just before she left, Esme told me that if I tried anything like this again, I would be punished by her, personally.

I didn't know I blushed until Rose pointed it out. And when she did, I only blushed harder and made a mental note to myself to be careful. Now I can sympathize with Bella.

It felt great to be in their presence again...but I knew I was missing something. That was it.

"Where is Bella?," I had asked them.

Alice explained how they took off time from school and the apparent rumors that are circulating about the alleged robbery at our house.

Bella stood in school to catch up on the missed work when she was sick.

Honestly, I didn't blame her if she never wanted to see me again. I was the one that screwed up and probably put her in a lot more pain than she deserves.

"She was crying, Dad. Bella loves you."

Those words spoken from Rosalie's mouth soothed me more than anyone could imagine.

The fact alone that Bella wasn't mad at me was comforting in this state. And it even seemed as though Rose accepted Bella's place in the family. I was overjoyed.

"I'm back."

Edward's voice as he entered the room snapped me out of my reverie.

I was sitting up, so I patted the bed by my side, inviting Edward to join me.

Edward smiled and walked over.

"How did things go?," I asked.

"Well, actually. They agreed to release you after Dr. Holsten does a once over and a final blood panel for the lead poisoning," Edward answered.

"That's a relief. I was wondering if they were having second thoughts about it."

"Nope. Just a confirmation that I actually have a medical degree. But, anyway, how are you feeling?"

"As can be expected. No headache and no nausea, so that's good. But I'm still achy all over. Overall, a lot better," I smiled.

"That's good to hear. I was getting worried again after you couldn't stomach anything yesterday."

"You and I both know that is a symptom of lead poisoning. But, I'm fine now. When is Dr. Holsten-?"

I was cut off when the door to the room suddenly opened.

Speak of the devil- Dr. Holsten appeared at the door carrying a small tray that was no doubt for the blood work.

"Good afternoon, Dr. Cullen. If everything checks out properly, I just need some blood and we'll have you on your way in no time," he smiled as he moved to my left.

"I appreciate it," I smiled in return.

Edward gave my hand one pat and stood up.

You can leave, Edward. He'll be drawing blood, I thought.

Edward just gave me a smile, so I guessed that he was staying.

"Okay. Let's get started. I'm sure you just can't wait to get out of here," Dr. Holsten took the stethoscope off his shoulders and proceeded to place it in his ears.

After about 5 minutes and the whole nine yards "physical" aspect, he was done.

He asked a few questions. How was I feeling? Any differences? Pain level? Basic questions that I have probably asked a million times to patients before.

"You're perfectly fine. I'm just going to get the blood panel done to see how the lead poisoning has progressed," Dr. Holsten sat on the chair next to my bed and went straight to work.

Some alcohol, a small needle prick in the crook of my arm and 4 vials of blood later, I was once again alone with Edward.

I felt exhausted even though I did nothing.

I was taken off the ECG yesterday evening and I was now almost free of the tubes. They still had an IV going no doubt because I vomited all day yesterday and got no food down. The risk for dehydration, however, is practically gone. And for that I was glad.

I sat for another ten or twenty minutes talking to Edward about random things.

Somehow, amidst the conversation, an interesting statement came up.

"You know, your eyes are blue."

"What? Really?," I was amazed.

"Yeah. They are the most amazing shade of blue. You definitely look like someone from England now," Edward said.

"Wow. I can't remember the last time I saw my blue eyes. I suppose they'll turn back to gold after the venom progresses a bit more," I said.

"I think so. I kind of like them blue, though. It suits you," Edward laughed.

I laughed quietly as well.

There was a quiet knock on the door that stopped our laughter.

A nurse stuck her head in and smiled:

"You are free to leave, Mr. Cullen. Dr. Holsten has signed the release on your chart. Have a good day!" And she was gone.

Edward sighed.

"Let's get going, shall we?," Edward stood up and helped me turn to the side of the bed.

I was finally going home. I was going back to my family. I was going back to love. And I was going back to Bella.

With that in mind, I smiled as the air held a new hint of cheerfulness.

And when Edward put his arm around my waist to help me out of bed, I knew he would be here forever. By my side.

That was a bit of comfort I can now hang onto to keep myself sane. It was a bit of protection against the hard recovery process that I saw ahead of me.

The recovery that I now was absolutely sure about overcoming.

The ending was a bit fluffy...again. But you can't blame me. It's not my fault that Carlisle is so cute. ;)

And I know it seems a bit slow, but certain things have to build up. And you'll see what I mean in the next chapter.

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