At last, the last chapter. I know it has been a while since my last update, but this was seriously the first day I've had off in nearly 2 weeks!!! I'm working mandatory double overtime to help clear out some of the backlog at my new job. Don't get me wrong, the money is nice, but I really needed the break!!
As usual I hope you enjoy!!!
The air held a crisp chill and the strong scent of pine bombarded my nostrils as I tried to pick out the faint hint of fur. I'd been tracking the heard of deer for most of the morning. It wasn't like there weren't other animals I could have caught easier, Denali was crawling with wildlife, but I was trying to hone my skills.
Why settle with second best when you can spend a little longer and find the one thing that really does satisfy your thirst? Edward had been there at my side for the past few months, guiding me to the closest biggest heard of deer so I could have my pick, but I was trying to step out on my own. I wanted to do it myself, so I had snuck out early this morning in an attempt to prove that I could track and hunt my food rather than just pounce the closest thing to me.
In fact, Edward had been there with me through it all. He even took me hunting while the rest of the family had attended my funeral. Alice had told me it was nice and that neither my mother nor father had fallen apart. The whole town of Forks had shown up, except Edward, which had helped the rumor that I dying in Edward's arms had been too much for him to handle and that was why the family was moving to Alaska. At first I missed my mother and father terribly, but now it was more like a memory of another life and I could look back on her human life with pleasure.
I couldn't remember anything of those first few days. Edward had said that I had been a still as death and when my heart had stopped beating due to the venom's progress he thought I might really have died, but then I woke up. I remember the world being overwhelming, but Edward was there to guide me through it. Now, two months later, I was ready to be on my own.
I closed my eyes and listened, hoping to hear the sounds of the heard I'd followed here munching on grass, and instead I heard a human approaching, fast…very fast. Edward! How had he found me?
I turned just in time to have him pin me to a tree. "Edward!" I started to shout, the look on his face scared me and I stopped before I started my rant.
"What are you doing, Bella?!" Edward shouted. "You could have killed someone, wondering off on your own. If you were hungry you should have asked me to go with you!"
I felt ashamed as Edward yelled at me. I had forgotten how new I was at being a vampire and how dangerous I was to humans I hadn't seen one since my turning. The family had been careful to isolate me in the wilderness of Alaska, away from any temptations.
"What were you thinking?" Edward demanded. I hung my head in shame.
"I just… I just wanted…wanted to prove I could track by myself, without your help." I whispered in shame as I realized the stupidity of my idea. Edward's grip on me relaxed and he started to chuckle. This only made me feel worse. "Don't laugh, Edward, I feel bad enough as it is."
Edward looked up and into my eyes. My breath still caught in my throat every time he did this. "Bella," his tone became serious. "I don't think I'll ever understand you, and that's what makes you so special. Every day I spend with you is an exercise in patience and…and it makes me love you all the more."
My jaw dropped. Edward had never said anything like that before. Sure we exchanged long glances sometimes, and there were those tense moments after are hands brushed or even the thrill of sharing the same prey, but he'd never said anything like that before. I stared at him, open mouthed.
Edward took a deep breath and started again. "I've wanted to tell you for so long how I felt, but…well the setting never seemed right. The other were always around and then when we were alone, we were hunting and you were so concentrated, and after we made the kill…it just wasn't romantic."
My mouth was still open and I couldn't get over the shock. Edward looked away from my surprised face in shame. "I know you never felt the same, I'm too old for you anyways, but well, I'm sorry, Bella, I just couldn't keep it to myself any longer. Please don't look at me like that."
I shut my mouth and started to smile. All my wildest dreams had come true and here was Edward turning away from me. I grabbed Edward's arm and turned him back to me so he could see the smile that was splitting my face. Edward's hurt, dejected look, melted to a confused sort of hopeful as I opened my mouth to tell him exactly how I felt. I just couldn't come up with the words so I did the only thing to express my feelings, I pulled Edward close and kissed him.
My mind stopped working as our lips connected. It was the most amazing feeling in the world. Edward went ridged for a moment, then his arms wrapped around me, pulling my whole body closer. I laced my fingers into his short hair and smashed his lips against mine, I never wanted to let go, and since I didn't need to breath, I didn't have to. Edward pushed me back into the tree and I could hear it creak with the force.
Just as I started to run my hand up Edward's chest I heard a harsh voice. "Hey, what you kids doing out here?"
Edward and I broke apart to turn our heads to see a park ranger standing not ten feet away. "You kids don't belong out here, this is a restricted area and it's not secure. You need to head back to the approved area."
Edward turned back to look at me. His eyes held concern and then I realized why he still had me pinned to the tree, even with the audience. He was making sure I didn't attack the human. It was funny, but the thought hadn't even crossed my mind, I was too busy being embarrassed that we had gotten caught.
"Hey kids, I said you had to leave the area, there are wild animals out here." The ranger took a few steps closer and Edward squeezed me closer to the tree. I could smell the sweet blood on the human and my chest swelled with longing, but I didn't fight Edward's grip. It was tempting, but not irresistible.
"Did you hear me?!" The ranger shouted. I started to move, but Edward just pushed back harder.
"Yes, sir, we're sorry, we'll just head back to the campsite the way we came." Edward said. I wasnot breathing. If the ranger didn't leave soon, he might not be so irresistible.
The ranger nodded, still eyeing them suspiciously. "I'll escort you back."
"No that will be okay," Edward chipped in as he pulled back from me. "We can make our way back the way we came. You should continue on your duty, sorry that we wondered out so far."
The ranger eyed Edward and I suspiciously. "Just be sure you don't do it again. Now get going."
Edward nodded and grabbed me tightly by the hand, leading me away. Once we were out of the rangers sight we sprinted across the frozen ground at break neck speed. When we were about three miles away, Edward stopped running. Since he was still clutching my hand, I had to stop to.
Edward took two steps away from me, then turned back to face me. "God, Bella, we were so close to him. I know you could smell him, why didn't you attack?"
"Are you saying I should have?" I was confused; I thought I had done a wonderful job resisting temptation.
"No, of course not, but…but you should have, you've only been a vampire a few months."
I smiled. "Maybe I'm special," I said as I walked up and put my hands on Edward's hips.
Edward smiled back at me and tucked my hair behind my ear. "You are special," he said as he kissed my cheek.
I grinned and if heart could beat it would have fluttered. Edward just stared at me. "What?" I asked.
"Come on, Edward, I don't have a heartbeat, how can I blush?"
"I…I don't know, but you are. Your cheeks are pink."
"Really?" I asked as another wave of embarrassment washed over me.
Edward laughed as he stared at me. "You just did it again!"
This time I felt myself blush harder and Edward laughed even harder. "Don't," I protested, pulling away from him, but he just pulled me back and placed a bruising kiss to my lips, the force of which dipped me backward. I felt his tongue running along my lip and opened my mouth to him. He tasted as sweet as he smelled.
My head spun as Edward pulled me back up and fisted his hands into my back. Edward pulled back, even as I tried to stay connected to his lips. He smiled and said, "I love you Bella Swan, I've always loved you, I always will."
I smiled and leaned back in. "That's Bella Cullen to you sir," I said as I kissed him.
Edward kissed me with a fiery passion that I had willingly accepted. I had never know one kiss could be so pleasurable, but I wasn't going to waste time analyzing the moment, I just enjoyed it. Suddenly Edward pulled back. "If it's alright with you, I'd like to make that Mrs. Cullen…"
I know how much you all wanted me to continue this story, but I really just wanted to show the turning. If any of you would like to continue from here, feel free (though please tell me, because I'd like to read what you come up with.)