Thanks soooo much for the great reviews! This is for those who wanted an alternate ending that was a little less morbid. Hope you like it!
The songs for this chapter are "Into the fire" by 13 Senses (www dot youtube dot com/watch?v=15W2pe5aADM) and "Together" by The Fray (www dot imeem dot com/tuface2/music/TVhw7-sh/the-fray-together/).
PUT YOUR HANDS INTO THE FIRE
He was here once again for the second day in a row. Nothing had changed. There was no car parked in the driveway. No new evidence of anyone having been here recently. However, something told him, that all was not as it looked.
As he approached the door, the strong sweetness of the smell of Vampire greeted him.
She was here!
He banged on the door.
"Bella?!" he shouted.
"Come on Bella!" he shouted in frustration.
He sighed, then forced the door open.
Inside, the first thing he noticed was that the room was much cleaner. Secondly, the sweet smell of vampire was much stronger.
"Bella?" he asked.
He walked up the stairs, the whole house was silent. Looking into each room, he found the place to be as empty as it sounded. The last room he had entered had the smell of sickness in it. He quickly closed the door.
They had been here. Just recently by the smell. He went back to the door and stepped outside, closing the door behind him. He followed the slight scent he found of them, but it ended in the driveway. They had probably gotten into a car at this point.
He pulled out his cell phone and dialed Carlisle.
"They were here," he said, not bothering with the pleasantries.
"I know," Carlisle replied, "They went to the meadow, Alice called."
"Did she find what she was looking for?" he may be on good enough terms with the head Cullen, but not when it came to that Edward.
"Yes. Their on there way here right now" he said rather anxiously.
"Is there something more I should know?" Jacob asked sternly.
"You should go to Bella now," Carlisle answered, "Just in case Edward doesn't make it in time."
Then the oldest Cullen hung up.
"Great" Jacob muttered. He had only heard about that meadow from the stories that Bella had told him. This would require more than just calling out her name. He ran to the forest behind the house and transformed. Then he ran off into the barely lit, snow covered trees.
Bella was staring into the flames. Charlie had said he was cold, so she did the one thing she could think of doing what with being so far out in the forest; she made a fire.
Up above them the sky was turning into a brilliant red.
"Bella?" Charlie asked. He was leaning on her shoulder in front of the flames."How does one of your kind die?"
Bella sighed, "By being burned by fire."
Charlie was quiet.
"I don't want to be burned" he said, "Just so you know."
"When I'm gone, what will you do?" he asked.
He shrugged his shoulders.
She was quiet, still looking at the fire.
Charlie looked at her knowingly.
"Will it hurt Bells?" he asked.
"I suppose it will" she replied, sighing. "Don't you worry about it," she said, leaning over and kissing his forehead. "Its my choice, and I am sure of it."
He nodded in somber acceptance.
"I would say you've have just as a good a life as me, if not better" he said. "You've done more than any measly human could have ever hoped to do" he went quieter, "And you have loved and been loved deeper than most."
Bella looked at Charlie as if to say 'daaaaaaad' but instead she just hugged him.
Minutes later, Bella broke the embrace.
"Its okay if you're scared," she said seriously.
He shook his head, "I have you with me, how could I be scared?"
"Sleep dad," she said.
He nodded, his eyes already drooping.
"I love you Bells," he said, his words fading off as he fell asleep.
"I love you too dad" Bella whispered.
She put a hand on his shoulder and stared into the fire. She listened closely to Charlie's slowing heartbeat until at last...
They were so close. Edward was now driving down the final road. Alice was silently dry sobbing in the back seat with Jasper's arms wrapped securely around her.
At the end of the road, Edward was surprised to see another car.
"That's her car!" Alice exclaimed.
They got out and went over to the other car. The scent was clearly Bella's.
Alice noted that her scent was now purely Bella. It wasn't as mixed up as it had been before. She looked to Edward.
"What are you waiting for?"
Edward nodded and the trio burst off running into the forest.
Just minutes later, Jacob showed up at the same place. The two cars parked next to each other told him he was on the right trail. Alice and the others must have just gotten here. It sure made things easier for him.
Sticking his nose into the air, he took a deep sniff and took off after the scent of vampire.
Bella looked at Charlie's still form. She had laid him down away from the fire and crossed his arms over his chest. He looked so peaceful.
She knelt down next to him and said her final goodbyes, then she stood up and turned toward the flames.
It was time.
Looking to the orange skies, she stepped into the flames.
Come on, come on
Put your hands into the fire
As I turn and meet the power
This time, This time
Turning white and senses dire
Pull up, pull up
From one extreme to another
He smelt smoke. Not good.
Up ahead, he could see the opening that would reveal their meadow. How he longed to see her once more and apologize for the horrid way in which he treated her. He only hoped she would be as forgiving as she had been as a human.
Bursting through the trees the sight before was not at all what he had been expecting.
His love was on fire.
"Bella!" he shouted.
She turned to him but didn't make a move.
"Nooooo!" he screamed. He rushed to her, wanting to rip her from the flames but being too afraid of them at the same time.
"Bella!" someone shouted from behind, turning around he saw it was Jacob.
His mouth was open in horror.
Edward turned back to Bella who was looking away from Jacob.
"I love you!" he yelled.
Bella wasn;t paying any attention to him.
"Bella I-" he stopped.
From the summer to the spring
From the mountain to the air
From Samaritan to sin
And it's waiting on the end,
Put your hands into the fire...
Not caring for his own safety, he thrust his arms into the fire and pulled her out, dropping to the ground as he did so.
Not letting go of her, he moved quickly to smother the flames. Throughout the whole ordeal Bella had not struggled or spoken out.
Minutes later, once sure that the flames were out, Edward sat up and surveyed the scene around him.
The roaring fire was now covered by a pile of dirt and was slightly smoking, Alice and Jasper having rushed to do the only thing they could think of.
He turned to Bella. She was silently crying.
"Bella?" he quietly, putting a hand on her shoulder.
She flinched away and pulled her knees to her chest.
"Why?" she whispered, brokenly. "Why?"
Edward turned he around and looked her in the eye sincerely.
"Because I love you."
"I was so close" she muttered looking away. "I was happy."
"Bella" Edward said placing his hand on her cheek. "Please forgive me."
She looked into his eyes for a moment then reached up and pushed his hand away. She sat up and looked herself over. The fire had done its damage. Her clothes were practically burned off her and her skin was red and raw. Her feet had bared the brunt of the damage. No more strappy heels for her. She grimaced as she stood up and brushed herself off.
She looked around and caught sight of Alice and Jasper. Alice was looking mournfully at Bella.
She turned away and looked to Charlie. Walking over to where his body lay, she allowed herself to fall to the ground next to him. She looked around at the surround Cullen's and then looked back to Charlie.
"What do I do now Charlie?" she whispered. Just minutes ago her life was so clear cut. She was at peace, she was ready to go. Now…she didn't know what to do.
Charlie was silent. He would never speak again.
It was Jacob. Ignoring Edward, he was slowly walking toward her.
"Why Bella?" he asked looking hurt. "Why would you kill yourself…over him?"
Anger flashed in her eyes.
"Why would you care?" she said. "You left me too"
He stopped in his tracks and was quiet. He took a few moments to organize his thoughts then he spoke.
"Bella," he started. "I was young, I made a mistake"
Bella turned away from him.
"I thought you wouldn't want to be around me if you knew what I really was."
At this, Bella turned around.
"I hung around vampires and you thought that I wouldn't tolerate you?"
Jacob smiled and raised his hands, "The mistakes of youth?"
Bella wasn't smiling, but she wasn't angry either. They had all made mistakes.
"I understand," she said quietly.
Jacob smiled and tipped his head.
"I guess I'll see you later," he said.
Bella nodded as she watched him go, then turned to Edward who was making his way forward.
"I was wrong," he said. "I should never have left you."
He knelt down beside her
"I'm truly sorry."
As Bella looked into his sorrowful eyes, memories of the many time when he would dazzle her came to mind. As hurt as she was about what he had done to her, she couldn't bare to have him looking so sad. She wanted to see his dazzling smile.
"Smile for me," she asked quietly.
He looked at her confused.
"Please?" she whispered.
He nodded, "Anything for you love," taking his hands in hers he smiled.
But the smile didn't reach his eyes. Bella turned away, tears swimming in her eyes. She didn't want to be the cause of his sadness. She understood where he was coming from now. If she had only took the time to think things through. That was her problem. She never really was one to think things through.
But she was still hurt.
And it looked like he was too.
They had both suffered.
She looked around. Alice and Jasper had left. The smoke from the fire was completely gone. It was only her and Edward, and Charlie, but he didn't really count.
"You really hurt me" she said, a tear falling from her eye.
Edward reached up and gently wiped the tear away with his finger.
"We're even then" he said simply, not wanting to sound accusing.
Bella nodded solemnly.
"You think we can start over?" Bella said very quietly.
Edward smiled softly and pulled her into his arms.
"I think we can manage that" he said soothingly, rocking her back and forth.
"Promise me you'll stay with me forever?" Bella asked.
Edward nodded and held her tighter, "I promise."
We go together,
I promise forever,
I live with you